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‘EXTREME MAKEOVER’ It takes a village Seven days, countless volunteers, one bus: How the arrival of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to Beaufort County brought together a community. By Mark Kreuzwieser NEWS One more race to go Island voters return to the polls this month to fill the Town Council seat vacated by new mayor Drew Laughlin. By Sally Mahan HEALTH One heart, many hands How a renewed focus on coordination is improving response time for local critical cardiac patients. By Robyn Passante VALENTINE’S DAY My funny Valentine Local names share their wishes for a perfect romantic day and night.

True love: Monthly’s 2011 bridal guide 50 Hollywood photography

Inside the trend of fusion wedding albums with Robert Evans, photographer of the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes wedding. By Rob Kaufman

54 How to have the

perfect beach wedding Local wedding planners reveal how to make that wedding from your dreams (and those magazines pictures) a reality. By Robyn Passante



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At the Helm


Around Town


Sound Off


Things We Like Monthly’s Valentine’s Day playlist


Consult The Experts Looking to get married in the Lowcountry? Here’s the man you need to meet. By Tim Donnelly


Read Green Can we live without Styrofoam? By Teresa Wade


Social Spotlight


On The Move / Open For Business


The Money Report: Investigating non-traditional IRAs. By Steven Weber


Where To Eat


Wine The days of wine and roses. By Seth Tilton


Home Discovery Living harborside in Wexford. By Mark Kreuzwieser. Photography by Rob Kaufman


Kitchen & Bath

60 iDo

113 Lowcountry Calendar

62 Grooms’ cakes: Anything goes

128 Editor’s Note A father, a son, and an extremely troublesome knock-knock joke. By Jeff Vrabel

Let your phone help you plan. By Marianne Lobaugh If a wedding cake is Sunday morning, then a groom’s cake is Saturday night. Find out what local bakers have learned about this growing tradition. By Robyn Passante

68 Spring forward

COVER PHOTO Mark Staff Photography

The latest in wedding trends, tips and tricks. By Marianna Barbrey


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Hello, lovebirds


n preparing for our annual February love/ bridal issue, we found ourselves wondering what effect the current economy would have on the local bridal industry. But as we pulled together our editorial and began talking to local vendors, one thing became evident: Even in down times, brides still want gorgeous weddings.

LORI GOODRIDGECRIBB PUBLISHER A wedding carries so many memories throughout the years that it’s important to feel comfortable with those who you’ve selected to

be part of your day. And we were once again amazed at the number of local vendors ready to help create the perfect wedding: Our 32-page Bridal Guide is a collection of features that cover just about every aspect of getting married in the Lowcountry, from the latest in fusion albums to avoiding sand traps in beach weddings to how your phone can help you through the organizing process. If you are planning a wedding — or know someone planning a wedding — this is a mustread! We’re also proud to announce our Bridal showcase will be held this year Feb. 20 at Hampton Hall. What a perfect way to meet a variety of vendors in one beautiful setting and sample everything: photography, cakes, wedding planners, hair dressers, musicians, venues and more. We’ll have live music, a fashion show, great food, fabulous gifts and prizes from each vendor. And we’ll also have our annual highlight: a contest for engaged couples to win a two-page spread in Hilton Head Monthly showcasing their wedding. If you’re interested, bring an engagement photo to enroll; all photos will be put online where friends and family are encouraged to vote. Of course, if you’re not getting married there’s plenty to check out this month: Go on-site at the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” build that took place last month in Beaufort on page 42, take a ride on Disney’s latest cruise ship on page 77, find out what some of your friends and neighbors would do on the perfect Valentine’s Day on page 81 and meet an ex-CIA man now living a much quieter life on Hilton Head on page 126. Even if you don’t have a wedding on the horizon, there’s plenty of love this month! M

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Tim Donnelly graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism school and spent four years covering Hilton Head Island’s Town Hall for The Island Packet. In 2008, he fled the warm, sunny confines of the Lowcountry for a life of uncertainty as a freelance writer under the cold, gray skies of New York City. His writing also regularly appears in Inc., Power and Motoryacht Magazine and several small, barely legible zines distributed in Brooklyn bars. He’s also contributing editor to the web magazine, where all those classes he took in journalism school on how to write about cheap beer are finally paying off.


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The Arts Center vs. the master of suspense Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece, a juicy spy novel and a dash of madcap comedy and you get “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced, absurd whodunit that debuts Feb. 8-27 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. 843-842-2787. (Bonus: Lead actor Gary Lindemann talks about his perfect Valentine’s Day on page 81.)




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New location, new recipes: Cooks & Books turns 5


ample gourmet food prepared by 16 area restaurants. Mingle with noted Southern authors. Take in a heated (zing!) chefs’ competition. If this sounds like the recipe for curing the mid-winter blahs, you’ll want to check out the 5th annual Cooks and Books, taking place Feb. 20 at the Westin. Coordinated by the Friends of Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, the annual event offers signature dishes from a wide selection of local restaurants and a chance to meet and read authors who either live in or write about the Lowcountry. “Literacy Volunteers is about helping people to improve their communication

A CHANGE OF SCENERY: The 2010 edition of Cooks & Books took place in The Mall at Shelter Cove; this year’s edition will relocate to the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

skills on all levels, so it’s a cause writers are passionate about,” says Ellen Walton, event chairperson. Culinary aficionados, meanwhile, can check out the “Heat Is On” competition, in which local chefs race the clock to prepare their finest dishes from an array of “mystery” ingredients presented to them just before the competition begins.


Cypress gets an artistic Lowcountry touch


f you’ve noticed a local nature scene slowly coming to life at the Cypress of Hilton Head, you’ve seen the work of local artist Joe Doolan, who spent two weeks in January painting a Lowcountry nature-scene mural on two of the facility’s walls. “I had only to look outside at The Cypress for inspiration,” Doolan said. “The nearby rookery offers all the color and variety of the Lowcountry.” Doolan used water-based acrylics directly on the walls of the new Bistro, which will open this month. His work can be seen in San Francisco, Seattle, Miami and Chicago; locally, his murals have been installed at CQ’s in Harbour Town, the Berkeley Hall clubhouse and in private homes. 18

5TH ANNUAL COOKS & BOOKS When: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 20 Where: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Includes tastings, as well as a chance to meet the authors and watch the chefs’ competition. Details: 843-815-6616, More: A Preview Party will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18 at TidePointe, featuring chef Stephen Stewart.


Deep Well, Silvan join for tennis event Royce Silvan learned of the Deep Well Foundation after a personal tragedy; now he’s working with the foundation to “help people in true need.” As a PTR professional and coach, he and Deep Well director Betsy Doughtie coordinated the First Annual Deep Well Tennis Event, a December tournament that drew 35 participants and raised $1,400 for the foundation. “When you reach out to others, you’re putting a smile on their faces,” Silvan said.

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Rotary / VIM partnership offers a reason to smile


oing to the dentist may make some grownups uneasy, but for children with dental problems it can mean relief from pain Established in 1993, Volunteers in and a return to the joys of Medicine provides childhood. And with the free medical, dental, Van Landingham Rotary mental health, Club’s recent announcevision and prescripment of a financial comtion drug care for community residents mitment to help expand who earn less than the children’s dental 200% of federal clinic at Volunteers in poverty levels and Medicine, more local kids are underinsured or will soon be able to receive uninsured. In the last improved dental care. year, VIM has treated 13,900 patients; it “The needs are so also serves as the great, and the closest model for more facility for reduced-cost than 70 free health dentistry is 28 miles clinics throughout the away,” said Lew Wessel, country. president of the club. The club has committed to raising $100,000 over the next two years, a figure that will allow VIM to add two specially equipped pediatric operatories and expand its children’s dental care by 30 percent. Last year, Volunteers in Medicine treated 1,876 pediatric patients. “It’s not unusual to see 3- or 4-year-olds at the clinic for the first time with their primary teeth decayed to the gum line,” said Dr. Anthea Grogono, VIM’s dental clinic director. Karen Cerrati


VAN LANDINGHAM ROTARY AUCTION (LIVE ON WTOC) When: Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 27 Where: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa Donations/Information:, February 2011

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JOHN PRINE & IRIS DEMENT, ‘IN SPITE OF OURSELVES’ The dirt road-voiced troubadour never matched his pixie-voiced counterpart better than he did on this loose little number that finds the space between wonderful sentiment, liquor jokes and the staying power of love with a heartbreakingly simple, lovely chorus. There are about eight love songs that actually deal with practical, lasting love. This may be the best one. JEFF VRABEL

Is there anything that conveys the passion, the joy, the heart-swelling wonder of True Love than a perfect song? We think not. But love songs, of course, don’t all need to be schmoopy string-filled ballads sung by Barry White (although he totally helps). Here’s a brief Valentine playlist, as selected by Monthly writers.

STEELY DAN, ‘RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER’ Not only does the singer’s wistfulness toward his lost love mark a period of lost innocence in the band’s development, but this ‘70s hit sounds positively Rockwellian alongside the demented obsessiveness of later “love songs” like “Josie.”

Sorry. Mood thing.

“Bound by wild desire/I fell into a ring of fire.” This song’s got it all — a subliminal message about the transformative power of love, the tragically relatable “we don’t choose who we fall in love with” vibe and lots and lots of heat. Plus, who can argue with a mariachi-Cash combo?





Sometimes a casual fling can sink its teeth in more than you expect. With this bit of uber-catchy pop, Mystery Jets explore the oft-familiar plight of getting in over your head — and searching for a love that’s less lost than never-quite-had: “If I only knew your name I’d go from door to door/ searching all the crowded streets for the face that I once saw.” TIM DONNELLY




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CAN THE ISLAND MOVE FORWARD? Dear Marc Frey, Thanks again for your forward-thinking editorials, especially January’s “Last Call” column. As Gandhi said, “We must be the change we expect in others.” Hilton Head Island is most certainly at the sustainability crossroads. Will it, can it move forward? Todd Ballantine Director of Science, Education & Sustainability Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc.

Packet. How could you refer to 600 signatures — 200 of which came from donors — on a petition to continue Mary Green’s contract (plus innumerable letters to the editor) as “some community opposition to the decision not to renew her contract?” Their reaction cannot be captured by “Some folks are upset.” I know these ‘folks’ have been treated as “negligible” by the board, but they represent a big segment of the audience and one to be reckoned with. They may just change their will. Mieke Smit Hilton Head Island



Dear Monthly, Your article regarding the search for a new music director for the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra makes me wonder if you ever read the

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THE TALES OF BUGSY WONDERDOG A few things to know about Bugsy: He’s a local actor, TV host and author. He’s looking for a female who’s into long runs on the beach, Italian food and “Lassie” reruns. And he’s launching a blog about his two passions: having fun and helping charities. Check him out in Blogs at

FIXES A headline in the January Monthly incorrectly stated the position being filled by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. The HHSO is currently seeking a new music director. Monthly regrets the error.

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rue love may know no bounds, but getting married in the state of South Carolina — like driving a car, catching a fish or owning a gun — requires a piece of government documentation to be fully legit. The man to talk to about that in Beaufort County is Judge Frank Simon, a Korean War vet who has served as the Beaufort County Probate Court judge since 1994. The court oversees the little bit of bureaucracy that attaches itself to every bit of true love: the marriage license. The court issues about 1,800 licenses every year. Even if you and your betrothed are just in town for vacation, you can still get a license (for an added fee of $45). The court doesn’t see too much Vegas-style eloping, but getting married in the Lowcountry can come with its own hazards. by tim donnelly

Q. Why do we still need marriage licenses? A. It’s statutory by state. Each state has enacted laws pertinent to marriage and family, including divorce. Q. But what’s the rationale behind it? A. It probably goes back to days when we were governed by clerics, where the church was more of a major player in society than it is today. Today the rationale relates to the legal concept that the state is party to every marriage because of the interest in the family unit as the cornerstone of society. The state can bless marriage, and creates some sort of a legal process to undo it either by annulment or separation or divorce. Is the state intruding on people’s lives? It would be hard to change that concept now. To go back to some free-love concept would be pretty difficult.   Q. What else is required besides the fee? A. There’s no blood test, but there is a 24-hour wait from the date and time of application. That’s to give a cooling-off period. There are instances where they will make the application, pay the fee and never pick it up. It’s not often, but it happens.  Q. The law says you need parental consent to get married at age 16. How often does that happen? A. The norm is not to see it. But it’s not unusual.

Q. When you’re out in public, do people ask you for marriage advice? A. It probably applies to all elected officials. We’re fair game. When you’re at a party and you’re having a beer, you can be hit with any question. The hot topic is same-gender unions. I don’t respond to what my own opinion is. I go on the law. Q. Have you received any applications from same-sex couples? A. We haven’t yet. With several states now honoring samegender marriages or unions, I’m sure we will. Q. What will happen? A. In South Carolina the statute is clear that to be valid a marriage must be between a man and a woman. We would more than likely not accept that application. We can’t render legal advice. We would suggest that they see a lawyer. Certainly if they are intent on such a union, there are states in which you can do that. Q. Ever see any weddings go wrong? A. I’ve done several (weddings) for friends. In one, the parties absolutely insisted that it be on the beach. I insisted that you have to really look at the tide tables, because if you don’t play the tides right you’re going to have wet fancy high-heel shoes. Sure as shooting it was delayed, and they did get wet. It’s romantic and exciting to get married on the beach. But you need to visualize what’s going to happen. M

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One more cup of coffee.

Can we live without Styrofoam? The better question is: Can we live with it?


mericans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day. That is a lot of coffee, a lot of caffeine and a whole lot of disposable cups. In fact, millions of us drink and dine daily on meals and beverages delivered via Styrofoam cups, tableware and clamshells. And why not — Styrofoam is sturdy, lightweight, and cheap. But how does convenience compare to Styrofoam’s impact on our health and the environment? Can we live without it? “Styrofoam” is actually the trade name for a polystyrene foam product used for housing insulation. Those familiar cups, plates and clamshells we see all the time are made of this styrene (and manufactured with petroleum). More than 25 billion styrene cups go into landfills every year — but the real problem is that they stay there, as styrene doesn’t biodegrade. So maybe we should rephrase the question: Can we live with Styrofoam? Some cities and countries have banned styrene products and made a push to switch to paper. That’s a good thought, but it presents its own problems: Many paper disposables are made with 100 percent bleached virgin paperboard and have an inner plastic liner, which means they can’t be recycled. The good green news is that sustainable alternatives are 24

more readily available than ever. Commercial suppliers now offer products made from renewable sources such as corn, sugarcane, palm leaves and bamboo. On an individual level, the familiar Solo brand, for instance, offers “ecoforward,” non-oil-based tableware under the brand name Bare. The best green choice, of course, is sticking with reusable mugs, glassware and tableware. In the past, some have argued that there’s a trade-off of resources even with reusable items, which is true. But it’s been calculated that a mug reaches a resource break-even point at 24 uses. This means one simple reusable mug beats its disposable counterpart in environmental impact in less than a month! Earth-friendly alternatives to Styrofoam are available — and we can easily live without it. If you can’t find “green to go” options where you shop, ask for them. Every green step matters. M Teresa Wade is the principal of Sustainable Solutions, a local consulting firm that helps businesses understand and implement sustainability programs, and founder of Experience Green, a nonprofit that provides experiential sustainability education. Experience Green offers consumer workshops that kick off Feb. 15. Wade can be reached at or by e-mailing

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seven days of ‘extreme makeover’

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Robert Irvine (left, with Carol Kavanaugh) hosted and helmed the “Dinner: Possible” fundraiser, held in mid-January at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. Among the hundreds in attendance: Todd Hawk, owner of H2 Builders, and his wife, Tracy. Michael Anthony’s

The Cypress welcome / pep rally at the lowcountry community church, bluffton

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Hundreds of local residents turned out to the show’s introductory pep rally in early January. Overflow crowds were housed in the church’s lobby.

The Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort, along with the Clubs of Jasper County, Hilton Head Island and Sheldon and the Beaufort Teen Center, donated more than 3,000 cans of food to the Salvation Army. The food drive worked in tandem with the “Extreme Makeover” build, as spectators were asked to bring a can of food as their “ticket” to the bus, which shuttled them to the build site.

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Kendall Hinson, left, and Carmen Williams of the Tucker Agency This New Year’s Eve, Jim Ferguson and Roni Allbritton (at left) hit up the annual Hollywoodpacked party in Cabo San Lucas, mingling with Leonardo DiCaprio (above, although you probably knew that already), Paris Hilton, Kid Rock and more. (Ferguson reports that DiCaprio — probably being pretty used to this sort of thing — helped out with the camera.) SPINNING MARATHON BENEFIT THE LOWCOUNTRY AUTISM FOUNDATION

This year’s edition of the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo drew hundreds of participants — and at least one fictional character — to the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

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More than 40 people pedaled for three hours as part of a spinning marathon at Beach City Health & Fitness in December; the fundraiser raised more than $9,000 for Lowcountry Autism Foundation’s comprehensive therapy center. In 2010, Beach City Health & Fitness members and staff raised a total of $25,400 for local and national charities. For more information about LAF, call 843-524-5234.

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Monty Jett of Adventure Radio interviews Hilton Head mayor Drew Laughlin

This year, the Yacht Club’s working Wine Cellar — painted to resemble the wine caves of France — will host a special dinner for eight that will be auctioned off at the Wine Auction & Celebration, to be held March 19 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. For details, visit

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I news WARD 3 election

One more race to go

Voters in Hilton Head Island’s Ward 3 will go to the polls on Feb. 15 to fill the Town Council seat vacated by mayor Drew Laughlin. Monthly asked the five Ward 3 candidates to tell us what they see as the most important issues facing the island. By sally mahan

meet the candidates

Steven Baer

Engineer, planner, County Councilman

We have many challenges and opportunities before us: The Heritage, the mall area, Town Center, dredging, stimulating regeneration, public safety, attracting visitors and residents, historic tourism and others. Equally important, we must analytically evaluate, prioritize and leverage our resources to make progress rapidly while also working toward longer-term solutions. We also cannot sacrifice our unique values, and must maximize bang per buck to fit within budgets without unreasonable tax increases.

Lee Edwards CEO, The Greenery

Our unique community is the result of a valuable legacy of leadership in community planning and environmental stewardship. We must preserve our island’s beautiful natural

setting as well as our quality amenities (especially the Heritage). We must be on the leading edge of how a sustainable coastal community plans its future. In order to attract and stimulate private investment and innovation, we must change our LMO and our town mindset to be more businessfriendly.

Ryan McAvoy Marketing representative

Hilton Head faces many issues: the runway extension, land management, tourism taxes, recycling. Our first duty is making the island safe. To increase property values we must reduce crime. But a low crime rate is not enough. We must strive for a zero crime rate. That will drastically cut the rate of foreclosures, increase property values and reverse the decline in the number of people who visit the best place to live in the world.

David Warren Marketing consultant

Hilton Head is facing a challenging economic climate with the decline in development. We need to

be creative in efforts to bolster our economy by retaining the Heritage, encouraging redevelopment and looking for new economic engines. The legacy of this island has been truly remarkable in its environmental preservation and resource protection. We need to look at this period of change as an opportunity to be leaders in sustaining a worldclass coastal community.

