Reminder: Polar Bear Plunge January 1, 2022

Polar Bear 5 Jan 19

Splash into 2022 with the Seabrook Polar Bear Plunge. This awesome Polar Bear Plunge will be located at North Beach near Boardwalk 1 with splash down at 10:30 am sharp on New Year’s Day – Saturday, January 1, 2022!

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

Charleston Jazz Presents Season 14

Charleston Jazz Orchestra is gearing up for Season 14. This season will feature guest artists Camille Thurman for an evening of jazz standards, the Buena Vista Legacy Band for a Cuban celebration and Sean Jones for a Miles Davis tribute. The remaining Charleston Jazz Orchestra Season 14 lineup will include Duke Ellington’s New Orleans and Far East Suites, the music of Chick Corea and the Charleston Jazz tradition – Holiday Swing. For ticket information, click here.

All Charleston Jazz Orchestra Season 14 shows will be performed at the Charleston Music Hall and available as a virtual performance.

-Submitted by Charleston Jazz Orchestra

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Kiawah Recreation is hosting fireworks on New Year’s Eve, Friday December 31, 2021. They are scheduled to begin promptly at 9:00 pm at Night Heron Park.  If it is a clear night, you might be able to see them from our beach.

For more information, click here.

Tidelines Editors

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HCF Festival of Houses and Gardens

The Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) Festival of Houses and Gardens is back for the 75th year! Since 1947, HCF has been providing intimate glimpses into some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in Charleston. Join HCF March 16-April 9, 2022, for exciting events – from tours to concerts and wine tastings to lectures. Click here for information and tickets. To download the 2022 Festival Brochure, click here.

-Submitted by Historic Charleston Foundation

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Keep Up With The Lake House Dec 29

Holiday Hours

The Lake House will close at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 31, and will reopen on Saturday, January 1, (with before/after hours) at 5:00 am for property owners and 8:00 am for guests.

Seabrook Island’s Polar Bear Plunge

Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 10:30 am

Seabrook Island’s Polar Bear Plunge will be at North Beach near Boardwalk 1 with splashdown at 10:30 am on New Year’s Day. A bonfire and hot chocolate will be provided and you can bring s’mores to roast. Everyone is invited…bring your kids, grandkids, and guests.  

Show up to take the plunge or just join in the festivities and wish your fellow Seabrookers a very Happy New Year!

Lake House HVAC Replacement Schedule

The HVAC systems at The Lake House are scheduled to be replaced. There are two systems at The Lake House. One serves the meeting room side and the other serves the fitness side. Beginning on 12-20-21, the HVAC system on the fitness side will be out of service for up to 2 weeks. Beginning on 1-3-22, the HVAC system on the meeting room side will be out of service for up to 2 weeks. The Lake House will remain open during these scheduled replacements. We have attempted to schedule this work to coincide with moderate outdoor temperatures in order to maintain comfortable conditions inside the building. The HVAC replacements will not affect the air or water temperature conditions of the indoor pool, which is a separate system. Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep our facilities in great condition.

Fitness and Recreation

The January schedule for fitness and recreation classes is now available. It does not include the semi-private classes listed below. To view it, click here

Please note that Early Rise Yin Yoga will be suspended beginning in January. There is a new class, Vin to Yin, that will take place on Tuesdays at 7:45 am starting January 4.

Another new fitness class beginning in January on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm is HITT It and SPIN It. This will start on January 5.

January Semi-Private Series & Fitness Classes

RIDESBI Semi-Private Series – This 9-week semi-private series is open to participants of all levels. Modifications are provided. Bring a towel and water to class.
–Saturdays at 8:30 from January 1 through February 26.  $90 for the series.

Yin Yoga Semi-Private Series – This class is a slow, soothing and meditative style of yoga where the legs, hips, and lower back are the main benefits.
–Tuesdays at 5:15 pm from January 4 through January 25. $56 for the series.

Chair Yoga Semi-Private Series – This 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 at 2:30 pm from January 5 through January 26. $56 for the series.

