Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Program Returns to Johns Island, Nov. 4

Caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia once again have the opportunity for respite while their loved ones take part in social activities on Johns Island.

Starting Nov. 4, Respite Care Charleston will resume its half-day social program for individuals with memory loss and cognitive impairment. The program will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10:00 am to 1:45 pm at St. John’s Parish Church (3673 Maybank Highway).  

By providing caregivers a much needed break away from their responsibilities and offering socialization and stimulation to those with dementia, RCC’s non-medical respite program can help improve the quality of life for the entire family.

Engaging activities for group participants with mid- to late-stage dementia include:

 – Socialization
 – Reminiscing
 – Brain games, puzzles & trivia
 – Music therapy
 – Arts & crafts
 – Gentle exercise
 – Pet therapy

With multiple program locations, RCC offers affordable, convenient care for participants from age 49 to 102.  

Advance registration, proof of Covid vaccination and masks are required.

For additional information on the respite program, or to learn more about RCC’s caregiver support groups and one-on-one caregiver consultations, visit or call 843-364-8179.

Click here for Respite Care frequently asked questions.

-Submitted by Sara Perry

Workshops at The Charleston Museum

Are you eager to refine or learn a new skill? The Charleston Museum is offering a variety of craft workshops this fall. Space is limited. Reservations and masks are required for each of these workshops. Register online or call 843-722-2996 ext. 224.

SewLAB: Focus on Fit
November 6, 2021   
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Do you have clothes in your closet that just don’t fit right? Like Tim Gunn says, let’s “make it work!” Learn to take accurate body measurements to use along with simple, quick sewing fixes to fine-tune the fit of your clothes. Bring an array of pieces to tailor them with expert guidance from local designer JennyTHREADS during this fun workshop. Beginners and teens welcome,
$50 Museum Members | $80 Non-Members
Click here to register.

SewLAB: Chop Shop with Local Designer JennyThreads
December 4, 2021   
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Do you have clothes that are just not the right shape or length? Learn some creative ways to raise or lower hemlines on pants and skirts, take in tops and dresses, change sleeve length and width, and finish your work neatly so you will want to show it off. Bring one or two pieces to alter with expert guidance from local designer JennyTHREADS during this fun workshop. All skill levels welcome.
$50 Museum Members | $80 Non-Members
Click here to register.

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
December 4, 2021   
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Craft a classic holiday wreath using an assortment of traditional greenery. Attendees will be led through a hands-on design process by members of the Garden Club of Charleston, who annually decorate the Joseph Manigault House for the season. 16” wreath, adornment materials, and admission to the Joseph Manigault House included. Recommended to bring: A pair of garden clippers and garden gloves.
$75 Museum Members | $105 Non-Members
Click here to register.

Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop
December 11, 2021 
9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join local artisan Sarah Edwards-Hammond for in-depth instruction on sweetgrass basketry which has been an integral part of the Lowcountry’s Gullah Geechee community since the 17th century. Edwards-Hammond comes from a long line of basket makers and has passed down the tradition to her family and others in the community. Edwards-Hammond will share a brief history on the artisanal craft of basket making.  Participants will then spend the remainder of the class making their own basket guided by Edwards-Hammond. Come learn about an extraordinary  craft that has been a staple of culture, art, and history in Charleston for centuries. All materials and instruction will be provided.
$75 Museum Members | $105 Non-Members
Click here to register.

Holiday Candle Making Workshop
December 12, 2021   
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Join local artist Daisy McClellan at The Charleston Museum for a relaxing Holiday Candle Making Workshop with vintage vessels. Learn how to make your very own candles from beginning to end. Participants will use festive vintage glasses, tea cups, and tins from the artist’s collection to make both environmentally conscious and uniquely stylish candles for this special time of year. You’ll go home with two candles mixed with your very own scent combinations using a variety of winter themed fragrance oils- think Christmas tree, gingerbread cookies, a crackling fire and more! Special decorations, including cinnamon, candy canes, holiday ribbons, etc. will be provided to adorn our candles. Come enjoy an afternoon making perfect gifts just in time for the holidays! Beginners are welcome in this workshop- no experience is required.
$75 Museum Members | $105 Non-Members
Click here to register.