Peter Zych Retired money manager

The national economy is awful, which hurts Hilton Head’s hospitality business and impedes finding a sponsor for the Heritage. Over the next 18 months the council will reevaluate the Land Management Ordinances and make some decisions about public funding of private interests. I’m in favor of removing impediments to business facility renewal that do not radically alter the environmental character of the island. Our business prosperity and residential property values are dependent on our environment. M 

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HIRES / PROMOTIONS Julie Jilly, PTR vice president of operations, received the USTA Southern State Volunteer Service Award at the United States Tennis Association South Carolina Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach. Jilly serves on the USTA National Wheelchair Tennis Committee, as well as the USTA Southern and USTA South Carolina’s Wheelchair Tennis and Tennis Teaching Pro Relations Committees. She also volunteers for the Island Recreation Association, and has served as president of the board twice. In September 2010, she was presented Hilton Head Island’s Citizen Honor Award. Harry H. Lutz has joined Harbor Light Insurance, LLC. Lutz has 38 years of experience in all forms of insurance, including personal, commercial, life, disability, IRAs, bonds, recreational vehicles, employee benefits and multistate accounts. Harbor Light is located at 4 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. 843-837-3737. E-mail Samantha McClooney has been hired at Red Rover, Hilton Head’s first do-it-yourself/full service dog wash. McClooney is 32



responsible for full-service baths, assisting customers with DIY washes and a la carte services such as nail clipping, ear cleaning and “gland tune-ups.” Red Rover is located at 1 New Orleans Road in the Shipyard Galleria. 843-6719274. Public accounting and consulting firm Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P., has hired Hillary White as a senior accountant. The firm is located at 1 Westbury Park Way #200, Bluffton. 843-7068440. Denise Weitz has joined the staff

of Tara at Hilton Head. A licensed hairstylist for 28 years, Weitz specializes in coloring and smoothing treatments. Tara is located at 113 Fountain Center, Hilton Head. 843-290-8696




Leeann Vrabel, PA-C, has joined the staff of Comprehensive Family Care and Sea Pines Circle Urgent Care on Hilton Head Island. Vrabel, who received her master’s degree from South University in Savannah, has experience in primary care, urgent care and emergency room settings. Comprehensive Family Care is now open seven days a week and is located near the Sea Pines Circle at 2 Greenwood Drive, Suite C. 843-341-3232. Dr. Shannon Shook has joined

the staff of Beaufort Memorial Hospital as invasive cardiologist. Shook is affiliated with the Lowcountry Medical Group and is board-certified in cardiology and internal medicine. 843-7700404

Palmetto Eye Specialists has opened a new office at 33 Kemmerlin Lane in Palmetto Business Park in Lady’s Island, the spot formerly occupied by Bailey Vision Clinic. In addition, Palmetto Eye has hired Nick Bollin, O.D. Bollin earned his doctorate of optometry from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. 843-521-2020.



Leavitt Bridgman has been hired by Village Park Homes. Bridgman, a native of Raleigh, N.C., was a member of the Raleigh Regional Association Top Producers Council twice. Currently, he serves as President of the North Carolina Realtor Land Institute. Village Park is located at 1110 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 843-706-9550, 843706-3003. www.villageparkhomes. com

Christina Forbis has joined

Charter One North Realty. A full time Realtor since 2005, Forbis was recognized annually as the top producing agent with her former firm. 843-689-7717. E-mail Cheryl Lawrence has been

named new branch manager of AAA Carolinas in Bluffton. In addition, AAA staffers Lawrence, Kelly Brock, Tami Jann, Julie Hoyt and Sandy Keillor have earned the Alaska Destination Specialist designation from The Travel Institute. AAA is located at 25 Bluffton Road, Suite 606, Bluffton. 843-815-3775. E-mail Dr. Brian C. Low has opened a second location for Hilton Head

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Pazzo people: Raul Emperatore, front, and Miguel Chavez


Pazzo Italian Restaurant on Hilton Head Island has opened the Pazzo Bakery, a European-style bakery adjacent to the restaurant’s current location at 807 William Hilton Parkway. Owner Miguel Chavez, who also owns Flavors on the south end, says the new venture will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and overseen by chef Raul Emperatore. It will offer European-style pastries and cakes and artisan breads, such as rosemary bread, roasted garlic breads. The bakery will also begin serving a high-end brunch on Saturdays and Sundays this month. 843-942-9463. ••• Leah McCarthy has expanded “Weddings

With Leah,” an expansion of Downtown Catering and Events that offers wedding-

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Plaza at Belfair, 25 Clarks Summit Drive, Ste. 202, Bluffton. 843-815-3055. E-mail hhoms@ Marriott Vacation Club, the premier timeshare brand of Marriott International, has appointed Donald “Case” Spencer general manager of Marriott’s SurfWatch on Hilton Head. Spencer will be responsible for the 185-villa resort. The law firm of Jones, Simpson & Newton, P.A. has announced that F. Ward Borden has joined the firm as an associate. A Bluffton resident since 1998, Borden has more than 22 years of practice experience in civil litigation, business organizations, construc-

planning services to couples throughout the Lowcountry, focusing on the “busy bride” and destination weddings. McCarthy will assist the bride in venue selection and ven-

tion law and property owners associations. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Beaufort County Bar Association and the Community Associations Institute. 843-842-6111. Chris Fleury has been hired as food and beverage director at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Fleury will be responsible

dor selection, as well as coordinate details and the wedding day. 843-815-5335. wwwdowntown

for operations at Palmetto Dunes, including all three golf grills, the Dunes House and the catering and events department. 877-5676513.


VERBOSKY JOINS MONTHLY AD STAFF Monthly is thrilled to announce Rebecca

Verbosky has joined our advertising sales staff.

A longtime Lowcountry resident, Verbosky brings with her more than 10 years of experience in sales. 843-842-6988, ext. 239.

has presented a $5,000 check to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry for the Greater Bluffton Community Fund. 843-815-2277. Lyle Construction, builder of “The Sanctuary at Hampton Lake,” was awarded three Lighthouse Awards at the 11th annual Lighthouse Award Gala in November. The company won “Best Overall,” “Best Bathroom” and “Best Kitchen” in its category for construction quality. The Lighthouse Awards are presented to members of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association for the demonstration of quality craftsmanship and design excellence. 843-836-5253. February 2011

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of Foundation Realty have been recognized by the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors as having been active Realtors for 25 years or more. Lisa Kenward has received the designation of Professional Bridal Consultant with the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). Lisa is the Professional Bridal Consultant for the Moss Creek Clubhouse and Bostwick Pavilion in the Hilton Head Island/ Bluffton area. E-mail lkenward@

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry has named Jack Toti as its 2010 “Volunteer of the Year.” Toti began volunteering at Hospice Care in 2006 assist-


ing in bereavement follow-up mailings. In 2007, he went through the volunteer training program and has been working in a variety of roles since. 843706-2296.

PGA President’s Plaque, which is awarded to the PGA Professional who has become a leader in player development and growth of the game of golf. 843-987-2200.

Minami Levonowich, a member of the class of 2011 from the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, will attend Kennesaw State to play college golf in 2011. Levonowich is currently the No. 2 ranked female player in South Carolina. 843-686-1500.

The Italian American Club of Hilton Head Island has given $1,000 each to Volunteers in Medicine and the United Way.

Bill Sampson, director of golf at Spring Island’s Old Tabby Links, received three awards in December: Certified Instructor of the Week, Golf Professional of the Year, and the 2010 Carolinas

The Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island has donated $5,000 to the Children’s Center. The presentation was made at the club’s December 2010 meeting, held at The Children’s Center’s new building. The Technical College of the Lowcountry has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest-

growing community colleges. Community College Week ranked TCL the 29th fastest-growing college in the country among colleges with enrollments of 2,500 to 4,999. The ranking highlights TCL’s 22 percent growth rate between the fall 2008 and fall 2009 semesters. The study was based on U.S. Department of Education data. Joan Kelly of Keller Williams

Realty has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors. Kelly successfully completed a course in understanding the needs, considerations and goals of real estate buyers and sellers age 55 and older. M

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Investing outside the box

If property handled, non-traditional investments might be worth looking into


he majority of IRA account owners are invested in CDs, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities, but it turns out these aren’t your only choices. If properly handled, nontraditional retirement investments (NTIs) such as limited partnerships, private placements, trust deeds/notes and real estate can be legally held in IRAs and certain retirement accounts. Real estate is the most popular non-traditional investment for IRAs, although many of the investment advantages of owning real estate are not available or applicable when real estate is held in an IRA. Also, it is possible to get real estate diversification simply by purchasing publicly traded real estate investment trusts, or the mutual or exchange traded funds that invest in them. But some investors aren’t only interested in diversification, but holding a particular property or multiple properties in their IRA. Here are the steps to take. First, find a custodian willing to hold real estate investments in an IRA. Most banks and brokerage firms shy away from custody of real estate in IRAs because of valuation issues, as well as other administrative problems. Establish an IRA with your new custodian and transfer funds into it from an existing IRA. The simplest scenario is one in which you purchase real estate in your IRA from an unrelated party for cash. You cannot use non-IRA funds for closing costs or any trans-

action-related expense. All costs must be paid from the IRA, and all income must stay within the IRA. Future property expenses must also be paid from IRA funds, so be sure you have a reserve put aside. It can get a little more complicated if you plan to borrow or leverage. Loans are permitted on property in an IRA but subject to strict rules. The loan must be a non-recourse loan; the lender cannot hold or look to your personal assets as collateral if there is a default or deficiency on the property. For understandable reasons, lenders are often unwilling to make this type of loan. There are also some complex rules that can get investors tripped up, relating to prohibited transactions and disqualified people. Prohibited transactions would include, among other things, selling a piece of property you already own to the IRA or buying real estate and then permitting a disqualified person to use it. You also may not purchase real estate for your IRA from a disqualified person, such as you or close family members. Investing in real estate and other NTIs in an IRA has been worthwhile and lucrative at the right times for the right investors. Just be sure to do your due diligence. Steven Weber, Registered investment advisor, and Gigi Harris, director of client communications, are members of the Bedminster Group, a fee-only advisor providing counsel to the Lowcountry since 1997. February 2011

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One heart, many HANDS

A renewed focus on the coordination of efforts is speeding up care for local critical cardiac patients. By Robyn Passante

ABOVE: Drs. Jonathan MacCabe, Jay Kalan and John Sharp, local cardiologists. LEFT: Members of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab.

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should be dead,”

says Hampton Hall resident Ronald Clarke, and when you hear his story you know he’s not exaggerating for effect. After suffering a heart attack on the Sun City tennis courts a year ago, Clarke flatlined three times while en route to — and inside — the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Hilton Head Hospital. Three times he was revived by different skilled professionals who worked together seamlessly to save his life. “I should be dead,” he says, and the reason he’s able to say such a thing is exactly why Tom Neal, director of Cardiovascular, Cardiopulmonary, and Imaging Services at the hospital, is particularly proud of their efforts when it comes to streamlining and coordinating care for heart attack patients. For the past two years Neal has been spearheading an effort to more efficiently treat the most critical cardiac patients — like Clarke. Part of that has involved figuring out ways to decrease the “door-toballoon time” (D2B), a critical quality measure that marks the time it takes a patient who enters the hospital’s ER to get the critical care needed, typically a balloon angioplasty or coronary intervention. “Once the blood quits flowing through it, the heart muscle starts to die,” Neal says. “If you can get that (blocked artery) opened up within the first four hours, you start to see really, really good improvement.” The problem, he says, is many people ignore the symptoms of a heart attack or delay seeking medical attention, not realizing critical minutes are ticking away. That’s why it’s essential to have

the fastest D2B possible, Neal says. Industry protocol is 90 minutes or less. At Hilton Head Hospital, the goal for “EMS-to-balloon time” (E2B) is 90 minutes or less. “We’ve kind of licked that,” Neal says with satisfaction. “One hundred percent of the time we’re getting that EMS-to-balloon time in under 90 minutes.” Clarke’s D2B was 49 life-saving minutes. The retired physical education teacher says fate was on his side that day last January. He happened to be playing against a retired surgeon, who leapt into action when Clarke went into cardiac arrest on the sidelines. A retired nurse was playing a different game in a nearby field and she rushed to help as well. And the tennis courts were near the fitness center, which had a defibrillator on-site. “Everything just broke my way,” says Clarke, a fit 67-year-old who has lived in the Lowcountry fulltime with his wife, Susan, for four years. He remembers the pain — “It was like someone was standing on top of me” — when he came to on the court, and he remembers the Beaufort County EMS technicians working on him while speeding to the hospital. February 2011

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“I remember the one guy stayed right over me,” Clarke says. “He was yelling at me, ‘Hang in there! Don’t you die on me! We’re almost there!’” One of the biggest E2B timesaving methods, Neal says, has been better communication with Beaufort County EMS. “Most patients call EMS before going to the hospital, but we were not coordinated, so we talked about how to work together to improve care,” he says. Under a new set of guidelines, if the EMS team does an EKG in the field, they transmit it to the hospital so that it’s in the hands of the ER doctor and the cardiologist before the patient even arrives. When Clarke made it to the ER he went into cardiac arrest again, and the ER team of doctors and nurses revived him. By the time he made it to the catheterization lab, interventional cardiologist Dr. Ravina Balchandani had on her hands a 38

very critical patient. “He arrested in the cath lab before we could even put him on the table,” says Balchandani. “It was a very tricky situation. He had a high-grade blockage in a critical place in the artery.” But she was able to open up the artery, put a stent in it and stabilize him. After three days in the ICU, Clarke was released. He returned two weeks later for a follow-up procedure to put a stent in another artery, and went through several weeks of recommended rehabilitation services at the hospital’s cardiac rehab program. Today when he thinks of all the people who touched his life in those 49 minutes, Clarke is overwhelmed with gratitude. “These people never quit on me. Right from the get-go, the EMTs were great coming in, the doctors, the nurses, they just did their job so well,” Clarke says. “I owe my life to them.” M

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KICKSTART YOUR HEART WITH A ‘DAY OF DANCE’ Get your groove on at the inaugural Spirit of Women Day of Dance, a free community wellness event that will have you shimmying and shaking yourself to good health. Sponsored by Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bluffton’s new Seaquins Ballroom and include “Dancing with the Stars”-style demonstrations and mini ballroom and Latin dance lessons.

The Feb. 26 Day of Dance, a national event hosted by hospitals across the country, invites community members to dance, celebrate their health and learn about cardiovascular disease.

“Dancing can offer tremendous health benefits.” said Courtney McDermott, who is helping to coordinate the Day of Dance program for BMH. To reinforce the need for heart-healthy exercise, cardiologists and clinical specialists will be offering a variety of screenings and assessments used to determine an individual’s risk for cardiovascular disease. They will be joined by orthopedists and gynecologists. Details:

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Sacrifices from back home

A Hilton Head Island teen uses her Sweet 16 party to ask for a little something more than presents. BY ROBYN PASSANTE


ixteen-year-old Crystal Garmon’s got it made, and she knows it. She also knows who to thank, at least in part, for the comfort and freedom she enjoys at her Hilton Head Island home. “I think it’s really cool that (those in the Armed Forces) would just give up their lives to defend this country,” said Crystal, a sophomore at Hilton Head

Island High School. “We have a great life here, and they’re out there suffering in the cold and the dirt.” The image of troops putting themselves in harm’s way troubled Crystal, who had an idea while working with her parents on invitations to her Sweet 16 party in December: In lieu of presents, she would ask for donations that would go toward care packages for troops.

“Her dad and I just looked at each other, puzzled,” said Crystal’s mom, Michelle Garmon. Crystal said her friends were even more perplexed. “They were kind of like ‘Really? I would never be able to do that,’ ” Crystal said. But she shrugs off the decision as not that big a deal. “They make really big sacrifices for us, you know? This is not that big of a sacrifice,” she said. “It’s just a birthday.” Her wish was granted: Friends and family gave Crystal $395 toward the cause. Using, Crystal found nine local Marines serving overseas and spent about $200 at Sam’s Club buying candy, snacks, lip balm, sanitary wipes, hot chocolate packets and other treats. In each package, she included a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a personal letter, asking the troops to tell her what they most needed (or wanted) from home. She plans to spend the other half of her donations fulfilling those requests. Crystal’s packages shipped Jan. 12 and weren’t expected to arrive for two to four weeks. While she waits for responses, she’s continuing her volunteer work at Plantation Animal Hospital and exploring whether her lifelong love of animals might be a professional calling. “Over the years we’ve had to rescue everything under the sun,” her mother joked about Crystal’s big heart for animals. Turns out she’s got a soft spot for troops, too. M

‘They make really big sacrifices for us, you know? This is not that big of a sacrifice. It’s just a birthday.’ CRYSTAL GARMON


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Seven days, thousands of volunteers, one movable bus: How the Lowcountry’s fastest build brought together a community

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It’s 0900 on Day 1 of the operation, and already troops are swarming the target zone. The chain of command has been put in place, materials are being transported in every hour and the surroundings are being transformed into a massive staging area. But this isn’t a military operation in some far-off locale, and these troops aren’t the fighting kind: This was just the first of seven days in the life of a quiet Beaufort neighborhood last month when ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” came to town. In mid-January, working around the clock for seven days, a virtual army of local professionals and enthusiastic volunteers swept away an old, sick house and replaced it with a two-story, 3,700-squarefoot Lowcountry-style manor for Beaufort residents Bill and India Dickinson and their five children. A 17-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Bill is a staff sergeant currently deployed to Afghanistan; at the Jan. 18 unveiling of his new home he appeared on a large video screen via live satellite link, looking more than ever like he couldn’t wait to get home. That day was a drizzly, dreary one in the Lowcountry, but it also had a certain soggy serenity about it; the gray skies couldn’t dampen the spirits of the community volunteers and tradesmen whose 24/7 efforts made the build possible. The show’s trademark climactic “Move that bus!” segment, in which the family first sees their new home, was even accented by a Marine Corps flyover. What requires most contractors at least six months to accomplish took Bluffton-based H2 Builders — and a team of subcontractors, tradesmen and volunteers — seven days of nonstop, acutely focused teamwork. Speed-dating has nothing on this massive maneuver. “This has brought together not only the community, but also my company and employees,” said Todd Hawk, president of H2, the lead contractor on the project. “We planned for a while and were able to shut down our operations the week of the project. We (had) 30 people on the ground for this. It’s helped us to think more as a team.”

The family Staff Sgt. William Dickinson of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 and his wife, India, and five children, Grant, 16; Briana, 14; James, 10; Robin, 8; Sophia, 1, were selected from hundreds of candidates.

when to watch “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airs Sundays from 8-9 p.m. on ABC. Producers say the show should air in 6 to 9 weeks.

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condition of their former home. The old place was woefully underinsulated and moldy; there were also serious electrical and foundation concerns and problems caused by past flooding. “Mr. Dickinson, who I know a little, is very deserving of this,” said Ashley Hultgren of Lady’s Island, who volunteered on the build. “He’s a very nice guy, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. I was thrilled to be able to pitch in, especially for someone who is serving his country.” Fellow volunteer and former Marine Jane Kirk said a lot of Marine spouses made it a point to step up. “This is a good way to build positive relations between the Marine community and civilians,” she said. Both


Kirk and Hultgren said they rearranged their lives to be able to work every day. “As long as they need us,” Hultgren said. Hawk became involved after being contacted by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association, which had been approached by “Extreme Makeover’s” producers. “The association thought of us, and had the producers call me,” Hawk said. “A lot of (builders) have scaled back due to the economy, and this is such a massive project to take on.” Hawk didn’t think about it long. “It’s a heartwarming story. Plus, I have a 10-year-old son who’s already a die-hard construction nut, and he and I watch construction shows all the time.”

Both Kirk and Hultgren said they rearranged their lives to be able to work every day. ‘As long as they need us,’ Hultgren said.

