SIAG Hosts February Demonstration Artist Peggy Howe

Seabrook Island Artist Guild (SIAG) welcomes Peggy Howe
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
1:30 – 4:00 pm
The Lake House
Live Oak Hall

Born in New Rochelle, New York, Peggy spent an idyllic childhood in the nature surrounding the York River in Virginia. Before her senior year of high school, the family moved to northern Virginia. There she discovered The National Gallery of Art and began her first art classes. Peggy attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, majoring in studio art and art history. Professor Julien Binford introduced Peggy to drawing from life. The love of drawing from life has been her essential work ever since.

She earned her BA in 1968 and promptly started making a living teaching art in public schools. After teaching five years, she decided to “make the jump” and practice art full time. Peggy moved to Charleston in 1976. She was drawn to the city’s beauty, history, and size. The city had an encouraging portfolio of successful female artists and the oldest city art museum in our country, The Gibbes Museum of Art. There she taught classes for years. She rented an apartment on Chalmers Street in Charleston to serve as her home and studio and turned one room into a gallery of her work.

This exhibit space allowed Peggy to establish herself by displaying her figure drawings and paintings as well as watercolors of Charleston.

In 1980, she found a large historic warehouse on Hayne Street. There Peggy opened studio space for herself and other artists and remained there until 1989 when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the building. Seeking another studio space, she became a founding board member for Print Studio South, Inc. This allowed a place for a shared fine art printmaking studio and classes. The space eventually became Redux Contemporary Art Center on King Street.

Because of the hurricane she was able to secure an SBA disaster loan allowing her to build a studio wing onto her Mt. Pleasant residence.  Peggy continues to draw, paint, teach, and host biweekly figure painting sessions in this remarkable studio.

Her beautiful work is included in many private, corporate and public collections. Some of the places where one can see her work is The Gibbes Museum of Art, The SC Arts Commission, the South Carolina State Museum, Hugo Museum, The City of Charleston, The City of North Charleston, and South Carolina Medical University.

Visitors are welcome to her studio at 1600 Home Farm Road, Mt. Pleasant, by appointment.

She can also be viewed during Charleston’s annual Spoleto Festival held in Marian Square at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, May 26-June 11, 2023.

For more information on the Guild’s events, workshops, and membership, visit www.seabrookislandartistguild.com

-Submitted by Bonnie Younginer, Seabrook Island Artist Guild

(Image credit: Peggy Howe)

SI Photo Club Feb Meeting: Portraits Matter by Matthew Greene


Thursday, February 16, 2023
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Refreshments at 6:30 pm, presentation 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Live Oak Hall at The Lake Hous
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This meeting is free to SI Photo Club members. For guests and non-members, we request a $10 donation (which can be applied to an annual Photo Club membership).

The Photo Club is thrilled to host Matthew Greene as our February 16 speaker. Matthew is a professional photographer with areas of focus in commercial photography, portraiture, and nature. (You may also have seen Matthew’s work on Nextdoor). Matthew’s talk will focus on his portraiture. He will be discussing how he aims to capture the essence and beauty in people through his portrait photography.

Matthew resides in Ohio but he and his family have been coming to Charleston for over 30 years, and Seabrook specifically, for the last ten. He is a member of ASMP, the premier trade association for the world’s most respected photographers.

Having lost many family members and friends, Matthew views each day as a gift. His seascapes and portraits convey his love of life. More information on Matthew’s work can be found at his website KindPortraits.com.

-Submitted by Maureen Healy, Seabrook Island Photography Club

(Image credit: SI Photography Club)

SIGC Winter Open House Recap

For 35 years the Seabrook Island Garden Club’s Annual Holiday Open House in December has been an island-wide tradition. Each year the Club extends an open invitation for everyone on Seabrook to gather at The Lake House for an evening of food, drinks, fellowship and fun.

After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the Garden Club decided it might be time to change things up a bit and develop some new traditions. This year they hosted a Winter Open House on January 29, 2023.

