Ladies who lunch!
Lively conversation and great food was served up at the very first Daniel Island Girlfriends Lunch League on October 23. Local eatery Dockery’s served as the outdoor rendezvous for a diverse group of women from as far away as Germany to a homegrown South Carolina girl, but they all shared some common ground, Daniel Island.
The DIGLL is the brainchild of Daniel Island resident Stephanie McManus. As an empty nester relocating to Daniel Island full time, McManus was eager to meet new people and become part of the community. Looking for opportunities to connect, she attended many off island groups but was always searching for something close to home.
“I wanted to see the same type of drop in for lunch and have some great conversation replicated here for our own island,” she said.
McManus hopes the Daniel Island Girlfriends Lunch League will serve as a catalyst for a variety of women to come together. It’s not always easy as an adult to meet new people and form friendships after moving to a new location. Mc Manus realized she was not alone in her quest for new relationships.
“As the introductions came and went, I was seeing that so many women had moved from states near and far who were also craving connections,” she added.
McManus hopes the group will attract a variety of women both on and off Daniel Island.
The desire to create a sense of community was a sentiment echoed by many of the attendees. Mary Ann DiMarco and her husband made the full time move to Daniel Island in September and found the luncheon to be a great opportunity to meet fellow residents.
“With everyone’s busy lives, it was nice to enjoy the camaraderie with new neighbors and begin to feel part of the community,” noted DiMarco.
Debbie Clapp, a transplant from Maryland, felt the lunch epitomized the island’s hospitable attitude and fills a need for the growing population.
“As Daniel Island continues to take on new people, it’s important for all of us to remain open and inclusive,” she said. “That spirit of friendliness is what drew us here in the first place.”
The relaxed outdoor atmosphere made it easy for everyone to fit the lunch into their active schedules. Daniel Island Real Estate agent Sharon Cassidy was able to take a break from her busy work schedule and enjoy “a great and convenient outdoor venue.”
In the upcoming months the group plans to promote local events such as the Bin 526 “Sip and Shop” and the Daniel Island Holiday Festival. McManus feels it’s important to plan group activities during the holidays.
“I do not want to miss an opportunity to provide community during these months that can be emotionally stressful and lonely,” she said.
The next event will be a 10:15 a.m. brunch at Laura Albert’s Tasteful Options on Daniel Island on Tuesday, November 13.
For more information on the group check out the newly created “Daniel Island Girlfriends Lunch League” page on Facebook. Stephanie McManus can be contacted directly via Facebook Messenger or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.