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I extreme makeover: home edition would need in a new home — particularly more space for the five kids — and Court said they had a concept ready in days. “We put four bedrooms for the kids upstairs, and the nursery and the master bedroom downstairs. Then it was just logistics, getting all the permits. The city of Beaufort and its permitting agencies have been totally supportive and gracious. They’ve worked hard on this too.” •••

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” co-executive producer George Verschoor said he was grateful to have found such a local ally. “(Hawk) ‘got it’ right away,” Verschoor said. But it was hardly a one-company show: Hundreds of companies and organizations donated time, ser-


vices and materials. “This ‘Extreme Makeover’ project is amazing in the way it brings together all the pieces, people and companies needed to make it successful,” said Anna Ruby, vice president of creative services for J Banks Design, which volunteered interior design services. William Court, partner with

Court Atkins Architects of Bluffton, was also recruited by Hawk and the producers. “(We had) a 30-second conference with our staff, talked about having to work late and what it would take, and we were all in,” Court said. The show’s team explained to Court Atkins what the family

It’s not overdramatizing to say that it takes a massive effort to build such a large, two-story home in such an insanely short time. At least a dozen neighbors’ yards were transformed into staging areas for material stockpiling, tent cities and even portable toilet centers. “The producers were very diligent in preparing the neighbors for the impact

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EXTREME HELPERS A list of some of the hundreds of local companies and sponsors pitched in on the build; for the complete roster go to extrememakeoverbeaufortcounty. com. 4M Metals Floral Affair • Distinctive Granite and Marble • H2 Builders, Inc. • Horizon Heating and Plumbing • J Banks Design • KPM Flooring • Picture This Art Gallery • Palmetto Security Systems • Robert Irvine’s eat! • Savannah Hardscapes • The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa • World Design Marketing •


this would have,” Hawk said. “They go above and beyond to make sure the neighbors are treated well. If someone had a real problem with the crowds and the noise, producers offered to pay to put them in a hotel.” In such an undertaking, timing is everything and every job is critical. “You have one problem, and two, and the ripple effects can be debilitating,” Verschoor said. Early on, for instance, members of the design team were stuck in the Charlotte airport due to bad weather. Luckily, help seemed to come from everywhere. Diane Lancaster and Lisa Baldwin served as volunteer greeters at the end of the street where busloads of volunteers disembarked, enduring the early days’ pre-sunrise freezing cold. “We like to think we help put everyone in a good mood as they headed toward the site,” Baldwin said. That’s a lot of mood altering: The duo estimated 400 people trooped by their little outpost halfway through the first


day of the build. Near them were Beaufort policeman and security officer Chris Jones, who traveled with the production crew. As you might guess, security was tight for safety and sanity; appearances by Ty Pennington, Jillian Harris or Xzibit caused ripples of excitement, but no major problems. Jones says the most common breaches of security simply involved volunteers or spectators rambling into construction areas without hardhats, usually preoccupied with food provided by local restaurants and caterers. But a possible brush with fame was far from the reason hundreds came out. Sun City residents Ev and Tom Sellers saw news reports about the project and were moved to help, in part because Tom is retired from the Navy. “We don’t watch much TV, so we didn’t know about the show, but an effort helping a military family sounded worth supporting,” Ev said. Fellow Sun City volunteer Mike Antonelli pitched in with framing on Friday, and moved materials inside until midnight on Monday night. “The kitchen is awesome. It’s just gorgeous,” Antonelli said. “The family will flip when they walk in that house.” They most certainly did flip, and after the show’s climactic segments were taped, Hawk and other contractors did a walk-through with the family to make sure they felt comfortable in their new digs, their work finally done. “(This has been) a great opportunity to give back to the community which has given my family so much,” Hawk said. Court agreed. “It’s strange how this economy has slowed everything down, but not this,” he said. “It shows what we can do in a bad economy when we all pull together.” M February 2011

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Capturing memories

Something old, something new Looking for something different in your wedding photo album? More couples are opting for fusion — the marriage of audio, video and film. STORY/PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KAUFMAN


here has never been a time when technological innovation moved so quickly. It seems like the latest, greatest “iThing” debuts every other day and most of us haven’t even upgraded to Cool Toy 2.0 before Version 3.0 hits the shelves. From inexpensive high-quality cameras to powerful image manipulating software,

‘Videographers have been incorporating stills into their videos for a long time. But what is new is now we have cameras, like the Canon 5D, that can shoot both HD and stills.’


photography is at the heart of this modern technological boom. The advancements have allowed the creativity of great photographers to be unleashed — and brides and


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grooms everywhere are benefiting from the boost. Of all the technology-based trends lighting up the wedding photography industry, perhaps the most exciting for both photographer and client is the focus on fusion video albums. “Fusion is really just the combination of still photos and video to help tell a story,” says Los Angeles-based photographer Robert Evans, whose noteworthy brides and grooms have included Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes as well as Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. “The process itself isn’t really new. Videographers have been incorporating stills into their videos for a long time. But what is new is now we have cameras, like the Canon 5D, that can shoot both HD and stills.” The recent incorporation of high definition video recording capabilities into digital SLR camera bodies has opened up creative outlets that photographers hadn’t dreamed of just a few years ago. Suddenly, artists who have spent their careers capturing images at 1/125 of a second find themselves with the ability to use the same camera to record movement and sound. For wedRobert Evans has photographed dings in particular, some of the most widely it might not be long publicized weddings of the last century, including the weddings before a fusion album will be the of Tom Cruise and Katie must-have addition Holmes and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. His other to traditional prints clients include Jim Carrey, and enlargements. Jenny McCarthy and ChrisMore than just a tina Aguilera. Check out his work (including fusion videos) at simple slideshow of photos set to music, and a little edgier than your traditional wedding video, a fusion album uses highimpact imagery, bold edit cuts and music to evoke powerful emotions and convey the story of the wedding day in a short 6 to 9 minutes. “A fusion video is simple yet powerful,” notes Evans. “If done right, it’s quick and



impactful … often more artistic than a typical wedding video.” Think MTV music video created using both short video clips and dynamic photos. And like most modern media, fusion albums can be viewed on a home theater, a laptop or a handheld device like a cell phone or iPad. In a world where 67 percent of American twentysomethings use social networking sites, a fusion album is an ideal way to share a wedding day with friends and family who might not have been able to make it to the ceremony. Of course, featuring the wedding day is just the tip of the iceberg, as the uses for fusion albums are limited only by the

imagination. Engagement sessions, bridal portrait sittings, family get-togethers and save-the-date sessions are just a few of the ways this powerful new tool can be used to preserve the memories of life’s most precious moments. “The applications go far beyond weddings,” Evans says. “I see these becoming very big in the Senior Portrait market, where clients can immediately share their fusion video with their iPhones.” M Rob Kaufman is a Hilton Head Islandbased wedding and commercial photographer. See a sample of his fusion videos at

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How to have a picture-perfect beach wedding BY ROBYN PASSANTE • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN


Here’s the dream.

You and your groom are exchanging vows beneath a blue sky on a Hilton Head Island beach,

set against the intoxicating backdrop of a gentle sea breeze, the rolling surf and a gorgeous sunset. Here’s the reality: That gentle sea breeze is often called “wind,” and it can whip that sand, your decorations and your perfect hairdo all over the place. The blue sky is not always blue; in fact, sometimes it leaks water all over your wedding. The rolling surf can make it difficult for guests to hear you say “I do.” Oh, and if you want the sun to be setting over the water while you wed, you’re on the wrong coast altogether. A wedding on the beach can be a truly romantic event, but couples who want such a wedding need to understand all that comes — and goes — with an event at the water’s edge. Here’s a start. >>


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Wind is often an unseen yet deeply felt part of a couple’s beach ceremony. “With wind noise off the ocean, it’s often difficult to hear the ceremony. I recommend placing the chairs in more of a long, orchestra-style seating so the majority of the guests can enjoy the service,” says Leah McCarthy, owner of Weddings With Leah. The Fix: Skip the unity candle, which most likely won’t stay lit anyway, and make sure that veil is securely fastened. Also, hire a team of professionals to set up any décor you’re bringing; they’ll know how to make sure everything stays in place.


It never rains in bridal magazine advertisements, but it does in real life. Consider yourselves warned. The Fix: Pray for sun, but plan for rain. “You cannot control your weather,” says Serena Crumley of Concierge & Co. “You do not do a beach wedding without a Plan B.”



“If it’s too bloody hot, (guests) can’t stand it. They’re going to be miserable and your pictures are going to be terrible,” Crumley says. The Fix: Think early spring or late fall for a beach wedding, and spend the summer in the water — or inside — like the rest of us. If timing deems it necessary for a summer beach wedding, Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events recommends giving guests some means of fanning themselves — and having plenty of bottled water available.

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Many couples who aren’t from around here don’t understand the concept of tides or just how different the same beach can look and sound (and smell) in a 12-hour span.


Tides and Surf Heat and Humidity

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“A lot of girls forget first and foremost about the tide schedule. That’s something we really have to take into account,” says Spencer. The Fix: Understand that nature does not stop for your nuptials. And think of ways to ensure guests will be able to hear what’s happening over the surf — like a battery pack for musicians who will be playing presumably without electricity.


Some couples envision a ceremony on their own private beach, of which the island has none outside of gated communities and private beachfront homes. Or they want a platform built on the sand, or lit tiki torches or an oceanside cocktail hour — all of which go against beach restrictions set by the Town of Hilton Head Island. The Fix: Work with a local wedding planner who is familiar with town ordinances and will find compromises when possible.

You need very little to set the mood when you’re saying “I do” on the beach. Yet many brides want to traipse a church-load of decorations onto the sand. “If God wanted arbors on the beach he would have put them there,” says Ellen Starling of Amanda Rose Weddings in Bluffton. The Fix: You can decorate but keep it simple, wedding planners say. You don’t want to have things that are going to fall over or compete with the setting’s natural beauty.

Sand Gnats

“(Sand gnats) can be totally fierce,” says Linda Smreczak, owner of Amanda Rose Weddings. She remembers one bride who insisted on wearing heavy perfume on her wedding day, against Smreczak’s advice, and was covered in bites from head to toe by the end of the ceremony. “She never, ever swatted a fly, she was such a trooper,” Smreczak says. “But afterwards she just smiled and said to me, ‘I should have listened to you.’”




The Fix: Have bottled bug spray or towelettes available to all who are bothered by them, and hold off on the scented creams and heavy perfumes until after you’ve left the beach.

the beach,” Spencer says. The Fix: Leave the heels and black tuxedos at home. Think “casually elegant” when it comes to attire, and allow your grateful guests to follow suit.



Some brides insist on going formal by the seaside, but most, Spencer says, understand the laid-back atmosphere calls for a more laid-back style. “The bride who wants to wear the heels is typically someone who’s getting married on a pavilion that’s near the beach, not on

Couples getting married on the beach are susceptible to little extras that “ordinary” weddings don’t have, like errant Frisbees careening through the crowd and, almost without exception, scantily clad gawkers. The Fix: Be ready to go with the flow — and laugh when necessary. M

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iDo Wedding Dress Look Book, by The Knot

Wedding 911, by The Knot

A complete planner that features to-do lists, budgeting help, a guest list creator, invitation tracker, seating planner and more. Also offers Twitter and Facebook integration.


A useful advice / social networking app in which participants can post questions and solicit suggestions from other brides-to-be.


Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder

Bridal HairStyles


A gallery of elegant bridal hairstyles with front and back views — plus a link to a website showcasing many more.

iwedding deluxe $9.99


Looking to write your own vows? Here’s a sampling of humorous, traditional, romantic, secular and personalized ideas.


Any bride or bride-to-be can tell you that planning a wedding is an overwhelming task. Fortunately for today’s brides, the ever-growing selection of iPhones, iPads, Androids and smartphones can quickly ease the task of researching, planning and organizing the biggest day of your life. Here are a few apps worth checking out: by MARIANNE LOBAUGH

Search for gowns in a variety of styles — then find local sources for that dream dress.

Where else would you turn for the perfect ring?



Wedding Day $.99

Counts down to your special day in real time — with an attractive design and customizable color. *Favorite/highly rated

500 Wedding Cakes Photo Sampler $4.99

A gallery of more than 500 professionally created wedding cakes; good for those looking for inspiration for their own divine desserts.

Do You Know Your Bride?

Waltz Your Wedding Dance



Create a quiz to find out how much your fiancé knows about you. (A version for grooms is also available.)

Learn to waltz with these free video demos.

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crab cake photo / mark staff

CRAB CAKES: Recent work by Sheri’s Edible Designs, which is featured this month on an episode of TLC’s “Fabulous Cakes.”

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f a wedding cake is Sunday morning — refined, subdued, classy — then a groom’s cake is Saturday night. It’s informal and amusing, a piece of personality on a plate. And just like

Saturday nights, the stakes continue to get higher for groom’s cakes, local bakers say. “It used to be simply a round cake covered with dark ganache and chocolate pearls, and maybe a ‘G’ for Georgia or

something. Ten years ago that was pretty much it,” said Signe Gardo, owner of Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery and Cafe on Hilton Head Island. “Now it’s anything. Some of them get very, very involved.” Gardo said she’s made groom’s cakes in the shape of everything from baseball hats and shirts to college logos and beer cans. Thanks to the 1989 movie “Steel Magnolias,” the most popular groom’s cake for a long time was a red velvet cake shaped like an armadillo, she said. These days, it’s whatever the bride or groom think would best showcase the groom’s personality. “I find that my clients who choose to do groom’s cakes come in with an idea,” said

Thanks to ‘Steel Magnolias,’ the most popular groom’s cake for a long time was a red velvet cake shaped like an armadillo.


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Groom’s Cakes

Sheri Davis of Sheri’s Edible Designs on Hilton Head. “Typically it’s the groom’s hobby or occupation, something that really defines the groom.” Davis has created groom’s cakes in all shapes and sizes; she’s done a brain for a brain surgeon medical student, a “Green Eggs and Ham” book, and even an A/C unit for a groom who was in the heating and air business. It might seem like a headache to sculpt a cake into the shape of a brain, but local bakers say they welcome the challenge of a supercreative groom’s cake. “I absolutely love groom’s cakes,” Davis said. “It really lets my creativity shine.” In October the TLC Network spent three days filming Davis as she made a special groom’s cake for an episode of “Fabulous Cakes,” which was set to air Feb. 1. “It was the largest and tallest and heaviest cake I’ve ever done,” she said. Lou Bentancor of Ronnie’s Bakery and

photos / sheri’s edible creations

‘DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING IN ‘GEORGIA TECH DOG’? Sheri Davis of Sheri’s Edible Designs says,“Typically it’s the groom’s hobby or occupation” that drives the groom’s cake. Sometimes, clearly, it’s his team.

“It was almost as tall as a regular golf bag,” said Bentancor, who has been creating cakes for 10 years. “The bride told me they set it up on some fake grass, and people walked by it and didn’t know it was a cake.” Even when the cake shape is not supercreative and indulgent, the flavors inside are. “Most of the groom’s cakes people ask me to do are really beautiful, extravagant chocolate creations,” said Lori Craven of Lori Craven Catering. “They’re not funky shapes but it’s more about the flavors of the cake. Most are very elegant with a level of sophistication.”

‘It was almost as tall as a regular golf bag. The bride told me they set it up on some fake grass, and people walked by it and didn’t know it was a cake.’

Lou Bentancor

Cakes By Lou in Bluffton knows a bit about large and tall groom’s cakes. She created a groom’s cake that looked just like an upright golf bag, complete with clubs sticking out of it and golf balls — all of it edible.


Craven takes the traditional chocolate groom’s cake and upgrades it considerably, using only imported chocolate with things like ground almonds, fruit soaked in chambord, Grand Marnier or other liqueurs. “It’s

like a huge truffle,” she said. “They’re very adult cakes with very adult flavors.” The groom’s cake has endured as a Southern tradition but has become more popular among both Southern and Northern couples. Ten years ago about 20 percent of couples ordered them, Gardo said, but these days it’s closer to 60 percent. And lots of times the groom doesn’t know anything about it. “Most of the time they’re from the brides, who want to do a surprise for the groom,” Bentancor said. They can be served at the reception, but traditionally groom’s cakes are presented and served during the rehearsal dinner, which bakers say they prefer. “That way they can have their brain or bloody heart cake and it won’t overshadow the bride’s cake,” Davis said. “I once did a groom’s cake that was a soccer ball cake with cockroaches made of sugar crawling all over it, and it went on the table right next to the gorgeous, five-tiered wedding cake.” Yeah, it’s probably best to put a little space between Saturday night and Sunday morning. M

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Local favors

(with local flavor) Of all the photos in a wedding album, few tell the subtle story of your special day with character and sentimentality like the close-ups of wedding favors. Whether they’re candles with ribbons that carry on the colors of the day’s decor or savory stuffed boxes of sweet take-home treats, these special gifts are a token of the couple’s gratitude and happiness. Here are a few ideas to get you started. BY HEATHER BRAGG EDIBLE FAVORS

Soft to prevent those pesky no-see-ums from partaking on their own buffet.

chocolate bars, individual truffles, cake-shaped cookies, fresh fruit or slices of a groom’s cake — a Southern


We already mentioned probing palates with a sweet treat. Personalized

tradition — top the lists at the Wedding Channel. Try packaging a variety of diminutive desserts in a gift box wrapped with colorful ribbon.

Sometimes, the best gift is the gift of time. Find gifts that will keep the pint-sized guests entertained so the grown-ups can mingle. Try jump ropes, travel-size board games, sticker books, coloring books — or an in-house babysitter!


Useful gifts are always appreciated. If you’re throwing a wedding in the hot Southern sun, surprise your female guests with fans to cool off with — and, of course, to prevent their make-up from running. Adorn the tables with small bottles of bug spray or Skin So


Little plants in antique pots not only lend a natural feel to your party but will also live on after the reception. Potted herbs can be accompanied by a favorite herbal recipe.


Lowcountry weddings are destination weddings for out-of-town guests. Support local businesses while giving your guests a little something from South Carolina’s southern tip to take back with them — such as candy, popcorn, magnets or books. If you have the time, scour the beach for shells and other natural keepsakes. — you see them all the time, but to your guests, they’re local treasures. M

Showcase your wedding in an upcoming Monthly Stop by the Hilton Head Bridal Show at Hampton Hall to enter to have your wedding featured in a two-page photo spread in issue of Hilton Head Monthly.



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What’s new in greetings, gifts, bouquets, catering — and everything else BY MARIANNA BARBREY




The black and white tuxedo is still the quintessential wedding look for grooms and groomsmen, but classic doesn’t have to be boring. Many grooms are personalizing their looks with simple touches that show off their personalities, like having the wedding date or the bride-to-be’s initials stitched onto their shirt cuffs, or giving their groomsmen bright argyle socks to wear with their tuxes and special sunglasses to don immediately after the ceremony or when entering the reception.

Let your hair down, ladies. More brides are wearing their hair down for a more natural but no less glamorous look. There are a plethora of fun and retro hair accessories that in many instances replace long veils; these include feather fasteners, rhinestone clips and bird cage veils.

the wedding. This is a special moment shared only by the couple and their photographer where the bride and groom see each other right before the ceremony begins, while the photographer captures their reactions. This intimate pre-wedding reveal can ease the jitters and release emotions before vows are exchanged in public.

PHOTOGRAPHY Instead of that first look that brides and grooms often share from opposite ends of the aisle, more couples are opting to have a small “first look” photo shoot before

COCKTAILS When thirsty guests arrive at the reception the bar can quickly become congested. To ease the stress on guests and bartenders

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PERSONALIZE YOUR GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Many grooms and groomsmen are personalizing their looks with simple touches of color; for instance, Lakers purple. MARK STAFF

and to add a personal touch, consider serving a signature cocktail to guests

as they enter the reception. The cocktails can be prepared beforehand and served on trays as guests enter. A signature cocktail can range from a martini to a Bellini to a favorite local brew. It’s a great way to set the tone for your reception and add a personal touch. (Some couples opt to limit the bar selection to beer and wine in addition to the signature cocktail, which can cut down on the bar tab while still allowing guests to imbibe.)


While many brides and grooms have shelved the traditional cake topper in favor of fresh flowers or a beautiful monogrammed design atop the wedding cake, those who are keeping the tradition are not satisfied with the generic plastic couple from yesterday’s weddings. Vintage cake toppers are popular right now, as are 70

customized toppers that can be made to look just like the bride and groom, right down to their wedding day attire. For a vintage cake topper, consider asking a relative if you could borrow the one they used on their wedding cake, or use the Internet to hunt down a replica of your parents’ cake topper. Those who want to get creative with a more modern design can find lots of options at


Fewer couples are using traditional guestbooks, opting instead for more unconventional methods. Some fun ideas include using a Polaroid camera or photo booth to create a pictorial guest book,

or getting a magnum of champagne that guests can sign and then be displayed on a wet bar in the couple’s home. You can set up a vintage typewriter with bright paper for guests to type out messages that can be assembled and bound into a book.

Guests can even sign squares of fabric that can be sewn into a quilt.


