Happenings at the Lake House

There are several items of interest at the Lake House; a new workshop, Lake House closings/cancelations and volunteer opportunities for Fourth of July.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Location: The Lake House
Cost: $12
Barre Above fuses the very best of Pilates, Yoga, aerobics, and strength training. You don’t need to worry about dance experience. Barre Above is barre for all bodies! This workshop will include modifications for any fitness level, so you can feel successful while achieving an amazing workout that will lengthen, strengthen and tone your body. In this 75 minute workshop, instructor Meagan Bergeron will coach participants through a Barre Above Masterclass, providing guided instruction and modifications through the essential movements.

For more information or to register, please email Meagan Bergeron at meaganbergeron@me.com. Please note, space in this workshop is limited and preregistration is required. There is a maximum of 15 participants. The cost for the workshop is $12 per participant. These workshops are not included in the monthly class pass. The fee will be charged to your Property Owner/ Club Member / Guest Amenity account and the classes are available to Seabrook Island Property Owners, Seabrook Island Club members, and guests staying on Seabrook Island.

Lake House closings/cancellations
Due to the Fourth of July Holiday events, ALL fitness classes at The Lake House will be CANCELED on the following days:
Wednesday, July 3
Thursday, July 4
Friday, July 5
The Lake House Outdoor Pool will be CLOSED from 7:30 am to 9:00 am on Friday, July 5 for the Tri It Kids Triathlon.

Volunteers Needed
The Lake House is looking for volunteers to assist with Seabrook Island’s Fourth of July Fitness Events: the Walk/Run and the Tri It Kids Triathlon.

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Posted in Events, Lake House

Freshfields Announces Pet-Friendly Initiatives

Freshfields Village announces new pet-friendly initiatives, designed to welcome locals and visitors who want to bring their pets along.

“The team at Freshfields Village understands firsthand that pets are an important part of the family and vacation experience,” says Trish Pruitt, Marketing Director of Freshfields Village. “With these new initiatives, we aim to accommodate locals and out-of-town guests alike by making the Village as pet-friendly as possible.”

These pet-friendly initiatives include new decals that will be displayed in the windows of pet-friendly establishments, indicating which restaurants have a pet-friendly patio and which stores allow shoppers to bring their dog inside. Many stores also offer water bowls outside for pets and treats inside. Additionally, pet-friendly restaurants and stores will have an icon placed on their individual pages on the Freshfields Village website directory.

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Posted in Freshfields

Seabrook Island Shorebirds – Red Knot, Wilson’s Plover, Least Tern – Protection, Education & Research

(As published in the June edition of The Seabrooker)

Seabrook residents and visitors love nature! We’re enthusiastic to volunteer for Turtle Patrol, or come to Seabrook to view dolphins, but how many of us stop to appreciate the incredible shorebirds on our beaches?

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Posted in Nature, SIB

Be Proactive in Preventing Disease

VaccinesDo you have plans for international travel? If so, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you check to be sure you are up to date on vaccinations because “many vaccine-preventable diseases that have become rare in the United States, such as measles and pertussis, are still common in other parts of the world.” To learn more about recommended vaccinations before traveling abroad, click here. Available in the App Store or Google Play is the CDC’s TravWell app, which helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. It provides destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list.

Even if you are not traveling outside of the country, the CDC urges all adults to avoid vaccine-preventable disease by talking with their health care professional about their immunization status. According to the (CDC):

“Every year in the United States, thousands of adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. These diseases can be deadly for many adults. Make sure you are vaccinated for the best protection. The need for vaccines does not go away with age. In fact, there are specific ages in your adult life when vaccinations are recommended. Also, protection from vaccines you received as a child can wear off over time, and there are more vaccines available now.”

To learn more about vaccine recommendations for adults, click here.

Tidelines Editor

(Image credit: http://www.cdc.gov)


Posted in Health and Wellness, Travel

Four Lessons Learned From the Past Three Years of Destructive Hurricanes

Hurricane season has started and you’ve seen that Tidelines is rolling out its annual Hurricane Hints series to help us all understand the dangers of hurricanes and the need to make preparations for evacuation or sheltering in place. In addition, the website, weather.com, posted an article, “Four Lessons Learned from the Past three Years of Destructive Hurricanes”, that talks about improvements in hurricane tracking, flooding, etc.  You can read the article by clicking here.

