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What do these beautiful rugs have in common?

They are all at least 50% off. (We need to make room for new beautiful rugs.)





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CONTENTS September 2011



66 Inside the September Monthly 32





Focus on property management Who are the best management and rental companies on the island? We’ve got the answer right here. Can you hear us now? If you’ve ever tried to make (and keep) a cell phone call on Hilton Head, you know the experience can be a little ... spotty. Luckily, help is on the way. By Sally Mahan Monthly’s 2011 Locals’ Guide Everything you need to know about life, recreation, the arts and the outdoors in our little corner of paradise. Inside The Oilerie Walking into The Oilerie is like launching a lovely assault on your olfactory nerves. Here’s why. By Sally Kerr-Dineen

70 Three years in Madagascar

“Three years in Madagascar have given me many images to remember ... but the images that will stick with me the longest are those of the people.” By Chris Planicka

72 Another trip to paradise

John Rumsey is proud of the many sailing achievements he’s accomplished in his 64 years on the water. But he may be proudest of his most recent. By Lance Hanlin

118 Sea Of Love

Monthly’s fall bridal section has it all: Our 2011 Bridal Contest winners, a fairy-tale afternoon in Palmetto Bluff, and a look at all of autumn’s tips and trends. By Robyn Passante and Marianna Barbrey


At The Helm / Contributors


Around Town


About The Cover


Editor’s Note: Trying to reason with hurricane season By Jeff Vrabel


Sound Off / Letters to the Editor


Locals Q&A How a man named Grog took over a corner of the App Store. By Sally Mahan


Social Spotlight


On The Move / New Faces, New Places


The Money Report By Steven Weber




Where To Eat

104 Home Discovery Bringing the outdoors in By Mark Kreuzwieser / Photography by Clayton Girard 136 Music / Trevor Hall 139 Reads 140 Travel Savannah’s Jazz Festival this year offers something for everyone. By Brad Swope 144 Last Call The heart of a community. By Marc Frey

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address PO Box 5926, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29938 offices 843-842-6988 fax 843-842-5743 email web

Celebrate September in the Lowcountry!

subscriptions One-year (12-issue) subscriptions are $12. Please address all inquiries or address changes to Shannon Quist by calling 843-842-6988, ext.268, or emailing



ow much do we love September? After such a hot, humid summer it’s so nice to walk outside and not feel like you have to go right back in for another shower. It’s also nice to be able to get right into your favorite restaurants, and not have to fight crowds every weekend. A few weeks ago I found myself at Publix at 4 p.m. on a Saturday — a major no-no, because of check in — but instead of complaining, I found myself ecstatic at the crowds of tourists I saw in every aisle. In talking to so many of our clients I know our economy is far from the way it used to be, but this summer seems to have reflected the shift back to recovery. One thing we all share here on Hilton Head is a love of the surrounding Lowcountry. With interest rates so incredibly low now is a great time to invest in a new home or perhaps buy a second home to rent. But dealing with a rental property can be very overwhelming — so why not put your property with a company who can take the hassle out of the process? Make sure you check out our property management special feature and find the perfect fit for your investment on page 32. Here in the south September is a perfect month to get married. If you know anyone planning a wedding, make sure to check out our bridal section this month. You will read about one of the most and elegant weddings ever held at Palmetto Bluff, and meet the winners of Monthly’s Bridal Showcase con-

lori goodridge-cribb publisher test, both in huge photo spreads that start on page 119. There’s plenty more to page through in this month’s issue, including a look at cell phone service on the island, our annual Locals Guide to area attractions, the introduction of Todd Ballantine’s new column “Secret Places” and much more. Sit back and enjoy September with Monthly!

monthly’s contributing factors Longtime contributor Brad Swope remains on the lookout for Savannah and coastal Georgia events that would entice Lowcountry residents to make the short drive over. A Savannah resident for nearly 22 years, he moved south in the early 1980s to work at newspapers in Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia (in that order). His current day job is instructor of English at Saint Leo University and Armstrong Atlantic State University, and his loves are books, music, Thai curry dishes and pet mammals. 10

DESIGN Charles Grace DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES Gordon Deal PHOTOGRAPHERS Anne Caufman, Clayton Girard, Bill Littell, Rob Kaufman, Thomas Love WRITERS Emily Ballantine, Todd Ballantine, Marianna Barbrey, Becca Edwards, Jeff Giles, Lance Hanlin, Sally Kerr-Dineen, Mark Kreuzwieser, Sally Mahan, Robyn Passante, Chris Planicka, Maureen Simpson, Brad Swope, Steven Weber, Jack Wilson ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Jeanine McMahon 843-842-6988, ext. 235 ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVES Rebecca Verbosky 843-842-4988, ext. 239 Kate Engler ACCOUNTING Shannon Quist 843-842-6988, ext. 268

Volume 4 Issue 7 Hilton Head Monthly (USPS 024-796) is published monthly by Monthly Media Group LLC with offices at 52 New Orleans Road, Suite 300, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928. (843) 842-6988; email Vol.2, No.3. Periodical postage paid at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Hilton Head Monthly, P.O. Box 5926, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29938.

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The RBC Heritage reaches out to the Hilton Head business community.


Tim Reynolds, right, will conduct the Hilton Head Choral Society in a Sept. 11 tribute concert.


Never forget

he Lowcountry will host a number of Sept. 11 tributes this month — including a few of a musical nature. A Sept. 11 Memorial Concert featuring the Festival Chorus and Orchestra, the Chancel Choir of Bethany United Methodist Church and other soloists will take place at3 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head. Tickets are $20 and available at the St. Francis Thrift Shop, Burke’s Main



St. Pharmacy and Pretty Papers & Gifts. For more information, email In addition, the Hilton Head Choral Society (843-3413818, will hold its own tribute concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. The chorus and orchestra will be joined by members of the mayor’s office and Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue. Tickets are $20.


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‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Daisy’ headline ‘new’ season Broadway classics, modern musicals and plenty of dance headline the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s 2011-12 “People’s Choice” lineup. The series kicks off Sept. 28 with “Dreamgirls” and continues with three recent Broadway comedies: “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Lend Me a Tenor” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The season concludes next summer with the sounds of British pop in “Shout! The Mod Musical.” “All of these shows are brand new to the Arts Center,” said Kathleen Bateson, Arts Center president and CEO.“They’ve never been produced here, and it’s an opportunity to create something fresh.” Also new this year will be a special two-week run of “Driving Miss Daisy,” taking place March 17-April 1, 2012.The run is shorter than most Arts Center productions, because it’s not part of the regular five-show theater season. But Bateson said she could not pass up mounting the Pulitzer winner. “Dreamgirls” premieres Sept. 28 and continues through Oct. 23.


around town / schools

Do the LoCo Motion A new cancer benefit launching this month involves three days, 30 miles and one great cause. BY SALLY MAHAN


hen Sandra Lunceford found a lump in her breast in 2004, she was concerned but not frightened. After having the small tumor removed and going through six weeks of radiation, she said she “really didn’t see it as big deal.” But two weeks before her annual mammogram in 2008, Lunceford did a self-exam and found another lump. This time, the cancer roared back. “The fact that it came back was really scary,” said Lunceford. “They removed my lymph nodes and I underwent some serious chemotherapy. “That’s why I encourage all women to do selfexams in addition to their mammograms,” the Bluffton woman said. “I don’t like to make a big deal out of my cancer and I do remain optimistic. But if this will help one woman out there to really be thoughtful about her body, then GET INVOLVED it’s worth it. It can WITH LOCO happen to you, it can MOTION happen to your sister, For more information it can happen to your on the LoCo Motion mom.” race/walk routes, Lunceford’s courregistration, volunteerage and attitude was ing, sponsorships or donations, visit one of the things or that inspired Laura call 843-868-1888. Morgan to create the first annual LoCo Motion, a 30-mile, three-day breast cancer walk/ run fundraiser that will take participants from the beaches on Hilton Head Island to historic old town Bluffton. LoCo Motion begins on Sept. 30, when participants will traverse 10 miles around the Westin

The LoCo Motion race/walk — all 30 miles of it — visits a number of iconic Lowcountry landmarks.

Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. On Oct. 1, the route will begin and end at the Calhoun Street Promenade in Bluffton. On Oct. 2, the 10-mile beach journey will start at Coligny Beach Circle on Hilton Head. Along the way there will be bands, DJs and after-parties at each of the finish lines. Homes and businesses along each route will be encouraged to decorate their yards and storefronts with a pink theme. There will also be cheering stations along the way, including a “Survivor Tent” manned by one of the event’s sponsors, Hilton Head Hospital. “There is never a bad time to celebrate cancer survivorship,” said June Kasiak-Gambla, breast care coordinator at the hospital’s Breast Health Center. M

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Finding your yoga KICK ASANA IN THE LOWCOUNTRY Jiva Yoga Center ( offers a variety of classes from Prenatal Yoga to Yoga for Parkinson’s to Yoga for Dudes and a new favorite, Paddle Board Yoga. There are also standard classes like Vinyasa and Yin yoga. But if you can’t make it to a studio, you can still kick “asana” — Sanskrit for “yoga pose.” Every morning, instructor Vicky Rickard delivers a 30-minute workout on WHHI ( HipYoga.html). And Marty Crocker (770880-8505) — sometimes better known as the Wandering Yogi — teaches yoga in a great location: the beach. “I have no set fee,” said Crocker. “I don’t want $10 to get in the way of someone experiencing yoga. Yoga lifts the cloud of negativity and makes life clearer, easier, better.”



a primer By becca edwards

ven if you’ve never practiced yourself, you’ve probably encountered yoga in gossip magazines, occasional studio visits or in the movies. But have you tried yoga? Yoga’s potential health benefits can include stress reduction, increased fitness, weight loss and management of chronic health conditions. Yet the practice still holds the perception of being too New Age-y; a recent survey by the international professional organization Yoga Alliance found three particular misconceptions kept people from enjoying the mind-body connection yoga provides.

Jean Rioux photography by anne

Vicky Rickard leads a teacher training group

Misconception no. 1: Yoga is not a workout Island resident Warren Flick, 44, admitted that he once thought yoga was a female-oriented blend of stretching, chanting and meditation. “I thought it could never add value to my exercise regimen,” he said. But six months after starting yoga, Flick says he’s in the best shape of his life. “I cut four inches off my waist,” he says. “I have almost zero percent body fat and I’ve put on 14 pounds of muscle.” According to the Yoga Alliance, half of men who’ve practiced yoga believe it isn’t a workout, while 73 percent of people who do practice it believe it to be as effective as running, swimming or weightlifting. Jean Rioux, owner and instructor at the Jiva Yoga Center, is one of them. “One hour of hot Vinyasa yoga can burn 500 calories,” she said.

Misconception no. 2: Yoga is based in religion The Yoga Alliance survey reported that 57 percent of respondents believed yoga was religion-based, but according to Rioux, it’s more accurate to say yoga is adaptive. “Yoga is not in competition with religion,” she says. “It is a philosophy and a lifestyle. It enhances one’s belief system because it encourages mindfulness.” For islander Joy Lauerer, mindfulness has helped not only with her own spiritual well-being, but with her 16-year-old daughter Kelsey’s as well. Joy and Kelsey, a

junior at Hilton Head Prep, said that yoga has strengthened their faith in themselves, their relationship with each other and their relationships with others. “When you practice yoga, you find something more than yourself to celebrate,” says Joy.

Misconception no. 3: Yoga requires a certain body type The Yoga Alliance concluded “three in five Americans (who do not practice yoga) think that yoga requires a person to be flexible or in ‘decent’ shape.” Indeed, when 64-year-old islander Cyndi Tall discovered yoga last fall she was in less-than-optimal shape. Her cholesterol had peaked at 300, and her primary care physician had prescribed numerous medications. Resisting the pills, Tall said she decided to enroll in Jiva’s “40 Days to Personal Revolution” yearly challenge. “Yoga taught me to listen to a body that I had ignored for over 10 years,” she says. M

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around town rallying the business community

How to help the (new) Heritage

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ow that we have new title and presenting sponsors, we need to come together as a community to show our support and appreciation for their saving this event.” These are the words of Bill Wagner, sales director at the Heritage Classic Foundation. Last month the foundation announced a plan to restructure the Sponsor Partnership Club into a collection of businesses and professional groups, which may contribute to join the Club and become a Heritage Partner. Any business can become a member of the Sponsor Partnership Club by making a contribution. There are six levels of opportunity available ranging from $50 to $2,500. The higher the level, the more amenities are included. Beginning at the $250 level, contributors begin to receive tickets, parking and hospitality only available to sponsors. Tournament director Steve Wilmot said he is very optimistic about this new approach. “We need to concentrate more on the local business categories in order to be successful. Showing RBC the commitment from the business community is critical.” Wagner sums it up simply: “Every business of any size can help enhance these results.” Jack Wilson

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ecotourism / sustainable tourism conference

Green means go

An international ecotourism conference makes its inaugural stop on Hilton Head Island this month. By emily ballantine fifth annual ecotourism and sustainable tourism conference When: Sept. 19: Business sustainability practices. Sept. 20: Conservation and Communities Field Sessions. Sept. 21: Partnerships in press, policy, and politics. Where: Westin Hilton Head Island



his September, Hilton Head Island will host the fifth annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, taking place Sept. 19-21 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. The conference is sponsored by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), a non-profit organization that promotes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The ESTC is designed to offer opportunities for networking between tourism professionals, inspire change and sustainable practices, create partnerships between businesses and communities, equip businesses with the tools to manage environmental, economic, and social changes and promote green tourism practices. But the conference’s main goal is greening the industry. Throughout the event, only fair trade, organic coffee and

tea will be served and recycled and FSD certified paper will be used. Shipping-related waste, meanwhile, will be minimized through work by local businesses and TIES. The conference’s keynote speaker will be Fabien Cousteau, ocean explorer and environmental activist. Plenary speakers will be Todd Ballantine (Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc.), Dr. Emory Shaw Campbell (founder, Gullah Heritage Consulting Services) and Susan Thomas (vice president of the Hilton Head Island Visitor and Convention Bureau). Highlights include a sustainable culinary showcase, Gullah heritage trail tours, a South Carolina Sea Island interpretive boat tour and a Sea Pines Forest Preserve Tour. Attendees will include national and international ecotourism professionals.

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Amos Hummell and the sign (which is much larger than it looks on the cover, actually) “If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, blind ‘em with color!” Lowcountry artist Amos Hummell ( has been doing just that since 1992. Through his creative work, Hummell once hoped to take over the world one wall at a time. But these days, concerned the world might not be around that long, he collaborates with a broad range of local businesses to grow a network of environmental arts and education “exploratoriums” for fun and profit in empty Lowcountry green spaces. Hummell created the blindingly colorful sign featured on this month’s cover shot, which was photographed by Rob Kaufman ( on a sunny August afternoon; thanks to both.

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editor’s note / JEFF VRABEL

Trying to reason with hurricane season. If you have to evacuate, try to do it like this.


o at 9:30 a.m. today this was going to be a column about possibly evacuating from a hurricane. By 11:30 a.m., it was a column about not-evacuating from a hurricane, and by 2:30 p.m. there was an earthquake in it. It’s now 8 p.m. and I’m just going to finish writing it before an asteroid plummets out of the sky or something. We actually evacuated the building after we felt the shaking, although strictly speaking it was less of an “evacuation” and more of an “everyone walking outside for a minute to furiously operate their cell phones.” In fact, I’ve made it 36 years without ever having to really evacuate/ flee/sneak out of a window/run screaming down a deserted city street from anything. I kind of figure we’re safe down here in our little corner of the globe; we’re not around any volcanoes that I’m aware of, and if evil scientists create a super-lizard monster it’s a safe bet that it’ll be unleashed on a large metropolitan area first, leaving us plenty of time to summon an equally large super-lizard monster to combat it. What? They told us to have a disaster plan. Oh, I guess yours doesn’t involve creating a monstrous mutant lizard; we’ll see whose laughing when your “water” and “flashlight batteries” run out. Yet here we are again (at press time anyway) watching a storm system swirl itself up in the Caribbean and point its Cone of Uncertainty — prob-


ably America’s scariest cone — at us. By the time this column sees print either 1. Things will be mostly OK here or 2. This magazine and others like it will be floating out to sea and, in a probably karmically fair turn of events, we will all be looking for new places to live in Ohio. I take that back: Actually I guess we “evacuated” in 1999 for Hurricane Floyd, the geekiestnamed storm in meteorological history; packed our computers and valuables into a hilariously small Saturn, pulled the shades, hit the highway and then promptly sat motionless on that highway for hours. Actually our trip wasn’t that bad; instead of visiting the hundreds-of-mileslong parking lot that was the road to Atlanta, we turned north and went to visit friends in North Carolina, which was such a good idea that’s what Floyd did too. We were not terrifically good “planners” in 1999. We were, however, pretty good returnees: Figuring it was safe to come back to an island that never had a hurricane over it, we split from North Carolina a bit early and came back on my birthday. We headed for dinner at the Old Oyster Factory, which was like half-open, was offering a partial menu, full bar and fully informal atmosphere; we had something like eight servers, as I recall. Also there was no traffic and no wait. Hurricanes we can do without, but if you get a chance to return early after a distant-miss, I recommend it highly. M

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around town / letters to the editor

SOUND OFF A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME Thank you so much to Hilton Head Monthly and Pirates of Hilton Head. Our grandkids LOVED the pirate cruise we won! Kimberly Young, Hilton Head Island

memories of elgie I really enjoyed Jeff Vrabel’s article on Elgie Stover. I moved here in 1994 and bought a home in Sea Pines. I was working for Mike Reilly at the time and asked him what all that smoke blowing across U.S. 278 every afternoon was. He said it was Elgie’s barbecue, near Remy’s. One night, after I’d gotten off work, I went to check it out. I met Elgie and we had a good talk about his barbecue. Well, I was hooked. Every week I would stop there and get something to eat on my way home. One night he took me into this little room next to Rock’s and showed me the gold records — I don’t know if they were repli-

Submit: / 843-842-6988

cas — from Marvin Gaye. Then town officials said he had to close his place because of the smoke, but every time I’d see him cooking on the side of the road, I would stop, and to my amazement he remembered me. I did not know he had died, but I know he will be missed by a lot of people. Again, thank you for the article. I know he would have appreciated it. Skip Schwab, Bluffton

MORE MEMORIES OF ELGIE Thank you for the tribute to Elgie! I did not know he passed away, and I certainly didn’t know about the Marvin Gaye connection. Being able to listen to that great music was an additional treat. I’ve been around long enough to remember Elgie’s fabulous barbecue, and was one of many who couldn’t believe they wouldn’t allow

him to do his thing on the corner of U.S. 278 and Arrow Road, next to the outdoor produce stand that also no longer exists. Talk about great smoked pork! When it came to Elgie’s barbecue, my husband was all of a sudden no longer Jewish! I’m sorry to hear of his passing and especially sorry for anyone who never experienced Elgie’s “black-barreled smoker” and what came out of it. Thanks for the memories! Barbra Finer, Hilton Head Island

FIXES Allison Maxwell’s name was misspelled in the Pets section of the August issue of Monthly. In addition, that issue indicated that Stephen Luther, M.D., and David Vormohr, M.D., opened a second location for their practice. The office in the Island Medical Plaza on Hilton Head is their only practice.

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localS / Q&A

alan grogono

the ties that bind By Sally Mahan / Photo by Rob Kaufman



hen Alan Grogono, 75, added a bit of information about sailing knots to his family website, he had no idea that the page would come to attract more than 14,000 unique visitors every day — and become Apple’s No. 1 reference app for weeks straight.  Animated Knots lived for years on Grogono’s website,, but the company really took off when it launched an iPhone app. Q. How did you get involved in computers? A. Well, I definitely don’t golf, so I keep busy on the web. I’ve always been interested in technology. I probably owned the first large-screen computer in 1976. If it wasn’t the first, it wasn’t for want of trying.

knots and it quickly became really popular. In the mid-2000s I purchased and moved all my material to that site. It generated a huge number of requests about fishing, climbing and scouting knots. At the time, my knee and hip needed to be replaced, so I was in a period of enforced idleness. My wife allowed me to take over the kitchen, so I converted it into a computer lab and photo studio. My older son is a professional programmer and the other son is in graphic design. We created Grog LLC. I’m very proud at 75 that I started a serious money-making business. Q. How is it working with your kids? A. We have fun, we talk a lot and we’re lucky we’re a close family. Having children is hereditary; if you don’t have children, chances are they won’t have any either.

Q. OK, so how does this all tie into knots? A. We started sailing small boats as a family, and my dad and granddad taught us a lot about knots, but only related to sailing. I knew nothing about climbing or fishing knots. When I made a family website, I put a section in it on how to tie

Q. What’s your secret to success? A. If you have a hobby you love, you must pursue it. My father and grandfather had do-ityourself mentalities.You don’t always have to have someone do it for you. M

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2011 hilton head celebrity golf tournament

Golfing with the stars 2011 celebrity golf tournament When: Sept. 2 at the Robert Trent Jones at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Sept. 3 at Colleton River Plantation and Sept. 4 at Harbour Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort. Details: 843-842-7711,

not a golfer? Sept.1: Wine Dinner at Robert Irvine’s eat!, featuring Eagle Eye wines. Celebrity guests will attend. $100 per person. Sept. 2: Oceanside Party at 5:30 p.m. featuring the Headliners, celebrity performances, and more. Sept. 3: Red Carpet Event:“Robert Irvine’s Dinner: Possible!” Features Deas Guyz, celebrity performances and auction items. For tickets, call 843-842-7711.


appearing during the weekend • Kim Alexis, supermodel TV host • Peter Alexander, NBC News • Ken Anderson, QB Coach, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers • Bobby Cremins · Basketball coach, College of Charleston / Georgia Tech • Henry Cho, comedian • Mark Collins, NFL player with the Seahawks and Giants, two-time Super Bowl champion • Misty Copeland, ballerina, American Ballet Theatre • Thad Daber, World One Club champion • Jay DeMarcus, Rascal Flatts • Ron Duguay, hockey player / coach / analyst for the New York Rangers • Kelly Edge, HGTV • Doug Flynn, Cincinnati Reds World Series-winning “Big Red Machine” team • Dwight Hicks, Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers • Jim Huber, golf journalist / author,“Four Days in July” • Robert Irvine, Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” and “Restaurant: Impossible” • Alan Kalter, announcer,“Late Show with David Letterman” • Gail Kim, WWE womens’ champion • Erik Kuselias, The Golf Channel • Mark Malone, NFL color analyst, Pittsburgh Steelers • Rob Marciano, journalist / meteorologist, CNN • Aaron McCargo, Jr, Food Network • Bonnie McFarlane, comedian • Beau MacMillan, Food Network • Tom Moore, offensive coordinator, Indianapolis Colts • Muhsin Muhammad, NFL player, Carolina Panthers / Chicago Bears • Kyra Phillips, CNN anchor • Terry O’Quinn, actor,“Lost” • John Roberts, Fox News • Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts • Holly Sonders, The Golf Channel • Phil Varone, actor/drummer • Rich Vos, comedian • Vincent Williams, songwriter • Gary Williams, The Golf Channel Morning Drive • Paul Williams, composer / musician / songwriter / actor

At top: Rascal Flatts, whose Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus will appear. Left: Rob Marciano. Above: Kyra Phillips. Below: Misty Copeland.

