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THE PARADOX OF FINANCIAL FREEDOM
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THE PARADOX OF FINANCIAL FREEDOM DEAR MOM, YOU WERE RIGHT.
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hat’s kind of how I felt putting this issue together. See, here’s the thing about April on Hilton Head Island: It’s very difficult to get hold of anyone. Between Easter Week and the RBC Heritage, people are busy. Our clients are gone on vacation because their children are out of school, or they are partying at the tournament while they should be working. (I’m specifically talking about my sales team in that last one. Please send any and all photos you may have taken of them at the Heritage to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can use them as evidence). Despite these challenges, we managed to eke out 156 pages, with a 24-page removable Dining Guide in the middle. Ta-Da! I quickly forgave all my writers for being late and clients for being unavailable once I sat down to read this issue front to back, because there’s some pretty respectable stuff in here. Barry and Courtney had me laughing (per usual) as I read about how Facebook is a time suck. I completely agree, which is why I’m shifting to Instagram and Twitter exclusively. I would head there first (page 18) to have a good belly laugh. While you’re there, rip out that Dining Guide and throw it on top of your refrigerator for future reference. It has menus of all the Reilley Group restaurants, as well as other locally owned establishments such as
Santa Fe, Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café and Old Fort Pub. I also enjoyed reading Paul deVere’s piece “Parks and Recreation: Hilton Head Style.” In it, he chronicles the beginnings of what evolved into quite the successful campaign to preserve outdoor space for future generations. Check out the quiz at the end of the article to identify local parks and possibly win $150 in cash for your efforts. Also in this issue is a pretty nice tribute to mothers, done in the best way we know how. For another chuckle, head to page 104 for a CH2/ Mark Staff Photography production entitled “Ode to Mom.” Finally, as you head out onto the May River or to the beach this weekend, be sure to check out Kent Thune’s article “The Paradox of Financial Freedom,” and prepare yourself for a paradigm shift when it comes to how you think about money and planning for your future. I better see you at our CH2 Rocks the Triangle Party May 8. It’s the only time I’m allowed out of my cage. HAVE A MARVELOUS MAY.
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MAY 8, 2015 7:30-11:30PM REILLEY’S PLAZA 1 NIGHT...6 DIFFERENT BANDS! SMILE! Get a photo taken as you walk down our CH2 Red Carpet. RAFFLE! Your chance to win $250 Cash Prize! VOTE! With a $5 Vote you will receive a Swampfire Records CD with the Top 10 songs from our contest! Every time you vote for your favorite band the money goes to the Island Recreation Center! COSTUME CONTEST: Dress up as your favorite rocker to win up to $1000 cash prize! 1st Place - $1000, 2nd Place- $500 3rd Place - $250
THE WINNING BAND/ SOLO ARTIST WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT MIDNIGHT AND WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: -Cash Prize of $2000! - The Cover of CH2’s July 2015 Issue and a write up! - A Complimentary Demo Record produced by Swampfire Records! - A Full Moon CD Release party at the Tiki Hut, with a $1000 performance fee paid by same!
INSTAGRAM CONTEST: One lucky winner will win $250 Cash prize. #CH2Rocks during the party for your chance to win! ROCK THE TRIANGLE DRINK CARD! Call 843.689.2658 to purchase your CH2 Rocks the Triangle Drink Card! (Cost $20... Worth $60!) ALL $20 goes to the Island Recreation Center! WHERE TO WATCH! 7:30-9:00 Inverness- The Boardroom The Mitch Trupia Band- Jump & Phil’s Taylor Kent- The Lodge 9:00-10:30 The Storks- Hilton Head Brewing Company Jesse Watkins and Friends- Reilley’s The Nick Poulin Trio- One Hot Moma’s
Costume contest winners will be announced at 10:30PM at Reilley’s. Raffle Prizes will be announced at 11:00PM at One Hot Mama’s. Winning band will be announced on stage at the Hilton Head Brewing Company at 11:30PM.
