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Operation R&R bringing 18 grieving mothers to Hilton Head for vacation

18 ■ BREAST MILK BONDING Lactation consultant offers personalized support for new mothers




Wexford resident believes injured heroes deserve more support

24 ■ MEET JEFF BRADLEY Financial adviser is out to make positive change in his first go at politics

42 ■ SUPER MOMS Monthly salutes local moms who balance family with business

46 ■ CUTEST KIDS Scores of adorable youngsters entered our annual cutest kids contest

62 ■ BEHIND THE SCENE Guys at John’s Music help local musicians sound their best


80 ■ SOUND THERAPY A closer look at an ancient practice that spans several cultures

84 ■ DRAMATIC VICTORY Fan favorite Matt Kuchar rallies to win the 2014 RBC Heritage

88 ■ SOUTHERN CHARM Lowcountry beauty resides in every inch of Oldfield home




All Saints, Avant Gardeners showing off area’s top gardens

120 ■ COYOTES OF HHI Yes, they’re here. And like it or not, they’re here to stay.

138 ■ BEEF UP YOUR BURGER On National Burger Day, accept no substitutes


Inside the island’s music scene.


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Music is in my heart

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ove over Eric Clapton. With my guitar, I just may hop on the next midnight train out of town. Forget mortgage payments, phone bills and job responsibilities — I’ve got places to go and blues to sing. Just two problems. Problem 1: I’ve never seen a train on Hilton Head. Problem 2: I have absolutely no idea of how to play this thing. For some people, music comes naturally. I’m not one of those people. In fact, one could argue I don’t have a musical bone in my body. I took voice lessons when I was in grade school. My sister Debi could sing so I figured I should be able to sing as well. After my very first recital, my parents decided to replace the voice lessons with art lessons. Hmm. Further proof of my lack of musical ability came later in life. When I would sing lulla-

bies to my growing children, they would often ask me to stop. Kind of embarrassing. I may not be able to carry a tune in a bucket, but I do love everything about music. Hilton Head was much less inhabited when I moved here 27 years ago, but the local music scene was vibrant. I quickly learned about the Crow’s Nest and used to go watch Earl Williams play there. I have fond memories of the Old Post Office, where Jason D. Williams would often play an upside-down piano on his back. Many weekends were spent listening to the Simpson Brothers at the Quarterdeck. When David Wingo opened his bar, it quickly became one of my favorite places. All of those spots bring back such fond memories. If you had a similar experience here, you are going to enjoy the special feature we have on the past, present and future of Hilton Head’s live music scene. In addition to all of the great musical content, we also have a mini book inside of this book. Our 2014 Health Care Directory (glued between pages 32 and 33) is the most comprehensive medical publication you will find in the Lowcountry. Be sure to peel it out and keep it in a safe place. There are so many specialists in the area and this directory has the most up-to-date information. May also means Mother’s Day. Inside you will find several stories dedicated to mothers, including a heartwrenching piece on Gold Star Moms, a group of women that lost their only sons in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Eighteen of these women will be here for a much-needed vacation this month, thanks to Operation R&R. Happy Mother’s Day! M



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Scientists tracking local tiger shark Population The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is hoping a recent sharktagging study will shed new light on the reason behind a high number of tiger sharks migrating in and out of Port Royal Sound. Biologists believe the Beaufort County waterway has the largest concentration of tiger sharks on the East Coast. Thirty sharks were tagged and are being tracked through OCEARCH, a nonprofit

organization that attaches small satellite devices on sharks. Port Royal Sound is the deepest natural channel on the East Coast and features several caves, ledges and coral — perfect hiding places for smaller fish. Those fish are hunted by larger fish, and the larger fish are hunted by sharks. Some of the tagged sharks can be tracked online by the general public at

County sprucing up median along US 278

Concours d’Elegance founder dies

Stretches of the median on U.S. 278 in greater Bluffton are getting a facelift later this year. Beaufort County has plans to dress up the median at Belfair Plantation and the onemile stretch between the two Tanger Outlet Centers by planting trees, flowers and other shrubs. J.K. Tiller Associates has designed the improvements. Belfair and Tanger Outlets are paying for the improvements. Developers hope the entire 10-mile stretch of U.S. 278 from S.C. 170 to the Hilton Head Island bridge will eventually be landscaped to mirror William Hilton Parkway. After Belfair and Tanger Outlets, they hope Rose Hill Plantation will agree to pay for a similar median project.

Paul Doerring, the principal founder and leader of the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, passed away on March 29 at the age of 82. For more than 14 years he provided inspired leadership for one of the island’s largest annual events. Doerring also contributed in many other areas. He owned a private psychology practice and was a founding member of the Hilton Head Tennis Association and the Hilton Head Jazz Society. He was also a founding member of the Island Youth Center, which became the Island Recreation Association.

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‘Gator Joe’ to star in New reality TV show Wrestling alligators out of area lagoons has made Joe Maffo a local celebrity. Soon, it may make him nationally famous as well. The owner of Hilton Head Island’s Critter Management has signed contracts for a reality show featuring him and his family removing gators, snakes, raccoons, squirrels and other critters from Lowcountry

homes and businesses. Maffo told the Island Packet newspaper he is in the final stages of work with an entertainment company and the show is almost ready for production. The company working on the show is Original Media, the same company behind “Swamp People,” “Storm Chasers” and “Mudcats.”

Tripadvisor ranks Hilton Head among top islands in US

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Online travel site TripAdvisor recently named Hilton Head Island among the Top 10 islands in the nation in its 2014 Traveler’s Choice awards. Based upon millions of reviews posted by consumers on the TripAdvisor site, Hilton Head Island was named to the prestigious list and noted for, “playing host to prestigious sporting

events throughout the year. All of it surrounded by sunny beaches and lush greenery. Choose from a number of first class resorts and hotels to experience it all.” The Inn at Palmetto Bluff was another TripAdvisor winner, ranked among the Top 25 hotels in the U.S. The site described the property as heaven on Earth.


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Hilton head-Bluffton-Beaufort area among fastest growing on East Coast The U.S. Census Bureau says the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metropolitan statistical area is the fourth-fasting growing metropolitan area on the East Coast. The population grew 2.4 percent from 2012 to

2013 with 4,570 new residents in Beaufort and Jasper counties, growing the population of the metropolitan area to 200,000. Since 1990, the population has more than doubled. Prior to March 2013, the region

was considered a micropolitan statistical area. The Villages, Fla., ranked first followed by the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.-N.C.; and the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., areas.

Graves House could Move to Farmers Market The historic Graves House, located on the corner of Calhoun and Allen streets in Bluffton, could soon become headquarters of the Farmers Market Bluffton, currently operating off Calhoun Street. The Bluffton United Methodist Church has agreed to donate the local landmark to Thomas Viljac, whose wife runs the

popular market. Viljac plans to restore the crumbling structure and relocate it to one of his properties, giving the market a base of operations. It is currently running out of his popular tavern, the Old Town Dispensary. The restoration could cost as much as $30,000 and could be completed by next fall.

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Local wrestlers earn All-America honors Hilton Head Island High School wrestler Martin Duane and Bluffton wrestler Levi Joly both earned All-American status following strong performances at the 5th annual NHSCA High School Wrestling Championships at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The

two are the first All-American wrestlers in the history of their schools. The top eight finishers in each weight class are named All-Americans. Duane placed eighth in the 182pound sophomore division. Joly placed fourth in the 106pound senior division.

stand-up paddleboard yoga class sets record Outside Hilton Head recently hosted “YogiboardHHI,” a world record setting attempt for the largest in-water yoga class on stand-up paddleboards. The event drew 103 enthusiasts of all experience levels who participated in the class led by local fitness professional Amber Shadwick.

The participants successfully set the record, which was recorded and verified by a company named Record Setter. Funds totaling $1,400 were collected for admission and equipment rental for the event, all of which was donated to the Outside Foundation charity.

Wexford Plantation completes lock system restoration Wexford Plantation recently celebrated the re-opening of its private lock system for its harbor. The lock system, which is one of only three on the East Coast, was temporarily closed for restoration from Jan. 6 through March 19. The project included removing the lock

doors for cleaning and repairs, as well as installation of new hydraulic lines and a state-of-the-art computer operated gate control system. Wexford’s lock system affords its members 24-hour deep water access to Broad Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Monthly Joke Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A: A drummer. (E-mail your joke to

InQuicker comes to ER

Local courses honored

Sick of sitting in the emergency waiting room at Hilton Head Hospital? Through the website, patients can now check-in online to reserve a time and comfortably wait at home. Patients will be seen within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

Golfweek magazine ranked Harbour Town Golf Links No 2 in its 2014 list of “Best Courses You Can Play” in South Carolina. The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island was No. 1. The May River Course at Palmetto Bluff came in at No. 4.


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On June 1, 2010, a soldier died in Afghanistan.





adly, this hardly raised an eyebrow. Thousands of men and women died in that war, and indeed a handful most likely fell on that very day. The death toll scrolled across our screen, ticking numbers just outside our field of vision while the talking heads above argued loudly and pointlessly over the causes, the justifications, and who was to blame. The ticker faded, cut to commercial and our lives moved on. If there was any mourning from us, the mere spectators to this war, it was easily vanquished by simply changing the channel. But think of this. On June 1, 2010, a mother lost her only child. A wife lost her husband. A family was forever scarred by a Taliban bullet. A single number on that tally. A son who would never return home to the family that loved him.


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That soldier was Sgt. Jonathan K. Peney. In his citation for the silver star he was posthumously awarded, it states that, “Without hesitation or regard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Peney climbed to an elevated position to provide medical treatment for a critically wounded Ranger, knowingly exposing himself to effective enemy fire. While moving to treat the casualty, Sergeant Peney was mortally wounded.” To a child who grew up dreaming of a soldier’s life, it was simply a matter of duty. To the mother who will forever miss her child’s presence, it’s a measure of consolation that her son died a hero. “I see the soldier, but I still see a little kid who thought eggs were baseballs,” said Jonathan’s mother Sue Peney. “I see a young man who went straight through Ranger training. I see the husband that loved his wife. And still does. It’s not seeing death. I see life. That’s why I’m living.” That’s not to say it was always an easy journey.

“The first year there are a lot of memorials and you’re very busy. The second year, nothing. The norm is that we are forgotten,” she said. “Fourteen days after my son’s funeral, I came home. I didn’t know where to go from there. I didn’t know what to do.” Eventually, Peney’s grief found this Marietta, Ga., native volunteering at Fort Benning’s many outreach programs. Quickly earning the moniker Mama Sue, she spent a year and a half helping out families of the fallen and keeping up morale among Rangers in training (whether the officers in charge of PT liked her gifts of doughnuts or not). “If they’d had a shower, I would have moved in,” she said with a laugh. Her personal investment in the military soon found her seeking out other Gold Star Moms, forming a group on Facebook dedicated to mothers who, like her, had lost their only child in Iraq and Afghanistan. This group, comprised of women from all corners of the country, will

Sue Peney honors her son by wearing a survivor bracelet. She is one of 18 Gold Star Moms coming to Hilton Head Island later this month for a much-needed break.

soon convene on Hilton Head Island thanks to assistance from Operation R&R. “This journey that we are all on, and any family of the fallen is on, is tough,” she said. “But during the journey you meet so many awesome individuals… Some of them can barely talk about it to this day. They need this. They need this week in Hilton Head.” These 18 women, each of whom lost their only child to war, will spend their week helping one another heal amidst the playground of Hilton Head, staying at the Owner’s Club, enjoying cooking lessons at Michael Anthony’s, and sharing their experiences while the sun sets over the beach. “I was contacted last summer by Janet Crane, she was one of the ones along with Sue Peney that all met online,” said Grant Evans, Founder of Operation R&R. “She told me, ‘We wanted to get together somewhere in the country, and found out about your organization.’” Typically, Operation R&R offers active-duty military and their family a free vacation on Hilton Head Island to reconnect after deployment. A little outside the realm of Gold Star Moms, but Evens and Peney were determined to make it happen. The pair were able to arrange airfare, lodging and entertainment for 18 moms who will enjoy a vacation and a chance to reconnect with others on their same journey. “I’ve been sending them links,” said Peney. “They don’t know what Hilton Head is all about and they’re in for a pleasant surprise.” The Gold Star Moms will be

Sergeant Jonathan K. Peney, 22, was killed during combat in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on June 1, 2010. He was a medic assigned to 1st Ranger battalion, located at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah.

on the island later this month, enjoying the beautiful spring weather on the island. It won’t heal any scars; it won’t bring anyone home. But it will bring a brief moment of happiness and sisterhood to 18 moms. M May 2014 17

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Jean Magarelli (center) is shown with several new mothers and their babies at a recent lactation cosultation meeting at Hilton Head Hospital.



agarelli was a school nurse at the time, but her decision to breastfeed her baby brought with it a new passion that became her life’s work: Helping other moms do the same. “It was very slow going,” Magarelli said of her endeavor to breastfeed both of her children, who were born 13 months apart. “Nobody helped me. My latch wasn’t great, and I can remember my toes curling, it hurt so bad. But I stuck with it, and it

got better; I really enjoyed it.” While she enjoyed the bonding of breastfeeding, she saw other women struggle, and often give up, when they didn’t get the support they needed. “I wish it was easy and just a completely natural situation, but unfortunately it really isn’t,” she said of breastfeeding. “There are so many things that play into making it successful.” So the registered nurse became a board-certified lactation consultant, and for the past 25 years she has been

one of the biggest factors in making breastfeeding a successful venture for the new moms she sees. “Jean really encourages us. That’s her biggest thing,” said Elizabeth Hey, who has attended Magarelli’s weekly lactation support group at Hilton Head Hospital for more than a year. “I don’t know that I’ve ever met someone in their work environment who’s so obviously happy at what they do.” Hey and her husband first met Magarelli when she taught their Lamaze class at

the hospital, where Magarelli works. “She was just amazing,” the Hilton Head mom said. “All of the women in our class wanted a natural birth, so Jean brought in a yoga instructor to teach us things, positions we could do to help (with labor).” Hey felt that same personalized support over and over again in the months after her son, Warner, was born. “I struggled a little bit … in the hospital, and Jean was on vacation when I delivered,” Hey said. “But I went to her


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TOP: Jean Magarelli with Myra Jacob and twin sons Gavin and Graham. RIGHT: Magarelli with Heather Smith and daughter Isabelle.

first support group meeting, and honestly I’ve told her so many times that without the support group, I don’t think we would have made it to (breastfeed for) a year.” At the free weekly meetings (open to all breastfeeding women, not just those who delivered at Hilton Head Hospital), Magarelli doles out attention and encouragement to frazzled mothers who are trying so hard on very little sleep, and sometimes without the right kind of support at home. “Moms get frustrated, and dads too. They see what’s happening. And I think it’s easy for (fathers) to say, ‘You know what, we’ve got formula right here. Let’s just give him a little formula. That way the baby’s not going to be crying, and you’re not going to

be in pain,’” Magarelli said. She knows what it’s like to come up against such wellintentioned, though perhaps misguided, support. “I can remember my pediatrician saying to me, ‘Why are you breastfeeding, Jean? We have formula now.’ But I just had this overwhelming feeling that I wanted to breastfeed. It was just a desire that I had.” More than helping a woman get her baby positioned comfortably and latching correctly, Magarelli’s job is to make sure every mother knows she’s doing great, even if she’s struggling. “I think as women we do a number on ourselves. We want everything to be perfect and right and everything has to fall into place, and when it doesn’t, it’s difficult for us,”

Magarelli said. “I say to moms, ‘Whatever you can do is a gift you’re giving yourself, and a gift you’re giving your baby.’” Elaine Hastings, the hospital’s chief nursing officer and Magarelli’s direct supervisor, says Magarelli’s gentle encouragement toward every mom is what makes the biggest difference. “(Jean) is a joy and light and the more you get to know her, the more you see it,” Hastings said. “Everyone is treated like they are the No. 1 person in her life.” Hastings said Magarelli’s effort goes above and beyond. Besides the support group and prenatal classes, Magarelli makes rounds

through the maternity ward to make sure things are going well for new moms. She makes house calls if there’s a problem after mom and baby have been discharged. And she supplies mothers with nursing bras, breast pumps and other essentials through her small store, Expressly Yours, at the hospital. Hey has taken advantage of all of that, and it’s made a big difference in her life, and – though he doesn’t know it – in Warner’s life, too. “We call her Auntie Jean now, because she’s a part of the family,” Hey said. “She’s a lot more patient than a lot of family members, and a lot more understanding.” M


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he scars tell the story of Charles Welzant’s heroics more than words or his three Purple Hearts ever could. There is the gaping hole near his tailbone, the shrapnel scar across his throat and then there are the knees — both gone at this point, the result of the one jump among the 1,000 he made during tours of Vietnam that went terribly wrong. “Those are the most noticeable ones. I always seemed to get dinged when I was out in the bush, but you didn’t complain. It was badges of honor,” the 79-year-old said, sitting in his home office. That one jump led to the end of his active military career, a three-decade adventure that had Welzant at the forefront of some of the most dangerous recon missions of the Vietnam war as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps First Force Reconnaissance Company. He talks of his time in recon, many times on loan to the Central Intelligence Agency, with both pride and melancholy. “Being forced into medical retirement, it broke my heart, but boy, I was proud to be part of it,” he said. “I was a dive master, a parachutist, I did it all, as much as they’d let me.” That pushing of boundaries started for Welzant as a boy in Baltimore. He had always seeked out adventure and often scratched that itch with a lacrosse stick in his hand. The game was the true Friday Night Lights attraction in Maryland then and today. Though he also excelled at football, Welzant drew notice from both college and military scouts as early as his freshman year in high school. He came from a “middle class family at best,” so when the Marines approached him about a


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In all, Welzant did tours in Vietnam in 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1976.

military career and a full scholarship to play lacrosse at the University of Baltimore, it was a no brainer. “Where do I sign? That’s about all the decision there was for me. They told me there were adventures ahead and they were looking for jock types,” he said. “I fit that bill and I treasured every moment of it.” He earned two All-America and three all-conference nods during his time in college, the awards proudly displayed next to his various bachelor’s and master’s diplomas in his Wexford office. During the summers he would do accelerated training with the Marines. The day after graduating from UB, he was off to Quantico for a year of training. His dual degree in industrial management and labor relations made Welzant stand out as an asset with brains and brawn, first as a platoon leader in Lebanon in 1958, about the only kill-less mission he went on. “We landed with submachine guns loaded, only to see beautiful bikini-clad women lining the beaches. It was a diplomacy mission,” he said with a smile. Later, he earned higher ranks in Beirut and then in Vietnam, as a reconnaissance specialist, making frequent top-secret jumps into thick jungle vegetation. “We worked 24 hours a day and didn’t even think about it. If you slept, you were a target,” he

said. “I lived by a high code of morality and I all I knew was my kill ratio. It’s what kept me alive. Those jumps, it’s just hard to explain.” He pauses to collect his thoughts — he explained multiple times over the course of our four-hour talk that he’s fighting off signs of dementia these days. “The turbulence from the plane, it led to turmoil and fright, but that was soon replaced by no noise and complete calm as I floated down to Earth,” he said. “It’s as close to God as I’ve ever felt, being in those circumstances. My guys, they knew what it meant when I’d say I’d seen God again.” In all, he did tours in Vietnam in 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1976. Welzant relished the opportunity to serve. Even in that fateful jump in Vietnam, flying extremely low over the treetops to avoid detection, Welzant was heroic in his resolve to live. His parachute didn’t open. Instead he freefell some 100 feet into the trees, bouncing from limb to limb until he was wedged in the canopy. Two hours later, a survival team came for him, but the rescue caused more harm. “The crew chief came down with the hoist but I tried to wave him off. I knew the turbulence of the plane was going to do me more bad than good,” Welzant said. “I was pulled one way by

the wind and the plane’s turbulence was pulling me in at the same time. I was nearly stretched to death.” He was paralyzed briefly before regaining use of his legs. A year later, he was home in Virginia with his wife and two children after being medically retired from active duty. He began a new career as a civil servant for the Office of Personnel Management. “My contemporaries, they made the rank of general. Folks I served with like Ollie North, they went on to fame. But I never look back with regrets,” he said. It’s the kind of outlook that has earned Welzant many friends in the area, one of his biggest fans being Beaufort County councilman Stu Rodman. “I find him to be such a fascinating individual,” Rodman said. “He’s one of those genuine American heroes, and now he’s a hero on another front.” Off of Welzant’s office is the bedroom where his wife Cory lays in a hospital bed. Three days after moving to Hilton Head full time 14 years ago, she was rearended while driving on U.S. 278 on the North End. Concussion symptoms quickly progressed into a catatonic state. Doctors have struggled to properly diagnose her through the years. “She doesn’t have Alzheimer’s but she doesn’t have proper living function either,” Welzant said as he blew a kiss to his wife. “It’s been a rough path. So many people have wanted to force me to put her in a nursing home, but I’m Catholic and I made a vow before God and the church to care for her always.” He smiles, leaning on his walker “They’ll have to take me out of here first,” he says. He took out medical policies long ago on both he and Cory, but still struggles to keep up the

bills for 24-hour care. He’ll turn 80 in September and though his body is giving way, his mind is still active. “I spend much of my day thinking, reading, remembering,” he said. And looking for signs of hope with Cory, once an accomplished Realtor, that isn’t coming. He has a faithful companion, a six-year-old Bichon Frise name Charlie. Welzant turns serious when discussing immoral politicians — he has a hard time saying the word “Sanford” without using an expletive. And he has strong views about the plight of disabled veterans after nearly four decades of struggling with a disability that keeps him mostly homebound now. “Listen, I’m honored to have had a chance to serve, so I try to temper my anger,” he said. “But it doesn’t end when we come home. And that level of federal support should never end. Soldiers, they don’t expect the injuries, they’re not asking for handouts. But there’s a long life and a lot of pain and veterans deserve financial support to get through that.” He is glad his son, Chuck, served in the Marines but is equally glad he retired last July after 20 years at 47. His daughter, 50-year-old Karen, lives in Virginia. Welzant is honored some see him as a hero, though his thoughts often turn to the aftereffects of war that kept him from being the father he wanted to be. His first marriage could not survive those rigors. Now, he’s fighting to hold on to his second wife. “Listen, I have my kids, I have Charlie and I have Cory,” he said with a smile. “I have a lot of memories. And I know I served to my fullest.” Roger that, Colonel. M May 2014 23

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outh Carolina is a bevy of strange political stories, from our former governor’s “hike” on the Appalachian Trail to the most current tale of Andy Patrick, a Republican member of the S.C. House of Representatives from Hilton Head Island. Patrick is involved in a very contentious divorce that has brought out his dealings with FBI, the Secret Service and possibly the CIA. In the midst of all of this brouhaha, Patrick has announced he will not run for reelection. His seat will be up for grabs in the Nov. 10 election.

Well, not necessarily “up for grabs.” The sole declared candidate is Jeff Bradley, a Hilton Head financial adviser. It’s his first go at politics. Bradley took some time recently to talk with Monthly about his candidacy. Hilton Head Monthly: What made you decide to run for the S.C. House? Jeff Bradley: People keep asking me, “Why are you doing this?” People fear the risk of being excoriated by press and it keeps people out of mix (in politics). I’m not perfect and I certainly had a fear of stepping forward. When it became clear that Andy wasn’t going to run, I thought maybe I can make a contribution here. Maybe I can affect some positive change. Right square in front of me was an opportunity to put up or shut up. So here I am. I would like to use this opportunity to discuss personal responsibility with the good people of South Carolina. This is America, and it isn’t perfect, but there is no place on Earth where opportunities are greater than in this country. … You have to have personal drive and that can’t come from government. HHM: How would you define yourself politically? JB: I’m not a knee-jerk reactionary person. I’m more moderate. I’m a conservative who is willing to listen to ideas and make rational decisions predicated on the facts as they present themselves. I think the thing we have to do is reduce the scope and scale of government. ... If we educate the workforce, then people have jobs and the demand on government will decline. Whatever we do in Columbia or Washington needs to be focused on prosperity and education. HHM: What do you think is the biggest issues you will face as a state representative? JB: One is that Beaufort County is a donor county. Hilton Head Island is a donor town. There should be less money taken and more money brought back here. It should also be spent wiser. HHM: Where do you stand on education? JB: The state’s education budget is $8.7 billion. Throwing more money at it is not the answer. We need to look for better outcomes.


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HHM: How about health care? JB: I think Obamacare is an overreach in federalism and it becomes a states rights issue. It needs to be more freemarket driven. HHM: The state budget? JB: We spend $8.7 billion on education, $1 billion on Medicaid and more on infrastructure. I’m not sure about cutting those programs, but I do think there is a lot of fraud and abuse. HHM: Environment and coastal zone management? JB: We need to do more recycling, but that may best be done by free market. The impact of boating and fishing is huge and it’s something we need to protect. However, the quality of the environment relates to robustness of business. HHM: Marijuana laws? JB: I’m not an advocate of legalization. HHM: Abortion? JB: I am pro-life. HHM: Gov. Haley has recently said she intends to seek a federal waiver to insti-

tute a work requirement in three South Carolina counties under the SNAP (i.e,., the food stamp) program. Do you agree? JB: I think that as a citizen in this country if one is down on their luck and they need help, I’m all for helping someone. But we do need to limit the benefits. If you’re in a long-term pattern of need, then education and government assistance should be available to help them as they move to bettering themselves. HHM: South Carolina is one of just four states with no limitations on texting while driving. Your thoughts? JB: It only makes good sense not to text and drive. The issue I have is, where is the line drawn with personal liberty and the greater good? HHM: Who are your heroes? JB: I’m an old softie when it comes to my children. My daughter is 19 and a wonderful human being and greatly loved. She is attending USC. Both of my boys are graduates of West Point. Both are combat veterans, and they’re

captains in the U.S. Army. They have five tours of duty between them. But there are something like 2 million of them in this country, not just soldiers, but airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and sailors. Those are my heroes. M

Jeffrey A. Bradley Education: 1979 graduate of the University of North Alabama, bachelor of science, Public Administration and Urban Planning Professional: 1981-present; Financial advisor Civic: Founder, GED Camp Hilton Head; chairman, Know2 Beaufort County; trustee, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry; trustee, Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation; president, Lowcountry Men of the Church; past president Hilton Head Island High School Booster Club; past board member, Hilton Head Prep, Hilton Head Montessori; Hilton Head Island Middle School, School Improvement Council; elder, First Presbyterian Church; member, People in Need Committee, Hilton Head Island Lions Club Personal: Married to Anne Bradley since 1980; three grown children. Enjoys fishing, farming and travel.

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Heritage Library is keeping Hilton Head’s history alive BY SALLY MAHAN | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN


o many people, the Hilton Head Island of today is one where Jaguars and BMWs reign, one where worldclass golf courses are the norm and high-end gated communities abound. But underneath that surface is a rich and varied history, along with organizations and people who have made it their life’s calling to keep that history alive. One of those places is the Heritage Library, which was named one of the top 10 genealogy research facilities in the world by USA Today. The library

was also recently named the top organization of the year by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The Heritage Library is one of the most comprehensive libraries of its kind, with microfilm readers, computers, high-speed Web service and collections of books, microfilm, microfiche, CD-ROM, manuscripts, periodicals, videotapes, audiotapes and maps. The all-volunteer nonprofit has been headed since 2010 by president and history chairman Lou Benfante, who laments that

more locals don’t know the history of the island. “One of the things that amazes me when I’m doing lectures and conducting tours is that two-thirds of the people that come to either one are from out of town and folks who live here who don’t know the history of the island,” he said. “It makes me sad because they are missing out on so much. The history of this island and the Lowcountry is amazing. I think it’s amazing for this little island and what has happened here and I feel like everyone should know

about it.” That history includes the Gullah people, who are descendants of slaves brought to the South Carolina and Georgia coasts from West Africa, to work the indigo, rice, sugar cane and cotton fields on the island. “Gullah history and the story of Mitchelville are not taught in South Carolina schools,” said Benfante. “We’re working on a curriculum that we hope will be taught in all public schools. Teachers helped us create the curriculum and lesson plans and we hope to have it avail-


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Coming up at the library The Heritage Library will present speaker Dee Phillips, who will talk about the role of women in the history of Hilton Head Island, at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the library. Lou Benfante will provide historical background.

able online for Black History Month in 2015.” He added that the library puts on some wonderful programs. “We have a lot to be proud of,” said Benfante. “We’re doing incredible things. We have found over 550 original residents of Mitchelville and have identified more than 500 soldiers who were buried here and have been moved to the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort.” The library also owns two historic sites on the island, including Ft. Mitchel, where a Civil War gun battery was located

(next to the Old Fort Pub in Hilton Head Plantation), and the Zion Cemetery at the corner of Mathews Drive and U.S. 278. Four men who fought in the Revolutionary War are buried or memorialized there. In fact, Benfante said there are about 15 small cemeteries throughout the island that tells stories of the area’s rich cultural heritage. The library also helped with Clemson University’s Pan-African Studies Department and on a historical project. “These Clemson students worked with native islanders to trace the genealogy of 11 families that lived here during the Civil War,” said Benfante. The library also offers classes and workshops for those looking to trace their genealogy, he said. Additionally, it is sponsoring a speaker series on the Modern Development of Hilton Head Island in conjunction with the Coastal Discovery Museum. Also, patrons of the Library have access to major online databases at, (formerly footnote. com), americanancestors. com (formerly NEHGS), and HeritageQuest Online through the Library’s network. Benfante said the library is rich in its offerings. Classes on the history of the island are offered at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and tours of Fort Mitchel are at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. “We have so much to offer and people don’t know we’re here,” he said. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It is located at 852 William Hilton Parkway, Second Floor, Suite A. For more information, call 843686-6560 or visit M May 2014 27

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Where in the world is Monthly? u John and Rosanne Ball took Monthly on a bareboat sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands. This photo was taken at Jost Van Dyke in Tortola, home of the popular “Foxy’s” restaurant and bar. t Vicky Hagan took Monthly hot air ballooning in Bagan, an ancient city located in Myanmar.

p Maggie Fagan took Monthly to Cape Point, the southern tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. q Sandy and Dick Gey pose with Monthly in front of the Blue Lake in Rotorua, New Zealand.

p Julie Elliott , Norman Gwaltney and a copy of Monthly enjoyed the sun and sand on Grand Cayman Island.

p Shipyard’s Philip Clemente took his Monthly to Anguilla, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean.

u Genesis Salcedo took Monthly to the tented safari camp Umfolozi, located in Kwazulu, South Africa.

t Windmill Harbour resident Margaret McManus took Monthly to the community of Cambebas on the Rio Negro River in Amazonia, Brazil. u David and Jill McCoy relax with Monthly at Now Sapphire Riviera Maya, Mexico.

p Lynda and Peter Lessek caught some rays and went snorkeling with Monthly on the island of Fakarava in French Polynesia. u Tracy Breinich took Monthly to Playa Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.


