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Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day-Updates from the Daufuskie Island Front Porch News

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Our Labor Day issue is online and in print around the island!

Have you been looking for a great plumber or handyman but been unable to find one? Do you have one that you would highly recommend? Lost your dog? Are you in need of a golf cart, or piece of furniture, or looking sell or buy one but would rather not deal with barge and delivery costs involved in getting it here? Looking for a reliable babysitter? Hosting a garage sale or fundraising event? We are recommending a website that is strictly for Daufuskie Island residents and property owners.
While we print stories and items of interest quarterly and send out weekly email blasts detailing time sensitive news, our readership has grown significantly and only some of our content is solely for residents. Additionally, we receive far too many classified requests to accommodate them all in the weekly blast.
We would like to encourage our readers to sign up on nextdoor.com where a Daufuskie Island account has been set up. This is an online network for sharing useful information, available only to people with verifiable addresses on Daufuskie Island. Please consider signing up and posting helpful information on this site.

We are updating and expanding our website directory. If you would like to have your business or organization listed in our directory send your information to info@daufuskieislandfrontporch.
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From Bloody Point:
Labor Day Sunday Fun-day at Bloody Point
Join us this Sunday for brunch from 11AM - 3PM, including a $6 Bloody Mary Bar, followed by a poolside cookout from 12PM - 5PM featuring poolside drink service, and $10 Frozen Drinks. Our Sunday night special will be Fried Chicken Night. Call 843-341-5522 for reservations.
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From Melrose on the Beach:
Greetings From Melrose Resort.  Please join us this weekend for a great Labor Day Celebration- Friday night  - Low Country Boil/Oyster Roast with music by Positive Vibrations,  Saturday is Prime Rib Night at the Beach Club, and Sunday we celebrate Labor Day with an amazing "cook out" buffet from 5-8PM with music by The Horan Brothers.
Join us Tuesday, September 9th from 6-8PM at the Melrose Beach Club and "meet the managers", we have a lot of new faces at Melrose, and would love for you to come by, say hello, enjoy some delicious complimentary appetizers and a cash bar, and let us know what YOU would like to see in the way of special events and services. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, September 10th Melrose Golf Club is hosting a Calloway Format 18 hole golf tournament. Entry fee is $40 for Melrose Members, Firemen, Teachers and the Military, and $50 for guests. Price includes golf, prizes and lunch!  Call 843-422-6963 for details!
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From the Bat House Project:
Please let us know the following:
1. If your bat houses have any occupants
2. Where the bat house is located
Email nolfilighthouse@aol.com
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From island resident Melissa Davis:
I recently signed up to help take care of injured or orphaned wildlife with the DNR. If anyone knows of an injured/needy animal or non-venomous reptile on this island, please contact Melissa Davis at 706-829-3149 or email me at melissasp33@aol.com.
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From the Old Daufuskie Crab Company:
Over the Labor Day holiday in addition to the regular menu we will also be featuring an outdoor cookout with a southern style barbecue, Low Country Boil, and hand-dipped ice cream stand.
Entertainment:
Saturday August 30th; The Horan Bros.  2-8PM
Sunday August 31st: Danielle Hicks and The Eight Ohm Resistance 2-8PM
Monday September 1st: Danielle Hicks and The Eight Ohm Resistance 1-6PM
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Daufuskie Farmers Market 
Saturdays 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Public dock parking lot next to Marshside Mama’s.
Vendors welcome.
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Best regards,

Paula Nickels
Editor, The Daufuskie Island Front Porch
www.daufuskieislandfrontporch

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thanks to Haig Point for this Beautiful Picture

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Haig Point is the most highly populated, year round lifestyle community on Daufuskie Island. It has it's own award winning golf course and ferry system. Here is a stunning view of the community from the golf course. If you are looking for real-estate on Daufuskie Island, call Haig Point today to schedule a tour.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Finding your remote paradise: Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

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Intriguing, romantic, mysterious, unspoiled these are words often used to describe Daufuskie, a remote two and one half by five mile island situated on the east Atlantic coast between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Tybee Island, Georgia. Daufuskie's natural beauty and rich history have been the inspiration for many artist, writers and tourists.
 
Without a bridge to the mainland, Daufuskie is accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat. Located at the southernmost tip of South Carolina, Hilton Head is its closest neighbor with travel time between the two ranging from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the location of the embarkation ports. Savannah, Georgia, another historic city, is located south of the island, approximately an hour away by water.  



