Volunteers are still needed to work with students at Mt. Zion Elementary School. Anna Mims, the school principal, is asking for area residents to help Mt. Zion take part in the nationwide Reading Partners Program. The Reading Partners Program is coordinated by the Charleston County Schools to meet the needs of children in the district. Please go to https://readingpartners.org/ for more information.
If you are interested in the program, please contact Lucy Hoover (firstname.lastname@example.org). Lucy is the Mt. Zion Volunteer Coordinator and she will send your name and email address to the school, then the school will contact you when the training is scheduled.
Painter and teacher Gary Kunkelman will be exhibiting some of his Lowcountry Scenes and Marine works at the Lake House throughout the month of December.
His exhibit will kick off with a reception at The Lake House on Wednesday, December 1, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Masks are required in The Lake House but may be removed while eating and drinking.
Gary works in oils and pastels in a variety of areas— still life, portraiture, landscapes, and increasingly, marine art. “Over the past few years, I’ve been doing a lot of maritime subjects for corporate clients, especially America’s Cup racers and Colonial and Revolutionary marine scenes. I’m working now on a large painting of the British landing on Seabrook in 1780, which was the start of the occupation of Charleston. I’m hoping to have this done for December.” On another current project, he’s working with Middleton Place on a painting of British warships at the plantation.
Gary says he’s also glad to be returning to landscapes, “especially with the incredible light and skies we have here.” He says that he has been moving toward a traditional studio approach, often using numerous layers of transparent glazes. “It takes a lot longer to do a painting, but I think it produces depth and luminosity that’s hard to get with more direct painting.”
Following a 20-plus year career in journalism and advertising, he was hired by Penn State’s Berks College to teach professional writing. Over the next 21 years there, he eventually taught studio painting and American colonial history— which no doubt helps explain his interest in painting historical subjects. Gary studied for nearly a decade with marine artist Jack Coggins and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Gary and his wife Kathy moved to Seabrook full-time in 2014 after he retired from Penn State. Gary is a past co-president of the Seabrook Island Artists Guild.
The next monthly Brown & White Pickup is Friday, December 3, 2021.
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 9:00 am and 2:00 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 & 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. Sarah has saved more than 1,800 bikes from the landfill! Find out more about B4H here.
Before you put your used furniture or other items on the curb for Brown & White Pickup on Friday, consider recycling it with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Restore. Contact the store at 843-559-4009 for more information and to arrange for free pick-up of large items.
Click here for the 2021 SIPOA Garbage, Recycling, Yard Debris Pickup Schedule.
The Seabrook Island Thanksgiving Art and Crafts Show and Sale was held on Friday, November 25 at The Lake House. People came out in numbers to see the amazing array of artworks and craft items created by so many talented Seabrookers. Works included original paintings in several mediums, photography, note cards, jewelry, painted dishes and glassware, baskets, weavings, adorned serving pieces, framed scissor cutting pieces, and more.
Congratulations to our talented Seabrookers and thank you for displaying your artwork for your friends and neighbors to enjoy.
Please note that copyright rules apply to these artists.
Despite the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there are still opportunities for you to get out and enjoy all our beautiful area has to offer. What better way to relieve stress than being outside with friendly folks? Mother Nature is a great relaxer.
Watch the Replay – “Top 10 Birding Moments Around the World”
If you missed the live presentation of Ed & Aija Konrad’s “Top 10 Birding Moments” from around the world on Wednesday, November 17, you can watch the replay here!
Birding on Crooked Oaks Golf Course
When: Monday, December 6, 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. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Egrets, Herons and birds of prey. We will also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens and some of the many Warbler species. Since it is fall/winter, we can also expect to see Eastern Phoebes, Northern Flickers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Belted Kingfishers, Double-crested Cormorants, Bald Eagles, and more!
When: Tuesday December 14, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Location: Virtual through Zoom
This lyrical documentary uses high-definition photography, narration by French actress Zabou Breitman and an elaborate score to illuminate the life cycle of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring but least-understood creatures — the flamingo. The titular mysteries explored in the film include the process through which flamingos, born black and white, attain their highly recognizable pink shade. The story of these majestic birds unfolds among the striking landscapes of Tanzania. Trailer of the movie.
Sign up by December 12 and you will receive a confirmation on December 13.
Beyond our Backyard – Biking & Birding the Greenway
When: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 7:30 am – 12:00 pm Location: Meet at Parking area for West Ashley Greenway (McLeod Mill Rd. near. Main Rd./SR S 10-20) Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests
Grab your bike and join us as we bike the West Ashley Greenway! This trail stretches about eight miles from Johns Island to the South Windermere Shopping Center on Folly Road (parking available at either end). The trail is open from dawn to dusk. It’s 100 feet wide and mostly hard-packed dirt and some asphalt. Plus, the trail is flat so it’s great for beginning bikers and kids. For the most part, the trail runs parallel to U.S. Highway 17 past neighborhoods, parks and marshes so there’s plenty to see.