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ARTICLE BY BECCA EDWARDS
HEATHER THOMSON, Real Housewives of New York City
ith the inundation of reality TV shows and a fame hungry culture that seems to thrive off of superficiality, I had developed a cynicism toward Insta-glaming celebs, believing their definition and my definition of reality were starkly different. Yet, sitting down with Heather Thomson of the Real Housewives of New York City after her “Dream It! Do It!” lecture at Hilton Head Health, I discovered with great excitement that I had been seriously mistaken. Maybe it was her perpetual ear-to-ear smile and easy disposition. Maybe it was her apt, relatable “Heatherisms.” Or maybe it was simply the fact that I felt like I was having tea with an old friend, but Thomson proved to be the real deal. Her star power is generated not by inauthenticity, but rather by a genuine spirit, a rigorous work ethic and a passion for empowering people.
Q: You have taken a vocal stance on women feeling confident regardless of body type or stereotypes. Why do you think this stance is important? Do you feel even more reason to take this stance since having children? A: Hollywood, the fashion industry, and the beauty industry paint these visions of perfection. If we would start looking at this as art— because it is art for the model, makeup artist, stylist, photographer—we would feel much healthier. We should not be teaching women, especially young women, that magazine covers are real. Life is not airbrushed. Life is pimples and dimples. As a mom, this really resonates for me. I want my own children to have confidence, not just because of their looks, but because of the whole package. Q: Define the Heatherism “body positive.” A: I think the underbelly of this concept began when I was working for Beyoncé and Jennifer [Lopez]. In the past, we had curvy icons like Marilyn Monroe. But with Twiggy and Kate Moss, that changed. Beyoncé and Jennifer helped us get our curves back, but this was ethnic curvy. I think it is important regardless of ethnicity, we all embrace curves. We are not just one race and no one is a perfect Barbie doll. Q: Would you agree that health has more has to do with how you feel about yourself than being thin or fit? Can a sense of success help someone feel healthy? A: There’s body health and there’s brain health. Being fit doesn’t mean you have to be a size two. Being fit relates to your primary food, which includes regular physical activity and your family and friends. Success will come if you do what you love. You have to lean toward your gift because we all have gifts. Q: Yummie is a relatively young company. How did you grow it so quickly? A: I had a good idea and I had a good product. I started a brand that did what it set out to do. With technology and smart design, we
provide women versatile essentials. Like our jeans. We designed a great looking premium denim jean that feels good and holds its shape. Q: What business insights did you learn along the way? A: Know who works for you and who you are working with. You have to understand everyone’s background and build a positive work environment. Spending time cultivating a culture of growth within a company is the most important role an employer can play. Also, it’s important to look at your competitors but understand why you are different from them and why your consumer needs you to be different. Q: I’m writing a book that looks at all the things that happen to women in their 30s. I have found in my own life and in my research that women in their 30s, especially after having children, tend to have an entrepreneurial drive. Can you relate to this? What advice would you give women who want to start their own business? A: Good for you for writing a book! I was 35 when I had Jax, and a few years later launched Yummie. I think, in general, this is an entrepreneurial time for a woman, because she has left her job to raise children or has put things off and then she starts to look at what she really wants to do with her life. Not everyone can be an entrepreneur, but everyone should look at fulfilling their passion. Q: Can you talk more about your son and how his experience has inspired you to be involved with organ donation? A: When my son Jax received his life-saving liver transplant at just six months of age, it was a gift that you can never ever imagine. But at the same time, we knew there was a tragedy on the other end. The conflicting realities are the most bittersweet feelings you could ever experience. It was a most precious gift. I always say, the only thing you need intact when you pass on is your soul! But there are so many people left behind, whose lives you can touch
with the selfless act of organ and tissue donation. Q: I read you also advocate for Tick-Borne Disease Alliance. What other causes are you involved in? A: No Barriers USA. I feel it’s so important to give back because no matter how tough you think your life is, there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are even tougher than yours; it’s just so rewarding to realize that you’ve helped to make a positive change in someone’s life. Q: If you could give your top three fashion tips, what would they be? A: Confidence is everything. Pick pieces that make you feel good, so you can rock what you got! Three starter shaping essentials every woman needs are: an everyday smoothing tank, a great shaping slip and your slimming bottom that can target belly, butt and thighs. Accentuate Your Assets. It’s all about playing up your positives. Love your shoulders? Racerback cut tops and dresses will look amazing on you. Legs for days? Try a slit-front pencil skirt. Got great curves? Flaunt them in a wrap-front dress. Buy true to size. Q: Let’s talk about your show. What is it like to expose your life for so many people? A: Deciding to be on the show was definitely a tough decision. While my head told me that I was taking a risk, my gut told me that it was going to be worth the risk—and it has been. It has given me opportunity and a platform to advocate and raise awareness for my brand Yummie by Heather Thomson and important causes like organ donation, my charity The Kellner Foundation, The No Barriers “Warriors” project and health and wellness issues. Q: As a celebrity, people know a great deal about you. What’s something people may not know? A: I’m studying toward getting my degree in health and wellness—it is a huge part of my life, and this is such an exciting next step for me. To learn more about Thomson, visit online at heatherthomson.com and yummielife.com.