Remember, be prepared; stay safe.

Tidelines Editors

Posted in Weather

Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club Guest Speaker

Eliza Reock with her father, Seabrooker and club member John Reock

“Hope is why we’re here” was the opening comment from Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club’s guest speaker on June 20. Eliza Reock, Strategic Advisor on Child and Sex Trafficking for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), spoke to the club about the work that she and the NCMEC have been doing to combat child sex trafficking.

“These kids are victims,” said Ms. Reock, and they need to be cared for, not condemned for their behavior, since a child “cannot legally, developmentally, or socially make a choice regarding participation in commercial sex.”  Ms. Reock described the path that many of these children follow, with 80 percent of those who are being trafficked coming out of the foster care system, itself a breeding ground for child sex trafficking.

It’s a tough problem but her organization is doing a lot to fight back. They have created a clearinghouse for exploited children and have recovered over 290 thousand missing children since their inception, and they have received and acted on 18 million cyber tips in 2018.

As to how those of us on Seabrook and Kiawah can help, we can all be aware of potential abuse, and if we see something, say something. Ms. Reock’s advice; “Don’t talk yourself out of reporting it.”.
Here are some contacts where potential child sex trafficking can be reported:

• 1-800-THE LOST
• Missingkids.org

Prior to joining MCMEC, Ms. Reock served as Director of Programs for Shared Hope International and as Executive Director of the HKA Family Foundation. She has provided congressional testimony on the subject of child sex trafficking, and she sits on several government advisory task forces. She serves on the editorial board for Violence Against Women and is an active volunteer with DC Serves. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston.

-Submitted by Thad Peterson

Posted in Organizations on Seabrook

Recent SIPOA Meeting Minutes Available Online

The most recent minutes of the following are now available online:

  • Board of Directors
  • Activities Committee

To view these minutes, go to https://gateaccess.net. You will be asked for the Community Code, select SIPOA and then type in your user name and password.  After clicking on Login, scroll across the top bar and select Community Documents.

Please refer any questions to publiccomment@sipoa.org

-Submitted by SIPOA Administration

Posted in SIPOA

Gibbes Museum of Art – Kid Friendly Summer Activities

The Gibbes Museum of Art is announcing special kid-friendly activities just in time for summer break. The museum is the perfect place for children to beat the summer heat and to be inspired by the creative process.

  • Museum guests can check out “activity backpacks” during their visit to the museum. Inside each backpack is a set of tools to engage the museums youngest visitors, a storybook inspired by art (donated by Blue Bicycle Books), a sketchpad and set of colored pencils (donated by Artist & Craftsman), a set of “Activity Cards” and a copy of our family guide.
  • Children can participate in a museum scavenger hunt that is designed to encourage close looking and deep thinking in the galleries. This hunt leads guests through the galleries to find specific artwork and types of work such as portraits, still-life etc. Children will receive a prize from visitor’s services once they complete the scavenger hunt.
  • The museum also offers a family guide which, combines sketching, writing and close looking to explore and engage with the artwork on view. It includes vocabulary words and various activities while guiding you through the museum.

Tidelines Editors

(Image credit: Gibbes Museum website)


Posted in The Arts

#3 Hurricane Hint: Secure Your Property

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Roof repair Jun 2018Do you have any loose or missing shingles on your roof? Is your roof sheathing properly installed? Are the main electric panel board, outlets and switches above potential flood waters? Now is the time to assess your structure and make any repairs that will help your home endure a storm. For more information on how to avoid hurricane, flood and wind damage, click here. Make sure you know how to secure your elevator at the top level of your home. Locate the house isolation or shut-off valve so you can turn off water before evacuating. If you do not have one, it is suggested to have one installed by a plumber.

Live oak Jun 2018Do you have tree branches touching your house or condo? Do you have dead trees on your property? It’s time to clean up the yard, remove dead trees that could become projectiles in a major windstorm, and trim back any branches that could be a danger to your home.

Remember, if you are removing branches or a damaged tree, first check with Adrea Hughes at the SIPOA office and complete the necessary paperwork. Click here to review the policies regarding tree removal/trimming which can be found in Appendix L, Tree and Natural Vegetation Preservation/Removal Policy. Click here to review Appendix R, Tree Trimming/Pruning Guidelines.