-Submitted by The Charleston Museum

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Vote Tuesday, November 2

Don’t forget to vote Tuesday, November 2, for Town of Seabrook Island candidates. Polls are open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm at The Lake House.

Due to the projected large number of absentee ballots, Tidelines will not be announcing the results of the walk-in ballots on Tuesday evening. We will be waiting until all the absentee ballots, including the ones cast at the pop-up Satellite Voting Unit (SVU), are counted along with the walk-in votes. As soon as we have the final results, we will post that information.

To see the biographies of all the candidates, go to our website – – and look at the dropdown menu which is close to the top.

This year we will be voting for the following:

Mayor, Seabrook Island                                                                               
(Vote for 1) (Allows Write-In)                                                                     
               John Gregg (Nonpartisan)                                                           

Town Council District, Seabrook Island                                                                  
(Vote for 4) (Allows Write-In)                                                                     
               Jeri Finke (Nonpartisan)                                               
               Patricia Fox (Nonpartisan)                                                           
               Barry R Goldstein (Nonpartisan)                                               
               Dan Kortvelesy (Nonpartisan)                                                    
               Sharon Welch (Nonpartisan) 

Combined Utilities Commissioner, Seabrook Island                                                                         
(Vote for 1) (Allows Write-In)                                                                     
               Lee Vancini (Nonpartisan)

To see a copy of the sample ballot, click here.

Voters must be registered in Charleston County and must be a resident of Seabrook Island. Don’t forget to bring your identification. Voters will be asked to confirm their address and provide one of the following photo IDs at their polling place:

  • a SC Driver’s License
  • an ID Card issued by the SC Department of Motor Vehicles
  • a SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • a Federal Military ID
  • a US Passport

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Ann Watcher, Guest Artist at the SIAG Nov. 16 Meeting

Multi-faceted artist Ann Watcher will be featured at the Seabrook Island Artists Guild meeting in the Live Oak Room at The Lake House, November 16, 1:30 pm.

Ann explores a wide range of subject matter in her art, believing that it is not the subject matter that defines her art but the expression of it, the play of light, active compositions and bold color choices. She blends an Impressionistic approach with touches of abstraction. When painting figuratively, Ann seeks to capture the essence of the person through expression, posture and setting. When painting landscape, Ann often develops the painting through several layers, starting with a gestural, wet on wet approach and adding layers through techniques such as dry brush and scumbling. Composition and mood, such as the soft light at the end of the day, inform her work as she tries to create a visual experience for the viewer.

“I paint in a modern way, always seeking to give my art a different interpretation; I approach my subject matter in search of unusual angles and light as well as other details the average passerby could easily overlook.”

Ann points to master painters Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard as sources of inspiration for her artistic style, also acknowledging Mary Cassatt and the influence Cassatt’s body of work has had on Ann’s personal approach to her portraits of children.

Continue reading “Ann Watcher, Guest Artist at the SIAG Nov. 16 Meeting”

CSO This Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is gearing up for it!

December 2
7:30-9:00 pm
Holy City Messiah
Cathedral of
St. John the Baptist
December 17 and 18
7:30-9:30 pm
Holiday Strings
Chamber Music
Library Society
December 22 and 23
7:30-9:30 pm
Holiday Pops!
Gaillard Center
For more info,

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Town of Seabrook Island Candidate – Lee Vancini

Each of the three different entities on Seabrook Island will hold elections in the coming months. Since Seabrook Island is a municipal town in SC, its election is on November 2, a statewide election day. The Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) and the Seabrook Island Club will hold their separate elections in early 2022.

The information about the candidate in this post is for the town election only.

Below is information about Lee Vancini who is running for Utilities Commissioner.

In early 1990, Lee Vancini moved from the Northeast into a new home on Seabrook Island. He brought with him 20 years of involvement in corporate finance concentrated in strategic transactions consisting of mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts as an intermediary and principal. In joining a family-owned Charleston company, he continued this activity serving private companies in General Aviation.