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HIRES / promotions The Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy has named David Lewis as director of instruction. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Lewis was one of Asia and Oceania’s top junior tennis players, winning the Australian Open Junior doubles title at 17 and soon after turning pro in 1983. He reached a career high of No.152 (singles) and No.133 (doubles) in the ATP world rankings. Lewis has competed against the world’s greatest players, including Jimmy Connors and Stefan Edberg. 888-983-6674, Mary Doyle has joined The

Sea Pines Resort as marketing project manager. A graduate of Creighton University, she has lived on the island for six years and previously worked at Hilton Head Monthly. Jennifer Meade, DVM, has returned to Plantation Animal Hospital. Meade previously worked as a veterinarian at the hospital from 2007-10. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. 843-681-4586

Kids College Early Childhood Education Center has announced three additions to its growing staff: Karen Riddle, office manager; Elizabeth Fisher, sum26


To submit briefs, personnel updates and announcements email with the subject line “On The Move.”


mer camp teacher and Claudie Jenkins, assistant teacher. 843757-9150, Beach Properties of Hilton Head has announced the following staffing changes: Meg Park has been promoted to marketing manager; Brie McCune has been promoted to office administrator; Jenna Zimmerman has been hired as marketing assistant and Jennifer French has been hired as owner/guest services coordinator. 800-671-5155, www.beach-property. com Brooke Sheffield Rush and Sandy Brumby have joined the

team at Resort Rentals of Hilton



Head Island with a focus on property management. Each has more than 20 years in the vacation rental industry with particular expertise in managing upscale homes and villas on Hilton Head. In addition, Stacey Johnson Sacha has joined the team to focus on reservations and sales. Stacey has 10 years of experience in the Hilton Head vacation rental industry. Finally, Kristina Sabo has joined the team with a focus on guest services. Kristina brings a background of customer service with a major hotel on Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6008, www.hhi

wisemAn, reilley open new law practice Charles H. Wiseman (top) and Jeffrey G. Reilley (bottom) have announced their

association in the law practice of Wiseman & Reilley, LLC. The firm has a general practice, with concentrations in real estate law and general business transactions. Its offices are located at 62 New Orleans Road, Suite B, Hilton Head Island. Details: 843-842-2750



General surgeon Deanna Mansker, MD, has joined the practice of Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists. Mansker is available to see patients in the Beaufort office at 1055 Ribaut Road, Ste. 30, and at Bluffton Medical Services in Westbury Park. 843-524-8171 BB&T Carswell Insurance Services has promoted Steven Stauffer to agency manager/ vice president for its Hilton Head location. He is based at One Park Lane, Hilton Head. 843-785-5191, Sharon Cleland has joined J Banks Design as an international staff designer. Sharon comes to J Banks Design from Ireland, where she owned and operated the interior design firm and retail venue Feathered Nest. Sharon brings more 15 years of international design experience including designing, retailing, merchandising, marketing, and event planning. 843-681-5122, Deborah Miller has joined Deborah Roncarati at Shades.

Miller has 27 years experience as a licensed esthetician and studied under Gene Juarez Day Spas in the Pacific Northwest. Miller specializes in Arcona enzyme peels, LashDip semi permanent mas-

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RESETARITS joins heritage animal hospital Born and raised in New York, Dana Resetarits, DVM, graduated from SUNY Buffalo and North Carolina State University before beginning to practice veterinary medicine in the Lowcountry in 2001. As a new member of the team at Heritage Animal Hospital, Resetarits will focus on feline medicine and ultrasound. 130 Arrow Road #101, Hilton Head. 843-842-8331, cara, facial and body waxing, lash and brow tint and Bella Donna makeup application. Shades is located in the Courtyard Building at 32 Office Park Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-3395 Dorothy E. Holmes, Ph.D, ABPP, has opened a practice in

inckney Colony Park in Bluffton. Holmes relocated to the area from Washington, D.C., where she was

a professor of clinical psychology and program director of the Doctor of Psychology Program at The George Washington University. Her 30-year career has combined university teaching, scholarship, and administration with extensive clinical practice. 843-815-8575 Alicea Glover has joined Hilton Head Health as marketing coordinator. Glover holds degrees in

business: on the move journalism and health promotion from the University of Georgia. In her new position, she’ll be responsible for overseeing Hilton Head Health’s social media campaigns, public relations efforts and guest relations post-stay. In addition, Leah McDonald has joined Hilton Head Health as corporate outreach coordinator. In her new position she will oversee outside sales for the Culinary Arts Center cooking school at Hilton Head Health, as well as its corporate wellness program.

AWARDS, grants and CERTIFICATIONS J Banks Design has been ranked No. 137 in Interior Design magazine’s list of the Top 200 Interior Design Giants. The list was published in the magazine’s July issue.

The Rotary Club of Bluffton has presented a $10,000 check to Bluffton Self Help. The funds were raised during this year’s edition of the Bluffton Village Festival. 843815-2277,, June Kasiak-Gambla, RN, BSN, RN and certified breast health navigator for Hilton Head Hospital Breast Health Center, has passed the Certified Breast Care Nurse Examination administered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. www. Damon Williams, Sun City Hilton Head’s assistant executive director, has achieved his Landscape Industry Certified Manager certificate from the Professional Landcare Network.

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outside hilton head donates to friends of the rivers Outside Hilton Head in association with Patagonia Sportswear has presented a check to Friends of The Rivers for $1,500. Funds were raised through Patagonia’s environmental tithing program and Todd Ballantine kayak tours. Pictured from left to right are Mark Wray, director of retail at Outside Hilton Head; Jean Fruh, manager at Outside Hilton Head; Mike Overton, CEO of Outside Hilton Head; Susan Dee, director of Kids in Kayaks-Friends of the Rivers; Dave Harter, board member of Friends of the Rivers; Dionne Pierce, director of destination management at Outside Hilton Head; Kelley Devincentis, manager of Outside Hilton Head; Patte Ranney, director of education at Outside Hilton Head and Greg Smith, director of reservations.

Coastal Carolina Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its excellence in the treatment of patients with heart failure. The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has awarded $198,606 in grants to area nonprofits, bringing the total grants outlay to nearly $37 million since its founding in 1994. Recipients included Memory Matters, the Bluffton/Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine, the 28

Children’s Center, the HAND Foundation for Animal Shelter Relocation Operations and VIM on Hilton Head. John Rush, financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, qualified for and attended the 2011 Circle of Success conference in Montreal. John Rush and Associates is located in Moss Creek Village at 1533 Fording Island Road, Suite 328, Hilton Head. 843-837-1220 The Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island has named Lynette Rush as its 2010-2011 Woman of Achievement.

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new faces/new places Jessica Shefsick has opened Skinzin Special Event Makeup, specializing in

on-location wedding day airbrush work. The Skinzin studio is located inside the International Spa Institute in downtown Bluffton. 843-368-2660, Bricks 4 Kidz has opened on Hilton Head Island. Taking advantage of the creative potential and popularity of Lego bricks, the purpose and vision of Bricks 4 Kidz is to offer programs and activities that let children play and socialize while learning fundamentals of science, technology and engineering in a noncompetitive setting. The program offers after-school classes, preschool classes and assorted childrelated activities, such as Kids’ Nights Out, Mommy and Me events, Walk-In days, homeschool classes, camps and private birthday parties. Bricks 4 Kidz will host a grand opening from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 2. The company is located at 42 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 843-686-2829, www. Picture This Gallery has moved to a new location at 78 Arrow Road, Suite D,

The award is given to one of the Club’s members to recognize outstanding service to their club and community. Rush serves as marketing manager for Ameriprise Financial. Her involvement with Zonta has included serving as vice president, chairing the membership committee, and being instrumental in recruiting new members. In addition, Lynette lends her time to CAPA-Child Abuse Prevention Association and the Hilton Head Humane Association, all while also being a wife and mother. The Island School Council for the Arts

Hilton Head Island. The gallery will hold an open house from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 24. 843842-5299, Fifth Avenue Salon at 1040 William Hilton Parkway, Ste. 102, is under new ownership. The new owner is Cliff Pizzi, who has been in the beauty industry for more than 35 years. For a free consult or an appointment with Cliff, call 843-8425517

Bluffton-based personalized gift company Little Miss Monogram has opened its virtual doors. The online boutique sells products that can be monogrammed and personalized, including address stamps, bar glassware, bibs, blankets, car seat covers, car decals, duffle bag coolers, house flags, lunch bags, serving trays, sippy cups, towels, and water bottles. Bloom Within Counseling, a counseling and coaching center, has opened on Hilton Head Island serving adults, teens and parents. The company is staffed by Myra Gasser, M.Ed., LPCI, and Linda Anders, BS, CPPM, CIH. 843.422.2041, 443-618-6718, bloomwithincounseling. com M

has named its board of directors for fiscal year 2012. New board members are Cynthia Bolton-Gary, Brucie Holler and Diana Magnan. Board directors are: Mira Scott, president, Ann Coffey, Anne Feldman, Ashley Hamilton, Kathy Joslin, Debbie McCandless, Regina Mathieson and Marie Shiroma. Advisory board members are Laurie Clare, Judith Costello, Linda Eigenmann, Anuska Frey, Trish Heichel, April Hobus and Linda Silver.

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money report / steven weber

Social capital

Maximizing your charitable impact


ate last year the president signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act. One of its important provisions reinstated for 2011 the option for direct distribution of funds from IRAs to qualified charities. This applies to investors over 70 1/2 who are taking their required minimum distributions. In the past, if you were older than 70 1/2 and planning a charitable donation, you would have to first recognize your RMD (required minimum distribution) as taxable income. The money could then be used to make your contribution. The contribution would be shown on your tax return as a charitable deduction, part of your itemized deductions and subject to any limitations that apply. Your alternative would be to gift appreciated stock or other assets directly to your chosen charity, avoiding capital gains tax and taking the current value of the asset as a charitable deduction. The reinstated law (at this time only for 2011) allows you to request your IRA custodian send all or a portion of your RMD directly to a qualified charity. The amount sent to the charity is not counted as taxable income, and no charitable deduction would apply. This special distribution to charity is limited to $100,000; if your required distribution is over that amount, you may only exclude $100,000 from your income when gifting directly from your IRA. The donation must be made at your instruction from the IRA custodian to the charity; you should not take receipt of the distribution first. Should you take advantage of


this in 2011? Well, your CPA can help you determine whether a donation of cash, a direct IRA gift, or a gift of appreciated assets is your best option. The direct IRA gift makes particular sense for those who do not itemize and would be unable to use the charitable deduction. It also may make sense for those planning to make a substantial donation this year. Community foundations across the country have proven especially valuable to both large and small investors who wish to make their charitable donations in the context of a comprehensive plan, and in many cases focus on programs that are local in their intent and impact. The Community Foundation of the Low Country, which was established on Hilton Head in 1994, provides donors with many different types of charitable funds and endowments, often addressing local concerns. For information, contact Emmy B. Rooney, vice president for development and donor services, at 843-681-9100 or go to their website at Remember that the rules regarding charitable contributions can be somewhat complicated; consult with your tax professional to determine your best strategy. M Steven Weber is a Registered Investment Advisor and Director of Investments for the Bedminster Group. The Bedminster Group provides feeonly investment, estate and financial planning services. The information herein was obtained from sources considered reliable, and does not constitute tax advice. Their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

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Fall for J Banks Jewels! Take 20% off all jewelry during September! Save on bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces INCLUDING our fabulous finds from abroad! 843-681-5122 •



Purchase 5 Microdermabrasions and get 1 FREE or purchase 2 Chemical Peels and get 1 FREE. (expires 9/30/11) 4 Dunmore Ct., Bldg. C, Ste. 300. 843-689-3322

$15 off all bottles during happy hour 4-6 p.m. Island Crossing, Hilton Head; Calhoun St. Promenade, Bluffton

THE WESTIN HILTON HEAD ISLAND RESORT & SPA Almond Manicure & Pedicure $80 (regularly $100)

*Restrictions apply. Appointments are based on availability. Offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Valid only at Heavenly Spa by Westin located at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.


BEACH PROPERTIES OF HILTON HEAD Save up to 15% off homes and villa rentals. 843-671-5155


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FREE Engraving on Jewelry and Gift Item Purchases. Now featuring our new line of Heritage - Silver Baby Gifts. Call for details: (843) 689-2900



Loft sale: 50-75% off every day. 10 Target Rd., Hilton Head 843-785-5261

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Purchase a Blue Peel Radiance ($100), get $100 towards an Obagi Skin Care System. Receive 10% off your purchase with this ad. (Can’t be combined w/ any other offer) 843-681-5305 • 843-815-2220

20% Off a job totaling $500 or more. (must present coupon at time of estimate) 843-290-4386



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A buyer's market and a borrower's dream BY MARK KREUZWIESER


Ever the optimists, Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area Realtors are singing the praises of the real estate market in these times of economic woe. A July article in the Wall Street Journal touted the improving state of Hilton Head's vacation home market — something that Charles Sampson of Charles Sampson Real Estate Group said he’s seen as well. "It's a great time to be a buyer,” Sampson says. “We're seeing lots of second- and investment-home buyers. They rent them out, and when values go back up — which they will — they'll cut them loose. We're seeing great values for people who wanted to buy a couple of years ago but couldn't afford it. Now, they can." No matter how the market dips and sways, the Lowcountry's amenities will always be here, Sampson says. And sometimes, the best time to buy is when you don't really want to buy, he says. "Many of the properties that are selling are the undervalued ones, though we're still selling oceanfront. And bank rates now are spectacular, if you can get a mortgage." Those who can take advantage of an undervalued, lowinterest-rate and still rather flooded real estate market often turn to the area’s many property management companies, who represent the owner in dealings with renters and agents, collect rent and provide maintenance service.


Ken Oliver of Dunes Marketing Group agreed that buyers are taking advantage of a "very attractive market and interest rates. I think it'll take a while for prices to come back up. For the buyer, I don't see how the market could be any better. And if the investment buyers hold on, they will be rewarded" when the market rebounds. "Home values in many communities are starting to reach an equilibrium, but there are thousands of dollars in savings a year (in interest rates) to be had," Oliver said. "We're seeing lots of investment buying." Sampson agrees. “If you buy today and hold on,” he says, “You’re going to do very well.” M September 2011

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FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1993, Sunset Rentals still believes that people –our owners and their guests – are our most valuable assets. Your needs ALWAYS come first. Whether you’re a new property owner, an established investor, or simply investigating the possibility of purchasing a home or villa for rental use, we welcome the opportunity to help manage and ensure the success of your investment. We are confident that we are the most owner friendly management company around.

REACH + FREQUENCY = BOOKINGS • Top positioning on Yahoo, MSN, Google, Bing and 15 other major search engines • Banner ads on over 100 major travel sites worldwide & locally • Monthly email blast to over 50,000 previous and potential guest • State of the art website featuring Google maps, virtual tours, high resolution property pictures & daily updates • Facebook, Twitter and weekly blogs • Weekly guest departure surveys forwarded to every owner • Periodical ads in the nations largest travel magazines • Full-time onsite sales & marketing director • 24/7 Online Booking YOUR MANAGEMENT PARTNER OUR ADVANTAGES = YOUR ADVANTAGES • No marketing fees to owners • Mandatory guest credit card security deposit protects your investment. • Key-less entry systems on all properties • Owner-friendly web site (view bookings, book your weeks, print financial statements.) • Many homes and villas average 25-30 booking weeks a year. (Several with rates over $15,000 a week in season!) • Industry lowest owners guest booking fees • After hours license property manager on call • Virtual Floor Plans OUR MAINTENANCE PROGRAM ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL • Mandatory weekly, written inspections regardless of occupancy • Trained, experienced licensed property managers and inspectors with average 5 years experience • Constant communication and follow up with owner regarding maintenance issues • Maintenance technician on staff to trouble shoot and handle all minor issues • Filters, light bulbs and minor repairs complimentary • Yearly written property appraisals by property manager

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ISLAND GETAWAY RENTALS Island Getaway has established itself as the premier home and villa rental company on Hilton Head Island since its inception over 20 years ago. The company is a past recipient of the prestigious “Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.” It is with great pride that the company lives up to this honor, as no other vacation rental company can claim this distinction.

Island Getaway’s personal approach to property management and high level of communication provide a level of comfort to an absentee owner that is unparalleled.

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SERVICES • Inclusion in Island Getaway’s annual edition of Hilton Head Island’s Rental Homes and Villas, a 100 page printed catalog that is distributed to their extensive and highly qualified database. • Island Getaway offers an extensive media marketing plan that relies on regional, national and international publications, as well as an unprecedented Internet marketing strategy. At Island Getaway’s award winning web site ( guests can book online and review each property with multiple photos and detailed descriptions. has attained top ranking on all major search engines including Google, Yahoo and MSN/Bing. • The combination of the highest occupancy and lowest commissions on the Island gives Island Getaway’s property owners the highest year-end net income. This becomes evident when an owner is not required to provide complimentary nights to the rental agency, pay a marketing fee, provide tennis privileges, or support the rental agents housekeeping department. • Island Getaway works closely with the Island’s top real estate professionals providing them with invaluable information regarding the rental market on Hilton Head Island. Island Getaway provides realistic rental projections based on actual figures that will assist in purchasing the right property. From market trends to providing feedback from our extensive database, Island Getaway will provide the best overall return on investment.

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• Island Getaway’s flexible management agreements are tailored to the specific needs and interest of their property owners. Negotiable commission rates and no restrictions on the amount of owner use of their property; create a successful working relationship and peace of mind.


Island Getaway does not take the responsibility of property management lightly. Their attitude, attention to detail, and overall results separate them from the others. They understand that your vacation home is a valued asset, and will work with you to design a flexible management agreement that addresses the concerns you may have about renting your property. With Island Getaway, you can talk directly with the owner of the company, and decisions are made and problems are solved immediately. There are no voice or number prompts; every phone call is answered by a friendly member of the staff that is familiar with your property and ready to assist you. If you are hundreds of miles from your home, it is comforting to know that a situation will be handled without having to make numerous follow-up phone calls.

• Detailed monthly online statements, newsletters and Owner Link keep property owners up to date on their property and income. Property owners are always kept abreast of issues on Hilton Head that are relative to their investments. • Island Getaway staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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• is the Island’s most prominent website. It can be found on the first page of all the major search engines when searching for vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island.

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HILTON HEAD RENTALS & GOLF MARKETING & ADVERTISING Your vacation property will receive unparalleled exposure via our massive advertising budget. Vacationers consistently find our website promoting your property on the first page of their search, and most frequently within the first 3 positions. Additionally, our website is promoted on many directories, most often on the home page, reinforcing our top standing. Typically each year our website receives over 1 million visitors. We email our past guests, participate in all of the Chamber of Commerce’s advertising programs, and due to our high spending on advertising, Google has appointed a dedicated management team to support us helping to ensure maximum exposure to the right target audience. WEBSITE Our newest website redesign, created by the industry’s foremost travel consultants, has received great reviews from our owners and vacationers for its ease of use, content and easy on-line booking, which produces reservations 24/7. Each property provides numerous photos showing every room, and a very detailed description including décor, architecture, view and ambiance. When owners log onto their page, they have access to all of their past & present owner’s statements, a detailed review of all their property’s upcoming reservations and can easily reserve their property. INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

AN OPEN LETTER & INVITATION – Today more than ever you want your vacation property managed by professionals that have earned their reputation for performance, trust and dependability. We provide the peace of mind that comes with our staff’s 100 plus years of combined experience of professionally managing vacation properties. Property owners today are faced with increased taxes, insurance, utility bills and declining property values. We understand how important it is to manage and control costs. We manage your property as though it were our own. Just as important, we take pride in your property and work diligently to ensure that our guests become repeat guests, thus helping to maximize your property’s income year after year. To protect your family, we offer the best inspection system on the Island with our dedicated staff of full time Inspectors helping to ensure that your property is properly cared for and to maintain your property’s value. Advertising and marketing have always been one of our key strengths. We have invested heavily in the internet and that is why you will constantly see Hilton Head Rentals & Golf appear at the top of key search terms. Additionally, your property will be seen via numerous directories that will substantially increase your property’s visibility in the market place. It has never been more important to entrust your property to the right company. We would like the opportunity to earn your trust. Sincerely,

Tom Ridgway RENTAL INCOME We have consistently met or surpassed owners expectation’s year after year in every type of economy. Owners have joined our rental program seeking and finding a better return on their investment. Expenses are kept low, as we do not mark up any vendor charges and our maintenance inspection staff is utilized, when possible, to minimize costs. Additionally we offer a no fee program, so no advertising fees, tennis fees and maintenance fees. Furthermore, many additional services are provided at no charge. We have introduced revolutionary technology that will distinguish your property during the vacationer’s selection process. Your property can be shown with a detailed floor plan and embedded photos providing the potential guest with an excellent detailed view of all that your property offers. Increased reservations plus a low competitive commission is a win win for the owners on our program. 800-445-8664 • 843-785-8687 • 578 William Hilton Pkwy., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 • •

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Beach Properties of Hilton Head, owned and operated by Ray and Linda Moloney, has been one of the premier rental companies on Hilton Head since 1995. Originally from Ohio, they established the company on “Service Excellence” for both the guest and the property owner. As our name indicates, we specialize in Luxury Oceanfront and Ocean Oriented Homes and Villas in Palmetto Dunes, Sea Pines, Forest Beach and the Sea Crest Resort. Being locally owned and operated for 16 years, Beach Properties knows what owners and guests expect from their Vacation Rental Company. We work to develop a partnership with our owners and work closely with them to meet their ROI. Our owners and guests have voted us the #1 Vacation Rental Company for 2010 and 2011. We have also been rated as Excellent by Trip Advisor and Flip Key. REPUTATION is everything. Beach Properties has a proven track record in the Vacation Rental Industry and the solid long term financial resources to market your property effectively. We are AAA approved and members of the Vacation Rental Managers Association and the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce. Owners continually state that moving to Beach Properties was the smartest thing they ever did: We have owned a villa in Palmetto Dunes for 13 years and our experience with Beach Properties has been exceptional. With one phone call all our needs are met. Our rental history has increased yearly, and we rate Beach Properties at the top of our list as the best on Hilton Head Island. — Chris Wied Beach Properties has managed our property for the last five years and they have been by far the best property management team of our experience. Rental history and property maintenance have consistently met or exceeded our expectations. Most importantly though has been the quality of the owner -manager relationship. Transparency and mutual respect have created a climate of trust which is just critical when you are an absentee owner. — Dan and Diane Shields

PERSONAL ATTENTION - We treat your property

like it is our own • Beach Properties provides owners with their own Licensed Property Manager • Our Property Managers have over 65 years of combined property management experience and have been with us over 5 years. • Experienced and highly trained Vacation Planners – trained on your specific property. • Flexibility to work with your preferred vendors with no mark up. • Beach Properties’ in house Inspectors make sure your property is checked and secured before and after each guest stay.

