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14 ■ BRANDING S.C. Bluffton company behind state’s promotional campaigns

23 ■ VALENTINE’S DAY Make her day special without making us other guys look bad

26 ■ V-DAY FASHION Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with our pick of the best date night outfits


33 ■ LOWCOUNTRY WEDDINGS A wedding destination, right here on Hilton Head and the mainland

78 ■ A LIVING HISTORY Commission hopes to preserve Gullah/Geechee tradition, culture

82 ■ BASKET CASE Sweetgrass baskets woven into Gullah culture & heritage

77 ■ GULLAH FOOD World famous Lowcountry cuisine consists of everything fresh and local


90 ■ SOUND OF AN ISLAND Much of Gullah musical history can be traced to Hilton Head

92 ■ PRESERVING THE PAST Gullah Heritage Trail Tours educating Lowcountry on cultural heritage

110 ■ SUBTLE GRACE Each room of this Sea Pines home is warm, comfortable


114 ■ ROOTS RUN DEEP In the spirit of the Great Gullah, we dig deep and remember their origins

140 ■ THE SOUTHERN BISCUIT Tips on how to make the perfect South Carolina favorite

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ilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry are known for many things. The beauty, the beach, the weather, the golf, the culture, the food, the lifestyle … the list goes on and on. We also happen to be a world-class wedding destination. Each year, couples from all over come to the island and mainland to exchange their vows and begin the rest of their lives together. The beauty of the Lowcountry makes the perfect backdrop for a fairy tale wedding. Monthly has always recognized the impact the local wedding industry has on our economy. We have published bridal content in every issue for as long as I can remember. In 2008, many wedding vendors and advertisers suggested we take it a step further and host an annual bridal show. It

was a no-brainer — a chance to introduce soon-to-be brides and grooms to the best florists, photographers, caterers, bakers, videographers, dress makers and venue hosts our area has to offer. This year’s show takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. If you are in wedding mode or know someone just engaged, don’t miss this four-hour event. In this issue we give extra love to the local bridal industry with a special bridal section. Inside you will find two amazing articles from acclaimed local wedding author Robyn Passante, along with three profiles of beautiful Lowcountry weddings. This truly is the perfect place to have the wedding of your dreams. Find more information online at February is also Black History Month. A good portion of this magazine is dedicated to honoring the Gullah/Geechee culture of the Lowcountry and the many great people that keep the rich heritage alive. Be sure to embrace the area’s history by attending one of the many Gullah Celebration events happening this month at the Coastal Discovery Museum, First African Baptist Church, Zion Missionary Church, St. James Baptist Church, Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, Mitchelville Park and the Sea Pines Resort Conference Center. Also, don’t forget about Valentine’s Day. This issue features the most romantic restaurant tables inside the area’s most romantic restaurants along with everything else you need to melt your significant other’s heart on Feb. 14. I want to thank “A Floral Affair” for creating the perfect backdrop for this month’s photo shoot. We hope you enjoy this issue and are off to the best year of your life in this beautiful place we call home. M

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PART-TIME ISLAND RESIDENT TO COACH TENNESSEE TITANS Part-time Hilton Head Island resident Ken Whisenhunt recently accepted an offer to become the next coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals for six years, compiling a record of 45-51 with one Super Bowl appearance. He spent this past season as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Whisenhunt was born in Augusta, Ga., and played college football at Georgia Tech. Professionally,

he was a tight end for the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and New York Jets. He began his coaching career as a position coach for Vanderbilt University then advanced to NFL coaching jobs with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers before he was hired in 2007 as head coach of the Cardinals. An avid golfer, Whisenhunt and his family own property on Hilton Head and visit the island each year.


CANDICE GLOVER ALBUM COMING THIS MONTH Local American Idol winner Candice Glover is scheduled to release her highly anticipated album “Music Speaks” on Feb. 18 after being pushed back from October and July 2013. Glover was born in Beaufort and lived on St. Helena Island before winning the 12th season of the popular reality TV series last year. She is the first female winner of the show since Jordin Sparks won in 2007, the fourth African-American winner in Idol history and the only winner to have auditioned three times before being cast for the live shows.

Hilton Head Island race car driver Tad Segars comes into the 2014 season looking to branch out after capturing a Sport Car Club of America championship in 2013. Segars wrapped up last season’s SCCA Crane Cams V8 Stock Car points championship in November at the American Road Race of Champions at Road Atlanta. After an intense

2013 season that included wins at Daytona, Charlotte and Roebling Road in Georgia, Segars has added sponsor Holley Racing to his team and sets his sights on new challenges. Instead of chasing another championship, his goal is more fun, less stress. He has added a dirt track car and a racing go-kart to his arsenal for 2014.

HHI CAMERA CLUB ANNOUNCES PHOTO OF THE YEAR Denny Baer’s photo, “Fog Dance,” was named Photo of the Year by the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island for 2013. Baer’s name will be the second to be engraved on a plaque which hosts names of this award’s annu-

al winners. There was a tie for second place between Vicki Reilly for her photo, “Musical Hands,” and Bill Schmitt for “Afternoon Reflection.” Albert Heacox won a third place ribbon for his photo, “Orb Weaver.”

BLUFFTON RESIDENT CLAIMS MARTIAL ARTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Bluffton resident Frank Kyle recently stole the show at the World Games of Martial Arts in Charleston with two World titles, one in sparring and one in forms. Kyle began practicing kung fu seven years ago and trains daily at Sun and

Moon Martial Arts Studio. He also had fourth place finishes in weapons and traditional forms. Bluffton’s Elijah Mattis took third place in traditional Chinese/Kempo forms. Mattis also trains at Sun and Moon Martial Arts Studio.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STAR BACKS OUT OF LOUISVILLE Four-star high school football defensive tackle Poona Ford, who was the University of Louisville football team’s highest-ranked 2014 commitment, withdrew his letter of intent to the Cardinals and has visited three other schools in recent weeks — Texas, Oregon and Missouri. Ford, a 6-foot, 290-pound player from Hilton

Head Island High School, is ranked the No. 204 senior nationally and the No. 16 defensive tackle by ESPN has him No. 271 nationally and No. 23 at this position. He is rated a high threestar prospect by National signing day is Feb. 5. Ford has scholarship offers from 24 major college football programs.


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Sup eri ntend ent propo sES to r edra w attendance li nes Superintendent Jeff Moss has put forward an initial proposal to redraw many school attendance zones across the district to make room for future growth, reduce the need to rezone frequently in high-growth areas, balance student demographics and further the concept of “community schools” that serve specific neighborhoods. The superintendent made his proposal to the Board of Education’s Student Services Committee. Once the committee and eventually the full board reach consensus, a comprehensive proposal will be presented for still more public feedback at five town hall meetings in February and also at regular board meetings. Any new attendance lines would take effect once two new schools — one serving grades 9-12 and one serving prekindergarten through grade 8 — are opened to serve the fast-growing Bluffton area. Those schools are expected to open by 2016. Moss said that in developing his initial proposal, he followed a set of parameters established by the Board of Education in October. Those criteria included maintaining student enrollments at schools to allow for future growth, following natural boundaries such as rivers or highways where possible, keeping neighborhoods together, using K-5 grade configu ations at all district elementary schools, maintaining diverse student demographics and reducing instances where school attendance zones are changed during students’ academic careers in the district.

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Since its inception in 1981, Long Cove Club has been noted for its understated elegance and now the members are preparing to showcase the beautiful remodel of their classic style Lowcountry clubhouse. “It is an architectural style that reflects the quiet lifestyle Long Cove Club members envisioned for themselves in Hilton Head” said Kathleen Kiely, Director of Communication and Marketing for Long Cove. “The classic design has been updated with all the modern-day needs of a clubhouse. The Lowcountry theme and decor is elegant and inviting.” Kiely adds, “The members were heavily involved with every detail of the club. The time

and energy that went into selecting just the perfect artwork throughout the entire building sets the clubhouse apart from any other on the island.” Long Cove Club opened the clubhouse for regular dining to members in January.

L ocal singer/ songwri ter r el easing new albu m Local singer/songwriter Sara Burns will release a 10-song full-length album titled “Girl on the Run” on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The album finished production at CTM Studios in Nashville and is a continuation of the threesong EP “Past Tense” released on April 30. Burns will host a live performance and CD release event at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Riptides in Park Plaza. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome. A free CD will be given to the first 25 people that arrive at the event.

D o you r ecog niz e thi s f amil y? Part time Hilton Head Island resident Michael Brown found an HD camera flash card half-buried in the sand two years ago. After forgetting about it, he recently found the card, plugged it into his flash drive and uploaded 101 high quality photos of a mystery family. Some photos appear in front of a home that appears to be on Hilton Head. Others are from what looks to be a high school graduation ceremony

that took place at Villanova University. Brown is hoping someone will recognize one of the people in the photo so he can reunite them with the flas drive. If you have any information, e-mail him at

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In a small corner off Buckingham Plantation Drive on Anolyn Court in Bluffton is a small business that’s having a huge impact on tourism in South Carolina. In early 2013, BFG Communications won a $57 million state contract to promote South Carolina as a top travel destination. And there’s plenty to promote, particularly golf and beaches. However, like it does with most things, BFG took that idea and popped it on its head. “Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, they have enough finance and manpower to promote themselves,” said Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “They don’t need us to run a full-page ad in Southern Living.” Parrish said the focus instead was on undiscovered South Carolina. “That was a big part of BFG’s challenge: to get people off the interstate and to see the unique and wonderful things we have to offer on the back roads.” So, BFG ran with that and the “Barbecue Trail” was born. “Barbecue travel came out of a creative process,” said Kevin Meany, owner of BFG. “The idea was how can we promote the undiscovered part of South Carolina? One of the things that came out of the process was the whole idea of barbecue. “South Carolina is the home of barbe-

cue and there happens to be a lot of barbecue out there. We took that as a bright shiny light we can hold out there and drive consumer interest in the Barbecue Trail. We needed people to get off the beaten paths.” So, BFG created a map of all of the barbecue joints in South Carolina (http://bbq. that includes not only where restaurants are, but what type of barbecue they serve. Print versions of the map can also be found at the welcome centers in the state. In addition, they’ve gotten the message out on a variety of social networks and other advertising avenues. And it’s worked. There are more than 200,000 followers of the Barbecue Trail on Facebook, said Parrish, adding that the campaign has also been featured in national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. “It’s amazing,” he said. “It surprised even me how important barbecue is to people. They’ll drive out of the way to get it. Most importantly, it’s getting people off the interstate and showing them the other great things happening in South Carolina.” There are also great things happening at BFG. In addition to state tourism, the com-


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pany has done promotions and marketing for everything from American Idol to Mello Yellow to Wendy’s to Buffalo Wild Wings. The culture of the company, which employs about 160 people, is the key. According to, “We celebrate the diverse group we are through collaborative projects that keep ideas churning and the creative monkeys in our heads happy. It’s all done in an environment that soothes the creative soul. Sort of like a spa for creative expression... except we have giant amplifiers so it’s just a bit louder and a lot more fun.” Meany didn’t see his life taking a turn toward marketing, or toward South Carolina. He actually has a master’s degree in psychology. After graduate school, he took a year off “to rejuvenate.” “In my off year I was working, of course, and ended up taking a course at State University of New York in marketing,” he said. “I did well and my professor asked me if I would be interested in teaching an entry-level course in advertising. I said sure. I learned a lot and it became my passion. The interesting thing is that advertising and marketing are all about human behavior and motivation, similar to psychology.”

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He started with doing some strategic counseling with just a few clients. “My goal was to do it out of my living room and to be with my family, looking for sort of a better way to live and earn a living,” he said. He brought the company to Bluffton, and a star was born. What sets BFG apart from other businesses? “Larger companies become very financially-focused,” said Meany. “Mergers, acquisitions, managing toward cash flow and stock market value.” He wanted to do things differently. “I don’t want to answer to a board of directors. By maintaining our independence we’re 100 percent focused not on profits, but on delivering great work and seeing results. It gives me huge flexibility as a business owner. That became for me a huge, huge upside on the way we get things done. “A lot of that was inspired by the little bit of work I’d done with larger ad agencies. I was frustrated with how they focused on bottom line rather than the client. They were more concerned with getting the work done rather than doing great work.” Meany has also created a place that encourages creativity. “They just have an incredible atmosphere that inspires people to have ideas,” said Parrish. So what’s next for BFG? That will be revealed at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel, set for Feb. 10-12 at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.˛ In the meantime, BFG continues to get the creative juices flowing, said Meany, adding, “If I can work and have fun, that is very rewarding to me.” M



GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM AND TRAVEL COMING TO HILTON HEAD More than 500 people will descend on Hilton Head Island this month to attend the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel.


he event˛will be˛held˛from Feb.˛10-12˛at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Industry professionals will hear motivational˛talks from national speakers and˛exchange ideas on improving the business of tourism. “The goal of the conference is to keep the tourism industry informed on what’s going on not only in our state, but the national trends too, from marketing, advertising and political standpoints,” said Duane Parrish, director of˛South˛Carolina˛Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. One of the main issues that will be addressed at the conference is the current state of tourism in South Carolina. “We’ll talk about our key missions: Heads in Beds, Feet in Fairways and People in Parks,” said Parrish, adding that revenue figures will be released at the conference on those three issues. The other key items discussed at the conference will be future trends in the tourism industry. One of those trends, said Parrish, is the huge growth of social media and the ability to reach a large number of

consumers at little to no cost. “We have roughly 200,000 friends on the state’s Facebook page,” said Parrish. “We expect to see that grow and to see social media grow. It’s a great way to get word out quickly.” Another trend to be discussed is the price of gas, he said. “There’s a glut of oil right now and prices are going down and may go down more,” said Parrish. “It has a direct impact on us. About 80 percent of people who come into the state do so by car. The price of gas has an important psychological impact on travel and we expect lower prices to inspire people to travel here.” Parrish said the conference, which is paid for by various sponsors, will also be an opportunity for attendees to network and hear a variety of speakers, including Gov. Nikki Haley. The key takeaway on the state of tourism in South Carolina, said Parrish, is carpe diem. “I think we need to seize the moment,” he said. “We’re on an uphill crest, and we need to make sure people know we’re here and all the great stuff we have in South Carolina.” M


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PAL’S PROMISE KEEPS PETS, FAMILIES TOGETHER NEW PROGRAM CREATES COLLABORATION BETWEEN PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE AND FAMILY PROMISE Family Promise of Beaufort County and the Palmetto Animal League have joined forces to create PAL’s Promise, a collaboration of the two organizations to keep families and their pets together. UPDATE Just before press time, the family featured in this article moved into their own home and were able to take Daisy with them. They will continue to receive case management through Family Promise for another 12 to 18 months. For more information on Family Promise, call 843815-4211 or visit us at www. FamilyPromiseBeaufortCounty. org. To volunteer to be a foster parent or to find out more about PAL, call 843-645-1725 or visit


aisy, a rescue mutt, is the first pet to be a part of the new collaboration. She has a human mom and two human siblings who currently a part of the Family Promise program. “I am so grateful for Family Promise, as I am working towards providing a home of our own,” said Kristi, Daisy’s mom. “Daisy was able to be fostered, and thanks to Palmetto Animal League and Family Promise we are able to have regular visits with her. We look forward to seeing her and knowing that she is well cared for as we will soon be in our own home.” Family Promise of Beaufort County provides temporary shelter for families in the county. Sometimes the families have pets and the organization has had to turn away people

because they had nowhere to house the pets, as the families stay at different area churches each week. Family Promise executive director Elliott Brown, an animal lover herself, wanted to find a solution to help these families. She contacted Palmetto Animal League president Amy Campanini and PAL’s Promise was born. “We thought it was wonderful that these families didn’t abandon their pets and we needed to find a way for their pets to be safely housed, fed and vetted, as well as loved,” Brown said. “We also wanted the families and pets to be able to see each other while they are in the program, so we try to have visitation days, too.” PAL has a list of people in the area who will foster dogs who come to its shelter, and they have created another list of

people who will help with PAL’s Promise, which means fostering a pet for anywhere from 30 to 90 days while the family is in the temporary housing program. In addition, PAL takes care of all vet care (including shots), spay/neuter if needed and food. “It’s a great relief for the families, as they don’t have to worry about their pets’ care or expenses until they can get back on their feet. We are their safety net,” Campanini said. “Many of our supporters are also big fans of Family Promise, so it was a natural thing for us to do.” PAL will also help families with supportive care, once the families move out on their own and the pets are back with them. “We are here to keep pets and families together – always,” Campanini said. M


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Make her feel special without making the rest of us look bad BY BARRY KAUFMAN




FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES, JEWELRY? hese things are sweet as treacle, but they all say the same thing: “I have fulfilled the basic requirements of Valentine’s Day as mandated by the Hallmark corporation, and request that we get romantically marital at your earliest convenience.” Do not be fooled, gentlemen: If it is sold in the impulse buy section of the local grocery store, it is not a valentine. It is an instrument of surrender. Obviously these things are beneath you. For your lady, you search the depths of your soul, mining for that rich vein of

gold marking the essence of your love for her. And once you strike that ore, you coax it out of your being, crafting those feelings like a master jeweler into the ultimate Valentine’s Day expression of your love. Your soul bared, your heart on your sleeve, you present your beloved with the stirring majesty of your most tender feelings. “Behold!” your masterpiece tells the world. “With my love I have created art! Let all who look upon it know the eternal devotion that feeds my essence and urges the every beat of my heart!” February 2014 23

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M V-DAY SURVIVAL You might consider yourself a romantic, but you’ll never be John Hammes romantic. Hammes, an architect and inventor, created the world’s fi first garbage disposal as a gift to his wife.

Your masterpiece complete, your inamorata quivers before you, her heart melted and her soul pooling in tears of joy down her face. And then some stupid jerk down the street outdoes you. Suddenly your big romantic gesture gets lost in the chatter of your beloved’s girlfriends. Your grand day of passion is spent being regaled with the story of how Bob three doors down commissioned an ice sculpture depicting him and his wife embracing atop a dolphin majestically captured in mid-leap, or how Chad from work hired the surviving members of Chicago for a private performance of his and Tina’s wedding song while a professional theatre troupe performed a Julie first Taymor-directed reenactment of their fi date. Last year, Blufftonian Roddy Medders (who is neither stupid, nor a jerk, for the record) essentially ruined Valentine’s Day for every romantically inclined male out there when he took his paddle board to the May River with the intention of crafting the most honey-dripping Valentine in local history. Using GPS technology, an intimate knowledge of the May’s tidal ebbs and flows, and no small measure of amorous

inspiration, Medders recorded the course of his adventure using a specialized app and presented his girlfriend Jaime Patillo with the image of his final route: A perfect heart, emblazoned along the bend of the May River. So for anyone planning that for their sweetheart this year, sorry. Roddy got there first, and ruined it for the rest of us. And while we salute his ingenuity and respect the Righteous Brothers-levels of romance, we can speak for guys everywhere when we kindly ask Roddy to put a cork in it, as he’s making us all look bad. That’s obviously intended to be playful, but there is a terrifying sentiment behind it that has kept more than one would-be Casanova up during the month of February. Namely, how do you keep making Valentine’s Day special? There are only so many times you can go back to that well before it dries up completely. We know that we can’t go the safe route; no romance lies that way. The only option is for bigger and grander gestures of love. But how? Search us. We’ve been married far too long to come up with any original big, grand gestures of our own. So, we’re giving you our crib sheet of history’s most grand romantic gestures and websites where you can create your own modern twist.

THE PLOY: Legendary composer Richard Wagner ruined romance for a lot of 19th century husbands when he penned the symphony Siegfried Idyll for his beloved Cosima. While she slept, he set up a whole orchestra on their staircase and she awoke to the sounds of a beautiful symphony written just for her. THE MODERN EQUIVALENT: You can either be a brilliant composer or, failing that, create your own love song using the lyric generator at in a few details about Just fi your beloved, select your genre and presto, you’re the next John Mayer. THE POSSIBLE DRAWBACK: The lyrics that the website gave us for our love song were (seriously) as follows: All you need is snow tires. All you need is snow tires. All you need is snow tires, snow tires. Snow tires is all you need. As romantic as the notion of snow tires may be, we simply can’t get on board with a love song that doesn’t follow proper subject/verb agreement.

THE PLOY: For a generation, this singular moment in cinema is a visual shorthand for romance. John Cusack, the sleeves rolled up on his trenchcoat for reasons that don’t make sense outside the 1980s, holds a boombox aloft and serenades his sweetheart with the timeless strains of Peter Gabriel, an artist who made no sense in or out of the 1980s. THE MODERN EQUIVALENT: Download the Spotify app from Spotify. com. Load up a playlist with romantic music (or just grab someone else’s — we recommend Absolute Love Songs by Absolute Music) then stand outside your bedroom window streaming some sweet, sweet Andrea Bocelli from your iPhone. THE POSSIBLE DRAWBACK: At the height of the gesture’s romantic impact, you get a phone call and your AC/DC ringtone ruins the mood.


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THE PLOY: When his wife Mumtaz Mahal died during the birth of her 14th child, Emperor Shah Jahan hired 20,000 workmen to build a glorious white marble tomb in her honor. He called it the Taj Mahal. He then chopped off the chief mason’s hand so that nothing as grand could ever be built again. THE MODERN EQUIVALENT: While obviously enslaving a few thousand people to build a valentine takes a flying belly flop over the line between “romantic” and “insane,” the closest we get in modern times is Joe Dimaggio, who took a 20-year standing order with a local flower shop to place fresh blossoms at the grave of Marilyn Monroe three times a week. Keep in mind the couple had been divorced for eight years when she died.

THE POSSIBLE DRAWBACK: Building something of breathtaking beauty and eternal fame in her honor is a pretty solid Valentine’s ploy. However, if she isn’t dead already, building your wife a tomb might send off the wrong vibe.

If you’re going to wow your lover with a box of treats, skip the cheap box of chocolates you find in line at the grocery store. Step up your game with a box of highend treats such as Southern Sweets by Lori Craven Catering. Her Honey Pecan Bars are beautifully packaged and are made with local honey and pecans, sweet cream, butter, brown sugar and molasses. Following the success of the pecan squares, Craven has added a new line of treats for almond lovers, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Almond Amaretto Bars feature many of the same ingredients, but have almond extract and Amaretto instead of pecans. The squares sit on the same buttery shortbread crust, offering a sophisticated taste only found in the most decadent sweets. To order the Honey Pecan Bars (green box) or the Almond Amaretto Bars (red box), call Lori Craven Catering at 843-689-9499.

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THE BACK DOOR Poncho by Captiva Cashmere Pants by Klaveli Blouse by Nic & Zoe Necklace by Gypsy 843-671-3677




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Luciana Dress and belt by Luciana 843-686-5620

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

 Collard pouf dress by Alice + Olivia THE PORCUPINE

 Blush and bashful leather jacket by B.B. Dakota GIGI’S BOUTIQUE

 Stylish beaded clutch promoting peace and love J BANKS DESIGN GROUP

 Necklace by ZenzII GIFTED

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Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

1-4 pm at Westin Resort & Spa Hilton Head Island Hilton Head Monthly is partnering with The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa for the 2014 Bridal Show. Heading into its seventh year, the annual event has transformed into the premier bridal event of the Lowcountry, introducing future brides and grooms to experts who can make their wedding spectacular. There will also be live music featuring TARGET… the Band, Free Seminars, drawings and a chance to have your wedding captured in two pages of an upcoming issue of Hilton Head Monthly.

you’re invited

WHAT 2014 Bridal Show by Hilton Head Monthly WHEN 1-4 p.m., Feb. 9, 2014 WHERE The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave. SEMINARS “Understanding Your Timeline” Noon-1pm “Grooms Only” 2:30-3:30pm Presented by JLK Events TICKETS $10 in advance, $12 at the door

CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION 843-842-6988, ext. 235

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destination wedding combines two of life’s greatest things — a wedding and a vacation. The key to pulling off the perfect one is picking the right spot.

