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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wine and Woodworks Open for Business on Daufuskie

Wine and Woodworks Open for Business

January 5, 2016 By frontporch Leave a Comment

It all started 12 years ago with a visit to a small coffee shop in Connecticut. Mike Loftus, owner of Daufuskie Island Wine and Woodworks explains, “My kids and I answered an ad placed there for a kayak building class. It took about four months of sneaking off after school and on Saturdays, but on Christmas we all surprised my wife, Joanne with a 17 foot wooden kayak.”


He was immediately hooked on woodworking and more specifically on wooden boat building.
“In the years since, I tried to learn as much as I could about building things with wood,” Loftus says. “Three summers ago I convinced Bill Greenwood to take a two week course at the Wooden Boat School on the coast of Maine and we both really enjoyed it.”

With plans to retire on Daufuskie, he and Joanne began thinking about building a woodworking shop 5 years ago. They later came up with the idea of selling wine and beer out of the shop.
“We have always enjoyed finding good wine at reasonable prices,” Loftus says. “In recent years we have looked for wines made from organically grown grapes, usually from small vineyards. The recent surge in our country of small craft breweries fit right in to our ‘sweet spot.’ ”

“We began searching for a company that could design a barn for us made from sustainable wood in a post and beam design and found what we wanted in the New England Barn Company based in northern CT,” Loftus continues. “What we have now is a very cool building where I can teach local people how to build some really neat small wooden boats and have some fun selling interesting wines and craft beers.”

WWkayakscloseLoftus is still trying to figure out what the hours of operation for the Wine and Woodworks will be, but he is currently there most days from around 10:30am to 4:00pm.

“Four people are already signed up to start building their own kayaks in early December and all four should have them ready to go in the water next Spring,” Loftus says. But theirs will not be the first vessels produced there. “My son Matt had the honor of building the first boat to leave the wood shop. While spending two weeks with us early last summer, he built a beautiful 9 foot wooden surfboard with the words ‘Marry Me Kristina’ painted on the bottom. She said yes!”
As for the wine shop side of the barn, Loftus says, “We have a great selection and are currently dealing with two wine suppliers who specialize in the types of wines we like, along with a craft beer supplier who deals with many of the southern small craft beer makers in the Carolinas and Georgia. Thus far we are carrying wines that range in price from $10 to $40 per bottle and beers ranging from $10 to $18 for a six pack along with some large format beers. After I finish building out the wine shop, we will carry some more expensive items for special occasions.” While still insisting on quality, when possible, Loftus hopes to accommodate special orders if they are requested.

These days he continues to be busy finishing both the woodworking and wine shops. He hopes to get an email list going soon to update customers.

Says Loftus, “Come on by and check it all out. I’m pretty sure you will like what you see!”

For more information contact Mike Loftus at mikeloftus@daufuskiewineandwoodworks.com or (203) 810-8115.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Updates from the Daufuskie Island Front Porch News

From the DI Front Porch:
The holiday issue of the Front Porch has traditionally been our “Thankfulness Issue” In truth, what this issue is about more than anything else is getting to know our neighbors and strengthening community bonds. This year, instead of asking what you are thankful for, we are varying things slightly and asking our readers to send in their response to either or both of the following questions: What is the best thing that has happened to you this year? or What is the strangest thing that has happened to you this year?
We welcome all responses and ask that you email them to us at info@daufuskieislandfrontporch.com by November 12th so that we may include them in our next issue.
The Daufuskie Island Front Porch will be hosting its annual 5K Walk/Run Fundraiser, our "Trot & Gobble - 5K & A Taste of Daufuskie" will be held on November 28th 2015 at 11:00AM. The race will start and finish at the Melrose Beach Club with our "Taste of Daufuskie" to follow immediately afterward.
Runners and Walkers will receive a complimentary t-shirt. To register go to our website: www.daufuskieislandfrontporch.com
Not a runner? Join us for our post-race party: "A Taste of Daufuskie" Participants will have the opportunity to sample and vote for favorite dishes from island chefs. $15 donation to the Daufuskie Island Front Porch for unlimited tastes. Join us for a great day of food and fun!
Register for the race before November 16th and receive a $5 discount.
Email us as info@daufuskieislandfrontporch.com with questions or inquiries.
We are re-working the service directory featured on our website. Please send us your phone number and/or email address if you would like your goods or services listed. We must receive them by November 12th.