OWNER INCOME - Maximizing Your ROI • Highest net income to owners – flexibility to analyze owner income weekly and make necessary adjustments to maximize your ROI • No annual marketing fees or travel agent free nights • Monthly statements mailed and emailed on the 8th of each month • Direct Deposit available to get funds to you sooner • Dedicated Owner’s area on our website to book your online reservations, and view your monthly statement and the Beach Properties newsletter MARKETING - To Achieve Your Goals • Experienced in house Marketing Team • Extensive Internet Marketing Program • Professional website attracts over 700,000 visitors per year • 24/7 online reservation booking system • Property specific interior and exterior professional photos and description for each property at no charge to owner • Selected for inclusion in Frommers’ South Carolina Travel Guide and we hold the Coveted AAA accreditation • Monthly e-mail campaigns to over 40,000 previous and potential guests • Active Social Media Marketing on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube • Exclusive Preferred Guest Program provides discounts to Owners and Guests at over 100 Local Businesses

SUCCESS • Sales for 2011 have hit record levels • 10% Owner Revenue Growth over 2010’s record sales • 99.6% Owner Retention for the last 5 years • 100% Property Manager Retention for the last 5 years • Same Local and Private Ownership since 1995 • Customer Satisfaction has resulted in one of the highest percentage of repeat guests 800-671-5155 • 843-671-5155 • PO Box 7408, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 • •

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DESTINATION VACATION HILTON HEAD COMPANY PROFILE Destination Vacation specializes in oceanfront and ocean-oriented vacation rentals. Our deep-rooted local connections and our exceptional properties make us the company of choice when it comes to luxury vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island. We manage our portfolio carefully to ensure our inventory is diverse and only the highest quality.


WHY CHOOSE DESTINATION VACATION? • Luxury Home Inventory - Destination Vacation offers only the finest oceanfront and ocean-oriented vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island. We invite you to visit our website,, to see the consistent quality of homes that comprise our inventory. • Locally Owned - We are locally owned and our staff members are local residents who focus solely on the Hilton Head vacation rental market. • Commitment to Owners - We are dedicated to maximizing income and peace of mind for our homeowners. • Commitment to Guests - We are dedicated to the highest level of customer service for our vacationing guests.

SERVICES • Online services for homeowners and guests that include online reservations, homeowner website that provides access to income statements, reservations list and work order information 24 hours 7 days a week. • Timely monthly owner statements are sent both by mail, email and available online. Income can be direct deposited to your account. • Careful inspections are performed after each rental by Destination Vacation’s experienced team. • An easy to navigate website,, with large professional photographs of each property. Extensive internet, print & mail marketing to ensure your property has maximum exposure to potential rental guests.

TESTIMONIALS “We would recommend Destination Vacation, without reservation, to any homeowner considering marketing their home.” Michael and Kristen Reedy - owner, 9 East Wind (Oceanfront, Palmetto Dunes) “It’s really refreshing to work with you guys. Thanks for all that you do.” Gary Adamson - owner, 5 Guscio/48 S Sea Pines Drive (Oceanfront, Forest Beach and Ocean-oriented, Sea Pines) “I wouldn’t trust my home with any other company.” Scott Ross - owner, 37 Dune Lane (Oceanfront, Forest Beach)

877-874-7244 • 843-785-7774 • 7 Executive Park RD, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 •

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RESORTQUEST HILTON HEAD ISLAND Local roots, local team, local management delivered at a global level


THE RESORTQUEST ADVANTAGE • Access to our ResortQuest database of over 600,000 people from across our multiple rental markets • Live reservationists answer our phones 24 hours a day • Website booking interface allows guests to book and confirm stays instantly online • Powerful web analytics that provide enhanced market trends and statistics THE RESORTQUEST RELATIONSHIP • A dedicated property manager focused on proactively managing your investment and maximizing its year-round financial performance • Regular communication on the rental performance and overall condition of your property • Genuine and personalized care of your property through our team of inspectors • Exceptional guest service levels to create consistent, memorable experiences that foster repeat guests THE RESORTQUEST DIFFERENCE • Unmatched global strategic support from Wyndham Worldwide • Industry leading reservations, marketing, and lead management software and technology • Special discounted owner purchasing programs through Wyndham Worldwide • Global exposure through Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, HomeAway, and a number of other distribution channels

TESTIMONIALS “We conducted a search for a new property manager a little over two years ago. Our due diligence indicated ResortQuest was the best choice and we selected them. Since that time they have exceeded our expectations on all counts: Our homes are in terrific condition; Rental Bookings are up when the trend is down; and, they always promptly return every call or email with optimism and answers. To conclude, we are very satisfied with ResortQuest as our property managers in Hilton Head and have no plans to consider any other. “ — Chad J. Simmons “The first time we spoke with ResortQuest, we knew we had probably found the correct management group. They were professional, great communicators and they began handpicking vendors who would treat our home like a luxury resort and not a vacation rental. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our choice, not only have they treated our guests like a 5-star hotel would treat their guests, but their communication and professionalism has been outstanding. Even though they are a large company, they have managed to make us feel as if our home is the only home they service and the experience has felt very personalized. They are doing a great job, and already several of our guests are talking about making repeat reservations for next year. As far as we are concerned, it can’t get any better than that!” — Freda Philbeck

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goode vacation rentals & Sales Owners, Gigi and Brian Goode, offer a combined 40 years of unrivaled success and performance to the client property owners and guests of Goode Vacation Rentals. Their welltrained & experienced staff is committed to excellence. Gigi and/or Brian are almost always available to owners – we place a high value on good communication!

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Market Leadership •Fastest, easiest to navigate website on Hilton Head Island: The least amount of “clicks” required to make a booking results in the greatest number of reservations. • Most number one positions on Google and other Internet search engines. • Email Blasts to 10’s of thousands of former visitors to Hilton Head go out on a regular basis. This, coupled with our dynamic, multipronged advertising program, yields maximum income generation. Low commission rates deliver the highest bottom-line. • Inspections are a priority before guest arrival and after departure • Hands-on management + vendor scrutiny = lower maintenance cost • Keyless Entry is offered for virtually all properties • Best office location with greatest visibility on Hilton Head Island - for easy access and great walk-in traffic.

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“After using another rental management company, we transferred management responsibilities to Goode Vacation Rentals over three years ago and never looked back. Rentals tripled, the house is much better taken care of, and they are always there for us when we need anything. The personalized service just cannot be beat. Brian and his staff are like having family down on the island to look after our house. ~Tony and Liz Bradshaw, Second Row Ocean, 5 Bedroom/6 Bath, Singleton Beach “Brian, his family & crew are the most efficient we have ever dealt with in our 20 years of owning rental properties on Hilton Head Island. Our properties look great and we can depend on them to keep them that way.“ ~Jim & Opal Propes, 3 Oceanfront Shorewood Villas, 2 & 3 bedrooms “Simply the best management company we have experienced! Totally thorough, immediate response time from my property manager – I refer all my friends who have property to Goode Vacation Rentals for personalized service, great rentals and where everything flows smoothly! ~Gene & Anne Goodman, 4th Row, 5 bedroom, 4 bath, Sea Pines “The Goode’s provide the personal knowledge and attention to my property that I was looking for. They are honest, hard-working and they deliver the results! Their commitment to positive guest services is unmatched. My return guest numbers are beyond my expectations.“ ~Jim Hackett, Oceanfront, 8 bedroom 6 bath, Forest Beach “We looked for a property management company with personal service and accessible managers, who would be familiar with us and our home. We have found that in Goode Vacation Rentals. In addition, Brian’s help on a property related issue saved us a lot of money this year.” ~Cary & Kathy Klein, Oceanfront, 5 bedroom, 5 bath, Sea Pines “Brian and his team have been involved in managing our property since we purchased it in 2000. We have experience with other management companies on the island, but no one delivers the personal service and attention to detail that Goode Vacation Rentals provides.” ~Rich Rinsma, 4th row, 5 bedroom, 5 bath, Sea Pines FROM OUR GUESTS... The following reviews are from Flipkey, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, which is owned by Expedia, Inc. and generates over 32 million monthly visitors on their websites. “Accomodations could not have been better. Exceeded expectations and would highly recommend Goode Vacation Rentals. Courteous and professional Staff as well as an honest description of properties available.” ~Travelers from Haines City, FL “This was our 17th year staying in a property managed by Gigi and her staff with Goode Vacation Rentals and we have never been disappointed. The property they selected for us works well for our family and all the grandkids and having an outside area and a grill really make the cooking duties a lot more flexible and the staff at Goode Vacation Rentals, especially Nellie, are first class and very customer focused.” ~G-Daddy, Augusta, GA

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Unparalleled Amenities for Rental Property Owners and Resort Guests: • Two hours of complimentary tennis court time per day at The Sea Pines Racquet Club • Complimentary access to The Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center • Complimentary access to the Harbour Town Pool & Plantation Club Pool (no annual dues for owners) • Complimentary wireless internet in each property • “Guest Amenity Card” at check-in that enables guests to enjoy discounts at our Resort’s retail, recreation and dining establishments, and charge purchases to their room • Preferred tee times and discounts at all Resort golf courses • Complimentary gate passes Rental Property Owner Benefits: • Resort’s $1 million-plus annual marketing campaign including: direct mail, print advertising, email campaigns to 150,000 past guests and a highly-optimized website, which receives more than 1.2 million visitors per year, exceeding any other rental company on the island, and appears on all major search engines • Competitive commission fees • Property profiles on with photography and professionallywritten descriptions, as well as availability calendars and rates • Dedicated group sales department specifically reaching out to corporate businesses, weddings and large golf groups booking more than $2 million in group-related home and villa business for year-round bookings • The “Business Partner” Preferred Golf Privileges card entitling owners to reduced golf fees at Harbour Town Golf Links, Ocean and Heron Point by Pete Dye • Professional Owner Services Agents providing superior personal care and management for your largest investment Resort Guest Benefits: • Expertly-trained reservation specialists who are skilled at matching guests with accommodations • Very popular online booking engine • Convenience of The Sea Pines Resort Welcome Center’s front desk staff, bellman and concierge services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. • High-quality housekeeping and inspections and on-site maintenance staff If you are a Sea Pines property owner interested in our short-term rental program, please contact our Procurement Manager, Laura Wuller at or 843-842-1809.

“My home is as unique as Hilton Head Island... and so is my rental company” - Bill Lang, 30 Knotts Way, Forest Beach

“We are SOOOOOOO very pleased. Many thanks to Kaye & Renee who chose not to panic this year when their competitors started offering 30% & 40% discounts! As a result, our rental income exceeded our wildest expectations!” - Darby Cusick, 3 Gadwall, Sea Pines “Renee & Kaye have succeeded in producing happy guests and high revenues, plus my housekeeping & maintenance have never been better. Sea Turtle Getaways has given me total peace of mind.” - Larry Hart, 5 Singleton Beach “I had tried the monster sized rental companies. Then I realized I didn’t want any monsters in my life! Kaye & Renee personally inspect my home & this tells me they care about my home as much as I do. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. - Chris Martin, 16 Full Sweep, Palmetto Dunes

At Sea Turtle Getaways, we let our owners speak for us. If you would like to be a part of our unique rental company, please give us a call.


The Sea Pines Resort is the only nationally recognized full-service, world-class resort management company located on Hilton Head Island. Resort amenities include three championship golf courses, award-winning tennis programs, state-of-the-art conference facilities, a fully-staffed fitness center, a forest preserve and 15-mile network of leisure paths, noteworthy restaurants, unique shopping opportunities and more.



KAYE LYON 32 Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 1-800-SEAPINES (732-7463)

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Owner/B.I.C., Buddy Konecny, and his staff have been providing guests and owners with unparalleled customer service year after year. Our “Hands On” approach ensures your property will receive the attention it deserves while maximizing rental income. Allow us to customize a program to suit your particular needs. We specialize in Oceanfront & Ocean Oriented properties on Hilton Head Island’s famous South End: Forest Beach, Sea Pines & Shipyard.


• Easy to navigate web site,, featuring on-line reservations, up to the minute booking calendar, multiple property photos, amenities and other valuable information. Partnership with multiple on-line Travel Sites including: Home Away, Clear Stay, Trip Advisor/Flip Key and Vacapedia among others. We are also VRBO friendly. • Timely statements (also available on line), property inspections, periodic inventories, security checks and 24 hour on call service. • No marketing fees or invoice “Mark Up” charges. • Our top priority is renting the properties we manage. We do not own any of the properties on our rental program nor do we sell real estate. We focus on your rentals.

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HILTON HEAD VACATION RENTALS HILTON HEAD VACATION RENTALS at is offering SIX MONTHS FREE–NO MANAGEMENT FEES! You heard us right! We are looking for a few good properties to complete our vacation rental inventory. We are so confident that you will be satisfied with our services that we will work for you absolutely free for six months. With a dedicated Property Manager assigned to your property to conduct pre-arrival and post inspections for each guest stay, this is too good of a deal to miss! Hilton Head Vacation Rentals is one of the oldest and largest locally owned vacation rental management companies on Hilton Head Island. We’ve got our eye on the future and your investment! Here are just a few of the places we advertise our properties. • Social Media – We are the #1 ranked vacation rental company on the island with well over 20,000 fans on Facebook, not to mention in the top 15 nationally. Our fans can check availability and pricing for all of our managed properties on a one of a kind reservation app that is uniquely developed for Facebook. Visit to view our page. • More Social Media - On YouTube as of 8/19/2011, we had 18 out of 22 top videos on the first page appear in search using the keyword “hilton head vacation rentals”. Visit our YouTube channel at • We are the only vacation rental company on Hilton Head Island to have an Apple iPhone and iPad app. This can be downloaded for Free by visiting our website at or • (routinely shows up #1 on Google for most every search word for vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island and each property listing is updated daily) • who owns (shows up #1 on Google as the world’s largest selection of vacation rental properties. Each property we list on their site updates your reservation calendar daily) • (a tripadvisor company, we have well over 1300 guest reviews and receive daily reservation inquiries for those properties listed. We are one of only a couple Rental Companies on Hilton Head to be awarded with their “Rated Excellent” badge. ) • We are one of only a few vacation rental companies on Hilton Head Island with AAA approval and carried in the AAA Tour Book, which includes their website at • Other advertising sites include: - www.hiltonheadisland. com - and many more. For over 30 years we have helped our guests to create vacation memories that will last a lifetime. With more than 60% of our clients being repeat guests, you know that we are doing something right. Our Mission statement says it best about how committed we are with what we do. “As a leader in the vacation rental industry, our professional team is dedicated to oversee, maintain and preserve the integrity of our owners’ properties, while maximizing the earning potential of their investment. In addition, we seek to ensure that each vacationing guest experience lives up to or exceeds their expectations while providing extraordinary customer service.” Our FREE Management Fee offer is only for a limited time until 12/31/2011, so act fast. Call our office at 800-BEACH-ME (232-2463) and ask for Paul Cale (Owner) or Mike Wood (General Manager) for further details on how we can help you.

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Hilton Head Island’s Preferred Vacation Rental Solution

LEADING EDGE SERVICES • We are a guest satisfaction superstar. A national survey of over 50,000 vacation rental guests rated us 8th of 250 rental companies. • We offer professional management for guests of our owners who use VRBO and other owner sites to enhance revenue. We encourage owners to participate in marketing their properties and provide outstanding service for these guests. • Our internet url is This includes the most significant keywords for web search engines and insures a broad internet presence. • Free wireless internet is provided in all of our properties. We have in-house staff expertise to support this service so guests are not dependent on cable and phone company responses. • Every one of our staff is a South Carolina licensed realtor or property manager. This insures the expertise and in-depth knowledge necessary for expert management of exclusive properties. WE’RE A NOTCH ABOVE! SHOULDN’T OWNERS DEMAND THE BEST?

Renting a vacation home shouldn’t feel like work. With Palmetto Dunes Vacation Rentals, owners all over the Island enjoy a complete property management solution – from rental marketing to exceptional guest services, superior property care and maintenance, and everything in between. We do more, which means owners get a whole lot more – all from one reliable and reputable source.

SERVICES Full-service Property Management & Care Our licensed and experienced staff provides superior property care services 24/7, every day of the year. World Class Marketing We have the most powerful vacation rental marketing engine and the most effective resort booking website on the Island. Resort Activity Advantages We own and operate all Palmetto Dunes activities (golf, tennis, bikes, kayaking, etc) so we can create unmatched vacation specials to fast track property rental. Welcome Center & Guest Check-in We have the only on-site guest registration facility and Welcome Center in Palmetto Dunes. And we have extended hours of operation. Year-Round Promotion Since Palmetto Dunes attracts visitors year-round, we promote vacation rentals all year, including the off-season with targeted marketing programs to provide owners with the greatest rental success.


Call us now for a great vacation or to learn more about our property management leadership. The five of us have provided guest and owner services for a total of over 65 years. And our supporting staff is just as qualified.

Special Benefits & Privileges We provide owners with resort membership privileges and benefits. And we provide rental guests with special privileges and discounts to increase rentals. 42 New Orleans Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 800.545.3303 •

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BEACHSIDE GETAWAY We offer Unique Property Management:


• Exclusive number of properties • Hands On service • Competitive fees • Reasonable cleaning and maintenance fees • Optimal rental revenue • Owner access to account and calendar on website

• Website and National Advertising • Member of Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce • Locally owned and operated by your Neighbor • Extensive data base of past customers • Owner referral program • On time monthly payments

Beachside Getaway is locally owned by your neighbor who has been an Islander for over 30 years. Our unique approach to property management is proven. Our guests love it and have come back year after year. Two licensed property managers and professional reservationists will insure that your property is in tip top shape while maximizing your rental potential. Your property will also be carefully inspected before and after each guest by our in-house inspectors. Our rates are comparable with other property management companies with much more service for our home owners. We understand that not all home owners are the same and have different needs. We are able to be flexible to meet all those needs. As the homeowner you will be able to access your calendar and account information 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We are only a phone call away if you ever need anything. You will speak to a person who knows your first name and your property like it is their own. Here are what some of our owners have to say: Dear Lisa, Frank and all of the wonderful Beachside Getaway staff, “First, we would like to thank you for all your attention to detail in caring for our property. We are also pleased with the bookings we have received this summer. Again, thank you for your professional and personal touch!” — Teri and James Proctor Good Morning Beth and Lisa, “Thank you to all of you at Beachside for finding the wonderful guests this summer. This was the best rental season we have had in several years in spite of the economy. We truly appreciate all you do in the management of our home. The approach and attention you give to guests and the homeowner is unique.” — Ginny Jones Hi Lisa and Beth, “Mimi’s Place would like to extend a great big THANK YOU for the way you have taken care of the property this season. We are so happy that we have you looking out for us.” — Margie Keller

Please give us a call to discuss carefree rental property ownership on Hilton Head Island.

Six reasons property management is a must


ere’s an open secret: You don’t have to be Warren Buffett to afford a vacation home. If your wallet isn’t stuffed with extra cash but you treasure the idea of vacation home ownership, consider engaging a sound property management company to market your home to vacationers. By renting out your vacation home on a short-term basis, you’ll gain revenues to help pay expenses, and access to the property itself. The services property management companies provide can be broken down into several categories. (Bear in mind that not all companies offer all these services, nor do they all allocate their resources the same way.) Here are the top six reasons to use a property management company:


To market your property. This includes outreach through brochures, direct mail, ads and web sites. Use of technology is becoming increasingly common for many property management companies. Not only does it enable them to reach a greater pool of prospective buyers, but it also allows them to establish a more trusted presence in an often insecure marketplace. To provide a staffed front desk, with checkin and check-out services. Again, the level of service varies widely — some companies provide personal assistance with

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a smile, while others offer little more than keys and a map.


To coordinate home maintenance. This is especially necessary in the humid maritime environment of Hilton Head Island, where critters, salt air, and mold are constant threats.


To coordinate housekeeping. This service also varies widely; some companies offering first-rate services to guests, while others offer the basics.


To handle accounting. Property managers are responsible for rent collection and tracking deposits, and many offer administrative work, such as ensuring mortgages, taxes, insurance premiums and maintenance bills are all paid on time.


But perhaps the most valuable aspect of having a property management company manage your home is its availability to you when it’s not making money. Longterm rental, on the other hand, means your vacation home is effectively someone else’s for the duration of the lease. Renting it out by the week allows you those wonderful times, especially during the spring and fall, which the rest of the world doesn’t associate with Hilton Head Island. But that’s just as well. Let that be your secret.

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n today’s world, our phones are nothing less than our life-

lines to the world. We use them to stay in touch with family and friends, we use them for work, we use them for weather and banking and Scrabble and Facebook and listening to music and picking

a decent local seafood place for dinner. We revere them as distractions, yet we rely on them in emergencies. But as is the case with all technology, as our dependence grows, so does our frustration. It’s hardly a secret that Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are noto-

riously spotty when it comes to phone service — as just about anyone who’s tried to maintain a conversation while driving over a bridge can attest. But while there’s no shortage of complaints about service on the island, there is confusion about where the exact problems are — and what, if anything, can be done to address them. >>


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WHERE THE DEAD ZONES ARE A glance at Lowcountry coverage areas — and comments from the major carriers. Red areas in the map indicate known trouble spots for mobile phone reception.