The tradition of throwing handfuls of rice at the newlyweds is a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean brides and grooms are getting a more low-key (or less messy) sendoff. These days guests are given sparklers to light, flower petals or biodegradable confetti to throw, butterflies to release, Silly String to spray, bells to ring or party horns to blow.


Don’t try to plan your wedding without help; no matter the size of the wedding, you’ll need back-up. Often a best friend or family member can assist in this role,

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WeddingS/ ENGAGEMENTS To submit photos and announcements, e-mail with the subject line “Weddings.”

but more and more brides are attempting to take on the wedding planning task singlehandedly, which leads to much stress and hand-wringing. And nobody likes a frazzled bride. If you’d like to hire a professional but you think price is an issue, ask a

wedding planner about their services

and whether there’s a package or level of service that suits your needs and your budget. Finally, don’t be afraid to delegate responsibilities, and if someone offers you assistance, take them up on it!

THE BRIDAL BOUQUET Sacha Rebecca Odom is engaged to Patrick Epperson Jr. The bride is the daughter of Jay and Betty Odom of Bluffton, and the groom is the son of Pat and Linda Epperson of Hilton Head. Sacha is currently the philanthropic impact project manager for JD Levy and Associates; Patrick is owner and co-founder of EAC Heating and Air. A spring wedding is planned on Hilton Head.

The bridal bouquet is the perfect place to add a sentimental touch to your ensemble. You can tuck a treasured keepsake around the base of the bouquet where it will serve as a hidden reminder of a special person or memory. For a different kind of sentimentality, have a beautiful ribbon monogrammed with the date

and the bride’s initials wrapped around the bouquet. Or make a mother or grandmother proud by using bits of lace from their wedding gowns to adorn your bouquet and add a bit of vintage chic.


Tiffany Feldt and Gary Lucca were married in November in downtown Savannah. The bride is employed at Cora Bett Thomas Realty, and the groom is the owner and operator of Planet Beach Contempo Spa. The couple resides in Bluffton.

Think outside the vase when it comes to flower arrangements. If you’re having a casual outdoor wedding, consider putting simple arrangements in mason jars or oversized tin cans wrapped in burlap. Purchase simple vases or urns from a craft store and spray paint them to add drama. You could also use tea cups, mint julep cups or even wine glasses to hold flowers, floating candles or other centerpiece decorations.


Michele Lesley Stupinsky and Jesse Wright McLaren were married in September at the Boulderado Hotel in Boulder, Colo. The bride’s parents are Joseph and Margaret Stupinsky of Sea Pines.


Here’s another area in which the trends are moving away from tradition and toward the couples’ personalities. Modern stationery remains popular, but brides are incorporating vintage themes this year, such as 1960s retro flair and floral and paisley patterns. With couples increasingly looking for ways to celebrate their heritage, invitations incorporating cultural motifs and bold colors are also big. The


goal is to achieve color continuity — using the same colors and patterns throughout the entire wedding portfolio. Plus, in a age where there’s an app for everything, technology can add a special touch; brides now have the option to us photo montage invitations, videos and even integrated websites.


The same venues get used over and over, but don’t be dismayed if a dear friend had her wedding exactly where you dreamed of having yours. Think outside the box when it comes to staging the party, using different areas of the venue in different ways than what may be “normal.” In the Lowcountry we are blessed to have many beautiful venues in breathtaking locations. Take advantage of that natural beauty.


Weddings can be exhausting affairs for the bride and groom. Why rush off to your honeymoon right after your nuptials? Consider taking a mini-moon or quick weekend trip to a local spa or resort within driving distance. Once you are rested and the thank you notes are written — perhaps even several months (or years) later — you can set off on the honeymoon of your dreams and truly enjoy yourself. M

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Always a bridesmaid...

never a woman with a flattering dress. Here’s how to fix the inevitable Bad Bridesmaid Dress problem.


ast month, as we here at Monthly sat in the conference room brainstorming story ideas for the bridal section you now hold in your hands, we found that three words seemed to especially animate the ladies in the room: Bad. Bridesmaid. Dresses. Many of us have seen them, some of us have worn them and all of us know that they’ve affected, in some way, weddings all over the globe throughout the history of time. And that got me thinking where such a strange, universal phenomenon could have come from in the first place, and how it could be demolished forever. It is the singular plight of women everywhere to want — nay, need — to look their best at all times, especially in those extra-double-important public appearances with photographers all over the place. Luckily, we know our figures, and we know how — or at least how to try — to dress them correctly. But when that decision is taken out of our hands, when that all-important call is left to people who are also busy wondering if salmon is an acceptable entree and whether they should go with light-blue or sky-blue or light-sky-blue, that’s when things start to go pear-shaped. Often literally. The problem is quite simple: Trying to dress a group of often very different women, figures and personalities in the same wardrobe ranges from really difficult to physically impossible. When I think of my three best friends, I know for certain that they wouldn’t all fit into the same strappy blue dress. There could be adjustments, and there could be altering, but all things being equal it just wouldn’t work and at least two of them would end up hating me a little bit. That said, one-size-fits-all bridesmaid dresses are not the way to go in solving this crisis, unless you’re planning on staging an impromptu sack race at the reception. Nor are multiple petticoats, floral prints or unusual color schemes; hearing a friend once describe her seven-layer, orange-brown flowerprint number actually left me questioning the goodness of mankind.


RED RIDING HOOD Unless you are heading straight from the wedding back to your toy shop in the North Pole, this dress may not be the way to go.


But believe it or not, the thought of being a bridesmaid doesn’t necessarily have to induce dress-based night terrors. Yes, you may have been humiliated in the past. Yes, you may long to exact revenge via your own wedding. But please, think twice about carrying on this nonsensical “tradition.” Consider your sanity, your bridesmaids’ self-images and what I assume is your need to keep a steady hold on your number of Facebook friends. My suggestion is this: Offer your bridesmaids a selection of dress styles (halterneck, strapless, strappy, etc.). Unify them with a running theme, using fabric, shape or color. Give your bridesmaids loose style guidelines that will harmonize with your wedding day/ color scheme, and let them shape those guidelines to their own bodies and personalities as they see fit. And when it comes to thank-you gifts for your indispensible helpers, remember this: A necklace that causes your BFF to break out in a skin rash doesn’t say “Thank you” nearly as effectively as a spa voucher. M   Alison Crawshaw is a Monthly intern. This story may or may not have been based on real-life wedding tales, and by “may or may not,” she means “it totally was.”

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luncheons to weddings. In addition, both the club’s garden and the beach at Dolphin Head offer stunning wedding settings for lavish or intimate affairs. The club’s new $2 million state-of-the-art fitness facilities offer first-rate equipment, personal training and a sauna, while the golf course will provide the stage for the new “Teaching with Technology” golf academy introduced by Jeff Picus, PGA Director of Instruction. Six Har-Tru® tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, weekly kids and family activities and summer camps make the Club the ideal center for recreation for all ages.

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Disney Dream: A pirate’s life for me On board Disney’s massive new cruise ship, where it’s perfectly acceptable to be jealous of the children. BY LOU HARRY


’m hesitating, seriously hesitating, before dropping off my 9-year-old son at the Oceaneer Lab on the Disney Dream cruise ship. It’s not that I’m concerned about the counselors (sorry: cast members) keeping an eye on him, nor that I doubt he’ll have a good time. And it isn’t that I mistrust the complementary onboard family cell phones — a first in cruising — that allowed him to reach us, whether we’re in the gym (unlikely), playing miniature golf (possibly) or having a between-meals meal (ding ding ding). Truth is, I’m just jealous. Rather than onboard grown-up clubbing in The District or lounging by the adults-only pool, I really just want to stay here in the Lab. Why should my son be the only one who gets to play a “Tron” game on the state-of-the-art, only-one-of-its-kind interactive game floor? How come he gets to join a team carving soap

vehicles to compete in the “Cars”-inspired Piston Cup race? You can have your adult beverages — just put me on a team of buccaneers in a seven-on-seven “Pirates of the Caribbean” challenge. Alas, the pleasures of such games are cruelly denied me. At 47, I missed the age cutoff for the Oceaneer Lab by a couple of decades. Twenty years ago, this wouldn’t have been an issue. Kids had very little to do with the cruise business before Disney became part of the scene in 1998. Even those who remember “The Love Boat” are unlikely to recall any guest star under the age of 25. (OK, so a 19-year-old Janet Jackson did pay a visit, as did an 8-year-old Corey Feldman, but you get my point.) Back then, the primary selling point of a cruise was that there was little to do besides eat and lounge. But Disney redefined the industry when it began adding … and adding ... and adding to the seagoing experience. You can now go February 2011

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for a three-day cruise without ever even visiting the swimming pool or having a drink with fruit in it. My family and I are on board for the christening voyage of the Disney Dream, a two-night excursion leaving from Port Canaveral, Fla., for the fleet’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas. As such, we are among the first to try out some of the innovations Disney is introducing with the new ship. Among them available to all ages: Interactive animation technology. In a dining room. If you’ve visited Disney World in the past few years and caught the Turtle Talk With Crush attractions, you might have an idea what you are in for when you see the giant screens that fill much of the wall space at The Animator’s Palate restaurant. If not, well, forgive me if I ruin the surprise by telling you that Crush, the animated laidback surfer dude sea turtle from “Finding Nemo” doesn’t just show up on the screens, but chats with you and your dining companions. How is it possible for an animated character to engage in real-time discussions? I’m not quite sure—and the Disney “Imagineers” who designed it won’t say much except that it’s kind of a video puppet, involving a hidden actor and computer programmers. While the technology is amazing, I have to admit that I prefer the Animators Palate format on

the Disney Magic, where the whole space — including the waitstaff uniforms — subtly transforms from black and white to color. Here, the talking turtle distracts from the more nuanced effects. Ah, well, can’t please everyone. For the most part, the Disney Dream deftly combines high-tech innovations with old-school charm. An effort has been made to create an elegant, 1920s/30s ambiance — at least, as elegant as one can get with an oversized mouse and a pantsless duck as mascots. Some examples: Disney has hung Enchanted Artwork throughout the ship — what looks like movie cels come to life. These are also used in a detective game

An effort has been made to create an elegant, 1920s/30s ambiance — at least, as elegant as one can get with an oversized mouse and a pantsless duck as mascots.


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in which sleuthing passengers can use tricks and tools to reveal clues throughout the ship. There are also Disney Digital 3-D films being show in the gorgeous art deco Buena Vista Theatre, virtual simulators on Goofy’s Sports Deck and Magical Portholes that bring real-time, high definition video from outside the ship into inside cabins, making them seem less claustrophobic. On the tech-free front, the most visible addition to the Disney Dream is the AquaDuck, which takes raft-riders on a 765-foot-long, four-deck-high trip that even extends out over the ocean. Fast enough for kids to feel they’ve achieved something but much milder than your average water slide, AquaDuck is a marketing person’s dream: In looking at a stack of cruise brochures, what child isn’t going to push for the one with the water coaster? My son and I did take the AquaDuck plunge — in the evening, when the view of the ocean wasn’t as dramatic but the line was non-existent. Now, though, he’s off

to his lab and I’m, well, not sure where to go. My wife is being pedicured. My 18-year-old daughter is off in search of celebs on board (John Stamos, Whoopi Goldberg and some people from “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars” whose names I can’t keep straight). So I opt for a visit to “Disney’s Believe,” an hour-long semi-original musical in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre. In it, a botanist Dad — guided by a Genie who’s more Charles Nelson Reilly than Robin Williams — comes to appreciate the magic of his teen daughter. The emotional strings being pulled are as obvious as the ones hoisting Peter Pan, but that doesn’t keep me from welling up when the Dad realizes how quickly his child is growing up, how brief childhood truly is, and how important it is to treasure them now. Later, when my son finds me to tell me that Whoopi Goldberg came into the lab and played a game with him and the other kids, I hug him extra tight. And we head off to find his sister so that we can do something together. M February 2011

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Valentines Lovestruck locals share their ideas for perfect romantic nights and days

Compiled by heather bragg

TIM SINGLETON, hilton head high football coach / executive director, strive to excel My perfect day? A warm atmosphere, food, great stamina and the perfect mix of laughter and reflection. MARLENA SMALLS founder / voice of the hallelujah singers A day spent with my honey would be a perfect Valentine’s Day. When I see him I see a bouquet of roses: yellow for friendship and red for love. His conversation with me reads like a card. GARY LINDEMANN, ACTOR,“THE 39 STEPS” at the arts center The perfect Valentine’s date has my gorgeous girlfriend with me on my motorcycle. Her arms are wrapped tight around my waist as we ride through the countryside, taking in the sights and smells of the passing orchards and farms. We arrive at a small vineyard where we sip the nectar of Dionysus. Utter bliss. >>

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AMOS HUMMELL ARTIST My ideal Valentine’s Day is 168 hours long on Nihiwatu Island. It would be with my lovely bride, Lynne. Call it a second honeymoon. LOUISE COHEN, founder of the gullah museum of hilton head island / storyteller I wouldn’t work that day. I would probably be pampered. I’d love to go on a one-day cruise and be surrounded by beautiful flowers, candy that wouldn’t put any pounds on me, beautiful music and sunshine — not too hot, not too cold. That’s what I would order. DICK TYRRELL, HILTON HEAD BARBERSHOPPERS On Valentine’s Day, (the Barbershoppers) go singing around the island. The joy is singing to people. The element of surprise is so much fun. We get to see so many different places, and we get to celebrate with our wives that night. TIM HAGER, MARKETING DIRECTOR, ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA We start with my wife and I in a jet that I bought with profits from my string of bestsellers. We fly to Paris

for a private screening of “Casablanca” held in the Louvre and finish with a gourmet Indian meal at the top of the Eiffel Tower. MICHAEL PASKEVICH, HILTON HEAD COMEDY CLUB This smacks of sacrilege, but I’d avoid the expected night on the town. Valentine’s Day is about who you’re with, not where you go. Instead, I’d agree on a menu of personal favorites and join forces to execute same, accented with wine and hands-on assistance. Add candles and music to taste. Savor. MICHAEL MARKS, COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM president / CEO Anything my wife Pat would like — dinner, dancing — plus a splash of Basil Hayden’s. PATRICIA OWENS, owner, FACES DAY SPA For me, an ideal Valentine’s would begin with a lazy morning with absolutely nowhere to go. Then, my husband and I would spend the day together, maybe taking a walk on the beach or spending the afternoon at the spa. We’d end with a quiet evening at home, watching old movies and eating popcorn by the fireplace. M

honika plowdeniz (via facebook) L is for living life in good health, O is for occasional spa treatments, V is for Victoria’s Secret clothes that fit me (the only thing I can wear is their lotions and perfume — LOL) and E is for Enrique Iglesias singing “Lost Inside Your Love” to me en español!”


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where to eat All area codes 843 • B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner o Open Late S Sunday Brunch Listings are fluid, ever-changing and heavily dependent on your help; to submit or update e-mail




Rendez-Vous Cafe 14 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head 843-785-5814

Alfred’s: European-trained executive chef Alfred Kettering combines classic American and Continental cuisine. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3117. Alligator Grille: Everything from tuna to gator, ribs to sushi. Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-4888. D Arthur’s: Sandwiches, salads. Arthur Hills Course, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 785-1191. l Atlanta Bread Company: Soups, salads and sandwiches. 45 Pembroke Drive, Hilton Head. 342-2253. bld Beach Break Grill: Baja fish tacos, Cuban sandwiches, plate lunches, salads. 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite F, Hilton Head. 785-2466. ld Bess’ Delicatessen and Catering: Soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, muffins, croissants. 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center, Hilton Head. 785-5504. bl Big Bamboo Cafe: Casual American food in a 1940s Pacific-themed atmosphere. Live music nightly. 4-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. 10 p.m. Wednesday: Reggae night. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-3443. Bonefish: 890 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 341-3772. ld Brellas Café: Breakfast buffet, weekend seafood buffet. 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head. 842-2400. bd British Open Pub (Hilton Head): Authentic British food, drink, certified angus beef. 1000 William Hilton Parkway D3 in the Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 686-6736. ldo British Open Pub (Bluffton): Authentic British food, drink, certified angus beef. 60 Sun City Lane, Bluffton. 705-4005. ldo Café at the Marriott: Breakfast buffet, lunch a la carte. Oceanside at Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 686-8488. Bl Callahan’s Sports Bar & Grill: Pub food in a sports-bar atmosphere. 4-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. 49 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 686-7665. ldO Carolina Café: Lowcountry cuisine. The Westin Resort, Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head. 681-4000, ext. 7045. BLd Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: Burgers, sandwiches. 4-7 p.m. MondaysFridays: Happy Hour. Mondays: Margarita Mondays. Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night. Thursdays: Team trivia. Fridays: Karaoke. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 7852255. ldo Christine’s Cafe and Catering: February 2011

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Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. 840 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 785-4646. l Coco’s On The Beach: Will be closed Oct. 31 through March 2011. 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A, Hilton Head. 842-2626. ld Coconutz Sportz Bar: Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, seafood and steaks. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-0044 DO Coligny Bakery: Breads, muffins, cakes and pies baked daily. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-4900. bl Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar (Hilton Head): 4-6 p.m.: Happy Hour. 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 671-7783. corkswinecompany. com. do Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar (Bluffton): 4-6 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. 8-11 p.m. Fridays: Live bluegrass music. 1297 May River Road. 815-5168. do The Cottage Cafe, Bakery and Tea Room: Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea; fruit tarts, cakes and fresh breads. Calhoun Street, Bluffton. 757-0508. BL Claude & Uli’s Bistro: American and continental cuisine. 1533 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-3336. ld Coligny Deli & Grill: More than 80 flavors of frozen treats and sandwiches. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-4440. ld Conroy’s: Signature restaurant of author Pat Conroy features seafood, steaks and ocean views. Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 686-8499. DS Cornerstone Grill: Burgers, salads, chicken. Tanger Outlet 2, 1414 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-5765. ld Crane’s Tavern and Steakhouse: Steakhouse with high-end specialties. 26 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 3412333. d Deli by the Beach: Deli sandwiches with Boar’s Head meats. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 785-7860. ld DelisheeeYo: Tart, fat-free, low-cal, pro-biotic soft serve frozen yogurt; seasonal and organic fresh fruits; organic juice bar; whole food smoothies. 32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 7853633. Downtown Deli: Soups, sandwiches, Italian specialties. 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton. 815-5005. downtowndeli. net BL


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8 Archer Road, Hilton Head. 843-686-3388. Drydock: 21 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 842-9775. ldo Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s: Authentic Gullah country cooking; catering available. Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 6818106. ld Earle of Sandwich Pub: English pub food, sandwiches, salads. 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-7767. ld Flavors: Eclectic recipes from around the world. 12 Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-3115. ld Frankie Bones: Reminiscent of Chicago/New York in the 1950s and 1960s. 1301 Main St., Hilton Head. 6824455. ldS Fuddruckers: 2A Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. 686-5161. ld Gruby’s New York Deli: Traditional deli favorites with an authentic NYC touch. 890 William Hilton Parkway in the Fresh Market Shoppes, Hilton Head. 842-9111. BL Harbour Side Cafe: Casual outdoors burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 842-1444. ld Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe: Freshly baked pastries, overstuffed sandwiches, soups. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 363-2021. BL Harbour Town Grill: Harbour Town Links Clubhouse, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 363-8380. BLD Harold’s Diner: Full breakfast and lunch menu. 641 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 842-9292. BL hh prime: Fine aged prime steaks, fresh seafood, large wine selection. Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 341-8058. BLdS Hilton Head Brewing Company: Classic American flavors, home-brewed favorites. 7C Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-3900. ldo Hilton Head Diner: Classic-style diner in the New York tradition; open 24/7. 6 Marina Side Drive, Hilton Head. 686-2400. BLdo Hinchey’s Chicago Bar and Grill: Casual family dining. 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 686-5959. BLdo Honeybaked Ham: Ham baked with a special recipe, variety of side dishes. 1060 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 8157388. BLd Island Bistro: 10 Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-4777. LdS Jazz Corner: Eclectic fine dining

