These 10 Activities are accessible and fun, and offer enough variety that you will easily find one or more to enjoy.
You may already be living your best life with daily exercise, a nutritious diet, and engaging social activities.
Or you may be planning to and just need a little nudge to get you started.
Perhaps you did start.
There’s a lot to be said for New Year resolutions, and there’s a New Year just around the corner.
These 10 activities will get your muscles working, loosen up your joints, and make your heart beat a little stronger. And you can do them all right here in your Celadon community.
- Swimming – The Celadon Club has a junior Olympic size pool and it’s literally in your neighborhood. Swimming is excellent exercise but if you don’t like swimming there is…
- Water Aerobics! Exercising in the water. Thanks to the buoyancy of water, you’ll strengthen your muscles and improve your cardiovascular fitness without subjecting your body to additional wear and tear.
- Indoor Strength Training, Rowing, and Cycling – The Celadon Wellness Center offers you the opportunity to take a tour of the fitness facility with a fitness professional to help get the most out of your workout. During the tour you will learn how to use all of the equipment and will receive a workout folder with your personalized settings for the equipment to refer back to. You can also employ the services of a personal trainer for guidance and support to get you started.
- Yoga Flow – This is a flowing style of yoga, open to a broad range of practitioners. Emphasis is on the link between the breath and the postures as the class moves at a steady pace to get your energy flowing. Modifications are offered to make the class accessible to all levels, with variations also available for more advanced students. This practice strengthens core muscles, develops flexibility, and encourages concentration and focus.
- The Mix – This is a circuit-based class that is designed to utilize all of your muscles, kick your heart rate into high gear and gain confidence. You’ll never get bored in this class between the continually changing workouts and wide selection of fun music. Come be a part of something great and mix it up!
- Walking –Dedicated green spaces and manicured walking trails are perfect for a leisurely or brisk walk and the natural surroundings host a variety of wildlife. Walking is excellent for leg muscles, cardio, balance, and a healthy way to pick up some extra vitamin D from the sun. Burns calories too!
- Bicycling – Take your bicycle out and ride the flat trails and paths or take a ride to downtown Beaufort. Strengthen your leg muscles, improve your balance and get your cardio workout all at the same time.
- Gardening – Growing flowers and vegetables in your own garden, or in the Celadon Community Garden, gives your body a full workout. Digging, pulling weeds, lifting, crouching and carrying all help to improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, and relieve stress!
- Fishing – Celadon’s three freshwater ponds or the abundant rivers, creeks and ocean waters around Beaufort provide the perfect setting for you to benefit from the workout fishing provides. Fishing improves balance, burns calories, challenges core muscles, and develops strength. And you get to eat nutritious fish, if you catch one – of course you’ll catch one.
- Tennis – If you enjoy a good tennis match, the Celadon clay court awaits you. Tennis is a great way to get some light cardio work in and hone your hand eye coordination skills and the clay court surface is very forgiving on your joints.
You have chosen to live in the perfect place in which to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. Our community revolves around a culture of wellness, and its heart is the Celadon Club and its multi-million dollar Wellness Center. Celadon. Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Beaufort, and there is so much happening. We’ve listed some of the most popular events, concluding our list of “things to do” with a recipe for a no-bake boozy bourbon pecan cookie. Enjoy!
Sounds of the Season:
November 29, at 5:30. Enjoy this musical concert hosted by the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL). Featuring Christmas classics performed live by local artists. Cookie reception to follow and TCL ornaments for sale.
Musicians include Recording Artist and Songwriter Mahoganee Amiger – Vocalist, Jeff Shawd – Trumpet, Dave Skinner – Saxophone, Ed Morgret – Piano, Allyn Perdue –Bass, and Chuck Denier – Drums.
31st Annual Festival of Trees!
This incredibly popular event starts with SNOW Day on Sunday, December 2 at Tabby Place in Downtown Beaufort.
Bring the kids from 11am to 2 pm to enjoy playing in the snow, building a snowman or having snowball fights with our outdoor snowfields. They will love face painting, train rides and more! Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen will also be there to enjoy talking with the kids and taking photos.
And we will have sweets and treats for the entire family!
Tickets and wristbands are available for purchase on-site at Tabby Place.
$3 for children 5 and up, 4 and under – FREE!
Tree viewing will be open to the public Tuesday, December 4 – Thursday, December 6.
The Celebration of Giving Gala
Takes place on Thursday, December 6th at Tabby Place amidst the trees with music, wine, beer, and lots of food from ten of Beaufort’s best local restaurants. Santa will also be in attendance all week to have some fun and get some photos with attendees. Gala tickets can be purchased here.
Feasting, Art, and a Full Stage Musical!
Holiday Sea Island Celebration – A Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish. December 7, take in this extravaganza of history, culture, theatre, music, and food at the USCB Performing Arts Centre. Get tickets and more details here.
Beaufort’s holiday season begins on Friday, December 7, kicking off with a Christmas street party. Shops will stay open late to welcome regular and new customers with special treats. Streets will be closed off for safe and happy wandering (and shopping).
