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The annual Thanksgiving dinner at Hudson’s is a community tradition.

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Nine people are killed every day in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

24 n towNe ceNtre update Kroger will open in January and SERG shares details on its new restaurant.

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28 n golF with a shotguN Sporting clays shoot raising money for Children’s Relief Fund.

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The boats, cars, fashions and gadgets that you (probably) can’t afford.

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Arnold Rosen and Blaine Lotz feel veterans should be honored all year, not just once a year.

75 n thaNk you, heleN

Pioneering White House journalist Helen Thomas broke barriers for women.

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Hilton Head’s Jeff Knight learned to adapt to the demands of diabetes.

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Hilton Head golfer has shot his age or better 1,000 times.

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Football coach brings new energy to Hilton Head High’s football program, both on and off the field.

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Treating your home sanctuary often begins one furniture piece at a time.

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Kick off the holidays in style with the top chefs in the Lowcountry.

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here is that scene from “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy and Toto go from black-and-white Kansas to the beautifully colored Land of Oz. That is the best way I can describe the first time my car pulled off U.S. 278 and entered the gates of Berkeley Hall. It’s like you’ve gone over the rainbow into another world. Everything is just so

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vibrant and perfect. Lavish estate homes, beautifully manicured landscaping, postcard-type views of the Okatie River and surrounding Lowcountry. Everything about the place exudes luxury. The same “say hello to the good life” experience can be had in several other communities on both Hilton Head and the mainland — places like Wexford, Long Cove, Colleton River, Palmetto Bluff and TidePointe. Pockets of luxury are all around us, from the stately yachts docked at our marinas to the upscale automobiles you see parked in front of the grocery store. It’s in the food we eat and the wine we drink at our high-end restaurants. It’s in the clothing, jewelry and accessories for sale at our posh boutiques. You don’t have to live like a king or queen in the Lowcountry but you certainly have the option. Spending time here can make you forget what life is like outside of this luxurious community. I’m reminded each time I travel

to another city. Needless to say, I’m always eager to return home (the black-and-white turns back to color around Exit 8). There’s no place like home. When President-elect Bill Clinton came to the island for a holiday visit back in 1993, The Associated Press described Hilton Head as, “a playground for the wealthy.” It’s a reputation we’ve had for quite some time. This month we’ve embraced that identity with an issue filled with the finest yachts, cars, fashion and gadgets money can buy. It’s all high-end, hard to obtain and over-the-top — the kind of stuff only found over the rainbow. Looking for a boat that can hit speeds of 69 knots? That will cost you $350,000. Looking for the perfect dress to wear to your next dinner party? Debbie Wingham created a 2,000-diamonds dress with a price tag of $17.7 million. How about gold-plated staples, a carbonfiber toilet seat or a Monopoly board game worth $7,500? As Clare Boothe Luce once said, money can’t buy happiness but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable. So what is the one thing you would buy if money were not an option? Respond to this column online at www.hiltonheadmonthly. com or let us know on our Facebook page. In closing, I want to thank everybody that helped make Monthly’s inaugural Pour 4 Pets event a success. Great weather, great wine, great food and great music made for a great time! Be sure to mark your calendar for our next two events — our Readers’ Choice Party on Dec. 5 at Sonesta Resort and our Bridal Show on Feb. 9 at the Westin Resort & Spa. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! M

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Hilton Head Island has received the eagerly-awaited permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to build the pier and dock at the new rowing and sailing center being developed on Skull Creek off Squire Pope Road. Bryan McIllwee, the town engineer in charge of the project, said the permit arrived on Sept. 30. It is the final permit that was needed to move ahead. The town originally set Oct. 15 for the submission of bids to build the pier and dock, but postponed the date to Oct. 25. McIllwee said he put off the date because he had received so many queries from prospective bidders. He said 12 potential bidders showed up at a mandatory pre-proposal meeting. McIllwee also said the length of time needed to review the bids that are received may take

longer than the usual two weeks. “Judging by the questions I’ve gotten, we’re going to get a wide variety of alternates” offered in the bids, he said, requiring more study. The town had hoped to be able to award a contract for the work by mid-November, with construction beginning in early December, when the bid opening date was Oct. 15, according to McIllwee. But with the new bid opening date moved to nine days later, he said a contract may not be awarded until the end of November. Nonetheless, McIllwee said he still hoped construction might begin by early December. He said the town is specifying the work be completed in 120 days. — Sherry Conohan

BLUFFTON ARTIST HAS 3 NEW CHRISTMAS PUZZLES ON NATIONAL MARKET Bluffton resident Richard Coyne started constructing Christmas villages in 1986, creating landscapes with miniature buildings, trees, trains and figurines. Every year he builds a new landscape to celebrate the holiday season. In 2011, one of his villages was on display at Pineland Station. Photographer Jean-Marie Cote took a picture of the display and Coyne decided to send it to Ceaco Puzzles, a national puzzle company. The company liked the photo so much, it turned it into a 350-piece puzzle. The popularity of that puzzle has led the company to secure the exclusive rights to produce a series of new puzzles based on Coyne’s idyllic

Chrismas villages. “We started with one image in a holiday series last year and the public made it clear that Richard Conye’s artwork was a standout,” said Donna Webster, Ceaco’s vice president of licensing. “Each diorama is beautifully crafted to scale and is clearly labor intensive. Looking at them you are transported into a winter wonderland. I’m sure that each puzzle will be a treasured holiday memento.” The release of Coyne’s holiday puzzles consists of the three titles — Village Square, Home for Christmas and Christmas in the Park. The 750-piece puzzles retail for a suggested $10.49 and are available in stores now.

FORMER SINGER OF THE DESIGN FEATURED ON THE VOICE Fans of the Hilton Head Island live music scene may notice a familiar face on season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Raleigh singer Kat Robichaud had coaches of the show fighting over her in the season premiere after a rocking version of “I’ve Got the Music in Me.” Robichaud has played Hilton Head’s Wild Wing Cafe many times with her former band, The Design. You may also remember the group from their spirited 12

St. Patrick’s Day performance here in 2011. Following her debut on the The Voice, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine dubbed Robichaud, “Raspy McRasperson.” Christina Aguilera, meanwhile, tried to appeal to their shared passion for performing. Blake Shelton campaigned for her to make “the unlikely choice.” But it was CeeLo Green, ever a “lover not a fighter,” who won the rocker over. The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

NEW AREA CODE MAY BE COMING TO LOWCOUNTRY The Lowcountry may get a new telephone area code under a proposal being considered by the state’s Public Service Commission. Officials expect that by late 2015, there will be no more number combinations available under the current 843 area code. Unlike years past, when area codes are depleted, state government doesn’t simply wipe the slate clean and assign new numbers to the whole geographic area. The last time the state went from one area code — 803 in the late 1990s — it added 864 and 843 and gave everyone in the Upstate and Lowcountry a new area code. Now, the preferred practice is to overlap the area codes. That allows telephone users the convenience of keeping their current numbers, but it requires everyone to dial 10 digits when making a local call. In the era of cell phones, when most folks don’t actually dial entire numbers, the practice just seems more practical. The Public Service Commission will vote on the proposal December 3.

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NEWS HHIHS GIRLS SWIMMING TEAM WINS 4TH STRAIGHT STATE TITLE The Hilton Head Island High School girls swimming team won its fourth straight Class 3-A state championship at the USC Natatorium in Columbia. The Seahawks finished with 433 points, 62 points better than second place finisher Academic Magnet. Individually, Madison Field won the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.32, setting a new school

record. Lilla Felix won the 500 freestyle in 5:04.28. Teammate Sarah Reamy came in second at 5:10.88. The 400 freestyle relay team of Field, Felix, Amelia Rzeczycki and Victoria Gill took first place with a time of 3:38.46. Felix also took second in the 100 backstroke (59.98) and Gill placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:55.68). The boys team finished 10th.


BLUFFTON GATEWAY EXPECTED TO OPEN BY 2016 A new regional shopping center will bring nearly a quarter-million square feet of retail space to Bluffton and sit atop a site exposed for years to toxic materials by a commercial printing shop. But the proposed shopping complex will also bring traffic. The development, currently dubbed Bluffton Gateway, will also attract an estimated 11,400 vehicle trips to the

corner of US 278 and SC 46. A study commissioned by the developer, Jaz Development, shows that of 11,400 daily two-way trips per weekday, 222 will be during morning peak hour and 1,084 will occur during afternoon peak hour. The proposed shopping center site spans about 66 acres at 34 Bluffton Road and called for a rezoning last year. To the north lies Fording

Island Road and the Crescent residential community. The property is also home to a “significant” wetlands system, according to a county staff report. The shopping center will contain nearly 222,000 square feet of commercial retail space, including two large anchor businesses. It is expected to be open by late 2015 or early 2016.

CANDICE GLOVER ALBUM PUSHED BACK TO FEBRUARY American Idol season 12 winner Candice Glover has pushed back the release of her debut album “Music Speaks” from October to next February. The St. Helena Island native earned the “Idol” crown on May 16 and quickly released lead single “I Am Beautiful,” which reached the top 40 of the Hot R&B/HipHop Songs chart. Her label, 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, had tentatively

planned to release “Music Speaks” in July but that was moved to Oct. 8 and now Feb. 18. “I know it’s taking a bit longer than expected to get my album out, but I have been working hard in the studio with some amazing people and I want to get it just right for you guys!” Glover says in a press release about the album date. Glover will be the first “Idol” champ to not release their first post-”Idol” album in the same year of their win since the first season.



• We incorrectly listed the benefactor of October’s Art, Bubbly & Cakes event. Organizers have not made a decision on where proceeds will go this year. • We misspelled photographer Keith Vander Schaaf’s name in our “Home of the” football pubs, bars and restaurants section. • We forgot to credit photographer Rob Kaufman in the “Rooms with a View” story.

JetBlue Airways has yet to start service out of the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport but it is already doubling its service. After announcing nonstop daily flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport starting in February, the airline announced it will also be offering daily flights to Boston’s Logan International Airport. Service to both New York and Boston begin Feb. 13, with one way tickets starting at $89. Flights can be booked now. SavannahHilton Head airport officials hope to announce more destinations soon.


WHOLE FOODS COMING TO HHI Hilton Head Island is getting a Whole Foods Market. The upscale supermarket chain will replace the Piggly Wiggly grocery store located at Shelter Cove around the middle of 2014. Whole Foods specializes in organic and natural foods. Many stores also feature locally grown and produced items. Officials expect the market will employ at least 100 people. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Whole Foods is the third highest-rated supermarket chain in the United States, behind Trader Joe’s and Publix.

GAIN AN HOUR WITH DAYLIGHT SAVINGS At 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, people will “fall back” one hour — in essence, allowing them to relive the 1 a.m. hour two times over. The change affects all those in the United States except for people in Hawaii and parts of Arizona.

THE MONTHLY JOKE A neutron walks into a bar and asks the bartender, “How much for a beer?” The bartender offers a warm smile and says, “For you, no charge.” - Lance Hanlin (E-mail a joke and a funny photo of yourself to



n early morning walk with the cool mist clinging to the fading leaves…the aroma of fresh-baked sweet potato pie mingled with that of the first warm hearth of the season… a cable-knit sweater to guard against the chilly air… These are the very images of autumn and the impending arrival of the holidays. And even the comfort of these images is surpassed by the comfort of family and friends coming together to celebrate and share at this time of year.

LIVE Generously In fact, there are two November holidays with tremendous meaning that cause me to reflect on the many good things that are a part of my life. Each of these causes powerful feelings of gratitude for blessings beyond anything I deserve. And each of these triggers feelings of amazement as I consider the power of the many when they come together for good.

While I try to live a life of gratitude every day, Thanksgiving is indeed my favorite holiday. I can unabashedly be grateful for all I have been given, all the amazing people in my life, the astounding work I am blessed to do, and the stunningly beautiful place I have come to call home. It is an annual excuse for family and friends to gather, to break bread, and to be intentional about our gratitude. It is also an annual excuse to share with others from those blessings; a time to think about where there are needs that we can personally address. It can be as simple as inviting someone who would otherwise be alone to join your family celebration (I have been the grateful beneficiary of that on several occasions). It is a time to consider year-end giving, and where it can do the most good. And again, it is the power of the many at work. My dollars, combined with the dollars of others, can become enough to really be a catalyst for community change. My hours, combined with the hours of others, can generate enough momentum to do something miraculous! As we enter November and look towards the end of the year, I ask you to take a deep breath before diving into the frenzy that can be the holiday season. Making travel plans, and shopping lists, and addressing holiday cards can be draining. Standing in long lines, assembling the latest toys, and baking and baking and baking can certainly cause one to be stressed. But take a moment to think of those who cannot afford to travel to see loved ones, or shop, or send cards. Think of those who will not be baking, and those who may be spending the holiday alone. Imagine those who may not enjoy a single cookie or game.

With the arrival of Veterans’ Day, I hope we will all pause and reflect on our blessings because of the generous lives the military live and on the power of the many as they do their demanding and dangerous work. With the arrival of Veterans’ Day, I hope we will all pause and reflect on our blessings because of the generous lives the military live and on the power of the many as they do their demanding and dangerous work. When I consider what our military accomplishes when they are all working together toward the same goal, it is truly astonishing! Their sacrifices, and those of their families, show us people who live generously on behalf of all of us, and they are true sources of pride and gratitude in this country. Even for those family members that do not find themselves in harm’s way, their lives are disrupted by new assignments and no real way to put down roots and experience community in the same way that many of the rest of us can do. On behalf of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s board and staff, I offer a humble “thank you” to the service men and women both past and present that have served and continue to serve to protect each of us and to do so with honor.


Think of those serving their country overseas and their families longing for just the ability to lay eyes on their loved ones. Consider how stressed you might feel under those circumstances. And then do something about it. Send a care package. Write a check. Volunteer. The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry can be one of many vehicles to help you and we would be honored to do so. As I mentioned before, the powerful feeling of gratitude and amazement abounds this time of year. It can get overwhelming at times. Remember…just pause, take a deep breath, and LIVE GENEROUSLY. Denise K. Spencer President and CEO Community Foundation of the Lowcountry


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eeding 1,400 people on Thanksgiving Day is nothing short of a miracle, swapping loaves and fishes with turkey and potatoes. Despite grand proportions, everyone is fed, and thankful. The Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks is a celebration of fellowship and giving thanks, with all the trimmings you would expect at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This year the 15th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 28. Guests will gather at Hudson’s on Thanksgiving Day to give thanks and share in the tradition; all are welcomed to dine at the festive, family-style gathering. “The purpose of the dinner is contained in its name, it is a community Thanksgiving dinner. Parts of its roots were outreach to those that couldn’t have a Thanksgiving dinner otherwise. However, that wasn’t the only purpose. It also was for people who just didn’t have anywhere else to be for Thanksgiving. It gave them a chance to be with a group and experience a family atmosphere and fellowship on Thanksgiving Day. As it turned out over the years, in addition to those folks, there are families who have made the dinner their Thanksgiving tradition. We get the complete cross-spectrum of groups on the island,” said volunteer David Bisbee. It’s a true community event that captures the genuine meaning of the holiday and is the result of individuals and groups who saw the need for a gathering of its kind. Through a shared interest in helping the community, Gloria and Allan LaCoe, Hudson’s owner Brian Carmines, and St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, were all instrumental in the formation of the event. “In 1998 there was an article in the Packet the day after Thanksgiving that said ‘lonely locals have no place to go for Thanksgiving.’ And back then there were no restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. If you look at our population of retirees, spending time with family was a decision between traveling for Thanksgiving or Christmas; most go home for Christmas. Many people stay on Hilton

Head for Thanksgiving and they really did not have anywhere to go. Allan and I set out to change that and contacted Betsy Doughtie, who was quoted in the article. Brian Carmines also called,” said Gloria LaCoe. The event began to take shape and key parties stepped up to lend a helping hand, following the quote in the Island Packet article stating the need for a community dinner from Betsy Doughtie, executive director at The Deep Well Project. St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church and Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks co-sponsor the event, in addition to generous donations from a handful of local businesses. The dinner also benefits from individuals such as the LaCoes, who are also parishioners at St. Andrew’s. “We didn’t know what to plan for so we prayed,” said Gloria LaCoe. So they prayed, and they prepared. And they had about 500 people show up for the first dinner in 1999 at Hudson’s. The event has grown in size over the years and now serves approximately 1,400 guests each year. The attendees range from those in need of a meal, to those in need of companionship, as well as more than 400 volunteers. Guests are primarily locals who attend year-after-year, however they see new faces every year. Last year organizers surveyed the attendees and found there were locals from 35 states and 11 countries that had found a home on Hilton Head. The dinner is free of cost, however all donations benefit The Deep Well Project, a privately funded, volunteer based organization that provides food, clothing and other services to those in need in the Hilton Head community. Last year alone the event raised $8,500 for Deep Well, with more than $42,300 raised total. In addition to good food and company, guests will enjoy entertainment courtesy of Lowcountry Boil, and Trillium, with face painting and a visit from Santa Claus for the children in attendance. Transportation can be arranged for those in need. For additional information or to volunteer please call 843-505-1370 or visit M November 2013 19

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t’s only natural that we get caught up in the daily grind and find ourselves complaining more than giving thanks. In reality, we all have plenty to be thankful for. When Thanksgiving rolls around once a year, we get a huge reminder about how lucky we really are when we surround the dinner table with friends and family and take time to be grateful. Whether it’s your job, your family, your health, or your puppy, it’s important to give thanks for what matters most. So what are you thankful for? Monthly asked kindergarten students at Sea Pines Montessori Academy to show us with a picture. Here is what they turned in:



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1. ELLIE GOSSETT ...for flowers and pretty colors. 2. RACHAEL BRENNEMAN ...for my friends. 3. COLTON ROBERTS ...for my mom, dad and my brothers. Also my treasure chest and toys. 4. MCKENZIE NOVAK ...for dada and my grandpa. 5. CARLY ANTHONY ...for my friends. 6. BOBBY GOSSETT ...for my dad, family & puppy. 7. CORA KAYE ...for my sister, daddy & momma.


8. A.J. JAFFE ...for Evan on YouTube. 9. AIDAN HINZMAN ...for animals like the woolly mammoth. 10. MALLI KRISHNA ...for my family, friends and art teacher. 11. ELOISE WHITE ...for the world and my friends & family. 12. MARIO MARTINEZ ...for my food.


13. NADIA NEWTON ...for flowers and the rain that makes them grow. 14. DAVIS CARGILL ...for my home. 15. TEVI MULLEN ...for my brother when he is home from college. 16. KIAN CASEY ...for animals. 17. MERRITT RISNER ...for the sun.


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he promising young baseball player attended Mid Carolina High School, where he was named All State and All Region as a senior. His life was cut short when his car ran off the road. He was texting while driving. Will was the nephew of Bluffton’s mayor, Lisa Sulka, who still finds it very difficult for her to discuss his death. The pain a family feels when a loved one dies, especially a young person with so much to look forward to, is unquantifiable. What is quantifiable is that the Sulka family is not alone in their grief when it comes to losing a loved one in such a seemingly senseless way. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control reported that more than nine people are killed every day and more than 1,060 people injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. The CDC also says nearly half of all U.S. high school students age 16 years or older text or email while driving. The problem is one that has grabbed the attention of Beaufort County and several of its communities. Bluffton Town Council passed a first reading of an ordinance in early October that would ban texting and driving. Fines would be $100 on the first offense; $200 on the second; and $300 for a third or further incident. It’s an issue that Sulka feels extremely passionate about. “Since (Will’s death) I have made this a personal mission to remind everyone about the issues with texting while driving,” said Sulka. “While this law will not eliminate this, it will definitely be a deterrent for all of us, but especially for our teenagers. I pledged a long time ago that I would not text while driving, and I am so proud of my council for

Will Bedenbaugh, the nephew of Bluffton mayor Lisa Sulka, was a killed in a single-car accident while texting and driving.

unanimously supporting this.” The town of Hilton Head has been involved in the issue over the last year. “When you’re driving and looking at the car beside you, we’ve all seen people texting or on the phone,” said Hilton Head Mayor Drew Laughlin. “It’s clearly distracting.” So council took up an ordinance banning texting while driving and passed it in July. The city of Beaufort has also passed a ban, as has the county. The fines are the same as the ones Bluffton has spelled out in its pending ordinance. Hands-free phones are exempt in each of the ordinances. Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said his department has handed out multiple warnings to drivers of all ages. He said it’s fairly easy to tell when people are looking down at their phone or other

electronic device. He said people involved in crashes – mostly rear-enders - have sometimes admitted they were texting and not paying attention. The sheriff also said he is glad to see these laws are being passed in the county and in its most of its communities. However, one of the glitches in South Carolina is that it has not passed a statewide ordinance, one of only three in the country to not do so. But if these local ordinances save a single life, they are worth it, said Beaufort County Councilman Stu Rodman. The bottom line, said Laughlin, is that “even if I’m on a hands-free phone, it distracts you from driving. When people are hitting the rubber and doing 75 mph on a highway, they shouldn’t be talking on the phone. At the time of Will Bedenbaugh’s death, his coach, Stuart Lake, said in an athletic department press release that “Charleston Southern University and especially our CSU baseball family are very saddened by this loss … . Will was a very special person to his teammates and coaches. He was a part of our very first recruiting class here that has done many great things on the field, in the classroom and community. … He will forever be a part of CSU baseball.” M The Sulka family has started the WillPower Foundation, which was set up by the mayor’s brother and sister-in-law to provide scholarships and funds to recreational centers that promote Christian growth in the lives of teenagers. It will also minister to teens about the dangers of driving and texting and “about how the decisions that they make impact the lives of all that love them.” For more information on the WillPower Foundation, visit WillPowerFoundation. November 2013 23

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elect details are emerging as construction continues on the $76 million Shelter Cove Towne Centre, and folks involved in the mid-island redevelopment project envision a finished product worthy of lingering attention from visitors and islanders alike. “Ultimately we’re trying to make this a place that truly lives up to it name,” said Roni Allbritton, general manager for Blanchard & Calhoun, the commercial developer partnering with Kroger Co. on the 42-acre site featuring fresh shopping, dining and leisure options. “We want this to be a place where people can

spend all day playing and having a good time.” A playground area and fiveacre park nestled along Broad Creek with a public pier will bolster that goal along with a bike path linking the Centre to the rest of the island. Final phase construction set for completion in 2015 will also include 210 creek side rental housing units, but initial offerings are only a matter of weeks away. Demolition crews will erase most traces of the moribund Mall at Shelter Cove this month, leaving only a pair of existing Belk department store buildings as new construction heads toward

the debut of Hilton Head’s first Kroger’s grocery store. And, befitting the nation’s largest supermarket chain, the earth-toned façade will house more than 87,000 square-feet of food-related items, making it more than twice as large as any existing island market. “Everything is pretty much on schedule,” said Blanchard & Calhoun president Mark Senn, “so we’re looking at Kroger opening in January (2014).” A quartet of freestanding buildings that will flank a new central roadway and entrance off U.S. 278 will soon follow, providing welcome new digs by early spring for remaining mall

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Shelter Cove Towne Centre will be an upscale walking village that will consist of 290,000 square feet of retail space, with Kroger and Belk serving as anchor tenants. The outdoor shopping center will include a five-acre park and will be surrounded by 210 luxury waterfront apartments. The project is a joint venture between Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial and Kroger Real Estate.


tenants Jos. A. Banks clothiers and a GNC health store. Lease agreements have been finalized with a longtime local fixture, Heritage Fine Jewelry, and newcomer Jake’s Wayback Burgers, a small yet expanding fast-serve chain based in Delaware. The SERG group, which operates seven restaurants on the island, is taking the wraps off an ambitious new dining and retail concept. “The restaurant will be called Poseidon and we’ll be serving coastal cuisine from every coast with an oyster bar, outdoor dining and a rooftop bar with views of Broad Creek,” said SERG group CEO Steve Carb. “We’re also going to have the informal Seaside Seafood Shack serving lobster rolls, fried clams and smoked fish for take-out so people can have a picnic in the park.” The 10,000-square-foot SERG complex will also include the group’s first retail venture offering everything from picnic supplies to furniture and sundry household goods. “We’re trying to bring the pages of Coastal Living magazine to life,” said Carb, who hopes to have everything up and running by sometime next spring. “We’re excited and have been working on the concept for three years, so the sooner the better.” Additional retail outlets have yet to be announced as Towne Centre officials understandably prefer to space out such news for maximum publicity impact. “We have a lot of leases out right now and we’re excited about the makeup,” said general manager Allbritton. “It’s going to be a mix of local, regional and national tenants so we’re

confident there’s going to something for everyone. The park is a central part of this and we’re going to be a very active part of the community by staging fashion shows, fundraisers and other events.” The original Mall at Shelter Cove was built in 1988 featuring about 295,000-squarefeet of retail outlets under the same roof. However, it eventually fell on hard times as the economy sputtered and enclosed malls tumbled out of fashion. No shortage of tenants fled to Tanger Outlet branches in Bluffton and the fate of the faltering Mall became a hot topic a few years back. “Today is an era of online shopping and a lot of malls have to adapt to that change,” Senn said. “It’s become very important to give people a great experience and make (shopping) an event.” He credits Town of Hilton Head officials for crucial support on a redevelopment project that integrates commercial expansion with a long-running philosophy of highlighting the island’s natural beauty. “We’re looking forward to moving this coming spring,” said Jennifer Lance, daughter of Heritage Fine Jewelry owner Patti Catalano. The family business, located at aging and redevelopmentready Pineland Station shopping plaza for the past 24 years, will relocate to a 2,400-square-foot space at Towne Centre that will include a walk-in vault and added display space. “It’s still going to be a comfortable and informal family-run business but we’re excited, not just for ourselves but for the entire island,” she added. “This kind of project is something we’ve lacked.” M



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nd then someone points out that sporting clays is often called “golf with a shotgun.” All comparisons aside, the sporting clay shoot, set for Dec. 13 at the Forest City Gun Club in Savannah, is a very different kind of event for the Hilton Head charity – and with good reason. “Our big fundraiser is our Valentine Dinner Dance,” said Carol Bartholomew, a Children’s Relief Fund volunteer. “But not everybody likes to dress up in heels and go to a gala.” So three years ago, Hilton Head Islander Fuzzy Davis, a longtime supporter of Children’s Relief Fund who happened to be the sporting clay coach of Bartholomew’s son at Hilton Head Christian Academy, cooked up an idea for a clay shoot to benefit the island charity. The nonprofit, now in its 22nd year, funds therapy, equipment, summer programs and other group activities for 28

disabled children in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area. “It’s a total 180 from the usual fundraising event,” said Davis, who with his wife, Kim, hosts the annual Fishing With Friends event for Children’s Relief Fund as a way to give back to the community they love. Helping Bartholomew with this new fundraiser seemed like a natural offshoot of that commitment to the local nonprofit he’d grown to love so much, he says. Davis is a member of Savannah’s Forest City Gun Club, which is the oldest and largest continuously operating skeet, trap and sporting clays club in the U.S. The club hosts several fundraising events for local organizations, and was happy to accommodate another one. “It’s a great course for those who shoot,” Bartholomew said. “You don’t get to shoot there unless you’re a member, so this is an

opportunity to be in a great setting at an exclusive club. They were just recognized as the top gun club in America.” The first Children’s Relief Fund event held there, in 2010, was small but promising, Bartholomew said. “The first year was a ‘shooting from the hip’ type of thing, no pun intended,” she said. For the second year’s event, the duo brought in longtime islander and volunteer, Leisa Cram, to help and add a unique style to the event. They also added entertainment in the form of a demonstration by trick shooter Michael Perry. “He is fluid with a shotgun, it’s just second nature to him,” said Davis of Perry, a fellow fishing boat captain Davis has known for years. Perry was raised in Tennessee and learned to shoot when he was 4. He spent his childhood wing hunting and eventually became a hunting guide. He says his early

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How can you get the best results from medical spa treatments? Whether you are concerned about aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, sun spots, rosacea, broken capillaries, spider veins or any other skincare problem, the first step is a consultation at the medical spa with a trained professional. At Island Medical Spa, we work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that can safely and effectively meet your desired outcome. We listen to you and take your schedule and budget into consideration. At Island Medical Spa, we offer a wide range of in office treatments to customize your procedures. These include, but are not limited to:

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Dr. Kenneth Farr is the Medical Director at Island Medical Spa, a combination of a day spa and physician’s office that has become the premier medical spa on Hilton Head Island and which recently opened a second location in Bluffton/ Okatie (near Sun City). Island Medical Spa offers a full range of expert cosmetic medical services utilizing the latest state-of-the-art treatments for many facial conditions such as brown spots, redness or broken capillaries that cannot be treated at all (or as effectively) by a traditional esthetician. The medical spa specializes in microdermabrasions; Botox, Restylane and other injectables; facials; permanent make-up; acne treatment; laser vein treatment; laser hair removal and massages – as well as a number of the latest anti-aging innovations in skin rejuvenation and skin tightening. Dr. Farr is one of the region’s leaders in ophthalmic plastic surgery and the first Certified Botox Cosmetic physician in Lowcountry. Kenneth D. Teresa Kitchings is a Licensed Farr, M.D. is in Esthetician at Island Medical Spa. She the business has more than eight years of experience of keeping you as an Esthetician treating clients of all well and looking skin types and conditions, and has been in as good as the beauty industry since 1999. you feel.