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menu, live performances nightly. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-8620. www. do Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q: 872 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 706-9741. www. Ld Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: Sandwiches and salads in a pub setting. 7 Greenwood Dr., Suite 3B, Hilton Head. 785-9070. Ldo Katie O’Donald’s: Steaks, seafood and sandwiches in an Irish pub atmosphere. 1008 Fording Island Road (Kittie’s Crossing), Bluffton. 815-5555. Ldo Kelly’s Tavern: 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton. 837-3353. BLdo Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe: Lowcountry and New Orleans creole cuisine. 70 Pope Ave. in Circle Center, Hilton Head. 785-3315. BLds Lakehouse Restaurant: Casual atmosphere, overlooking golf course. Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 842-1441. BL Land’s End Tavern: Casual family atmosphere, overlooking marina. South Beach Marina, Hilton Head. 671-5456. BLd Larry’s Giant Subs: Subs, NYC-style deli sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks. 32 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. 7852488. BLd Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: Craft brews, wines and cocktails; fresh-ground


81 Pope Ave., Hilton Head 843-785-3115

burgers, Vienna hot dogs, hand-cut fries. 5-8 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Tuesdays: Pinch the Pint Night. Wednesdays: Kick the Keg Night. Thursdays: Burgers and Beer Night. 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-8966. www. do Longhorn Steakhouse: Texas atmosphere for serious carnivores. 841 South Island Square, William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 686-4056. Ld A Lowcountry Backyard: Lowcountry and Charleston cuisine, including fresh-baked breakfast cakes, sandwiches, seafood, salads and soups. 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange, Hilton Head. 785-9273. bld Main Street Café: Pub-style dishes, seafood. 1411 Main Street Village, Hilton

Head. 689-3999. www.hiltonheadcafe. com. LdS May River Grill: Fresh fish. 1263 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-5755. www. Closed Sundays. Ld Metropolitan Lounge and Bistro: European style Martini bar and bistro. 5-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Live entertainment nightly. 1050 Fording Island Road (in the Target Center), Bluffton. 843-8157222. do Mickey’s Pub: Pub food, steaks, mussels, grilled pizzas. 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 689-9952. www. Ldo Montana’s Grizzly Bar (Bluffton): 4-7 p.m. daily and all day Tuesday: Happy Hour. Nightly specials after 7 p.m. 16 Kittie’s Landing Road, Bluffton. 8152327. Ldo Munchies: Ice creams, wraps, sandwiches, paninis and salads. Offers a $5 after-school meal for students from 2:304:30 p.m. daily, and ready-made brownbag to-go lunches for $5.50. 1407 Main St., Hilton Head. 785-3354. Ld Ocean Blue: Pizza, salads, sandwiches. Oceanfront at the Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort in Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 686-8444. Ld Ocean Grille: Fine dining, fresh seafood, scenic setting. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 785-3030. d Old Fort Pub: Fine dining and spectacular views. 65 Skull Creek Drive in


1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head 843-785-7860

Hilton Head Plantation, Hilton Head. 681-2386. ds One Hot Mama’s: Slow-cooked BBQ and ribs, wings and more. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Late-night menu until 1 a.m, bar open until 2 a.m. Tuesdays: Totally ‘80s night with DJ Smalls. 10 p.m. Thursdays: Karaoke. Fridays and Saturdays: The Island’s Best Dance Party, with DJ Wee. 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 682-6262. www. ldso Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café: Eggs Benedict, Bloody Marys. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 686-3232. palmettobaysunrisecafe. com. BL Philly’s Café and Deli: Salads, sandwiches. 102 Fountain Center, New

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The days of wine and roses

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. Many see it as a way to celebrate their love; others strive to avoid it at all costs. But for the former, selecting the right wine for the occasion has become as important as remembering to get chocolates and flowers. Here are some wines that embody Valentine’s Day. Cheers! By Seth Tilton

Coppo “Passione” Brachetto (Italy DOCG, 2006) Coppo Brachetto is one of the few wines from Piedmont, Italy, to have achieved sweet wine status. It’s got a brightcherry color and a zingy tease of bubbles. Appropriately dubbed “Passione,” it’s a fantastic and less-expensive alternative for the Rosa Regale fans out there. (Avg. retail price: $23)


Domaine Cameros brut rose (Napa)

This Napa sparkling rose — comprised of 100 percent organic estate-grown grapes — has fantastic balance and great color. Although pink, it’s a true brut and not at all sweet. The perfect pairing for a food-anddessert-filled celebration. (Avg. retail price: $45)

Wild Rock “Cupid’s Arrow” pinot noir (New Zealand 2008)

An aromatic 100 percent handpicked and dark fruit-flavored pinot noir. The name was creatively chosen by the winemaker, as part of the notion that pinot noir is the most feminine and romantic of all grapes. An impressive wine every enthusiast should explore. (Avg. retail price: $19)

Kris “Heart” merlot (Italy, 2007) Kris Merlot is an elegant yet cutting-edge wine whose grapes are grown under the Mediterranean sun. The flavor profile of the wine is as exciting and sensual as its label, so in this case, you really can judge this book by its cover! Heart Merlot has vibrant acidity and ripe fruit flavor. (Avg. retail price: $13)

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Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-9966. L Plantation Café and Deli (south end): Breakfast plates, salads, sandwiches and more. 81 Pope Ave. in Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-9020. BL Plantation Café and Deli: (north end): Breakfast plates, salads, sandwiches and more. 95 Mathews Dr., Hilton Head. 342-4472. BL Pour Richard’s: Balances worldly flavors with soul and “Southern comfort”; features Bluffton’s only wood-fire oven. 4376 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton. 843-757-1999. www.pourrichardsbluffton. com do Reilley’s Grill and Bar (north end): Steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. Happy Hour crab legs. 95 Mathews Dr., Hilton Head. 681-4153. reilleyshiltonhead. com. Ldso Reilley’s Grill and Bar (south end): Steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. Happy Hour crab legs. 7D Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head. 842-4414. reilleyshiltonheadcom. Ldo Remy’s Bar and Grill: Seafood buffet 5-10 p.m. nightly. Early morning breakfast 1-10 a.m. Live entertainment nightly. Saturdays: Remy’s Oyster Roast and live music Saturdays this fall. 81 Pope Ave., Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-3800. Ldo Robert Irvine’s eat!: Cooking classes available. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 7854850. d Sage Room: Unique open-air kitchen allows guests to chat with the chefs. 81 Pope Ave., Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-5352. d Salty Dog Cafe: Outdoor hangout for burgers, sandwiches and seafood. South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 671-7327. Ld Sea Pines Beach Club and Surfside Grill: Casual fare, family entertainment, beachfront. North Sea Pines Drive, Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head. 842-1888. Ld Sigler’s Rotisserie: Fine food in a relaxed atmosphere. Private dining room available.12 Sheridan Park Circle, Bluffton. 815-5030. d Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe: Gourmet salads, sandwiches, goodies. 93 Arrow Road, Hilton Head. 7859118. BLs Sippin’ Cow Cafe: Sandwiches, soups, specials. 1230 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-5051. BL Skillets Café: Speciality dishes served in skillets; stocked salad bar. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-3131. skilletscafe.


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840 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head 843-683-2002

com. BLd Smokehouse: BBQ. 34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 842-4227. Ldo Southern Coney & Breakfast: Coney dogs, hamburgers, salads, breakfast. 70 Pope Ave., in Circle Center, Hilton Head. 689-2447. BL Squat n’ Gobble: BBQ, burgers, Greek food. 1231 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-4242. BLd Stack’s Pancakes of Hilton Head: Pancakes, crepes, muffuletta melts, select dinner entrées. 2 Regency Parkway, Hilton Head. 341-3347. BLd Stooges Cafe: Serving breakfast all day, full lunch menu, lunch specials and dessert menu. 25 Sherington Drive, Bluffton. 706-6178. BL The Studio: Fine cuisine and live music in an art gallery atmosphere. 20 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head. 7856000. d Street Meet: Family-friendly menu in a 1930s-era tavern; serves food until 1 a.m.; outdoor seating; block parties the last Saturday of every month starting at 6 p.m. Daily: Happy hour from 4-7 p.m, late night happy hour from 10 p.m. until close. Tuesday: L80s Night. Fridays: Fish fry. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-2570. www. Ldo Stu’s Surfside: Subs, salads, wraps, box lunches. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-7873. Ld Sunset Grille: Upscale dining, unforgettable views. 43 Jenkins Island Road, Hilton Head. 689-6744. Ldos Susie Q’s: Salads, sandwiches. 32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 6862136. L • Sweet Carolina Cupcakes: 1 N. Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 843-3422611. Sweet Indulgence: Bagels, Belgian waffles, Nathan’s hot dogs, wide variety of desserts. 1407 Main Street in the Main Street Village, Hilton Head. 689-2414. BL Tapas Restaurant: Small dishes served tapas-style. 11 Northridge Drive, Hilton Head. 681-8590. d 35 Main: Dining and catering. 35 N. Main St., Hilton Head. 785-4600. BLd February 2011

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Topside at the Quarterdeck: Steaks and seafood in a casual setting with sunset views over Calibogue Sound. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 842-1999. d Truffles Cafe (south end): Ribs, steaks, seafood and American cuisine at three locations. 8 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-3663. trufflescafe. com. L, D Truffles Cafe (Sea Pines): Ribs, steaks, seafood and American cuisine at three locations. 71 Lighthouse Road, Sea Pines Center, Hilton Head. 6716136. Ld Truffles Cafe (Bluffton): Ribs, steaks, seafood and American cuisine at three locations. 91 Towne Drive, Bluffton. 815-5551. Ld Turtles Beach Bar & Grill: Lowcountry fare with a Caribbean twist. Live nightly entertainment. 2 Grasslawn Ave. at the Westin Resort, Hilton Head. 681-4000. Ldo Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Burgers, seafood and salads with waterfront views. 18 Simmons Road in Broad Creek Marina, Hilton Head. 681-3625. Ld Vic’s Tavern: Traditional pub food in a sports bar atmosphere. Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 681-2228. Ld Walnuts Café: Regional ingredients and creative cultural flavors, with an emphasis on fresh and local. 70 Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park, Bluffton. 815-2877. BLS Waterfront Café: American food with a view of Harbour Town. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 6713399. BLd Wild Wing Café (Hilton Head): 4-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesday: Trivia Night. Wednesday: Tacos and Ritas Night, plus karaoke. ThursdaySaturday: Live music. 72 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-9464. Wild Wing Café (Bluffton): 1188 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 4-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesday: Trivia Night. Wednesday: Tacos and Ritas Night, plus karaoke. Thursday-Saturday: Live music. 1188 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-9453. 837-9453. www. Ldo Wine Times 4: Salads, sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres. Thursday-Tuesday: Live music. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday: Free wine tasting. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford. 3419463. do WiseGuys: Big wines, small plates, cocktails. 4:30-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesdays: Miami Nights. Wednesday: Ladies’ Night. 1513 Main St., Hilton Head. 842-8866. www.wiseguyshhi. com. do

FRENCH Bistro 17: French cuisine with harbor views. 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 785-5517. bistro17hhi. com. Ld Café St. Tropez: Seafood favorites, continental style. 841 William Hilton 88


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Parkway, Hilton Head. 785-7425. www. L WedFri, do Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte: Small, intimate French dining. 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-9277. Ld French Bakery: Authentic French pastries, breads, lunch items. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 342-5420. Bl Rendez-Vous Cafe: 14 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head. 785-5814. Ld

GREEK It’s Greek To Me: Authentic, casual cuisine. 11 Lagoon Road in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-4033. Ldo Market Street Cafe: American and Mediterranean cuisine.12 Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-4976. Ld

ITALIAN / MEDITERRANEAN Bella Italia Bistro and Pizza: Authentic New York-style pizza and dinners. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head. 689-5560. Ld Bistro Mezzaluna: Authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and tapas. 5-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Live music, dancing. 55 New Orleans Rd. 842-5011. d Daniel’s Espresso Bar: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, many vegetarian selections, all organic meat. 2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 341-9379. BLdo Del Vecchio’s Restaurant Pizzeria: Casual, homemade Italian fare. 890 William Hilton Parkway in the Fresh Market Shoppes, Hilton Head. 8428700. Ld DiVino Fine Italian Cuisine and Steaks: Fine Italian cuisine and fresh local seafood. 1555 Fording Island Road

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in Moss Creek Village, Bluffton. 8159000. d Flora’s Italian Cafe: Italian and European cuisine. 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square, Hilton Head. 842-8200. d Il Carpaccio: Authentic northern Italian cuisine and brick-oven pizzas. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 342-9949. Ld ­Just Pasta: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head island. 686-3900. Ld Le Bistro Mediterranean: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 681-8425. d Little Venice: Italian specialties, seafood and pasta with water views. 2 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 785-3300. Ld Michael Anthony’s: Regional Italian fine dining with a contemporary flair. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-6272. www.michael-anthonys. com. d Mulberry Street Trattoria: Authentic, multi-regional Italian cuisine, NYC deli sandwiches and old-world entrees. 1476 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-2426. LdS Pazzo: Italian cafe and bakery. 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center, Hilton Head. 842-9463. Ld Pino Gelato: Ice cream, yogurt, desserts. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-2822. Stellini: Cuisine from New York’s “Little Italy.” 15 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-7006. www.stellinihhi. com. d

MEXICAN / SOUTHWEST Amigos Cafe y Cantina (Hilton Head): Ultra-casual, funky. 70 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-8226. amigoshhi. com. Ld Amigos Cafe y Cantina (Bluffton): Ultra-casual, funky. 133 Towne Drive, Bluffton. 815-8226. Ld Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. daily. 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-7700. www. Ld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill (south end): 51 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-4788. Bld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill (north end): 95 Mathews Dr., Hilton Head. 342-8808. BLD La Hacienda: 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 842-4982. Ld Mi Tierra (Hilton Head): 160 William Hilton Parkway in Fairfield Square. 342-3409. ld Mi Tierra (Bluffton): 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton. 757-7200. LD Mi Tierrita: 214 Okatie Village Drive, Bluffton. 843-705-0925. LD Moe’s Southwest Grill (Bluffton): 3 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 837-8722. ld

San Miguel’s: Fun Mexican and TexMex restaurant with waterfront views and outdoor bar. 9 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head. 8424555. ld Santa Fe Café: Southwestern cuisine in a stylish setting. 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center, Hilton Head. 785-3838. ld

ASIAN Asian Bistro: Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. 51 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 686-9888. ld Dragon Express: Chinese take-out. 95 Matthews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head. 681-5191. ld Eastern: Chinese and Japanese cuisine. 840 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 686-6880. www.easternhiltonhead. com. ld Empire Szechuan: Fine Chinese dining. 51 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 686-9888. www.emperorszechuanhhi. com. ld Hinoki of Kurama: Authentic Japanese cuisine, sushi. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-9800. ld Kobe Japanese Restaurant: Japanese cuisine, sushi bar, hibachi available at dinner. 30 Plantation Park Drive, Bluffton. 757-6688. ld Kurama Japanese Steak and Seafood House: Japanese hibachi and sushi. 9 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 785-4955. d Panda Chinese Restaurant: Lunch buffet. 25 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 8156790. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine I (Hilton Head): 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 785-8575. www. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine II (Bluffton): 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village, Bluffton. 757-9479. www.myruanthai. com. ld Shwe Myanmar: Asian flavors, sushi. 81 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 3413874. ld Yummy House: Authentic Chinese food, buffet, free delivery. 2 Southwood Park Drive, Hilton Head. 681-5888. ld

PIZZA Bravo Pizza: 1B New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 342-7757. ld Badabings Pizza and Pasta: 68 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 836-9999. ld Brick Oven: Fine dining, pizza. 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-2233. do Fat Baby’s: Fresh pizza, subs. 120 Arrow Road, Hilton Head. 842-4200. ld Gatorz Pizza: At Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-0004 Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta February 2011

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(Hilton Head): Pizza, sandwiches and fresh pasta dishes. 32 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 785-4144. ld Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta (Bluffton): Pizza, sandwiches and fresh pasta dishes. 25 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 815-9200. ld Mangiamo!: Pizza, Italian fare, takeout and delivery. 1107 Main St., Hilton Head. 682-2444. ld Mellow Mushroom: Pizza, salads, subs, take-out available. 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 6862474. ldo Monster Pizza: 142 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton. 757-6466. ld New York City Pizza: Pizza, subs, calzones, dine-in, take-out, delivery. 81 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 842-2227. ld Romeo’s Pizza: New owners. 1008 Fording Island Road in Kittie’s Crossing, Bluffton. 815-5999. ld TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: Fresh dough pizzas with premium ingredients you can bake at home; call ahead for faster service. 11 Palmetto Bay Road in the Island Crossing Center, Hilton Head. 842-8253. ld Upper Crust: Pizza, subs, grinders, pasta, wraps, salads. Moss Creek Village, Bluffton. 837-5111. ld

SEAFOOD Alexander’s: Steak, seafood, desserts. 76 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head. 785-4999. d Angler’s Beach Market Grill: Fresh seafood, beef, chicken; familyfriendly; dine-in or carry out. 2 North Forest Beach Drive, 785-3474. ld Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: Fresh-caught fish, seafood and hand-cut steaks. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour indoors and at the outdoor Hurricane Bar. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 785-4950. www.blackmarlinhhi. com. lds • Bluffton Family Seafood House: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton. 7574010. ld Captain Woody’s (Hilton Head): 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 785-2400. www. ld Captain Woody’s (Bluffton): 17 State of Mind Street in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 757-6222. ld Catch 22: Seafood, steaks, raw bar. 37 New Orleans Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-6261. d Crazy Crab (north end): 104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 681-5021. ld Crazy Crab (Harbour Town): 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head. 3632722. ld Flying Fish Seafood: Eat-in or 90


Head. 785-2070. www.steamersseafood. com. ld Wreck of the Salty Dog: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 671-7327. ld

COFFEE HOUSES 807 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head 843-785-9990

carry-out. 32 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 686-3100. ld Grumpy Grouper Grille: 71 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 842-2455. ld Hudson’s on the Docks: 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head. 681-2772. ld Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse: Live entertainment, dancing nightly. 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 7854442. d Marley’s Island Grille: Seafood, steaks, lobster. 35 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-5800. do Marshside Mama’s Cafe: Island specialties. 15 Haig Point Road on County Landing, Daufuskie Island. 7854755. ld Nick’s Steak & Seafood: Large screen TVs and sports memorabilia. 9 Park Lane, Hilton Head. 686-2920. d Old Oyster Factory: 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head. 681-6040. www. d Pepper’s Porch and Back Bar: Tuesdays: Open Mic Night. Wednesdays and Thursdays: Karaoke. Fridays: Live music with Snowbird Mike. 6-9 p.m. Fridays: Jazz and blues guitarist Anne Allman in the dining room. 6-9 p.m. Saturdays: Pianist Jim George in the dining room. Saturdays: Surprise entertainment in the back bar. Sundays: Sports. 1255 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-2295. do Red Fish: Cuban, Cari­bbean, Latin. 8 Archer Road, Hilton head. 686-3388. ld Sea Grass Grille: Fresh seafood. 807 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 785-9990. www.seagrassgrille. com. ld Sea Shack: Casual, fresh and familyfriendly. 6 Executive Park Drive, Hilton Head. 785-2464. ld Scott’s Fish Market Restaurant and  Bar: Seafood and steaks on the water. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head. 785-7575. d Skull Creek Boathouse: Fresh seafood, raw bar and American favorites. Sunset views. Thursdays: Sunset reggae party. 397 Squire Pope Rd., Hilton Head. 681-3663. do Steamers: Seafood, large selection of beers. 28 Coligny Plaza, Hilton

Bogey’s Coffee Café & More: Homemade soups, sandwiches, muffins and desserts. 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-5282. Bl Corner Perk: 142 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton. 816-5674. Java Joe’s: 101 Pope Ave. in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686- 5282. www. Little Chris Café: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. 785-2233. Starbucks (north end): 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. 689-6823 Starbucks (south end): 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 341-5477 Starbucks (mid-island): 32 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 8424090 Wholly Cow Ice Creams and Coffee Beans: Handmade ice creams, coffees. 24 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 842-2511.

