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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
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
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!


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Friday, April 3, 2015

Updates from the Daufuskie Island Front Porch News

Dear Front Porch Readers,

Please note the following:

From the First Union African Baptist Church - Daufuskie’s Community Church:
Please come and celebrate Easter Sunday with us at our 10:00AM Easter Service at the church. Coffee and the Bible will start at 9:00AM at the Mary Fields School. Following the Easter Service, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt and Pot-Luck fellowship meal at the Mary Fields School. All are invited to attend this wonderful celebration!
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From the Daufuskie Island Council:
Last Chance to Make Your Voice Heard!
The response to the Daufuskie Island Council Survey has been great. It will definitely prove a useful tool as the Council charts its course over the next year. If you haven't responded, there's still an opportunity to join your neighbors and make your voice heard. Please follow the link below to the short, 11 question survey. It should take less than ten minutes.
http://daufuskieislandfrontporch.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0c80ad4d4b761c96ccfc94322&id=f5abf480af&e=33381b68dc

Also, please add this note:
Council Website: Under New Management
The Daufuskie Island Council is back in business. The website (www.daufuskieislandcouncil.org/) contains the latest meeting minutes. Future agendas will be posted regularly. Feel free to check-in for the latest news, and provide feedback.
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From the Daufuskie Island Conservancy and Haig Point:
The Conservancy and the Haig Point Environmental Committee are partnering on a Spring Beach Sweep on Saturday, April 11,2015 at 9:30 a.m. The large amount of debris collected at the Annual Beach Sweep last September has prompted the need for a semi annual clean up.
Volunteers will gather at one of two locations on the Island:
*Gazebo at Beach Road near Bloody Point
*Calibogue Club Pool at Haig Point
Refreshments will be served courtesy of Haig Point, Melrose on the Beach and Bloody Point.
Wear enclosed shoes, sunscreen, visor or hat, bring gloves. Supplies will be provided. For questions or to volunteer, contact: Eileen Pojednic at erpojednic@aol.com or Yvonne Clemons at yclemons@columbus.rr.com

EARTH DAY 2015 - SAVE THE DATE! !
Please join the Daufuskie Island Conservancy on Saturday April 25th at 5:30pm at the Haig Point Clubhouse for our annual Earth Day fundraiser and to celebrate the Conservancy’s founders and 10th anniversary. The evening will feature a silent auction, cocktails, a special 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”.
For tickets and more information please contact Karen Opderbeck at karenopderbeck@gmail.com or call 843-842-3456 OR make reservations by clicking the RSVP button at the right.
Also on Saturday April 25th, Tony Mills will offer a FREE live animal demonstration for children and families at the Mary Field School from 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Please join us to learn more about Lowcountry reptiles and amphibians. Reservations are not necessary for the children’s event.
Every day is Earth Day! Please help make this one unforgettable by supporting the efforts of the Daufuskie Island Conservancy.
Love it! Save it! Share it!
No reservations needed.
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From the Daufuskie Island Rum Company:
Let's Get Spicy! The Daufuskie Island Rum Company invites you to join them for the Spiced Rum Launch Party!! The long awaited spiced rum is here and we are celebrating. Join us at the distillery on April 11th from 1-4. Cranford Hollow will be on hand with live music- our Master Distiller Tony Chase will sign bottles and tours and tastings are available for $5 per person.
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From Melrose:
Greetings from Melrose! We have lots going on at the Beach Club this weekend!! Friday night we welcome back our Oceanfront Low Country Boil with live music from Le Bodega. Saturday join us for a Daufuskie Island Rum celebration with guest bartender Tony Chase and music by Joe Vicars and the Storks from 6-9PM and Sunday we have Easter Brunch from 11-3 with live music from Joe Vicars. We hope to see you soon!!
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From Freeport:
The weather is warming up and we have some exciting things to look forward to at Freeport Marina! This weekend on Saturday and Sunday we have some amazing bands; the stunning Danielle Hicks will play on Saturday and Craig Coyne will play on Sunday.
We want to be sure our customers know that even though we will be making some great new changes to the menu at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company Restaurant, Ernestine will still be serving her famous Daufuskie Island Deviled Crab.
Finally, we want to welcome all Daufuskie Island first-timers to the island. We know that you will enjoy your time here and we hope to meet you soon.


Best regards,

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






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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Join the club for an Easter Brunch that you won't forget at Bloody Point on Daufuskie Island, SC

What could be better than brunch at the club? Join us for our Easter Celebration on April 5th! We will be serving Easter Brunch, including an Easter Platter, from 11am to 3pm. We will also be having an Easter Egg Hunt at 12pm for children along with a special visit from the Easter Bunny! Can you guess who's behind the mask?