A map at shows that AT&T provides “moderate” coverage in portions of Hilton Head Plantation, Spanish Wells, Wexford, Long Cove and South Beach. “Moderate” is defined as having “sufficient for on-street or in-theopen coverage, most in-vehicle coverage and possibly some in-building coverage.”

A map at coverage.sprintpcs. com shows Hilton Head Plantation, Spanish Wells, parts of Windmill Harbour and small patches around the island receiving a “good rating” from Sprint. The site defines a “good rating” as being able to “make and receive calls outdoors, in a car and in some buildings with confidence.”

A map at shows the following received “good” ratings: Hilton Head Plantation, Spanish Wells, portions of Sea Pines, and other smaller areas off-plantations. The site states that a “good” rating means:“You will likely be able to place calls outdoors, in a car, and occasionally indoors.”

There are only two categories on a map at verizonwireless. com: “digital coverage” and “no coverage.” The map shows no coverage in parts of Port Royal Plantation and portions of the Mitchelville area. The map also shows that the rest of the island has digital coverage.

What they say: “Hilton Head is an important market for AT&T and we value our customers there. We’ve launched mobile broadband on the island and have plans to continue enhancing and expanding our service in coming months.” — Josh Gelinas, AT&T spokesman

What they say: “In 2010 and the first quarter of 2011, Sprint invested more than $17 million to enhance and prepare its wireless networks in the state of South Carolina, including approximately $2.3 million in the Myrtle Beach region and close to $3.3 million along the South Carolina-Georgia coastline. Additionally Sprint continues to invest in network improvements on Hilton Head Island. … On the island alone, Sprint has invested close to $700,000 since 2009 in upgrades to the network.” — Roni Singleton, Sprint spokesperson

What they say: T-Mobile did not return phone calls and emails for comment.

What they say: “We are constantly working to make improvements. We’d love to see our coverage grow in that area. Part of the problem is with the number of towers on the island. We also run into a lot of strict zoning issues related to towers.” — Karen Schultz, Verizon spokeswoman Sally Mahan

Sprint was renamed Sprint/Nextel in 2005 with the purchase of Nextel Communications by Sprint Corp. The company continues to operate using two separate wireless network technologies.

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What’s the problem? Cell phone towers are built by a number of different companies, which then lease the space to carriers. When you make a call, the radio signal from your phone hunts down a tower’s base antenna, which covers an area of approximately 10 miles. As you travel, your radio signal is transferred from one tower to the next. “Generally, different carriers occupy space on different towers,” said Andrew Rein, vice president/general manager for residential sales and marketing at Hargray. “Inevitably, there may be better coverage in one place than in another, depending on your carrier.” As you might suspect, the taller the tower, the stronger the signal. But Hilton Head, of course, is known for its aesthetic and zoning regulations, which impact the number and height of available towers (and can be trouble, especially since signals generally don’t penetrate trees). Some communities have made special efforts to blend towers in with their environments; Shipyard Plantation, for instance, disguises its as a flagpole. According to town officials, there are 14 towers taller than 150 feet on the island. Hilton Head Town Manager Steve Riley says in addition to the towers, there are cellular antennae on top of many buildings on the island, as well as mini-antenna poles strung around various areas, particularly in Hilton Head Plantation.

Can you hear me now? Still — and this will be the most obvious sentence you’ll read all day — there are certain places on the island that can be very problematic. Keeping a connection while on the bridges to or from Hilton Head is often impossible. Some communities seem particularly hard hit when it comes to good service, especially parts of Hilton Head Plantation, Port Royal Plantation, Spanish Wells and Sea Pines. That, officials say, impacts everything from customer satisfaction to the sale of real estate. “Excellent cell phone service is imperative to new generations of buyers,” said Peter Kristan, general manager of Hilton Head Plantation. “We’re putting pressure on AT&T and Verizon to step up to the plate, but neither one will even admit there are problems with their service.” In the meantime, Kristan said, Hilton Head Plantation’s management is encouraging residents to get involved. September 2011

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news / can you hear us now? “We’re on a pilgrimage … a quest to get residents to call and complain,” he said. “We’re the biggest community on this island and we are not sitting down on this.” For its part, AT&T does sell a device called the 3G MicroCell, which is designed to amplify close-range wireless service in residences and businesses. And while that helped Bluffton resident Ann Gordon Graham, it didn’t come without a cost. “Our house is on the second row from the May River, so we had to buy the MicroCell from AT&T.” She paid $150 for it (with a $100 rebate), but the device adds a fee of $20 per month to her bill. “We’re self-employed, so we just didn’t have a choice. We have to have phone service,” she said.

The safety issue One of Hilton Head’s most pressing mobile-related challenges is improving service for public safety reasons. “People love to boat here,” Graham said, “and it’s scary to think about being in trouble on the water and not having any reception.” Hilton Head Fire Chief Lavarn Lucas says he’s also concerned about cell reception and his department’s ability to respond to emergencies quickly. He said that the location of a call made from a landline will immediately show up on a dispatcher’s computer, but that’s not the case with 911 calls made from many mobile phones. The problem, he said, is that in an emergency most mobile phones don’t utilize their built-in GPS features, turning instead to what’s called the “triangulation” method. That means that when a call is made, three cell phone towers will receive the signal, and the technology will determine the caller’s location by measuring the overlapping coverage area and the phone signal’s distance from each tower. 50

That, of course, leaves room for error. Lucas says if a 911 call is made from the south end, for instance, the signal would need to bounce off three towers. But to the south is Daufuskie Island and to the east is the Atlantic Ocean — neither of which has significant cell phone towers. That complicates the triangulation, and the result is that the location, as provided by the cell phone carrier, may be off by hundreds or thousands of feet — or, in some cases, miles.  Other factors can contribute to the misidentification of a caller’s location, including a mobile phone’s age. Older phones that don’t meet current FCC design specifications can also result is misdirected 911 calls. “It’s challenging for the dispatchers to locate where you are,” says Lucas. “We get calls that belong to the Beaufort County dispatch center and the Ridgeland dispatch center. We’ve even gotten calls from Charleston and Savannah. “Callers have to remain calm so that we can get them to the correct dispatch. They have to tell the dispatcher what city or town they are in. If they don’t, that just delays the dispatcher’s ability to process the call, and that slows down fire and rescue.”

Where does it hurt? Gary and Julie McWilliams have traveled to Hilton Head from Evanston, Ill., for years They love the restaurants, the golf courses and the myriad amenities. They do not love their AT&T service, or lack thereof, at their timeshare. “We have to go outside to get good reception,” said Gary. “It’s especially frustrating when it’s dark and I have to use a flashlight to take notes because I’m trying to work outside.” But it’s not just tourists who

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news / can you hear us now? are finding themselves frustrated. Indeed, Hilton Head officials and residents are becoming increasingly concerned that poor service is affecting the community’s ability to attract tourists and businesses. Initial results of a recent survey of second homeowners by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber Commerce and USCB shows that almost 40 percent say that cell phone service is “extremely important” and another 40 percent say it’s “important” when choosing a vacation spot. “We’ve heard from meeting planners and visitors that spotty service is a big issue for them,” said Susan Thomas, the chamber’s Visitor & Convention Bureau vice president. “Whether people are traveling here for business or come here for a meeting, they need to stay connected. Wireless access is a fundamental need. This is a huge challenge for this area.”

what’s next? Hope is on the horizon. Hilton Head Mayor Drew Laughlin has appointed telecommunications specialist and former mayoral hopeful Jim Collett to head a committee charged with examining the wireless issue. That committee, which includes several local telecommunications experts, recently brought on board the Seattle-based company RootMetrics, which offers an app (available at that allows cell phone users to test their reception and measure their carrier’s performance. So far, about 20 people have signed up to help with tracking efforts at, but Collett said anyone can pitch in. The more people testing their service, the more data the committee has when approaching carriers. “This information is based on real phones and real people,” he said.

“More than 2 million people come here every year, and they have cells,” he continued. “If they don’t work, the carrier looks bad and we look bad.” Such efforts have already attracted the attention of Verizon. Company executives met recently with the mayor, committee members and others to figure out ways to improve cell service in the area. “They are making commitments to improve service and we’re finding ways to expedite the process of building towers on the island,” said Collett. He added that the committee was expected to meet with AT&T executives in late August. It’s also interviewing tower companies, investigating new technologies and surveying island residents. Collett said failing to address the wireless issue will hurt the community in the long run. “In today’s world, people often only need a computer and phone to work anywhere. But if they can’t get decent cell service, they’re not going to come here,” he said. One plan for improved service is already underway. A 140-foottall cell tower on Marshland Road was approved by Town Council in March; construction by American Tower Corp. is expected to begin in fall. The tower will serve AT&T customers and Hilton Head Fire & Rescue Station 7, said Lucas, and other providers, such as Sprint/ Nextel, Verizon and Hargray could also buy space on the tower. The tower is designed to improve AT&T reception in some areas of Spanish Wells and Indigo Run. But until a full-time, islandwide fix is made, timeshare owner McWilliams remains wary but hopeful. “We love our timeshare. We love Hilton Head Island. We get so much enjoyment out of coming here, but we sure wish they could fix this cell phone problem.” M September 2011

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Conde Nast Traveler: “Top 10 Islands in North America” • Southern Living Readers’ Choice Awards: “Top 10 Best Family Destination,” “Top 5 Best Beaches” • National Geographic Traveler: “The World’s Best Islands” • Travel Channel: “The World’s Best Islands” • “Top Ten Family Beaches” • “Top 5 Healthiest Beaches in the Nation” • Wine Spectator: 2011 Restaurant Awards, #2, Most Destination Restaurants listed in South Carolina • Travel & Leisure, 2011: Americas Best Beach Bars, #5, Marshside Mama’s • Parents magazine: Best Family Beach, #2, June 2011 • Southern Living: Best Weekend Getaways 2011, #4, Best Beaches • Sherman’s Travel: #5, Top Ten Memorial Day Weekend Getaways, May 2011 • Golf Digest magazine: America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Harbour Town Golf Links, #100, May 2011 • Disney’s FamilyFun magazine: Top Five Best Family Biking Getaways in the Nation, April 2011 • Sherman’s

locals’ hilton head monthly’s

Travel: Top Ten Family Beaches, #6, April 2011 • Travelers’ Choice 2011 Best Beach, #17, April 2011 • GolfWeek magazine, Best Courses in South Carolina, May

River Course at Palmetto Bluff, #4, April 2011 • Conde Nast Traveler: Top 20 Golf Resorts in South Carolina, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, #4, April 2011 • Top

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Ten Luxury Hotels in U.S, Inn at Harbour Town, #7, Travelers’ Choice 2011 • GolfWeek magazine: Best Courses in South Carolina, #2, Harbour Town Golf Links, March 2011 • : Top Ten Vacation Rental Destination in the nation, #9, February 2011

• Top 10 Spring Break rental hot spots, #2, Hilton Head, February 2011 • : Top 25 Timeshare Rentals Resort by Timeshare Marketplace, January

2011 • Travel & Leisure: Top 40 Resorts in U.S., #7, Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Best Hotels issue • League of American Bicyclists: Bicycle Friendly Community Silver award • MSNBC. com: Top 10 Family Beach, 2010 • Disney’s Family Fun magazine: Top Five Best Family Biking Getaways in America, 2011 • Health magazine: Top 5 America’s Healthiest Beach Getaways, 2011 • The Travel Channel: America’s Best Beaches, #3, 2011 September 2011

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things to do

get busy

looking for something to do in this little corner of paradise? Here are 21 ideas for locals, by locals Compiled by Todd Ballantine, Marianna Barbrey, Tim Donnelly, Rebecca Edwards, Lori Goodridge-Cribb , Tim Hager, Sally Kerr-Dineen, Debi Lynes, Robyn Passante, Jeremy Swartz and Rebecca Verbosky


Go to Happy Hour at the Black Marlin Hurricane Bar. Sit outside and order discounted drinks and the sweet potato fries with blue cheese dressing. This spot is best during the spring and fall, when it’s not so hot and the pterodactyl-sized mosquitoes are not quite at full assault strength.

Indulge in “Fatterday.” It’s one of the best treats on the island: Slip into Truffles (under the guise of enjoying the BLT salad, which is awesome) and actually order the “Blondie,” a massive blond brownie crowned with Hilton Head Ice Cream caramel and chocolate sauce. Warm and ooey gooey — need we say more? Hop the boat to Daufuskie. Take a trip to Freeport on Daufuskie, where you can grab shrimp quesadillas, fried okra and a beer, and listen to the band Spare Parts as the sun goes down.

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Get a fish taco from Roastfish & Cornbread. If you don’t want to wait for a table, order takeout! These tacos travel surprisingly well.

Hit the locals’ beach.

Stand-up paddleboard.

If you’re looking for tourist-spotting, Coligny is the clear winner (and the one with a tiki bar and play fountain for the kids). But if you’re looking for a quieter, more Southernpaced experience, try Driessen Beach Park at Bradley Beach Road. The boardwalk to the water is especially lovely. (And read more local beach tips on Page 58.)

Get a new perspective on Hilton Head – standing right there in the water. It requires all kinds of balance, and you may take a tumble or two into the drink, but trust us — it’s easier than you think, and you can do it.

Kayak in Broad Creek. The 7-mile saltwater river is the heart of Hilton Head Island and the prime place to watch dolphins, water birds, and watermen harvesting crabs the traditional way.

Shop thrifty. A thrift store is only as good as the people who supply it, and as luck would have it the well-todo on Hilton Head have plenty of fancy stuff they are constantly getting rid of. Shopping the island’s secondhand stores requires some foraging skills, but the bounty of castoffs is well worth it.

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Order the blackened mahi at the Sea Shack.

Get a little history (and a lot of seafood).

If you can sneak past the often insane lines — thank you very much, Rachael Ray — it’s one of the best bites on the island.

Visit the Old Fort Pub restaurant and explore Fort Mitchel, a Civil War earthwork battery built by Union Forces in 1862 to protect Hilton Head Island’s northwestern flank from Confederate attack. The rebels never showed.

Eat healthy(ish) at the beach. Hot Dog Harbour at Coligny offers one of the few treats for vegetarians: You can sub veggie dogs for anything on the menu. Ask for extra Harbour Sauce. 843-785-5400


Shop downtown Bluffton. The term “quaint” sometimes means “small,” as in,“Bluffton has a quaint downtown.” But it doesn’t mean it’s not awesome. Dining, art galleries, lots of outdoor activities – think of it as a mini-Charleston.

Say OK to your kids the next time they ask to go to a movie. Parents, if the kids are begging you to see a movie or if you want to beat the summer heat (or storms), Park Plaza’s your new best friend—it has a full bar and tapas. Turn to Page 62 for the lowdown on all the island’s theater options.

Get right with a bamboo Thai massage at Fountain Day Spa. Massage therapist and yoga instructor Marti Crocker will get every knot that was, is and will ever be out of your body in one hour. www.fountainspahhi. com Play in the Sandbox. The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, is a non-profit, hands-on museum geared for kids under age 8. The museum, located on Pope Avenue on the south end, is open most days, but it offers a host of special events, Parents Nights Out and Family Fun Nights.

Stroll along The Great Lakes in Sea Pines Forest Preserve. These scenic manmade waters are breezy, sunlit and loaded with fish and wildlife. Stop by Lake Joe, the first lake created in the Preserve, and take the bike trails to Fish Island. Quiet and often deserted, this preserve has preserved its magic.

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Grab a cold one at the Dispensary. While you’re coming back to the island, stop at this downtown Bluffton hangout. Whether it’s the chatty bartenders or the Strongbough on tap, once you’re there it’s tough to leave ... literally. facebook. com/oldtowndispensary

Tour de Bluff. Load up the bikes, grab some bottled water and head over to Palmetto Bluff. Spend the afternoon getting lost, un-lost and then lost again. Scenery so beautiful you’ll totally forget you’re exercising.

Break in a new pair of running shoes on the Bluffton Parkway. Currently stretching from Burnt Church Road to S.C. 170, the smooth pathway is perfect for biking, running, walking or crawling — hey, no one’s judging.

Climb the lighthouse.

Find a festival.

The island’s famous candycane striped lighthouse is mostly there to look pretty, but it’s still a fun climb for kids (at a cost of just a few bucks) and offers a 360-degree view of Harbour Town Golf Links, the marina, Calibogue Sound and Daufuskie Island. (There’s also a great playground and highly frequented treehouse near the Harbour Town marina, as well as plenty of shops, restaurants and ice cream.)

Many locals will argue that one of the best parts about living here is the wealth of communal weekend festivals — celebrating everything from summer to seafood to Gullah culture to chili — which are somewhat concentrated in spring and fall but can be found sprinkled throughout the calendar all year long. And nearly all of them offer something special for the kids — bounce houses, inflatable slides, games, face painting, giant funnel cakes, live music and more — while parents mingle with neighbors and sample local wares.

Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum. This favorite offers a running series of live animal programs, in which kids can get up close and personal with blue crabs, sea turtles, snakes, reptiles, owls and plenty of other local natives. The museum also offers scavenger hunts for children and a Kids Zone, dedicated to teaching children about the area’s sprawling natural history.

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the beaches

9 things you may not know about the beach by robyn passANTE


1. Let’s start with the basics: All of Hilton Head Island’s beach is public, but access to it is often private. The Town of Hilton Head Island designates nine beach access points around the island, with some metered parking and some free parking. Check the town’s website for exact locations and details: 2. Dree-sen, Dry-sen, Drize-den ... there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on how to pronounce Driessen Beach Park. But locals say it’s DREE-sun, named after the athletic Driessen family. Islander Dan Driessen was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds right out of high school and enjoyed a 15-year MLB career, becoming the National League’s first-ever designated hitter in the World Series in 1976. 3. Are you more of an explorer than a sunbather? Then Mitchelville Beach on the north end

is the place for you. A more primitive setting, the receding tides leave more pluff mud than sand, but the beach is teeming with horseshoe crabs, fish and other wildlife. Wear your water shoes and bring your dog — they love it out there, too.

4. There’s a standing “no alcohol on the beach” rule now, but this wasn’t always the case. Besides

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shoes” crowd, beach regulars would routinely bury beer kegs in the sand packed with ice — the only way to keep the beer cold all day, they say. Gives a whole new meaning to “buried treasure,” doesn’t it?

5. Along with doing the “stingray shuffle”

on your way in and out of the ocean, be mindful of what’s going on around you. If someone is surf casting nearby, go down the beach a little ways before heading into the water. Whatever bait they’re casting with is probably attracting things you don’t want to bump into.

6. The names of the streets leading to the beach are alphabetical on both sides of Coligny Circle. South

of the circle are indigenous plant names (Alder, Bayberry, Cassina, etc.) and north of the circle are bird names (Avocet, Bittern, Curlew, Dove, etc.).

7. There used to be a couple of unattended kiosks on the beach, one near the Holiday Inn and the other

at what is now Marriott’s Grande Ocean Resort, where you could insert a quarter and get a squirt of suntan lotion. We’re guessing it wasn’t the SPF 30 we slather on today, but still more convenient than lugging around an entire bottle.

8. If you’re a local, chances are you think of Coligny Beach as the beach for tourists. But take

another look: It’s one of the only beaches with free parking, and it’s got the best showering and changing facilities. Plus there are great tidal pools at low tide, making it a great place for little beachgoers to spot sand dollars and splash around. (Still, we’d avoid this one on holidays.)

9. There are tight restrictions on dogs at the beach now, but years ago another animal roamed free along the

shoreline. Before the island became a tourist destination and rules were enacted to keep things orderly, island kids all had Marsh Tacky horses, which they’d freely ride up and down the beaches. They rode bareback in the summer and legend has it they’d have battles out in the waves, trying to knock one another off their trusty steeds. September 2011

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DOG DAYS pet-friendly places


art of Hilton Head Island’s charm is that is suits an active lifestyle. And what’s more active than a four-legged friend? There are plenty of ways to have fun with Fido on the island, so grab your leash and get out there. by robyn passANTE

Sand and surf In the summer, the Town of Hilton Head Island allows leashed dogs on the beach between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Sept. 30. From Oct. 1 to April 1 they’re welcome all day and can be unleashed if they are under positive voice control. A favorite for beach lovers with dogs is Mitchelville Beach Park on the north end next to Barker Field.

Pamper those paws Wash off that pluff mud at All Four Paws in Bluffton, which has a self dog wash available Monday through Saturday. Just bring the dog; everything else is supplied for you, with no appointment necessary. 843815-3647

Park and run Chaplin Community Park, between Singleton and Burkes Beach Road, has the island’s only dog park — two of them, in fact. There are separate fenced-in parks for small and large dogs, with drinking fountains for dogs and their owners.

Take ‘em shopping Retail therapy is more fun with a friend. Pets are welcome inside PetSmart and Petco, both in Bluffton, and in Tailwaggers in Coligny Plaza, which also has a pet bakery with homemade treats for cats and dogs.

Get some (puppy) chow Outstanding restaurants with amazing views abound on the island, and some of the best ones welcome pets. Captain Woody’s Bar and Grill, Bistro 17, Market Street Cafe, Skillets, and Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar are a few that allow leashed, well-mannered dogs to sit at your feet at the outside tables.

Go cruisin’ Since doggy paddling all the way across Calibogue Sound would take too long, Calibogue Cruises allows pets on the ferry to Daufuskie Island. 60

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Once there, you can even rent a golf cart for you and your dog to self-explore the island. Try Calibogue Cruises by calling 843-342-8687.

Take a hike Dogs are for walkin’, and Audubon Newhall Preserve has some of the most scenic dog-friendly walking trails on the island. The free inland park off Palmetto Bay Road covers about 50 acres of the Lowcountry’s best flora and fauna.

