Sea Island Farmers Market Holiday Edition

Sea Island Farmers Market takes place every Saturday year round on the Charleston Collegiate campus. This holiday season as an added bonus, there will be two night markets held December 4 and 18. Come out, shop for the perfect gift, partake in holiday goodies, or just soak up the festive spirit.

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New Opera Group Forming

A new opera club, Opera 101, led by Jose Rafols, will debut on January 4, 2022. All classical opera lovers from Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Johns Island, and neighboring communities are invited. Both beginning and experienced opera fans are welcome. 

The group will meet at The Sandcastle on Kiawah Island every Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:30 pm beginning on January 4 and extending from January through March 2022.

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.

For the 2022 season, the following works will be presented: 

January 4      Rigoletto (Verdi)
January 11    Tosca (Puccini)
January 18    Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
January 25    Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)

February 1    Don Giovanni (Mozart)
February 8    La Traviata (Verdi)
February 15  Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) 
February 22 Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)

March 1         Don Carlo (Verdi)
March 8         Tannhauser (Wagner)
March 15       Die Walküre (Wagner)
March 22       Elektra (R. Strauss)

Please check the KICA calendar of events to see which opera will be showing and to review the synopsis and to verify the location of the meeting. For more information, contact Jose A. Rafols at

-Submitted by Jose Rafols

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SIGC Home for the Holidays LIGHT UP Contest

The Seabrook Island Garden Club is happy to sponsor the:

2021 Home for the Holidays LIGHT UP Contest!

Seabrook Island is very special. Let’s show our community spirit this holiday season! Decorate your Mailbox, Doorway or Entire Yard!

This family fun activity is open to all Seabrook Island residents.

Let’s celebrate Seabrook Island and this special holiday season as a community!

It’s simple to enter. Send us your address and email to:

Entries must be received by December 19 at 5:00 pm.

The contest is limited to the first 25 entrants.

Judging will take place December 20 at 6:00 pm.

Winner will be announced December 21.

(A map will be provided upon request by emailing the garden club.)

Let’s LIGHT UP Seabrook Island!

(For a chance to win a $50 gift card from FortyEight Wine Bar!)

(Reminder – Per SIPOA Policies and Procedures for Residential Development v.2021.0 – April 19, 2021: “Exterior holiday decorations may be displayed thirty (30) days prior to the holiday and are to be removed no later than fourteen (14) days after the holiday.”)

-Submitted by Beth Wright, SIGC

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Reminder; Charleston Coastal Choir December 6

Now that the turkey and trimmings are all gone, it’s time to focus on the year-end holidays. “Here We Come a Caroling” featuring the Charleston Coastal Choir will be presented on Monday, December 6 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 3871 Betsy Kerrison Parkway. The concert will begin at 5:00 pm in the church sanctuary and features a selection of holiday classics. Composed of singers from Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Islands, the Charleston Coastal Choir will help everyone get into the holiday spirit. Admission is free. 

Following CDC recommendations and out of respect for our patrons and performers, masks are recommended for all in attendance.

Please come out to enjoy some great holiday music, support your families, friends and neighbors in the choir, and visit with friends. Hope to see you there!

-Submitted byVeronica L’Allier, Charleston Coastal Choir

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Reminder: SJFD Stuff-A-Truck for Families in Need

Let’s help St. John’s Fire District (SJFD) Firefighters
to help families in need.

Please donate:
New unwrapped toys (infant – teen)
New clothes (infant – teen)
Diapers and wipes

Donations are accepted at any SJFD Fire Station
through December 19.
For a listing of all locations, click here.
Station Two is on Seabrook Island
at 3026 Cap’n Sams Road.

For questions, contact:
Captain Stephen Mantie

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Jazz Series at Kiawah Island

Tickets are now on sale for the Jazz Series at Kiawah Island Turtle Point Clubhouse.

Tickets are on sale at or 843-766-8814.

Tickets will go fast, so don’t delay.  

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Seabrookers Are Reading

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If you’re reading this, it’s safe to guess you’re fond of books, reading, and being transported to different times, places, experiences, and viewpoints. We invite you to check out what others are reading and share your recommendations of favorite titles with us.

The Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles
A chance encounter with Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar on New Year’s Eve 1938 catapults twenty-five-year-old Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into a year-long journey in the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single-minded widow. The novel offers a sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, intricate imagery and themes, a finely crafted unfolding of the unforseen, and immensely appealing characters, the heroine in particular. (2011, 335 pgs; Fiction)

The Exiles
by Christina Baker Kline
In this gorgeous novel, Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. (2020, 371 pgs; Fiction)

The Maidens
by Alex Michaelides
This psychological thriller from the author of The Silent Patient takes place partly in London and partly at Cambridge University. The main character, Mariana, a psychotherapist, feels compelled to solve the murders of her niece’s classmates before another young girl falls prey. (2021, 337pgs; Fiction)

Three Sisters
by Heather Morris
Against all odds, three Slovakian sisters have survived years of imprisonment in the most notorious death camp in Nazi Germany: Auschwitz. Livia, Magda, and Cibi have clung together, nearly died from starvation and overwork, and the brutal whims of the guards in this place of horror. Due to a last minute stroke of luck, the three of them are able to escape and hide in the woods for days before being rescued. And this is where the story begins. From there, the three sisters travel to Israel, to their new home, but the battle for freedom takes on new forms. They must face the ghosts of their past–and some secrets that they have kept from each other–to find true peace and happiness. Inspired by a true story and with events that overlap with those of Lale, Gita, and Cilka, this is the finale of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey trilogy. (2021, 404pgs; Fiction)

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
by Alka Joshi
Back in the Pink City where he was once a wily street urchin, Malik, assigned to help Samir Singh’s feckless son Ravi build the new public cinema, finds his livelihood, reputation, and the people he loves most threatened after Ravi implicates him in a ruthless scandal. (2021, 357pgs; Fiction)

Cloud Cuckoo Land
by Anthony Doerr
Described as a triumph of imagination and compassion, this is a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story. The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are children trying to figure out the world around them, and to survive. In the besieged city of Constantinople in 1453, in a public library in Lakeport, Idaho, today, and on a spaceship bound for a distant exoplanet decades from now, an ancient text provides solace and the most profound human connection to characters in peril. (2021, 626pgs; Fiction)

We look forward to hearing about the books you or your book club recommend

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  • For audiobooks, include the name of the narrator.
  • Tidelines editors will provide a blurb to tell a little about the book and add the book jacket image.
  • Publication is at the discretion of Tidelines editors.

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Keep Up With The Lake House Dec 1


Effective December 1, 2021, based on MUSC’s recommendations and review of its protocol, Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) will modify the face mask requirements.  Click here to read the new policies for the SIPOA facilities.

Chili Cook-Off

Fitness and Recreation

To view the complete list of recreation and fitness classes (not including the semi-private classes listed below) click here.

New Semi-Private Series & Fitness Class added for December:

  • Body Strong – This is a body, weight resistance and strength class.
    • Thursdays from 7:00 am – 7:45 am from December 9 to December 30 (1 workout per week for 4 weeks). The cost is $40 for the series ($10 per workout).
  • Chair Yoga Semi-Private – Chair yoga 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, December 1 – December 29 – $70 for the series ($14 per workout).
  • Golf & Pickleball Conditioning Semi-Private – This Golf and Pickleball Conditioning semi-private 3-week series will provide strength and power conditioning training, complemented by total body stretching.
    • Fridays at 12:00 pm, December 3 – December 17 – $36 for the series ($12 per workout)
  • HIIT Express- This class incorporates high-intensity interval training that is sure to make you break a sweat and challenge your body all in just 30 minutes.
    • Mondays at 7:00 am from December 6 – December 27. (1 workout per week for 4 weeks). $40 for the series ($10 per workout)
  • Fitness Rewired Semi-Private Option 2 – This class focuses on cardio, strength, mobility, balance, and overall fitness improvement. Start where you are; feel and see yourself grow stronger and more fit every week! The maximum number of participants has been met for the first session (8:30 am – 9:30 am); however, we want to offer you the opportunity to still join us as we help you get stronger! We will open a second session (10:00 am – 11:00 am) if we receive a minimum of 6 participants.
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (No Class 12/24 or 12/27) from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, December 6 – December 31 – $100 for the series ($10 per workout)