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asn’t it amazing when spring finally paid a visit to the Lowcountry? The green began to return to the marshes, the heron and blue birds showed their amazing color and grace, and the daffodils and azaleas brought a reminder that nature still wants to please us and give us a reason to catch our breath in awe. Each year, the return of the vibrant spring blooms always brings to mind a story that is not my own, but I have shared it many times. This story is one of my favorites, because of the many subtexts and their application to much of my life and work. For the sake of space, I have paraphrased, but the main message is still there. The Daffodil Principle goes like this… A daughter phoned her mother several times over the spring and asked her to join her to see the daffodils that grew nearby. She wanted her to experience them before the blooms were gone. Finally, after much prodding, the mother reluctantly agreed (they are just flowers, after all) to a date and met up with her daughter. After a bit of a drive up a steep incline, they turned onto a small gravel road and saw a small church. On the far side of the church, there was a hand-lettered sign with an arrow that read, “Daffodil Garden.” They got out of the car, and the mother followed her daughter down the path. As they turned a corner, the mom looked up and gasped. Before her, spread across the valley below, was the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the field and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange,

creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers. There was one house on the property and on the patio, they saw a poster. “Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking”, was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. “50,000 bulbs,” it read. The second answer was, “One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain.” The third answer was, “Began in 1958.” Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The Daffodil Principle can be applied anywhere and anytime. The lessons are strong and true. They are those of perseverance, and of knowing that nothing happens unless we actually START, and of understanding that the power of a single person, or organization, or community can be unleashed to create something amazing. The Daffodil Principle drives our work at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, and it can drive your work, too. There is no better time than right now to get involved, to support something wonderful, to make our corner of the world a better place for our children and grandchildren, to make people come from many miles away to find out how you did this wonderful thing. Soon, you can post a sign that says “Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking.” And the answers may be $50,000 (instead of 50,000 bulbs), or $500,000 or whatever number you can imagine, one dollar at a time, a few dedicated people who caught and spread the vision, and we really began today.

Nothing happens unless we actually START.

There is no better time than right now to get involved, to support something wonderful, to make our corner of the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.


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Denise K. Spencer President and CEO Community Foundation of the Lowcountry


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Hilton Head, Lowcountry

By Elihu Spencer


US housing policy’s impact on Hilton Head, Lowcountry

By Elihu Spencer


ecently I had the opportunity to attend my 25th annual Mid-Winter Housing Finance Conference. The “Mid-Winter” is an invitationonly gathering of senior federal policy makers, regulators and housing finance industry leaders that has been in existence for more than 40 years. As I think back on my 25 years of participation, I cannot help but reflect on the changes that have occurred since my first meeting. It all started with savings and loan banks controlling the dialogue, then to the larger mortgage banks, then to the government-sponsored enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), then to the subprime lend-

ers and Wall Street types. This year’s meeting could not have come at a better time as it coincided with the announcement of the Johnson-Crapo GSE reform bill. This bill provides a pathway for the eventual wind down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and suggests a mechanism to continue the federal role in residential mortgage finance. And if that were not enough, we saw Congress pass the Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. This act repeals and modifies provisions of the BiggertWaters Flood Insurance Reform Act and should postpone flood insurance premium increases for most of us.

So why should we care about this sudden interest in housing policies in Washington, D.C., and how might the outcomes affect us on Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County? And, by the way, is it not about time for Congress and the President to deal with the “evil twins,” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? They were, of course, the cause of the housing bubble that led to the Great Recession! Let us try to deal with the “why care?” question first. On a national level the concept of homeownership is often seen as the bedrock of building wealth in America, and beyond wealth-building, it has long been viewed as a stabilizing force in

our communities. When a family owns a “piece of the rock” they are, in fact, invested both financially and emotionally in the community in which they live. In Hilton Head Island, I believe that we all aspire to be a community that is wellbalanced; is vibrant in economy and diversity; and is financially sound. These traits are by-products of high levels of homeownership. It is time for all of us to stand up and demand that our leaders in Washington, D.C., articulate a national housing policy that encourages homeownership but recognizes that there is a substantial role for quality rental housing.


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Locally, real estate and tourism are the legs on which we stand. Our economic fortunes, as well as our quality of life, are dependent upon potential home buyers feeling confident while making their real estate investment decisions. A major factor in most real estate transactions is the availability of financing at a reasonable price. Since the creation of the Federal Housing Administration’s financing program in the 1930s, Americans have enjoyed what others in the world could only dream of -- a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. The availability of the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was further institutionalized with the creation of Fannie Mae, and later Freddie Mac, as government-sponsored enterprises or GSEs. These two shareholder-owned,

government-sponsored companies grew to the point that they were involved in over 80 percent of the residential real estate finance transactions nationally and the other 20 percent being handled by Ginnie Mae or portfolio financing provided by local banks and private label securities. At the peak of real estate lending in 2008, there was more than $14 trillion in mortgages outstanding in the United States. For the three years prior, the United States was producing well in excess of $3.5 trillion in new loans annually. With the collapse of the real estate markets and the bursting of the balloon, both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed in conservatorship and have since been held under the control of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Through the conservatorship

the United States Treasury (UST) has made good on its “implied” guaranty of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debt to the tune of $187.4 billion. By the way, since 2011 all of that has been repaid and these two GSEs continue to turn over 100 percent of their quarterly profits to the UST. So again, why is this pending attempt at GSE reform important to us on Hilton Head Island? The answer is simple. If we are interested in stable housing prices and protecting what is probably our largest single investment, our home, we actually need federal government involvement in the continuation of a 30-year, fixedrate financing and providing an “explicit” guaranty of mortgage securities. The mortgage market is simply too large in the United States to attract capital from around the world without government

support. Both the Bipartisan Center for Policy Research and a bipartisan group from the Senate Finance Committee understand these facts and have proposed a workable solution that puts private capital in a first loss position and funds a catastrophic loss pool with the UST stamp of approval on it! Hopefully a large group of clear thinking senators and congressmen can come together and do what is right to keep homeownership a priority in the United States … Hilton Head Island included! M Elihu Spencer is a local amateur economist with a long business history in global finance. His life’s work has been centered on understanding credit cycles and their impact on local economies. The information contained in this article has been obtained from sources considered reliable but the accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

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On the Move New Hires/Promotions






Samantha Bradshaw has joined Frey Media as the marketing manager. Samantha relocated to Hilton Head in March from Charlottesville, Va., where she worked in marketing, event planning and fundraising. The Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine recently named Pam Toney as its executive director. Toney will be responsible for all phases of the operation of the free clinic, which provides healthcare to uninsured area residents. Toney comes from the North Alabama Medical Reserve Corps, where she was unit director responsible for more than 100 medical and non-medical volunteers, as well as fundraising and community outreach programs. Dr. Patricia Westmoreland, a board-certified dermatologist, has joined Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry. She has practiced in Greenville for 30 years and is wellknown throughout the Upstate, not only for her outstanding dedication to the care of thousands of patients, but for her role in dermatology education of Greenville Health System residents, interns and students. She also provided extensive community service and held many offices at the South Carolina Medical Association. Capt. Kyle MacDaniel has joined Greenwood Communities and Resorts as the new harbourmaster for Shelter Cove Marina. MacDaniel replaces Dave Harris, who retired in March after 31 years of service. As harbourmaster, MacDaniel oversees all operations at Shelter Cove Marina, including charters, the Ship’s Store, the marina’s retail component and slip rentals.

BAUER DENTAL ASSOCIATES OPEN 2ND LOCATION Jeffrey C. Bauer, D.M.D., of Bauer Dental Associates and his team have announced the opening of a second location, formally Shelter Cove Dental, located on Hilton Head Island. Bauer will lead Shelter Cove Dental after 14-plus years of private practice experience. He brings to Shelter Cove years of knowledge in both general and cosmetic dentistry, having built and maintained successful private practices in both the Pittsburgh area and Bluffton. To make an appointment, call 843-686-5810 for Shelter Cove or 843-757-2222 for Bluffton.

David Clisham has joined the real estate team at Foundation Realty. Clisham has been both a broker and real estate appraiser on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry since 1984. Originally from New Jersey, he came to visit his parents for two weeks in 1983 and never left. Certified Iyengar instructor Jann Boyer has joined the teaching staff at Island Yoga. Boyer is the only certified Iyengar instructor currently teaching in the Lowcountry. Iyengar yoga is a systematic method that emphasizes correct alignment and develops the student’s ability from class to class. Certified Iyengar teachers are required to go through extensive training to individualize their teaching for each student, with special adjustments for various body types and conditions. Clem Dietze is now an independent affiliate of AVOYA Travel/ American Express. With 44 years of experience, he has covered most of the world as a tour escort/cruise shore excursion manager and owned two travel agencies over 28 years. Beach Properties of Hilton Head announced the addition of Jaclyn Duren to its staff of vacation planners.



Chow Daddy’s is a fun, casual, hip new spot on Hilton Head Island. They offer sliders, sandwiches, salads, tacos and more. The fried chicken is a must. There is a full bar with super cocktails. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Happy hour daily from 9 p.m. to midnight. Chow Daddy’s is located at 14B Executive Park Road. For more information, call 843-842CHOW or go online to

Duren has more than five years of experience in the hospitality industry. Having lived on the island her entire life, she has a broad knowledge of Hilton Head. Bluffton police chief Joey Reynolds recently announced several promotions. Donald “Scott” Chandler and Paul Gannon were promoted to lieutenant and Joseph George and John Destasio were promoted to sergeant. Victoria Garrett joins Providence Presbyterian Church as contemporary worship leader. Garrett is a 2012 graduate of Emmanuel College with a bachelor of science degree in worship and music ministry. She has experience in leading worship and teaching Bible study at churches, college campus services, youth camps, special worship events, and has led several mission trips. Garrett brings her leadership, voice, guitar, piano and songwriting skills to enhance contemporary worship at Providence.

Awards/Certifications The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island was recognized at Rotary District 7770’s annual conference in Charleston. Awards included top large club of the year, best website, best “House of Friendship” exhibit, presidential citation with distinction, club leadership citation and the Rotary Foundation district service award. In addition, member David Tirard was named District Rotarian of the Year and member Sandee Brooks was designated District Governor for the 2016-17 Rotary year.


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Realtor Toni LaRose-Gerken has was awarded the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award within 2 ½ years of joining the company. She previously was awarded the Platinum Awards for 2012 and 2013, recognizing her consistent and high level of commissions earned. She recently hired Brad Pettway as her administrative assistant/Realtor. Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital have received the South Carolina Certified Zero Harm Award in recognition of excellent performance in patient safety. Certified Zero Harm awards are given when a hospital records no preventable hospitalacquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period. The data is independently verified by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The awards are presented at the statewide South Carolina Hospital Association meetings twice each year. The Technical College of the Lowcountry was recently honored in the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations’ annual Paragon Awards competition. TCL received a gold award for its television advertisement series and a bronze award for its print advertisement series. This marks the fourth time that TCL has claimed a first-place gold paragon award. This year’s competition drew more than 1,800 entries from nearly 300 colleges for 51 Paragon Award categories. Bluffton deputy town manager Marc Orlando recently received a credentialed manager designation from the Washington, D.C.-based International City/County Management Association. ICMA has creden-

WULLER TAKING OVER COASTAL LONG TERM RENTAL COMPANY Coastal Long Term Rental Company has a new face. Laura and Matt Wuller have acquired the business from the original founder/ operator, Andy Pracht. The business is now operated by Laura, who has been involved in the rental and real estate business on Hilton Head for more than 11 years. After a successful transition, Laura has already grown the business further. For more information, call 843-842-4546 or go online to

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BUSINESS tialed only approximately 1,300 local government management professionals worldwide. Orlando also was appointed to a market impact council for the regional joint chapters of the Urban Land Institute of South Carolina, Charlotte and Research Triangle. Orlando has worked for Bluffton since 2004. Orlando


David Champoux of Bluffton is one of three individuals selected by Herkimer County Community College to receive the 2014 Torchbearer Award. Champoux is an associate dean emeritus with more than 30 years of service to Herkimer College. Given every five years, the Torchbearer Award recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to Herkimer College’s development, with particular attention given to those whose contributions were made in the first 20 years of the College’s history, 1966–1986.

New Business



ACE Hardware will be opening in Buckwalter Place later this year. The 12,000-square-foot building and 3,000-square-foot garden center will resemble a Main Street USA prototype and feature a variety of paint, lawn and garden tools, andlocal niche services. The latest venture of the New River Auto Mall is the New River Wellness Institute, located at 100 Okatie Center Blvd. in Okatie. The institute will provide both preventative and rehabilitation programs designed to help Lowcountry residents develop, put into action, and achieve healthy lifestyle goals.

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Hilton Head Hospital recently elected a new chairman and new board governing members. Donald Creamer, a Hilton Head Island resident and retired president and CEO of the Susquehanna Health System in Williamsport, Pa., was named chairman. Creamer has been on the governing board since 2011. Amanda O’Nan, principal of Hilton Head Island High School, and Lew Wessel, CPA and island resident of 21 years, also were elected to the 13-member board. Creamer, who replaces Donna Williams as chairman, will serve a two-year term. O’Nan and Wessel will serve three-year terms. Scott Cummings, M.D., was named vice chairman and Robert Burnaugh, M.D., was named secretary. Other board members include Randy Dingus, M.D., J. Simon Fraser, Charlene Robinowich, and Vincent Ruede. Bob Powell, G. Neil Love, M.D., and Randall Evans, M.D. hold ex-officio board positions.


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HERITAGE FINE JEWELRY MOVING TO NEW STORE Heritage Fine Jewelry, family owned and operated since 1975, is moving into its new location at Shelter Cove Town Centre on June 5. The new showroom will be located at 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 114. The current location is at 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The showroom is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 843-689-2900.

Chris Haro is the first Realtor in Beaufort County accepted to the national Homes for Heroes program, pledging a 25 percent commission rebate to local heroes buying or selling a home. Eligible heroes include veterans, active duty military, firefighters, law enforcement, healthcare workers and teachers. Dr. Charles Hobart and his team have moved their dental practice to Magnolia Village. Hobart is a native of Florida and moved to Bluffton with wife Holly and his son in 2008. Hobart takes a comprehensive approach to dentistry and helps his patients improve function as well as appearance with implant and esthetic dentistry. Guardian Angels Sitting Service, LLC, recently expanded to the greater Atlanta area, and will be based out of Milton, Ga. The new owner is Brian McGrath, formerly of Hilton Head Island. Representatives from the Heritage Classic Foundation, general sponsor of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and host of last November’s South Carolina Congressional Cup, presented $40,000 to 16 technical/community colleges across the Palmetto State at the SC Technical College System quarterly meeting. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has been selected to compete once again for the National Chamber of the Year award, an award the chamber won in 2000 and 2006. The chamber was named a finalist for the award in 2010 and 2012. Only a handful of chambers in the country qualify to enter the race. Beach Properties of Hilton Head will move its reservation and administrative offices to a recently renovated building located at 64 Arrow Road on Hilton Head Island. The company also refurbished its property management office located at 39 Bow Circle. Organizers of The First Tee of the Lowcountry have announced the start of their capital campaign. Last July, Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island director Kim Likins signed a letter of intent to establish the youth development program in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton community. The campaign kickoff will include an update on The First Tee Chapter license agreement and programming, a site design overview by golf course designer Clyde Johnston, and remarks by campaign chairmen Jim and Karen Ferree. The facility, which will be named after Joseph B. Fraser Jr., will be located adjacent to the campus of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD PLANS GRAND REOPENING Join Outside Hilton Head on May 17 for the re-opening of its newly renovated flagship store. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with representatives and displays from a selection of brands. Find deals on gear, fashion and paddlesports. For more information, go to

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How smart is

Smart Beta?

“Smart beta” has become A hot topic in the financial world. It has certainly captured the interest of investors, underwriters and brokers. By Steven Weber


ccording to Morningstar, a quarter of all exchange-traded fund investments in the first 11 months of 2013, over $41 billion, went into funds using smart beta strategies. So what exactly is “smart beta?” It’s a concept used rather broadly to describe alternate investment strategies, which, proponents claim, address the shortcomings of both traditional managed mutual funds, and unmanaged index fund investments. Not all smart beta strategies are alike, so here’s a brief overview. Investors who believe markets operate pretty much efficiently tend to favor the low cost and broadly diversified index fund approach. Index strategies seek to replicate, with minimal costs, the makeup and performance of a predetermined market benchmark. For instance, an investor wishing to place funds in large U.S. companies could choose to invest in a fund that seeks to replicate the makeup and return of the Standard & Poor’s 500, or the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Other investors who believe that active management can make a difference, are more willing to pay a fund manager to research, pick and choose among large companies and industries, in order to garner advantage over the broad market. In other words, diversification vs. selectivity. Both approaches pose some challenges. Most active managers typically underperform indexes over time; this is primarily attributed to higher fees, over- or underweighting market sectors, and market timing. Actively managed funds’ holdings have a lack of transparency compared with index funds, and trading costs and distributed

gains also can hurt returns. Index funds, while generally low cost and broadly diversified, can pose problems as well. Most weight their holdings based upon the total value of a company’s outstanding stock, known as market capitalization. This tends to overweight companies whose stocks are highly valued and underweight companies that are out of favor and lower priced, or just with smaller market capitalizations. Smart Beta, then has become a rather elastic concept that is used to stretch around many different strategies. Three of the most common are equal weighted, fundamental weighted, and quantitative. Equal weighting is just what it says: stocks are represented equally in the fund, regardless of their market value or capitalization. Fundamental weighting strategies choose stocks based upon some combination of fundamental factors, which could include book value, dividends, earnings or cash flow. A quantitative smart beta approach might assemble its investment universe based upon statistical measures, for instance stocks with lower volatility than the general market. If this sounds like just another form of active management, smart beta skeptics would agree. However, since these smart beta indices have typically lower fees, more transparency and broader diversification than managed funds, and don’t rely quite so heavily on the focus of a portfolio manager or team, they retain many of the advantages of a more traditional index fund. One of the leading proponents of smart beta is the noted investment manager and academic Robert Arnott, chairman of Research Affiliates and developer of the


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“When considering any smart beta strategies for your portfolio, as with any fund investment, read the prospectus carefully and be sure that risks and potential returns fit in with your overall investment plan.� Research Affiliate Fundamental index. His methodology was granted a patent in 2009, and his flagship fund, PowerShares FTSW RAFI US 1000 (PRF), at $2.8 billion, is one of the largest funds using the smart beta approach. PRF uses fundamental factors to construct the index, including dividends, book value and cash flow, and in doing so skates close to the line that separates an index from an actively managed fund. The Guggenheim Funds Service Group has an exchange traded fund that uses the smart beta equal weighted approach, the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight fund. Trading under the symbol RSP, this fund returned an average of 9.2% per year over the last 10 years. When considering any smart beta strategies for your portfolio, as with any fund investment, read the prospectus carefully and be sure that risks and potential returns fit in with your overall investment plan. M Steven Weber, Gloria Harris, and Frank Weber are the investment and client services team for The Bedminster Group, providing investment management, estate, and financial planning services. The information contained herein was obtained from sources considered reliable. Their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those from any other source. Discussion of individual stocks are informational and do not constitute recommendations to purchase. May 2014 39

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launch new marketing team in Bluffton By Laura Jacobi

A new Bluffton-based marketing group looks to use its national and local experience, innovation and unique talents to offer businesses an all-inclusive stop for all their marketing and advertising needs. A group of local professionals have joined forces to create Group 46, located at 1323 May River Road, at the corner of the four-way stop in Old Town Bluffton. Group 46 is a team of creative professionals with more than 100 years of combined experience in all facets of communication and marketing including website design, content development and the creation of innovative and unique advertising and branding campaigns for print, TV, radio and digital. Ryan Lockhart is one of the founding team members of Group 46. His current business, Expanding Profits, focuses on Search Engine Optimization and online marketing. But he and web developer Ed Houston saw the need to provide their clients with a broader range of services in order to help those businesses reach their full potential. The two have collaborated with a team of diverse and talented marketing and advertising professionals who, when they work together, can take companies to the next level. “Our resourcefulness is our most valuable resource and our team is the most important thing our company has to offer,” according to Lockhart. “We’ve assembled the most accomplished group of professionals available in different disciplines so our clients only need to go to one place in order to achieve all their marketing and advertising goals.” The Group 46 brand allows Lockhart and Houston to collaborate with advertising planner Michael Weaver, marketing and

content specialist Lynne R. Anderson and creative director Donna Thomas to offer businesses a multitude of expertise, while still allowing these professionals to continue serving their current individual client lists. According to Lockhart, when the economy struggles, one of the first budget line items a business cuts is marketing. To him that seems counterproductive, but often true. As the economy is rebounding, many business owners are realizing that if potential new clients don’t know who they are or how to find them, their business will never grow. “Now that winter is over, businesses are ready to spring into summer,” Lockhart says. “And we can help them by developing a MAP (Massive Action Plan) for success.” When business owners enlist the help of Group 46, they are able to continue focusing on their craft while allowing the experts to develop a plan to grow their customer base. Group 46 will aid clients in digital marketing including website development, design and SEO; advertising creative for print, radio and TV; direct mail and direct response campaigns; content development as well as branding development and strategic marketing campaigns. “Working with an experienced team is where the magic really happens,” Weaver says. “It’s where 1 plus 1 doesn’t just equal 2. It equals 3, 4 and 5 because this team collaborates to create the most comprehensive marketing and advertising plan for the client.” Learn more about Group 46 by visiting M

Group 46 team members • Ryan Lockhart consults with a variety start-ups and mid-sized companies world-wide to expand their profits. He uses his eight years of sales and marketing experience to help drive sales using a synergistic marketing approach that integrates traditional marketing with online digital marketing efforts. • Ed Houston started in the software industry at the ripe old age of 11 when he got a job writing and maintaining software to process a company’s weekly payroll. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, he started a 10-year endeavor with a Fortune 500 company. As rewarding and educational as that experience was, he never lost the desire to start his own business.  In 2001, Houston launched his own consulting company, which focuses on web site and app development and the support services that go with it. • Michael Weaver is a 25-year veteran of the marketing and advertising industry where he spent many years on Madison Avenue as a strategic planner for brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Miller Lite, Wendy’s and the Jeep Division of Chrysler Corp. • Lynne R. Anderson, who has been a Hilton Head Island resident since 1984, has also spent more than 25 years in the marketing and communication industry working with local, regional, national and international clients on areas such as marketing, advertising and content development. Her specialty was real estate and resort marketing and new business development. During her career, she has worked closely with the group’s Creative Director, Donna Thomas. Thomas is a designer with more than 20 years of experience developing brands and producing creative print and digital communications for a variety of industries.


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Career or motherhood?


Do you have to sacrifice one to be truly successful in the other? For many women in the Lowcountry, the answer is an emphatic “no.” So, how does one balance the ever-so-delicate dance between work and home life? We asked 10 working mothers in the Lowcountry to share their secrets of success. Here are their responses.

Husband: Todd Romoser Children: Breckin, 15 months Business: Bomboras Grille, Art Cafe and HHI Jet Pack Favorite part of the day at work: Providing people with unique and enjoyable experiences, whether it be painting pottery, flying on a jet pack or enjoying a social dining experience. Favorite part of the day at home: Spending time with my son and watching him grow up. What would make your work life easier? More hours in the day and a second set of hands! What would make your home life easier? Being able to balance work from home better. How do you balance work and home? I try to plan my work week out in advance and to make it a point to schedule time with my family and friends with activities that help me recharge. Best tip for other working mothers: Prioritize! Set realistic goals that align with your business purpose and life passions.


Husband: Hicham Idllalene Children: Emilyah, 13 months Business: Luciana Favorite part of the day at work: When I first get to my store, I write down a list of all the things I have to get done. I open the door, turn the lights on and get ready to start a busy day. Favorite part of the day at home: When I go to get Emilyah from daycare and she hugs me tight and calls me Mami! What would make your work life easier? Probably hiring more people, but being a perfectionist, I would rather just do it myself. What would make your home life easier? I can’t complain. My husband has always been great. He helps get everything done before we go to sleep. And my daughter is the best! She gives all the energy I need to get everything done. I have a great family and that’s what keeps me going. How do you balance work and home? It is not easy! They both keep me really busy. But having great support at home keeps me going at work. Love is the key. Since I have it both at home with my husband and daughter and at work because I love what I do. Best tip for other working mothers: Be proud of yourself ! Although sometimes you might feel overwhelmed, step back and look at all you are achieving. By handling it all, you are becoming an inspiring role model for your kids! 42

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SHANNON WRIGHT Husband: Russell Anderson Children: Pryor Anderson, 7 months Business: Captain Woody’s restaurants Favorite part of the day at work: Getting to visit with our locals and our staff. Favorite part of the day at home: Getting to spend time as a family. What would make your work life easier? I have it pretty easy with a great staff that takes such good care of our restaurants when we are not there. What would make your home life easier? I have it pretty easy there as well, with my husband being very involved and also having great babysitters. Best tip for other working mothers: Don’t let work ever be your first priority and always make sure to take a little time for yourself!



Husband: Brett Cargill Children: Davis, 6. Stepchildren Hanna, 11; Michael, 13 Business: Monica Davis Real Estate Favorite part of the day at work: My favorite time at work is early in the morning where I can make phone calls, answer emails and have a little peace and quiet before the chaos begins. Favorite part of the day at home: Dinnertime where we all sit down at the table and I can hear about everyone’s day. I enjoyed dinnertime as a child with my parents growing up so I want to continue the tradition. What would make your work life easier: A clone of myself so there would be enough of me to go around. What would make your home life easier: A personal chef would certainly make my home life easier, but I have it pretty good. I am blessed with an understanding, supportive husband, wonderful parents and a very patient 6-year-old son! How do you balance work and home? Very carefully. I try not to sweat the small stuff. Best tip for other working mothers: Learn how to delegate. It is important that your family be supportive of you and if you ask for help, I guarantee you they will give it to you.

Husband: Andrew Carmines Children: Alice, 2; Milly, 10 months Business: Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks Favorite part of the day at work: Lunchtime. Favorite part of the day at home: When Andrew gets off work early and surprises us at home before bedtime. Nothing makes me happier than to watch Alice race to the door and scream in delight that her Daddy is home. What would make your work life easier? More hours in the day. Sometimes I feel like there’s just not enough time to get everything done. How do you balance work and home? It’s important to make time for yourself. I always, regardless of how insane my day is, make time to take a gym class at Beach City Health & Fitness, a Sweat Fitness Boot Camp at the Rec Center or play some tennis at the Yacht Club. It makes me feel good and a better mom. Best tip for other working mothers: Reasonably healthy eating and a strict napping and bedtime schedule greatly reduces the possibility of meltdowns.

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Husband: Todd Hawk Children: Hunter, 13 Business: H2 Builders Favorite part of the day at work: When I get to see my creativity come to fruition. Whether it’s a new marketing concept, ad idea or complete H2 office renovation. I love being creative and am always juggling multiple projects related to H2. Favorite part of the day at home: By far dinnertime and the evening family time. It is when the three of us have a chance to reconnect about each of our days, after school, sports, homework and work are complete. We are an extremely close-knit family and enjoy being together, no matter what the activity. What would make your work life easier? If I could add more time into the work day, only when I need it. It seems there are always never-ending deadlines. What would make your home life easier? If I could clone myself to help with the laundry. It seems to be the one household chore that I battle daily. How do you balance work and home? Being a small business owner provides me with great flexibility. It is a definite tradeoff, because you are a business owner/ employee seven days a week, any hour of the day. However, I am allowed the flexibility to work directly at the office, from my home office and have a flexible schedule. This allows me to focus on my most important job of being a mom to Hunter. Whether I am the team mom, school committee volunteer, chauffer, homework tutor, cook, cleaner or President of Marketing at H2 … there is no greater privilege than being mom. God has blessed me to be the mom of a wonderfully well-rounded young man. Best tip for other working mothers: Find the happiness balance for yourself and always have a positive cando attitude. Allow time for yourself to be the best “you” that you can be. For myself this means playing tennis, boating, reading and running and of course activities with my family. We are a very active outdoors-loving family. My husband and I made the commitment long ago that our family always comes first. You only get a limited amount of time in today’s busy world with your precious child, as you watch them grow into adulthood. Enjoy every, single moment because work will come and go but you will always have the best job of being a mom.

Husband: Rick Vanderslice Children: Sarah, 15; Grace, 13 Business: J Banks Design Favorite part of the day at work: I love the collaboration process. Working personally with my talented employees is such fun for me. Whether we are designing, drawing or working on management issues, I find myself energized by their minds, thought processes or differing perspectives. Favorite part of the day at home: My quiet time with coffee in the morning gives me perspective, helps me to prioritize, allows me to focus, and ensures my positive, productive outlook for the day. But I look most forward to making dinner and dining with family. It’s the best time to download, laugh and enjoy each other. What would make your work life easier? We’ve all said it but it’s true — more hours in the day! What would make your home life easier? More at-home help! At my girls’ current ages, it’s very important for me to be a hands-on mom. Balancing home management, pick-up and drop-off logistics, volleyball and all the extracurricular activities is a lot. It’s not easy to do everything, be everywhere and make everyone happy all at once. However, I wouldn’t change any of it – it’s the way I stay connected with them and our car rides have generated some of our best talks. How do you balance work and home? Prayer. Seriously. My morning quiet time. As a family we talk about our issues and then pray about them. Knowing God is in charge, not me, brings a level of peace and helps me to tackle problems and fears with a different perspective. Best tip for other working mothers: If at all possible, carve out a morsel of quiet time for yourself. The tiniest bit of personal time can completely change your perspective. Prioritize and remember what really matters. And accept and understand that you cannot solve every problem, that listening to someone may be better than jumping in to help.

TERESA KITCHINGS Husband: Kevin Miller Children: Kelsey Lynne Miller, 4 Business: Island Medical Spa Favorite part of the day at work: Morning before other associates come in. This gives me time to transition from home mode to work mode. Favorite part of the day at home: Picking up Kelsey from daycare. What would make your work life easier? Learning to delegate, which I am working on. What would make your home life easier? A maid. How do you balance work and home? Close friends and faith in God. Best tip for other working mothers: Don’t try to do it all. Ask for help. This was one of the hardest things for me to learn. I also am the caregiver for my mother who has Huntington’s Chorea. And last October, Kevin was hurt on the job. It was then I learned to lean on friends, family and co-workers, which I think is hard for mothers to do, especially type-A personalities which most business owners are.


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AVIS ROLLISON Children: Clayton Rollison, 33; Jake Rollison, 31 Grandchildren: Gradyn, 2; Kennedy, 2; Bridget, 10 Business: The Porcupine, Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar Favorite part of day at work: At The Porcupine, lunchtime. We are the busiest and have the most buzz in the store with customers and activity. At Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, happy hour. Everyone is coming in, happy to be off work or off the golf course. What would make your work life easier? Cloning my staff, both businesses. Our No. 1 asset is our employees and if we had more good ones, we could do more business and all have less work! What would make your home life easier? A self-sustaining house so I could spend more time in the garden, beach, cycling, and playing with my granddaughters. How do you balance work and home? At this point in my life it is not an issue, my children are grown, but there is never enough time between jobs and market travel for The Porcupine to spend enough time with my granddaughters. I just have to make a schedule. Sounds horrible! Best tip for working mothers: My working aunt gave me the best advice. Exhausted at the end of the day, the hardest part is when you walk in the door at home (dinner, baths, homework, etc.). Walk in the door, hug them, teach them to behave quietly for 10 minutes, take off your shoes, put your feet up, shut one eye (no more than 10 minutes). You get up re-energized and refreshed. It worked for me!


