Christmas Tree Disposal

The stockings were all hung by the chimney with care and the tree trimmed exactly right.  But the day will soon come when we must face the inevitable.   How do we dispose of the Christmas tree?

Christmas tree Dec 2019In some parts of the the east coast, trees are taken down to the beach and used to help accrete sand there.  Here on South Carolina’s coast we have a dynamic shoreline and, according to our friendly coastal engineer, Tim Kana, the trees would eventually just end up washing away.  Never fear, however, because disposal is even easier than lugging it down to the beach.  Trees will be picked up right in front of your home on the regular Monday yard debris pick-up day.  Thank you all for taking care of our beautiful island!

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Lowcountry Oyster Festival – January 26

Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Boone Hall Plantation
January 26, 2020

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 Southeast 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.

Oyster knives and gloves will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information and tickets, click here.

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Gibbes Museum: Micromosaic Jewels

MicromosaicThe Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce their newest special exhibition, A Return to the Grand Tour: Micromosaic Jewels from the Collection of Elizabeth Locke. This exhibition consists of 92 brilliant examples of micromosaics from the private collection of jeweler Elizabeth Locke. These precious souvenirs were designed for Grand Tour travelers of the mid-18th to late-19th centuries. A Return to the Grand Tour will be on display in the museum’s Gallery 9 from January 17 – May 3, 2020.

Elizabeth Locke will be in Charleston for the opening of this exhibition and she will participate in a symposium on January 17, 2020 at the Gibbes.  Please click here for details.

-Submitted by Gibbes Museum

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Holiday Food Drive Helps Fight Hunger

food driveThank you once again to the Seabrook Island community! For the fourth year now, Seabrookers demonstrated their generous hearts by supporting the SIPOA Holiday Food Drive. The drive’s goal of 7,500 pounds of canned goods was not only achieved but exceeded: the final tally was 7,637 pounds of much needed food donated to fight hunger on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. This is the largest amount collected since this project began in 2016!

The Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) is extremely grateful to the SIPOA Board of Directors for sponsoring and supporting this drive. A special thank you to Nic Porter, Jamie Mixson and the Lake House staff for accepting the donations, weighing every single item, and organizing the display. Their enthusiastic support helped assure its success.  Thanks also to the SIHAF volunteers who sorted, packed and transported the food.

Food drive helpers Dec 2019

Most of the items donated will be distributed through the Sea Islands Blessing Basket, which operates out of the building adjacent to the Bethlehem Saint James United Methodist Church on Bohicket Road. This program provides canned goods and other staples, as well as fresh produce, meat and bread, to more than 260 families each month. Contributions to the SIPOA Holiday Food Drive will help fill the Blessing Baskets for several months in 2020.

Some of the food will also go to support Meals on Monday, a program at Rockville Presbyterian Church, that delivers hot meals each week to our neighbors on Wadmalaw Island. The Saint James Bethel Food Pantry on Maybank Highway on Wadmalaw, which provides meals and food baskets to local residents, will also receive part of this bounty.

The generosity of Seabrookers is deeply appreciated and will help feed many people in need for several months to come. Thank you.

-Submitted by Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation

SIPOA Environmental Committee Minutes Available Online

The most recent minutes of the Environmental Committee are available online.

To view these minutes, go to You will be asked for the Community Code, select SIPOA and then type in your user name and password.  After clicking on Login, scroll across the top bar and select Community Documents.

Please refer any questions to

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Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club Foundation Announces Angel Oak Award Winner

Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club

John Lawrence Sandy has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club Angel Oak Award. Each year the award recognizes a volunteer whose services contributed significantly to the citizens of Wadmalaw and Johns Island.

Mr. Sandy has served as the volunteer Field Coordinator for the Sea Islands Water Wellness Mission (WWM) for three years. The sole mission of the organization is to install new wells and filtration systems for the hundreds of people on Wadmalaw and Johns Islands who suffer from impure water and dysfunctional wells. As field coordinator, he is responsible for the overall process, including accepting, prioritizing, and submitting applications for permits, scheduling the well driller, plumber and electrician for each project, and reviewing invoices for payment. To date, John has been involved in the installation of 70 water wells on Wadmalaw and Johns Islands. What sets him apart from others is his personal dedication to the families he serves. Mr. Sandy dedicates 5-6 days a week to his volunteer effort and is on call 24/7. John takes the time to know the families he helps, and the families trust John. He lives his mission to help others in their time of need.

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4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge January 1, 2020

Polar Bear 5 Jan 19Splash into 2020 with Seabrook’s 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. This awesome Polar Bear Plunge will be located at North Beach with splash down at 10:30 am sharp on New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020!

With a bonfire and hot chocolate provided, you are welcome to bring some s’mores to roast.

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

Hope to see you there!

-Submitted by Jamie Mixson


Spotlight on the Seabrook Library

There is a hidden gem for residents, part-timers and renters alike in the Lake House – a lending library!  It was started many years ago in a corner of the administration building that is now the reception area and moved to the Lake House when it opened in 2009.

fullsizeoutput_34cdCindy Willis, who now generously volunteers to run the library, began working in the old library under Terry Gromada in 2004.  Cindy is currently ably assisted by Chris Czander. Since 2009 the library at the Lake House has expanded and now includes approximately 3500 volumes!  Seabrookers donate relatively new books all the time and Cindy spends much of her time evaluating the donations for current interest, appeal and condition.  Duplicates and older materials are donated to the Charleston County Public Library Friends of the Library for their book sales or to Habitat Restore.