All of the old traditions were maintained—an island-wide open invitation to all Seabrook residents and guests with welcoming hospitality and plentiful food and drinks—but with a new blue winter theme, raffles, music and Paula’s special punch. In spite of rain and having to compete with football playoff games, there was a great turnout.

A much-deserved thank you goes to Victoria Fehr, her committee members, and all of the Garden Club members for helping make this event a success.


-Submitted by Susan McLaughlin, Seabrook Island Garden Club

(Image credits: Susan McLaughlin and Vivien Joklik)

Nominations for Angel Oak Award Due February 11

The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club is soliciting nominations for its 11th Angel Oak Award. The annual award was first presented in 2012 and recognizes a person who performs volunteer services which contribute significantly to the people and/or quality of life of Wadmalaw, Johns, Kiawah, and/or Seabrook Island. 

The award is named after a historic tree on Johns Island which clearly represents the people, culture, and natural environment of the islands. The 2021 recipient was Charlotte Moran who was recognized for her work with the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, and Mt. Zion Holiday Gift Fund.  

The recipient need not live on the aforementioned islands but the service noted for the award must have been performed on the islands. The recipient will be recognized at a banquet on May 17, 2023 and will receive an honorarium of $5000 which he/she can designate for assignment to a charitable organization serving the islands. The recipient will also receive a memento and have his/her name inscribed on the Angel Oak Trophy which is permanently displayed on the islands.

The Exchange Club is seeking nominations from the public. The deadline for nominations is February 11, 2023.  Nomination information and forms can be found on the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club website at www.ks-exchangeclub.com.  Please contact Alan Armstrong at alan9631@comcast.net or 410-274-7545 if you have any questions.

-Submitted by Alan Armstrong

SIPOA Get the Scoop Series at 4:30 pm Today, Feb 1

Please note that the correct time for SIPOA Get the Scoop Series is 4:30 pm, today, Wednesday, February 1, 2023. It will be held at the Oyster Catcher Community Center and the topic is “Committees and What They Do.”

If you are not able to attend in-person, you may join via Zoom. Log into GateAccess for the link.

Have you ever served on one of SIPOA’s committees? If not, why not? Is it because you don’t understand what they are and what they do? If yes, but you are not currently serving, would you like to be updated on what the committees are currently doing?

Here is your opportunity to learn more. During the upcoming Get the Scoop program, committee representatives will be present to review the role and activities of each of the SIPOA committees. Requiring about 60 property owner volunteers, SIPOA’s committees have an essential role in providing information and recommendations to the Board.

Whether you are interested in serving on a committee, or simply want to understand more about what they do, this Get the Scoop program is for you.

We hope to see many of Seabrook Island’s property owners there. If you are currently serving on a SIPOA committee, thank you!

For up to date information on Get the Scoop events, check out the Activities & Events page on our website.

-Submitted by SIPOA

St. Christopher Summer Camp Registration Opens Feb 1

Each summer St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center hosts nearly 1,500 campers on its 314 acres on Seabrook Island. Camp sessions are geared for specific age groups ranging from K-2 (Buddy Campers, who attend an overnight session with a parent or guardian) to high school students who attend week-long Senior Sessions.

Open registration for all camp sessions begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 9:00 am. For more information about summer camp registration, click here.

-Tidelines Editors

(Image credit: Camp St. Christopher)

SIB February Activities

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and the coming of spring with one or more of SIB’s many activities. 