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Ernst Bruderer is a chapter chair of Vistage International in Savannah and Hilton Head Island.


s a seasoned business leader, Bruderer has found a way to learn and to pass on his expertise as a chapter chair of Vistage International in Savannah and Hilton Head. Vistage International is an organization aimed at connecting chief executives of mid- and small-sized companies together to increase leadership effectiveness. With more than 16,000 members throughout the world, the group is considered a top organization for CEOs. Each group has about 16 members, Bruderer said, and each member represents a company that does not compete with other group members’ companies. “All the members of the group are from non-competing companies, so you can be open about what’s going on,” he said. Larger markets, such as Atlanta, have many Vistage chapters to accommodate the people who want to be involved. Bruderer learned about the organization through the Society of International Business Fellows, and he decided to start a chapter in the area. Since November 2012, 10 members have joined. The monthly group meetings include a guest speaker who talks about some aspect of business. For example, September’s presentation was about different ways to look at financials in a business.


“We had an incredible person come in and talk to us about all the social media and other apps that can help you as a CEO,” Bruderer said. The speaker showed the members how to use social media as an executive and how to use it as part of a business tool. “So now I have a Twitter account, and I have a Vine account.” Vine is a video-sharing social media site. Wes Stone, CEO of food broker Ultimate Sales, also learned about the group online. Originally, he was going to join a chapter in Atlanta, but then the Savannah/Hilton Head chapter started. “When you’re CEO, you feel like you’re all alone. You feel like you’re on an island,” Stone

said. “It’s nice to know there are other people with the same problems.” As part of his chairman role, Bruderer has one-on-one meetings with each member as a mentor. According to the Vistage website, chairs lead these sessions to provide expert advice, to encourage personal growth and to hold CEOs accountable for the things they say they will do. Stone said the group has helped him continue to learn about aspects of managing a business. “It helps me make decisions quicker,” he said. “We task each other to get things done before the next meeting.” Each chapter also acts as an “advisory board” for members.

“As a CEO, you’re always the lonely person on the top of the organization,” he said. “In a great group, the members are challenged and kept accountable by people on the same level, who have no personal agenda, no interest in your company. They have an interest in you.” According to literature from Vistage International, “Vistagemember companies are better run and grow their revenues, on average, at more than twice the percentage growth rate after joining Vistage.” Bruderer has decades of experience being in executive roles at several companies and non-profit organizations. He served as CEO and director of a couple of real estate corporations. After moving to the

Lowcountry, Bruderer served as chairman of the board at Lowcountry Motors and director and chairman of the executive committee at Coastal States Bank. He has also served on several boards, including for the Sea Pines Montessori School, Hilton Head Preparatory School and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Out of the 10 members, eight are from Savannah and two are from Hilton Head. Bruderer says he sees this area as growing and there is potential for more chapters. “Vistage hasn’t been around here so it’s kind of a new market,” he said. “So one of the challenges is to go out and tell people what Vistage is and get more brand recognition.” M

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he Mortgage Network Golf Tournament was followed by an epic after-party at Bob Gregory’s amazing “man cave.” Photos by KrisztiAn lonyAi


ilton Head Monthly’s Pour 4 Pets event took place Sept. 28 at Old Oyster Factory. Good food, good wine and good music from The Beagles made for a great time. Thanks to all that helped make the inagural event a success! Proceeds went to local rescues.

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edal 4 Kids drew 425 riders on Sept. 28. The annual community ride is the largest bike event in the Lowcountry with 100 percent of its proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.


p Patricia Owen cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of FACES Lash Studio, joined by husband Jay Owen, Bill Harkins, Bill Miles, staff and friends.

t Owners Blake Fraum and Christina Dzendel cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Coastal Bliss, joined by Bill Harkins, Bill Miles, Ray Deal and friends.

u The Lighthouse Bank Family Reunion was held at the Dry Dock. It’s been 10 years since the bank was acquired by SunTrust and a few employees decided to get the group back together and reminisce about the “good ole days.” They ended up with around 80 people attending.

q Cassey Nicholl presents her award winning essay on Soil and Water in the inaugural Sustainability in Golf ... Beyond the Green event at Sea Pines Resort.

p Bluffton mayor Lisa Sulka and Celia Dunn cut the ribbon to the newly expanded Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty location in downtown Bluffton. 40

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p The 350/30 Celebration honored Hilton Head’s history. VIP Sponsors are flanked by the Cannonier Guards with the Heritage RBC presented by Boeing Cannon. From left is Mark O’Neill of Hilton Head Hospital, JR Richardson of Coligny Plaza, Tom Upshaw of Palmetto Electric, Mayor Drew Laughlin of the Town of Hilton Head, Bob Mang and Cary Kelley of CSA, and Steve Birdwell of Sea Pines Resort. u The Hilton Head Shore Notes sang patriotic songs at the opening ceremony of the 350/30 event at Coligny Beach. They are standing in front of the award-winning sandcastle.

t Endangered Arts founders Clay and Julie Rogers pose with artists James Coleman, Rodel Gonzalez, Phillip Anthony, Steve Barton and Rino Gonzalez during their gallery event on Oct. 12.

u Carolyn Adams and Mayor Drew Laughlin at the Kiwanis Chili Cookoff. Bullies BBQ won the professional division while Burke’s Pharmacy won the amateur competition. u Art , Bubbly & Cakes at Picture This Gallery. November 2013 41


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The Greenery Inc. announced the recent promotion of horticulturist Stuart Grant to head of Business Development for residential maintenance services throughout Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Grant has been with The Greenery for the past 11 years, most recently serving as operations manager for Hilton Head Island. Grant’s new job responsibilities will include meeting with new clients and building The Greenery’s residential accounts business. Peggy Trecker White is the new performing arts director at Hilton Head Preparatory School. She joins the Hilton Head Prep community having spent the summer at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she was the director of their Intermediate Musical Theatre program, and where she was an acting teacher in Residence for the 2012 fall semester. No stranger to the spotlight herself, she was a company member of the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival this summer, where she played Gertrude in Hamlet.   Melissa Messenger is the newest loan officer at Coastal States Bank. Messenger, a Lowcountry native, grew up in Savannah and attended Savannah Christian Preparatory School. She graduated from Saint Leo University with a degree in business and has a background in insurance, real estate and mortgage origination. Her commitment to superior customer service along with a client centered approach ensures that borrowers have a smooth and pleasant experience. She is truly a “local” girl and loves to help all types of clients purchase or refinance their piece of the Lowcountry. Performance Development Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Paige Rose to its sales and marketing team. Rose’s responsibilities will include customer relations, product fulfillment and new client acquisitions. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of science in business administration, focusing in marketing and management. Melissa Arnold has accepted the position of executive director of Lowcountry Legal Volunteers. She has earned a JD from the California Western School of Law and is licensed to practice law in California. She looks forward to obtaining her license in South Carolina. Paul E. Williams has joined Lowcountry Legal Volunteers as a paralegal. A native of Columbia, he graduated with an associate degree in paralegal studies from the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Jiva Yoga Center welcomes three new associates: Beth Schoon, Alison Yurco and Becky Pollert. Schoon is a licensed acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist specializing in pain


salty Dog oPeNiNg t-sHirt store iN taNger 2 The Salty Dog T-shirt Factory is making the move to the Tanger 2 outlet mall just in time for the holiday season. Complete with all the Salty Dog merchandise you’ve come to expect from the other three retail locations, the Tanger 2 store (suite F125) represents everything you’d expect from the Salty Dog, but with the convenience of a Bluffton store. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for noon on Nov. 26. Be sure to make it one of your first holiday gift stops and take advantage of the buy one, get one for half off sale that includes Salty Dog T-shirts starting at $10. management, deep tissue, Thai massage and aromatherapy. Yurco (RYT), previous owner of Planet Smoothie on Hilton Head, is now teaching group yoga classes at Jiva Yoga Center as well as working at the front desk. Pollert (simply skin, skincare) has been involved with skincare since 2000. Sea Pines Real Estate at the Beach Club has announced the addition of Lynne Anderson as Realtor and sales associate. Anderson will begin work with the partners and their 25-member team at temporary offices located at Sea Pines Welcome Center, while renovations are completed on the firm’s permanent oceanfront address on N. Sea Pines Drive at the Sea Pines Beach Club. Palmetto Bluff has brought on two new wedding planners to create an even more distinct wedding experience -- Ashley Rhodes and Sage Beecher. Rhodes was introduced to the event market in 2003 and established Ashley Rhodes Event Design in 2008. Beecher worked her way up from being a planner at a small chapel to managing a team of 13 planners and coordinators, then advanced to become a wedding planner for The Venetian/The Palazzo – the world’s largest five-diamond resort. Miriam Dynan, PSYCH-K facilitator and Reiki Master, has joined the team at The Energi Center on Hilton Head Island. Dynan can assist you in identifying and transforming limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs into self-honoring, empowering beliefs at the level of your subconscious mind, for rapid, long-term, life-changing results. Cherri Sabo has joined the counseling group, A.C.T.S. At St. Luke’s. She is returning after 10 years in Denver, where she is still the owner of Clearly Designed Lives LLC, therapy practice. She specialized in family, children and individual work for

behavioral changes and clinical diagnosis. Therapy is offered through office visits and electronic media. Nada Lindstrom has been named broker in charge of Premium Properties of Hilton Head. Lindstrom’s real estate career spans 16 plus years on Hilton Head Island. Previously associated with another island firm for 12 years, Lindstrom joined Premium Properties of Hilton Head as a sales executive in 2010. Helen “Muffy” Schulze, a real estate agent with years of staging and remodeling experience, has joined The Richardson Group, adding a new dynamic to the long-established real estate company. A 20-year-resident of Hilton Head Island, Schulze is well-known in the community for spearheading some of the island’s biggest events and fundraisers, most recently the Hilton Head Island Boat Show at Windmill Harbour. She served as decoration chair for five of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s signature wine auction galas, as well as chairman of Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Festival of Trees and Jubilee and the popular All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour. Marge Dwyer has joined the Alliance Group Realty, located in the Fresh Market Shoppes on Hilton Head Island. Dwyer began her real estate career in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1972 as a Realtor and also worked as a licensed certified appraiser from 1991-2001. She is a three-time recipient of the local Realtor Service Award. Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties Owners/Brokers-in-Charge, Joe and Karen Ryan, welcome Corinne Taylor to the agency’s sales team. Taylor has been working in real estate since 2002. Prior to moving to the Lowcountry, she resided in Florida and worked on the east coast in the Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach








and West Palm Beach areas as well as the west coast in the Tampa, Bradenton and Sarasota areas. Meagen Mehaffey is the new chef at ELA’s Blu Water Grille. Mehaffey brings a fresh style to ELA’S, focusing on the senses to ensure each dish touches the guests taste, smell, and visual appeal. ELA’s is located at 1 Shelter Cove Lane. For more information, call 843-785-3030 or go online to The Law Office of David Parker Geis of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that Margaret S. Day, esquire has become of counsel to the firm. Day, a 1999 graduate of the USC School of Law, and a solo practitioner in Bluffton, will be assisting Geis with matters of probate, simple wills, guardianships, divorce, equitable distribution and alimony. Geis is an experience trial attorney and has practiced matrimonial law for over 30 years. Hannah Sanderson recently joined Covert Aire as a director of First Impressions in the main Bluffton office handling customer service, answering calls and scheduling appointments. Sanderson is a native of Hilton Head Island and recently returned to the Lowcountry. Kirk Wise recently joined Covert Aire as the Director of Sales for southeast Georgia. Wise will focus on business development and sales in the coastal area of Georgia, from Savannah to Brunswick and inland to Statesboro. Wise and his wife live in downtown Savannah. Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties Owners/ Brokers-in-Charge, Joe and Karen Ryan, welcome Michelle Sells to the agency’s sales team. Sells has incorporated her diverse professional background in digital media, human resources, intern housing and tax liens/foreclosures into her real estate career giving her a unique perspective on the real estate market. Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises welcomes Julie Karpik to its Bluffton location as a mortgage loan officer. Karpik has more than 30 years experience the real estate and mortgage banking. Originally from the Columbus, Ohio, area she now resides in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area. Two new employees have joined the team at Rollers Wine & Spirits team. Lauren Bibaud is the new manager/wine & spirits buyer for the Port Royal location. A Hilton Head native, Bibaud attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities as a student in violin. Born in Charleston “proper,” Bibaud was naturally drawn to epicurean pursuits. With her Italian/ French heritage, it could be said she has wine in her blood. She has spent recent years in retail and restaurant management, and is ecstatic about her expertise and passion coming together in her new position at the Port Royal location. Aaron Akins has been named merchandise, cheese & provisions manager/buyer for Wine & Cheese, If You Please? Akins blends a lifelong love of food, wine, and entertaining with a keen eye for hunting down the most stylish and “must have” retail goods that hit the market. Akins made her way to the Island in March of 2012 after a decision to relocate from the Middle Peninsula of Virginia where she grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. Her experience the past decade has been made up of specialty retail buying.

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ThE GrEENEry AcqUIrES SAvANNAh LANdScApING co. The Greenery, Inc. has purchased the assets of Elliott’s Landscape, Inc. of Savannah. The Greenery acquired the company Sept. 1 to more effectively serve the Coastal Empire’s landscaping needs. Elliott’s Landscape is a well-established, family-owned and operated landscape maintenance company that specializes in commercial and residential landscape design, build and maintenance. The company’s owner Russell Elliott and his staff will continue serving their clients, but will do so as employee owners of The Greenery. This will give Elliott’s employees the opportunity to grow within a larger company, while staying committed to their Savannah-area clients. Elliott will work closely with current Greenery employees Jim van Dijk and Paul Gray to oversee The Greenery’s daily landscape maintenance operations in the Savannah market. Pictured from left are Bill Davoli, chief operating officer/executive vice president, The Greenery; Russell Elliott, Elliott’s Landscape, Inc., and Lee Edwards, CEO, The Greenery.






Wood+Partners Inc. recently added staff in its Hilton Head Island office. Brad Hix is a project planner. He received a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia. Linda E. Lamb is the marketing coordinator. She previously worked at WPi for almost five years in the marketing department as marketing coordinator. She received her degree in science at Harcum College, in Bryn Mawr, Penn. Coastal Properties Owners/Brokersin-Charge, Joe and Karen Ryan, welcome Kathy McGrath to the agency’s sales team. Prior to her real estate career, McGrath was vice president, office services for Cramer-Krasselt, Chicago, a public relations and advertising agency. She earned an associate degree from Manor Junior College, Jenkintown, Pa., and studied international relations at Trinity College, Washington, D.C. The Law Office of Johnson, Smith & Associates has added residential and commercial real estate closings to their practice. R. Craig Smith has over 15 years of real estate law experience. The firm will continue to provide legal services in the areas of wills, trust, estate planning, probate administration and small business planning at its offices at 14 Westbury Park Way in Bluffton. Long Cove Club has hired Kathleen Kiely as director of marketing and communications. Kiely relocated from Cincinnati, where she was membership director at several clubs, most recently Kenwood Country Club and The Metropolitan Club. She has 23 years’ experience in the club industry and non-profit world. She attended Thomas More College and has a degree in business administration.

SCBT announced that David Kirkpatrick has joined its Wealth Management Group as senior vice president and portfolio manager. With over a decade of experience in the investment management industry, Kirkpatrick will focus primarily on portfolio management for the South Carolina markets of SCBT and First Federal. Prior to joining SCBT, Kirkpatrick spent six years with a southeastern regional bank, most recently as vice president and portfolio manager in the South Carolina market.

AwArdS/cErTIfIcATIoNS The National Association of Hispanic Publications has honored La Isla Magazine again this year with multiple José Martí awards. This is the fifth year in a row that La Isla Magazine, a bilingual magazine serving the Hispanic community of the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire, has received the prestigious awards. A veteran classroom teacher who believes that trust and open communication are key components to helping students succeed was named as Beaufort County’s 2013-2014 District Teacher of the Year. The selection of Kristen Karszes, who teaches tenthgrade English at Hilton Head Island High School, was announced during a breakfast celebration to honor teachers of the year from all of the district’s schools. “Kristen exemplifies the concept of a strong teacher-leader,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. J Banks Design received six Excellence in Design Awards at the 2013 ASID Carolinas Chapter conference held in Greenville. The firm was recognized for its outstanding interior design work throughout




the Lowcountry and abroad. Owner and president of J Banks Design, Joni Vanderslice, was awarded the 2013 Dora Gray Award for Outstanding Designer of the Year. The Dora Gray Award for Outstanding Designer of the Year is the highest award given out by the ASID Carolinas Chapter. It recognizes and honors a designer who has made outstanding contributions towards ASID’s goal of excellence in their professional achievements. Dr. Debi Lynes LPC, CEDS, attended the National Association of Eating Disorders conference this month where she received additional training in the treatment of eating disorders in males, as well as treating trauma, depression, OCD and social anxiety as they relate to disordered eating. These trainings add to her ability to treat the myriad of root causes that lead to disordered eating across a lifespan.

new Business


James L. Rowe announced the reopening of the Kinghorn Insurance Agency to serve Southern Beaufort County and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Rowe, an active member in business and in the community, is senior partner for Kinghorn Insurance Agency, LLC. Rowe has been in the insurance industry in South Carolina more than

Outside HiltOn Head Partners witH tHe westin A new business partnership between Outside Hilton Head and The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa has been formed. With the partnership, The Westin now offers several custom programs directly at the resort, including surfing lessons, sandbar and surf paddle excursions, kayaking, beach yoga and astronomy night hikes. New vacation packages start at $99 per person, per night. Couples can choose from two different three-night packages, each including accommodations in a newly upgraded room with private balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Packages are available through February. For more information, call 843-681-4000 or go online to for more information. 40 years. Kinghorn Insurance Agency is located in the Charter One Building at 1544 Fording Island Road. Cathy Tyson has opened a new studio at 1536 Fording Island Road called Wine and Design Bluffton. Bring your own bottle of wine (or beverage of choice) and enjoy an unforgettable evening filled with friends, fun and fabulous art. Sign up, Show up and Sip-up. Your canvas, paint and brushes will be waiting as well as your local artist. Christina Dzendzel and Blake Fraum are proud to announce the grand opening of Coastal Bliss, a woman’s clothing boutique. The boutique is located in the Fresh Market Shoppes.

Business news Hospice Community Thrift will now be open Mondays. Scheduled hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-4 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. It is located in Mathews Court, directly across from Goodwill. All proceeds go to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. Legends Sports Gallery is now located at their original spot, at the Village Clock, right in the heart of Main Street Village. Along with the unique sports memorabilia and gifts, Legends offers foods, typography and dog art.

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Let’s go sailing!


very Wednesday afternoon a group of hearty sailors meet up at the Windmill Harbor Marina. Shortly thereafter up to eight identical 20 foot pure sailing yachts enter the lock at the exit of the marina and a few minutes later are hoisting the sails in the lovely Calibogue Sound. Few people realize that the protected waters in the Calibogue and Port Royal sounds — part of the Intercostal Waterway — are some of the East Coast’s best sailing grounds. A group of sailors decided to take advantage of this unique opportunity and formed a fleet of identical sailing yachts that would be easy and safe to operate but exciting enough to conduct racing activities as well. “The Harbor 20” Sailing Club is the largest active sailing organization in this area and is inviting novices and experts alike to join them. Regardless if you like a relaxed sunset cruise, exciting one design racing or a Sunday afternoon on the water with the family, it is all just a phone call away. 46

“The advantage of an organized sailing association is that it makes sailing more accessible to many,” said former Olympic sailor Ned Nielsen. “The ability to mix sport and social activities makes it a perfect combination for me,” said Gordon Miller, the fleet captain. John Rumsey, a former America’s Cup sailor, said, “This organization has something to offer to upcoming young sailors as well as giving experienced sailors a hands-on opportunity to continue to hone their craft”. WOW (Women on the Water) offers a series of sailing lessons for women and is just a part of the many ways you can participate. The South Carolina Yacht Club also organizes junior sailing programs on smaller crafts for kids and young adults, which is a perfect way to get into sailing. In short, if you ever wondered how Mother Nature can propel a sailing vessel across the bay or if you always wanted to pursue the desire to put your hand on a wooden tiller of a sailing yacht, your owe it to yourself to come out and enjoy the camaraderie and excitement this sport has to offer! M

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Piece by piece, evidence has begun to accumulate that after four years of lackluster performance, the U.S. economy is on track for stronger growth than many people had expected. The Great Recession of 2007-08, the steepest downturn since the 1930s, has been followed by a slow and steady recovery. Now is the time to formulate your financial game plan for the future. Like finding the perfect mate, finding the right financial team can be tricky, especially if you lack experience. Monthly proudly presents the following financial experts of the Lowcountry.



Back Row: Nick Kristoff NMLS #379253, Tanner Ware NMLS #278238, Torrey Glass NMLS #71570, Mark Kombrink NMLS #191095. Front Row: Brian Neumann NMLS #174105, David Crowell NMLS #12620, Susan Smith NMLS #278903, Mike Kristoff NMLS #377707.

Serving Hilton Head since 1997. We have over 120 years of combined experience. MORTGAGE NETWORK, INC. IS A PRIVATE MORTGAGE BANKING COMPANY FOUNDED IN 1988. We offer an extensive variety of innovative mortgage programs. We have over 40 regional lending offices throughout the eastern United States; bringing national power with local control. We are an independent local lender with local operations providing exceptional service in the home financing process. We are committed to the highest level of customer service, which is reflected as we consistently surpass over 98% customer satisfaction rating. We understand a mortgage is a pivotal component to you overall financial strategy. Our goal is to assist your in making the best decision that fits your individual needs. Our team prides themselves on being active contributors to our community through charitable affiliations, sponsorships of many local events and service organization memberships. Here’s what one of your neighbors said about their experience with Mortgage Network: “Friendly and helpful, hard to believe they could get any better. Superb people!” We would love to get to know you today!

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COASTALSTATES BANK Randy k. dolyniuk Randy Dolyniuk is a 36 year career banker and Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CoastalStates Bank. He is a Founder and also serves as Vice-Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank’s holding company CoastalSouth Bancshares. Inc., as well as Chairman of the Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary, Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Finance.

James s. macleod Jim MacLeod is a 40 year career mortgage banker and a Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of CoastalStates Bank. He is a Founder and also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank’s holding company, CoastalSouth Bancshares, Inc., as well as Senior Managing Director and CEO of the Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary, Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Inc. Mr. MacLeod holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Tampa, a Masters in City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Real Estate and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University.

How we Help We’re Beaufort County’s largest locally owned private community bank made up of local bankers who have lived and worked in the Lowcountry for years.

Local. And Proud of it.® wHat we do “Local Banking” is a personal choice. Providing best in class local banking products and services, in an energized workplace, by highly qualified bankers is what we do. We have strong capital ratios and ample funding to offer loans and make every effort to tailor banking for the qualified members in our community. We offer the following comprehensive menu of banking and related products and services backed by a quality and service ethic unmatched anywhere in the Lowcountry :

We help by listening very hard to what you say and what you need. We then use our knowledge of the local businessplace to fashion a customized local solution just for you. Since we’re THE local bank, decisions are made locally, very quickly and with an understanding of the local marketplace and our customers’ role in it. We appreciate your business. After all, just like you we’re local. And proud of it.

• Small Business, Commercial and Personal loans • Local Residential Mortgages • Wealth Management Services offered through CoastalStates Wealth Management of Raymond James. • Business and Personal Checking Accounts • Business and Personal Savings Accounts • Treasury Services • Merchant Services

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Kieron O’Grady, Tony Leister, Teresa Bockman, Matt Topping

Helping clients navigate the financial landscape.

Local People, Local Decisions Put Customers First With Harbor National Bank’s Mortgage Team Local knowledge and informed decisions can make all the difference in mortgage lending and that’s precisely how Harbor National Bank (HNB) stepped boldly into the region’s marketplace earlier this fall. HNB’s mortgage office is located at Shelter Cove and is led by lenders with deep roots in southern Beaufort County. Matt Topping is the VP/Sales Manager. He’s joined by Loan Officers Kieron O’Grady, Tony Leister, and Loan Operations Assistant Teresa Bockman. “This team is about delivering customers local expertise, attention to detail, and prompt and professional service.” said Topping. “In today’s marketplace, you want a lender who understands you and the property you’re buying. We have a unique and diverse market here in Hilton Head.  Lending is not a “one-size-fits-all” business. Flexibility is key and individual needs are important to us. “We also have the ability to lend all over the country which adds a unique option,” he said. “HNB is a boutique lender that offers all of the local knowledge you require, backed by the ability to truly help you with your all of your lending needs, wherever those needs may arise.” HNB earns a high ranking as a community bank with assets of more than $281 million, coming off a record profit in 2012. They are based in Charleston, SC with four branches, two mortgage division offices and profitable growth since its founding in 2006.

While many economic periods in history have been challenging, the need for a comprehensive financial plan has never been more important than it is today. Likewise, the need for a qualified, experienced financial team to assist in the development and nurturing of that plan is paramount.  Polaris Capital Advisors, established in 2009, is an independent, boutique wealth management firm based on Hilton Head Island, that combines the high-touch, pro-active private wealth management services of a small advisory practice with the depth and breadth of resources of a large, full service firm.  From investment advisory to retirement income planning, education, insurance and tax planning, the professionals at Polaris help clients to develop, implement, and monitor a risk-appropriate plan to achieve their financial goals.  They also work frequently with individuals and couples going through divorce, helping them and their attorneys analyze financial data and develop financially sound settlement solutions. Emily Johnson, CFP® and Founder, is a former investment banker.  She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, holds an MBA in Finance from the Moore School of Business at USC, and has earned the Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designations.  Todd McGarity, investment manager, has over 20 years of experience providing investment management services with Merrill Lynch and Wachovia.  Kimberly Friedmann, a graduate of the University of Alabama, serves as the firm’s client services specialist and office manager.

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MERRILL LYNCH Marc Stuckart, Jr. - First Vice President Wealth Management Marc Stuckart, Jr. originally from Dunmore, PA., received his Bachelors of Science Degree in 1978 from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. Upon graduation, Marc was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain before leaving the Marine Corps in 1984, when he began his current career in the financial services industry. Marc and his wife Joan, live in Spanish Wells. David Ruckno - Vice President David Ruckno, born in Kingston, PA attended the University of Pittsburgh.. David was also a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity before graduating with a dual degree in Business and Economics. David lives in Spanish Wells with his wife Kelly, and three children: Emily, Alex, and Alyssa. Pamela Passananti - Client Associate Pamela Passananti celebrated her 13 year anniversary with Merrill Lynch this year. She began her career with Merrill Lynch in southern California. Shortly after moving to Boca Raton, Florida where she transferred and lived for 6 years. As of 2006 she, her husband Anthony, and dog Harley have called the Lowcountry there home. She began working with the Stuckart Ruckno Group as Client Associate in 2009 soon after they joined the firm.

The Stuckart, Ruckno Group makes it our goal to add value through a strong client-advisor relationship and by providing each client with access to the most appropriate financial resources available in the marketplace. Our team focuses on helping a select group of high net worth individuals and retirees manage all aspects of their financial lives. From topics ranging from implementing tax-efficient strategies for concentrated stock positions to retirement income planning, we work with our clients so that we may develop a plan which appropriately allocates their assets based on their needs and risk tolerance. We initiate our planning-based discussion around your financial needs, your short and long-term objectives, your time horizons and your risk tolerance. By customizing a wealth management plan for you, we are looking to assist you in your achieving your financial goals. We often partner with your tax and legal advisors to develop tax-efficient strategies that will optimize your financial situation. By putting a plan in place first, we help our clients gain control of the emotions surrounding investment decisions. This planning step is helpful in allowing our clients the ability to visualize eventualities and then be better positioned to see the consequences under various scenarios. Constructing the plan allows our clients to ability to really understand what they own, thereby helping them spot the real risks and possible blowups that may affect their families finances. Once your wealth management plan has been implemented, we will periodically review your plan’s progress with you to make certain that its strategy remains aligned with your overall financial needs. By having a plan and a process in place we will be less affected by external event driven decisions.