Couples planning a destination wedding have their work cut out for them, as they have to select not just a pretty banquet hall, but an entire town that’s worthy of an extended stay for all of their closest loved ones. It has to be one that’s relatively easy to get to, has enough activities to satisfy a variety of interests, boasts world-class cuisine and hotels, beautiful scenery and – oh yeah – is blessed by the weather gods. Is it any wonder why the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor & Convention Bureau received thousands of wedding-related inquiries in 2013 alone? “Last year we had over 11,000 inquiries to our online wedding section, although many get general wedding info from the main site as well,” said Charlie Clark, vice president of communications for the chamber. “We had over 1.7 million visitors to our website.”

T he Beach F or many brides, it’s all about the beach. Who can resist the peaceful South Carolina surf and a gorgeous sunset as a backdrop for saying “I do”? “Beach weddings are very popular, and we get numerous inquiries on the details of who to call and how to make it happen,” Clark said. Beach weddings are best in the fall or early spring, as even the quickest ceremony or the stiffest ocean breeze will make your guests miserable in the stiflin humidity of a beach wedding in July. Beach weddings require a Town of Hilton Head Island permit, so make sure your wedding planner is on top of securing the necessary paperwork and reserving your spot on the sand well in advance of your big day.

Those visitors likely discovered the same thing we already know: Hilton Head has that intangible, hard-to-find blend of sophistication and relaxation that make for a perfect wedding destination. “Destination weddings are more popular than ever, and Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area are truly tailor-made for them,” Clark said. “It’s easy to get to from around the country, there are great gathering spots and activities for guests and families. It’s an island 12 miles long and 5 miles wide, which makes getting around relatively easy. And there’s a multitude of venues and resorts at every budget level that have great wedding expertise.” One of the things that make this area perfect for destination weddings is the sheer number of beautiful locales suitable for such an occasion. Here are just a few. M

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Under the Oaks If you’re after a romantic, bucolic setting that’s off the beaten beach path, there are a few great spots in the Lowcountry to surround your wedding party with oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Local caterers and wedding planners are well equipped with everything you need to pull off an outdoor, rustic-chic, truly Lowcountry wedding. One warning: Be aware of sand gnat season (spring and fall), as those pesky bugs could leave your guests itching to get indoors. No matter where you decide to say “I do,” Clark advises couples to plan early, utilize local resources, and don’t be surprised if you start some new traditions for a few of your old friends. “Many who come as wedding guests who have never been to the island, return as vacationers and second home owners,” she said.

Going to the Chapel If you’re hoping to get married in a holy place, Hilton Head and Bluffton boast some beautiful religious spaces. There are historic sanctuaries, quaint chapels, and great churches and synagogues. You’ll find a place of worship for every major Christian denomination as well as several other religions here. There will most likely be requirements and limitations based on religious rules and the church calendar, so reach out to the local congregation’s clergy right away – perhaps even before you’ve picked your wedding date.

Rental Home The appeal of marrying in a private rented home is that if your party is small enough everyone can stay together, increasing the camaraderie (not to mention the ease of communication). There are many beautifully appointed villas and townhouses for rent here, as well as many private homes in some of the island’s plantations that are rented out in the off-season (find a list of property rentals at You’ll need to book early, particularly if you want a place that accommodates more than eight people. And if you’re worried about being cramped in the living room for the actual ceremony, check out the property’s common spaces – decks, patios and green space.

Clubhouses and Resorts Hilton Head may be known for its golf courses, but in the wedding circuit it’s known for its golf clubhouses. There are dozens of championship golf courses on the island and in the surrounding area, some within private plantations. Many offer full catering services and have beautiful banquet facilities, so if you’re looking for a sophisticated setting for your wedding along with the opportunity to give your guests easy access to a round of golf, then holding your nuptials at a local clubhouse or private plantation’s banquet hall might be right up your alley. M

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Office romance blossoms into faIry tale wedding

By Leah McCar thy After being born in the Philadelphia area, and raised on Hilton Head Island, Alyssa Gordin found herself back to her roots in Philly, after she attended the College of Charleston for a job with a wealth management company. Little did she know she would also find the love of her life. Tom Grugan was born and raised in the Philadelphia area as well. After attending St. Joseph’s University, he too accepted a position with the same wealth management company and the office romance began. It was 2009 and difficult to keep their love hidden from the rest of their collegues for too long. M


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On September 6, 2012, Alyssa wanted to show Tom the Charleston area where she attended college, but she didn’t know he already had a surprise in mind and enlisted the assistance of friends, family and a special Charleston tour guide to surprise her with a custom made ring and a proposal right in the heart of the Battery Park gazebo. After the surprise proposal, they continued on to the restaurant for dinner where both sets of parents (hers from Hilton Head/Bluffton, his from Philadelphia) were there to congratulate them and celebrate the good news! The wedding planning spanned over a course of 13 months and on October 5, 2013, they were wed in the chapel at Palmetto Bluff with the reception following at Hampton Hall where her parents were residents. “It was just enough time to plan,” stated Alyssa, “we enjoyed the process and the wedding was everything I could have imagined.” Alyssa and Tom had 12 attendants on each side made up of family and friends as well as weekend long schedule of events for all 125 guests in attendance. They dined on a plated dinner and a multi-flavore cake from Signe’s Bakery made up of keylime and M

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almond filling, as well as a layer of dark chocolate and raspberry filling They danced the night away to a band from Atlanta that was scoped out by her parents. “We both knew we wanted a band, but a great band, and my parents literally attended two weddings in Atlanta where the bands were playing and quickly made a decision on one for us when they saw the energy they gave to the guests,” Alyssa said. Alyssa’s bridal advise: “Go with the flow. Be prepared for something to go wrong, but remember only you will know what color linen napkins were planned. Have a coordinator on site to help.” Alyssa added, “ We couldn’t have done it without the help and guidance of Ashleigh Whitmore (coordinator at Hampton Hall).” Alyssa and Tom still live in Philadelphia, but Grugan states “I’ve converted him into a southerner” and they plan on making their way down south in a little over a year.

vendors Ceremony Palmetto Bluff Chapel Reception Hampton Hall Wedding Coordinator Ashleigh Whitmore Flowers The Flower Garden- Henry Kretchmer Wedding Cake Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe Photographer Clay Austin Photography Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music Sean Driscoll Classical Guitar Offician Rev. Dr. Sherry Rucker Band The Platinum Band- Atlanta Hair The Bungalow Salon- Christine McNamara & Heather Sons Make-up Annie Emison Bride & FOB car Michael Nolte Invitations Pretty Papers Caligrapher Adrianne- Camellia Art Bride’s Dress- Kelly Faetinini Bridesmaid Dresses- Bill Levkoff Groom’s Tux Boyd’s Philadelphia Groomsmen Tuxes JoS. A. BANK Bride’s shoes Kate Spade M

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Southern elegance with personal touch


aley Cullen met Lou Sorgi the evening before the first day of class at Boston College Law School. Kaley, a first-year student, was moving into the apartment directly above Lou, who was starting his fina year of law school. To thank Lou’s roommate for helping carrying some furniture upstairs, Kaley’s roommate invited the downstairs neighbors up for a beer. When Lou and his roommates came up later, Kaley recalls her first impression of him, “Whoa, that guy’s Italian!” Later, Lou mentioned that he went to Denison University -- a small school in Ohio whose alumni happen to include Kaley’s grandfather, father, two uncles, and a cousin. She was immediately suspicious that she and Lou were supposed to meet and sure enough, they discovered that they liked each other. M

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After two and a half years of dating, both together in Boston and longdistance when Lou moved to New York City after graduation, Lou asked Kaley to marry him in the living room of their first apartment together in Brooklyn, N.Y. And of course, Kaley said yes. Kaley’s parents had recently moved to Hilton Head and, despite the 825-mile trip for the couple, the decision to have the wedding there was easy. Kaley went to college in New Orleans and dreamed of a wedding with Southern elegance: “I love the southern feel of Hilton Head with the Spanish moss and the Lowcountry food, and we liked the idea of a destination wedding,” Kaley said. “People would spend more time together over a weekend of events, and no one minds traveling if there is a beach!” The next major decision was the venue. First on Kaley and Lou’s list of priorities was a venue with a beautiful outdoor setting for the ceremony. They also wanted a lawn capable of holding a large tent. They found all that and more at Berkeley Hall Club. “It was the outdoor setting for the ceremony that totally won us over,” Kaley said. “The gardens, trees and lake created so many beautiful places for the ceremony and the photos.” M

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Wedding planner Linda Smreczak of Amanda Rose Weddings described it as three days of love and friendship.˜

fast-moving and unique,” Kaley said. “We spaced dancing throughout the night to keep people moving.”

“It was a spectacular event,” Smreczak said. “From the get-go, Kaley and Lou wanted something fun and different. They didn’t want a typical cookie cutter wedding. They wanted to create an experience that would be memorable.”

Photographers set up a photo booth as a guestbook. Guests were given chalkboards and chalk to write messages, then used a remote to take pictures of themselves with the messages in the booth.˜

To accomplish that, the two added personal touches from the rehearsal on Thursday all the way through the after party on Saturday. They were married by Kaley’s uncle. Her cousin sang at the ceremony, and all of the ceremony music was handpicked by the bride and groom from songs that were meaningful in their relationship. The altar was built by Kaley’s father, based on a similar white church window backdrop she had found on a wedding blog. Another highlight was the floral arrangementsthe color scheme included red orange flowers with black, teal and dark wood details. There was also plenty of Spanish moss.˜

“The guests loved it, and we have great pictures!” Kaley said.˜

For the reception, the couple used a clear tent to make it feel as outdoors as possible. Instead of using traditional lighting, hanging flower baskets with votive candles were suspended over the dance floor.˜ “We wanted the reception to be fun,

Kaley and Lou also put a lot of time and thought into the food that was served. Instead of having a cake, they decided to honor Lou’s Italian heritage and stack cannolis on a three-tiered stand to look like a wedding cake. They also had a selection of biscotti and gelato.˜ “There were a lot of personal things that they brought to the table,” Smreczak said. “When people saw it, they knew it was them.” For the after party, everybody headed to Hilton Head’s “Barmuda Triangle” for craft beer at the Lodge and late-night food at One Hot Mama’s. Since the big day, Kaley and Lou have gotten off to a great start in their new life. Both are attorneys and have recently moved back to Boston.˜ “Everything turned out better than I could have dreamed!” Kaley said.˜

vendors Venue/catering Berkeley Hall Band Mo’ Sol Florists Flowers by Freshcuts Rentals Ranco Rentals Paper/Invitations StudioR Lighting/Draping Kaufman-Heinz Videographer Hart to Heart Wedding planner Amanda Rose Weddings Bridesmaid dresses Lula Kate via Bella Bridesmaid Groom and groomsman suits


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A simple yet spectacular beach wedding party


hen Stephanie Cameron and Patrick Daniel began planning their wedding, they envisioned something simple and fun.

“The two most important aspects to the wedding for us were getting married in the sand and having an amazing party,” Stephanie said. The Washington, D.C., residents set out to find the perfect beach location. It had to be on the East Coast and close to a major airport. To make it easier on family and friends, they also wanted the ceremony, reception and lodging all in the same location. “We’ve been to weddings where the ceremony is one place, the reception is a second place and the guests are staying at a third place,” Stephanie said. “We really did not want that. We wanted everybody together.” After researching beach towns up and down the coast, the two decided Hilton Head Island was the perfect fit Both the wedding and reception were held at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. The couple selected the Shore House as their venue, giving them access to a beach for the ceremony and a covered reception area with overhead fans. M

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“They didn’t want anything extravagant or over-the-top,” said wedding DJ Liz Bodie of JLK Events. “If you spend any time with them, you can tell they truly are best friends. They were very interested in being married to each other and wanted to have a great event for their friends and family. They were just so excited about the day and what it held.” To keep keep with the simplistic theme, there was no bridal party. The only flowers were a bridal bouquet made by both mothers the morning before the secular ceremony. Stephanie’s uncle played an original song titled “Stephanie’s Wedding” on the bagpipes as her mother and father walked her through the sand toward the officiant. After Stephanie and Patrick exchanged their vows, it was party time. “It was a full-out dance party,” Stephanie said. “We knew everyone had a great time; however, we didn’t realize how much fun people were having until we saw pictures.” A timeless picture of the bride and groom was captured by photographer Scott Hopkins. After sunset, the weather turned as a thunder and lightning storm rolled in. Patrick set the stage for the photo when he left the protection of the Shore House to cool off in the rain. Stephanie went out and met her new husband and the two proceeded to dance in the rain. Many guests followed suit, dancing in the rain until the storm grew stronger. “The two of them are there embracing as the raindrops come down,” Bodie said. “It made for one of the most awesome wedding pictures I’ve ever seen. There they were with all the people they love, in a place they love, making the most of it. We use them as an example when we talk to other brides and grooms. Enjoy this day. This one day is the start of a whole lifetime.” M

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2014 Wedding Trends and Tips By Ro byn Passante


matte r whe re you a re in the planning (or dreaming) process, if you have a wedding to pull off in 2014, you’ re in luck! T his year’s trends are full of romance, sophistication, innovation and fun. W e’ve gathered the best of the new and the old, the hot and the cold, to help you plan the most up-to-date, in style, outstanding wedding ever.


themes T hey’re not so much “themes” as they are “vibes.” T his year’s brides and grooms are designing weddings that feel flirty and casually sophisticated, according to top wedding planners and industry websites. Receptions are becoming less “rustic” and more “vintage,” with an old-world style when it comes to décor and table settings. L ook for more of a “Downton A bbey”-inspired romantic mood, with plenty of lace, hues of pink, and silver and gold accents on tableware. But don’t worry if your personal style leans more toward shabby chic than 1920s glamour. T hose chalkboards and mason jars have gotten a bit of a backlash, but they remain popular in many of today’s weddings, particularly those set outside. T his year’s brides are using them with more of a contemporary style in mind.


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colors This year’s colors are a bit more muted than in years past. Brides are toning down the ultra-vibrant color schemes (Good riddance, neon green!), opting instead for a spectrum of pastels, including pink, peach, mint green and even light gray. Navy blue is another hot color for 2014, as are shades of orange. Finally, from light lavender to deep plum, brides are continuing to see the power of purple.


attire Though anything goes when it comes to bridal gowns, the trend shows brides are going for a more ethereal look this year. Long, silhouette-hugging – but not constricting – lines using fabrics of silk and lace are popular. Blush-colored dresses are becoming more common, and it seems the strapless trend that hung on so long has finally given way to other more interesting styles, including the handkerchief peplum silhouette. But that doesn’t mean brides have gone conservative: One of the trendiest features of today’s wedding gowns is a sexy low backline. Flower crowns are popular (see previous comment about the ethereal look), as are jeweled barretts and headbands with pearls, rhinestones and crystals. The veil is no longer a given, but more brides are opting for dramatically long veils, which is a bit of a departure from the short veil seen in recent years.


cake Ocean-themed cakes still reign supreme here in the Lowcountry, particularly for destination weddings where this gorgeous setting is the central theme of the day. But there are a couple current cake trends worth mentioning for brides wanting something a bit different. The first is the naked cake, which leaves the sides of the cake exposed, revealing the decadent layers of spongy cake alternating with rich whipped cream or fresh fruit. Another trend is the painted cake, which is picking up steam across the country. In this design the cake decorator literally paints a beautiful scene, pattern, monogram or message right on the cake’s icing. The precision of a paintbrush allows for exquisite detail in the decorative personalization of the cake. The results are, quite literally, works of art.


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invitations Neutral is everything but blah. Blacks, whites, creams, greys and taupes combine to bring sophistication and dimension to any situation. For invitations in particular, a neutral color palette sets the stage for soft, classic and romantic, while allowing greater play with materials, textures, printing techniques and patterns. Unusual elements combine, and creativity soars with the endless options of neutral. The sophisticated letterpress invitations from our Signature collection combine leather, parchment, cotton and copper for an experience that engages all of the senses.


food The “farm to table” trend is going strong, inciting brides and their caterers to incorporate locally grown (or caught) foods and herbs, and give guests a taste of the area’s best cuisine. Family-style serving is popular for its casual flair and the way it encourages conversation. Also more caterers are coming to the table with gluten-free options to satisfy the growing number of guests who adhere to a gluten-free diet. Tasting stations remain popular, but they’re not just for food or treats anymore. Think about having a beer tasting station with locally crafted brews, or a coffee station with varied brews, flavored syrups and appropriate liqueurs.


entertainment Wedding receptions lost their strict formality ages ago and couples have been finding new and innovative ways to keep their guests entertained and happy. Personal photo ops are still popular, but photo booths have given way to green screens, where guests can make it look like they are standing on a shrimp boat or running from a menacing figure. (Google “wedding chase photos” to see some crazy wedding parties in terrifyingly funny scenes.) Others use props to give their guests more fun photo ops, and the results become party favors for guests to bring home.


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Vetting your Broker

B y S t e ven W eb er

It’s import ant t o check out the ba ck ground of your broker or f inanc ial ad visor, just l ike you would any profes sional. Unf ortuna tel y, there are a number of d ifferent regula t ory agenc ies tha t oversee brokers, ad visors and insurance agents, and it’s no t al ways eas y t o be sure you’re go ing t o the r ight pla ce, or gett ing the rele vant inf orma t ion. Here’s a short primer .


he primary organizations involved with registration and oversight of financial professionals in South Carolina are the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, the Securities Division of the South Carolina Attorney General’s office and the South Carolina Insurance Commission. Individuals involved in the sale of financial products and services to the public may be required to registered with one, two, or in some cases all of these entities, depending on the type of business they conduct. If your broker or advisor is involved in the sale of securities in any way, including variable annuities, they must be registered with FINRA. If they sell insurance and fi ed annuities as well, they must also be licensed by our State Insurance Commission. If they give investment advice for a fee, and manage more than $100 million dollars, they must be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; If less than $100 million, the Securities Division of the South Carolina Attorney General’s office

FINRA, or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is an independent non-profit organization authorized by Congress to write and enforce the rules that cover securities firms and brokers, and provide a mechanism for ongoing examination of those firm and brokers for compliance. Their responsibilities include making sure that individuals who sell securities are tested, qualified and licensed, that securities advertisements are truthful and straightforward, that investments sold to an individual are suitable for that investor’s needs, and that investors receive complete disclosure about investments they purchase. You can obtain a background check by going to, clicking on the “Individuals” tab, and typing in the name of your broker in the broker check window. You’ll need to be sure you have the name spelled correctly, along with any middle name or initials. You can also go to the “Firm” tab and view information about their company. If your broker is properly licensed to sell securities, their name will appear, with a summary screen which lists their experience in the


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securities industry, who they are employed by, who they previously worked for, where they are registered to do business, and the examinations they have passed that are current. You will see if they are registered only as a broker who sells securities, or also as an investment advisor who provides investment advice for a fee. However, this site will provide information on their activities as a broker. If this individual has any disclosure events you will see a notation. A disclosure event includes information about client disputes, disciplinary actions and financial matters on the broker’s record. You can click on the “detail” icon to see a complete report of these activities. Any disclosure events will have a record of the event or complaint, a short summary of the circumstances, sometimes the amount of money involved, and the disposition of the item, whether dropped, or settled. If your advisor is a registered investment advisor as well, you will see a link connecting you to the “Investment Advisor Public Disclosure Report,” on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website. This will list any disclosure items having to do with their activities as an investment advisor. Again, you have a summary page and a more detailed report, with any material events noted. Investment advisors are also required to file and annually update a two-part form known as an ADV. This form is the primary registration document for an investment advisor, and gives detailed information about a firm s investment approach, fees, size, and compli-

ance history. This form is available for you to view online by going to the SEC website advisor search page, IAPD/Content/Search/iapd_Search.aspx. You can then enter the firm or individual’s name and follow the link to a complete copy of their ADV form. Insurance agents, no matter what type of insurance they offer, are regulated by the state, through an extensive examination and continuing education process. To confirm that an insurance agent is properly licensed in South Carolina, go to, click on “online services,” then “search SCDOI database. “ Enter the name of the agent or firm you are researching, and their details will come up. No compliance or complaint information is available, but you can see if the individual is properly licensed. For additional information, the phone number for the Department of Insurance Consumer Services is 803-737-6180. 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.

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Steps to Take

To w ard Financial Independence in 2014


By R ick R odgers

he New Year is a great time to make some positive changes in your financial life. While Americans are good at creating resolutions, we often find them difficult to keep. We resolve to lose weight, save money or end bad habits, but few of us stick with those plans for long. If your goal is to be financially independent, and it should be, you need to make some changes in 2014 that you’ll stick with for the rest of your life. Here are a few suggestions for small resolutions that can have a significant impact on your fina cial future:


Spend less than you earn. If you take home $1,000 per week, you cannot spend more than $1,000 per week. That seems simple, but a survey released by in 2013 found 76 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Resolve to live on a budget that’s below your means. You will never be able to out-earn your capacity to spend, so get your spending under control this year.


Credit cards are a last resort. Spending less than you earn will cause your savings to grow. The savings account will be there when the car breaks down or the washing machine goes out, so you don’t have to turn to credit to handle the emergency. Most Americans are not prepared financially for any type of unexpected financial burden. Your goal should be to have three to six months of living expenses set aside in a liquid account for emergencies.


Invest for financial independence. This is not the same as saving for retirement. The goal here is to get to the point financially where you no longer have to work to support yourself. Set aside some of the money you’ve worked for today. Allow it to accumulate and grow so one day that money will be working for you. Start by controlling spending so you have money to save and invest.


Pay less in taxes. Anyone looking for a place to cut expenses might start with their own tax return. Too many Americans pay more taxes than they should. Take advantage of tax retirement accounts through work and health savings accounts, if they’re offered. There are tax credits available for children, higher education, dependent care and retirement savings. Many of these credits go unclaimed each year. Resolve to minimize your income taxes this year and put the savings into your new financial plan.