Husband: Todd Brooks Children: Archer, 16; Waddy, 14; Susan, 12 Business: Island Getaway Rentals Favorite part of the day at work: I love the mornings. Sipping a McDonald’s coffee at my desk and reading my email is my most enjoyable time. Favorite part of the day at home: When everyone is home from practices and work. We can all hang out together, talk and on a pretty day, the doors are wide open and everyone is relaxed. What would make your work life easier? I can’t really think of anything to make my work life easier. I work with a great group of hard-working, smart women that really make the time at the office smooth and fun. I feel very lucky that we all get along so well. My husband and I are very proud of the people we work with and believe that who you choose to work with is the most important part of running a business. What would make your home life easier? In my fantasy world, I would have a cook to plan healthy meals that my family could (and would) eat. Maybe Oprah can help me with that. How do you balance work and home? I try to keep up with daily chores at home and office. A friend once said to me, “Eat the big frog first.” That phrase stuck with me and I try to get some things behind me. Best tip for other working mothers: On a regular basis, ask your children to help you with various things around your home and office. It can be bonding, purposeful and both of you will enjoy the time you spent together. May 2014 45

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cutest kids 2014


he people have spoken. The winner of Monthly’s 2014 Cutest Kid Contest is Luke Thomas Kemeny! This year’s contest took place on our Facebook page. We asked people to “like” our page and then “like” the photo they thought was the cutest. In just seven days, Kemeny racked up 391 likes. Our winner’s photo was taken by W Photography. Looking good Luke! We printed some of our favorite entries. See all of this year’s entries online at M

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ales of contraband would wash up on local shores courtesy of waterborne area smugglers and an ensuing massive drug bust (Operation Jackpot) was followed by word that one of the crooks had buried a sizable cache of cash somewhere in Spanish Wells. So it became local sport, usually

after a few drinks, to make like latter-day pirates and go on early morning hunts for buried treasure. “It was like a Jimmy Buffett song back then,” smiles Wingo, who would soon go on to become the island’s first rock star. Larry Perigno launched a high-flying and lucrative era


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LIVE MUSIC MEN From left; Mark Ruplinger from the Old Post Office Emporium, Jesse Watkins of the The Mundahs, John Cranford of Cranford Hollow, Tristan O’Grady of the Big Bamboo Cafe, musician Martin Lesch and Thomas Reilley of The Boardroom.

of resort show bands when he brought his Headliners to Club Indigo at the Hyatt (today’s Marriott). “We came for a month in 1977 and stayed 19 years,” says Perigno, who recalls using the slow-swinging Byrnes Bridge as an excuse if running late for an engagement. The Headliners served up

themed musical variety shows featuring costume changes, scripted patter and comedy skits for sit-down audiences of tourists and locals between dance sets. Entertainer Bobby Ryder would soon arrive; turning a warm-up week for a run at a Hawaiian showroom into what would become a 14-year

Cole, took up spring residencies at the Plantation Club at Sea Pines and the occasional touring big band would swing into the Crows Nest.


residency in Scarlett’s Lounge at the Mariner’s Inn (today’s Omni). Touring bands fetched up to $5,000 a week and players got complimentary suites as part of a perk-filled package that also provided lucrative daytime bonus jobs playing at corporate and celebrity golf events. “We did have a lot of fun back then,” says Ryder who, like The Headliners, would sometimes tour elsewhere when the resorts would be shuttered between October and April before settling into a yeararound groove. Earl Williams would sing, tell jokes and play multiple instruments at the Crows Nest atop the Hilton Head Inn (today’s Marriott Grand Ocean) and horn man Bob Masteller, who would go on to open today’s thriving Jazz Corner, fondly recalls The Golden Rose, a Harlemstyled speakeasy on Beach City Road where “you had to know somebody to get in.” Celebrities would sometimes drop in — he remembers seeing baseball sluggers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron hanging out together one night — and jam sessions would last until the wee hours. Singer Teri Rini opened the Mockingbird Lounge at the Marriott (today’s Sonesta) and jazz began to take further hold with the formation of Jazz Reborn, a group of retired executives with musical aspirations who played private functions and community events. Singer Freddie Cole, brother of Nat King

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Meanwhile, roots of what would become a thriving rock scene were taking hold at a handful of small Coligny Plaza joints including the Earle of Sandwich and the original Wild Wings where John Brennan and the Wolves drew party-minded crowds. The adjacent Grog & Galley, which Bobby Mangan would close every full moon to avoid ensuing lunacy, became an early venue for jazz pianist Bill Barnwell and bassist Delbert Felix who would anchor the scene for years to come along with Savannah bassist Ben Tucker and Teddy Adams. May 2014 51

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d n a B y l l i W y l l i h C Former teen idol Frankie Avalon was much of the cash behind short-lived Scandals which attempted to bring national names to an area that was just finding its footing with talented locals. Bob Hope and the Las Vegas Follies opened the lavish mega-club circa 1980 and a cool yet unconfirmed local legend has Frank Sinatra playing the club at some point. No matter. An official roster of touring oldies acts such as The Platters and The InkSpots never gained traction and the club later became Jason D’s, then a strip club before becoming home to today’s Central Church on U.S. 278 outside Shipyard. The scene began to find cohesion, and welcome publicity, when Dick Mariotte began writing his “Talk of the Town” entertainment column in the early 80s for the twice-weekly Hilton Head News which would eventually give way to today’s daily Island Packet newspaper. Mariette was never short of supportive words and accompanying photos in his column helped turn The Headliners, Bobby Ryder and Earl Williams into island celebrities. He dubbed Teri Reni the island’s “First Lady of Jazz” and heaped praise on David Wingo, calling the Quarterdeck at Sea Pines “Wing land” in honor of popular performances that drew a growing and dedicated clientele of tourists and locals alike. Wingo would continue to write and record originals while mastering the 52

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art of playing cover tunes with conviction and presence at the Quarterdeck through the decade ahead. One of his compositions would become “The Wedding Theme for Josh and Reba,” two crucial characters in the long-running CBS network soap opera, “The Guiding Light.” earning Wingo steady extra income and even a couple of on-air appearances when the show’s cast and crew came to Hilton Head for location shoots, filming island vegetation as stand-in for the jungles of Venezuela. “The musical community was just starting to come together back then,” he remembers, “and everybody knew

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everybody and where we’d all be going out at night.” Musicians would mingle and get to know each other at Mariotte’s house for cookouts when venues were closed because of a since-rescinded ban on Sunday liquor sales. On other nights, the sale of spirits in generous 1.75 ounce mini-bottles was suspended at 2 a.m. (midnight Saturdays) but enterprising locals relied on private clubs such as pro tennis player Evonne Goolagong’s self-named place (later Amadeus) which carried no signage and required key access to keep the revelry going, often until dawn. A couple bucks would secure a singlenight/morning membership at The Ribet Room, later Sahari’s, and a dispute with new ownership led Ridgeland native Roy Prescott to change the scene with the opening of the original Remy’s in 1984. Jack Williams played the opening night with free booze for all and the first Remy’s, now a patch of grass at the southwest corner of Arrow Road and US 278, quickly became music central and the favored hang until 4 a.m. for off-duty food and beverage workers and resort entertainers such as Ryder and The Headliners. Legal poker and blackjack machines boosted the bottom line and dented paychecks at smoky nightspots everywhere. Party bands such as the Lawn Jockeys became known for vigorous sing-along

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versions from the Styx and Eagles songbooks and The Chilly Willy Band, still working like most other acts noted in this chronology, developed a loyal following via Remy’s. But a player’s history of the island rock scene is forever linked to the Mundahs, an all-original progressive rock outfit that came this close to national prominence and the opening of the Old Post Office Emporium on Pope Avenue.


Jesse Watkins came to the island from New York in 1982 to focus on golf — he currently teaches at Sea Pines — but brought his guitar along as well. “There wasn’t a lot of rock and roll back then,” says Watkins, who formed the Mundahs with bassist/vocalist Al Czech and a pair of bandmates. The popular group soon dominated the local scene and departed regularly for national tours, returning to play Remy’s and, starting in 1984, the Old Post Office founded in part by David

Truly (of the Truly Dangerous Swamp Band) and long-time islander Mark Ruplinger. The Old Post Office (today housing Time Warner Cable) became the town’s first outlet granting locals the chance to catch established touring rock acts that included Alice Cooper, The Tubes, Leon Russell and Bonnie Raitt. The Mundahs were the local heroes and Watkins recalls a night when a then-unknown band named Phish opened the show for them. Hootie and the Blowfish fronted by island regular Darius Rucker earned early success at the venue and tickets sold for up to $15 in a newly incorporated town where levying a cover charge is still considered a kiss of death. Touring acts cost Ruplinger and company around $3,500 and the Old Post Office never made much money while sparking memories that linger to this day. “We made it a vacation for the acts with nice housing and a chance to relax for a few days,” says Ruplinger, who hit

the links with then-upcoming country music superstar Vince Gill among others. “Bonnie Raitt came in before she won four Grammys and emceed our (1985) Halloween costume contest, then played with just another guitarist for the next couple of nights.” Meanwhile, the football field at Hilton Head High School briefly hosted concerts featuring the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett in the early 80s as the town’s population began to surge and out-of-

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MUSIC town promoters tested the waters of the Lowcountry market. The Dixie Dregs would stop by every year to play a dog’s birthday party and the musical party would continue through the decade, bringing the term “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll” to life on a nightly basis.


The show bands continued to earn big bucks at the resorts, the Techniques featuring islanders Mike and Marilyn Daly brought a contemporary rock vibe to the show scene and more musicians lucky enough to settle here started to realize that they could support themselves playing music full-time. Almost every performer opened a club of their own at some point, however briefly, but David Wingo found the magic for a longer run when he opened Wingo’s at Park Plaza in 1988. The well-appointed club with custom sound became a fresh focal point of an expanding scene, offering a rotating cast of mostly local musicians and friends. And at some point in time, a strange island ritual was created that found locals downing shots of Grand Marnier (aka “Granma”) as accompaniment to great live music and sundry party favors. Local legend has it that the makers of the orange-flavored liqueur, wondering why sales were so brisk on Hilton Head, made an island trek to find out why, only to be left aghast at seeing their product, designed for classy slowsipping after evening repasts, disappearing in a single gulp.

“We did go through a lot of Grand Marnier,” Wingo laughs, “and the stuff was expensive at $3.50 for each mini-bottle.” Prescott notes an ongoing “evaporation problem” with Grand Marnier at nearby Remy’s, but the weird tradition continues to this day in a town where many take pride in a national travel magazine’s recent ranking of Hilton Head as sixth on a list of the hardest drinking areas in the country. An underground local nickname, “Snow Island,” speaks for itself and still provokes knowing grins from area vets. Wingo’s place also hosted weekly comedy nights and comics then paying their dues with regional one-nighters included Carrot Top, Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy, and the music scene moved forward without need to take out a newspaper ad thanks to the hospitality industry which continues to drive the scene with recommendations to tourists and in-person attendance. Formation of the Hilton Head Jazz Society in 1986 would lead to a series of concerts at Wingo’s and the Old Post Office featuring nationally known jazz guitarists Joe Pass and Larry Coryell and the Buddy Rich Orchestra, while Sunday jams at the Top of the Isle further helped cement the local jazz scene. Bob Masteller and the Bay Street Stompers began playing jazz society gigs as the early 90s began and island entertainment continued to flourish in what many remember as a heyday that has yet to be duplicated.

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The Simpson Brothers arrived in 1989 and were quickly adopted into the community, serving up Motown-drenched cover tunes at clubs and events all over the island before becoming the new house band at the Quarterdeck at Sea Pines in 1990, getting a free boat slip and two-bedroom condo at Harbour Town as part of the bargain. “It was a crazy time, all the kids loved the Mundahs and we just fell in love with the place,” remembers guitarist Mike Simpson, one-half of the duet featuring brother Brian on keyboards. “It didn’t take us long to realize that we could get off the road and have the people come to us … we weren’t crazy,” he laughs. “You give em’ what they want,” Simpson continues as talk turns to the craft of turning cover tunes for tourists into something special — “Simpsonizing” if you will. “If you do what you’re supposed to do you can make a living playing “Brown Eyed Girl,” so you go out there, be nice to them and entertain them … the quickest way to clear a room is by saying, ‘Now I’d like to play a couple of originals for you.’” Sterling and Chuvette Colvin arrived on the island with a welcome blend of jazz, funk and soul, and Big Rocco’s bolstered the scene with jazz-inspired pianist John “The Mayor” Bracket holding court for well-regarded shows and ongoing jam sessions. Of course, the venues would continue to come and go and the Old Post Office would succumb to that common malady known as “finances” in 1994. Likewise, Wingo’s would transition to the Monkey Business night club not long after, reopening anew in Park Plaza as the Wingo Hall Music Café where island regular John Mellancamp filmed an MTV music video and other artists utilized as a spot for quality remote recording. Singer-songwriter Edwin McCain would become an island star with shows at Wild Wings and other outlets before leaving to embark on national tours that continue today.



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World-class pianist Martin Lesch arrived from New York in 1997 to record his first album, “Bambino,” with local musicians and decided to stay, soon forging a crucial link between the burgeoning rock and jazz scenes. The Martin Lesch Trio played a mix of rock covers and Lesch-written originals, and he recalls a time when soaring island real estate prices were helping fuel energetic island lifestyles. “There were bartenders who owned six properties,” Lesch says, “and everybody was going to become a millionaire.” Dynamic singer-songwriter Angie Aparo, who would earn a Grammy Award for writing “Cry” recorded by Faith Hill, brought a decided sense of star power to the scene with riveting live performances at venues such as Moneypenny’s, opened by Tristan and Kieron O’Grady who would later debut the venerable and ongoing Big Bamboo. Rider’s would soon emerge to bolster a late night rock scene that hosted as many as five local bands on a single night, among them the Lesch Trio and various lineups fronted by Aparo, Zach Deputy and guitarist Billy Blair. Everybody played with everybody at some point and it was not uncommon for rock musicians to work with several bands simultaneously as the 20th Century moved down the homestretch, and Deputy and reggae-steeped Trevor Hall would soon play their way off the island to find ongoing success touring and playing the festival circuit. Bob Masteller solidified the jazz scene when he and spouse Lois opened the cherished Jazz Corner in 1999. Pianist George Shearing opened the internationally renowned night spot and a listing of touring headliners who’ve stopped by since includes Bucky Pizzarelli and Mose Allison. Nationally known players are still part of the picture, but Masteller fronts his own ensemble and has nurtured talented players such as Lesch and others who play most of the traditional jazz and songs from the Great American Songbook. Singer and

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MUSIC bandleader Reggie Deas arrived circa 2000 and his Deas Guyz, now featuring the versatile Leach on keyboards, quickly became a popular act at the Jazz Corner and other venues while continuing ongoing tours to Las Vegas and beyond.


The resort show band scene hit a decline as resorts started using less costly dance DJs to anchor evenings with a subsequent increase in daytime and early evening jobs for solo acts. Wingo saw signs of trouble ahead when, in 2003, the town’s timeshare market switched to a points system that allowed vacationers to sample resorts elsewhere rather than return to Hilton Head at the same time every year. “Suddenly it was a bunch of strangers instead of people you counted on to come back at the same time every year and bring their friends,” says Wingo. “History started again every week after check-out.” He would close Wingo’s in 2005 as a ban on smoking made it easier for patrons to step outside for a puff, spot goings-on elsewhere and disappear for the evening. South Carolina would become the nation’s final state to do away with mini-bottles in 2006.


A now-thriving rock scene would continue unabated with Leach forming Trophy Wife with fellow linchpin players Joe Vicars on bass, Jack Friel on drums and guitarist John Wilkins, the latter also a key member

became “Sea Pines Pass” and “Magical Mystery Tour” detailed a miserable timeshare tour. Weary of touring and a back-stabbing vibe in New York, Craig Coyne moved to the island to be with family in 2003 and quickly became the island’s new guitar gunslinger. He landed a job his second night in town and within month became a fixture in Spare Parts with Lesch, Friel and Vicars, dazzling onlookers with often inspired and extended solos on classic rock covers such as The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” mixed with instrumental tributes to lesser-known artists such as The Meters of New Orleans renown. He would go on to form ongoing Shaky Bones playing nothing but ever-popular Grateful Dead covers and Spare Parts still gets together from time-totime. “I’m still amazed at how everyone welcomed me into the music community,” says Coyne. “There were no hassles … everyone just wanted to get together and play good music.” The original Remy’s closed in 2006, had a brief run nearby as Prescott’s (today’s Fat Baby’s) and resurfaced again as Remy’s II, this time in Heritage Plaza on Pope Avenue. It became the new heartbeat of the rock scene as various bands and blissed-out audiences celebrated music and each other both inside and out at a busy bar and surrounding courtyard in the shadow of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department. Drummer and soulful singer Whitley Deputy would always rouse crowds with his take on James Brown’s “Sex Machine” and singer Jessica Sheridan might step from the crowd for a killer version of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery.”


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of The Storks and White Liquor, a Rolling Stones tribute band that continues to pack venues on occasion. White Liquor’s Mick Jagger impersonator, Rick Saba, would immortalize the scene with cheeky rock song parodies. The Beatles’ “Let It Be” became “F&B,” the Who’s “Magic Bus”

The Great Recession of 2008 took a toll on everyone, of course, and marked the end of rich corporate jobs for area musicians as belts tightened across the country. What was once a high-roller horde of visitors to Hilton Head started giving further way to today’s more coupon savvy flock. The 1,500-capacity Shoreline Ballroom at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis booked blues greats such as B.B. King and Johnny Winter, not forgetting rapper Snoop Dogg, but never made a go of it as homegrown players further dominated the scene and erased

much need for big-name acts and their risky guarantees. On seasonable weekends, island musicians and their followers would ferry merrily to Daufuskie Island for memorable performances by Spare Parts and The Storks among others at Wick Scurry’s Freeport and Beth Shipman’s Marsh Side Mama’s, the latter backyard hideaway reportedly set to call it a day at the end of this summer after 17 years of good times. Rider’s would succumb to financial reality in 2008, then a new landlord demanding dismantling of the outdoor bar at Remy’s would lead to another scene-denting shutdown in 2010. Remy’s would emerge a final time at a defunct urban dance club on Arrow Road, but the cavernous space and an off-putting sunken dance floor help prevent the place from catching steady stride with musicians and fans. Remy’s III closed last year and Roy Prescott vows to stick to catering and special events after 29 influential years supporting the local music scene. He’s without regrets even as he views a modern scene “that’s not as kind as it used to be.”


The O’Grady Brothers’ Big Bamboo in tourist-driven Coligny Plaza has remained an island constant for years, successfully blending food and a retro WW II tropical atmosphere with early evening entertainment via acts such as the Beagles who cover Beatles classics. Local rock and reggae bands take over late evenings and the Mundahs (with drummer Dave Myers) still reunite occasionally for rare advanced sell-out shows at The Bamboo. “We’ll still bring in a big act like Drivin’ and Cryin’,”

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MUSIC says Tristan O’Grady, “but at the end of the day we have musicians here who are as good as or better than anyone, and people love and support the local guys.” Today there’s more music being heard than ever on the island if including all the familiar songs echoing from solo acts playing resorts and seemingly every restaurant that has a deck or inside performance space. These are rent-paying engagements for local players who can earn a couple of hundred bucks if their tips jars get a workout; standard pay in a band is a hundred bucks per player, and there’s admirable chat about an island musician pulling in close to $70,000 last year by working almost non-stop. New bands and venues are moving onto an ever-changing scene and quality players continue to emerge in a maturing scene that’s spawned a second generation of island-reared musicians.


Jevon Daly remembers watching his parents playing rock covers of Blondie, The Police and Guns & Roses with The

Techniques during the 1980s, and the ensuing Daly Planet found him in a power trio with dad Mike and brother Gavin. His “bodacious rock and roll” singing mom Marilyn would die in 1999, however family tradition endures today in Lowcountry Boil, currently working on a fifth album of all-original bluegrass material. Jevon Daly also plays precise covers in Mike Cavanaugh’s popular Jo Jo Squirrel and the Home Pickles plus crazed booze-fueled tributes to 80s hair bands in Silicone Sister. “I’m looking forward to the day when I’m playing in a band with my own kids,” says Daly, who figures he’ll log more than 200 varied shows by the end of this year. Luke

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Mitchell is another respected performer with island roots and his younger sister, Hannah, is the lead singer for the young yet up-and-coming Steppin’ Stones.


Reilly’s Plaza, aka the “Barmuda Triangle” off Sea Pines Circle on Greenwood Drive, is party central for a younger set that mostly eschews the joys of live music in favor of prerecorded rap and sundry synthesized pop hits, but Thomas Reilly has given crowds a chance to hear the island’s best musicians playing outside The Boardroom. It’s a regular performance home for Cranford Hollow, currently the island’s hottest original band courtesy of an aggressive blend of American and Celtic influences and the allure of ambitious front man John Cranford. He arrived from Wisconsin in 2008 and first stepped on stage at an open mike night hosted by the Mundahs’ Watkins, and the pair would form Treble Jay with top-notch percussionist Johnny Ruxton. Cranford also teams up occasionally with scene mainstay Vicars in Flux, the island’s only outfit playing dubstep and other off-

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MUSIC Beatles’ “Abbey Road” in a wee hours show at Tim Moore’s new post-hippie clubhouse, the laid-back Broken Spoke on Arrow Road. Wild Wings on Pope Avenue continues to showcase local bands on Thursdays and will add Saturday night shows after Memorial Day.

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shoots of electronic dance music. “What’s unique about Hilton Head is that it’s not competitive,” says Cranford. “There’s a family kind of feeling and (other musicians) want to see you succeed. Everybody is trying to pull each other up.” Cranford Hollow continues to work at home when not out touring, and the band joins a line of island ensembles that have found themselves on the brink of breakout success. As always, time will tell in a mercurial commercial market where timely luck factors as much as talent. Other present day bright lights include Whitley Deputy’s B-Town players featuring highly regarded jazz/rock bassist Will Snyder, the metal-tinged hard rock and funk of Souls Harbor and the original moody rhythm and blues of La Bodega featuring funk-schooled guitarist Todd Toho and smooth vocalist Frederick Capers, aka “Guy Smiley.” Sara Burns, who used to perform at the Old Oyster Factory, has put out a Nashville-rooted debut recording while Joe Vicars’ musical range is on display on a recently released effort. Greg Critchley opened The Sound, a fully equipped modern recording studio that finds musicians helping each other out with guest appearances on works in progress. And the same group of seminal players is always ready to help out a cohort in need as evidenced by recent benefits for Billy Blair after the guitarist suffered a disabling stroke. The Smokehouse on Palmetto Bay Road mixes bookings of local bands with occasional touring acts and nearby Cool Cats hosts a wide range of emerging acts including Groove Town Assault which fuses rock and hip-hop behind rapper Cory Brodsky. The Wrong Way Up features guitarist Tyler Desjean, bassist Warrens (CQ) Owen and hyperkinetic drummer Chase McCord, and the island-born trio (with guitarist Ferris Ruplinger) slipped into local lore recently with a trippy, start-to-finish cover of the

in community culture as great golf courses, nifty bike paths and sprawling stretches of sand. Town officials have, perhaps belatedly, bolstered the scene by adding live music at themed food and wine fests and Cranford Hollow was the main attraction at the Town’s 30th Anniversary bash on the beach last summer. The future of the thriving island jazz scene seems assured by way of the Junior Jazz Foundation and Hilton Head Jazz Camp which is guiding youngsters to a possible future in music with instructors such as Eric Jones and Chris Russell. “Now we’re the old guys,” says a smiling Mike Simpson, age 61, “but we’ve had a grand time and feel very fortunate to have stayed here and become a part of it … we’ve had the best seat in the house for 25 years.” The Simpson Brothers returned to the Quarterdeck to entertain post-play crowds at last month’s RBC Heritage golf tournament – as did Larry’s Perugino’s enduring Headliners – and the brothers still play regular gigs at the Electric Piano in Park Plaza, owned by Adam and Kelly Nemetz since 2006. The intimate EP, once steady home for Sterling and Chuvette, currently

presents solo performers such as Darryl Van Horne and “Dueling Pianos” shows that generate mixed-age audiences and no shortage of rousing sing-along sessions. Bobby Ryder fronts live ensembles at the Jazz Corner when not working selfcontained to recorded tracks, playing onenighters at country clubs and restaurants. He’s fashioned a series of tributes to the great saloon singers of yesteryear that, of course, includes a Frank Sinatra retrospective. The money is not as good as it used to be (low four figures), but this is home and Ryder welcomes added time for fishing and golf when not onstage. And he still loves to perform. “I mean, what the hell else you gonna do?” he says in a mock New Jersey accent. As for the island’s first rock star, David Wingo, he’s battling arthritis but continues to play somewhere nearly every day including regular gigs at The Kingfisher Restaurant where fellow scene forerunner Earl Williams still holds court on a weekly basis. “I feel very lucky to have moved here and make a living playing music, ”says Wingo, who urges young players to master the basics by learning to play a stringed instrument before turning to computerdriven tricks and such. “It’s still all about the same twelve notes that everybody’s been playing forever.” Thus the island music scene continues and is sure to keep providing soul-enriching thrills as long as there are quality musicians, supportive venues and supporters … and a few shots of “Granma” for good measure. M

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If you’re looking for live music, look no further. Here’s a list of the areas hottest bands. Angie Aparo

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Terry Herron

Anneliza Ithkor

Joe Vicars

The Storks

Alexandrea Danyale

Jordan Ross

Tim Malchak

The Beagles

Kirk O’Leary

Tom Coulton

Big Awesome

Kris “Jelly” Gloer

Tommy Dargan Sims

Big B and the Stingers

La Bodega

Tom “Vegas” Vicario

Bob Masteller

Lavon Stevens

Treble Jay

Bobby Ryder

Louise Marie Spencer


Broad Creek Rum Runners

Low Country Boil

White Liquor

Luke Mitchell

Will Snyder

Bruce Crichton B-Town Project Candace Woodson & the Domino Theory Band Chas Perry Chilly Willy Band Chris and Christian Chris Jones The Common Wealth Craig Coyne Cranford Hollow Darryl Van Horne Dave Kemmerly David Carroll David Marshall David Wingo Deas GuyZ DJ Alan Dos Amigos Earl Williams Flux Frank Baron Frequently Asked Questions Gary Pratt Greg G Gregg Russell Gina Rene Glen Jacobs The Groovetones Groove Town Assault Hannah Mitchell Harry Santana The Headliners Jay Samuels Jim Harper John Wasem JoJo Squirrel & The Home Pickles Jon Bruner

Maggie & Jackson

Wrong Way Up

Martin Lesch

Zack Stiltner Band

McKenzie Eddy Michael Wilson Mike Kavanaugh Mike Korbar M.O.B. The Mundahs Patwa Reggae Band Permanent Tourists Peter Buonaiuto Pete Carrol Phil Mullins Port O Johns Positive Vibrations Quick Trixie Reggie & Lavon Reid Richmond Reymundo Elias The Rosies Rowdy Cloud/Luke Mitchell The Seadaddies Todd Cowart Tom Crenshaw Sara Burns Shannon Tanner Silicone Sister The Simpson Brothers Souls Harbor Soulmate South Beach Orchestra Spike Ivory Band Spare Parts Sterlin & Shuvette Steppin’ Stones Target the Band Teri and Larry Kopp

DOCUMENTARY ON LOCAL MUSIC SCENE BEING MADE Local musician Jared Templeton is shooting a documentary on the history of Hilton Head Island’s music, from the spiritual hymns and prison songs in the colonial times of the Gullah up to the present scene. He hopes to raise $20,000 to complete the project and is accepting donations through Kickstarter. For more information on the project, visit and search for “Hilton Head Island: a Music Documentary.” May 2014 59

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sitting in the last row of the Cranford Hollow tour wagon, a 12-passenger Ford van with a 17-foot trailer attached to it. We are somewhere east of Dublin, Ga., heading home to our favorite place on Earth. This tour started about two weeks ago on St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a slew of local shows — the Boardroom’s Fat Tuesday Party, the Wine and Food Festival, the Hilton Head

St. Patrick’s Day throwdown in the Wild Wing Cafe parking lot and Monday in Savannah’s City Market, playing to a sea of thirsty green revelers. The Savannah show was so rowdy, Savannah-Chatham Police police got onstage at one point and threatened to shut it down, due to the 50-person mosh pit and excessive crowd surfing. We left immediately after our Savannah show and headed to the panhandle of Florida for a week-long Spring Break run in the Panama City area. Then we moved westward. We camped out in St. Augustine, trying to lay down eight tracks in four days at Retrophonic Studios. It’s a massive three-room facility filled with vintage gear and piloted by the king of North Florida punk, Jimmy Devito. On Friday, we packed up at Jimmy’s and headed northwest to Macon, Ga., for a two-night run at the Cherry Blossom Music Festival, capping off our two-week run with a show at the Historic Cox Capitol Theatre with Saint Francis and The Futurebirds. Now it’s home time. Two hours out and I am already excited to smell the Calibogue when we head over the Cross Island bridge. To see some familiar faces, my girlfriend, my kitties and catch Joey Vicars Monday night at The Boardroom. Scott Gruber will be behind the bar and the Jameson will taste better than anywhere else I have been in the last few weeks. These are the reasons I love Hilton Head and why I am so proud to announce to an eager crowd somewhere between here and Telluride, Colo., that we have one of the best and most prosperous music scenes in the Southeast. We consistently provide great music at great venues with great bartenders serving up something to quench your thirst when the humidity is thick, the


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Music temperature is up and the hour is getting later and later. I am also proud to proclaim my love for our little island because I felt that I really accomplished something. I helped build something real and tangible that you can see and hear all over the South End. I took what I built and moved it to a specific project that first grew regionally and now is a nationally touring act. We haven’t won a Grammy or been on Letterman, but we played 250 shows last year from Hilton Head to Canton, Ohio; Austin, Texas; Fort Collins, Colo.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Kansas City, Mo. We work hard, play shows, make records and sell T-shirts. It ain’t rocket science, but it’s a hell of a lot of work. I credit a lot of what I do to my mentors and friends that I have made in my five years on Hilton Head. Jesse Watkins told me tales and tips of touring from his days with the Mundahs over Miller High Lifes in a storage space in which we used to practice off of Palmetto Bay Road. Martin Lesch always had something interesting to say about his years touring with Angie Aparo and opening for Martin Sexton. Being on the national circuit all the sudden seemed tangible, something very possible. My friends had already done it. So we hit the road and played some shows. We lost a drummer and got another one who has done some serious growing up in his six months with Cranford Hollow University. We made some records and we will make more. And the show will always go on. But I am lonesome. I can’t tell you the last time I got to see Silicone Sister or hear one of the great musicians down at the Tiki Hut while sipping something cold and frothy. I get my one big show a year, the annual Swampfire Showdown, which takes

place every November at The Smokehouse. It’s our one night a year where all of us (the Hilton Head Musicians Mafia) are in one room and get to hear all of our friends play for one another. I haven’t played a show with John Wilkins in far too long or gotten on stage and added some terribly out-of-tune backup vocals for the Simpson Brothers. But it’s alright. The show will go on and Hilton Head’s future looks really promising. More records are being put out by local guys (Shane Marstellar’s drops May 3. Yes, that is a blatant plug). More and more musicians are playing bigger shows and gaining more momentum from a great local listening audience. The O’Grady brothers are bringing more national acts into the Bamboo. Chris Spargur and his staff are hosting bands we are playing shows with from Atlanta and beyond. Everyone is working hard and together to fuel our amazing scene. And from the bottom of my heart, I truly appreciate it. Thank you to the musicians, the bar owners, the local fans and friends and the long list of people who helped push our dream further while raising the bar, whether we are away or at home. You have helped not only create a plethora of talent that is able to showcase their talents on numerous platforms, you have also created an economy. The bar owners are paying more money for talent, which in turn brings in more fans who are tipping the bar staff for their drinks and food. You are helping put money in everyone’s pocket. If you have the drive and talent as a musician on Hilton Head, it is totally possible to make music your No. 1 source of income. Many locals are tried and true examples of the profession. It’s a circle, and we are all lucky to be a part of it. M May 2014 61

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hen John Sturm moved to Hilton Head, he came with intentions of finding work as a tennis instructor. A former tennis professional, Sturm began giving lessons in the area but eventually lost interest in the game. He decided to pursue his other passion in life, music. He bought Jack’s Music, a tiny 300-square-foot store located in Heritage Plaza which he, for obvious reasons, changed to John’s Music. Fast forward 13 years and John’s Music, located in a much larger building off of New Orleans Road, still remains a main hub for local musicians who depend on Sturm and current owner Scott Evans to keep them sounding their best. Evans, a former corporate commodities buyer who bought the store from Sturm four years ago, had a similar change of heart and ditched his corporate gig to pursue his love for music as well. During this transitional period, Sturm stayed around to help him get comfortable in his new role as owner, but never actually left because of how well the two worked together. They have earned a lot of respect in the local music community for their aboveand-beyond customer service, whether it’s for making last-minute repairs before a big show or

driving to Savannah to drop off gear to someone who couldn’t afford the gas money. That kind of treatment is almost unheard of in the business, which might be because they themselves are musicians and can easily empathize. Sturm, whose harmonica cameo can be seen on any given night with a number of different bands, is currently playing with the Port O’ Johns, which have been around for the past five years. Evans has brought a heavier edge to the island with his band F.A.Q., by covering bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Tool, which is a rare treat and a great addition to the local scene. Musicians are also able to sell, order and update their gear through John’s Music and they also welcome any legitimate local artist to sell their CDs or hang up posters at the store for upcoming shows, which is a true testament to their dedication. But it doesn’t stop there. When Sturm bought Jack’s Music, he also provided a small practice room for instructors to give lessons, which he describes as simply being “a closet with a curtain.” That is until he moved to his new location on New Orleans Road, which has expanded and now houses four more practical sound-proof rooms for instructors.