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You can rely on Yadkin Bank for comprehensive solutions that address your financial needs in a caring, customer-friendly environment. For more than 40 years, Yadkin Bank has worked to provide our customers with the highest level of service, and we are still working to earn your business every day. We are a true community bank, with 40 branches and nearly 500 employees across 14 counties in North and South Carolina. As a community bank, we take an active role in every community we serve. We know our customers as our friends and neighbors, just as they know us. Our Hilton Head mortgage office is headed by Ed Brown who has been a resident for over 20 years and has served this community in numerous ways. Ed was formerly the Chief Lending Officer with Lighthouse Community Bank and President of Harbourside Community Bank. He has an extensive background in mortgage and construction financing.

Although making resolutions to improve your financial situation is a good thing to do at any time of year, many people find it easier at the beginning of a new year. Regardless of when you begin, the basics remain the same. Here are three keys to getting ahead financially.

GET PAID WHAT YOU’RE WORTH AND SPEND LESS THAN YOU EARN It sounds simplistic, but many people struggle with this first basic rule. Make sure you know what your job is worth in the marketplace, by conducting an evaluation of your skills, productivity, job tasks, contribution to the company, and the going rate, both inside and outside the company, for what you do. Being underpaid even a thousand dollars a year can have a significant cumulative effect over the course of your working life.

Joan Sherwood and Doreen Haughton James are Senior Loan Officers in the Hilton Head branch and both ladies also are long time residents as well as very experienced mortgage loan officers. They have extensive backgrounds in mortgage lending as well as serving in the community. Joan was formerly with Lighthouse Community Bank and SunTrust Mortgage. Doreen was formerly with American Home Mortgage and RBC Bank.

No matter how much or how little you’re paid, you’ll never get ahead if you spend more than you earn. Often it’s easier to spend less than it is to earn more, and a little cost-cutting effort in a number of areas can result in big savings. It doesn’t always have to involve making big sacrifices.

Yadkin Bank’s vision, mission, and values comprise the goals and standards we’ve set for ourselves, and they serve as the foundation for everything we do as an organization. In all that we do, we are committed to exceeding the expectations of our customers, our employees, and our shareholders. Come and see what community banking in the Carolinas is all about. We look forward to serving you.

One of our favorite subjects: budgeting. It’s not a fourletter word. How can you know where your money is going if you don’t budget? How can you set spending and saving goals if you don’t know where your money is going? You need a budget whether you make thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.





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Credit card debt is the number one obstacle to getting ahead financially. Those little pieces of plastic are so easy to use, and it’s so easy to forget that it’s real money we’re dealing with when we whip them out to pay for a purchase, large or small. Despite our good resolves to pay the balance off quickly, the reality is that we often don’t, and end up paying far more for things than we would have paid if we had used cash.

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“It’s not a luxury if you can’t do without it!”

-Elizabeth Jane Howard

Investments in a Life of Luxury


f you were angling for the job of feature reporter for the “Mansions” section of the Wall Street Journal, you blew through your deadline; applications closed on Oct. 15. It’s a pretty good beat, reporting on the rich and famous, and where they live and play. Since it only required three years of journalism experience, one would suppose the successful applicant would have already spent a great deal of time going in and out of these over-the-top luxury homes. Our guilty fascination with the rich and their lifestyle of luxury is perfectly understandable. Not the reality show divas and nouveau riche sports stars; they’re just ordinary people, regular folks like us, but with a lot more money... No, the real rich, who are not at all “just like us.” You can’t be friends with them, no matter how nice and down to earth they may seem. It’s hard to pick up your share of the tab when your new best friend wants to jet away for a spur of the moment weekend dinner to London, Paris or Dubai. However, as an investment theme, luxury can have some staying power for the rest of us. Even through the recession, businesses catering to this market weathered the storm and came back strongly. Mercedes Benz, for example, just had its best month in history, as it made meaningful gains in both the Chinese and U.S. luxury auto markets. According 54

to consultants Bain & Co., the luxury goods and services segment, estimated at a worldwide market value of $287 billion, is expected to post sales growth increases in 2013 of between 4 and 5 percent, driven primarily by a recovering Eurozone and demand from the new wealthy in China and greater Asia. One metric for this segment of the world’s markets is the Standard & Poor’s Global Luxury Index, which includes 80 of the largest publicly traded companies producing or distributing luxury goods or services (subject to some specific investment related criteria.) The top 10 components are Daimler AG, Richemont, Diageo, Nike, LMVH Moet Vuitton, MC Bayer Motors BMW, Adidas, Las Vegas Sands, Pernod Ricard and VF Corp. As of the beginning of October 2013, the index has returned 25.25% year to date, 34.69% for the trailing12 months, and an annualized 3-year rate of return of 17.97%. Investing in luxury, of course, is not limited to stocks in public companies, and for many, luxury is associated with those things they can see, hear, and touch, and admire. The Economist has collated indices for several classes of “real” assets to create a “valuables index.” Asset weighting in the index is tied to representative affluent individuals’ holdings, as reported by the wealth-management arm of Barclays: currently the breakdown is 36 percent in fine art,

MONEY 25% in classic cars, 17% in collectors coins, 10% in rare wines, 6% collectors stamps, with the final 6% equally weighted between classic guitars and rare violins. According to The Economist, this index has climbed over 200% in nominal terms since 2003 and by 54% since the first quarter of 2009. Still, you can’t invest in an index. If tangible luxury seems just a bit beyond your reach, don’t despair, there are still avenues for you to profit from this market. Here are some companies that give the average Joe or Jill access to this rarified world. Considering the very narrow, hard to reach, competitive market, it is efficient for those firms that provide goods and services to luxury seekers to offer an array of brands and products, a kind of conglomerate for the affluent. LVMH Moet Vuitton,

(LVMH.PA) is probably the world’s largest luxury firm. The current organization took shape through a 1987 merger between Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy, although its oldest brand, wine producer Chateau d’Yquem, dates back to 1593. LVMH has 2,400 stores worldwide; its flagship brands, marketed through over 60 subsidiaries, include Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon champagnes, Guerlain perfumes, Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer, Fendi and Christian Dior. LVMH shares are listed on the Euronet Paris exchange, and currently sell for 144.1 Euros per share, with a dividend yield of 2.05%. Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA (CFR.VX) was founded in 1988, and currently trades on the Swiss Market Index. Richemont is organized into four operating divisions, or Maisons; its specialty watchmak-

ers include Piaget, Baume & Mercier, Vacheron Constantin, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, while the jewelry Maisons include Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. Other well known Richemont luxury brands are Montblanc writing instruments and accessories, Alfred Dunhill, Net-a-Porter, and James Purdey & Sons gunsmiths. Richmont reported 14% sales growth and 15% gains in operating profit for the fiscal year ending March 2013, although these numbers represented a slowdown from 2012, when Asian travelers to Europe shifted this market for luxury into overdrive. CFR pays a dividend of one Swiss franc, subject to Swiss withholding tax of 35%. Note that both LVMH and Richemont are traded on foreign stock exchanges. While they are easily purchased through your broker or advisor and can

be held in your investment accounts, you should be aware that there are often additional fees, charges, (and risks) associated with purchasing, selling and holding non-US shares. In addition, dividends and distributions may be subject to special withholding provisions. M Steven Weber is the senior investment advisor for The Bedminster Group, a Registered Investment Advisor providing portfolio management, estate, and financial planning services. The information contained herein was obtained from sources considered reliable. Their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Mention of companies and funds does not constitute recommendation, and the opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those from any other source.

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FA luxury THE LAP OF






OU MAY SLIP YOUR FEET INTO FINE ITALIAN LEATHER, DRESS YOURSELF IN CUSTOMTAILORED SUITS, DRIVE AN EXOTIC EUROPEAN SPORTS CAR, AND CONSIDER THE HIGH LIFE LIVED. But even the concept of luxury living isn’t safe from that most elemental concept of the sea: There’s always a bigger fish. For every beachfront mansion, there’s a beachfront compound. For every pricey meal, there’s one served in a restaurant that only a handful of people can afford to enter. The scale of luxury climbs to dizzying heights, creating a level of opulence that those of us below the clouds can only dream of. We ventured to the highest spires of luxury and are pleased to present our findings on how the other one percent lives.

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This $200 million, 453-foot floating palace was originally built for Oracle Software founder Larry Ellison, and is currently owned by David Geffen. “That’s a big boat,” you may ask. “Does it have a...” Before you even finish that question, the answer is yes. A gymnasium/spa? Yes. A wine cellar? Yes. A private movie theater? A basketball court? A helicopter pad? Yes, yes, yes. Well, you have to have something on board to keep your guests busy, since Rising Sun boasts quarters for 16 guests, plus steerage for a crew of 45, among the 82 rooms in its five stories. They can’t sit on the deck sunning themselves all day. Well, OK, so they can, since there’s 3,300 square meters of deck space. But come on, the sun is free.


Project Mars

Rising Sun may be a floating testament to money well spent, but what good is it to us? After all, David Geffen owns it and doesn’t tend to lend it out (not that we asked). Now Project Mars you can actually buy, although we should phrase in all fairness that it could be bought, since you probably don’t have $162 million floating around. Luxury yachtbuilders Fincentieri and H2 originally embarked on Project Mars for a client who backed out partway through. But take a look at these renderings; you don’t just leave a work of art like this unfinished. The boatmakers continued working, offering their masterpiece to whoever can afford it. Beyond the standard mind-boggling luxury standards like a gym, sauna, steam room and heli-pad, Project Mars boasts a formal dining room, back lit onyx fireplace, an exterior lounge that connects to a saloon and a complete green house. Who needs shore leave?

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So what if you’re looking for the high life on the high seas, but you don’t feel like hauling around an entire luxury hotel with you? What if you just want to open up the throttle and split the waves like the sea-borne speed demon you are? Then we have two words for you: Aquatic. Porsche. This $350,000 beast chews up ocean under the power of a maximum 550 horses, hitting speeds of up to 69.5 knots. That’s 80 mph to you landlubbers. Speed is given though, when you take the slick, clean lines of a Carrera 205 GT and stretch them over a fivepiece carbon-reinforced hull. November 2013 59



So your Formula 1 career never took off like you were hoping. There’s still a chance for that white-knuckle excitement, if you have $495,000 to invest. Make no mistake, she looks like a Benz, but she roars like a racer, thanks to a hand-built supercharged V-8 engine putting out a G-force-inducing 617 horses. With a top speed of 206 mph, this droptop hits 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, and since speed like that needs a certain panache, Mercedes added a couple of features that add nothing but a healthy dose of wow factor. First, the doors utilize a unique “swing-wing” design to swing forward and upward when you get in, lending a certain fighter jet appeal. That Top Gun motif continues in the cockpit, when you start the engine by flipping open a hatch on top of the gearshifter, thumbing a glowing red button like you’re taking out an enemy MiG. This car proves that luxury doesn’t always have to be rich leather finishes and tomb-silent interiors. Sometimes it’s getting to play Maverick.

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Aston MArtin one-77

This car costs $1.4 million. Just let that sink in for a minute. If you’re going to drop seven figures on a car, this is a great place to start. But you had probably better know a few people: They only made 77 of these, hence the name. But if you can get your hands on one, you’ll enjoy one of the finest cars in the world. There’s the obvious glut of power, with an engine that puts out 750 horsepower (or 559 kw in its native British) and can take you from 0-62 in 3.7 seconds. But anyone can simply overpower a supercar and call it a day. Aston-Martin justifies the price tag by applying a startling amount of attention to the details. The body itself is forged from a single piece of carbon fiber, making it more race car than street machine. The aluminum body panels are hand crafted. The suspension isn’t even fine-tuned until the driver takes delivery, so it can be tailored specifically to the driver. James who?

FerrAri LAFerrAri

There’s a horrible tendency among carmakers to unveil mindblowing concept cars that completely nail the very essence of what a line is supposed to be, then underdeliver with what they finally roll out. This time, however, the factory model itself is more concept than concept. That’s what it’s called the “LaFerrari,” as this was designed to encapsulate the very essence of the Ferrari with ferociously aggressive lines, a low profile, and more speed than you could possibly find use for. But perhaps the biggest surprise is that LaFerrari is a hybrid. Yes, your Prius’ sexy Italian counterpart has a V12 engine putting out 789 hp coupled with an electric motor that gets charged in corners and while braking (as though you’ll be doing a lot braking in this thing). The result is a net 16.6 mpg. Hey, it’s not putting up Nissan Leaf mpg numbers, but take a look at this thing. Sexy always comes at a price. Only 499 of these will be made, and the sticker is around $1.3 million.

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Any luxury watch can wrap your wrist in luxurious red gold and leather. Any luxury watch can boast hand-wound movement and a price tag of $500,869. But name one luxury watch that ups the ante by including a real chunk of 4.6 million-year-old meteorite in every watch. What exactly does this chunk of meteorite do, in terms of timekeeping? Anyone who would ask such a question does not deserve this watch. Although the space rock could be a nod to one of this watch’s most amazing features: the Rosetta Stone automatically adjusts for slight variations in time caused by the earth’s gravitational pull. Yes, they added in a feature that only theoretical astrophysicists would know is working. But when you get to that appointment .00008 nanoseconds before the other guy, you’ll be glad it is.


One in every one hundred million diamonds is naturally colored red, making the red diamond the rarest in the world. On average, they only find one about every fifty years. By placing this most ultra-rare of rare gems on a dress, designer Debbie Wingham has created a work of fashion that serves as a wearable treasure chest. Beyond the centerpiece red diamond, more than 2,000 diamonds are set in platinum and woven into the Abaya with 14k white gold thread. Buyers were invited to consult with Wingham personally in the penthouse of the Raffles Hotel in Dubai. If you had $17.7 million, you could have joined them.


Usually, when one says you have the world at your feet, they’re speaking metaphorically. Unless you’re wearing these. Luxury shoemaker Berluti’s name is well-known enough for custom-made bespoke menswear and incomparable shoes. But the Rapiécés Reprisés elevates this craft to an artform, creating a masterpiece crafted through 250 different operations and personally fitted for you in Berluti’s Madison Avenue storefront. Listed by Forbes as the most expensive men’s shoes in the world, the Rapiécés Reprisés run a surprisingly affordable (for this list) $1,830 a pair.

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For a mere $5,425 per night, you can book a luxury suite in the “Grand Dame” of luxury hotels. This place has five stars and it has earned each one through a dedication to limitless indulgence. The gourmet restaurants, individually-appointed rooms, and endless possibilities for winter sports from sledding to skiing are all window dressing, however, to the hotel’s real star: breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps and Lake St. Moritz.

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Casa El DEstino

But what if you don’t want to rub elbows with the rich and famous of Europe? What if you just want to disappear to your own private island and soak up the tranquility that comes with complete solitude? Then prepare to lay down $70,000-$105,000 a week for magnificent Casa El Destino. Located at the tip of Punta Mita near Puerto Vallarta, El Destino offers seven luxurious bedrooms, a private chef, horseback riding, watersports, whale watching, and of course, inspiring ocean views.

isla DE sa FErraDura

A private mansion on an island is all well and good, but never forget that rule about bigger fish. For those times when you just want to rent an entire island, accept no substitutes. Rates are reportedly $230,000 a week for this Mediterranean “superhacienda” off the southern coast of Spain, with seven suites, a full kitchen staff offering regional Ibiza-sourced dishes, and a cave system to explore with its own whirlpool, Turkish bath, and sauna. Go sailing, snorkeling or exploring this island once infamous as a pirate retreat. Cross the water and clubbing in Ibiza. Or simply do nothing, knowing that you are ensconced in the absolute zenith of resort perfection. In this case, there are no bigger fish. This is as luxurious as luxurious gets. November 2013 65

jewelry the diamond trade is still very alive and as long as people have a penchant for the ridiculously expensive it always will be.


statement mesh diamond neckLace

A more fitting name has never been given than the one bestowed on this $128,500 necklace from renowned jeweler Blue Nile. A grand total of 651 diamonds truly makes a statement in a 18k white gold mesh design evoking timeless elegance.

Louis Vuitton Lockit BraceLet in white goLd and diamonds

Inspired by the emerging custom of “love locks,” in which couples attach a padlock to the railing of a bridge before throwing the key into the water as a symbol of their love (kids today), the $16,000 Lockit bracelet winds 116 diamonds around a band of white gold. The clasp is a functioning LV padlock, and the bracelet comes with a set of keys on a white gold chain “to be worn by the loved one.”

cartier Panthere earrings

You don’t get called out by name in the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” without some ferocious jewelry chops, and the famous house of Cartier proves it. With this $46,700 set of earrings, the iconic panther of Cartier’s designs is stunningly rendered in white gold with an onyx nose and emerald eyes. Louis Cartier was a pioneer in taming panthers (true story), but with this design, “tame” isn’t the right word. November 2013 67

if money WERE NO OBJECT...

There’s a concept in economics called a “Veblin Good.” Essentially, there are certain items that become valuable for the simple fact that they are valuable. For these luxury goods, the inflated price tag is the most attractive thing about them. To those who can’t afford them, a Veblin item like a $1,000 iPhone app that doesn’t do anything seem like a gross overindulgence. To those who can, IT’S ONE MORE WAY OF EXPERIENCING THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE.


The website at states in bold typeface and in no uncertain terms, “Due to the nature of the product, sales are final.” So think before you click and purchase this $300 2x2 twill carbon fiber toilet seat. Why would you need a toilet seat with a tensile strenth of 550,000 psi? It’s hard to say, but there’s a joke about the lightweight design making you go faster that we’ll avoid.



Luxury British toymaker Geoffrey Parker offers a classy take on Monopoly featuring hand-bound Dauphin calfskin sides, leather-bound bankers boxes, a game surface embossed with gold, and silver playing pieces. This set goes for $7,500, yet surprisingly the money it comes with is not legal tender. A word to the wise: Anyone who can afford this is not someone you want to play Monopoly against.



One cube of 24 goldplated staples will set you back $80, but your TPS reports will have never looked more stunning. According to the website selling them,, “Intended primarily as a form of jewelry, these luxury pieces can be applied to clothing (or just about anything) with the help of your average stapler.” As though any stapler loaded with gold could be considered average.

I am Rich was an app that sold for $999.99 and didn’t do anything that would remotely justify its price. It simply showed a diamond that, when pressed, would flash the following text: “I am rich. I deserv [sic] it. I am good, healthy & successful.” Sounds dumb, right? Well it was taken off the app store the next day, but not before eight people bought it. Only two of them by mistake.



Travel website unveiled its annual Tripindex, a list of the most expensive cities for travel, this past June. The list was based on how much it would set you back for a night at a four-star hotel (gauged between June and August 2011), a cocktail, a round-trip taxi ride, and a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine.

1. Oslo, Norway $581 2. Zurich, Switzerland $523 3. Stockholm, Sweden $522 4. New York $516 5. Paris, France $511 6. Sydney, Australia $460 7. London, England $451 8. Copenhagen, Denmark $444 9. Cancun, Mexico $441 10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $436

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REMEMBERING sacrifices & service



sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” In honor of Veterans Day, Hilton Head Monthly highlights Arnold Rosen and Blaine Lotz — two men striving to make sure we never forget the sacrifices and service given by all veterans.

ARNOLD ROSEN While Veteran’s Day is commemorated by most citizens once a year, to many veterans, it is a year-long, almost daily commitment. Arnold Rosen of Sun City is one of those Lowcountry veterans who spends nearly every day honoring veterans from the many wars he has seen in his lifetime. Rosen is the historian for the 500-strong Sun City Veteran’s Association and has written two books that feature profiles of 82 veterans. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. “Many of our World War II veterans are passing away,’’ he said. “We need to do all



orld War I — known at the time as “The Great War” — officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her


we can to honor and recognize them for their sacrifices.’’ Rosen, who himself was named Sun City’s Veteran of the Year in 2011, features veteran’s profiles in two books “Keeping Memories Alive: Our Aging Veterans Tell Their Story” and “Before It’s Too Late.” He also writes a regular monthly veteran’s profile feature for SunSations, the community’s glossy lifestyle magazine. “I interview them in their homes, at assisted living residences and at nursing homes,’’ he said. “Their families often reach out to me. They all have a great story to tell and want to save it, and share these stories and articles with their children and grandchildren.’’ He said they almost always have detailed records of their missions and years of service. He said one veteran he interviewed recently had a binder for each of his World War II air strikes, highlighting every mission detail in comprehensive form. Rosen’s work isn’t limited to profile features and ceremonies on traditional

holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. He and his group organize many school programs for children featuring Sun City veterans as guest speakers. They also participate in honor flights, which transport veterans expense free to Washington D.C. for various programs and tours of the major war monuments. He himself participated in an honor flight in October, visiting Arlington National Cemetery as well as the Korean War monument. Rosen said his group is also very involved with supporting active duty military members. “We send care package overseas that include much needed essential items and in some cases we send checks to help support household expenses,” he said. Rosen, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, retired in 1995 as a professor emeritus at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. He received a BS degree in business administration from Ohio State University and an MS degree in business education from Hunter College.

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE The Hilton Head Island Military Veterans Coalition and American Legion Post 185 are presenting a Veterans Day observance at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at Shelter Cove Community Park. This year’s program will feature the Parris Island Marine Band providing music starting at 10 a.m. and throughout various parts of the ceremony, which will conclude around 11:30 a.m. The featured keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Mary DeCredico, professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. DeCredico has written several books and contributed to several referred journals and numerous chapters in other books. Earning her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, DeCredico has received several awards from both the Navy as well as other sources over her distinguished career. She holds an honorary position of Rear Admiral and is an outstanding speaker. The chaplain will be CDR Kim Donahue, USN, who provided moving prayers on Memorial Day. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a sit down plated luncheon reception at the Oceanfront Omni Resort in Palmetto Dunes. “The Headliners” will entertain for the luncheon. There is a $25 per person charge for the luncheon. Call 843-681-4960 for more information.

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BLAINE LOTZ On Hilton Head Island, longtime resident and Vietnam veteran Blaine Lotz also leads a group that focuses on the needs and interests of veterans year-round. Lotz, who retired in 1992 from the Air Force as a colonel after 26 years of active military service, is current president of the Hilton Head chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. Among his personal awards are the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and the Defense Superior Service Medal. Last year the group hosted the Veterans Day service at Veteran’s Park at Shelter Cove. This year his group will participate in the annual service which is being hosted by the local American Legion chapter. The group also awards scholarships to ROTC high school students planning on going to college and pursuing a military career. Helping veterans has to be a year-round effort, Lotz said. “All year round we have our men and women returning daily, in need of jobs back home,” he said. “They have a lot to offer. We haven’t done enough to help them.’’ Lotz’s group also lobbies for improved benefits for older veterans as well as Mideast war veterans and current military members. “God Bless the GI who has done everything asked of him or her. Congress has routinely done nothing to help them out,” Lotz said. “These veterans have so much to offer. They really need help with education and medical care.’’ On a statewide front, Lotz said there is a need for retired veterans to get tax relief. He said there have been efforts to have military retirees waived from state income tax. “The state hasn’t gotten far on it,’’ he added. Lotz is no stranger to broad government service. His subsequent civilian career of 13 years in government was spent largely in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and culminated in his appointment as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight by Secretary Cohen. In 2001 he was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service. M 72


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Helen Thomas piOneering whiTe hOUse jOUrnalisT BrOke Barriers fOr wOmen

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BY sherrY cOnOhan

efore the ceremony began, a beautiful breakfast buffet was served and a lot of schmoozing was going on. Thomas would have thought that a wonderful setting for digging up some news nuggets. Outside, not far away, national monuments were cordoned off and national museums were closed as part of the partial shutdown of the federal government resulting from an impasse between Republicans in Congress and President Obama. A juicy story to sink her teeth in. The memorial service fittingly was held at the National Press Club, a former all-male bastion that Thomas and some of her female colleagues in the White House Press Club knocked down the barriers to and won admittance for women in 1974. She was proud of that membership, friends in the press corps reported, and enthusiastically

participated in the Gridiron shows held there every year. A veteran of 57 years with the United Press International wire service, Thomas covered 10 presidents from Kennedy to Obama. She once dated Kennedy, according to one of the speakers at the service. When asked later what she thought of him, she replied, ”He was too fresh.” Another speaker told how Thomas came to Kennedy’s aid one time after he was president. It seems Kennedy was having a tough time answering a question at a White House press conference. Thomas looked at her watch and interrupted him to say, “Thank you, Mr. President.” Kennedy then told her, “Thank YOU.” Several speakers spoke of Thomas’ legendary sources and ability to scoop the other reporters on the White House beat.


They said she could sense news. Wesley Pippert, a former reporter for UPI who worked with Thomas in the White House during the Ford and part of the Carter administration, said she would pace the halls muttering, “Something’s up,” when she could feel a story coming but couldn’t figure out what it was. Sure enough, he said, the White House would release a big story in a news conference at day’s end. Sam Donaldson, known for his aggressiveness as a television reporter, told several humorous stories of how he and Thomas jousted for stories. In one, she had scooped him in reporting that one of the Johnson girls was going to get married. He said the Johnson family was so furious that she had broken the story that they gave him the one detail she did not have — the date of the wedding. Then he in turn scooped her on that story. Her style was called “tenacious” and “pugnacious” but she also was described as “passionate,” “compassionate,” and “generous” with a big heart. Pippert, who later headed the Washington bureau of the University of Missouri School

of Journalism, told of how Thomas gave of her time to students. Several speakers related their own experience of how helpful Thomas had been when they were young journalists and new on the White House beat One young journalist, whom Thomas had befriended over several years, told of one night early on in their acquaintance when Helen invited her to join her for dinner at her favorite restaurant. She had just turned 21. Thomas asked her what she wanted to drink. When she replied, “water,” Thomas looked askance. “She said ‘I’ll teach you how to drink like a journalist,’ ” the woman related, drawing laughs from the audience. “She then ordered me a vodka tonic.” I can personally attest to Thomas’ generosity in helping young reporters from my experience working with her at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. I worked in the Chicago bureau of UPI and was assigned to UPI’s convention staff. Thomas and several other reporters from the Washington bureau, plus a handful of regional reporters, completed that staff.

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PROFILE I had previously worked in UPI’s Jefferson City, Mo., and Des Moines, Iowa, bureaus, both state capitols, and covered their state legislatures and state governments, and was anxious to pick up any insight Thomas might offer on covering politics. She was then, as throughout her career, generous with advice. Everyone admired Thomas for being a trail blazer for women at a time when women were not welcome in many newsrooms, and throughout her career. Judy Woodruff, of PBS, paid a great compliment to Thomas that she would have appreciated. “Nobody,” she said, “fought harder to keep the powerful accountable than Helen.” The epitaph that Thomas would like, another suggested, is, “Why?” “Poor St. Peter,” Woodruff lamented in her remarks. “When she arrived at heaven’s gate, he thought HE’D be asking the questions.” Thomas died on July 20 in her Washington apartment at the age of 92. She grew up in Detroit, the daugh-


ter of a Lebanese immigrant who spoke Arabic, in what family members described as a loving home with a lot of relatives. She was buried in Detroit. The memorial service was held on Oct. 5. Her husband, Douglas Cornell, a competitor who worked for The Associated Press and was called “the love of her life,” preceded her in death. Thomas left UPI in 2000 after the company was purchased by News World Communications and joined the Hearst Corp., publisher of newspapers, as a Washington-based columnist. In talking to a Rabbi in 2010, she said Israeli Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Germany, Poland or the United States, a comment that drew widespread condemnation and forced her to resign from her job at Hearst. Pippert, Thomas’ former colleague at UPI, said the incident unfortunately denied her “the exit she deserved.” However, Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA TODAY, said, “It doesn’t obscure the achievements of her life.” M


Jeff Knight learned he had type 1 diabetes when he was 21 years old. Normal blood sugar levels are about 60 to 130 milligrams. His were at 800.

