Hilton Head Island Magazine - May 2023

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Bluffton history keeper, page 40

Amy Coyne Bredeson is a freelance journalist, who grew up on Hilton Head Island and has written for various publications during the past 24 years. She lives in Bluffton with her husband, two children and two dogs.


Parkinson’s awareness, page 88

Justin Jarrett has been writing about sports and the people who play them in the Lowcountry since 2005 and founded Lowco Media and LowcoSports.com in 2017. He lives in Bluffton with his wife and two children and spends a large percentage of his waking hours thinking about baseball.


Boating safety, page 98

Rob Kaufman has been a professional photographer based in the Hilton Head, South Carolina area for more than 20 years. In that time he has honed his photographic skills in such specialties as architecture and interiors, food and products, portraits and weddings and fine art reproduction.

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savoring spring

Springtime has us relishing the beautiful outdoors of the Lowcountry. We are enjoying the comfortable temperatures and look forward to continuing to savor this magnificent season.

Our area is full of businesses not only dedicated to its customers but also its employees.

The Greenery is celebrating 50 years in business. Its growth can be credited to its business strategy of employee ownership, which it established 20 years ago. Learn more about it in this issue.

Paul Tollefson is committed to telling Bluffton’s stories. From photos and interviews, Tollefson is fascinated with the town’s history. He is chronicling life in Bluffton — then and now.

Enjoy this fun and interesting read.

In the mood for some soft-shell crabs? Well, we have the story about a restaurant on the island with its own soft-shell “shedding” operation. Learn how Hudson’s on the Docks keeps the crabs fresh all day.

A new forum in the Lowcountry focuses on supporting mothers. By offering encouragement, advice and access to resources, the group continues to grow in its efforts to empower moms.

This is a nice time of year to relax outside and read a good book. We offer some great reads to enjoy this month. Check out Tom Hanks’ “thought-provoking” novel.

If you are looking for a fun day trip to entertain your kids, consider a ride to Columbia. The capital city has plenty to do for children, including a zoo, a museum with a 4D theater and a fun park with laser tag.

New boaters and those new to the area will be wise to read our boater safety article. America’s Boating Club of Hilton Head offers a free course that helps boaters develop essential skills to safely operate their vessels.

Commencement ceremonies are always fun. We congratulate the classes of 2023 and wish them all the best.

Thank you for reading. Enjoy the season.

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baseball is back with a buzz

Baseball cards line the mantle, displayed prominently among family photos and pieces of valued artwork. An autographed baseball sits nearby.

An afternoon game from a distant city plays in the background. There’s the distinct sound of the crack of the bat followed by cheers and whistles. Between innings the radio station plays catchy local commercials (“Hop on over to Meijer”).

I’m wearing a baseball-themed T-shirt (“Baseball is the Best”) and glancing at scores from a busy slate of contests.

The announcer shouts: “Quick toss to first ... got him!”

The crowd roars.

Baseball is back. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

The season is just getting going, but there’s a buzz about baseball.

New rules have been the storyline, most notably the pitch clock. The goal is to pick up the pace of play. The games had been crawling along in recent years (an average time of 3 hours, 6 minutes in 2022), often because of the sluggish down time between pitches.

The pitch clock, which gives pitchers 15 seconds to throw with nobody on base and 20 seconds when there is a base runner, has made an immediate impact. The games are about half an hour shorter, averaging 2:37 (shortest average time since the early 1980s), and the rhythm has quickened.

Fans nationwide took immediate notice. MLB.TV, the league’s streaming platform, saw a record 172 million watched minutes on Opening Day, according to SportsPro. That’s a 42 percent increase from last year. MLB’s social media views were up 83 percent. Back with a buzz.

I listened to a game from Detroit as I wrote this. After an hour had passed, two home runs had been hit, five runs had scored, and there were exciting defensive plays and two-out run-scoring hits.

The game was already in the fifth inning. My attention never wavered. Baseball didn’t need to invoke new rules (larger bases, restricting the infield shift) to rekindle my interest. I’ve been a fan since childhood, but the rule changes can’t be ignored.

The pace means I don’t have to struggle to keep my eyes open to watch the final innings of a night game. In fact, I can catch a decent amount of West Coast action.

In my line of sight are the baseball cards: Rickey Henderson darts off third base. Mike Trout leaps to rob a batter of a home run. Mariano Rivera smiles.

The cards are a reminder of the extraordinary talent of the game’s greats and have me excited for this season’s memorable moments.

And that afternoon contest in Detroit? Time of game 2:32. Leaving plenty of time to get ready to tune into the first pitch of the next game.

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The Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival enjoyed its 38th year of offering world-class wines and delicious bites.

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The Easter Bunny hopped on to the Farmers Market of Bluffton.
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Hilton Head Wingfest hosted by the Island Recreation Association brought out a large crowd — and featured some of the area’s best wings. Stan Smith, above, earned the Icon Award. Watterson Brands won the Pinnacle Award. Easter fun was had by everyone at the Eggstravaganza, hosted by the Island Rec Center. Photos: Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber Facebook page.



After 50 years in business, The Greenery continues to grow through help of its employee ownership strategy.


Paul Tollefson is committed to sharing stories and documenting the past to help keep memories of Bluffton alive.


Take a glimpse into an ‘old-fashioned’ way of business as Hudson’s on the Docks keeps soft-shell crabs fresh every day.


Binya art exhibit honors the rich history of the Gullah Geechee, highlighting the strong sense of community and cultural identity.


Golfer Cris Lamdin keeps swinging on the course despite battling Parkinson’s disease. He aims to pass his insight on to others.


New boaters and those new to the area learn essential skills to navigate unique local waterways.

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Soft-shell crabs.

20 I THE Q&A

Shannon Tanner has entertained island families for decades.


Local groups committed to providing food for those in need.


Highlighting the top news items from throughout the Lowcountry.


Pedal Hilton Head benefits Boys & Girls Club.


Delicious recipes to enjoy.


How to hang stunning gallery art.


Tips to keep your cool outside at home.


Move your work space outdoors.


Trendy spring styles.


Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s troupe puts on spring performances.


New forum aims to empower moms.


Explore diverse wildlife.


Southern fox squirrels roam the region.


Kid-friendly activities to enjoy in Columbia.


Matt Fitzpatrick captures the crown.


Rose Hill match benefits Lowcountry organizations.


Hilton Head’s Nick Hall has passion for the sport.


Congratulations to the classes of 2023 .

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Island resident Nick Hall lives for lacrosse.

shannon tanner

At some point, you’ve seen a Shannon Tanner show. Maybe you were here enjoying that first vacation that led to your extended residency in the Lowcountry, or maybe you were just treating the family to a fun night out. Maybe you were a kid, one of many who have grown up with his music. Regardless, Shannon Tanner is one of those islanders who doesn’t really need an introduction. His high-energy family shows have been a mainstay at Shelter Cove Harbour for decades, serving as the soundtrack for countless treasured memories.

Q: What is it about performing that has kept you going all these years?

A: I have a genuine love for performing to families and becoming an integral part of their family vacation memories. The chance to encourage kids with eye-to-eye dialogue when I sign their hats is one of my most rewarding things I do.

Q: How has your act changed or evolved through the years?

A: Kids and families have changed in that they have adapted to the culture shifts and music changes. I have to work hard to keep true “kids’ music” in the show now. But it’s always fun every night. You never know what kids are going to say, for sure!

Q: Besides here, what are some memorable places you’ve played?

A: I played the big show in Beaver Creek/Vail Colorado for 30 years — a tremendous part of my career. I made many friends there and had a large fan following. I even had celebrities play with me there: Toby Keith, Edwin McCain, Dan Fogelberg and many more.

Q: What was the inspiration for the design of your recognizable cap?

A: I bought that for my son at Disney when he was a little boy. I put it on for my show one night and the rest is history!

Q: What’s your favorite song to play live?

A: The “Island Song” written by my best friend and local playing legend, Bruce Crichton, who passed away recently.

Q: Any stories of times you feel like you’ve really reached a kid and had an impact on their life?

A: Not one story, but I have had so many reach out to me with inspiring stories of growing up at my show.

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happy to help


Like many good ideas, Hilton Head’s soup kitchen movement started small and grew. And grew.

And continues to grow.

And like many worthwhile efforts food assistance on the island and the Lowcountry can trace its roots to individuals with curiosity, concern and a commitment to helping.

The area’s fistful of soup kitchens and food pantries had their beginning when an Illinois transplant to Hilton Head left her comfort zone to visit with a small group of hardluck folks who routinely gathered near her neighborhood.

Charlee Pullon viewed them with caution. But sensing they needed assistance, she wondered to herself how she could help.

The answer, she said, came through prayer.

“I’m a big prayer person,” she said. “I prayed and I prayed. And an answer came to my heart that said: ‘I will watch over you.’”

With that, she approached the group and was met with suspicion by a man who asked: “What do you want?”

“It’s not what I what,” Pullon responded. “It’s what I want to do for you.”

She joined a small group at a picnic table. Pullon recalls telling them, “The Lord put the idea in my heart.” They began talking about needs, wants, bad breaks, hard times –and possible solutions.

One thing led to another and evolved into the notion for a sustainable way to help feed the needy. The result: The island’s first soup kitchen — Grateful Hearts – opened Nov. 3, 2010, at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Operating from kitchen space provided by the church, Grateful Hearts started small and with little fanfare. On its inaugural day, the kitchen served 18 people.

Pullon said church members and leaders pledged early on to support the initiative “100 percent.”

“Church people helped, other volunteers came forward,” she said. “Each week, more and more came.”

In its formative years, Grateful Hearts truly was a “soup kitchen,” with volunteers bringing pots and kettles of homemade soups. As time passed and enthusiasm solidified, the operation expanded to include hot meals.

Mealtime was preceded, Pullon said, by “a circle of prayer,” with attendees holding hands in camaraderie and reflection.

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Photos by Rob Kaufman Suellen Manning is a longtime soup kitchen volunteer coordinator.

With Grateful Hearts setting a precedent, soup kitchens, food pantries and other programs emerged to serve needy islanders.

Suellen Manning, a longtime volunteer coordinator of the Grateful Hearts program, said more than a halfdozen soup kitchens are up and running. And while they operate independently from one another, the programs are arranged to cover different days, times and locations throughout the week.

The island’s assault on food insecurity includes a mix of volunteers, donors, prepared meals, food giveaways, pantries and home-delivered meals. A sampling:

• The Deep Well Project manages a “Wish List” for its pantry operations, encouraging donations of food, soap, lotion, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste. Visitors to the site (deepwellproject.org) can make selections that range from bags of white rice to canned meats, cereals, mac and cheese, taco kits and more.

• Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head collects and

supplies fresh produce bags to youth organizations, apples and oranges for after-school tutoring and weekend food packs for middle school students.

• Second Helpings in one year provided the equivalent of 2.7 million meals to 51 area food pantries, soup kitchens, family and senior programs, according to its website.

• Sandalwood Community Food Pantry provides strategies and assistance to help families “make ends meet by supplementing their monthly groceries in times of need.”

The Sandalwood website (sandalwoodfoodbank. com) describes its role as a “mission to nourish the bodies, minds and spirits of all who hunger.”

The Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson, founder and director, wrote that her desire for Sandalwood “was to serve those who hunger for food, water and a renewed spirit. Why? Because hunger hurts and hunger pains deny dignity, deplete energy and one’s potential.”

Manning said soup kitchen volunteers have skillfully

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Soup kitchens such as SABTS Soup Kitchen help feed the community.

adapted to changing conditions, especially those presented by the COVID pandemic.

When concern about the deadly disease caused Grateful Hearts to suspend in-person meal service, volunteers adjusted with an alternative plan to make sandwiches available through “tailgate” distribution, she said. Volunteers would prepare and wrap the goods for a bag-lunch distribution from their vehicles.

“It really was pretty remarkable,” she said. “People kept making sandwiches, two to a bag, and dropping them off. People kept coming and coming to keep it going.”

The idea of serving bag lunches outdoors took off, Manning said.

“On the first day, we served 44 bags,” she said. “By the next week, it was 111.”

“And the people kept coming,” she said, noting that the number of lunches distributed quickly rose to more than 250.

Time and again, Manning said, volunteers came up with ways to assist.

“One of the ladies who came to us early on in the pandemic was a hairdresser,” she said. “She, of course, couldn’t work so she was going to people’s houses and cutting their hair. She mentioned that many of her

clients could use a lunch, too. So, for many months, she would take 10 or 12 lunches to clients each week.”

Grateful Hearts also responded to difficulties when a malfunctioning grease trap closed the kitchen at the Holy Family location. A helping hand was nearby, however, and Grateful Hearts merged with a soup kitchen operated by St. Andrew By-the-Sea.

The linkup (now under the SABTS Soup Kitchen banner) took effect Jan. 1 and was described by Tom Sharp of St. Andrew as “a wonderful and exciting plan … to pool our leadership, volunteers and financial resources under an effort to better serve our families and neighbors.”

To Manning, the merger represents another gratifying step forward in the island’s campaign to combat hunger.

“We were really happy to do that,” she said, adding that the administrative support provided by St. Andrew clears the path for “us worker bees to be with the people and help them out.”

It also demonstrates, she said, the “generosity and kindness of the people who call this home.”

Sharp said the merger has given additional momentum to anti-hunger efforts.

From the Celebration Center at St. Andrew, volunteers put forward meals and food twice weekly for those in need. Hot meals for take-out and bag lunches delivered to island service workers flow from the center.