Make a plan. Baseball great Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you wind up someplace else.” This is especially true if you want to be financially independent. You need a shortterm financial plan for controlling spending — a budget. You also need a long-term plan that establishes the level of savings you maintain, a plan to get out of debt and an investment plan that will take you to financial independence. The plan becomes your road map. There will be detours along the way; your goals and plan will need adjusting as you progress in life. Keep working at it. Don’t be distracted by outside influences you can’t control. 68

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What motivates people to give? For many, the decision to give is motivated by personal experience; a close friend or family member impacted by disease, violence, addiction, or disability might be a reason for someone to support finding cures or providing assistance. For some, the decision is motivated by help they had once received—perhaps establishing a scholarship after having received one, or donating books or musical instruments after having had the benefit of such donations themselves. For others, the creation of a family legacy, such as a named building or an endowment, can be motivating as it shows appreciation for the life of a spouse, parent or grandparent. Perhaps a news story stimulated a gift. Some of us were taught about giving through family or religious education and as a result, made it a part of our everyday lives.

money, or are there other/better sources from which they could draw support? Do they know how to balance a budget? Are they well suited to do the work they say they will? The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has the good fortune to work with donors of all means and passions and for many, it is passion, that “heart” if you will, that drives their giving. For some the passion is for the arts, for others education, for others the environment or animal welfare. The list is endless. One of the pieces of advice we give to all is get to know the people and organizations doing the work. It means walking in and asking questions. It means asking for a copy of an annual report and reviewing financial statements. It means confirming charitable status with the IRS. Almost daily, we at the Community Foundation answer questions about these very personal topics. We help donors define their passion if they are uncertain. We research nonprofit organizations and assist donors with the due diligence needed to make a good giving decision. We help nonprofits to become stronger and more informed and to become and remain the type of organizations that donors want to support. Fortunately, in the Lowcountry, we have many, many organizations doing excellent work. In our competitive grantmaking, the Community Foundation relies on measurements and metrics provided by our nonprofit grantees to gauge impact and effectiveness. These deliberate guidelines are important to us as our board has been entrusted with charitable dollars from community Most often, charitable giving is one way we express our values. It is how members, and it is its charged to use them effectively. But that does not we hope to change things for the better—how we help those in need—how mean the grantmaking we do is solely based on numbers…far from it. We we support our communities and the quality of life for all our friends and get to know the staff and board members in local organizations, and what neighbors. issues concern them. In doing site visits, our Grants Advisory Committee members ask questions and delve into the way certain projects fit into the overall strategy of the orgaWe help donors define their passion if they are nization. They get to hear the stories of the value of the services to those being served. “We look into uncertain. We research nonprofit organizations the eyes of the people whose passion is the work and assist donors with the due diligence they are doing, and hear the excitement in their needed to make a good giving decision. voices as they describe it,” notes Dr. Cynthia Smith, VP for Grantmaking and Community Leadership. One debate in the arena of charitable giving today is: Is it better to give “This helps to inform our board about the ability of the organization to in response to an emotional need or feeling, or are dollars better spent if accomplish what they hope to do.” they are tied to a metric that measures how effective the organization is at Our advice to you is to treat charitable giving as both art and science. It accomplishing its mission? is both passion and research. It is mind and heart. And as you consider Donors that only follow their heart may find themselves trusting an orgathat gift for your Valentine this month, consider also a gift to a local nonnization that is not trustworthy. With thousands of charities to choose from, profit—one whose work both ignites your passion and proves itself worthy. how can you know that your money is being used appropriately and will And as always, live generously. have the greatest impact? As we look deeper, how can we be sure that our Denise K. Spencer contribution went to purchase medicines for the afflicted—or simply paid

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Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Primary Care has added certified adult nurse practitioner Mary Ellen Groff to its team of medical professionals. In addition to over 30 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, Groff is also a certified diabetes educator and has a special interest in women’s health. Most recently, she worked for the Rural Health Clinic at Coastal Carolina Hospital. Before moving to the Lowcountry in 2009, Groff worked 20 years with Metropolitan Medical Associates, an internal medicine and multi-specialty medical practice in Baltimore. She also held associate faculty positions at Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware schools of nursing. Hilton Head Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of Tom Neal, RN, MHA, MBA, to Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Neal will have responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the hospital and related services, ensuring that staff delivers high quality and cost effective care. A registered nurse for over 25 years, Neal previously was the Vice President of Business Development for Hilton Head Regional Healthcare which includes Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital, Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center, and affiliated physician practices. The opening of the new Bluffton Medical Campus, a 60,000 square-foot outpatient center in Bluffton occurred on Neal’s watch. Neal first joined Hilton Head Hospital in 2005 as the Director of Critical Care. He was promoted numerous times and held additional leadership positions in Cardiovascular, Cardiopulmonary, Emergency Services and Imaging Services. Rob Ryan has recently joined the team of mortgage loan officers at CoastalStates Bank/Homeowners Mortgage. Ryan comes to CoastalStates



KLENKE OPENS PLASTIC SURGERY OFFICE IN BLUFFTON Dr. Audrey Klenke has opened Pinnacle Plastic Surgery in Bluffton. Klenke started the practice to provide the latest advances in cosmetic and reconstructive services in the Lowcountry. Her approach is driven by modern perceptions of beauty and the understanding that aesthetics depend on individual perspective. She has joined the medical staff of both Hilton Head Hospital and Beaufort Memorial Hospital. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, she has served as the chief administrative resident at the University’s Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery. Her projects and presentations there included recent advances in facial and body contouring, and the use of less invasive surgical procedures such as lasers, peels and injectables. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery will focus on those areas and reconstructive surgery for breast and skin cancer, extensive weight loss and facial trauma. Also pictured is executive director Trevor Klenke. from SunTrust Mortgage where he had been working as a loan officer since 2005. He graduated from Penn State in 1997 and moved to Hilton Head Island in 1999 where he currently lives with his wife Rachel and his two sons ages 2 and 4. Ryan’s office is located at 5 Bow Circle on Hilton Head. Kris Vigh has joined the team at Salon Artistry as their nail technician, bringing 20 years of experience and specializing in natural nail care including traditional and spa manicures & pedicures as well as the innovative gel polish manicures. Diamond Realty & Property Management is pleased to announce the promotion of Dana Stephens to the position of general manager. In that capacity, Stephens assumes overall responsibility for the daily operations of the company including employee management and all accounting and customer relation functions. She is well

NEW BRIDAL ATTIRE, FLORAL SHOP OPENS IN BLUFFTON LowCountry Bride & Gown and Make It Pretty recently opened in the Sheridan Park Business Center, next to the American Red Cross. Owners Christina Vicaro and Nicole Smith hope the shop will become the local place to go for weddings and special events. The shop is providing the area’s first bridal/special occasion attire and floral design combination in one location with personalized referral service for photographers, wedding planners, event locations and many other wedding/event related providers.

prepared for the job as she has successfully held the previous positions of office and property manager and has been instrumental in assisting in the direction and rapid growth of the company. Diamond Realty manages long term rental homes in Bluffton and northern Georgia as well as marketing and sales of homes in those areas. The Sea Pines Resort is pleased to announce that Kate Hinton has joined its staff as New Owner Relations Manager.°Hinton’s responsibilities will include oversight of the resort’s home and villa acquisition program. Prior to joining The Sea Pines Resort, Hinton worked for Hilton Head Rentals & Golf. Hinton holds a property management license, and her varied experience includes: reservations, property management, marketing, and working with sports and international groups. Palmetto Dunes Catering, the catering arm of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, recently promoted Don Reinheardt, formerly a catering chef for the resort, to Executive Chef, and named Lindsay Thompson as Catering and Events Sales Manager. Reinheardt now oversees all food production within the resort, including menu development, food purchases, recipe development, kitchen and production staff supervision, oversight of food and labor budgets, and ensuring the highest food quality standards. Thompson, who previously worked for Starwood Hotels, will manage sales, promotion, pricing and planning for all catering, banquet and event functions. Thompson has also served as catering sales manager for Heritage Golf Group.


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The Fred Astaire Dance Studio Hilton Head/Bluffton participated in annual Fred Astaire Dance Seminar in Durham, N.C., in January. The school took home the top studio award in its region while co-owner Armando Aseneta took home top studio manager. Co-owner Sandro Virag took home the top teacher award. The Child Abuse Prevention Association announced new officer for its Board of Directors at its annual meeting on Jan. 16. Dawn Freeman was named president of the board. Melissa Murray will serve as vice president. Paul Denning will serve as treasurer. Roseann Connor will serve as secretary. Bob Bible is president elect. Kim Duke-Clark is the immediate past president and owner of Lowcountry Day Preschool and Camp Lowcountry Day. Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, a nonprofit volunteer-based organization that provides critical legal services to families and individuals, announces the following awards, to be presented at the 7th Annual Celebration of Justice, Saturday, March 1, at the Westin Hotel on Hilton Head Island: The Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded posthumously to Samuel L. Svalina; The Clifford R. Oviatt Legal Award for the Advancement of Social Justice presented to Rick Corley; The Marilyn Stein Bellet Award for the Advancement of Social Justice presented to Fran Heyward Bollin; The William T. Altoff Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year presented to Gordon R. Miller School Improvement Councils at seven schools – including two in Beaufort County – have been named to the South Carolina School Improvement Council’s 2014 Honor Roll for their efforts to foster civic engagement in public education. Okatie and Port Royal elementary schools’ SICs will continue in the running for the SC-SIC’s annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. Named for the former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor and his late wife, the Riley Award was created in 2002 to recognize the vital contributions made by the 14,000-plus local School Improvement Council members who volunteer in every public school in the state. Hilton Head Island resident Dr. Joseph Hickey, founder of the island’s Hickey Wellness Center, was among the esteemed lecturers invited to speak at an integrative medicine conference hosted by the International College of Integrative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. The ICIM’s 57th annual continuing medical education conference, entitled “Innovation! Meeting Today’s Medical Challenges,” emphasized immunotherapy, oncology and neurology, as well as innovative tools, breakthroughs in

HHRH Opens Bluffton Outpatient Center Hilton Head Regional Healthcare has opened its new Bluffton Medical Campus, a new 60,000-square-foot outpatient center in Bluffton. It is situated on approximately 12 acres near the intersection of Highway 278 and Buck Island Road in Bluffton Commons at Belfair. The campus offers a wide range of outpatient diagnostic services in one convenient and patient-friendly environment. It is the new home for Hilton Head Hospital’s nationally accredited Breast Health Center. Diagnostic imaging services include breast imaging, CT scan, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, bone densitometry, fluo oscopic radiography and routine radiography. Adult and pediatric physical, speech and occupational therapy are located on the second floo . conventional approaches and integrative therapies. Dr. Hickey, whose extensive experience includes treating complex neurological disorders, presented a stimulating lecture regarding the neurochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease.

ConventionSouth magazine, based in Gulf Shores, Ala., is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals throughout the country.

Dianne Kosto has received certific tion from the Biofeedback Certific tion International Alliance after successfully completing the rigorous training and mentorship process. Less than 10 others in the state have. Kosto has been practicing BrainCore Therapy neurofeedback since becoming certified in Hilton Head as an Advanced BrainCore Therapy Technician and Trainer in January of 2011. She works closely with Founder of BrainCore Therapy, Dr. Guy Annunziata, BCN, of Hilton Head Island.

Hilton Head Nannies is expanding and is now known as Hilton Head Nannies and Companions. The new location is at 18 Oak Forest Road, Suite C, inside Renato Health and Wellness (next to Labcorp). Hilton Head Nannies and Companions is ready to assist with a wide range of services from helping to prepare a meal, run errands, grooming, bathing, housekeeping, appointments, organization, and monitoring, to anything a loved one needs to keep their independence and enjoy the comforts of their own home. They are ready to provide companionship and service for the Beaufort County area.

Oak Advisors, a locally owned and operated, fee-only, registered investment advisor located in Bluffton, was named in the December 2013 edition of InvestmentNews magazine as one of the largest fee-only registered investment advisory firms in the U.S. The fir ranks in the top 10 largest firms in South Carolina in assets under management and the top 5 when measured by average account size. David Ruckno of Stuckart, Ruckno Associates, successfully completed all application requirements for the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and CRPC designation. Scott Mallon of H & H Auto Service, Inc. has been elected President of The Island Business Alliance Chapter of BNI. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island has received ConventionSouth’s “Top New or Renovated Meeting Site” award and was featured in the December issue of the magazine. Earlier this year, the resort officially completed a $30M renovation, including 22,500 square feet of all-new meeting and event space, and represents the only all-new resort to open at Hilton Head Island this year.


Robert W. Howard, P.C., has announced the relocation of his law fir to Suite 101 of WatersEdge in Shelter Cove. The firm was established on Hilton Head in 1982 and is a civil law practice representing clients in personal injury claims, contract claims, alternative dispute resolution, real estate closings, condominium and property owners’ association matters, estate planning and probate, and other services. Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy — led by the former No.1 player in the world and coach to Wimbledon champion Andy Murray – announces a partnership with the Tennisclub of the Low Country at Rose Hill. The tennis instruction and play portion of the academy will now be conducted at TLC at Rose Hill. The full-time program (grades five to 12) at Ivan Lendl IJTA is based on philosophies Lendl followed to become one of the greatest players in tennis history and capture eight Grand Slams. The Academy focuses daily instruction on classic fundamentals, leading-edge biomechanics, strength training / fitness and mental preparation.


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The Hilton Head Humane Association held its annual meeting on Dec. 9 at the Golf Club at Indigo Run. The following directors were named officers for 2014: Chuck Laine, Chairman; Frank Raiti, Vice Chairman; Lorie Frankovic, Corresponding Secretary; Sandy Leath, Recording Secretary; Jason Green, Treasurer. The HHHA has a no-kill shelter funded entirely by membership dues and private donations. Mortgage Network raised a record $53,000 through the company’s “Tee Off Fore the Arts” annual golf benefit earlier in fall 2013. The sum, which has been donated to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, is the highest amount raised in the 10-year history of the charity tournament. Over the past decade, “Tee Off Fore the Arts” has generated more than $350,000 to the Arts Center’s education and outreach programs. The Island Recreation Association launched its new website: The new design reflect the organization’s mission to provide the community with recreational activities and better serve the community. The new website educates the public on the upcoming community events, recreational activities for youth, adults and seniors. Hampton Lake, a private Bluffton community, closed out 2013 with unprecedented sales. The community had 173 sales, 58 homes currently under construction and an additional 57 have been built during the year. This sales and activity report is especially noteworthy because Hampton Lake, the development entity of the Hampton Lake community, began reorganizing its debt structure last spring through a Chapter 11 filing As of January 8, Hampton Lake officially emerged from the reorganization and has lived up to the pledge of “business as usual” for the community, the club, the owners and the entities’ employees. Curves of Bluffton announced it is now offering Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels, a cutting-edge total body workouts that feature the Curves Circuit strength training machines in conjunction with functional bodyweight-based exercises that ramp up metabolism and transform physique. Michaels is best known as America’s health and wellness expert. The workouts boost intensity, build strength, burn fat and prevent plateaus. Professional Tennis Registry announced that in a new multi-year agreement, the organization has selected Penn to be the official endorsed tennis ball of PTR. The partnership builds on the longstanding HEAD endorsement with PTR that spans more than 30 years. The relationship with HEAD and PTR is the longest lasting active sponsorship in

Low Country Neurop athy Cont inues t o Expand Low Country Neuropathy, the office o Atul M. Gupta, M.D., is continuing to grow. After winning the Hilton Head Monthly Readers’ Choice Award for Best Doctor in 2013, while still celebrating its first anniversary o opening in Bluffton, Low Country Neuropathy has now hired on four new staff members. This adds a wealth of experience and backgrounds to allow Dr. Gupta to continue to provide the highest quality patient care while still delivering the best patient satisfaction as well. New to the office as o January are: Marla Crisp, case manager. Crisp is originally from Ohio and just recently relocated to Hilton Head this past year. She is an RN with 25 years of experience in critical care and emergency medicine, as well as education and management. Jessica Heath, receptionist and medical assistant. Heath is local, having grown up in Bluffton and has a long history in customer service experience. Dorissa Myers, receptionist. Dorissa is originally from Indiana, and has been in the Low Country for the past 22 years. She brings a wealth of experience in office management and patient service Elizabeth Terra, medical assistant. Terra is originally from Charleston, W.V., and came to South Carolina two years ago. She has over 15 years of experience as a medical assistant in numerous medical specialties. Low Country Neuropathy continues to provide its patients relief from the suffering of neuropathy without any pills, prescriptions or surgery. All testing is done in one office for patient convenience and all testing and treatments are fully covered by most major insurance plans, including Medicare. As always with Dr. Gupta, new patient consultations are completely free.

the tennis teaching industry. Penn tennis balls, including the premium Pro Penn Marathon, will be the official balls for the PTR International Tennis Symposium and other PTR events. PTR members will receive discounts on all Penn balls, including the Pro Penn with PTR logo. Discounts will also be available on junior equipment from racquets to ROG and foam balls, as well as on teaching tools like targets and throw down lines. Crescent Communities – a diversifie real estate investment, development and operating company – announced an investment of more than $100 million to expand its prestigious Inn at Palmetto Bluff located in Bluffton. Crescent also announced that luxury hotel management company Montage Hotels & Resorts will become the new operator of the expanded Inn, effective Feb. 1, after which time the Inn will be marketed as The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort. The expansion will add 150 luxury rooms to the Inn’s 50 individual cottages – in a collection of buildings – and feature a destination spa and fitness center, meeting and special event facilities and expanded dining facilities for both guests and Palmetto Bluff property owners. The New River Auto Mall has opened a state-of-the-art full-service vehicle remanufacturing center. The 35,000-square-foot NRAM Vehicle Remanufacturing Center, located at 1667 N. Okatie Hwy. in Ridgeland, will offer the full range of auto body and

collision repair services, and will include both an onsite paint center and auto detailing center. The NRAM Vehicle Remanufacturing Center employs 20 people, from auto body technicians and paint specialists to detailing experts and office staff. Charter One Realty launched a new website at and experienced some realtor growth in its continued expansion into the local real estate marketplace. The following real estate professionals joined the company in fourth quarter: Duke and Linda Delcher (Lowcountry Office); David Hussey (Lowcountry Office); Allan Poulter (Beach Market Office); and Bonnie Taylor (Wexford Office) Gateway Realty is pleased to announce the opening of its new Oldfield real estate office in the Greeter’s Store at the Oldfield front gate. Oldfiel truly reflects the natural beauty of the Lowcountry with 860 acres meandering along the Okatie River. A maximum of 546 traditional Lowcountry styled homes combined with incredible amenities highlighted by the natural environment make Oldfield an exceptional community. Gateway’s Oldfield specialist, Alice Beckish has been selling property within the development since its inception in 2000 and will now be joined by Gateway realtors, Matthew Bradford and Jan Ferguson. Gateway Realty has four office located at the front gates of Oldfield Berkeley Hall, Belfair and Colleton River.


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EBRUARY IS A VERY BUSY MONTH FOR THE HHSO. In additional to two wonderful concerts we host the finals of the Hilton Head Youth Concerto Competition on Feb. 1 at St Luke’s beginning at 1:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss seeing these talented instrumentalists. Tickets may be purchased at the door the afternoon of the performance. Our first concerts on Feb. 9-10 welcome back 18-year-old first prize winner of the 2012 Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists, Leonardo Colafelice. As the soloist in our concert German Romantics, he will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. Then plan to attend one more of the rounds of the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition which will be held March 10 through 17. Tickets are now on sale at www.hhipc. org or by calling the 843-842-2055. On Feb. 23-24 we will present the music of the Lowcountry in a concert entitled Lowcountry Celebration which features the Hilton Head Dance Theatre, and Lowcountry favorites, Marlena Smalls and Lavon Stevens. Throughout the history of South Carolina, music has evolved from the music of the Gullah culture to today’s popular music scene. Perhaps the most influential official musical forms are the state opera, Porgy and Bess, and the state music, adopted in 1999, known simply as “The Spiritual” which the concert will celebrate with the playing of Kumbaya. Nine talented young violinists will solo in this original arrangement of the Gullah tune that translates to “Come By Here.” So plan to attend our three February events for a month of talented young artists, romantic composers, and a tribute to the music of the Lowcountry! What a great way to spend a winter month!

See you there!

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The drive to preserve and protect the Gullah Geechee culture rides into 2014 with accelerating enthusiasm drawn from completion of the management plan for how to proceed in going about that work.


hen the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission holds its first quarterly meeting of this year on Feb. 21 at Fernandina Beach, Fla., near Amelia Island, the members will be looking to rev up some specifics to move forward on. The thrust of their work will be how to implement the three major goals of the commission: to preserve the culture, to educate people about that culture and to further economic development to help the people of the culture. The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends along the southeastern coast from Jacksonville, through Georgia and South Carolina to Wilmington, N.C., and extends 30 miles inland. It was established by Congress under legislation sponsored by Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., and passed in September 2006. The commission was introduced a year later in October 2007. The corridor falls under the purview of the National Park Service and, according to Michael A. Allen, community partnership specialist for the NPS in Mt. Pleasant, it is the only one of 49 cultural heritage

corridors around the country that centers on African-American history and culture. Allen said the commission now is reaching out to governments of states, counties, cities and towns and to community organizations to help carry out the plan. Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic and County Councilman Stu Rodman recently met with two representatives of the corridor commission. Rodman, the county’s liaison with the commission, said he and Kubic met with Emory Campbell, a community leader among the Gulllah people of Hilton Head Island and a member and first chairman in May 2008 of the corridor commission, and Ronald Daise, from Pawley’s Island, another former chairman of the commission. Rodman said they discussed partnership possibilities. “After the first of the year (2014), we’ll be able to explore what we can do together to accomplish those (three) objectives,” he reported. The aim “is to develop a strategy to make this happen.” Campbell, former executive director of Penn Center on St. Helena Island, said the

commission was looking for partnerships not only with governments, but with planning boards and such organizations as chambers of commerce. He said the commission also hopes to involve schools and museums, such as the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, in the effort to educate people about the Gullah Geechee culture. In economic development, Campbell went on, they want to seek ways to help small businesses get established and flourish, such as restaurants and basket weaving. In promoting crafts such as basket weaving, he noted, there’s a double benefit – making an income for the crafter and preserving the history. Campbell cited the arts as another part of the culture to be preserved. “The performing arts have always been a part of the Gullah culture – the sounds, the dances,” he said, “as well as the fine arts.” But, he stressed: “One of the keys to preserving the Gullah culture is preserving the land — the family-owned land.” Althea Sumpter, former vice chairman and now the acting chairman of the corridor commission and a professor of video February 2014 79

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M CELEBRATING GULLAH production and multi-media studies at the Art Institute of Atlanta in Atlanta, said the commission would set its agenda for the entire year at its Feb. 21 meeting in Florida. “It will be a year of thank-you’s and celebration to recognize the communities that helped” with development of the management plan with their comments at the 21 public meetings held throughout the corridor in 2009, she said. A draft management plan was approved by the corridor commission in 2012 and submitted to the National Park Service and Interior Department for review. It was approved by the Interior Department last May. “It was through the communities that we developed most of the management plan,” Sumpter, a native of St. Helena Island, went on, adding the commission wasn’t going to tell them what to do. “They gave rise to the needs,” she explained. “We have heard, and this is how we will support you … and help your community to flesh out” plans to reach the stated goals. Where the Gullah people live and the Geechee people live has blurred. Whereas it was said in the past that the Gullah people lived in the Lowcountry of the South Carolina and Georgia coast, the residence of the two are now considered synonymous, according to the National Park Service’s Allen. He said so many people in the cultures have moved around, they are now viewed as one. The first visible sign of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is the signage announcing the designation now appearing along the highways. Allen, who originally is from Kingstree, near Florence, which is in the corridor, said the corridor and commission have an office on King Street in downtown Charleston. It advertised for an executive director last August but, Allen said, that position is now on hold. Sumpter chaired the search committee. Allen said the corridor receives about $150,000 a year for operations from the National Park Service. Among other things, it helps pay for travel expenses. The commission also has a foundation which accepts grants and gifts. The commission has representatives of all four states in the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor on it, all of whom serve at the pleasure of the secretary of the interior. M






Opening Reception Time: 6 p.m. Venue: Walter Greer Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island Cost: $15 per person Be the first to preview the Arts of We People XVII, an original collection of art depicting Gullah life past and present.

Arts of We People XVII Original Collection of Art Exhibit & Sale Time: Mon. – Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Venue: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island Cost: Free Comprehensive display of original Gullah Art, including paintings, sweetgrass baskets and more from Lowcountry artists. Artists will be on site at various times throughout the exhibit. Check for exact schedules at


Taste of Gullah Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Venue: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island Cost: $12 per plate Enjoy an afternoon of food and entertainment with the Hilton Head Island Gullah community. You can taste authentic Island gumbo, conch stew, sweet potato pone, fried fish and more.

Family and Friends Celebration Time: 7 p.m. Venue: First African Baptist Church 70 Beach City Rd., Hilton Head Island Cost: Free Will Offering The church’s program is titled “Looking back in our Gullah Heritage.” Entertainment will include local singers, praise dancers and historic dramatizing.

Gullah Gospel Night Time: 7 p.m. Venue: Zion Missionary Church 10 Robertson St. Bluffton Cost: Free Will Offering Experience a night of Gospel music featuring local saxophonist Greg Whittaker and the acclaimed choir “The Voices of El Shaddai.”


Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast Time: 8 a.m. to 12 noon Venue: St. James Baptist Church 209 Dillon Rd., Hilton Head Island Cost: $12 per plate Savory shrimp and grits, stewed oysters, fried fish and much more prepared by Ooman Chef Louise Cohen and other native islanders.


Variety Show at Sea Pines Time: 5 p.m. Venue: The Sea Pines Resort Conference Center. 32 Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head Island


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GULLAH CELEBRATION Cost: $15 An afternoon of acclaimed Hilton Head Island musicians performing jazz and gospel classics. The show is produced by Lavon Stevens.


Valentine Day Live with Deas Guyz Silent Auction Time: 7 p.m. to midnight Venue: Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort 40 Folly Field Rd., Hilton Head Island Cost: $30 per person, includes buffet dinner. Cash bar available. Join in a night of entertainment and dancing featuring Hilton Head Island’s own Deas Guyz.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEB.15 & 16 Arts, craft and food festival Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue: Coastal Discovery Museum 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island Rain Venue: Hilton Head Island Middle School 55 Wilburn Rd., Hilton Head Island Cost: $5 adults, $3 youth (12 and under) This two-day event offers cultural demonstrations such as quilt and jewelry making, Gullah and African crafts, traditional Gullah foods and musical entertainment. Beer and wine tickets can be purchased at the event with valid ID.


Traditional Gullah Praise Concert Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: St. James Baptist Church 209 Dillon Rd., Hilton Head Island Cost: Free Will Offering Celebrate and honor the spiritual thread that binds African ancestors and the Gullah of today.