Best regards,

Paula Nickels

Editor, The Daufuskie Island Front Porch
Email: info@daufuskieislandfrontporch.com

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Century Resorts joins Melrose as New Management Team

Melrose on the Beach is getting a brand new management team to breath new life back into a great resort. The investor/owner group released this statement. As we continue to bring Melrose Resort back to its status as one of the finest resorts on the east coast, a major objective has been to partner with an established resort operations company. With great pleasure we announce our partnership with Century Resorts, a subsidiary of Century Golf Partners located in Dallas,Texas. Century Resorts will be responsible for all operations related to Melrose Resort including golf, food and beverage, and beach club operations. We are confident this collaboration will facilitate our efforts to help Melrose reach its full potential.

The Century Resorts Melrose Management Team will be led by Gary Rosenberg. Gary is a principal at Century Resorts and has over 40 years experience in the hospitality and development business in world-class resorts. Formerly the COO of ClubCorp Resorts, Gary is no stranger to Melrose. During ClubCorp's previous ownership of the resort, one of his responsibilities was overseeing Melrose and Bloody Point. Ken Crow of Century Resorts will also be joining the Melrose Management Team. Ken has over 35 years experience in the resort and club business. During his tenure at ClubCorps Resorts, he spent three years at Daufuskie as the Director of Club Operations. Ken will assume the role of Managing Director for the Club and will maintain an office in the Melrose Island House.

Please join us in welcoming Gary, Ken, and Century Resorts to Melrose.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall Weekend on Daufuskie Island

Here is an update from the Daufuskie Island Front Porch News:

Dear Front Porch Readers,

Please note the following:

From Melrose:
Greetings from Melrose Resort,
Please join us for a low country boil featuring music by Jon Bruner this Friday
night at the Melrose Beach Club. And mark your calendars for our special
Chefs Wine Dinner next Thursday. Great Menu - great wines - Two seatings, 6:15 and 8:00. Reservations recommended. Call 843-341-2640 for more details!
From the Old Daufuskie Crab Company:
Saturday October 10: Sound Of Motown starts at 1:00
Sunday October 11: Cranford Hollow starts at 2:00
Come join us for Great Food & Drink with the best sunset views on Daufuskie!
We will have your favorite college football games on Saturday including The SEC channel and your favorite NFL games on Sunday!
From the Daufuskie Island Council:
Please join the Daufuskie Island Council of a public reading of the Daufuskie Island Plan at the Mary Fields School
Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, November 9, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Snacks, drinks, pens and paper will be provided.
There will be three sessions to cover as much of the material as time allows.
Everyone is welcome! For more information please contact Jenny Hersch 413-717-2167
From the First Union African Baptist Church:
Please join us at Daufuskie's Community Church, the First Union African Baptist Church this Sunday at 10:00 am to welcome guest preacher Rev. Dr. Bruce Main. Dr. Main is the founder and President of UrbanPromise, established initially to work with the children and young adults in the inner city of Camden, NJ but now including satellite organizations in seven other cities in North America and beyond. Dr. Main has authored numerous books, been featured on Diane Sawyer's 20/20, and speaks throughout the world at conferences, churches and business seminars. It should be an exciting opportunity to hear firsthand how God is working in environments that are seemingly so distant from the quiet life of Daufuskie. All are invited to attend, regardless of your beliefs.
From the DI Front Porch:
We are re-working the service directory featured on our website. Please send us you phone number and/or email address if you would like your goods or services listed. We must receive them by November 12th.
From the Daufuskie Island Conservancy:
“Sharks of Port Royal Sound”
Friday, October 9, 2015 12:00-1:30PM Melrose Island House
Presented by Rachel Jones Naturalist and Program Director Port Royal Sound Foundation
Admission is free for Conservancy Members Non-Conservancy Members $5
Melrose on the Beach Restaurant is offering a 10% discount off of lunch for attendees of this event.
Sharks are apex predators and some of the most feared animals in existence. We will talk about the important role they play in marine
ecosystems and why we shouldn't fear them. We will dive into the unique characteristics that sharks have evolved and discuss their population decline in recent years due to several factors.Please e-mail or call Karen Opderbeck if you have any questions. (karenopderbeck@gmail.com, 843-842-3456)
Best regards,

