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King Tides on Edisto

            If you have been around the island these past couple days, we are sure you have noticed the extreme tides we have been having.  These extreme high tides are known as a “king tide” and occurs when the sun, moon, and earth align during a new full moon, significantly increasing the tidal range.  This is all due to the gravitational pull between the sun and the moon.  The new full moon (unusually close to earth) occurred September 29, so here on the island we have been experiencing as high as an 8 foot high tide!        

             Many ocean front properties have experienced wash over underneath their home, creeks rising up over the docks, and even portions of the high way have been washed over. If you are on the island don’t worry relief is in sight, after today the tides will slowly start receding once again.  This is all just the natural ebb and flow of the tide and another part of “Island Living”.


The History of Edisto

The History of Edisto

"Edisto Island's historical legacy began with the imprint of the Edistow Indians-its first known occupants. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's, followed by English settlers in the 1600's. The English remained, first living off the sea, then cultivating money crops of rice and indigo. By 1790, planters turned to a long staple cotton, known as Sea Island cotton-one of the finest cottons ever produced. It was this crop that brought the great wealth to Ed...isto Islanders. Many of the elegant houses and plantations remaining today are reminders of that affluent age. These sites are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These private homes are put on tour once a year by the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society.

Edisto is a quiet family island-a gathering place to renew the spirit and familial ties. It is a place of little commercialization with responsible development. We place a premium on keeping nature unspoiled in a harmony of friendly people."


This interesting write up about the History of Edisto, comes from the Edisto Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to check out their website for everything you need to know about Edisto!


5th Annual Shrimp Festival


2015 Shrimp Festival

   Now that summer has ended, the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are cooling down and Festival Season has started!  The 5th Annual Shrimp Fest is being held next Saturday, September 26.    The Shrimp Fest is held celebrate the fishing industry and its contributions to Edisto. This local favorite will be serving some the best of Edisto seafood and also have plenty other food vendors.  There will be a variety of local vendors displaying their merchandise. A  DJ will be playing music all day and the Shem Creek Boogie Band will perform from 6 – 10 that night, so be sure to bring your dancing shoes! It will be a great way to support the community, enjoy local seafood and show off your dance moves!   The Shrimp Fest will be held at Bay Creek Park and you can contact the Edisto Island Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Reunited and it Feels So Good!

       A heartwarming story about some of our homeowners here at Kapp Lyons, and how their compassionate way of thinking reunited a family with their priceless vacation photos.

       This July the Bley family eagerly set off for their vacation to Edisto Island.  Traveling from Raleigh, North Carolina, they were packed up and ready for a week of fun in the sun.  An excited ten year old, Lawson Bley was sure to pack his rugged waterproof camera to capture ever aspect of their vacation.  As a budding photographer, Lawson toted his camera everywhere with him capturing almost 2,000 photos of some of his most cherish memories.  One unfortunate afternoon when the family was splashing around in the waves, the camera strap boke and the camera was lost at sea.   The entire family was devastated and feared they would lose their treasured family pictures forever.  A frantic search in the surf ended unsuccessfully and the heartbroken Bley family left Edisto without their camera.                      

          About a month later some of our Kapp Lyons homeowners, Sean Kerr and his family headed to Edisto for their family vacation.  This story turns hopeful when the Kerr family was out walking on the beach and spotted something in the surf.  As luck would have it, it was young Lawson’s waterproof camera!  The camera was waterlogged, covered in salt and caked with sand with a dead battery.  It seemed unusable but after Sean left the camera alone for a few days to dry out, the memory card was able to be retrieved from the camera.     After finding 1,800 pictures of an unknown family, Sean knew he had to find the camera’s rightful owners.  Sean then turned to social media, posting some of the family’s photos and had an enormous response on Facebook.  With over 48,000 shares, eventually the Bley family saw their lost photos online.  An overjoyed Lawson could not believe his luck and had his precious lost family pictures returned to him.  This inspiring story leaves us with a warm fuzzy feeling and sheds a positive outlook on the power of social media and compassionate people.                                                                

One of the lost photos of the Bley family on their vacation at Edisto (Lawson on the far right).

The camera that was found by the Kerr family, one month after getting "lost at sea".                                                                                                                                            

2015 Wahoo Tournament

2015 Wahoo Tournament

This weekend The Marina at Edisto Beach is holding their Wahoo Fishing Tournament. The captains meeting will be held Friday night and the boats will head out Saturday for an exciting day of fishing. Be sure to stop by the weigh-in Saturday afternoon from 4-6, to check out the anglers best catch of the day!


Low Country Cookin'

Low Country Cookin'

    The South Carolina Coast is home to one of the country’s richest culinary tradition.  In the Low Country you can find fresh from the garden produce and seafood so fresh, it was swimming earlier that day. The African and Caribbean influences of the Gullah create some of most flavorful dishes.  We have picked just a few of our favorite Low Country recipes you can serve up whenever you are craving some down home comfort food.

Shrimp and Grits
1 ½ cups of chicken broth
1 ½ cups evaporated milk
¾ cup quick cooking grits
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped raw bacon
2 tablespoons bacon drippings
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ cup diced green bell pepper
½ cup diced onion

  • Bring chicken broth and evaporated milk to a boil in a large saucepan; stir in grits and salt and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer grits until thick, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup Cheddar cheese until melted. Set grits aside and keep warm.
  • Cook and stir bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a bowl. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings from the skillet and cook and stir shrimp, green bell pepper, and onion in bacon drippings until shrimp are bright pink and no longer translucent inside and green pepper is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir bacon into shrimp mixture.
  • Spread grits into a serving dish, top with shrimp mixture, and sprinkle extra Cheddar cheese for garnish, if desired.

Low Country Style Collard Greens
4 lb. Collards (washed & dried & picked)
1/2 lb. Smoked Bacon
1/4 lb. Sautéed Fat Back
1 Ham Hock
2 Medium Sweet Onions
2 tbs. Sugar
2-3 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

  • Render bacon and fat back until brown and crispy, not burnt. Add diced sweet onion and sauté for 4 minutes. Add ham hock and sauté for another 4 minutes. Add sugar, red pepper flakes and vinegar. Add collards and cook until wilted. Barely cover with water and simmer until soft (30-40) minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Red Rice
5 slices of thick bacon
2 cups of cooked rice
¾ cup chopped onions
2 cups of canned tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon hot sauce

  • In a 10 inch cast iron skillet cook bacon and reserve grease.  Crumble up the bacon and set aside
  • Sauté the onions in reserve bacon dripping until tender.  Add tomatoes, rice, salt, pepper and bacon.  Cook on low for 30-40 minutes stirring and adding water as needed.  Add your favorite hot sauce and serve.


We found these tried and true recipes from these websites below.  Be sure to check them out for even more mouthwatering Low Country meals, Bon Appetit!

Edisto Island: Perfect Natural Tranquility

Edisto Island: Perfect Natural Tranquility


Check out this awesome review of Edisto recently posted from USA Today Top 10!

 "In the Charleston, SC area, noncommercial beaches are few and far between. Edisto Beach is one of these rare gems, ideal for day-trips and long-term campers alike. It offers some of the best shelling around for both casual and die-hard collectors, and the labyrinth of trails that stretches through its maritime forest will satisfy the most devoted nature lovers and intrepid hikers. Be sure to drop by the Education Center for a history lesson, too".


Whether it is the pristine beaches, the ebb and flow of the low country tides, quality fishing or cherished time spent with your family that you value the most, we know you cherish this unique Island as much as we do!

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