The center is also the site of a so-called “Harvest Table” for distribution of fresh food and canned goods to “those who come through the door,” Sharp said.

Available on the second Friday of each month, he said, are hot meals donated by a growing number of local restaurants.

“It’s been amazing,” he said. “I’ve yet to be told ‘No’ by a restaurant.”

Manning said pandemic experience revealed that people were happy to be able to help.

“Volunteers set up assembly lines in their homes to package sandwiches and food to hand out,” she said. “It all kept growing and going to this day.

“The spirit of volunteers and donors and others restored my faith in the goodness in this world.”

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foundation for educational excellence


Last year there were more than 250 new teachers in the Beaufort County School District.

Starting out in an educational career can be challenging. To help these new teachers get off to a good start, the Foundation for Educational Excellence, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, launched a new initiative entitled “Helping Build A Teacher’s Toolkit.”

Spurred by interest and discussions with Foundation board members, many who are retired educators, the goal is to help ease needs (beyond regular school supplies) in the classroom for first- and second-year teachers in the school district.

With the help of generous community members and organizations, this year the Foundation awarded 10 grants to new teachers across Beaufort County. The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island (WAHHI) and board member Chris Epps donated some of the funding to help make these grants a reality.

Well-deserving teachers were surprised and honored to be presented with $500 checks from Foundation board members in their classrooms.

The teachers’ proposed supplies included everything from books to white board and puzzles to flashcards and musical instruments. All of the supplies are helping to create more hands-on learning opportunities and improve the learning environment for their students. The students benefiting from these grants include all ages from Pre-K through high school.

Since 2009, the Foundation has awarded more than $325,000 in grants to the teachers and students of

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Beaufort County to support the mission and goals of the public schools.

The Innovative Teacher grants and School Resource grants given annually by the Foundation have benefited thousands of students across the county.

These grants fund learning projects that go beyond traditional learning, empowering inventive teachers to transform the educational experience and spark inquisitive young minds.

These grants help spark the imaginations of students to create a life-long interest in learning. Often these grant awards provide multiyear learning impact.

“The Foundation wants to encourage the teachers’ hard work as well as extend a helping hand to these new teachers,” says Cindy Sturgis, Foundation Board member. “They play such an important role in the future of their students, so we are happy to play a supportive role in making that future even brighter.”

For more information, visit www. foundationedexcellence.com

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Tune into Land Trust Camera

A pair of Ospreys chose the Hilton Head Island Land Trust’s Raptor Cam Nest as their home. Viewers can watch the nesting and incubation period by tuning into the HD Raptor Cam, which also has night vision. The Hilton Head Island Land Trust’s Raptor Cam is funded by donations and by sponsors Russell P. Patterson, P.A. and Hargray.

“The importance of preserving natural spaces on Hilton Head Island cannot be overstated,” said Robin Storey, Board Treasurer of the Hilton Head Island Land Trust. “We are fortunate to be able to observe nature in its home environment, and the Raptor Cam is a great way to get an up close and personal experience with the wildlife of this area.”

Ospreys nest for about 50 days, typically lay two to three eggs, and then incubate the clutch for about 36 to 42 days.

View the ospreys at hhilandtrust.org/raptorcam.


David Martin, owner of Hilton Head’s Piggly Wiggly grocery store, was named as the inaugural Joan and Wade Webster Community Impact Award winner at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Annual Community Meeting.

Martin’s nomination for the award focused on his work with Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth. Two LCAHY initiatives that he led were cited in the presentation: Banning the sale of tobacco products in Piggly Wiggly and the establishment of the “We I.D. the LCAHY Way” training program that educates local businesses about underage drinking laws and their consequences. He received a $10,000 grant to distribute to nonprofit organizations.


FEMA awarded the Town of Hilton Head Island a Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant for development of a resilience plan. The Town will receive $56,250 to use toward its plan, which will focus on climate adaptation. The project will evaluate the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and natural disasters, and explore potential mitigation strategies and activities to reduce the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on our community.


The Beaufort County Board of Education has approved the district’s academic calendar for the 2023-24 school year. The first day for students will be Monday, Aug. 21. The final day of classes will be a half-day Wednesday, June 5. State law mandates that no South Carolina public school may begin classes prior to the third Monday in August, which this year is Aug. 21.

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Schools will be closed for students Sept. 4 (Labor Day); Nov. 7 (Election Day); Nov. 22-24 (Thanksgiving); Dec. 22-Jan. 5 (winter break); Jan. 15, 2024 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); February 19, 2024 (President’s Day);Friday, March 29, 2024 (Good Friday); April 8 (vacation day); April 15-19, 2024 (spring break); May 27, 2024 (Memorial Day); June 19 (Juneteenth); and July 4 (Independence Day).

High school graduation dates are June 3 (May River), June 5 (Bluffton), June 6 (Battery Creek and Hilton Head Island), and June 7 (Whale Branch Early College). June 7 is also a graduation make-up day in the event of inclement weather.


Zhonghua Wei, 14, of China won the 2023 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Wei also earned the Peter Takacs Classical Sonata prize. Donghwi Kang, 15, of South Korea placed second and Xinran Shi, 13, of the United States took third. David Choi, 15, (USA/Korea) and Nathaniel Zhang, 15, (USA) were medalists. Zarin Mehta, 15, of the United States earned the Sascha Gorodnitzki Memorial Prize.


Southern Beaufort County residents are being sought to serve on Beaufort County’s Green Space Advisory Committee that aims to preserve open space and protect critical and natural resources. Areas of the region eligible include Hilton Head

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Featuring artists Mark Larkin and Michael Alfano

There are exciting new additions along the Shelter Cove Sculpture Trail.

Recently the sculptures of artists Mark Larkin and Michael Alfano were installed by the Town of Hilton Head Island for the Lowcountry to enjoy.

The pieces are entitled:

“Egretious,” by Larkin, and “Liquid Sunshine,” “Beacon,” and “Self-Reflection” by Alfano.

These are the latest installations along the Sculpture Trail which includes pieces that are in the Town’s permanent public art collection. The recent installations will be on exhibit through early 2024. The pathway is accessible from the Shelter Cove Community Park, through the Veterans Memorial, or at the trail head parking area along Shelter Cove Lane.

Island, Palmetto Bluff, Daufuskie Island, Brighton Beach/Alljoy, New Riverside, and surrounding areas. For more information, visit beaufortcountysc.gov


The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy awarded Bluffton police officer Richard Ramirez the “J.P. Strom Award” as the top student in his graduating class and the Physical Fitness Award for scoring highest for all physical fitness categories. The J.P. Strom Award is the Academy’s most prestigious award, according to a news release.

“This is a proud moment for Officer Ramirez and for the Bluffton Police Department,” Police Chief Joe Babkiewicz said. “Ramirez represents the caliber of officer the department wants to attract, and we are beyond proud of him for his dedication to the academy process and to the profession.”

Ramirez, a graduate of Bluffton High School, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2012 -2022.


A lifelong Bluffton resident was inducted into the Town of Bluffton’s Wall of Honor. Mary O. Merrick, who was a teacher and defender of the region’s natural resources, was recognized April 11.

Merrick, who died in 2014, graduated top of her class from Bluffton High School in 1937. She also graduated from Florida State University at the age of 19 and taught school in Florida as well as becoming a chemist for Union Camp in Savannah.

She married Edwin L. Merrick, which brought her back to her family farm in greater Bluffton. She taught math and science for 30 years at Bluffton High School

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and McCracken High School. Merrick championed the causes of clean water, clean air, controlled development, and equity based on ability, according to the town.

Merrick was known as a “true Southern lady.”


A lightning strike to the roof of a residence on Lancaster Boulevard in the Berkeley Hall community caused an attic fire, with multiple fire stations from Bluffton Township Fire District responding. The home was safely evacuated, and the fire was determined to be caused by the lightning strike, a news release said.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, lightning is the cause of an estimated 17,400 fires each year. Of those fires, 41% occur in structures.


The Technical College of the Lowcountry has partnered with the S.C. Department of Veterans Affairs to join the South Carolina Veteran Coalition, which works to improve care for veterans, their spouses and family members based in South Carolina. The agreement enables coalition members to provide and expedite specific services to the state’s veteran population.

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cycling for a cause

The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island will host “Pedal Hilton Head,” its 16th annual cycling fundraiser on Sunday, May 7.

The event is the Club’s second largest annual fundraiser and is expected to raise more than $100,000 and welcome 700 cyclists. All proceeds will support the Club’s mission to serve local youth. Dollenberg Properties is the title sponsor.

There are six staged route options for cyclists starting as early as 7:30 a.m. All routes start and finish at Lowcountry Celebration Park. Those ride options range from a 2-mile family-friendly option to a 62-mile Metric Century ride for avid cyclists (with several options in between).

“Riders of various levels of experience will enjoy carefully planned, safe, scenic routes through beautiful Hilton Head Island,” said Committee Co-Chair, Russell Whiteford. “It’s a fun ride with a great cause.”

Cyclists can enjoy these options:

• A Metric Century of 100 kilometers, or 62 miles, which winds through some of “Hilton Head Island’s most beautiful scenery and residential communities.”

• 40-mile half metric century (plus) ride through the Spanish Wells and Indigo Run neighborhoods and Hilton Head’s “best-kept secrets.”

• 30-mile half metric century path offers a 10-mile extension of the 20-mile Port Royal ride.

• 20-mile quarter metric century route that includes a ride over the Charles E. Fraser Bridge. Pedal “back in time” through Port Royal.

• 10-mile “leisure ride” to Palmetto Dunes.

• 2-mile “family fun” ride along pathways and scenic beaches designed for the littlest bikers and the kids from the Boys & Girls Club. The beautiful pathways help complement the importance of the event’s cause.

Close to two-thirds of the Boys & Girls Club’s members live below the federal poverty line, according to the event’s website. Nearly half live in a single-family home or with grandparents. Pedal Hilton Head helps assist the Club’s initiatives to support the children.

Pedal Hilton Head Island has updates in 2023, including neverbefore access to Sea Pines Resort for the 62-mile ride. Pedal will also host a pre-party event at The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head on May 6, with live music, beer and wine and food options.

Close to 50 percent of the nearly 700 registered riders of Pedal Hilton Head Island are expected to be from more than 50 miles away. Registration fees start at $50 for a family fun ride with up to five family members, or ride for a specific Club member (“Pedal for a Kid)” for $300.

For start times and to register go to pedalhhi.org.

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spotlight on giving

We have a winner!

NANCY CONDER - subscribed for free to our magazine and was automatically entered in our contest to win Ashley Hahn’s painting of the Little Blue Boat. Congratulations Nancy!


Kiwanis Club of Bluffton donated to Red Cedar Elementary School’s book fair. The donation funded the school’s daily drawings which allowed 100 kids the ability to “shop a little extra at the fair,” according to the school’s Facebook page.

by Ashley

and featured on the March cover of Hilton Head Island Magazine.


The Donaldson Group donated a portion of a recent sale to Hilton Head Christian Academy. The funds will help make an impact toward the future of the campus, a HHCA Facebook post noted.

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for the good of the group


It stands to reason that a landscaping company knows what it takes to grow.

On Hilton Head Island, there’s no better example than The Greenery Inc., where the business took root a half-century ago.

To the company’s chief executive, observing the company’s 50th anniversary this year is a tribute to a father who founded the business, a salute to employees and testament to a four-letter compensation plan that provides workers with a piece of the action.

The anniversary also serves as motivation to commit to continued success, said Lee Edwards, the company’s leader.

“We are a growth-oriented company,” said Edwards. “We are proud of our past and, on this anniversary, excited about the future.”

There are many ingredients to business survival and endurance, from providing a great product or service to controlling costs and always looking for ways to improve.

Part of the secret sauce to success at The Greenery, Edwards will tell you, is the company’s ESOP – Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The plan has proven to be an effective tool in attracting, hiring, motivating and retaining quality employees, he said.

His parents, Berry and Ruthie Edwards, established the company in 1973, starting with a half-dozen employees and a couple of pickup trucks.

These days, in-season employment exceeds 750 at company locations at a dozen branches in three states. Inventory now includes some 300 vehicles, hundreds of mowers and thousands of weed eaters and hand-held pieces of equipment.

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The Greenery is celebrating its 50th year in business. From left: Amy Metzger, director of First Impressions Janet Fanning, manager of the Garden Center Lee Edwards, president Holly Haakensen, customer relations manager Darren Davis, Hilton Head residential manager
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“It’s a lot to take care of and it takes a lot of coordination,” said Edwards, crediting company employees and managers.

The Greenery’s handiwork through installation, landscaping and maintenance has produced a book of business that reads like a guide to Hilton Head and the Lowcountry. Among the clients, to mention a few: Palmetto Dunes, City of Beaufort, Sun City, Shipyard, Indigo Run, Long Cove, Margaritaville and the RBC Heritage golf tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Landscape Management magazine last year ranked The Greenery at No. 30 among the nation’s Top 150 revenue-generating businesses in the green industry.

The company’s business strategy includes a handful of core values – a deft mix of safety, quality and productivity. It’s an approach that has served Edwards since he started working as a 13-year-old in his father’s business.

With his father’s retirement, Edwards stepped up as the company’s chief. The ESOP has been essential to company progress and continuity, he said.

The California-based National Center for Employee Ownership estimates there are more than 6,500 ESOPs covering some 14 million participants. Such plans come in a variety of shapes, with the bottomline principle of a company setting up a trust fund for employees to acquire company stock and, in essence, become part owners.