With this background, Lee was recruited in 1993 to join a special acquisition committee established by the Town of Seabrook Island to analyze, structure, negotiate and fund the purchase of the assets and business of Heater of Seabrook, the water and sewer utility, by the Town in late 1995. Lee was appointed to the SIUC in November 2007, replacing a deceased commissioner. In 2009, he was elected to a six-year term as Vice Chairman. That was followed by his election on the same terms in 2015.

Lee is often asked why he would now willingly tack on 6 more years to a 14-year career. First, the age and configuration of the assets present constant challenges to maintain their effective use and balance sheet support; a discipline prevalent in Lee’s business background. As important is the excitement pending from potential new service requirements to be developed outside the Seabrook gate.

-Provided by Lee Vancini to Tidelines

Seabrook Island Artist Guild November Artist of the Month – Bonnie Younginer 

A reception will be held on November 1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the hallway of the Lakehouse where you can meet Bonnie Younginer. Refreshments will be served. Masks are required when not eating or drinking. If you cannot attend the reception you can still view Bonnie’s artworks throughout the month of November as they will be displayed in the hall between the lobby of the Lakehouse and the library.

Bonnie is originally from upstate South Carolina. She moved to Columbia in 1975 to attend the University of South Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and added additional courses in Studio Art. She moved with her husband, Michael, permanently to Seabrook Island in July 2019. She has been married 40 years and they have two grown sons and one granddaughter.

Bonnie considers herself to be a fiber artist. She took up weaving as a hobby about 15 years ago, after retiring from a 30-year career in interior design. She loves the meditative qualities of the art form and ability to look at the marsh or tree and try to form the scene with wool. She mostly weaves interruptive tapestries on a large upright tapestry loom. She also weaves on a Rigid Heddle loom, allowing the ability to use other weaving techniques not usually done on an upright loom. The weft (the yarn that goes across the weaving) is almost always done with wool yarn or wool fibers, while the warp (the vertical strings) is always done with cotton rug warp for the strength and durability of the weaving.

Bonnie likes to include “dangle”, which she makes out of polymer clay to complement each weaving. Some pieces use beading that hang from the bottom of the weaving. Her love of fiber art has grown to include needle felting abstract forms as well. These are done using a barbed needle to hand “felt” the wool fibers or yarns to a substrate, creating colorful hangings.

Bonnie has pieces hanging in the boutique hotel, Hotel Trundle, in Columbia and at the Pink Lotus Yoga Center in Lexington, South Carolina. She was selected twice to show at the Indie Art Show Crafty Feast.

-Submitted by Sharon Peck

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SINHG Visits Kiawah Banding Station

Eight Seabrook Island Birder (SIB) members were among the 12 lucky registrants for the Seabrook Island Natural History Group’s (SINHG) fall trip to visit the Kiawah Island Bird Banding on Cap’n Sams Spit. Every August, Aaron Given from the Town of Kiawah Island sets up twenty-five 40’ mist nets on Captain Sam’s Spit where, over the next couple of months, he collects birds for banding, measuring, and weighing. Our trip on October 1, was the peak migration time for all sorts of songbirds including vireos, warblers, catbirds, chickadees, etc.

Our group gathered at Beachwalker Park and enjoyed Sanderlings on the beach at sunrise as we walked towards the Spit. Aaron Given took us along the meandering paths beside the mist nets. He removed some birds from the nets as we went and some of us were lucky to hold the bags of the captured birds.

Once we got to their workstation, Aaron explained the process as each bird was identified, banded, measured, weighed, aged and studied for fat content of each bird. This data was all recorded in a ledger that would subsequently be entered in a database and shared globally.

While we were there, the following species were identified: Gray Catbird, Swainson’s Thrush, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-throated Blue Warbler and Red-eyed Vireo.

For banding, a metal ring with a unique number is attached to each bird’s leg. This is done with special pliers and the unique number becomes the bird’s “name” in the database. The metal rings come in different sizes to not disturb the birds. At the nets, Aaron’s team efficiently pre-sorts the birds as they are placed in the bags which allows the same size bands to be used consecutively.

A special ruler is used to measure the length of the bird’s wing. 