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life with t1D


hen you’re living with type 1 diabetes, like Jeff Knight, you have to manage your stress, give yourself daily shots, manage your diet, your sugar levels, problems with your eyes, your feet, your gums and so much more. Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar to enter cells to produce energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s a tough disease to manage, and it takes a toughminded person to remain healthy and active while living with this irreversible, insidious disease for which there is no cure. Knight, of Hilton Head, is one of those tough-minded people who works every single day to maintain his health and manage his diabetes. Now 41, the safety and inspection coordinator at Sun

grams. Knight’s were at 800. “I was in complete shock,” he said. “It 100 percent blindsided me.” There was no history of diabetes in his family, and the causes of type 1 are still unknown. Various factors may contribute to it, including genetics and exposure to certain viruses, says the Mayo Clinic. “At the hospital over three days, they slowly brought my sugar down. The only thing I can equate it to is that it must be like detox. I was shaking, sweating. It was a horrible experience. They couldn’t feed me, so you feel like you’re wasting away. At the end of three days I felt like I’d been hit by a truck.” It was also like getting hit by a truck emotionally.


City was a perfectly healthy 21-year-old guy, attending college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, eating the college diet of “Little Debbies and pizza,” when his parents came to visit him at school. “We went to eat at Fuddrucker’s and I refilled a huge cup about eight times in 20 minutes … just unquenchable thirst,” he said. “My mom was a nurse and she said, ‘You look like you lost weight. Something is not right.’ ” So on Monday morning Knight went to see a doctor, who immediately sent him to the emergency room. “I didn’t think anything was wrong,” he said. “I was 21, invincible.” Normal blood sugar levels are about 60 to 130 milli-



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“Behind closed doors i could eat what i want, But the only person i’m hurting is me.” “I was strong through the whole thing until the last day when a dietician went through my eating regimins. I go from being a college kid eating pizza and now I have to eat like this? I lost it. I completely broke down and thought, ‘Wow, this is forever.’” He started measuring his blood sugar every day, giving himself insulin shots and maintaining the prescribed diet. “The problem is that if your blood sugar goes high or elevated, there are no acute symptoms like a migraine or chest pains. Your sugar is just high,” he said. “It’s easy to eat the wrong thing and do damage to your body.” Over the last 20 years, he has been on different levels of insulin regiments, learning how to keep his blood sugar levels low. “It can be exhausting,” he said. “It’s every single day. But you have to take care of yourself in the short term to protect yourself in the long term.” To that end, Knight watches his diet like a hawk. “I eat a low to no-carb diet and I try to take as little insulin as possible. I remember at the hospital the first couple of days they injected me, but they kept saying, ‘You’re going to have to do this.’ When they handed it to me my hand was shaking and I sat there for like 5 minutes. Now it’s like brushing my teeth.” He continues to give himself shots daily and keep on track with his diet. 80

“My doctors have told me they love the fact I take this seriously,” he said. “I get complimented on being able to walk by donuts, cake, etc. You have to be disciplined. Behind closed doors I could eat what I want, but the only person I’m hurting is me. I take ownership of it. “I like to win,” he said. “There’s been a couple of times over the years where the train came off the tracks and I challenged myself to get (my blood sugar levels) down. “I tell the doctor that he just poked a lion, that I’ll be back and show you. “You have to find anything you can to stay on track.” Knight is also open to sharing his experience with others in the same situation. “If any local diabetic support group needs a guest speaker, or if any newly diagnosed diabetic just needs a little pep talk, they can contact me through Linkedin,” he said. M

SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 1 DIABETES Knowing the warning signs for type 1 diabetes (medically known as diabetes mellitus) could save a life. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes (these may occur suddenly): Extreme thirst Frequent urination Sudden vision changes Sugar in urine Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath Increased appetite Sudden weight loss Drowsiness, lethargy Heavy, labored breathing Stupor, unconsciousness If you or someone you love exhibits one or more of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately.



LEAH MCCARTHY Weddings with Leah




elebrities have been extravagant with their discretional funds at some of their recent wedding soirees. One of the biggest wedding price tags has been on the wedding dresses. Yes, plural. One dress just doesn’t make the cut anymore. Kim Zolciak of the Real Housewives of Atlanta had three wedding outfits. Zolciak started at a $58,000 wedding gown, then changed into an $18,000 reception dress, and ended the night in a Swarovski crystal and pearl jump suit costing $16,000. Of course while you, the bride, are having your attire changed, a team of hair and makeup professional should be standing by to powder your nose and refresh your lipstick. November 2013 81

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Kim Kardashian had three custom Vera Wang dresses for around $25,000 per piece and the wedding cake, well, it was more than flour and sugar, it was $20,000 of pastry goodness. Another popular splurge should you win the wedding jackpot is to hire a celebrity chef to cater the meal or celebrity entertainment for the evening. Why not end the night with a fireworks display and send your guests off with an “after wedding care package” complete with late night snacks and expensive goodies. Specialty linens topping off at $300 plus per table, an elegant fabric ceiling swag, and specialty lighting will always enhance the overall elegance of the evening. And while you are swiping your Amex Black Card, go all out on the venue. Oddly enough, most celebrities are transforming their backyard spaces, or tennis courts, into the wedding reception locations. If your home isn’t quite ready to host your elaborate affair, perhaps you can whisk away to a castle in Ireland where rooms start at over $2,200 per night. If you don’t find yourself in the category of the rich and famous, no need to worry. The average wedding for 2012 was around $28,500 and as the saying goes, money can’t buy you love. Just ask Kim Kardashian. M

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mcmullian/Pitarra Jennifer Ann McMullan and Christopher Paul Pitarra married on July 6 at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms. The happy couple now lives on Hilton Head Island. Photography by Rick Dean Photography. November 2013 83


get the look

Find out what the island has in store for fashion, accessories and looking fabulous.

 This necklace has a wooden bead closure and gold colored bars to add brightness to the earthy tones. affordaBles aPParel

 Crystal cluster necklace. Pretty crystal details clustered like pendants make this a perfect statement day to night. gigi’s BouTique

 The Bronze Celtic cross crystals. Necklace Bittersweet Design, designed by Laurie Lenfestey. Bleu Jean BouTique

 Tea stained freshwater pearls with cubic zirconia set in gold plate. Hand crafted in Istanbul. The PorcuPine

 One-of-a-kind jewelry uniquely handcrafted in sterling silver with semiprecious gemstones. It’s art you can wear! designs By cleo



shopping The Holidays are here. Prepare yourself and your shopping list with our gift guide! 1. A FLORAL AFFAIR 20 Cardinal Road, Hilton Head 843-681-8700 Custom live plant terrarium.



2. AFFORDABLES APPAREL 890 William Hilton Pkwy (Fresh Market Shopping Center), Hilton Head 843-321-4200 A leather shoulder bag with detachable longer shoulder strap and many pockets. By Midtown NY Trading.


3. THE BLEU COMPANIES, BLEU JEAN BOUTIQUE 807 William Hilton Parkway/Hwy 278 Units 1400 & 15, Hilton Head 843-341-2538 The Jerri Bleu Boot, reproduced in Spain. The boot is patented and the Bleu companies are the distributor. 4. THE BLUE PARROT The Village at Wexford, Hilton Head 843-785-9877 Frog Bluesman Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker.


5. BOMBORAS GRILLE 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Hilton Head 843-689-2662 Purchase a Bomboras growler (glass bottle used to transport beer to go). Fill it up with one of their fresh, local craft beers. 6. CASUAL LIVING FIRESIDE & GRILLIN 19 Sheridan Park, Bluffton 843-815-8008 The Big Green Egg Grill. A smoker, a grill and an oven in one unmatched egg.

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7. DESIGNS BY CLEO 14 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head 843-342-7001 Handcrafted necklace in sterling silver with semi-precious gemstones.




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8. EDWIN WATTS GOLF 1 Buckingham Plantation Dr., Bluffton 843-837-3399 Garmin Approach S2 watch is a stylish and comfortable GPS golf watch with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver giving precise yardage to the front, back and middle of green. 9. FACES DAYSPA The Village at Wexford, Hilton Head 843-785-3075 Tria Hair Removal Laser. The first FDA-cleared laser available for home use.


10. FORSYTHE JEWELERS Sea Pines Center, Hilton Head 843-671-7070 David Yurman 34mm Classic Timepiece.


11. GIFTED HILTON HEAD Village at Wexford, Hilton Head 843-842-8787 Thymes Frasier Fir aromatic candle. 12. GIGI’S BOUTIQUE 40 Calhoun Street, Bluffton 843-815-4450 Handcrafted, made in the USA shotgun shell jewelry. Bullet earrings with Swarovski crystal and leather cuff with brass finish shotshells.


13. GOOD HEALTH UNLIMITED 55 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head 843-681-7701 Terry Naturally Curcumin Supplements.



14. THE GREENERY 960 William Hilton Parkway 843-785-3848 Special herb-cutting scissors with their five parallel blades make it easy to cut herbs quickly and evenly without crushing them. 15. HERITAGE FINE JEWELRY Pineland Station, Hilton Head 843-689-2900 The Hagit Gorali sculptured collections in Sterling Silver and 14k, 18k Gold/Sterling Silver combinations often embracing colorful gemstones and pearls.

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16. HILTON HEAD BREWING CO. 7C Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head 843-785-2739 Hilton Head Brewing Company T-shirts. 17. ISLAND MEDICAL SPA 4 Dunmore Ct. Bldg. C, Ste 300, Hilton Head 843-689-3322 Dermalogica skin kits for all skin conditions.


18. J BANKS RETAIL 35 Main Street, Hilton Head 843-682-1745 Hilton Head pillow, a J Banks Retail exclusive. A local favorite and a great gift, this pillow is also available in “Bluffton” & “Palmetto Bluff” writing. 19. LE COOKERY The Village at Wexford, Hilton Head 843-785-7171 An assorted collection of sharper than steel ceramic knives by Kyocera with a lifetime warranty.



20. LE SPA Sea Pines Center, Hilton Head 843-363-6000 My Stepps Compact by Jane Iredale.


21. OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD 32 Shelter Cove Lane Ste. H, Hilton Head 843-686-6996 The Patagonia Pelage Jacket. Unique curly polyester fleece meets vintage styling in this warm and softer-than-soft, lined and hip-length jacket.


22. PLANET HILTON HEAD Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head 843-785-5178 Harbour Town, Hilton Head 843-363-5177 Eva & Lenny Bracelet. 23. PLANTATION INTERIORS 10 Target Rd., Hilton Head 843-785-5261 Decorative seahorse and turtle art. 24. PRETTY PAPERS AND GIFTS The Village at Wexford, Hilton Head 843-341-5116 Byers Choice Santa.







25. QUIET STORM SURF SHOP Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head 843-671-2551 One-of-a-kind Sunny Daze Surf Board. 26. RADIANCE Harbour Town, Hilton Head 843-363-5176 Special Holiday Edition “Lauren” Clutch by Hobo. 27. SALTY DOG CAFÉ 67 Arrow Road, Hilton Head 843-842-6331 Salty Dog Stemware.


28. SERENDIPITY MEDICAL SPA 23 Main Street (Palmetto Office Suites), Hilton Head 843-342-2639 Aquiesse Aesthetic Luxe Linen Candle. 29. TRUFFLES CAFÉ MARKET Sea Pines Center Hilton Head 843-671-6136 Unique one-of-a-kind vintage Kantha blankets. 30. WINE & CHEESE IF YOU PLEASE 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head 843-842-1200 Custom gift baskets.



31. WORTH NEW YORK Tanger 1 Outlet Center, Bluffton 843-837-1907 Sweater: Black Belted Turtleneck Pullover Sweater; Skirt: Winter White Embroidered Wool Slim Skirt.

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HOLIDAY EVENTS NOV. 2: Skull Creek Boathouse Lobsterfest: 1 p.m. until close, Saturday, Nov. 2, at Skull Creek Boathouse. Live Music by White Liquor begins at 7 p.m. Beer specials, lobster spiedini, lobster pasta, lobster rolls, 8-24 ounce lobster tails, 1-5 pound whole maine lobsters. 843-681-3663. NOV. 3: Pretty Papers & Gifts annual Holiday Open House: Noon4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 at The Village at Wexford. See the store’s newest arrivals and receive 10 percent off your total purchase. Drawings for door prizes. 843341-5116 or NOV. 2-3: Forsythe Jewelers Concours party: Forsythe Jewelers will spend the weekend at the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance sharing the latest jewelry fashions including BALL BMW watches that embody BMW’s quest for perfection, precision and expertise. 843-671-7070 or NOV. 7: Frankie Bones Cakebread & Sequoia Grove Wine Dinner: 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 at Frankie Bones. Guest Speaker is Shannon Straughn from Kobrand Wines. Delectable fivecourse menu by executive chef Luke Lyons. $99 per person, tax and gratuity. 843-682-4455 NOV. 12-14: The Hospital Auxiliary/Hilton Head & Coastal Carolina Annual Holiday Boutique & Bake Sale: 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Nov. 12-14 in the Hilton Head Hospital lobby. A huge selection of gifts for everyone on your list and mouth-watering baked goods from volunteers and staff will be sold. The event will be presented in the lobby of Coastal Carolina Hospital from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on November 19-20. Proceeds from both hospitals benefit those community members who are in need of prescription medications. NOV. 13: OSPREY Village 5th annual Holiday Luncheon: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse. Entertainment will be provided by students and staff of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. The luncheon will feature beet and goat cheese salad, pecan crusted chicken breast, and rolls with butter as the main entrée, with deep dish granny smith caramel apple pie for dessert. A cash bar will also be available. Silent auction. $35. 843-342-2235 or or www. NOV. 14, 20: Mommy and Me Painting Events: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Art Cafe on Hilton Head Island. Bring the kiddos and paint using non-toxic paint that does not stain. 843785-5525.

NOV. 15-DEC. 22: Holiday events at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island: Nov. 15, Holiday cookie competition begins; Nov. 23, Festival of Trees Opening Ceremony, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Toys for Tots begins; Nov. 28, champagne brunch, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sundays in December, Breakfast with Santa, 10-1:30 p.m.; Dec. 2-20, entertainment, music and carolers with local schools, 6-6:45 p.m.; Dec. 20, Ginger Bread House winner awarded, Entertainment, music and carolers, 6-6:45 p.m. 843842-2400. NOV. 15-23: Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker: Six performances, Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 and 23 at 2:30 p.m., at the Seahawk Cultural Center on the campus of Hilton Head Island High School. $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (60 and above), $15 for ages 12 and younger. or 843-842-3262 NOV. 16: Skull Creek Boathouse Full Moon Party: 4 p.m. until close, Saturday, Nov. 16. Live music from 7-11 p.m. Drink specials sponsored by Cruzan Rum and Pinnacle Vodka. 843681-3663. NOV. 16: HHIHS All Sports Booster Club’s inaugural Oyster Roast: 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at Hudson’s Seafood. All you can eat oysters plus barbecue, hot dogs and more. To benefit all sports at Hilton Head Island High School. Live band, a silent auction and more. $25. 843-338-6293 or 843-6894806 NOV. 21: Bomboras Grille Rombauer Wine Dinner: Thursday, Nov. 21 at Bomboras Grille. Find more information on the Bomboras Facebook page or by calling 843-689-2662. You can also e-mail stacey@bomborasgrille. com. NOV. 21: Marco Bicego Party: 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Shops at Sea Pines Center. Visit Forsythe Jewelers and try Italian designer Marco Bicego’s latest fall designs of everyday luxury in 18K gold. Gift with purchase and special pricing. If you can’t attend the Thursday night event, the special pricing and a gift with purchase (while supplies last) will be offered during store hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 843-671-7070 or NOV. 23: Black Marlin’s Total Cluster Shuck: Noon until close. Live music from 6-10 p.m. by Liquid Ginger. Buckets of oysters, blue crabs, $1.50 Bud Light drafts and more. 843-7854950. NOV. 24: Holiday Open House at FACES: Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov.

24, at FACES Day Spa in The Village at Wexford. Demonstrations, refreshments, door prizes, sampling, swag bags and 30 percent off retail items. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, FACES is offering a $30 gift card for each $100 spent on gift cards. 843-785-3075. NOV. 26-30: Thanksgiving wagon rides: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 4:15 p.m. Nov. 26-30 at Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Enjoy a festive hayride as you marvel at the fall colors, as well as abundant plant and wildlife in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Cookies and refreshments will be provided before the tour. Reservations required. $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and younger. 843-8421979 NOV. 27: Turkey Lurkey Special: Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Art Cafe on Hilton Head Island. Celebrate being out of school with free studio fees for students. 843-785-5525. NOV. 28: Frankie Bones full Thanksgiving Day menu: noon-8 p.m. Reservations accepted and recommended. Thanksgiving to go also available. 843-682-4455 NOV. 28: One Hot Mama’s Turkey’s To Go: Call 843-682-6262 to preorder. NOV. 28: Community Thanksgiving: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 28 at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Celebrate the meaning of Thanksgiving with a free community Thanksgiving Dinner, with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, served family style. Everyone is welcome. Donations are accepted and benefit Deep Well ( 843-505-1370 or www. NOV. 28: Go Tri Sports 25th annual Turkey Trot: 8 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 28 the Chart House parking lot near the back entrance of Hilton Head Plantation. A 5k, 10k, and fun walk held on Thanksgiving morning. The races begin and end at the Chart House parking lot. The after-party will be held at the Chart House restaurant parking lot. All preregistered participants receive a commemorative shirt, participation medal and are entered into a raffle for a chance to win a prize. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K. $40. 681-7273 or NOV. 28: Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 28 at Sea Pines Resort. Kick off your holiday festivities with this fun family-friendly activity. Reservations are required. $20 per family. 843-842-1979

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by brad king | pHoto by rob kaufman

Hilton Head island resident leo luken sHot His age or better for tHe 1,000tH time on sept. 23 on tHe george fazio golf Course at palmetto dunes oCeanfront resort, firing a 92 (47-45) to reaCH tHe milestone.


espite taking a 9 on the par-4 eighth hole and a double-bogey on the par-4 18th, Luken still managed to better his age by three strokes including a thrilling hole-out for a birdie on the par-3 sixth hole. Described by his playing companions as "humble, gracious and fiercely competitive," Luken still carries a 21 handicap and typically plays three days a week on the George Fazio and Robert Trent Jones courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort where he resides, typically shooting his age or better about two out of three times. "My (playing) partners told me I would have to swim across the lagoon on (the par-3) 17th if I hit it in the water," said Luken following his historic round. "On my previous attempt at Jones I hooked one out of bounds on No. 17." "While there are a couple of gold standards in golf and sports, shooting your age surely must rank among the most coveted and enviable goals of all," said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair, who has known Luken for many years. "It means two important things: One has lived a relatively long life. And they are still a good golfer, with enough athleticism left to skillfully navigate their way around 18 holes." What would seem like an amazing accomplishment for most anyone else will go down as another notch in the belt for the 95-year-old Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

resident, who didn't take up golf until he was 45 years old and first shot his age at the age of 71 with 68 being his best-ever round in Fort Wayne, Ind. At one point in his life, Luken was arguably the world's best fast-pitch softball hurler, using a pitch clocked at more than 100 miles per hour to help win 53 straight games from 1944-46 for the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons. Nicknamed "Leo the LionHearted," his 511 total wins helped earn Luken a spot in both the Kentucky and Indiana Sports Halls of Fame. Following Luken's historic accomplishment, he was more interested in talking about his family. Luken and his wife, Mickey, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this spring. The pair taught dance for three hours a night for 30 years to put their children through college. A daughter, Lisa, went to Purdue where she played golf and was chosen as the school's Student Athlete of the Decade. Now, one of his grandsons is attending Purdue. Eight years ago, when Luken shot his age for the 530th time, he bettered his age by six shots and he picked a particularly sporty time to do it - the final round of the inaugural Shoot Your Age Championship at The Villages, Fla. This novel event brought together 58 amateurs and two legendary professionals, ranging in age from 67 to 96 on a course measuring 6,251 yards, with par represented by the

competitor's age. Playing in front of 8,300 spectators, with cameras whirling for a CBS tape-delayed national broadcast the following afternoon, Luken took his 6-under 81 to the clubhouse, where he anxiously waited for everyone else to finish. Adding to the drama, once players reached the number of strokes equaling their age, they were eliminated and had to leave the course. By the end, only six of the 60-player field lasted long enough to hole out on 18, and Luken finished a whopping three shots ahead of a trio of players, which included a 76-year-old by the name of Arnold Palmer. Another guy who enjoyed a pretty good playing career, Gary Player, had been eliminated on the 17th green. None could match the play of Luken, who brought back to Hilton Head Island an engraved Waterford crystal bowl, a pair of Southwest Airlines tickets and a 42-inch Dell plasma-screen TV for his victory. "Yeah, Gary Player thought I was lying," Leo said. "Before we teed off the first day down at the championship, he was walking around introducing himself and asking guys how many times they'd shot their age. One guy said 12, and another said 30. When he got to me I said 529, which was the number at that time. Player threw up his arms and said, 'Get outta here.'" Then with a grin, Leo said, "The next day I made it 530 and won the tournament." M

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Payne understood exactly what he was getting into when he assumed leadership of the Hilton Head Island High School football program nearly 20 months ago. He also knew what it was going to take to turn it around in very short order. Turns out he’d been there and done that. Payne came to Hilton Head in January 2012 after previous Seahawks head coach Tim Singleton was dismissed following several poor seasons on the field and run-ins with the South Carolina High School League off of it. After spending three years transforming the Lexington High School football program in Ohio from doormat to power, Payne arrived determined to change more than just the Seahawks’ performance on the field. His focus was squarely on building a program of account-


ability and pride off of it that would serve as the catalyst to a much brighter and more positive future. After winning the first six football games of its 2013 campaign through early October, including an emotional comefrom-behind win over rival Bluffton in late September, that future arrived sooner than many expected it could or would. Yet given the behind-thescenes work he and his staff have put in to create a program the school and community can be proud of — and the positive way in which his players have responded — Payne is anything but surprised with the Seahawks’ recent success. “It’s not just about how you play on Friday nights but what you do all year long,” the passionate second-year coach said

a couple days after that 33-32 home victory over Bluffton. “From the start we set the expectations for this football team off the field. “It’s all about accountability and doing things the right way. When you do that, it eventually translates to the football field.” In that regard, Hilton Head was a mixed-bag of results last year. The win total increased over the previous season’s four and the Seahawks made the Class 3-A state playoffs. Despite that, the relativelyyoung team struggled down the stretch, losing its final four games by significant margins to close the campaign 5-6. At the same time, however, Payne was instituting the type of accountability-based off-field program that helped him turn a 2-8 team in his first year at Lex-

ington to an 8-2 playoff squad just 12 months later. Mandatory study sessions at least three days a week with teacher support, daily grade monitoring and the establishment of new behavior expectations changed the atmosphere around the program even while the Seahawks were fighting for respectability on the field in 2012. According to Payne, the year before his arrival, the football team had a 2.1 GPA. Last year it rallied to 3.42 and as of Oct. 1 the current squad owns a 3.6 average. The coach also requires his players sit in the first two rows in every class and to treat teachers and other faculty with the utmost respect. To ensure that happens, the coaching staff, many of which are part of the school’s faculty,

checks up on team members each and every day. If a player steps out of line the coaches know about it and the studentathlete quickly hears about it. During his tenure, Singleton was not a part of the Hilton Head High staff and only one assistant, Payne said, was employed at the school full-time when he arrived. “We had to establish the expectations with the kids so they understood the lines they couldn’t cross,” he said. “From the beginning they bought into the program, and now we are seeing the effects of that on Friday nights.” Given that the last time the Seahawks started 6-0 was 1987, it’s hard to argue with Payne’s methods or the results. Behind a pair of high-profile senior leaders — tailback Khalil

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Hilton Head High football coach B.J. Payne holds up the Bridge Bowl trophy after defeating Bluffton 33-32 on Sept. 27. The win snapped a five-game losing streak to the Seahawks' mainland rivals.

Lewis and University of Louisville-bound defensive lineman Poona Ford — as well as a host of rapidly-improving underclassmen, the Seahawks have become the toast of the island with its fast start on the gridiron.

"It’s not just about how you play on FrIday nIghts but what you do all year long.” Hilton Head’s thrilling victory over Bluffton back in late September came in front of a packed and energetic crowd unlike anything the school has seen in at least the past five years. Now, instead of people cracking on the football team or ignoring it outright, players and coaches enjoy pats on the back, words of encouragement and congratulations one after the other. “The level of energy and excitement right now is incredible,” Payne said. “From my standpoint it’s been absolutely phenomenal, and it’s our ex96

pectation that it’s going to stay that way. It’s a testament to the commitment and hard work our kids have put in the past year and a half.” That really is what the Seahawks’ quick turnaround has been all about. The team’s willingness to do the right things off the field have been the building blocks for better Friday nights on it, and there’s little reason to believe that’s going to change under Payne’s watchful eye. To that end, the Seahawks head coach is well aware of the responsibility he and his team have not only to the school but the community as well. That’s why he demands so much from his 65 student athletes, but then supports and protects them so passionately at the same time. “The most important thing to me is that we produce young men that eight to 10 years from now are successful and are good husbands and even better fathers,” he said. “That’s the legacy I want to leave here.” Nearly two years into his tenure as the Seahawks new point man, it appears Payne is doing just that. Call it icing on the cake, but he’s also winning football games in the process. M


Creating your home sanCtuary often begins one furniture pieCe at a time. often Choosing and purChasing that first pieCe Can Cause unwanted and unneCessary stress for the new buyer.

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ABOVE: Casual Living, Fireside & Grillin’ | 843-815-8008 Summer Classics Sedona Dining Set with Stone Table 2 Pedestal Bases, 2 Swivel Gliders & 4 Dining Chairs. $7,971

Here are some basic rules of tHe road wHen cHoosing and buying furniture. designers often empHasize, good art does not Have to matcH your sofa.



emember today’s design is all about personal expression and that means that not all furniture has to match, nor does it have to be bought at the same time. Old and new can work together beautifully, modern and traditional can blend together to create a magnificent look. Fine furniture and fun can work together in harmony to create the perfect room for your lifestyle. Whether you need a recliner for your living room, a desk for your home office, a children’s dresser or something special for your own personal space, your furniture can help you express yourself and serve a purpose. Before redecorating an entire room or buying a single piece of furniture, determine what type of furniture you think you need, set a budget,and determine your “look.” Check out magazines, Pintrest or HGTV for great and creative furniture ideas and start a swipe file. Next it is always wise to take measurements and sketch a detailed layout of the room you’re furnishing. With the layout, you can narrow your furniture search to items of a certain size and depth. Establishing a budget will help narrow down your furniture search and keep you focused. Set realistic price expectations, based on how long you want the furniture to last and your style preferences. If you plan to redecorate frequently, it is still advisable to purchase the best quality pieces you can afford. It is much easier to change a pillow seasonally than a sofa and more practical also. Looking for something special? Set more money aside for handcrafted furniture. An

expensive, well-constructed piece of furniture can really be worth it in the long run, especially if used daily. There are many factors that determine the price point of a piece of furniture. Take a sofa for example. Expect to pay more for sofa fabric that repels soil and water, is a natural fabric or is an exclusive pattern. Inquire about the construction of the sofa. Is is glued or eight-way hand tied? More often than not it is the construction plus the fabric choice that determines the price point.

FIND FURNITURE TO FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE Are you a guy who loves to entertain? Create a mancave for poker nights with the guys. You will need comfy seating, a cool pool table a mini fridge for libations and ambient lighting. Don’t forget the table and chairs, perfect for snacks as well as Blackjack. Got kids? Create a room they can grow in. Children’s beds and dressers today are often versatile and convertible and can be modified to accommodate your child as he or she grows. Here is a place where knowing how and where to invest your dollars can make a huge impact. Entertain outside? The backyard used to be for kids and “slip and slide “ but now you can create an entire outdoor room to expand your living space. Many of today’s outdoor furnishings are indistinguishable from those inside but can resist the weather, are comfortable and last a lifetime. Again, invest in the best pieces you can afford and then supplement with inexpensive fun pieces that are easily replaced. Always consider how much care a furniture piece needs and how much you’re willing to put into its upkeep before making a purchase. Factor in potential post-purchase repair or redesign costs, such as reupholstering, steam cleaning, painting, and re-staining into your furniture budget. No matter how much use furniture gets, you can extend its life with a little tender loving care and attention.

Moss Creek Village Furniture 843-837-4000 La-Z-Boy Pinnacle Recliner: Nothing makes relaxing more uplifting than the La-Z-Boy Pinnacle Recliner. $799 for select leathers.