To qualify for shares in the employee-owned company, workers generally must log a specified number of hours and years. The Greenery established its ESOP in 2003 and the company become fully owned by employees four years later. A per-share value is established each year, based upon company performance. An employee’s share builds over time, and the ultimate payout is, essentially, a retirement plan.

“It has been a part of our success and will continue to be in the future,” said Edwards.

Jerry Ashmore, a Greenery employee for 23 years, said the ESOP helps attract and retain quality workers who appreciate that their stake grows with improved company performance.

“It’s not a get-rich-quick thing,” said Ashmore, the company’s director of workforce development and safety. “But it’s a fact that when you own something, you tend to take care of it.”

Edwards said the “we-are-all-in-this-together" sentiment is revealed on job sites daily by employees who take it seriously.

“You’ll see it show up in a variety of ways,” he said. “To help watch costs, someone will not let a vehicle idle and burn fuel, for example.”

Ashmore said the ESOP contributes to a corporate culture of personal responsibility and collaboration. That spirit is enhanced, he said, when workers are “good to each other and good to their equipment."

“As a part owner, you have to do your part,” he said. “We still have a small-company feel, even as we have expanded. Everybody here has the good of the group in mind, knowing that we care about people. Good people mean good results.”

Added Edwards:

“It helps when you hire good people, treat them well and get out of the way and let them do good work.”

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business news


Caroline Rinehart has joined the Town of Hilton Head Island as a revenue services specialist. Rinehart has more than 25 years of experience. She will be responsible for the collection and receipting of fees and taxes, daily balancing and depositing of revenues, and business license processing and renewal. She recently was the business office manager for the Boys & Girls Club on Hilton Head.


Dillard-Jones Builders held a ribbon cutting at its location at 6 Promenade Suite 1005 in Bluffton. Founded in 2003, Dillard-Jones builds luxury custom homes in the Carolinas.


Holly S. Golden was recently elected treasurer of the board of directors of Meals on Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head. Golden is a Certified Public Accountant.

Golden earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Newberry College and an MBA from Winthrop University.


Jennifer Megliore, owner of ArtWare Designs on Hilton Head Island, was named South Carolina’s Small Business Person of the year for 2023 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. ArtWare Designs is in Shelter Cove Towne Centre.


Kelly Caron Curated recently held a grand opening. The business is a “Coastal Couture Resort Collection” expansion of Kelly Caron Designs, according to its website. The new space is located at 6 Promenade Suite 1008.


Elements Restaurant and Lounge on the island recently held a grand opening. The eatery offers “modern” European-Chef inspired cuisine and craft cocktails with live music. It is at 2 North Forest Beach Drive. The menu includes lobster tacos, seafood scampi and roasted cod.


Mike DeMaria has joined the Town of Hilton Head Island as its beach operations manager. DeMaria has more than 25 years of experience in operations management, having previously held senior management positions at The Oldfield Club and Athletes First Sports. He will be responsible for managing all aspects of the town's beach operations.


Shayne Milligan is the new football coach at John Paul II Catholic School. Milligan was recently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Concord High (N.C.). He replaces Chris Meyers. Milligan spent five years at Concord.


Sanders MacDonald, who spent the past 12 years working with the Carolina Panthers, is joining Charter One Realty. A Hilton Head Island native, MacDonald is partnering with his father, longtime real estate professional Richard MacDonald, as an agent at Charter One Realty/Richard MacDonald & Associates. A graduate of Clemson University, Sanders MacDonald lives in Bluffton with his wife and two children.

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history keeper



Born and raised in Michigan, Paul Tollefson spent much of his childhood in a community like Bluffton. He spent summers at his grandmother’s cottage in South Haven, a small resort town on the sandy bluffs of Lake Michigan.

Tollefson moved to Hilton Head Island 21 years ago, where he taught tennis at various clubs, and eventually moved to Bluffton, where he now lives with his wife, Carola; 17-year-old daughter, Sophia; and 16-year-old son, Sebastian.

Now director of court sports at Hampton Hall Club, Tollefson knew right away that Bluffton was a special place to live. He loves the interesting people of Bluffton and how everything revolves around the water.

“There was just something about the quaintness and the small, kind of easy way of living that even Hilton Head didn’t have,” Tollefson said.

He became fascinated with the town’s rich history once he began researching it. Tollefson started talking to longtime Blufftonians and writing down their stories.

He didn’t want to keep those stories to himself, so last year he and his friend Tim Wood, a local journalist, decided to start a public Facebook group called “Bluffton Then and Now.”

They started out just posting old photos of Bluffton and eventually shared the stories Tollefson had gathered through his interviews.

Tollefson wanted to be able to share what he found but didn’t want to be criticized for sharing Bluffton history when he isn’t a native Blufftonian. For that reason he only posts photos and stories he has heard directly from longtime Bluffton residents.

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Paul Tollefson stands along the bank of the May River where riverboats used to dock. (see opposite page)

“It’s simple,” Tollefson said about the “Bluffton Then and Now” group. “It’s to the point. And people can see what it looked like then and what it looks like now.”

Tollefson and Wood have shared stories about former teachers, principals and coaches, musicians who have played in the area and others who were an important part of the town’s history. They’ve shared tons of old photos of historic buildings, well-known spots in town, parades and festivals, the old draw bridge to Hilton Head, the aftermath of storms and much more.

“Bluffton Then and Now” is an offshoot of the private Facebook group “What’s Happening in Bluffton? (Original)” and is under the umbrella of the Lowcountry

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A vintage photo of The Store on Calhoun Street. photo: Babbie Guscio, The Bluffton Eccentric and the Historical Bluffton Foundation
‘You don’t have to be from Bluffton to be invested in the past, present and future of Bluffton.’

Online Journalism Initiative. Under the leadership of Wood and Tollefson, the group has garnered more than 2,600 members in less than a year.

“Paul cares so much about the history of Bluffton,” Wood said. “He is the epitome of, ‘You don’t have to be from Bluffton to be invested in the past, present and future of Bluffton.’ He is so passionate about history and about preserving the essence of what makes our town so special.”

When Tollefson heard about a dilapidated old building with an interesting story in late 2020, he was intrigued. It turned out that the building, located just past the traffic circle on S.C. 46, was originally the Pritchard Train Depot, a stop along the

Seaboard Air Line Railway corridor.

He also learned that the building was later purchased by a local farmer named Bubba Crosby, who used it as a packing plant for the tomatoes and daffodils he grew and sold. The building was previously located across the street from Crosby’s property, where the New River Linear Trail currently sits.

Tollefson reached out to one of Crosby’s daughters, who suggested he ride out to see her father, who was well known for sharing old stories about Bluffton and Pritchardville. He also visited the former depot, where he was gifted a piece of wood from the building.

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This building, built in 1946, was originally built to be a grocery store but was only used as a grocery store for five to six months, according to a “Bluffton Then and Now” post. It has since been used for storage, an ice cream parlor, rented by a pharmacist, and as a post office. photo: Babbie Guscio, The Bluffton Eccentric and the Historical Bluffton Foundation

Tollefson sat and talked with Crosby and his wife, Joyce Crosby, for hours. He said they gave him some great information about local history.

After his visit with the Crosbys, Tollefson took the piece of wood home, where he spent about a week sanding and waxing it so it could be transformed into a special gift for the couple. He had a local high school artist named Taylor James paint the old train, along with some daffodils and tomatoes, on the piece of wood.

“I wanted to give Mr. and Mrs. Crosby a token of my appreciation for letting me sit with them and pick their minds,” Tollefson wrote in an Aug. 30, 2022, Facebook post.

“Mr. and Mrs. Crosby have since passed on,” he said. “I hope that their family uses that picture as a remembrance of the old train and that depot.”

While he claims to be no expert on the history of Bluffton, Tollefson continues to soak up all he can. In addition to the Crosbys, longtime Bluffton residents Nate Pringle and Babbie Guscio, along with Town of Bluffton historic preservationist Glen Umberger, have all been great sources of information.

“It’s fun for me to listen to the stories of growing up here from different age groups, from the old-timers who used to be able to hunt in any part of the town to the newer generations who remember riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers in the rural woods that have now all been developed,” Tollefson said.

His stories have now been published on the Lowcountry Chronicle website, which is also under the umbrella of the Lowcountry Online Journalism Initiative.

Tollefson serves on the board of the Historic Bluffton Foundation. He has every copy of “The Bluffton Eccentric,” a quirky little newspaper that was published from 1987 to 1991. He also has thousands of old photo slides to go through and knows

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Opened in 1956, the James F. Byrnes Swing Bridge was in service until 1982 when a fixed bridge was built (opposite page). photo: Bluffton Then and Now Facebook group

there are so many more stories to be told about Bluffton.

Tollefson worries that if the old stories of Bluffton aren’t documented, they will be forgotten. He encourages people to share their stories and photos in “Bluffton Then and Now” to keep the memories alive. They can also contact him directly at ptollefson800@ gmail.com.

Tollefson is currently hoping to find people who knew Michael C. Riley, the namesake for the elementary school on Burnt Church Road.

“What he did for education in this town was remarkable,” Tollefson said. “His dream was for all of the children in Bluffton to have an equal education, and he set out to do something about it.”

Tollefson has given presentations about Bluffton’s history at local retirement communities and hopes to soon do the same at the local middle and high schools.

“Nobody around here teaches Bluffton history,” he said. “I thought, ‘What better way to do it than with pictures and places that the kids can see, that they drive by every day.’ ”

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photo: Robert Linder

soft-shell savants


Here’s a fun fact about “soft-shell” crabs, a spring delicacy on Lowcountry seafood menus: They’re hard-shell crabs in the process of molting, when they shed and replace their hard, protective, outgrown carapaces.

Here’s another: To get the perfect texture, flavor and consistency in a soft-shell crab, you’d best have round-theclock “crabsitters” from roughly late March to early June.

When it comes to soft-shell crabs, timing is everything. Get it wrong, and “you have a papery consistency, sort of like a wet piece of loose-leaf paper,” says Andrew Carmines, owner of Hudson’s on the Docks, the only restaurant on Hilton Head Island with its own soft-shell “shedding” operation.

The shedding process begins when local water temperatures rise above 50 degrees. Crabs initially release enzymes to begin “molting their old exoskeleton and remain ‘soft’ until their shells begin to harden over the coming days,” according to restaurant’s website. They later ingest seawater, which helps to loosen and shed the old shell. It’s critical to remove them from the brine quickly, to prevent the new shells from hardening.

Hudson’s was built originally in 1912 as an oyster factory by J.B. Hudson, Sr.; Brian and Gloria Carmines bought the restaurant in 1975. When Andrew assumed management from his parents in 2013, he began to hear complaints from some customers about the texture of soft-shell crabs, which he was buying from a supplier on Lady’s Island near Beaufort.

The problem, the supplier explained, was that crabs were removed from saltwater, boxed up, and didn’t reach the restaurant for many hours. Picking up the crabs every day would solve the problem, he said.

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“So, I did that. I drove to Lady’s Island and back every day for the whole season. The complaints went away,” Carmines says, “but it was a real pain in the neck.”

Grousing that he was “damned if I do, and damned if I don’t,” he and his stone-crab supplier Rob Rowe decided to build their own shedding tanks and monitor the process themselves. They built and set up two tables from plywood and 2-by4s with fiberglass seams on Lemon Island, then used standard pool pumps and PVC pipe to circulate saltwater from nearby waters. They each took a 12hour shift, starting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day, checking the crabs constantly and pulling them about 10 minutes after shedding.

They managed to “shed out” 3,000 crabs that first season, but it wasn’t easy. Crabs had a habit of escaping the rickety tanks and the grueling schedule left them exhausted.

“At the end of the season, we were just like, done,” Carmines says. “We recognized that to be more successful, we would have to have a lot more tanks … so we could afford to pay other people to keep watch 24/7.”

For their third season, Carmines had new fiberglass tanks built and the operation was moved to Hudson’s docks on Skull Creek. Today, the restaurant runs 14 tables and pays an employee to “crab-sit” overnight.

“If we shed out between 50 and 60 crabs, we can break even in a day,” Carmines says.

Having the operation on-site has the side benefit of giving customers a glimpse into Hudson’s “oldfashioned” way of doing business, Carmines says, which includes running a sustainable oyster farm off the northern tip of Pinckney Island, a clam farm, and fishing boats delivering right to the dock.

“We do a lot of things the right way, in my eyes. But that’s hard to share with people; they can’t go out and see the oyster farm; the shrimp boats don’t come in when guests are at the restaurant… The soft-shell operation gives our customers a look at the dedication we put in every day,” Carmines says. “They know that quality and freshness is going to be

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there. Our phone rings off the hook for weeks before the season starts.”

Carmines, who eats at the restaurant six days a week, relishes how one season rolls right into the next, from soft-shell to stone-crab, to oysters, to shrimp: “It’s really exciting to have these little treasures happen at different times of the year.”

He’s also grateful for Hudson’s stellar reputation and the devotion of its customers, particularly locals: There are “Thursday guys” and “Sunday guys” and “Monday guys” who show up every week like clockwork. And one recent weekend morning, Carmines looked around and realized he knew somebody at every table, inside and out.

“It wasn’t like that when we started,” he says. “We’ve worked hard to get here.”

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baked crab cakes


1 pound lump crabmeat

1 egg

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon chopped or dried parsley

1 small lemon

2/3 cup bread crumbs

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup green onion


• Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

• In a bowl whisk egg with fork. Add mayonnaise, parsley, onion, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Whisk together.

• Pick out any shells from crabmeat.

