Little Free Library Coming to Daufuskie

LittleFreeLibrary-LogoThe Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation and the Daufuskie Island Community Library invite you to be on the lookout this fall for the installation of a Little Free Library, “take a book, leave a book,” library box at the Mary Fields School. The miniature house of books will be filled with a revolving collection. The concept is to take a book and leave one in its place, although users will not be required to do the latter. The goal is to encourage literacy among our children and promote adult readership in a convenient manner.  No check out procedures; no shhhhhh!

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Sanctuary Helps Island’s Cats

by Jeffrey and Laura Winholt

Daufuskie Island's cat sanctuary

Daufuskie Island’s cat sanctuary

In 2006, in response to the growing population of free roaming feral cats that were living in unhealthy conditions and which had become a nuisance to residents and businesses, a small group of residents decided to take action to address the situation. Using the trap, neuter and release (TNR) method, we transported 181 cats to Hilton Head Island to be treated by the Hilton Head Humane Association and the Lowcountry Spay/Neuter Clinic. We then managed eleven free roaming cat colonies using colony management guidelines from Alley Cat Allies and the Beaufort County Ordinance.

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Museum Complex buildings in solid shape now

The Billie Burn Museum Complex on Daufuskie has had quite a bit of sprucing up lately.

The Billie Burn Museum Complex on Daufuskie has had quite a bit of sprucing up lately.

Next time you visit the Billie Burn Museum Complex, take a close look at the buildings. The Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, as part of its mission to maintain historic buildings on the island, has replaced rotted beams under the buildings, replaced rotted siding, painted the buildings, and installed new heating and air-conditioning systems.

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Year of the Oyster: Upcoming Events

Please join us for these Year of the Oyster events!


Friday, September 16 — Boat trip to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge: This is a very special opportunity! A charter boat trip from McClellanville to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge with Joy Brown, The Nature Conservancy’s Marine Program Manager. We will meet at the McClellanville Town Hall boat ramp at 11:30am. Limited to 20 participants. $40 per person covers the boat charter fee.

Saturday, November 12 — An evening with Rowan Jacobsen: Author Rowan Jacobsen will read from his newly published work “The Essential Oyster.” This special event includes an oyster art show and an oyster-filled dinner prepared by Daufuskie’s own Sallie Ann Robinson. Details to follow.

For more information, please contact Jenny Hersch at 413-717-2167,, or check for updates.

Daufuskie Blues opens studio at Mary Field School

Mary Field School has new kids and they are dyeing to attend… natural textile dyeing that is.  Leanne Coulter and Rhonda Davis, the island ‘Indigo Girls’ have moved their passion for textile design and natural dyes off their porch, and found a ‘studio home’ at the Mary Field School. They welcome visitors at their new studio location Wednesday thru Saturday, from 1PM to 4PM or by appointment. Contact them by email at, or

Future plans for the school include historical school information displays, an intimate coffee and bakery café and a venue for local artisan displays and sales.

E-blast 8-26

From The Daufuskie Island Ferry:

Labor Day Monday ferries will follow the weekend schedule.
Thank-you for all the support the Daufuskie Island Ferry Service has received since it began operations at the beginning of the month. This Labor Day, Monday, 5 September, the ferry will operate on a Weekend operating schedule. Morning departures on weekends are two hours later than on week-days.

Weekend Schedule:

Departs Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 10:35 PM*
Departs Melrose Landing, Daufuskie: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Departure available by reservation only (call 843 940-7704)

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E-blast 8-18

From the Daufuskie Island Conservancy:

The Daufuskie Island  Annual Fall Beach Clean Up will be Saturday, September 17th at 2:00PM
Volunteers are asked to gather at 2:00p.m. at one of two locations on the Island:
Beach Road Gazebo at Bloody Point
Calibogue Beach Club at Haig Point
We will distribute supplies, assign teams and clean up areas along the Calibogue Beach and the Atlantic Ocean Beach from Haig Point to Bloody Point. Refreshments will be provided. The time will coincide with Low Tide.
Volunteers are advised to wear hard sole shoes & gloves, bring water bottles, wear sunscreen, hat or sun visor.
Only approved vehicles are permitted on the beach as several turtle nests will remain.
To volunteer and for further information, please contact Eileen Pojednic at 201-401-6131 or or Yvonne Clemons at 843-785-7490 or
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E-blast 8-12

From The Daufuskie Island Council:

The DI Council will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, 16 August, at 6:30PM, at Mary Fields School. Everybody is invited; here’s the expected agenda:

1.  Cart Safety Sticker Program
2.   2016 Accommodations Tax Program
3.   Palmetto Breeze ID Procedures
4.   Overview of Daufuskie Island Co-Op
5.   Turtle Nest Update
6.   Open Forum
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