Seabrook Island Birders October Events

Beyond Our Backyard-Fort Lamar Preserve (James Island)

When: Monday, October 4, 2021, 6:30 am
Location: Meet at SI Real Estate Office to carpool 
Meet at Fort Lamar: 7:15 am (Cathy Miller to meet everyone there)
Max: 12 
Cost: Free for members, $5 per guest

Fort Lamar is a small SC Department of Natural Resources preserve that was the location of one of the most significant battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Secessionville. This site is highly favored by fall migrants so be prepared for warbler necks. Some advance preparation in the form of neck stretches and review of fall plumage of warblers is recommended as all eyes are needed when these birds bounce around the canopy above us. 

Register here

October Big Day

When: Saturday October 9, 2021 9:00 am – 6:30 pm 
Location: Various locations around Seabrook Island
Max: 10 

Cost: No cost for members, $5 for non-members

Join us for eBird’s October Big Day. The event will involve walks at various locations throughout the day. The schedule below allows for individuals to sign up for a portion of the day if you do not wish to participate in the full day. We request you register for all sections you will be attending so we know if we should wait for you at any individual location. 

We will limit attendance for each activity to ten people due to COVID restrictions. We will also ask that masks be worn if social distancing cannot be maintained. Unfortunately, use of scopes will also be limited.

We have added a “virtual” activity this year when people can bird in the comfort of their own homes and share their findings with the group.

– Bird my backyard Bird your own property for as long as you want, as many times as you want, throughout the day. Keep a list and share your findings with SIB.

– Equestrian Center / Maintenance Area – 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Starlings and Cowbirds plus numerous other birds can be expected. A large number of birds will likely be seen near the parking area. A walk along the horse trail to the maintenance and garden area may be added to see a different variety of birds. 

– North Beach – (High tide 11:05 am) – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The group will walk the two miles to Captain Sam’s Inlet. (tides permitting). Those unable to walk the entire distance may turn around at any time.The group will work together to identify those hard to distinguish plovers and sandpipers. The walk is scheduled around the falling tide when the birds will be consolidated on a narrower beach while avoiding the worst of the tides. Meet at the Owners Beach Access Parking Lot at Boardwalk 1.

– Jenkin’s Point – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
We will be exploring the birds seen along Jenkins Point lagoons and streets, including ducks, wading birds and shorebirds. We will go from location to location via car or bike. Since this event can be done primarily by car, it is appropriate for members with mobility issues. Meet at Jenkins Point Ct, (the street after the first pond on the left).

– Palmetto Lake – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (Sunset 6:54 pm)
Join us to explore the birds around The Lake House and the walks of Palmetto Lake. This is less than one mile of flat, paved walk around the lake. Recently, White Ibis, Cattle Egret, Little Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets have come to roost at dusk so we hope they continue to provide a show. Meet at The Lake House parking lot. 

Register here

October Movie

Join us as we continue our Zoom movie matinees.

Tuesday October 12, 2021 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
“The Legend of Pale Male”

 In 1991, when a wild red-tailed hawk is seen for the first time in Central Park, New Yorkers wonder if and how this bold ambassador from the wild could make it in their city. One of them decides to buy a video camera and starts following the newcomer. He will… for twenty years! This is the true remarkable story of how Pale Male won the heart of New York City and became a living legend. Watch the trailer of the movie.

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Learning Together-Crooked Oaks Golf Course

When: Monday October 18, 2021 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts
Max: 24 (If all seats in golf carts are used) 
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests. Priority will be given to prior waitlisted & members

The Seabrook Island Club closes one course a day each week and allows Seabrook Island Birders to use golf carts to travel the course with our members to bird. Join us for a morning of birding by riding in golf carts for at least 9-holes on Crooked Oaks golf course. 

Register here

Learning Together on North Beach

When: Monday October 25, 2021 8:00 am -11:00 am
Where: Meet at Oyster Catcher Community Parking Lot (boardwalk #1)

We hope to spot a nice variety of shorebirds as we work our way to the North Beach inlet. We will meet in the Property Owners’ beach parking lot at 8:00 am. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, water, and snacks. Of course, you can head back at any time. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if you are not vaccinated.

Register here

Beyond Our Backyard-Bear Island and Donnelly WMA

Road Trip!! Join us as we explore one of our local resources.

When: Saturday October 30, 2021 6:00 am– 4:00 pm (sunrise 7:30 am)
Location: Meet at SI Real Estate Office to carpool 
Max: 12 
Cost: Free for members, $5 per guest

If you have never been to Bear Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) or to Donnelly WMA, you won’t want to miss this opportunity – it’s well worth the 60-mile one-way trip! Part of the ACE Basin, this area is the perfect habitat for birds with ponds, rivers, salt marsh, freshwater marsh, mudflats mixed pine-hardwood forest and farmland. Most of the birding is done by car with stops to get out and take short walks for viewing. Bear Island closes for hunting from November 1 – February 9 each year, so this is the last chance to visit before spring. We hope the winter waterfowl will have returned including the Tundra Swan.