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ABOVE: Plantation Interiors | | 843-785-5261 The Lexington ottoman price in beginning grade fabric is $1,050. The Sumatra chair in the beginning grade fabric is $2,190. BELOW: Stuckey Furniture Showroom | | 843-987-0066 Solid cherry table in the Windsor finish with the Manchester hostess chairs. $7,699 for the set. 100

Furniture like fashion comes in many styles and genres. Here is a glossary of the most common furniture styles. Remember “blending” types of furniture when done correctly can add personality and warmth to any home. Traditional furniture: Traditional furniture has a homey, understated look. It favors balance and symmetry with straight lines, curved details, and furniture and accessories sold in pairs. Fabrics can come in solid midrange tones or multicolor florals that are neither shiny nor too textured. Upholstered furniture looks unfussy and restful with soft, smooth edges. Contemporary furniture: Contemporary furniture features clean lines, bold colors, and a minimalist, artistic approach. If you’ve had your eye on a bright red armchair, then you’re likely a lover of the contemporary genre. Wood, glass, metal, and stone materials characterize contemporary furniture, as do animal prints, geometric patterns, and natural fabrics, such as wool, cotton, linen, silk and jute. This style avoids fussy florals, fringes and tassles. Casual furniture: For a more relaxed lifestyle, homey, warm, restful and inviting casual furniture fits the bill. Soft and comfortable casual upholstered furniture is usually oversized, overstuffed and slipcovered. Large-scale and chunky wooden pieces are often made with softer woods such as pine. The casual style favors denim; neutral colors such as tan, gray, beige, or off-white; and darker, earthier tones such as rust, olive, wine and navy. Formal furniture: Period or antique formal furniture pieces have ornate details, tall, vertical lines, strict symmetry and high elegance. Dark, high-gloss tables, shelves, armoires and hutches made from woods such as cherry and mahogany accent formal settings. Formal upholstered furniture pieces have smooth lines and tightly woven fabrics in opulent fibers such as silk, satin, brocade, velvet or damask. Most also include dressmaker touches such as fringe, tassels, buttons, pleats and gathers. Arts & crafts style furniture: Arts & crafts furniture, also called Mission-style furniture, has a distinctive, no-nonsense style. The


durable and simple wood furniture often has wood slats, straight legs and no decoration. Though relatively plain, it is considered beautifully crafted, highlighting the wood grain in a unique way. For example, Stickley furniture emphasizes high-quality craftsmanship, balanced proportions, deep colors and highlighted wood grains. Cottage-style furniture: Cottage-style furniture, characterized by a mixture of styles, has a charming, romantic and comfortable feel. Think distressed woods, iron elements, and a mixture of floral and striped fabrics. Nothing really needs to match in the cottage style. Paint or recover your finds to make them fit into your particular “cottage” scheme. Asian furniture: From low-to-theground coffee tables to bamboo armoires and celadon green ottomans, Asian furniture pieces are going mainstream. Furniture looks are as different as the cultures they represent. Japanese, Korean and Chinese furniture are the most popular.

MAKE YOUR OLD FURNITURE NEW AGAIN In our disposable society, people often forget that there is another option to replacing old furniture with something brand new. Reupholstering is a way of extending the life of an old piece of furniture by recovering it in new material. Few people realize that much of today’s furniture grade wood is being harvested from rain forests, with much of this wood coming from China and Indonesia. By reupholstering old furniture, you are reusing wood that has already been harvested which is an excellent reason for saving Grandma’s old sofa instead of pitching it into the landfill. Aside from the environmental benefits, there’s also many other advantages to reupholstering an old piece of furniture. Quality craftsmanship: Have you ever tried to pick up an old sofa? Sofas from the 1950 and earlier are extremely heavy because of the solid wood framework inside. Older furniture tends to be more

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Hilton Head Island has received the eagerly-awaited permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to build the pier and dock at the new rowing and sailing center being developed on Skull Creek off Squire Pope Road. Bryan McIllwee, the town engineer in charge of the project, said the permit arrived on Sept. 30. It is the final permit that was needed to move ahead. The town originally set Oct. 15 for the submission of bids to build the pier and dock, but postponed the date to Oct. 25. McIllwee said he put off the date because he had received so many queries from prospective bidders. He said 12 potential bidders showed up at a mandatory pre-proposal meeting. McIllwee also said the length of time needed to review the bids that are received may take

longer than the usual two weeks. “Judging by the questions I’ve gotten, we’re going to get a wide variety of alternates” offered in the bids, he said, requiring more study. The town had hoped to be able to award a contract for the work by mid-November, with construction beginning in early December, when the bid opening date was Oct. 15, according to McIllwee. But with the new bid opening date moved to nine days later, he said a contract may not be awarded until the end of November. Nonetheless, McIllwee said he still hoped construction might begin by early December. He said the town is specifying the work be completed in 120 days. — Sherry Conohan

BLUFFTON ARTIST HAS 3 NEW CHRISTMAS PUZZLES ON NATIONAL MARKET Bluffton resident Richard Coyne started constructing Christmas villages in 1986, creating landscapes with miniature buildings, trees, trains and figurines. Every year he builds a new landscape to celebrate the holiday season. In 2011, one of his villages was on display at Pineland Station. Photographer Jean-Marie Cote took a picture of the display and Coyne decided to send it to Ceaco Puzzles, a national puzzle company. The company liked the photo so much, it turned it into a 350-piece puzzle. The popularity of that puzzle has led the company to secure the exclusive rights to produce a series of new puzzles based on Coyne’s idyllic

Chrismas villages. “We started with one image in a holiday series last year and the public made it clear that Richard Conye’s artwork was a standout,” said Donna Webster, Ceaco’s vice president of licensing. “Each diorama is beautifully crafted to scale and is clearly labor intensive. Looking at them you are transported into a winter wonderland. I’m sure that each puzzle will be a treasured holiday memento.” The release of Coyne’s holiday puzzles consists of the three titles — Village Square, Home for Christmas and Christmas in the Park. The 750-piece puzzles retail for a suggested $10.49 and are available in stores now.

FORMER SINGER OF THE DESIGN FEATURED ON THE VOICE Fans of the Hilton Head Island live music scene may notice a familiar face on season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Raleigh singer Kat Robichaud had coaches of the show fighting over her in the season premiere after a rocking version of “I’ve Got the Music in Me.” Robichaud has played Hilton Head’s Wild Wing Cafe many times with her former band, The Design. You may also remember the group from their spirited 12

St. Patrick’s Day performance here in 2011. Following her debut on the The Voice, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine dubbed Robichaud, “Raspy McRasperson.” Christina Aguilera, meanwhile, tried to appeal to their shared passion for performing. Blake Shelton campaigned for her to make “the unlikely choice.” But it was CeeLo Green, ever a “lover not a fighter,” who won the rocker over. The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

NEW AREA CODE MAY BE COMING TO LOWCOUNTRY The Lowcountry may get a new telephone area code under a proposal being considered by the state’s Public Service Commission. Officials expect that by late 2015, there will be no more number combinations available under the current 843 area code. Unlike years past, when area codes are depleted, state government doesn’t simply wipe the slate clean and assign new numbers to the whole geographic area. The last time the state went from one area code — 803 in the late 1990s — it added 864 and 843 and gave everyone in the Upstate and Lowcountry a new area code. Now, the preferred practice is to overlap the area codes. That allows telephone users the convenience of keeping their current numbers, but it requires everyone to dial 10 digits when making a local call. In the era of cell phones, when most folks don’t actually dial entire numbers, the practice just seems more practical. The Public Service Commission will vote on the proposal December 3.

solidly built and are a higher quality product than to the low-to-mid priced furniture pieces being sold today. A solid framework means the chair or sofa will last for many years, unlike many of today’s products which rest on a framework of plastic, soft woods or low quality plywood. Custom design: Do you have a look in mind for your sofa or loveseat? Selecting a custom upholstery fabric and trim is yet another advantage of reupholstering old furniture. With the thousands of upholstery fabrics and trims available, finding a print that matches your decor is surprisingly easy. Preserving memories: Of course, there’s also the sentimental attachment of an old piece of furniture, especially one that used to belong to Great Aunt Meg or came down the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon. By reupholstering a family heirloom, it continues to be a usable piece of furniture that family members will cherish. Saving money: The cost reupholstering Grandma’s old sofa may seem expensive at first, possibly as much as it would cost to purchase a complete living room set from a mass-produced furniture dealer. Take the quality of the piece into consideration. If Grandma’s old sofa is made of a solid walnut frame, compare it to a similar new item made with a solid walnut frame. The cost savings will be significant, plus you’ll have a high-quality product that has already proven it will stand the test of time. “Reupholstery is a logical alternative to buying new furniture,” said Larry Setola Jr., owner of Just Cushions Upholstery & Fabric Gallery on Hilton Head Island. “Purchasing furniture can be costly and offer limited choices. With re-upholstery you have the option to customize your existing furniture for your current needs. The possibilities are endless and affordable here at Just Cushions.” M

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echnically, Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes of Bluffton did the building, but the three-yearold company brought to life the vision that the Pennsylvania couple had in their creative minds after buying the 0.8-acre “pie-shaped” lot 12 years ago. Dreams do come true when a client and a builder of dreams join forces. “Nathan (founder and owner of Cameron & Cameron) did a great job,” said Joyce, whose husband recently retired as an executive with ColgatePalmolive Co. “It exceeded our expectations, and we are really happy with everything … It’s exactly what we wanted.” What the Leaches wanted — and what Cameron & Cameron spent nearly a year delivering — was an “edgy, clean, updated French-country look,” Cameron said. The lavish residence boasts 5,378 square feet of living space, 1,672 square feet of exterior porches, five bedrooms including an expansive master suite on the first floor, five full bathrooms and two half-baths. Atop the detached three-car garage is a “living media area and cool bunk room,” noted Cameron, an upstate New York native who moved to the area 12 years ago. November 2013 107

AT HOME The uniquely shaped lot features an expansive front yard that slims in width from front to back amidst towering trees. “This home is molded to the lot, that’s what makes it special,” said Cameron, 37, who prides himself not only on his craftsmanship but also the valued relationships he develops with his clients. “It’s custom and will never be duplicated as is again because it’s a true customized home for the needs of the client and the lot.” The striking architectural design, done by Court Atkins Architects of Bluffton, features a bold entranceway and gallery, which separates the two-story private quarters on one side and the one-story living space on the other. “It’s almost two houses in one,” Joyce said, adding that she and her husband plan on returning to their new vacation home this month to spend the winter. Now that their two children have graduated from college, they also expect to be hosting family and friends throughout the year. The interior showpiece of the home is downstairs in the grand great room, which is 21 feet high with cypress wood beams that stretch high and wide into the dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen. The open-floor plan throughout those rooms presents gorgeous views outside of the patio, in-ground swimming pool, lagoon and golf course. “All of the main rooms have awesome views of the water…and privacy of the pool,” Cameron said. From ceiling to floor and from room to room, every eye-popping detail is custommade.

Custom built: This Colleton River Plantation home was molded to the lot it is built on. The interior showpiece of the home is downstairs in the great room, which is 21 feet high with cypress wood beams that stretch high and wide into the dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen.


“This house is something that started off as definitely a custom project and grew into a more custom project,” Cameron said. Intricate molding, trims and wainscot paneling, among other features, prove his point. “Everything is custom-ordered for this job,” said Arlene Williams, principal designer for Palmetto Cabinet Studio in Bluffton, who supervised the design, ordering and installation of all cabinetry provided by Bremtown Fine Custom Cabinetry Inc. in Indiana. Her imprint can be found in the kitchen, pantry, office, master bathroom, guest baths, powder room, wet bar and elsewhere. The cabinetry features beaded inset styling and a painted glazed finish to add more “visual depth and an extra layer of interest.” Williams also enlisted the Charlotte office of Atlanta-based Francois & Co. to craft a cast range hood with special framing for the kitchen stove. “Not all homes are this grand,” Williams said. Granite imported from India, Brazil and Italy graces the kitchen counters, bathrooms, gallery and other room surfaces. Grayco of Bluffton provided millwork for the window and door casings and crown moldings. “It was like ‘wow’, the ‘wow’ factor,” Joyce said upon entering her elegant new home for the first time early this summer. “This was the dream we conceived of 12 years ago…I was in awe looking around.” The homeowners’ journey began about 20 months ago when a Colleton River Club acquaintance introduced them to Cameron, whose company is one of the preferred builders at the plantation, where he has lived with his family for six years and whose own home — that he built, of course — won a recent “Best Overall Million Dollar Home” LightHouse award by the local Home Builders Association. Cameron spends many of his work days within the gated 1,500-acre golf community building three to six homes annually among his larger new-construction portfolio. One of the homes he constructed there, a French country design, initially caught the attention of the couple. Over the next four months, the homeowners, Cameron, Court Atkins Architects, interior designer and decorator Christina Scharf of the Court Atkins team, and Williams shaped the client’s dream into a $1.3 million showcase of Lowcountry craftsmanship on a $200,000 lot. M November 2013 109





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At Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes, you will find second generation builders with over 50 years of combined experience. We specialize in custom new homes and remodels with a focus on client relationships. Nathan is actively involved in each project. You will see him on the job site working closely with his staff, the talented craftsmen and subcontractors who share the vision for creating new homes and renovated living spaces that go above and beyond their clients’ expectations.

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Sampson S credits success to longevity, service By Dean Rowland

itting in a conference room at his office outside the gate of Hilton Head Plantation recently, Charles Sampson appears calm, content and confident in his short-sleeve shirt and slacks. Who can blame him? He’s a partner/agent of real estate powerhouse Charter One North Realty, a husband of 44 years, a father to three daughters, all of whom live locally, a grandfather of six, and an active member of his community. Looking younger than the early 60s he is, he loves his work, loves his family and loves Hilton Head Island, where he and his wife Frances have lived since 1972. “We very much like where we live, I mean, why wouldn’t you?” Sampson said, a smile crossing his face. “Hilton Head has natural beauty, the lifestyle, the climate and the people who live here. We’ve got natural resources, great weather, great shopping, dining, golf, the arts, and we’ve got the water … but it’s the caring people who live here that are most important.” He shares his enthusiasm of the Lowcountry life with potential clients who are visiting for the first time and looking to buy, as well as repeat clients or referrals who are looking to upsize or downsize. And Sampson and his team, along with the other 16 agents and seven staff members at Charter One North, have a lot of clients.

His company, Charter One North, and his Charles Sampson Real Estate Group have cornered more than 50 percent of the real estate market in Hilton Head Plantation and Indigo Run for the past 15 years. The Charter One North office is turning 20 years old this year and is a fact Sampson is very proud of.

We enjoy what we’re doing, we thoroughly love where we live and we’re tickled to death to be able to share that with other people who want to live here on Hilton Head Island or in the Lowcountry. Parent company Charter One Realty, which is comprised of six offices including Sampson’s, has captured upward of 25 percent of the entire Hilton Head area market in residential sales and has been the industry leader for many years. Sampson says Charter One Realty’s formidable reputation among the general public and his peers is founded on fairness, knowledge, longevity in the area, professionalism, compassion, and caring about clients’ needs and wants. “Helping people is something we enjoy doing, and real estate is actually a way to help clients with one of their biggest financial and emotional transactions to fulfill their dreams to be here,” said Sampson. “We strive to be our clients’ trusted advisor.” Raised in Aiken and a graduate of David Lauderdale’s Erskine College, Sampson began visiting Hilton Head Island in the late 1950s. His family would rent a Forest Beach house for vacation in the 1960s, and as noted, he and his wife Frances, along with their one daughter, moved to the island in 1972. Sampson, who lives in Hilton Head Plantation and is actively involved with his church and community organizations, as evidenced in 2006 by being awarded the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award, twice awarded Hilton Head REALTOR of the Year, and Chamber of Commerce Young Man of the Year in 1985. Andy Twisdale and Dick Patrick of Charter One North have also been awarded REALTOR of the Year!

He said many of Hilton Head area homebuyers are from out of state … but with one important distinction. “Most of the people who have come here to live weren’t transferred by IBM or General Motors,” he said. “They chose to live here, and they chose to be part of the community and get involved.” “Volunteerism “makes the community better,” he adds. Recently at the 350/30 Celebration Town Hall Open House, Mayor Laughlin referred to Hilton Head Island as the “Capital of Volunteerism.” The same was said by former Mayor Tom Peeples at the funeral of our first Mayor, Ben Racusin. Sampson and two previous partners — he now has three partners — formed Charter One North in 1994 after having entered the real estate business with Melrose on Daufuskie Island nine years earlier. Prior to 1985, Sampson was a history teacher, a dock master at Palmetto Bay Marina and for 10 years was a business manager at Hargray. In 2005 he, his wife and one of his daughters, Angela, formed Charles Sampson Real Estate Group, which is the branding name under the Charter One company umbrella. Through the years Sampson and Charter One has weathered several residential marketplace swings. Over the past decade, the highest number of homes sold on Hilton Head Island, 1,313, was recorded in 2005, while the highest median price, $739,000, was logged in 2006. Then the total market tumbled until 2008, when the number of units sold began rising again although prices did not. Last year, 747 homes sold at a median sales price of $463,200. However, Sampson says, with inventories falling, homes selling and prices slightly rising for the past year, the market has been showing some traction. Market supply is forcing homebuyers to purchase more expensive homes, because the island’s under $350,000 category is virtually non-existent, thanks to a recent buying frenzy in that price range. Sampson expects the remainder of this year to be favorable for both buyers and sellers. And that scenario is a “win-win” situation for everyone involved. “We enjoy what we’re doing, we thoroughly love where we live and we’re tickled to death to be able to share that with other people who want to live here on Hilton Head Island or in the Lowcountry,” Sampson said.

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81 Main Street, Suite 202 Hilton Head Island, SC 29925 (843) 681-3307 or (800) 267-3285 •

REAL ESTATE RobeRt StenhAmmeR Property Perspectives

Luxury Property buying tips because of our resort focused development, water access and tourism oriented economy, luxury properties on hilton head Island are far more common than in other areas of the country. hit hard during the recent recession, the local luxury home market is just now beginning to make a comeback. many hilton head Island luxury homes are owned by non-resident homeowners and are ideally constructed and situated to be wonderful short-term rental properties.


ccording the Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island, the average sales price for property this year is $341,000, an increase of 10.4% over 2012 but far short of the million dollar and above luxury home market prices. The average months’ supply for real estate so far in 2013 is 7.6 months, but for one million and up properties it’s at 15 months. Properties selling for fewer than one million have a 94% selling price to listing price ratio but for luxury properties, it’s only at 90%. Most of the positive real estate momentum of pricing gains and reduced listing supply in local real estate has occurred in the middle to low end of the market. Because of these buyer friendly factors and with banks recently easing credit availability for jumbo loans, now may be the perfect time to consider a luxury home purchase on Hilton Head Island. The first step in the process is to take your time and find the right real estate agent to represent you. Assure that you are working with a proven luxury market buyer specialist that is a member of the local and national Realtor Association. Your luxury buyer specialist can assist you with the intricacies of buying luxury property and assure your goals for your important investment are met. If you are considering a luxury property purchase as a second home, renting it out short-term can be a very effective way to

help reduce the property’s expenses and maximize your tax benefits. Hilton Head Island is one of the top destinations in the world for multi-generational travelers that book and stay together in luxury homes year after year to maximize their family time. Homes that are oceanfront or near ocean can easily rent for $10,000 or more per week during the summer months and most gross in excess of six figures revenue on an annual basis. Be sure to partner with a rental manager that specializes in luxury properties and can provide executive level service and homeowner communication. When choosing a luxury home to purchase as a rental property, assure the kitchen is updated with custom cabinetry and designer appliances. Granite counter tops are essential and the kitchen should have an island preparation counter and be easily accessible to the living room for family interaction. Each bedroom should have its own private bathroom and the property should have a sizeable outdoor private pool that can be heated in the colder months. Each bedroom should have flat screen TVs and DVD players. A strong and fast wireless internet signal is critical to support the growing number of mobile devices renters bring with them on vacation. Given today’s timing, your Hilton Head Island luxury property purchase may be a great financial investment decision and provide an oasis for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. M

Robert Stenhammer has been a resort executive for over 15 years and holds an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism. He is the President of Hilton Head Accommodations, serves on the Board of Directors for the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and is Chairman of the Accommodation Tax Committee for the Town of Hilton Head Island. 120

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We are very thankful for our team and the trust that our devoted clients have placed in us for over 35 years in this market.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Reader ’Choi 2012 We have a listing for every lifestyle – oceanfront, oceanside, deep water and golf views. Please visit our website and choose the lifestyle you have been waiting for.

The Woodward Davis Team Monica Davis


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WATER & MARSH VIEWS. Port Royal Sound, Skull Creek over the marsh of Elliott Creek. The homesite is covered with moss draped hardwoods and Palmettos. Split level floor plan with most every room having water views. Wood floors, smooth ceilings with updated kitchen, dining room and sitting room. Master Suite with wrap around windows, ceiling speakers and a suite bath, boutique shop like walk in closet & dressing area. Access to Dolphin Head. $670,000




OUTSTANDING ESTATE HOME AND PROPERTY – Miles of Water View and across the Port Royal Sound and out to the Atlantic. Breathtaking sun and moon rises. Along the bluff which was first sighted by Capt. William Hilton in 1663. 4 BR, Hobby Room, 2nd floor Sunroom, formal LR & DR, expansive Kitchen/Family Room. 3 car Garage, a to-die-for office and expansive rear Deck and courtyard pool. The vacant lot to the front could also be purchased. $1,875,013

NEED SPACE TO SPREAD OUT? 5 BR home w/ formal LR & DR, country eat-in kitchen/family room combo, PLUS an office with a wall of built-ins, PLUS a 2nd floor sitting/ TV room PLUS bonus room PLUS 4 full, 2 half baths, utility room, garage. Wood floors, high smooth ceilings, fireplace. You also get a covered front porch, rear decks & private swimming pool. $698,500

NESTLED UNDER MOSS DRAPED OAKS, 19 Margarita Court views the Country Club of Hilton Head 10th green, entire 11th fairway & green plus the signature 12th fairway.You will also enjoy the sunsets filtered through the live oaks.The home has a private location at the end of a cul-de-sac and long concrete drive. 4 BR or 3 and an office and bonus room, updated kitchen, split bedroom plan, formal dining room, living room and den. Wood floors, granite tops, high smooth ceilings & oversized garage. $518,750

TALK ABOUT A GREAT ROOM home with a cook’s kitchen, oversized garage with a work area, great lagoon view and at the end of a private cul de sac. Great curb appeal, expansive rear deck, 3 BR, 2.5BA, eat in kitchen, pantry, Great Room, Dining area with tranquil lagoon view. $495,000





HILTON HEAD PLANTATION - Enjoy Courtyard Home living.Views of the Country Club’s 9th fairway and a short distance to the Clubhouse with its pools, tennis, health club and dining. Close to Spring Lake Recreation area, Seabrook Farm, docks along the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Cypress entrance to the Plantation. 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, wood floors, high ceilings, eat-in Kitchen/Family Room combination plus a 2 car Garage with walk-up storage and a large winterized screened porch. $458,750

PANORAMIC VIEWS of the 16th fairway of the Country Club of Hilton Head. Short distance to the clubhouse and Spring Lake Recreation area with its pool, tennis, playground and pavilion. This home is almost 3,000 sq. ft. and has an expansive screened porch. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, formal LR with high ceilings, DR and eat-in Kitchen, fireplace and 2 car side entry garage. Priced under $440,000!





WOW! Cul-de-sac in the heart of Hilton Head Plantation with a view of the 1st fairway and green of the Oyster Reef Golf Course. A newer HHP home. High smooth barrel and tray ceilings with numerous skylights, wood floors, granite-tops, winterized screen porch with its own HVAC. 4 or 3 bedrooms plus a bonus room, 3 ½ baths, oversized garage, kitchen/family room combination, outstanding landscaping and curb appeal plus much, much more. Built in the 2000’s – a value at $724,513.

CREATE YOUR OWN LOWCOUNTRY OASIS with your private back yard and custom pool. On a quiet cul de sac street, this 4 BR home offers attractive curb appeal. Features include heart pine flooring, high smooth ceilings, Great Room floor plan with an office or parlor, Dining Room, 1st floor Master plus 3 Bedrooms upstairs. The interior has just been repainted and the wood floors refinished. A Real Estate value. $478,500

UNDER THE STATELY MOSS DRAPED OAKS – just off the signature 12th hole of the Country Club of Hilton Head. Short distance to the clubhouse, Spring Lake pavilion and the docks along the Intracoastal Waterway. Homesite provides a panoramic view of the fairway. Mature landscaping. 3 BR, 2.5 BA updated granite kitchen, formal LR & DR, high ceilings, wood floors, Carolina Room, 2 car garage, fireplace and more. $449,000

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VIEWS OF BEAR LAKE, wildlife and potential. 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Hilton Head Plantation home. Located at the end of a private cul de sac, this property, when developed, was one of the first selected due to it having the best lake view. The home includes a side entry 2 car garage, fireplace and winterized screened porch/ Carolina room. Short walk to Spring Lake and Dolphin Head Beach park. $398,500



WONDERFUL BEACH COTTAGE located walking distance to the ocean. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been remodeled throughout over time and features tile and wood floors, S/S appliances, ceiling fans and a large fenced in back yard oasis with a water feature and expansive deck.The home is just a short bike ride to Coligny plaza. $495,000

SUNSET VIEWS over the marsh to deep water from this 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath townhome located on the south end of the Island. This townhome features an updated Kitchen, new washer and dryer, newer HVAC, hardwood floors and gas fireplace. Cross Island Parkway is close by so easy access to both ends of the Island. $179,900




HILTON HEAD PLANTATION VALUE, Great Location – oversized patio homesite a short distance to the Bluff along the Port Royal Sound. Good potential for an addition. Great for a vacation or 2nd home or your future home with an almost hassle free yard. Located in the heart of the plantation on a quiet cul-de-sac with open space to the front and back. 2 BR, 2 BA, Greatroom home, large patio and mature landscaping. Opportunity to own a HHP home for under $250,000 $248,500

OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD your dream home in the exclusive Seabrook Landing neighborhood of Hilton Head Plantation. This marsh front homesite will allow for views to the 13th fairway of the Country Club of Hilton Head and across the marsh to the sunsets over Skull Creek. In addition, residents of Seabrook Landing can enjoy all the benefits of living in Hilton Head Plantation.$425,000












OYSTER REEF GOLF CLUB’S 4TH FAIRWAY and lagoon view, short distance to the Port Royal Sound and located in the heart of Hilton Head Plantation on a cul de sac street. This 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home offers views and values. There is a formal Living Room & Dining Room, an open Kitchen/Family Room, 2 car side entry Garage, cathedral and tray ceilings. Great curb appeal and mature landscaping.