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Self-proclaimed local living legend Jevon Daly, one of the few instructors working out of John’s Music, has been teaching for more than 20 years. He is well known for his chameleon-like talent on a number of instruments, as well as playing in a diverse set of bands ranging from the bluegrass roots of Low Country Boil, a local delicacy, to the outrageous ‘80s hair-band of Silicone Sister.

Daly wears many faces and wears them proudly, teaching his pupils to keep an open mind to all types of music. Some of his former students are also well known in the scene, stellar rockers such as Luke Mitchell and Kevin Early of Rowdy Cloud, Tyler Dejean of Wrong Way Up, and the young and uber talented Hannah Wicklund of the Steppin’ Stones. Daly is surprisingly modest

about not taking too much credit for their technical success as players but feels he may have had a larger part in molding their confidence as musicians. His approach to teaching is a bit different from most instructors but his strategy seems to be working out quite well. He finds it most rewarding when students swallow their pride and play a song they’ve flat out refused to play, and the look of understanding that follows. He believes that all music has its place, some of which he teaches as a building block and other music that would not truly be understood if it weren’t for that solid foundation. This stems from his upbringing, where his father Mike Daly, another talented local musician, would make him listen to old blues tunes and other albums he had little interest in. But as

he grew older, he understood his father’s reasoning. He now carries that same torch. Daly’s teaching style might not jive with everybody, but that’s OK, because John’s Music has three other highly regarded and accomplished instructors from which to choose. Nick Primiano, a retired school teacher and guitar instructor who is a frequent host of the open mic nights; Rich Vuillemot, a multi-instrumentalist with the band Trillium who has been teaching for more than 15 years; and string extraordinaire David Kimbell, a local musician for more than 30 years and a regular player at the Arts Center who teaches a variety of instruments, from violin and cello to upright bass. So whether you’re a 60-something checking off your bucket list or a kid picking up a guitar for the first time, John’s Music has you covered. M


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Capturing the Sound of the scene


Greg Critchley helps local Talent broaden their reach By Jared Matthew Templeton | Photo by Rob Kaufman


ith a local music scene that is growing ever more professional, it’s no surprise a producer with a national presence would consider setting up shop on Hilton Head. As local acts step up their game by working hand-in-hand with bar owners, enhancing their live shows with better sound and lighting, and promoting themselves more than ever, they are finding a lucrative career right here. In the past, hungry to make it big or to get their music heard, they often found it necessary to travel to places such as New York City, Nashville or Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Greg Critchley, a producer, songwriter and musician working in New York and Los Angeles, noted the evolution during his frequent visits to Hilton Head over the past 15 years. With the music business changing and becoming increasingly Internet based, Critchley found himself in a career that no longer required him to be in L.A. or New York. He decided two years ago to move here for a three-month trial period to see what the island and its music had to offer. He liked what he heard and decided to set up shop here permanently, opening The Sound Recording Studio and Music Production at 119 Arrow Road. ď ľContinued on PG 158

Music industry veteran Greg Critchley has opened a professional recording studio on Hilton Head Island.

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oga is a practice in which one learns permanent peace in order to know one’s true self. It certainly worked for Vicki Rickard, a musician and instructor at Jiva Yoga Center on Hilton Head Island. It was yoga and a love of music that prompted her to sing in her yoga classes and later teach herself how to use a harmonium to accompany her vocals. It was yoga that brought her in contact with Greg Critchley, who later founded The Sound music studio on Hilton Head Island.

It is yoga that will enable Vicki to go on a “friendship tour” around to yoga centers around the country to promote her new age CDs produced and recorded at The Sound. Here‘s how it all came together: “I got into yoga in 2000 and around 2005 I started tinkering with a harmonium. My mom sang in barbershop quartet so I was always around music,” Vicki said. She bought a harmonium online and since it has been well used. “It’s duct taped,” she said, laughing.

In 2007 she founded a chanting group that performed around the community and “people started coming to my classes to hear my music,” she said. Then, in 2012, Greg Critchley came to one of her classes and kept coming back, eventually singing and accompanying her on the guitar and piano. “He coached me and helped me enrich my voice,” Vicki said. When Critchley decided to open The Sound, Vicki’s was one of his first projects. She recorded two versions of “Gayatri Mantra,” which calls


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out the three worlds: terrestrial, celestial and the world connecting the two. “I hope it brings more exposure to this music, especially that there is someone here in this community. There are people who have a fear of yoga and the language. It gives us a break from thinking all the time. You’re just listening to the music without determining if it’s right or wrong. It’s how I can honor the tradition of kirtan,” Vicki said. Critchley said it was Vicki’s energy that led to the CD. “She found a way to access something she’s been dreaming

about. it seems very destined that the meeting was meant to happen. Vicki said, ‘this is tugging at me. I have to do it,’”he said. Her second CD, called ”Friends,” has six songs on it, including“Hey Nataraja,” featuring Greg Critchley, Cory Bodsky and Trevor Harden. “I co-wrote it with Greg. I wouldn’t have done it without Greg. It was placed in front of us,” Vicki said. The second CD expands into more world music that is accessible to a wider audience and enlisted a wide segment of the community. “I like that it’s bereft of the usual rules,” Critchley said. “Kirtan borrows from all types of music. That’s why I put a rap in one of them and sitar and harmonium in them. I work a lot in pop and blues and rock. Those all have kind of a box. Kirtan doesn’t.” Vicki said it was a community effort. “I called it ‘Friends’ because I wanted my friends to sing with me as part of the chanting choir.” Also in that choir are Vicki’s brother and his wife, Ken and Jean Rioux, co-owners of Jiva, bringing full circle her musical path. Jean Rioux agreed that Vicki’s music has helped the yoga center. “It has brought people to classes who come specifically to listen to the music,” Vicki said. “It’s brought in a lot of community and added love and devotion to the practice,” Jean Rioux said. “When there is the yoga music and chanting it touches you in a really nice place in your hearts.” Vicki plans to go on the road, making a circuit of visiting friends around the country. Even that plan hints of a larger force at work. “I want to do a friendship tour. A friend plotted my route. The tour would be in a shape of a heart.” M May 2014 67

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Musicians Gregg Russell, Shannon Tanner helped Hilton Head become a family destination By Lisa Allen


you think about it, Hilton Head Island became to be as we know it -- a family-oriented vacation destination -- because Sea Pines Resort hired a guy to strum a guitar under a huge oak tree. That guy was Gregg Russell, a Birmingham, Ala., native who was trying to earn a graduate degree in business by singing for the summer at Disney World. “I was the front guy for a trio and an agent asked if we wanted to go to Hilton Head for a couple weeks.” His bandmates weren’t interested, but Russell was. “I came here alone for a twoweek job in 1976 and I’ve been here ever since. At the end of two weeks, I went to pick up my paycheck, and they asked to stay another two weeks.” The job extensions from Sea Pines Resort Company have yet to end. “They’ve taken very good care of me,” Russell said as he prepares for his 38th season under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. “Gregg is everything to the Sea Pines Resort. He has entertained families and kids for generations. He is Sea Pines in so many ways,” said Rob Bender, Sea Pines Resort’s director of recreation and marine operations. “Sea Pines is a family resort. His

show involves the entire family. It has a nostalgic feel to it. There are no electronics, no gadgets. If anything, his appeal has increased, based on attendance and comments. You don’t play that long unless you know what you’re doing.” During the summer season, Russell works six days a week, starting with the morning Bubble Gum Cruise/dolphin watch and concluding with the nightly concerts. “It has been a good marriage,” Russell said. “I didn’t know they were looking for what I offered. It became very clear early on they were looking for the family market: grandparents and parents and children. I like to call my show a family show, not a kids’ show. If it was just a kiddie show it never would have survived.” Bender said Russell perfectly compliments the resort’s aura. “You’re in one of the most beautiful destinations on the East Coast with The Liberty Oak, the yachts, the lighthouse, and then you have this gentleman who is world class. He has the right formula. He’s a genius.” Russell’s path to Hilton Head started with a childhood friendship with the son of a wealthy Birmingham, Ala., family. Russell became part of the family and

when it was time for his friend to go to boarding school in Florida, the friend’s parents send Russell there, too. But for college, Russell put himself through. “I was struggling. I had to earn my way through school, so I auditioned at Disney.” After that fateful two-week stint on Hilton Head, Sea Pines consumed his summers. He spent the rest of the year singing at ski resorts in Colorado, at festivals, and on cruise ships all over the world. “I was on more than 1,000 cruises,” he said. He eventually married and had two children. “I did Christmas and New Year’s cruises and we went as a family. It was part of my compensation.” But for the most part, Russell traveled alone. “I had a family and it was tough to move them around during the school year. I was on the road 200 days a year for 25 years.”

The upstart It wasn’t until about a dozen years after Russell started that Greenwood Resorts, founder of Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove, found their perfect for-

mula, Shannon Tanner. “I don’t think he’s a competitor, in the best sense,” Russell said. “He used to come watch me as a youngster. I consider him my friend. I think there is always going to be room for family entertainment.” Tanner, now 49, recalls watching Russell’s show as a teenager, primarily as a place to meet female teenagers. “I would stop and listen to Gregg. Things are unconsciously in our minds.” It wasn‘t until Tanner left Hilton Head for Colorado and then returned in his mid-20s that he landed the gig at Shelter Cove. “I had a son and I was writing kids‘ music. There was a guy doing something similar, but it wasn’t what they were looking for. My show and Gregg’s show are unique. Those shows are nonexistent any more.” Now getting ready for his 26th year, Tanner said how he approaches his show evolves. “You have to walk that fine line that it’s not boring for adults, but you have to entertain everyone. You can’t sing down to the kids. They know if they’re being sung to.” Tanner has broadened his audience with new shows, including his new winter show at La Quinta, Calif.


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“There are so many facets to what I do now.” He does a pirate cruise two days a week and is launching a Thursday evening “Parrotpalozza,” with a Jimmy Buffett theme.

What’s next for family entertainment? Despite the shows’ longevity and constant popularity, there doesn‘t appear to be a new act waiting in the wings. “I wouldn’t want to be starting my career right now,” Russell said. “When I look at kids’ song lists, I don’t recognize any of it. We are throwbacks. “I’ve never thought of competitors. You do what you do. If I was trying to slug it out in the bar or pub scene, that would be different, but this is fairly unique. I don’t see another generation coming up, doing the same.” Russell sees that the entertainment world has moved away from guys with guitars. “Disney World used to have live performers all over the park,” he said. “They distracted people. Today, you’re hard pressed to find live performers. It’s either stage shows or the big parades. The kind of thing we did down there has gone by the wayside.” The only exception he found recently was in the Magic Kingdom at “Beauty and the Beast.” “Belle comes out and they pick eight to 10 people. It’s totally interactive and personal. It shocked me. It’s a throwback.” Tanner also said he doesn‘t see a possible successor. “I don’t presume that I’m irreplaceable, but there is no one

that does what we do. I don’t want to say it’s a dying art, but,” he said trailing off. “You can’t replace tenure. You have to buckle up and ride the years out. You’re signing a kid’s hat and his mom has her hat on that’s been signed 50 times.” Russell said a significant change is the lack musicians writing their own music. “I’m not sure that’s the trend. You can’t reproduce today’s music with a singer and a guitar. Most of my act is original music. I’ve released 15 CDs over the years. Writing keeps me fresh.” Russell doesn’t regret veering away from a career in business, like his friend from Birmingham. “He was a financier and retired very young. But I don’t envy that. No, not at all.” He’s been in a movie, “Come Away Home,” wrote one, “Camp Tanglefoot,” and he and his wife, Lindy, launched Hilton Head Heroes. It arranges for families with ill children a free week’s vacation at Hilton Head, away from hospitals and doctors. “We’ve helped 800 or 900 families,” Russell said. “That’s one of the most important things I’ve ever done. Do people know all that about me? Probably not. It doesn’t really matter.” Russell, who admits only to being old enough to be a member of AARP, has no plans to quit his evenings under the oak tree. “People ask me when I’m going to retire. I think “from what?’ I can’t imagine walking away from that. I’ll know when it’s time.” Bender said Sea Pines doesn’t know what comes after Russell, whenever that might be. “There is no ‘next.” That’s not something we think about,” he said. As Tanner said, “Something will take our place. It will evolve.” M May 2014 69

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Tiny island offers plenty of large ensembles

Harmonizing in a big way By Robyn Passante


hen it comes to the local music scene, Hilton Head Island has its share of solo artists and small bands. If you’re a decent singer or musician – whether jazz, bluegrass or beach music is your style – chances are you can score a gig at any number of local hotels, bars or restaurants. But what if you want to be part of something bigger? Hilton Head has that, too. From a bustling barbershop group to a world-class symphony orchestra, this tiny island has plenty of large ensembles to satisfy a musician or singer’s quest for harmonizing in a big way.

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s brand new vision, according to marketing director Sarah Bergin, is “to inspire, enrich and unite the Lowcountry through music.” They already have a 33-year head start on that endeavor. The symphony orchestra was founded in 1982 by a handful of musicians who wanted to play classical music; today it boasts between 65 and 70 members, several of whom travel from Atlanta, Charleston and elsewhere to be led by Music Director and Principal Conductor John Morris Russell.

“John Morris Russell is a remarkable conductor whose boundless enthusiasm engages audiences in both Masterworks and Pops concerts alike,” said President and CEO Mary Briggs. “Next year he begins his third season with the orchestra, and because of his brilliant programming and conducting, the symphony will offer Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. for every concert.” The fact that the symphony is adding to its regular slate of shows means demand to see is performances is rising. Although the primary role of the orchestra is to present world-class performances, it does a lot of community (and international) outreach, including after-school programs, performances in residential communities and schools, sponsoring the annual Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the HHSO Young Artist Program. “Maestro Russell is wellknown for his educational programs for youth, and visits schoolchildren before every concert,” Briggs said.

Reynolds said. “You can give a lot of what you do to instrumentalists, but they don’t have the ability to convey text to the audience.” The society’s 120 members combine varying levels of experience to create a unified artistic expression. “With Hilton Head being a melting pot, we have some retirees, some from urban areas, some have been singing all their lives, and some haven’t sung since high school and want to try it again,” Reynolds said. “I think the appeal of choral singing is that you’re in an ensemble. The result is truly better than the sum of its parts. You can be an average singer, but feel like you’re really adding to the overall sound.” The group, which was founded in 1975, practices once a week 11 months of the year. The choral society is currently gearing up for its last concert of season, the always popular “America Sings!” on May 25, which last year was attended by more than 850 people. “It’s a big patriotic salute,” Reynolds said.

Hilton Head Island Barbershoppers

Hilton Head Choral Society

The beauty of choral singing, says Hilton Head Choral Society’s artistic director and conductor Tim Reynolds, is its ability to blend voices – and so much more. “I think it’s a whole marriage of music and text,”

If you’ve lived here long enough to have experienced a few Valentine’s Days on Hilton Head, chances are you’ve caught a mini performance by a quartet from the Hilton Head Island Barbershoppers. The 30-member male chorus has become known for dispatching three or four of its quartets as Singing Valentines, hired by individuals around the Lowcountry to woo sweethearts and spread


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Music love. This year four of the group’s quartets collectively performed 45 times on Feb. 14. “It’s a lot of fun,” said group president Don Tartock of the February tradition. “Generally it’s geared to the women, and invariably they start tearing up, they love it.” The Barbershoppers have been around for four decades, and this year they’ll celebrate their 40th “ruby” anniversary with a performance called “Thanks for the Memories” on May 2 and 3. “It’s sort of going back to when the chapter was organized, in 1974, and talking about the men who organized the chapter back then, and the kinds of music they grew up listening to,” Tartock said. The group, directed by Wayne Vanderslice, is a non-competing chorus, although members often attend competitions and learning sessions to keep their performances lively and their harmonizing techniques sharp. The Barbershoppers are first and foremost communityoriented, performing for parties and functions all over the county as well as supporting a youth chorus in Savannah, giving scholarships to local music students and making donations to the music department at Hilton Head High School.

Hilton Head Shore Notes

The magic of four-part harmony and a strong sisterhood is what has kept June Somers in the all-

women’s a cappella group Hilton Head Shore Notes for nine years. “It’s the ringing of the chords, it’s very tight harmony,” said Somers, the group’s team leader. “But one of the benefits of being in this organization is we call ourselves ‘singing sisters.’ We become a sisterhood, we take care of each other, we travel together; it’s a wonderful bond.” The Shore Notes perform for crowds large and small at events, parties, retirement homes and churches in the area under the direction of Faye McLanahan, who drives to Hilton Head from her home in Jacksonville each Monday to lead the weekly rehearsal. “Our sound has improved so much under (McLanahan’s) direction,” Somers said. The 30 women in Shore Notes, which is a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, range in age 26 to 80, with the vast majority landing somewhere between 55 and 60, Somers said. A prospective member must audition for a spot in the chorus, which won first place in the small choruses division of its regional competition last year. “This year we’re hoping to do that again,” Somers said. M May 2014 71

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WELCOME TO THE 33 rd SEASON OF THE HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSIC OF DREAMS AND DRAMA It is a pleasure to introduce you to the 33rd season of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Dreams and Drama! We are in for another year of wonderful music designed by our Music Director, Maestro John Morris Russell, along with a roster of exciting young guest artists that will amaze and delight you. In the words of Maestro Russell, “Music of Dreams and Drama explores some of the most emotionally intense works created for orchestra . . . from the brooding yet heroic Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 to effervescent overtures by Bernstein and Mozart, and ethereal works for string orchestra by Dvorák and Arvo Pärt, the dramatic range of my third season with the HHSO is breathtaking”. Subscriptions are available now for nine, six or three concerts and are priced at a discount from single ticket prices. Single tickets sales begin after Labor Day, September 2. We are also very pleased to announce that we have added a matinee concert for every concert program of the season. Monday night concerts essentially sell out before the season begins. Additional choice seats will now be available through the addition of the matinees. Please join Music Director and Conductor John Morris Russell and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra as we begin an incredible musical journey next season. From Bernstein and Shostakovich to Chopin and Sibelius and the ever popular Holiday traditions, you will be delighted with the many offerings of the new season. Sign up for another extraordinary year by calling the symphony for a subscription today! Warmest regards,

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Return to elegance Soft, romantic weddings popular for 2014 By Beth Ann Walker

As the months of 2014 tick by, it’s become clear that the “Return to Elegance” theme has become the look-to trend of this year.


écor inspired by the soft, romantic elegance reminiscent of the Edwardian era and infused with decidedly personal touches and bold nature-based statement pieces set a perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night. Lace, woodlandthemed floral spreads, candlelight, touches of vintage silver and brass, hand-crafted garland strands are just a few of this year’s popular wedding trends. The best part about the soft, romantic trends of 2014 is that they truly flourish when tailored to the couple’s personal style.

MUSIC Musical trends of 2014 weddings are heavily influenced by the romantiscism theme. Many couples are choosing to nix the traditional organ or piano during the wedding and “soft jazz” during cocktail hour. This year, expect to be enchanted by solo harpists, a pair of violinists, or even old-fashioned instrumental quartets walking brides down the aisle or providing a sparkling accompaniment to cocktail hour. Themed music that builds on décor is another fun trend. From Great Gatsby or Roaring ‘20s themed jazz or swing music, to live acoustic English Folk bands singing to guests as they sip cocktails cradled in burlap napkins, music choices will be heavily swayed by theme. 

FLORAL In 2014 more and more brides will see the concept of deciding on wedding “flowers” give way to planning a Flora naturescape for the special day. Flowers are no longer simply a centerpiece, a bouquet, and pew décor. Along with the trend of rustic woodland elegance that has become so popular, many


who don’t want an outdoors wedding will bring the elements indoors. The look of a vintage English Garden with informal flower décor that is opulent while still remaining classic and natural will be highly sought after. Expect to see nature’s splendor’s taking center stage in decorations. Integrating the soft, elegant flowers of the season with woodland-style elements like sprays of pine, sprigs of lavender, or leafy green cascades makes an excellent juxtaposition. Many of the most popular flowers of this year are delicate and classic in nature, with Peonies, Garden Roses, and lace accents looked to as the benchmark for vintage elegance. Fall brides can look to Hycanthia, Freesia, and Iris along with Garden Roses.  Any flower in a soft pink, cream, or light purple will be sought-after this year. Another popular trend is to make a statement with the understated. Bouquets with the “just picked” look like as a bundle of soft Baby’s Breath tied with antique lace trump the more formal bouquets of year’s past. As for table décor, no matter the floral choice, the most popular trend is using vessels, rather than vases.  Identical crystal A FLORAL AFFAIR


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vases will pale in comparison to hand-picked silver, brass, or texturized glass pieces found in vintage shops the couple scoured together. The Mason Jar is also back on the table, literally. The more unassuming and unexpected the vessel holding some variety of petals is, the better.


LIGHTING The main thing to remember when lighting the big night is not to think of it as a functionality, but as an avenue for personalization. The two key elements of this year’s lighting trends are dim, exquisitely romantic lighting, and lighting mixed with nature. Imagine soft small bulbs intertwined through a running cascade of roses, or twinkling in a wooded arch as guests enter the reception. The Gold and Glimmer combination is also wildly popular in statement lighting pieces. Look for a vintage chandelier with the sharp geometric designs of the ‘20’s era or 4-foot-tall lit ampersand and first initials of the couple for guests to pose next to. No matter your personal style, elegance is the trend to remember. To search for inspiration, think about some of the popular sub-genres of the “Return to Elegance” that may get the creative inspiration flowing.


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Clark/Fisher Brittany Clark and Danny Fisher from Charleston, W.V., got married March 15 at Sonesta. Resort. Photos were taken by W Photography.



Tiffany Mason and Jonas Stephens were married April 5 at the Spring Lake area of Hilton Head Plantation. Photos were taken by W Photography..

Amanda Neville and Todd Branham, from Charleston, W.V., will get married Aug. 31 at Sonesta Resort. Engagement photos were done by W Photography.


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What’s the

buzz? Sound Therapy

Wendy Morrison hits a large tuning fork— a body tuner—and places it near a client’s elbow. She hits it again and sets it on a sensitive spot near their shoulder. The vibrations from the device are meant to assist in healing, Morrison says. Wendy Morrison treats a patient at her Just Be Enlightenment Center in Bluffton.

By Jessica Sparks photo by rob kaufman


orrison is a sound therapist and owner of Mother Nature’s Sun. She recently started her practice in the Lowcountry at Just Be Enlightenment Center in Bluffton. “I’ve had a great response,” Morrison says. “They loved it. It’s new, so thankfully they don’t put any outcome or expectation on it. But I think they’re surprised by the results they get from it.” Sound therapy is an ancient practice that spans several cultures. “It’s been around since the beginning of time,” says practicing sound therapist and teacher Lana Ryder. “The shamans and healers throughout antiquity have practiced sound as part of healing.” Some confuse sound therapy and music therapy, Ryder says. Music therapy requires at least a four-year college degree, while sound therapy requires training, but not necessarily a college degree. “I see it as energy work,” Morrison said. “A music therapist does energy work as well, but they wouldn’t necessarily call it that.” For Morrison, the transition to sound therapy as part of her offerings was natural. She was a massage therapist first. She started her path toward sound therapy because of a thyroid problem. “I started getting into Kundalini yoga, and that’s different from traditional Hatha yoga.


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HEALTH It’s specifically sets of actions to help move the energy through the spine, and they do a lot of chanting in Kundalini yoga and they also play the gong,” Morrison said. “I got so much benefit from that, that I became a Kundalini yoga teacher, but what went from there was the sound tuning forks.” Morrison then added the body tuners, and she combined it with craniosacral therapy. Then she added crystal bowls and now she’s added gong meditations. “It’s new to people,” Morrison said. “It’s different.” The basis of sound therapy starts with the idea that everything is based in energy. Because everything is energy, everything vibrates. The frequency in which something vibrates determines its sound. For example, on the piano, the middle A note vibrates 440 cycles per second. Every body part also has a normal, functioning vibration range; however, the vibrations are so slow or fast, humans cannot hear them. When a body part is damaged in some way, its vibrations stray from its normal rhythm.

A sound therapist helps that body part return to its normal vibration range by sending specific sounds and harmonics through the body. “To be an effective and skilled sound therapist, there are training requirements that are necessary,” Ryder said. For Morrison, the intention is a big part of the practice. Intentional healing, which is used often in yoga and other practices, means to have a purpose for the practice. An example would be to get rid of a headache. All of the practice is geared toward that particular intention. “During our one-on-one, I ask them what their intention is for the session,” she said. “It could be to be happy or joyful or it could be for a certain ailment or pain. A lot of the time it’s going to be that. Some of the people that I’ve had come to me here are aware of energy work and what it can do. They’ll ask for something of the spiritual nature.” Along with her tuning fork, Morrison uses sound bowls, the gong, chanting and crystals during her sessions. The gong is also

used in group meditation classes. “People are really fascinated by the gong,” Morrison said. “People really want to reduce the mind chatter. When you take in the vibrations of the gong, you have so many sounds coming at you that you have this brain entrainment and you don’t know where the sounds are coming from because the mind’s trying to figure out what these sounds are. The brain will kind of shut down and you have no thought. So I think people leave with this ‘just be feeling,’ no pun intended. I think that’s why I resonated with the gong, as well, when I took Kundalini yoga. It’s just really, really relaxing and meditative.” For Morrison, sound therapy is a powerful part of a healing process that empowers the body to heal itself. “I personally believe that sound is the most powerful technique out there because that’s all we are,” she said. “I do craniosacral therapy on its own and that’s very powerful. I do crystal therapy, as well; but a lot of the time, I’m incorporating all these things together.” M

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Can music soothe the

savage beast?

In more recent years, many clinical studies have been exploring how sound and music affect us physiologically. While healers throughout the ages have witnessed these effects, it is exciting to see the efficacy documented by modern technology. By Lana Ryder


or example, specific sound frequencies or “notes” when used together synchronize the right and left hemispheres of the brain. That, in turn, engages the relaxation response resulting in lowering elevated heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory response. Everything is

energy. That’s just scientific fact. Everything has frequency, including every little cell and molecule of our bodies. Swiss medical doctor Hans Jenny documented how frequencies can affect and change the molecular structure of sand, plastics and water. Since our bodies average between being 60-70 percent

water, sound can easily affect us physiologically. Again, modern technology has documented the healthy or normal frequencies of all the organs and systems of our bodies. By entrainment, sound may help to restore healthy frequencies. Two ways that medicine already uses sound are 1) shockwave lithotripsy,

where sound waves help break up kidney stones, and 2) ultrasound. The field of sound therapy has only recently begun receiving recognition as a healing modality while music therapy has been used in medical settings for years. Music therapists have completed at least a baccalaureate


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program and clinical internship and have ongoing requirements to be board certified. Sound therapists currently have no set standards or educational requirements. There is a movement in sound therapy among some of the more educated and experienced teachers in the field to set standards and minimal requirements through sound healing organizations such as the International Sound Therapy Association in Atlanta. Having been a professional vocalist, worship music director and voice teacher, I knew without doubt the power of music to calm, uplift or transform the mood of someone. When I decided in 1995 to combine years of work and training in allopathic medicine to practice full time as a professional massage and energy medicine therapist, I realized there might be a way for me to combine my passion for both music and health. There were several physicians whose work initially inspired me to do so: Mitch Gaynor, M.D., who was chief of oncology at Cornell University’s Strang Cancer Center, Harvard educated Andrew Weil, M.D., founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona, and John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D, founder and director of BioSonics. There is no “typical” sound therapy session. There are sound therapists who specialize in using the frequencies of a variety of instruments. Some of the more common ones are metal bowls (often referred to as Tibetan or more accurately Himalayan bowls), crystal bowls, tuning forks, percussion instruments,

gongs, chimes, and vocal sounds and toning. To safely and fully maximize the results of working with these sounds and frequencies, the practitioner has studied with teachers who have taught them not only some of the history of sound, about the work of its pioneers throughout the ages, and about the instruments they will use, but also at least a fundamental understanding of how sound energy works, correct or preferred technique, and also a time of supervised practice by an educated, experienced sound teacher. If you are considering a sound therapist, feel free to ask them about their training, experience and background. Most sound therapy participants experience deep relaxation, lying on either a massage table or mat on the floor, whether in a private session or in a group sound meditation. Some testimonies from my clients or sound students include relief from nausea, more stable blood pressure and relief from headache and stress. An increasing number of massage and energy therapists are using sound in their practice besides just relaxing recorded music. Sound therapy is never a replacement for medical care but with minimal precaution it can be used without toxic side effects as part of a wellness plan. Can music soothe the savage beast? Absolutely! M Lana Ryder, LMT, AADP, HTA, is the author of Sound Nourishment: Using The Frequencies of Food and Sound For Health. Find more information on her online at www. May 2014 83

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2014 RBC HERITAGE CHAMPION MATT KUCHAR with his wife Sybi and their two sons, Cameron and Carson.