We hope to see shorebirds like Egrets, Herons and Roseate Spoonbills in the tidal marsh areas. We should see/hear some of our winter residents like Eastern Phoebe, Northern Flicker and Palm Warbler.
Seabrook Island Birders are excited to announce we now accept online payment using PayPal or a Credit Card. Membership remains $10.00 per person per year. Join or renew today and your membership is valid through December 31, 2022.
SIB membership is open to anyone interested in birds; residents, renters and guests to Seabrook Island. Benefits of SIB membership include the opportunity to go on bird walks, participate in bird counts and learn about the many birds that frequent our island each season of the year. In addition, SIB members will receive a discount on bird food purchased at Wild Birds Unlimited in West Ashley, SC.
In 2021, more than 300 members enjoyed the various in person and virtual SIB events. We encourage you to join or renew your 2022 membership today! These funds will help us offer great programs in the next year!
Step 2: If you prefer to pay by check or cash, place a check made out to Seabrook Island Birders for $10/person in an envelope and include the name, email, and phone number of each member and bring to an event or mail to: Seabrook Island Birders (SIB), 1202 Landfall Way, Seabrook Island, SC 29455
Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Charleston Jazz presents Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition Saturday, December 4, 2021 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm Charleston Music Hall
Maestro Robert Lewis and your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will swing you into the holiday spirit with big band arrangements of winter classics and holiday favorites. Add some jazz to your holiday cheer with this Charleston Jazz tradition! Click here for ticket information.
The Lake House was the place to be on this crystal clear Friday afternoon to enjoy a huge dose of holiday spirit. Lead by Santa and Mrs. Claus, more than a dozen vehicles of various sizes participated in the Second Annual SIPOA Holiday Parade.
Following the parade, Seabrookers gathered on the lawn of The Lake House to enjoy live music, wine, water, hot chocolate and s’mores. As the darkness settled in, the countdown began and the Christmas tree was lit to delighted “oohhs!” and “aahhs!” by the appreciative crowd. Happy Holidays!
Special thanks to Nic Porter, Jamie Mixson, the Lake House staff, and the volunteers for organizing and managing these terrific events. Let the holiday season begin!
Shop local this holiday season at the eighth annual Homegrown Holiday Bazaar that will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Johns Island County Park (2662 Mullet Hall Road) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
There will be around 75 vendors, just in time to get holiday shopping done from local businesses in support of your local economy. The kiddie train ride, horse rides, and Santa & Mrs. Claus visits in Santa Land are sure to bring holiday cheer to all who visit! Local food trucks will be on site along with warm drinks, local craft beer, and wine. Charleston’s own local musician White Jeep will be live at the Holiday Bazaar from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm There will be tons of fun activities for all ages including several seasonal-themed games, crafts, Christmas card making, and bounce houses. Be sure to bid on the many silent auction items to support the operations of the hosting organizations.
The Homegrown Holiday Bazaar is your one-stop shop for all things local and festive!
Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking on site.
In case you missed it, the Second Annual Holiday Parade kicked off at 3:30 pm this afternoon. Lead by Santa and Mrs. Claus, more than a dozen gaily decorated vehicles participated in the parade followed by our friends from the SJFD who took up the rear. Do you recognize any of the cheerily clad participants? The holiday spirit was abundant and a good time was had by all. Happy Holidays!
With the sun slowly rising on a chilly, 43 degree, beautiful Thanksgiving morning, over 300 runners, walkers, and their fans gathered at The Lake House for the annual (just over a) 5K Turkey Trot. This was truly a fun and family friendly event. Wearing their specially designed race day tee shirts children, adults, and dogs on leashes lined up together at the start area, which was organized by categories: Runners, Run/Walk (not sure, why not both) and Walkers (families, pets, maybe mimosas).
At exactly 8:00 am, Nic blew the horn and the runners sprinted off. The course took a left onto Seabrook Island Road, left on The Haul Over, left on Cat Tail Pond, left on Seabrook Island Road, and then left back to the Lake House for a total distance of 5K plus approximately 4/10 of a mile. Crossing the finish line, each runner was greeted with enthusiastic kudos by onlookers, including a life sized turkey.
Congratulations to each of the runners, walkers, and dogs who participated in the Turkey Trot! The first male to cross the finish line was Evan Brown and the first female to cross was Karenna Keane.
Special thanks to Nic Porter, Jamie Mixson, the Lake House staff, and the volunteers for organizing and managing this terrific event and for all the spectators who cheered on the runners. A great way to start off Thanksgiving celebrations!
Families and friends gathering for the start of the race!
The race begins. On your mark, get set, GO!
Here come the winners!
Approaching the finish line!
And thanks to The Lake House staff and volunteers!