Cooking Class & Speaker Series!

We have been buzzing with activities here at Oldfield. Our cooking class with Sous Chef Tommy had a great turn out of Members who learned about the “beer can method” of cooking, how to make their own barbecue spice rub and more! The Outfitter’s Center hosted its first speaker series of the year, “All About Bees” with David Arnal. There were over 22 intrigued listeners who learned all about these important creatures and why we need them. Members even had time to join in on Casual Tuesday at the Magnolia Grill after the presentation. Spring is starting out wonderfully here at Oldfield!

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Cocktail Tips & Tricks!

Cocktail Tips & Tricks from Assistant Food & Beverage Manager: Adam Brackman

With spring around the corner, remember when starting your garden to include herbs. Not only can they enhance a juicy steak or mouthwatering vegetable dish, but they can also enhance cocktails when done right. If your preference is whiskey, which most have a smoky character, pair it with a strong herb like tarragon or rosemary which won’t overpower this bold spirit. If you are looking for a spirit with a hint of botanicals like gin, pair it with sage or lemongrass that play off the floral bouquets and tastes. Even if your knowledge of spirits is limited, learning to match the right herbs with the correct spirit will make you a master with all your friends.spirit&herbmatrix

Congratulations, Jeff Wong!

Congratulations Jeff Wong! Jeff was +2 on his quota and will get the jeep until next Wednesday.

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Lowcountry Fly Fishing Expo: March 28!

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Oldfield Farmers’ Market this Friday!

Join us this weekend at the Greeter’s Store and shop local with your favorite vendors! Enjoy fresh local produce and local shrimp as well as delicious goods from Mona’s To-Go, Chef Jason’s Lasagna, Charleston Cheese House, Lee Bees Honey, Bakers Nursery, Castra Rota Pasta, Frommers Natural Foods, River Dog Brew and more. Bring the kids for free pony rides and face painting! Please contact Jenny Phelan at 843-645-4610 or [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!

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St. Clair Family Fishing Charter

By: Jason DuBose, River Pro

Jamie, Anderson and Parker St. Clair went with me on a six hour near shore wreck fishing charter on Saturday.  Anderson and Parker have a serious case of “the fishing bug” and had been looking forward to this trip for weeks.  It was their first trip fishing in the ocean and they had a blast catching tons of sheepshead, black sea bass and porgies.  We brought back plenty of sheepshead for a big family fish fry which the St. Clairs enjoyed that very night.  Anderson and Parker were all smiles on the ride back and already planning their next Oldfield fishing outing.

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Blue Feathered Facts

By Jill Kombrink – Naturalist for Youth & Family Programming

Have you ever thought a bird could be so fondly thought of that it has its own society formed for it? Well, in 1978 the North American Bluebird Society was formed to help protect the decreasing bluebird population and it is still a thriving organization today.

Although the Eastern bluebird is a common favorite of bird lovers today, in the late 1960s its population began to decline, possibly due to severe winter weather, increased use of pesticides and decreasing habitats. By the late 70s it was listed as a rare species but with the encouragement of the bluebird society to put up nest boxes and an increased awareness of harmful pesticides its population rebounded and the bluebird was removed from the rare list in 1996.

I’m sharing this information with you because although bluebirds stay in South Carolina year round, March is the month where we’ll start seeing these beauties return to their nesting boxes and begin their mating rituals. You may have a bluebird box in your back yard or have seen the one of our 16 nesting boxes around the neighborhood that we maintain and monitor. To encourage the return of these visitors it’s important to clean the nesting material out from the year before and then watch for new activity.

A bluebird nest typically consists of pine straw, grasses and plant parts and fills the nesting box. It can take anywhere from two  days to two weeks for the nest to be complete and it’s not unusual for the males to do most of the building in the hope that his hard work will attract a mate. When the nest is complete you’ll see him strutting his stuff on top of the box and will aggressively protect his territory!

Bluebirds are thought to be fairly monogamous and may remain together for several mating seasons. I say ”fairly” monogamous because several DNA studies have been done on the eggs in bluebird nests and 30-60% of the nests contain eggs from more than one mate!  Despite this slight indiscretion bluebirds are actually very attentive parents. The female will incubate the eggs for about two weeks while the male brings her food. Typically there will be three to six pale blue or greyish eggs and once they have hatched they feed the young berries, seeds and insects as often as every 15 minutes! The young will fledge within 20 days and although the parents will no longer provide food for them they will still stay in nearby trees with the parents looking out for them.

If you would like any more information on bluebirds or their nesting boxes contact Jill at the Outfitters and she’ll be happy to help!

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Quick Tip: Preparing your home to sell

Springtime is not only refreshing because of the beautiful weather it brings but also because it brings new buyers ready to look at your property. When preparing you home for showings the number one tip is always to de-clutter your home! This includes removing all personal pictures and affects you may have lying around. When buyers are previewing a home they want to be able to see themselves living in that space and you want to give them the opportunity to do so with a blank template.  The absence of clutter also makes your living space appear larger and more welcoming. You would be amazed how these small tips can go a long way when getting buyers to make an offer and to make it a good one!