Stalk a celeb Visit the home of the most famous dog on Hilton Head — Jake of Salty Dog Cafe fame. Wag your tails in front of one of Salty Dog’s webcams, browse the gift shop for pet products, upload a photo of your pooch to Jake’s website and, if you’re lucky, meet Jake III, the original Jake’s great-grandson. M September 2011

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show time a & e / movies


f you want more from your moviegoing experience than fake butter and Fandango, one of the oldest theaters on Hilton Head Island is speaking your language. After a change in ownership and series of renovations, Park Plaza Cinema wants to be known as much for its Parlez Vous Lounge and Cine-Café as it is for its movie listings. “People come in and don’t know how to wrap their brains around it. They’re MOVIE THEATERS like, ‘Wow, this is a movie theater?’ ” Park Plaza Cinema owner Lucie Mann said of the changes 33 Office Park Drive she and her husband, Larry Mann, 843-715-0479 made to the space. “We wanted to create something beautiful not just visually Northridge Cinema 10 but experientially.” 435 William Hilton Parkway In addition to a more formal aesthetic 843-342-3800 that says lounge instead of lobby, the theater now offers live music, alcohol, ice cream and an extensive menu sepaColigny Theatre rate from concession stand fare that 1 North Forest Beach Drive, includes vegetarian tapas, flatbread piz843-686-3500 zas, ravioli and shrimp fried with sweet potatoes, among other savory items. Cinemark-Bluffton The advent of super-easy rental 106 Buckwalter Parkway, services such as Netflix and Redbox, Bluffton as well as costs associated with the 843-757-2859 industry’s impending conversion to digital, has made theaters rethink ways to attract audiences and grow sales. The Manns, who have combined experience in residential architecture and building, bought Park Plaza Cinema more than a year ago and began with a simple vision that they now think will be essential to the survival of the business. “Initially we did it because it needed some upgrades. We just used the space we had and maximized the function of it. The challenge was to get the work done and never stop a show,” Lucie Mann said. “(This concept) exists in pockets of the country, but it will become an absolute trend out of necessity. We felt like we owed this to our faithful.” Maureen Simpson 62

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a & e / theaters and art houses

ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island 843-842-2787, The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a focus for all that’s entertaining, moving and wonderful in the arts. Its goal is to delight you, entertain you, challenge you, and help you explore new vistas. Each year the Arts Center produces five plays or musicals, from concept to curtain call, featuring outstanding direction, superb production design and performers.

ARTWORKS 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort 843-379-2787, ARTworks applies the many creative tools of the arts to strengthen artists and to enrich audiences, collectors, and visitors through high-quality arts experiences and arts education programs 365 days a year.

MAIN STREET YOUTH THEATRE 25 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head 843-689-6246, The Main Street Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing a true theatrical experience to amateur local young talent through participation in high quality productions and educational outreach programs that enrich and enhance the cultural climate for residents and visitors.

MAY RIVER THEATRE Ulmer Auditorium, Bluffton Town Hall, 20 Bridge Street, Bluffton 843-814-5581,

SOUTH CAROLINA REPERTORY COMPANY 136 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island 843-342-2057, Pat and Hank Haskell founded South Carolina Repertory Company in 1992. Their mission

was, and continues to be, to provide Hilton Head Island with quality theatre at a reasonable price in an intimate space. Since its inception, SCRC has produced over 75 shows. Though no stranger to the classics, SCRC prides itself in presenting material that is completely new to the Lowcountry, whether it be Pulitzer Prize winners straight from New York, or other contemporary work found in playwriting and musical theatre festivals.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT FESTIVAL SERIES 801 Carteret St., Beaufort 843-208-8246 For more than 32 years, the USCB Festival Series has provided the residents of the Lowcountry with first-class chamber music concerts. The tradition continues in 2011-12 with Edward Arron, artistic director and host, as he and other world renowned artists perform pieces from Beethoven, Shubert, Dvorak and Mozart. M

HILTON HEAD CHORAL SOCIETY 843-341-3818, An orchestra of professional musicians and professional soloists — one concert may total more than 200 instrumentalists and singers! Its 100-voice ensemble presents four major programs per season: a fall pops concert, a Christmas concert, a Musical Masterworks Concert and a pair of Memorial Day concerts.

HILTON HEAD DANCE THEATRE 24 Palmetto Business Park, Hilton Head 843-842-3262, The HHDT is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an interest in dance as an art form among Lowcountry residents and visitors alike. In productions featuring Hilton Head Dance School students, the Dance Theatre covers all the expenses not directly related to instruction or rehearsal.

HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 843-842-2055, Its vision is to be the artistic leader in the presentation of music in the Lowcountry. The mission of the HHSO is to inspire and enrich the lives of citizens and visitors through the performance of outstanding music, educational programs and community partnerships. September 2011

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parks and rec the outdoors

Nature preserves

Audubon-Newhall Preserve: Offers 50 acres of pristine forest, where native plant life is tagged and identified. Features trails, a self-guided tour and seasonal walks. Palmetto Bay Road near the southern base of the Cross Island Parkway. 843-842-9246. Pinckney Island: This 4,053acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, Corn Island, Big and Little Harry Islands, Buzzard Island and numerous small hammocks. More than 14 miles of trails are open to hiking and bicycling. No motorized vehicles are allowed north of the public parking lot. The sign to turn into Pinckney Island is between the two bridges coming onto or leaving Hilton Head. pinckneyisland Sea Pines Forest Preserve: This tranquil getaway includes the Indian Shell Ring, 600 acres of woodlands, three lakes and numerous walking trails and elevated boardwalks. Located off Greenwood Drive in Sea Pines ($5 fee to access the plantation). www.

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Barker Field: Offers three multipurpose fields, a playground, concession stand and a boardwalk with a free scope to view the Port Royal Sound. Located off Beach City and Mitchelville roads on the north end. Best Friends Dog Park: Offers two fenced run and play areas. Dogs must be sociable, current on all vaccinations and license and under their owner’s control at all times. Dogs must be leashed when not in designated off-lead areas. Located in Chaplin Park off Singleton and Burkes Beach roads. Chaplin Park: Three multipurpose fields, two basketball courts, four lighted tennis courts, walking trails, playground, beach access, outdoor showers, concession stand and restrooms. Located off Singleton and Burkes Beach roads. Coligny Beach Park: Offers picnic tables, playground, restrooms, beach parking and beach access. Located off of Coligny Circle on the south end. Compass Rose: A mid-island spot to sit and relax; offers reflecting pools and terraces. Located at New Orleans Road and Pope Avenue.

Crossings Park and Bristol Sports Arena: A complex that features a skate park, roller hockey rink, basketball court, three baseball fields, soccer field, playground, open meadows, restrooms and concession stand. At Helmsman Way off Palmetto Bay and Arrow roads.

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Driessen Beach Park: Boardwalk to the beach, restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic area and playground. Located at the end of Bradley Beach Road. Fish Haul Creek: Offers beach access, restrooms, picnic area, observation gazebo and walking trails at the end of Beach City Road. Folly Field Beach Park: A long boardwalk leads you to the beach; offers some parking, restroom and showers. Located at the end of Folly Field Road. Greens Shell Community Park: Provides a playground, picnic area, basketball court, observation deck and restrooms on Squire Pope Road. Hilton Head Park: A multipurpose field with basketball court and two tennis courts. Located off William Hilton Parkway at mile marker 2. Islanders Beach Park: Offers restrooms, showers, playground and boardwalk to the beach; parking is restricted to season beach pass holders. Located near the end of Folly Field Road. Island Recreation Center: Provides a public pool, tennis courts,

playground, basketball courts and gym; offers multiple programs and activities. 55 Wilborn Road. 843-6817273. Jarvis Creek Park: A 53-acre park an with 11-acre lake; open fields, walking trails, catch-and-release fishing. 247 Moss Creek Drive. Shelter Cove Community Park: Offers walking trails, picnic areas, restrooms and boardwalk. Includes the new Veterans Memorial. Located at Shelter Cove.

PARKS / BLUFFTON Bluffton Recreation Center: Offers basketball courts, fields, volleyball and tennis courts and playground. Located on Ulmer Road in downtown Bluffton. 843-757-1586 Dubois Playground: A small playground for small children on Lawrence Street. Michael C. Riley Sports Complex: Offers basketball courts, baseball fields, running track and soccer field. On Goethe Road. Oscar Frazier Park: Offers playground, picnic tables, baseball and soccer fields. Located in the Bluffton Park neighborhood. September 2011

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Oilerie inside the

by sally kerr-dineen

photography by rob kaufman


It’s too bad there’s not a scratch-n’-sniff card attached to this article. Walking into The Oilerie is like launching a lovely assault on your olfactory nerves; the smell of olives, mixed with the scent of aged balsamic vinegars, is simply enticing. If you closed your eyes, you might think that you’d just strolled into a little gourmet shop in Italy. >>

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The Oilerie is a small franchise One afternoon Linda found of just five stores that stretches herself answering a blind ad for from coast to coast. The five a “busy retail shop” looking for a Oileries sell an “exclusive” collecfull-time manager. “And I landed tion of oils and vinegars that are the job at Oilerie Fish Creek — a “literally hand-selectwonderland for ed from (their) own cooks and non-cooks IF YOU GO producer in Italy” — alike,” she said. Less Where: and each encourages Village at Wexford C2, than a year later she you to taste them and Tom were fish1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head before buying. ing for an Oilerie The Hilton Head of their own, and Phone: 843-681-2722 version, which is found a spot on the Email: owned by Linda island. Gilson, is the compaBut the Oilerie ny’s newest. The shop, doesn’t specialize in located in the Village at Wexford, just any old balsamic. opened in July; it has already sold Before we go any further, it’s more than 4,300 bottles of 25-year important to realize that a basic, aged balsamic vinegar. run-of-the-mill balsamic from the Linda and her husband, Tom, grocery store has probably been had originally semi-retired to the aged for 5 or 10 years. That’s fine. tip of the Door County peninsula But balsamic aficionados know in northeast. Wisconsin. “Gills that in order for vinegar to be a Rock, to be exact. Go any further true balsamic it has to be aged for and you’re in Lake Michigan!” at least 12 years — and there can be Linda said. no shortcuts, such as adding color68

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ing or thickeners. The Oilerie’s wares are aged for a full 25 years —meaning that its producer in Modena, Italy, must exert considerable patience before twisting the tap on the cask. But once they do, there’s that taste: The aged balsamic is a wonderful, intense, unmatchable balance of sweet and tart. The Oilerie carries only all-natural EVOOs, such as Italian (mild), Fior Fiore (medium) and Primaiolo (robust). The unique flavors in these traditional oils come solely from the olives used to produce them — nothing else is added. That said, if flavored olive oil is more your thing, prepare your taste buds for such Oilerie best-sellers as lemon, garlic and basil. The shop also offers spicy Italian, sun-dried tomato, vanilla and cinnamon choices. And again, all of the Oilerie’s products are there for the tasting, ready to bottled by hand. The way it used to be done. M

oilerie-based RECIPE IDEAS • Mix a balsamic vinegar with a flavored oil for a simple dipping sauce for fresh ciabatta bread. • Grilled veal chops with balsamic vinegar glaze, topped with arugula, freshly diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. While this sounds like a mouthful it was actually easy to make. Brush each side of a veal chop with balsamic vinegar and grill over medium heat to your preferred temperature. Top the veal chops with arugula, tomatoes and mozzarella. Drizzle additional Fior Fiore olive oil over the top and add a splash of balsamic! (Note: This recipe works with chicken or pork.) • The aged balsamic is definitely an excellent fit with sliced strawberries. It may sound a bit passé, but this vinegar is like a syrup — add a bit of vanilla ice cream and you have one delicious dessert.

PRICES • 25-year Aged Balsamic Vinegar: $19.50 (12.7 oz.) • Fior Fiore Extra Virgin Olive Oil: $15 (12.7 oz.)

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travelogue: three years in madagascar

‘The images that will stick me are those of the people’ By Chris Planicka


hree years in Madagascar have given me many images to remember: picturesque grassy mountains scarred with huge red crevasses; lush rainforests full of unique wildlife; miles and miles of geometric rice paddies; muddy roads full of bikes, ox-carts and cars, all waiting for a herd of cattle to pass; rocky outcrops populated by ring-tailed lemurs; beachside sunrises over the Indian Ocean on the east coast and beachside sunsets over the Mozambique Channel on the west. But the images that will stick with me the longest are those of the people. The Malagasy, as the people of Madagascar call themselves, are not well off by international standards. Many are subsistence farmers or fishermen raising large families on about a dollar a day. Their country is considered a third-world nation. Signs of poverty are everywhere, from the mud-brick or reed houses to the tiny classrooms stuffed with 70-plus students to the meager meals of rice and greens. To the rest of the world, the Malagasy are poor. Yet in interacting with the people themselves, I found it impos-


sible to identify them as such. The most common trait I found in people throughout the country was a gift for dancing, singing and joking. Children made up games with whatever was available to them; adults took any opportunity to chat at length with friends and strangers alike. Perhaps most surprisingly, Malagasy of all ages welcomed me into their lives, albeit with plenty of gawking and jokes about my appearance (large white Americans tend to stick out amongst mostly short black Malagasy, especially when they are constantly falling into rice paddies and dancing with children in the streets). My time as a Peace Corps Environment Volunteer allowed me significant interaction with farmers in remote villages in central and eastern Madagascar, in the Lake Alaotra region. There I taught farmers to utilize organic planting techniques to improve their crop yields while also con-

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travel serving the surrounding hillsides, water sources and forests. I should say I attempted to teach these lessons; in reality, I would work with many farmers to adopt new techniques, but only a few would do so. Adopting something new in place of a longpracticed method is risky and even scary to many people. Those that did adopt the new techniques were brave and daring to do so. But all of the farmers were interested in learning the techniques with me, and those who did not adopt them still made the most of their time by peppering me with questions and assaulting me with jokes. The cultural exchange succeeded even when the technical one failed. Indeed, the Peace Corps’ goal extends beyond improving techniques in developing countries to improving cultural understanding between

Americans and foreign nationals. So, what did I learn about Malagasy people? First, that children are the same everywhere. I found I could communicate with children before my language skills had developed by making faces, acting out words and playing games. They quickly grasped games like duck-duck-goose, the three-legged race and tic-tac-toe. Whenever I felt lonely, I could turn around and start dancing or playing with the gaggle of children that would follow me around town. Malagasy children are also very creative. To entertain themselves, they make up stories, build wheels from sticks and “drive� them around town, play soccer with balls of trash held together with twine and craft detailed dance routines. Second, life can be fun even when it is impossibly difficult. A

Malagasy woman, loaded down with a baby on her back and a bucket of water on her head, will pause without dropping her cargo and share extensive gossip with friends. Men will come in from the fields and share a few laughs over a jug of homemade rum. Anyone will start to dance if the right music comes on, and many will do so without provocation. The Malagasy love to sing, dance, and talk. I once read that the Malagasy adopted

Christianity very quickly (around 90 percent of the population is Christian) because Sunday worship combined two of their favorite things: singing loudly and listening to long speeches. Malagasy people taught me that, no matter how bad my day was, if I just started to sing and dance I could not help but smile. I hope the Malagasy people I worked with gained something from my time in Madagascar. I know I certainly did. M

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ilton Head Island resident John Rumsey is understandably proud of the many sailing achievements he’s accomplished in his 64 years on the water. But he may be proudest of his most recent adventure: an offshore race from California to Hawaii. The race was called the Transpac, short for Transpacific Yacht Race. It takes place on odd years and covers 2,225 nautical miles from San Pedro (near Los Angeles) to Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu. It’s one of sailing’s premier events, and it draws teams from all over the world. For Rumsey, it’s old hat. The 75-year-old had competed in the race 14 times before and has had several first-in-class finishes. It was the special circumstances that made his 15th Transpac so, well ... special. Rumsey was asked to join a crew of nine last year after a good friend from Mexico City, Jorge Ripstein, purchased a boat called Patches. The team started preparing for the 2011 Transpac in March, working to meet race and offshore requirements. But their plans changed in May when Ripstein learned his sister was dying of cancer and could pass during the nine-day race. Ripstein contacted crew members and told them Patches was withdrawing; his sister died the first week of June. Yet with just three weeks remaining before the start of the big race, Ripstein had a change of heart. He decided to re-enter 72

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A longtime Hilton Head sailor makes most of his latest race across the Pacific.

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If I had a boat: Sheila and John Rumsey, pictured just after the boat Patches reached Hawaii in the 2011 Transpac race.

the 46th annual race to honor his sister. That left his crew just three weeks to accomplish six weeks’ worth of work before the July 8 start. For Rumsey, it was a demanding request. He served as principal helmsman for the journey, as well as remained in charge of arranging travel and food for the crew. The end result was impressive. Patches was fast. Very fast. Patches was built in 2006 for racing on the Mediterranean circuit, where speed is much more important than comfort. To cut down on weight, Rumsey stocked the boat with freeze-dried food, trail mix and powdered drink mixes. By adding boiling water, Rumsey provided the crew with entrees such as beef stroganoff, chili, rice, chicken and more. “Everybody ate out of a mug,” Rumsey said. “Some of the food was pretty good. Some of the selections I didn’t care for too much, flavor-wise. The basic things were good. I had some chicken teriyaki and stuff like that which wasn’t so good. The crew really got to like Tabasco and other hot sauces so the food all pretty much tasted the same, like hot sauce.” The crew packed just five sleeping bags and had to share five bunks. Not that there was much time to sleep: Each crew member 74

had to get up every three hours or so to stand watch, turn the sails and keep the boat moving. The boat also leaked, thanks to holes in the deck for control lines. “After the first couple of days you just sort of get used to the general discomfort down below,” Rumsey said. “It’s really a lot of fun to be on the deck and sailing, but down below, you just get in your bunk and try to get as much rest as you can.” Doing a steady 12 to 15 knots (sometimes up to 25 in squalls), the 52-foot boat covered the distance from California to Hawaii in just eight days, 10 hours and 38 minutes; the trip came to an end at 8:20 p.m. local time on July 15 at the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor in Honolulu. The time was good enough for fifth place overall against 58 of the world’s best captains. The boat also took home four trophies: First in Class II, First Foreign Yacht Corrected Time, First Yacht Elapsed Time Under 60 Feet and Navigator Trophy First Class II. Under Transpac tradition, a host is assigned to arrange a welcome party for each boat at the finish line. Patches was greeted by one of the most famous hostesses on the island -- Jeanne Vanna, proprietor of Big Wave Flavor Tomatoes. “A wonderful end to a great trip to paradise,” Rumsey said. M

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September sounds at The Jazz Corner Summer may be over, but the nightspot in the Village at Wexford continues its lively music schedule with The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet (pictured, Sept. 2-3), vocalist Daline Jones and pianist and composer Diego Ramirez (Sept. 9-10), the Teri Rini Powers Quartet (Sept. 16-17), Maxine Sullivan, featuring Hanna Richardson, Phil Flanigan and Bob Alberti (Sept. 23-24) and a tribute to Bobby Darin, featuring Bobby Ryder’s Swingin’ Quintet (Sept. 30-Oct. 1). The Jazz Corner is located at Village at Wexford C1, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-842-8620,


On stage at the comedy club This month the Hilton Head Comedy Club welcomes Jimmy Carroll (through Sept. 4), Carl LaBove (Sept. 13-18), Derek Richards (Sept. 20-25) and Kerry Pollock (Sept. 27-Oct. 2). The club is at 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, hiltonhead


The inaugural Bluffton Block Party, featuring music by the Steppin’ Stones and the Blue Dogs, as well as food, beer and children’s activities, will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Buckwalter Place, Bluffton. The Block Party will raise money for military service organization Operation R&R ( and for those lost during the attacks of Sept. 11. For more information go to


Channel your inner Italian The 2011 edition of the Italian Heritage Festival, presented by the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head, takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Shelter Cove Community Park. In addition to the usual abundance of food, events will include a cooking demo by Orchid Paulmeier and music by 104.9 FM The Surf. There will also be a silent auction, kids’ events, dancing and an Italian auto exhibition. www.

