This was the first year that the Daufuskie Island Christmas Parade was not held from the fire department to the county dock. Since Marshside Mama’s is shut down we reorganized the parade to be in Melrose. We lined up at the old inn and paraded down to the Beach Club where the kiddos sang carols and sat on Santa’s lap. We threw candy to the people on the sidelines and let the horses graze on the lawn while we watched the kids. Flaca and Mandy were rock stars. This was Mandy’s second parade but Flaca’s first.
A long standing annual tradition, our deer drive takes place every winter in the Oakridge and Webb Tracts. Generations of grandfathers, fathers and son hunters come over together with shotguns and hounds to cull our deer. If left unmanaged they become over populated and start to display poor genetics and diseases. All of the harvested deer is processed and surplus venison is donated to the community. Our job on horseback is to pull downed deer from the woods where trucks or ATV’s can’t reach. This was Flaca’s first hunt and she did amazing.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. From our health to our horses to our friends and neighbors we have so much to be thankful for!
We are happy to have reached an agreement with Brownie’s owner so we can go onto his property to feed him. It’s a long story but again we are just glad to be able to help get Brownie the care and basic needs met that he deserves. We created a GoFundMe Page for Brownie as well as you can make a monthly recurring sponsorship gift here on our website where your proceeds will go to help pay for hay and feed etc. Thanks for being a Brownie’s Bestie!
This year for Freeport’s Fall Festival we set up corral panels in the big lawn next to the playground on the river to do our pony rides and Marsh Tacky show and tell. The kids were so cute in their little costumes. Roxie Bell must have done a record number of pony rides today and she was a very good girl. Candied apples for her!
Horseback riding on the beach is limited to between October 15th and March 15th due to sea turtle nesting season and the general increase in tourists on our beaches during the warmer months. We are so excited for tomorrow that we decided to ride to the beach, stopping before we were on the beach.
Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society and Pegasus Riding Academy were at the Bloomingdale Rodeo. Pegaus was a featured Charity beneficiary. Located in Savannah, Pegasus is PATH Certified and provides equine assisted therapy programs to special needs individuals. It was a nice clear night with fair food and family fun. This is a top notch rodeo with everything from barrels to bucking horses and Pegasus is a great cause.
Beaufort County announced a mandatory barrier island hurricane evacuation so we are mobilizing and implementing our hurricane evacuation plan to our new property, Duncan Acres, located in Dale. We are on the barge and headed to the mainland now. We hope everyone stays safe during their evacuation travels!
We’ve been in need of a dedicated office space and welcome area to keep all our files, check-in guests, sell tours and merchandise. We decided this was the perfect solution for us. Stay tuned for the finished product that we have affectionately named the “She Shed.” She is being framed up now and will be mostly constructed of wood that we milled from fallen trees during Hurricane Matthew.
July summer nights call for grilling and chilling at the barn. We have wings and corn on the fire and are enjoying our friends’ company! We look forward to hosting many dinner parties at Selmont Hall for our friends and members alike soon. To be included in our email invitations for get togethers like this be sure to sign up for our newsletter.