• Add crabmeat and bread crumbs to the bowl. Gently combine.

• Apply olive oil to baking sheet and distribute evenly.

• Shape the mixture into 6-8 patties and place on baking sheet.

• Bake crab cakes for about 10 minutes (or lightly browned).

• Carefully flip to other side and bake for about 4-6 minutes.

• Remove from oven. Serve with lemon wedges (optional).

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she-crab soup


1 pound lump crabmeat

3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

3 cups seafood stock

4 tablespoons of unsalted butter

½ cup dry sherry


1.5 cups of milk

2 cloves garlic

1 cup cream

1 small onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 bay leaf

½ teaspoon salt

Chopped fresh parsley

• Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, garlic, and salt until soft (about 4-5 minutes).

• Pour in flour and add sherry until it forms a paste.

• Add in stock.

• Add milk and cream. Stir.

• Add bayleaf, nutmeg. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium heat and let the pot simmer.

• Next, add crabmeat and simmer for 12-15 minutes.

• Serve hot with parsley.

crab and avocado salad


6-8 ounces lump crabmeat

2 avocados, peeled

½ cup red onion

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 cup tomatoes

½ cup cubed cucumber or mango (as preferred)

1 lime (juice)

Old Bay seasoning

Salt for taste


• In a bowl stir in onion, cucumber/mango, tomatoes, cilantro and add salt and lime as preferred.

• Add avocados

• Stir in crab. Season lightly with Old Bay.

• Serve.

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mahi tacos


1 ½ lbs of mahi filets (usually ¾ to 1” thick)

Blackening seasoning

Shredded lettuce or pre shredded coleslaw mix

Shredded Mexican cheese blend

Pico de gallo

Sliced avocado

Sour cream

Cilantro for topping

Fresh lime

Taco shells


If mahi filets are skin on-heat a skillet with olive oil on high. When olive oil is starting to marbalize add the filets skin side down for about 10 seconds.

Remove from heat and use a fork to remove the skin-should come off easily and all in one piece.

Coat mahi filets with blackening seasoning. Place on hot grill or frying pan. Start on high heat to sear the seasoning and then back down to medium high heat. Cook till meat is no longer pink-turning ½ way thru. Usually 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

Flake filets and top with a squeeze of lime juice.

Assemble tacos with the remaining ingredients.

Grab a margarita and enjoy!

Tonya Hudson is owner of Hudson’s Seafood Market, known far and wide for selling the freshest and best seafood for over 5 generations. Find them at 175 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island, 29926

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spectacular space


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Pick a space in your home that is easily visible and one where you’d want to enjoy your artwork often. Once you pinpoint the perfect spot, gather supplies. You’ll need the art, hammer, nails (or picture hangers), a level, pencil and paper to sketch, a ruler or measuring tape.

Planning also includes choosing the right type of art. Try laying out your art on the floor to better have an idea of how each piece complements the other. This will help you rearrange the pieces.

You can also try tracing the pieces of artwork on kraft paper. Then cut out each piece and note the hanger placement for each.

The fun part is that choosing the artwork is up to you. You might prefer family photos or a collection of black-and-white pieces. Or, you might consider a color theme with pieces that have tones that are alike.

Think about balance by mixing larger and smaller pieces.

Consider the size of the room. A larger room with large furniture will be best with largest pieces. A room with high ceilings requires larger artwork, but rooms with lower ceilings are best with smaller pieces.


The largest piece is generally at eye level and is placed in the middle. Conventional thought is to hang artwork 57-60 inches from eye level, but there are no strict rules. Go with what feels right. Use the measuring tape to mark the distance between each piece, which is ideally 3 to 6 inches.

Aim to give more space between frames to larger art and place smaller pieces closer together. Negative space is OK. You don’t want the wall to look crowded. Let it breathe.

Review the cutouts or pieces spread on the floor to decide where you want to place each one.


After the planning is done, it’s time to have patience in placing each piece. Gently hammer nails into the wall where the spots are marked. Grab the picturehanging hooks and place your pieces. Start with the largest pieces first. Use a level to ensure the pictures are straight.

Take a step back and admire your work.

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Hanging gallery art takes planning, precision and patience. Showing off your treasured artwork should be a rewarding experience. Here’s how to put a spotlight on your space.

shady spots


Hot and steamy Lowcountry weather in late spring and summer is as natural as the architecture 150 years ago that offered relief from these elements. Today’s homes take a cue from the past but on a more sophisticated level, of course. But no matter the era, the goal when the weather heats up is to stay cool.

Staying cool outside in the warmer months can turn sweaty misery into a cool, delightful experience.

It’s easy to install an umbrella or design a space full of shade. Here are some cool ideas for beating the heat.

PATIO UMBRELLA. There are many options, including a “retro fringe umbrella” that weighs 7-9 pounds and folds down to fit into a carrying case with a strap for easy traveling. Be sure to find a weighted umbrella stand and an umbrella that you can pivot so you can find the perfect spot. Aluminum poles should be best to resist weather, or look for fiber glass, which is lighter weight and is good against bad weather. Prices range from $40-$125.

SHADE SAILS. These overhead strips of fabric provide a modern look to shade. Most often shade sails are triangular, rectangular or square. A good rule of thumb is to add at least 2 inches on all sides beyond the area that will be shaded, Popular Mechanics said. Typically they offer 95 percent UV protection from the sun. If you want a little bit of sunlight, consider a retractable sail. These will allow you to pull the shade back and bring is as much sun as you’d like. Prices range from $25-$75.

PERGOLA. This structure uses four columns that support a roof. It allows in some sunlight, but keeps most elements at bay. It can be a focal point for an outdoors space. Add foliage, curtains or shade cloth to keep out the sun. Because it’s sturdy, you won’t have to worry about the wind. Pergolas can be used to have plants grow on them. Build or buy? The national average cost to build a 10-foot wood pergola by yourself is $3,500, according to Home Town Structures. It costs about the same to have one built, but that’s before delivery and installation and other charges.

RETRACTABLE AWNING. Consider an awning that is water- and fade-resistant. Awnings can make the temperature feel about 20 degrees cooler. Retractable awnings are more durable than fixed awnings (can easily fold during stormy weather) and are made with vinyl, canvas, polyester and acrylic. Best used to beat the heat. Costs vary depending on size and installation, but range from $500 to $3,000.

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SCREENED-IN PORCH. Screen your space from the sun. The cost of a new screened-in porch is typically between $2,000 and $2,800 to install, with an average of $2,400, according to bobvila.com. Not only does a screened-in porch help cut down the sun, but it adds some privacy. They also help keep bugs away. Consider pairing screens with windows to enjoy your porch year-round.

INVEST IN A CANOPY DAY BED. Add some luxury to your space with an outdoor round daybed. Different options come with waterproof cushions and an adjustable canopy. Many have a round table in the center which can hold books or drinks. Prices range from $350-$600.

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outside office


As more people spend time working from home, the spring weather invites many to bring their work outside. But what’s the best way to enjoy the outdoors and be efficient at work?

Here are some ideas.


A strong internet connection is crucial. The strength often declines the farther we go from a router, but a WiFi extender will help keep you connected.

Extenders offer an easy solution. They plug into an outlet and generally require the same password as your main router.

Costs vary but run from $25 to $100. Top-line extenders offer ranges that reach up to 1,500 to 2,500 square feet.


Once you have your WiFi connection complete, you’ll need a comfortable and durable place to work. Consider an all-weather table to use as a desk – with an umbrella to protect you from the sun and light rain drops.

Consider a table that’s durable and comfortable. Outdoor furniture that doesn’t rust (teak wood is durable) or fabrics that don’t fade are ideal. A larger table gives you room for drinks, papers and other accessories.

Direct sunlight on a laptop screen will likely cause a glare, and the sun might cause the laptop to overheat. A durable umbrella will keep the rays at bay. If you would rather eschew the umbrella and soak in the sun, a laptop sunshade is recommended. They attach to your screen and can be folded and stored away. (Generally cost about $50).

A canopy chair ($40-$80), which has an adjustable built-in canopy, will provide protection from the sun and make you feel like you’re at the beach or a serene campsite instead of at work.

Also consider rolling out an outdoor rug which will add a little bit of the inside feeling to the outside. An outdoor rug will provide a place to rest your feet and add a little charm to your space and can be found for less than $25.


It’s important to consider your posture. Sitting in a comfortable chair will help you stay efficient and avoid body pain.

Look for a chair that supports your back. Patio chairs often won’t cut it, but there are some ergonomic outdoors chairs that are designed to help your back.

Consider a lumbar support pillow (costs about $30) or a firm seat cushion that keeps its shape (costs vary but range from $45 to $100).


Spending hours outside will drain a laptop battery and you’ll likely need to charge your phone.

Charge multiple items at one time with a power strip tower. There are many varieties (and costs range from $25 to $50), with up to 10 outlets, multiple USB ports and some include an extension cord.

Or try a power pack portable charger. These batterypowered chargers quickly give your devices a charge (many simultaneously charge smartphones and laptops) and are $60-$70.


Hunching over a laptop is uncomfortable and can lead to long-term aches and pains. Working from home should be relaxing, not aggravating. Consider an adjustable laptop stand ($30 to $50). Not all stands are adjustable, but many can be adjusted to your preferred height (eye level) and angle.

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celebrating the culture


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An exhibition that celebrates the rich culture and history of the Gullah Geechee people through the lens of portraiture is featured at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.

“Binya: Faces ob de Gullah Geechee,” which is open through July 9, features more than 50 portraits and related objects, from the late 1920s to the present.

Drawn from the museum’s and numerous private collections, featured artists include Sam Doyle, Jonathan Green, Winold Reiss, Walter Greer, Charles Edward Williams, Natalie Daise, Johnnie Simmons, Anthony Johnson, Doug Corkern, Curtis Phillips, Louanne LaRoche, Judy Mooney, Nancey B. Price, Roger Manley, Amiri Farris, Camden Bernstein and Lisa Rivers.

The Gullah Geechee people have a deep history and connection to the Lowcountry. They are descendants of enslaved Africans brought to the area to work on rice, indigo, and cotton plantations in the 18th and 19th centuries. Despite facing numerous challenges, including slavery, segregation, and discrimination, the Gullah Geechee people have maintained a strong sense of community and a unique cultural identity.

As co-curator Angela Dore notes, “Many of us identify with the culture in terms of the sense of place that we have from our family roots being here and being raised within the corridor. Many of us remain actively engaged with the cultural practices, and others identify with the culture because of their lineage.

“For example, their parents or grandparents may have grown up within the corridor and passed the dialect, spiritual beliefs, and foodways down to them. We still cook like our grandmothers did. We remember the stories, values, and lessons that our elders taught us, and we teach those things to our children.”

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Jannie Cohen by Roger Manley 1986-87 Gelatin silver print. Courtesy Louanne LaRoche Collection
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Noon on Broad Creek (John Holmes) by Walter Greer, 1963 Oil on canvas CDM collection
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Emory Campbell by Natalie Daise, 2023. Acrylic on canvas. CDM collection Opposite page: Clockwise from top left: Self portrait: Trust_Swim, by Charles Edward Williams 2022 Oil on mylar. Courtesy of artist Mr. Rivers by Walter Greer, 1967 Oil on canvas Courtesy of Iva Roberts Welton Midwife (Lucinda Ladson), Sam Doyle c.1980s House paint on tin courtesy Louanne LaRoche Collection Ruby Lee, 1996 unknown street artist Shar Courtesy Govan and Singleton Family
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One of the exhibit’s goals is to spark conversations about what it means to be Gullah Geechee and how the culture can be preserved and celebrated for future generations. The exhibit features portraits of different generations, highlighting their connections and differences. The Gullah Geechee culture is alive and well, thanks to the elders who have preserved their language and way of life, but its future also depends on its youth.

Portraiture has long been used to honor and recognize important individuals in society, while providing a visual remembrance for present and future generations. In Western traditions of art and society, wealthy individuals have often had portraits painted to create this facade.

However, as the “Binya” exhibit demonstrates, the Gullah Geechee people have not needed to purchase their place of honor. Through their resilience and perseverance, they have maintained a unique culture that invites recognition and celebration. As part of the exhibition development, the Coastal Discovery Museum purchased or commissioned five new portraits of significant local community members, both past and present. Native Hilton Head Islanders Emory Campbell, Louise Cohen, and Alex Brown; renowned St. Helena cast net sewer Joe Legree; and iconic Beaufortonian Robert Smalls.

The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Greenberg, Director of Exhibitions at the Coastal Discovery Museum, and Angela Dore, Research Coordinator for the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia.

A free exhibition tour is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6. An evening event will be held on June 2 focusing on music, fashion, food, and fun.

For more information, go online at coastaldiscovery.org

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Top: Louise Cohen by Anthony Johnson, 2023 Ink on paper CDM collection.jpg Right: Jonathan Green Self-portrait, 1983 Egg tempera on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

must read


Acclaimed Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks pens a novel that captures “the changes in America and American culture since World War II.”

The story begins in 1947 when a soldier returning from the war meets his young nephew. By the 1970s, the nephew, who is now drawing underground comic books, reconnects with his uncle and draws a new version of his uncle as a war-fighting hero.

In present day a director discovers the comic book and turns it into a superhero movie. The novel introduces us to an “eccentric” writer/director, a “pompous” film star and engaging characters on both sides of the camera. Hanks offers a story that is “funny, touching and wonderfully thoughtprovoking.”

new this month:

Malcolm Gephardt is set to buy the Half Moon bar where he works as a bartender, but then he learns “shocking” news about his wife, Jess, a bar patron goes missing and a massive blizzard hits town. The book explores a marriage in crisis and the meaning of family.