Paula Nickels

Editor, The Daufuskie Island Front Porch
Email: info@daufuskieislandfrontporch.com

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Delta Lady-has been added to the Daufuskie Island Ferry Fleet

Now you can travel in style when you take the ferry from Broad Creek Marina to Daufuskie Freeport Marina. The Delta Lady has been added to the ferry fleet and she's a real beauty.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sunday August 16th at Freeport Marina a book signing and release party

Local Daufuskie author Roger Pinckney will be in attendance and signing his new book. The band Cranford Hollow will be releasing their newest CD.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Updates from the Daufuskie Island Front Porch News-June

Dear Front Porch Readers,

Please note the following:

From the Daufuskie Island Conservancy:
All are invited to attend "Sea Turtles" presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum and members of the Daufuskie Island Turtle Team sponsored by the Daufuskie Island Conservancy on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm at Melrose on the Beach - Island House. The event will be free of charge for Conservancy members and $5 for non-members. Lunch will be available at the Melrose Beach Club following the presentation.
For more information contact: Jenny Hersch @ 413-717-2167.
Greetings From Melrose! Join us Friday Night for special musical guest Cranford Hollow! We will be featuring our Oceanside Low Country Boil, and we will be joined by Tony Chase our guest bartender, who will be serving up some great drink specials featuring Daufuskie Rum! And Saturday night, local favorite Jon Bruner. Next week - back by popular demand - all you can eat Wednesday will feature Mediterranean Cuisine.
Hope to see you soon!
Best regards,

Paula Nickels
Editor, The Daufuskie Island Front Porch
Email: info@daufuskieislandfrontporch.com

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Take a day trip to Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina is 30miles away from Bluffton/Hilton Head. If you are staying in Daufuskie Island and want a historical day trip away from the island that is rich in history drive over for the day.

Mother's Day Weekend:

My mom and I took off like Thelma and Louise for a long weekend away from Atlanta. We had an inexpensive hotel booked but that was our only plan. We traveled from Atlanta to Beaufort, South Carolina. We had heard that Beaufort is a mini Charleston and rich with history and art. If you want a luxurious or romantic getaway stay at the Rhett House Inn right down town or the Beaufort Inn. Take a horse drawn carriage through the Spanish moss draped live oak trees to learn about the history of Beaufort.

The shops and art galleries line Bay Street, the main street in Beaufort. They all have very cute names like Salt and Sweetgrass. Be sure to have breakfast at the Blackstone CafĂ© and even take your four legged friend if you don’t mind sitting on the patio. They are dog friendly. For dinner if you cross the bridge toward Fripp Island, you arrive on Lady’s Island and on the left hand side sits Docksides with some of the best fresh seafood in the low country. You sit over the bay and marsh with an amazing view and watch the sun go down while enjoying your Frogmore Stew a local low country favorite.

Take a tour from Beaufort out to St. Helena Island, just past Lady’s Island and you can learn about the Gullah Culture. On St. Helena sits a little hole in the wall called Gullah Grub and it is great for a quick lunch. Salt Gallery downtown carries many of the Gullah artists. They also have walking tours of the large antebellum houses downtown. The only house that is open as a museum is the Verdier House on Bay Street, all the other houses are privately owned. Beaufort does have a once a year home tour and many private owners open their homes for the public. They also have a shrimp festival in fall if you would like to enjoy some cooler weather. Beaufort has great art, great restaurants, beautiful coastal scenery, beaches and is rich in history. Enjoy a wonderful weekend getaway.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Plan your beach trip to Daufuskie Island. Ferry Reservations and Land Taxi

These are some numbers that you may want to keep handy for planning your next trip to Daufuskie Island. The 1st ones are water taxis to the island and the 2nd is a land taxi once you arrive.