Heritage win

att Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the 2014 RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker. "Well," he thought as he walked toward the shot, "there are a lot worse places to be." For Kuchar, there was no better place -- and no better shot in the tournament. He holed-out on the closing hole for a one-stroke victory on Easter Sunday, hitting it solid and watching it rattle home to end a run where he came close but missed out on titles. "I heard the crowd go crazy,'' Kuchar said. "Then I went crazy.'' Kuchar shot a 64 to finish at 11-under 273, one stroke ahead of Luke Donald, who had his third second place and fifth top-three finish here in the past six years. Kuchar punched the air to celebrate, grabbed his cap and swung it around to the cheers of the crowd. It was Kuchar's seventh career PGA Tour victory. He earned $1.044 million and his first trophy since the Memorial last June. It also followed a stretch of golf were Kuchar was in contention nearly every week. He was two shots behind winner Steven Bowditch at the Texas Open on March 30, then lost a playoff at the Houston Open a week later on Matt Jones' 42-yard chip in.


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Kuchar was in the mix at Augusta National, having a share of the lead on Sunday before a four-putt double bogey at the fourth hole dropped him from contention. Kuchar, at No. 6 in the world the highest-ranked golfer in the field, could've taken a break like other top competitors, but hoped the momentum would carry into Harbour Town. "It's awfully sweet to have another chance," Kuchar said. Kuchar made up the four shots on Donald with seven birdies in his first 10 holes. Then he nearly gave away another tournament when he threeputted from less than eight feet away at the par-3 17th, a bogey that dropped him into a tie for the top spot -- and set up the dramatic 72nd hole. "I was in a little bit of shock,"

Kuchar said. "But I think I did a good job of shaking things off." Donald had two holes to catch Kuchar after the chip but couldn't do it. He missed a 28foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, then saw his own try at a chip-in birdie slide past the cup. "Finishing second isn't what I was hoping for," he said. "Disappointed, obviously, not to have won. Usually a solid 69 on a windy day with a two-shot lead is enough to get it done on Sundays. It's tough to win out here and hats off to Matt for a superb round." Donald was at 10-under 274 after his 69. Ben Martin, who turned pro in 2010, shot 67 to finish tied for third at 9 under with John Huh, who shot 68. Sunday finally brought the sunshine the tournament had

lacked all week. Players got the bonus of easy, softened greens from three days of moisture. The birdies were flying from the start, and Kuchar took full advantage. He birdied the first and second holes, then added a third from 20 feet or so at No. 4. "When I made that putt, I knew it was going to be a really good day," he said. That Donald was in the chase again here was no surprise. The steady Englishman, once No. 1 in the world, says Harbour Town's tight fairways and small greens are a perfect layout for a player such as him who isn't the longest hitter on tour. Donald said a gust of wind in his swing led to him driving the ball way left out of bounds on the sixth hole for a double bogey. He climbed back into the hunt with birdies on the seventh

and ninth, but hooked his drive into the water left on No. 10 for a bogey. "It was just a poor swing," he said. "I flipped it." Donald kept charging, though, and drew within a stroke of Kuchar's lead with consecutive birdies on the 11th and 12th holes. He could get no closer, finishing his round with six pars. Martin, who had missed seven cuts in his past eight tournaments, reached 10 under with back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes. Martin's run ended when he couldn't squeeze through some pine trees after driving into the rough at the par-5 15th. His ball struck a tree and scooted into more trouble across the fairway. He took bogey to drop two shots off the lead. M

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heritage highlights Photographer Arno Dimmling trudged through the unfavorable elements to capture these great moments at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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ho doesn’t cherish the Lowcountry outdoors, especially if it features twisty, towering live oak trees and a grassy marsh that stretches wide until it gives way to the peaceful Okatie River in the distance? Especially if this grand view can be enjoyed while sitting comfortably in a cozy spot somewhere in the more than 1,000 square feet of screened porch that embraces two backside floors. Inside this elegant residence, the same majestic natural backdrop captivates the eye from the kitchen, “great”


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Inside this elegant residence, the same majestic natural backdrop captivates the eye from the kitchen, “great” room, dining room, master suite, and two upstairs bedrooms and media room.

Lowcountry beauty resides in every inch of Oldfield home room, dining room, master suite, and two upstairs bedrooms and media room. This is the Thames family’s view in their vacation home on Old Oak Road in Oldfield Plantation. Lowcountry beauty resides in every inch of this 4,000-squarefoot, four-and-a-half bathroom architectural masterpiece that anchors the ¾-acre property. (Above the attached garage is a 400-square-foot bonus suite with full bathroom.) “We wanted the home to be airy inside, with the marsh, river and oaks as the focal points,” said Miguel Thames, managing

director in asset management for a large financial/insurance company. “I love it when I walk inside (the home) and look out the back to the marsh and water.” This visual delight with a direct sight line begins at the 20-foot, double-entry foyer along the wide-plank, hand-scraped walnut flooring to the great room and outside to the porch and beyond. “The way it sits in those live oaks looking out over the marsh…the (trapezoidalshaped) lot has a lot to do with it,” said Todd Hawk, president of H2 Builders Inc. in Bluffton that built the home. “This turned out unbelievably. This is one of the top Lowcountry homes we’ve ever built.” H2 built 24 custom homes last year and more than 280 since its founding in 1996. What H2 constructed exudes “southern charm,” added Executive Vice President of Sales and Client Relations Gus Hetzel. “It’s a nice blend of Lowcountry and coastal.” “We were looking for a Lowcountry open floor plan, a little bit modern, easy to entertain and enjoy,” Connie Thames said

on the phone from the family’s primary residence in Montclair, N.J. “It’s open and cozy at the same time. I wanted straighter lines, something a little cleaner with an upscale high-end style.” Her vision can be found in the sunlit kitchen. A display of artistic yet functional design showcases an oversized island with a countertop made of Alaskan white granite with leather finish and ¼-inch bevel edge, maple cabinets with a custom finish, a unique coffered ceiling, a 36-inch stainless-steel Sub-Zero freezer and refrigerator with glass door, two U-Line wine storage units, an undrafted 48-inch Dacor dual range and two stacked dishwashers. “All of the appliances are really high end,” said Betsy Miller, sales specialist with Billy Wood Appliance on Hilton Head Island that provided all of the state-of-theart products. “It’s a very elegant gourmet kitchen.” All elements in the more than $1 million home designed by Allison Ramsey Architects in Beaufort are custom made May 2014 89

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Elegant interior design and furnishings by J Banks Design Group and detailed craftsmanship by H2 Builders abound in every room.

with “amazing trim work and detail,” Hetzel said. For instance, Sales Manager Andrea McGilton of Distinctive Granite and Marble worked with her clients to achieve “earthy and natural” textures, colors and materials in all the countertops. The HHI-based company imported granite and limestone from quarries in Brazil, Turkey, India and elsewhere to give each room a distinct personality. “This beautiful home has a very modern updated feel,” she said. “We played with a lot of textures.” The his/her master bathroom with a Roman-style walk-in doorless shower features a limestone Azul Valverde Perlino countertop with honed finish. One of the daughter’s bathrooms shines in a Perla Venato quartzite with a look of marble and onyx while the other daughter’s bathroom countertop dazzles with a Club Med-style shell stone, McGilton said. While the bathrooms create their own world of comfort and luxury, elegant interior design and furnishings by J Banks Design Group and detailed craftsmanship by H2 Builders abound in every room. The homeowners find custom-made


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Vendor List Audio Video Experts Billy Wood Appliance Cabinet Gallery at H2 Distinctive Granite and Marble H2 Builders KPM Flooring Low Country Shelving Palmetto Coastal Landscaping

sliding barn doors between the kitchen and study, stained pine doors in the master suite, and Savannah grey brick framing a two-sided see-through fireplace downstairs. Drop beams add structural support and warmth in the dining room, and custom wainscoting, coffered ceiling details backlit with rope lighting enchant the great room. Out back in the Gullah-inspired pale-blue ceilinged porch, a tabby chimney wraps around the fireplace, above which is an antique heart-pine mantel. The front porch features a painted tongue-and-groove cypress ceiling and a wood deck, which welcomes guests to the custom mahogany front-entry door. These striking touches create a Lowcountry ambiance and style that barely hints at the ultra-modern workability as a “smart” home. Audio Video Experts, a Bluffton-based electronics and design integration company, installed a Control4 home automation system to provide easy control of lighting, audio/ video, security, HVAC and more with the ease of a single swipe. “The automation is a big deal…there’s lot of neat stuff there,” Hetzel said. “It’s a ‘smart’ home. He (the owner) can literally control his house from his iPhone.” When the Thames family returns to their Lowcountry getaway for one of their weeklong visits, no one will be happier than daughter Sydney, who, at the age of 12 in 2006 after a long day of viewing property lots at several plantations, said to her father, “Daddy, this is the one you should buy.” M May 2014 91

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RULES OF THUMB… they come in handy from time to time, but under certain circumstances are best used with caution.


hought to have originated in the 16th or 17th century, the term’s exact etymology remains an unsettled debate. Contrary to one popular belief, it IS NOT derived from a law regulating the diameter of a stick with which a man may lawfully strike his wife should she require “moderate correction.” Another theory has it that carpenters of yore used the width of their thumbs in lieu of rulers to take measurements (Get it? “Rule” of “thumb?”). The fact that several European languages use the same word for thumb and inch lends some credence to that supposition, but can you imagine the potential complications for a construction project employing multiple carpenters with differing glove sizes? On a more serious note let me draw your attention to a rule of thumb proclaimed to serve as a guide in making certain real estate decisions, the Rule of 15, which says that multiplying annual rent by 15 gives you a property’s fair market value. For example if you pay $1,500 per

month ($18,000 annually) to rent a home, that home’s fair market value is $270,000 ($18,000 × 15 = $270,000). So if asking prices for comparable properties in the neighborhood significantly exceed $270,000, they’re overpriced according to the Rule of 15. It is frequently proffered as advice to potential homebuyers to help decide whether renting or buying is a better option in a particular market, so you might think it’s also a good guide for real estate investors to establish how much rental income they need to get a return on investment. I say, think again. One day I was crunching numbers – I do some real estate investing myself – and stumbled across flaws in the Rule of 15. For one, it only adds up for home values in a certain range, roughly the $300,000 neighborhood. Case in point: let’s say a $100,000 home rents for $800 to $1,000 per month, if you apply the rule of 15 it returns $144,000 and $180,000 respectively as fair market value. Here’s another one: you can expect to get about $3,000

to $4,000 per month in rent for a million dollar home, but Rule of 15 math says that fair market value would be $540,000 to $720,000 respectively. Sure, sometimes properties on the market are undervalued or overvalued, but by that much?

The Rule of 15 says that multiplying annual rent by 15 gives you a property’s fair market value. That is not always the case here in the Lowcountry. May 2014 97

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“real estate is local and every market is different, ergo there are variables beyond a multiple of rent payments to consider in each situation”

Let’s look at it from the investor’s perspective. The Rule of 15 says that you would charge $300 per month for a property valued at $54,000. Assume the owner has a $45,000 mortgage at 5 percent with property taxes and insurance amounting to $2,000 per year. What is the annual return on equity? Gross Income: $3,600 Interest: ($2,250) Taxes and Insurance: ($2,000) Net Loss: ($650) See that? The Rule of 15 neglects a pretty significant variable: return on equity. It doesn’t make any sense to charge $300 per month rent in this case because the return on equity is negative, but the Rule of 15 says $300 is the number. I spent some time playing around with it and came up with my own rule. Basically I flipflopped the Rule of 15 equation, starting

with a property’s valuation and calculating how much rental income would earn a 10 percent return on the $9,000 equity in our $54,000 property. The monthly rent worked out to about $430 per month: Gross Income ($430 × 12): $5,160 Interest: ($2,250) Taxes and Insurance: ($2,000) Net Income: $910 In this case the Rule of 15 becomes the Rule of 10.5: ($430 × 12) ×10.5 = $54,180. I did these calculations for a range of property valuations and discovered that the Rule of 15 becomes, for example, the Rule of 15.5 for a $500,000 home or the Rule of 20.5 for a million dollar home. The chart on the previous page illustrates the differing results between the Rule of 15 and my modification. The red line represents the Rule of 15 and the green line represents…let’s call it “Tom’s Rule of

Not Necessarily 15.” You can see that the lines meet at a market value of roughly $300,000, but there are significant variances at other market values. Mind you, I used these simplified hypotheticals to demonstrate the thought process, but talking with friends in the real estate business confirmed my suspicion. For example, certain units in Hilton Head Plantation’s Grandview Villas rent for $3,000 per month, which would give them Rule of 15 valuations of $540,000. My friends tell me that this is at least $100,000 low, likely because of another Rule of 15 flaw; it fails to recognize Grandview’s location right there on Skull Creek near the marina. As Realtors like to say, real estate is local and every market is different, ergo there are variables beyond a multiple of rent payments to consider in each situation. It goes to show; sometimes it’s advisable to do a little extra homework rather than relying on rules of thumb. M Thomas M. Sullivan is President of Pinnacle Business Services on Hilton Head Island.


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Every Moss Creek owner* has the option to pay an Annual Activity Fee of $1,000 for UNLIMITED USE of the following amenities:  UNLIMITED Golf on both Fazio Courses (excludes cart fees)  UNLIMITED Golf Practice Facilities  UNLIMITED Tennis Center Use MARINA



boat ramp and new kayak launch is also provided. (Limited to one wet or dry storage slip/space and two kayak storage spaces based on availability.) This is the most attractive amenity package available in the Lowcountry. The exceptional combination of value plus quality makes Moss Creek


There is a place—nestled beside rich salt marshes, embraced by river and tides—where privacy comes naturally. A place where moss-draped forests give way to open meadows, and exquisite homes are tucked along ribbons of emerald green.

This place is called Moss Creek! Here within our private gates, property owners are Members. That means if you wish, you can find your neighbors on the Members-only Fazio golf courses, enjoying a meal at the marsh view Clubhouse, participating in the High Tide Happy Hour, playing tennis at the outstanding Tennis Center, biking on the leisure trails or through the nature preserves, on their boat or launching their kayak at the deep water marina, socializing at the Community pavilion, or relaxing by the magnificent waterfront Pool and Fitness Complex. Moss Creek is the talk of the Low Country with the innovative Membership Activity Fee schedule. The Community is financially strong, maintains a Reserve Fund to keep all its amenities in excellent condition, and has a well thought-out Long Range Plan. The professional staff focuses on Member services and is accountable to the Board of Directors, which sets corporate policies.

truly unique as a private, residential community. Owners who choose not to take advantage of the Annual Activity Fee can pay a daily fee for use of the amenities. It’s all here at Moss Creek, unlimited amenities for an affordable price. Come visit us and see why we are so proud of our community.

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There is never a dull moment in Moss Creek, as Members are invited to join any of the more than forty social clubs and groups available to them. If, as it is said, your life is measured by the friends you keep, then Moss Creek is where you belong. Discover the beauty of Private Club living. Find your place at Moss Creek—Mother Nature’s Hole-in-One.

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Angela Mullis (843) 681-3307 x 223 Mobile - (843) 384-7301 Island Resident Since 1972.


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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. $1,695,000

ENJOY THE SUNSETS over Skull Creek and the sail boats leisurely traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway. This Hilton Head Plantation home has it all. 4 BR home features an elevator which allows for the master suite to be on the 2nd floor with its outstanding views. Other features include formal LR & DR, 1st floor Office plus and eat-in Kitchen and Family Room.The rear deck is expansive and has room under for Kayak storage. Short distance to the Country Club of Hilton Head clubhouse with its indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, dining, health club and golf course. $855,000



HILTON HEAD ISLAND MARSHVIEW AT ITS FINEST – with expansive Elliott Creek and Marsh views, stately moss draped oaks and palmettos and at high tide you may even be able to kayak from your back yard. This Italian villa style home features 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, formal Living and Dining rooms, 1st floor office or Den, Bonus room with burnished cherry paneling plus an expansive eat-in Kitchen/Family Room. Adjacent lot available. $847,500

SOARING HIGH CEILINGS, nailed down oak flooring and golf and lagoon views of Dolphin Head Golf Club fairway to green. Private heated & cooled pool, expansive rear deck and screened porch.This Hilton Head Plantation home has only been used as a 2nd home. 4 BR or 3 plus Bonus Room each with its own Bath. His & Her closets with dormer windows spacious enough to be used as office or hobby space. Only wood and tile flooring throughout the home. Great Room, Dining Room, Office, oversized Garage. $645,000

CONVENIENT LOCATION, CONVENIENT LIFESTYLE - Unique understated courtyard home with its private courtyard pool. Just a short distance to the boat docks along Skull Creek and fantastic sunsets over the water. Also very close to the Country Club of Hilton Head.This 3 BR, 2.5 BA Hilton Head Plantation home has a split bedroom floorplan with a 1st floor master and two up, formal LR & DR, Den, 2 car Garage, high smooth ceilings and wood floors.This home is a “10!” $598,000











OUTSTANDING GOLF AND LAGOON VIEW. Cool breezes off Shell Creek make this Hilton Head Plantation home pretty neat. Located behind the 11th tee of the Country Club of Hilton Head, a par 3, with views of the entire hole, stately moss draped oaks and a lagoon. 3 Bedroom, 1st Floor Master with bedrooms upstairs, 2.5 Bath, Formal Living Room & Dining Room plus updated Kitchen and Family Room. High smooth ceilings, 2-car garage and 2nd row waterway. View, Convenient Location, andValue. $515,000

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. $449,750

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




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LAGOON VIEWS to the front and back of this updated Rookery home. Smooth ceilings, wood and slate flooring. Open Kitchen/Family Room, Green House, Office, Formal LR & DR. All large rooms. The Office could be a 3rd Bedroom. Storage, storage, storage. Located in The Rookery of Hilton Head Plantation with a neighborhood pool. Convenient to Shopping, Restaurants, and the Beach. $327,000

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OUTSTANDING CURB APPEAL, Golf Course View, Short Distance to the Port Royal Sound.This open Hilton Head Plantation home has easy maintenance, great outdoor living space with 2 decks and a patio, and front entry courtyard. Mature landscaping, high ceilings, wood, tile and carpet floors. Split bedroom floorplan plus a den, skylights and clerestory window in the Living Room. Newer roof and HVAC system. $285,000

WONDERFUL private end of a cul de sac with a large wooded backyard and setting.There is open space to the front and back of the property - Great Location for a tree fort or a kids touch football game. This Palmetto Hall Lowcountry home features an updated granite kitchen/family room, 3 BR plus a large Bonus Room/Hobby Room, 3.5 baths, high smooth ceilings, wood floors, two-car garage, screened porch, fireplace and more. $498,500

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. $425,000

EAGLES POINTE - This Delaware Model with great open floorplan has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with a formal dining room, eat in kitchen, and a Carolina Room that overlooks the fenced in back yard. Other features of this home include a foyer entrance, laundry room and 2 car garage. It has hard coat stucco on the front of the home and overlooks the lagoon to the 14th Green to the back. $289,000





WOODBRIDGE - Lagoon and park to the front and private woods to the back with this wonderful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Woodbridge. This home features a gourmet eat-in kitchen with updated cabinets and granite counters. The kitchen overlooks the large great room which features tray ceilings, ceiling fan and wood burning fireplace. Other features are wood floors in the living areas and carpet in the bedrooms and bonus room, double vanities in the master bath and a separate shower. $315,000

WOODBRIDGE - Great sunset views from the double front porch overlooking the lake to the park in Woodbridge in this 5 Bedroom home. This Rosewood model features a first floor Master Bedroom, Office, Formal Dining, eat in Kitchen and a Bonus Room.The 3rd floor Bonus Room area is unfinished.There is an open back yard and sweeping views of the park in the front. Woodbridge is located off of Buckwalter near the new Buckwalter Place shopping and schools. $289,000

ISLAND WEST - Rosewood model with Bonus Room and Third Floor room. Formal Dining Room with a butlers pantry to the eat in Kitchen.The Great Room overlooks the private backyard to the woods. 5 bedrooms with a 1st Floor Master, 3.5 Baths and formal Living Room. Island West is getting a new entrance and is zoned for Okatie Elementary school. Neighborhood amenities include a Clubhouse, Community Pool, Fitness Center, Community Tennis, Security Gate and Leisure Trails. $364,000

COASTAL COTTAGE LIVING out in the country with private dock, covered pier head and boat lift on Euhaw Creek. Features gourmet Kitchen with gas range, granite counter, oversized wood island and stainless steel appliances and first floor Master, and oversized back porch leading to a Savannah brick patio.The back yard features an oyster pit. Detached 2 car garage with a large room and full bath above. Quick boat ride or car ride to Hilton Head or Beaufort. $499,000
















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

HILTON HEAD PLANTATION 18 CHINA COCKLE LANE REDUCED 2ND ROW SOUND $242,000 17 WILD TURKEY RUN MARSHFRONT $295,000 13 BEAR ISLAND RD MARSHFRONT $247,500 HAMPTON HALL 280 FARNSLEIGH AVE $179,000 11 HAMPSTEAD AVE $114,500 LOVELY OVERSIZED ONE BEDROOM CONDO overlooking the swimming pool. This condo has a balcony with access from the dining area as well as the master bedroom. There is assigned parking under the building. Brighton Bay is walking distance to Palmetto Bay Marina which has shops and dining. The beach is a bike ride away. $120,000

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JUST OFF THE BLUFFTON PARKWAY – a 1.23 acre corner commercial lot part of Bluffton Park Business Park. Located at the corner of Persimmon and Scott Way $215,000


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North Forest Beach

9 Wanderer Lane – Magnificent Direct Oceanfront Home! Exquisite interior detail for the discriminating buyer! Built with the finest appointments throughout. Open bright floor plan includes 5 guest bedroom suites, Spectacular Master Suite w/ private balcony. Elegant living room/dining area, w/spacious gourmet kitchen, beautiful pool/spa, and much more…all overlooking the ocean! $3,495,000

Palmetto Dunes

18 Midstream – Stunning 4BR/3.5BA premier waterfront home. Dynamic architectural features w/soaring ceiling to floor wall of glass overlooking the 11 mile lagoon. Used only as a 2nd home, featuring spacious open floorplan & lagoon views from every room. Multi-terrace decking, private dock & waterfront pool! $1,495,000

Palmetto Dunes

2315 Villamare – Beautifully Transformed Oceanfront 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Villamare! Top of the line everything! Desirable Southern Exposure w/ two balconies. Oceanfront pool w/outdoor entertainment area. Excellent Rentals! $519,000


5301 Hampton Place – Amazing Oceanfront Villa! Enjoy ocean views from this beautifully renovated 1 BR, 2 BA villa. End unit & located on the 3rd floor w/ wonderful sunlight. Features include cherry hardwood floors, completely renovated kitchen, master bath w/large jetted tub, granite & frameless glass shower. Over $38,000 in rentals! $529,000

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Ann Webster

(o) 843-686-2523 (c) 843-384-5338

Selling Island-wide for Over 29 Years with Over $225 Million Sold!

Betty Hemphill (c) 843-384-2919

Selling Island-wide for Over 24 Years with Over $224 Million Sold!

Ingrid Low

(o) 843-686-6460 (c) 843-384-7095

Selling Island-wide for Over 29 Years with Over $245 Million Sold!


28 BAYNARD COVE – A fabulous,new (2007) quality -built home with 5 bedrooms, stone floors, gourmet kitchen, heated pool/spa and 5 min walk to beach. $1,749,000

VIEW THIS HOME FROM THE 17TH FWY HARBOR TOWN! Calibogue Sound and sunsets! One of a kind 6 br/6 ba. Courtyard with pool, Guest house. Fabulous! $3,379,000

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

2532 GLENEAGLE GREEN – Enjoy the best seat at the Heritage Golf Tournament from the deck of this fully renovated 3 br/3 ba villa. $559,000 furnished.

SEA PINES – MARSH AND TIDAL CREEKS – Striking contemporary 3 br/3 1/2 ba with room for expansion. Marina, tennis and walk to beach. $1,250,000

33 SOUTH SEA PINES DRIVE – 3BR/3BA plus den, lg. pool, lagoon view, FP, walk to SP best beach and SB village. Selling “as is.” Great price. $599,000

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 $1,245,000.

FIFTH ROW – DUCK HAWK – Fabulous newer 5 br/ 5 1/2 ba home with exceptional quality, high smooth ceilings, wood floors, pool/spa, 2 car garage On upscale street walking dist to new Beach Club. $1,600,000.

8 WOOD IBIS – SEA PINES – Beautiful 5 BR home, plus study/den or 6th bedroom on 5th row 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.

27 S LIVE OAK – SEA PINES – Oversized Sea Pines property located on a desirable dead end street with views of the Ocean Course and within walking distance of the beach and new Plantation Golf Club. $799,000

SEA PINES – Architectural remodel in this elegant contemporary with 4 br/4 1/2 ba, two master suites, bamboo and tile floors, fenced yard, walking distance to Sea Pines Club, Lagoon Views, fenced yard, $710,000 Furnished.

13 NEWHALL ROAD – SEA PINES – 3 BR/3BA, screened in pool, backs up to nature preserve. $545,000

Golf/Lagoon lots on famous Harbour Town Golf Links which can be subdivided w/o buying density lot. Either remodel or tear down home and build two homes. Price of $850,000 is for both lots.


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Awesome layout on this one level home with exceptionally high vaulted ceilings, perfect for letting in tons of natural light! Enjoy your screened in porch and take in the beautiful long lagoon views. Updated master bathroom, eat in kitchen, wood burning fireplace and even a courtyard area off of the living area are just some of the great features. Offered for $319,000.

Superb value on this one level home in Sea Pines Plantation on such a great cul-de-sac street. Want a home at the price of a villa? Then you have found it! Nice layout w/large kitchen, fireplace, gorgeous screened in porch and more. Located in the Club Course section of Sea Pines, close proximity to the bike paths and shopping, all for under $300k.

6 Newhall Road

This is a great opportunity to purchase such a fantastic home w/so much character and stunning golf fairway, green and lagoon views...three views in one! Open kitchen to family room area, huge spacious living area complete w/wood burning fireplace and vaulted ceilings w/beautiful wood beams. This home has been well cared for and used very little as a true second home. Relax on your screened in porch and just enjoy! Offered for sale at $499,000.

Located on a private cul de sac on nearly ½ an acre, this home boasts almost 2,900 square feet with FIVE bedrooms and 4 baths all on one spacious level. The oversized backyard offers beautiful wooded views and a large patio expanding the length of the home with a hot tub and outdoor fireplace that is perfect for entertaining. Recent renovations & new features include; HVAC systems, 12 windows, Baths, SS Appliances, 2007 roof, exterior paint, carpeting, tile and more all for $445,000.

28 Woodbine Place

20 Misty Morning Drive

Superb one level fully furnished home located on one of the most private streets on all of Sea Pines. Sitting on a fantastic golf view lot with a gorgeous pool and spa, you really won’t want to leave your seat. Beautifully renovated open floor plan kitchen, updated bathrooms, large open living/family room area with fireplace, vaulted ceilings, screened in porch and awesome views!!! This house has unbelievable rental numbers. Offered for sale for $699,900.

This is a one level dream home with meticulously landscaped full size lot located in the Bear Creek community. Open Kitchen w/custom cabinets, granite counters, smooth ceilings throughout, beautiful wood floors, and a brand new HVAC system installed in Oct. 2013. The master bedroom offers a special design feature call Cove Lighting.The previous owners knocked down walls and expended rooms to make this open floor living! Beautiful spacious outdoor patio living with exquisite lagoon views! Offered for $498,000.

6 Salem Road

Great opportunity to purchase a new home in a Plantation with stunning golf and lagoon views. Tons of space in this nearly 3,300 square foot home w/plenty of natural light. This is a 4 bedroom home w/large open eat in kitchen, huge deck with side deck for grilling. Large living and dining room, gas fireplace, plenty of built-ins and more! This is a lot of home for the money, all located in the beach community of Shipyard Plantation. Offered for $639,000.

9 Bob Cat Lane

4 Madison Lane

Brand new house under construction w/SPECTACULAR views of the 17th Green and Fairway of the Cupp course. This is Tom Peeples Love Oak model, the open concept floor plan that everyone loves w/a huge great room w/gas fireplace and gorgeous hardwood flooring. An open eat in kitchen, completely custom w/ granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and more. Enjoy the view from your screened in porch or from your golfers porch on your bonus room. Pre-Construction price of $639,000.

21 Margarita Court

3 Whitehall Court

Unbelievable home that was the winner of the HH Area Home Builders 2006 Lighthouse award and then the sellers made it EVEN BETTER! Completely renovated with nothing but the top of the line upgrades including: beautiful hardwood flooring, custom cabinetry with granite counters, Wolf/Decor & Subzero appliances, double ovens/ duel dishwashers, the list goes on and on. Gorgeous lagoon views from your home or from your heated pool w/fenced yard. This has such a wonderful layout, views and open everywhere. Game room, den, office and GREAT bedroom separation too! Offered for $899,000.

Off Plantation

11 Walking Horse Street

This Low Country home expands 2,600 sq/ft offering 4 bedrooms, den/office and 3 1/2 baths plus a 2 car garage and a large unfinished room that would be a great bonus room/media room... the possibilities are endless. Features: newer HVAC, newer exterior paint, wood and travertine flooring, fireplace,custom molding,spray foam,smooth ceilings and so much more. This home meets current flood elevation requirements. Common area dock & playground. A great price at $449,500.

Rick Saba

Life is Short! Live where you want to live!