Gullah Men Wha Cook Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Venue: St. James Baptist Church 209 Dillon Rd., Hilton Head Island Cost: $5 per person Experience delectable dishes prepared by all-men cooking teams representing various local churches, non-profits and caterers from the Lowcountry. You can cast your vote and help determine which team deserves the 2014 BEST Gullah Men Wha Cook Team for best food.


Marsh Tacky Horse Exhibition Featuring the Black Cowboy Festival Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Venue: Open lot at 231 Beach City Rd., across from Mitchelville Park, Hilton Head Island Cost: $5 adult, $3 youth (12 and under) Back by popular demand, this event showcases the Marsh Tacky Horse, a key contributor historically to agri-business and transportation for Gullah people of Hilton Head Island. Featured in this year’s event are horses and riders from award-wining Black Cowboy Festival. Attendees can expect an afternoon of fun for the entire family. February 2014 81

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Michael Smalls is a man on a mission.


he master weaver of sweetgrass baskets, a talent he learned as a child, wants to save what he fears is a dying Gullah art for future generations. Smalls, who now lives in Bluffton, grew up in Mt. Pleasant and took a liking to basket weaving at the age of eight as a result of carrying the basket of fresh flowers that his great-grandmother brought to Broad Street in downtown Charleston to sell door-to-door. “From that I learned how to weave the baskets,” he recalled in an interview sitting on a bench under a large red cedar tree at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, on Hilton Head Island, where baskets that he makes are on sale. “I learned from her.” Smalls, now 52, said he was very close to his great-grandmother, Lucinda Pringle. He is proud to be the seventh generation of his family to make sweetgrass baskets, a craft the slaves of the coastal area brought with them from Africa when they were transported to America in the early 1700s. After weaving baskets as a youngster, he said he gave up the practice for many years, until taking it up again in recent years

as an adult with a passion. “I decided I wanted to try to preserve the art form as long as I can because we’re losing it with this generation,” he said. “The kids don’t want to learn because it takes so much time and patience to do. I decided I would try to preserve it for my generation and, hopefully future generations. “It has survived for 400 years now,” he pointed out. Working deftly with a “nail bone” – the historic term for the tool he uses to weave his baskets, which today is a spoon handle – Smalls would punch a space in the basket he was working on large enough to push a palm frond through to wrap the grasses he was coiling into place. He uses sweetgrass, pine needles and bulrush. He gets his supply of grasses from a plantation in Hardeeville. The grasses are becoming increasingly scarce in supply, particularly in the Mt. Pleasant area, because development is squeezing the fields out, he said. He considers himself fortunate to have been given access to the grasses he pulls at the Hardeeville plantation, which are grown for the basket weavers. Smalls explained the “nail bone” began in Africa as a bone from the rib cage of an animal that the future slaves used to make large round grass baskets. When they got to Amerca, he

said, they took nails and fl ttened their heads and used those to make their baskets. When they left the plantations, he went on, and had access to their own silverware, they broke off handles of spoons to use as their tool – as do the basket weavers today – and kept the term “nail bone.” His only other tool, Smalls said, is a pair of scissors. Smalls said the large round baskets that the slaves made were used on the plantations they worked to clean the rice grown on them and get the husks off. “They would put the rice in the baskets and throw the rice up into the air from the baskets and the wind would blow the husks off,” he said. “The rice would ball back to the baskets.” As the generations went on he continued, the baskets started to get very decorative. He said they made bread baskets to hold bread, fruits and vegetables in the plantation house. In time, he said, “They made baskets for sale, as a means of support, and became very creative about it and it became an art form. “In Africa, men made the baskets,” Smalls said. “Then it switched around after they were brought to America as the men were put out to the field to do all the hard labor and the

women would do the baskets.” While not many men make sweetgrass baskets today, Smalls said, more are getting into it and many work behind the scenes in the business. Asked what baskets sell the best, Smalls said the bread baskets and fruit baskets. He said the reason is that a lot of the baskets are purchased by tourists who can’t handle a larger basket while traveling whereas the smaller bread and fruit baskets can be tucked into their luggage between their clothes. “But I tell a lot of my clients,” he added, “if you want something bigger and nicer, I can ship.” Baskets he has sold have gone to such far flung places as Hawaii, Canada, England, Spain, Italy – and even back to Africa from where it all began. Smalls said he likes to be creative with the baskets he makes. While he mostly makes traditional pieces like bread and fruit baskets, “I always add a little to it to make it also a signature piece. I try to make something different.” “But,” he stressed, “I don’t get too fancy with it.” He said he did get real fancy one time with a big piece called an elephant ear, or - as he calls it - an angel vase, because of the large sidings on it that look like angel wings. That grew out of a “Basket Day” festival for basket weavers one June when he was among some of them commissioned to do centerpieces for the Gullah dinner, featuring “all the Gullah dishes,” during the festival. February 2014 83

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“It got me a little attention,” he acknowledged modestly. That large basket is now on a three-year tour of a number of African and European countries as part of the “U.S. Embassy Dakar: Art in the Embassies” exhibition. A miniature of it is on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum. Smalls quit his former job and moved to Bluffton five years ago and has supported himself entirely through this sweetgrass basket making and related activities such as demonstrations, hotel appearances, garden club presentations and classes in schools, where he’s been pleased to see the children excited by the sweetgrass baskets they see and the work that goes into making them. “It’s not just an ordinary basket,” he asserted. “It’s an art form. It’s something that represents a culture and a people. After traveling thousands of miles over water, when they got to the land they were brought to, they still had the knowledge and the techniques to build these baskets.” “I’m concerned,” he said about the future of the art, “because young people now, with all the technology – the games, computers, cell phones – keep them more interested in stuff like that than doing something like this.” “It’s such an important part of the Gullah heritage or history of the Gullah culture,” he continued. “I would like to preserve it, at least for my generation, and try to get a few more younger people to take it to their generation.” Smalls revealed that he has an apprentice now, not young, but eager to learn the art of basket weaving, who he is teaching how. And it’s a man, he said. “I think it was a God given gift and talent,” he added of the art of making sweetgrass baskets. “I appreciate God for giving us such a talent.” “And as long as Michael Smalls lives, there will be a sweetgrass basket somewhere.” M


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nyone with a hankering to try their hand at making a sweetgrass basket – or to learn how they are made – need look no further than the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. Daurus Niles, an expert weaver of sweetgrass baskets, conducts a hands-on class about the enduring Gullah art every Saturday morning at the museum from now through the end of February. Niles said everyone comes away from the class having made something under her tutelage. The classes are two hours long, running from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and cost $65, which includes the materials the participants use. “The reason I started teaching was I thought it would give those in the class an appreciation for the art,” Niles explained. “Some people say they are all thumbs and can’t do a craft, but I teach them. When they leave, they hug me because now they have bragging rights with their friends.” “It makes me feel great,” she added. Niles, who lives in Summerville, learned how to make sweetgrass baskets as a child from her grandmother and great-grandmother. She said it began doing a flat piece – maybe a placemat or coasters – then moved on to starters, such as small baskets, .and eventually got to coiling and shaping the larger baskets. She gave up basket weaving for a number of years then took it up again about six years ago after a 27-year career as a hair stylist, and teaching hair styling, when her youngest daughter graduated from high school. Niles said she didn’t want to get a booth to

sell her baskets at the Charleston Market – it was too crowded, so came to Bluffton and joined with her cousin, Michael Smalls, another expert basket maker, in setting up shop making baskets at a Visitors Center on Highway 278 near Route 46, which no longer exists. She said they were “discovered” by a gentleman who stopped to look over their baskets and asked if they would like to see their works in a museum. The gentleman, she related, said his wife was associated with the Coastal Discovery Museum and gave them her phone number for them to call. She said she called the wife and, while she was very polite, she told her she wasn’t interested. Niles said the gentleman then brought his wife out to the Visitors’ Center to see their work, and “ she asked if we could set up that day” in the museum. “And the rest,” she said, “is history.” Baskets that both she and Smalls make are on display and for sale at the museum. Niles said baskets that she has made have found their way to such distant places as Hawaii, Canada, Africa, Germany and Paris, France. “I have been very blessed,” she concluded.


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In the Gullah culture, storytellers have the important function of reciting and remembering genealogy and historical information for their village.


hese islanders, former slaves from the West African coastal countries of Senegal and Sierra Leone, have inhabited the Sea Islands for generations, and their unique traditions remain largely intact. Equally important to local culture are the recipes they preserved. “Growing up Gullah means that you learn to make do with what you’ve got,” said chef David Young, owner of Roastfish & Cornbread restaurant on Hilton Head Island. Young is a locally famous island ambassador and institution to Gullah cooking. He invited us into his kitchen to experience the flavors of the Lowcountry. On the morning of our visit a delivery from a local farmer brings a bounty of fresh vegetables including collard greens, celery, parsnip, onions and carrots. Minutes later, the fish truck arrives. Today’s fresh catch is red fish and Young is all smiles. “Traditional Gullah cooking is very vegetarian based, with lots of fresh vegetables, fish and shellfish Anything that’s local,” he said. “We were raised to live off the land, so we planted our

vegetables and fished our waters and caught our shrimp and did the best we could with what we had.” On the day of our visit, Young featured shrimp and grits with sides of collard greens, sweet potato cornbread and red rice that looked, smelled and tasted like a slice of heaven. Other house favorites include heirloom tomato salad, roasted portabella mushrooms and shrimp gumbo, which includes local shrimp, diced peppers and stewed okra. Native treats include fruit cobbler, homemade meringues and sweet potato cheesecake pie. Gullah-style grits are a staple in Young’s kitchen as a quick, easy and versatile side dish. In his recipe, Young uses four cups of water, half cup of butter, one cup of stone ground grits, half teaspoon of black pepper and half teaspoon of garlic. “I often serve them Gullah-style with sautéed shrimp and onions, fresh tomato’s and basil,” Young said. “I also like to pair them with gumbo, bean dishes and fresh vegetables.” Young is locally famous for his veganstyle Lowcountry red rice, which he serves with collard greens and ovenroasted fish “Slow roasting is a gentle cooking method that guarantees the fish remains moist and tender,” Young said. He said the most versatile ingredient in his kitchen is homemade vegetable stock. He recommends simmering a hearty mixture of carrots, parsnips, leeks, onion, celery, mushroom, garlic and assorted herbs. The user-friendly stock is then added to flavor vegetarian style soups, stews, bean dishes and rice. “My goal is to cook it real slow, so that I draw all of the flavor out of the vegetables,” he said. Hilton Head Island native Elnora

Aiken is chairperson of the 18th Annual “Taste of Gullah” to be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Arts Center. Aiken’s favorite local dish is Conch Stew, with includes meat from the shellfish cooked with a ham hock and served over white rice. Some people serve the dish with a side of fresh collard greens. “Either way you serve it, it tastes real good,” she said. Visitors to the event should try her family recipe for Hoppin’ John, which is served with red field peas and rice. “It’s red in the package and after it’s combined with the rice some people put in a hog jowl or ham neck bone combined all in one pot,” she said. Other local favorites to be featured are shrimp and okra gumbo, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, oysters and grits and stewed crab. “For us it’s a breakfast meal or dinner meal, depending on your mood,” she said. Stewed crab and grits include the meat of crab, fried with bacon, then layered with gravy. “Today some people put green peppers in it, but back in the day it was only onion, salt and pepper,” she said. We discussed the importance of oysters on local culture. “My mother made a living out of opening oysters at the Oyster House,”

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Chef Dye Scott-Rhodan is shown in her old restaurant at Pineland Station. The new Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s is located at 840 William Hilton Parkway in the Atrium Building on Hilton Head Island. Scott-Rhodan is an outland Gullah, raised in Ridgeland. Her late father Nathaniel Scott was a skilled farmer. Her mother Earline is a master chef, perfecting recipes handed down from generation to generation. Scott-Rhodan uses those same recipies in her popular restaurant today.

Ms. Aiken said. “I remember the men would go out and pick the oysters and the ladies would be back in the oyster house opening them up, then we’d go home and make oysters and grits.” Her mother’s recipe was fried oysters and rice with onions, bell pepper, celery and seasoning. A traditional Gullah dessert is bread pudding. “As time passed on people used different flavors but traditionally we used peaches and sugar and real cream and butter,” she said. Across the island, visitors and residents alike can enjoy homemade oldfashioned pound cakes including “Plucker up Lemon Delight” and “Butter Pecan —


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Coconut” courtesy of Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s. “My father was a skilled farmer who was rich in something that money could not buy — the cultural heritage that was passed along from generation to generation,” said chef Dye Scott-Rhodan. “One of the skills he mastered was farming the fields My mom added perfection by preparing the dishes with recipes she got from her mother and grandmother and their mothers. That was passed to my sisters and I.” Popular menu items include the shrimp burger,

crab cakes, whole fried catfish and Lowcountry Boil of shrimp, seasoned with onion, peppers, country sausage, taters and special seasoning. A favorite dish is Grandma’s Pork Chop, served fried or soaked in whiskey sautéed onions with homemade butter sugarcane sauce. She is proud of the rich tradition of the Gullah culture and is doing her best to keep the flavors of the Lowcountry alive. With recipes passed down through generations, Dye uses only the freshest ingredients from the land and sea. M

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As a musician and active member of the Hilton Head Island Gullah community, Lavon Stevens has always been fascinated by local history.

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Popular musician Lavon Stevens specializes in soulful jazz, contemporary and blues music.

“Not to take anything away from New Orleans, but I’m reading a book right now that makes a strong case that jazz music was actually started in Charleston,” Stevens said. “The impact that Charleston had in the world of jazz is one of those things that has gotten lost in time.” According to the Charleston Jazz Initiative, a multi-year research project that documents the African American jazz tradition in Charleston and its movement throughout the U.S. and Europe from the late 19th century through today, the beginnings of jazz music on the southeastern coast of the United States was centered here. “As the story goes, enslaved Africans infused the culture with African style and substance, creating American culture,” Stevens said. “As happened in many other places, black music on the southeastern coast manifested itself through spirituals and field holler songs.” When Europeans settled Carolina more than 300 years ago its capital, Charleston, was the crown jewel of the British Empire before the American Revolution, and it was the North American cradle of the African slave trade. Charleston is only one of a handful of places in the Western Hemisphere where Africa inter-

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LEFT: Marlena Smalls is a world renowned singer, entertainer, educator and actress. She formed the Hallelujah Singers in 1990 in an effort to share and promote the Gullah heritage. RIGHT: The acclaimed Voices of El Shaddai have performed traditional spirituals, contemporary gospel and original songs all over the United States since forming in 1992.

acted with Europe in a seminal way to produce New World culture. Records indicate that as many as 40 percent of all slaves in the United States made their way through Charleston. At Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston recently freed slaves played music in the streets. It is staggering how many American jazz greats received their start in the state. Famous son, Dizzy Gillespie, was born in Cheraw, S.C., and is heralded as one of the greatest pioneers of modern jazz. He is recognized as one of the country’s greatest trumpeters and bandleaders, and South Carolina’s most celebrated jazz musician. Gillespie was a self-taught trumpeter who emerged in the 1940s as a pioneer of bebop. His most memorable gigs were with Cab Calloway’s band from 1939—1941 before the outset of World War II. Gillespie famously worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, among others. Other famous South Carolina jazz artists include Charleston’s first lady of jazz, Ann Caldwell, Freddy Jenkins, Blood Ulmer, Speedy Jones and Lucky Thompson. “History was lost and wasn’t very well documented,” Stevens

said. “Recently people have started to embrace the history and how rich it is. One thing I’ve always hoped for is that people would embrace and share our history.” Much of Gullah musical history can be traced to the settlement of Mitchelville off Beach City Road, where songs in native island churches mirrored popular music of the day. “A lot of the songs people sung in church were about not giving up hope and are songs about actual freedom and spiritual freedom,” Stevens said. “One line goes, ‘some day I will be free.’ It’s a song about hope as well as about despair.” Many of the earliest Gullah songs can be traced to call and response, when a leader would call out and the remainder of the congregation would respond with the refrain. The popular Negro spiritual “Kumbahyah” was firs recorded and documented at First African Baptist Church, the oldest native congregation on Hilton Head Island. Although their origins are not well documented, popular songs of the day included Michael Rowed a Boat a Shore, I Want to be Ready, Walk Together Children and Travelling Shoes. “It’s important to remember

that many of the songs had a double meaning and were meant as a way to communicate between the oppressed people,” Stevens said. First recorded in St. Helena, down the coast from Charleston, are field hollers, changes, work songs, and the blues. The 20th-century brought ragtime and jazz, which is still thought of by many as the highest form of American art. From enslaved African drummers, to black drummers attached to white militias, to military bands, to community brass bands — the music became Charleston jazz. Ragtime, a composed musical form that is highly syncopated and a kind of blend of European and African American music, is considered a precursor to jazz, was prominent from the 1890s to the 1920s. The democratic principles of African culture are found in jazz. Everybody has a chance to say something, to solo, to play by him or herself while everyone else listens as they wait their turn. “Jazz is diverse and inclusive. It’s an experiment and will always be a work in progress,” Stevens said. Observing Charlestonions inspired the wildly popular dance “The Charleston” and

Jenkins musicians dancing movements called Geechee, a term applied to South Carolina Gullahs. There was a point when the slave masters had to stop the slaves from singing because they were known to be communicating through their singing. Many years later it was learned that coded messages such as covert resistance meetings were being shared. As and example, an early Gullah lyric of Down by the River, was sung to let the community know there was to be a meeting at the river later that night or a mention of Harriet Tubman may mean that a special guest was making their way through the area. “Field holler songs, expressed raw emotion, often resentment, downtrodden, despair,” Stevens said. “This is where we get what we know now as the blues.” Back in the early days the instruments were very primitive. “You started with your voice and your hands,” he said Drums or conga’s were probably the earliest local instrument. “I have no doubt in my mind that if it happened here, it happened all over the country,” he said. “The minute you hear those drums you start bobbin and weaving and doing whatever your going to do.” M February 2014 91

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Many tourists — and many locals — are not aware of the historical importance of the Sea Islands in the area. Hilton Head native Emory Campbell is trying to change that.


lmost 17 years ago, Campbell and his brother Irvin started giving informal tours of the historic Gullah neighborhoods on the island. Now, the Campbells run Gullah Heritage Trail Tours, which takes thousands of people each year on a tour of the island from the Gullah perspective. Campbell grew up on Hilton Head Island before the bridge was added to connect it to the mainland. His family, which

has been on the island for five generations, started in the tour business very informally, when they were asked to show a few people around and talk about the Gullah heritage. “My brother Irvin and I began renting vans on weekends and we gave a few tours,” Campbell explained. “We rented a Carolina transit bus during the Gullah celebration in 1996, and that was a pretty good hit. People were pretty interested.”

From there, the brothers sold the idea to the family, and the company became incorporated. “The idea of the tour is the history of Gullah,” Campbell said. The Gullah people are descendants of Western Africans brought to the colonies as slaves. According to the National Park Service, a designated Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor stretches along the East Coast from Wilmington, N.C., to St.


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Emory Campbell and his brother Irvin run Gullah Heritage Trail Tours, a tour of Hilton Head from the Gullah perspective.

Gullah Neighborhoods: Each of the Gullah neighborhoods had a specialty. From blacksmiths to fishermen to basket weavers, each community housed crafters and tradesmen. Dreissen Beach: One of the only beaches blacks could enjoy in public during segregation. Tabby Plantation Ruins: Tabby is a mixture of crushed shells and other materials. Many buildings built by slaves were made of tabby. Old Debarkation Point: Simmons Fishing Camp served as the gateway for


Augustine, Fla. The Gullah heritage, including its language, has been well preserved because of the isolation of the Sea Islands. For Campbell, the tour is just part of his work to raise the profile of the Gullah to the outside world. Campbell served as the executive director of the Penn Center on St. Helena Island. The Penn Center was established as the Penn School in 1862 to educate formerly enslaved

Africans. The center eventually “became the first African American site in South Carolina whose primary purpose was to safeguard the heritage of a Gullah Geechee community,” according to its website. For more than 20 years, Campbell helped with several projects at the Penn Center, including starting the Heritage Celebration and translating the New Testament to Gullah. Campbell was also one of the

community leaders who created an cultural exchange visits between the Gullah and residents of Sierra Leone. The historic event was part of the documentary, “Family Across the Sea,” which was aired on South Carolina Education Television in 1991. Campbell was elected chairman for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, where he helped prepare a management plan for preserving the culture of the Sea Islands. The Gullah Heritage Trail Tour takes visitors through many of the places on Hilton Head that illustrate both old and new in the Gullah heritage. The stops include the Mitchelville site, a one-room schoolhouse and some neighborhoods that are historically significant to the Gullah. “Each of these neighborhoods has a specific kind of history, and we try to highlight those histories and show a little bit of the diversity of the neighborhoods,” Campbell said. For example, Jonesville had the blacksmith shop, and Spanish Wells served as a the transportation hub for people going to and from Savannah. “We talk about the development and the changes as we can go through,”

Hilton Head, a place to get transportation to and from Savannah. Mitchelville: Mitchelville was the first freedmen’s town in the United States, occupied during the transition period from 1862 to the 1880s, according to the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Management Plan. The site of the town was listed on the national register on June 30, 1988. Community points: Each neighborhood had a schoolhouse and a church. The tour takes visitors to a one-room schoolhouse built to educate black children.

Campbell said. “Most of the time, we can discern what was and what it is now.” While technology and natural assimilation has influenced the culture a great deal in recent decades, the evidence a historic and vibrant people is still visible. “The land is the key to the Gullah culture because land has always been a family resource,” Campbell said. “You can still see that in most of these neighborhoods that we travel to, almost all of these neighbors are family. All these neighborhoods have evidence of the past use.” Inside the business itself, Campbell is seeing interest from younger generations. “We’re looking at our children becoming more and more involved in the tour as they have begun to do so,” he said. “I think it is something that is beneficial to the island, as well as to the world. Cultures are always being changed. We think we’re educating all the time.” Campbell said the family is considering adding some extra pieces to the tour in the future. “We are talking about perhaps in the future, maybe having some voices of those of us who have passed on, to intersperse through the tour,” he said. “The younger generation is definitely bringing in some wonderful new ideas.” M February 2014 93

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HAIG POINT RESIDENTS WORKING TO SAVE AND ENJOY ISLAND’S RICH HISTORY Jo Hill and her husband Jack relocated to the private community of Haig Point on Daufuskie Island from Atlanta because of the quiet lifestyle and the beauty of the natural surroundings. But once they settled in as full-time residents in 2005, it was what they didn’t know that got them hooked.


ogether, they explored outside of the community gates and learned more about their surroundings. “We rode our bicycles all over the small island and we got to meet people outside our gates,” Hill said. “We began to understand that this was a historical district. I had an interest in history, but never got that involved in anything like this.” But, times have changed for Jo Hill. She now is president of the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, and more than twothirds of the residents of Haig Point are duespaying members of the organization that was formed in 2001 to preserve and protect the rich history of the island that stretches just 12 square miles. Additionally, about 30 Haig Point members volunteer at the museum that was wonderfully restored through private donations from the Haig Point community. Many Haig Point members also serve on the foundation board, including noted historian Nancy Ludtke, a long-time member at Haig Point, who serves as executive director and secretary of the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation. “This island is unique,” Hill said. “Without

a bridge to the mainland, many people know nothing about Daufuskie Island. And being here, we have a sense of responsibility to protect and preserve the past culture. We have a responsibility to learn from it and hold on to it.” History tells of nomadic tribes on Daufuskie Island thousands of years ago. And in the 1800s, there were 11 working plantations on the island, with harvests of rice, indigo and cotton. Slaves from West Africa worked the plantations in large numbers until after the Civil War when freed slaves, better known regionally as Gullah, established their own identity on the island and forged their simple lives through fishing and crabbing. In the 1890s, the island was home to a large oyster canning factory and island oysters were sold around the world. But with a change in the economy and new opportunities off the island, the Gullah population diminished from nearly 2,000 to 13 today. The Gullah people and culture are dying. In another generation, the Gullah lifestyle will only be known through its history. So, the Historical Foundation is doing its part to keep that history alive. “We are at a crossroads,” said board member Paul Vogel, a Haig Point resident of more than 20 years. “We have a limited time to save and record this history and culture or we will lose it.” Members are recording oral histories with a few of the island’s life-long residents, some of whom are descendents of Plantation slaves. They have historical artifacts on display at the museum, and even have restored other significant historical buildings in the local district.