The library has books, magazines, puzzles and DVD’s for Seabrookers of all ages from preschool to seniors.  Particular needs are things for the younger folks and the most current fiction. No card is required for borrowing and works entirely on the honor system.  The only request is that books be returned in a timely manner so that items may be enjoyed by others. We are truly fortunate to have this resource so close at hand and to have wonderful volunteers like Cindy and Chris, as well as the Lake House staff, who dedicate their time and effort to benefit all of us here on Seabrook Island.

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-Submitted by Rich Siegel, writer for Tidelines

Charleston Gaillard Center Presents Tony Bennett – February 11

The Charleston Gaillard Center
Tony Bennett in
The “I Left My Heart” Tour
with special guest
Antonia Bennett

February 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Click here for tickets and information.

At the age of 93, Tony Bennett is not slowing down and 2020 marks the 70th Anniversary of his professional recording career when he made his first record, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” in 1950 as a newly signed artist to Columbia Records. His most recent recording, with long-time friend and musical colleague, Diana Krall, LOVE IS HERE TO STAY topped the jazz charts upon its debut and was just nominated for a Grammy Award. The album celebrates the music of the Gershwins and includes the jazz standard, “Fascinating Rhythm,” which Bennett and Krall perform as a duet. The inclusion of the song on the new album, was the impetus for a Guinness World Record title for Tony Bennett, who in 1949, under his stage name of Joe Bari at the time, made his very first recording of the Gershwin standard.

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Bird and Birding Books for Children

As parents raising children on Seabrook Island or grandparents whose grandchildren visit here often, you hopefully use our environment to spark an interest in nature. And, because we have access to the ocean, marsh, fresh water ponds, and woods our island is the perfect place to introduce your young ones to bird watching.

To enhance this experience, there are many wonderful books about birds and birding for children of all ages that you might like to have on hand at your Seabrook Island home or send as gifts. To get you started SIB has a few recommendations.

Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs by Andrea Pennington – This interactive book features recordings of twelve bird songs of some of the best known backyard birds across North America.  The board pages are easy to turn and the song buttons are easy to activate. There is a beautiful drawing and basic details for each bird. Even though this is a board book, it would be interesting for children of all ages.

Noisy Bird Sing-Along by John Himmelman – This is a book similar to the above, but one that uses mnemonics instead of recordings of bird songs. A great book for preschoolers through age eight or nine and some adults like me who use mnemonics to remember bird sounds. The birds featured are found in many backyards and even though some of the birds are specific to either the east or west coast, there are birds found in other regions that are comparable. The illustrations of the birds and something from their environment are accurate and delightful.

Birds, Nests & Eggs
by Mel Boring – This is a fun, informative take-along guide that will help children from around the ages of five to ten to locate and identify 15 birds. There are also activities that will enhance learning about birds and their habitats. This is a great steppingstone to the more advanced bird guides.

National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America by Jonathan Alderfer – This is a more advanced bird guide than the previous book and, paired with a pair of binoculars, would be a wonderful gift for children age eight and up. This book not only features detailed drawings by a top avian artist, Jonathan Alderfer, but also descriptions, fun facts, activities, and range maps. The guide includes comprehensive details of 50 of North America’s most popular birds as well as mini profiles of another 100 birds. This is a book that a child could take everywhere he or she goes.
The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer – This large sized book features lots of beautiful and quirky illustrations and cool facts. The author and illustrator features flamboyant and wacky birds of the sky instead of the more common backyard birds. The large beautiful illustrations should hold the attention of children of all ages. This book also encourages young bird watchers to protect birds and to make their yards bird friendly. Also, check out one of his other books; The Big Book of Bugs! This book is equally, if not even more, impressive.

This is just a sampling of all the amazing books about nature available for children. You can also visit the Charleston County Public Library on Johns Island to load up on lots of books about birds and nature in preparation for their visit. And, after introducing your children and grandchildren to the wonderful world of birds you all can then join the Seabrook Island Birders on one of our birding activities to put their new skills into practice. Check out all our fun activities at

-Submitted by Joleen Ardaiolo

P & C Reader Appreciation at the Gibbes Museum January 4

P and C at Gibbes Dec 2019The Post and Courier cordially invites their print and digital subscribers to enjoy free admission to The Gibbes Museum of Art:

Date:  Saturday, January 4, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Place: Gibbes Museum of Art | 135 Meeting Street

Each Post and Courier print and digital subscriber is eligible to receive up to four free passes, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. All guests must RSVP by January 2, 2020 to be eligible. Click here to reserve your passes.

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CCPRC: Off-Road Duathlon – January 18

Charleston County Parks & Recreation
Off-Road Duathlon
January 18, 2020
Click here for information and to sign up.

Traverse the scenic trails of Laurel Hill County Park during our Off-Road Duathlon presented in partnership with Anne Moore Endurance Coaching and Mt. Pleasant Velo. This three-part, beginner friendly course begins with a 2-mile run, then a 7-mile bike, and finishes with another 2-mile run. View Course Map PDF

Race Fees & Registration
Register online: $45
Race day registration available on-site from 7:00 – 8:00 am for $54.
Race starts at 8:30 am.

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