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THEATER / DANCE Hilton Head Comedy Club: Aug. 30-Sept. 4: Jimmy Carroll. Sept. 5-12: Closed. Sept. 13-18: Carl LaBove. Sept. 20-25: Derek Richards. Sept. 27-Oct. 2: Kerry Pollock. Showtimes are 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and Sundays, and 8 and 10 p.m. 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,

MUSIC The Jazz Corner: Live music nightly; with special weekend concerts. Mondays: Delta blues and bayou tribute with the Martin Lesch Band. Tuesdays: Bob Masteller’s Jazz Corner Quintet. Wednesdays: The Earl Williams Blues Quartet, or the Bobby Ryder Quartet. Thursday: Lavon Stevens and Louise Spencer. Sept. 2-3: The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. Sept. 9-10: Vocalist Daline Jones and pianist and composer Diego Ramirez. Sept. 16-17: The Teri Rini Powers Quartet. Sept. 23-24: Maxine Sullivan, featuring Hanna Richardson, Phil Flanigan and Bob Alberti. Sept. 30-Oct. 1: A tribute to Bobby Darin, featuring Bobby Ryder’s Swingin’ Quintet. Village at Wexford C1, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-842-8620, Arrow Fest, presented by Remy’s Bar and Grill: Sept. 2-4 at Remy’s, 130 Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island. Featuring live performances by Zoogma, Archnemesis, Concrete Jumpsuit, Mama’s Love, the Suex Effect, Sumilan, Luke Mitchell, Treble Jay, Free Shotz, Pills for the Program, Broad Creek Rum Runners, Spare Parts, Flashback and the Cross Island Bridge Band. “Positively Pops,” presented by the Hilton Head Choral Society: 8 p.m. Sept. 2 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. This year’s lineup includes Broadway blockbusters from Stephen Sondheim, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and a special tribute to Lerner and Lowe’s “My Fair Lady.” Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at www.hiltonheadchoralsociety. org or at various outlets including Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy, Pretty Papers & Gifts in the Village at Wexford, Christie’s Hallmark at the Barnes & Noble Center in Indigo Run and Markel’s Card & Gifts Shop at Kitties Crossing in Bluffton, as well as at the door. 843-341-3818, “Picnic and Pops”: A salute to the HHSO’s 2011-12 season “Be Our Guest”: Sept. 15 at Shelter Cove Community Park. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. $20 for adults, children free. 843-842-2055, Sept. 11 Memorial Concert: 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head. Features the Festival Chorus and Orchestra, the Chancel Choir of Bethany United Methodist Church, soloists and guest presenters. $20. Tickets are available at the St. Francis Thrift Shop, Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy and Pretty Papers & Gifts. For more information, email Hilton Head Choral Society Sept. 11 tribute concert: 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. The chorus and orchestra will be joined by members of the mayor’s office and Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at or at various outlets including Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy, Pretty Papers & Gifts in the Village at Wexford, Christie’s Hallmark at the Barnes & Noble Center in Indigo Run and Markel’s Card & Gifts Shop at Kitties Crossing in Bluffton, as well as at the door. 843-341-3818, Sing Well for Deep Well Musical Variety Show: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. Performers include groups from Hilton Head Theatre as well as gospel, barbershop a cappella and jazz outfits. Admission is free, though canned food and monetary donations are welcomed. 843-681-3696, A Celebration of Sacred Music fundraiser for Family Promise of Beaufort County: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 70 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. Free. Hilton Head Choral Society subscriptions: For its 36th season, the Hilton Head Choral Society will present the world-famous Vienna Choir Boys, a special community 9/11 tribute commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 76

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fall at the salty dog cafe Sept. 10: Annual Crab Boil. A variety of crab leg selections, burgers and more. Also features live music, kids’ games and Jake the Salty Dog. 4-8 p.m. Sept. 17: Annual Blues Crab Boil. Live blue crab and local blues music. Also features live music, kids’ games and Jake the Salty Dog. 4-8 p.m. Sept. 24: Craft Beer & BBQ Festival. Craft beer selections from around the world paired with Lowcountry BBQ and cookout favorites. Also features live music, kids’ games and Jake the Salty Dog. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 1-Dec. 15: Shrimpfest. Celebrate the shrimp harvest with 10 favorite shrimp recipes: Russian, Greek, tequila, fried shrimp and more. Oct 1: 15th Annual Oyster Roast. Features more than 2,500 lbs. of oysters, all roasted over an open flame. Begins at 4 p.m., ends when the oysters are gone. Also features live music, kids’ games and Jake the Salty Dog. Oct. 15: 12th Annual Fall Festival. Sample restaurant food and sidewalk shopping while enjoying carnival games, prizes, live music, kids events and more. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 22: Shrimp Festival and Lowcountry Boil. Celebrate the shrimp harvest with live music, kids’ games, Jake the Salty Dog and a Lowcountry boil featuring fresh local shrimp. 4-8 p.m. Oct 29: Haunted BBQ & Costume Contest. Kids’ costume contest begins at 7 p.m. Features prizes, candy, kids games, burgers and hot dogs. Haunted Village will be open from 4-9 p.m. Nov. 12: Pig Pickin’ and Lowcountry Boil. Lowcountry cooking done right. 4-8 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 31: South Beach Christmas Village. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, falling snow and Santa visits each week until Christmas. 843-363-2198. Visit for a full schedule of South Beach events and updates.

terrorist attacks, plus the usual seasonal favorites — Labor Day pops, “The Sounds of Christmas,” a “Musical Masterworks” spring concert and the popular Memorial Day salute to the U.S. and our Armed Forces. Subscriptions to the Choral Society’s 2011-12 season are now available for $105, offering preferred reserved seating to the four full chorus concerts and the 9/11 tribute. Advanced reserved tickets to the Vienna Choir Boys performance are available for $35. 843-341-3818,

ART / EXHIBITS “The Color of Life” – A Photography Exhibit by Jean-Marie Coté at the Art League Gallery of Hilton Head: Artist reception takes place from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 8; the show runs Sept. 7-Oct. 1 at the Walter Greer Gallery of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. 843681-5060, Presentation on John James Audubon by Ron Roth: 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The presentation will provide audiences with insight into Audubon’s ambitious, self-styled role as adventurer, artist and natural scientist. Roth is a former director of the September 2011

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calendar Reading Public Museum and the Nebraska Museum of Art. $5 donation requested, reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 Art Expo 2011, benefiting Memory Matters: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 22 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. Features artwork by Memory Matters participants and local artists in a silent auction. 843-842-6688 Exposition d’Art at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn: Sept. 23-Nov. 22 in the Hilton Head Regional Health Care Temporary Exhibit Gallery. The paintings in this exhibit are created by four artists: Chris Clayton, Mary Ann Hart, Judy Saylor McElynn and Anita Stephens. Aptly named “The Four of Us,” the exhibit combines their landscapes, portraits and still life in juxtaposition to decorative objects and antiques owned by the artists themselves. Fabulous Fakes – Masterworks with a Twist: 1-5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Art League of Hilton Head gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. 843-681-5060, Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island: Sept. 24-Dec. 31 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The Exhibition will feature 20 large-scale outdoor sculptures placed around the nearly mile-long walking trail. The sculptures were selected by a nationally recognized jury from a pool of more than 300 entries from around the United States. This free to the public Exhibition will be open to the public during the Coastal Discovery Museum’s hours of operation.

FAMILY Imagination Hour at the Sandbox: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Story time, followed by a related arts and crafts project. Free. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Labor Day. 843-842-7645, Storytime at the Storybook Shoppe: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays (for 3-yearolds) and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays (ages 4-6). 41A Calhoun St., Bluffton. 843-7572600, Puppet shows with Yostie the Puppeteer: 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Coligny Plaza and 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at Harbour Town. Music, stories and fun. Free. 843-341-2338

BENEFITS Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament: Sept. 2-4. The three-day event matches celebrities with amateur golfers to raise funds for 20 South Carolina Children’s Charities. 843-842-7711, “Run for Ret”: 8 a.m. Sept. 3. A 5K run, walk or jog through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve in memory of Ret Thomas, who died of pediatric cancer in 2000. Children and parents with kids in strollers or backpacks are welcome. The race begins in front of the Fraser Field House at Hilton Head Prep and ends there. To register, go to or Go Tri Sports on Palmetto Bay Road. Registration will also be open 30 minutes prior to the start of the race. Spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit the Deep Well Project, featuring the Headliners: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept 15 at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 20 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. Tickets are available at Burke’s Pharmacy, the Corner Perk in Bluffton and at the Deep Well Project. Tickets are $15 a person, $100 for a table of 8 and $5 for children under 10. 843-298-5606. Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina’s Death By Chocolate: 7-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Crowne Plaza Resort, Shipyard Plantation, Hilton Head Island. In addition to samples of delicious chocolate, a silent auction will take place and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $35 and available by calling 843842-3444 or 800-868-9911 or going to ”Help The Hoo-Hahs” 5K Walk/Run: Benefits area women who are battling gynecological cancer. Sept. 24 at the Savannah Trade and Convention Center. 843-321-0940, 78

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jean-marie cote and ‘the color of life’ As a boy, photographer Jean-Marie Côté loved wandering through fields of wildflowers at his family’s Quebec dairy farm. The dazzling display of color, shape and form sparked dreams that today inspire Côté’s art. Today, Côté photographs tulips, roses, orchids and more exotic blooms in a variety of unusual ways. He crops, colors, renders them in black and white and shoots them from all angles — including an ant’s perspective. Côté’s unique vision will be on display at his one-man show,“The Color of Life,” running through Oct. 1 at the Art League of Hilton Head’s Walter Greer Gallery. An opening reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 8, and an artist’s talk at 11 a.m. Sept. 9. Carolyn Males

Tennis for Alzheimer’s fundraiser at Bluffton HIgh School: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the tennis courts. A day of lessons, ball machine use and match play with donations collected for the fight against Alzheimer’s. Drop in anytime, or reserve a half-hour lesson. 843-290-2833 LoCo Motion, a walking/running event presented by Carolina Cups: The inaugural event will be held Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct 2. Participants will enjoy a different 10-mile course on each of the three days, having the option of running or walking 10 miles each day, for a combined total of 30 miles through Hilton Head and Bluffton. This one-of-a-kind event has been carefully orchestrated to appeal to every fitness level. 75% of every dollar raised by Carolina Cups stays in the Lowcountry to fund breast cancer screening, treatment, and research programs. 843-868-1888, Hilton Head Island Crew fundraiser: Oct. 1 at Legendary Golf, 900 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. This event will be a 36-hole miniature golf marathon from 6-10 p.m. for all ages. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 843-597-3145, email Fire Prevention Week and Annual Free Pancake Breakfast: Bring the kids and enjoy a free pancake breakfast from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the firehouse off of Square Pope Road next to the back gate to Hilton Head Plantation. Tour the firehouse and see fire trucks up close. Programs For Exceptional People’s Fall Gala: Oct. 8 at the Sea Pines Country Club. Features silent auction, cocktail hour and live music by the Sandpiper Quartet. Tickets are $75 each and are available at PEP, 10 Oak Park Drive, Box 2, Hilton Head. 843-681-8413, 80

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calendar Heel To Toe For Polio: 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the Holiday Inn at Coligny Beach. This will be the third and final year of local efforts to eradicate polio. A victory party is planned at Beach Market Center at the end of the walk packed with entertainment, door prizes and a tapas lunch. 843-684-0074. Find more information on Facebook at Heel To Toe for Polio and at NAMI Walks: Begins at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head. Registration begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K begins at 10 a.m., followed by a cookout and live music. 843-681-2200,

FESTIVALS Bluffton Block Party: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Buckwalter Place, Bluffton. Features music by the Steppin’ Stones and the Blue Dogs, as well as food, beer and children’s activities. The Block Party will raise money for Operation R&R ( a military service organization and to commemorate those lost during 9/11. www.blufftonblockparty. com Italian Heritage Festival, presented by the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Shelter Cove Community Park. In addition to food from the island’s leading restaurants, festival events will include a special cooking demonstration by “Next Food Network Star” participant Orchid Paulmeier of One Hot Mama’s and music by 104.9 FM The Surf. There will also be a silent auction, events for children, dancing and an exhibition of Foreign Cars Italia. www. 27th Annual Chili Cookoff, presented by the Kiwanis Club: Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This year’s event will feature local cooks, music by the Chilly Willy Band, kids’ entertainment and more. Tickets will be available in advance for $10 at several island locations, including the Coastal Discovery Museum and Burke’s Pharmacy. Tickets can also be purchased from any Kiwanis member. Each ticket entitles the holder to as many samples of chili as they want. Tickets on the day of the event will be $12. Proceeds benefit local charities. 2011 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance: This year’s Honored Marque is BMW. Events include the Savannah Speed Classic (Oct. 28-30, Westin Savannah Harbor West), the Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 5, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn), the Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 6, Honey Horn) and exhibits on the Motoring Midway (Nov. 5-6, Honey Horn). For more information and a complete schedule, call 843-785-7469 or go to Music To Your Mouth: Nov. 14-20 at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton. Featuring prominent Southern chefs, producers of artisanal beverages and products and music.

OUTSIDE Kayak Nature Tour, conducted by Todd Ballantine: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 24; the program departs from The Outside Palmetto Bluff store in Wilson Landing at Palmetto Bluff. Ballantine, the author of Lowcountry field guide “Tideland Treasure,” is an educator, environmental scientist, writer and artist. His visit is a part of Outside Hilton Head’s environmental education program. 800-686-6996,

ATHLETICS International Wheelchair Tennis Championships: Matches will be held primarily at the Chaplin Park Tennis Center; additional matches will be at the Hilton Head Motorcoach Resort off Arrow Road. Tournament play begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 15 and continues through Sept. 18 in Men’s, Women’s, Quad and Junior divisions. Local players are invited to join in a Run-Roll Round Robin at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Chaplin Park. Interested players will be partnered with a wheelchair athlete and should contact Julie Jilly at September 2011

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calendar Volunteers are needed to help serve lunches, and “ball persons” of all ages are needed. To volunteer or for more information, call Yza Shady at 843-785-7244 or email Pedal 4 Kids Community Ride: The Lowcountry’s largest bicyclist event is currently registering individuals and teams. The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24. Registration and after-party will be held at Hilton Head Island High School. Four different routes throughout Hilton Head’s parks and pathways are available for bicyclists of all ages and skill levels. Bike rentals will be available for $10 each. All cyclists must wear a helmet. Cost is $30 for each adult; $10 for students and kids; free for children 5 and under. To register, visit

ETC. Tasteful Tuesdays at Benny Hudsons’ Seafood/Retail Seafood Market: 6 p.m. Sept. 6. History, food and fun, complete with cooking demonstration and samples. Just bring a beach/folding chair and your beverage of choice. Space is limited so reservations are required. Stop by the market at 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head, or call 843-682-3474. Events at the Heritage Library: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8: An appearance by Steve Hoffius and Larry Rowland, who will sign copies of their book “The Civil War in South Carolina: Selections from the South Carolina Historical Magazine.” Sept. 25: Captain William Hilton Day (soon to be proclaimed by the mayor), featuring a reception and a book signing by Dwayne Pickett, co-author of “The European Struggle to Settle North America.” Sept. 27: Bill Altstaetter will speak at the Library’s Education Center on “The Pre-Columbia Low Country and the Lost Century.” Sept. 28: Nancy Burke will begin a two-session class for beginning family researchers. Sept. 30: Free Day at the Library (the usual $10 research fee for non-members will be waived). There will also be mini-lectures from time to time and refreshments. Palmetto Quilt Guild monthly meeting: 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Awardwinning international quilt teacher and lecturer Kathie Alyce will present “Passion For Quilting.” $5 visitor fee, guests welcome. 843-671-2244, AAUW Friendship Tea: 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Bear Creek Golf Club, Hilton Head Plantation. The program of dulcimer music and its unique history will be presented by Bobbi Logan, leader of the Sun City Mountain Strings. Tickets are $15. Call 843-341-6638 for reservations. The Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Chapter: Next meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The meeting will feature Nena Powell Rice of the SCIAA South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology. Rice will discuss “Discovering South Carolina Archaeology: 16,000 Years of Cultural Occupation.” The meeting is free and open to the public. 843-363-5058, League of Women Voters September Meeting: The subject will be “Saving Our Rivers and Lands.” 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Low Country Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Simmonsville Road and Highway 278 in Bluffton. The public is invited. 843-837-3436

Professional Tennis Registry’s Professional Development Weekend: Oct. 6-9 at PTR Headquarters and the Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club, Hilton Head. 800-421-6289, Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island: Fall class schedule runs from Oct. 10-Nov. 19. The school is offering 23 courses, including Addictions, Significant History-Changing Battles and Literature. All course venues are on Hilton Head. 843-842-8250, Civil War Roundtable of the Lowcountry Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration: Dec. 1-4 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The event will include speakers/presenters from throughout the Southeast who will focus on the Lowcountry’s involvement in the war from a both a Northern and Southern perspective. M 82

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CLUB MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY Being a member has its advantages. Peek inside some of the island’s prestigious clubs and see what membership has to offer.

Trial Golf Membership Offer at Hampton Hall Club

The Hampton Hall Club is one of the area’s most prestigious golf club communities featuring the magnificent Pete Dye Signature Golf Course. This membership is available to both property and non-property owners. Our Discover Golf Membership is a 6-month trial membership, just in time for our best season of golf. Membership includes: 2 day advanced tee times, golf weekdays after 12:00 PM, weekends and holidays after 2:00 PM, along with access to golf clinics, practice facility and much more. After golf enjoy lunch at Pete’s Grill or browse our fully stocked golf shop. Don’t miss out on this limited time offer. Some restrictions apply. Please call for details. To schedule your preview round or to learn more about Hampton Hall Club, please contact Membership Director, Chris Ely, at 843-815-8730 or by email at

South Carolina Yacht Club

The SCYC, in Windmill Harbour, announces the upcoming Cotillion Season for children of members. Cotillion Classes are September 11th, October 16th and November 20th. Classes include Etiquette Tips for Tots for Pre K - Kindergarten from 3 until 3:45; SCYC Junior Cotillion for 1st-3rd grades from 3 until 4, 4th-5th grades from 4 until 5; SCYC Cotillion & Teen Cotillion for 6th-9th grades from 5 until 6:30. The Fall Cotillion Classes focus on dancing. The Spring Cotillion Classes focus on etiquette. Please RSVP to the club at 843-681-4844 by Friday, September 9th. For more information visit

Rotary Club of Bluffton

The club’s 33rd Bluffton Village Festival drew nearly 10,000 attendees; Bluffton Self Help received a large portion of funds. The “Believing in Bluffton” fund-raiser yielded over $15,000 for the Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine. The club meets Wednesdays for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Oscar Frazier Park. 843-815-2277,

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island

Completed a three-year capital campaign for Memory Matters. The new facility has expanded hours and increased number of clients served. “Dining In With Friends” raised money for the ”End Polio Now” effort. The club meets on Thursdays for lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the Sea Pines Country Club. 843-868-4100. Find on Facebook or at

Sunset Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Raised record amount of money at their 19th hole tent during the 2011 Heritage (funds were donated to the Hilton Head Boys & Girls Club, Family Promise and Hope Haven). The club meets Mondays for dinner at the Chart House at 6:30 p.m. 843-338-0575.

Moss Creek

Here are a few upcoming big events for Moss Creek for September – November: Opening of our newly renovated Clubhouse (early September). Community Member-Guest Weekend which includes a variety of activities in conjunction with the Moss Creek Golf Club’s Annual Mixed Member-Guest tournament and the Tennis Member-Guest (October 6-9). Moss Creek Open House (October 9). Halloween Bash and Tennis Round Robin (October 29). Thanksgiving Buffet (November 24). For a complete list of activities, email

Tennisclub of the Low Country

The Tennisclub of the Low Country at Rose Hill has a projected opening date of early September. Our first Junior Camp 6-week session will begin at Hampton Hall on Monday, August 22, and then move over to our Rose Hill location. For information or to tour the tennis facility, please contact Butch Staples at (954) 821-6622 / or call Gavin Cox at (843) 816-1665.Check out our website at and join us on Facebook; Tlc at Rose Hill.

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Lowcountry eating — with a twist

The ingredients in these iconic Lowcountry dishes may seem familiar, but the recipes are decidedly not. With these coastal-inspired ideas you can turn shrimp and grits into a shrimp and cornmeal spoonbread soufflé, or roast your Lowcountry boil on the BBQ. Let’s get cooking… By sally kerr-dineen / photography by rob kaufman


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Shrimp And Pancetta Spoonbread Soufflé While spoonbread isn’t native to the Lowcountry, it is a Southern heritage dish. It’s traditionally a little sweet and served with all sorts of chicken, turkey or ham dishes (always with a spoon, never cut, like a Southern version of Yorkshire pudding). this one is perfect as an appetizer or lunch with a salad. Serves 6-8.

Ingredients 2 cups whole milk ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 2/3-cup fine white cornmeal (not white grits) 3 large eggs, separated 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled, de-veined and coarsely chopped 4 oz. diced pancetta or bacon 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or hoop cheese ½ medium Vidalia onion finely chopped 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons butter Canola oil Old Bay seasoning Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 1 ½2-quart shallow baking dish. Sauté pancetta in a skillet over medium heat until golden. Add onion, cook until soft, season with Old Bay, add shrimp. Continue cooking until the shrimp begin to turn pink, splash with balsamic vinegar. The shrimp should still be raw inside. Set aside. Simmer milk in a large saucepan. Add cornmeal, whisk and cook until mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in butter, salt, egg yolks and baking powder. Stir in pancetta, shrimp, cheese and onions. Set aside. Beat the eggs whites until stiff, fold into the cornmeal mixture. Pour batter into prepared dish. Bake until lightly browned about 30-40 minutes. Serve immediately. Note: You can also make this using individual ramekins.

Lowcountry Roast A Lowcountry boil — with more robust flavor! The beauty of this dish is that it can be adapted to your preferred tastes; there are no hard and fast rules. Note: you can easily roast this in the oven at 425°F. Serves 6-8.

Ingredients 6 boneless chicken thighs; skin on 2 andouille sausages, thickly sliced on the diagonal 1 Vidalia onion, medium chop 8 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed and minced ½ bunch of flat-leaf parsley leaves (or a good handful) chopped 1 (15-ounce) can crushed or diced tomatoes 1 cup Arborio rice 4-6 cups chicken stock — plus a little more if needed 1 dozen littleneck clams 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and de-veined – tails left on 4 ears of sweet corn, shucked and cut in half Old Bay seasoning Canola oil for sautéing Special equipment: 2 aluminum roasting pans, doubled for support and when roasting. Preheat BBQ (or oven) to 425°F. Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning generously over chicken and shrimp. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Heat oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the sausage until browned, then remove and set aside. Add chicken pieces and brown until golden on both sides. Remove, and set aside with sausage. Add onions, garlic and parsley. Season generously with Old Bay seasoning, and cook for 2- 3 minutes over medium heat. Add rice and more Old Bay, stir to coat rice, cook until it begins to crackle.  Add tomatoes and stir to combine all ingredients. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the liquid thickens slightly. Transfer to roasting pan. Pour in stock; stir so the rice absorbs the liquid evenly. Add chicken and sausages, along with all accumulated juices. Cover with foil and roast on the BBQ over indirect heat for 45 minutes, adding more stock as needed.

Creamy Peach Pie with Sour Cream Topping A spinoff from a traditional key lime pie recipe. The sour cream topping adds just the right amount of tartness to set off the sweet Carolina peaches surrounded by creamy custard. So easy! Serves 6-8

Ingredients 1 9-inch prepared piecrust, blind-baked Filling: 3 large egg yolks, room temperature 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk 5 oz. peach nectar or peach juice 1 ½ cups peeled and diced peaches (about six) 1 tsp vanilla extract Topping: 1 cup chilled sour cream 1/2 cup chilled heavy whipping cream 4 tbsp confectioner’s sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract (Whisk the above ingredients together until soft peaks form) Beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl using a hand mixer until pale (2-3 minutes). Gradually beat in the condensed milk and vanilla. Continue beating another 3 minutes scraping down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the peach nectar. Arrange peaches in piecrust, pour filling over peaches and bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is just set. Let pie cool completely then refrigerate at least 2 hours or covered overnight. Before serving spoon topping over custard.

Remove foil, add clams and shrimp, stir, place corn on top then add more stock if necessary. Cover and continue roasting until the shrimp are pink and the clams have opened. Remove from heat, keep covered and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. September 2011

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where to eat AMERICAN Alfred’s: European-trained executive chef Alfred Kettering combines classic American and Continental cuisine. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, Hilton Head Island. 843-3413117. D 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. 6863443. ldo Bomboras Grille and Chill Bar: 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 843-689-2662, ldo 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 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. Mondays-Fridays: Happy Hour. Mondays: Margarita Mondays. Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night. Thursdays: Team trivia. Fridays: Karaoke. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-2255. caseyshhi. com. Ldo Christine’s Cafe and Catering: Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. 840 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 785-4646. l Coco’s On The Beach: 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. 843-842-0043 do Coligny Deli & Grill: More than 80 flavors of frozen treats and sandwiches. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-4440. ld

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Redfish Chef Sean Walsh specializes in local and seasonal cooking. Walsh’s refined cuisine, especially when paired with his restaurant’s extensive wine list, draws serious diners.