Alice writes a debut novel that impacts the lives of nine readers. Each one discovers something that “alters their perspective,” and offers new pathways forward in their lives. The novel is a look at how books affect us in unexpected ways — and the many ways we are all connected.

Five longtime college friends annually reunite to remind themselves that their lives are meaningful, but this reunion isn’t like the many others. Jordan has a secret that will “upend their pact.” The novel is a tale about the false invincibility of youth and how friendship helps us celebrate our lives.

The Savannah Bananas are a hit. Now owner Jesse Cole tells the true tale of the exhibitionbaseball phenomenon. The story details the backstory behind the fun and entertaining Bananas, who have charmed fans with their Banana Ball style. It is “a creativity story,” and one about a business “scrapping for every success.”

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LCLASS OF 2023 Congratulations


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This Class of Graduates are receiving more than $2 million in scholarships.




Anyone who has ever attempted to get a 3-year-old to do anything knows – it’s not easy. While teenagers might drag their feet with a certain intractable willfulness, the mind of a preschooler is less stubborn but far more distractible.

But how about trying to get them to tell a story of magic, humor, beauty and virtue through movement alone? It’s something akin to an impossible mission.

“It’s a bit like trying to keep a bunch of kittens in a box,” said Katie Girardi, with a laugh.

She knows more than most. As ballet mistress at Hilton Head Dance and part of the team of the upcoming production of The Magic Toy Shoppe, she has been tasked with overseeing the school’s youngest students through a full production.

“Some of them are only 3, and they just started in January or February,” she said. “But some of them have been with us for many years. It’s great to see them shine in the storytelling part of it.”

Girardi handles her young charges with experience, however, having been on the other side of the student-teacher relationship at Hilton Head Dance. She first trod the boards there as a child herself, starting in 1987 and dancing all the way through her high school graduation 14 years later. After college and a stint with the Connecticut Ballet, she rejoined her old dance school as a teacher. Now 16 years later, she’s helping the next generation find its movement.

“It is magic. The Hilton Head Dance School is such a warm, welcoming, inclusive dance environment,” she said. “To have experienced that as a student, being able to replicate that same open arm environment is very special.”

Of the three shows the school is putting on this spring, The Magic Toy Shoppe features the youngest students in the school. The school’s founders, Karena Brock-Carlyle and John Carlyle, will lead older students through performances of Terpsichore (grades 9-12) and Terpsichore, Too (grades 5-8).

Terpsichore, Too is 7:30 p.m. May 5 and 6 and The Magic Toy Shoppe is set for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 6. (Terpsichore was held in late April).

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“The Caryles are just pillars of this community, and it’s an honor to work alongside them,” said Girardi.

Girardi’s lengthy tenure with the school – this marks her 16th year as an instructor – makes her a natural choice to work with the younger students through The Magic Toy Shoppe. And her experience as a student does wonders in helping her young students learn their roles as dancers on the stage and leaders off it.

“When we do the Nutcracker at the end of the year, the whole company is together and my fourth graders really look up to the older girls,” she said. “Now they’re the oldest, so we ask them to set the tone backstage and be examples for the younger students. It’s adorable to see how these 3- and 4-yearolds look up to them.”

Delegating leadership, however, is only part of it. Another part is accepting the fact that, as young children, these dancers have deep reserves of energy that we adults can’t begin to fathom. To channel that energy, Girardi is mixing up the standard elegance of ballet with an infusion of highenergy movement.

“On top of Magic Toy Shoppe, we’ll be doing a jazz dance as well,” she said. “We’re calling it, ‘Shake Rattle & Roll.’ It’s a brief change of scenery and it’s fun to see them get some of that energy out.”

Getting a group of children to do anything is difficult. Getting them to put on a breathtaking performance of skill, precision and grace even more so. But it is possible. It just takes patience, experience and a certain willingness to work with their boundless energy rather than against it. And it takes help.

“We just have such great instructors,” she said.

She points to fellow teachers Jamal Edwards, Caitlin Hoffman and Erin Demers as indispensable in their mission to make these young dancers into stars.

“Everyone is just fabulous with these kids, and they have been integral in teaching these children storytelling,” Girardi said.

Performances will be held at Seahawk Cultural Center. Visit hiltonheaddance.com for tickets.

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support system


No earthly love is as powerful as the love of a mother for her children, the depth of which is difficult, if not impossible, to quantify.

This mighty and nurturing spirit helped launch a new forum, entitled “Discovering Your Village.”

Held every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bluffton Library’s large meeting room (120 Palmetto Way), this free gathering focuses solely on mom-support issues and solutions.

Its mission is simple: to empower moms through sound advice, encouragement and access to community resources. This vision of community health care professionals Meghan Olsen, Diana Medina and Laura Longer, appears to have only just begun.

“This is a place to find community,” says Olsen, a speech language pathologist, specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing. “This is where moms anywhere on their journey, from pre-conception to first-time moms, and beyond, can be heard.”

Olsen, a mother of two, had significant feeding issues with one of her children, and struggled to find assistance and resources.

“To be honest, I felt I wasn’t being heard,” she says.

Within her profession, Olsen was often unsettled with comments that left moms frustrated or without better guidance.

“No, breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt,” says Olsen. “No, your baby crying for six hours per day from colic is not normal. There’s often something else going on.”

Her training and desire to share that knowledge and experience led her to fellow medical professionals, and moderators for this forum. With Medina, a certified birth and postpartum doula, and Longer, a breastfeeding educator and lactation counselor, they agreed to create what is now becoming a thriving community.

“Social media can often paint a pretty picture that everything (with motherhood) is great,” says Olsen. “But that is just not the reality for everyone.”

She believes this forum is an opportunity for vulnerability and no subject is off limits. Conversations are honest and open, often getting into the good, bad and ugly that motherhood can inevitably present.

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More young families are moving to the Bluffton and Lowcountry area and this growth has been seen in their attendance. In watching the group’s evolution, and considering the positive feedback they’ve received, it was decided that a monthly Community Speaker Series would be beneficial. Topics are varied along the spectrum of issues that moms in all stages encounter. Presented by professionals in their respected fields, some subject issues for May include:

• Feeding and Sleep, presented by an international boardcertified lactation consultant.

• Pelvic Floor PT/Not Your Mama’s Kegel’s, offered by a breastfeeding educator and lactation counselor.

• The Science Behind Increasing Milk Supply, presented by a breastfeeding educator and lactation counselor.

• Integrating Breath-work Into Exercise, offered by a certified birth and postpartum doula and a fitness coach.

Discovering Your Village’s Facebook page details each month’s changing schedule.

Olsen, Medina and Longer also have a passion to educate moms about healthcare choices and advocacy for care.

“One thing that is very important to me as a practitioner is to let moms know they have options when selecting their family’s healthcare,” Olsen says.

Many moms Olsen has worked with in her private practice were unaware of the wealth of resources available within the community. This forum provides a community resource table filled with business cards and information on a wide range of relevant area specialties to continue growing the access for families.

Meetings can last upwards of two hours, with the speaker presentations lasting no more than 45 minutes. Children ages 3 and up are welcome to attend.

Olsen said Discovering Your Village is a no-judgment zone. She encourages moms to come and stay as long as they can, even if they are running late, because she believes this support is valuable.

To learn more, call Olsen at 843-410-4466 or email meghan@ltssc.com.

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persevering with Parkinson’s

The day 10 years ago when Cris Lamdin’s children noticed his hands shaking, leading to a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, wasn’t the beginning of his relationship with Spring Island Club golf pro Billy Sampson, but it was the start of something special.

“I’ve been working with Billy since 2000, really, trying to hit a ball straight down the fairway,” Lamdin says, “and of course as my Parkinson’s got worse, I could hit it straight down the fairway, but it only went about two yards because I didn’t have any strength, so we had to come up with a different way to hit the golf ball.”

Lamdin refused to allow his diagnosis to take away the things he loved, including time spent on the golf course with friends, and Sampson wasn’t keen on giving up one of his favorite pupils, so they worked together to preserve Lamdin’s ability to hit the links — and maintain his quality of life.

“When Mr. Lamdin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, we created a game plan on how he was going to continue to play golf,” Sampson recalls.

But Lamdin was still working as a managing director/portfolio manager with ClearBridge Investments in New York City and maintaining an active lifestyle at the time. As the Parkinson’s progressed, so did the challenge.

Sampson poured himself into research but found little, so he sought out a golf pro in Oregon who had helped a student in a similar situation, as well as neurologists and sports psychologists — anyone who could help him better understand the keys to continuing to play golf with Parkinson’s.

As he cast a wider net, he made an inadvertent catch. A plastic surgeon in Houston doing work with patients with Parkinson’s reached out with a wealth of information gleaned from his own experience

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Cris Lamdin, 74, continues to play golf as he raises awareness for Parkinson’s disease.

helping clients keep playing.

“At first I was scared because I didn’t want him to fall, I didn’t want to hurt him, and I didn’t know what I could and could not do,” Sampson recalls. “I went to doctors, and they basically gave me an open book and said the key is balance and mobility — keep the strength up and he’s going to be fine.”

The trick was finding a way to generate club speed while maintaining balance, and the answer was “the baseball swing,” a flatter, more rotational move that allows Lamdin to swing harder despite limited lateral mobility. Pool workouts have helped Lamdin maintain his strength.

The result?

“I’m hitting it about 102 yards off the tee box,” Lamdin says. “And then I probably hit it about 75 yards off the fairway.”

Lamdin had to retire from his career and give up driving, but he’s still hitting it down the middle 10 years after his diagnosis, a testament to an instructor with “the patience of Job” and a student who is equal parts positivity and determination.

Lamdin, 74, is quick to credit Sampson, who keeps him motivated and in good spirits and reminds him to focus on the process rather than the results, but Sampson marvels at his student’s ability to persevere through the disease’s degenerative effects.

“It shows me that you never give up,” Sampson says. “And it also shows me what kind of person Cris Lamdin is and the respect he has for people and the love he has for the people around him, his family and the people who work with him. I feel really fortunate to be a part of that team.”

Lamdin jokes that his biggest challenge now is getting his friends to swallow their

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pride and play the forward tees with him.

“We’ve lost a little distance, but for the distance lost we’ve gained accuracy and consistency,” Sampson says. “We just play a shorter golf course than we used to, but his putting and chipping is still very, very solid. If anything, his short game has gotten better.”

Lamdin has taken great measures to ensure Sampson is recognized for his efforts keeping the game in his life, starting with a gushing letter to the Spring Island Club management and progressing through the various levels of the Professional Golfers Association.

Both teacher and pupil want to pass on the insight they’ve gained to others, and they’re planning an event at Old Tabby Links at Spring Island in September to raise funds for Parkinson’s awareness.

“At the end of the day you can sit back and say, ‘I finally got to help someone,’ and it’s not really about swinging a golf club at that point,” Sampson says. “You got to spend time with someone that you love and is a very caring person.

“Mr. Lamdin has a wonderful, wonderful attitude. Nothing’s going to stop him or hold him back. He doesn’t give up, and we’ll never let him give up.”

The Playing for Parkinson’s event is Sept. 24-25. For more information, visit shorturl.at/ NYZ15

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“Nothing’s going to stop him or hold him back. He doesn’t give up, and we’ll never let him give up.”
Spring Island golf pro Billy Sampson has helped Cris Lamdin continue to play golf.

island pinckney


Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge has been a nature and forest preserve for aesthetic and conservation purposes since 1975. A wide variety of land types are found on Pinckney Island including salt marsh, forestland, brushland, fallow field and freshwater ponds. In combination, these habitats support a diversity of bird, animal and plant life. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website, wildlife commonly seen on Pinckney Island include waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, neotropical migrants, white-tailed deer and alligators, with large concentrations of white ibis, herons, and egrets.


The land was once part of the Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Plantation. General Pinckney was a commander during the Revolutionary War, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, and a two-time presidential candidate for the Federalist Party in 1804 and 1808.

The Pinckney family developed the island into a plantation, removing much of the maritime forest and draining and tilling the fertile soil. By 1818, the land produced fine quality cotton. From the 1930s to 1970s, Pinckney Island was a privately-owned game preserve.

The Pinckney Island Refuge includes Pinckney Island, Corn Island, Big and Little Harry Islands, Buzzard Island and numerous small hammocks totaling over 4,000 acres, according to stateparks.com. But Pinckney is the largest of the islands and the only one open to the public.

Wildlife viewing

The diverse habitats at Pinckney Island Refuge attract an abundance of wildlife throughout the year, providing excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. More than 14 miles of hiking and biking trails are maintained to provide access to all parts of the refuge, the FWS website notes.

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Visitors willing to make the longer treks to spots like Dick Point and White Point will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the majestic Lowcountry.

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It is an important link in the chain of wildlife refuges along the Atlantic flyway, attracting thousands of migratory birds annually. The refuge also provides a nesting habitat, called a rookery, for colonial wading birds such as ibis, egrets and herons.

There are more than 250 species of birds nesting or migrating to the refuge. The most popular and colorful to see is the painted bunting, a common summer resident in the island’s brushy habitats. During spring and fall migrations, warblers and other migratory song birds are common among the live oaks and in the shrub/scrub habitat.

A variety of raptors, shorebirds and wading birds call the refuge home year-round. The refuge is one of the best places to see breeding yellow crowned night herons. Mammals include white-tailed deer, red fox and bobcat. American alligators are also abundant on the refuge, particularly in and around the freshwater ponds. Fishing is prohibited in the freshwater pond.