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Monday, March 30, 2015

Don't Miss the Boat and Don't Miss the Party at Daufuskie Island Rum Company

Don't Miss the Boat and Don't Miss the Party at Daufuskie Island Rum Company. It's time for the Spicy Rum Launch Party. Tours of the distillery will be $5 (bring cash) and master distiller Tony Chase will give you a great tour of how the rum is made right on Daufuskie Island.

When: Saturday April 11th 2015 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Cranford Hollow will be playing

Where: The Daufuskie Island Rum Co. 270 Haig Point Road, Daufuskie Island, SC 29915

(843) 342-4786
info@daufuskierum.com




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Friday, March 27, 2015

Updates from the Daufuskie Island Front Porch Newspaper

I want to thank the editor of the Daufuskie Island Front Porch Newspaper Paula Nickels for tirelessly keeping everyone updated on DI News:




Announcements and Reminders from the Daufuskie Island Front Porch
Daufuskie Island Front Porch

Dear Front Porch Readers,

Please note the following:

From the First Union African Baptist Church:
Join us this Sunday for special musical guest Bill Alston and the preaching of Pastor Clarence Edmondson. And then come down to the Mary Fields School following the service for a pot-luck fellowship meal.

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From Melrose:
Greetings from Melrose! Join us tomorrow (weather permitting) for Bingo Bango Bongo at the Melrose Golf Club - call 843-422-6963 for details. Next Wednesday is All You Can Eat Crablegs at the Melrose Beach Club! Friday Night Oceanfront Low Country Boil and Oyster Roast is back - starting Friday April 3rd, live music by La Bodega!And remember to join us for Easter Brunch - 11-3 on Easter Sunday, April 5th - complete with live music with Jos Vicars and an amazing menu. Call the Melrose Beach Club at 843-241-2640 for reservations!

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From the Daufuskie Island Fire Department:
The Fire Station has a supply of new Hargray telephone books. They are free to anyone who wants them. Come on by and get your copy.

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From the Daufuskie Island Council:
What’s on your mind? As the new Daufuskie Island Council begins addressing the several issues facing our island, the Council is interested in learning more about your concerns and priorities. Please follow the link below to complete a short eleven question survey that will help guide the Council as they deal with county and state officials. The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

Thank-you for your participation!

http://daufuskieislandfrontporch.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0c80ad4d4b761c96ccfc94322&id=a6de7e9d7a&e=33381b68dc
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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 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”

Please contact Karen Opderbeck: karenopderbeck@gmail.com or 843-842-3456 for tickets and more information by April 20.
Everyone is welcome!
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Saturday April 25 at 4:00pm
Please join us at the Mary Fields School for a FREE live animal demonstration for children and families with Tony Mills to learn more about Lowcountry reptiles and amphibians.
No reservations needed.
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From Freeport Marina:
We are halfway done remodeling our cottages. In addition to much larger front porches that can accommodate our relaxing rocking chairs, the inside of our cottages are going to be stunning. Local Islander, Tony is doing all of the work.
We are in full swing as far as live entertainment goes. Freeport Marina will be hosting bands on Saturdays & Sundays for the rest of the season - band dates can be found on our Enjoy Daufuskie website.
Finally, we hope everyone is excited for the new menu the Old Daufuskie Crab Company will be offering next month. We will be featuring FRESH & LOCAL seafood. We also know have an additional bar that is available 7 days a week.

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Best regards,

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





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Friday, March 13, 2015

Come have Oysters and a fun time at Melrose on the Beach

From Melrose on the Beach:
Melrose Beach Club Restaurant and Bar has reopened! Come see our renovations, have some oysters from our new oyster bar, or try something else from our new Spring menu! We will be open each week from Wednesday - Saturday from 11:30-8:30. Next Wednesday is all you can eat Fish Fry - we hope to see you soon!





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Ferry Schedule Update Effective March 14th

Please note the following:

From Calibogue Cruises:
The following changes to the Calibogue Cruises Ferry Schedule will be effective beginning March 14th.

Departing Daufuskie Departing Hilton Head
Monday & Friday Monday & Friday
7:45AM 6:45AM
12:00 Noon 11:00AM
5:15PM 4:00PM

Tues, Wed & Thurs. Tues, Wed & Thurs.
7:45AM 6:45AM
10:00AM 9:00AM
2:30PM 11:00AM
5:15PM 4:00PM

Sat & Sun Sat & Sun
12:00 Noon 11:00AM
5:15PM 4:00PM

**No Palmetto Breeze ferry passes will be accepted on boats departing Hilton Head at 9:00AM & 11:00AM.






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Thursday, March 12, 2015

RBC Heritage Golf Tournament at Harbour Town on Hilton Head

Get the best seats for the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament at the Calibogue Club. The 47th Annual Heritage Golf Tournament is April 13th-19 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Book your accommodations and tickets now. Daufuskie Island will be full and Sea Pines Resort will be full. You may want to just anchor your boat right off of Harbour Town to watch the PGA tournament.