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All Ride Pizza & Movie Night at the Equestrian Center!

The All Ride Pizza and Movie Night was a huge hit at the Equestrian Center! Thank you to Rich Hoag for capturing this fun filled event. Click here to visit our Equestrian Center’s website and view more photos.

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Men’s Club Report: February Visit to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

By: Chan Hardwick – Oldfield residentUS-flag

As the rather mild Lowcountry winter was blown away by a mid-month Arctic blast, 50 members of the Oldfield Men’s Club gathered in the golf club parking area and boarded a bus for a 20 minute ride over to “Fightertown East,” or Marine Corps Air Station located just outside of Beaufort. An afternoon on the base was our February program.

These are booming times for the Men’s Club (and the MCAS, but that is a different story). Club membership is over a hundred, the monthly programs are interesting and well attended (the air base trip had to be limited in number) and the sense of fellowship and spirit has been robust. As we slid into our seats, perhaps next to a good friend, a casual acquaintance or a new community resident, the members used the bus ride over to the 9,600 acre base as a good chance to catch up with each other since the recent cold weather was keeping many Oldfield residents and members indoors. Indeed, the golf club had an unusual mid-week closure because of freezing temperatures.

After driving slowly by the security gate and through the network of base roads, we arrived and parked outside a non-descript, government standard brick building that housed the pilot training facilities for the base. Bouncing up the bus steps in his green flight overalls, Oldfield resident Lt. Colonel Brian Foster welcomed his fellow Men’s Club members to his place of work, the air base facilities and the airspace in the Lowcountry. Brian outlined our afternoon activities, including the opportunity to have a “trip” in the pilot’s seat of the F-18 flight simulator, on which the real Marine pilots hone the variety of skills necessary to master their calling.

Before the actual challenge of the simulator we had a group briefing in a lecture hall in the training facility. In that time Brian gave us a quick run-down of things about the base, its present activity and projections for the future. Specifically, the air base currently has five F-18 squadrons and one F-35 squadron. The highly publicized F-35 is the new fighter that will eventually replace the military’s use of the F-18, the workhorse of the American and allied fighter forces since the mid-1980s. The Beaufort base has been designated as the primary pilot training facility for the F-35 and for security reasons the F-35 simulator is classified and off-limits to guys like us in the Men’s Club - thank goodness for that!

In short, the MCASB has nearly 5,000 personnel serving the Marine Corps mission, not counting civilian support services. Many of the men and women live in on-base housing facilities, but some like Brian have bought or rent homes in surrounding communities, such as Oldfield.

The two highlights of the afternoon were our experience in the F-18 simulator and our tour of the huge F-18 maintenance hangar, which opened up on an active and busy (and loud) staging area and runway for the steady number of jets taking off. The simulator room was dark except for the seat in the cockpit and the surrounding walls that depicted in live-action style the Lowcountry on a sunny day. As a few guys softly sang “Ground Control to Major Tom,” Tommy Harper was the first to hop in the cockpit! Tommy did pretty well, but other Men’s Club members “crashed” the jet and Bill Hamilton stalled his. One particularly cool move was jetting under the Broad River Bridge. The controls were not complicated but highly sensitive, responding almost intuitively to a Marine Corps pilot and dangerously to a Men’s Club member. Obviously the experience was not real but the simulator was very realistic, we also had the opportunity to fire the plane’s guns and missiles. Frankly, it was hard to hit the preferred targets, and it seems likely that a Walmart or Bi-Lo got taken out by mistake. All of us were very impressed with the technology, the realism and the challenge of the simulator. In the end, the idea of flying an actual F-18 was both understandable and impossible at the same time.

Our tour of the hangar did get us into (though not seated) the cockpit of a real F-18 and a thorough inspection of the actual plane. The fighter was all sharp angles and swept back wings and such but as Brian said, “The computer makes this thing work. The F-18 is not really aerodynamic, like a glider so it would drop like a rock if the computer fails.” The plane suddenly looked very heavy but then we went out to the hangar opening and watched a series of takeoffs. As each F-18 roared overhead, cool and sleek in the light of the sunset, we were able to complete our experience from cockpit wannabes to admiring spectators.

The evening concluded with a round of libations at the Officers Club, followed by the usual Men’s Club dinner and after dinner questions to Brian and Duncan French, another Oldfield member and Marine Corps pilot. Major French had actually flown the new F-35, so hearing about his experience was one of the highlights of the program.

Eventually the questions stopped, the Marine Corps hosts were toasted and applauded and the Men’s Club members boarded the bus for the short ride back to Oldfield. The February night was crisp and cold, the Arctic air finally making its way to us. But packed into the bus we were warm and now free to use our phones again. Some of us checked the Duke-Carolina score, some called home or texted, but mostly we marveled at our day with the few, the brave, the proud, and those who keep us safe – a few of whom are Oldfield Men’s Club members – and we were thankful. 

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