Frances Sampson (843) 681-3307 x 236 Mobile - (843) 384-1002


81 Main Street, Suite 202 Hilton Head Island, SC 29925

Charles Sampson (843) 681-3307 x 215 Home - (843) 681-3000

ESTATE HOME with two stall horse barn with overhangs for tacking and washing. 3 BR 2.5 BA with space for an office. Formal dining room. Eat-in Kitchen opens to great room w/ fireplace, custom built-in cabinetry and two story high ceilings. Pine floors throughout. Master has large bath with whirlpool, walk in shower, and tile floors. Wrought iron staircase. Open space and pool area across from the front of the home. 1.9 acre adjacent lot available. $499,750

LARGE TWO STORY HOME with 3 bedrooms and large bonus room with a closet. This home also features a two story foyer entry, great room open to the eat in kitchen and a room that could be used as a formal dining room, formal living room or office.This kitchen features hard surface counters and stainless appliances. This home overlooks the woods and is a short walk to the community pool and fitness center. $210,000

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to own an acreage on Hilton Head Island overlooking marsh to deep water.There is a possibility to subdivide the 5 acres into multiple homesites with two of those being marshfront. Drive by and scout out this great Bank Owned property. $450,000


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2ND ROW OCEAN VIEW HOME. Light filled open LR & DR + Family and Carolina Room each with a fireplace. Kitchen w/5 burner Decor gas range, cherry cabinets, SS appliances, hardwood, bamboo + tile floors. 4 BR, 3.5 BA quiet bedroom retreats. 3 Decks across the rear. 2 Car Garage. $969,000

INCREDIBLE HOUSE and Gardens in The Golf Club. Quality built home + beautifully decorated w/4 BR’s or 3 BR’s + Bonus Room over a 3 Car Garage. Elegant LR & DR w/hardwood floors. Chef’s Kitchen opening to a spacious Family Room. Large Master Suite + Study overlooking the 10th Fairway. $879,900

QUALITY CHRIS CONSTRUCTION HOME on a private cul-de-sac with a long lagoon view in The Golf Club. Spacious 5 BR, 5.5 BA home with every imaginable upgrade. Elegant LR & DR. Chef’s Kitchen + Family Room. Large Master Suite + Study. $825,000

BEAUTIFULLY SPACIOUS OCEANSIDE VILLA in the Leamington section. Spacious likenew 3 Bedrooms; 3 Baths (2 Master Suites) + a fabulous wrap-around Screened Porch. Covered Parking. Beautiful Pool with jacuzzi. Great rentals. $719,000





BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM DESIGNED HOME by a well-known Hilton Head architect, Rick Clanton, overlooking the 11th fairway. Incredible landscaping with a Gazebo to enjoy the view. 5 BR’s or 4 BR’s + Study. Elegant LR & DR. Large KitchenBreakfast-Family Room w/hardwood floors. Lightfilled Carolina Room. $719,000

CUSTOM BUILT. Designed perfectly for this panoramic wrap-a-round lagoon-golf view of private Bear Creek Golf Course. Great Room w/walls of glass. Cozy Den/Study w/fireplace. Custom Kitchen cabinetry w/ granite counter tops + stainless steel appliances. Large MBR. Guest Bedrooms each w/private Baths. Loft area + Office. $679,000

CUSTOM DESIGNED HOME by well-known local architect. Contemporary design overlooking a beautiful pool + 10th Fwy of Oyster Reef. Beautiful LR & DR w/travertine floors. Open Kitchen + Family Room. 4 BR’s + Bonus Rm/Media Rm off MBR w/Brazilian cherry floors, fireplace + balcony. Updated Baths and more! $599,000

SPECTACULAR OCEANFRONT! Sea Cloisters is the “jewel” of Folly Field. 4th floor, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths furnished villa. Beautiful Oceanfront pool. Security Gate. On-site rental company. Mid-island location. $549,000






on the beach path. Updates make this home move-in ready for a permanent residence or second home. 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, hardwood floors throughout. Start the new year off right with this beach home! $549,000


SPACIOUS 4 BR, 4 Bath maintenance free Berwick Green Villa w/over 3,000 s.f. overlooking the Lagoon + 18th Fwy of The Golf Club. Large Great Room w/Heart Pine Floors. Chef’s Kitchen w/Gas Range. Large MBR, Private Elevator, 2 car Garage. Used only as a 2nd home. $549,000

BEAUTIFUL 3 BR, 3.5 BA Home + Study/Den all on one level looking out over the 6th Green and 7th Tee of Golden Bear. LR and DR with double tray ceilings. Big Kitchen and Family Room + a large Screened Porch with tile floors. $539,000

PANORAMIC OCEANFRONT, 2nd floor, 2 BR, 2 BA Villa. Sea Cloisters is the jewel of Hilton Head Oceanfront Villas. Great rental or 2nd home. Beautiful Oceanfront Pool, security gate + on-site rental company. This villa has never been rented. $525,000

CUSTOM DESIGNED townhome w/a wrap-around veranda. Builder allowed seller to customize this town home like no other in the community. 3 BR’s, 4 Full BA’s + a cozy Den. Chef’s Kitchen w/top of the line appliances. Granite counter tops. Private elevator + 2 Car Garage. $499,000






FABULOUS TOWNHOMES across the street from the CCHH and within walking distance to the Old Fort Pub and Skull Creek Marina. 3 BR’s and 3.5 BA’s. Top of the line appointments, private elevator + 2 car garage. Starting at $499,000.

GREAT HOME with over 2600 Sq. Ft. on a private cul-de-sac with a beautiful lagoon view. 3 BR’s and 2.5 BA’s. Spacious Living Room. Kitchen opening to Breakfast and Family Room. Large Master Suite. 2 Car Garage. $429,000

BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE STYLE on 7/10th acre, walking distance to the beach. Large Great Rm w/Heart of Pine floor. Kitchen opens to Breakfast Rm + lightfilled Carolina Rm. 2 Gas Fireplaces. 2 car Garage. Split Bedroom plan. Beach home or primary home. $385,000

SELLER SAYS - LETS MOVE IT! This Caravel Court villa is PRICED TO GO. Located in the heart of Harbour Town. Very spacious 1st floor location. Open the lobby door to the Harbour Town Promenade to enjoy all the sights and sounds that put Hilton Head Island on the map! $189,500

GREAT FIRST FLOOR Fiddlers Cove Villa. Updated Kitchen with granite countertops. Great location, walk to the Beach. Fully furnished. Used mainly as a second home.Great community tennis, pool and security. $145,000

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Fantastic opportunity to purchase a beautiful well cared for one level home w/such a great layout! As you pull in the drive way you will see what curb appeal is all about. A large open living area w/vaulted ceilings opening up to the screened in porch and huge back deck! Light and bright w/a super eat in kitchen, so much natural light too. This really is a special house and I know you will love it the minute you walk in the door, just like these folks did. Sea Pines Plantation buy for only $339,000.

17 Wildwood Road:

This is opportunity knocking! Where can you get a 3 bedroom home w/screened in porch in a great centrally located area; close to Harbour Town, Sea Pines Center and the Beach, all under $400k? Wood flooring, large room w/plenty of storage, wood burning fireplace in living area and even a fireplace in the master bedroom. Huge back deck w/ plenty of privacy. Greenwood Forest has their own tennis courts, basketball court, playground and swimming pool. Primary, Secondary or Vacation Rental — at $389,000 this is a deal!

1428 Brighton Bay Villas:

Move in ready top floor end unit at Brighton Bay villas. Enjoy the beautiful views from not one but two balconies on this corner unit. Gorgeous hardwood floors in living area and eat-in-kitchen. This villa offers a storage unit (located in building 800) w/an elevator and assigned covered parking. Community fitness center, clubhouse, Marina and pool. It can be yours for just $129,000.

4A Shipwatch Point:

Great opportunity to get a 3 bedroom villa on the South end with views! Large concept w/huge screened in porch and gorgeous lagoon views from your villa. With vinyl plank flooring, fireplace w/fantastic stone finish, renovated kitchen w/stainless steel appliances and even upgraded bathrooms. Broad Creek Landing has it all: Swimming pool, playground-grill area, tennis courts, gazebo and more, offered for sale at $174,900.

17 Reston Place:

Now is your change to purchase your dream lot in the Heritage Bay section of The Crescent. Located on a private cul de sac with stunning views of the Arnold Palmer Golf Course. This is a very large full size lot. The Crescent is a gated community with pool, tennis, fitness center, club house and a Championship Golf Course, located just off Island. Inventory is on the decline and it’s shifting back to a sellers’ market. Offered for $79,000.

29 Silver Oak:

Amazing marsh view lot on one of the newer communities on Hilton Head Island. This is in the Oak View community and is conveniently located off Spanish Wells Road and the Cross Island parkway, tucked in a private gated section call Silver Oaks. Complete with a community pool and even a community dock, now is the time to buy and build your future dream home. Offered for sale at just $99,000.

Rick is such a professional, right to the closing and well after! Its really easy to tell , Rick Saba really loves his job, it shows by the energy and exitement he instilled to me , as the buyer I highly recommend him! — Sincerely, Jeff , Maria And Chelsea — Happy Second Home Owners, New Jersey Would you like to get AUTO ALERTS on ANY COMMUNITY OR VILLA COMPLEX? Please call (843) 683-4701 or email me today:

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7 SEASIDE SPARROW — A charming 3rd row beach house with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, private heated pool, screened porch and views of Sprunt Pond. Excellent rental history and fully furnished for $1,295,000.

7 BLACK DUCK – OCEANFRONT SEA PINES PLANTATION – 6 bedroom/6 ba on large .4 acre lot. Circular drive with 3 car garages, exceptionally well built with pier and beam construction, private oceanside pool. Elevated main level with all major rooms very spacious and open to deck oceanside. Stable section of beach in walking/biking distance to South Beach. $3,400,000

55 HERITAGE ROAD – SEA PINES – This house sits on 2 spectacular

63 BAYNARD COVE – Spectacular sunsets over the marshes out to Calibogue Sound from this private estate. Own approx. 1 acre of privacy in Sea Pines; 4 bedroom home with new, top of the line kitchen, heated pool, 3 fireplaces, and 3 car garage. One of a kind! $2,200,000

HARBOUR TOWN – Remodeled 3 br/3 ba townhome in the heart of Harbour Town with vaulted ceilings, wood floors, granite counters. Peak views of Calibogue sound. Large back deck. Fee simple – no condo fees. $499,000 Furn.

8 WOOD IBIS – SEA PINES – Beautiful 6 bedroom home on 5th walkway lot. Move-in condition. New 2-car garage with abundant storage, new roof, updated and painted inside and out. Great floorplan. Furnished with heated pool and Spa. Excellent rental or primary home. $1,595,000.

8 RUDDY TURNSTONE – 4 bedroom 4 bath Oceanside Sea Pines rental home located on the beach walkway with private pool and screened porch. FURN. $949,000

SEA PINES – 4TH ROW – Remodeled stucco two story with gourmet kitchen, stone floors, heated pool and spa this 3 br/3.5ba has den and separate dining room which can be converted to 4th bedroom. 2 masters. Easy walk to beach. Great rental projection. $930,000

362 BRIARWOOD VILLA – Great 2 BR,2BA plus den villa with incredible lagoon and golf views of Heron Point GC. Charming atrium, cathedral ceilings, very nicely updated. $429,000.

SEA PINES – The least expensive FULL SIZED LOT in Sea Pines. Do not let this one get away! $175,000

13 MARSH DRIVE – Spectacular views 17th green Harbour Town links, Calibogue Sound, intercoastal and sunsets from this custom designed 6 br/6 1/2 ba estate in prestigous Baynard Oaks area of Sea Pines. $3,379,000

2 SYLVAN LANE – SEA PINES – Charming 3/3.5 home, plus den, plus office, 2 FP, very lg. corner lot. Lagoon view. $549,000.





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Oceanfront masterpiece and outstanding rental producer complete the package. Many recent improvements make this 6 bedroom, 7 and a half bath oceanfront house a turn key rental. Wonderful opportunity in today’s oceanfront market. NOW $3,100,000

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Unparalleled view in Colleton River! Incredible panoramic views! Nature at its best! Live between a tidal marsh & nature preserve. $1,700,000


Unobstructed views of ocean and sound and breathtaking sunsets from this 4 BR, 3 BA home. $1,124,000 furnished. Home has been renovated and nicely maintained; screen porch and large deck. On site pool. Extremely high rental income property. Call Carol.



Open floorplan, custom kitchen with top of line everything. Eat in kitchen with walk in pantry. 4 BR, 4 1/2 BA. plus office. Large guest bedrooms and generous storage. Beautiful screened porch captivates the lagoon and golf views. Exercise room off of 3 car garage. $1,350,000


Family home, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2279 sq. ft. Close to Hilton Head, Beaufort & Savannah. $170,000


Gorgeous water views from this 3 BR, 3 BA home. Plenty of glass, light and bright, fireplace. High potential income property. Walk to all amenities in South Beach. On site pool. Large deck. Most beautiful sunsets. $995,000



Situated on famed 15th hole. 5BR, 4.5 BA, 3 car garage,oak wood flooring, granite in kitchen + new marble and fixtures in all baths. Den, plus an office, artist’s studio which could be ideal exercise room. Large deck. NEW PRICE $1,195,000


High smooth ceilings, open floorplan, open eat in kitchen and golf view. 3BR each with their own bath, plus room off of kitchen for den/TV room. Room off of laundry room for extra storage or office. Beautifully decorated and furnishings negotiable. Great location. Newly renovated. $529,000


Oceanfront view. Terrific investment. Best priced oceanfront home on the island. Rental or build your dream home. House is in good condition but is being sold “as is.” 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Hottub. Walk 300’ to the beach. Sundeck with lounge chairs half-way to beach. $1,600,000


5Br, 5.5BA, 2nd ROW home near the Sea Pines south gate. Situated on a quiet street just 40 steps from the BEACH! Beautifully appointed, sold furnished and sleeps 12. Extensive decking/porches and private heated pool & hot tub. Rec./game room at pool level. $1,495,000


One level 4BR, 3.5 BA home is casual but elegant, highest quality of workmanship. Features include charming foyer entrance, tray & vaulted ceilings, 2 fireplaces, swimming pool,screened porch. .8393 acre overlooking Heron Point Golf Course & private lagoon. $799,000


3Br, 3BA, 2784 sq-ft. Beautiful Home. Marsh views with a great sunset while you are lounging in the pool. Owner wants an offer. . $479,000


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RACK OPEN the cover of any Hilton Head promotional piece and you will see happy people splashing, sailing and sipping in beautiful environs of blue water, sunny beach, and majestic resort architecture. No kidding. This actually happens on Hilton Head Island every day. It’s a snapshot of resort tourism, the paramount economic driver here. In this issue of Monthly you will see lots of ways people can buy into the Island Experience, as advertised. But in this article we take a detour into less-advertised secret places, wherein lies the spirit of this place. And it is definitely not for sale.


EnvironmEnt todd ballantine Secret Places

SUnrAYS, FirSt AnD LASt Tonight, set your alarm (and coffee maker) for dawn. At the buzz, hop out of the sack, walk down to the seashore, and watch the sunrise. See the sea birds stream across the sky turning from azalea-pink to peach and finally, cobalt blue. Feel the cool sea breeze sweep onshore as the ground warms. Watch ghost crabs retreat to their high-beach burrows; they seem to scuttle in all directions at once—a sort of animal all-wheel drive. And wave to the first beach-walker you encounter: share the majesty of the morning. Hilton Head Island is the largest Atlantic sea island south of Long Island, N.Y. But not so big that you can’t stroll or bicycle to the lee (west) side of the isle and watch the sunset. I like the view from Shelter Cove, where nature lovers will not be denied access by plantation security guards. Enjoy the vibrant colors and compare them with the dawn sky. At sunset, colors turn to warm yellow, gold, chrome-orange and radiant rose-red as sunrays refract in dust and smoke particles. Watch bird silhouettes in the sky: elegant wood storks, goose-like cormorants, flocks of tree swallows, and a bald eagle. Soaring freely. It wasn’t so long ago that you couldn’t buy this eagle siting at any price. Cost for this exceptional beauty: $0

tiDEPooL Hot tUB I’ve tried this hundreds of time and know it works. Take your child—or better, 3-4 kids—down to the beach when the tide ebbs (recedes). From South Forest Beach to Sea pines, long water-filled runnels (drainage channels) remain on the lower shore. Waddle right in and sit down: the shallow water simmers in the sun to a pleasant 90 degrees. Scoot around and search out marine life sharing your pool. Look for sea stars (“starfishes”) inching along the bottom, greenish sand dollars (their true color in their natural habitat), hermit crabs lugging snail shells on their back for protection, and squishy sea cucumbers that feed on seaweed particles and digest in one end, out the other. Touch a “sea cuke” and it will curl up in a round, hard, ball. Have fun while it lasts: Hilton Head

runnels usually drain away within two hours. Cost for this hands on discovery: $0

SALt oF tHE EArtH GULLAH is the name of the native AfricanAmerican culture on Hilton Head Island. The Gullah (the name descends from Gola as in Angola — the area of West Africa from which the Gullah descend). If you only spend time in resorts, you will miss the truth: that Hilton Head Island is a blend of different ethnicities and lifestyles. The neighborhoods on what some call “Ward One” on the northwest sector of this island are the Gullah homeland. Drive around the non-beach 80 percent and explore the proud neighborhoods: these were THE residential communities with farm fields, shallow wells, and no telephones when the first developers arrived. You will not see security gates in the Gullah communities. But you will see the one trait that makes for healthy communities: Diversity. Cost for an eye-opening experience: $0

SimPLE SEAFooD CRABBING should never be for sale. Where Maine has its lobsters, the South Carolina Lowcounty has its Atlantic Blue Crabs. You can snare crabs from the beach or better, from a dock. Use cut-up pieces of chicken as bait. Tie to a 15- to 20-foot length of stout string and toss into the drink. When you feel a tug on the line, slowly pull it in. Shake it loose into a bucket of seawater. S.C. law limits recreational crabbers two buckets full per day. Keep your catch alive until cooking. To learn how to cook blue crabs, refer to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources website: seascience/bluecrab.html. Cost: $0

EYES oPEnED WiDE THE COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM is the cultural point of pride for the Hilton Head Island community. Established by the Town of Hilton Head Island over 25 years ago, the facility interprets the dynamic natural resources and cultural heritage of this island and the Lowcountry region. The grounds of the museum are in themselves a lesson. The grounds of Honey Horn Plantation have been occupied for three centuries, and the museum maintains the 1900s-era buildings. Trails wind through “grandmother” live oaks, dating back centuries. Nature trails explore woodlands and fields. Be sure to visit the vibrant butterfly house and the gardens with cultural-use plants, such as sweetgrass. Boardwalks lead out across the tidal marsh, affording long views of the Intercostal Waterway and lively salt marshes of Jarvis Creek. Colorful interpretive exhibits on trails and in the main building introduce the story of life on Hilton Head Island, from primordial cultures to present-day. Cost: $0 to visit. But buy tickets here for the not-to-miss Gullah Tours and seasonal turtle watch programs.

HooF it PUBLIC PEDESTRIAN AND BIKE PATHWAYS span almost 60 miles along roadways and link to beach access, parks and recreation areas. Use these pathways: they access great scenery, exercise for bicyclists, runners and walkers, and allow you to experience the climate, scenery and diverse wildlife in ponds, woodlands, and seashores. Here you can experience the midsection of Hilton Head Island at a slower, calmer pace at a cost of $0 LOCALS KNOW that the key to happiness on Hilton Head Island is not to spend yourself silly. It is the love of simple beauty, the noble culture here, and the enduring value of family. Of course these can be enjoyed at resorts. But heart and soul endure, and are priceless. M November 2013 137




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Images: Nov. 7-Jan. 14 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Ten female artists that have banded to present a multimedia program of “Images.” The exhibition contains watercolors and oils, acrylics, collage and monoprints. The subjects in this exhibition range from abstract to representational art, landscapes and figures. The opening reception at the Museum is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14. There will be talks or demonstrations by the artists from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 2-5. Brought together by friendship and exceptional art skills, Les Bonnes Artistes, French for “The Good Artists”, was formed with regular lunch meetings keeping the artists informed and planning exhibitions and artistic challenges.

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Public Art Tours: 11 a.m., Fridays through Dec. 20 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Hilton Head Island Public Art Committee sponsors this exhibition every two years. You may also vote for your favorite piece of sculpture at $10 843689-6767 ext 223.

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Art Cafe, Kids Night Out: 6:30-8:45 p.m. every Wednesday night. Reservations required. 14 Greenwood Drive. 843-785-5525


PaddleFest 2013 Paddle Sport Race: 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at Hunting Island State Park. Race start will be at the Lagoon, Parking Lot J, in the park. All net proceeds will benefit Friends of Hunting Island (www.friendsofhuntingisland. org). Paddlers from several states will race kayaks, canoes and paddle boards on a 3-mile or 6-mile course taking them into Fripp Inlet and past Russ Point and back in the 6 miler and just under the pedestrian bridge and back in the 3 miler. or 843-379-4327

NOV. 2

Ninth annual Cupid’s Arrow Golf Classic: 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at Oldfield Golf Club. All proceeds from this tournament benefit the John A. Kolbush Memorial Fund at the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. $150 per player. 843-338-6139.

NOV. 4

Palmetto Animal League’s Putt for PAL charity golf tournament: 12:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4 at Belfair’s Fazio West Course in Bluffton. The $150 fee includes a buffet lunch, golf, prizes and appetizers, wine and beer after play. The format will be a four-person shamble. All proceeds will be used to fund rescue, rehabilitation and adoption programs at PAL’s Adoption Center in Riverwalk Business Park. Register online to play or to purchase a hole sponsorship “in memory of” a beloved pet at or e-mail PuttforPAL@ or call Bob Elliott at 843-7069015.

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NOV. 4

14th annual Be A Saint Golf Scramble: 9:30 a.m., Monday, nov. 4 at Hampton Hall golf Club. Proceeds will fund free early prenatal services offered by the Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the low Country. there are separate flights for men, women and mixed teams and lots of contests and prizes highlighted by a $10,000 hole-in-one contest. the cost is $150 per person which includes golf, souvenir golf shirt, prizes, buffet lunch and more. 843-689-2222 or hhislim@

NOV. 23

The Jazz Corner’s 9th annual Golf Tournament: 10 a.m., saturday, nov. 23 at the arthur Hills Course inside of Palmetto dunes Plantation. the event will benefit the Junior Jazz Foundation. 843-842-8620 or Kelli@thejazzcorner. com


Exhibition tennis matches: 5:30 p.m., each Monday at Van der Meer shipyard Racquet Club. Watch tennis coaches from around the world as they play in exhibition matches every Monday night. they will be playing rain or shine. www. or 843-785-8388

Ceremonies NOV. 17

Memory Matters Candle Lighting Ceremony: 4 p.m., sunday, nov. 17 at Jarvis Creek Park. an inspirational candle lighting ceremony to remember individuals and their families who have been touched by alzheimer’s disease. the event commemorates national alzheimer’s disease awareness Month in november. 843-842-6688

NOV. 11

Veterans Day observance: 10:15 a.m., Monday, nov. 11 at shelter Cove Community Park. this year’s program will feature the Parris island Marine Band providing music starting at 10 a.m. and throughout various parts of the ceremony, which will conclude around 11:30 a.m. immediately following the ceremony, there will be a sit down plated luncheon reception at the Oceanfront Omni Resort in Palmetto dunes. “the Headliners” will entertain for the luncheon. there is a $25 per person charge for the luncheon. 843-681-4960 november 2013 139


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Exploring Coastal Carolina: Photography by Marci Tressel with essays and poems by Margie Tolly. Featuring an audio tour narrated by Margie Tolly and Farmer Joe King and introducing the Commemorative Book Reflections. In addition to this exhibit will be the sale of their newly released book by the same name. Unique to this exhibit is the use of audio narrated by Farmer Joe King, accessible to all via cell phone. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, Nov. 5-30. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. An artist book signing is 5:30-7 p.m. on Nov. 14. Presented by Art League of Hilton Head. or 843-681-5060


Sea Pines Resort Food & Beverage Job Fair: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 at the Sea Pines Resort Welcome Center. Prospective employees will have the opportunity to submit resumes, as well as meet and interact with current Sea Pines Resort staff members. Full-time restaurant opportunities include managers, chefs, sous chefs, servers, hosts, bartenders, line cooks and prep cooks. Part-time, seasonal opportunities. 843-842-1883 or humanresources@

NOV. 15

After Hours Teens Game Night: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 at the Hilton Head Library. Life-sized Monopoly game and a closet full of board games. Grab a friend and join in the fun. Snacks will be provided. You must have a permission slip for this after-hours event. Grades 6 and up. Free. 843-255-6529 or


Volunteers needed for Island Hospice: Island Hospice, a non-profit THA Group company, is seeking volunteers in Beaufort County. Opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds are available 140

through a variety of direct and non-direct initiatives, including participating in activities with patients in their homes, weekly meal preparation, patient pal program, in which volunteers mail a small gift to a patient twice a month, donating a Wish List item and more. 912-721-5118 or


No-see-ums, the Most Irritating Residents of the Lowcountry: 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. No-see-ums, often referred to as sand flies or biting midges, are a unique part of the ecology of the Lowcountry. This presentation will explain the life history of these and closely related blood-feeding flies found in the Lowcountry. $7. 843-689-6767, ext 223.

NOV. 30

Bald Eagles in the Lowcountry: 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Tom Murphy, a retired biologist from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and principal investigator for the Bald Eagle Program for 33 years, will share his knowledge of the natural history of Bald Eagles in the Lowcountry. $7. 843-689-6767, ext 223.


NOV. 1

Candy Shop Vintage Trunk Show: 2-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at Truffles Sea Pines. 843-671-6136

NOV. 6

Holiday Fashion Show & Lunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Country Club of Hilton Head. Presented by Worth New York, to benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. Jewelry by Geiss & Sons. $35. RSVP by Oct. 30. 843-706-2296 or



The Bleu Party: 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 at The Bleu Companies. Grand opening party for The Bleu Companies, located at 807 William Hilton Parkway. Live music, live radio broadcast, door prizes and more. Partial proceeds will benefit CODA, supporting victims of domestic violence. 843-341-2538.

3rd annual Bluffton International & Craft Beer Fest: 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Calhoun Street Promenade in Downtown Bluffton. Featuring breweries from around the world including Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and American craft breweries. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. It benefits Palmetto Animal League.

NOV. 22

24th annual Taste of the Season: 6-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Experience the innovative cuisine of top area chefs as they share their culinary fare from more than 35 restaurants. $45. November 2013 141


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NOV. 8-10

2013 Hilton Head Oyster Festival: 5-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10 at Shelter Cove Community Park. Live entertainment. Admission is $6 per person with children 10 and younger free. All food and beverages are sold separately. 843-681-7273 or

NOV. 30

Caramel Apple Festival: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 at Sea Pines Resort. Bring the family to Heritage Farm for a fun afternoon of fall activities, including caramel apples, games, crafts and more. 843-842-1979

NOV. 12, 14

Savannah Food & Wine Festival: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14. A select group of Savannah chefs have been exquisitely paired with famous wine makers, wines, Master Sommeliers and more for a one-of-a-kind, wine and dine week in Savannah. The official festival dinners are being hosted at Elizabeth on 37th, Circa 1875, Noble Fare, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sapphire Grill and The Olde Pink House. 912-232-1223 142


Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4 at Marriott’s SurfWatch. 5K run/ walk. Benefits Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Torch Relay.

NOV. 8

8th annual Elegant Evening: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 at the TidePointe clubhouse. Proceeds benefit Hilton Head Heroes. Hilton Head Heroes brings families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses to Hilton Head Island for a cost-free resort vacation. All of the families stay in the Hilton Head Hero house that is located in Sea Pines Resort. Certified executive chef Stephen Stewart of TidePointe will prepare a world-class buffet. Guests will enjoy cocktails, a splendid buffet and silent auction in the elegantly decorated clubhouse.$85. 843-671-2951 or

NOV. 8

Bonfire Fundraiser: Friday, Nov. 8; 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Sea Pines Resort. The evening will include cocktails, a Lowcountry inspired menu, live music, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit capital replacement projects throughout the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. $50. 843-671-1343

NOV. 9

VIM HHI Dance for the Kids: 6-10 p.m., Nov. 9 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and music by Don Hite and is followed with a sit down dinner and dancing by the Del Baroni 10-piece orchestra. There will be a silent auction throughout the evening. $150 per person. 843-689-6612, or www.vimclinic. org.

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Hilton Head Hospital diabetes program: 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Hilton Head Hospital board room. A program specifically for people with prediabetes or those at high risk of developing diabetes. This class will help persons to understand what prediabetes is and will teach nutrition and lifestyle strategies to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. 877-582-2737.

Daufuskie Island historic recognition ceremony: 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2. The South Carolina Society Colonial Dames XVII Century will unveil and dedicate a large historic marker on Daufuskie Island, recognizing the unique and significant history of Daufuskie Island since it was first viewed by explorers in 1633. A private Haig Point ferry will transport special guests from Hilton Head Island to the Public Boat Landing on Daufuskie Island for the event. An informal reception will follow the marker dedication.

Historic Sites & Fascinating Past on Hilton Head: 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday through Dec. 17. The Heritage Library will present a special talk and PowerPoint presentation about the island’s storied past and historic sites to acquaint visitors with our history and encourage them to explore on their own -- on foot, by bicycle or by car. The talk is one-hour and will be repeated every Tuesday. Free to the public. Reservations requested. 843-686-6560 or

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce State of the Region Luncheon: Noon, Monday, Nov. 4, Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Find out how our area leaders are tackling the biggest issues shaping our region. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, along with Beaufort County Council Chairman Paul Sommerville, Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin and Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka will discuss important regional issues. $33 for chamber members, $43 for non-members.