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With a change in the economy and new opportunities off the Daufuskie Island, the Gullah population diminished from nearly 2,000 to 13 today. The Gullah people and culture there are dying.

Today, the museum welcomes about 5,000 visitors a year who mainly come to the island through the one-day “Discover Daufuskie” tours from Hilton Head. The museum is open from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the organization’s website at Among the artifacts the visitors enjoy is a broken pottery piece dating back 5,000 years. There is also a collection of tools and coins from the indigenous population of about 1,000 AD. There is also a self-guided historical tour of the island named for Rob Kennedy, the firs president of the foundation. Kennedy was a long-time Haig Point member who passed away in 2009. “It has been fascinating to learn of the history of this place,” said Vogel, who oversees the upkeep of the museum. “In fact, our grandchildren have even found Indian pottery pieces and Civil War items.” Private donations from Haig Point members were used to restore an old pump organ from the turn of the century that is part of the museum collection. And their funding helped restore the Brothers and Sisters Oyster Hall that was used as a meeting place for workers in oyster harvesting industry until its demise in the late 1950s. A joint future project of the Historical Foundation and Haig Point Club will stabilize the Tabby ruins of slave cabins from the 1830s that stand inside the club gates. “I always tell people when they come here to find something they love doing,” says Hill. “For me, it is important to give back and make a difference.” Most of the residents at Haig Point Club clearly feel the same. M February 2014 95

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ebruary is traditionally one of Hilton Head’s coldest and most dreary months. It’s a good time to catch up on your reading or even start reading something new. Why not check out a new release from a local author? Here are a few local reads worth checking out: Forever, Jack | By Natasha Boyd “The much-awaited sequel to Eversea” Keri Ann Butler’s life changed on the night she met movie star Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different from the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long. Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack’s latest tabloid accessory isn’t on Keri Ann’s career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again? Jack knows he let the only ‘real’ thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until now. Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever? Available on Amazon, iTunes, Sony, Barnes & Noble nook, and also at Barnes & Noble on Hilton Head.

Rambler’s Life: The South Reloaded | By Michele Roldan-Shaw “True tales of adventure, hilarity and existential study” A new collection of true adventure tales by Bluffton’s Michele Roldán-Shaw. “Rambler’s Life: The South Reloaded” continues an odyssey begun in the underground classic “Ain’t a Rambler’s Life Fine: The South.” Both books recount her travels in Dixie, highlighting people and places from the everyday to the extraordinary. Roldán-Shaw has been a freelance journalist based in Bluffton for nearly a decade. In 2010 she started the Rambler’s Life Project as a way to find a bright side to the recession and now considers herself blessed with freedom and richness of experience.

Black Blue Bloods | By Christopher Williams “The legacy of an African American plantation owner” A true story that takes place in the Mount Carmel community of Fountain Inn, S.C. Mack and Caroline Saxon, whose slave owners are descendants from the Saxons that conquered Europe, buy a 700-acre plantation in 18761877 at age 33 and 31 respectively, and become some of the wealthiest African Americans in South Carolina. Along with a fairground where they raced horses, they owned over a dozen businesses connected to the plantation. They started a Julius Rosenwald school and a Mt. Carmel School and founded Mt. Carmel Church which has stood since 1878. The story is in the process of being made into a documentary film and a motion picture. You can purchase the book by contacting the author at 864-907-2057 or e-mailing

The Remainderman | By Raymond P. Berberain “A murder mystery centered around a trust document” Paul Chaplian is an attorney in New York City. His female client and two other people are murdered by the client’s jealous and possessive ex husband after a court proceeding. Paul, who normally would accompany his client to the subway after court, escapes death by a variety of unusual coincidences. Subsequently, the formerly meticulous and focused attorney recognizes that he suffers episodes of distraction in work. He has nightmares about the murder and his narrow escape from certain death. He feels partly responsible for the murder and wonders why he was spared. A new client, Henry, hires Chaplian to make an amendment to his trust. Paul makes an error in drafting the amendment, which is discovered after Henry’s death during an operation. Paul’s error pits Ida, Henry’s companion, versus Henry’s family regarding the remainder of the trust funds. The ethical Paul feels guilty about his error. He chooses to cooperate with Ida’s attorneys and admit his error to the court. This cooperation results in the trust being reformed with Ida being declared the remainderman. Available on 96

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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. $1,875,013

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. $935,000








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. Situated on two full sized marsh homesites which could be sold separately in the future. A Value!

WATER & MARSH VIEWS. Port Royal Sound, Skull Creek over the marsh of Elliott Creek.The homesite is covered with moss draped hardwoods and Palmettos. Split level floor plan with most every room having water views. Wood floors, smooth ceilings with updated kitchen, dining room and sitting room. Master Suite with wrap around windows, ceiling speakers and a suite bath, boutique shop like walk in closet & dressing area. Access to Dolphin Head. $650,000

WOW! Cul-de-sac in the heart of Hilton Head Plantation with a view of the 1st fairway and green of the Oyster Reef Golf Course. A newer HHP home. High smooth barrel and tray ceilings with numerous skylights, wood floors, granite-tops, winterized screen porch with its own HVAC. 4 or 3 bedrooms plus a bonus room, 3 ½ baths, oversized garage, kitchen/family room combination, outstanding landscaping and curb appeal plus much, much more. Built in the 2000’s – a value at $698,000.




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

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

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

PANORAMIC VIEWS of the 16th fairway of the Country Club of Hilton Head. Short distance to the clubhouse and Spring Lake Recreation area with its pool, tennis, playground and pavilion. This home is almost 3,000 sq. ft. and has an expansive screened porch. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, formal LR with high ceilings, DR and eat-in Kitchen, fireplace and 2 car side entry garage. $428,500!

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

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

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

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



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

COASTAL COTTAGE LIVING out in the country with private dock, covered pier head and boat lift on Euhaw Creek.This Lowcountry cottage 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. $595,000







SUNSET VIEWS overlooking lagoon & golf course of this 3 BR, 2.5 BA home in Pinecrest. Features hardwood floors throughout, granite in the gourmet kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances,gas GE Profile stove & microwave & 42” cabinets, screened porch w/custom flooring & family room off of the kitchen. Master suite features a tray ceiling,separate shower,soaking tub & double vanities. Pinecrest features a large pool, fitness center, playground, basketball court, tennis courts and clubhouse. Close to the public schools and shopping. $295,000

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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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Where can you get a 3 bedroom home w/screened in porch in a great centrally located area; close to Harbour Town, Sea Pines Center and the Beach, all under $400k? Wood flooring, large room w/plenty of storage, wood burning fireplace in living area and even a fireplace in the master bedroom. Huge back deck w/plenty of privacy. Greenwood Forest has their own tennis courts, basketball court, playground and swimming pool. Great rental potential too in Sea Pines for only $389,000.

Superb value on this one level home with spectacular lagoon views the minute you open the front door. The owners fell in love with the space, views, and layout within minutes of stepping inside. Vaulted ceilings with plenty of natural light, eat in kitchen w/granite counters and stainless steel appliances, fireplace, and a heck of a lot of sq. footage for the $. Recent appraisal was $401k, 3 months ago. This home even has a brand new roof! Offered for $395,000.

Fantastic opportunity to purchase a beautiful well cared for one level home w/such a great layout! As you pull in the drive way you will see what curb appeal is all about. A large open living area w/vaulted ceilings opening up to the screened in porch and huge back deck! Light and bright w/a super eat in kitchen, so much natural light too. This really is a special house and I know you will love it the minute you walk in the door, just like these folks did. Offered for sale at a super price of $324,900.

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. Offered for sale for $644,500

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Where can you get a home w/STUNNING GOLF GREEN VIEWS on a Plantation for the price of a villa? RIGHT HERE! This is a 3 bedroom/3 full bath home w/screened in porch, 1 car garage, front courtyard area and more storage than you could use. This home comes fully furnished and has been well cared for, used as a second home only. Some features include: fireplace, screened in porch, den + living room, dining area, Pergo flooring throughout and much more for just $369,000.

Rick Saba knew what we wanted to achieve and helped us every step of the way. We could not have asked for a better agent. We would definitely recommend him. — Gary and Eileen Phoebus, Spring Lake, NJ Mr. Rick was an exceptional real estate broker from the start to finish. He exceeded my expectations and sold my place in a record time. He knows the market and is your guy! Hire Mr. Rick if you want to buy or sell! — Kim Phoebus, New York, NY

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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. Spring 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. $929,000

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. $859,900

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. $729,000





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

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

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

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





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

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

GREAT HOME with over 2600 Sq. Ft. on a private cul-de-sac with a beautiful lagoon view. 3 BR’s and 2.5 BA’s. Spacious Living Room. Kitchen opening to Breakfast and Family Room. Large Master Suite. 2 Car Garage. $399,000

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





HAMPTON HALL Lot 267 Farnsleigh Avenue . . . $99,000 Lot 274 Farnsleigh Avenue . . . $99,000 Lot 9 Sherbrooke Avenue . . . .$124,900 GREAT FIRST FLOOR Fiddlers Cove Villa. Updated Kitchen with granite countertops. Great location, walk to the Beach. Fully furnished. Used mainly as a second home.Great community tennis, pool and security. $145,000

HILTON HEAD PLANTATION Lot 62 Bear Creek Drive . . . .$275,000

INDIGO RUN Lot 25 Drummond Lane . . . . . $88,000

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

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

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

13 GOVERNORS RD – Fabulous 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, $725,000 Furnished.

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

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

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

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

25 SANDFIDDLER ROAD – SEAPINES - One of the largest residential building sites available in Sea Pines and located within the private Club Course neighborhood. Build the home of your dreams on this quiet cul-de-sac. $249,000

ONE LAUGHING GULL – Fabulous 4th row location just 3 blocks to the new Sea Pines Beach Club this 4 br/4 ba home features high vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, private pool and deck. Great opportunity for remodel and rental income.$799,000 Furn.

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


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.



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 $990,000 is for both lots.

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121 Mooring Buoy — The Ultimate Beach Getaway! 3 Bedroom/3.5 Baths plus pool bath on a uniquely private lot with 205’ of water front living. Breathtaking Views!. Expansive open floor plan, all on one level. Fabulous pool/spa and boat dock overlooking 11-mile lagoon. Literally steps to the beach. Immaculate condition! A true GEM on HHI! $1,295,000


Q-2 Golfmaster II Villa — Exceptional value for this Exquisite 3 Bedroom/3Bath Golfmaster II built in 2001! Spacious open floor plan with 2000 heated s/f of living space. Top floor, end unit with gorgeous golf views, designer furnishings, high smooth ceilings, crown molding, lots of storage space, and new heat pump in 2013, and more! Great versatility...can be used as permanent home, second home, or rental property. Turn-key move-in ready! $364,900


5301 Hampton Place — Take in the Ocean Views from this beautifully decorated 1 BR/ 2 BA villa. Fabulous 3rd floor end unit with wonderful natural light. Features include cherry hardwood floors, completely renovated kitchen looking out to the ocean with maple cabinets and granite counters. Master bath has large jetted tub, granite and frameless glass shower. Super rentals! $529,000


2 Slack Tide — Waterfront Opportunity! Wonderfully maintained 3 BR/3 BA plus large den (4th bedroom), with 175’ of waterfront on Palmetto Dunes’ 11 mile lagoon. Spacious open floor plan, all on one level with loads of windows and skylights. Large eat-in kitchen, 2 brick fireplaces, huge master suite opening onto 65’ deck overlooking the lagoon. All situated on an amazing corner lot and just a short bike ride to the beach! $499,000

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rom room to room, the warmth in colors, scrutiny in fabric design, detail in millwork and other special touches make this residence on Jessamine Place in Sea Pines a home of elegant comfort. The homeowners — Forest and Linda Frank, co-partners of Sea Pines Real Estate South Beach — and veteran interior designer Hope Hunter of Plantation Interiors on Hilton Head Island sculpted a lifestyle vision that was 18 months in the making. “The new Sea Pines home of Linda and Forest Frank is the epitome of subtle grace,” said Hunter, a 30-plus-year veteran of the interior design business who has been with Plantation Interiors for most of that time. “Although the rooms are different, the design flows ” said Hunter, who has teamed with the Franks on four previous home-design projects on HHI since 1999. “It’s like a collection. It’s warm and comfortable and that’s what they wanted ... they like to come home, relax and enjoy every part of their home.” And that’s what the Franks do. “Hope gets a feel for what you want to do, then

she goes away, and then she’ll present to you a kind of storyboard for each room,” said Forest, who was actively involved in many of the home’s architectural design aspects, including the millwork and wood paneling. The Franks partnered with builders Mark Boyer of Boyer Construction and Don Schuttera of Atlantis and architect Jeff Watterson of Palmetto Design, all located on Hilton Head Island. He said that when he strides up the dozen or so front steps and opens the door, “You come into a space that feels very grounded, solid and well-built and having subtle richness to the interior architecture of the space. Hope is good at taking the richness and luxurious feel of the trim, the millwork and the floors and wrapping furniture around that and working with it to continue that feel and that look.” The color scheme throughout the 4,500-squarefoot home comes from the same family: camel, or “canyon beige” as Hunter calls it. “We like warm colors…warm and tasteful,” Linda said, noting that the camel-hue variations have been used in each of the trio’s five collaborations. Forest calls it naturally “earthy.”

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“She knows our colors … we’ve worked with Hope enough that she understands us and understands what we want,” said Linda, with one underlying premise. The color must look “fresh and new. You take something we’ve had for awhile and change its personality while working within the parameters of what she does.” “Our color palette is a monochromatic look on the walls where the definition of trim and side wall is the difference between a lower luster and a slightly higher luster,” Forest said. Credit Benjamin Moore’s No. 1038 matte finish on the walls, quarter-formula fl t finish on the ceilings and satin finish on the trim. Blend in new furniture, furnishings, artwork, rugs and accent pieces from Plantation Interiors’ array of choices along with select pieces from the Franks’ private collection and the result is a strikingly rich, comfortable and imminently livable personalized environment. Hunter’s attention to appointments can be found in the living room, for instance, where she utilized the indigo and salmon found in the rug (which sits atop a broader seagrass rug with a herringbone design) and in one of the John Stobart prints, supplemented with touches of brown and cinnamon, to maximum effect in the fabric selection. A leopard-print covering on one of the chairs satisfies the Franks’ love of color and texture in “refreshing, dynamic fabrics,” Linda noted.

Creative arrangement of ordinary sea shells in a hurricane lamp dazzles the eye. In the master bedroom, one of five in the two-story, six-and-a-half bathroom residence, paisley and crewel Ralph Lauren patterns complement the rug. Noteworthy too are the abundant use of shutters in lieu of window treatments and numerous accent pillows, especially their trims, which “add a nice pop of color,” Forest said. The natural light that flows through the windows on the half-acre lot shines on the eclectic style and purposeful mixing and matching of the furniture, furnishings, accents and accessories. “It’s amazing how much light comes in from the golf course,” Hunter said, referring to the 14th fairway of the Ocean course that straddles the property. She noted that a host of magnolia and palm trees, as well as two 200-year-old oak trees, lush landscaping and overall “island greenery” effect influenced the interior design process. If the couple isn’t sitting at the refectory table in the breakfast room — “it’s a beautiful table that we use every day,” Linda said — that overlooks the backyard and beyond, they enjoy spending leisure time in a comfortably furnished open-air porch next to the pool. Fortunately for the Franks, their comfort zone resides in every room of their luxurious home. M


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The Gullah People, the true native culture on the South Carolina Coast, have a wise saying: If you don’t know where you are going, at least know where you have been. In the spirit of the Great Gullah who came before, let’s dig deep and remember their origins. WATER SCULPTED THIS LAND


The “Lowcountry,” is a level terrain stretching from the seacoast to the approximate route of I-95. The mostlylevel ground was forged by rising and falling sea levels over hundreds of thousands of years. Hilton Head Island ‘s sandy soil — the grayish-tan terra infirma — is layers of pulverized seashells, quartz, feldspar, plus “pluff mud” silt from the salt marshes. On this island, it’s pretty easy to dig a hole or till a field.

Let’s journey inland to Bluffton’s Great Swamp — a vast old-growth forest of towering hardwoods and bald cypress trees that shade coffeecolored water, stained from the tannin in leaves and sediments-borne in the river flow. Alligators, turtles and a full range of serpents reside in the New River flood plain. This river is freshwater, but the level rises and falls as saltwater tides intrude downstream. At high tide, the more dense ocean tide migrates inland and wedges under the less-dense, lighter freshwater, rising the river level. At low tide, the seawater recedes and the river falls. Once, this phenomenon was worth its weight in gold.

Bluffton’s dirt is another sticky story. Not too far west of MacKay’s Creek, the water barrier boundary between Hilton Head, much of the ground turns to clay and dark muck. The farther you go inland, the slower water seeps into the ground. Farmers and land developers have long cursed the “Bluffton Gumbo” ground. But in centuries past, the Gullah ancestors — African slaves — knew exactly what to do with this sodden earth. The two soils — island and mainland — set up very different development and economies on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. The island soils were well suited for cultivation of Sea Island Cotton. After 1800, at least two-dozen plantations grew the fine white fibers, which rivaled Egyptian cotton in quality and price. But in the bayous of backcountry Bluffton, the real money was made in the muck.

In western Bluffton slaves imported from the Niger River delta region of Africa replicated their 3,000 years-old technique of tidal freshwater irrigation and rice cultivation. They constructed massive earthen dikes to impound the riverside rice fields. Customized water-control structures, called “trunks” were built to let freshwater into the fields for irrigation. The secret was to set the level of the inlet at the right height. The tides did all the work of bringing water to the fields, then draining it away.

After 1800, at least two-dozen plantations grew Sea Island Cotton, which rivaled Egyptian cotton in quality and price.

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN The Lowcountry rice culture, like cotton plantations, declined after the Civil War. But if you take a pleasant stroll on Bluffton’s Linear Trail, you can still see remnants of the former rice fields wherein ancient Gullah ingenuity turned water to gold. M February 2014 115

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Mommy & Me Paint: Go in and join lots of Mommas and kiddos for Mommy & Me Paint. Discounts on pre-selected pottery raging from $8-$20 per pottery piece and no studio fees! Four dates at the Art Cafe in February with two chances to make your valentines, a Valentine’s Day party and an event at the end of the month. 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1; 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6; 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15; 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20. All events at the Art Cafe, located at 14 Greenwood Drive, on the right just before Sea Pines Main Entrance. 843-785-5525 or

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The Artful Three: The Artful Three is an upcoming exhibit at Art League of Hilton Head that showcases the talents of local artists Jo Dye, Donna Ireton and Art Cornell. An opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m., sponsored by Harris Teeter. The exhibit will be free and open to the public from Tuesday, March 4 through Saturday, March 29 at the Walter Greer Gallery. This collaborative effort presents their exciting new works and epitomizes some of the ďŹ nest examples of their individual disciplines. Their works of art reside in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. 843-681-2399 or


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Everyday Moments: The Society of Bluffton Artists presents “Everyday Moments,� a collection of original pastel and oil paintings by local artist Shirley Good Bacher, on display from Feb. 3 through March 1. Bacher has studied pastel and oil painting with many master artists including Alan Flattmann, Doug Dawson, Mike Rooney, Joyce and Don Nagel and L ois Griffel. She is a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, the Society of Bluffton Artists and the Hilton Head Art L eague. A reception to meet the artist is from 3-5 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the SOBA Gallery. Enjoy refreshments, the art of Bacher, and the work of over 100 other member artists. 843-757-6586 or February 2014 117

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Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K: Saturday, Feb. 8. The Hilton Head Island Marathon will be an expansion of the Half Marathon that has been run on the Island by Bear Foot Sports for the past 11 years. The race will feature a scenic certified course that takes participants through two parks and over Broad Creek. Both the marathon and half marathon will feature all standard male and female divisions. The race will also feature a 5K, children’s fun run and post race party with live music, vendors and a craft beer garden. 843-757-8520 or

Hilton Head piano competition drawing young players from around the world


he Hilton Head International Piano Competition will host its next competition when 20 pianists ages 18-30 will arrive on the island from 10 countries around the world to compete for $33,000 in prizes, including a performance with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. New this year, the winner will also receive the opportunity to record a CD on the Steinway & Sons (Arkiv) label. The countries represented by the competitors this year are Canada, Chile, Portugal, Algeria, China, Germany, Korea, South Africa, Ukraine and the United States. They will compete before an international jury from Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Ireland, Russia and the United States. Conductor Daniel Meyer, music director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic, will be the guest conductor at the finals round on Monday, March 17. The competition will be held one week later than usual, March 10-17, and Rounds I and II will take place on Monday through Thursday, March 10-13, at the Seahawk Cultural Center located at the Hilton Head Island High School campus. Rounds III on Saturday, March 15 and the finals on Monday evening March 17 will be held at the First Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the preliminary two rounds are $15 for each day. Ticket holders will


Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon: March 9 at Palmetto Bluff. Long-distance runners are invited to run in one of America’s top resort communities hidden among an intricate maze of rivers, islands and maritime forests. The course is flat, fast and chip timed, allowing both novice and experienced runners to take advantage of this picturesque course. As with all events held on property, the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon will benefit a charitable cause. The $20 of each racer registration fee will go directly to BackPack Buddies, an organization whose mission is to assist the many children in Bluffton who are on free or reduced breakfast and lunch plans at school and are likely to go home to a house with no food. Backpack Buddies was developed to help those most “food-insecure” children by sending back packs full of food home with the children each weekend. The after party will feature BBQ, brews and live music. or 843-815-1718


be able to listen to 10 competitors each day for Rounds I and II, held March 10-13. The semifinal round will be held on Saturday, March 15, at First Presbyterian Church. At the finals, held at First Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 17, the three finalists will each play a full concerto with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for the semifinals are $25 for general admission and $35 for preferred seating. Finals tickets are $35, $50 and $65. M

American Heart Association Heart Ball: Saturday, Feb. 1 at Hilton Head Island Marriott Resort and Spa. This year’s theme is “Havana Nights.” Chairs are Dr. and Mrs. John Batson. Vice-chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Warner Peacock. For additional information, contact Judy Caramello, Development Director. or 843-422-4542


An Evening of Love: 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Presented by The Children’s Relief Fund. An Evening of Love includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music for dancing, and silent and live auctions featuring dozens of items. Surprise entertainment has been planned by chair Rose Fotia for the romantic Valentine love fest. Tickets are $125 per person. 843-681-7668, 843-342-5267 or


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here are many ways to show your love this Valentine’s Day. An Evening of Love, the Children’s Relief Fund’s annual dinner dance and fundraiser, offers you some of the best. Many islanders discovered long ago that the Children’s Relief Fund’s Valentine’s Dance was the perfect way to share their love. The organization was started 22 years ago by Rose Fotia, who found there were no local resources for special needs children, including her son Gregory, who died at age 11. This year is the 18th for the Valentine’s Dance. Among the many couples celebrating at this year’s An Evening of Love will be some of the Children’s Relief Fund’s staunchest supporters. Patty and Ron Small, Nancy and JV Scanlin, and Alice and John Antunes have attended the Valentine’s Dance for years. The men put on suits only for weddings, funerals and the annual Valentine’s Dance. Now, they are joined by their grown children with spouses and special friends. “The Valentine’s Dance is a family tradition,” said Patty Small. “We have known the

Fotias since our kids were born. Our children were healthy and Gregory was not. We wanted to do something to show support. Rose needed us to help, and we wanted to show how deeply Greg affected our family.” Now, it’s not a question of helping the Fotias, it’s an opportunity to thank them for the lessons in compassion and love that their families have learned through the Children’s Relief Fund. “When Mrs. Fotia thanks me for attending the dance, I thank her for letting me be a part of such a special evening and family,” says Anthony Savarese, class of Hilton Head High School class of 2003, along with Frankie Fotia, Gregory’s older brother. “I’m the lucky one to have known Gregory.” A lush and romantic setting will set the stage for the Valentine’s Day celebration, with a reception, seated dinner, music and dancing, and silent and live auctions featuring dozens of items, and special surprises. Dine, dance, celebrate your valentine and make a difference in the life of a child who needs your help at An Evening of Love. M February 2014 119

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Golf clinics: 9-10 a.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at Sea Pines Resort. Onehour clinics at the Heron Point and Ocean Course driving range for golfers of all levels. Proper dress required. $40 per person. Monday: Full Swing, Tuesday: Chipping, Wednesday: Pitch & Sand, Thursday: Putting, Friday: Full Swing. 843-842-1979

Beaks for all Occasions: 3 p.m., Feb. 5 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The program will look at the diversity in form and function of bird beaks. The talk will focus on the different shapes of bird beaks and why beaks look the way they do. The discussion will be illustrated with some of Robert Rummel’s photographs of American birds, with a strong emphasis on birds of the Lowcountry. Lastly the talk will conclude with audience participation in a fun game about beaks. Rummel, a professional nature photographer, will present the program. Rummel’s images are regularly published, have won awards at national and international competitions, and are sold as fine art prints. $7. 843-689-6767, ext. 223


Stroke of the Day: 9-10 a.m., Monday-Friday at Sea Pines Racquet Club. Learn and refresh your techniques with one-hour clinics at The Sea Pines Racquet Club. Ages 16 and older. Beginner–intermediate. $27 per day; $119 per week. Monday: Volley, Tuesday: Forehand, Wednesday: Backhand, Thursday: Serve, Friday: Specialty Shots. 843-842-1979

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ACE Basin, One of the Last Great Places: 3 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The ACE Basin is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries along the Atlantic Coast. The 350,000 acres area is renowned for its extensive natural beauty and commitment to preserve marshes, wetlands, hardwood forests, and riverine systems and the various fauna that occupy the area. The ACE Basin has been deemed “One of the Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy. Al Segars of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will share how this special project came to be, where it is, and how you can visit. $7. 843-689-6767, ext. 223


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A Taste of Gullah: Noon-3 p.m., Feb. 1 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Native Island heritage gets the star treatment at this celebration of all things Gullah. Lip-smacking Lowcountry specialties such as barbecue ribs, conch stew, shrimp and grits, rice and beans, and okra gumbo. Feed your spirit with a full plate of storytelling, gospel music, De Aarts ob We People, crafts and more. Free.