Carolina Realty Group (843) 683-4701 •

2009 Realtor® of the Year Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors® 2005 President Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors®

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Long Cove Plantation

You have to see this home to recognize how AWESOME it really is. This is a 5 bedroom home w/bonus room and bar, one of the best layouts with a knock out heated pool and spa complete with outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace and even a pool bathroom! This is outdoor living w/ stunning golf views at its finest! Custom kitchen, updated bathrooms, flooring, stone fireplace, newer roof, 2 newer HVAC’s, newer H20 Heaters and more, way too much detail to list. Offered for sale at $729,000.

Palmetto Hall Plantation

Unbelievable 4 bedroom 2006 built home w/ beautiful sweeping golf & lagoon views of #1 and #9 of the Dolphin Head Golf Club.This house has so many special features including: Custom kitchen w/granite counters, stainless appliances, Brazilian Cherry floors, gorgeous slate tile, tons of custom molding, smooth ceilings, fireplace, and more! Best of all this is now a full size lot, owners purchased the property next door AND the huge walk in attic could be 2 additional rooms. All for $629,900.

Shipyard Plantation


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THE ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE HOME! Resort living at its finest. Stucco and stone exterior. Great Room home w/large Screened Lanai, Pool/Spa + Summer Kitchen + Fireplace. 4 BR’s + a Study. Every imaginable upgrade. Chef’s Kitchen. 3 Car Garage. Lagoon Golf view. Summer 2014 Completion. Will consider lot trade. $959,000

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. $899,000

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 Sauite + Study overlooking the 10th Fairway. $839,900

CLASSIC H2 BUILDER home overlooking a park-






UNDER CONSTRUCTION like setting of the 15th + 14th Fwys of the Golf Club. Formal LR w/coffered ceilings. DR w/wainscoting/ crown molding. Open Kitchen, Bk’fast + Family Room w/granite countertops + travertine floors. Elegant MBR. Each BR w/private BA, 2 Half BA’s + Office + Bonus Room w/kitchenette and Golfer’s Porch. $829,000

UNDER CONSTRUCTION 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. $699,900

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. $699,000


Marshside. Located in The Golf Club of Indigo Run. Sought after Great Room floor plan - open Kitchen, 3 BR’s each with their own Baths, Powder Room + Office/Study. All on one level. Hardwood Floors and much more. Fall 2014 completion. $659,000

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. $649,000





UNDER CONSTRUCTION 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



Homes. Oversized beautiful homesite overlooking Otter Creek and close to Sunningdale Park, Pool + Tennis Courts. Great Room floor plan + Study, 4 BR’s and 4 Full BA’s. Hardwood floors. Late Summer 2014 completion. $595,000

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.

GOLF VIEW - overlooking the 8th green of the CCHH. Very open floor plan with a wall of glass overlooking the view. 3 BR’s + an Office/Den. Split bedroom plan. Used only as a second home. Immaculate condition! $439,000





ELEGANT, LIGHT-FILLED HOME overlooking the 4th Fwy of Oyster Reef on a quiet culde-sac street. Spacious Great Room with fireplace and skylights. Formal DR with hardwood floors. Updated Kitchen with granite countertops. Large Carolina Room overlooking the golf course. 3 BR’s and 2.5 BA’s. Large Master Suite. $415,000

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. $399,000

SOUGHT AFTER CHARTWELL MODEL with 4 BR’s, 3 BA’s in perfect condition. Spacious Back Porch with 3 skylights and 2 ceiling fans overlooking a private backyard. Very open floor plan. Spacious Great Room with fireplace. Formal Dining Room. Great Bedroom separation. Seller will consider a leaseback. $359,000

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. $130,000

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or those of an historic persuasion, there will be a tea in Old Town Bluffton with scones and desserts and a fashion show of vintage dresses dating back to the 1800s. The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, which is putting on the tea, is considering adding a garden tour next year to its repertoire of walking historic tours. The 27th annual All Saints Garden Tour, the granddaddy of the garden tours sponsored

by All Saints Episcopal Church, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, and has the theme of “A Potpourri of Gardens.” It will feature seven home gardens and the gardens of Hilton Head Island High School. Three of the home gardens are in Hilton Head Plantation – “Southern Solace on the Intracoastal”, “Possibilities Aplenty” and “A Colorful Reflection.” Two are in Port Royal Plantation – “Royal Sound Garden” and “A Passion

for Vegetables.” One is in Moss Creek Plantation – “House of Palms: An Emergent Garden,” and one is in Windmill Harbour – “Renee’s Wish.” Tickets to the All Saints garden tour cost $35 and include a seated luncheon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. that will be served in the church’s parish hall on Meeting Street, off Main Street, on Hilton Head Island. Tickets may be purchased at the church on the day of the event or at numer-

ous retail outlets on the island and in Bluffton. In addition, a “Flower Bower” boutique, a “Heavenly Confections” bake sale and Pino Gelato will be located in the parish hall. A variety of original works of art will be on sale. Vendors located on the church grounds will include The Greenery, Jewelry by Lilllith and Jewelry by Caroline Alderman. F. Steven Branyon, All Saints’ Organist/ Choirmaster, will play organ May 2014 115

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The 27th annual All Saints Garden Tour, the granddaddy of the garden tours which is sponsored by the All Saints Episcopal Church, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

music from 11:30 a.m. until noon. Karen Reuter, chairwoman of the 2014 All Saints Garden Tour Board, said all proceeds from the garden tour will be donated to six local nonprofits. They are Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Backpack Buddies, which send nutritious food home with youngsters for the weekends; Family Promise of Beaufort County, which helps homeless families; St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church Outreach Food Bank in Jasper County; Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour, which helps the elderly stay in their homes; and Thumbs Up, Inc., a literacy program in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Reuter said that last year

the tour raised approximately $25,000 for charities and that each charity received $4,300. Over the past 26 years of the garden tour, almost $500,000 has been raised for local charities. The hard part, Reuter said, was deciding which charities to support. She said this year 15 charities appealed to the church for help. “It’s really difficult because they are all so deserving,” she explained. ”This event provides the rare opportunity for everyone to see some of the premier gardens in our area while at the same time helping our community respond to the challenges of hunger, homelessness, literacy and aging.” Reuter said most people

have been very generous in letting the church show their gardens on the annual tours. “This is particularly true,” she noted, “when you have 500 to 700 people traipsing through them.” The winning poster chosen by the jurors for this year’s All Saints garden tour was local photographer Don Nelson’s photograph ”Sunflower.” It is only the second time in the tour’s history that a photograph won the poster contest. The winner of the “People’s Choice Award” among the contest entries was local artist Don Nagel’s painting, “Monet’s Garden,” which drew the most votes from visitors to the art exhibit. The garden tour in Sun City

will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, May 19. It is presented by the community’s Avant Gardeners Group, which does only flowers and such, not vegetables, and will feature six home gardens. But there is a catch. You must know someone who lives in Sun City and is willing to call in a pass for you to get through the gate. Phyllis Hannan, chairwoman of the event, said that shouldn’t be too much of a problem because everyone seems to know someone in Sun City. Tickets to the 14th annual garden tour of the Avant Gardeners are $5 for members and $8 for non-members, Proceeds will support the group’s hummingbird and butterfly garden.

The gardens on the tour include: • Carol and Bob Hedrrick, 19 Amaryllis Lane – a garden refuge on a wood cul de sac with tea roses, spring bulbs, perennials and a winding garden path. • Bonnie and Alan Miller, 88 Concession Oak Drive – a brick path with vertical planting, sky pencil hollies and planting beds with roses and colorful annuals. • Joan and Chuck Ostrowki 123 Landing Lane – mix of trees and shrubs with loquats, red maple, azaleas, boxwood, holly and Italian cypress. • Marge and Jim Quill, 36 Clover Drive – second choices garden in which most plants came from family, friends and sales at local garden centers


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• Susanne and Dennis Rizzardi, 761 Serenity Drive – lush and manicured providing visual beauty in a limited space with elevated slopes and stone paths. • Debra and Barry Walker, 846 Rivergrass Lane – tropical paradise with palm trees and a eucalyptus providing shade and privacy. Hannan said the gardens survived the harsh winter pretty well. She personally lost a lime tree and others also had lost citrus trees and some sensitive palms. “But everything is coming back,” she said. “The homeowners are working so hard. It should be a beautiful show.” The tea and vintage fashion show in Bluffton will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at the historic ColcockTeel House, 46 Colcock St. Tickets may be purchased at the Heyward House, 70 Boundary St., but don’t tarry if you want to go. There’s a limit of 40 persons that can be accommodated for the tea. The event is a fundraiser for the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. Maureen Richards, executive director of the society, said the organization is thinking about adding a garden tour next year. “We have regular walking historic tours,” she pointed out. “We thought it would be a nice complement to add a garden tour next year.” But beautiful flowers in the month of May aren’t limited to garden tours. May also has a big floral holiday that’s celebrated – Mother’s Day. Dawn Kiritsy, proprietor of A Floral Affair florist shop

in Hilton Head Island, said Mother’s Day is a bigger holiday in the floral business here than Valentine’s Day. “We have a lot of mothers here,” she explained, noting that many of them prefer the warmer sunnier South to northern climes. Kiritsy said she gets most of her flowers from the West Coast at this time of year, along with some from Europe, and a few regionally such as snapdragons from North Carolina. “I think people call us because we have unusual stuff,” she said. “If they want to be creative, we will be creative.”

If the garden tours and all the beautiful flowers from Mother’s Day have inspired you to add a little zip to your garden, consider these suggestions from Carol Guedalia, horticulturist at The Greenery garden center. The number one flower Guedalia recommends for gardens with full sun and a deer problem is angelonia, which she said comes in white, lavender, blue pink and raspberry. She also said deer don’t eat zinnias, lantana and salvia. Another way to avoid the deer problem is to use hanging baskets. She said The Greenery has

lots of hanging baskets with a wide variety of flowers. An excellent flower for butterfly gardens, Guedalia said, is the penta. And for planting in the shade she recommended ferns and caladiums, which deer usually don’t eat. But, she warned, deer do like begonias. Guedalia urged those with a deer problem who are going on the All Saints garden tour to attend a lecture on “Deer Resistant Plants” being given by Sue Roderus, master gardener and master naturalist at The Greenery, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the church. M

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ardeners have known for centuries that their pastime has a calming and -- forgive the pun -- grounding effect. Now, science confirms what we already know on a subliminal level. Researchers have reported in the journal Neuroscience that contact with a bacteria in soil triggers the release of serotonin in our brains, which improves mood and learning. We’re naturally wired to want more time in the garden – to “play” in the dirt – and to bring plants inside our homes and offices to reduce stress and anxiety. The biggest trends in gardening for 2014 involve the evolution of our outdoor spaces as we spend more of our leisure time outdoors, and bring more live plants indoors. According to Jamie Harrison of The Greenery on Hilton Head Island, consumers are spending more leisure time outdoors and are decorating their gardens and outdoor spaces to make them more intimate for entertaining. The rise of social trends, like lawn

games, grilling, and garden parties, are fueling record sales of garden furniture and accessories. “This year, like the last three, you will continue to see more sensory-driven items such as tabletop fountains, garden art, decorative planters, and candles,” Harrison said. “We are moving in the direction of durable and comfortable outdoor furniture, benches, torches, and fire pits… all of which create a sense of comfort and enhance the quality of lives. Customers want their outdoor spaces to be as inviting as their inside ones. Their new outdoor spaces provide escape from our technologically intense world.” Although digging in the dirt provides a respite from technology, you’ll see more of it applied to the art of gardening, which is another big gardening trend for 2014. Gardening apps for your portable devices will proliferate like kudzu. Electronic field guides such as Leafsnap and NatureGate can identify plants on the fly. Or, just snap a plant’s photo with Google Goggles, and submit it


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instantly for identification and plant information. The trend, especially for younger gardeners, is to seek more information about plants and projects before they ever break ground. They seek advice from friends on social media, their neighbors, and experienced professionals at independent garden centers. They’re part of a growing trend among consumers to purchase plants from local resources instead of mega retailers. Container gardening continues to be big this year, according to Carol Guedalia, horticulturist at The Greenery. “Containers have always been a big seller for us,” Guedalia said. “Along with helping DIY customers pick the appropriate plants for their containers, there’s a big demand for pre-planted containers and custom creations … both of which you will see in abundance at our garden center. Traditional containers will be big again, but this year you will see a few new trends, such as incorporating heirloom veggies and more wildflower and native plant mixes. Unique shapes, unusual plant mixes, and wild color combinations are going to be hot this year. Monochromatic plant groupings will also make a splash.” Guedalia adds that you will see a growing trend of incorporating edible plants and shrubs. Compact versions of some of the most popular berries are great for containers or accent plants, and can be combined with other container-grown veggies and herbs. Look

for compact varieties of a number of different blueberries, citrus, and raspberries. Foodies will be growing superfoods from quinoa to kale, and using them in smoothies and salads. All of these great plants ideal for large gardens or more small urban garden containers, which help define areas of your landscape into intimate spaces for entertaining and relaxing. Big this year will be the availability of more drought-tolerant plants and sustainable gardening techniques and tools. Many gardeners will use food scraps for fertilizer and plant native, pollen-rich flowers to attract bees and butterflies. For your best results in any garden or landscape project this year, be sure to purchase from a knowledgeable vendor, who knows what plants will survive and thrive in this area. Jamie Harrison of The Greenery also says, “One trend that we are really excited about is a renewed focus on indoor plants. We love that science has confirmed something we already know - bringing plants into your home or office helps increase creativity and productivity. Designers are really filling indoor space with great foliage.” Finally, more people will spend more time outdoors than in recent years. You don’t even have to lift a finger to be a part of the biggest garden trend of the year. Enjoy more time outdoors and play in the dirt! M

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story By Tim Wood ut a funny thing happened among all the storytelling. Coyotes literally made their way down U.S. 278 and on to the island. While we are far from an outbreak situation, experts caution that the migratory predator is here to stay, like it or not. “They’re an incredibly adaptable animal, they adjust their feeding habits to the region and that makes them the type of animal that stays put once they’re there,” said South Carolina Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Jay Butfiloski. “They take advantage of lazy human habits. Pet food left outside, discarded food scraps, garbage. The more this stuff is left uncovered, the more coyotes will be around.” The first known sighting of coyotes in the state happened upstate in the 1970s and have now spread to every county. Contrary to rumors, the DNR did not introduce coyotes into the state to help control the deer population. They migrated here from Georgia and the population grew when houndsmen illegally imported some. The first reports of coyotes on Hilton Head started around 2009 in Sea Pines. Residents reported cats disappearing and coyote scat appearing in their yards. Security officials recall one resident reporting a lot of howling well after midnight. When security arrived, they saw an alligator staring down a coyote it had cornered. Soon after, the alligator retreated to a lagoon and the coyote stopped howling. “That’s one thing folks need to remember. This is not an animal that loves interaction,” Butfiloski said. “They’re not looking to attack us. There has actually only been two known cases of coyotes killing humans in the U.S. They’re mostly a very shy animal.”

That said, coyotes can kill cats and smaller dogs. They’re not preying on the house pets, but if confronted, they will attack. Mostly, they’re looking for food. It’s why they’ve outlasted the wolves in these parts. Grey and red wolves used to be more prevalent but they are just not as adaptable and thusly, their populations waned. The coyotes took advantage of the vacancy. “They will take advantage of our selfinflicted wounds,” Butfiloski said. “Leave your dog food outside after dusk, you’re inviting trouble. Leave your trash outside and not canned, get ready to see a coyote.” This is exactly the repeated stories we heard from security officials and residents at Wexford Plantation, Shipyard Plantation and Palmetto Dunes. All cases involved food one way or another, 14 in all – 12 of them involving garbage broken into and two involving dogs and cats that engaged the coyotes. While there is plenty of fear from residents, security officials seemed more amused than anything. They have informed their residents well, using DNR guidelines telling us to be aggressive yet still if you ever run into one. Let the coyote know we’re not pushovers, but do not run. “That triggers a response,” Butfiloski said. “If we’re running, that says to the coyote that we’re prey.” The early 2009 Sea Pines reports were fairly innocent. While residents were scared, T-shirts that said “Save the Sea Pines Coyotes” started popping up all around the island – the product of The Salty Dog just as were the “Save the Sea Pines Deer” and the “Save The Forest Beach Chickens” T-shirts and bumper stickers. This isn’t the first odd wild animal on the island. The Coastal Discovery Museum

“They take advantage of lazy human habits. Pet food left outside, discarded food scraps, garbage. The more this stuff is left uncovered, the more coyotes will be around.”

at Honey Horn has documented cases of bears, bobcats and diamondback rattlesnakes through the years. They all came and went. The coyote, on the other hand, is very likely here to stay. “They latch on to an area and they rarely let go,” Butfiloski said. “We’re seeing it the migration all over the state.” Indeed, places like Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and Myrtle Beach have had similar reportings and population growths. According to Sea Pines wildlife officer Lt. Todd McNeill, the sightings have decreased where it all began. Folks are still seeing the occasional coyote but the frequency of the reports have gone down. “Guys on the midnight shift, they typically saw them from 2010 to 2013, but we’ve had no issues with pets or the deer population,” McNeill said. That’s not to say the coyotes aren’t a problem. McNeill said there’s actually a new problem arising that is becoming a true issue. “We have seen that the coyotes are getting more and more brazen about digging up and eating sea turtle nests,” he said. “We’ve traced the tracks and have it narrowed down to the coyote. So we’re taking action.” McNeill said that wildlife biologist David Henderson has been in contact with town officials about setting up tracking cameras to get real proof before they start deterrent actions. With nesting season coming up, McNeill said that Sea Pines officials will get more aggressive in keeping the coyotes away this year. Butfiloski said that’s the right approach – know we’re not going to eradicate them, but work toward controlling the problem. “We as a country have been thinking we can eradicate this animal since the early 1900s. It’s just not going to happen,” he said. “Focusing on getting rid of them is a lonely and costly road. The more we realize they’re here to stay and just focus on coexisting with them and minimizing them as a problem, the better off we’re all going to be.” M May 2014 121

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Living Lines and Colors exhibit: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat., May 1-31 at Pluff Mud Art in Bluffton. The paintings of Reni Kuhn. This exhibit highlights Kuhn’s love of nature in acrylics of brilliant color.

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Beyond the Zoo: Through May 3 at SOBA Gallery in Bluffton. The Society of Bluffton Artists presents the paintings of featured artist Mark McCoy. 843-757-6586 or


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Florals and Facades, Light and Shadow by Margaret Crawford: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through May 3 at the Walter Greer Gallery located at the Art Center of Coastal Carolina. Crawford demonstrates her talent in handling this often difficult medium.


Cycles of Vitality: Ceramic Sculpture by Janis Wilson Hughes: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Sat., May 8-June 1; 6:30-8 p.m. during Arts Center performances, at the Water Greer Gallery. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Artist talk is set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 9.

MAY 11

20th annual Judged Show: May 5-June 1 at the Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery in Bluffton. There will be a reception and presentation of awards from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, May 11. 843757-6586 or


Hampton Lake Women’s Art Group exhibit: Through May 31 at the Hilton Head Library Art Corridor. Eleven members have created pieces for this show. 843-757-1158


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HAWKFIT 5K & WOD: 9 a.m., Saturday, May 17 at Hilton Head Island High School. A 5K racecourse that is challenging and fun along with a 5K & WOD course run by Reebok Coastal Carolina. Girls Gone Tri Session II: Saturday, May 24, at the Bluffton Pool, located at 55 Prichard St. The all-female event features a 250-meter swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run. 225-772-2737 or

MAY 26

Run for Rose 5K race/walk: 9 a.m., Monday, May 26, at Hilton Head Lakes clubhouse in Hardeeville. A family- and pet-friendly event. 843-368-2796 or

May Paddleboard Race Series: 6-8 p.m. each Thursday in May at the Outside Outpost in Shelter Cove Marina. Outside Hilton Head hosts its third stand-up paddleboard race series. Points will be awarded for participation and placement each week. 843-6866996

Butterfly enclosure to reopen: Monday, May 5, at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The museum will reopen the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Enclosure for guided tours at 10 a.m. Mondays and 3 p.m. Wednesdays. The tours will give participants an up-close and personal look at native butterflies. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 May 2014 123

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Women’s Roles in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island: 2 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at the Heritage Library. Lou Benfante, Heritage Library Foundation president, and Dee Phillips, history department volunteer, will present “Women’s Roles in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island.” The presentation will cover historical events throughout Hilton Head Island’s past and the women who played important roles during these times. $5 for members; $10 for non-members. 843-686-6560

MAY 13, 27

Horseshoe Crabs: Living Fossils: 6:30 p.m., May 13 and 27 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The program will introduce participants to the biology and behavior of the American horseshoe crab. Participants will learn about the physical characteristics that have allowed these animals to survive in the ocean for millions of years, their use in the medical field, and valuable ecological importance. 843-689-6767, ext. 223

MAY 15

Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold – The Phosphate Industry in the Lowcountry: 3 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The Beaufort County Library and the Coastal Discovery Museum are hosting the program, which will address the impact of phosphate mining on the South Carolina plantation economy. Dr. Shepherd McKinley from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte will explain how the convergence of the phosphate and fertilizer industries carried long-term impacts for America and the South after the Civil War. McKinley will discuss his book “Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold,” which explains the importance of this industry in the late 19th-century Lowcountry. Free. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.


Learn to throw a cast net: The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to announce a spring program for those interested in learning to throw a cast net. Classes will be held at 3 p.m. each Tuesday in Mayn. This hands-on program will show you the best way

to learn to ‘open that net’ on every cast. Presented by Scott Moody, a local angler who grew up salt-water fishing and diving. Moody will share his experiences with others to help grow the sport of fishing in this class. For ages 12 and older, cost is $10 per person. 843-689-6767, ext. 223


Plankton Discovery: 2 p.m. Fridays through October at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The tour will start with an indoor presentation about plankton and the role it plays in the salt marsh. After the presentation, participants will be guided by a docent to a floating dock where they will use a plankton collecting net to collect a plankton sample from the waters of Jarvis Creek. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 8-12. 843-689-6767, ext. 223


Shore Explore: 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, Sea Pines Resort. Stroll along the sandy shoreline of South Beach and experience the fun and beauty of the South Carolina coast. Search for dolphins, starfish and sand dollars, whilst learning about shells and other sea treasures. Reservations are required. $10/adult, $7/child ages 12 and younger. 843-842-1979


Blue Crab Discovery: 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Coastal Discovery Museum. As you visit the museum on Jarvis Creek, you will learn about the lifecycle and importance of the Atlantic blue crab. Participants will have a hands-on experience of harvesting, cooking, picking and tasting crabs. The program is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.


Shelter Cove Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 28. From June 17-Aug. 12, the market will have extended hours from 4-9 p.m. and will close with the fireworks display. 843681-7273 or


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Buckwalter Farmers Market: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton.


Farmers Market of Bluffton: 2-7 p.m. Thursdays at Carson Cottages in Old Town Bluffton.


2nd annual New River Auto Mall Fiesta de Mayo: Noon-9 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at Shelter Cove Community Park. This year’s festival will feature La Isla’s Got Talent talent competition and Reina de Mayo, makeover for Mother’s Day. 843-3843742 or

MAY 17

The 18th annual Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest: Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The Kiwanis Club expects full participation from restaurants and amateurs alike. or



Hospice Care of the Lowcountry Yacht Hop: 5:30-9 p.m., Sunday, May 4, at Harbour Town Yacht Basin. This event is celebrating its 10th year as the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser. It features more than 17 private yachts. Each vessel is hosted by one of the area’s best chefs serving freshly prepared tapas. Tickets are $110. 843-706-2296


Hilton Head Humane Association’s 17th annual Dog Walk on the Beach: 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 4, at Coligny Beach. D.J. Alan Palchak returns as MC and entertainer. Bring your favorite canine companion for a morning filled with fun in the sun. Live entertainment, contests,

giveaways, food and dancing, vendor booths and more. 843-681-8686 or


Wish Upon a Horse fundraiser: 3-6 p.m., Sunday, May 4, outside Skillets restaurant in Coligny Plaza. The Leaders of Creativity & Kindness group and the HHI Creative Women in Business group will have their first joint event to benefit “Wish Upon a Horse.” A silent auction will take place. Entertainment will be provided by Cranford Hollow. Lawton Stables will bring two ponies. 843-422-6830

MAY 10

St. Francis Catholic School Gala: 6-10 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation. The theme is “Hollywood: A Red Carpet Affair.” The Headliners will be performing. There will be dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions with all proceeds going to St. Francis Catholic School. 843-384-6637

MAY 15

A Night for the Children: 6-9 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Hampton Hall clubhouse in Bluffton. Family Promise of Beaufort County will host its annual fundraiser complete with heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a silent and live auction, and live entertainment by EZ Hours. $60. 843-815-4211 or www

MAY 17

Putt-Putt for PEP miniature golf tournament: 11:15 a.m., Saturday, May 17, at Legendary Miniature Golf on Hilton Head Island hosted by the Program for Exceptional People. Anyone can play. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the event and include a round of golf and $10 in food. 843-681-8413 or 843-6818413

Choral Society to honor armed forces with Memorial Day concert



he Hilton Head Choral Society invites all to join in as they honor the armed forces during the annual, familyfriendly Memorial Day concert, America Sings! at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. The island’s musical tradition marks the beginning of summer while reflecting on the men and women who have shaped the history of our nation. The red, white and blue celebration is a musical tribute to members and veterans of the armed forces. This concert is casual and the perfect way for the entire family to come together to display their patriotism and pay homage to those who have defended their freedom. The Choral Society’s 60-voice ensemble will be joined by the Hilton Head Shore Notes as well as the Serenade Savannah Brass Quartet for this special tribute. The Hilton Head Shore Notes is an award-winning membership organization of female singers, who meet regularly to practice, have fun and perform four-part a capella harmony. The Serenade Savannah Brass Quartet brings decades of performing experience to the

Hilton Head Island stage. The HHCS Artistic Director Tim Reynolds says, “We encourage visitors and residents alike to ‘come from the beach’ and enjoy this patriotic event.” Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to those who have fought for this country’s freedom. The HHCS hopes to demonstrate their appreciation for these brave servicemen and women during their performance. Reynolds also said he hopes the audience is able to feel a sense of connection with one another and the singers on stage as they’re invited to join in on a few numbers. The patriotic concert includes an opportunity for the audience to stand up, show their gratitude and sing along to “The Star Spangled Banner” as well as a special armed forces salute. The audience is also encouraged to join in singing the grand finale as the ensemble performs the red, white and blue favorite “God, Bless America.” Concert tickets are $20 for preferred seating (available online only) and $15 for general admission. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be ordered online at M

MAY 19

9th annual Hilton Head/Savannah Equestrian Exposition: 12:30 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at Rose Hill Plantation Equestrian Center. The Spirit of the Horse is the theme of the day’s events, which include parade of breeds, barrel-racing May 2014 125

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Bluffton Village Festival comes back to Old Town



luffton has been recently deemed the “heart of the Lowcountry.” Nothing is more quintessential Bluffton than the Saturday in May when Old Town is flooded with smiling faces, eclectic vendors and Southern hospitality, otherwise known as the Village Festival. The 36th annual Bluffton Village Festival, coordinated by The Rotary Club of Bluffton, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mother’s Day weekend Saturday, May 10 in Old Town Bluffton. This year festival goers have an extra hour to experience Bluffton’s biggest party since the event used to end at 4 p.m. Admission is free. The festival, commonly known as Mayfest, was created to give Bluffton residents a chance to have fun without leaving town limits and get a taste of the amazing artists, musicians and food this region has to offer. “The Village Festival is one … that continues to stay true to its roots,” says Mike Covert, a Rotary Club of Bluffton member and this year’s BVF chairman. “We seek out local and regional artists, craftsmen (and women) and food vendors because local was always at the heart of the festival.” The Rotary Club of Bluffton assumed responsibility of this hometown favorite six years ago. The club provides the necessary manpower to run and manage the Old Town Bluffton street party. On the day of the festival, Calhoun Street looks and feels like an authentic street party, full of electric energy . Close to 200 vendors from across the South line up to sell their jewelry, flowers, antiques, artwork, pottery and more. The 10,000 or more festival

DETAILS What: Bluffton Village Festival When: Saturday, May 10 Where: Old Town Bluffton Entertainment (main stage): 10 a.m.: Sun City Cloggers and Bluffton School of Dance; 11:30 a.m.: Pie eating contest; Noon: Bill Dupont; 1 p.m.: Ugly Dog Contest 2:45 p.m.: Willie Cohen, Jr. guests will also have their choice of savory Lowcountry delicacies such as the festival’s famous shrimp salad sandwiches from The Church of the Cross along with barbecue, seafood, smoothies and lemonade. One crowd favorite that keeps guests coming back is the Ugly Dog contest, celebrating its 26th year. Last year’s inaugural Pie Eating Contest was a huge hit. Nothing says all-American festival like a line of people stuffing their face into a delicious pie to see who comes out victorious. The mouthwatering pies will once again be provided by local bakery, The Sugaree. All ages are encouraged to enter and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Free parking will be available at Red Cedar Elementary School with free shuttle services to Calhoun Street running continuously from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The buses are air conditioned, and there will be one bus designed for guests with disabilities. Festival goers are reminded to wear a good pair of walking shoes, bring bug spray, sunglasses and sunscreen. For information call 843-815-2277, visit M

demonstrations, Lowcountry hunt demonstration, hunt chase and six-bar jumping, concluding with a polo match. There will be a special art tent featuring equestrian art for sale along with offerings from other vendors. Gates open at 11 a.m. General admission is $15. Over the years, this event has raised nearly $250,000 for numerous charities in the Hilton Head/Savannah communities. 843-671-4865 or ivasouth@aol. com


HHIAGA Father Child Tournament: Sunday, May 18, at Bear Creek Country Club. This is Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association event. 843-816-0898 or

MAY 19

Port Royal Sound Foundation Golf Tournament: 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 19, on Callawassie Island. Proceeds will go toward the programs and conservation efforts of the foundation. The cost is $150 per person and includes box lunch, 18 holes of golf and an awards reception. 843-810-6881 or


Jim Ferguson Memorial Golf Tournament: 11 a.m., Saturday, June 7, at Old South to benefit The First Tee of the Lowcountry. Prizes are available for hole-in-one and other contests. Following the tournament there will be food, drinks and a silent auction. The format is a 4-man scramble. The cost is $150 per player or $30 for the party without play. 843-301-4460 or 843-301-4461


Lowcountry Plantation Exploration: 10-11 a.m., Mondays at Sea Pines Resort. Explore the

ruins of an 18th-century plantation house, walk the grounds of an area that has been untouched for hundreds of years and listen to stories regarding the history of plantation life on Hilton Head Island in The Sea Pines Resort. Reservations are required. $10/adult, $7/child ages 12 and younger. 843-842-1979


Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island: 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center. A presentation on Hilton Head Island’s historic sites acquaints visitors with the rich history and encourages them to explore on their own on foot, by bicycle or by car. Highlights include pre-historic Hilton Head, discovery and settlement by the Europeans, the island’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, Union occupation during the Civil War as well as the development of Hilton Head as a resort destination in the 20th century. A $5 donation is requested. 843-686-6560


Craft Time for Kids: Ages 4 and up. Drop in between 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, and unleash your creativity. All supplies are provided. Hilton Head Library, Free. 843-255-6529 or


LEGOs and a movie for ages 4 and up: 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at Hilton Head Library. Kids aged 4 and older can drop in and practice their building skills as they play with LEGOs. Enjoy a family friendly movie as you build. Free. 843-255-6529 or gcrispell@bcgov. net


Teen Photography Reception: 5-6:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Hilton Head Library. Teens are invited to a reception cel-


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MAY 15

Bedtime Stories with Mr. Greg for ages 3 and up: 6:45 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Hilton Head Library. Wear your jammies and bring a stuffed friend, if you like, as Mr. Greg reads silly stories that are just right for bedtime. Free. 843-255-6529 or

MAY 20

Novel Evenings Book Club: 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, Hilton Head Library. Join in for a lively discussion of Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson. The Novel Evenings Book Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. 843-255-6525 or heisenman@bcgov. net

MAY 22

Goli Otuk (Naked Island) Book Talk with author Tom Crawford: 11 a.m.-noon, Thursday, May 22, at Hilton Head Library. Local author Tom Crawford describes his experiences as a journalist in post-war Serbia. For adults. Free. 843-255-6525 or

MAY 28

Wee Play for 0-4 year olds and their adult caregivers: 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, Hilton Head Library. Gather in the Community Room for the chance to play, socialize and try simple art activities. Dress for a mess! Free. 843-255-6529 or

MAY 28

Novel Mornings Book Club: 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, at Hilton Head Library. Meet with fellow book lovers for a discussion of “The Signature of All Things,” by Elizabeth Gilbert. The Novel Mornings Book Club meets the

4th Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome. 843-255-6525 or heisenman@bcgov. net


Gentle Yoga: 3:30-4:45 p.m., Fridays (no class May 9), Hilton Head Library. Relax your mind and body with therapeutic yoga. Participants need only to bring their own mat. No registration required. Class is open to teens and adults. Free. 843-255-6525 or


Wee Read: Stories for 0-3 year olds and their adult caregivers. Mondays at 11 a.m. May 5, 12, 19, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. May 7, 14, 21, 28, Hilton Head Library. Join in for stories, rhymes and fun that will reinforce reading-readiness skills. There will plenty of time to play and socialize after the storytime. Wee Read is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. 843-255-6529 or


Hilton Head Island Ski Club annual picnic on the Beach: 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4. Reservations needed. Members and guests are invited. 843-681-4181 or hiltinheadskiclub. com


Hilton Head Island Ski Club monthly social: 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Carrabbas. Happy hour with dinner optional. Reservations not needed. Member skiers and non-skiers are invited. 843-681-4181 or

MAY 14

League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, at the Country Club of Hilton Head. The annual luncheon meeting will feature guest speaker Duffie Stone, 14th Circuit Court solicitor. The public is invited. $26. 843-681-6448, 843-837-3436 or

Man of La Mancha to open May River Theatre season



arrived on Hilton Head Island the summer of 1977. I was not happy to be here as I had left my on-air television job in South Florida at the height of my career. What in the world was I to do here? The Island Packet was a twoday-a-week tabloid, so I hungrily awaited Tuesdays and Thursdays to find out what was going on in our new home. And, that is when I saw it: “Auditions for Man of La Mancha at the Hilton Head Playhouse.” Salvation! There was a community theatre on the island! I eagerly attended the first night of auditions only to find out that the theatre was a large warehouse building on a side road near the Sea Pines Circle. The local theatre group had performed at the William Hilton Inn and now they were going to build a permanent home. And build we did. It was our love for the theatre that brought us to hammer and paint in hopes of getting open for the first show. I was delighted to be cast as the housekeeper in this cast of few women. I now had a new home, a new theatre and new friends. However, my father was not well and due to his illness, I had the director get an understudy for me. Dad worsened over the summer and I had to give up the role. He passed away on opening night. So now, 37 years later, I found myself once again auditioning for the same role in this year’s May River Theatre’s opening production. And yes, I got the part! Directed by Wendell MacNeal and musical direction by Beth Corry, La Mancha will open the 13th season for May River

From left, Debbie Cort (Aldonza), Daniel Cort (Don Quixote) and Rodney Vaughn (Sancho).