Yoga for Fitness Semi-Private Series – Tone and strengthen the core, extremities, and back muscles through this yoga flow. It can help improve everyday physical functioning as well as your golf or tennis game.
–Thursdays at 2:45 pm from January 13 through February 17. $90 for the series.

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 all the classes, any cancellations that may occur, The Lake House Spa, and 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.

-Submitted by Jamie Mogus Mixson, The Lake House Manager

How to Volunteer for a 2022 SIPOA Committee

Do you want to become involved with a SIPOA committee and help make Seabrook Island an even better place for all of us to live? It’s easy to do!

As you know, volunteerism is the backbone of our community. Many of us bring our skills and hard work to committees, schools, churches, medical and social service organizations. Now is the time for property owners to begin thinking about volunteering for SIPOA committees. The SIPOA committees will be organizing shortly after the 2022 SIPOA election of new Board members and the assignments of committee chairs are made.

To help you decide which committee(s) you’d like to apply to, just click here to find a description of all the SIPOA committees and the approximate time commitment for each.

Once you’ve had a chance to review the information, you can click here for the Committee Volunteer Form to submit your application to serve on a SIPOA committee.

-Submitted by SIPOA

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Meet David Brown Candidate for 2022 SIPOA Board of Directors

The separate annual elections for Seabrook Island Club (SIC) and Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) are approaching. We encourage you to vote for both SIC and SIPOA. Please remember the following:

  • The information below is for SIPOA. SIC will be sending out an email with candidate information as well as voting for their board. SIC elections are limited to club members only.
  • The email you will receive from SIPOA will be coming from Association Voting. The sender on these emails is announcement@associationvoting.com, not SIPOA. It is one vote per property for SIPOA and the primary email on file will receive the ballot.

I live in the Dunecrest Regime at the corner of the southwestern corner of Seabrook Island and High Hammock Road. I have owned my Dunecrest villa since 2007 and became a full-time resident in 2019. I grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for most of my adult life. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt Law School. I left private legal practice in 2019 and am an active investor in public markets.

I am an enthusiastic listener and a keen analyst. I genuinely enjoy learning from others through personal interaction as well as from text, financial analysis, graphics, and other audio-visuals. I endeavor to bring an effective combination of curiosity, empathy, patience, and proactivity to what I do. I developed and honed this approach over about 25 years as a lawyer in private practice focused on economic development and commercial real estate transactions and about 5 years managing real estate transactions for a large non-profit organization committed to land conservation for public open space.

I have served on SIPOA’s Long Range Planning Committee since March 2020 and its Facilities Task Force since its inception in 2020. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Dunecrest regime since November 2019, my second tenure on that board. I served as President of my condominium owners association in Charlotte for approximately two years prior to selling my condo unit and moving to Seabrook Island. It is a very small association, and we are governed largely by consensus.

We enjoy an extraordinarily high quality of life here and I want to sustain and adapt it for the first few decades of the 21st Century. Our natural environment, location, sense of community, facilities, and financial position enable us to sustain a thriving and stimulating community now and, in the future, especially if we can identify macro trends and adapt accordingly. We are fortunate to be in a position where we can embrace and act upon a long-term vision instead of only reacting to crises. That will require diligence and effective management of operations today and patience, creativity, and perseverance going forward. I can contribute significant time and energy over several years to the viability and the betterment of our quality of life.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Nominating Committee

Seabrook Island Birders January Activities

January is a busy month for SI birders – many opportunities to improve your birding skills regardless of your level of interest, including several chances to learn about the many shorebirds that are on North Beach. 

Learning Together at North Beach

When: Saturday January 8, 2022 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Meet at Boardwalk # 1 Parking lot
Max: None 
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests 

Join SIB to bird at Seabrook Island’s North Beach. This three mile round trip walk travels from Board Walk #1 to the tip of North Beach along Captain Sams Inlet as high tide approaches. Birders from beginners to advanced birders will enjoy the variety of birds found on North Beach. At this time, many different species of shorebirds rest and feed near the point or along the beach ridge near the beach’s pond. Along the way, we will explore the many different species that can be found in this unique area.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. Bring plenty to drink and a snack if desired. There are no facilities. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.