The evening features the City of Beaufort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, entertainment by community organizations, schools, churches, dancers, and a visit from Santa. Details can be found here.
Saturday, December 8th, starting at 6 pm, is the night for one of our favorite local events, the creative and festive “Stars in the Rigging” Holiday Boat Parade. The City of Beaufort and America’s Boating Club of Beaufort invite you to join the fun as the community gathers along the river in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park to watch the annual parade of holiday-decorated boats. For more information, check this link.
Christmas Parade! December 9:
The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade starts at 3:00 pm and winds through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Take the kids and enjoy the floats, bands, community participants, fancy personal cars and trucks.
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra presents “Home For the Holidays” on December 13 and 16.
This musical event features Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, one of the most famous works by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as assorted holiday classics. More information and ticket sales can be found here.
See The Nutcracker Ballet! December 15 and 16.
This timeless classic is a seasonal must for children and adults. Enjoy the sparkle and fun onstage and delight in the grace of exquisite ballet. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com
Go Christmas Shopping:
Beaufort has markets, fairs, art galleries, and gift shops for every taste and budget. Just head downtown and start looking. We couldn’t choose from among the many venues – they all offer something unique. To get started just click on this website and start planning your route!
Whip up a batch of these easy no-bake Pecan Bourbon Balls and leave a few out for Santa on Christmas Eve! Here’s the recipe from Southern Living Magazine.
BUTTERY TOASTED PECANS
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 cups pecan halves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (12-oz.) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup of the buttery toasted pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Powdered sugar, for coating
How to Make Them
Prepare the Buttery Toasted Pecans: Preheat oven to 325°. Toss together butter and pecans. Spread pecans in a single layer in a jellyroll pan; bake 25 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Cool completely. Store up to 1 week.
Prepare the Bourbon Balls: Stir together first 6 ingredients. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar or coarsely chopped Buttery Toasted Pecans. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
Celadon Living, Beaufort’s premier address, wishes you and your family a very
Whether you are moving into a smaller home or into a similar size or even larger house, sorting, de-cluttering, purging, and packing are exhausting tasks.
It’s hard to part with belongings you have had for a long time, especially those that have significant memories attached to them.
And the work involved – the decisions to make – where do you even start!
You are not alone.
Books, videos, magazines, and blogs offer a wealth of information to help you de-clutter and downsize your home and life with lists, guides, and “how-to-get-started” advice.
There are even packing and organizing services that will come to your home and do the work for you, but you’ll still have to make hard decisions about what to keep, and what to do about those things you probably don’t need but are attached to. Professional organizers can simplify the process for you because they’ve had lots of experience and understand how you feel.
Most books, services, and organizers offer the following suggestions in one form or another:
Start sorting and packing well before your scheduled move date – this job is going to take you longer than you imagine.
Don’t try to do it all at once. Commit to 2 – 3 hours a day and understand that choosing what to keep or discard can be emotionally challenging.
Go through items by category. You’ll be surprised how many duplicates people find, especially of photos, books, kitchenware, and clothing.
Clothing purges can be liberating! We all have things we haven’t worn in years. Let them go. If you’re relocating to the sunny south, from the frosty north, you probably won’t need that down coat or those snow boots! Own five black t-shirts? Donate a few to the local thrift shop. There are people everywhere in need of clothing, linens, dishes, cookware, furniture, office and school supplies, and working electronics. Google or your local yellow pages will help you find services such as shelters, resettlement, and faith-based organizations that will match your donations to the right person.
Deciding what to do with old family photos, films and videos is always a challenge. Before digital and smartphone cameras, pictures and other media were hard-copy only and stored as such, in files, shoe boxes, heavy albums and so on. These days, everything can be digitalized. Scan your photos to a disk or flash drive and give family members each a copy. Film and VHS formatted family videos can be converted to digital also.
Make a floor plan of your new home and decide which of your favorite furnishings will fit in the new space. Modern décor embraces the “shabby chic” approach of incorporating interesting older pieces with newer more contemporary items. Keep what you love but make sure it is going to fit. Your measuring tape will help!
Items that you don’t want can be sold, but a yard sale may not be the best use of your time and energy. Instead, consider an estate auction. Some companies come to your home and photograph all of the items you want to sell. They list the items online and viewers bid on what they want – usually for about ten days. The winning bidder picks the item up from your home under the supervision of the estate sale company. You receive a percentage of the total sale, and some goes to the auctioneers.
When you are sure about things you want to keep, pack them in a sturdy box that is not going to be too heavy to lift. Label boxes with both the general contents (books, stemware, good china, etc.) and the room you want the box taken to at your new residence – bedroom, laundry room, kitchen, and so on.
Keep the things you absolutely love and USE them in your new home. Your beautiful dishes, crystal ware, and softest towels. You’ll enjoy your lovely items daily and have much less to store when you relocate.
The following items are easy decisions:
Garden tools: especially if you are downsizing your outdoor landscape.