NIGHTLIFE / LIVE MUSIC Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. daily. 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-7700. Ld Big Bamboo Cafe: Casual American food in a 1940s Pacific-themed atmosphere. Live music nightly. 4-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. 10 p.m. Wednesday: Reggae night. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-3443. LdO Bistro Mezzaluna: Authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and tapas. 5-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Live music, dancing. 55 New Orleans Rd. 842-5011. d Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: Fresh-caught fish, seafood and hand-cut steaks. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour indoors and at the outdoor Hurricane Bar. 86 Helmsman Way in


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Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 7854950. lds Callahan’s Sports Bar & Grill: Pub food in a sports-bar atmosphere. 4-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. 49 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 686-7665. ldO Captain Woody’s (Hilton Head): 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 785-2400. ld Captain Woody’s (Bluffton): 17 State of Mind Street in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 757-6222. ld Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: Burgers, sandwiches. 4-7 p.m. MondaysFridays: Happy Hour. Mondays: Margarita Mondays. Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night. Thursdays: Team trivia. Fridays: Karaoke. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-2255. ldo Coconutz Sportz Bar: Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, seafood and steaks. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-0044 DO Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar (Hilton Head): 4-6 p.m.: Happy Hour. 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 671-7783. corkswinecompany. com. do Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar (Bluffton): 4-6 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. 8-11 p.m. Fridays: Live bluegrass music. 1297 May River Road. 815-5168. do Drydock: 21 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 842-9775. Electric Piano: 33 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-5399. Frankie Bones: Reminiscent of Chicago/New York in the 1950s and 1960s. Mondays: Double Down Mondays. Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night. Thursdays: Flip Night. Fridays: Late night happy hour. Saturdays: Flip Night. Sundays: All-night happy hour. 1301 Main St., Hilton Head. 682-4455. ldS Hilton Head Brewing Company: Home-brewed favorites. 7C Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-3900. ldo Hilton Head Comedy Club: Shows at 8 p.m. and 8 and 10 p.m. Saturdays. $10 weekdays, $12 weekends. 18 years and older. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 681-7757. Hinchey’s Chicago Bar and Grill: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 686-5959. ldo Jamaica Joe’z Beach Bar: Opening May 2011. Beach bar at Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head. The Jazz Corner: Live performances nightly. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-8620. do Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: 7 Greenwood Dr., Suite 3B, Hilton Head. 785-9070. Kanaley’s Pub: 9:30 p.m. Saturdays: Big B karaoke. Saturdays/Sundays: ESPN GamePlan, Big Ten package and NFL Sunday Ticket. 33 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 686-5123. www.kanaleys-

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1513 Main St., Hilton Head 843-842-8866 Katie O’Donald’s: 1008 Fording Island Road (Kittie’s Crossing), Bluffton. 815-5555. Kelly’s Tavern: 11 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton. 837-3353. Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: Craft brews, wines and cocktails; fresh-ground burgers, Vienna hot dogs, hand-cut fries. 5-8 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Tuesdays: Pinch the Pint Night. Wednesdays: Kick the Keg Night. Thursdays: Burgers and Beer Night. 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-8966. do Metropolitan Lounge and Bistro: European style Martini bar and bistro. 5-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Live entertainment nightly. 1050 Fording Island Road (in the Target Center), Bluffton. 843-8157222. do Mickey’s Pub: 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 689-9952. www. Montana’s Grizzly Bar (Bluffton): 4-7 p.m. daily and all day Tuesday: Happy Hour. Nightly specials after 7 p.m. 16 Kittie’s Landing Road, Bluffton. 8152327. Ldo Murphy’s Irish Pub: 81 Pope Ave., Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-3448. One Hot Mama’s: Slow-cooked BBQ and ribs, wings and more. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Late-night menu until 1 a.m, bar open until 2 a.m. Tuesdays: Totally ‘80s night with DJ Smalls. 10 p.m. Thursdays: Karaoke. Fridays and Saturdays: The Island’s Best Dance Party, with DJ Wee. 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 682-6262. ldso Quarterdeck: 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 842-1999. Pepper’s Porch Back Bar: Tuesdays:


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Open Mic Night. Wednesdays and Thursdays: Karaoke. Fridays: Live music with Snowbird Mike. 6-9 p.m. Fridays: Jazz and blues guitarist Anne Allman in the dining room. 6-9 p.m. Saturdays: Pianist Jim George in the dining room. Saturdays: Surprise entertainment in the back bar. Sundays: Sports. 1255 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-2295. www. do Remy’s Bar and Grill: Seafood buffet 5-10 p.m. nightly. Early morning breakfast 1-10 a.m. Live entertainment nightly. Saturdays: Remy’s Oyster Roast and live music Saturdays this fall. 81 Pope Ave., Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 8423800. Ldo Salty Dog Cafe: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 6717327. Skull Creek Boathouse: Fresh seafood, raw bar and American favorites. Sunset views. Thursdays: Sunset reggae party. 397 Squire Pope Rd., Hilton Head. 681-3663. do Signals Lounge: Crowne Plaza Resort, Hilton Head. 842-2400. Street Meet: Family-friendly menu in a 1930s-era tavern; serves food until 1 a.m.; outdoor seating; block parties the last Saturday of every month starting at 6 p.m. Daily: Happy hour from 4-7 p.m, late night happy hour from 10 p.m. until close. Tuesday: L80s Night. Fridays: Fish fry. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-2570. www. Ldo Tiki Hut: Beach location and atmosphere; live music, specialty frozen cocktails. 1 South Forest Beach Drive in the Holiday Inn complex, Hilton Head. 785-5126. Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road., Hilton Head. 681-3625. Wild Wing Café (Hilton Head): 4-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesday: Trivia Night. Wednesday: Tacos and Ritas Night, plus karaoke. Thursday-Saturday: Live music. 72 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-9464. Wild Wing Café (Bluffton): 1188 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 4-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesday: Trivia Night. Wednesday: Tacos and Ritas Night, plus karaoke. Thursday-Saturday: Live music. 1188 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-9453. 837-9453. www.wildwingcafe. com Ldo Wine Times 4: Salads, sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres. Thursday-Tuesday: Live music. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday: Free wine tasting. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford. 3419463. do WiseGuys: Big wines, small plates, cocktails. 4:30-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesdays: Miami Nights. Wednesday: Ladies’ Night. 1513 Main St., Hilton Head. 842-8866. do XO Lounge: 23 Ocean Lane in the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 341-8080. xohhi. com M February 2011

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I home discovery: 9 Cambridge Circle, Wexford


This home on the water in Wexford affords its owners a spacious, sunlit retreat from those North Carolina winters.



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When Tom and Jacquelyn

Morgan decided to do something about their shared desire to Morgan sspend pend more time in warmer climes, they turned to Wexford Plantation and Hugh Hobus’ RCH Construction. The Waynesville, N.C. couple contracted with Hobus to remodel a three-decade-old home at 9 Cambridge Circle in Wexford Plantation, a renovation that completely transformed the 5,400-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath home on Wexford Harbor off Broad Creek. “The house was quite dated when we began work,” said Hobus. “We worked for five months on the project, and it’s now everything a family would want in 2011.” That includes owner Tom Morgan’s favorites: a master bedroom with separate sitting room, a fireplace, a large kitchen with an adjoining family room and an outdoor living area with swimming pool and spa. A stunning 12-foot-high arch leads into the master bedroom, where an entire glass wall offers stirring views of the harbor. “Those are the three areas where I’ll be spending most of my time,” he said. Morgan might have to take up boating, too; the property is located on an island in Wexford Harbor and boasts a 75-foot dock in the backyard. Hobus remodeled a six-foot-wide staircase with custom iron work, installed all new flooring and rebuilt an “absolutely gorgeous kitchen and dining room.” Other amenities include an office/library, spacious laundry room off the kitchen, new roof and a second-story balcony off of one of the guest bedrooms. A hands-on guy, Hobus did much of his own subcontracting, but he also employed the services of Cregger for plumbing and fixtures, M & S Roofing, and Multicom Welding for the railings that are omnipresent throughout the property. M Mark Kreuzwieser February 2011

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I home I kitchen and bath




Can a kitchen be sexy? Can a bathroom be dramatic?



he answer is “Oh yes!” and it’s what home builders and buyers are looking for. That’s why smart homeowners are adding value to their homes with simple, affordable projects in these two rooms that bring out the drama and showcase the sex appeal.

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The latest trends in kitchen design recognize that your kitchen is not simply a utilitarian room where meals are produced but the gathering place. It’s a real family room and the walls between the kitchen, dining room and family room are coming down — a trend that’s here to stay.

Color the cabinets.

Kitchen cabinetry is experiencing a metamorphosis, looking more like fine furniture than a mere storage space for cups and plates. This doesn’t mean you need to rip out the cabinets you installed just a few years ago. Reach for a paintbrush instead. Dark, high-gloss stains can show off gorgeous hardware. If you have glass-fronted cabinets, consider painting the shelves and the back of your cabinets a rich or vibrant hue. Choose an accent color for a kitchen island or separate section of cabinets.

Use vintage hardware.

Who says kitchen (and bathroom) hardware has to come from the hardware store? Scour antique shops and flea markets for furniture handles and knobs — or go online to www.anthropologie. com. In the same way a simple black jacket can go from ho-hum to va-va-voom with a change of buttons, your cabinets can take on a whole new look with the right accessories.

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Get crafty with the counter

If cabinetry is becoming furniture, then kitchen countertops are becoming dining tables, with sleek marble and granite surfaces. Exotic stone can turn your countertop into a virtual work of art. Forget Uba Tuba and that repetitive granite; today is all about movement and color variation. Options include exotics and super white granite that looks like marble. And don’t stop at the countertop: For a sleek, professional look, continue your stone surface on your backsplash with decorative mosaic tile. The new smaller natural stone tile can be used to create color, design and drama.

Layer the lighting

Overhead lighting is definitely


not sexy. While you need good task lighting, today’s best kitchens have layers of lights. Add a pendant or chandelier over your island. Use small lamps on countertops, and install some under- and over-cabinet accent lights. For the easiest upgrade of all, install a dimmer. (In fact, use one for every overhead light in the house.)

Hide the appliances

While stainless steel appliances continue to be popular, especially for their resistance to fingerprints (that means you, families with young children), many kitchen designers are opting for wood fronts on appliances that match the rest of the cabinetry for an integrated, built-in look. Consider changing it all to eco-friendly materials such as sustainable bamboo or wheat board. While you’re

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at it, replace leaky faucets with water-conserving ones and look for Energy Star-rated appliances.

Create a real hearth

Centuries ago a fireplace in the kitchen was a necessity for roasting and grilling; now it can create a cozy nook for a cup of tea on a rainy day. But today’s throwback hearths are complemented with the latest technology, as more flat-screen televisions and iPads are taking up residence in kitchens. You may not be able to get Ina Garten into your kitchen, but at least you can watch “Barefoot Contessa” as you cook.

Start from scratch

Perhaps the biggest trend in kitchen design is the totally customized kitchen. Whether you love wine-tasting, coffee bars or mak-

ing your own pizza, create your kitchen to accommodate your passions. If you entertain a lot, then include two dishwashers — a highend model for daily family use and a second under-the-counter commercial dishwasher for heavy loads. Turn an unused hallway or closet into a spacious walk-in pantry. If you’re a baker, make room for a slide-out butcher block and a built-in bread bin.

Splurge on a scene-stealer

If your budget doesn’t allow for a “sky’s the limit” kitchen renovation, consider splurging on one big-ticket item, be it a granite countertop, a farmhouse sink or a professional stove. A scene-stealer like that will allow you to save on other items without losing design impact. February 2011

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Every women’s magazine will tell you that your bathroom should be your spa-like sanctuary. But with a busy household, how often is that realistic? Here’s how to use the latest in bathroom design trends to add a little serenity to your “sanctuary.”

Keep your feet warm

An icy cold bathroom floor is decidedly un-Zen-like. Radiant heat, while it may feel luxurious, can provide comfort at lower thermostat settings, so it can actually be a cost-saver. And speaking of saving money, consider water-conserving toilets, low-flow showerheads, and tankless water heaters — which can cut energy use in half, as they only heat water as needed.

Think outside the tub

Bathrooms are expanding in size, either through new construction or remodeling projects. Like kitchens, people are spending more time in bathrooms, and the trend is to add more flourishes you normally see in a family room, including gas fireplaces, furniture, armoires for storage, TVs or sound systems and chaise longues. Antique bureaus can be transformed into bathroom cabinetry. And above-counter sinks are the latest in bathroom design, providing both function and style.

Rethink the standards

Porcelain and ceramic tile are no longer the obvious choices. Instead, designers are opting for a more modern look, using tiles in mosaic, glass, slate and stacked natural stone paired with travertine. Finally, don’t be afraid of the dark — white is not the only option for bathrooms. In fact, in smaller spaces rich dark shades of cranberry, navy and hunter green can make the walls recede.

Make simple changes now

You don’t have to have a huge bathroom budget to freshen the space. Here are three quick and easy changes that will transform any bathroom into a retreat in less than an hour: Thick new towels, a dimmer switch, and a lock for the bathroom door! 100

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(843) 681-3307 or (800) 267-3285 Charles Sampson (843) 681-3307 x 215 Home - (843) 681-3000

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

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ENJOY THE VIEW over Bear Lake from your expansive deck - the wildlife and sunsets. This home has been totally redone - new flooring wood/tile/carpet, high smooth ceilings, new baths and kitchen, 3 BR 3 Full Bath. LR&DR Parking Under. Short walk to Spring Lake, bike ride to the Port Royal Sound and Hilton Head Plantation’s best lake views. $548,750

WHAT A HOME – Open, Bright, Contemporary, Eclectic, First Class Appointment, Fun, Comfortable and Very Livable.This remodeled 3BR Hilton Head Plantation home is nestled under 100 year old Moss Draped Oaks and is just off the Signature Hole of the Country Club of Hilton Head’s 12th Fairway. The gardens and stamped concrete patios add to the viewing and living enjoyment. $499,000

OPEN AND BRIGHT lagoon view home totally repainted inside. New carpetand most appliances. Ready to be moved into Make it your Hilton Head Plantation home. 4 BR or 3 plus a bonus room, 4 1/2 BA, Kitchen/Family Room formal Living Room and Dining Room - mature landscaping. 2 car garage and fireplace. $495,000

SHORT WALK TO PORT ROYAL SOUND and a golf view of Oyster Reef Golf Club’s 8th Green and 9th Fairway! Private oversized patio homesite has 4 BR/ 2.5 BA home. Formal LR & DR with a fantastic kitchen/family room combo. Two fireplaces, first floor master bedroom, and mature landscaping. $464,000





UPDATED FULL SIZE BEAR CREEK GOLF FAIRWAY 3 BR home in Hilton Head Plantation newly updated. Granite countertops, smooth ceilings, and new tile and Cabinetry. Great location and value. Enjoy all Hilton Head Island has to offer - close to Beach, Shopping, and Dining. Easy to maintain. Open floor plan, greenhouse window in Kitchen, screened Porch and 2 car Garage $382,000

TRANQUIL LAGOON VIEW Hilton Head Plantation 3BR home on a full size homesite. Neighborhood swimming pool & tennis complex. Convenient location to HHP entrance, shopping, Hospital and the Beach. Neat as a pin with a great view and ready to go. $298,900

HILTON HEAD PLANTATION estate size homesite w/ lagoon & Bear Creek Golf Club & 3rd Fairway and Green view. A great deal w/ 3BR/3.5BA, Office, Formal LR & DR, Eat-in Kitchen, Family Rm, Sun Porch w/ over 3500 sq. ft. Convenient location near main entrance of HHP, shopping, and the Beach. Short bike ride to Spring Lake Rec area, pool & tennis, and Seabrook Farm. $463,900

WONDERFUL HOME located in the Rookery Neighborhood and on a quite cul de sac. This 3 BR home has been repainted inside, new carpet; it features a 2 car garage masonry fire place, formal LR & DR, winterized screen porch and an eat-in kitchen. Walk to the neighborhood pool, bike ride to Dolphin Head and Spring Lake Recreation areas - near shopping, dining, and short ride to the beach. $318,000


INDIGO RUN PLANTATION LOWEST PRICED HOME. 3 BR, 2.5 BA landscaped view home. High ceilings, 2-car garage, eat-in-kitchen, formal LR & DR. Located on full size homesite near the plantation main entrance, shopping and the beach. Quiet private residential golf community. $398,500

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REDUCED OVER $900,000 WALK TO THE BEACH FROM THIS 5TH ROW CORNER HERON STREET HOME 6BR/6BA beach home ideal for permanent home, 2nd home, or rental property. Private deck w/pool, hot tub, direct access to full BA on 1st floor, ground level Activity Rm, 1st Floor Great Rm, open Kitchen with s/s appliances, Utility Rm, 2 Master Suites (one on 1st floor), limestone flooring, 3+ Car Garage, FP & more! Fully furnished and on rental market! TRADES CONSIDERED! $1,274,000


WONDERFUL quiet end unit located in Shipyard’s Golfmaster.Conveniently located near the Pope Avenue gate and Coligny Plaza. Enjoy natural lighting, skylights, and a beautiful golf view. Walk or bike to the beach. Enjoy the community pool and tennis courts. 3BR/3BA, dining area with chandelier, family room, and wood burning fireplace. Rent or live in full time. Seller to pay up to 3% of closing costs. $298,500

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(843) 681-3307 or (800) 267-3285 Charles Sampson (843) 681-3307 x 215 Home - (843) 681-3000

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

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

Angela Mullis (843) 681-3307 x 223 Mobile - (843) 384-7301

Island Resident Since 1972.





9 SPARTINA POINT Walk to the new Moss Creek pool and health club and your boat at the docks on McKay’s Creek. Membership includedtennis and championship golf. This 3BR/3BA split bedroom home was remodeled in 2004–kitchen/ family room plus fantastic screened porch, high ceilings and limestone flooring. $578,500

2 TIMBER LANE This wonderful 3 BR 2.5 Bath home is being sold in an estate sale ‘as is’. Located on a full size corner homesite overlooking a tidal salt marsh lagoon. Pull into your convenient semicircle driveway and entertain in your large eat-in Kitchen. In Moss Creek with private golf and deep water boating access. $249,000

LARGE TOWNHOME with 2 car garage and a screened-in porch overlooking the amenities of Mill Creek. This house features 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Corian counters in the Kitchen. Short Sale. $190,000

WELCOME HOME to this Southern home. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac with panoramic lake views. Features include lush landscaping, private dock, four bedrooms, 3 baths, bonus room with separate office, dining room and eat-in kitchen, Fern Lakes also has a community pool & boat storage and is right around the corner from downtown Bluffton. $360,000






LOCATED ON THE LARGEST homesite in Woodbridge and at the end of a cul-de-sac, this 3 Bedroom, 2.5 bath plus bonus room is in outstanding condition. The home features wood and tile floors, hard surface counters in the eat-in kitchen, dining room, great room with a fireplace and a covered rear porch. Welcome home to this wonderful floorplan with a wooded view. $180,000

RARE GLENDALE MODEL located on a quiet street in Woodbridge. This wonderful 4 BR/2 BA home overlooks a lagoon to the front and woods to the back. High cathedral ceilings and skylight make this home light, airy, and inviting. Enjoy walking to the park on the sidewalks or to the community pool. $165,000

HOUSE, LOCATION, PRICE - THIS HOME HAS IT ALL. Gorgeous lagoon views from the front and back of this privately fenced in 3BR home with a study & Bonus Rm. This home has been completely upgraded w/ brand new stainless steel appliances, crown molding, surround sound, granite counters & stone flooring in the kitchen & baths and new patio. Oversized, courtyard entry 2-car garage and located on the beautiful park in Woodbridge. $289,000

TWO PROPERTIES! 3 BR/ 2 BA with screened porch on Ground Floor or 2 BR/ 2 BA 2nd Floor Condo with a sun room overlooking the woods. The Reserve at Woodbridge is a gated community with a community pool, fitness center, car wash, trash service and more!




