Reminder: Charleston Coastal Choir in Concert, April 1

This is a reminder that the Charleston Coastal Choir will be performing their spring concert on Friday, April 1 at 5:00 pm at the Church of Our Saviour, 4416 Betsy Kerrison Parkway. 

Please come out to support your friends and neighbors in the choir who will be singing some old favorites as well as songs that will be new to you. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

-Submitted by Veronica L’Allier for the Charleston Coastal Choir

(Image credit: Charleston Coast Choir)

*Just outside the Freshfields circle.

April at the Gibbes Museum

The Gibbes Museum of Art has some exciting programming happening in April. See below for events and programs happening this month.

Programming

Literary Gibbes Book Club: March, April 9, 2022, 10:30 am – 12 noon
Inspired by the works in Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, join the Literary Gibbes Book Club to discuss acclaimed Congressman John Lewis’s stunning graphic memoir March, coauthored by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by graphic artist Nate Powell. To register for this event, click here.  
Price: Members: Free | Non-Members: Included in admission to the museum

Portraying Justice: Exploring Portraiture Techniques with Charles Edward Williams, April 9, 2022, 10:00 am. – 4:00 pm
Inspired by the important figures in the exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, this adult workshop looks deeply through the pursuit and pure essence of portraiture. Widely acclaimed artist Charles Edward Williams will lead participants in key concepts including working from historical photographs and techniques such as the planes of the head, light and shadow, shapes, values and edges, color mixing and temperatures from utilizing oil paint on mylar. To register, click here
Price: Members: $100 | Non-Members: $120

Curator-Led Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection April 14, 2022, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Explore the Gibbes permanent collection with Director of Education and Programs, Becca Hiester.This tour will be in person, and it is free and open to the public. 

Other events

Silver Workshop, April 11, 2022, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Kick off your spring break with some new skills! Kids ages 14 – 18 are invited to participate in this introductory workshop with JoAnn Graham. Students will learn the basics of silversmithing and will leave with a unique piece of jewelry for their own collection. All materials are included, but students are required to bring a bagged lunch. Students must wear closed toe shoes and work clothes and have long hair pulled back. To register, click here.
Price: Members: $180 | Non-members: $210 

Ongoing special exhibitions:

Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022
William H. Johnson’s Fighters for Freedom series is a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, performers and international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. On view at the Gibbes from Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022, this exhibition is the first-ever presentation of this series in Johnson’s home state of South Carolina. Fighters for Freedom presents well-known Fighters such as Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson and Mahatma Gandhi, as well as some lesser-known individuals whose equally important determination and sacrifice have been eclipsed over time. Images: click here.  

A New Deal: Artists at Work, Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022
The Federal Art Project was formed under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ambitious Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs that sent millions of unemployed Americans back to work during the Great Depression, including more than 5,000 artists. The Federal Art Project afforded opportunities to a diverse group of artists, including women, African Americans and recent immigrants, resulting in a collection of artwork intended to uplift the national spirit and encourage creativity in the face of great challenges. The Gibbes is one of a select group of institutions across the country that houses a historic collection of Federal Art Project prints. Images: click here.

William Eggleston: Photographs from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection, Feb. 25 – Oct. 9, 2022
It is said that William Eggleston’s unique ability to conflate the epic and the everyday has made him one of the most impactful figures in late twentieth century photography. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Eggleston first photographed his local environs in the 1950s in black-and-white but became one of the first fine art photographers to use color to record his observations in a more heightened and accurate way. Today his strikingly vivid, yet enigmatic images of parked cars, billboards, storefronts, diners and other artifacts of the ordinary world are considered groundbreaking. The photographs presented in this edition of the Gibbes’ Charleston Collects exhibition series were selected from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection and represent many of the pioneering artist’s most notable works.

-Submitted by The Gibbes Museum

Keep Up With The Lake House March 30

Fitness and Recreation

Indoor/Outdoor Pools

The Outdoor Pool hours:
– Monday through Friday from 9:15 am to sunset
– Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to sunset.

The Indoor Pool schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

Fitness Classes

HIIT It to Spin It will be canceled on Wednesday, March 30, and Wednesday, April 6

The monthly schedule for fitness and recreation classes is available on the SIPOA website, click here to view it. This does not include the semi-private classes.