Register here

Submitted by Seabrook Island Birders

(Image credit: audobon.org)

Charleston Music Hall October Concerts

Charleston Music Hall has several great concerts scheduled for October. Here are just a few that are coming up.

Boz Scaggs

Out of The Blues Tour 2021

Thursday, Oct 14 , 2021

Doors open: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Click here for tickets and more information.

Beatles vs Stones – A Musical Showdown

Sunday. Oct 17, 2021

Doors open: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Click here for tickets and more information.

Visit Charleston Music Hall website for information on other upcoming shows.

-Submitted by Charleston Music Hall

(Image credit: Charleston Music Hall)

Upcoming Events at Charleston’s Historic Plantations

  • Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch October 1-31
    This year will mark the 25th year for this event which has become one of the largest fall festivals in the state of South Carolina. Come enjoy the Family Friendly Monster Hayride and the All American Petting Zoo, Explore the giant eight-acre Certified SC Grown corn maze. And of course, there will be a variety of pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors available for purchase along with all those delicious festival foods we all love.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Boone Hall Fright Nights October 1-31
    Prepared to be scared! Celebrate Halloween with a creepy night of fright! Come experience Fallen Oaks Motel, Tiny’s Toy Factory – Anarchy, and Sinister Cinema Haunted Hayride.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Downtown Walking Tour – The Drayton Family in Downtown Charleston October 2
    Join the Curators of Historic Architecture of Drayton Hall for a walk in downtown Charleston to see and discuss the history of the Drayton family in downtown Charleston, SC.
    Click here for additional information.
  • 2021 Candlelight Tours of Drayton Hall October 9
    Experience Drayton Hall at night with an incredibly special candlelight tour experience. This is a remarkable way to understand the house and lives which touched it – and historic Charleston – from the perspective of a non-modernized colonial home.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Webinar: Archaeology Month Artifacts – Delft Tiles October 14
    In honor of Archaeology Month, Wexler Curatorial fellow, Corey Sattes, will explore Drayton Hall’s collection of delft tiles at 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 14. Originating in the Netherlands in the early 1600s and later produced in England as well, delftware is most distinguishable by its soft paste and tin glazing. This is a Donate What You Can Event.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Virtual Book Club – Taste the State with author Kevin Mitchell October 28
    Join author Chef Kevin Mitchell virtually at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 28 as he discusses his newly released book Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories. This is a Donate What You Can Event.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Prosecco on the Portico of Drayton Hall October 30
    Enjoy a glass of prosecco on the iconic portico of Drayton Hall. Grounds admission and audio tour are included in the ticket price. Prosecco will be served from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. All COVID-19 safety precautions are in place.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Let’s Get Dirty! : Brick Making October 2
    Using wooden molds, one of our resident interpreters will be making bricks using sand, water and clay. Those who are willing to get a little dirty are welcome to roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making a brick. Included in General Admission.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Fall Garden Strolls + Wine Tasting October 6, 13, 20, & 27
    Sip and stroll in a different garden location Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 pm while sampling old and new world wines.
    For additional information click on the desired date: Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20, or Oct 27
  • Wine on the Piazza – Edmondston Alston House October 7 & 21
    Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Edmondston-Alston House followed by a glass of wine on the second story piazza overlooking Charleston Harbor. Entry times are staggered to allow for social distancing.
    For additional information click on the desired date: Oct 7 or Oct 21
  • Dyeing with Indigo and other Natural Materials October 9
    A textile was not finished when it came off the loom or knitter’s needles. Adding color to yarns and fabrics enhanced their aesthetic and textural qualities. Watch demonstrations by Interpreters from the Textile Shop in the Stableyards including creating dye stuffs extracted from plants, chemical compounds, and insects along with dyeing the wool shorn from the flock of Middleton sheep. Included in General Admission.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Dinner in the Pavilion featuring South Carolina Chef Ambassador Kevin Mitchell October 15
    The last in a series of special-event dinners showcasing Certified South Carolina ingredients and the 2020-2021 South Carolina Chef Ambassadors, “Dinner in the Pavilion” features Kevin Mitchell, Chef Instructor at Culinary Institute of Charleston. Chef Kevin will serve a menu inspired by the food history of Middleton Place, a tribute in part to the renowned chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Edna Lewis. The dinner will be held in the Pavilion at Middleton Place.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Family Day: Games in the Garden October 17
    Come try Colonial games such as Quoits (ring toss), Jackstraws (pick up sticks), Skittles (lawn bowling), Croquet (roll-a -ball), Noughts and Crosses (tic-tactoe), and Nine Pins (tabletop bowling). Designed to be fun for children of all ages, the games may test your skill, but guarantee to entertain you and your family. Included in General Admission.
    Click here for additional information.
  • Art in the Barn | A Fundraiser for the Stableyards October 22
    Funds raised at this annual event support the care of the historic breeds at Middleton Place National Historic Landmark. The historic breeds at Middleton Place are an essential part of the Foundation’s educational mission, and the animals are indicative of livestock found in the Low Country in the 18th and 19th centuries. Help us reach the goal $10,000 goal to upgrade the paddocks for the animals.
    Click here for additional information.