LOWCOUNTRY HOMESITES BUCKINGHAM LANDING 32 BIG OAK STREET (LOT) Great setting with a wooded view and deep water access. Septic, well, and power are already on site. Just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island in Buckingham Landing and without the plantation restrictions $199,000

SKULL CREEK BOATSLIP SPECTACULAR HOME! 4 BR and 2.5 BA, study, dining room, eat-in kitchen, with a great room and fenced in back yard overlooking the golf course. This home is also a short walk to the amenities of Island West. $345,000

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822 BAKERS COURT Lovely home located towards the end of a cul-de-sac and near the ammenities of The Farm. This home features a single car garage, eat-in-kitchen, first floor master and three more bedrooms upstairs. $142,000

708 FIELD PLANTERS Two-story floorplan overlooking a lagoon and on a cul-de-sc. This home features a 2 car garage, dining room, eatin-kitchen, covered back porch, and 3 bedrooms upstairs. The Farm has a community pool and playground and is located near the schools, shopping, and easy access to Savannah, Beaufort, and Hilton Head. $139,000

36’ BOAT SLIP in Hilton Head Plantation. EASY to pull in, protected slip. Water and electricity included in low yearly fee. $26,000

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7 BRASSIE COURT - Casual elegance abounds! 4BR/3BA, open living area w/fireplace, hardwood floors & high tray ceilings. Lovely eat-in kitchen w/ bay windows & center island cooking area. Fabulous sunroom overlooking deck to panoramic golf views. Large master suite w/spa bath. Leamington offers 2 private security gates, Beach Club, private pool & rec. area on the 11 mile lagoon, plus Arthur Hills Clubhouse is just a golf cart ride away! $799,000


33 LENOX LANE - Meticulously maintained with

fabulous outdoor lanai overlooking panoramic lagoon to golf views. Perfect for year round entertaining & total relaxation. Inside you’ll find soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchen, great room, huge master suite and spa opening to lanai. Formal living & dining rooms plus billiard room. A must see home! $699,000


17 TIMBER MARSH LANE - THE BEST BUY IN PALMETTO HALL! Owner’s have purchased another home & want this property sold now! 3 BR/4 BA, 3,300 sq. ft. of luxury with panoramic water & golf views. Gourmet kitchen, soaring ceilings and quality throughout. Take Advantage of this amazing value today! $549,000


8128 Wendover Dunes - BEST BUY! 2 BR/2.5 BA, top floor with extra high ceilings and great sunlight. Meticulously maintained & all new carpet and Shaw flooring. Carriers very best Super Quiet Infinity A/C, air handler & thermostat installed in 2008, Exterior completely repainted Fall of 2009. Climate controlled storage locker, garage parking, fabulous pool and spa. All just steps to the beach. Your ideal beachside residence. $559,000

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The Cottage Group Betty Hemphill

Ingrid Low

Ann Webster

Selling Island-wide for Over 29 Years with Over $237 Million Sold!

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

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

(c) 843-384-2919

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

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

SEA PINES – Magnificent Mediterranean style oceanfront home in Sea Pines. 5 BR, 5.5 BA, built in 2000. $4,495,000. Call Ingrid.

4 PINTAIL - SEA PINES – Beautifully updated 3 BR South Beach home; private heated pool, screened porch, lagoon view, steps to the beach, $979,000 furn.

SEA PINES – Lagoon & golf views from this 4 BR, 4 BA + den home. Courtyard w/large pool. Screen porch, gazebo, 2 car gar. $650,000 Furn. Call Betty.

26 STONEY CREEK – Lovely updated 5BR/4BA home close to HT. Main house 4BR/3BA. Guest house 1BR/1BA. Spectactular view down 11th hole of Heron Pt. GC. Heated pool, and much more. $799,000 Call Ingrid.

SANDHILL CRANE - Third row beach house located on large lot.Private swimming pool and 2-car garage. 3 BR, 3.5 bath one-level home offers a sun room and outdoor decking. $975,000, furnished.

SEA PINES – WREN DRIVE – Remodeled 3 BR plus Den w/ new kitchen, granite ctrs, heated Diamond Brite pool & spa. 4th row to beach, $995,000. Call Betty.

WEXFORD – Casual elegance decribes this 3 BR, 3.5 bath home. Great Golf view at a great new price of $599,900. Call Ingrid.

SEA PINES – 2 BR Harbourwood Villa located on the 1st green of the Harbour Town Golf Links. $461,500. Furnished. Call Ann.



LONG COVE- 9 GOOD HOPE - Stunning completely remodeled designer appointed on cul de sac near marina and park this 4 bed/4 ½ ba plus den, family room features high ceilings, stone and wood floors, elevator, lagoon views and more. Below appraisal at $750,000

SEA PINES OCEANFRONT – Fabulous 6 br/6 ba home plus den, rec room & office constructed with wood pilings on deep lot with 100’ on HH’s most stable protected oceanfront! Long entry, circle drive, 3 car garage. Terrific value at $3,889,000.

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SHIPYARD – WINDWARD VILLAGE – Charming 2 BR, 2.5 BA villa overlooking the pool & lush vegetation. Cathedral ceiling in living room, screen porch, kitchen with granite counters. $225,000 furn

SEA PINES - GREENWOOD GARDEN VILLA – Must see to believe the high quality renovations in this 3 BR villa. All new kitchen,baths,stone flooring, elec and plumbing.$575k Call Ann.

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BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS OCEANSIDE VILLA in the Leamington section. Spacious, like-new 3 BR, 3 BA (2 Master Suites) and a fabulous wrap-around Screened Porch. Covered Parking. Beautiful Pool with Jacuzzi. Great Rentals. $899,000

GORGEOUS, Custom Designed Home overlooking heated free form Pool, Lagoon + 6th Fwy of Golden Bear. Dramatic Entry w/soaring ceilings & walls of glass. Elegant LR & DR, spacious Great Room, Chefʼs Kitchen, private MBR, large Bonus Room + 3 car Garage. $749,000.

SPACIOUS CAMBRIDGE overlooking the private Bear Creek Golf Course. 4 BRʼs, 3.5 Baths + Study + large 2nd Floor Entertainment Room. Beautiful LR and DR. Very open Kitchen-Breakfast-Family Room. $649,000




LOW COUNTRY ESTATE Home within minutes from the bridge to Hilton Head. Architects personal home on 5+ acres of privacy. Remodeled home w/5 BRʼs 3 Full BAʼs, 2 Half BAʼs. Great Room. DR. Chefʼs Kitchen. Master Suite w/Study. Screened Porch + a Heated Pool/Spa. $639,000

SPACIOUS, completely remodeled home with a long view down the 16th Fairway of the Country Club of Hilton Head. 3 BRʼs + a Study. Open Floor plan. Chefʼs Kitchen w/gas cook top. Spacious Family Room. Elegant MBR and BA. $599,000

RARELY ON THE MARKET Berwick Green end unit townhome all on one level. Over 2700 SF of pure luxury with 3 BRʼs & 3.5 BAʼs. Picturesque Lagoon + long Golf View on the 10th Green & 11th Fwy of Golden Bear. Spacious Great Room w/gas fireplace & custom built-ins. $569,000




MODEL PERFECT 3200SF Home w/loads of updating. Overlooking the 17th Green/18th Tee of the Country Club of Hilton Head. 3 BRʼs, 3.5 BAʼs + a glass enclosed Carolina Room. Beautiful LR. Very open Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room. Master Suite w/huge closets + beautiful Bath. His & Her Offices. $549,000

SPECTACULAR OCEANFRONT VIEW from this sought after first floor villa with stairs leading down from the balcony to the ocean. Sea Cloisters is the “jewel” of Folly Field. Only 64 units. Oceanfront Pool and Security Gate. $549,000

SPACIOUS and beautifully remodeled home with an expansive lagoon/ golf view. 3 BRʼs + a light filled study which could be 4th BR. Great room w/ volume ceilings. Chefʼs Kitchen opening to an elegant DR. Large Master Suite. Picturesque setting on an oversized homesite. $525,000




COURTYARD AT SKULL CREEK Fabulous brand new townhomes across the street from The Country Club of Hilton Head & within walking distance to the Old Fort Pub & Skull Creek Marina. 3 BRʼs and 3.5 BAʼs. Top of the line appointments, private elevator and 2 car garage. Prices starting at $499,000

PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP is obvious in this beautiful home w/a panoramic view of the 3rd Fwy of private Bear Creek Golf course. Lots of recent updates - LR & DR, updated Kitchen overlooking a light filled Family Room w/custom builtins. Large Master Bath w/overiszed whirlpool tub. Great Value! $399,000

BEAUTIFUL UPDATED LAKE FOREST VILLA all on one level. Gorgeous Lagoon view with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Full Baths. Spacious Great Room. Updated Kitchen and Baths. $359,000




HAMPTON HALL BEAUTIFUL BELLMEADE SECTION Spacious Stockton Model Home with 4 BRʼs or 3 BRʼs + Bonus Room. Elegant LR & DR. Top of the line Kitchen with maple cabinets overlooking a spacious Family Room. Private Master Suite and Bath. Huge Screened Lanai for outdoor entertaining. $332,500

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BEST VALUE 3 Bedroom Villa. Ground floor popular “Camellia” floor plan with a 2 car Garage. Convenient North end of the Island location. Security. Beautiful Community Pool. $279,000



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February at the HHSO: Love is in the air


ine instrumentalists from all over the southeastern United States have been selected as finalists in this

inspiring younger generations to pursue their goals in the world of music.

year’s Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition.


The performers were chosen by competitive audition from a field of 58 and will appear at this year’s finals, which take place at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 50 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. “These are some of the finest young musicians I have encountered during my 20 years of coordinating competitions,” said competition director Joseph Gimbel. “They are performing a professional-level repertoire at the highest level.” The HHSO is proud to present the Concerto Competition with the hope of

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by joining the orchestra for “Bernstein to Bolero: Fated Loves,” an evening of music devoted entirely to romance. From the musical settings of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to Ravel’s “Bolero” to the more modern-day approach depicted in Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” the orchestra’s program is sure to delight. Concerts take place Feb. 13-14 at the First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $20-$40.


••• Finally, this month the League of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will host a fashion show and silent auction to benefit our Youth Orchestra. Come out to enjoy lunch, beautiful fashions and the piano music of Duchess Raehn — along with a lesson in shag dancing! The event takes place Feb. 23 at the Sea Pines Country Club; doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch begins at noon. Tickets to all shows and events are available by calling 843-842-2055 or going online to M

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OYSTERS (and t-shirts)

Theater sensation “Defending the Caveman,” described as “a comic phenomenon” by the New York Times (and they know their comedy), takes the stage Feb. 13-14 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. It’s the longest-running solo play in Broadway history. 843-842-2787.

The Salty Dog Cafe in Sea Pines is hosting a Feb. 26 oyster roast to commemorate its recent enshrinement in the Hanes Beefy-T Hall of Fame, an award given to organizations that sell an awful lot of T-shirts. The party will feature live music, games, an appearance by Jake the Salty Dog and many, many baskets of oysters. 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head.


prep cuts ‘FOOTLOOSE’ Hilton Head Prep’s new production of the 1980s hit is something of a family affair — with some cast names you may recognize. Find out more on page 121.


may river’s ‘SANDBAR SERENADE’


Spend an afternoon with Marsh Tacky horses, mammoth jackstock mule, guinea hogs, pineywoods cattle, leghorn chickens and more at the annual festival, which spotlights heritage breed farm animals historically used in the Lowcountry. The event, held in partnership with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, and is free, though donations are welcomed. 843-689-3033, ext. 224.

“Sandbar Serenade,” an original musical revue by the May River Theatre Co., hits the group’s stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 18-19, 25-26 and March 4-5; and 3 p.m. Feb. 20, 27 and March 6. All performances take place in Ulmer Auditorium in Bluffton Town Hall at the corner of Bridge and Pritchard streets. $20. www. mayriver theatre. com

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• Hilton Head Comedy Club: Showtimes are 8 p.m., with an additional 10 p.m. show on Saturdays. 430 William Hilton Parkway, Pineland Station, Hilton Head. $10 on weekdays, $12 on weekends. Full bar and menu, 18 years and older. 843-681-7757. • “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps”: Feb. 8-27 at the Arts Centre of Coastal Carolina. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of madcap comedy and you have a fast-paced and absurd whodunit. 843-842-2787. www. “A Thousand Cranes” theater program: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 8-March 17 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. During this six-week course, students age 13-18 will perform a show from start to finish with full lighting, sound, sets and costumes. Each student will be given the opportunity to act in at least one scene or monologue within the play. Rehearsal classes will focus on scene study and character development. The final production will be performed for a youth audience in the Arts Center’s Elizabeth Wallace Theatre. The instructor and director is Harry Culpepper. Tuition: $180. 843-686-3945, ext. 222. • Tom & Jef: New Mime Theater: Tom & Jef’s mime theater challenges audiences and is a perfect experience for families. 8 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Black Box Theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $15 for adults, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 and under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787. • “Defending the Caveman”: Feb. 13-Feb. 14 at the Arts Center of Coastal


Carolina. Called a “comic phenomenon” by the New York Times, “Caveman” is the longestrunning solo play in Broadway history. 843-842-2787. artshhi. com • “The Met: Live in HD” at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts: Live transmissions of the New York Metropolitan Opera via high-definition streaming. The season continues with “Nixon in China” (Feb. 12); “Iphigénie en Tauride” (Feb. 26); “Lucia di Lammermoor” (March 19); “Le Comte Ory” (April 9); “Capriccio” (April 23); “Il Trovatore” (April 30) and “Die Walküre” (May 14). $20 for adults and seniors; $16 for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members and $10 for USCB students and youth under 18. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the broadcast, online or at the box office. 843-521-4145. www.uscb. edu/cfa • Fifth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival: Screens films in the categories of Features, Documentaries, Short Films, Student Films, Animation and Screenplays. Feb. 16-20, 2011, at venues throughout Beaufort. www. • “Sandbar Serenade,” an original musical revue presented by the May River Theatre Co.: 8 p.m. Feb. 18, 19, 25-26, March 4-5; 3 p.m. Feb. 20, 27, March 6. All performances take place in Ulmer Auditorium in Bluffton Town Hall at the corner of Bridge and Pritchard streets. $20. For tickets, call 843-815-5581. For information, call 843-837-7798 or go to www.mayrivertheatre. com. • “Footloose,” presented by Hilton Head Preparatory School: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, Hilton Head Island. 843-6712286.

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• “70 Girls 70” by the Sun City Community Theatre: March 24-26, 31, April 1-2 at Magnolia Hall in Sun City Hilton Head. The box office is open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday the week of the show and one hour before showtime. $23. 843-645-2700.

AUDITIONS / ENTRIES • Hilton Head Extreme Cheer: The group has announced openings for athletes ages 7 to 10 to join their youth team. No experience is necessary and all training is done at the team’s professional cheer gym, 18 Cardinal Road, Hilton Head. 843-757-6410. E-mail hhecheer@


• The Jazz Corner: Live music nightly; with special weekend concerts. Feb. 4-5: “Back at The Chicken Shack” — A Tribute to the Masterful Soul-Jazz of Iconic B-3 Hammond Organist Jimmy Smith with The Scott Giddens Trio. Feb. 11-12: The Annie Sellick Quartet, featuring trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden. Feb. 18-19: The Noel Freidline Quintet. Feb. 25-26: The Gina Rene Quintet. March 4-5: Lynn Roberts and The Bob Alberti Trio, with Dr. Bill Prince. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 843-842-8620. • HHSO Youth Concerto Competition: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. Nine instrumentalists, ranging in age from 11-17, have been selected as finalists in the 2011 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Concerto Competition. The finalists will perform on violin, clarinet, and saxophone works by Prokofiev, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Ravel, Lalo and other classical composers. 843-842-2055. • Chamber Music Hilton

Head: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head. $15. Families with school-aged children free. 843-681-9969. www. • “Reel-To-Reel Love,” presented by the Hilton Head Shore Notes: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head. Features Beth Green, the “Music Lady” of Hilton Head, leading a program of Hollywood tunes. Also features the Humdingers and Wink ‘n’ a Smile. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Burke’s Pharmacy on Main Street, Pretty Papers in Wexford, Markel’s Cards and Gifts in Bluffton and All Four Paws on Bluffton Parkway. Guests and prospective members are welcome at rehearsals on Monday evenings at 6:45 p.m. at the Island Lutheran Church, 4400 Main St. 843-689-3302. • Craig Bickhardt: Songs by this musician have found their way onto discs by Ray Charles, B.B. King, Martina McBride, the Judds and Dianne Schuur. 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Black Box Theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $15 per person, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 and under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-3792787. www.artworksinbeaufort. org • Ronstadt Generations Concert: “History Through Music”: Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues the family’s musical tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie, along with veteran Josh Hisle. 8 p.m. March 12 at the Black Box Theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. $15 per person, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 and under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787. www. February 2011

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children’s relief fund celebrates 20 years


t’s been 20 years since Rose and Frank Fotia planted the seed of the Children’s Relief Fund. Since that day, the organization, which offers support to local special-needs children and their families, has steadily expanded its services both geographically and financially. “It brings a smile to my face whenever I witness the impact that CRF has had on our special angels,” said Rose, who started the organization after the birth of her son, Gregory, who had several disabilities from a rare disorder called West Syndrome. CRF fulfills both tangible and intangible needs for families, providing funding for much-needed equipment -- such as wheelchairs, prosthetics and medical supplies -- and financial support for physical, occupational, behavioral and speech therapies. “We have built ramps for home access and purchased beds, feeding chairs, glasses, braces and more,” Rose said. The organization’s 15th Annual Straight from the Heart gala will take place at 6:30 Feb. 12 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Shipyard Plantation. Tickets are $125 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, the music of the band Intensity and silent and live auctions. Details: 843-681-7668, 843-342-5267

• “Bernstein to Bolero: Fated Loves,” presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra: 8 p.m. Feb. 13-14 at the First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-842-2055. 116 • University of South Carolina Beaufort Chamber Music Festival Series: Feb. 20, March 27 and May 1 at the USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. 843-208-

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• Marge Agin — opening reception: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Four Corners Art Gallery, 1236-B May River Road, Bluffton. Show continues through March 12. 843-757-8185


• Celadon Fine Arts Festival: Artists are invited to apply to the three-day Celadon Fine Arts Festival, which takes place May 20-22 at the Celadon Community on Lady’s Island, to compete for cash prizes totaling $3,000. The deadline to apply is March 1 and the application fee is $25. For information, go to www. htm. 843-379-2787.