Semi-Private Series

Sign up now for the following Semi-Private classes. Please note, Semi-Private classes are limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Pre-registration is required. There are no drop-ins or refunds. Semi-private classes are not included in the monthly class pass, and the entire class will be charged to your Property Owner/Club account at the time of registration. Semi-private classes are available to Seabrook Island Property Owners, Seabrook Island Club members, and guests staying on Seabrook Island.

Tai Chi Workshops – Tai Chi is a series of low impact, slow-flowing, standing-only movements, accompanied by focused breathing. It promotes stress relief, flexibility, and especially balance.
-Monday, March 28 at 5:15 pm. $10 for the workshop.
-This workshop is taught by Lisa Anderson

Tai Chi Semi-Private Series – This series is similar to the workshop above. It is a series of low impact, slow-flowing, standing-only movements, accompanied by focused breathing. It promotes stress relief, flexibility, and especially balance.
-Mondays at 5:15 pm on April 4 – April 25. $48 for the series.
-This series is taught by Lisa Anderson

Fitness Rewired Outdoor Semi-Private Series – This class focuses on cardio, strength, mobility, balance, and overall fitness improvement. Enjoy the camaraderie and good humor of your workout buddies as you meet three times a week for a challenging workout.
-Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, April 4 – April 29 at 8:30 am. $120 for the 4-week series.
-This workshop is taught by Patti Romano and Kayleigh Breaux.

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 on 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26. $60 for the series.
-This series is taught by Natasha Stevens

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 on April 6 – April 27.  $60 for the series.
-This series is taught by Natasha Stevens

Booty Camp Semi-Private Series – Sizzle your seat, burn up your buns, gear up your glutes. Whatever you call your backside, this class will help you sculpt tone, strengthen…and feel the burn.
-Thursdays from 10:15 am to 11:00 am on April 7 – April 28. $40 for the series.
-This series is taught by Patti Romano

RideSBI Semi-Private Series – This Spinning class focuses on strength, endurance, cardiovascular, and recovery training while on a stationary bike. It is a group class, but each rider controls his or her own RPM and resistance. Enjoy the energy of the group even if you have never taken a Spin class.
-This series is taught by Sarah Mae Yuncker
-Saturdays, April 9 – April 30 at 8:30 am. $40 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 semi-private series page. You can also email your questions to The Lake House staff at Wellness@sipoa.org.

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

Reminder: Don’t Forget the Dog Pool Party – March 30

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022    Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm    Place: The Lake House Outdoor Pool

We are asking all attendees to bring a donation of dog food to benefit Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary.

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As Spring begins, it’s your dogs’ turn to enjoy an afternoon at The Lake House Outdoor Pool.

Rules:

  • Swimming is for dogs only. Humans should not enter the pool past knee depth.
  • All dogs must be current on the following vaccinations: rabies, distemper, parvo, and Bordetella.
  • Prior to entering the pool area, please walk your dog to help him/her relieve themselves and be sure to pick up any waste. We would like to avoid accidents in the pool.
  • All dogs must be on the leash outside of the pool gates. Please be aware that the Palmetto Lake (behind the Lake House) is home to alligators.
  • Your dog may be released from the leash upon entering the pool gates.
  • Your dog must always remain under your control.
  • Please be aware of your dog’s location at all times.
  • All dogs should be socialized with other dogs and humans. Aggressive behavior is not permitted and will result in expulsion from the event.
  • Be sure your dog has been exposed to swimming prior to the event.
  • Female dogs in season are not allowed.
  • Outside food and drink (dog and human) are not allowed in the pool.
  • Freshwater will be available for dogs throughout the event.

-Submitted by The Lake House

Seabrook Island Birders April Activities

Let’s hope April showers time themselves around our many birding activities. April will also bring the return, after a long absence, of our popular Backyard Birding events. 

Backyard Birding- The Haul Over

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 6:00 pm -7:30 pm, The Haul Over
Location: 2445 The Haul Over
Max: 20
Cost: None for 2021 members; $5 donation for guests

We are going back! Our visit last May to Annalee Regenburg’s backyard was a witness of a bumper crop of Egret and Heron nests. We lost count at 100 nests. Annalee’s house backs up to the Great White Egret Rookery. The females sit on their nests all day and the males come into the nests in the evenings. We plan on observing this wonderful, sometimes noisy event. We will most likely see some snowy egrets and green herons, plus some night herons and Wood Storks too. One year, we even saw Cattle Egrets. The first nest was March 1. Walk around back when you arrive.