Large appliances: Most new homes come with built-in appliances that are not only space-saving but also probably more energy efficient than what you own.
Your kids’ stuff: If you are storing your adult children’s belongings in your attic, garage, or basement, this is a perfect time to ask them to pick everything up and store it at their own places.
Let them know that their snowboards, bicycles, skis, bowling balls, hockey equipment, and old college books and notes will have to live somewhere else or you’ll find everything a new home.
If they don’t have space, they’ll have to decide what to keep and what to discard!
This was one lady’s solution:
A few years ago, a friend’s elderly aunt decided to leave her three-story six-bedroom heritage home and relocate to a two-bedroom condo. She’d raised three children in that house, all of whom were starting families of their own.
Each floor of the vast house held large heavy pieces of furniture – carved bedsteads, mirrors, bureaus, and needlepoint chairs. There was a baby–grand piano, a massive mahogany dining table with twelve chairs, and enough silver to finance the Spanish Armada.
And many sofas.
Cupboards and shelves overflowed with hardcover books, sheet music, precious knick-knacks, framed photos, and souvenirs from years of world travel, dozens of albums filled with yellowing photographs, cooking manuals, and decades of National Geographic magazines.
Walls on every floor were hung with tapestries, oil painted portraits of long – ago relatives, candle sconces, and framed prints.
Because Auntie was an excellent cook in her prime, predictably the kitchen, pantry, and storage areas were stuffed with – well – cooking tools.
Not much of this collection was suitable for a small modern urban condo, but Auntie’s solution to de-cluttering and downsizing was brilliant. If her children each took some of her things, that would ensure treasures stayed within the family.
Would they want her mementos and collections?
A lot of her belongings were valuable, but because there were memories attached to them, she didn’t relish just selling everything off.
As it happened, her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends loved the idea of choosing from among the home’s many treasures. Auntie listed items she would take to the new condo, but the rest of what was there was up for grabs.
Over half of her home’s contents disappeared in a few weeks.
Whatever the family didn’t want or couldn’t use, was sold through an estate sale auction. What didn’t sell went to charities.
Auntie found later, living in the new condo with her favorite, though significantly pared down belongings, that she didn’t miss all the stuff she’d been so attached to. Didn’t miss it at all.
You may not have as many treasures as Auntie, but however much you’ve collected over the years, it’s probably time to scale it down. And think of all the lovely space you’ll have in your new home!
If you are in the market for a new home, look no further than Celadon, Beaufort South Carolina’s premier address.
We’ve made it easy and fun for you with our Discovery Visit Special. For only $99 per couple, you will enjoy two nights at one of three of Beaufort’s finest hotels, breakfast included!
Contact us soon to schedule your visit. This special rate is offered until the end of December 2018.
Your new home awaits.
Master-planned communities have, for many reasons, become increasingly popular lifestyle choices both for young families and active retirees.
These thoughtfully planned residential communities evolved from the earliest rustic American settlement St. Augustine, in 1695, to the multi-faceted, amenity-rich complexes available today.
In 2018 the best master-planned communities have a small town ambiance while offering a balance of residential homes, recreational facilities, businesses, schools, and natural environments.
Some planned communities focus on special interests such as golf or equine pursuits, while others, such as Celadon, offer accessible parks and bike paths, a Clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, spa, and community garden, all of which encourage residents to embrace healthy pursuits, wellness, and social interactions.
Celadon’s South Carolina coastal location provides a mild year-round climate and, the town of Beaufort, was designated by Coastal Living as “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.”
Coastal Living also said, “The town is known for its historic antebellum architecture, exquisite local cuisine, and rich African-American heritage…then, as any local will tell you, there’s the shrimp, the sweet tea, and the Mandeville-perfumed breezes that imbue the slowed pace of Lowcountry life.”
Beaufort is among the top 10 counties that buyers moved to between January 2015 and March 2017 according to ideal – LIVING magazine’s Executive Report 2017. Some buyers were seeking an investment or vacation home, but the majority (86%) were looking for a new primary residence. Many wanted to live by the coast.
And, ideal – LIVING listed Celadon among its top 100 “Best Planned Communities” for 2018.
Homebuyers purchasing a home in Celadon’s Master Planned Community are assured, not only of comfort, safety, enjoyment, and health conscious activities, but also of value. Homesites are often more expansive than those in urban and suburban areas, while the homes themselves are uniquely designed, beautifully crafted and finished, and customizable by the potential owner before they are built.
Purchase a move-in ready home.
Choose a homesite and a pre-approved home plan.
Have our preferred builders build a custom home of your design. Their familiarity with Celadon’s architectural standards will be an added benefit as you take your dream home through the design review process.
By living only minutes from downtown Beaufort, Celadon residents enjoy the benefits of exceptional health care from Beaufort Memorial Hospital and excellent schools.
Art galleries, music venues, live theatre, film, literary events, and faith services are also close by as are artisan shopping experiences, fairs, fine dining, festivals, and markets.