  Visitors to Daufuskie won't find a traffic light, a bank, a drive-through restaurant, or a drugstore.
Instead they encounter a magnificent display of nature, unspoiled by overpopulation or commercialism. Maritime forests border the beaches, and woods filled with towering pines and ancient live oaks dripping with Spanish moss characterize much of the 5,000-acre barrier island. Loggerhead turtles returning to nest on the island's beaches, alligators sunning themselves on lake banks, bald eagles scouting for afternoon meals, pods of dolphins performing daily jumping exhibitions, herds of deer dining on island vegetation, and black fox squirrels scurrying about golf course greens are common sights for residents and visitors. Traffic jams consist of more than two golf carts at an intersection, and sounds of city sirens are replaced by the serenades of hoot owls and the synchronistic peeps and croaks of tree frogs. Because there are few lights on the island, night skies produce dazzling displays of shooting stars and far-off galaxies while sunrises and sunsets paint the skies with a spectacular array of colors every dawn and dusk. Crowds on Daufuskie's quiet beaches are likely to consist of scavenging seagulls rather than sunbathing tourists. The Daufuskie Island Conservancy, founded in 2005, is a good resource for more about the island's natural environment and the programs that are in place to preserve and protect it.
Instead they encounter a magnificent display of nature, unspoiled by overpopulation or commercialism. Maritime forests border the beaches, and woods filled with towering pines and ancient live oaks dripping with Spanish moss characterize much of the 5,000-acre barrier island. Loggerhead turtles returning to nest on the island's beaches, alligators sunning themselves on lake banks, bald eagles scouting for afternoon meals, pods of dolphins performing daily jumping exhibitions, herds of deer dining on island vegetation, and black fox squirrels scurrying about golf course greens are common sights for residents and visitors. Traffic jams consist of more than two golf carts at an intersection, and sounds of city sirens are replaced by the serenades of hoot owls and the synchronistic peeps and croaks of tree frogs. Because there are few lights on the island, night skies produce dazzling displays of shooting stars and far-off galaxies while sunrises and sunsets paint the skies with a spectacular array of colors every dawn and dusk. Crowds on Daufuskie's quiet beaches are likely to consist of scavenging seagulls rather than sunbathing tourists. The Daufuskie Island Conservancy, founded in 2005, is a good resource for more about the island's natural environment and the programs that are in place to preserve and protect it.

Historic Frances Jones House Nears Completion

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When summer strikes Daufuskie, visitors come from all over to see all the island has to offer. And this summer, tourists and islanders will have a new way to experience the island’s beautiful beaches and unique Gullah culture. The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, South Carolina’s statewide organization interested in protecting, preserving and advocating for our state’s historic structures, is launching its Daufuskie Endangered Places Program, which will introduce tourists to Gullah history and roots while preserving some of Daufuskie Island’s most significant home places.



How does the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program work?
Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation has partnered with descendants of original Gullah families who have owned these homes for generations. The Trust then leases the homes from the owners, rehabilitates the homes in a manner that respects the historic integrity of the structure, then rents the home to travelers who want to experience the Gullah heritage and Daufuskie Island’s natural beauty.
The homeowners gain a renovated, livable structure when many of these homes had been in disrepair and can enjoy their ancestor’s homes on a scheduled basis. Once Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation recoups the original investment incurred to rehabilitate the income from rentals and donations to DEPP, the owners of the homes and property can choose to cancel the lease and use the home as a vacation home or continue to rent the home and gain income from rentals of the vacation home as originally established.
With future plans for more cottages available for rent, the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program’s first home place, the Frances Jones house, will be available for rent this summer.
The Frances Jones House is currently undergoing renovations with plenty of modern amenities, but to maintain authenticity, the home’s floors will still creek and the home is situated under mammoth Live Oaks, which Daufuskie and South Carolina’s Lowcountry are known for. Rental rates will be affordable for families and travellers interested in experiencing the Gullah lifestyle on the South Carolina coast.

Q&A with Michael Bedenbaugh

Michael Bedenbaugh, Executive Director of The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, has spent much of the last year on the ferry traveling to Daufuskie to get the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program underway. Bedenbaugh, who crisscrosses South Carolina weekly in an effort to preserve our state’s most important structures and buildings, came up with the idea for the program when he visited Daufuskie five years ago. Read on for his thoughts on helping Daufuskie’s Gullah families preserve their homes for generations to come.