Kroger locations to sell RBC Heritage tickets all month

Four local Kroger grocery stores will be selling tickets to this year's RBC Heritage presented by Boeing in Savannah, Bluffton and on Hilton Head...

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/rbc-heritage-news/#storylink=cpy







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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentines Day on Daufuskie Island at Bloody Point and the Eagles Nest Restaurant. Book Now!!!!

I have spent many romantic and non-romantic Valentines Days on Daufuskie Island, SC 29915. It is the perfect little winter get-away for you and your Valentine.

Bloody Point and the Eagles Nest Restaurant is hosting a spectacular Valentine's Day. Join us on February 14th for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at The Eagle's Nest. Call 843-341-5522 to make reservations. Space is limited!




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Monday, January 5, 2015

Stop by The Daufuskie Island Rum Company for a tasting and to purchase your rum

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http://www.daufuskierum.com/

What island would be complete without rum? Now we have Daufuskie Island Rum Company making white rum, spice rum and gold rum right on the island. Stop by for a tour and a tasting. Purchase a really cool t-shirt, sweatshirt, shot glass, flask, or a bottle of rum on your visit.

Tony Chase, Master Distiller

The Daufuskie Island Rum Company is open for business! The distillery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4. We have silver rum and many items in our gift shop available for purchase. Tours and tastings are offered at the top of each hour from 11-3. The cost is $5 and includes a complimentary shot glass.
We would like to invite all of our island friends and supporters to our island grand opening on Jan 10 from 1-4. There will be music, food and free tours of the distillery. You will be able to sample the silver edition rum as well. We hope to see you all there!






Friday, January 2, 2015

The Daufuskie Island Rum Company is open for tours

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The Daufuskie Island Rum Company is open for business! The distillery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4. We have silver rum and many items in our gift shop available for purchase. Tours and tastings are offered at the top of each hour from 11-3. The cost is $5 and includes a complimentary shot glass.





We would like to invite all of our island friends and supporters to our island grand opening on Jan 10 from 1-4. There will be music, food and free tours of the distillery. You will be able to sample the silver edition rum as well. We hope to see you all there!





Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Updastes from the The Daufuskie Island Front Porch News Paper

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Dear Front Porch Readers,

Please note the following:

From the Daufuskie Island Community Farm & Artisan Village:
Holiday Tour of Homes at Bloody Point to benefit DI Community Farm
Friday, December 12, 1:00 - 4:00PM. Tour starts at the Eagles Nest. Refreshments will be served there and tickets may be purchased there at the door. $60.00 per person or $100.00 for two. Houses on the tour are the Silver's, Deitch's, Simonelli's and Loftus'. Please RSVP to Pat  Beichler for a head count for the food. 678-897-0942 or email: bowwow@hargray.com
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From the DI Co-Op:
The Annual DI Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 13th at 3:00PM. Parade line up will be at the DI Community farm and the parade will end at Marshsides Mamas. Santa and Mrs Claus will be on hand for all the children. Bring your best floats because there will be cash prizes. Donations are always appreciated and will go toward the Christmas tree and decorations. Additionally, each child will receive a stocking full of goodies from Santa and desserts will be provided for everyone. Checks should be made out to Daufuskie IslandChristmas Parade and mailed to Laura Leigh Miles PO Box 10 Daufuskie island, SC 29915.
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From the Daufuskie Island Elementary School:
Please join us December 17th at 6:00PM for our annual Christmas play being held at the Daufuskie Island Firehouse. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
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From DI Historical Foundation:
You are invited to shop for distinctively Low country/Daufuskie Island holiday gifts at the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation’s Billie Burn Museum. There are books and toys for children, as well as a variety of goodies for adults. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 12:30 – 3:30.  Y’all come now!