Beyond our Backyard: Hollings ACE Basin and Roxbury Park

When: Saturday, February 4, 2023, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm (roundtrip from Seabrook Island)
          Leave Seabrook Real Estate: 7:30 am
          Hollings Ace Basin: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
          Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
          Bird Roxbury Park: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location:  Meet at Real Estate parking lot at 7:30 am to carpool to Hollings ACE Basin
Max:  12
Cost: None for members; $10 donation for guests

The Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge is a 11,815-acre portion of the larger ACE Basin area, and the only portions that are federally protected. The wildlife refuge is divided into two units: the Edisto River unit and the Combahee River unit. We will be visiting the Edisto River unit which has portions closed in the winter to provide a safe resting area for the ducks during the hunt season. Therefore, the ducks may be at a distance. Although it was closed when we visited in November, 44 species were seen including Blue Winged Teals, Gadwalls and Shovelers.  A pair of nesting American Eagles are also on a nest at the facility in the open area. Expect to walk approximately three miles on flat terrain. There are restrooms on the property but it is uncertain whether or not they will be open.

You may pack a lunch to eat at either Hollings ACE Basin or Roxbury Park or you can join the group and eat at Roxbury Mercantile. This previous country store has both inside and outside dining offering “Lowcountry cuisine”.

In the afternoon, we will make the short trip from Roxbury Mercantile to Roxbury Park. Roxbury Park is owned and managed by the Town of Meggett, SC. The diversity of its ecosystem makes Roxbury Park a special place to visit. Visitors to the park can see and experience eight distinctively unique habitats that attract and support an amazing variety of wildlife. The park is open year round but only on Saturdays and Sundays. There is a portable restroom located in the parking area.

Participants may participate in either the morning at Hollings ACE Basin or both. If you wish to only do Hollings Ace Basin, please let us know as you will have to provide your own transportation.

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

Please register no later than Thursday, February 2, 2023.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior to the event.

Register here

SIB Shorebird Steward Field Training

When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 10:00 am– 12:00 pm
Location: Boardwalk 1 parking lot
Max: None            
Cost: Free to members and guests

Previously trained Seabrook Island Shorebird Stewards need to participate in a “Field Training” session prior to serving as a Steward this year. The training will update past Stewards on the changes to the website, beach rules, and equipment available for use while on the beach. 

Register here

February Movie

Scott Weidensaul, “A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 4:00 pm 
Location:
Zoom Only

Watch the replay of the Zoom event featuring Scott Weidensaul, a renowned bird migration expert, and author of more than two dozen books on natural history. These include New York Times bestseller “A World on the Wing,” and Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind.” He’s a contributing editor for Audubon and is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society. An active field researcher, his studies of migration have taken him all around the world. 

Register here

Learning Together at North Beach

When: Wednesday February 15, 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location:  Meet at Boardwalk # 1 parking lot
Max: None
Cost: Free for members; $10 donation for guests

Join SIB to bird at Seabrook Island’s North Beach. This three-mile round trip walk travels from Boardwalk #1 to the tip of North Beach along Captain Sams Inlet as high tide approaches. Birders from beginners to advanced 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. However, there should be spotting scopes available for viewing if you don’t have one. Bring plenty to drink and a snack if desired. There are no facilities.  

Please register no later than February 13.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on February 14, the day prior to the trip. 

Register here

Beyond Our Backyard: Bear Island/Donnelly WMA

When: Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30 am– 4:00 pm
Location:  Meet at SI Real Estate Office to carpool at 5:30 am
                  (or meet at Mary’s Pond at 7:00 am)
Max: 10            
Cost: Free for members, $10 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 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 an early chance to visit. We hope the winter waterfowl will still be present including the Tundra Swan.  

Each person should bring their own lunch, snacks and beverages, as there are no restaurants (nor restrooms) in the area. Also, be sure to bring sunblock, bug spray, a hat, binoculars, camera and a scope if you have one.

Please register no later than February 14, 2023.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior  to the event.  

Register here

Backyard Birding at the Boat Ramp

Join SIB members near the home of Melanie and Robert Jerome at the boat ramp on Creek Watch Trace on Seabrook Island on Friday, Feb 17, 2023 at 8:00 am. You will have views of the marsh and river, with many shore birds, Spotted Sandpipers, Egrets, Herons, Marsh Wrens, and many songbirds. We may possibly see the otters that like to come out at high tide. The marsh by the fire station may have some additional birds. There will be seats available to sit and bird or a group can go walking. Bring  binoculars and bug spray. The limit is 12-15 people.

