There are many ways to enjoy this gorgeous season here at Celadon: relaxing on the porch with a cold drink and a book, an evening stroll around the neighborhood to greet friends and catch up with the news, maybe a cool and breezy boat ride around the Beaufort harbor.

And a ten-day party!

If you enjoy a hearty celebration you are in for some fun because Beaufort puts on a summer party like no other.

For 63 years the Beaufort townspeople have gathered to celebrate the best of the Lowcountry with music, feasting, dancing, water sports, and a whole lot of shenanigans. 

And they are doing it again!

Welcome to the 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival!

From July 12 to 21, 2019 Beaufort presents the 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival – a ten-day extravaganza that includes live music, delicious lowcountry food, arts and crafts, boat races, a teen dance, the blessing of the fleet, the Commodore’s Ball, and many special activities for children. 

There’s a full roster of events for each of the ten days, so check the schedule and make sure you know what’s happening so you don’t miss out. Also, some of the events (like the Commodore’s Ball) require a ticket purchase. 

It’s easy to understand why the Beaufort Annual Water Festival was voted Best Community Festival for 2019!

More information and full schedule click on this link

It’s Peach Season and we’re in for a bumper crop!

An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach.

George du Maurier

According to the Farm Service Agency of the Department of Agriculture, there are 13,986 total acres of peaches planted in South Carolina. That’s a lot of peaches and with a bumper crop expected it’s time to get out those recipes and maybe even a few canning jars.

Peaches are so sweet and juicy it’s hard to imagine they’d be good for keeping the body trim and healthy too. An average peach (think four peaches to a pound) has only 38 calories!  A peach is more than 80% water and a terrific source of dietary fiber.

Peaches are a very good source of antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps the body boost its immune system. In addition, they are a good source of Vitamins A and B, energy, potassium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and iron.

In late June and July these varieties will be at their peak:

  • Red Globe
  • Cresthaven
  • O’Henry

There will always be an occasion for a hearty Peach Cobbler (and we know you have a recipe) but for those of us looking for a lighter way to enjoy this delicious peach bonanza the South Carolina Peach Council offers this recipe for Fresh Peach Salsa. It’s excellent with fish, chicken, and pork dishes. 

And it’s easy and fast to prepare!

Fresh Peach Salsa


  • 4 ripe firm peaches peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped green onions
  • ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of white pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped orange bell pepper

In chilled non-metal bowl, gently stir together all ingredients and cover. Refrigerate for 90 minutes before serving.

Refreshing Teas and Sippers 

The warmer summer weather is perfect for these cooling and hydrating beverages. And you get peaches to drink!

Fresh Peach Lemonade from Joan Halliford, Taste of Home

This makes 5 servings but just double the recipe for more.


  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 2 medium peaches, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced
  • Mint sprigs, optional (but delicious)

In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water, peaches and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until peaches are tender. Remove from the heat. Cool. Strain, discarding peach skins.

In a large pitcher, combine the peach mixture, lemon juice and remaining water. Add lemon slices and mint if desired. Serve over ice.

Lemonade Iced Tea – Makes 8 cups – from Southern Living Magazine

Similar to an Arnold Palmer, this refreshing drink combines two summer favorites  – lemonade and iced tea. Turn this into a cocktail by adding bourbon or spiced dark rum.


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1 (1-oz.) fresh mint leaves (about 1 cup loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Garnish: fresh citrus slices

Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

Remove and discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved.

Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

If you want to make this an “adult” beverage just add bourbon or rum

Bourbon-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup bourbon. Makes 9 cups.

Spiced Dark Rum-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup spiced dark rum. Makes 9 cups.

About that Peach Cobbler….

We published a link to this southern classic in our Celadon News a few years back. If you missed it, here is the link again. 

Classic Peach Cobbler

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