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uring the 1960s and early ‘70s, the Coligny Circle area became the commercial hub of the island. It was spawned by and grew because of its proximity to the beach, the concentration of cottages along North and South Forest Beach Drives, nearby hotels, and the growing population of Sea Pines Plantation.
The functional character of the area was that of a small town center. It was the “Downtown” of Hilton Head Island. This relaxed atmosphere and subdued architecture helped shape the first impressions of island visitors. The Circle to Circle Committee has been chartered by Town Council to develop an area master plan for Coligny Circle through the Sea Pines Circle area, and seeks community input in defining what this area should be 10-15 years from now. You are invited to learn more about this process and to provide input at a series of public forums scheduled during the month of May. Detailed information including locations and schedules of community forums will be available on the town website, hiltonheadislandsc.gov. Your input is critical in molding the future character of this area.
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Going through divorce can make you feel like the captain of a leaky boat on stormy seas—there seems to be a new crisis at every turn. But don’t let uncertainty whip you into an emotional tizzy. The more frenzied your emotions, the longer the proceedings and the more costly the divorce. Here are five strategies to help you separate emotions from economics: 1. Don’t let guilt rule you. “Please release me, let me go,” goes the country song; but don’t give up everything to buy your freedom. Your spouse will still be unhappy, and you’ll be equally unhappy when you find yourself impoverished by your foolish gesture. 2. Don’t make nice to get him or her back. Even if you hope your divorce will end in reconciliation, don’t bend over backward to make it happen. Stand up for yourself and get your share. If you reconcile, that’s fine, but if you don’t, you’ll still be able to take care of yourself financially. 3. Leave revenge at the door. Legally, it probably doesn’t matter who did wrong. Revenge is costly, and a wild rampage is bound to turn out poorly. You might even end up paying your spouse’s attorney fees. 4. Don’t succumb to threats or threaten your spouse. Money and power are emotionally linked, but you can’t use money to control your spouse and get your way. Whatever you can’t agree on will end up being split between your attorneys. 5. Focus on problem-solving, not fighting. Don’t let meetings with your ex turn into posturing to show who’s in control or how smart you are. Settling your divorce is the problem you must confront, and it won’t get solved by fighting.
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“THEY AREN’T DANGEROUS IF YOU RAISE THEM RIGHT. AND NEITHER ARE THE DOGS.”
“THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE SURE ABOUT HOW TO RAISE CHILDREN THE RIGHT WAY… ARE THE ONES WHO’VE NEVER HAD ANY.”
“ALL MOTHERS ARE SLIGHTLY INSANE. IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT.”
“HAVING A CHILD MAKES YOU A PARENT. HAVING TWO MAKES YOU A REFEREE.”