Please register no later than February 15.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Thursday, February 16.  

Register here

Great Backyard Bird Count

When: Sunday, February 19, 2023,  8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Location: Various locations around Seabrook Island
Max: 20
Cost: Free for members, $10 per guest

Connect with birds, nature, and each other!  Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things. Join Audubon and SIB, February 17–20, 2023, when the world comes together for the love of birds. SIB’s organized GBBC activities will be on Sunday.

You can also do your own birding and submit your findings. This birding can be any time (and as many times) between 12:01 am, February 17 through 11:59 pm, February 20. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 – Decide where you will watch birds.
Step 2 – Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 17-20, 2023.
Step 3 – Count all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings (either Merlin or eBird).  If you use eBird, “share” your eBird list with SIBeBird so we can compile a list for all of Seabrook. 

Join us in participating in Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count. The day 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 the whole day is not of interest. We request you register for all sections you will be attending so we know if we should wait for you at any individual location.

Between locations listed below and as time permits, we’ll stop by members’ yards to see what they have at their feeders. Unfortunately, these will be unscheduled visits since duration of each location below needs to be somewhat flexible based upon what’s being seen. We do provide you with an opportunity to enter your address if you’d like us to include you on our list.

– Maintenance Area /Equestrian Center, 8:00 am -9:30 am
We’ll start at the Garden parking lot. We will walk through the Club Maintenance area and look over the fence to the retention ponds of the Water Treatment Facility. In this area we hope to see Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, songbirds and sparrows. From there, we will walk along the horse trail (or drive) to the Equestrian Center to see Starlings and Cowbirds plus numerous other birds that can be expected there.

– Palmetto Lake, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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.  

– Boardwalk 8 with views to Deveaux Bank, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm
We will meet at the viewing area at Boardwalk 8 to extend our backyard to the beach and Deveaux Bank.  Low tide is at 1:28 pm so we hope to see shorebirds without having the longer walk of North Beach. With scopes, we’ll look towards Deveaux Bank to hopefully see White Pelicans and other birds that roost there.

– Jenkin’s Point, 3:00 pm -5:00 pm
We will be exploring the birds seen along Jenkins Point lagoons and streets, including ducks, wading birds and shorebirds. Since this event will be primarily by car, it is appropriate for members with mobility issues. You may also join us on your bicycle, if you wish.

For all events, bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water, snacks and binoculars.  

Please register and let us know which portions you plan to attend no later than Thursday, February 16, 2023.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Friday, February 17, 2023.  

Register here

Learning Together on Golf Course Ocean Winds

When: Monday, February 20, 2023,  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; $10 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.

Please register no later than Friday prior to the trip. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Sunday, 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

SIB Shorebird Steward Training: Part One

When: Friday, Feb. 24, 10:00 am– 12:00 pm 
Location:  Oyster Catcher Community Center. Note: this training will be followed with a light lunch and then field training on the beach.
Max: None            
Cost: Free for members and guests

The Seabrook Island Shorebird Stewards perform a significant service to the shorebirds that visit or nest on Seabrook Island. No special skills are needed to be a Shorebird Steward, just a willingness to spend time on the beach interacting with beach walkers. Volunteers spend two-hour shifts on the beach greeting beachgoers and educating them about the shorebirds and how to protect shorebirds from disturbance. The Stewards can be on the beach any day between March 1 and May 25. If shorebirds like the American Oystercatcher, Least Tern, or Wilson’s Plover nest on Seabrook Island, the season may extend through around July 4. Stewards schedule as many or as few two-hour shifts as they are willing to work. Each shift can have two people. The training is for new and returning Shorebird Stewards and is in two parts. The session on Friday, February 24 is indoors and provided by the South Carolina Audubon. It focuses on why Stewards are so essential and valuable. Participants will learn how to interact with people, be introduced to the educational material available to use while on the beach and discover information about the birds they might see. After the morning session, people are invited to enjoy a light lunch and then participate in field training. 

