Monday, December 1, 2008

Treat Yourself to a Unique Bluffton Bash This Weekend

I sincerely hope your Thanksgiving holiday was what you wanted it to be. Mary and I are both very serious about celebrating the holiday and giving thanks for our blessings, particularly having to do with family, both immediate and extended. In that spirit, I would like to dedicate most of this column to our Bluffton family and how we, as a community, are helping each other to enjoy this important time of year.

Regardless of faith or denomination, we are instructed to care for o­ne another, to lift up the needy, and spread the joy. To that end, I want to remind you that our friends at the Bluffton Fire District are putting o­n their 4th Annual Boston Butt Fundraiser at Tanger Outlet o­ne, o­n the food court. Please call Crystal at 757-1948 before Dec. 5 to order your Boston Butt, which can be picked up Dec. 12. Not o­nly will you get some spectacular dining, the proceeds go to support the brave, three-year-old Olivia Custer, in her struggle with Mitochondrial Defect.

On the celebration front, don’t forget that Saturday is the famous Bluffton Christmas Parade. If you have not experienced o­ne of these events, you are in for quite a treat. In addition, the Bluffton Old Town Merchant’s Society is holding a Post Parade Party around the entire Old Town from 1 til 4. This is your opportunity to support the local merchants as well as have a great time. Santa will be riding the Holly Jolly Trolley around the Old Town providing photo-ops for kids of all ages. Myrtles Restaurant and the Downtown Deli will be serving food along Calhoun Street, and Scott’s Meats, Sippin Cow, Squat and Gobble, and Cora Bett Thomas Realty will be serving food and drink along May River Road.

Thomas Viljak’s Carson Cottages o­n Calhoun Street will be hosting a Christmas tree raising and lighting, with an chance for kids to decorate ornaments for the tree. Also, Amos Hummell is back in Bluffton with a new gallery space and a performance of his "Living Color" troup. And if that were not enough, there will be caroling with Sarah Ghys directing, and Tommy Beaumont o­n keyboards.

Bluffton Self Help o­n May River Road will be collecting unwrapped new toys, as well as donations. Let’s all help with the great work they do.

This Saturday will be a full day of family-friendly fun. I hope to see a tremendous turnout for the parade, and an equally tremendous turnout for the party. Bluffton needs to not o­nly celebrate the season, we need to celebrate ourselves and what we have created here is this lovely corner of the Lowcountry.

I will be in Columbia most of the week for our annual organizational session of the General Assembly. This is important as committee assignments are made and agenda items of the various caucuses are set. I will be back, of course, for the parade and the party afterwards.

Next week, I will be back with legislative business, as well as some interesting announcements.