For a limited time Celadon is offering a Fall Discovery Visit Special.
Only $99.00 for three days and two nights in one of Beaufort’s top hotels while you explore Beaufort’s #1 address, Celadon.
Your $99 Celadon Discovery Visit will include:
Accommodation for 2 nights in either the Rhett House Inn, City Loft Hotel, or The Cuthbert House
Complimentary breakfast each morning
Complimentary access to Celadon Club Wellness Center
Personalized tour of the Celadon community
This offer is valid for stays in Oct/Nov/Dec 2018 based on availability.
Beaufort has many festivals and events year round. It would be fun to coordinate your visit with one of these great local favorites. Click here to find out what’s happening and when.
Our beautiful neo-traditional community of distinctive Lowcountry homes is enjoying some welcome expansion as fourteen new homes are currently under construction or in the architectural drawing phase.
Three new spec homes are available to view and purchase.
To find out more about the Celadon building “boom,” we spoke with Henry Vala, one of Celadon’s hand-selected preferred builders and President of Artisan Custom Homes. Mr. Vala, a Beaufort resident for the past thirteen years, has been in construction for over thirty years, with a specific focus on Lowcountry architectural style for the past decade. He has a well-deserved reputation of excellence.
Mr. Vala described how the long-term planning of Celedon involved “phases” which are being completed as scheduled. The homes are unique and beautifully crafted, with quality materials and workmanship.
“There is a home for every family’s needs and dreams here at Celadon with a library of designs to choose from or the option to customize a project of your choice. You can even design your own.” Mr. Vala said.
What makes Celadon’s homes so affordable, and so sought after?
“Celadon homes are priced competitively, and our goal is to provide better value within that price point, than our competitors,” said Mr. Vala.
He added, “Celadon has a lot to offer- a beautiful peaceful environment with parks, trails and mature live oak trees that have been left in place, and it’s just minutes away from the beaches and local waterways, all the cultural offerings, and all that downtown Beaufort has to offer. People love it here. It’s a way of life that suits everyone – from families to retired people. It’s the best of the Lowcountry.”
What brings you the most satisfaction in the work you do?
“I’ve been in this business for a long time – met a lot of people – and made friends with many of my customers. I enjoy working with people to help them achieve the home of their dreams. Quality and craftsmanship are important to me – a customer’s wishes are important to me. And I work with a great crew that shares the same values.”
See Our New Model Home!
Special Discovery Visit Offer!
In September we invite you to visit beautiful Beaufort and Celadon only $199 per couple for three days and two nights!
That’s $100 off our regular Discovery Visit rate!
Your Discovery Visit Itinerary
First and foremost, you’ll explore Beaufort! The Rhett House, Cuthbert House, and City Loft Hotel are each steps away from everything downtown (or a quick spin, if you choose to borrow one of the beach cruiser bicycles available to you from the Rhett House or the Cuthbert House). You can stroll to restaurants, boutique shops, and local art galleries, or enjoy a guided tour of the South’s most impressive historic neighborhoods.
And there’s more! Take a look here.
Get to know Celadon:
Now it’s time to show you why Celadon is the perfect place for you in Beaufort! We’ll take you on a thorough and personalized tour of our Lowcountry neighborhoods, where you can check out or available homes and homesites, lovely parks and trails, Celadon Club and more.
Call 843.379.9095 today to book your visit.
School is over, and the weather is ideal for being outside. There are so many exciting things for you and your family to enjoy out of doors that it’s going to be hard to choose where to start!
For Celadon families, outdoor activities are an everyday part of their lives. The community’s carefully preserved open green spaces and parkland with trails throughout invite the exploration of nature to look for birds and other wildlife.
The Celadon Club Junior Olympic-size pool is a favorite gathering spot for members, their children, and grandchildren offering attractively priced summer memberships that include 24-hour gym access, all group classes, kid’s summer camp discounts, spa discounts, and more. These are on first come first serve basis until June 15, or until they are all sold. Call the Club at 1-843-379-1088 for information.
Two summer camps at Celadon – Camp Play for ages 5-11 from July 23-17 and Camp Create for ages 7-11 from August 6-10. These camps are popular and fill up quickly – call the Club at 1-843-379-1088 for more information.
The Celadon Race Team is all in for the Dragon Boat Beaufort Race Day event on June 23rd.
Even if you don’t want to paddle, you can still support the fundraiser and cheer for your favorite team.
Birding is fun and educational.
The Celadon community’s enthusiasm for the Eastern Bluebird Project is a pretty good indicator of how much we love our wildlife. Children enjoy birds too, so getting them interested in locating different species could be fun.
The Lowcountry coastal marshes are teeming with over 300 species of birds – there’s always something to see.
All you’ll need is a field guide, a pair of binoculars, and sharp eyes. A notebook is handy too, to record your sightings.
If you are birding with younger kids who are new to the idea, let them practice spotting the many birds that frequent your neighbourhood feeders and backyards. Have the children identify the birds in the field guide and make a list of the ones they see.