“IF EVOLUTION REALLY WORKS, HOW COME MOTHERS ONLY HAVE TWO HANDS?” ~ MILTON BERLE
“YOU CAN LEARN MANY THINGS FROM CHILDREN. HOW MUCH PATIENCE YOU HAVE, FOR INSTANCE.” FRANKLIN P. JONES
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SUMMER CAMP CHEAT SHEET BY AGE GROUP · All Ages: Hilton Head Christian Academy, Hilton Head Prep · Ages 15 months: Elementary: Sea Pines Montessori · Ages 2+: Bluffton School of Dance · Ages 3-15: Move and Motion · Ages 4-12: Island Gymnastics · Ages 4-7: May River Montessori · Ages 5-12: Moss Creek Equestrian Center · Ages 5-14: The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina · Ages 5-16: Tennis Club of the Low Country · Ages 6+: Outside Hilton Head · Ages: K-Third Grade: Camp Lowcountry Day · Ages K-Eighth Grade: Island Rec Center
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ARTICLE BY BARBARA K. CLARK
pring time is the perfect time for a state fair, and May River Theatre’s first show of the season is smack on with their version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair. I call this show one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “sleepers,” as most people know the names of two of the songs in the show rather than the title itself. “Might As Well Be Spring” and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” will bring back memories for many. Premiering as a movie in 1945 and remade in 1962, the stage production closely follows the plot of its predecessors, providing a glimpse into the life of the Frake family and their three-day adventure at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. And family is what this cast is all about! Parents Abel and Melissa Frake are portrayed by husband and wife, Jeff and Beth Corry, who are hoping to win blue ribbons, while siblings Margy (Emily Rice) and Wayne (Thaddeus Miller) are more interested in finding romance on the midway. Miller’s wife, Christa Fortney, plays Eleanor, Wayne’s sweetheart back home. His love interest is portrayed by May River veteran Ellie Friedmann Beck, and Ellie’s daughter Lily is gracing the ensemble. Margy’s love interest is Pat Gilbert, a big city reporter, played by Chad Hsu. Ron Ruckle, performing last in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, is also sharing the stage with his daughter Hope, performing last in The Music Man. Twin sisters Adelaide and Anna Camden Shirley are, once again, sharing their lovely voices in the ensemble. Both played sisters in Annie Get Your Gun. The original book was written by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli. The movie was based on Phil Stong’s book State Fair and the 1945 film. The Broadway production was co-directed by James Hammerstein (Oscar’s son) and Randy Skinner and choreographed by Skinner. It opened March of 1996 at the Music Box Theatre, where it ran for 110 performances. It was the final show produced by the legendary David Merrick, and the show received Tony nominations for Best Score and Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 1996. In 2010, the show opened at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2. The Guardian’s review said, “It’s a great night out, and as exhilarating as a hoedown.” May River Theatre’s version promises to be just that! Produced by the May River Theatre Company, the husband and wife team, Terri and Chad Hsu are co-directors and choreographers with Warren Heiilman as music director. State Fair will play May 8-24, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at the Ulmer Auditorium at Bluffton Town Hall. State Fair is presented with special permission from R & H Theatricals New York, New York. For tickets and more information, call (843) .815-5581. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. All reserved seats are $25.
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Kingfisher (Pelican’s Point)- Mentalist Bill Gladwell (Mondays 7:30PM) Charbar Co.- Mike & Leo Duo (6-9PM) Rooftop Bar- Food & Beverage Night! Karaoke Mayhem(711PM), DJ Tanz (11PM) Drink Specials!
Kingfisher (Pelican’s Point)Mentalist Bill Gladwell (7:30PM) Comedy Club of Hilton Head (Tuesdays @ 8PM)
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NautiBar at Poseidon-Happy Hour from 4-7PM Charbar Co.- Whitley Deputy (7-10PM) Mellow MushroomTrivia Night (9PM, Hilton Head) The Tiki HutMay 6: Steppin Stones May 13: Cranford Hollow May 20: Steppin Stones May 27: Steppin Stones Rooftop Bar- Coastal Country Night! Top 40 country Hits! Line Dancing Lessons (78PM) Live Music (8-10PM)
Kingfisher (Pelican’s Point)Earl Williams - Motown, Jazz & Blues (Fridays @ 6PM) COMEDY NIGHTS May 6-9: Andy Pitz May 1 -16: Al Jackson May 20-23: Erik Rivera
ELA’s Blu Water GrilleReid Richmond (Thursdays, 7-10PM) May 21: Join ELA’S for “Music on the Harbour @ Shelter Cove” w/ The Headliners! Charbar Co.- Zack Stiltner (7-10PM)
REILLEY’S PLAZA- MAY 8 CH2 ROCKS THE TRIANGLE! (7:30-11:30PM) Wild WingsMay 1: Weaving the Fate May 8: Mending Wall May 15: Zack Stiltner Band May 22: Toky Joe May 29: Paperwork (Starts at 10PM)
Rooftop Bar- GLOW PARTY! Featuring the Island’s biggest glow party!