Palmetto Bay 843-785-2345
Harbor Town Adventures 843-671-4386
May River 843-304-2878
Calibouge 843-342-8687
Bull River Marina - Thunderbolt (912) 897-7300

This is the company for the ground transportation on the Island - Daufuskie Transit, Stewart Yarborough - 843-338-2570

I will also post the resort phone numbers for your comprehensive stays under a separate post. The two resorts will handle everything for you.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Join Melrose on the Beach on Wednesday May 6th for a Fish Fry.

Wednesday, May 6th join us for an all you can eat Fish Fry!

Melrose on the Beach-Club is currently open Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 am to 8:30 pm

Our popular Beach Club and Bar is the perfect place for a great meal and your next special event.

To make Reservations please call 843-341-2640.

The Beach Club is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30am until 8:00pm.

Every Wednesday join us for our “All You Can Eat” dinner specials.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's happening on Daufuskie Island this week?

From Melrose On The Beach:
Greetings from Melrose Resort! Please join us Friday night for music from Positive Vibrations and our Oceanfront Low Country Boil and Oyster Roast, and remember, next Wednesday is all you can eat BBQ, call the Beach Club Restaurant for details!

From the Daufuskie Island Conservancy:
Saturday April 25 at 5:30pm
Please join us at the Haig Point Clubhouse for our annual Earth Day fundraiser and to celebrate the Conservancy’s founders and 10th anniversary. Silent auction, cocktails, a special buffet dinner prepared by Chef Jim McLain, dancing to music of the 70's and a presentation: “Living in Our Coastal Kingdom”, by Tony Mills, Education Director of the LowCountry Institute and star of South Carolina Educational Television’s “Coastal Kingdom”. Adults $35, children under 6 are free and children 6-12 $12
Please contact Karen Opderbeck: karenopderbeck@gmail.com / 843-842-3456 for tickets and more information.
Or click the RSVP button at www.daufuskieislandconservancy.org
Reservations needed by April 20.
Everyone is welcome!

The Daufuskie Island Conservancy in collaboration with the DI Fire Department and Beaufort County Open Land Trust will host a presentation of the Community Wildfire Protection Program for Daufuskie Island by the SC Forestry Commission (SCFC). It will be on Thursday, April 30th at The Island House in Melrose at 5:30 PM. This is the follow up to the presentation that the Forestry Commission made to us in November, 2013.
Firewise is a national program and is managed in South Carolina by the SCFC. The goal of the Firewise program is to educate communities about implementing local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility in preparing their homes for the risk of wildfire.
From the DI Conservancy and Haig Point:
Many thanks to the 50 adult volunteers and one child that participated in the Spring Beach Sweep on Saturday. The weather cooperated and the results were incredible. A full report will follow from the Daufuskie Island Conservancy and the Haig Point Environmental Committee. Special thanks to our sponsors Bloody Point, Haig Point and Melrose on the Beach for providing refreshments. Enormous thanks to Mike Loftus, Bill Nickels, Chase Allen, Bob Greene and Geoff Brunning for their removal of over 200 pieces of construction material and large items from the Bloody Point, Oak Ridge and Melrose beaches with their Gators and to Chase for the use of his large SUV and trailor to haul all those items to the County dump. Thanks to the Haig Point Maintenance for their continued maintenance of the beach road and for picking up the trash bags at the Haig Point location and to Len Pojednic for his hauling of the large items left on the Haig beach. We can take pride in our beaches for the season.

From Bloody Point:
Please note that the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant will be closed all day on Saturday, April 18th for a wedding.
Pizza Night is booming! Over 150 people joined us last week and space is very limited. We appreciate advanced dinner reservations for Pizza Night and other nights by calling 843-341-5522.
Daufuskie Peach - Spring Open House
Come join us to see our new bath and body products and enjoy light refreshments Friday April 24th 11:00-4:00pm and Saturday April 25th 1:00-5:00pm. At the home of Jan Crosby, 228 School Rd. Located between First Union AB Church and Mary Field School.

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