Best regards,

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


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Updates from the Daufuskie Island Front Porch News

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Dear Front Porch Readers,

Please note the following:

As most of you have heard, beloved islander Chris Hutton passed away last weekend. The Hutton family would like to invite everyone to a Celebration of Life to be held at Marshside Mama’s on Sunday, November 30, at 1:00PM. The Huttons have asked that you bring stories and photos of Chris to share.
Bring your own libations. Light appetizers will be provided.
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A golf tournament and silent auction to benefit the Hutton family will be held on December 7th at Bloody Point Golf Club and Eagle's Nest Restaurant. All proceeds will go directly to the Hutton family. If you are interested in playing in the tournament please call the Pro-Shop 843-341-5566. If you are interested in donating items for the auctions, please contact Haley Casey via facebook, or email her at haleybcasey@gmail.com
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Those who would like their gift to be tax deductible, the Daufuskie Island Community Foundation is a 501-c-3 organization that is also available as a giving option. You can make checks out to Daufuskie Island Community Foundation, write "Hutton" in the memo section, and give the checks to either Aaron Crosby or Milton Deitch, or mail them to the Daufuskie Island Community Foundation c/o Aaron Crosby, PO Box 71 Daufuskie Island SC 29915. You can also contact Aaron via e-mail at Aaron.crosby1@gmail.com for further information
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From the Front Porch:
Join us for our 3rd annual 5K Walk/Run Benefit on Saturday, November 29th. The race will start and end at the Melrose Beach Club at 11:00AM, registration at 10:30AM. All race participants will receive a complimentary T Shirt.

Immediately following the race we will be hosting "A Taste of Daufuskie”. Come sample dishes from 9 island chefs and vote for your favorite. $15 donation to the Daufuskie Island Front Porch.
All Daufuskie restaurant venues will be participating. The DI Conservancy, Historical Foundation and Community Farm will also be represented with information and gift items available for sale. Join us for a great day of food and fun!
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From the Daufuskie Island Community Farm & Artisan Village
Come join us at the Daufuskie Community Farm, 348 Haig Point Road, for the
Third Daufuskie Community Farm/Artisan Village Festival
Stop by anytime from noon until 4:PM
There will be animals, information booths, handmade on Daufuskie items for sale & artisans working on their crafts.
Sign up for artisan classes, enjoy hot dogs, chili, gumbo, salads, baked potatoes, desserts, iced tea, coffee, lemonade, sweet tea
Donations appreciated. We are a 501(c)(3).
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From Bloody Point:
Holiday Hours of Operation & Revised Calendar
Beginning December 1st, The Eagle's Nest Restaurant will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through February 2015. The golf course will also be closed for play on those days, although the Pro Shop will remain open. Limited hours of operation may apply.
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Holiday Get Togethers & Sales:
Those who are not braving Black Friday at the Tanger Outlet, are invited for tea and cookies and to see what I have been up to in the way of gorgeous hand-woven scarves and shawls: Friday, November 28, 11-4 PM. Sara Deitch, 94 Fuskie Lane, or call 341-5705.
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The Annual DI Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 13th at 3:00PM. Parade line up will be at the DI Community farm and parade will end at Marshsides Mamas. Santa and Mrs Claus will be on hand for all the children. Bring your best floats because their will be cash prizes .Donations are always appreciated and will go toward the Christmas tree and decorations. Additionally, each child will receive a stocking full of goodies from Santa and desserts will be provided for everyone. Checks should be made out to Daufuskie islandChristmas Parade and mailed to Laura Leigh Miles PO Box 10 Daufuskie island, SC 29915.
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From DI Historic Foundation:
You are invited to shop for distinctively Lowcountry/Daufuskie Island holiday gifts at the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation’s Billie Burn Museum. There are books and toys for children, as well as a variety of goodies for adults. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 12:30 – 3:30.  Y’all come now!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving,

Paula Nickels
Editor, The Daufuskie Island Front Porch
info@daufuskieislandfrontporch.com
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Fourth Annual Literary Throwdown on Daufuskie Island


Fourth Annual Daufuskie Literary Throwdown and the Tenth Annual Daufuskie Fall Festival Nov 1, 2014 at Freeport Marina, Daufuskie Island.
The Throwdown features a dozen of the Lowcountry’s best loved writers, meeting their fans and signing books in a beautiful and historic setting along the banks of the Cooper River. There will be live music and legendary hospitality at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company beginning at noon and ending when we can’t stand any more fun.
Hosts Roger Pinckney (Reefer Moon, Right Side of the River, Blue Roots and Blow the Man Down) and Wick Scurry (Wick and Jake’s Daufuskie) will be joined by Ben Moise (Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden,) Wendy Pollitzer (South,) William Rice (The Lost Woods,) Janet Garrity (Going Down the River) Gibbes McDowell (Driftwood Corey,) Diann Shaddox (The Faded Cottage) and children’s authors Randy Bazemore and Leigh Anne Hoover. Special guest Ken Carter Jr will be selling and signing a DVD of his most recent movie, Savannah. Limited overnight accommodations on site (843-785-8242) and limited free public docking. Regular ferry service from Broad Creek Marina, times to be announced (843-342-8687.)

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