The birds don’t seem to mind being put head down into a PVC pipe to allow the bird to be weighed.  Different PVC pipe sizes are used based upon the size of the bird.

To age the bird, the naturalists examine primarily the wing feathers. A hatch-year’s feathers are gradually replaced with sturdier feathers. By examining the feathers, the naturalists can tell which feathers have been replaced and then know if they are hatch-year or after. If the feathers don’t provide a definitive answer, the head can be misted with water to see how extensive the scull has developed.

The birds can consume a great deal of fat in a single night of migration. The amount of fat on a bird would vary based upon how much was gained prior to migration, any special conditions the bird faced during migration (wind, weather, etc.). While they are resting on Kiawah during migration, they eat berries and insects to regain fat to continue their journey. Some birds may be on Kiawah for only a day, others for a few nights and some for all winter. To identify the level of fat on a bird, the naturalist blows on the birds chest. The bird’s skin is rather translucent under the feathers so by blowing on the feathers, the skin is seen and through it, the degree of fat, rated 0 to 5.

Once all these studies are done, the birds are released to eat, gain weight and continue their journey. If they should fly into the nets again on the same day, they are released immediately rather than subject them to more stress. If a bird is “recaptured”, its number is recorded and new data is gathered to ascertain how the bird’s health has changed since its previous capture.

-Submitted by Judy Morr

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Winter in Charleston Exhibit at The Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum is delighted to present A Winter Wonderland in Color: Snow Scenes of Charleston opening on November 1 in the Lowcountry Image Gallery. Heavy snowfalls are a rarity in Charleston, as the Lowcountry is more well known for its mild winters. However, our temperate winter climate occasionally experiences a snow storm that blankets the city in white for more than a mere hour or two. This exhibit showcases colorized photographs of remarkable snow days captured by residents of Charleston dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

For years, photograph colorization was used mainly by high tech production companies. Recently however, computer programmers have created colorization operating systems that use Artificial Intelligence. Modeled after the human brain, the AI software can recognize objects in a photograph and determine their likely colors. Although, it can still be time consuming and rather tricky, colorizing a historical photograph is now more accessible to everyday users. Visitors are invited to enjoy this collection from the Museum’s Archives through a new lens of colorization.

-Submitted by The Charleston Museum

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Town of Seabrook Island Candidate – Sharon Welch

Each of the three different entities on Seabrook Island will hold elections in the coming months. Since Seabrook Island is a municipal town in SC, its election is on November 2, a statewide election day. The Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) and the Seabrook Island Club will hold their separate elections in early 2022.

The information about the candidate in this post is for the town election only. 

Below is information about Sharon Welch who is running for one of the 4 Town Council seats.

Sharon Welch is a business owner and an active Realtor on Seabrook Island. In addition, she has served as a Planning Commissioner for the Town of Seabrook Island since 2019. She believes that her Professional Experience will bring a fresh perspective as a member of the Town Council.

For almost 40 years, Welch has been a licensed Broker with experience in zoning and development. Before moving to Charleston, she was a business partner with her husband in developing several residential subdivisions in the Atlanta area. In this capacity, she located land suitable for development and worked with Managers, Town Councils, and Homeowner Associations on zoning issues and community standards. This experience helped Welch understand the give and take process of these relationships. She believes success comes because of compromise and that no one ever gets 100% of what they want.

Welch has been honored to serve as a planning commissioner for the Town of Seabrook. It has allowed her to consider issues from the other side of the table.

In 2006, Welch relocated here from Atlanta with her husband when they became one of the partners in the ownership of Bohicket Marina. The Marina falls under the Town’s jurisdiction. The Marina has recently sold, but as a partner’s wife, Welch understands the new owners’ challenges as they redevelop the Marina.

Welch has been privileged to be a partial owner of Botany Island and later served as the Coastal Resource Manager and Caretaker. She worked closely with the Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, and the Charleston County Sherriff’s Department to help protect the fragile environment of Botany Island.

The population increase on Seabrook Island has impacted the island’s quality of life. Welch knows that we need to be proactive in protecting the environment, beaches, and wildlife and ensuring balance in our island’s use. She appreciates the concept of property ownership rights but supports a cap on short-term rentals and grandfathering existing rental licensees. Implementing a cap on short-term rentals is critical to maintaining the island’s quality of life, especially in the residential single-family zoned areas of the island.