How did you come up with the idea for the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program?

When I first visited Daufuskie, I was astonished at how much of the historic fabric still existed on the island. But, I was immediately concerned with how endangered some of these Gullah family homes were. They were at risk of being destroyed by new development or just by being vacant, in disrepair and left subjected to the elements. I wanted to come up with a program that would create incentives to allow investment in these historic properties while maintaining native ownership. I knew the Gullah families needed to retain ownership of the properties to be interested in working with Palmetto Trust.

Why did the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation feel the need for Daufuskie Endangered Places Program?

You know, preservation is all about maintaining a property’s sense of place and uniqueness. On Daufuskie Island, that’s also about the impact of the Gullah culture and the fact that these families own properties that were a hard fight for them to gain ownership of a century ago. To protect these homes means to respect the ancestors’ plight to own property and their culture and way of life. The Gullah culture and these authentic home places are a part of the fabric of South Carolina and a piece of history that’s so unique to the Lowcountry that it was absolutely worth saving. The Palmetto Trust got to work finding investors and raising funds to make the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program possible.
Daufuskie is a community made up of a diverse group of people though, and I had to spend time here to get to know the people on the island and develop relationships to even find out where these homes were. I got to know the families and really let them know that Palmetto Trust wanted to help them save their family homes without taking away their ownership. Anything regarding real estate is most successful when you find a way to respect the indigenous people, and bring something to the table for all parties involved. Native ownership is so important to the success of the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program, and even though we’re just getting started, that will always be a hallmark of the program.

Tell us about the Frances Jones House.

The Frances Jones House is the pilot home for the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program. The house will tell the story of Frances Jones and her importance to the Gullah community through framed articles about her that we found in the home during renovation. Guests who rent the house will find two bedrooms and one bathroom, as well as a pullout sofa, a kitchen, a gas log fireplace and more.
The accommodations are very comfortable, kids can watch tv and have access to the beach and all the amenities Daufuskie Island will have to offer. But even though the home has been renovated with all kinds of modern amenities, we also attempted to retain all of the authenticity so that families and vacationers can really experience what it was like to live in a Gullah dwelling. The floors still creek and the home still retains a lot of the appeal, visually, that it did decades ago.

What’s next for Daufuskie Endangered Places Program?

The Frances Jones House is the first house available for rent, and we hope to work with other Gullah families on the island to help preserve their homes while offering comfortable accommodations to travelers interested in learning about Daufuskie and the Gullah culture as well.
We envision this program being available to any historic homeowner looking for a way to preserve their family’s Gullah home place. We expect every relationship with homeowners to be different, though, because every family and their needs are different. We want to know how we can tie together their family’s home and the Gullah culture in a way that preserves it for future generations. The Frances Jones House’s owners have been wonderful to work with. We’re working together to preserve their family home.

How has the Daufuskie community responded?

Several organizations have been so helpful and we couldn’t have gotten this far without them. The support of Haig Point, the Daufuskie Island Historic Foundation, the Daufuskie Island Conservancy, the Binyah Foundation and the leadership of the Community Farm have made the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program and the Frances Jones House a reality. And private supporters of the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program have also made this possible by making donations through our website. After Pic:


How can anyone interested find out more about the Frances Jones House and the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program?

We’re really happy to partner with Daufuskie Island Accommodations (www.daufuskieislandrentals.com), who will manage rentals for the property. And to learn more about the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program, visit daufuskieendangeredplaces.org and follow us on Facebook.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Daufuskie Island Rum Company

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Everyone is super excited for the opening of the Daufuskie Island Rum Company. I can't wait until my 1st tasting. Be sure to join their facebook page to keep up with the progress of the company. Here are a few fun pictures of the new building.

 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Drive-In Movies at Bloody Point

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From Bloody Point:
Join us this Saturday, 8/2, at 8:30pm for a Drive-In Movie on the Clubhouse Lawn!  We will be showing The Lego Movie. Bring your golf cart or picnic blanket! We'll provide snacks, ice cream, and beverages for purchase. Admission is free. In the event of rain, this event will relocate to the screened-in porch on the back of the Clubhouse. Feel free to call  843-341-5505 if you have any questions.
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Daufuskie Farmers Market 
Saturdays 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Public dock parking lot next to Marshside Mama’s.
Vendors welcome.

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