A growing activity on Pinckney Island Refuge is wildlife photography. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors, according to the website.

The two-mile round-trip walk or bike ride back to Ibis Pond is sure to provide a wealth of photo opportunities; from shorebirds feeding in the salt flats to wading birds roosting in the Ibis Pond rookery.

Visitors willing to make the longer treks to spots like Dick Point and White Point will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the majestic Lowcountry.

Educational tours

Learn about the history and current management of the refuge through self-guided interpretive exhibits located in the parking area and along the main trail.

Guided interpretive programs are offered by local, trained, naturalist guides that can offer visitors a more enhanced experience by providing information on the natural resources and rich history of the refuge. Walking tours can be arranged through the Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767 or coastaldiscovery.org.


The entrance to the refuge is located between the mainland and Hilton Head Island off of U.S. 278 on land bordered by Skull Creek (the Intracoastal Waterway) on the east, Mackay Creek on the west, and Port Royal Sound at its northern tip.

Sources: .fws.gov/refuge/pinckney-island; stateparks.com

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fox squirrel

Sources: dnr.sc.gov; scetv.org

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The Lowcountry is full of interesting people, places and animals too.

One of the most compelling animals is the fox squirrel. If you spot one in our area, you might do a double take.

Southern fox squirrels are closely related to gray squirrels and are the most variably colored tree squirrels in the world, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The southern fox squirrel is the second most common squirrel species in the state, according to SCETV.

In South Carolina, fox squirrels are characterized as the gray, black or brown color phase based on their predominate body color. The gray color phase is the most common in South Carolina, SCDNR said.

Sightings of black fox squirrels account for 24% of all sightings, with only 2% of all sightings reported as brown.

A black facial “mask” and white patches on the nose, paws, and ear tips are common in the three color phases. The facial mask and larger body size of the fox squirrel distinguish the fox squirrel from the more common gray squirrel.


Fox squirrels are about twice the size of gray squirrels. They range in length from 20-26 inches (including tail) with an adult weight range from about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds.


Fox squirrels that survive to become adults live an average of 3 to 4 years. Individual animals have been known to live as long as 12 years, SCDNR said.


Fox squirrels are strongly associated with mature pine forests and mature pine-hardwood forests. They prefer woodland habitats with an open herbaceous understory and patchy shrub cover. Prescribed fire in pine woodlands benefits fox squirrels by creating and maintaining this condition. Parks and golf courses can support substantial numbers of fox squirrels in certain locations across the state. They are common in the Coastal Plain.


Fox squirrels are known to eat a variety of foods, including pine seed, acorns, hickory nuts, cultivated and native seeds, fleshy fruits, flower buds, tubers, roots, and fungi.


The majority of breeding in fox squirrels likely takes place in December and January. Gestation period is about 44 days, with most young born during February and March. A normal litter in South Carolina consists of two or three young.


The most common place for South Carolinians to find the southern fox squirrel is on Daufuskie Island, which has been their “main home for decades,” according to SCETV.

Fox squirrels are occasionally observed at bird feeders if those feeders are near areas of occupied fox squirrel habitats. Some of the better areas to observe fox squirrels in the Lowcountry include area golf courses, Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve and the New River Trail.

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start with safety


Summer is almost upon us, and in Southern Beaufort County that means more traffic – roadway traffic, of course, but also a sudden rise of boating traffic along our waterways.

America’s Boating Club of Hilton Head (ABC-HH) executive officer Curtis Loomis points out that with the increase in traffic along the waterways comes an unfortunate increase in accidents, including fatalities.

That’s why his organization is now offering a special “Jump Start” program to help new boaters as well as “new-to-our area” boaters develop essential skills for safer operation of their vessels. It’s a program conducted by certified, experienced instructors — available free of charge.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that boating traffic in South Carolina waters has increased by 41% between 2018 and 2021.

Likewise, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources reports registered boat owners have increased rapidly over the past three years, and now total more than 360,000 registered recreational motorboats and personal watercraft. Brad Loescher, assistant education officer with ABC-HH, says boating “has grown exponentially locally – especially since COVID.” He notes many newcomers to the boating scene are transplants from other parts of the country and are unfamiliar with local waters “that can be very tricky with such obstacles as oyster beds, sandbars and pluff mud.”

Statistics from insurance companies that specialize in boating accidents also point out that accidents and incidents have been on the rise, and they point to operator inexperience (to include lack of familiarity with local waters and weather conditions) as a key contributing factor.

Loomis says America’s Boating Club helps owners develop essential skills for easier handling of their boat, but even more important, they learn about safer operation of their vessels for the unique waters of this area.

Typical Jump Start training topics include: basic boat handling, understanding navigational aids, radio protocol, close quarters maneuvering as well as how to handle Beaufort County waterways’ currents, winds and tides.

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Phil Burke of America’s Boating Club teaches the free two-hour Jump Start program to help new boaters as well as “newto-our-area” boaters develop essential skills for safer operation of their vessels.

“We consider our two-hour program an important part of our community service. And beyond that we offer even more training at very modest fees. We have more than 330 members. They include experts on all sizes of boats,” said Loomis. “We offer hands-on training that is customized to whatever size boat.”

Among the first items the Jump Start program addresses is the Boat Safety Kit that every boat owner should maintain.

Although these kits vary by the individual preference of boat owners and their type of vessel, Loomis suggests that “must haves” include: a first aid kit, flashlights with spare batteries, local nautical charts that depict the configuration of the local shoreline and seafloor including water depths and locations of dangers, visual distress signals such as hand-held red flares or parachute flares and orange smoke flares, a hand compass and tool kit with a screwdriver and

pliers – and always extra fresh water.

Life jackets are also essential for every person on board as mandated by the Coast Guard. They do more than simply keep you afloat, with many designed to turn an unconscious person face up.

Loomis and Loescher both point out that virtually all movers to our local area are totally unfamiliar with the unique water conditions of the estuaries that encompass our shorelines from Port Royal Sound on the north to Calibogue Sound on the south.

“Tides of our waterways are huge because of the South Atlantic bite” (curvature of the shoreline), said Loomis. “Newcomers must get used to them and how the currents affect sandbars. We help them get a better understanding of this particular area.

“If you meet someone who says he is a frequent boater locally and he tells you he has never been stuck on a sandbar, you know he is a liar.”

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The essentials of boater safety are learned during the Jump Start program. Phil Burke, left, is chairman of the Jump Start committee and is a lead instructor.
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family fun



Visitors can observe more than 2,000 animals, according to Riverbanks officials. Attractions include the Spots & Stripes Railroad, Sky-High Safari, Giraffe Overlook, Koala Knockabout, Kangaroo Walkabout, Wild Adventures Rock Wall and Endangered Species Carousel. A 70-acre botanical garden features a children’s garden with tree houses and a splash zone.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $24.99 plus tax for those 13 and older, $21.99 plus tax for kids 2 to 12 years old, and free for kids younger than 2. Admission with a military or senior citizen discount is $22.99 plus tax (ID required). Pets, food and beverages are not permitted.

For more information, go to www.riverbanks.org.


The state’s largest museum houses exhibits that showcase South Carolina art, natural history, culture, and science and technology. The planetarium provides astronomy shows, films and laser-light shows. The 4D theater pairs “high-definition 3D digital projection movies with physical features to provide multisensory, interactive experiences for guests.”

The Boeing Observatory offers the public solar sky viewing in the afternoons.

The South Carolina State Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is $8.95 for adults, $6.95 for kids 3-12, and $7.95 for seniors 62 and older. Planetarium and 4D shows can be added to general admission tickets. For pricing, go to www.scmuseum.org/visit/hours-admission

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Less than a three-hour drive from Hilton Head Island, Columbia is a good place for a day trip.
Here are some of the best things for families with kids to do on a visit to South Carolina’s capital city.
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SC State Museum


EdVenture has been described as the largest children’s museum in the Southeast, offering all kinds of hands-on learning experiences for kids. There’s a cooking lab, bio lab, aeronautics exhibit, the World of Work, and a lot more.

It has nine “world-class” exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, and resource centers. EdVenture has 92,000 square feet with more than 350 individual handson exhibits.

EdVenture Children’s Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults and children, and free for kids under 2. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

For more information on EdVenture Children’s Museum, go to www.edventure.org.


Shows to entertain all ages are presented weekly at the Allie Scollon Puppetry Center near Riverfront Park. The theatre says it works “to entertain and educate children and adults through the long-standing tradition and artistry of puppetry.”

The theatre features puppets from a few inches tall to over 5 feet, appearing on a 30-foot stage. It hosts daycare and school field trips any day of the week.

The Columbia Marionette Theatre presents shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday and at 10 a.m. every third Monday. General admission tickets are $7.

For more information, visit cmtpuppet.org/

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Columbia Marionette Theatre
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Sesquicentennial State Park


State park officials say Sesquicentennial offers campsites, a lake, splash pads, a dog park, and 12 miles of hiking and biking trails. Go to southcarolinaparks. com/sesqui/things-to-do for a list of activities, including scavenger hunts. The park includes a 100-foot-long aluminum bridge which spans a misty marsh area with a “babbling brook,” its website says. The two-mile Sandhills Trail is a park favorite.

Sesquicentennial State Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 6-15, $3.75 for South Carolina seniors 65 and older, and free for kids 5 and younger.

For more information, go to southcarolinaparks.com/sesqui


The family-friendly activities offered at Frankie’s include three mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks, batting cages, an arcade, bumper boats, laser tag, a drop tower ride, and a virtual-reality attraction.

Frankie’s Fun Park is open throughout the year, but it says “hours of operation for the park and certain attractions vary throughout the year. Please call before you visit for specific hours of operation.”

Admission to the park is free and guests “pay per activity you choose to play.”

As of early spring, mini golf is listed at $10, go-karts start at $8, and laser tag (twolevel apocalypse themed world) is $9.

For more information on Frankie’s Fun Park, go to frankies.com/columbia/.

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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden



Matt Fitzpatrick wins title in dramatic playoff

Matt Fitzpatrick had his Heritage moment. Fitzpatrick, the English golfer who used to vacation with his parents on the island when he was a child, captured the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing crown by defeating defending champion Jordan Spieth in a playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links.

The win was Fitzpatrick’s second on the PGA Tour.

The dramatic finish to the 55th edition of the event wasn’t decided until the third hole of the sudden death playoff.

On the 18th, Fitzpatrick hit a soaring approach shot that rolled just a few feet from hole, setting up a tap-in for a birdie and the title. Fitzpatrick and Spieth each finished 17-under to force the playoff, where each parred the first two playoff holes.

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This year’s winner, Matt Fitzpatrick, (shown right with his father and younger brother) has been a longtime fan of Harbour Town. Photos: RBC Heritage
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charity classic


Polo took center stage recently at Rose Hill Plantation as the Rose Hill Equestrian Club hosted its inaugural match — the Spring 2023 Charity Polo Classic.

About 1,000 spectators attended the April 2 event at Rose Hill, which is home to one of the only traditional polo fields in the Lowcountry.

The Charity Classic was held in support of numerous charities.

The match’s primary beneficiary was Family Promise of Beaufort County. Secondary beneficiaries, the Parkinson’s Foundation of the Carolinas, Caring Neighbors in Bluffton, Saint Gregory the Great Catholic School, and John Paul II Catholic School, were added as a nod to Dr. Sandy Termotto and the causes he champions.

Dr. Termotto has been a Rose Hill resident since the 1980s and is a former polo player.

The equestrian lifestyle in Rose Hill has been growing more prominent with the formation of the Rose Hill Equestrian Club, led by its founder, Vannessa Weatherford.

The Rose Hill Equestrian Club has hosted small social and learning events since late 2019, and soon after, it set its sights on bringing polo back to the neighborhood on a regular basis.

This grassroots effort was a throwback to the days when Dr. Termotto, along with a few others, including the late H. B. Buck Limehouse, established the Rose Hill Plantation Polo Field as a welcoming venue for polo matches benefitting charities.

The Spring 2023 Charity Polo Classic revitalized the tradition. Event organizers Charlotte and Danny Hieronymus, Emily Termotto Trott, and Weatherford, along with other Club members, felt it was important to honor Dr. Termotto by campaigning to have the Rose Hill Polo Field dedicated to him at the inaugural match.

The game was also played in honor of the late “Buck” Limehouse, a dear friend of Termotto and a staple in Lowcountry polo. Limehouse’s sons, family and friends made up the two teams, with Brien Limehouse taking on the role of organizing their participation.

The Rose Hill Equestrian Club plans to hold two matches annually beginning in 2024, one in the spring and the other in the fall. The club will begin hosting polo clinics at dates to be determined. For more information, visit rosehillequestrianclub.com.

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love for lacrosse


There’s not much that can deter Nick Hall. Not blistering shots to the shins or a grueling, almost yearlong lacrosse schedule.

No, not even a 27-game losing streak.

When Hall, a 16-year-old Hilton Head Island resident, was younger he played for a local travel lacrosse team. At the time he was also an avid golfer. He was good enough that he seriously considered devoting his time completely to developing his golf game.

But lacrosse kept tugging at him. It was a sport he began playing at 5 years old growing up in North Carolina, learning from his three sisters who each played the fast-paced sport.

So, when the travel team suffered through 27 consecutive losses Hall didn’t flinch when his parents asked him if he wanted to continue playing lacrosse or dedicate his energy to golf.

“My parents were shocked when I said lacrosse,” Hall said. “I just started to work harder. I fell in love with the game and wanted to keep going.”