May 2: Night Train May 9: Day Job May 16: OCD May 23: Memorial Day Weekend w/ Southern Maple (inside), U2 by UV (outside) May 30: Kenny George Band
Rooftop Bar- DJ Dance Party! (9PM-2AM)
Kingfisher (Pelican’s Point)David Wingo (Thursdays 6PM) Wild WingsMay 1: La Bodega May 8: Whitley Deputy & The B-Town Project May 15: Groove Town Assault May 22: MOZO (Starts at 10PM)
Charbar Co. -Summer Acoustic (7-10PM) ELA’s Blu Water Grille- John Wasem (Saturdays; 7-10PM) The Tiki HutMay 2: Souls Harbor nand May 1: The Complete Unknown May 9: Dathrowback Band May 8: Willianms & Company May 16: The Band Piano May 15: Brinn Black May 23: Cranford May 22: Sucker Punch- Beach May 30: Morrison Band May 29: Groove Town Assault
The Tiki Hut-
THROUGH MAY 24 THE ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA PRESENTS GYPSY Gypsy tells the backstage tale of vaudeville entertainerturned-stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her domineering stage mother, Rose. 8 p.m. & 2 p.m., Sunday Matinees. 14 Shelter Cove Lane. (843) 842-2787 or artshhi.com
11TH ANNUAL YACHT HOP 5:30pm - 9:00pm Harbour Town Yacht Basin Visit beautiful yachts, while sampling the gourmet offerings of our area’s finest chefs. Live music, auctions, champagne toast, dessert and a glorious sunset add to the special atmosphere of the evening. Tickets $110 Call 843-706-2296
CH2 ROCKS THE TRIANGLE INSTAGRAM CONTEST: One lucky winner will win $250 Cash prize. #CH2Rocks during the party for your chance to win!
COSTUME CONTEST: Dress up as your favorite rocker to win up to $1000 cash prize! 1st Place - $1000, 2nd Place- $500 3rd Place - $250
TUESDAYS SEA PINES FARMERS MARKET PRESENTED BY LOWCOUNTRY PRODUCE 10AM-2PM Runs through December
“AMERICA SINGS!” CONCERT First Presbyterian Church 7:00PM - 8:30PM 843-341-3818 hiltonheadchoral society.org
25 THE 4TH ANNUAL SANDBOX AT THE STABLES Lawton Stables, 10AM-2PM $5 per person 843-842-7645
LAKESIDE VILLAGE MARKET Hampton Lake Kids Crafts, Face Painting, Bluffton Fire Truck, Boat Cruises (12-2) & More!
MAY 8, 2015 . REILLEY’S PLAZA . 7:30PM-11:30PM
SPRING “MUSIC & TASTE ON THE POOLSIDE MOVIE 6:00 – 9:00 pm. HARBOUR; Harbour Town Pool May 7 – Deas Guyz April 1-15; 7:30pm May 14$13/ -The Chilly Willy Band 16/adult, May 21 – The Headliners child (ages 12 & Attendees are encouraged to bring canned younger) good donations for the Deep Well Project. (843) 842-1979
BENEFIT FOR SARAH CHESS Cool Cats Bar 2PM-10PM
KIDS NIGHT OUT! 6:30-8:45PM The Art Cafe Cost: $38 Call for Reservations! 843.785.5525
FARMERS MARKET IN OLD TOWN BLUFFTON 2-7PM Calhoun Street farmersmarket bluffton.org
27 GREGG RUSSELL CONCERT Harbour Town 8-9:30PM Complimentary. www.seapines.com
15 PIZZA & PASTA PALOOZA Oyster Factory Park $5 Adults/ Free Kids 12 and under pies and pastas, a craft beer garden, vendors, kidz play zone, live music & more.
HHCA SENIOR GRADUATION First Presbyterian Church; 10:00am
INAUGURAL BLUFFTON DUATHLON SERIES Buckwalter Place All Day Event Bring your family, friends and sign up for a relay team or a individual. 843-815-1718
2 BEER, BACON & MUSIC FESTIVAL 11AM-5pm Shelter Cove Community Park islandreccenter.org.
9-10 37TH BLUFFTON VILLAGE FESTIVAL Old Town Bluffton 10AM-5PM Admission is FREE! blufftonvillage festival.com.
16 19TH ANNUAL RIB BURNOFF AND BARBECUE FEST Coastal Discovery Museum; 11:30AM Tickets at the gate are $15.
23-24 7TH ANNUAL ART FESTIVAL 10AM - 5PM Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina www.ArtFestival. com
30 FURNITURE PAINTING CLASSES Revival Designs & Decor; 12-2PM RevivalDesignsHHI. com/schedule or 843.785.5557