But the bigger challenge is how we can find a better balance between those who live here full time and those who invest in short-term rentals? How can we sustain what we have now without some limit on short-term rentals? To resolve this conflict, Welch wants negotiation, not debate. Unfortunately, we see many instances of renters that disrespect our beaches and disregard our rules. Welch knows that this is not going to be an easy issue to resolve. All citizens should have input; however, Seabrook Island’s registered voters should have the final say. This conversation should start sooner than later, and the Town should address it now.

She is a person of faith and humility, is plain-spoken, and always willing to listen. She believes in honesty and transparency. Livability and quality of life issues are of significant concern to her, as are protecting and conserving our environment, wildlife, and beaches.

“What do you want?” That’s the question she will always be asking as a member of the Town Council.

-Provided by Sharon Welch to Tidelines

Seabrook Island Road Turn Lane Construction to Begin on Sun. October 31

October 29, 2021

Public Notice      

Beginning Sunday, October 31, a portion of the eastbound (outbound) lane of Seabrook Island Road will be closed due to construction of a new turn lane into the future Seafields senior living community. This phase of construction is expected to be completed by Sunday, November 7. All construction activities on Seabrook Island Road will take place during the evening and overnight hours (8:00 pm to 6:00 am). During these times, Seabrook Island Road will be reduced to a single lane with alternating traffic. 

  • ​​Sun. October 31. Seabrook Island Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at 8:00 pm due to grading work. 
  • Mon. November 1. Seabrook Island Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at 8:00 pm due to grading work. 
  • Tue. November 2. Seabrook Island Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at 8:00 pm due to grading work. 
  • Wed. November 3. Seabrook Island Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at 8:00 pm due to grading work and proof roll. 
  • Thu. November 4. Seabrook Island Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at 8:00 pm due to final preparation for asphalt paving. 
  • ​​Fri. November 5. No work currently scheduled. 
  • Sat. November 6. No work currently scheduled. 
  • Sun. November 7. Seabrook Island Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at 8:00 pm due to asphalt paving work. 
  • Motorists are encouraged to allow additional time if traveling to and from Seabrook Island during the evening and overnight hours between October 31 and November 7. Drivers should also be prepared to stop when instructed by flaggers. 
  • To report an issue while workers are present, please contact Town Hall at by phone at (843) 768-5321 or by email at

Traffic Control Plan

Construction Plan

– Submitted by Joseph M. Cronin, Town Administrator, Town of Seabrook Island

SIGC Announces Nov. 12 Meeting: Curating and Collecting Art for Your Home

Part of the SIGC mission is to promote artistic design, and we have a winner for you with our November 12 program, “Curating and Collecting Art for Your Home,” by Redux Contemporary Art Center. Redux is a Charleston based nonprofit organization committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary Lowcountry art through artist-in-residency programs and is a bustling center for contemporary art with 38 private artist studios.

Cara Leepson, Executive Director, will help us learn how we can curate and collect art in the home and do so in a conscientious way that supports local communities. Cara has a long history with Redux as she began as an intern then pursued her MA in Arts & Museum Studies at Georgetown University. Upon completion of her degree, she went on to work for several arts organizations in the DC area including Hillyer Art Space, Glenstone Foundation, and Transformer before returning to Redux. Joining Cara will be Megan Bansil, Education & Outreach Director and Steph Fredricksen, Gallery and Programming Associate.

Please arrive at the Oyster Catcher Community Center around 9:30 am. There will be a short business meeting at 9:45 am and the Redux team will begin their presentation at 10:00. Remember masks are required in the OCCC.

For members interested in supporting the Redux non-profit mission, a donation “box” for a tax-deductible gift will be available.

The ’21-22 Seabrook Island Garden Club focuses on those who have an active interest in horticulture, artistic design, community beautification, ecology and philanthropy.

The 2021-22 Seabrook Island Club: Let’s Talk Some Dirt!

-Submitted by Cindy Zock, SIGC