His passion has paid off. Hall, a sophomore, is the starting goaltender for Benedictine Military School in Savannah, one of the top-ranked teams in the state.

And he’s always looking to improve. Hall often takes a ride to Maryland to participate at Goaliesmith, a nationwide training source for goalies. He also competes with Break-Thru Lacrosse, a travel program based on Hilton Head Island and in Charleston, and for the travel Charleston Loggerheads.

Also last winter he competed for a junior box (indoor) lacrosse team that played in Virginia and Kentucky.

Hall’s work ethic began when he was kid, when he’d spend two to three hours a day in his backyard working on learning the finer points of the sport.

His commitment is no surprise to his Benedictine coach, Dustin White.

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Hilton Head resident Nick Hall is helping lead the Benedictine Cadets to a successful lacrosse season.

“You can tell he’s put in a lot of work and time, but you can tell he loves the game,” White said. “It doesn’t feel like work if you are putting in that amount of effort. It’s not work; he enjoys the game so much.”

At 5-feet, 4-inches tall Hall doesn’t have prototypical goalie height, but he has a commanding presence and a voice that demands attention (“His voice is loud,” White said).

He’s also quick. White likens Hall to the Energizer Bunny for his goalie’s quickness and ability to keep attacking. As a goalie with a lower base, that puts him on the balls of his feet, which allows him to be “springy,” Hall doesn’t sit back.

“It’s just relentless how he attacks the ball,” White said.

Hall, who moved to the island with his family in 2012, said communicating with his defense is imperative. It’s something he learned from watching younger college goalies.

“I used to see freshmen goalies in college step in, and they are always talking to the defense, always communicating,” he said. “If they can do that, why can’t I? They are always talkative on the field. If you are a goalie, you have to be a leader. The defense expects me to communicate and talk. I think that grows a defense. Not only does it get everybody on the same page, but it develops friendships throughout the team.”

Benedictine began this season having allowed 35 goals in its first 10 games, outscoring opponents 144-35.

When Hall was younger, he loved playing with Legos. He enjoyed putting things together, putting the pieces into place. His analytical mind has continued to evolve.

“I like figuring things out,” he said. “I like reaching a reasonable solution that makes sense.”

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A commanding presence and a voice that demands attention help Hall communicate with his defense.

His affinity for analysis carries over to lacrosse. He enjoys watching film to point out mistakes and see what the defense has done well (how they rotate, how they move).

“If I can do that, I can show them (defense), and everybody is on the same page,” said Hall, who’d like to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and study to be a mechanical engineer.

Hall may have stepped away from golf to devote his energy to lacrosse, but he points to Hilton Head-based First Tee of the Lowcountry as an important component to building his character.

Citing the life skills he learned during his time with First Tee (from third to eighth grade), he noted how he was taught to be polite, shake hands and look people in the eye. It was an experience he values.

“They helped me be the type of person I am today,” he said.

Hall’s personality includes a willingness to help others. Through the Island Rec Center and lacrosse coach Rick Saba, Hall helps teach the sport to middle-school-aged kids.

“I always want to grow the game,” said Hall, who helps them with the basics, including footwork and agility drills. “I try to give them confidence.”

Hall’s enthusiasm for lacrosse is unwavering — and unrelenting. Beyond the spring school season, this summer he’ll participate in the Apex 60 and Juniors Open, top recruiting showcases, the Notre Dame prospect camp and the Goaliesmith summer camps that feature many of the top coaches in the country.

After the summer sessions it’s back to the travel teams and prepping for the next high school season.

“That’s just who I am,” he said. “It’s fun having a stick in your hand all year-round.”

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Alexander Agaton

Sebastian Agnew Rossbauer

Mauricio Alcala Carrillo

Ashley Ames

David Anderson

Baylin Andreas-Vuurens

George Apy

Alondra Aranza Chavez

Emy Araujo Gonzalez

Max Arnot

Ted Arredondo

Christian Babcock

Benjamin Banks

Freyer Bello-Penaloza

Meagan Berger

Charles Bergman

Camden Bernstein

Jimmy Bonilla Fuentes

Allison Bracken

Lane Bradberry

Gracilyn Brasko

Darnell Brawner

Caroline Brill

Braiden Brooks

Amy Broome

Miles Brown

Skylar Bruner

Lizbeth Bruno Sanchez

Genesis Canales-Osorio

Elijah Caron

Meghan Carrington

Juleydi Carvajal Moreno

Caitlyn Casillo

Jocelyn Castro Rico

Jake Cauller

Samuel Cavanaugh

Robert Cecil

Sherlin Celis Diaz

Elexiah Chavez

Alejandro Chavira Rios

Delicia Chisolm

Evan Chisolm

Courtney Clegg

Chase Collins

Alondra Colula

Olivia Costello

Channing Coulter

Roxana Crisantes

Jackson Crouch

Izabella Delgado Munoz

Casey Diaz

Jahir Diaz-Mariano

Ava Dolan

Emely Dominguez Morales

Lucca Doray

Julia Duncan

Natayezha Duncan

Christopher Dyer

Inas El-Bejou

Devin Espinoza-Velasquez

Aleydis Estrada Gonzalez

Janiya Ferebee

Anne Ferguson

William Fielding

Thomas Finn

Connor Flood

Thomas Ford

Ladra’e Foster

Epifania Francisco Bautista

Hannah Franks

Dequan Fray

Estefany Garcia Leyva

Yahir Garcia Morales

Eric Garcia Sanchez

Reagan Gilman

George Glover

Kimberly Gomez Longinos

Carlos Gonzalez

Noah Gorrell

Maya Gozlan

Takyjah Graves-Hester

Khidhr Greene

Jude Gross

Cynthia Gudaitis

Gissel Gutierez

Christopher Gutierrez Esteban

Blake Hager

Laurel Hawkins

Holly Heiens

Hanna Hennigan

Carlos Hernandez

Jose Hernandez

Naydelin Hernandez

Rocio Hernandez

Ovis Hernandez Medina

Kristina Heskett

Cooper Hess

Mckinley Hickey

Nicholas Hobbs

Sheila Hobler Ortega

Franklin Holland

David Ibanez

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Cole Jackson

Ella Jaffe-Taylor

Jose Jaimes Contreras

Isaiah James

Britthany Jimenez-Hernandez

Kwesi Josiah

Osbaldo Juan-Toscano

Michael Kelca

Alandria Kennedy

Belle Kennedy

KarlieScott Kersey

Michael Konte

Logan Kriney

Chelsee Kuklinski

Fatima Lagunas Cortez

Benjamin Lewis

Kevin Li

David Locker

Anna Grace Lopes

Arianna Lopez

Ashley Lopez

Daniela Lopez

Lisve Lopez Avilez

Miguel Lopez Sanchez

Zoe Lucas

Italiri Lucero Ovilla

Jenifer Luna

Ronnie Maldonado Mota

Emely Maldonado Santana

Cecia Manzanares-Pena

Stephanie Martin

Hermione Martinez

Jacqueline Martinez

Johana Martinez Martinez

Marisa Martucci

Makenna Mason

Caroline Mayers

Whitney McGuire

Keyona Mervin

Kaia Miles

Logan Miller

Blaise Minckler

Diana Miranda-Norona

Madison Monastra

Samantha Montes Castro

Kendall Montes Corella

Elizabeth Monzon Santos

Lusalery Morales

Edder Morales

Elsy Moreno

Jan Moreno Villatoro

Molly Morgan

Briana Munafo

Dulce Munivez Perez

Jennifer Munivez Perez

Matthew Myers

Yaritzabeth Najera Nava

Joshua Navarrete Castro

Jourdin Nelson-Davis

Roger Nepauceno

Diego Nocobe Garcia

Adriana Nunez Carvajal

Adrianna Oakes

Henrri Ochoa Soto

Emilee O’Grady

Noah Oliver

Lucas O’Nan

Samuel Ortiz Ruiz

Colleen Ott

Bryan Palacios

Rafael Palacios Perez

Aidan Patterson

Ka’tianna Pena

Alexys Perez

Kevin Perez

Audrey Perry

Connor Peterson

Allison Philpot

Victoria Polites

Joshua Reindl

Alexander Reyes

Jacob Richardson

Skylar Richardson

Eleanor Riley

Brooks Risher

Daniela Rivas Lopez

Janile Roberson

Carter Roberts

Enemias Roblero Cash

Jacob Roca-Verastegui

Jeremy Roca-Verastegui

Astrid Rodriguez Garcia

Santiago Rojas

Antony Rojas Dongu

Jude Roman

Jaime Roman Alarcon

Brittany Romero

Jahaziel Romero Martinez

Cesar Rosas

Alexander Ruckno

Emily Ruckno

Stefan Russell

Joselyn Salado

Carter Saleeby

Jesse Salinas Rojas

Leydi Salmeron

Isabella Samaha

William Sampson

Irvin San Agustin

Pablo Sanchez-Acosta

Itzel Santiago Arana

Cindy Santiago-Hidalgo

Christopher Santos Alday

William Schumacher

Geneva Scott

Blake Seifert

Lea Sheeran

Jarrell Simmons

Jontu Singleton

Patrick Slater

Sara Snyder

Joseph Solano

Quincy Sonberg

Alyssa Spurling

JayLa Stevens

Samuel Svalina

Delcie Swift

Halen Taber

Riley Tegtmeier

Samuel Thibodeau

Edward Thompson

Caden Thune

Hannya Torres Vargas

Vanessa Treacy

Kirsten Troupe

Sharon Urbina

Hector Urias Ramirez

Emily Vazquez

Maria Vazquez

Norma Velez Navarrete

Kendal Wagner

Elizabeth Walters

Jo’Corey Walters

James Ware

Mitchell Watson

Olivia Wilkins

Lanayzha Wilson

Samantha Wolfe

Landon Wood

Charles Yocum

Harold Young

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Nathaniel Abrams

Will Alford

Kush Anand

Luke Aragon

Anabel Bakala

William Barney

Robert Bart

Anna Bogado

Gunnar Bonomo

Peyton Bullock

Rylee Chirico

Sean Cusano

Loncelle Daley

Peyton DeMaria

Thomas Dowling

Kane Eanes

Foster Edwards

Christian Epke-Bueso

Garret Fader

Payce Gartner

Sara Gleckner

Sean Graham

Emma Grant

Noah Gregory

Harry Hannah

Miles Heginbottom

Louis Hein

James Helms

Noe Hirota

Charles Horn

Torin Hrobar

Dhaya Johal

Jackson Kidd

Hailie Klinger

Gabriella Klobucar

Nikash Kondamuri

James Kuehler

Escher Lucier

Chloe Marko

Trey Middleton

Bryn Miller

Antonina Morgan


Kayli Bartmann

Sydney Basciano

Alan (AJ) Boatwright

Nick Brashears

Sarah Brighton

Marielle Bullock

Pressley Ann Childs

Sofia Cipriano

Noah Cobia

Liam Cole

Kyleigh Crum


Hannah Frelin

Jordan Gentemann

Julian Gretz

Chloe Gurcan

Abbigale Hering

Annabelle Hering

Sam Hopkins

Sophie Hopkins

Ikhsan Irawan

Kellen Kubec

Delaney Leonard

Kyle Levine

Zack Lim

Attila Liu

Thomas Ludewig

Miles Martin

Riley McKinnon

Angelo Mola

Bryce Nichols

Sophia Paris

Molly Rankin

Drew Rukavina

Anna Scott

Sierra Seabra

Alexander Sriubas

Allison Taylor

William Tebrake

Gunnar Ternstrom

Alexis Terry

Sarah Thompson

Biya Wang

Emma Wilkinson

Amelia York

Jake Young

Catalina Zamora

Guilherme Zara Marchesan

German Zelaya

Jiashen Zhang

Caroline O’Brien

Conor Olivolo

Lucas O’Nan

Sepp Pearson

Sophie Riley

Esther Rivera

Boston Seifrit

Josh Setiadi

Anna Sheres

Kentaro Takai

Wyatt Thomas

Alexandria Watts

Corinne Yungling

Ashley Zarracan

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arts & entertainment


GARDEN LABYRINTH EXHIBIT: Coastal Discovery Museum will hold a short ribbon cutting for the newest exhibit, “Garden Labyrinth.” The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island provided a gift to commemorate their 60th anniversary for the new garden labyrinth. Open to the public. 2 p.m. coastaldiscovery.org


SONDHEIM’S “COMPANY”: “Company” is a ground-breaking, modern musical that is intelligent, mature and takes a wildly, funny look at relationships. This musical directed by Russell Garrett recently returned to Broadway, winning five Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. Tickets are $52- $62. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Purchase tickets online at artshhi.com

MAY 27

SAVANNAH FAIRYTALE BALL: Bring your little ones to this special event to meet all your favorite princesses. Enjoy Elsa’s story time, princess dance lessons, games, photo opportunities, a princess parade and more. Space available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Savannah Convention Center, One International Dr, Savannah, Ga. Purchase tickets on eventbrite.com. prettyprincesspartiesmn@gmail.com.

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MAY 18- 21

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR: Journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends in this production based on a Hans Christian Andersen beloved story. The beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home and live in the world above water. USCB Center for the Art, 801 Carteret St, Beaufort. Purchase tickets at centerfortheartstickets. universitytickets.com.

