August 10, 2005
Columbia, South Carolina
Once again Lee and I had the
opportunity to host a daughter of Hubert & Susanna Tinneny at our home.
It was an absolute delight to have Emma with us and our family from July
26th - August 1st. We had a great time and trust that she
week was action packed beginning the evening of her arrival when our son
Matt and his wife Jennifer hosted a beer chicken bar b que at their home
in Elgin South Carolina. When asked prior to her visit what she would like
to eat and drink Emma responded that she had heard from Kitty about Matt’s
“Beer Chicken” bar b q – so that’s what we did. It was a grand evening
and she got to meet Christopher as well as eat beer chicken. The
highlight of the evening was when she fired Matthews 50 caliber
rifle which I had helped him to make when he was in high school. She
really got a “kick” out of it.
The next day
Wednesday I drove to Charleston where we visited the city from 8:00a.m. til
3:30 - on foot. It happened to be the hottest day so far this year.
The temperature was 41 degrees celsius. 100 degrees our temp and about
a 110 degree heat index. We saw old revolutionary period homes and
gardens, museums and the battery where the civil war in America was
started. We had a nice lunch in a British pub (it
was air conditioned and had Guinness). We
then headed on foot to catch the ferry to take us to Fort Sumter at about
3:30p.m. but the heat was really affecting us and Emma said that we
should save that till the next time she is here. So we walked back to the
Charleston Visitors Center where we watched a movie relating to the
history of Charleston as told by a storyteller – in the air conditioning.
Then we drove to the old Magnolia cemetery and headed home to a big roast
beef dinner and fancy desert.
On Thursday we took
her shopping to Fort Jackson and she was astounded at the inexpensive prices. We then headed to a big Wal-Mart store where there
was a lot of looking and a bit more shopping.
Then Lee took Emma to Michael’s,
which is a craft store, where they bought some fuzzy looking yarn to knit
scarves and boas with.
Lee made a fantastic
Mexican meal. That night Matt took Emma downtown to 5 points where all
the college crowd go. They went to a place called Yesterdays where they had
a great evening by all accounts and where she was introduced to a number of
drinks she had never been exposed to. Matt was the designated driver
so he had none and was fit to then take her on a tour of Columbia by night.
They visited the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina and
many other sites in the city. Got home late and slept in the next
Friday another run to the stores
on the part of Lee and Emma.
That night we had dinner with the Duggans and the Wisharts at Little Pigs
Restaurant and we all pigged out on Bar-B-Q. We all then went to our
house for fancy deserts that Lee had baked and made. We all talked of
Duggan family history and of Eli’s connection to Newtownbutler. The
Wisharts and Duggans really enjoyed meeting Emma and the
Saturday Matt and his family and Pat and his
came to the house and we had a big bar B Q (hot dogs and hamburgers with
all the trimmings and again – much fancy desert with a store bought birthday cake and all. Followed by another great
night of conversation and a couple of drops of the 1.5 liter bottle of Bushmills I had picked up for the visitor. Was a late night – and fun.
Sunday Emma rested and
That afternoon Matt came and we cooked a Beaufort stew
consisting of pounds of shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes all
cooked in a big pot with special South Carolina seasoning (a Charleston
tradition.). What a feast - and along with it of course more of Lee’s
Monday August 1 we had another big
breakfast and the Emma finished packing and played a bit with Chris
before I drove her back to the Charlotte North Carolina Airport for her
We think our mission
to spoil Emma was successful since she gained 5 pounds.
Rich & Lee Tinneny