Some familiar backyard visitors are:
Woodpeckers (the petite downy and the red-bellied)
If you venture down the road to the water’s edge, (try the Cypress Wetlands where you can view from the boardwalk) you’ll see a plethora of both seabirds and freshwater varieties. The Cypress Wetlands are also home to ibis rookeries.
Try going in the early morning or late afternoon when the birds are feeding, for the best views.
Some easily found summer-residing wetland birds are:
A variety of wading birds – herons, egrets, the American bittern, ibis and storks
Cormorants and pelicans
Rails and gallinules
Along the water you can see dolphins, raptors (eagles and owls), and river otters. On the land side of the boardwalk, you may catch sight of a rabbit or mink, especially if you tiptoe.
By summer’s end your field guide will be weathered and your notebook full of the names and descriptions of birds you’ve found. Birding can be quite an adventure for many youngsters – and an experience that may be the start of a lifelong interest.
Explore the local markets:
A day of bird watching and walking sure does whet the appetite! Beaufort’s many farmers’ markets have delicious fresh food on offer so take a look. You could get some to take home or eat right there. Many markets have a sit-down barbecue, freshly cooked seafood like crab cakes and shrimp, baked treats, and ice cream.
Farmers markets can be found in Beaufort, Bluffton, Port Royal, and the Sea Islands. Almost every small town has its own farmers market, and they are all worth exploring. Buying locally grown food not only supports our farmers, but it also means your family enjoys the healthy benefits of a vast selection of the freshest fruits and vegetables.
Close to home, and open Wednesdays from 3 – 7 pm, May through October, the Downtown Beaufort Farmer’s Market (West Street) has something for everyone – locally grown produce like juicy peaches, raspberries, blueberries, and fresh vegetables. Sweet corn, watermelon, and tomatoes are in season. Craft vendors sell a variety of artisanal items like jewelry, soaps, textiles, and sweets.
You can also find live entertainment, seafood vendors, homemade bread, cakes, cookies, and cobblers, jarred goods, cheeses, honey, fresh flowers, local restaurant samples, and a host of other goodies. Everything you find at the market is locally grown, harvested, made or caught.
Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are fun to watch as they race and leap around in the ocean. Watching from a small boat or a catamaran – which is a double hulled sailboat, or zippy Zodiac – a kind of motorized rubber raft – adds to the excitement and brings you quite close to these wonderful mammals. With any luck you might witness the dolphins “strand fishing,” where they use a team approach to rounding up fish for their meals.
The Beaufort waterways are alive with fish, rays, crabs, dolphins and other sea creatures. As the tides recede, or rise, they reveal how complex the marshland ecosystems are.
Knowledgeable tour guides teach children (and adults) about the wildlife they see, and about the history and ecology of the area.
Some dolphin tours offer fishing experiences tailored to the ages of the passengers on board.
There are lots of tours out of Beaufort to choose from, some for as little as $30.00 an hour.
The Beaufort Water Festival July 13 -22:
This annual mid-summer celebration, now in its 63rd successful year, is one of the South’s biggest outdoor festivals.
The ten-day extravaganza hosts over twenty-four events from bocce and badminton contests, to a children’s Toad Fishing Tournament! There will be a Raft Race, a Bed Race, a Ski Show, Shrimp Boat Tour, and even a Talent Show.
An Arts and Crafts market is open every day, and there are special events just for kids (Kids Day) and teens (Teen Dance).
If you like good food, parades, exhibits, music, dancing, water activities, games, and tournaments, this is the place to be.
For information regarding schedules, tickets, and even more events, go to this link.
We’ve mentioned only a few of the great things to do this summer in Beaufort and Celadon. You’ll find more on the Eat, Sleep, Play Beaufort website.
Home sweet home
However much fun you and your family have exploring, it will be good to get home to Celadon in the evening and settle on your porch with some iced tea or lemonade.
Pass around a bowl of fresh peaches from the market, share the day’s adventures, and revel in the sweetness of a Lowcountry summer.
The bluebirds’ return is the result of enthusiastic volunteers establishing and maintaining bluebird nesting boxes and safe environments. Celadon residents are working now to have their community recognized as a Certified Bluebird Habitat by the South Carolina Bluebird Society.
A member of the thrush (Sialia) family, the Eastern Bluebird male sports a bright blue plumage above with a breast and throat of deep orange. A splash of white on the underside and a 9-12 inch wingspan makes them easy to spot as they dart among the trees and in and out of strategically placed, custom-made nesting boxes.
As with many bird species, the female’s plumage is similar but not as vibrant. The female bluebird has a beige colored throat and breast, a gray-blue head and back and light blue wings and tail.
Wild bluebird populations, once as familiar as the American Robin, have suffered from the destruction of their natural habitat, and from two introduced species, European starlings, and House sparrows. The territorial sparrows continue to vie for space in the bluebirds’ habitats and must be watched so they don’t take over the nest boxes.