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where to eat 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. 341-2333. d Daniel’s Restaurant and Lounge: 2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 843341-9379. do Deli by the Beach: Deli sandwiches with Boar’s Head meats. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 785-7860. ld Downtown Deli: Soups, sandwiches, Italian specialties. 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton. 815-5005. bl Drydock: 21 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 842-9775. ldo Earle of Sandwich Pub: English pub food, sandwiches. 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 7857767. ld

Ela’s Blu Water Grille: Fresh-caught seafood and prime-cut steaks with views of Shelter Cove Harbour. Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 785-3030, ld Flavors: Eclectic recipes from around the world. 12 Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 843785-3115. ld Frankie Bones: Reminiscent of Chicago/ New York in the 1950s and 1960s. 1301 Main St., Hilton Head. 682-4455. lds 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 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,


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Osso Buco is one of the most renowned dishes in Italian cuisine — and a Michael Anthony’s specialty. This one-time peasant dish of slowly braised veal shank has been transformed into the epitome of haute Italian cuisine, traditionally served atop the classic saffron risotto.


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where to eat 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. 815-7388. bld Island Bistro: 10 Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-4777. lds Jazz Corner: Eclectic fine dining menu, live music nightly. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-8620. do Johnny D’s: Fresh local seafood, produce, house-made cheeses. Park Plaza, Hilton Head Island. 785-2800, ldo 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. www.katieodonalds. com. ldo Kelly’s Tavern: 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton. 837-3353. bldo

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TJ’s Take & bake pizza Celebrate the tradition of pizza with gusto at the newest location of this favorite pizzeria. In addition to their take-and-bake pizzas, you’ll also find bountiful salads, wraps (above) and Italian specialties.

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where to eat 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 the marina. South Beach Marina, Hilton Head. 671-5456. www. bld Larry’s Giant Subs: Subs, NYC-style deli sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks. 32 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. 785-2488. bld Lee Wood’s Lowcountry Grille: 71 Pope Ave., Suite E, Hilton Head. Open 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. 843-715-2540. LDO 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. www.hiltonheadlodge. com. 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 freshbaked breakfast cakes, sandwiches, seafood, salads and soups. 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange, Hilton Head. 7859273. bld


Main Street Café: Pub-style dishes, seafood. 1411 Main Street Village, Hilton Head. 689-3999. lds May River Grill: Fresh fish. 1263 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-5755. 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. 843-815-7222. www. do Mickey’s Pub: Pub food, steaks, mussels, grilled pizzas. 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 689-9952. www.mickeyspubhhi. com. ldo Montana’s Grizzly Bar: 4-7 p.m. daily and all day Tuesday: Happy Hour. Nightly specials after 7 p.m. 16 Kittie’s Landing Road, Bluffton. 815-2327. ldo Munchies: Ice creams, wraps, sandwiches, paninis and salads. Offers a $5 after-school meal for students from 2:30-4:30 p.m. daily, and ready-made brown-bag to-go lunches. 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 Hilton Head

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where to eat Plantation, Hilton Head. 681-2386. www. ds Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café: Eggs Benedict, Bloody Marys. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 6863232. bl Philly’s Café and Deli: Salads, sandwiches. 102 Fountain Center, New 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. 3424472. bl Pour Richard’s: Balances worldly flavors with soul and “Southern comfort”; features Bluffton’s only wood-fire oven. 4376 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton. With new spring menu; now open Monday nights. 843-7571999. 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

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Truffles A Hilton Head Island institution for more than 28 years, Truffles’ menu suits a variety of moods. At each of its three locations, this casually elegant favorite offers soups, salads, seafood, beef and its signature pot pie.

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where to eat 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: Fresh local seafood. Kitchen open from 11 p.m.-late. Live music nightly. Mondays: Moon Men From Mars Tuesdays: Jalapeno Brothers. Wednesdays: Treble Jay. Thursdays: Martin Lesch Trio. Fridays: CC & The Lost Boys. Saturdays: (rotates). Sundays: Big B Karaoke. 130 Arrow Rd., Hilton Head. 8423800. 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 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. bld Southern Coney & Breakfast: Coney dogs, hamburgers, salads, breakfast. 70 Pope Ave., in Circle Center, Hilton Head. 689-2447. bl 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. 7066178. bl The Studio: Fine cuisine and live music in an art gallery atmosphere. 20 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-6000. www. 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. 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, unforget-

table views. 43 Jenkins Island Road, Hilton Head. 689-6744. ldos Susie Q’s: Salads, sandwiches. 32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 686-2136. l Tapas: Small dishes served tapas-style. 11 Northridge Drive, Hilton Head. 681-8590. d The Tavern: 51 Riverwalk Blvd., Suite 3G, in the Riverwalk Business Park, Ridgeland. Open Mondays-Saturdays for lunch and dinner. 843-645-2333. ld 35 Main: Dining and catering. 35 N. Main St., Hilton Head. 785-4600. bld 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. ld Truffles Cafe (Sea Pines): Ribs, steaks, seafood and American cuisine at three locations. 71 Lighthouse Road, Sea Pines Center, Hilton Head. 671-6136. trufflescafe. com. 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. 671-3399. bld 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. www. ldo 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. 8379453. 837-9453. ldo 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. do

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BARBECUE Bluffton Barbeque: 11 State of Mind St., Bluffton. 757-7427, ld Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q: 872 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 706-9741. ld 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. 6826262. ldso Patty’s Pig & Pit: 32 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 843-842-5555 Smokehouse: BBQ. 34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 842-4227. ldo Squat N’ Gobble: BBQ, burgers, Greek food. 1231 May River Road, Bluffton. 7574242. bld

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Ela’s blu water grille Chef Rabadi’s Italian twists on fresh seafood and steak are offered at this new eatery right on Shelter Cove Harbour. Check out the first-class wine selections as well.

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Before the vine, comes the Earth

I’ve just returned from a trip overseas that opened my eyes to something that most American restaurants have yet to embrace: terroir, a French word meaning “from the land.” Restaurants overseas are using terroir as a focus point when classifying their wine lists, and though I’ve begun noticing it on some wine lists in the States, restaurants here continue to primarily organize wines based on the fruit’s description — “cherry,” “blackberry,” “jammy.” For a winemaker, terroir is where wine production begins, so this month I’ve focused on wines that concentrate heavily on their unique terroir — and alternative practices winemakers use if their land isn’t as plentiful as they might like. Cheers! BY SETH TILTON

Know your terroir

Chalk Hill Estate Chalk Hill is located in Napa, Cali., and gets its name from how the land looks from the air. Chalk Hill’s vines are planted in 13 different soil types, so the chemistry between land, light and harvest must be very specific to make sure it shows through once the wine is on your table.

Craggy Range Located in New Zealand, Craggy Range has focused on bringing in special vines, mostly from France, which fit its unique soil type and temperature. Craggy Range also uses local rocks from the land, putting them beneath the vines to showcase the unique minerality of its vineyard. Terroir is so important to this winery that the word double as the name of its on-site restaurant.

Micro-fermentation This is in the process in which extra oxygen is pumped into the liquid during fermentation to imitates a lengthy aging process. It’s used if the soil isn’t complex enough and extracts a faux terroir out of the grape.

Importing minerality Often we hear of winemakers sourcing grapes from other vineyards if their land is missing something they need to blend their desired wine. Similarly, wineries will source volcanic rock or oyster shells, grind them up and till them into the vineyards to give the fruit characteristics of wines with natural terroir.

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BRITISH 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 Marksman Tavern: An English-style pub serving fish and chips, Indian curry, burgers, traditional English breakfast and late-night food until 11 p.m. 11 Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head, 843-785-5814.

BURGERS A.J.’s Burgers: Specialty burgers, salads, wraps, full bar. 1G New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 843-341-3556, ldo Fuddruckers: 2A Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. 686-5161. ld



Now in new digs, Ardis Matthew’s spot is a beacon for bright, clear flavors. The small-plates menu showcases seafood, succulent meats, house-made pastas and desserts. A date-night haven and foodie favorite for 15 years.


Bistro 17: French cuisine with harbor views. 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 785-5517. ld Café St. Tropez: Seafood favorites, continental style. 841 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 785-7425. ldo Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte: Small, intimate

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French dining. 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-9277. www.charliesgreenstar. com. ld Claude & Uli’s Bistro: American and continental cuisine. 1533 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-3336. www.claudebistro. com. 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

GULLAH Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s: Authentic Gullah country cooking; catering available. Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 681-8106. 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.

Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte The only restaurant on the island that rewrites its menu daily based on the freshest local seafood. With a power wine list that digs deep into west coast reds and a 25-year history of pleasing local palettes, Charlie’s offers refined service and picture-perfect plates.

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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 DiVino Fine Italian Cuisine and Steaks: Fine Italian cuisine and fresh local seafood. 1555 Fording Island Road in Moss Creek Village, Bluffton. 815-9000. www. 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. 6863900. ld Le Bistro Mediterranean: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 681-8425. lebistromediterranean. com. d Little Venice: Italian specialties, seafood and pasta with water views. 2 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 7853300. ld Michael Anthony’s: Regional Italian fine dining with a contemporary flair. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-6272. 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 Stellini: Cuisine from New York’s Little Italy. 15 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-7006. d Trattoria Divina: Northern Italian coastal cuisine. 33 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 686-4442, d

MEXICAN / SOUTHWESTERN Amigos Cafe y Cantina (Hilton Head): Ultra-casual, funky. 70 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-8226. 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. 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. 3423409. ld 96

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. 842-4555. www. 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. ld Empire Szechuan: Fine Chinese dining. 51 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 6869888. 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. 815-6790. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine I (Hilton Head): 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 785-8575. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine II (Bluffton): 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village, Bluffton. 757-9479. ld Yummy House: Authentic Chinese food, buffet, free delivery. 2 Southwood Park Drive, Hilton Head. 681-5888. www. ld

PIZZA Bravo Pizza: 1B New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 342-7757. ld Badabings Pizza and Pasta: 68 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 836-9999. ld Fat Baby’s: Fresh pizza, subs. 120 Arrow Road, Hilton Head. 842-4200. ld Flatbread Grill and Bar: 2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 341-2225, www. ldo Gatorz Pizza: At Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-0004. ld Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta (Hilton Head): Pizza, sandwiches and fresh pasta

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Mellow mushroom One of the area’s most energetic and popular dining rooms, this local favorite is a place where familes, date-night couples and sports fans feel equally at home.

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where to eat 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. Tuesdays: Live trivia. 25 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 815-9200. ld Mangiamo!: Pizza, Italian fare, take-out and delivery. 2000 Main St., Hilton Head. 682-2444. ld Mellow Mushroom: Pizza, salads, subs, take-out available. 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-2474. www. 878 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 706-0800. ldo Monster Pizza: 142 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton. 757-6466. www.monsterpizzassc. com/pizza. 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 TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: 35 Main Street, Hilton Head. Offering an expanded lunchtime menu. 681-2900, 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. 7854999. ld Angler’s Beach Market Grill: Fresh seafood, beef, chicken; family-friendly; dinein or carry out. 2 North Forest Beach Drive, 785-3474. ld Aqua Ocean Grille: Beach Bar open 11 a.m.- Dining room open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 10 North Forest Beach Drive, 341-3030. ld Bali Hai Family Restaurant: Pacific Rim cuisine with a Southern flair. Open 5 p.m. 7 days a week. Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-0084 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. lds Bluffton Family Seafood House: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton. 757-4010. ld 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 Catch 22: Seafood, steaks, raw bar. 37 New Orleans Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-6261. 98 d Crazy Crab (north end): 104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 681-5021. ld Crazy Crab (Harbour Town): 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head. 363-2722. 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: Award-winning chef creates fresh seafood, pasta and steaks with a breathtaking water view and Mediterranean décor. Early bird specials nightly from 5-7 p.m.; Happy Hour specials nightly from 5-8 p.m. Outdoor seating and private banquet space available. Live music schedule: Tuesdays: Steppin’ Stones (classic rock, on fireworks Tuesdays only). Wednesdays: Alexander Newton (Motown/ R&B). Thursdays: David Wingo (soft rock). Fridays: The Earl Williams Band (jazz). Sundays/Mondays: Joseph The Magician (tableside magic). 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 785-4442. do Marley’s Island Grille: Seafood, steaks, lobster. 35 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-5800. www.marleyshhi. com. do Marshside Mama’s Cafe: Island specialties. 15 Haig Point Road on County Landing, Daufuskie Island. 785-4755. 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. 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. www.peppersporch. com do Red Fish: Cuban, Cari­bbean, Latin. 8 Archer Road, Hilton head. 686-3388. www. ld Sea Grass Grille: Fresh seafood. 807 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 7859990. 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. scottsfishmarket. com. 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 Head. 7852070. ld Wreck of the Salty Dog: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 6717327. ld

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BAKERIES / COFFEE HOUSES Bogey’s Coffee Café & More: Homemade soups, sandwiches, muffins and desserts. 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-5282. bl Coligny Bakery: Breads, muffins, cakes and pies baked daily. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-4900. bl Corner Perk: 142 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton. 816-5674. bl Cottage Cafe, Bakery and Tea Room: Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea; fruit tarts, cakes and fresh breads. Calhoun Street, Bluffton. 757-0508. bl Flamingo House of Doughnuts: 33 Office Park Road #A, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-4606 French Bakery: Authentic French pastries, breads, lunch items. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 342-5420. frenchbakeryhiltonhead. com. bl Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe: Freshly baked pastries, overstuffed sandwiches, soups. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 363-2021. bl Java Joe’s: 101 Pope Ave. in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686- 5282. bldo Little Chris Café: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. 785-2233. bl Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe: Gourmet salads, sandwiches, goodies. 93 Arrow Road, Hilton Head. 785-9118. bls 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. 842-4090 Sweet Carolina Cupcakes: 1 N. Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 843-342-2611. 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 Wholly Cow Ice Creams and Coffee Beans: Handmade ice creams, coffees. 24 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 8422511.

ICE CREAM Cold Stone Creamery: 890 William Hilton Parkway #38, Hilton Head. 843-8422422, 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. 785-3633. Frozen Moo: Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 843-8423131 Hilton Head Ice Cream: 55 New Orleans Road, #114, Hilton Head. 843-8526333, 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 brown-bag

to-go lunches. 1407 Main St., Hilton Head. 785-3354. ld Pino Gelato: Ice cream, yogurt, desserts. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-2822. Rita’s Water Ice: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza Hilton Head. 843-6862596,

WINE Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar (Hilton Head): 4-6 p.m.: Happy Hour. 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 671-7783. 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 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. 341-9463. winetimes4. com do

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. 8 p.m. Mondays: Dueling pianos, with Starky and Clutch. 8 p.m. Tuesdays: Lowcountry Boil (bluegrass). 10 p.m. Wednesdays: Patwa (reggae). 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays: Jack the Jammer (Jimmy Buffett covers). 6:30 p.m. Fridays: The Beagles (Beatles covers). 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. www. 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 Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 7854950. lds Bomboras Grille and Chill Bar: 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 843-689-2662, ldo 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. ldo Captain Woody’s (Bluffton): 17 State of Mind Street in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 757-6222. ldo Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: September 2011

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Johnny D’s

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This newcomer, headed by local restaurant vet John DeAngelis, makes the most of each season with its innovative menu, and the already-famous happy hour keeps the place a fun, friendly favorite.

Burgers, sandwiches. 4-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays: 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. 843-842-0043 do Drydock: 21 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 8429775. ldo Electric Piano: 33 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-5399. o 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. o Hinchey’s Chicago Bar and Grill: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-686-5959. ldo Jamaica Joe’z Beach Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head. 843-842-0044. The Jazz Corner: Live performances nightly. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-8620. www.thejazzcorner. com do Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: 7 Greenwood Dr., Suite 3B, Hilton Head. 785-9070. www.jumpandphilshhi. com. ldo 100

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where to eat 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. ldo Karma / Ultimate Teen Nightlife: 5 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head. 843-424-4016, o Katie O’Donald’s: 1008 Fording Island Road (Kittie’s Crossing), Bluffton. 815-5555. ldo Kelly’s Tavern: 11 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton. 837-3353. Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse: Award-winning chef creates fresh seafood, pasta and steaks with a breathtaking water view and Mediterranean décor. Early bird specials nightly from 5-7 p.m.; Happy Hour specials nightly from 5-8 p.m. Outdoor seating and private banquet space available. Live music schedule: Tuesdays: Steppin’ Stones (classic rock, on fireworks Tuesdays only). Wednesdays: Alexander Newton (Motown/ R&B). Thursdays: David Wingo (soft rock). Fridays: The Earl Williams Band (jazz). Sundays/Mondays: Joseph The Magician (tableside magic). 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 785-4442. do Lee Wood’s Lowcountry Grille: 71 Pope Ave., Suite E, Hilton Head. Open 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. 843-715-2540. LDO 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. 842-8966. www.hiltonheadlodge. com. 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. 843-815-7222. do Mickey’s Pub: 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. 815-2327. ldo Murphy’s Irish Pub: Enjoy a pint and some traditional Irish pub grub. 81 Pope Ave., Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 8423448. ldo 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. 8421999. ldo Pepper’s Porch 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. www.peppersporch. com do Remy’s Bar and Grill: Fresh local seafood. Kitchen open from 11 p.m.-late. Live music nightly. Mondays: Four Piece and a Biscuit. Tuesdays: Jalapeno Brothers. Wednesdays: Treble Jay. Thursdays: Martin Lesch Trio. Fridays: CC & The Lost Boys. Saturdays: (rotates). Sundays: Big B Karaoke. July 1: Domino Effect. July 4: The Luke Mitchell Band. July 19: Framing Hanley. July 23: Silicone Sister. July 25: The Luke Mitchell Band. July 29: Concrete Jumpsuit. Aug. 5: Broke Locals. Aug. 8: The Luke Mitchell Band. Aug. 19: The Victor James Band. 130 Arrow Rd., Hilton Head. 842-3800. www.remysbarandgrill. com. ldo Salty Dog Cafe: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 671-7327. ldo Skull Creek Boathouse: Fresh seafood, raw bar and American favorites. 6 p.m. Mondays: Patwa (reggae). 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. ldo Tiki Hut: Beachfront location; live music, specialty frozen cocktails. 1 South Forest Beach Drive in the Holiday Inn complex, Hilton Head. 785-5126. o Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road., Hilton Head. 681-3625. ldo Wild Wing Café (Hilton Head): Tuesdays: Team Trivia. Wednesdays: Tacos and ‘Ritas Night. May 5: Tokyo Joe. May 6: Homemade Wine. May 7: Villanova. May 12: Concrete Jumpsuit. May 13: Four Piece and a Biscuit. May 14: The B-Town Project. May 19: The Design. May 20: Natalie Stovall. May 21: Good Times. May 26: Coconut Groove. May 27: Deas Guyz. May 28: Silicone Sister. 72 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-9464. ldo Wild Wing Café (Bluffton): Mondays: R&R Party (restaurant and retail). Tuesdays: Tacos and ‘Ritas Night. Wednesdays: Team Trivia. May 5: Spare Parts. May 6: Deas Guyz. May 7: Concrete Jumpsuit. May 12: Permanent Tourist. May 13: The Pop-Tart Monkeys. May 14: Silicone Sister. May 19: Good People Duo. May 20: 4 Piece And A Biscuit. May 21: Dance Party with DJ SLK T. May 26: The Design. May 28: The B-Town Project. May 28: Electric Boogaloo. 1188 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-9453. 837-9453. ld 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. M September 2011

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new restaurants

Above Applewood-smoked duck breast with cranberry chutney in a hand-crafted tostada right Sweet warm-water lobster tails over creamy risotto with fresh spinach with a citrus buerre blanc

Aqua Ocean Grille Aqua Ocean Grille has reopened under new ownership: the culinary vision and management team of the Sage Room. The new Aqua Ocean Grille offers a daily happy hour, live music from WednesdaysSaturdays, ocean views, two bars, a lounge area, catering service and more. 10 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 843-341-3030


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Welcome to our 30th season of music! Welcome to the 30th season of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra! We are thrilled to offer a season of fabulous guest conductors and artists to celebrate this milestone. As we continue the process of selecting a new Music Director to lead the HHSO, each concert this season will be led by a guest conductor. Maestro John Morris Russell, principal guest conductor, and Terry Moore, artistic director and concertmaster, have designed a season of light classics and masterworks that’s sure to delight everyone. Community support, in the form of subscriptions, ticket sales and donations, allow us to continue our exciting concert programming, our Hilton Head International Piano Competition, our Hilton Head Concerto Competition and our community engagement activities, including our educational programs and our Young Artists Program. Sadly, we continue to learn about orchestras and other arts instutions being forced to close their doors after years of operation. We know that we owe our continued existence during this challenging time to a community that values the arts — and demonstrates that support through government grants, business contributions and strong individual donors. The orchestra board, musicians and staff are committed to earning that support by providing the highest quality performances and community engagement activities. Thank you, in advance, for your support of our 30th season. Enjoy the music!

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home discovery / 3 baldwin lane, bluffton

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helby Stephens and her husband, Joey Charnasky, are your classic outdoorsy Hilton Head types. So when they began building their Indigo Run home in 2010 they prioritized connecting the house with the environment. Starting, most dramatically, with the 3,500-square-foot home’s exterior of stacked stone and heavily textured stucco, Shelby and Joey strove to incorporate elements of their favorite components of nature. “Our love of the mountains is represented in the exterior stacked stone, which we also used in the lanai’s fireplace,” Shelby said by phone from a recent hiking trip to the North Carolina mountains. The couple also integrated tropical and nature motifs into their furniture fabrics, interior and lanai plantings and stone pavers. Their porcelain flooring, meanwhile, is reminiscent of old-world Tuscany.

Throughout, the home offers plenty of wall space, high ceilings and wide-open living areas; there are gentle touches of wrought iron and subtle color palettes. A three-car garage serves as home to the couple’s surfboards, kayaks, waverunner and paddleboards. “Joey’s the surfer,” Shelby said. “I’m more the snorkeler and hiker, and I run every morning.” For those less-than-optimal days, a bonus room above the garage has been set up as an office and exercise room. The three-bedroom, four bath home is one of H2 Builders’ new “Custom Idea Collection” homes. (Joey works for H2

Builders, and Shelby is owner of Palmetto Properties of Hilton Head.) When looking for a home, Shelby had wanted an open, airy home, with a concentration on the living room. “Our kitchen, dining room and lanai open on to the living room. It’s almost like living in one room,” she said. “The lanai is special, too, with a wall of glass that opens up to the outside.” That lanai also comes with a lap pool and a large shower. “We tend to spend most of our time outdoors, so it just made sense to have a shower out there. Our

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neighbors must think we don’t even live inside the house, we’re out so much.” Those neighbors, and the neighborhood itself, are part of the home’s appeal. “It’s so quiet and wooded, and we’re not far from Broad Creek where we put in our kayaks,” she said. “Plus, we have great neighbors.” M September 2011

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Give Charles, Frances, or Angela a Call!