Register here.

January Movie“Bird Brain”


When: Tuesday January 11, 2022 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Watch astonishing tests of avian aptitude: parrots that can plan for the future, jackdaws that can “read” human faces, and crows that can solve multi-step puzzles with tools like pebbles, sticks, and hooks. Could these just be clever tricks, based on instinct or triggered by subtle cues from their human handlers?
Watch the trailer here.

Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!

Learning Together at Palmetto Lake

When: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 4:00 pm to sunset
Location: Meet at equestrian end of The Lake House parking lot
Max: 15
Cost: Free for 2022 members, $5 for guests 

Join the Seabrook Island Birders for a leisurely walk around Palmetto Lake. We plan to walk part way along the path towards the Equestrian Center then hopefully see the “white birds” come in to roost for the evening. The path around Palmetto Lake is wheelchair navigable and for those walking, it will be probably only a quarter of a mile. As we walk along Seabrook Island Road, we hope to see some of our resident winter warblers such as Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers and Black and White Warblers. We also expect to see a large variety of birds including Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, Herons and birds of prey. If the “white birds” get the invitation, we hope to see Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and White Ibis roosting for the evening. Hooded Mergansers, Pie-billed Grebes and Buffleheads may be seen swimming in the lake.

Dress in layers and bring your binoculars, hats, and a beverage of choice. You may also wish to bring a chair to sit and enjoy your beverage while watching the birds coming in for their evening roost.

Register here.

Beyond Our Backyard at Kiawah River Development

When: Sunday, January 16, 2022 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Meet at the “bridge” entering the property
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Another chance to check out birds that can be found on this varied habitat property. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey and other birds of prey. If we are lucky, we will see an eagle and osprey duel over a fish. We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals. We will drive to various locations on the property and then walk for better birding observations. Of course, this also gives us a chance to see this neighboring development.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen. 

Please register no later than Friday, January 14, 2022. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on the day prior to the event.

Register here

In-person Evening Program, January 19, 2022

SIB Presents the Center for Birds of Prey

Date: Wednesday January 19, 2022
Registration starts 7:00 pm. Program starts 7:30 pm
Location: Live Oak Hall, The Lake House
Program Fee: Members $5.00
Attendance: Limited to 100 members

Stephen Schabel, Center for Birds of Prey Director of Education, once again brings the Center’s amazing raptors to The Lake House. We’ll witness the interesting and important world of raptors through this unique indoor program. Stephen’s engaging discussion, along with watching the birds in action, will give us a wonderful education of these majestic creatures and the significant role they play as apex avian predators. 

The program is limited to 100 SIB members. SIPOA COVID protocol will be followed – masks required in Live Oak Hall, masks and physical distancing recommended while traversing other indoor space. No refreshments will be served. If COVID conditions change prior to January 19, the program could be canceled.

Register here.

Learning Together at North Beach

When: Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: Meet at Boardwalk # 1 parking lot
Max: None 
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests 

This three mile round trip walk travels from Board Walk #1 to the tip of North Beach along Captain Sams Inlet as high tide approaches. Birders from beginners to advanced birders will enjoy the variety of birds found on North Beach. At this time, many different species of shorebirds rest and feed near the point or along the beach ridge near the beach’s pond. Along the way, we will explore the many different species that can be found in this unique area.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. Bring plenty to drink and a snack if desired. There are no facilities. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.

Register here.

Workshop on Favorite Birding Apps

When: Tuesday January 25, 2022 from  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: The Lake House Osprey 2
Max: 12
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Do you have a smart phone or a tablet? Are you interested in learning more about birds or trying to identify a bird? Why carry a heavy paper guidebook into the field or even around the house when you probably have a smart phone or tablet nearby!?!  Like with everything, there is an app for anything and birding is no different. For many people, using a smart phone is the best way to easily identify birds and even track sightings.