For more information about the classes above, go to 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 these classes, any cancellations that may occur, The Lake House Spa as well as 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

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December Issue of Currents

The December 2021 issue of Currents is now available.  Click here to read it or visit the SIPOA website and access it through the News dropdown menu. Once you access the current issue, you will notice the icons across the top that allow you to “Share,” “Download,” “Print,” or “Zoom” in this order.

To receive SIPOA’s weekly Highlights email as well as special notices and alerts from SIPOA, please click here to sign up.

Email your comments and feedback to

-Submitted by SIPOA

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King Tides in the Charleston Area Dec 3-7

A King Tide is a non-scientific term used to describe high tides that are higher than normal. They usually occur during a full or new moon or during specific seasons throughout the year. They can cause flooding of low-lying areas resulting in road closures that may disrupt normal daily routines. This is particularly true when a king tide coincides with significant precipitation.

The 2021 predicted king tides are:

  • Dec 3-7

Remember to clear debris blocking the drains near your home before predicted king tides and if your home is prone to flooding, you might want to prepare your ground level for flooding.

SCDOT warns: Please use caution in areas that are impacted by flooding. It takes just 12 inches of water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks. Never drive around barricades. Turn around, don’t drown.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is leading the South Carolina King Tides Initiative to document the effect that extreme tide events have on our state’s beaches, coastal waterways, private property, and public infrastructure. For more information on king tides and the Initiative, click here.

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Volunteer at Mt. Zion Elementary School

Volunteers are still needed to work with students at Mt. Zion Elementary School. Anna Mims, the school principal, is asking for area residents to help Mt. Zion take part in the nationwide Reading Partners Program. The Reading Partners Program is coordinated by the Charleston County Schools to meet the needs of children in the district. Please go to for more information.

If you are interested in the program, please contact Lucy Hoover ( Lucy is the Mt. Zion Volunteer Coordinator and she will send your name and email address to the school, then the school will contact you when the training is scheduled.

Click here to see the earlier Tidelines post. Click here to see a brochure about the program and here to see a flyer.

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Seabrook Island Artist Guild December Artist of the Month – Gary Kunkelman 

Painter and teacher Gary Kunkelman will be exhibiting some of his Lowcountry Scenes and Marine works at the Lake House throughout the month of December.

His exhibit will kick off with a reception at The Lake House on Wednesday, December 1, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Masks are required in The Lake House but may be removed while eating and drinking.

Gary works in oils and pastels in a variety of areas— still life, portraiture, landscapes, and increasingly, marine art. “Over the past few years, I’ve been doing a lot of maritime subjects for corporate clients, especially America’s Cup racers and Colonial and Revolutionary marine scenes. I’m working now on a large painting of the British landing on Seabrook in 1780, which was the start of the occupation of Charleston. I’m hoping to have this done for December.” On another current project, he’s working with Middleton Place on a painting of British warships at the plantation.

Gary says he’s also glad to be returning to landscapes, “especially with the incredible light and skies we have here.” He says that he has been moving toward a traditional studio approach, often using numerous layers of transparent glazes. “It takes a lot longer to do a painting, but I think it produces depth and luminosity that’s hard to get with more direct painting.”

Following a 20-plus year career in journalism and advertising, he was hired by Penn State’s Berks College to teach professional writing. Over the next 21 years there, he eventually taught studio painting and American colonial history— which no doubt helps explain his interest in painting historical subjects. Gary studied for nearly a decade with marine artist Jack Coggins and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Gary and his wife Kathy moved to Seabrook full-time in 2014 after he retired from Penn State. Gary is a past co-president of the Seabrook Island Artists Guild.

To learn more about the Seabrook Island Artist Guild, events, workshops and membership visit the website at

-Submitted by Sharon Peck

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