MAY 28


C. OUSLEY: The Hilton Head Choral Society’s annual “America Sings!” will be joined by the Lowcountry Winds Ensemble directed by Dr. Marshall Forrester. The Hilton Head Choral Society is currently the longestrunning performing arts organization in the area. A typical performance may include over 150 singers and musicians performing to audiences of more than 900 people. Concerts are held at either the First Presbyterian Church or the Holy Family Catholic Church. This concert will celebrate being an American. General Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton, Retired United States Air Force four-star general, will be the special guest speaker. He is originally from Ridgeland and was the first African-American pilot in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. There will be a special tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces from the past to the present. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10- $25. First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3818 or tickets@ hiltonheadchoralociety.org. Tickets are available to purchase online at hiltonheadchoralsociety.org.

festivals events


HURRICANE PARTY: Put your dancing shoes on and enjoy energetic music by CornBreD, who will be playing classic and modern rock and country. Also enjoy delicious Lowcountry cuisine and frozen cocktails overlooking the water. 6 p.m. Black Marlin Bayside Grill & Hurricane Bar, 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-4950


CARING HEARTS OF SC CAR, TRUCK, JEEP & BIKE SHOW: Proceeds benefit Caring Hearts of SC, helping families with a critical illness or injury. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event is free. Donations are welcome. Camping World, 401 Sycamore Dr., Ridgeland. caringheartsofsc.com .



HOSTED BY THE ROC DENTAL GROUP: This event will benefit the Neighborhood Outreach Connection. All levels are welcome. 3-6 p.m. Registration is $90 per person/ $75 for Wexford members and includes one drink ticket to the cash bar, lots of pickleball games, appetizers, small bites, a swag bag, giveaways and more. 111 Wexford Club Dr, Hilton Head Island. 843-682-4601 or rocdentalgroup.com


FAIRY & GNOME FESTIVAL: Bring the family and stroll through Oatland’s magical trails. This enchanted event will include a scavenger hunt, fashion show, gem mining, fairyland



J.K. Crum is a contemporary, expressionist painter of figurative and gently surreal landscapes. Crum will be the featured artist at The Art League of Hilton Head Island through May 13. His work includes bold designs, narrative themes, diverse subjects and bright color palettes. His distinctive subject matter can evoke different moods, feeling and ideas. Crum’s modern expressionism incorporates his imagination capturing life experiences, love and the human spirit. Crum has been a full-time artist with a successful career in illustration, graphic arts, mural painting and book design since graduating from the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fla., in 1973. He continues to create expressionist figurative painting and gentle, surrealistic landscape painting that keep viewers coming back to explore. Crum continues the journey of joyful storytelling and creativity in the Lowcountry. 14 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or artleaguehhi.org. johncrumart.com

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MAY 18

Celebrate spring Great Gatsby-style, and get dolled up for a fabulous ladies night out in the courtyard at Hewitt Oaks. Enjoy stepping back into the Roaring Twenties with complimentary mocktails and cocktails, glamorous hors d’oeuvres and gourmet food stations at a beautiful speakeasy lounge. Enjoy an evening of dancing, win prizes from local sponsors and showcase your glamorous ensembles at our styled portrait areas. Enjoy the charming ambiance of Gracie Ballroom while treating yourself to delicious bites, tasty drinks and an exciting evening among friends. There will be indoor seating as well as outdoor fire pits in the courtyard. 205 Stillwell Road, Bluffton. Tickets are $75 per person and include all food and complimentary beverages. 21 and over only. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com .

and gnome home building and food. Tickets can be purchased on site. 10 a.m. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd, Savannah, GA. 912-395-1212 or oatlandisland.org .

MAY 11

FOUR CORNERS ANNIVERSARY: Celebrate Four Corners Fine Arts and Framing’s 25th anniversary. Refreshments served. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1263-B May River Rd., Old Town Bluffton. 843-757-8185. Fourcornersgallery.com

MAY 13

BLUFFTON MAYFEST: Join the community at the 43rd anniversary of Mayfest coordinated by The Rotary Club of Bluffton. Includes a wide range of attractions, including delicious food, live music and more than 130 artists and food vendors. Featured artist is Lauren Terrett. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free admission. Historic Downtown Bluffton. 843-540-7957 or blufftonrotarians@gmail.com. blufftonrotary.org

MAY 20

KERRY PERESTA BOOK SIGNING: Hilton Head author Kerry Peresta to host a signing event to promote “The Torching,” her latest book in the Olivia Callahan suspense series. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 20 Hatton Place, Hilton Head Island.

MAY 26-28

FLAGS FOR HEROES: Hilton Head Island Sunset Rotary Club, in partnership with the Island’s Military Veterans Coalition, host the “Flags For Heroes” event at the Veteran’s Memorial in Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island. Individuals can recognize heroes in their lives and help veteran-related charities.

For more information or to nominate your hero, contact John Abboud at jmabboud@msn.com or 303378-9390. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Bob Pawlishyn at bjplapin@aol.com or 843-836-3828.

MAY 17

WOMEN’S WELLNESS EVENT HOSTED BY THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS: This large event will be held at the Shipyard Beach Club and will be followed by a Happy Hour. The organization is still accepting new members and has sponsorship opportunities. wcrlowcountry@ gmail.com.

MAY 19


“VIVO”: Enjoy music and bounce houses at 5 p.m. followed by the movie at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. Don’t forget your blanket and chairs. 843-8152277. Oscar Frazier Park, 77 Shults Road, Bluffton.

MAY 20


RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE: Enjoy smokin’ hot Rock & Roll with a lively stage show and modern European Chef inspired cuisine and craft cocktails in an upscale environment with live music. 9 p.m. 2 N. Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island.

MAY 26


SERIES- CHILLY WILLY BAND: Join us every fourth Friday of each month outside on Square 67. Free and open to the public. Don’t forget to bring a chair. 120 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton.

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meet ups and markets


FREE “PAINT IN” OFFERED BY SEA PINES ARTISTS: The debut of the Sea Pines Artists’ second show of the year with new works by award-winning artists. Held in conjunction with the First Thursday Art Market at The Shops at Sea Pines Center. Demonstrations of painting with watercolors, pastels and collage with acrylic and hand-made paper. An opening night reception with refreshments will be held during the Paint In. Free and open to the public. Sea Pines Community Center, 71 Lighthouse Rd, Suite 120, Hilton Head Island. Donna@DonnaBarnako.com.


MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC OPEN HOUSE: Hosted by Hilton Head Mental Health Clinic to promote mental health awareness month. Meet staff and learn about the services. 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 151 Dillon Drive, Hilton Head Island.


BLUFFTON NIGHT BAZAAR: Shop small on the first Thursday of the month at this Lowcountry Made market featuring local artisans under the twinkling lights. Sip on a craft cocktail and enjoy live music all evening. 5- 8 p.m. Burnt Church Distillery, 120 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton. lcmade.com


2ND ANNUAL TACOS & TEQUILA BY THE HILTON HEAD AREA HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION: Enjoy the indoor oyster roast of the summer. 6 p.m. Savannah Surfaces, 64 McDowell Circle, Hardeeville, SC.

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MAY 11

Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine will host its major fundraiser, a Lowcountry dinner party, Bourbon & Bubbly. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner at Hewitt Oaks, 205 Stillwell Road.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour under the cascading oaks – including jazz music, a bourbon tasting bar, hors d’oeuvres and a very special offering of silent auction items to bid on. Following the cocktail and social hour, there will be a Lowcountry-inspired four course dinner, including champagne and wine selections, and a fabulous dessert finale.

Tickets for Bourbon & Bubbly are $150 each; a table for eight can be reserved for $1,200. Proceeds from the event, including the silent auction before dinner and a post dinner live auction, moderated by Charleston auctioneer Tom Crawford, will help to expand the Ridgeland clinic and supply medical care for the underinsured community of Bluffton and Jasper County.

For more information on tickets and auction items, visit www.bjvim. org or contact Dennis Toney at dennisbjvim@gmail.com or 843706-7090, ext. 110.


WANDERLUST MARKETS: A market with rotating vendors in one spot including Ring Stinger Pepper Co., Peace by Piece, A Sweeter Seat, Soul on Fire candles, Saltwater Hippie Company and more. Lincoln & South Brewing Company, 138 Island Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-3992 or uscroach@gmail.com.


MOTHER-SON GAME NIGHT: DJ Jeff Taylor will spin tunes, and snacks will be served. Extreme Firehouse will offer board games and yard games. There will also be an ultimate dodgeball game between mothers and sons. 5-8 p.m. $25 per mother and son and $10 for each additional child. Island Recreation Center, 20 Wilborn Rd, Hilton Head Island. Purchase tickets at islandrec.activityreg.com

MAY 13

PALM TREES & PISTONS: Local car show every second Saturday of each month. Showcases local, vintage, antique, exotic, muscle and unique cars owned by locals. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sea Turtle Marketplace, 430 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island.

MAY 20

CARS AND COFFEE: Cars and Coffee HHI is a meet up for car enthusiasts. All are welcome to attend this event held the third Saturday of each month. Free to attend. 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. USCB Campus, 1 University Blvd, Bluffton. carsandcoffeehhi@gmail.com or carsandcoffeehhi.com



DEAS GUYZ AT THE JAZZ CORNER: Two shows nightly. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Reservations highly recommended. The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. 843-8428620 or thejazzcorner.com



SHUCKERS BAR & GRILL: Best trivia on the Island. 6:30 p.m., 7 Greenwood Dr, #3, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-7000 or brothershuckershhi.com


THE FARMERS & MAKERS MARKET: A local, charming festival featuring artisans, craft makers and fresh local foods including seafood, produce, breads and baked goods. 10 a.m. -2 p.m. The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-5699 or theshopsatseapinescenter.com


ROOT AND BLOOM MARKET: A weekly market supporting small business and featuring natural foods, organic produce, pastured meats, select artisans and natural wellness products. 3 p.m. -7 p.m. Martin Family Park, 68 Boundary Street, Bluffton. discoverrootandbloommarket.com.


CLASSIC OPEN MIC NIGHT HOSTED BY WILL COOK: Featured artists every week. Beginning at 8 p.m. until late. Elements Restaurant and Lounge, 2 N Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island. 843-802-4942 or elementshhi.com

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COMEDY MAGIC CABARET: Upscale comedy theater featuring “funny-not-filthy” performances. Full-service bar and food. 843 William Hilton Pkwy. 843-681-7757. ComedyMagicCabaret.com


FARMERS MARKET OF BLUFFTON: Meet local farmers, chefs and artisans every Thursday on Boundary Street and purchase fresh strawberries, produce, beets, potatoes and more. 12 p.m. -5 p.m., Martin Family Park, 68 Boundary Street, Bluffton. 843-415-2337 or farmersmarketbluffton.org.


MUSIC & TASTE ON THE HARBOUR: Featured Shelter Cove restaurants will set up around the Neptune statue and offer a variety of specially-priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. Bring a chair and canned donation for the Deep Well Project to this free event. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 17 Harbourside Ln, Hilton Head Island. Purchase tickets online at sheltercovehiltonhead.com/music-and-taste


SAVANNAH PORT CRUISE: Meet in Savannah and join this cruise to experience the nation’s largest port in action from the water. The Savannah Port has over 50 piers, wharves and docks. $65/Adult, $45/Child. 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Book in advance on coastaldiscovery.org


HILTON HEAD COMMUNITY MARKET: A volunteer organized food event also featuring local artisans and makers. 50% of all vendor fees are donated to a different local non-profit organization each month. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island.


LOUISE SPENCER AND RICK RADCLIFF AT KIND OF BLUE: Vocalist Louise Spencer and pianist Rick Radcliff will delight you with an evening of jazz and dancing. 5:45 p.m. -7 P.M. Call for reservations- 843-686-2868 or kindofbluehhisc.com

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TOWN OF BLUFFTON MOVIE NIGHT “PUSS IN BOOTS”: Music and bounce houses begin at 5 p.m., movie starts at 6 p.m., rain or shine. Concessions available. Don’t forget your blanket, chairs, and munchies. Martin Family Park, 68 Boundary Street, Bluffton.


WANDERLUST MARKETS: A wandering market with rotating vendors. Lincoln & South Brewing Company, 138 Island Drive, Hilton Head. Follow Wanderlust Markets on Facebook. 843-4223992 or uscroach@gmail.com.

JUNE 9-10

SAVANNAH CLASSIC AUCTION: Premier Auction Group event. Gates open 9 a.m. Auction begins 9:45 a.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 seniors and military. Children 12 and under free. Savannah Convention Center. 1 International Dr., Savannah Ga., 31421.


PADDLE THE MAY: A 3.5 mile short course and an 8-mile long course, plus a 1-mile fun paddle on the May River waterways. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton and the Lowcountry and the Bluffton Youth Theatre. 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf Street, Bluffton. Purchase tickets online at paddle.guru.com/races/paddlethemay.

JUNE 19-23

HILTON HEAD JAZZ GUITAR INSTITUTE: Clinic to prepare students aged 14-20 with guitar experience for the challenges of jazz guitar. Registration is $25 and tuition is $229. Includes a 3-hour daily jazz guitar clinic with a professional jazz guitarist, a mid-week music trip to Savannah and a finale performance. 3088 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton. Purchase tickets at hhjazzguitar.eventbrite.com.


BURNT CHURCH DISTILLERY CONCERT SERIES: CHILLY WILLY BAND: Every fourth Friday of each month outside on Square 67. Free. Open to the public. Bring a chair. 120 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton.


IRRITATING JULIE AT ELEMENTS RESTAURANT: Rock & Roll, a lively stage show and modern European Chef inspired cuisine. Craft cocktails with live music. 9 p.m. 2 N. Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head.

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