• The “Lunch With Author” Series: Comprises seven events that includes lunch, an author’s talk, Q&A and book signing. Features Sarah Blake, author of “The Postmistress” (Feb. 3, Sea Pines Resort Conference Center); Batt Humphrey, author of “Dead Weight” (Feb. 17, Dockside Restaurant, Port Royal); and Michael Coker, Alice E. Sink and Rick Simmons (March 10, Sea Trawler restaurant, Bluffton). The series is $270; individual

lunches are $42. All lunches start at noon. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 843-521-4147 or e-mailing


• Imagination Hour at the Sandbox: Story time will be followed by arts and crafts, games or science projects. The series is designed so parents and caregivers can assist their child with each project. 10:3011:30 a.m. Thursdays at The Sandbox — An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Avenue, Hilton Head. 843-8427645. • Friends of the Hilton Head Library Super Saturdays: Feb. 12: J’Miah Nabawi, storyteller. March 12: Ben Mathews, juggler. All Performances are free for children of all ages and take place at the Hilton Head library, 11 Beach City Road. 843-255-6500


• A Taste of Gullah Festival: Noon-3 p.m., Feb. 12 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: Honor native island heritage and culture in this free celebration of all things Gullah. Feed your spirit with storytelling, Gullah food, gospel music, crafts for kids and performances by local Gullah favorites Louise Cohen, Natalie Daise and Voices of El Shaddai. 843-686-3945 ext. 232 • Lowcountry Heritage Breeds Festival: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head. In partnership with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, the Museum will host breeders of heritage breed farm animals that were historically used in the Lowcountry. Animals will include Marsh Tacky horses, mammoth jackstock mule, guinea hogs, pineywoods cattle, leghorn chickens and more. Free, though donations are

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• American Cancer Society Winter Benefit 2011: Feb. 11 in the Champions Ballroom at the Harbour Town Club in Sea Pines Resort. Features gourmet dinner and music by the Headliners. To donate, purchase tickets or for more information, call the American Cancer Society at 843842-5188 or go to


• “Casino Night,” a benefit for the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association and the Hilton Head High All Sports Booster Club: 7:30-11:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Port Royal Plantation. Pre-registration prices are $80 per couple or $45 for a single ticket. Door prices are $90 per couple or $50 for a single ticket. Proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Center’s Scholarship Fund and the Hilton Head High All Sports Booster Club. 843-681-7273. E-mail info@ • Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry 5th Annual Cooks & Books: Sample gourmet food prepared by 16 area restaurants, mingle with Southern authors, purchase autographed books and take in a chefs’ competition. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Westin Hilton Head Island

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ive music nightly at the music spot in the Village at Wexford: Feb. 4-5: “Back at The Chicken Shack,” a tribute to iconic B-3 Hammond organist Jimmy Smith, with The Scott Giddens Trio. Feb. 11-12: The Annie Sellick Quartet, featuring trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden. Feb. 18-19: The Noel Freidline Quintet. Feb. 25-26: The Gina Rene Quintet. March 4-5: Lynn Roberts and The Bob Alberti Trio, with Dr. Bill Prince. The Jazz Corner is located in Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 843-842-8620.

Resort & Spa. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Includes unlimited restaurant tastings and the opportunity to meet the authors and watch the chefs’ competition. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at Burke’s Pharmacy on Main Street and Le Cookery at the Wexford Village Shoppes on Hilton Head; Markel’s Cards and Gifts in Bluffton and at the Literacy Volunteers’ offices, 4 Oak Park Drive, Hilton Head, or 1-B Kittie’s Landing Way, Bluffton. 843-815-6616. www. • Wine Auction and Celebration 2011: March 19 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Held under the tents on the Arts Center’s grounds, this Hilton Head tradition combines haute cuisine, fine wine and one of the most entertaining wine auctions this side of Napa. To RSVP, call 843-6863945 ext. 303.


• Women at the Well Support Group: The St. Andrew By-The-Sea Counseling Center is now offering a support group for women experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth or infertility. Facilitated by counselor Angie Elliott, the group will help women with tools for grieving, coping, self-care, identifying and communicating needs and more. Meets 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at St. Andrew By-TheSea United Methodist Church, 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 843785-4711. Email • Bereavement Group: Tidewater Hospice and Grace Community Church present a weekly forum to provide help to people who have experienced a loss and would like support and information associated with grief and bereavement. Meets 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Bluffton Library, 120 February 2011

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• Docent Training at the Coastal Discovery Museum: The museum is hosting its annual docent and volunteer training in January and February. The Museum is seeking new volunteers to lead history walks/talks, lead natural history walks/talks, assist with school field trip experiences, work at the gift store/ front desk, care for the Heritage and Butterfly Gardens and more. Training sessions will be held on six consecutive weeks from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays: Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. To sign up, call 843-6896767. • “Horseshoe Crabs: Our Ancient Residents” with Al Segars, veterinarian from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources: Horseshoe crabs are some of the most misunderstood creatures found along our coastlines. Learn about their ancient roots, unique spawning methods, and medical importance. 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn $5 donation requested. Reservations can be made by calling 843-689-6767.


• 9th Annual Time Warner Cable Hilton Head Island Half Marathon, 10K and 5K: Begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 12. The race begins at Jarvis Creek Park and takes participants over the Cross Island Parkway. All pre-registered Half Marathon participants will receive a long sleeve performance T-shirt. Walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the 10K or 5K. Participants in these races receive a colorful long sleeve cotton T-shirt. There will also be a free Toddler Trot for kids 8 and under. To register, call 843-757-8520 or go to


• River Quest 2011: 10 a.m. March 19 at downtown Beaufort Waterfront Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on race day. The race is a 3- and 7.4-mile kayak, canoe, outrigger canoe or paddleboard event which begins and ends at Waterfront Park. Registration takes place at the event or online at 843-379-4327. 843-986-0233.


• Events at the Heritage Library: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 2: Online genealogy. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 9: Create a “Pieces of Your Past” booklet using Microsoft Word. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 16: Turning your photos and research into great gifts. Classes are held at the Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 2A, Hilton Head. To register, call 843-686-6560. • Southern Women’s Show: Feb. 4-6 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. For tickets or information call 800-8490248 or visit www.southern • WAHHI 50th Anniversary Celebration Vintage Fashion Show: 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Shipyard Plantation. Madhouse Vintage Clothing will feature period outfits from pivotal years in WAHHI’s past. Reservations are $27 for members and $32 for guests. 843-642-4850. www. • Palmetto Quilt Guild monthly meeting: 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Guests welcome. $5 visitor’s fee. 843-5401952. • Networking Lunch and Fashion Show: Connect with like-minded businesswomen while getting a sneak peek at spring fashions from the Worth Collection. Gentlemen welcome, too! Noon-2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Rendezvous Cafe. Reservations suggested. 843-785-5814. M

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ollege applications and AP projects weigh heavily on the mind of Hilton Head Preparatory School senior Clara Chalk these days. Her father, former state Sen. Richard Chalk, is pretty busy himself launching a new business and nonprofit organization. But both Chalks will temporarily put aside those priorities in the next few weeks for the same reason. Rehearsal. The two have been cast in major roles in Prep’s spring musical, “Footloose,” which opens Feb. 17 at the Hilton Head Island School Visual and Performing Arts Center. >>

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“Footloose” is a tale of old-fashioned teenage rebellion: When a streetwise boy moves into a smalltown Texas neighborhood with big-city ideas, he brings a whole new dimension to the local high school prom — and an unfamiliar set of challenges to local leaders. “The show is all about the dynamic of youth and freethinking versus the adults and the establishment,” says director Ben Wolfe. “How terrifically fortunate are we to explore the dynamic with actors from the Upper School and our extended Prep family.” Indeed, to stage the age-old conflict Wolfe turned to a combination of Prep students parents and teachers. Clara Chalk plays Rusty, the best friend of the


show’s female lead, Ariel Moore, who’s played by veteran actress and dancer Caroline Santorum. Clara’s dad, meanwhile, will

handle the role of Ariel’s strict, overbearing father, Rev. Shaw Moore. Richard Chalk says he audi-

tioned for “Footloose” in the hope that he could join Clara in her final Prep production. “The kids’ ability to catch on to the music

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The Kevin Bacon Game: From left, Caroline Santorum, Carly Smith, Billy Best, Taylor Calamari, Clara Chalk, Danny Maggard and Kelly Ryan.

and dance moves so quickly is amazing,” he says. Pamela Capriotti Martin — mother of four former Prep


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students and a public, but this is fellow cast mema whole different ber — says she hapballgame.” When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. pily adjusted her Wolfe has cast 17-20; 2 p.m. Feb. 20 schedule to accomfour other adults Where: Hilton Head modate rehearsals. in the production, Island High School VPAC, For years Martin including Prep 70 Wilborn Road has steered proparent Margaret Details: 843-671-2286, duction of the Crenshaw and Prep playbill; now faculty members she’s embracing Peg Hamilton, her role as Ethel McCormack, Jim Brown and Nathan Stevens. mother of the new teen on the Other major student roles will be block, Ren McCormack, who’s handled by seniors Carly Smith played by sophomore Taylor and Danny Maggard, sophomore Calamari. Billy Best and eighth grader Still, she admits to some worry. Hannah Simpson. “There’s always a little trepidaSo how the has dual-generation going into something where tion cast changed the experience you are going to be so vulnerfor Prep students? “It’s given us able,” she says. “It’s been almost perspective,” says Calamari, who 30 years since I was in a musical plays Ren. “It helps to have genucomedy. I’m not afraid to speak in ine adults play the roles because

they truly understand the challenges of the plot.” Santorum agrees. “I’ve always felt more productive when I’m busy with performances, school studies, friends and other activities,” she says. “It’s interesting to see how our parents and administrators juggle rehearsals with their real-world demands.” But Wolfe says the adult cast members have also had to make the most dramatic perspective adjustments, having discovered the sheer the amount of time required for such a production — up to three hours a day, six days a week. “The parents are rehearsing right alongside the kids,” he says. “It’s really important that the two groups see each other as equals during this process.” M

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Wine spectators TWO area ‘Saturday night live’ ALUMS have traded the fast lane for the HIGH LIFE


hese days, when Terry Sweeney walks the streets of the Lowcountry, he’s more likely to get compliments about “The Happy Winos” — his local wine column — than the Nancy Reagan impression he did on “Saturday Night Live” three decades ago. Sweeney’s wine writing and local address are part of a different reality than the one he and partner and fellow comedy writer Lanier Laney lived for several decades in New York and Los Angeles. In the 1980s, Sweeney wrote for and appeared on “Saturday Sweeney’s blog, The Happy Night Live,” lampooning Winos — “Livin’ the Lowthe likes of Reagan, Joan Priced High Life,” as the Collins and Diana Ross. As tagline goes — is online the first openly gay perat thehappywinos. former on broadcast television, he also cleared the way for legions of other gay performers and characters on TV — even if it meant its share of aftershocks. “It was hard to get acting jobs after it, especially in the comedic field,” he said. “But I think it was more important that I stood up for myself, and Lanier and I stood up to be counted for who we are. It’s more important than a guest spot in a sitcom.” Since “SNL,” he and Laney have co-authored a number of film scripts,

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including “Shag,” the 1989 comedy about four South Carolina girlfriends who head to Myrtle Beach for a rowdy weekend before one of them is married away. The movie re-introduced much of the country to the beach music dance style popular in South Carolina. “In L.A., they thought it was a carpet or a haircut,” Sweeney says. “The movie had a profound effect on a lot of people here. It was a rite of passage for a lot of girls.” And while the two still write together, they’ve adjusted to a different geography and pace. “People say, ‘Do you miss L.A.? Do you think about L.A.?’ Never,” Sweeney says. “When you live in the South, you’re so busy. When you’re in L.A., you’re waiting for an audition, you’re waiting for a call.

as “MADtv” and “Hype.” They would shuttle back and forth between Beaufort and Los Angeles, writing and acting to raise money to work on their home. Sweeney, who was raised on Long Island, says he warmed quickly to Southern culture, including its food, natural idiosyncrasies and inclusive social scene. “Our life is so enriched here. Lanier’s done a tremendous job giving the town a sense of itself,” he says. “L.A. is more of an industry town. What you do is the icebreaker there. They want to know where you are in the food chain. ‘Should I waste my time with you?’ That is not the South.” Nonetheless, the pair still has plans for the future. Sweeney says they’ve written three scripts circulating in Hollywood,

“(‘Shag’) had a profound effect on a lot of people here. It was a rite of passage.” Terry sweeney, ‘shag” screenwriter

You’re in the waiting room of life. Here, you’re in life.” Sweeney and Laney, a Spartanburg native, have lived in downtown Beaufort for about eight years. They bought a home here while they were still living in Los Angeles and writing for shows such

including a comedy called “Southern Bride.” But, no matter what, they plan to stay in Beaufort. “It would be easier if we were in Los Angeles, running around. Here I have a quality of life,” he says. “I had a living in L.A. but not a life.” M

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Lanier Laney, left, and Terry Sweeney at their Beaufort home. “People say, ‘Do you miss L.A.?’ Never,” Sweeney says. February 2011

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From the island to the CIA and back Much of islander Herbert Ford’s work with the CIA is, as you might suspect, totally classified. Here’s what he can tell you: He’s happy to be home.



ative Hilton Head Islander Herbert Ford doesn’t talk much about his career. It’s not that he isn’t proud of the job he spent more than half his life doing. It’s just that much of it is classified. Ford, who grew up across from Singleton Beach and spent his childhood crabbing and farming to help feed his family, retired in 2009 from the CIA. Over the course of a career that spanned 29 years he had risen to a position where he was in charge of one aspect of national security for the entire globe. It was, to put it mildly, more stressful than crabbing. “Anytime anything happened anywhere that impacted my area of responsibility, I would get a call,” Ford said. “The last two years prior to my retirement I never got a good night’s rest.”

Such international implications are not lost on the hometown hero, whose own father never made it past the first grade. “It was an incredible experience, one that I never imagined that a young kid from Hilton Head would be able to do,” said Ford, who recently learned he will be receiving the Distinguished Career in Intelligence Medal, one of the highest honors awarded by the CIA. A self-described bookworm as 126

a kid, Ford graduated in 1971 from H.E. McCracken High School in Bluffton, where lifelong friend Emory Campbell described him as “an active leader who had great leadership skills.” Ford went on to earn a degree in sociology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. “My mom planted the seed that if I wanted a better life I needed an education,” he said. For three years after graduation, Ford worked as the program

coordinator for ex-offenders and migrant seasonal farm workers in Homestead, Fla., then returned to Hilton Head and got a job at a social service agency working with a daycare. “I went from ex-convicts to little kids,” Ford said. “I felt like I could make a mark on someone at a very young age, to ensure hopefully they would never become an ex-offender.” Ford also immersed himself in the community, where he was introduced to a fellow islander who had recently retired from the CIA. “He asked if it was OK to refer my name to the CIA for potential employment,” Ford said. “Of course I didn’t take him seriously.” But after a year’s worth of background checks, the agency offered Ford a job — and two weeks to pack his things and move to Washington, D.C. ••• The bulk of Ford’s career was spent providing security support for operations overseas; he and his team were responsible for preparing a daily briefing for the presi-

dent on activities anywhere on the globe that could have a potential impact on domestic security. Of course, one of the most jarring events in American history happened on his watch. “When the plane hit the Pentagon (on Sept. 11) I could actually see it from my window,” Ford said. “I had to call back employees who were headed there for a meeting. We didn’t know where the planes were coming from and whether any were targeting us. It’s a day that I will never forget.” Nor will he forget the aftermath, as his beloved agency, its protocols and perceived shortcomings were called into question. “Somebody has

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to be the whipping boy,” he said of the flak the CIA took at the time. “You can’t speak about what you work on, but you have to accept the punishment for things. You don’t get the praise, but you do get the criticism. You just have to accept that.” There were many changes in the agency after that day, but his pride in his job held steady. “The job I did and the information we provided for our president had national implications,” he said. Friends and family at home agreed. “I was very, very proud of him,” Campbell said. “I am still.” ••• Four years ago Ford married

for a second time, and when his wife, Renee, found out he was from Hilton Head she decided they should move there when he retired. “My wife is from Pittsburgh, and she always had the desire to live near the ocean,” he said. So the Lowcountry native returned to the land, the family and the church he’d left so long ago. He’s happy to be back among friends, though he says the slower pace of life and different topics of conversation have been quite an adjustment. To occupy his time he’s become involved in several civic-minded activities; in November he was elected to be

Hilton Head’s No. 1 Public Service District commissioner for SubDistrict 1. And he’s been a Coastal Discovery Museum board member for more than a year, after being recommended by Campbell. “I could think of no better person to help the museum,” Campbell said. “Herbie knows what it takes to have a community succeed.” Ford’s connection to native islanders and personal history made him an ideal board member, said Michael Marks, president of the museum. “Obviously he’s well connected in the Gullah community, with which this museum has had a long relationship,” Marks said.

For his part, Ford says he was amazed by the museum’s reach. “They do a lot with local schools, on the island as well as Bluffton,” he said. That strikes a chord with Ford, who volunteers with the Strive to Excel program and serves as a mentor to kids at Hilton Head Island High School. “I try to do as much mentoring as I can, to get kids to see that I didn’t think there would ever be an opportunity to do something like what I did,” he said. Still, from the most meager beginnings to a national medal, Ford attributes his success to one thing. “Education is the key,” he says. M February 2011

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Orange you glad you’re not a banana? One father, one son and one knock-knock joke that really needs a specific kind of fruit in it.


should first make clear that the two 6-year-olds in the backseat are totally on a sugar high, having recently enjoyed a five-hour “Polar Express” event at the Savannah Roundhouse Museum that featured hot chocolate, icing-loaded cookies and other substances that cause flash floods of cellular-level disobedience to go coursing through the circulatory systems of the average first-grader. But the fact is that we have been arguing for like 10 minutes about why the word “orange” is required to make the knock-knock joke “Orange you glad you’re not a banana” funny. It’s the most ridiculous argument ever, mostly because I’m right, and yet I feel like I’m standing in the middle of a desolate street in a 1954 pod-people movie screaming “WHY WON’T ANYONE LISTEN TO ME?” (If you do not know this joke, here’s how it goes: Knock knock. Who’s there? Banana. Banana who? Knock knock. Who’s there? Banana. Banana who? Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? Right. My son is now substituting “apple” and “raspberry” and “turkey,” for some reason.) If you’ve ever spent time around 6-yearolds with recent access to tubs full of sprinkles, you know what I mean when I say: Children of a certain age bracket — the one my son is in — temporarily subscribe to an especially twisted form of comedy, a shapeless, Andy Kaufman-like system of setups, punchlines and lengthy improvs that bears zero resemblance to any other humor structure on Earth. Yeah — even British. Allow me to demonstrate. The boy: “Knock knock.” Me: “Who’s there?” The boy: “Chicken.” Me: “Chicken who?” The boy: “Chicken who ran up the bridge and jumped off of it and got wet when he hit the DUCK IN THE HEAD (15 seconds of hysterical, respiration-threatening laughter).” And yet, since 6-year-olds are also convinced they are never wrong about anything, particularly when they are laden with some percentage of my DNA, the orange joke has turned into an Argument. “It needs to be an orange, buddy,” I say, attempting a fatherly,


authoritative tone that I rarely use when discussing knock-knock jokes. “No wait,” my son retorts, the traditional linguistic stall tactic he employs when he’s busy thinking of a reason why the closest adult human is wrong about something. “It has to be orange, bud, because orange sounds like ... ” well you know why it needs to be an orange. Sorry. I forget you guys are grownups. “No wait,” it comes again, the engines in his head whirring faster. “That’s how you do it, but I can do it however I want.” GAH! The nefarious little litigant has appropriated my tactic of telling him he can draw pictures or tell stories however he wants, and now I either take a stand against creative artistic independence or allow him to believe jokes can contain totally random fruits and still be funny. “OK, you can do it however you want,” I say, flailing to improvise something that makes sense, retains my air of parental authority and yet conveys my now-obsessive compulsion to get across that this joke REALLY NEEDS AN ORANGE IN IT. “But the original version of the joke has a orange.” “Apple you glad you’re not a grape,” he says, in a smug tone that suggests he considers the debate extremely closed. I consider stopping the car to draw a graph. Luckily, I am prepared for such eventualities, and prepare to unleash what I unself-conciously refer to as the Best Moon 7 media Joke Of All Time. Which it is. I have done my research and run experiments and checked with Wikipedia and everyone agrees that this is the best joke in the world. You may want to sit down. If you’re enjoying a beverage, set it aside lest you spray everyone with wetness that will soon be shooting out of your nostrils. I’ll wait. OK. Ready? Two sausages are frying in a pan. One turns to the other and goes, “Getting kind of hot in here, don’t you think?” And the other goes, “AAAAUGH! A TALKING SAUSAGE!” See, kids? Leave the humor to us expert grownups. M

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Hilton Head Monthly February 2011  

Hilton Head Monthly is the Lowcountry's premier magazine. Covering all the news from Hilton Head to Beaufort, plus restaurant guides, weddin...

Hilton Head Monthly February 2011  

Hilton Head Monthly is the Lowcountry's premier magazine. Covering all the news from Hilton Head to Beaufort, plus restaurant guides, weddin...