Remember, be prepared; stay safe.

Tidelines Editors

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Posted in Weather

Accessing Wildlife Sighting Forms

What does it mean to you to live in a community that has a large and diverse population of wildlife species occurring and thriving in their virtually natural habitats? The importance to Seabrook Island residents to observe and interact with the wildlife resources on the Island was reflected in a recent annual survey. Eighty-five percent of the respondents agreed that the presence and variety of wildlife was extremely important to them, and in some cases, the primary reason they chose to live here. Many residents look for ways to learn more about the animals they encounter almost daily. Where they live, what are their habits, what do they eat, how do they raise their young, are just some of the things we are interested in learning more about. Fortunately, there is a method in place that does allow residents to not only to learn some of these things but also to help contribute to the data collection.

For several years, the SIPOA Environmental Committee has used information submitted on “Wildlife Sighting” forms that are accessed through the SIPOA home page. Most residents are, at the least, curious about the diversity and habits of our non-human residents. They are particularly interested in high profile species such as bobcats and piebald deer. Through information submitted on the sighting forms, the committee can obtain several interesting facts about the number and location of individual species, their movements and habits, and other bits of helpful data. Residents are also encouraged to submit comments on any unusual, or interesting wildlife behavior they might observe. Although not statistically accurate, such a database can give useful insight into the numbers and health of individual species populations. Through the Wildlife Sighting forms submitted in recent years, residents have reported location sightings of our four Piebald deer (Two Spot, Tarpon Pond, White Belly and last year’s new baby, Spinnaker), bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and recently the arrival of armadillos.

To report a sighting is easy; but, as we are all aware, the Seabrook Island web pages have changed and the method of accessing the form is slightly different. First, go to the Discover Seabrook page, www.discoverseabrook.com. Notice the SIPOA link on the top of the page.

Drag your cursor over SIPOA and a drop-down menu appears. Click on SIPOA Forms and you will be taken to a page that looks like this:

The third item is Wildlife Sighting and once you click on that link, this form appears:

Now, it is a simple matter of filling out the form. Your address or the location of the sighting is especially important. This will help members of the Wildlife subcommittee to plot the animal’s location on a map and, over time, to show how individual species are distributed throughout the Island. Your email address and phone number are needed only if something needs to be clarified. Periodically, maps will be published showing the locations of sightings. Your name, address and contact information is only used by the committee to contact you and would not be published.

The committee has enjoyed the pictures that residents and guests post on social media, especially Nextdoor. However, we cannot place these sightings in our database without an address. Perhaps if you post a photo, you can also help us out by filling out the sighting form, too.

-Submitted by Roger Banks and Lucy Hoover, Members of the Environmental Committee


Posted in Nature, SIPOA

Experience Museums and the Aquarium in Charleston

Any day is a good day to explore the museums and the aquarium in Charleston, plus they are great rainy day alternatives when guests are visiting! Through their websites, you can learn about current and upcoming exhibits and events for the whole family.

Charleston Museum 3-19Founded in 1773 and commonly regarded as “America’s First Museum”, the mission of The Charleston Museum is to educate Charleston area residents and visitors about the natural and cultural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry through collections, exhibitions, preservation, conservation, research and related programming. Click here to visit their website.

Gibbes logo new 300x261SAVEThe Gibbes Museum of Art opened in 1095 and is home to the foremost collection of American art that incorporates the story of Charleston. The Museum connects the city and region’s artistic past to a vibrant contemporary art scene. Click here to visit their website.

SC aquarium logo Nov 2016 SAVE?The mission of the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston is to inspire conversation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. Click here to visit their website.

Established in 2003, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry engages young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of play. Click here to visit their website.

children's museum

Tidelines Editor

(Image credits: Websites of the Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the South Carolina Aquarium and the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry)


Posted in Kids event, Recreation, The Arts

Backpack Buddies Partners With Old Charleston Trading Company

Old Charleston Trading Company Furniture and Gift Shop is graciously donating 10% of all sales this Saturday, 6/22 and Sunday, 6/23 to Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island!


They are located just off Main Road before Route 17.
3623 Old Charleston Road
Saturday, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm
Sunday. 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Please come by and say hello!

-Submitted by Pat and Bill Greubel

Posted in Fundraisers