Getting started using these various apps sometimes requires help. Others may have “tricks” they have learned while using the apps. SIB will offer a workshop to share and learn from each other. If you don’t already have the desired app on your device, we’ll even help you download it.

Bring your device, questions and tips to our workshop. If you want to load new apps, you will also need your account information for the App Store. If you want more information about possible apps, read prior blogs to give you ideas:

Click here for apps for your device.
Click here for birding app recommendations.

SIPOA rules for masks will be followed.

Register here.

Beyond our Backyard at Pitt Street Causeway and Fort Moultrie

When: Friday, January 28, 2022 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (roundtrip from Seabrook Island) Location: Meet at Real Estate Parking lot at 8:30 am to carpool to Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant
Max:  12
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Bird Pitt Street Causeway: 9:30 am – 11:30 am 

Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm 

Bird Fort Moultrie and Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Pitt Street Causeway in Mount Pleasant is a small park with limited parking and no facilities, but it is worth a visit during any season. Almost any species of shorebird occurring along the South Carolina coast might be present on the mud flats here (especially at low tide). The marshes and salt creeks on the north side of the causeway are good for any salt marsh species, including all of the marsh-loving sparrows. You also have a good view of Charleston Harbor.

When SIB visited this site in 2019, we observed 41 species. The causeway is accessible for those with mobility issues. Once we are done at Pitt Street, those who are interested will go for lunch at The Co-op at 2019 Middle Street.  

After lunch, SIB will return to Fort Moultrie and the Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail. In September, we saw 62 species on our visit. The season will be different, offering a different variety of birds. This portion of the walk will include walks over uneven paths.  

Participants may opt to participate in only the morning at Pitt Street or both. If you wish to only do Fort Moultrie, we ask you just let us know and provide your own transportation.

Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks and water.  

Register here.

Learning Together at North Beach

When: Saturday, January 29, 2022, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Meet at Boardwalk # 1 parking lot
Max: None 
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests 

Join SIB to bird at Seabrook Island’s North Beach. This three mile round trip walk travels from Board Walk #1 to the tip of North Beach along Captain Sams Inlet as high tide approaches. Birders from beginners to advanced birders will enjoy the variety of birds found on North Beach. At this time, many different species of shorebirds rest and feed near the point or along the beach ridge near the beach’s pond. Along the way, we will explore the many different species that can be found in this unique area.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. Bring plenty to drink and a snack if desired. There are no facilities. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.

Register here.

Learning Together on Golf Course – Ocean Winds

When: Monday January 31, 2022, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Meet at The 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 Ocean Winds 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!

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.

Register here.

-Submitted by SIB

(Image credit: PBS, The Center for Birds of Prey)

Opera 101 at The Sandcastle, Kiawah Island

A sequel to Opera Light (hosted by the late Dr. John Benzel) and Exploring Opera (Ms. Shellagh Emmott), this newly designed, weekly (Tuesdays, 2-4:00 pm) Opera 101 series activity at The Sandcastle will include Italian, French, German and Russian works, beginning with Verdi’s Rigoletto (January 4, 2022) and ending with R. Strauss’ Elektra (April 1). Naive and experienced opera lovers from all our neighboring islands are welcome. Synopses of each opera will be published and distributed in advance so that attendees can more fully focus on the music and drama virtuosity. Video clips from selected DVDs or movies will be shown with the opportunity to discuss and contrast differing performances.

Participants in Opera 101 will enjoy watching superb opera video clips from selected DVDs or movies with opportunities to discuss music passages as well as singing and drama virtuosity.