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Artisans’ Fair: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bluffton. Featuring a unique collection of handmade quilts by Ducky Loveless and a collection of other special arts and crafts including paintings, wood-crafted items, photography, gourmet foods, books and much more all available for purchase. 100 percent of the proceeds will help support the Bluffton Backpack Buddies, Family Promise of Beaufort County and Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity. 843-705-4447

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29th annual Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival: March 10-15 at various Hilton Head Island locations. A week-long series of wine tastings and culinary events. With a week full of special events, seminars, tastings, and demonstrations, the festival draws attendees from across the U.S. This year’s festival will feature special guests Eric Asimov, renowned wine critic from The New York Times, as well as Southern Plate food blogger Christy Jordan. Tickets to the wide range of festival events, including the Grand Tasting and Public Tasting, are available for purchase at the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival’s website.


Hilton Head Island Golf & Tennis Festival: Feb. 27-March 2 at various locations throughout the island. Presented by The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. The Fashion Show Luncheon & Silent Auction will take place at Palmetto Hall on Friday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person or for a table of 10, $450. The Hilton Head Cup Pro-Am Tournament takes place on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 at the Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point Golf Courses. There are a series of free golf and tennis clinics available during the festival at various locations on and off-island — all with instruction from golf and tennis teaching professionals. www.hhigolfandtennisfestival. com or 843-6863355 February 2014 121

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ample gourmet food prepared by 17 of the top restaurants in the area. Mingle with 17 Lowcountry authors and purchase autographed books. Watch a heated chefs’ competition. If this sounds like the perfect recipe for curing the mid-winter blahs, join the crowds and help celebrate the 8th annual Cooks & Books celebration Feb. 23 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Coordinated by the Friends of Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, this highly anticipated event draws locals and visitors alike to an afternoon of food and fun for the entire family. Sonny Dixon of WTOC-TV Channel 11 in Savannah will serve as master of ceremonies. Foodies have come to anticipate savoring the signature dishes of our wide-ranging award-winning local restaurants. Attendees have the opportunity to vote in the People’s Choice Award for their favorite among these outstanding presentations. Admission to Cooks & Books is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The ticket includes unlimited tastings, access to the Lowcountry authors, the chefs’ competition, “The Heat Is On” and the opportunity to vote for a favorite tasting in “The Peoples’ Choice.”

Authors will include: • Fiction: Ken Burger, Swallow Savannah, Sister Santee, Salkahatchee Soup; Mark Etheridge, Grievances; Cassandra Kinh, Moonrise, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts (NYTimes bestseller); CJ Lyons, After Shock, Kill Zone, Broken (NYTimes Bestseller); Kathryn Wall, St. John’s Folly, Canaan’s Gate, Jericho Cay • Non-fiction:°Teresa Bruce, The Other Mother; William Carson, Emancipation Procrastination; Barbara Muller, Legendary Locals of Hilton Head • Pictorials:° Marge Agin, Bluffton: Changing Tide; Frank Sullivan, Carchitecture • Cookbooks:°Pat Branning, Magnolias, Porches, Sweet Tea; Shrimp, Collards, and Grits; Debbi Covington, Celebrate Everything; Sallie Ann Robinson, Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way; Gullah Cooking Morning, Noon, and Night • Children:°Randy Bazemore, The Legend of the Putter Frog of Frogmore; Kim Likins, Charlie’s Perfect Day & Charlie Finds Friends; Helen Wilbur, Finnegan and Fox, the Ten-Foot Cop, M is for Meow, a Cat Alphabet; Lily’s Victory Garden; Mark Yarbrough, The Legend of Jake, the Salty Dog • Restaurants will include Bistro 843, Bomboras Grille, the Chart House, Corner Perk Café, CQ’s, Ela’s Blu Water Grille, Frankie Bones, HogsHead Kitchen & Wine Bar, Hugo’s, Mulberry Street Trattoria, The Joyful Palate, Old Fort Pub, Pino Gelato, Skillets, Sunset Bay Seafood Restaurant, The French Kiss Bakery and Wise Guys • Chefs’ competition: Peggy Beck – The Joyful Palate, Brandon Arieta – Hugo’s, Joseph Sullivan – Mulberry, Street Trattoria, Keith Josefiak – Old Fort Pub, James Wooten – Sunset Bay Seafood restaurant, Stephen Stewart – TidePointe, Greg Tucker – WiseGuy’s, Luke Lyons – Frankie Bones.


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Author Kim Likins and chef Stephen Stewart of TidePointe will both be at this year’s Cooks & Books event, set for Feb. 23 at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. In addition to the Sunday festivities, you can kick off the weekend at the Cooks & Books Preview Party Friday, Feb. 21, from 6-9 p.m. This gala is held at TidePointe, a Vi Community which is also the event’s Platinum Sponsor. Savor a lavish buffet, decadent desserts and an open bar. Shop at a unique silent and live auction. Mingle and chat with some of the authors and chefs slated to appear at the Sunday event. Tickets are $95 per person in advance, and space is limited. For further information, contact LVL at the Bluffton office at 815-6616 or purchase tickets online at M Frankie Bones chef Luke Lyons


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Sweets for the Soul: 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 at Hilton Head Christian Academy. A dessert competition featuring guest speaker William Paul Young, author of “The Shack.” There will be a silent auction, music and more. Tickets will be sold for dessert samples along with a juried competition. Funds raised will provide education and opportunities for local underprivileged children. 843-715-0617 or

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3rd annual Trivia Night for CAPA: 7-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17 at Casey’s Sports Bar & Grill. Organized by the Low Country SC Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter. Entry fee for a team of four is $100 and includes a buffet dinner and two beverages per team member. Limited to the first 30 registered teams. Proceeds benefit CAPA, a local nonprofit organization chartered for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and Kappa Delta’s national Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. 843-290-6624 or



Patriot’s Outpost, 2014 RBC Heritage: The Heritage Classic Foundation has established new program that will enable patriotic contributions to support three of the area’s military charities in connection with the Patriots Outpost at the 2014 RBC Heritage. Both individuals and area organizations may become and be recognized as Patriot Partners with a single contribution of $500. The collective donations will be distributed equally among Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Operation R&R. 843-342-7840 or


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Mardi Gras Dinner Party: 6:30-10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28 at Country Club of Hilton Head. Event to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Beaufort County is the area affiliate. It is the nation’s first and leading organization to support individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI Beaufort County is dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness and their families through programs of education, support, and advocacy and the promotion of recovery and dignity. Tickets are $75. 843-681-2200, or


7th Annual Celebration of Justice: 6 p.m., March 1 at the Westin Hilton Head. An event to benefit Lowcountry Legal Volunteers. Brazilian dinner, music, dancing, dinner, auction and awards. $100 per ticket. 843-322-9980 or DKLCollins@


Foundation for Educational Excellence Jewels and Jeans event: 6-9 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at the Country Club of Hilton Head. The event will feature fabulous food by award winning chef Mark Lietzke, music by Deas Guyz and silent and live auctions. Event tickets are $48 per person. Tickets may also be purchased at First Citizens Banks in Bluffton and Hilton Head. The 2014 Inspiration Award will be awarded to Candice Glover, a Beaufort High School graduate that won the last season of American Idol. She will attend the event if her schedule allows. Her parents, John and Carole Glover, will be special guests. The Foundation for Educational Excellence was established in 2007°to support student enrichment activities and projects that are beyond regular school budgets through Innovative Teacher Grants.


Island Vibes: Through Feb. 28 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The focus of the exhibit is to celebrate the colors and lifestyle of Hilton Head Island through quilts. The quilts in the exhibit are not traditional, yet, they are colorful and vibrant wall quilts created by fabric artists. Art quilters create realistic or abstract art using fabric and then quilt it to create a three-dimensional effect. There are six discussion/demonstrations events scheduled with this exhibit. Each event explores a different aspect of quilt culture and history, from antique and traditional to contemporary art quilts. The events will be held at 10:30 a.m on Feb. 5, 12, and 19 in the Sea Island Room at the museum. 843-689-6767, ext. 224


Designer Show House open house: 10:30 a.m-4 p.m., ThursdaySaturday, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 22-May 23 at Hampton Hall. John Kilmer Fine Interiors and JM Designer Properties have come together to build and furnish a designer show house. There is a $10 entry fee, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes. 843-785-2227. February 2014 125

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Blood Drive: Noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Bi-Lo Shopping Center at 48 Burnt Church Rd. in Bluffton. Donate the gift of life for others in the community. Everyone that donates blood will receive a $5 gift certificate to Interstate All Battery Center. 843-815-4252

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Free CPR course: 9-10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 28 at Hilton Head Hospital. Hilton Head Hospital and the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue are offering free basic CPR training for those who want to learn CPR and do not require a provider card. Using the American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR program, trained AHA CPR instructors from the hospital and fire rescue will cover adult and child CPR, AED (Automated External Defibrillator) demonstration, and Making the Emergency Call. Space is limited and registration is required. 877-582-2737

American Revolution Roundtable SC Quarterly Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at Berkeley Hall Club at 366 Good Hope Road in Bluffton. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The speaker is Dusty Owens, the Emergency Management director of Florence County. He will speak about the exploits of General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and his military operations in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina. The cost of the luncheon is $24 for members and $32 for non-members. Reservations must be paid for on or before Wednesday, Feb. 12. 843-705-7575


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 to acquaint visitors with the rich history and encourage 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 and the island’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. A $5 donation is requested. 843-686-6560

Superintendent’s Hilton Head town hall meeting: 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3 in Hilton Head Island High School’s auditorium. The first 2014 town hall meeting for parents and community members to meet with Superintendent Jeffrey Moss. Moss holds informal town hall meetings twice yearly to answer questions from parents, educators and community members in each of the district’s five high school attendance areas. The local scheduled town hall meetings are Hilton Head Island High School – Feb. 3, 6-7 p.m., Bluffton High School – Feb. 10, 6-7 p.m.

FEB. 26

Camera Club of Hilton Head Island meeting: 7 p.m., Feb. 26 at All Saints Episcopal Church. Judged member photo competition “Birds.” Meetings are free and newcomers and guests are welcome.

FEB. 17

Republican of the Year Dinner: 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17 at May River Grill. Hosted by the Greater Bluffton Republican Club, honoring Republican of the Year Jay Odom. Tickets are $40 each. 843-247-1895 or


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2nd largest bridge event coming to HHI


ridge is not just for your grandmother anymore. Two Hilton Head Island Junior Bridge players were recently practicing their card skills so they can participate in the Low Country’s Classic Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference Regional Tournament. The tournament will be held Feb. 3-9 at the Marriott Resort and Spa. The event, which is the second largest regional bridge tournament in the United States, is a popular draw for snowbirds and locals. The Hilton Head Island Bridge Club hosts the tournament every other year. This year the tournament will host several celebrity bridge speakers from all over the United States who will speak to the tournament participants every day before the afternoon and evening games. There is a special newcomer/interme-

diate program, with free play all day on Tuesday, Feb. 4 for players with 0 to 5 master points. Merry Gerber, intermediate/novice organizer, feels that Hilton Head Island is indeed lucky to have a biennial regional tournament in its backyard. “To see the Marriott ballroom filled with bridge players is an incredible sight for newcomers to the game,” she said. The tournament costs $11 for each session, but no pre-registration is required. Some of the proceeds from the event will go to Deep Well and Memory Matters. For more information about the event, call Lowry Miller at 843-757-4505. To see the Hilton Head Island Bridge Club’s daily game schedule and winter class schedule go to www.bridgewebs. com/hiltonheadisland. M

A picture of the Low Country’s Classic Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference Regional Tournament tournament chair, Lowry Miller (left) with Jeff Meckstroth, a multiple world champion bridge player, who will speak at the 2014 tournament. February 2014 127

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An Afternoon of Beautiful Voices: Opera singer Sherrill Milnes is hosting a master class at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at First Presbyterian Church. The next day, a concert celebrating “An Afternoon of Beautiful Voices” featuring a combination of opera, musical theatre and popular song. The concert is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 at First Presbyterian Church. Both will be free events but donations will be accepted at the door to assist VOICExperience, the non-profit organization behind the events, with scholarships and its community service.˛ or 855-76-OPERA

HHSO Youth Concerto Competition: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at St. Luke’s Church on Pope Avenue in Hilton Head. Ten instrumentalists, from throughout the Southeastern United States, have been selected from a field of 48 applicants. The finalists range in age from 13 to 18 and will compete for cash prizes and a chance to perform as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. They will perform on violin, cello and flute. Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door the afternoon of the performance. 843-842-2055

FEB. 1-28

The Jazz Corner live performance calendar: Upcoming shows at The Jazz Corner, located in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island. Saturday, Feb. 1, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with guitarist Howard Paul; Feb. 7-8, trumpeter/vocalist Joe Grandsen and pianist Kenny Banks; Feb. 14-15, vocalist Lynn Roberts with Bob Alberti’s Trio; Feb. 21-22, The Peter & Will Anderson Quartet; Feb. 28-March 1, The Noel Freidline Quartet featuring vocalist Maria Howell. 843-842-8620 or

FEB. 2 The Saturday Giant: 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Broken Spoke in Hilton Head. The rock/pop artist from Columbus, Ohio, is on tour in support of his newest release. The Saturday Giant (the stage name of nomadic aural tinkerer Philip Cogley) crafts an innovative and compelling live show in which he sculpts layers of guitars, drums, bass lines, beat boxing, keyboards and vocals into towering walls of sound, without the aid of prerecorded samples. 843-603-1540

Auditions for 9 to 5 the Musical: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina spring musical production will be directed by Casey Colgan, well known to the Arts Center for directing “42nd Street” and “Anything Goes” among others. Rehearsals begin on April 8, and performances run from April 30-May 25. Actors must be available for all rehearsals and performances. Auditions are by appointment only. Performers should prepare a song either from the show or in the style of the show. If you dance, bring in-character shoes and wear clothing that shows off your figure. 843-686-3945 ext. 236 or GRagland@


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Don’t Dress for Dinner coming to Arts Center


istaken identities are at the heart of Marc Camoletti’s entertaining farce˜Don’t Dress for Dinner, on stage at the Arts Center Feb. 4–23. The main sources of comedic confusion within director Russell Treyz’s lively new production center around the two interlopers to the French country home of Bernard (Adam Segaller) and his wife, Jacqueline (Eleanor Handley). And wouldn’t you know it — the two visitors have confusingly similar names! Suzanne (Jessiee Datino) is Bernard’s buxom, air-headed mistress, arriving for a weekend tryst while Jacqueline is supposedly away to visit her mother. Suzette (Aubrey Saverino) is a Cordon-Bleu chef hired to cater a romantic dinner. The plot thickens when a third visitor comes over as well, Bernard’s old buddy Robert (Marc Carver), whose arrival sets the pretzel-like plot in motion. Robert has been having an affair with Jacqueline, who promptly cancels her trip to her mother’s to stay home to rendezvous with

Robert. That prompts both Bernard and Robert to scramble to account for the two Suzies. Suzanne is introduced as the cook, though she’s clearly the sort who regards an apron as just a really skimpy dress. Meanwhile, Suzette takes on a series of ever-more-outrageous personas depending on who is in the room. If Robert and Bernard’s names sound familiar, it’s no coincidence: They were characters in Camoletti’s 1960 farce˜Boeing-Boeing, which had a Tony-winning Broadway revival in 2008 and a wildly popular run at the Arts Center in 2010. The delightful mayhem in˜Don’t Dress for Dinner provides an evening of gut-busting moments and outrageous fun! See the Tony-nominated show the Chicago Sun Times calls pure, giddy pleasure. Preview tickets, Feb. 4-6, are $35 for adults and $25 for children 4-15; regular tickets for the remainder of the run are $45 for adults and $31 for children and may be purchased online at www.artshhi. com or at 843-842-ARTS (2787). M February 2014 129

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Hilton Head Preparatory presents GODSPELL


rom Feb. 20-23, Hilton Head Preparatory School will perform the hit musical Godspell at the Seahawk Cultural Center. One of the biggest theatrical successes of all time, Godspell offers a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a musical message of kindness, tolerance and love. The original production was a collection of improvised scenes based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, and was transferred for a 10 week run off-Broadway, next moving to Broadway in 1976. Godspell’s 40th anniversary sparked a 2011 Broadway revival, directed by Daniel Goldstein, who wanted the audience to


experience Godspell°through the “spirit of community and the idea to always treat°others as you would have them treat you.” Ken Davenport, producer of the 2011 revival, said “Godspell

is one of those rare and unique breeds of shows that allows the company to use its creativity and unique gifts to mold and shape it into what they want it to be.” The Prep version features

a group of 19 urban young people who are captivated by a gentle and charismatic leader, who leads them on a journey of spiritual awakening. The only characters specifically named are Jesus (John Sheehan, Prep senior) and Judas/John the Baptist (Marisa Wojcikiewicz, Prep senior). The remaining 17 high school students assume their own off-stage first names, but with a persona deliberately unlike their own. At the helm of this intimate, one-of-a-kind production is Performing Arts Director Peggy Trecker White, who not only directed the show, but executed the choreography and costume design as well. Tim Reynolds and Janice Creech


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r Valentine’s ... Feb. 17: Arlo Guthrie & Friends ... MARCH 1: Ease on Down the Road ... FE returned to work with the Prep students, as co-musical directors for the production, Scott Spahr captured Trecker White’s vision with scenic design, and Brian Riley created the show’s lighting design. The uplifting message of peace and love is punctuated with the timeless score by Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Awardwinning composer of “Wicked” and “Pippin.” The Tony-award winning score includes “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye…,” both definitive songs of the 70s. This timeline tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world - and now you can join in the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of bring young stars stirs your soul, raises your spirit and lifts you right out of your seat. Tickets for Godspell are available now and can be purchased with a credit card°at°hhprep. org and will also be available at the door using°cash or check.°Prices are $20 — adults; $15 — seniors (60 and older); and $10 — students. For additional ticket information and group rates (15 or more people), contact Jamie Berndt at 843-341-9182. M


Dixie Swim Club for Valentine’s: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 14-March 2 at Ulmer Auditorium in Bluffton Town Hall. May River Theatre’s final play of the season. Dixie Swim Club is a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever revolving around five southern women whose friendships began on their college swim team. Each August they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The play focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years. Playing the roles of the five swim team members are: Dianne Gibb, Beth Woods, Donna Capps, Terri Hsu and Rose Newton. The play is directed by Christine Grefe. 843-815-5581 or

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Arlo Guthrie & Friends: 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, so celebrate this “Centennial of Woody” with a musical performance brimming with optimism that, for 100

years, has lifted America higher. There’s no better time to hear his treasured musical stories and inspired lyrics, played through the folk music icon of his son, Arlo Guthrie. Throughout his own 40-year career, Arlo has captivated audiences with a straight shot of reality and a healthy dose of off-the-wall wit. Tickets are $65. 843-842-ARTS or


Ease on Down the Road: 7 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at the Hilton Head Island High School’s Visual & Performing Arts Center. The Hilton Head Shore Notes women’s a cappella chorus presents “Ease On Down The Road.” Featured guest quartets are “Live Out Loud,” finalists at the Sweet Adelines Int’l Competition in Hawaii, and “Shrimp ‘n’ Grits,” a men’s quartet from Charleston that medaled in the Dixie District Competition. The Shore Notes’ two quartets, “Coastal Rhythm” and “Just One Night” will also appear. Tickets are $20 and available at Burke’s Pharmacy, Pretty Papers and Markel’s Gifts. A portion of the profits will be donated to The Main Street Youth Theater. or 843-706-9877 February 2014 131

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Bringing New York City theater home to HHI


Veteran Broadway actor Tony Lo Bianco, left, and Hilton Head Island native Christopher Schembra bring “The Little Flower” to the Main Street Youth Theatre stage on Thursday, March 6.

ormer islander Christopher Schembra returns to Hilton Head Island as associate producer of “The Little Flower.” The one-nightonly, one-man show features veteran Broadway actor Tony Lo Bianco in his award-winning portrayal of Fiorello La Guardia. The show is set on La Guardia’s final day in office after three terms as mayor of New York City. It offers a dramatic and historic look into the life and career of the beloved and flamboyant statesman who transcended party barriers and set a new standard for American politics. Written and directed by Lo Bianco, The Little Flower is based on an earlier version of the show, Hizzoner!, and has been performed across the country. Tony Lo Bianco has performed in more than 100 movies and plays including the Academy Award-winning

film The French Connection opposite Gene Hackman, and the cult classic The Honeymoon Killers. His performance in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge earned him a Tony Award nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He won an Obie Award for Best Actor for the OffBroadway production of Yanks-3. Schembra credits Hilton Head Island for the foundation for his New York success. He realized his interest in theatre with performing arts teacher Don Hite at Hilton Head Preparatory School, where he performed throughout high school. He went on to work in theater production at Rollins College. “Don Hite introduced me to the craft of showmanship, entertainment and performance,” said Schembra. “After a detour, I arrived in New York City three years ago without a job, armed


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SHOWS only with passion and a commitment to theater.” Schembra quickly met and teamed up with Lo Bianco, who was retired at the time. The relationship has proved a productive and successful catalyst for both men, as they have taken The Little Flower throughout the country to wide acclaim. “I’m proud of the path I’ve taken and the opportunity to tell La Guardia’s important and inspirational story,” said Schembra. “And, I am thankful to the island community for what I was able to take to New York and what I am now bringing back home.” What: THE LITTLE FLOWER When: 7:30 p.m, Thursday, March 6 Where: Main Street Youth Theatre, Hilton Head Island Tickets: Open seating, $50 Contact: or 843-689-6246 Details: Champagne reception with Tony Bianco and Chris Schembra follows the performance

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2014 Hilton Head Bridal Show: 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 at The Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa. Hosted by Hilton Head Monthly. The annual event has become the premier bridal event in the Lowcountry, introducing future brides and grooms to more than 50 wedding vendors from around the Lowcountry. Listen to live music from Target the Band while you sample reception menus, meet photographers, dress makers, caterers and everybody else you need to plan the ultimate wedding. Figure out how to organize your entire wedding with a special timeline workshop hosted by JLK Events from noon to 1 p.m. The guys can take advantage of a special “Grooms Only” workshop hosted by JLK Events from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. You can also enter for a chance to have your wedding featured in an upcoming issue of Monthly. 843-842-6988, ext. 235 or www.