Bluebirds are gardeners’ friends:
Gardeners love the feathered beauties because, in organic gardens that don’t use herbicides, they are an effective and natural source of insect control. Although the omnivorous bluebirds don’t eat commercial birdseed, mealworm grubs placed in feeders or on trays, supplement their diet of ground-sourced insects. They also enjoy a diet of wild seeds, berries, and fruit.
The bluebirds frequent backyards, fields, orchards, and pastures and can be found around the fringes of forested areas. Water is vital to many birds, and the bluebird is no exception. In South Carolina, bluebirds don’t migrate, and while they can find water sources readily in the warmer months, they benefit from a heated birdbath when temperatures are cooler.
In 2017 Celadon homeowner Charlene Kinest’s first nest box attracted a pair of bluebirds within days. She was excited to observe the couple raise several batches of fledglings that spring and quickly asked her neighbors to participate in attracting more bluebirds to Celadon.
Celadon Club manager Stephanie Fairbanks reached out to Celadon’s developer JC Taylor and asked him to support a community project to help the bluebirds – he readily agreed. Stephanie then contacted the South Carolina Bluebird Society president Mike DeBruhl who traveled to Celadon to teach homeowners about bluebirds, nest box building, and how best to attract them and nurture their habitat.
Mike DeBruhl was impressed that the Celadon developers had planned so much open green space and parkland, supporting the perfect habitat for wildlife.
Stephanie Fairbanks knew that the enthusiasm of homeowners would result in a successful project. And she was right.
The Celadon community volunteers!
Celadon homeowners volunteer to build and place the bluebird nesting boxes and monitor the birds’ activity. They will continue to gather data from weekly inspections including numbers of birds, eggs, and fledglings. The data will be sent to Mike DeBruhl who will then send formatted statistics to the North American Bluebird Society.
Once thirty nest boxes are installed and monitored for a year throughout nesting season) the certification process will be complete.
There are presently fifteen nesting boxes installed throughout the community – along trails, near ponds, in backyards, and around the community garden.
Students at the Bridges Preparatory Academy can see some of the bluebird nesting boxes from their classroom windows providing them with a fascinating view of bluebird behavior. This experience builds skills of observation, reasoning, and concentration and at the same time teaches respect for natural habitats and wildlife.
If you are a Celadon resident and interested in participating in this exciting and worthwhile project, contact Stephanie Fairbanks at the Celadon Club.
Celadon is an upscale, wellness-focused, master-planned community on Lady’s Island – five minutes from downtown Beaufort. Celadon offers a charming selection of finely appointed, single-family homes and its walkable neighborhoods demonstrate the best in classic Lowcountry architecture. Significant “green” development, including parks, ponds, trails, and other outdoor amenities encourage outdoor activity and neighborly interaction. The Celadon Club and its Wellness Center (complete with spa services) provide unmatched opportunities for fitness, health, and wellness. Celadon homes are available from the mid-$300’s, and homesites from the $70’s.
For more information and continued updates on Celadon Club or the Celadon community, visit CeladonLiving.com.
If you love to garden, and most of us do, right now you’ll be drawn outdoors by the warm spring sunshine, longer days, and the fragrance of sun-warmed earth.
A walk around the Beaufort and Celadon areas in May and June reveals some of the South’s most iconic plants: Crepe Myrtle, Magnolia Trees, Azaleas, climbing roses, French Hydrangeas, and Camellias. These plants bloom in colorful profusion in many of the county’s gardens – a medley of gorgeous pinks, reds, purples, and whites – fragrant and lush.
The ubiquitous daffodils, pansies, and tulips grace pathways, borders, and flowerbeds.
Breathtaking, bouquet-worthy, and the pride of any gardener, a beautiful garden enhances a lovely home, too.
But, it’s a lot of work.
Short on time, energy, and know how? Don’t despair. You too can have a lovely garden.
And living in Planting Zone 9 means it’s not too late in the season to begin.
Hanging gardens and container gardens, especially on your porch, satisfy the desire to grow things, while keeping the work manageable, and at hand.
Self-watering containers, drip systems, and timed irrigation setups will water your plants as needed.
Slow release fertilizer gives veggies, herbs, and flowers the right amount of nutrition. All you’ll have to do is some planning, planting, deadheading, trimming, and harvesting.
Let’s start with the containers:
A browse through Pinterest shows creative gardeners using everything from galvanized washtubs, wooden crates, old whiskey or wine barrels, and wicker baskets, to antique chamber-pots as containers. For a shabby chic and rustic look, these kinds of planters offer interest and whimsy, especially when planted with frothy trailing foliage like asparagus fern or lime green sweet potato vine, and flowers in robust blues, reds, and yellows.
Terracotta planters come in many shapes and sizes, and are budget friendly, iconic, and drain well. Ceramic planters with bright glazes provide a pop of color that can coordinate or contrast with whatever is blooming.
Cast iron and sculpted cement urns, polished aluminum or tall obelisk-style planters offer traditional elegance to a more formal arrangement as well as the weight and depth to support larger flowering shrubs or evergreens.