Additional field training will occur on North Beach on the following day, February 25, 2023, from 10 am to 12 pm and any additional days when people can participate. 

Please register no later than February 21, 2023. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior to the event.  

Register here  

SIB Shorebird Steward Training: Part Two

When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:00 am– 12:00 pm 
Location: Oyster Catcher Community Center
Max: None            
Cost:  Free for members and guests

The Seabrook Island Shorebird Stewards perform a significant service to the shorebirds that visit or nest on Seabrook Island. No special skills are needed to be a Shorebird Steward, just a willingness to spend time on the beach interacting with beach walkers. Volunteers spend two-hour shifts on the beach greeting beachgoers and educating them about the shorebirds and how to protect shorebirds from disturbance. The Stewards can be on the beach any day between March 1 and May 25. If shorebirds like the American Oystercatcher, Least Tern, or Wilson’s Plover nest on Seabrook Island, the season may extend through around July 4. Stewards schedule as many as or as few as two-hour shifts as they are willing to work. Each shift can have two people.

Please register no later than February 21, 2023.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior to the event.  

Register here

-Submitted by SIB

(Image credit: SIB)

Prohibition in South Carolina

February Evening Program:

Prohibition in South Carolina

Thursday, February 9, 7:00 pm at The Lake House

February’s program on Thursday evening will explore South Carolina’s experience during the early twentieth century’s Prohibition years in a program presented by Abigail Geedy of the Horry County Museum.  See how South Carolinians dealt with the Volstead Act of 1919, barring the sale of alcoholic beverages until the Act’s repeal in 1932.

To register for the program, click here.

Seabrook Island Natural History Group explores the ecology, history, and culture of the Carolina Lowcountry.  Come explore with us!  For more information about SINHG, please go to sinhg.org.

-Submitted by Norm Powers for SINHG

(Image credit: SINGH)

Nominations for Angel Oak Award Due February 11

The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club is soliciting nominations for its 11th Angel Oak Award. The annual award was first presented in 2012 and recognizes a person who performs volunteer services which contribute significantly to the people and/or quality of life of Wadmalaw, Johns, Kiawah, and/or Seabrook Island. 

The award is named after a historic tree on Johns Island which clearly represents the people, culture, and natural environment of the islands. The 2021 recipient was Charlotte Moran who was recognized for her work with the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, and Mt. Zion Holiday Gift Fund.  

The recipient need not live on the aforementioned islands but the service noted for the award must have been performed on the islands. The recipient will be recognized at a banquet on May 17, 2023 and will receive an honorarium of $5000 which he/she can designate for assignment to a charitable organization serving the islands. The recipient will also receive a memento and have his/her name inscribed on the Angel Oak Trophy which is permanently displayed on the islands.

The Exchange Club is seeking nominations from the public. The deadline for nominations is February 11, 2023.  Nomination information and forms can be found on the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club website at www.ks-exchangeclub.com.  Please contact Alan Armstrong at alan9631@comcast.net or 410-274-7545 if you have any questions.

-Submitted by Alan Armstrong

Reminder: You’re Invited to the SIGC Winter Open House

Sunday, January 29, 5:00-7:00 pm at The Lake House

Please join the Seabrook Island Garden Club at their annual Open House, to enjoy plentiful hors d’oeuvres, festive beverages, and kick off the new year!

This event is open to all Seabrook Island residents, and is a gift from the Garden Club to our local community of neighbors.

Bring cash to participate in our fun raffle for prizes!  $5 for 1 ticket, and $25 for 6 tickets!  Proceeds benefit the Garden Club Philanthropies.

-Submitted by Beth Wright, Seabrook Island Garden Club Publicity

(Image credits: Seabrook Island Garden Club)