Hurricane Irma impacted our area on Monday, September 11. Unlike with rain and wind storm that we experienced during Hurricane Matthew (which impacted our area in October 2016); Hurricane Irma was a storm surge event.
Despite the surge at high tide, Wexford saw no major damage to the Plantation’s infrastructure, waterfront homes or boats within the harbour. In fact, a locked harbour is one of the safest places you can have your boat during a storm event. We even welcomed our neighbor, the Mystique from Harbour Town Yacht Club.
We would like to recognize and thank our local emergency management officials for keeping us all informed and safe during the event, and a special shout out to the Town of Hilton Head Engineers who were onsite during the storm event working our pump station.
Have you seen this month’s Hilton Head Monthly? It’s their annual City Guide issue, featuring all things Lowcountry- from the hot spots and landmarks to communities! The reasons why locals call Hilton Head and Bluffton HOME.
This month’s issue includes a Lowcountry Living section, highlighting a number of planned communities throughout the area. There you’ll find Wexford Plantation!
Wildlife is very much a part of living in the Lowcountry; it is beautiful, natural and educational all in one. This month’s issue features commonly found wildlife in our area – including birds, deer, manatees and more!
Living on an island, it’s only appropriate to recognize National Beach Day (recognized annually on August 30).
National Beach Day was established in 2014 by Colleen Paige, one of America’s leading pet and family lifestyle experts. It was created to celebrate all things ‘BEACH’ – from family and friends to food, in addition to encouraging beach cleanup, and bringing awareness to the lives of sea birds and ocean mammals.
What’s the best way to celebrate?? Get out on the beach! Enjoy the sun in your face, sand between your toes and ocean air. And while you’re walking, be sure to pick up any trash in your path!
Why Hilton Head Island? The accolades speak for themselves…
On Monday, August 21st, beginning at 1:30 pm, our members lined up along the 18th fairway for front row seats to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.
Our Solar Eclipse Party was complete with lawn games (including corn hole, jumbo jenga and giant dominoes), a lemonade stand for the kids, a bar for the adults and ISO eclipse glasses.
Despite the looming clouds and few raindrops, we had approximately 250 members come out for the party! Members drove down to the fairway on their golf carts, toting lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and more, and parked alongside their neighbors for the once-in-a-lifetime event.
The clouds may have prevented the full show, but the party was alive with excitement, and it was definitely a day to remember!
In recognition of National Book Lovers Day, we’re highlighting a couple ways our members can get their read-on.
The first way is the library shelf in our Clubhouse. It is essentially a member book exchange, where members can come take a book or two, and either return or replace the book with one of their own. There are no formal rules when it comes to borrowing these books, just a passion for reading and learning. Our library was established in 2010 in loving memory of a former Wexford member, Gayle Marlowe, “An avid reader, accomplished author, and bright light to all who knew her.”
While reading is an activity one can enjoy in complete solitude, it’s also an activity that lends itself to social gatherings – enter our Wexford Women’s Book Club. The Women’s Book Club is a member-driven club that started out in 2000 with just three women. With its continued popularity, the club has outgrown meeting in homes to now meeting in the Clubhouse. Meetings are held monthly in the Waterford Room. Past selections include: The Aviator’s Wife, Sarah’s Key, Cutting for Stone, Unbroken, The New York Mormon Steve Jobs and Me Before You (just to name a few!). Coming up in September: Ordinary Grace by William Krueger.
There are so many benefits to reading; it improves memory, expands your vocabulary, offers solace on a rainy day. So what are you waiting for?! Come visit our library or learn more about our Women’s Book Club today!
Last summer, we obtained a Sunfish sailboat and Harbourmaster Mark Dryden offered Junior Sailing Lessons. This year, back by popular demand, we obtained two Flying Scots, allowing us to expand this summer’s program.
This program was offered last month, just in time for our “Build It, Sail It” competition (August 6). This inaugural event requires some building supplies (cardboard box, duct tape), time and a little ingenuity! Members are challenged to put together a vessel that is human or wind powered to race the Harbour Center Staff’s (cardboard) boat. The course will be in the harbour. Winner takes all bragging rights! “The humblest craft that floats makes its appeal to a seaman by the faithfulness of her life.” -Joseph Conrad
To learn more about our Sailing Programs and Harbour Activities, contact the Harbour Center at (843) 686-8813.
Beginning in April of this year, we started a speaker series showcasing lowcountry living/island life. This series included seminars about the Island, culture, wildlife and more.
The first seminar was presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Island Ambassador Program. It offered an extensive introduction to the Island including general knowledge, culture and ecology – covering everything from local activities to Civil War history to wildlife found in our waterways. Upon completion, every participant became a certified Island Ambassador.
The second event was a 7 Species of Sea Turtles presentation by marine biologist, founder of Spartina Dolphin & Sea Turtle Stranding Response Team and owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters, Amber Kuehn. This educational seminar covered the different behaviors exhibited by various species of sea turtles and the process by which they nest. She also offered insight into the Hilton Head project and statistics for the area over the last 20 years.
The third seminar featured the local Gullah Culture. The Heritage Library explored how the Gullah people were brought to the Island as slaves, how their culture has survived and what is being done today to preserve it for future generations.
The final seminar in our Lowcountry Living Speaker Series takes place tomorrow and will focus on Wildlife Safety.