Whatever your choice of a planter, obtain a variety of sizes to allow for both large and small plants and aesthetically pleasing arrangements. All containers should have proper drainage holes.
Hanging garden containers can include everything from an old milk pail swung from a low lying branch near your front porch to moss and straw-lined window baskets lushly planted with beautiful flowers and vines.
Leafy tropical Boston or Sword ferns grow well in hanging baskets, just out of the direct sun. One large specimen or an arrangement of two or three can transform a front porch into a magnificent green oasis and look beautiful against a backdrop of rustic wicker furniture.
Flowers, shrubs, and vines:
Many colorful flowers, vines, and plants with brilliant foliage thrive in containers. If you have a color scheme in mind choose the colors you want and then do some research on which plants in those colors will do best in the containers you’ve obtained. Learn too, how much water, sun, and shade your new plants need.
An excellent source for flower selection is here.
You can have pots of your favorite herbs next to the kitchen on the back stoop, or steps, or a backyard patio. There are many herbs from which to choose. Decide on the ones you want to cook with or grow them merely for their beauty.
If you want to place herbs front and center as part of your mini-landscaping plan, their foliage and flowers are ornamental and deliciously fragrant. Many have insect repelling properties. For example:
- Bay leaf repels flies
- Chives repel garden insects like Japanese Beetles and aphids
- Dill repels aphids and spider mites
- Fennel keeps aphids slugs and snails away
- Lavender – fleas, flies, and mosquitoes
- Oregano – this kitchen staple repels many pests and dries well for winter pasta sauces.
- Basil repels houseflies and mosquitoes – it also makes fabulous pesto!
- Rosemary repels mosquitoes
- Parsley: Another must-have for the kitchen but if you are growing asparagus anywhere. Parsley repels asparagus beetles
- Thyme: Delicious in food, but mosquitoes give it a wide berth, as do whiteflies, cabbage maggots, corn earworms, whiteflies, tomato hornworms and small whites.
- Mint: Juleps or Mojitos anyone? Mosquitoes don’t like mint though.
- Lemongrass – mosquitoes don’t like it –Lemongrass contains citronella – but it’s superb in Thai dishes.
There are many more herbs – if you have loads of boxes and containers, grow them all. Some, like basil, prefer part shade, some herbs grow best in loamy, fertile soil, and others thrive best in sandy well-drained soil.
Your garden center can guide you. Alternatively, a quick check on the Internet can help you choose the best environment for your herb plants.
Vegetables grow well in larger containers with excellent drainage and good soil.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers the following, sage advice to gardeners who want to grow vegetables in containers:
Plant pots? The bigger, the better. While you can grow microgreens and lettuce in a window box outside your kitchen window, larger, heavier and taller plants, like tomatoes, need a broader base, and enough depth to securely insert a climbing support like a cage, trellis, or stakes.
Place vegetable containers where plants will receive 6 – 8 hours of direct sun daily.
Beans, broccoli, eggplant, carrots, onions, and radishes need a 5-gallon box. Peppers and cucumbers can grow in a one-gallon pot if there’s just a single plant.
Start your container garden with just a few plants, especially if you are new to gardening, and, of course depending on how much time you can commit.
A few flower arrangement planters, some small pots of fragrant herbs, and a couple of easy to grow veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers will give you a good start on your low maintenance gardening journey. As you gain more experience, (and success), you can add more.
Fried Green Tomatoes?
Keep an eye out for unusual “planters” as you peruse the garden centers, antique markets, and resale stores. Your garden is a creative endeavor, and one that will continuously evolve.
Enjoy the journey, and, if you grow some beefsteak tomatoes, pick a few while they are still green and fry them up for lunch.
Further reading and resources:
Celadon homeowners enjoy the camaraderie of a designated Community Garden just beside the Bridges Preparatory School on Celadon Drive. If you’d like a plot to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs, just sign up and join in!
According to Ideal-LIVING’s 2017 Marketplace for Buyers survey, a home on the coast and exceptional dining opportunities top the list for 74% of Americans.
Over half of the survey’s respondents wished to locate to a small town on the coast, and 73% narrowed that down to the southeast US.
One of the most talked about towns for relocation, retirement and vacation home options is Southern Living’s Happiest Seaside Town, Beaufort South Carolina.
And this sunny southeast coastal town has enough dining experiences to keep a food lover in delicious delights all year round.
Over one hundred restaurants – seafood, sushi, barbecue, pizza, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Greek, French, and All-American, lure hungry vacationers and residents with tempting dishes.
There’s something for everyone too, with both casual and fine dining options.
Taverns, bistros, cafés, markets, grills, eateries, barbecues, pizzerias with wood fire ovens, dockside oyster bars, and gastropubs – the list goes on – and you’ll soon find your favorites.
An abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables, farm-raised livestock, and fresh-caught fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters, supplies Beaufort’s many dining establishments with the finest Lowcountry ingredients.
The best way to enjoy Beaufort’s culinary delights is to come down for a taste!
