Mark your calendars (and RSVP) for Halloween Merriment

Yes, it’s fast approaching.  Since Halloween falls on a Friday this year, we are expecting more out of town guests.  If the big ferry is back, we’ll try to begin with the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on the screen for the 5:00 boat to Dewees.  Then we’ll gather at the Landings Building at 6:15 to board the people mover and head out for some treats.  BYO snacks and libations.

Thursday evening (5:30 ish) at the [...] Continue Reading…

Lunar Eclipse visible from Dewees Island

On Dewees, where there is little light pollution, there is often an incredible celestial view. But astronomical events are hard to plan for. Meteor showers, eclipses, etc. can all be incredible, but often the clouds get in the way, or the visibility is poor for some other reason. This week, however, was perfect. A lunar eclipse was predicted from 4:17 am. to 7:30, with the most change observable between 5:45 and 6:30.  This, happily, is [...] Continue Reading…

Bald Eagles back on the platform

For the fourth year in a row, a pair of bald eagles seems to be using the platform as a home base in the evenings, bringing sticks to the top level and rearranging them.  It’s our hope that they will again raise chicks there.  After last year’s issue with the female getting entangled in some garbage, and the untimely death of a fledgling at the hands of an alligator, we were a little concerned [...] Continue Reading…

Sunset splendor

photo from Andersons, house 125, panorama by Ginnie Little

Sunset on the island is generally really spectacular, so sunsets don’t often make our daily conversations.  Rainbows, too, are relatively frequent (I’ve seen three or four this month.) But yesterday was the kind of shared experience with neighbors that makes you value not just the beauty around us, but the people we share it with on a daily basis.

Liz and I ventured out for [...] Continue Reading…

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…