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Portions of Eastbound SI Road Closed Sep 30

Public Notice: Portions of Seabrook Island Road (eastbound lane) will be temporarily closed on Thursday, September 30, 2021, due to survey work.

On Thursday, September 30, the town’s engineering contractor, ESP Associates, will be conducting subsurface exploration and pavement evaluation services on parts of Seabrook Island Road. The work will commence at approximately 8:00 am and will take place over the course of the day on Thursday. 

Testing will be conducted at 12 locations along Seabrook Island Road, with each location spaced roughly 500 feet apart. The work will begin outside the SIPOA Security Gate and will progress toward the traffic circle near Freshfields.

While crews are performing survey work, portions of the eastbound lane of Seabrook Island may be temporarily closed to traffic. Motorists are encouraged to allow additional time if traveling to and from Seabrook Island on Thursday. Drivers should be prepared to stop when instructed by flaggers. The survey work is not expected to impact the inbound or outbound pathways adjacent to Seabrook Island Road.

This work is being undertaken as part of the town’s road and drainage evaluation project and is not related to the new Seafields senior living project.

-Submitted by Joseph M. Cronin, Town Administrator

Keep Up With The Lake House Sept 29

Activities and Events

October is going to be busy at The Lake House! Here are some of the activities and events that are planned:

  • Cornhole Tournament –a Fundraiser for Seabrook Island Village Neighbors Helping Neighbors and will be held on The Lake House front lawn
    • Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am start and if you win, you keep playing!
  • Dogtober Pool Party –It’s your dog’s turn to cool off and enjoy an afternoon at the Lake House Outdoor Pool. The dog days of summer have never been more fun!
    • Thursday, October 14, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at The Lake House Outdoor Pool (Rain Date is Friday, October 15)
  • Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest – Dress your pet in their best costume and bring’em to The Lake House for some Halloween fun!
    • Wednesday, October 27, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at The Lake House

For more information about these events, go to sipoa.org and click on The Lake House, Activities/ Events, or click here to be directed to the page.

Fitness and Recreation

New Semi-Private Series and Workshops added:

  • Sit Down, Get Fit & Balanced Workshop – This class offers all the benefits of a standing exercise, without the risk!
    • Tuesday, October 5 at 11:00 am – $12
  • Pilates Mat Workshop – This Pilates Mat workshop can benefit many types of people at various fitness levels. 
    • Wednesday, October 6 at 12:00 pm – $12
  • Yin Yoga Series – Yin yoga is a slow, soothing, and meditative style of yoga that targets the deep connective tissues, bones, joints, fascia, and ligaments in the body.
    • Tuesdays from October 5 – 26 at 5:15 pm – $56 for the series ($14 per workout)
  • Chair Yoga Series – Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support. 
    • Wednesdays from October 6 – 27 at 2:30 pm – $56 for the series ($14 per workout)

For more information about the classes above, go to sipoa.org and click on The Lake House, Semi-Private Series, or click here to be directed to the page.

The Seabrook Island Property Owners website includes everything you need to know about these classes, any cancellations that may occur, The Lake House Spa as well as The Lake House Guide. Once on the SIPOA website, look at the area close to the top of the homepage for The Lake House. There is a dropdown menu with all this information.

Please note that everyone (vaccinated and unvaccinated) is required to wear a mask inside The Lake House. However, masks may be removed while exercising.

-Submitted by Jamie Mogus Mixson, The Lake House Manager

Heads Up – Busy Traffic Weekend

The Kiawah Island Triathlon will take place Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 7:30 am until 12 noon. This is a USAT sanctioned intermediate distance competition featuring a .7-mile swim, 25.1-mile bike and 6.1-mile run. This race is currently the only intermediate distance triathlon in the Charleston SC area to feature an ocean swim.

Most of the triathlon will take place within Kiawah Island Resort, but the bike portion will come out to the circle around Freshfields.  Click here for a map of the route.