A Discovery Visit will get you here for two nights at one of three of Beaufort’s finest hotels and inns. Explore Celadon’s lovely Lowcountry architecture and Beaufort’s shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Start your first evening with dinner at The Old Bull Tavern (rated number one in Beaufort on Trip Advisor.) Diners rave about the cocktails, lamb shanks, salmon, and carefully curated wine list. It’s a lively spot with excellent service.
Wren is also popular and offers a cozy atmosphere, excellent service and simple, yet elegant Lowcountry options. Everything from shrimp and grits (and fried green tomatoes) to scallops or lamb chops is a win and portions are generous.
If you’ve chosen the Rhett House Inn or Cuthbert House Inn for your Discovery visit accommodation, an elegant Southern breakfast is included in your stay and will get you fuelled and energized for your Beaufort adventure.
Southern biscuits, waffles, Cajun shrimp and grits, seafood omelets, corned beef hash with eggs? Coffee and French pastries? What about some crab cake bennies? You won’t go wrong with Blackstone’s, The Boundary Street Café, or Magnolia Bakery Café for breakfast or brunch. These are favorite spots, so give yourself time.
In Beaufort there are many ways to fill the hours between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether you’ve been touring Celadon Living, carriage riding, cycling, shopping, or even snacking on homemade ice cream or chocolates, you owe it to yourself to enjoy an excellent evening dining experience.
The upbeat, award-winning, Breakwater Restaurant and Bar presents a lighter version of elegant Southern dishes with seasonal ingredients. Blackened Mahi, fried chicken, bourbon-glazed pork chops, and a Wagyu beef pimento cheeseburger are some of the menu selections.
Breakwater’s carefully curated wine and champagne list offers a choice of over 60 labels.
Saltus River Grill, on Beaufort’s Waterfront Park, overlooks the Beaufort River. Sophisticated yet relaxed, Saltus creatively blends Lowcountry favorites, locally sourced ingredients, and modern culinary techniques. They offer a laid-back setting, a wood grill, a spectacular wine selection, and a raw bar featuring the best oysters anywhere. Diners rave about the incredibly fresh sushi, the crab bisque, blackened Dorado and caramelized scallops.
We’ve barely scratched the surface of Beaufort’s dining opportunities. The suggestions made here include Trip Advisor favorites, but there are many more delicious places to dine.
They say that once you’ve visited this delightful seaside town, you’ll never want to leave.
If you’re looking for a new home, your Celadon Discovery Visit will show you some of the most beautiful and affordable Lowcountry architecture in the Beaufort area.
So join us. There is a lot to do, and new friends to dine with.
A story is a living thing; it moves and shifts…Pat Conroy
The fascinating history of the American South with its plantations, charming people, and scenic landscapes provides writers, artists and the movie industry with rich fodder for their novels, essays, poetry, films, and art.
Whether delving into one or another side of the conflicts or choosing to walk the moderate pastoral path, authors of every ilk have, for centuries, penned their ideas and versions of what the south is all about: family, faith, and country.
But it is the exquisite little Lowcountry town of Beaufort, South Carolina that captured the interest of the film industry as well as some well-known writers, notably the late Pat Conroy, author of Prince of Tides.
Nestled between Charleston and Savannah, on the southeast Atlantic coast, Beaufort is part of Port Royal Island, one of the largest of the coastal sea-islands.
Beaufort, founded in 1711, boasts stately mansions built before the Civil War, avenues lined with moss-draped live oak trees, a charming downtown historic district, and a bustling waterfront that offers the finest shrimp and oyster feasts and festivals anywhere.
Beaufort is also the beloved home of some of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet.
Beaufort’s writers and artists are moved and inspired by the beauty of the Lowcountry’s bucolic island landscapes and rich tidal marshes – the perfect backdrops for tales of love, war, family, passion, beliefs, and stalwart patriotism.
His most notable novels “The Great Santini,” “The Lords of Discipline” and, “The Prince of Tides,” brought Beaufort to the attention of the world, especially when in 1991, Prince of Tides, written and filmed in Beaufort, became a blockbuster movie.
In the ensuing decade, Hollywood filmed over a dozen more movies in Beaufort County including Forrest Gump and The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Pat Conroy’s legacy lives on in the thriving literary centre that bears his name and that holds a Pat Conroy Literary Festival each year in October.
Beaufort celebrates its love of film and literature every February by holding the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) and honoring actors, screenwriters, technical and art directors with achievement awards. This year Dale Dye received the Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award, and Set Decorator Missy Ricker received the Behind the Scenes Award for over20 years of creative work.
The Pat Conroy Literary Center held its second annual March Forth on March Fourth day of learning on Sunday, March 4th, at the Frissell Community House at Penn Center on St. Helena Island. This event commemorated the second anniversary of Conroy’s passing and featured National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney, two-time Lillian Smith Award-winning novelist Anthony Grooms, master naturalist and memoirist J. Drew Lanham, poet and retired teacher Tim Conroy, and best-selling novelist Cassandra King Conroy.