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

Please register no later than Tuesday, April 5. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Wednesday, April 6.

Register here

Learning Together on Ocean Winds Golf Course

When: Monday, April 11, 2022 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 nine 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 spring, we can also expect to see Eastern Kingbirds, Great-crested Flycatchers, Orchard Orioles, Summer Tanagers, Mississippi Kites and more!

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

Please register no later than April 9. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on the day prior to the trip. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

Register here  

April Movie, “Penguin Bloom”

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Location: Zoom & TBD in-person

Watch the trailer here.

As a mom copes with the aftermath of a harrowing accident, she finds inspiration from an injured magpie taken in by her family. The movie is based on a true story.

Register here

Learning Together at Kiawah River Development

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

We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey and other birds of prey. We hope to see the Little Blue Heron rookery in full habitation. 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 Thursday, April 14, 2022. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Friday, April 15.

Register here  

Beyond Our Backyard – McAlhany Nature Preserve Near St. George, SC

When: Sunday, April 24, 2022 with morning only (8:00 am – 11:00 am) and all day (8:00 am – 2:00 pm) options
Leave Seabrook Island Real Estate to carpool at 6:30 am (please be there before 6:30 am)
Meet trip leaders Cathy & Carl Miller at the truck stop in Jacksonboro (intersection of US Hwy 17 & SC 64) and at 7:15 am to caravan to site
Note: Cars with low ground clearance are not recommended for the drive into McAlhany
Max: 12
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests

Join SIB to bird at the beautiful McAlhany Nature Preserve on the Edisto River near Saint George. This 367 acre preserve is under a conservation easement with the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and is owned and managed by the Charleston chapter (Charleston Natural History Society) of the Audubon Society. This property includes such habitats as one and a half miles of frontage on the Edisto River, a nine acre oxbow lake, bottomland hardwoods forest, a freshwater marsh, upland oak-hickory forest and a restored longleaf pine and native grasslands area. To get a feel for the types of habitats as well as the species that live and pass through, take a look at “Flora and Fauna of McAlhany Nature Preserve” All birding will be on foot so wear comfortable hiking shoes.

In the morning, we will cover about two miles of wooded trails birding the south side of Wire Road along the River Trail. This area includes the river frontage, the oxbow lake, the Cypress Forest and flood plain. We can expect to see a large variety of birds including Egrets, Herons, Anhinga and Wood Ducks as well as birds of prey like Barred Owl, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks. We will also see and hear our resident smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, hopefully three vireo species – Blue-headed, Red-eyed and White-eyed. A few sparrow species may still be present and we could also see several warbler species such as Black-throated Green and Black-throated Blue warblers, Northern Parula, Common Yellow-throat, Yellow-throated, Prothonotary and Hooded warblers. We will eat an early lunch around 11:00 am in the picnic area. Then, in the afternoon, we will explore the young longleaf pine and grassland areas on the north side of Wire Road covering about one and a half miles of sandy trail and fire breaks. We will hopefully see Sedge and House Wrens, Yellow, Prairie and Pine warblers, Eastern Bluebirds, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo and Painted Buntings, as well as Yellow-throated vireo and possibly Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Many of these species can be seen on either side of the road.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, bug spray, hats and sunscreen. Bring plenty to drink and a picnic lunch to eat on the property. We will make use of the picnic shelter however there are no facilities available to us on the property as the cabin will be locked.

Please register no later than Friday, April 22, 2022. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior to the event.

Register here

Beyond Our Backyard – Edisto Nature Trail

When: Saturday, April 30, 2022 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 17038 Ace Basin Pkwy
Carpool: Meet at SI Real Estate Office to car pool at 7:00 am, the drive is approximately 50 minutes to the nature trail’s parking lot
Cost: Free for SIB member; $5 guest fee

Come join us for spring migration, Beyond Our Backyard, at the Edisto Nature Trail. This park, within the ACE Basin on Highway 17, is both a migrant hot spot and a known nesting area for a number of sought after bird species. The park, adjacent to the Edisto River, has a variety of habitats along its one and a half mile looped trail. As you walk the park in search of its birdlife, you will move through a pine and maritime forest habit into, adjacent the Edisto River, a cypress-tupelo swamp. In prior years, because of this varied habit, we have encountered a vast array of wildlife and plant life inside the park boundaries.

