As you all know, Daufuskie was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. Please note the following updates:
Daufuskie Island will soon be welcoming a new eating establishment! The already successful Daufuskie Entertains catering business will be opening their new restaurant, Lucy Bell’s Cafe, in September 2016. Located at the corner of Benjies Point and School Roads, the cafe will offer breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
They are the people we call when we are most in need. Because Daufuskie is Daufuskie, our firefighters answer an extremely unusual array of calls. They are skilled professionals, unfailingly kind, and always willing to help. Let’s all remember to thank them for the incredible job they do.
It’s the Year of the Oyster! The Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, the Daufuskie Island Conservancy and the Daufuskie Island Elementary School in cooperation with the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head, the Haig Point Naturalist Program and the Daufuskie Island Rum Company will present an island-wide, year-long series of educational programs, field trips and social events celebrating the environmental, economic and cultural importance of the oyster – past, present and future.
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.”
Wick Scurry has had a busy year. Thus far he has opened a second outside bar at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company, added 600 feet of dock space; planted small plots of indigo and sea island cotton; added a full package liquor store; purchased the Delta Lady, an historic reproduction river boat and most recently closed on the purchase of the Bloody Point Lighthouse and Silver Dew Winery.
On the southern end of the island, tucked deep in the woods, a marvelous enterprise is taking shape! It is there that Daufuskie Islanders Rhonda Davis and Leanne Coulter are working their indigo dying magic and launching their company, Daufuskie Blues. If you have never seen fabric dyed with indigo, it is an experience I highly recommend.
On February 14th, 136 votes were cast by Daufuskie Islanders electing three new Council members. The candidate receiving the next highest number of votes was added to the Council the following day when existing Council member Mike Loftus vacated his seat to pursue other interests. New Council members are Len Pojednic, Steve Hill and Dick Phelps with Chuck Hunter returning for a second term.
While all new Council members agree that access and increased ferry service are the island’s biggest concern, each feels that other issues must also be addressed. Among their primary concerns are better communication, community outreach and promotion of greater island unity. The new Council members relayed the importance of establishing better communication not only with residents but within the Council itself.
As in years past, we asked islanders to tell us what they were most thankful for. In lieu of that or in addition to it, we asked them to tell us their ‘best Daufuskie story” or complete the sentence “Only on Daufuskie…” Here are their responses:
Trot & Gobble” 5K walk/run to benefit The Daufuskie Front Porch is slated for Nov. 29. The race will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Melrose Beach Club. The Taste of Daufuskie will immediately follow. If you’re not a runner, join us for our post-race party and sample dishes from island chefs.
There is a $15 donation for unlimited tastes.
- 5K early bird registration prior to November 15 $20
- 5K registration after November 15 $25
- T-shirt only & size $10