Jan. 4 – Rigoletto/Verdi/dramatic Synopsis: Rigoletto (The Metropolitan Opera)
Jan. 11 – Tosca/Puccini/dramatic Synopsis: Tosca (The Metropolitan Opera)
Jan. 18 (Bobcat Hall) – Lucia di Lammermoor/Donizetti/dramatic Lucia di Lammermoor (The Metropolitan Opera)
Jan. 25 – Il Barbieri di Siviglia/Rossini/comic Il Barbarie di Siviglia (The Metropolitan Opera)

Feb. 1 – Don Giovanni/Mozart/classical
Feb. 8 – La Traviata/Verdi/dramatic
Feb. 15 – Les Contes d’Hoffmann/Offenbach/French
Feb. 22 – Eugene Onegin/Tchaikovsky/Russian

March 1 – Don Carlo/Verdi/grand
March 8 (Bobcat Hall) – Tannhauser/Wagner/German
March 15 (Bobcat Hall) – Die Walkure/Wagner/German epic
March 22 – Elektra/R.Strauss/psychological
March 29 – Symposium

Note Location Change: January 18, March 8, and March 15 will be held at 23 Beachwalker Dr., Bobcat Hall.

Please check the KICA calendar of events to see the schedule, to review the synopsis and to verify the location of the meeting. For more information, contact Jose A. Rafols at j.rafols@aol.com.

-Submitted by Jose A. Rafols

SEADOGS 2022 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 26 – 7:00 PM
Live Oak Hall – The Lake House

Featuring Dr. Kristi Oldham, DVM
“It’s A Dog’s Life on Seabrook Island”

SEADOGS, the Seabrook Island Dog Owners Group, recently announced its annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, beginning at 7:00 pm. The event will be held in the Live Oak Hall at The Lake House. All Seabrook Island residents are invited to attend the meeting. We are always looking for new members, so please join us to hear about the good work SEADOGS does for the Seabrook Island community.

On this year’s agenda, the officers will provide an annual review of 2021 for the SEADOGS organization. During the second half of the meeting, we are honored to present “It’s A Dog’s Life on Seabrook Island,” a conversation with Kristi Oldham, DVM, on some of the environmental and physical challenges for your four-legged loved ones living on Seabrook Island. Dr. Oldham is an integrative veterinarian who has been serving the greater Charleston area for over 15 years. She currently serves the community as a mobile veterinarian and soon will open Trinity Island Veterinary Clinic on River Road. Dr. Oldham is certified in acupuncture as well as food therapy and has a diverse education in holistic medicine. She is particularly interested in the interconnectivity between her patients and their human companions.

Every year SEADOGS collects donations for a local charity. This year we will be collecting for “Michael’s Healing Heart Fund” at Dorchester Paws. This fund allows Dorchester Paws to “pay for the medical bills of the neglected and abused.” The fund is named in honor of a dog named Michael, who arrived at Dorchester Paws after being abused and tortured with gasoline. You can read more about Dorchester Paws and the “Michael’s Healing Heart Fund” on their website: https://dorchesterpaws.org/about/.
Dorchester Paws is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Dorchester County, SC.

Unlike in years past, SEADOGS annual meeting will serve no food or beverages. As a reminder, all SIPOA requirements regarding masks and/or social distancing at the time of the event will be enforced. For more information on the event or about SEADOGS, please visit our website, www.sidogs.org or contact us at siseadogs@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

-Submitted by Martha Goldstein, President, SEADOGS

Christmas Wishes

During this holiday season may you find many reasons for happiness. As we end this second year with COVID and its variants, the best present one can hope for is to spend time together with family and friends.

May your home be filled with joy and laughter, your heart with love, and your life with hope. We wish you a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year. We are taking the day off!

-Your Tidelines Team

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SIHAF Hunger Awareness Challenge Increased

The Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) provides clean water and nutritious food to our neighbors in need on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands and is currently conducting the $75,000 Hunger Awareness Challenge to raise funds. Two other donors have generously offered to match an additional $50,000, increasing the amount the Hunger Awareness Challenge to $125,000. We sincerely thank those who have already helped to reach the $100,000 mark on our “thermometer”. Meeting this additional challenge would mean so much to so many.

Please help us reach our new final goal of $250,000 by making a donation today so we can continue to provide our programs, support our partners, and provide nutritious food and clean water to our Sea Island Neighbors in need in 2022. To learn more about our programs, click here.

There are several ways to donate:

By check mailed to:
Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF)
PO Box 268
Johns Island, SC 29457-0268

By credit or debit card at: fightislandhunger.org

SIHAF is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

-Submitted by SIHAF