Theatre. It will play from May 9-25 Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Man of La Mancha debuted on the Broadway stage in 1968 and won five Tony awards. Since then it has had four Broadway revivals. It is essentially a play within a play as the audience watches Miguel de Cervantes display his bizarre imagination in his attempt to proclaim his innocence. Cervantes, (played by Daniel Cort) a poet, playwright and parttime actor has been arrested, together with his manservant (played by Rodney Vaughn), during the Spanish Inquisition. Thrown into prison they engage the other prisoners in the story of Don Quixote in a charge that takes them on a journey to find his quest for truth. Debbie Cort plays the lead role of Aldonza, the object of Don Quixote’s affection. Season tickets will commence with this show and are available for $75 per person for the season (4 shows for the price of 3) with reserved seating the first weekend of each show. Tickets for the show are available by calling the box office at 843-815-5581. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. All reserved seats are $25. M May 2014 127

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Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting: 1 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort. Guest speaker Susan MCombs of Vine Grove, Ky., is a traditional quilter who was greatly influenced by her paternal grandmother. She enjoys precision piecing techniques, samplers and hand appliqué. Guests are welcome for a $5 visit fee. or 843757-2613

MAY 22

Classic Car Cruise-In: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 22, at Main Street Village. Hosted by the Carolina Dreamers Car Club. A gathering of classic car and truck enthusiasts is open to the public. The group meets monthly March through October. Join in the popular judging; food and beverages available. Meet the owners and hear their restoration stories. Cruise-ins are the fourth Thursday of each month through October. 843-757-3919 or dragracer2@

MAY 27

Camera Club of Hilton Head Island meeting: 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, at All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head. Judged member photo competition; topic: “Food and Beverage.” Meetings are free and newcomers and guests are welcome.


Age of Champions screening: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at All Saints Episcopal Church. Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour is sponsoring a screening of the 90-minute video highlighting Senior Olympic athletes. Discussion with light refreshments to follow with Nana Whalen, former Senior Olympian living in Sun City. $10 donation for admission. 843-671-7233


Music & Taste on the Harbour: 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, May 1-22. May 1, Candace Woodson & the Domino Theory Band; May 8, Cranford Hollow; May 15, The Headliners ; May 22, Target Band.

MAY 2-3

Hilton Head Barbershoppers, Thanks for the Memories: 7:30 p.m., May 2-3 at the Seahawk Cultural Center, Hilton Head Island High School. The Hilton Head Barbershoppers will celebrate 40 years of singing on Hilton Head with a “Thanks for the Memories” performance. Tickets are $2. or 843290-9517


The Hilton Head Shore Notes chorus membership drive: 7 p.m., Monday, May 5, at Island Lutheran Church. Join this fun group of women who sing fourpart a cappella harmony. Prospective members need not read music, which is learned on CDs. If you’re looking for your inner diva, go hear what they’re all about. 843-705-6852 or

MAY 15-17

Broadway and Beyond: 7 p.m., May 15-17; 2:30 p.m. May 18 at Magnolia Hall in Sun City. Hear the Sun City Chorus and Concert Band as they perform their spring concert. Tickets are $23. 843-369-3153

MAY 18

Jim Cole in concert: 4 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head. Jim Cole is an acoustic guitar and recording artist whose focus is spiritual music. The concert is free and open to the public. 843-681-3696


9 to 5: The Musical: Through May 25 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A hilarious story of friendship and payback. When pushed to the limit, three female co-workers plan to get even with the ridiculously sexist egotist they call their boss. $54 for adults and $37 for children.


140th Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party: 3:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at Moss Creek Clubhouse. Presented by Heroes on Horseback.


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Outdoor art festival returns to Shelter Cove


he Hilton Head Island Art Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-25, to Shelter Cove Harbour. This two-day juried outdoor art festival features original artwork by some of the finest artists in the country and a separate arts & crafts market showcasing crafts and other gift items. Admission is free and open to the public. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to engage the artists to gain a better understanding of their work and inspiration as they stroll through the vast array of original art. They will also be able to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of an exhibiting artist. No purchase will be necessary to participate and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the festival. Rock & Roll Potter, Don Williams, will be sharing his techniques and demonstrating his skills on the pottery wheel with popular rock and roll tunes playing for all to enjoy. Festival patrons will see first hand how he creates his beautiful pieces and witness the transformation of clay into unique works of art. The

DETAILS What: 6th annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday May 24 and Sunday, May 25 Where: Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head Island More: Free admission. Juried first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists. Original artwork handmade in America. 150 artists and crafters from 30 different states. Free Art Giveaway.

demonstrations will take place at his booth. The Art & Craft Market will feature a variety of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass. There will be a vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media. M May 2014 129

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May 16: Pizzapalooza Sunset

MAY 16

Pizzapalooza Sunset Party: Friday, May 16, at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. A pizza and pasta food festival, local restaurants will serve up their signature pies and pastas while live music will resound from Hannah Wickland and the Neil & Bob Band. $5. or 843757-8520


Free health seminar with Dr. Susan Silberstein, Ph.D.: 7-8 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Belfair Country Club. 843-476-4661 or

MAY 10

Art History: An Ongoing Pursuit with Cynthia Male: 4-6 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at Picture This Gallery. The subject of this month’s lecture is art and interiors. Trends and materials, what is your approach? Bring photos of an environment you want to change. $5. 843-842-5299

MAY 20

Hilton Head in the Modern Era: 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, at Coligny Theater. The Heritage Library and the Coastal Discovery Museum announce the third in their speaker’s series on “Hilton Head in the Modern Era.” Thomas C. Barnwell, a Hilton Head Island native, will speak on the Hilton Head Fishing Co-op and its role in the BASF conflict. There will be a 5:30 p.m. wine reception, a 6 p.m. talk and optional dinner afterwards at Bomboras Grille in Coligny Plaza. $25 per person/ $40 per couple. Cost for the dinner will be $42 per couple. 843-686-6560 or


Heritage Library book sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at the Heritage Library at 852 William Hilton Parkway. History books, genealogy books, maps and miscellaneous items at rock-bottom prices. 843-686-6560

TOURS MAY 10, 24

Waterway Excursion: The Coastal Discovery Museum has announced the spring cruise schedule for the Waterway Excursion Cruise. On May 10 and 24, the cruise will explore the waterways around Pinckney Island Forest Preserve aboard the Tammy Jane. The two-hour educational cruise from 10 a.m. until noon will circumnavigate Pinckney Island via Skull Creek and Mackay Creek. You will learn about the salt marsh, maritime forest, barrier islands, and the history of Pinckney Island. A naturalist onboard will help with identifying any plants or animals that are visible. This adult-oriented cruise is $35 per person. 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or

MAY 10

Todd Ballantine kayak tour: 10 a.m.noon, Saturday, May 10, at Shelter Cove Marina. Award winning naturalist and author Todd Ballantine will lead a guided sea kayak nature tour. The twohour tour will combine an introduction to sea kayaking with an informative and educational interpretive nature tour. Following a brief paddling clinic by a certified Outside Hilton Head kayak guide, Ballantine will lead the tour through several creeks and inlets which border Broad Creek marshlands. 843-686-6996

MAY 12-14

Full-Moon Tours: A unique way to get outside on the water. Watch the beautiful Lowcountry sunset and the full moon rise on this two-hour guided kayak tour. $40 per person. or 843686-6996


Forest Preserve Wagon Journey: 5-6:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort. Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. You will search for turtles, alligators, birds and other critters as we ride past Heritage Farm, Lake Joe, Fish Island and more. Reservations are required. $13/adult, $10/child (ages 12 & younger). 843-842-1979


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MAY 17: Myrtle Island Home and Garden Tour ... ONGOING: Marine Scien

Tour homes, gardens of beautiful Myrtle Island


xperience the quiet beauty of Myrtle Island on May 17 with the Myrtle Island Tour of Homes and Gardens, presented by the Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine. In 1926, Percival Huger began developing the little island. He sold the first lot in 1926 and continued through the early 1940s. The first house was built by Mr. Daniel Hull of Savannah and called Mayfair. This home still remains and is one of the featured homes on the tour. Before its development, Myrtle Island was known as Beef Island. The very center of the island was used for farming. An oyster factory was located on the northwest point of the island. Bluffton did not have electricity until 1937, however, Mr. Percy brought a Delco generator to Myrtle Island in 1926. The island homes received electricity from this generator and water from a pump house that was

DETAILS What: Myrtle Island Home and Garden Tour When: 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 17 Where: Off All Joy Road, Bluffton Donation: $35 per person More information: 843-290-4953 refilled daily by Mr. Jake Johnson. He and Mr. Percy built the Myrtle Island causeway and a wooden bridge. This causeway continually washed out and the state finally took over and rebuilt the causeway and bridge as it is today. Over the years, beautiful riverfront homes have been built for the occupants to enjoy the quiet lifestyle that Myrtle Island offers. In addition to Mayfair, four of these homes will be open for all to see. The tour is from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on May 17. For additional information or tickets call 843-290-4953. The price is $35 per person.


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arine Science Expedition ... ONGOING: American Cancer society Volunteer Drive ... MAY


Marine Science Expedition: The two-hour expedition aboard research vessel Spartina with marine biologist Amber Kuehn will run from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Participants will observe science in nature under microscope. The captain will have living specimens onboard of common fish, crabs, shrimp, etc. that can be found in the water. A scientific explanation will accompany a trip through the marsh. From microscopic animals to dolphins, the possibilities are endless. Cost is $35 adult and $25 child (12 and under). 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or www.


American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers for Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties for “The Road to Recovery” program. You must

have a good driving record, a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a vehicle in good working condition. Free training will be provided. 843-744-1922 or fronde.merchant@


ADHD study: BrainCore of the Lowcountry is looking for potential candidates for an ADHD study. This will be an estimated five-month study that utilizes BrainCore Therapy’s proprietary neurofeedback program. BrainCore Therapy is a painless, drugless, non-invasive therapy for many neurological conditions related to dysregulated brainwave patterns. Potential candidates must be age 9 or older and suffer with one or more of the following symptoms to apply: Lack of attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, easily distracted. Candidates will receive BrainCore Therapy at no cost to them for the duration of the study. or www.


Ellie Wiesel, Live from NYC’s 92nd Street Y broadcast: 8 p.m., Thursday, May 22, at Congregation Beth Yam. The program, now in its 12th year, uses satellite technology to simultaneously broadcast 92stY’s renowned educational and cultural programming to community organizations across America. Gather with friends, neighbors, and colleagues for these challenging, enlightening and edifying “big screen” productions. This month’s broadcast is Ellie Wiesel, founder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and Nobel Laureate. Tickets are $10 for Congregation Beth Yam members and $15 for non-members. 843-689-2178 or

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MAY 3-4: 10th annual Hilton Head Island Boat Show ... MAY 17: CHA



he excitement of sunnier days and warming waters surrounding Hilton Head Island are always cause for pre-summer boating season excitement and the 10th annual Hilton Head Island Boat Show, one of the largest in-water boat shows in the southeast. The harbor of the South Carolina Yacht Club at Windmill Harbour is transformed into the weekend home for hundreds of magnificent boat displays, recreational watercraft, Coast Guard and Sea Tow Demonstrations, National Weather Service Seminar, Nautical Flea Market, Home Tour, Fashion Show, children’s activities and much more. Outdoor grilling options from the South Carolina Yacht Club will provide a variety of lunch items available each day. Stroll through the harbor and view the boats with your favorite glass of wine or cocktail, as cash bars will also be available in various locations dockside.

The 10th annual Hilton Head Island Boat Show, one of the largest in-water boat shows in the southeast, is set for May 3-4 at the South Carolina Yacht Club. Admission is $10.

The show takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Admission is $10 per person with children 12 and under free. Free parking is available in several locations throughout the Windmill Harbour neighborhood, with free shuttle service to the South Carolina Yacht Club. Entry to

the show is not permitted by boat and the show takes place rain or shine. The private South Carolina Yacht Club will be open to the public for tours of the clubhouse and facilities. Several of the boats in the show include: Chris Craft, Pursuit, MJM boats, Catalina, Zodiac, Grady White, Scout, Cobalt, Fleming, Sea Ray, Regal, Boston Whaler, Beneteau, Hinckley, Contender, Everglades, Back Cove, Key West, Sea Hunt, Pathfinder, Shearwater, Dragonfly and several others still being confirmed. The Windmill Harbour Marina is one of only three private locked harbors on the East Coast, with boat slip rentals and storage available to the public. The private, Windmill Harbour gated community offers unparalleled security and convenience to boat owners. For more information, call 843-681-5600 ext. 241 or go to


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Brooke Laney, Summer Carder and Jasmine Williams

Mayor Drew Laughlin cuts the ribbon with owners Pam and Roger Friedman.

Photos by Arno Dimmling

he grand opening of the new Aerial Adventure at ZipLine Hilton Head was a hit. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Mayor Drew Laughlin, members of the community and the Chamber. Children from the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island were invited to try out the new facility prior to the inaugural opening.

Tyliek Smith

Left: Angela Espinoza, coordinator of community relations, looks scared. Drew Bolden

Right: Mariah Mervin and Drew Bolden

Grammy nominated musician Matthew Santos performed on the BOMB patio at Bomboras Grille.

Bluffton High School’s JROTC unit won its second straight Superintendent’s Cup, coming out ahead of cadets from four other high schools in the district’s annual competition of academics, strength, speed and endurance.

Left: The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island donated money to the Coastal Discovery Museum. Pictured from left are Judith Tyler, Robin Swift, Donna Manske and Jane Michel. Right: The association presented its annual award of $1,000 each to two high school seniors, Forest Richardson of Hilton Head Preparatory School and Kate Bennett of Hilton Head Christian Academy.

Lois Richardson, right, founder of Coligny Plaza, received a commendation from Mayor Drew Laughlin for her selfless act of an organ donation to her son, Collins Richardson, in 1966. Collins died at age 17 in 1969.

Ivan Lendl, former No. 1 tennis player in the world, hosted an open house at his International Junior Tennis Academy. May 2014 135

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he Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest drew big crowds both days. Live music was provided by Deas Guys and The Headliners. Many local restaurants were in attendance.

Left: Robyn Markley and Lynn Hicks

Lori Ensign and Tamara Watson

Below: The Babb family

Brian Dickman and Morgan Bruce

Sasha Sweeney, Anuska Frey and Samantha Bradshaw behind the Trio Publications booth. Photos by Arno Dimmling

Palmetto Cabinet Studio held its grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of its new showroom.

Above: Albert the Alligator, Gregg Russell, Rob Bender and Steve Birdwell at the ribbon cutting at the Gregg Russell Harbour Town Playground. Below: Gregg and Lindy Russell are shown with the Tillotson family, the Hilton Head Heroes family of that week. The Tillotsons have twin girls, both with Down’s syndrome. Both are being treated for leukemia.

Lt. Cmdr. Matt Morgan, right, from Hilton Head, and aviation electricians mate Anthony Neal, from Greenville, assigned to the “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron 2, exchange a fist-bump after a preflight walk through on an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.

Toby McSwain, Angela McSwain, Steve Birdwell, Dene Wilmot and Steve Wilmot at the opening reception and ribbon cutting ceremony at Plantation Golf Club.

Above: Sir William Innes visited Christ Lutheran Preschool to celebrate Birdies for Charity success. Below: Preschoolers from Christ Lutheran Preschool put their 18 hands (and hearts) together to create a painting on canvas “No. 18” that was auctioned off at the 7th annual Spring Fling to benefit the Lowcountry Autism Foundation.

Pet of the Month: This little fellow is 10 years old and as sweet as they come. Jansen loves belly rubs, and is happy to just “hang” with his person. He is easy going and would fit into most homes. For more information call Hilton Head Humane at 843-681-8686 or visit


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Above: Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island perform the song “Roar” to a standing ovation led by choral instructor Susie Skager. Below: From left, Kaaren and BC Huselton, Kevin and Michelle Curry, and Jackie and Jim Dout enjoy the evening at the Boys and Girls Club Gala.

Sixteen year old Cameron Hammel, shown with instructor Savannah Scott, competed in the Sarasota Challenge Ballroom Dance Competition.

Above: Jim and Karen Ferree kicked off the First Tee fundraising campaign at Sea Pines Country Club hosting several tournament professionals was well as potential interested residents and donors. Left: Jim Ferree is shown with professional players Charlie Beljan and James Hahn.

Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity recently broke ground on its first community on Hilton Head Island called The Glen on land donated by the Town of Hilton Head Island. Pictured left are Rev. Ben Williams, Ruby Machi, Peter Stevens, Patricia Carey Wirth, home buyer families and community members.

The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head welcomed members of Volunteers in Medicine to teach the kids the importance of getting proper dental care.

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Board of Trustees recently awarded $396,504 in grants to nonprofit organizations providing valuable services to our community. Representatives from the organizations pose with Community Foundation board members and staff at a celebratory luncheon. May 2014 137

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ON NATIONAL BURGER DAY, ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES MAY 28, 1895... Louis Lassen slaps a ground beef patty between two pieces of bread at his sandwich shop, makes history with the first official hamburger. PRESENT DAY... Americans eat, on average, three burgers a week, which multiplies out to 50 BILLION burgers a year.

ALL HAIL THE GENIUS OF LOUIS ON MAY 28, NATIONAL BURGER DAY. Burgers come in all flavors, sizes and combinations like…turkey, chicken, quinoa, shrimp, Portabella mushroom, tuna, pork, salmon, lamb, stuffed, spiced, vegan, vegetable, even bleached red, slime burgers – you name it and it’s out there. That’s all fine, but on National Burger Day, to eat anything other than a 100% beef burger would be… well…un-American.

Besides, turkey or chicken burgers tend to come up dry and tasteless. Under-cooked poultry will make you sick and over cooked poultry will make for a bone-dry patty. Pork burgers, I’m afraid, suffer from the same fate. I can’t really talk about a vegan or total vegetarian burgers, since I’ve never considered making or eating one. Lamb burgers? I still like my lamb roasted in leg or rack form, but again, that just me. Then, of course, there’s the seafood crossbreeds,


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DINING Sally Kerr-Dineen Photos by Rob Kaufman Big Tastes

Beef Up Your Burger – especially on May 28th

I’ve had some tasty shrimp burgers, but generally they’re overloaded with peppers and filler. Tuna burgers? Why would you do that to expensive sushi grade tuna? Ditto with salmon. So that brings it all back to the beef burger (not the red slime variation). A plump, tasty, juicy burger. Note, I said juicy…to get juicy you need to have a bit of fat, to get tasty you need to have a bit of fat, to get plump, guess what? You need to have a bit of FAT. And, it should be

cooked the way you like… simple right? Not unlike my hunt for the tastiest BLT I could make and eat. My burger journey became the same sort of thing. A juicy, tasty burger done medium rare on a bun that’s not soggy. Unfortunately some restaurants won’t cook a burger less than medium or 155°F which is medium well and way over done for me. (As a general rule of thumb - if the establishment buys the hamburger already ground or, patties already formed they probably won’t cook them less than medium well). Even at home, where I could cook a burger to any temperature I wanted, they still came up relatively tasteless. I tried wagu beef, I tried the 97% lean sirloin, I tried 100% chuck, and I tried a chuck/sirloin combos. My frustration led to research, I asked top burger places on the Island what their secrets were and this is what I came away with… freshly ground chuck, salt & pepper only, scorching hot grill (for a nice crust), a blend of three different types of beef. I took that knowledge, plus tips from New York butcher, Pat La Frieda a.k.a The Magician of Meat, and decided to develop my own burger mix. The meat grinding attachment for my Kitchen Aid finally came out of the box! M

Sally’s Burger Blend: 30% Chuck • 30% Short rib • 20% NY strip • 20% Skirt There really was a huge taste difference when I selected the cuts of beef and ground them myself versus buying packaged ground beef. The burgers were very flavorful and fresh, sure it took time, but was well worth it. I also used this combo for meatballs, and they were a hit all around. Note: If you don’t have a meat grinder, ask the butcher to grind your own special combination.

Hamburger Hints: Medium rare is the optimal temperature for a burger. That’s 8-10 minutes tops for an 8-oz. patty Like steak, your burger should be room temperature before grilling Never put your burger on a cold grill A 6- to 8-oz. burger is perfect Flip your burger only once during cooking time and don’t turn the burger over too soon… you want that caramelization on each side Don’t press and smash the burger with a spatula when it’s on the grill Do let your burger rest for a few minutes Never cut or puncture your burger to see if it’s done Form the burger with an indentation in center for even cooking, and don’t manhandle the patty Some portion of ground chuck steak is a must Dry aged beef, short ribs, brisket, flank, and skirt steak really notches up the burger flavor to another level You need at least 20% fat A burger shouldn’t really need seasonings other than salt and pepper And last, but not least, don’t insult your gourmet-blended burger with a run-of-the-mill bun or processed cheese! May 2014 139

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featured restaurant

Captain Woody’s Find nothing but the basic staples of island life: Oysters, shrimp, cold beer, beautiful sunsets and good conversation. At the end of the day, you don’t need anything else. 6 Target Road, Hilton Head Island 843-785-2400,


All area codes 843. Listings are fluid and heavily dependent on your help; to submit or update e-mail BBreakfast LLunch DDinner OOpen Late SSunday Brunch

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

7045. BLD Chart House: 2 Hudson Road. 3429066. LD Crazy Crab (north): The menu is derived from Lowcountry recipes, and each entree is individually prepared to order. The Crazy Crab uses the largest fresh seafood supplier on the East Coast -- the Atlantic Ocean. Relax, loosen your belt and enjoy. Free hush puppies with any dinner entree.

TRY THIS: Lowcountry shrimp boil; served with red potatoes, sausage and corn on the cob. Half pound $16.95, full pound $26.95. 104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 843-6815021, LD Dragon Express: 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 681-5191. LD Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s: 840 William Hilton Parkway. 681-8106. LD


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DINING Fancy Q Sushi Bar & Grill: 435 William Hilton Parkway. 342-6626. LD

681-7829. LDS Skull Creek Boathouse: 397 Squire Pope Road. 681-3663. DO

Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill (north): 95 Mathews Drive. 342-8808. BLD

Starbucks: 430 William Hilton Pkway in Pineland Station, 689-6823.

Frankie Bones: 1301 Main Street. 682-4455. LDS

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

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

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

Hudson’s on the Docks: 1 Hudson Road. 681-2772. LD 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. 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 Le Bistro Mediterranean: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 681-8425. D Relish Cafe: 430 William Hilton Parkway, Pineland Station. 342-4800. Main Street Café: 1411 Main Street Village. 689-3999. LDS Mangiamo!: 2000 Main Street. 6822444. LD Mi Tierra (Hilton Head): 160 William Hilton Pkwy. Fairfield Square. 342-3409. LD Munchies: 1407 Main Street. 7853354. LD New York City Pizza: 45 Pembroke Dr. 689-2222. LD OKKO: 95 Mathews Dr. 341-3377. LD Old Fort Pub: 65 Skull Creek Drive. 681-2386. DS Outback Steakhouse: 20 Hatton Place. 681-4329. LD Pan Fresco Ole: 55 Matthews Dr.. 681-5989. 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.

Tapas: 95 Mathews Drive, Suite B5, Hilton Head Island. 681-8590. D TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: 35 Main Street. 681-2900. LD Turtles Beach Bar & Grill: 2 Grasslawn Avenue at the Westin Resort. 681-4000. ldo Up the Creek Pub & Grill: 18 Simmons Road in Broad Creek Marina. 681-3625. ld WiseGuys Restaurant and Lounge: 1513 Main Street. 8428866. do Yummy House: 2 Southwood Park Drive. 681-5888. ld

Hilton Head mid-island

843: 890 William Hilton Parkway, Fresh Market Shoppes. 681-8843. ld Alexander’s: 76 Queens Folly Road. 785-4999. ld 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. Try this: Roast Rack of Spring Lamb with mashed potatoes and vegetables $34.95. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, in Plantation Center, 341-3117, 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 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 May 2014 141

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DINING dinner with additional menus for kids and puppies. Nightly specials.

Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0043 do

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. www.bistro17hhi. com. ld

Conroy’s: Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 6868499. ds

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

Topside Located next to The Sea Pines Resort’s iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse and overlooking the sparkling waters of Calibogue Sound, Topside offers breathtaking sunsets and an enticing menu. Specializing in the freshest seafood available, as well as great steaks and appetizers.

Try this Fresh Fish & Seafood Market: Choose your preparation, choose your sauce and then choose two sides. $26-$30 Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort 843-842-1999

Carolina Seafood House: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0084. d Roastfish & Cornbread: 70 Marshland Road. 342-2996. ld Coco’s On The Beach: 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A. 842-2626. ld Coconutz Sportz Bar: Hilton Head

ELA’s Blu Water Grille: Featured in Bon Appetit and the winner of numerous Open Table awards. Fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality compliment the extensive boutique wine selection. ELA’s is known for the best water views on the island. Serving lunch Monday - Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m., and now offering “Sunday Brunch on the Water” complete with live jazz music every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 7853030. ld Flora’s Italian Cafe: 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. 842-8200. d Gator’z Pizza: HHI Beach & Tennis Resort. 842-0004. d Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: 32


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DINING 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

Plantation Center. 842-9463. ld Pomodori: 1 New Orleans Road. 6863100. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine I: 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 785-8575. ld

Island Bagel: South Island Square. 686-3353. bl

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

Jamaica Joe’z Beach Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0044.

San Miguel’s: 9 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 842-4555. ld

Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse: Voted one of the Island’s best for 21 years. Casual, affordable waterfront dining featuring delicious local specialties. Meals served on the spacious deck or indoors in an old world Mediterranean setting with a view of the water. Free live musical entertainment. After dinner, catch a show at the comedy club upstairs. Try this: Broiled Seafood Medley: Shrimp, scallops, deviled crab and tilapia, with rice pilaf and vegetables. $19.99. 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-4442. Do

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

La Fontana Grill & Pizzeria: 13 Harbourside Lane, Shelter Cove. 7853300. ldo Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar: 841 William Hilton Pkwy, Unit A, South Island Square. 681-3474. Do New York City Pizza: 45 Pembroke Dr., Ste. 105. 689-2229. ld 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 Pazzo: 807 William Hilton Parkway in

Sea Grass Grille: 807 William Hilton Parkway. 785-9990. ld Signals Lounge: 130 Shipyard Drive Crowne Plaza Resort. 842-2400. Starbucks: 32 Shelter Cove Lane. 842-4090 Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road. 6813625. ldo YoAddiction!: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3335 XO Lounge: 23 Ocean Lane in the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 341-8080.