NOV. 4

Simulcast of Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y: 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4 at Congregation Beth Yam on Hilton Head Island. A big screen interview with Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Toobin, not available on cable. Live and interactive via satellite. Other upcoming interactive interviews include Jeb Bush (Nov. 18), Ari Shavit with David Remnick (Nov. 19), Howard Gardner (Dec. 9) and Jeremy Ben-Ami (Dec. 16). Tickets for each event are $15 or $72 for the series. or 843-689-2178

NOV. 8

Hilton Head Island Ski Club monthly meeting: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 at Bomboras at Coligny Circle for happy hour. Dinner is optional. Members, skiers and non-skiers are invited. 843-681-4181 or

NOV. 13

Forum on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area water, septic and sewer issues: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Hilton Head PSD. League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area will present a forum on local water, septic and sewer issues. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions. The public is invited. Reservations are not required. Free. 837-3436 or November 2013 143


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NOV. 14

Business After Hours: 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 at Park Lane Hotel & Suites. Enjoy casual networking, great food and complimentary beer and wine along with great door prizes and more. The cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.

NOV. 21

“The Road to Frogmore” book talk with author Carolyn Schriber: 2 p.m., Nov. 21 at the Bluffton Branch Library. Meet historical novelist, Carolyn P. Schriber, at a book talk and signing. 843-255-6503 or

NOV. 25

Miss Hilton Head Island informational meeting: 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25 at the Bluffton Library. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP by e-mail.

NOV. 26

Camera Club of Hilton Head Island meeting: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26 at All Saints Episcopal Church. Guest speaker and judged member photo competition. “Doors & Entrance Ways.” Meetings are free and newcomers and guests are welcome. 144

NOV. 27

Chamber Young Professionals Group: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Corks in Bluffton. The popular networking group for the 40-and-under set is a great opportunity to meet with business colleagues in a casual setting. There is no cost to attend.

MOVIES NOV. 12, 14

It’s Not You, It’s Me: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Nov. 12 and 14, at Park Plaza Cinema. Director Nathan Ives and main character Ross McCall will be on hand for a Q&A both days. The movie tells the story of Dave (Ross McCall), a 30-something commitment-phobe, who breaks up with the love of his life thanks to conflicting advice from his outrageous, inner voices. Under pressure, he says the only thing he can think of to soften the blow, “It’s not you, it’s me.” $10. 843-7150479.


2nd Annual Hall of Fame Concert: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Concert featuring the music of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Motown legends, Neil Diamond and more. Performances by local favorites Huxsie Scott, Terry Herron, Penney Lynn Smith and Sweetgrass Angels. $50. Hors d’oeuvres served at 6 p.m. 843-686-4100.

NOV. 1-30

The Jazz Corner performance calendar: Nov. 1-2, The Christian Tamburr Sextet featuring jazz legend Ira Sullivan with special guest trumpeter Dominick Farinacci; Nov. 8-9, Big Band singer Lynn Roberts with award-winning pianist Bob Alberti’s Trio; Nov. 15-16, the Bria Skonberg Quartet; Nov. 22-23, the Scott Giddens Quartet with pianist and vocalist Scott Giddens, guitarist Howard Paul, bassist Billy Thornton and percussionist Justin Varnes; Nov. 29-30, award-winning pianist and composer Kevin Bales and friends. Live entertainment nightly starting at 8 p.m. 843-842-8620

gmore book talk with Carolyn Schriber ... Nov. 25: Miss Hilton Head Island Inform

NOV. 4

Beethoven: His Women and His Music: 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4 at All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head. Chamber Music Charleston will open its 2013-2014 Hilton Head Chamber Music Series with this performance. Veteran television, film and stage actor Clarence Felder will portray Beethoven as CMC cellist Timothy O’Malley and pianist Irina Pevzner will perform selections from Beethoven’s cello and piano sonatas between the composer’s musings. $20. www. or 843-763-4941

NOV. 7-9, 10

Forbidden Broadway: 8 p.m., Nov. 7-9; 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The fall-down funny musical roast of Broadway. Outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know, and dead-on impressions by a stellar cast. $50. 843-842-ARTS or

NOV. 8-24

Company: 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 8-24 at the May River Theatre. “Company” is a musical comedy based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Its plot revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. $25. 843.815-5581

NOV. 9-10


Midsummer Night’s Dream: 7 p.m., Nov. 9-10 at Hilton Head Preparatory School’s outdoor courtyard. In its fall production, Hilton Head Prep brings the whimsical Shakespearean comedy magically to life. The imaginative plot is a confluence of magic, hijinks and romance. Ret’s Garden will serve as Prep’s magical outdoor lobby where audience members can partake of “sparkling love juice” and other “enchanted refreshments.” The evening will include fairy face paintings and stadium seating, with the opportunity for audience members to relax on their own picnic blankets if they choose. $10 students and seniors, $15 adults. 843-341-9182 November 2013 145


Nov. 22: Swampfire records Showdown ... Nov. 10: Mozart &

NOV. 10

Mozart & Haydn Visit Paris & London: 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Bluffton High School Auditorium. The next Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra concert will be performed in both Bluffton and Hilton Head. Mozart and Haydn are two of classicism’s greatest composers. As “hired guns” both Haydn and Mozart created some of their most memorable works away from home -- Mozart’s journey to Paris as a young man, and Haydn’s to London as a seasoned pro, yielded some of their greatest works. $25. or 843-842-2055


4th annual Swampfire Records Showdown: 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at The Smokehouse. Musician John Cranford is throwing himself a birthday party, and everyone is invited. On Nov. 22, local musicians will take center stage during the fourth annual Swampfire Showdown. The rock concert will feature big name bands from the area including The Storks, South Beach Orchestra, Craig Coyne and Friends, Treble Jay, Cranford Hollow, Jared Templeton and The Broad Creek Rum Runners. Swampfire records is a little independent record label dedicated to helping local bands get their original music to the masses. or 146

Celebration of Remembrance: 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. The service will be an opportunity to make a step towards healing with others who are making a similar journey and is sponsored by the Health Ministries team at the church. or 843-681-3696

NOV. 9

35th annual Fall Festival: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church. The Fall Festival is one of the largest, continuously run, church bazaars in South Carolina. All pro-

t & Haydn Visit Paris & London ... NOV. 3: Celebration of Remembrance ... Nov. 9: 35th ceeds from the festival support the outreach and mission projects of the church. There will be great food to munch on plus live music, in addition to all of the great shopping options. Early arrivals can fuel up for shopping with coffee and donuts. The church’s Celebration Center building will be converted into an open bazaar. 843-785-4711.


Singers Needed for Community Choir for Handel’s Messiah: Singers are needed to join the community choir for Handel’s “Messiah,” to be presented at First Presbyterian Church on at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. No auditions are necessary. Rehearsals will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3 and 10. 843-681-3696

NOV. 17

Hymn Festival: 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at Providence Presbyterian Church. The massed choir will include members from 12 participating churches. Hymns and anthems will be sung by both choir and congregation. 843.815.4211 or www.


11th Annual Fishing Tournament: 10 a.m.-noon, Friday Nov. 29 at Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Fish for bass, bream and catfish at Fish Island. Try to win a prize in one of the tournament categories, and roast hot dogs and marshmallows around a fire. Reservations are required. $10-$15 based on equipment you bring. 843-842-1979


Horseshow: Hunters and Jumpers: Saturday, Nov. 9; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Sea Pines Resort. The international Riding Academy at Lawton Stables is hosting a USHJA/ANRC Outreach Competition Horse Show. ANRC and jumper classes are open to all qualified riders, and the event is open to the public. 843-671-2586


NOV. 2-3

Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3 at Port Royal Golf Club. Known best for its white sandy beaches and, what seems like, its infinite number of golf courses, it’s something else that takes center stage on the tranquil barrier island the first weekend in November — world class automobiles. With everything from jaw-dropping classics to two-wheeled machines to wooden boats to amazing beach mobiles, Hilton Head Island brings out the car lover in all of us. This is the island’s second-largest event, behind the RBC Heritage. $35 Nov. 2, $40 Nov. 3. November 2013 147

Les Bonnes Artistes bring ‘Images’ to Honey Horn By SHerry ConoHAn


en women artists from Hilton Head Island, united under the banner “Les Bonnes Artistes,” are staging a show of their collective art works – “Images” – at The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn from Nov. 7 through Jan. 14. Their styles and subject matter vary from artist to artist with the pieces being shown ranging from landscapes to flowers to historic structures and people There are abstract paintings and collages. Something for everyone — and most of it will be for sale. Sitting at a large round table covered with a red tablecloth in the back of their favorite restaurant, Il Carpaccio in Pineland Station (the food is good and the price is right) for one of their monthly meetings recently, the women talked excitedly about plans for the upcoming show. They quickly decided that rather than mixing up their art, each would show her own pieces in one group. The question, unresolved, was how to determine the order in which the groupings would run. They figured each artist would be able to display four to eight items of their work, depending on the size of each. They estimated that, overall, there would be 50 to 70 items in the show. The group has previously had two other joint shows — one with the Art League of Hilton Head and one at Hilton Head Library. They all show their work, individually, in vari148

ous galleries around the island and Beaufort County. “Les Bonnes Artistes” — The Good Artists — was founded in October 2007 when Doris Shay, Evelyn Kowtko and Dorothy Steelman sat down together to talk art. It grew by invitation to include the present 10, all from the northern end of the island. All but one live in Hilton Head Plantation, the other lives in Indigo Run. Their intent, they explained, was to have an art group in the north end. They derive many things from their association with one another. Annie Coughlin said she enjoyed the feedback and reinforcement that she gets from the group and finding out the latest — what’s going on — in the art world. Emily Wilson said she enjoyed the relationship that they share as artists. Joanna Chalson similarly said she enjoyed the kind and friendly relationship in “Les Bonnes Artistes” and how the members support each other’s artwork. “The art group is a small art community within a large art community,” Barbara Spencer added, “and gives me a sense of belonging in Hilton Head and producing the best Lowcountry art I can. It consists of amazing artists.’” Shay said it’s also great for just having “a good time” together. To be invited to be a member, Jo Dye said, the foremost criteria is for the person to be a good artist. After all, she said, “That’s our name — Les Bonnes Artistes — The Good Artists.” M



Holiday Season



t’s a sumptuous party that kicks off the holiday season on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, where the best local restaurants and their chefs showcase their most unique, most delicious, most delectable dishes. This year’s event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 22 at

the Hilton Head Marriott & Spa. In addition to 35 local restaurants offering tastes of a huge variety of dishes, there will also be a silent auction and opportunities to socialize with friends and neighbors. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. We took a few minutes from some of the area’s top local chefs to talk about Taste of the Season and some of their favorite dishes and best recipes (Pages 150, 151). November 2013 149

TasTe of The season

MiChael Cirafesi

linGuine alla pesCatore Serves 4 to 6 In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain. In a large suate pan, heat the grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add the clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and squid. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, and cherry tomatoes. Degflaze the pan with white wine, pomodoro sauce, and vegetable broth. Season the sauce with a pinch of salt. Simmer the sauce for 5 to 7 minutes, or until all the shellfish is cooked and the clams and mussels have opened. Discard any unopened clams or mussels. Add the pasta to the sauce. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and toss thoroughly to coat. Arrange the clams and mussels around the edge of each serving plate. Place the pasta and remaining seafood in the center. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve.

OWneR/cHef Of OMBRa cucIna RustIca What makes Taste of the Season so special for you and your restaurant? We get to showcase to our locals and visitors our fall and holiday specialties that we will be featuring at OMBRa during the holiday season (Venetian word for glass of small wine – in Venice, when you go to a small café, you order an ombra-a small glass of white or red wine). What’s your favorite decadent holiday treat? Pannetone — the classic sweet christmas bread from Milan, only available at christmas time. It comes in a variety of flavors such as chocolate and apricot What goodies are you planning on serving this year at Taste of the Season? chestnut Gnocchi with Wild Boar Ragu. Homemade winter tuscan specialty, gnocchi made with chestnut flour served with a wild boar ragu – a stew of braised meat, red wine and vegetables. Here’s a recipe Chef Cirafesi shared with us:

Chaun BesCos Head cHef at Red fIsH

What makes Taste of the Season so special for you and your restaurant? It’s definitely the highlight festival of the year. It’s a great holiday celebration where you bring out your best and get to show the whole town what you do. What goodies are you planning on serving this year at Taste of the Season? I’m doing a pepper-herb roasted sea bass with red wine emulsion … and some other stuff. What’s your favorite decadent holiday treat? I love braised shortribs and a nice red wine. Here’s a recipe Chef Bescos shared with us: 150

• 1 package linguine (approx. 1 pound) • Salt, for boiling pasta • ½ cup grapeseed oil • 12 clams, scrubbed and rinsed • 12 mussels, scrubbed and rinsed • ½ cup fresh bay scallops • ½ cup fresh whole shrimp, peeled • ½ cup fresh squid with tentacles, cleaned • 2 tbsp garlic, peeled and minced • Crushed red pepper, to taste • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered • 1 cup white wine • 1 cup pomodoro sauce • ½ cup vegetable broth • Salt, to taste • 3 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley • Extra virgin olive oil, for garnish

Maple-brined berkshire pork Chop with red-eye Gravy • 4 12-ounce Berkshire pork chops • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil (to brush on chops before grilling) Brine ingredients: • 2 cups apple cider • 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds (can be purchased in health food store or online) steeped in ½ cup hot water • 1 Star anise pod • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns • 1 cinnamon stick • 1 cup cane sugar • 1/3 cup salt Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil to dissolve sugar and salt. Remove from heat and mix with 1 quart cool water. Before brining your protein, be sure to chill the brine thoroughly to keep food safe. Place 4 chops into chilled brine and refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours, but 24 is better. Remove from the liquid and rinse. Pat dry and let rest uncovered in refrigerator for 2 hours. Again, results are better if able to air dry overnight.

When ready to cook, brush chops with oil (do not season with salt, the brine has done that for you) grill 3 minutes, and turn a quarter turn let cook for 2 minutes more. Turn over chop and repeat procedure. Remove from heat when achieving desired doneness and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes tented in foil. Serve sliced finished with red eye gravy. • Red eye gravy • ½ cup diced bacon • 1 cup coffee (I use decaf at dinner time) • 2 tablespoons demi-glace (for richness) • 1-2 tablespoons good quality maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness) • Salt as needed for balance In small sauce pot brown the bacon. Deglaze the pan with coffee. Get all the good bits up off the bottom. Reduce by half and add the demi-glace. Bring to a simmer, then add the maple syrup. Continue cooking until sauce coats the back of a spoon. Adjust with salt if necessary. Serve with char-grilled pork chops. Serves 4.

TasTe of The season

Russell Keane Owner/cHeF OF neO

What makes Taste of the Season so special for you and your restaurant? It’s the one event this time of year that brings people together and says, “Hey, the holidays are here!” It’s a chance for getting together and having a good time and a chance for us to show off our great food. What goodies are you planning on serving this year at Taste of the Season? I’m not exactly certain, but definitely something very seasonal. Possibly venison meatball lollipops. I’m also thinking about wontons with chicken, ham, collards and goat cheese. What’s your favorite decadent holiday treat? For me it’s all about the stuffing. I love cornbread stuffing. It just ties all the other foods together. Here’s a recipe Chef Keane shared with us:

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What makes Taste of the Season so special for you and your restaurant? taste of the season is an opportunity for the island to showcase its emergence as a culinary destination. What goodies are you planning on serving this year at Taste of the Season? we will be featuring ms. Bessie’s homemade desserts this year. which ones? You’ll have to come to the event to find out. ms. Bessie has been turning out desserts since 1972. she has been there since almost the beginning and I still don’t know what time she comes in the morning, because I don’t think I have ever beat her to work. she is a sweet lady, but most importantly, her desserts are world class. What’s your favorite decadent holiday treat? Fish and grits (for breakfast of course), local oysters on the half shell, foie gras, standing rib roast, yorkshire pudding, veal chops, coq au vin with ringnecked pheasant.   Here’s a recipe for peach cobbler from Ms. Bessie.

Braised shortriBs with Caramelized root VegetaBle demi 3 shortribs on the bone, cut into individual bones (can substitute boneless shortribs or any other roast type of beef, just drop to 2) • 1/4 cup olive oil pomace or vegetable oil • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion • 1/4 cup diced carrots • 1/4 cup diced celery • 1/4 cup diced parsnips • 1/2 cup mushrooms, cut in half • 2 whole tomatoes • 1 sprig fresh rosemary • 5 sprigs fresh thyme • 1 cup red wine for braising liquid, 3 cups wine for the chef • 2 cups beef demi, brown gravy, or thickened beef stock • Salt • Pepper Season beef shortribs generously with salt and pepper. Preheat a medium-sized thick walled sauce pot on stove, add oil when hot. At this time also preheat oven to 275-300 degrees.

Immediately add shortribs to the pan and sear until dark brown on all sides. Remove shortribs from pan and set aside. Add onions, carrots, celery, and parsnips to pan and saute — stirring occasionally so vegetables caramelize, but do not scorch. When vegetables are fully caramelized (roughly 6-8 minutes) add tomatoes, mushrooms, and herbs (you can chop herbs, or tie into bouquet garni with bakers twine) then quickly add red wine and reduce heat slightly. Simmer until liquid has almost disappeared. Add beef demi, brown gravy, or thickened beef stock and bring back to a simmer. Return shortribs to pan, cover and place in oven on center rack. Cook 5 hours at 300, or 6-8 hours at 275 (the lower and slower they cook, the more tender and flavorful they will be). When checking for doneness be careful of steam as you uncover pan - meat should fall easily right off the bone. If meat still clings, keep cooking at 275-300 and check for doneness every 30-45 minutes. Serves 4. Don’t forget to drink your wine...

PeaCh CoBBler • 8 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges • 1/4 cup white sugar • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice • 2 teaspoons cornstarch • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 1/4 cup white sugar • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and • cut into small pieces • 1/4 cup boiling water Mix: 3 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup

brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

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he HHSO will return to Bluffton to perform on November 10th for the first time in five years. The performance will take place at Bluffton High School at 7pm. We are excited to once again offer a concert in the greater Bluffton area and are hopeful that concert goers from Savannah to Beaufort will appreciate the shorter travel time to the event. The November 11 concert at First Presbyterian Church is nearly sold out so we are happy to offer an additional opportunity to attend this wonderful program that includes the Mozart “Paris” Symphony No. 31 in D major and the Haydn “Drum Roll” Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major. Open seating tickets in Bluffton are available for $25. Then on Monday, December 2 we have added a 4 pm matinee performance of our holiday concert “Joy to the World!” These double concerts on the first Monday in December will hopefully be the hallmark opening of this joyous season for years to come. This concert of popular holiday classics includes the HHSO Chorus, young violinist Eric Tsai, and stunning soprano Kisma Jordan in inspiring performances of O Holy Night and Go Tell it on the Mountain. Both concerts will take place at First Presbyterian Church. Good seats are available for the matinee and there are a limited number of seats for the evening performance. Tickets are available for $50, $40, and $25.

See you at the symphony!

Mary M. Briggs President & CEO



Charbar Co. Award-winning gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Charbar was voted “People’s Choice Best Burger” two years in a row at the Burgers & Brew Festival. 33 Office Park Road, Suite 213 (Park Plaza) 843-785-2427 •

Hilton Head north end

atlanta Bread Company: 45 Pembroke Drive 342-2253. bld Bella italia Bistro and Pizza: 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 689-5560. ld

dye’s Gullah Fixin’s: 840 William Hilton Parkway. 681-8106. ld Fancy Q Sushi Bar & Grill: 435 William Hilton Parkway. 342-6626. ld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill (north): 95 Mathews Drive. 342-8808. bld Frankie Bones: 1301 Main Street. 682-4455. lds

Carolina Café: The Westin Resort, Port Royal Plantation. 681-4000, ext. 7045. bld

French Bakery: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 3425420. bl

Chart House: 2 Hudson Road. 3429066. ld

Hudson’s on the docks: 1 Hudson Road. 681-2772. ld

Crazy Crab (north): 104 William Hilton Parkway. 681-5021. ld dragon express: 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 681-5191. ld

P il Carpaccio: If you’re hankering for some authentic Italian cuisine, this hidden gem tucked away in Pineland

Station is worth finding. Pizza is cooked in a hardwood burning oven, imported from Modena, Italy. From Antipasti through Zuppe, Chef Eddy makes everything from scratch using the freshest available products. Try This: Vitella Piemonteste; veal scaloppine sauteed with mushrooms and Italian mild sausage in a light cream sauce, $16.95. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 342-9949. ld P le Bistro Mediterranean: Faisal and his staff have been serving locals and visitors delicious fare since 1988. Customers return again and again for Le Bistro’s European ambience, open kitchen, fresh daily specials and superb wine list. With Spanish tiles and Moroccan pot-

tery, the decor in the main dining area, cozy wine bar and airy outdoor cafe is intimate and charming. Try This: Butternut Squash Ravioli served with a mild garlic sauce, $18. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 681-8425. www. d little Chris Cafe: 430 William Hilton Parkway. 785-2233. bld Main Street Café: 1411 Main Street Village. 689-3999. lds Mangiamo!: 2000 Main Street. 6822444. ld Mi tierra (Hilton Head): 160 William Hilton Parkway in Fairfield Square. 342-3409. ld Munchies: 1407 Main Street. 7853354. ld November 2013 153

DINING New York City Pizza: 45 Pembroke Dr. 689-2222. ld

Tapas: 95 Mathews Drive, Suite B5, Hilton Head Island. 681-8590. d

Okko: 95 Mathews Drive. 341-3377. ld

TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: 35 Main Street. 681-2900. ld

Old Fort Pub: 65 Skull Creek Drive in Hilton Head Plantation. 681-2386. ds

Turtles Beach Bar & Grill: 2 Grasslawn Avenue at the Westin Resort. 681-4000. ldo

Outback Steakhouse: 20 Hatton Place. 681-4329. ld

Up the Creek Pub & Grill: 18 Simmons Road in Broad Creek Marina. 681-3625. ld

Plantation Café and Deli: 95 Mathews Drive. 342-4472. bl Reilley’s Grill and Bar (north): 95 Mathews Drive. 681-4153. ldso Ruby Lee’s: 46 Wild Horse Road. 681-7829. lds Skull Creek Boathouse: 397 Squire Pope Road. 681-3663. do

WiseGuys steaks: 1513 Main Street. 842-8866. do Yummy House: 2 Southwood Park Drive. 681-5888. ld

HiLTON HeaD mid-island

Starbucks: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. 689-6823.

843: 890 William Hilton Parkway, Fresh Market Shoppes. 681-8843. ld

Street Meet: 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 842-2570. ldo

alexander’s: 76 Queens Folly Road. 785-4999. ld

Sunset Grille: 43 Jenkins Island Road. 689-6744. ldos

P alfred’s: European-trained chef Alfred Kettering combines some of the

most appealing elements of classic American and Continental cuisine in this tiny Plantation Center hideaway. Grab a seat at the chef’s counter to watch the master at work, cranking out German favorites such as Sauerbraten or pan-sauteed Wienerschnitzel. Try This: Roasted Chilean Sea Bass over mashed potatoes and spinach with Chardonnay sauce, $25.95. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, in Plantation Center. 341-3117. www. D arthur’s Grille: Arthur Hills course, Palmetto Dunes. 785-1191. ld Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza: Robert Trent Jones course, Palmetto Dunes. 785-1165. ld P Bistro 17: Cozy, waterfront French cafe to the right of Neptune’s statue, overlooking picturesque Shelter Cove Marina. Casual bistro dining with a European cafe flair. Serving lunch and dinner with additional menus for kids and puppies. Nightly specials. Try This: Wild Salmon. Peppered mustard, mixed greens, pine nuts,

dried cranberries, red onions and gorganzola. $25. 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-5517. ld Bonefish: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3772. ld Carrabba’s italian Grill: 14 Folly Field Drive. 785-5007. ld Café at the Marriott: Oceanside at Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 686-8488. bl Carolina Seafood House: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0084. d Chef David’s Roastfish & Cornbread: 70 Marshland Road. 3422996. ld Coco’s On The Beach: 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A. 842-2626. ld Coconutz Sportz Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0043 do Conroy’s: Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 6868499. ds

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DINING P ELA’s Blu Water Grille: Chef Chris Cohen combines his New England culinary flare with fresh-catch specialties at this three-level waterfront masterpiece overlooking Broad Creek and Shelter Cove Marina. The 165seat restaurant has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and has won three prestigious OpenTable awards for Hilton Head’s best ambiance, best scenic view and best seafood. Try This: Pan Seared Diver Scallops with crab risotto, truffle butter and herbs, $28. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 785-3030. ld Flora’s Italian Cafe: 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. 842-8200. d Gator’z Pizza: Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort. 842-0004. d Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: 32 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-4144. ld Harold’s Diner: 641 William Hilton Parkway. 842-9292. bl HH Prime: Hilton Oceanfront Resort


in Palmetto Dunes. 341-8058. blds Island Bagel: South Island Square. 686-3353. bl Jamaica Joe’z Beach Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0044. P Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse: If you’re seeking an evening of great food and entertainment, be sure to visit this picturesque waterfront restaurant. Live music, dancing, comedy and magic complement Kingfisher’s extensive menu of fresh seafood, homemade pasta and juicy steaks. Watch the sun go down over Broad Creek and Shelter Cove Harbour. Try This: Seafood Volcano with a snow crab cluster, a dozen peel & eat shrimp and four oysters on a halfshell, $19.99. 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-4442. www.kingfisherseafood. com. Do New York City Pizza: 45 Pembroke Dr., Ste. 105. 689-2229. ld P Old Oyster Factory: With panoramic views overlooking Broad Creek,

this Hilton Head landmark was voted one of the country’s “Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants” by OpenTable. It was also recently recommended in the “Off the Beaten Track” column of The Wall Street Journal. Wine Spectator magazine bestowed its “Award of Excellence” for the restaurant’s wine list and knowledge of wine. Try This: Potato Crusted Black Grouper served with garlic Parmesan rice and julienned vegetables, finished with a horseradish cream, $24.99. 101 Marshland Road. 681-6040. www. do The Sea Lady: Shelter Cove Harbour. 13 Harbourside. 341-3500. ld

P San Miguel’s: Enjoy the island’s best selection of margaritas while taking in amazing views of the water from the outdoor bar overlooking Shelter Cove Marina. The menu features all the traditional items you would expect to find at a Mexican restaurant, plus several sophisticated dishes such as Enchiladas del Mar and Shrimp Veracruz. Did we mention the margaritas? The Cadillac on the rocks must be tasted. Try This: Deluxe Burrito topped with enchilada sauce and scallions, served with Mexican rice, $10.95. 9 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 842-4555. ld

Pazzo: 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 842-9463. ld

Santa Fe Café: 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 7853838. ld

Pomodori: 1 New Orleans Road. 6863100. ld

Sea Grass Grille: 807 William Hilton Parkway. 785-9990. ld

Ruan Thai Cuisine I: 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 785-8575. ld

Signals Lounge: 130 Shipyard Drive Crowne Plaza Resort. 842-2400.

Scott’s Fish Market Restaurant and Bar: 17 Harbour Side Lane. 7857575. d

Starbucks: 32 Shelter Cove Lane. 842-4090 Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road. 681-

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YoAddiction!: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3335

Bess’ delicatessen and Catering: 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center. 785-5504. bl

XO Lounge: 23 Ocean Lane in the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 341-8080.