Some of the bird species we will hope to see, and have encountered in prior years, include such Warbler species as Prothonotary, Worm-Eating, Black and White, Swainson’s, Kentucky, Hooded, Black Throated Blue, Yellow-Throated, and Northern Parula. Other possible bird species include, but are not limited to, Veery, Scarlet Tanager, Blackburnian Warbler, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Blackpoll Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Blue-Winged Warbler, Warbling Vireos, and a variety of raptors.

This nature trail has a number of boardwalk crossovers to assist in traversing potentially wet areas. Appropriate footwear is recommended, even during dry spells, so that all participants are able to maximize the enjoyment of their experience. Participants should also consider these other items to maximize the comfort and enjoyment: binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, hats, layered clothing to adjust to the morning’s weather, field guides if print is your preference, eyeglass – lens cleaner, water, snacks, camera, and a pack or shoulder bag for your needs.

Please register prior to April 27, 2022. You will receive a confirmation letter the day prior to the event.

Register here

-Submitted by SIB

(Image credit: SIB)

Spring Means Alligator Mating Season

Seabrook Island is home to a variety of wildlife, some of which are endangered and others that can be dangerous. There are four types of creatures that deserve special attention. On the beach, we are home to turtles, dolphins, and birds. In the freshwater ponds and wetlands, we have alligators. Our respectful vigilance is needed in order to preserve their habitats.

Maintaining a healthy distance from wildlife is needed both for our safety and protection as well as theirs. The Town Code for Seabrook Island prohibits harassment of marine life and wildlife. To read the ordinance, click here.

Alligators

Seabrook Island is home to a healthy population of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), a species once protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Generally, alligators are not a threat to people and their pets. However, the Seabrook Island Property Owners’ Association (SIPOA) has developed a policy for determining whether or not an alligator qualifies as a “nuisance alligator” and therefore warrants removal under the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Nuisance Alligator Program. Removal occurs relatively infrequently. Click here to learn what to do if you have a concern or complaint about an alligator.

To be safe around alligators, remember:

  • Do not feed alligators. Feeding alligators reduces their fear of humans.
  • Keep your distance. Alligators can run faster than you.
  • Do not attempt to move alligators out of the road.
  • It is illegal to harass, throw things at or harm alligators in any way.
  • Do not disturb nests or small alligators. Female alligators are very protective.
  • Keep your pets and children away from alligators.
  • Do not corner, trap or hunt alligators.
  • Be alert around the shore of freshwater ponds or wetlands.
  • If you have a concern about an alligator, call the Security Gate on 843-768-6641.

To read more about staying safe around alligators, click here. To read the SIPOA Alligator Program Policy, click here.

Tidelines Editors

(Photo credit: nas.er.usgs.gov)

Flowertown Is Back April 1 – 3!

Every spring, the Town of Summerville is awash in color – – from the hot pink azaleas to the purple wisteria, to the delicate white dogwood. On one 3-day weekend during this season, thousands of festival-goers transcend this gracious Southern town to take in the flowers and hospitality and attend one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast- The YMCA Flowertown Festival.

Flowertown Festival
April 1 – 3, 2022
Azalea Park, Summerville, SC

Consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the three-day festival features:

Over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale
Delicious foods from restaurants and food trucks
Fun activities and rides for children at the Children’s Jubilee
Farmer’s Market
Free admission
Free Parking​

The event hours are:

  • April 1: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • April 2: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • April 3: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

For more information, please click here.

Tidelines Editors

Brown & White Pickup April 1


No foolin’ -The next monthly Brown & White Pickup is Friday, April 1, 2022.

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.

Tidelines Editors

Cornhole Clash Update

Due to an overwhelming response, the Cornhole Clash has officially closed registration.
This year 57 teams will be participating, including three children’s teams.

  • Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022
  • Time: 1:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Place: Lake House Front Lawn

Please note that this event is a single elimination tournament meaning you keep playing as long as you are winning. All participants and bystanders may wish to clear their calendars on Saturday April 16 for an afternoon of fun. Even if you face elimination, stay to cheer on the other teams! 

Thank you Seabrook!

-Submitted by Sue Coomer