Swallow-wort, Cynanchum angustifolium

Our native swallow-wort, Cynanchum angustifolium is the gulf coast swallow-wort. It is a member of the asclepias, or milkweed family, and you can tell it’s a milkweed from the milky sap on the stems. On Dewees Island, the vine can be found along the edges of the impoundment on Dewees Inlet drive and Lake Timicau drive, as well as the pathway along Huyler House walk. This is one of the only host plants for [...] Continue Reading…

Dewees Residence featured on tv show: Buying the Beach

We got a call in April from a television show called “Buying the Beach.” It’s produced by Paper Route Productions based in New York. (Some of their other shows include Yukon Men, Buying Alaska, Buying the Bayou & Buying Hawaii.) One of their people had come across a Dewees Video, and wanted to feature a listing on the island as part of their show, where one couple looks at three properties before [...] Continue Reading…

Dewees Resident Heads to Liberia with Robot to fight Ebola

photo, Post and CourierDewees Resident Jeff Deal is a man of many talents: he was a surgeon until he lost the sight in one eye, when he switched his specialization to tropical disease. A few years ago, Jeff gave a presentation at the Environmental Program board of the island demonstrating his invention for capturing mosquitoes. He was the first to introduce bee-keeping to the island. His books have [...] Continue Reading…

A New Day for Dewees Rentals

Emily showing her son the Dewees beach

It’s a new day for Dewees Rentals! We ushered in a new era on August 1, as Judy Fairchild stepped down and sold the rental business to Emily Watson. Emily has worked with Judy and Dewees Rentals since just after it started six years ago, and is really excited about building on the framework that she and Judy created together. “We started the company [...] Continue Reading…

Spider Magic

It was one of those wild Dewees moments: coming out of coffee Wednesday, Anne and I were transfixed watching a cicada trapped in the web of a Golden Silk Orbweaver.  More commonly known as a banana spider (for the large yellow abdomen), the spider’s web was right outside the Huyler House door. I had noticed it on Tuesday, when I was wondering if a Carolina anole might get caught in it, along with a [...] Continue Reading…

Cool new way to Transport Flowers to the Island

Props to Captain Rick, who came up with a solution to the challenges of flower transport. When you bring a bouquet of flowers or potted orchid over to the island, it can be a challenge to move them without the wind tearing them apart. So Rick bought a tall trash can and labeled it for flower storage. We found it worked really well to get the flowers from the car to the house without [...] Continue Reading…

Explore Tidepools on the Beach

tidepool magic: Dewees IslandBecause of the current erosion/accretion cycle, there are some great “runnels” along the beach, especially near Osprey Walk. We gathered some friends one evening last week and went to explore tidepools on the beach. You want to check for a very low tide, and it’s a bonus if that comes at the end of the day. We like it when it’s low tide in the [...] Continue Reading…

July 4 Celebrations

July 4 is always an exciting time to be on Dewees.  The annual beach run and party is always a hit.  It was followed by the golf cart parade, which had a record number of spectators.  (I think I counted 11, but there were another hundred people in 35 carts in the parade.) And then the ice cream social, followed by the Salute from the Shore Flyover, followed by fireworks from the docks. (We [...] Continue Reading…

Arthur Moving in

12 noon: Dewees Island has been feeling effects of Arthur since about 3:00 am, when the wind slammed in. The biggest gust I have measured thus far is 35 mph. The ferry is still running, and some folks are gathering over at Huyler House to play ping pong and watch movies. Storm Team Dewees (Liz, Judy, and Kate) have been out taking photos and checking out puddles and waves. We’ll be on the job [...] Continue Reading…