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Alligator Grille: 33 Office Park Rd., Park Plaza. 842-4888. d Amigos Cafe y Cantina: 70 Pope Avenue. 785-8226. ld Angler’s Beach Market Grill: 2 North Forest Beach Dr., 785-3474. ld Annie O’s: 124 Arrow Road. 3412664. LD Aqua Ocean Grille: 10 North Forest Beach Drive. 715-8490. LD Asian Bistro: 51 New Orleans Road. 686-9888. ld Aunt Chilada’s easy Street Cafe: 69 Pope Avenue. 785-7700. ld Beach Break Grill: 24 Palmetto Bay

P Big Bamboo Cafe: After expanding its outside deck, owners of The Big Bamboo Café decided to upgrade their menu, focusing on fresh seafood items. Many fried items have been replaced with healthier grilled options, such as chargrilled chicken tacos.. Try This: Bikini Wrap; hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, feta and viagrette, served with blue cheese coleslaw, $8.50. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-3443. ldo Bistro Mezzaluna: 55 New Orleans Road 842-5011. d Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 785-4950. lds Bomboras Grille: A unique restaurant and bar that is located near the beach. Bomboras offers fresh and local Lowcountry ingredients paired with craft beers and wines. Emphasis is on

relatively simple fare during the day, then a bit more sophistication at night. Family friendly . Try This: The ‘BOMB’ Kobe Beef Sliders; Two Kobe beef burgers on Lowcountry-made brioche buns with American cheese, South Carolina tomato and topped with cornichons. Served with three house dipping sauces. 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Coligny Plaza. 6892662 ldo Bravo Pizza: 1B New Orleans Road. 342-7757. ld Brellas Café: 130 Shipyard Drive. 842-2400. bd British Open Pub: 1000 William Hilton Parkway D3 in the Village at Wexford. 686-6736. Ldo Bullies BBQ: 3 Regents Pkwy. 6867427. LD Callahan’s Sports Bar & Grill: 49 New Orleans Road. 686-7665. ldo Captain Fishy's: 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina. 671-3474. ldo P Captain Woody’s: Many restau-

rants claim to be a favorite of locals. Speaking as locals, one of our favorites is Captain Woody’s. Owners Shannon and Russell Anderson made a good thing even better with their new location at 6 Target Road. Woody’s now offers more seating, an expanded menu and an attractive outdoor patio with an attached bar. Try This: Grouper Melt, fried and topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms and melted cheese. Served open faced on a kaiser roll with homemade chips, $13.99. 6 Target Road. 785-2400. ldo P Charlie’s L’etoile Verte: A great place for a power lunch or a romantic dinner. Owner Charlie Golson and his son Palmer write their entire menu by hand each day, based on the freshest local seafood available. The dinner menu offers an array of 14 fresh fish, rack of lamb, filet mignon and more. Try This: Local Cobia grilled with mango vinaigrette, $29. 8 New Orleans Road. 785-9277. ld

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DINING P Charbar: Pick a bread, a protein, your veggies, and your toppings and Charbar will whip up a custom-built burger that will blow your mind. Voted Hilton Head’s best burger at the 2012 Burgers & Brew Festival and Hilton Head Monthly’s 2012 Reader’s Choice favorite “Rookie Restaurants.” You can also find amazing sandwiches, salads and drink specials. Live music. Try This: Champ Burger with Benton bacon marmalade, Dijon mustard, dill pickles and sharp cheddar cheese with fries, $10. 33 Office Park Rd., Suite 213, Park Plaza. 785-2427. LDo Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: 37 New Orleans Road. 785-2255. ldo Catch 22: 37 New Orleans Plaza. 7856261. d Coligny Deli & Grill: Coligny Plaza. 785-4440. ld Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 671-7783. do CQ’s: 140A Lighthouse Lane. 671-2779. ld Crane’s Tavern and Steakhouse: 26 New Orleans Road. 341-2333. d Crazy Crab (Harbour Town): 149 Lighthouse Road. 363-2722. ld DelisheeeYo: 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. 785-3633. Daniel’s Restaurant and Bar: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-9379. ldo Flatbread Grill and Bar: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-2225. www. ldo DryDock: 21 Office Park Road. 8429775. ldo Earle of Sandwich Pub: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 785-7767. ld

Gillan’s Fresh Seafood & oyster bar: 841 William Hilton Parkway, Suite A, in South Island Square. 681FISH (3474). ld Gruby’s New York Deli: 890 William Hilton Parkway in the Fresh Market Shoppes. 842-9111. bl Harbour Side burgers and brews: Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1444. ld Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe: Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 363-2021. bl Harbour Town Grill: Harbour Town Links Clubhouse, Sea Pines. 363-8380. bld Hilton Head Diner: 6 Marina Side Drive. 686-2400. bldo P Hilton Head Brewing Company: South Carolina’s first microbrewery and restaurant. One large corner is occupied by an array of shiny stainless steel tanks and other equipment that can produce up to 2,000 barrels of beer annually. Patrons may dine either in the attractive brewhouse pub, in the lower dining room or on the deck. The deck boasts an outdoor bar, TVs and is pet-friendly. The menu includes traditional appetizers, wings, pizza and calzones, soups, salads, entrees and more. Try This: Fried Onion Burger; halfpound prime beef topped with golden brown beer-battered onion rings and a Cajun ranch sauce, $10. 7C Greenwood Drive (Reilley’s Plaza), Hilton Head Plaza. 785-3900. www. ldo Hilton Head Ice Cream: 55 New Orleans Road, #114. 852-6333.

Electric Piano: 33 Office Park Road. 785-5399. o

Hinchey’s Chicago Bar and Grill: 36 South Forest Beach Drive. 6865959. ldo

Fat Baby’s: 120 Arrow Road. 8424200. ld

Hinoki of Kurama: 37 New Orleans Road. 785-9800. ld

Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill: 51 New Orleans Road. 785-4788. ld

Hot Dog Harbour: Unit E-5, Coligny Plaza. 785-5400. ld

French Kiss Bakery: Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 687-5471. bl

Hugo’s: 841 William Hilton Parkway. 785-HUGO. ld

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Frosty Frog Cafe: 1 North Forest Beach in Coligny Plaza. 686-3764. ldo

It’s Greek To Me: 11 Lagoon Road in Coligny Plaza. 842-4033. ldo Java Joe’s: 101 Pope Avenue in

Coligny Plaza. 686- 5282. bldo Jazz Corner: Village at Wexford. 8428620. do Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: 7 Greenwood Drive, Suite 3B. 785-9070. ldo Karma / Ultimate Teen Nightlife: 5 Lagoon Road. 424-4016 o Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe: 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 7853315. blds Jersey Mike’s: 11 Palmetto Bay Rd., Island Crossing. 341-6800. Kurama Japanese Steak and Seafood House: 9 Palmetto Bay Road. 785-4955. d La Hacienda: 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 842-4982. ld Land’s End Tavern: South Beach Marina, Sea Pines Resort. 671-5456. bld Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 842-8966. do P Mellow Mushroom: The place where Hilton Head’s pizza lovers and beer lovers gather. Outstanding pies made with spring water dough, prepared fresh every day. The ‘Shroom is also a great spot for hoagies, calzones, salads. A large bar and numerous flat screen TVs make it a popular spot for watching sporting events. Try This: The Mad Italian pizza; oil and garlic base topped with salami, roasted red peppers, onions, ham, mozzarella and pepperoncini, $24.95 (large). 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 6862474. ldo Lowcountry Backyard: 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange. 785-9273. bld P Ombra Cucina Rustica: Popular local chef Michael Cirafesi and distinguished Philadelphia chef Nunzio Patruno have teamed up to open this upscale Italian restaurant in the Village at Wexford. Many dishes were created hundreds of years ago, passed down from generation to generation. All deserts, pastas and breads are made daily using natural and fresh ingredients imported from Italy. Try This: Carpaccio di Manzo; thinly sliced raw “Piemontese” beef, arugula, olive oil and shaved Parmigiano, $14.

Village at Wexford. 842-5505. www. d Marker 59: Beach House hotel. One South Forest Beach Drive. 785-5126. Bld Market Street Cafe: 12 Coligny Plaza. 686-4976. ld Marley’s Island Grille: 35 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 686-5800. do Michael Anthony’s: 37 New Orleans Road. 785-6272. d New York City Pizza: 81 Pope Avenue. 842-2227. ld Nick’s Steak & Seafood: 9 Park Lane. 686-2920. d One Hot Mama’s: 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 682-6262. ldso Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café: 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 686-3232. bl Philly’s Café and Deli: 102 Fountain Center, New Orleans Road. 785-9966. l Pino Gelato: 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Village at Wexford. 842-2822. Plantation Café and Deli (south): 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza. 785-9020. bl Pomodori: 1 New Orleans Road. 6863100. d Quarterdeck: 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1999. ldo P Red Fish: Upscale dining at its finest. Head chef Chaun Bescos takes advantage of his close relationship with local growers and farmer’s markets, tailoring Red Fish’s menu around which foods are in season. The result is an eclectic blend of seafood, steaks, fresh fruit and local vegetables. Try This: Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits; served with Keegan Filion Farms chorizo gravy and fried okra over a bed of sauteed kale, $24. 8 Archer Road. 686-3388. www.redfishofhiltonhead. com. ld Reilley’s Grill and Bar (south): 7D Greenwood Drive. 842-4414. ldo Rita’s Water Ice: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-2596. Robert Irvine’s Eat!: 1000 William November 2013 159

DINING Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford. 785-4850. d

Tiki Hut: 1 South Forest Beach Drive at the Beach House. 785-5126. old

P Salty Dog Cafe: One of Hilton Head’s favorite outdoor cafes for more than 20 years. Fresh seafood. Located at South Beach Marina, overlooking Braddock Cove. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. Live music and children’s entertainment nightly during the season. Try This: Crab Cake Dinner; two freshly prepared Chesapeake-style lump crab cakes with homemade remoulade sauce. Served with Captain’s Au Gratin potatoes and fresh vegetables, $22.99. South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines Resort. 671-7327. ld

Topside at the Quarterdeck: Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1999. d

Sage Room: 81 Pope Avenue, Heritage Plaza. 785-5352. d Sea Shack: 6 Executive Park Drive. 785-2464. ld Sea Pines Beach Club and Surfside Grill: North Sea Pines Drive. 842-1888. ld Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe: 93 Arrow Road. 785-9118. bls Skillets Café: Coligny Plaza. 7853131. bld Smokehouse: 34 Palmetto Bay Road. 842-4227. bldo SmuthIland: 11 Palmetto Bay Rd. in Island Crossing shopping center. 842-9808.

P Truffles Cafe (south): Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. Try This: Chicken Pot Pie; tender breast meat, carrots, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and white wine cream sauce covered with a puff pastry. $12.95. 785-3663. 8 Executive Park Road. ld P Truffles Cafe (Sea Pines): 671-6136. 71 Lighthouse Road. See description above. Sea Pines Center. ld Vari Asian Seafood and Suhi Buffet: 840 William Hilton Pkwy. 7859000. ld Urban Vegan: 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina. 671-3474. ld Vine: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 686-3900. ld Watusi: 71 Pope Avenue. 686-5200. BL Wild Wing Café: 72 Pope Avenue. 785-9464. ldo Wine & Cheese If You Please: 24 Palmetto Bay Rd. Suit G. 842-1200.

Southern Coney & Breakfast: 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 6892447. bl

Wreck of the Salty Dog: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines. 6717327. d

Spirit of Harbour Town: 843-3639026.


Stack’s Pancakes of Hilton Head: 2 Regency Parkway. 341-3347. bld

Amigos Belfair (Bluffton): 133 Towne Drive. 815-8226. ld

Starbucks (south): 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 341-5477

P Backwater Bill’s: 20 Hampton Lake Drive. 875-5253. ldo

Steamers: 28 Coligny Plaza. 7852070. ld

Badabings Pizza and Pasta: 68 Bluffton Road. 836-9999. ld

Stellini:15 Executive Park Road. 7857006. d

Bluffton BBQ: 11 State of Mind Street. 757-7427, ld

Stu’s Surfside: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-7873. ld The Studio: 20 Executive Park Road. 785-6000. d Sweet Carolina Cupcakes: 1 N. Forest Beach Drive. 342-2611. 160

Trattoria Divina: 33 Office Park Road. 686-4442. d

Bluffton family Seafood House: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 757-4010. ld Buffalos Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road inside Palmetto Bluff. 7066500. ld

Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen: 1055 May River Rd. 7572921. ld

Hana Sushi and Japanese Fusion: 1534 Fording Island Road. 837-3388. ld

P Captain Woody’s: Specializing in shrimp, clams and oysters which you can get freshly shucked, raw or steamed. Outdoor seating, indoor seating and a second-level open deck with an attached bar. A favorite hangout for locals. Try This: Grouper Melt, fried and topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms and melted cheese. Served open faced on a kaiser roll with homemade chips, $13.99. 17 State of Mind Street in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 757-6222. ldo

HogsHead Kitchen and Wine Bar: 1555 Fording Island Rd. 837-4647.

Choo Choo BBQ Xpress: 129 Burnt Church Rd. 815-7675. ldo

Kickin’ Chicken: 1011 Fording Island Rd. in the Best Buy Shopping Center. 836-5040. ldo

Claude & Uli’s Bistro: 1533 Fording Island Road. 837-3336. ld Coconuts Bar & Grille: 39 Persimmon Street. 757-0602. do Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: 1297 May River Road. 815-5168. do Corner Perk Cafe: 142 Burnt Church Road. 816-5674. bl P The Cottage Cafe, Bakery and Tea Room: A restored 1868 cottage serving scrumptious food with a side of old-world charm. Breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch, tea and diner feature sophisticated cuisine with a Lowcountry flair. Fabulous fresh-baked pies, cakes, tarts, scones and cookies. Try This: Summer in Maine Lobster Pot Pie; in puff pastry, drizzled with creme fraiche and scallions, $21.95. 38 Calhoun Street. 757-0508. www. bl Downtown Deli: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 815-5005. bl El Super Internacional: 33 Sherington Dr. 815-8113. ld Fiddlehead Pizza: 142 Burnt Church Road. 757-6466. ld Firehouse Subs: 32 Malphrus Rd., #109. 815-7827. ld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill: 876 Fording Island Road (Hwy. 278), Suite 1. 706-7280. ld Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: 25 Bluffton Road. 815-9200. ld Gruby’s New York Deli: 198 Okatie Village Drive. 705-4190. ld

Honeybaked Ham: 1060 Fording Island Road. 815-7388. bld Jameson’s Charhouse: 671 Cypress Hills Drive, Sun City. 705-8200. ld Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q: 872 Fording Island Road. 706-9741. ld Katie O’Donald’s: 1008 Fording Island Road (Kittie’s Crossing). 8155555. ldo Kelly’s Tavern: 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive. 837-3353. bldo

Kobe Japanese Restaurant: 30 Plantation Park Drive. 757-6688. ld Longhorn: Inside Tanger I. 705-7001. ld Los Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill: The Bridge Center. 837-2333. ld Lowcountry Flower Girls: Berkeley Place. 837-2253. May River Grill: 1263 May River Road. 757-5755. ld P Mellow Mushroom: The place where Bluffton’s pizza lovers and beer lovers gather. Outstanding pies made with spring water dough, prepared fresh every day. The ‘Shroom is also a great spot for hoagies, calzones, salads and other munchies. A large bar and numerous flat screen TVs make it a popular spot for watching sporting events. Try This: Magical Mystery Tour pizza; pesto base pizza and crust with button and portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, spinach, feta and jalapenos, $24.95 (large). 878 Fording Island Road. 706-0800. www.mellowmushroom. com. ldo Mi Tierra: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 757-7200. ld Mi Tierrita: 214 Okatie Village Drive. 705-0925. ld Moe’s Southwest Grill: 3 Malphrus Road. 837-8722. ld Mulberry Street Trattoria: 1476 Fording Island Road. NEO: 326 Moss Creek Village. 837November 2013 161

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Old Town Dispensary: 15 Captains Cove. 8371893. ldO

Stooges Cafe: 25 Sherington Drive. 706-6178. bl

Outback Steakhouse: 100 Buckwalter Place. 7579888. ld

Truffles Cafe: Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. Try This: Chicken Pot Pie; tender breast meat, carrots, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and white wine cream sauce covered with a puff pastry. $12.95. 815-5551. 91 Towne Drive Belfair Towne Village. ld

Panda Chinese Restaurant: 25 Bluffton Road. 815-6790. ld Pino Gelato Gourmet Cafe: 1536 Fording Island Road. 837-2633. Plantation Cafe & Deli: 1532 Fording Island Road. 815-4445. Pour Richard’s: 4376 Bluffton Parkway. 757-1999. do The Pub at Old Carolina: 91 Old Carolina Road. 757-6844. d R BAR: 70 Pennington Drive. 757-7264. ld Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine and Lounge: 8 Pin Oak Street. 757-8111. ldo River House Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road in Palmetto Bluff. 706-6500. ld Robert Irvine’s Nosh!: Inside Tanger II. 8375765. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine II: 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village. 757-9479. ld Saigon Cafe: 1304 Fording Island Road. 8371800. bld Sake House: G1017 Fording Island Road Ste 105. 706-9222. ld Sunset Bay: 35 Fording Island Road Extension. 837-5673. Sigler’s Rotisserie: 12 Sheridan Park Circle. 8155030. d Sippin’ Cow Cafe: 1230 May River Road. 7575051. bl Squat N’ Gobble: 1231 May River Road. 757-

Vineyard 55: 55 Calhoun Street. 757-9463. d Zepplin’s Bar & Grill: Inside Station 300. 25 Innovation Dr. 815-2695. ldo P Tavern 46: Casual yet upscale dining with a menu that features a selection of steak, local seafood, gourmet burgers, barbecue ribs, slow-cooked pork chops and many desserts. One of the largest bars in the Lowcountry with 34 beers on tap. With 15 flat-screen TVs, it’s also a good place to watch sporting events. Try This: Chipotle Chicken Cavatelli; grilled chicken, red peppers, spinach and sweet corn over cavatelli pasta with chipolte cream sauce and Parmesan, $15. 16 Kittie’s Landing Road. 815-2327. ldo Walnuts Café: 70 Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park. 815-2877. bls Wild Wing Café (Bluffton): 1188 Fording Island Road. 837-9453. 837-9453. ld

DAufuSkIe ISLAND eagle’s Nest: 56 Fuskie Lane, Bloody Point, 3415522. Marshside Mama’s Cafe: 15 Haig Point Road on County Landing. 785-4755. ld M All area codes 843.


A heaping helping of the latest news in area restaurants The people have spoken. Charbar Co. has the best burger on the island, according to people that attended the Hilton Head Burgers & Brew event, held Sept. 28 at Shelter Cove Community Park. Fifteen restaurants competed against each other for the right to be named the island’s best burger. Charbar was chosen as the People’s Choice Award at the end of the day with the champ burger for the second year in a row. All event proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association’s Children’s Scholarship Fund and the USCB Hospitality Program. 162

Mark your calendar holiday events coming to the Salty Dog Cafe: Nov. 9: Pig Pickin’ & Lowcountry Boil, 4 p.m.; Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Homecoming, 11 a.m.; Nov. 29-Dec. 31: Holiday Lights and Santa Pictures; Oct. 1-Dec. 31: Salty Dog Shrimpfest; Wednesdays, $18.99 Bach Lobster ends Nov. 27. Find more information in the Salty Dog advertisement on Page 185.

HOLIDAY EVENTS Continued from Page 91 NOV. 29-JAN. 1: Harbour Town Lights: Stroll along the Harbour and enjoy the illuminated seasonal figures, with the centerpiece of the display being a towering 30-foot lighted Christmas tree. The official tree lighting will take place just prior to the Gregg Russell Concert on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. 843-842-1979 NOV. 29: Gregg Russell Thanksgiving Concert: 7:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29. Join Russell under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town for a concert for the entire family, as well as the official lighting of the Harbour Town Christmas Tree. Complimentary. NOV. 29-JAN. 1: Holiday Window Contest: Nov. 29-Jan. 1 at Sea Pines Resort. Local elementary classes have created original works of art that best depict the holiday season in the Lowcountry, and they will be displayed in various shop windows around Harbour Town. Vote for the display you like best by picking up a ballot at any participating store. 843-842-1979 NOV. 30: Christmas Tree Lighting: Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph at the Town’s official Christmas Tree Lighting at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Kickoff the holiday season at this old-fashioned Yuletide celebration complete with Christmas carols, treats, a performance by the cast of 42nd Street and photos with Santa. An island tradition, this community festival will truly get you into the holiday spirit. Free. 843-842-ARTS or www.artshhi. com DEC. 6: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town: 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 at Sea Pines Resort. Visit with Santa and have your picture taken with a donation to Deep Well - dogs are welcomed. In addition to Santa, there will be a showing of the classic movie “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” under the Liberty Oak Tree in Harbour Town as well as fire pits for roasting marshmallows. Bench seating will be provided and admission is complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for Deep Well.  843842-1979 DEC. 13: Musical performances: 6-8 p.m. Local schools will be performing holiday music on the Liberty Oak stage at Sea Pines Resort. 843-8421979 DEC. 13: Palmetto Bluff Christmas Movie on the Green: 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. to mix

and mingle with Santa. In the spirit of the season, watch a special showing of “A Christmas Story” on the big screen and under the stars. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, and favorite Friday night date. Free hot chocolate and movie snacks. Toddies and dinner available for purchase. $20 per car. DEC. 20: Outdoor Movie - Polar Express: Friday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit by watching this magical movie under the Liberty Oak Tree in Harbour Town. Bench seating will be provided and admission is complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for Deep Well.  Fire pit and s’mores available.  843842-1979 DEC. 14: Audubon Christmas Bird Count: Saturday, Dec. 14. Join the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society as it works with communities across America to conduct its annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. 843-837-4597 DEC. 23: Gregg Russell Christmas Concert: 7:30-9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23 at Sea Pines Resort. Relish the spirit of the holidays with an evening in Harbour Town. Listen as Gregg Russell plays his guitar and sings songs of the season for children and adults, then, enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus. Complimentary. DEC. 25: 11th Annual Free Community Christmas Day Dinner: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25 at the First Presbyterian Church. This free traditional full turkey buffet to celebrate Christ’s birthday runs from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free will offerings will be given to Meals on Wheels, Second Helpings, and for the meal expenses. 843-705-5725 or 843-304-1086 DEC. 31: 13th Annual Polar Bear Swim: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Harbour Town Pool. Show your adventurous side with the other “polar bears” by taking an invigorating dip in the Harbour Town Pool on a chilly winter day. Warm up after your plunge with hot chocolate and refreshments. Complimentary. 843-842-1979 DEC. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration: 7 p.m.midnight, Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Harbour Town Lighthouse. A festive New Year’s Eve ball drop from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Count down the ball drop as you welcome in the new year. Two drops planned for 7p.m. and midnight. November 2013 163






I’ll never forget the fIrst tIme I experIenced the earthIness of the exclusIve and elusIve alba whIte truffle. I lived in London at the time. La Fontana (sadly, no longer open) was a cozy “locals” restaurant on Pimlico Road. It was a charming, old-worldly type of place. Exposed brick walls, pictures of the Italian countryside, tables with crisp white linens lined the long narrow space. House specialty dishes were prepared in front of you by the owner, Fiorenzo Pavesi, especially during truffle season.

“Winter black truffles are about $121 per ounce. burgundy truffles are $31 per ounce” Regular patrons/truffle devotees knew La Fontana was sure to have the first wave of winter truffles to hit the shores of Great Britain. It was never questioned how “said” truffles 166

arrived at this quaint restaurant in Belgravia, only that they had. So from early October through mid December, La Fontana had a steady stream of these gems and truffle aficionados through their doors. The waiter brought a platter of these golden, nobbly truffles to the table. They were nestled in Arborio rice. At the time, to me, they looked sort of like raggedy golf balls that had just been plucked from a pile of mud or a very irregular shaped small potato. I had kept those thoughts to myself as I admired these lumps of tubers. He announced that these “tartufo” had arrived from “Italia” that morning. I inhaled the distinctive, hearty, aroma and knew I was about to fall in love with something a dog had dug up or a pig had sniffed out from the base of a tree somewhere in Italy. I ordered the fettuccini with fresh shaved white truffle. It was served in a ritualistic way. A wide, shallow bowl of fresh pasta was placed in front of me, lightly buttered with just a hint of chicken stock. Then a little fancy scale was brought

to the table, sort of like mini scales of justice – and the truffle was weighed. The glovehanded waiter picked up a small mandolin shaver. The truffle’s scent was intoxicating. I realized then that I was about to taste the most exquisitely simple and most expensive pasta dish I ever had eaten with something that wasn’t even cooked sprinkled on top. He held the earthy jewel over my bowl of pasta and proceeded to gently shave off paper-thin slices. He looked at me, more than once, as if to say “enough?” I motioned for him to continue. I can’t remember exactly how much that dish cost but I remember it was pricey, especially since the truffle shaver’s eyebrows raised when he weighed the nugget. Half of it gone, and sitting on top of my pasta. But you see, the smell of the truffle slices as they fell, hitting the warm pasta was truly addicting … I was hooked. To this day, I’m like Pavlov’s dog when I see anything truffle on a menu. The thing is, though, a one ounce Alba white truffle from the Piedmont region in Northern Italy will set you back about $350 from dartagnan. com.

But this truffle story isn’t too depressing, as there are ways to infuse your dishes with that hearty earthy flavor without opening your wallet and watching the dollars fly out. Here are a few options. Fresh winter black truffles are about $121.00 per ounce and fresh burgundy truffles are $31.00 per ounce, or, you can go the preserved route and “truffle” all year round. Eight ounces of whole or peelings of preserved truffles will run you from $75.00 — $110.00 — again all online at Now if you can’t wait for your online delivery, and your appetite is just screaming “TRUFFLES,” here are a few local options! Michael Anthony’s market on New Orleans Road stocks truffle peelings as well as flavored oils and an excellent jar of tartfuo sauce which you can add a tablespoon of to just about anything ($50). There’s also truffle flavored butters and oils available seasonally on the shelves of our local grocery stores… you have to hunt for them, but at least you don’t need a truffle hog or hound. Just a keen eye. I’d also drive off the culinary cliff for caviar and foie gras… but that’s another article. Let’s hear what you would drive of a culinary cliff for. M

10 ways to try truffles 1. Shaved over lightly buttered pasta 2. On top of scrambled eggs 3. With a slice of Brie and drizzle of honey 4. In risotto 5. Shaved on top of crusty grilled ciabatta 6. In tomato sauce and meatballs 7. In savory popovers 8. Under the skin of your holiday bird 9. In a hamburger 10. In mashed potatoes or polenta November 2013 167



Do you feel watched? We asked somebody much more qualified than myself that very question. Edward Jay Epstein is an investigative journalist and former political science professor at Harvard. He wrote 15 fascinating books starting with “Inquest. The Warren Commission and the


ere is my view on the surveillance state. I agree with you that we are living under an extraordinarily dangerous surveillance regime. If Orwell had described in his book “1984” (published in 1948) a universe in which everyone carried a device that tracked their location every 3 seconds, it would have seemed outlandish even Epstein by the standards of science fiction. Yet, today people not only voluntarily carry such a device, and which not only tracks their location but communication activities, but they pay about $80 a month for the privilege. What might be even more shocking to Orwell is that a large part of the surveillance regime proceeds from the election of individuals to participate in it for a very trivial reason – convenience. The two billion plus users of smart phones could turn off the GPS on most phones. They uncheck the waiver

Establishment of Truth” in 1966 all the way to his latest work, “The JFK Assassination Diary: My Search for Answers to the Mystery of the Century” (2013). Here is his answer:

of consent to being tracked. They could remove the batteries (except on iPhone) when not in use. Less than a fraction of one percent opts out of surveillance. So they accept being tracked every three seconds in return for finding a nearby movie, friend or pizza. Or consider the 450 million users of Gmail — the largest web-based email. All of them check their consent to having their emails read by Google. In return they get free archiving of their personal correspondence, photographs and documents. Or the billion users of Facebook. Almost all voluntarily abnegate their privacy by allowing their activities, affiliations, “likes,” and list of friends to be tracked, analyzed, sold and archived. All this data is routinely available to local and federal law enforcement agencies via subpoena or search warrant in a criminal investigation (as I learned when I obtained Dominique Strauss Kahn’s phone records from the Manhattan DA’s office). So are credit card records, EZ pass toll records, etc.

So here is the ineluctable situation. In a decade in which a large part of the population has elected to allow their personal information to be archived by a handful of so-called social media companies, telecommunications providers, and Google, knowing that all this data is available to others, including law enforcement agencies, it is all but impossible to prevent the ultimate social media, governments from obtaining this data, either by legal means, such as robo-warrants, or, as is done in China, by back door vacuum cleaning. So what does it say about the digital generation that after it has been revealed by Snowden that the NSA archives their data, and it has both presidential and congressional authority to continue to do, that they don’t drop out of Facebook, close their Twitter account, cancel Gmail, turn off their GPS, and get rid of the electronic bracelet called smart phones? One answer I suggest is that protecting their privacy is not a higher priority for them than convenience. — Edward Jay Epstein

Please e-mail with your comments or post your comments on my blog at Where you aware of how much of your privacy you have given up? Do you care? Does it matter and what do you see being the consequences being for the generations to come? 168

Bluffton Monthly November 2013  

Bluffton Monthly is the Lowcountry's premier magazine.

Bluffton Monthly November 2013  

Bluffton Monthly is the Lowcountry's premier magazine.