This means that traffic may be delayed around the circle Sunday morning.  Also, a large number of participants, their family and friends, as well volunteers will be coming to the event. Traffic on Betsy Kerrison and in Freshfields Village may increase from Friday, October 1 through Monday October 4.

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(Image credit: Kiawah Island Triathlon)

Fur and Frost: Carolina Winters at The Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum is pleased to announce the opening of Fur & Frost: Carolina Winters on October 2, 2021, the latest installment in its Historic Textiles Gallery. Charleston is well known for its temperate winters, but sitting fireside would not always have been enough to keep residences toasty throughout its history. Although the city has witnessed flurries many times over the years, the winter storms of 1899, 1973, 1989 and most recently 2018, left the city blanketed in snow. 

This exhibit showcases historic fashions for winter, from 1890s children’s coats to 1920s fur stoles and 1950s acrylic sweaters. While immersed in this exhibit, you will learn why wool and fur dominated the 19th century fashion industry, and how the rise of new synthetic materials, frequently designed for cooler temperatures, has actually contributed to the changing climate in the 21st century.

A muff, for warming hands

-Submitted by The Charleston Museum

(Image credit: charlestonmuseum.org)

MOJA Arts Festival September 30 – October 10

Plans are in place for City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston to host the 2021 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition, from September 30 – October 10, 2021. This annual juried art exhibition highlights the recent work of artists across South Carolina featuring painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Seabrooker Simone Voelker has been selected to exhibit several of her sculptures in this prestigious event. Admission to the City Gallery is free and it will be open every day of the festival from noon until 5:00 pm.

The MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture. Moja, a Swahili word meaning “One”, emphasizes harmony among all people of our community and highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures. Due to continuing safety concerns about COVID-19, the 2021 MOJA Arts Festival will not incorporate its traditional platform of large scale free public events and ticketed performances by national and international artists. A series of MOJA events scaled to mirror current CDC guidelines for safe public assembly in both outdoor venues and indoor facilities is anticipated. Click here to visit their website.

Details of other specific programs will be posted as they are finalized on mojafestival.com and on the CharlestonArts.org calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page.

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(Image Credit: mojafestival.com)

Support Alan Fleming Beneficiary

The 2021 Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament is fast approaching with play starting on October 6. For players, registration closes on September 28. We hope to see you on the courts!

One of the kickoff charity events will be held on Wednesday, September 29, from noon to 4:00 pm at Freshfields. J. McLaughlin will be donating 15% of all sales to support AMOR Healing Kitchen, one of this year’s Alan Fleming selected beneficiaries. AMOR provides healthy, nourishing meals to people facing critical or chronic health challenges. Ninety percent of AMOR’s clients live below the poverty level.

Please stop in, thank the J. McLaughlin team for their support, contribute to a worthy cause and see the new fall fashions. Phone sales are also accepted.

-Submitted by Patti and Dale Leibach

(Image credit: Alan Fleming Tournament Committee)

Upcoming Events with Historic Charleston Foundation

As a leading force in preservation, Historic Charleston Foundation provides many opportunities to learn about and honor the unique character of Charleston.

Candlelight Tours at the Aiken-Rhett House, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, October 1-23
Experience the ambiance of this preserved-as-found antebellum house and its outbuildings including the kitchen house, the original slave quarters, and the carriage block. Click here for tickets.

Gullah Spirituals, Thursday, October 7 | 5:30 pm   
Clap your hands and stomp your feet during an exhilarating performance of Gullah spirituals and the music of the Sea Islands, featuring The Plantation Singers. Click here for tickets.

Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories, Wednesday, October 27 | 2:00 pm   
Come meet Kevin Mitchell, co-author of Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories, at a book signing at 108 Meeting Street. Click here to learn more.

Gullah Spirituals, Thursday, November 4 | 5:30 pm  
Clap your hands and stomp your feet during an exhilarating performance of Gullah spirituals and the music of the Sea Islands, featuring The Plantation Singers. Click here for tickets.

2021 Luncheon Featuring Ken Fulk, Friday, November 12 | 11:30 am  
Ken Fulk is a design impresario and global stylemaker named to Architectural Digest’s AD 100, Elle Decor’s A-List, and was nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Designed Restaurant. His latest endeavor is the restoration of National Historic Landmark Saint Joseph’s Arts Society in San Francisco. Click here for tickets. 

Illumination Charleston, December 2-5
A weekend of inspired design, Southern culture, and holiday décor in Charleston, presented by Historic Charleston Foundation, Southern Living, and Explore Charleston. Click here for tickets. 

-Submitted by Historic Charleston Foundation