14th annual Low Country Home & Garden Show: 2-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28; 10 a.m.7 p.m., Saturday, March 1; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, March 2 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware and more. Tickets: $7 for adults 17+, $6 seniors 65+ and retired military. Active duty military and children 16 & under are free. The show includes gardening seminars by the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, a Huge Home Improvement Alley, the latest kitchen and bath trends, pools and spas, interior design and more. Free DIY seminars all weekend. Free tote bag, while supplies last. or 877-663-8168

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Low Country’s Classic Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference Regional Tournament: Feb. 3-9 at Marriott Resort & Spa. The event is the second largest regional bridge tournament in the United States. The Hilton Head Island Bridge Club hosts the tournament every other year. This year the tournament will host several celebrity bridge speakers from all over the United States who will speak to the tournament participants every day before the afternoon and evening games. There is a special newcomer/ intermediate program, with free play all day on Tuesday, Feb. 4 for players with 0 to 5 master points. The tournament costs $11 for each session, but no pre-registration is required. Some of the proceeds from the event will go to Deep Well and Memory Matters. 843-757-4505 or

FEB. 16

2014 Wexford Intercollegiate golf tournament: Feb. 16-18 at Wexford Plantation. A 17-team college men’s golf tournament hosted by Francis Marion University. Participating schools include Austin Peay, Campbell University, Charleston Southern, Cleveland State, William & Mary, Dayton, DePaul, Elon, Francis Marion, High Point, Ohio, Presbyterian, Radford, Richmond, South Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth and Wofford. Georgia Southern won last year’s event by eight strokes. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

FEB. 1-2

Junior Heritage Golf Tournament: Saturday, Feb. 1-Sunday, Feb. 2 at Sea Pines Resort. The Junior Heritage has a rich history of world-class golf with a list of champions that includes Paula Creamer, Charles Howell III, Brittany Lang, Sean O’Hair, Kyle Stanley and Alexis Thompson. This year’s two-day tournament will feature some of the country’s finest junior golfers playing at The Sea Pines Resort: Heron Point by Pete Dye course on the 2nd and Harbour Town Golf Links on the 3rd. 843-842-8484


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FEB. 4, 11

Forest Preserve Wagon Journey: Thursdays; 3-4:30 p.m. at Sea Pines Resort. Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Search for turtles, alligators, birds and other critters as you ride past Heritage Farm, Lake Joe, Fish Island and more. Reservations are required. $13/adult, $10/child (ages 12 & younger). 843-842-1979


Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tour: Enjoy a onehour guided boat tour through the freshwater lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve and an up-close view of Hilton Head Island’s indigenous plant and animal life, including the American alligator. Reservations are required. $22/adult, $19/child (ages 12 & younger). 843-686-5323

Live from NYC’s 92nd Street Y broadcasts: 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Congregation Beth Yam. Live from NYC’s 92nd Street Y, now in its 12th year, uses satellite technology to simultaneously broadcast 92nd Y’s renowned educational and cultural programming to community organizations across America. First up is the program “Success in America” on Feb. 4 with Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. On Feb. 11 is the program “The United States, Iran, and Israel: What Next” with Michael Doran and Warren Kozak. Other upcoming broadcasts are “The Story of Jews” with Simon Schama on March 24 and Ellie Wiesel on May 22. All broadcasts will be shown at Congregation Beth Yam, located at 4501 Meeting St. on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy dinner before each broadcast with a 10 percent discount for E-Tkt holders at Frankie Bones, Wise Guys, Boathouse, Main St. Café, Mangiamo’s, Reilly’s (North End), Ruan Thai Hut and OKKO. Just present your E-Tkt when ordering dinner, the night of the broadcast. Tickets for single broadcasts are $10 for Congregation Beth Yam members and $15 for nonmembers, payable by cash or check. 843-689-2178 or

FEB. 5

Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island luncheon: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Sea Pines Country Club. Social hour will begin at 11 a.m. with the luncheon to follow. The program will feature Sea Pines Plantation Executive Sous Chef Shaun Hinson, presenting a food demonstration. There will be a special program by harpist Phyllis Mauney, former member of the President’s Own U. S. Marine Band. Mauney has played at the White House for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. $30 for members and $38 for guests. or 843-681-5890.

FEB. 17-23

Professional Tennis Registry Week: Feb. 17-23 at Van der Meer Shipyard Tennis Center and the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. PTR Week has several elements, including the PTR Championships, Feb. 17-19, the International Tennis Symposium, Feb. 20-23, and Professional Development Courses conducted before and immediately following the Symposium. PTR Week attracts tennis teachers and coaches from around the world. February 2014 135

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Star Night: 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Led by Marie McClune and Kristen Mattson, you will learn how to “star hop” to locate other constellations in the Winter Hexagon. The program will start inside the Discovery House with a brief introduction before heading outside. The focus will be on the constellations Taurus, Canus Major, Canis Minor, Gemini and Auriga among others. The cold, dry air of winter offers the best viewing opportunities. Charge is $12 per adult, $7 per child (ages 6-12) for this two-hour program. Please bring a flashlight and a set of binoculars for the field portion of the program. Attendance is limited and reservations are required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or


Learn to throw a cast net: 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Jan. 7-Feb. 25 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. 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, that grew up primarily with 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 and reservations are required. 843-689-6767 ext 223


Sweetgrass basket making classes: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays through Feb. 22 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Learn about the history of the Sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s best known art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker. Then, try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials. $65. 843-689-6767, ext. 223


Memory Matters for Adults: Learn how to keep your mind sharp; presented by Anne Marie Pennington, Community Relations Director of a local assisted living facility. No registration required; Monday, February 10th, 11am-12pm; Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head, SC 29926; Free; 843-255-6525,;

FEB. 18

Novel Evenings Book Club: Join us for a lively discussion of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The Novel Evenings Book Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm. Everyone is welcome! Time and Date of Event: Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm; Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head; Free; 843-255-6525,;

FEB. 26

Novel Mornings Book Club: Meet with fellow book lovers for a discussion of The House Girl by Tara

Conklin. The Novel Mornings Book Club meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11am. Everyone is welcome; Wednesday, February 26th at 11am; Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head; Free; 843-255-6525, heisenman@;


Want your event listed in the next Lowcountry Calendar? E-mail your information to editor@hiltonheadmonthly. com by the 15th of the month.

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Yoga at the Hilton Head Branch Library: Experience the mind-body connection with therapeutic yoga offered by Martha Pike. Participants need only to bring their own mat. No registration required. Class is open to teens and adults; Every Thursday at 6-7 p.m. from February 6 – 27; Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head; Free; 843255-6525, priscillap@;


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Net ... THROUGH FEB. 22: Sweetgrass Basket making Classes ... FEB. 10: MEmory Matt HILTON HEAD ISLAND WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL FEATURED VINEYARD

Celebrating Northwest corks and cuisine


et in remote Lane County, Oregon, and surrounded by the verdant landscape of the world’s largest contiguous organic vineyard, King Estate has built its reputation on premium wines, preserving the food culture of the Northwest and dedication to sustainability. Founded by the King family, King Estate has been known for its commitment to organic farming and sustainable practices for 22 years. The winery is certified organic by Oregon Tilth, a non-profit research and education organization, and the 1,033 acre property boasts 470 acres of organic vineyards, which are mostly dedicated to its famous Pinot Gris and Pinot Noirs. The estate also grows 30 acres of fruits, vegetables and flowers. King Estate’s Domaine label wines are made with their organicallyfarmed grapes, while the Signature Collection blends estate fruit with some of Willamette Valley’s finest vineyards. The King Estate also produces an Acrobat label, a value brand that also includes the estate’s fruit. Though the estate’s grapes are organically-farmed, the wines are not labeled organic because of sulfites added during production. Winemakers have been adding sulfites to wine for centuries to protect the wine from oxidation and prevent organisms from growing in the wine, allowing it to last longer and develop richer flavor. King Estate, though, says their white wines have fewer added sulfites due to naturally occurring higher acid content. Visitors to the European-style winery, located southwest of the city of Eugene, will find more than wine to delight their palates. The menu at The Wine Bar and Restaurant features organic produce grown on the estate, along with seasonal, local and sustainably managed ingredients, to showcase their many different wines. The 2012 King Estate Signature Pinot Gris, a special Pinot Gris dubbed Backbone, is made from a blend of five top Willamette Valley vineyards. The Backbone Pinot Gris has the distinct aromas of fresh lemon, pineapple, and passion fruit. The fruit characteristics in the nose join hints of pear and honey in the mouth, and this medium-bodied wine continues into a smooth, lingering finish. It’s the perfect wine to accompany the King Estate’s Grilled Butterfly Prawns with Shiso Leaves and Smoked Pepper Sauce. King Estate Executive Chef Brandon Nadolny, who joined King Estate as Sous Chef in 2007 before being promoted to Executive Chef in 2012, says shiso, a member of the same family as mint and basil, can be found in the specialty herb section at supermarkets or Asian grocery stores. Nadolny says the herb presents a cooling sensation with undertones of anise, flavors that combine with the warm grilled shrimp to pair beautifully with the Pinot Gris. He adds that you can make the sauce ahead of time, making this an easy dish to serve up once the grill is hot. But Nadolny notes the dish is best served room temperature or warmer to provide the perfect pairing with the King Estate Backbone Pinot Gris. Look for King Estate at the 29th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival March 10-15. For more information call 843-686-4944 or M


Ingredients: 9-12 Large fresh Prawns 5-6 shiso leaves, cut half lengthwise 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar 1 1/4 tsp. chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 egg yolk 1 1/2 tsp. honey 3/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. dashi 2 - 2 1/2 cups vegetable or canola oil (or as needed) PREPARATION: Sauce: 1. In a blender combine the rice wine vinegar, chipotle peppers, dijon, egg yolk, honey, salt, and dashi. 2. Turn the blender on high and slowly pour in the oil to emulsify. The amount of oil is an approximate amount of oil needed to emulsify the sauce. Slowly add another 1/2 cup of oil if needed. When done, taste and reseason with salt if needed. Put in a squeeze bottle for later. Shrimp: 1. Prepare the shrimp by first removing the shell, leaving the tail still attached. 2. Make a slit down the bottom side of the shrimp as far as the tail but take care not to cut all the way through. Devein the shrimp from this side, Rinse briefly under cold water and drain. 3. Preheat a grill or broiler. 4. Take the shrimp one at a time, open the split side of the shrimp and lay half a shiso leaf on each shrimp and top with a medium size dot of sauce from the squeeze bottle. 4. Using a metal spatula, place the shrimp one at a time on a grill or broiler. Cook for about 1 minute, just until the surface of the shrimp turns opaque. Remove from the grill. 5. Take a plate and using the squirt bottle place a zigzag line on the plate. Place the prawns on the plate with the tails facing opposite each other. 6. (optional garnish) Take a whole shiso leaf, and cut the stem off. Heat a small sauté pan with about 1 tbsp. vegetable oil. When the oil is hot toss in the single leaf and cook for about 30 seconds then remove the leaf to a paper towel. Let cool and use as a garnish on the plate!

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reat Gatsby was the theme for this year’s Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce ball at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.

Louise Spencer sings as Bob Masteller, owner of The Jazz Corner, walks up to receive the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award.

The Heritage Library Foundation and the 350/30 Celebration won the 2013 Organization of the Year Award.

Monthly CEO Marc Frey with Fork & Fun publisher and president Anuska Frey.

Attorney Francine Tobin is presented with the Zonta Woman of the Year award.

Emalee Baker won the Sue West Educator of the Year award. Baker is a kindergarten and fi st-grade teacher at Red Cedar Elementary School.

Kim Viljak accepts the Bluffton Regional Business Council Member of the Year award on behalf of the Farmers Market of Bluffton.


Salvation Army Major Bryan Tatterson, left, is presented a $22,667 check from HHI Rotary project chair Dean Roberts. The money was raised during the Rotary Club’s holiday bell ringing campaign.

ea Pines resort celebrated the New Year with a giant golf ball drop from the lighthouse. Pictured are Steve Birdwell and Sir Willie and the lighthouse. The resort hosted its Polar Bear Swim the next morning.

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GET in th e spo tli gh t To submit photos from your event or party e-mail or you can share them directly from your Facebook page by liking us on Facebook. All photos courtesy those pictured unless otherwise noted.

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Tom Reilley and David Crowell paid a visit to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry to spend time with the children and tour the facility. Also pictured with the children is Kim Likins.

Stephen Moscowitz was the Featured Artist in January for the Society of Bluffton Artists.

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South Carolina Yacht Club edged out 11 other teams to win the 2014 PTI Team Tennis League. Back row, from left: Andrew Hazel, Justin Perry, Todd Pierce, Andy Reed, Nick Inman, Nick Castricone and Todd Saylor. Front row: Amity Perry, Christa Conley, Yza Shady, Ann Marie, Tracy Castricone and Kelly Stroud.

Lily Hanlin — daughter of our editor Lance Hanlin — was born Jan. 10 at Hilton Head Hospital.

Winners of the Zapata Initiative’s “The Defin ng Moment” competition are shown at the Hilton Head High School Seahawk Cultural Center. The winners were Dylan Herman, Mariel Zmarzly, Austin Weaver, Carolanne O’Fee, Ramon Lomas, Dominique Antunez, Ja’Carri Aiken, Dorian Fitzhugh, Edith Moreno, Kendra Rabon, Alana Geoffroy, Caroline Vaughan, Chase Faulkner, Pilar Keyser, Sophia Avent, Lorenzo Trentini, Taylor Murphy, Jean Foissac and Pamela Glidden-Zapata, Founder of the Zapata Initiative. February 2014 139

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aking biscuits has been one of those things I’ve screwed up every time I’ve made them, right on the list with the temperamental macaroon. I had put this inability to produce a proper Southern biscuit down to being a Yankee. I just didn’t have the biscuit-making gene that came from being born and bred south of the Mason-Dixon line (I can’t roast a potato like my born and bred English friend Debbie either). This past holiday season the in-house elves clearly had gotten fed up with the “golden hockey pucks” I tried to pass off as biscuits, along with the flat, sticky discs of meringue that resembled nothing close to a proper delicate French macaroon. The biscuit debacle hit a low point over Thanksgiving, when one “golden puck” hit the floor and bounced without losing a crumb. Little did I know that help was on its way…Yes, I received cookbooks written by two experts noted for their prowess in making biscuits and macaroons. Enter Southern whiz-bang biscuit-teer Nathalie Dupree and her book, “Southern Biscuits.” It is the ultimate biscuit book for several reasons:


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One — it spells out how to make a proper biscuit. Two — gives enough science and history to understand the process for the biscuit “challenged.” Three - the recipes are ample and diverse from savory to sweet. Some envious, uninformed biscuit bakers argue that Southerners have an edge since the delicate winterwheat flou , White Lilly, is readily available here. Other, informed biscuit bakers say it doesn’t matter, a mix of cake and all-purpose flou , plus some baking powder will do the job and produce biscuits of your dreams whether they be light, fla ey and golden brown or crispy and sturdy enough to make a minisandwich. Either way, Nathalie Dupree walks you through the nuances of the biscuit making, thoroughly. I read “Southern Biscuits” pretty much cover to cover. Then armed with my newfound knowledge made a lot of biscuits…a lot. At first I burned some on the bottom and had a batch that didn’t rise enough (read on for the reasons). I experimented with different flours fats and liquids. Then I “got it.” The results were just what I had been looking for and what had eluded me over the years. My biscuits were lovely, feathery and moist. I’ll put the success down to technique and a few other key components, which I’ve listed on the top right. I was also encouraged after I read in an article by Sam Sifton in the NYTimes that stated the Biscuit Queen herself, once wrote in an email, “Any biscuit is possible for a Yankee,” That’s all I needed to read. On to macaroons with Pierre Herme next!

Tips To A Better Biscuit – what I learned… 1. Make them a lot, like a lot – practice makes perfect and warm biscuits smell scrumptious. 2. Don’t even think about using a rolling pin, the dough should be folded and patted into shape. 3. Measure dry ingredients by weight – it’s better for accuracy. 4. Use the best quality “fats” you can find Butter with lower water content like Plugra European butter and/or organic lard. 5. Don’t manhandle the dough, it need not be kneaded – crumble the fat into the flour until it looks like feta cheese. 6. Folding the dough with a gentle touch helps make a fla y biscuit. 7. Make sure your ingredients are fresh – baking powder especially. 8. Don’t twist your biscuit cutter – it fla tens the edge so they may not rise completely. 9. Don’t double the batch if you want to make more, make two batches instead (see #5). 10. Make sure your oven is the right temperature and HOT. 11. Use two baking sheets to insulate better and prevent burning the bottoms. 12. Less watery the liquids, like buttermilk, cream, sour cream or yogurt will tenderize the dough and create a lighter biscuit than milk or water.

Basic Buttermilk Biscuits These will be soft outside since you’re baking them next to each other in a 9-inch cake pan. Makes about 12 biscuits.

times until the dough no longer looks clumpy. Cut out biscuits using a 2 ½ inch round cutter. Gather scraps and continue making additional biscuits.

• 2-¼ cups self-rising flou

Place biscuits in cake pan, place cake pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes in the top portion of your oven rotating ½ way through cooking. Turn biscuits out and cool on a rack.

• ½ cup well chilled European butter – like Lurpak or Plugra cut into ½ inch pieces • 1-cup buttermilk Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk 2 cups of flour in a large bowl, set aside the remaining ¼ cup. Using your fingers rub the butter into the flour until it looks like crumbled feta cheese with pieces no larger than a green pea. This should take about 5 minutes. Make a well in the flour and pour in ¾ cup of buttermilk; set a side the remaining ¼ cup. Stir with a rubber spatula, just until the dry ingredients are moist and a sticky, shaggy dough forms. Add more buttermilk if needed to pick up any stubborn flour bits at the bottom of the bowl or more flour if the dough appears too soggy and wet. Sprinkle a board with flour and turn out dough. Flour your hands, fold dough in half and pat down into a ½ inch thick disc. Repeat this process one or two more

No tes You can brush the tops with melted butter right before pulling them out if desired. If you want crispier biscuits, bake them about an inch apart on a baking sheet. Recipe adapted from “Southern Biscuits” by Nathalie Dupree. A few ideas for all those biscuits you’ve mastered… • Smoked salmon with honey mustard & arugula (above left) • Chipotle or pesto roasted chicken • Chutney or Branson pickle & cheddar cheese • Nutella, strawberries & bananas (above right) February 2014 141

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Sallie Ann Robinson is an American cookbook author, celebrity chef and cultural historian. A native of Daufuskie Island, she is noted for her knowledge of Gullah traditions and history.

An article about Southern bi scuit s could never be complete without a recipe from our o wn l oc al Low country connois seur Sa llie A nne R obinson. Robinson was born and raised on Daufuskie Island and is the author of several cookbooks celebrating Gullah traditions and cuisine along with engaging personal stories of life on the island. Sallie Anne learned to make biscuits in her mother’s tiny Daufuskie Island kitchen in a wood-burning oven. Sallie Anne writes…”I knew someday I would be making my own biscuits, so I watched carefully. Momma made it look so easy as she made the dough and rolled it out on the table. But I knew it took practice. She’d reach for one of the jelly jars that we drank from, then let me press it down into the quarter inch dough to cut out the biscuits. Next she’d fill the bottom of a greased baking pan with the round pieces of dough, then hand it to me to place in the hot oven.” “Now don’tcha let dem biscuits burn or Ah’ll have ya hide.” Her mother would warn and even though she wanted to sneak outside, she stayed put and never let the biscuits burn. M

Hand-Tossed Fluffy Biscuits from Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flou • 3 teaspoons baking powder • 1-teaspoon salt • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening (such as Crisco) • ¾ cup whole milk or buttermilk • 2 medium eggs Mix dry ingredients together and cut in the shortening. Slowly mix in the milk and eggs until combined. Sprinkle some flour on your table or counter or a large cutting board, knead the dough five or six times, and then roll it out to a thickness of ¼ inch or more (¼-inch-thick dough will rise to become a 1-inch high biscuit). Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out about 10 biscuits. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown, then brush on melted butter or margarine, if you like. Serve immediately, with butter, honey, jelly, syrup or whatever you want. Reprinted with the permission of Sallie Anne Robinson. No te: The inclusion of eggs makes for a flu fy biscuit where a recipe without eggs yields a flakier biscuit.


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Sea Grass Grille Intimate yet casual dining in a Lowcounry beach house setting. Voted best seafood restaurant on Hilton Head Island by Monthly voters in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. 807 William Hilton Pkwy., suite 1000 Hilton Head Island 843-785-9990,


Crazy Crab (north): 104 William Hilton Parkway. 681-5021. 

Atlanta Bread Company: 45 Pembroke Drive 342-2253. 

Dragon Express: 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 681-5191. 

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Bella Italia Bistro and Pizza: 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 689-5560.  Carolina Café: The Westin Resort, Port Royal Plantation. 681-4000, ext. 7045.  Chart House: 2 Hudson Road. 3429066. 

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

Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill (north): 95 Mathews Drive. 342-8808. 

Hudson’s on the Docks: Hudson’s employs the largest and one of only two remaining fishing fleets on the island which brings fresh local seafood straight from the docks to your table. TRY THIS: Fish N’ Chips; Fat Tire beer batter, malt vinegar, tartar sauce. $18. 1 Hudson Road. 681-2772. 

Frankie Bones: 1301 Main Street. 682-4455. 

Il Carpaccio: If you’re hankering for some authentic Italian cuisine, this

Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s: 840 William Hilton Parkway. 681-8106.  Fancy Q Sushi Bar & Grill: 435 William Hilton Parkway. 342-6626. 

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.  Le Bistro Mediterranean: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 681-8425. 


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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

Little Chris Cafe: 430 William Hilton Parkway. 785-2233. BLD Main Street Café: 1411 Main Street Village. 689-3999. LDS Mangiamo!: 2000 Main Street. 682-2444. LD Mi Tierra (Hilton Head): 160 William Hilton Pkwy. Fairfield Square. 342-3409. LD Munchies: 1407 Main Street. 785-3354. LD

Up the Creek Pub & Grill: 18 Simmons Road in Broad Creek Marina. 681-3625. ld WiseGuys steaks: 1513 Main Street. 842-8866. do Yummy House: 2 Southwood Park Drive. 681-5888. ld

Hilton Head mid-island

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

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

OKKO: 95 Mathews Dr. 341-3377. LD

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

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

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, www. d

Outback Steakhouse: 20 Hatton Place. 681-4329. LD Plantation Café and Deli: 95 Mathews Drive. 342-4472. BL Reilley’s Grill and Bar (north): 95 Mathews Drive. 681-4153. LDSO Ruby Lee’s: 46 Wild Horse Road. 681-7829. LDS Skull Creek Boathouse: 397 Squire Pope Road. 681-3663. DO

Arthur’s Grille: Arthur Hills course, Palmetto Dunes. 7851191. ld

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

Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza: Robert Trent Jones course, Palmetto Dunes. 785-1165. ld

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

Bistro 17: Cozy, waterfront French cafe to the right of Neptune’s statue, overlooking picturesque Shelter Cove Marina. Casual bistro dining with a European cafe flair Serving lunch and dinner with additional menus for kids and puppies. Nightly specials.

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

Try this: Wild Salmon. Peppered mustard, mixed greens, pine nuts, dried cranberries, red onions and gorganzola. $25. 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-5517. ld

Bonefish 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3772. ld Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 14 Folly Field Drive. 785-5007. ld Café at the Marriott: Oceanside at Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 686-8488. bl Carolina Seafood House: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 8420084. d Roastfish & Cornbread: 70 Marshland Road. 342-2996. ld Coco’s On The Beach: 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A. 8422626. ld Coconutz Sportz Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 8420043 do Conroy’s: Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 686-8499. ds ELA’s Blu Water Grille: 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 785-3030. ld Flora’s Italian Cafe: 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. 842-8200. d Gator’z Pizza: HHI Beach & Tennis Resort. 842-0004. d Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: 32 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-4144. ld Harold’s Diner: 641 William Hilton Parkway. 842-9292. bl HH Prime: Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 3418058. blds Island Bagel: South Island Square. 686-3353. bl Jamaica Joe’z Beach Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0044. February 2014 145

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ELA’s Blu Water Grille Chef Meagen Mehaffey

Find fresh-catch specialties at this three-level waterfront masterpiece overlooking Broad Creek and Shelter Cove Marina. The 165-seat restaurant has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and has won three prestigious OpenTable awards for Hilton Head’s best ambiance, best scenic view and best seafood. ldo

Try this 1 Shelter Cove Ln., Shelter Cove H arbour 785-3030

ELA’s Calamari: Lightly battered long strips served with a spicy remoulade. $10.

Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse: If you’re seeking an evening of great food and entertainment, be sure to visit this picturesque waterfront restaurant. Live music, dancing, comedy and magic complement Kingfisher’s extensive menu of fresh seafood, homemade pasta and juicy steaks. Watch the sun go down over Broad Creek and Shelter Cove Harbour. Try this: Seafood Volcano with a snow crab cluster, a dozen peel & eat shrimp and four oysters on a halfshell, $19.99. 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-4442. Do Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar: 841 William Hilton Pkwy, Unit A, South Island Square. 681-3474. Do

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. 6816040. do The Sea Lady: Shelter Cove Harbour. 13 Harbourside. 341-3500. ld Pazzo: 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 842-9463. ld Pomodori: 1 New Orleans Road. 686-3100. ld

New York City Pizza: 45 Pembroke Dr., Ste. 105. 689-2229. ld

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

Old Oyster Factory: With panoramic views overlooking Broad Creek, this Hilton Head landmark was voted one

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

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

Sea Grass Grille: Tucked away in Plantation Center, just outside the main entrance to Palmetto Dunes Resort, this hidden gem is no longer a secret. With a Lowcountry beach house theme, the atmosphere is vacation casual with a touch of elegance, perfect for a family outing, romantic dinner, a get-together with friends or a special event. Try this: Grouper Piccata; Sauteed with lemon, butter, white wine and capers. $26. 807 William Hilton Parkway. 785-9990. ld

YoAddiction!: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3335

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Beach Break Grill: 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite F. 785-2466. Ld Bess’ Delicatessen and Catering: 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center. 785-5504. bl Big Bamboo Cafe: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-3443. ldo

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Bistro Mezzaluna: 55 New Orleans Road 842-5011. d

Alligator Grille: 33 Office Park Rd., Park Plaza. 842-4888. d

Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 785-4950. lds

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

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

Aqua Ocean Grille: 10 North Forest Beach Drive. 715-8490. LD

Starbucks: 32 Shelter Cove Lane. 842-4090

Asian Bistro: 51 New Orleans Road. 686-9888. ld

Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road. 681-

Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe: 69 Pope Avenue. 785-7700. ld

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 toma-

to 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

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DINING 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

Flatbread Grill An upscale, casual dining experience at night and a fun, family-friendly spot next to the beach during the day. As you step inside, there is an old world Tuscan feel, enhanced by aromas created from a Woodstone high temperature oven. Select seating at the open display kitchen, the dining room surrounded by a wall of sliding glass panels or the lounge equipped with both inside and outside bars with high definition televisions. LDO

Try this The Big Easy: Gourmet pizza with shirmp, bacon, sesame seeds and tomatoes with red sauce. 8-inch for $10.95, 16-inch for $21.95 2 North Forest Beach Drive, H ilton H ead Island 843-341-2225

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, Hilton Head Island, 843785-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, Hilton Head Island, 843785-9277, Coligny Deli & Grill: Coligny Plaza. 785-4440. ld 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: 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. 785-3633.


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DINING Daniel’s Restaurant and Bar: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-9379. ld Dough Boys: 1-B New Orleans Road. 686-BOYS. ld Flatbread Grill and Bar: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-2225. www. ldo DryDock: 21 Office Park Road. 8429775.ldo Earle of Sandwich Pub: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 785-7767. ld

and is pet-friendly. The menu includes traditional appetizers, wings, pizza and calzones, soups, salads, entrees and more. TRY THIS: Fried Onion Burger; halfpound prime beef topped with golden brown beer-battered onion rings and a Cajun ranch sauce, $10. 7C Greenwood Drive (Reilley’s Plaza), Hilton Head Plaza. 785-3900. www. ldo Hilton Head Ice Cream: 55 New Orleans Road, #114. 852-6333.

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

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

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

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

Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill: 51 New Orleans Road. 785-4788. ld FlatBread Grill: 2 North Forest Beach Drive, 341-2225, flatbreadgrillhhi com. 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 Harbour Side Burgers and Brews: Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1444. ld Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe: Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 363-2021. bl Harbour Town Grill: Harbour Town Links Clubhouse, Sea Pines. 363-8380. bld Hilton Head Diner: 6 Marina Side Drive. 686-2400. bldo Hilton Head Brewing Company: South Carolina’s first microbrewery and restaurant. One large corner is occupied by an array of shiny stainless steel tanks and other equipment that can produce up to 2,000 barrels of beer annually. Patrons may dine either in the attractive brewhouse pub, in the lower dining room or on the deck. The deck boasts an outdoor bar, TVs

Hot Dog Harbour: Unit E-5, Coligny Plaza. 785-5400. 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 Joe’s: 101 Pope Avenue in Coligny Plaza. 686- 5282. bldo Jazz Corner: Village at Wexford. 8428620. do Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: 7 Greenwood Drive, Suite 3B. 785-9070. ldo Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe: 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 7853315. blds Jersey Mike’s: 11 Palmetto Bay Rd., Island Crossing. 341-6800. Kurama Japanese Steak and Seafood House: Whether it be a teppanyaki-style offering prepared right before your eyes or a mouth-watering creation from our sushi bar, Kurama prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients. Try this: Chirashi; Assorted sashimi over a bowl of rice. $18.95. 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 Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 842-8966. do Mellow Mushroom: 33 Office Park February 2014 149

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Il Carpaccio If you’re hankering for some authentic Italian cuisine, this hidden gem tucked away in Pineland Station is worth finding. Pizza is cooked in a hardwood burning oven, imported from Modena, Italy. From A to Z (antipasti through zuppe) Chef Eddy makes everything from scratch. LDO

Try this Vitella Piemonteste: Veal scallopine sauteed with mushrooms and Italian mild sausage in a light cream sauce, $16.95.

William H ilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 342-9949

Road in Park Plaza. 686-2474. www. ldo

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Lowcountry Backyard: 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange. 785-9273. bld

Michael Anthony’s: Now celebrating their 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

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

New York City Pizza: 81 Pope Avenue. 842-2227. ld Nick’s Steak & Seafood: 9 Park Lane. 686-2920. d One Hot Mama’s: 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 682-6262. ldso

Marker 59: Beach House hotel. One South Forest Beach Drive. 785-5126. Bld

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café: 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 686-3232. bl

Market Street Cafe: 12 Coligny Plaza. 686-4976. ld

Philly’s Café and Deli: 102 Fountain Center, New Orleans Road. 785-9966. l

Marley’s Island Grille: 35 Office 150

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Pino Gelato: 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Village at Wexford. 842-2822. Plantation Café and Deli (south): 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza. 785-9020. bl Pomodori: 1 New Orleans Road. 6863100. d Quarterdeck: 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1999. ldo 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. ld Sage Room: 81 Pope Avenue, Heritage Plaza. 785-5352. d Sea Shack: 6 Executive Park Drive. 785-2464. ld Sea Pines Beach Club and Surfside Grill: North Sea Pines Drive. 842-1888. ld

842-4227. bldo SmuthIland: 11 Palmetto Bay Rd. in Island Crossing shopping center. 842-9808. 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 Steamers: 28 Coligny Plaza. 7852070. ld Stellini:15 Executive Park Road. 7857006. d Stu’s Surfside: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-7873. ld The Studio: 20 Executive Park Road. 785-6000. d Sweet Carolina Cupcakes: 1 N. Forest Beach Drive. 342-2611. Tiki Hut: 1 South Forest Beach Drive at the Beach House. 785-5126. old Topside at the Quarterdeck: Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1999. d Trattoria Divina: 33 Office Park Road. 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 Truffles Cafe (Sea Pines): 6716136. 71 Lighthouse Road. Sea Pines Center. ld Vari Asian Seafood and Suhi Buffet: 840 William Hilton Pkwy. 7859000. ld Urban Vegan: 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina. 671-3474. ld

Signe’s Bakery & Cafe: 93 Arrow Road. 785-9118. bls

Vine: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 686-3900. ld

Skillets Café: Coligny Plaza. 7853131. bld

Watusi: 71 Pope Avenue. 686-5200. BL

Smokehouse: 34 Palmetto Bay Road.

Wild Wing Café: 72 Pope Avenue. February 2014 151

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DINING 785-9464. ldo Wine & 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

Downtown Deli: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 815-5005. bl El Super Internacional: 33 Sherington Dr. 815-8113. ld F irehouse Subs: 32 Malphrus Rd., #109. 815-7827. ld

YoAddiction!: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3335

F iesta F resh Mexican Grill: 876 Fording Island Road (Hwy. 278), Suite 1. 706-7280. ld


Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: 25 Bluffton Road. 815-9200. ld

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 Bluffton BBQ: 11 State of Mind Street. 757-7427, ld Bluffton F amily Seafood House: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 757-4010. ld Buffalos Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road inside Palmetto Bluff. 7066500. ld Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen: 1055 May River Rd. 7572921. ld 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 Choo Choo BBQ Xpress: 129 Burnt Church Rd. 815-7675. ldo Claude & Uli’s Bistro: 1533 Fording Island Road. 837-3336. ld Coconuts Bar & Grille: 39 Persimmon Street. 757-0602. do Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: 1297 May River Road. 815-5168. do Corner Perk Cafe: 142 Burnt Church Road. 816-5674. bl The Cottage Cafe, Bakery and T ea Room: 38 Calhoun Street. 757-0508. bl

Gruby’s New York Deli: 198 Okatie Village Drive. 705-4190. ld Hana Sushi and Japanese F usion: 1534 Fording Island Road. 837-3388. ld HogsHead Kitchen and Wine Bar: 1555 Fording Island Rd. 837-4647. 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 T avern: 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive. 837-3353. bldo Kickin’ Chicken: 1011 Fording Island Rd. in the Best Buy Shopping Center. 836-5040. ldo Kobe Japanese Restaurant: 30 Plantation Park Drive. 757-6688. ld L onghorn: Inside Tanger I. 705-7001. ld L os Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill: The Bridge Center. 837-2333. ld L owcountry F lower Girls: Berkeley Place. 837-2253. May River Grill: 1263 May River Road. 757-5755. ld Mellow Mushroom: The place where Hilton Head’s pizza lovers and beer lovers gather. Outstanding pies made with spring water dough, prepared fresh every day. The ‘Shroom is also a great spot for hoagies, calzones, salads. A large bar and numerous flat screen TVs make it a popular spot for watching sporting events. Try this: The Mad Italian pizza; oil and garlic base topped with salami, roasted red peppers, onions, ham, mozzarella


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and pepperoncini, $24.95 (large). 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 6862474. ldo Mi Tierra: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 757-7200. ld

Circle. 815-5030. d Sippin’ Cow Cafe: 1230 May River Road. 757-5051. bl Squat N’ Gobble: 1231 May River Road. 757-4242. bld

Mi Tierrita: 214 Okatie Village Drive. 705-0925. ld

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

Moe’s Southwest Grill: 3 Malphrus Road. 837-8722. ld

Tavern 46: Casual yet upscale dining with a menu that features a selection of steak, local seafood, gourmet burgers, barbecue ribs, slow-cooked pork chops and many desserts. One of the largest bars in the Lowcountry with 34 beers on tap. With 15 flat-screen TVs, it’s also a good place to watch sporting events. Try this: Chipotle Chicken Cavatelli; grilled chicken, red peppers, spinach and sweet corn over cavatelli pasta with chipolte cream sauce and Parmesan, $15. 16 Kittie’s Landing Road. 815-2327. ldo

Mulberry Street Trattoria: 1476 Fording Island Road. 837-2426. lds 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 Fording Island Road. 837-2633. Plantation Cafe & Deli: 1532 Fording Island Road. 815-4445. Pour Richard’s: 4376 Bluffton Parkway. 757-1999. do The Pub at Old Carolina: 91 Old Carolina Road. 757-6844. d R Bar: 70 Pennington Drive. 7577264. ld 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. ld Saigon Cafe: 1304 Fording Island Road. 837-1800. bld Sake House: G1017 Fording Island Road Ste 105. 706-9222. ld Sunset Bay: 35 Fording Island Road Extension. 837-5673. Sigler’s Rotisserie: 12 Sheridan Park

Truffles Cafe: Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. Try this: Chicken Pot Pie; tender breast meat, carrots, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and white wine cream sauce covered with a puff pastry. 91 Towne Drive Belfair Towne Village. 815-5551. ld Vineyard 55: 55 Calhoun Street. 757-9463. d Tavern 46: 16 Kittie’s Landing Road. 815-2327. ldo Veritas: 163 Bluffton Rd. Unit F. 843815-6900, 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

Daufu skie island Eagle’s Nest: 56 Fuskie Lane, Bloody Point, 341-5522. Marshside Mama’s Cafe: 15 Haig Point Road on County Landing. 7854755. ld M All area codes 843. February 2014 153

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• Salty Dog Cafe is hosting its annual Salty Dog Oyster Roast starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. Eat oysters and other food outside on the boardwalk while listening to live music. There will also be special entertainment for kids. For more information, call 843-671-2233. • Bomboras Grille is hosting a special Valentines Day dinner on Feb. 14 called Dierberg & StarLane Vinjeyards Wine Dinner. Enjoy five wines and four courses for $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 843-689-2662. • Skull Creek Boathouse is hosting a Full Moon Valentine’s Day Party starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Live music will be from 6-10 p.m. from the South Beach Orchestra with a special appearance by The Girls of Grand Marnier. • The Black Marlin is hosting a Crab Cracking & Total Cluster Shuck starting at 4 p.m on Saturday, Feb. 15. Live music by the Derrick Dorsey Band from 6-10 p.m. Local oyster clusters. $15 for full buckets, $10 for 1/2 buckets. Drink specials. Want to be listed in The Feed? Send your restaurant news to



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n the pantheon of necessary evils, Valentine’s Day hoopla ranks somewhere between paying your taxes and flossing. That said, if you’re going to do it, do it right. Take that special someone out to a romantic restaurant. Better yet, reserve the most romantic table at that romantic restaurant. To make things easy, Monthly has compiled a list of the most romantic restaurant tables of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Reserve one of these and V-Day will be yours.

PINO GELATO GOURMET CAFE TABLE BY THE FIREPLACE: This European style coffeehouse doesn’t number its tables. Ask for the most romantic spot and you will certainly be seated at the table pictured above, it front of the fireplace. The relaxing, cozy atmosphere has a sophisticated feel, sure to impress that special someone. Information: Bridge Center, across from Moss Creek in Bluffton, 843-837-2633, 154

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c BOMBORAS GRILLE TABLE 71: Tucked away in a private corner with comfortable bench seating, Table 71 is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at this unique restaurant and bar. The table is surrounded by Lowcountry art created by local artist Ushi Niner and is next to a copper waterfall wall. Information: Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head Island, 843-689-2662,

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE TABLE B4: Located by the fireplace, Table B4 is the most romantic and most requested table at this island favorite. It is off in a corner near the middle of the restaurant, giving diners a perfect view of everything going on around them. Information: 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-9277,

THE COTTAGE TABLE 7: Inside this historic Carson Cottage home built in 1898, Table 7 is located next to a large bay window overlooking popular Calhoun Street. The table is surrounded by local art and an eclectic collection of tea pots and teacups. Candle light illuminates the sheer drapes as Sinatra plays throughout the room. Information: 28 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, 843-757-0508, February 2014 155

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THE SALTY DOG CAFE Table 60: Nestled in the corner of the Salty Dog’s main dining room is Table 60. This romantic spot embraces a 200 degree view overlooking South Beach Marina and Braddock Cove. Enjoy Lowcountry crab dip, peel & each shrimp or oysters on a half shell while soaking in the views that often include dolphins at play and other feeding wildlife up until sunset. Information: South Beach Marina, Hilton Head Island, 843-671-2233,

ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Table 60: There are many romantic tables at this popular waterfront restaurant but the best may be Table 60. This cozy booth is located in a private corner on the second level and overlooks Broad Creek, offering stunning views at sunset. If the weather is nice, you may consider Table 115, which sits alone overlooking both Broad Creek and Shelter Cove Harbour. Information: 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-3030, Serving dinner nightly from 5 p.m. Serving lunch Sun.-Fri. from 11:30-2:30 p.m.

THE JAZZ CORNER Table 10: Where is the best place to soak in the experience of this world famous jazz club? Table 10, the banquette table closest to the bar on the piano side of the restaurant. It’s the perfect spot to listen to Bob Masteller and his friends perform while enjoying some of the island’s most acclaimed cuisine. Information: The Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-8640,

MICHAEL ANTHONY’S Table 42: Rated by Open Table users in the top 10 of romantic restaurants in Hilton Head, the romantic experience at Michael Anthony’s comes from the combination of superb food, excellent service and unparalleled hospitality. The best table to take it all in is Table 42, tucked away in a quiet corner of the main dining room. Information: Orleans Plaza, 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-6272.

OLD OYSTER FACTORY Table 25: In a restaurant known for incredible water views, the best comes from Table 25. Tucked away in the corner, this romantic table for two boasts two views of the marsh on picturesque Broad Creek. Open Table users voted OOF one of the top 100 scenic view restaurants in the country. Information: 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-6040, 156

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SKULL CREEK BOATHOUSE Table 15: A table for two next to windows offering incredible sunset views of Broad Creek. For the most romantic experience, don’t drive to the restaurant. Take a boat to Marker 13 on the Intracoastal Waterway. Information: 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-3663

THE STUDIO Table 2: OpenTable users ranked this place among the top 100 most romantic restaurants in the country. Its most romantic spot is Table 2. Entice your senses with the fine art of Lunonia Colella hanging on the wall, the cuisine of chef Paul Colella on your plate and the sound of musician Armand DeMille in your ear. An extensive wine and martini list coupled with a relaxing atmosphere make it the perfect spot for any romantic occasion. Information: 20 Executive Park Road., Hilton Head Island, 843-785-6000,, Tuesday-Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

SUNSET GRILLE Table 6: A high top table in the corner of this unique restaurant surrounded by glass, Table 6 offers unmatched views of the nearby marina, the Intracoastal Waterway and Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Whether it’s lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch, you are almost sure to see dolphin and other wildlife at play. Garden & Gun ranked their Bloody Mary one of the best in the south. Information: 43 Jenkins Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-689-6744,

TOPSIDE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Table 48: A romantic table for two, and arguably one of the island’s best places to watch the sunset. Offering sweeping views of Calibogue Sound, the 18th green of Harbour Town Golf Links and the Harbour Town Yacht Basin; this view is truly one-of-a-kind. Located directly next to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse Information: 160 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-1999, www., reopening February 14, serving dinner nightly from 5-9 p.m.

KINGFISHER SEAFOOD, PASTA & STEAKHOUSE Table 65: Many tables at Kingfisher have spectacular waterfront views. However, Table 65 seems to light up the eyes of guests the most. Set in the second dining room next to large windows, it is the perfect place to watch gorgeous sunsets, dolphins play and pelicans glide as you sip award-winning wines only 10 feet from the majestic waters of Broad Creek. The restaurant’s Old World Mediterranean decor features large hand-painted murals and a Tuscan patterned flooring Information: 18 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-4442, www.kingfishers February 2014 157

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OMBRA CUCINA RUSTICA Table 54: Dim the lights, pull the drapes back, and surround yourself with warmth and elegance. Tucked away in the corner behind rich velvet drapes and surrounded by barnwood and reclaimed brick, Table 54 is the perfect romantic table to be seated at with the one you love. All pastas, homemade gnocchi, desserts and breads are prepared fresh daily as well as a large variety of fish veal, beef and game additions. An extensive wine list is available with a brilliant array of wines from every region in Italy. Information: The Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-5505, www., serving dinner nightly from 4:30-10 p.m.

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD Table 16: A quaint table for two located underneath the daily specials blackboard and mantle piece stocked with teas and honey. At night the lights are turned down and white twinkle lights flash across the ceiling. Information: 32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-9273,

BISTRO 17 Table 51: Take in a fantastic view of Shelter Cove Marina from this table located next to a bay window. Information: 17D Harborside, Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-5517,

CLAUDE & ULI’S BISTRO Table 30: This is the only window table in this signature bistro and lounge. The lights are turned down at all times, allowing patrons to enjoy such romantic main courses as Salmon Filet Provencale and Tilapia Francese while taking in the colorful art on the walls. Information: Moss Creek Village, Hilton Head Island, 843-837-3336,

RED FISH Table 84: Located in the main dining room, on the right-hand side as you enter the restaurant, this table for four is the perfect spot to soak in the restaurant’s eclectic blend of seafood, steaks and Lowcountry specialties. Information: 8 Archer Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-686-3388, www.redfishofhiltonh

VERITAS Table 1: The most romantic table in Bluffton’s newest fine dining establishment is the first table you see on your left, located next to the mirror. It is in a quiet corner with a curtain covering the window and is shielded from the door. Informa tion: 163 Bluffton Road Unit 5, Bluffton, 843-815-6900, Who did we miss? Send us your favorite romantic restaurant table in the Lowcountry? Comment on this article online at 158

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How to eliminate socialism in the USA and save capitalism MARC FREY

As of January 2014, 20 million more people were on food stamps compared to 2007. The total number of recipients is now around 47 million, more than 15 percent of the population. The SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) is just one of many federal and state supported programs. I merely chose this one to drive home my point.


It simply boils down to one question: Would you rather pay 5 cents more for your burger or more taxes so the government can keep its welfare programs?

ranted, we lived through the second worst depression in modern U.S. economic history, but since then the economy has been making progress and unemployment figu es have come down. Unfortunately, the amount of money spent on social welfare keeps climbing. The cost of the SNAP program is now 2 1/2 times higher ($74 billion) compared to 2007 ($30 billion). How can this be fi ed? So here is my take: Increase pay for jobs that pay poorly. If we would adjust the minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, to its infl tion-adjusted number of $10.74 per hour (or even better, raise it towards a living wage of around $14), we could greatly reduce the need for social programs. As a capitalist at heart, the thought of regulating minimum wage and increasing it seemed counterintuitive at first but let’s follow the logic here for a moment.  Imagine going to work every day at McDonald’s, as an example, and being paid minimum wage. Even if you work hard and long hours, the pay is simply not enough to cover basic living expenses. As a result, you will end up going to see a McDonald’s-employed benefits consultant that helps you to enroll you into all the various benefits programs that will supplement your income or pay for certain needs.  To put it into perspective it means ALL taxpayers are paying for these programs in order for McDonald’s to be able to sell their meals at a certain price and keep their salary expenses down. To me, that makes no sense.  It simply boils down to one question: Would you rather pay 5 cents more for your burger or more taxes so the government can keep its welfare programs? There are millions of Americans that want to go to work and take pride in performing their duties every

day, but if employers are not willing to compensate them adequately and consumers are not willing to pay a tad more per transaction, we end up in a downward spiral economy, which as a result, increases the need for social programs. There is a history lesson in our own country that suggests that my theory works. If you pay people more, they end up being more self-sufficient and consume more. In turn, we get an upward spiral economy. In 1914, Henry Ford started an industrial revolution by more than doubling wages to $5 for an eight-hour workday. His unprecedented move shocked the capitalistic world, but as we now know, it didn’t destroy his company or capitalism. Two years later, Ford’s profit doubled. The higher wages made cars more affordable for many Americans.  So what are your thoughts? Should we raise the minimum wage or stay on our current path? As Ronald Reagan once stated, “We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.” Maybe it should be reworded, “We should measure the success of the capitalistic system by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.” M The minimum wage of $1.60 in 1968 would be $10.74 today when adjusted for infl tion. Minimum wage in SC is $7.25. For more related information go to “” Onw ards! Please send your comments to my email at I would like to get your feedback on this important idea.


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Hilton Head Monthly February 2014  

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