Hilton Head south end

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 Road, Suite F. 785-2466. Ld Bess’ Delicatessen and Catering: Lunch specials include fresh homemade soups and assorted salads, and May 2014 143

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DINING the only 100 percent freshly oven roasted turkey breast on the island. Bess’ features Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and 28 years of experience. TRY THIS: Soap’s Delight; freshly baked turkey breast, cranberry mayo, bacon, swiss and lettuce on wheat. $7.50. 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center. 785-5504. bl

Annual Rib Burnoff returns to Honey Horn


he Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island is hosting the 18th annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This year the annual event will honor active military families, who will receive special admission rates of $10 per person. Regular admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. All children 12 and younger are admitted free. The club expects full participation as usual from both restaurants and amateurs alike, including 2013 winners One Hot Mamma’s, the Smokehouse, Bomboras Grill, Sea Eagle Market, Gourmet Warehouse/Piggly Wiggly, Bullies BBQ, Choo Choo BBQ Express, Coastal Carolina Catering, Motley Que, Hawg Heaven, Rib King and The Elgie Stover/ Singleton team. Professional certified judges will direct the blind judging to pick the judge’s award winners and ticket holders

will vote for the popular vote winners. The PortaJohns will perform live and a supervised children’s play area with water slide and related equipment will also be available along with Armed Forces Day festivities. Proceeds from this event benefit local charities throughout the year, including The Children’s Center, Boys and Girls Club, Coastal Discovery Museum, Week of Champions, Kids Triathlon, HH Swim Team, Boy Scouts, JROTC of HH/Bluffton, The Sandbox, PEP, CAPA, Deep Well, Toys 4 Tots, Operation R&R, VIM, Room at the Inn and the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund of Hilton Head. Beer, wine, soda, hot dogs and ice cream will also be available for purchase. For more information, contact Jim Gant at jim@, Andy Cook at or Tom McHale at M

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, www. ldo Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 785-4950. lds Bomboras Grille: An award winning restaurant and bar, located steps away from the beach. Offering fresh and local Lowcountry ingredients paired with craft beers and wine. Bomboras Grille is open for lunch and dinner. A kids menu is available. The locals call them the BOMB. 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. $10. 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Coligny Plaza. 689-2662 ldo 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 Captain Woody’s: Many restaurants 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 Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: 37 New Orleans Road. 785-2255. ldo Catch 22: 37 New Orleans Plaza. 7856261. d Charbar Co.: Executive chef Charles Pejeau’s burger creations have made this a local favorite, serving award winning gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. TRY THIS: Champ Burger; Signature beef blend on toasted brioche with sharp cheddar cheese, bacon marmalade, dijon mustard and dill pickles. $10. 33 Office Park Rd., Suite 213. Park Plaza, 85-CHAR (2427). Charlie’s L’etoile Verte : Don’t let the restaurant’s French name meaning Green Star intimidate you. Think more of a fun, irreverent friend whom you look forward to seeing who happens to be a fabulous chef. That’s what you’ll get at Charlie’s, along with white tablecloths, a daily handwritten slate of fresh fish as long as your arm and a wine list still longer. TRY THIS: Local Cobia; Grilled with mango vinaigrette. $29. 8 New Orleans Road, 785-9277, Chow Daddy’s: This new restaurant, located in the old Dry Dock building on Executive Park Road, is using local, organic ingredients with meals prepared to order. The menu will feature salad bowls, sandwiches, tacos, hot bowls, platters and other snacks. The daily happy hour is 9 p.m. to close. TRY THIS: Pork tacos; sriracha aioli, arugula, avocado and peppadew pepper sauce. $8.50. 14B Executive Park Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-842CHOW, Coligny Deli & Grill: Coligny Plaza. 785-4440. ld


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DINING Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 671-7783. ld 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: One of Hilton Head’s hottest spot for the coolest treats. This is a hip hangout for healthy locals and travelers of all ages. A colorful and refreshing art-filled oasis in a sea of fried fish. Dig into a custom combo fro yo Sunday, a super food smoothee, a big salad, a great green juice or a happy wrap. TRY THIS: Buddahh Bowl; organic golden quinoa and crimson lentils steamed in alkaline water with virgin coconut oil and Indian spice blend. $7.95. 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. 785-3633. www. Daniel’s Restaurant and Lounge: An international tapas-style menu with dishes created from inspirations around the globe, as well as a Butcher’s Block Steakhouse menu featuring everything from a petit filet mignon to a giant 22-ounce Porterhouse steak. TRY THIS: Daniel’s Signature Cinnamon Lamb Kabobs; with tahini and Indian black honey. $13. 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-9379. www.danielshhi. com. ld

French Kiss Bakery: Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 687-5471. bl Frozen Moo: Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 842-3131 Frosty Frog Cafe: 1 North Forest Beach in Coligny Plaza. 686-3764. ldo Gruby’s New York Deli: 890 William Hilton Parkway in the Fresh Market Shoppes. 842-9111. bl Harbourside Burgers and Brews: Relax and unwind in a casual outdoor setting with captivating views of Calibogue Sound. That’s the island vibe at Harbourside Burgers & Brews, a friendly open-air café, nestled beneath the shade of ancient oaks, including Harbour Town’s famed and majestic Liberty Oak. The inviting restaurant is open seasonally and overlooks the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. TRY THIS: The Original Harbourside Burger; 1/3 pound certified Angus beef premium-cut patty, grilled to order and ready for your to personalize. Pick your bun, sauce and additional toppings. $8.95. Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort, 843-842-1444, www. 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

Dough Boys: 1-B New Orleans Road. 686-BOYS. ld

Hilton Head Diner: 6 Marina Side Drive. 686-2400. bldo

Flatbread Grill and Bar: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-2225. www. ldo

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

Hilton Head Brewing Company: South Carolina’s first microbrewery and restaurant. 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

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

Hilton Head Ice Cream: 55 New Orleans Road, #114. 852-6333.

FlatBread Grill: 2 North Forest Beach Drive, 341-2225, flatbreadgrillhhi. com.

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

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Hilton Head Brewing Company South Carolina’s first microbrewery and restaurant can produce up to 2,000 barrels of beer annually. Patrons may dine either in the brewhouse pub, the lower dining room, or outside on the pet-friendly deck which boasts an outdoor bar and TV. 7C Greenwood Dr., Reilley’s Plaza, Hilton Head Island 843.785.3900,

Try this Crispy Duck Tacos: Three softshell tacos filled with crispy fried duck, topped with fresh cabbage and orange salsa. $10

Hinoki of Kurama: 37 New Orleans Road. 785-9800. ld Hugo’s Seafood & Steakhouse: 841 William Hilton Parkway. 785HUGO. ld It’s Greek To Me: 11 Lagoon Road in Coligny Plaza. 842-4033. ldo Java Burrito Company: 1000 William Hilton Pkwy. 842-5282. ld Java Joe’s: 101 Pope Avenue in Coligny Plaza. 686- 5282. bldo

3315. 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. 671-5456. bld

Jazz Corner: Village at Wexford. 8428620. do

Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 842-8966. do

Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: 7 Greenwood Drive, Suite 3B. 785-9070. ldo

Mellow Mushroom: 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 686-2474. www. ldo

Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe: 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 785-

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DINING experience showcasing Lowcountryinspired cuisine and locally sourced produce and products. Completely redefining traditional clubhouse fare, the restaurant’s menu is infused with fresh, local offerings providing guests with an opportunity to eat healthy while enjoying the tastes and flavors of the Lowcountry. TRY THIS: Carolina Simplicity brick fired pizza; tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil. $11. 100 North Sea Pines Drive, 842-1441, liveoaklowcountrycuisine. com

Daniel’s Restaurant & Lounge An international tapas-style menu with dishes created from inspirations around the globe, as well as a Butcher’s Block Steakhouse menu featuring everything from a petit filet mignon to a giant 22-ounce Porterhouse steak. 2 North Forest Beach Drive 843-341-9379,

Try this Daniel’s Signature Surf and Turf: Center cut Southern River Farms filet mignon served with a broiled angry lobster tail. $34.

Lowcountry Backyard: 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange. 785-9273. bld 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: Now celebrating its 12th year in business, Michael Anthony’s has been recognized by Open Table diners as one of the “Top 50 Italian Restaurants” in the United States. Try this: Bistecca alla Fiorentina; Tuscan-style herb encrusted bone-in ribeye. $38. 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


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DINING 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: Located waterfront at the base of the Harbour Town Lighthouse, the legendary Quarterdeck has been an island tradition for decades. There isn’t a more spectacular view on Hilton Head Island than at The Quarterdeck, where the sights of the moored yachts in Harbour Town Yacht Basin, the 18th green of famed Harbour Town Golf Links and sunsets over the sparkling waters of Calibogue

Sound can all be enjoyed. TRY THIS: Blackened Fish Wrap; black bean corn salsa, shredded lettuces and queso fresco. $13. 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 8421999. ldo 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. 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. www.saltydog. com. ld

SmuthIland: 11 Palmetto Bay Rd. in Island Crossing shopping center. 842-9808.

Sage Room: 81 Pope Avenue, Heritage Plaza. 785-5352. d

Steamers: 28 Coligny Plaza. 7852070. ld

Sea Shack: 6 Executive Park Drive. 785-2464. ld

Stellini:15 Executive Park Road. 7857006. d

Sea Pines Beach Club and Surfside Grill: North Sea Pines Drive. 842-1888. ld

Stu’s Surfside: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-7873. ld

Signe’s Bakery & Cafe: 93 Arrow Road. 785-9118. bls Skillets Café: Coligny Plaza. 7853131. bld Smokehouse: 34 Palmetto Bay Road. 842-4227. bldo

Southern Coney & Breakfast: 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 6892447. bl Spirit of Harbour Town: 843-3639026. Stack’s Pancakes of Hilton Head: 2 Regency Parkway. 341-3347. bld Starbucks (south): 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 341-5477

The Studio: 20 Executive Park Road. 785-6000. d Sweet Carolina Cupcakes: 1 N. Forest Beach Drive. 342-2611. Taste: The Village at Wexford, Suite B6. 785-4850. Tiki Hut: 1 South Forest Beach

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Making miracles happen

one bite at a time


he Miss Hilton Head Island Organization is hosting its second annual Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser “Making Miracles Happen One Bite at a Time.” Miss Hilton Head Island 2014 Rachel Tripp, along with the help of area restaurants hopes to not only raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network, but bring awareness to the four Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the state of South Carolina. During the week of May 12-16, each evening a local restaurant will donate 10 percent of their proceeds to supporting the Children’s Miracle Network. Tripp will be the special guest each evening at the local restaurants to answer questions about the Children’s Miracle Networks, their Miracles in May campaign, her journey to the Miss South Carolina stage and to sign autographs and take pictures. “Children’s Miracle Network is the official platform of the Miss America Organization,” Tripp said. “There are four Children’s Miracle Network hospitals within South Carolina. Supporting children’s hospitals is a community effort, and I need your help. Funds donated stay in the community. When you donate, you’re helping kids near you —- maybe even the children in your own life.” The Miss Hilton Head Island Organization is committed to this worthy cause that makes a difference in children’s lives. Last year the organization had both Miss and Teen titleholders place in the top 5 CMN

Fundraisers in the state pageant; the only local pageant with this honor. “We are so proud of the legacy we have begun by setting the bar high for fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with in the Miss SC Organization,” said Harry Culpepper, Jr., chairman of the Miss Hilton Head Island Organization. “This success was and continues to be because of the support of our local community. We have set the bar high and it is our goal to become the No. 1 fundraisers in 2014.” The schedule of events for that week is as follows: • Monday, May 12 – Neo • Tuesday, May 13 – Fat Baby’s Pizza & Subs • Thursday, May 15 – Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood • Friday, May 16 – Latitude Wine Bar For more information about participating in the campaign, scheduled participating restaurants or how you can help, visit or contact them at M


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Chow Daddy’s Local, organic ingredients with meals prepared to order. The menu features salad bowls, sandwiches, tacos, hot bowls, platters and other snacks. The daily happy hour is 9 p.m. to close. 14B Executive Park Rd, Hilton Head 843-842-CHOW,

Try this Kale and Quinoa: Almonds, dried cranberries, citrus vinaigrette. $8.50.

Drive at the Beach House. 785-5126. old

Buffet: 840 William Hilton Pkwy. 785-9000. ld

Topside Waterfront Restaurant: Located next to The Sea Pines Resort’s iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse and overlooking the sparkling waters of Calibogue Sound, Topside offers breathtaking sunsets and an enticing menu. Specializing in the freshest seafood available, as well as great steaks and appetizers, Topside has dedicated an entire section of its menu to its fabulously successful “fresh fish market” - with your choice of blackened or pan seared preparation. TRY THIS: Amberjack; choose your preparation, choose your sauce and then choose two sides. $28. Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1999. d

Urban Vegan: 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina. 671-3474. ld

Trattoria Divina: 33 Office Park Rd. 686-4442. d Truffles Cafe (Pope Ave.): 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

Vine: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 686-3900. ld Vintage Prime: 55 New Orleans Road 802-4564. d Watusi: 71 Pope Avenue. 686-5200. BL Wild Wing Café: 72 Pope Avenue. 785-9464. ldo Wine and Cheese If You Please: 24 Palmetto Bay Rd. Suit G. 842-1200. Wreck of the Salty Dog: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines. 6717327. d YoAddiction!: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3335

Bluffton Amigos Belfair (Bluffton): 133 Towne Drive. 815-8226. ld Backwater Bill’s: 20 Hampton Lake Drive. 875-5253. ldo Badabings Pizza and Pasta: 68 Bluffton Road. 836-9999. ld

Truffles Cafe (Sea Pines): 6716136. 71 Lighthouse Road. Sea Pines Center. ld

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

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27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 757-4010. ld

Buckwalter Place Suite 1A. 836-5909. ld

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

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

Buffalos Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road inside Palmetto Bluff. 7066500. ld Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen: 1055 May River Rd. 7572921. ld Captain Woody’s: Many restaurants claim to be a favorite of locals. Speaking as locals, one of our favorites is Captain Woody’s. 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

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

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

Lowcountry Flower Girls: Berkeley Place. 837-2253.

Claude & Uli’s Bistro: 1533 Fording Island Road. 837-3336. ld

May River Grill: 1263 May River Road. 757-5755. ld

Coconuts Bar & Grille: 39 Persimmon Street. 757-0602. do

Mellow Mushroom: 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 686-2474. www. ldo

Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: 1297 May River Road. 815-5168. do Corner Perk Cafe: 142 Burnt Church Road. 816-5674. bl The Cottage Cafe, Bakery and Tea Room: 38 Calhoun Street. 757-0508. bl Downtown Deli: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 815-5005. bl El Super Internacional: 33 Sherington Dr. 815-8113. 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 Hana Sushi and Japanese Fusion: 1534 Fording Island Road. 837-3388. ld Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill: 104

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. 837-2426. lds Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria: 68 Bluffton Rd. 706-9999. ld NEO: 326 Moss Creek Village. 8375111. ld Old Town Dispensary: 15 Captains Cove. 837-1893. ldO Orobello’s Bistro & Pizzeria: 103 Buckwalter Place, Unit 108. 837-5637, ldO Outback Steakhouse: 100 Buckwalter Place. 757-9888. ld Panda Chinese Restaurant: 25 Bluffton Road. 815-6790. ld Pino Gelato Gourmet Cafe: 1536


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Bike and Dine Week celebrates island’s pedal power


ow in its second year, Chamber Bike & Dine Week Presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is back April 28 through May 4 on Hilton Head Island. This event encourages riders of all ages to bike to their favorite restaurants to enjoy special menus and exclusive dining offers throughout the week, while also highlighting the more than 100 miles of leisure pathways on Hilton Head Island. Chamber Bike & Dine Week celebrates the island’s ranking among the nation’s best destinations for biking and fine dining. Participating restaurants will be offering special Bike & Dine Week menus to patrons arriving by bike along with special dining offers and more. Just as all rivers lead to the sea, all of the island’s leisure pathways lead to the beach, making the restaurants of Coligny and the south end the perfect site for this unique event, Chamber Bike & Dine Week, sponsored by Coligny. “Hilton Head Island has always been famous for its many restaurants, and it’s great to see our fame as a cyclist destination growing so well,” said Coligny owner JR Richardson. “What better way to showcase both than by combining our love of biking and fantastic food? Coligny is proud to sponsor such an ‘only-on-HiltonHead’ event.” Special events within this year’s Bike and Dine Week include: • Unique bike rack unveiling: Presenting Sponsor Coligny will reveal a unique new bike rack with true island style. Details are mum; you’ll just have to find out at the unveiling. Meet by the Coligny Plaza fountain on Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m. to witness this piece of island history. • Islander’s beach ride at Coligny: Everyone’s an “islander” at this free bike ride, organized by the Town and the Bicycle Advisory Committee on Saturday, May 3, starting at 10 a.m. at Coligny Beach

Park. Ride up the beach to Palmetto Dunes and back with fellow Islanders and stop by Frosty Frog for the after-party. Bike and Dine week water bottles, sponsored by Coligny, for the first 100 participants. No registration required, just come as you are. • Win $250 Cash from Coligny: Coligny will offer $250 cash to one person who uploads a photo of the bike rack to the chamber or Visit Hilton Head Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page using hashtag #coligny #bikeanddine and #hiltonhead. Upload anytime during Bike and Dine Week and the winner will be announced on Monday, May 5 in the Chamber’s Monday Morning Briefing. • Lunch Meet-Up at Bomboras Grill & Chill Bar at Coligny Beach: Meet up for lunch on your bike! Join fellow islanders and the Island’s Bicycle Advisory Committee at Bomboras in Coligny between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 or Thursday, May 1 for lunch. Bomboras will have a special bike and dine menu for the week featuring buy one, get one free (BOGO) on their famous sliders with the purchase of two drinks. “As a bike friendly restaurant located at Coligny, surrounded by bike paths and next to the beach, Bomboras is thrilled to participate once again in this event that showcases good food and easy biking” said Bomboras owner, Stacey Romoser New restaurants and special offers are being added daily at www. M May 2014 153

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Plantation Cafe & Deli: 1532 Fording Island Road. 815-4445.

Saigon Cafe: 1304 Fording Island Road. 837-1800. bld

Pour Richard’s: 4376 Bluffton Parkway. 757-1999. do

Sake House: G1017 Fording Island Road Ste 105. 706-9222. ld

The Pub at Old Carolina: 91 Old Carolina Road. 757-6844. d

Sunset Bay: 35 Fording Island Road Extension. 837-5673.

R Bar: 70 Pennington Drive. 7577264. ld

Sigler’s Rotisserie: 12 Sheridan Park Circle. 815-5030. d

Red Fish: 32 Bruin Road. ld

Sippin’ Cow Cafe: 1230 May River Road. 757-5051. bl

Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine and Lounge: 8 Pin Oak Street. 7578111. ldo River House Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road in Palmetto Bluff. 706-6500. ld Robert Irvine’s Nosh!: Inside Tanger II. 837-5765. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine II: 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village. 757-9479.

Squat N’ Gobble: 1231 May River Road. 757-4242. bld Stooges Cafe: 25 Sherington Drive. 706-6178. bl 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

thefeed A heaping helping of local restaurant news

• Marley’s Island Grille under old management: What’s old is new again. What’s “new” is an established south end Hilton Head Island restaurant opened its doors to new ownership last week. What’s “old” is the culinary flagship operating the property. The SERG Restaurant Group closed on the Park Plaza restaurant property recently and in just a little over 48 hours opened the doors to the public. Not skipping a beat, the group also leveraged the power of its social networks and affiliated restaurants to announce its reunion with Marley’s Island Grille. To understand the significance of this revival of SERG engagement with Marley’s Island Grille one simply has to look at the timeline of the group’s restaurant development efforts on Hilton Head Island that began in 1984 (and continue today). Steve Carb, president of SERG, refers to it as a ‘poetic opportunity’ in the 13th year of the company’s operating history to reclaim a property that was sold in 2008. • Wingfest winners announced: The 19th annual Wingfest presented by Hargray took place March 22 at Shelter Cove Community Park. The two separate contests that the restaurants were in were the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. For the Judge’s Choice, the first place award went to Absolute Islander, second place was One Hot Mama’s and 154

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cream sauce covered with a puff pastry. 91 Towne Drive Belfair Towne Village. 815-5551. trufflescafe. com. ld Vineyard 55: 55 Calhoun Street. 757-9463. d Veritas: 163 Bluffton Rd. Unit F. 843-815-6900, d Walnuts Café: 70 Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park. 815-2877. bls Wild Wing Café (Bluffton): 1188 Fording Island Road. 837-9453. ld Zepplin’s Bar & Grill: Inside Station 300. 25 Innovation Dr. 815-2695. ldo

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.

third place was Wild Wing Café. For the People’s Choice award, first place went to Cheap Seats Tavern, second place went to The Smokehouse and third place went to Hilton Head Fireman. Although it was not an award, the celebrity judges all agreed that, “2 Fat 2 Fly” should receive Most Creative Wing at Wingfest. 2 Fat 2 Fly is a food truck out of Columbia that is known for their stuffed chicken wings. • New restaurant opens at Beach House: The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar is the newest restaurant at Coligny Beach. Located in The Beach House Resort at 1 South Forest Beach Drive, the restaurant is open until 11 p.m. nightly with the bar staying open until midnight. Chef Tim Nelson is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and has earned his position at the helm of the some of the country’s finest kitchens, including the Snowbird Resort in Utah, Salt Lake City’s Cafe Trio and the Stein Eriksen Lodge. His cuisine is rooted in sustainable, artisanal and local ingredients fused by sweet and savory flavors. May 2014 155

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Harbourside Burgers & Brews: 5:308 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m., Tommy Sims The Jazz Corner: Deas Guys Quarterdeck and Topside: Jordan Ross, 5-9 p.m. Sea Pines Resort Liberty Oak: 7:30-9 p.m., Gregg Russell (May 25) Sea Pines Beach Club: Frank Baron, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Shelter Cove Harbour: 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Shannon Tanner (May 25)


Harbourside Burgers & Brews: 5-8 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m., Jordan Ross The Jazz Corner: The Martin Lesch Band Quarterdeck and Topside: 5-9 p.m., Mike Kavanough; 5-9 p.m. Sea Pines Beach Club: Fran Baron, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Shelter Cove Harbour: 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Shannon Tanner (May 26)


Harbourside Burgers & Brews: 5-8 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m., Jordan Ross The Jazz Corner: The Jazz Corner’s AllStar Quintet featuring Gina Rene Mellow Mushroom Bluffton: 9 p.m., live team trivia Wild Wing Cafe Hilton Head: Seven Handle Circus (May 8) Quarterdeck and Topside: 5-9 p.m., Chris Jones; 5-9 p.m. Sea Pines Beach Club: Chuck, 5:309:30 p.m.


Captain Woody’s: Bruce Crichton (May 21, 28) Harbourside Burgers & Brews: 5-8 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m., Jordan Ross The Jazz Corner: The Bobby Ryder Quartet (May 7, 21); The Earl Williams Quartet (May 14, 28) Mellow Mushroom Hilton Head: 9 p.m., live team trivia Quarterdeck and Topside: 5-9 p.m., Mike Kavanough; 5-9 p.m. Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta & Steakhouse: 6 p.m., Pete Carrol Acoustic Show; 9 p.m. Kerry Pollock Hilton Head Comedy and Magic Club Sea Pines Beach Club: Jim Davis, 5:30-9:30 p.m.


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Stepin’ Stones (May 1, 15, 22), John Bruner (May 8, 29) Harbourside Burgers & Brews: 5-8 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m., Jordan Ross The Jazz Corner: Lavon & Louise Quarterdeck: 5-9 p.m., Mike Kavanough; 5-9 p.m. Shelter Cove Music and Taste on the Harbour: 6-9 p.m. Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta & Steakhouse: 6 p.m., David Wingo; 9 p.m. Kerry Pollock Hilton Head Comedy and Magic Club Sea Pines Beach Club: Frank Baron, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Shelter Cove Harbour: 6-9 p.m.; Candace Woodson & the Domino Theory Band (May 1), Cranford Hollow (May 8), The Headliners (May 15), Target the Band (May 22)


Bomboras Grille: Reid Richmond The Brick Chicken: 9 p.m., team bingo Captain Woody’s: Dos Amigos (May 2), Candace Woodson and the Domino Theory Band (May 9), The Chiggers (May 16), The Simpson Brothers (May 23), Brad Wells (May 30) Harbourside Burgers & Brews: 5-8 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m., Jordan Ross The Jazz Corner: Annie Sellick Quartet (May 2), the Noel Freidline Quintet (May 9), the Joshua Bowlus Quartet (May 16), Lynn Roberts with Bob Alberti’s Trio (May 23), Terry Handy & The Northside Jazz Ensemble (May 30) Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta & Steakhouse: 6 p.m., Earl Williams

Band; 9 p.m. BONK Comedy Show, Hilton Head Comedy and Magic Club Quarterdeck and Topside: 5-9 p.m., Mike Kavanough; 5-9 p.m. Sea Pines Resort Liberty Oak: 7:30-9 p.m., Gregg Russell (May 23) Sea Pines Beach Club: Chris Jones, 5:30-9:30 p.m. The Smokehouse: Quick Trixie (May 2) Up the Creek Pub and Grill: 7 p.m.; Horan Brothers (May 2), Zack Stilner (May 9), Craig Coyne (May 16), Groove Town Assault (May 23), 4 Piece & a Biscut (May 30)


Bomboras Grille: Reid Richmond Captain Woody’s: Glen Jacobs (May 3), Dos Amigos (May 24) Harbourside Burgers & Brews: 6-10 p.m., Sara Burns The Jazz Corner: Annie Sellick Quartet (May 3), the Noel Freidline Quintet (May 10), the Joshua Bowlus Quartet (May 17), Lynn Roberts with Bob Alberti’s Trio (May 24), Terry Handy & The Northside Jazz Ensemble (May 31) Quarterdeck and Topside: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Chris Jones; 5-9 p.m. Sea Pines Resort Liberty Oak: 7:30-9 p.m., Gregg Russell (May 24) Sea Pines Beach Club: Frank Baron, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Shelter Cove Harbour: 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Shannon Tanner (May 24) Up the Creek Pub and Grill: 7 p.m.; Lee Tyler Post (May 3), Harry Santana (May 10), Low Country Boil (May 17), Chilly Willies (May 24), Craig Coyne (May 31)

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“If you want to go to L.A., go to Arrow Road,” Critchley said. But it is not just a studio he has built where you book a session, pay X amount of dollars and have your songs recorded. It is far more than that. It is more of a hub or a portal that offers a chance for local musicians to be heard in L.A., New York, Nashville and beyond. Aside from already producing albums for local favorites such as Cranford Hollow and Joseph Vicars, he has also employed a number of local musicians such as Brian Simpson, Reid Richmond, Will Snyder, Jevon Daly, John Ruxton and John Wilkins to play on tracks for Nickelodeon, Disney and other local records. In addition, singers Angie Aparo, Sterlin and Shuvette Colvin, Savannah Edwards, McKenzie Eddy, Taylor Kent and Stee Colvin have sang on records, demos and TV spots at The Sound and Critchley is always on the lookout for new local talent to hire and work with on future projects. The diversity of these projects does not end there. He has recorded a meditation album, interviewed the former deputy director of the CIA, recorded a compilation of jazz standards with legendary duo Lynn Roberts and Bob Alberti and just recently wrote the theme song for a new show called “Movie

“If you want to go to L.A., go to Arrow Road” Night” that will air on E!. He also is working on music for TV shows for TMZ, Extra!, Anderson Cooper and Dr. Drew. Critchley has bigger plans for the future as his studio grows. He would like to start bringing in bigger acts from out of town and is looking to recruit a core group of players who can read music to be his “house band,” as he puts it, as well as setting up songwriters’ workshops and collectives for local artists/writers to collaborate with West Coast writers to bring as much growth to the island as possible. He is also actively soliciting TV and film licensing for local songwriters as part of The Sound’s new record label activities. Critchley envisions his studio becoming a community resource, a boon to the island economy and a site of artistic collaborations for local musicians. He also suspects its location will appeal to musicians from around the country. His website points out it’s only a mile from the beach, a tropical attribute not lost on the Canadian native. Who wouldn’t like The Sound of that? M

Online exclusives at • School of rock: Look at hilarious childhood photos of many of today’s local musicians. You’ll find more than a few mullets. • Saved by the scene: Local musician Jared Matthew Templeton found his place through the Hilton Head Island music scene. 158

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Is the US No. 1 for everyone?


“Social wellbeing is the foundation of a peaceful, democratic, capitalist society. It is the philosophical foundation on which our nation was built: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all not a few.”

According to Michael Porter (a Harvard business professor, capitalist and registered republican) it’s time to ditch the GDP per capita as the sole measure of well being for a country and pay more attention to the Social Progress Index that measures the livability of all its citizen and is a more comprehensive indicator of well being than the average income per person.


efore analyzing our disappointing ranking of 16th among 132 countries that were included in the study I want to point out why social progress is important: “Social well-being is the foundation of a peaceful, democratic, capitalist society. It is the philosophical foundation on which our nation was built: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all not a few.” The Social Progress Index a quantitative based study compares data that are organized into three different categories:

• Basic human needs (including nutrition, medical care, water and sanitation, shelter and personal safety) • Foundations of well being (including access to basic knowledge, access to information and communication, health, wellness and ecosystem sustainability) • Opportunity (including personal rights, personal freedom and choice, tolerance and inclusion, access to advanced education) While the US boosts the second highest GDP per capita behind Norway and ranks high for access to higher education it might come as a surprise that we rank 70th in health, 69th in eco sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation, 31st in personal safety and 23rd in access to cell phone and Internet

(because 1/5th of Americans lack access to the Internet). Another way to say it is that our military and economic strength does not necessarily translate into the well being for the average citizen. The growing gap between the haves and have nots and the lack of progress when it comes to social acceptance and integration does not speak well for our nation’s ability to give all citizens access to the American dream. Ultimately that means that if not the vast majority of people living within our borders have the opportunity for social and economic advancement it comes at a price that translates into higher than necessary crime rates and more people than is desirable being dependent on welfare and ultimately undermines our global competitiveness. It is our responsibility to even the playing field if we want to continue to be a model for a modern and free society that is based on everybody making a contribution to the nations well being. A good starting point is to reform our basic education programs and make our health care system more cost effective. We don’t have to look far to gain an understanding within the borders of our own State. Compare the coastal areas and larger cities like Columbia and Greenville to one of the poorest counties in the nation

Allendale that is in central rural South Carolina where the living conditions are a lot more comparable to third world countries and sharply contrast against the general image of the land of opportunity. It is little consolidation that Russia ranks 80th and China 90th if our neighbors to the North Canada makes it into the top 10 and in a reversal of history Irish people are better of staying home than immigrating to the US. For a more in depth look at the statistics and the impressive team of experts that took 2 years to compile it go to In closing I urge you not to confuse social progress with socialism, socialism is a way to redistribute wealth more equally, social progress is how we take care of our earth, our rights, of how we give all kids access to top notch basic education, how we make it feasible for rural area to have internet access and how we make our health care system more cost effective to name a few. Ultimately it means giving everybody a chance to become a contributing member of our society so that the tide can lift all boats. M SOUND OFF Please send your comments to my email at I would like to get your feedback on this important idea.


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Bluffton Monthly May 2014  
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