(843) 681-3307 or (800) 267-3285

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

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

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.


Hilton Head Plantation Collection



RELAX while watching the Carolina moon rise from the Port Royal Sound or the wildlife in the marshes of Elliott Creek.This HHP home boasts an open Great Room floor plan, 4 BR or 3 plus a Bonus Room, wood floors, cooks kitchen, SS appliances, Wolf cook top, Bosch dishwasher, open entertaining, 2-car garage. $785,000

OUTSTANDING HHP TOWNHOUSE Better than New. Elegant, open Great Room floor plan.Walk to Country Club of Hilton Head, waterfront restaurants, and the docks at Skull Creek Marina. Enjoy wrap-around outdoor patio and 2nd floor deck, 2-car garage, elevator, top of the line appointments - granite and stainless steel.Will be a delight to entertain friends. Convenience of Condo living with the benefits of a home. $570,000

WALK TO THE PORT ROYAL SOUND AND THE DOLPHIN HEAD BEACH in HHP. Quality built by Tom Peeples, this 3 BR home has eye-catching curb appeal. Located on a lagoon with views to Dolphin Head Golf 18th. Formal LR & DR plus eat-in Kitchen/Family Room, high ceilings and expansive Laundry Room. $548,000

PRIVATE PARADISE on Hilton Head Island with pool, hot tub and expansive screened porch - a great location for an outdoor kitchen. Located in Hilton Head Plantation near golf, tennis, bike trails and a short ride to schools, shopping and the beach. 4 BR/ 3.5 BA, 2nd floor loft, Living & Dining Rooms, Eat-in Kitchen and 2-car Garage - very private setting, but close to everything. $498,500





TRUE LOWCOUNTRY 4 Bedroom, 3 ½ Bath home on a large cul-de-sac wooded lot. First floor master, LR & DR, Eat-in Kitchen, Family Room, Screened Porch. Just painted outside, circular drive, 2-car garage, wood floors, split bedroom floorplan with large loft area. $450,000

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

ENJOY ROOKERY NEIGHBORHOOD pool and long Lagoon Views from the HHP home. Close to HHP’s Main Entrance, dining & shopping, only a bike ride to the Beach. This HHP home features 3 BR. 3 BA, Formal LR & DR plus an eat-in Kitchen. The Rookery is one of HHP’s most unique communities with neighborhood get togethers. $428,500

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. $352,500



PANORAMIC VIEW of Oyster Reef’s 9th fairway and walking distance to the Port Royal Sound! This Hilton Head Plantation home has 3 BR, a large master bath, 2-car garage, screened porch and more. Enjoy watching the golfers from your own private deck. $324,000

OUTSTANDING WATER VIEWS from this 4th floor condo in HHP just off Skull Creek.The Governor’s Harbour/Village West grounds are lush with pool. Views from this 2 BR unit span Skull Creek to the Hilton Head Bridge. Enjoy beautiful sunsets, 4th of July Fireworks and easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway and docks. Features include higher ceilings, skylights, Jacuzzi tub and screened deck. $289,000










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REDUCED OVER $1,000,000 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! Short Sale. $1,195,000

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

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

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

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






ALL THE BELLS & WHISTLES – Cooks Kitchen appointed by the same Kitchen and Bath Consultant as Paula Deen used in her home in Savannah.Top of the line appliances and bathroom fixtures. Great Room/Split Bedroom floorplan. 4 BR/4.5 BA, Bonus Room, large Screen Porch with long Fairway View. Don’t miss the walk-in spray foam attic – amazing moderate temperature! This is a house you gotta see! $794,500

SOUTHERN AMBIANCE AND CHARM Lowcountry home nestled amidst stately moss draped oaks. Panoramic view of Moss Creek 11th Fairway of the North Course. Quiet location - near all the amenities that Hilton Head has to offer and the beach. Antique Heart Pine floors throughout - LR, DR, Kitch/ Family Room, 4 BR or 3 + Den. Newer appliances - Bosch, JennAir and Dacor. Oversized 2 Car Garage with walk-up Storage. Expansive rear Deck. $629,000

MOSS CREEK Tropical paradise pool deck, lush privacy hedge on oversized corner lot. The outside seating areas, very inviting pool and double fairway golf view make this property just like a walk in the park! 3 BR, Split level, 2 Fireplaces, Family Room, LR, DR, Eat-in Kitchen and large Garage & Outside Storage Building. Circular driveway in front and a private drive to the garage on the side. $398,500

CHARLESTON CHARM IN BLUFFTON This 2 story home brings in the old charm with a large covered front porch, wood floors, custom kitchen and deck. Bead board in the dining room and kitchen brings in a country charm as well.This 3 BR, 2.5 BA is located in a gated community across the street from the community playground, swimming pool and fitness center. Just off the Buckwalter Parkway and near schools and Publix shopping center. $318,000





197 STONEY CROSSING This 2-story home has a first floor master and a 2-car garage overlooking the woods. There are three more bedrooms and full bath upstairs. Other features of this home include an eat-in kitchen and a screened-in porch. Edgefield has a community pool, playground, and basketball court. It is located close to the schools and the Publix shopping center. $110,000

IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED 3 BR 2 BA second home is situated on a large lot in a great neighborhood with lagoon view.This home offers decorator upgrades including premium appliances, custom lighting, plantation shutters throughout, built-ins, a screened-in lanai, wood floors and more. Master suite offers sitting room, custom closets and large bath with Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Bonus room over garage is in the process of being finished with an extra half bathroom. $310,000

HOUSE, LOCATION, PRICE – THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Gorgeous lagoon views from the front & back of this privately fenced-in 3 BR home with a Study & Bonus Room. Completely upgraded with S/S appliances, crown molding, surround sound, granite counters & stone flooring in the kitchen and baths and new patio. Oversized, courtyard entry, 2-car garage. $289,000










HOME w/pool, m, open , 3+ Car Island Resident Since 1972.

IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED 3BR/2BA home is situated on a private lot at the end of a cul-de-sac in a great neighborhood with a wooded view. Decorator upgrades including Corian® countertops, custom lighting, wood blinds throughout, Carolina room, manufactured wood floors. Master suite offers his and her closets, large bath with double vanities, soaking tub and separate shower. Back custom paver patio and 2-car garage. $166,500


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 $175,000 REDUCED


16 PRIMROSE LANE Oversized lot covered with Hardwoods, Golf & Lagoon Views $274,900 REDUCED 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!

FORECLOSURE 3 BR, 2.5 bath townhome has a one car garage and is located within walking distance of the amenities. Other features include French doors to the back patio, ceiling fans and a whirlpool tub. Wellstone is a townhome community located near the new Bluffton middle school and has a clubhouse, swimming pool, and community playground.

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LANDMARK BRICK HHP HOME. Screened Porch w/Summer Kitchen overlooking a heated Pool/Spa. 4 BRʼs 4 Full BAʼs + 2 HalfBAʼs. LR, DR, 2 Offices, Bonus Rm, 3 Car Garage overlooking 16th Fwy of the CCHH. $799,000

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. $799,000

CUSTOM BUILT Lifestyle Home w/screen lanai, pool, spa, outdoor kitchen & fireplace. 3BRʼs, 3.5BAʼs+Study. Over 3000SF of pure luxury. Large Great Rm. Gourmet Kitchen. Large Master Suite. 3.5 Car Garage. All overlooking a beautiful Lagoon. $729,000

GORGEOUS HOME w/lagoon, green, multiple fairway views features a huge backyard complete w/eagles nest (they pick best place to live!) 4 BR + office + loft space, 2 fireplaces, granite & gas range Just steps to private community pool. 2 car garage. $699,000





SPACIOUS 5 BR or 4 BR + Bonus Rm Home w/ 5.5 BAʼs with a beautiful Golf View. Large Great Rm w/12 Ft ceilings. Beautiful Kitchen w/ granite countertops. Formal DR. Large Master Suite. Office & Covered Porch. $649,000

THE BEST VALUE! This 4BR/4.5BA home has hardwood/tile in all the main living areas, 2 gas fireplaces, granite in the Kitchen, Paneled Library/Den, Screened Porch + a 3 Car Garage. Golf View. $619,900

SOUGHT AFTER 4 BR/4 BA maintenance free villa. Perfect retirement or 2nd Home. 3000SF + of luxury overlooking the lagoon/18th Fwy of The Golf Club. Walk to the Clubhouse. Beautiful Great Room, Chefʼs Kitchen. Large private Master Suite, private elevator + an oversized 2-Car Garage. $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. $525,000





SPACIOUS and remodeled home with 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. $499,000

COURTYARD AT SKULL CREEK New townhomes across from The Country Club of HH & within walking distance to Old Fort Pub & Skull Creek Marina. 3 BRʼs and 3.5 BAʼs. Top of the line appointments, private elevator and 2 car garage. Starting at $499,000

BEAUTIFUL Sea Cloisters Oceanfront Villa overlooking the pool and ocean. Owners have remodeled this villa and beautifully furnished it for an ideal second home or rental property. $499,000

STATELY Custom Home on 2+ Acres. Estate Side + close to the main gate + Equestrian Center. Formal LR & DR. Kitchen opening to Bkʼfast Room. Light-filled Family Room - Study, Large Porch overlooking Swimming Pool + white picket fence. Zoned for horses. $479,000





BEAUTIFUL HOME 3 BR 2.5 BA + an easy to finish Bonus Room and Bath (Sheetrock/HVAC/Electric/Plumbing installed). LR & formal DR Room w/faux walls. Kitchen opens up to Family Room. Split Bedroom plan. Brick Patio w/fountain overlooking 6th Fwy of CCHH $439,000

ISLAND LIVING without Island pricing. Rare opportunity. Custom home nestled between Old House Creek & Jarvis Creek. 2900+SF Charleston style home. 3BR/3BA, 100 year old Heart Pine flooring. Great Rm, Chefʼs Kitchen. Elegant Master Suite. Multiple Porches. 3 Car Garage + Workshop. $399,000

WALK TO DOLPHIN HEAD BEACH PARK from this beautiful home overlooking two fairways. Light and bright 3 BR home with an incredible outdoor kitchen + fire pit to gather around. Screened Porch. Open space to one side of the lot. Used only as a second home. $359,000

THE GREENS VILLA Beautiful 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Townhome overlooking the golf course. Walking distance to the Shipyard Beach Club. Fully furnished and used only as a 2nd home. $299,000



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BEAUTIFUL EVIAN VILLA 1st Floor Flat totally renovated in 2006. Incredible Lagoon/Golf View from this 2BR, 2BA villa. Beautifully furnished + perfect for a second home or vacation rental. $299,000

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2320 WINDSOR PLACE II – Oceanfront in

Palmetto Dunes! 3 BR, 3 BA, premier wraparound point location with never ending views. Completely remodeled with stone, hardwood flooring, granite counters, gourmet kitchen, smooth ceilings, and designer furniture. Totally private and quiet; just soak in the sounds of the ocean. Not your typical villa. Fabulous consistent rentals every year. $1,495,000


10 FULL SWEEP – JUST REDUCED! Are you looking for an amazing beach oriented one-of-akind waterfront location? This immaculately kept 3BR/2.5BA plus den is it! You can’t find it anywhere else on the Island. Situated on 11 miles of interconnecting water with private boat dock. Spectacular water & golf views. A perfect permanent home or an Island retreat. $699,000


68 OFF SHORE – Best home value in Palmetto Dunes! Beautifully renovated 3 BR/2.5 BA w/sunroom, big family room & Savannah brick fireplace. New eat-in kitchen w/stainless steel appliances plus new tile, carpet, roof, Anderson windows and just painted inside and out! All this and beautiful views of Robert Trent Jones Golf course. Hurry-this one won’t last long. $499,000


307 FT. HOWELL DRIVE – Corporate transfer-priced for

immediate sale! Great family home in beautiful, gated golf community. 3 BR/2.5 BA, features covered front porch, open foyer, large family room, and spacious kitchen with granite countertops. Sliders open to deck & huge, totally private backyard overlooking nature preserve and golf views. Situated close to clubhouse, main gate, schools, restaurants, shopping & churches. A MUST see! $446,000

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The Cottage Group Ann Webster (o) 843-686-2523 (c) 843-384-5338

Ingrid Low

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

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

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

Betty Hemphill

SEA PINES OCEANFRONT – Timeless architecture & quality of centuries old estate, 5BR, 4BA, 2HBA & billiard room. Exquisite! Newly built. HH’s most stable beach. $4,900,000. Call Betty.

SEA PINES – 8 WOOD IBIS – Wonderful, updated 5th row beach walkway home. 6 bedrooms with outstanding rental history. Secluded pool and spa. $1,475,000 furn $1,295,000

SEA PINES – 354 GREENWOOD GARDEN VILLA – Charming 3 bd/3ba villa with beautiful golf views of Heron Point, handsome brick fpl, spacious Carolina/TV room and wood flooring. $449k furn.

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 $730,000

SEA PINES – 24 SANDHILL CRANE – Magnificent Mediterranean style oceanfront home in Sea Pines. 5 BR, 5.5 BA, built in 2000. $4,495,000. Call Ingrid.

904 CUTTER COURT – Best 2 BR villa in Harbour Town located across from Harbour Town Clubhouse. First floor location with private courtyard patio. Great rental history and beautifully updated. $379,000 furn.

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 $3,699,000.



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.

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SO LD ! 9 OYSTER LANDING – Immaculate Sea Pines home on large lot with 3 BR plus office and private pool, sunny Carolina room and 2 car garage. It has it all and more! $599,900

2221 HERITAGE VILLA – Don’t miss your chance to own and enjoy the RBC/BOEING Heritage Classic from this beautiful 3/3 villa with a dream view of the 1st Green of HTGL. $445,000 F

122 LAWTON VILLAS – TURN KEY CONDITION! Quiet, private end location wtih views of bridge over lagoon to golf course. Large secluded backyard. Carolina room, high ceilings, lots of light, new gas fireplace, new wood floors. Easy access to on-site pool. Walk to beach! $324,000

3329 LAKE FOREST – Incredible lake view from this 3/3 PLUS Den townhome on a quiet, private cul-de-sac. Features: FP, eat-in kitchen, generous decking, 1820 sft. Walk to Forest Preserve.$ 398,000 U

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Bank Said, “Sell.” Beautiful lowcountry home located on 1.5 ac. 6BR, 5 1/2BA. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, formal living and cozy family rooms. Office, 3-Car Garage, Bonus Room. Views beautiful horses in equestrian pastures. $499,000.


There are not enough compliments to describe this 4 BR, 5 1/2BA waterfront Long Cove Club home. Sweeping Broad Creek views and a new 1st floor master bedroom suite complements the 2nd floor master suite. Additional guest wing can have multiple uses. Owner open to taking a house in trade. $1,495,000.


3 Sugar Mill Dr. is a 4BR, 3 1/2BA almost 3,000sf home nestled among ancient Live Oak Trees. Brazilian cherry floors, granite counters, spa-like master bath and oversized screened porch to enjoy the sweeping marsh views. $549,000


Built in 2006, this 3BR, 2 1/2BA WATERFRONT home has exquisite features, eg. coffered & cathedral ceilings, hardwood flooring, hardcoat stucco exterior plus bonus room (owner will give $5K credit to finish). Beautiful home. $325,000.

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the bride HERE COMES

Inside Monthly’s fall bridal spotlight

• Sea of Love: Monthly’s bridal contest winners dance the night away in Harbour Town. p.120 • Palmetto Bluff’s big night: A fairy-tale wedding unfolds under the live oaks in Bluffton. p.124 • Lowcountry looks: Fall trends, fashions and ideas.


• Milestones: Meet Lowcountry couples who have reached rare anniversary milestones. p.134


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bridal: contest winner

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The last time Charlotte resident Jared Weiner was in town, he refused to read this magazine. “I had to completely avoid Hilton Head Monthly when we got to Hilton Head the week before our wedding, because I knew there was a picture of Jacquilyn in her dress in there,” said Jared, who married Jacquilyn Brown on June 25 under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. “But I was good. I didn’t peek.” September 2011

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bridal: contest winner Jared and Jacquilyn, winners of Monthly’s 2010 bridal photo contest, say their nuptials turned out as picture-perfect as that dress-revealing engagement photo we featured in June. And both bride and groom say the most memorable moment of the day was the very first. “The best part of the day was the start of the ceremony, and walking down the aisle with my brother,” said Jacquilyn, a graduate of Hilton Head Preparatory School. Her father, John Brown, had passed away after a long illness in 2009, a week after Jared had asked for his daughter’s hand in marriage. So Jacquilyn’s brother, John Brown Jr., stepped up. “I started crying when I saw her,” Jared said. “I just felt overwhelmed with emotion. She just looked so beautiful.” Jacquilyn wore a couture silk ivory ball gown by Eve of Milady and carried a bouquet of purple roses and ivory magnolias created by A Floral Affair. The Rev. Jerry Kramer of Lowcountry Presbyterian Church presided over the ceremony, which included the lighting of a memorial candle to honor Jacquilyn’s dad. Afterward the whole party — which included 16 honor attendants and close to 150 guests — moved inside to the Champions Ballroom in The Sea Pines Resort to dine and dance the night away. The couple’s first dance, a waltz to the Honeydrippers’ “Sea of Love,” was the only source of anxiety for Jared that day. “She’s a dance teacher; I’m a P.E. teacher,” he said. They took dance lessons together to prepare for their dancing debut, but Jared said dancing with his bride in shorts was much different than dancing with her in a ball gown. “I felt so much better after that, and then the night just flew by,” he said. Buffet stations were

set up for dinner, and the couple opted for cupSee Jacquilyn and Jared’s “fusion” album cakes from Sweet — complete with Carolina Cupcakes. audio and video — at Hilton Head kaufmanphotography. band Deas Guyz com/weiner kept the dance floor full and the guests happy all night, the Weiners said. Jacquilyn showed a slideshow she’d prepared of photos of both bride and groom from childhood up to the present. And as her brother danced with her to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” for what would have been the father-daughter dance, a picture of their father was displayed on the screen. It was another poignant moment in a dreamcome-true day that fell into place, Jacquilyn said. “You trust all your ideas and what you want, and you hope that it looks the way that you had imagined it,” Jacquilyn said. “And it really did.” M


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The Lowcountry’s premier wedding event brings together the area’s finest professionals and vendors — everyone you need to have the wedding of your dreams. Bring a photo of the happy couple to the Showcase for a chance to have your wedding featured in a two-page spread in Monthly.

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Nearly a year and a half in the making and laden with Southern style, the June wedding of Lauren Daniels and Dave Jarman was an event unprecedented in Palmetto Bluff history. Inspired by the rustic charm of the surroundings, the event was planned by the Caitlin McGettigan and Julianne Austin of New York City-based outfit Cait and Jules Fresh Events, along with mother of the bride Lisa Daniels. Together the group developed a decor that used allnatural and indigenous materials, including birch bark, cotton pods, magnolia leaves and lots and lots of moss.


Accordingly, florist Sue Burden accented the quaint Palmetto Bluff Chapel with monochromatic white floral wreathes on the doors and small bouquets of cotton on each pew. Sweet personal touches, such as a flower girl’s basket fashioned from the mother-of-the-bride’s wedding gown and musical selections that mirrored the bride’s parents’ wedding, made the ceremony feel intimate. After the ceremony, the Gullah choir Voices of El Shaddai led the guests on the short walk to the reception with gospel standards such as “Oh Happy Day” and “This Little

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Light of Mine” while Lauren and Dave rode off in their Cinderella carriage for portraits with Charleston-based photographer Clay Austin. At the reception, the gorgeous 125-foot Sperry sailcloth reception tent by Skyline Tent Company, set among the ruins of an old plantation home, showcased at its center a 20-foot-tall live Southern oak that was dripping with Spanish moss and hanging votive candles. After the wedding, the tree was donated by the bride and groom to the Palmetto Bluff conservancy. True to the Southern way, guests were encouraged to graze and mingle leisurely throughout the evening, Throughout the tent, framed photos from generations of family weddings adorned the tables as fun conver-

sation starters and a sentimental tribute to the bride and groom’s loved ones. Elaborate food stations — with wine pairings curated by father of the bride Charlie Daniels — surrounded the tent, including an Italian version that featured mozzarella and sopresatta made fresh that day by a family friend. The dessert station featured a custom-tiered cake by Minette Rushing Cakes of Savannah, and a seemingly endless batch of miniature cupcakes in Lauren and Dave’s favorite flavors. Each buffet was finished with a handdrawn menu created by New York City-based calligrapher Nicki Sebastian. Some of the evening’s most candid moments were captured in an interactive photo booth installed atop the old plantation’s September 2011

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crumbled staircase. Against a green moss backdrop, guests got creative with props such as picture frames and chalkboards to write sweet messages for the bride and groom. The fabulous Atlanta-based band The Heather Hayes Experience, fronted by Isaac Hayes’ daughter, had the dance floor packed throughout the reception, as guests traded their heels for white flip-flops and danced the night away. M


INSIDE THE WEDDING • Lauren’s dress: Vera Wang • Lauren’s hair: Lisa Middleton, House of Color salon • Lauren’s makeup: Vanessa Jarman (the groom’s sister), • First dance: Keith Urban’s “Memories of Us,” performed by local singer Jim Davidson

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Looks the latest in trends and ideas



By Marianna Barbrey | photography By thomas love and rob kaufman


Personalize your wedding by creating sub-areas of your reception that are geared toward specific demographics. For example, since weddings are primarily feminine affairs, it’s becoming popular to include a “Man Cave” for the gentlemen. Make it an adjacent room (or area) and stock it with cigars, brandy, scotch and a flatscreen with the game on — you know, guy stuff. If your guest list includes a lot of families, consider holding a minireception for the mini-guests. A kid-only reception can be separate from its adult counterpart and feature babysitters, pizza, movies, music and maybe even a special cake. This kind of reception can help put parents at ease, while allowing kids to have a great time in a comfortable environment — one way more fun than a grown-up party.

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Lace has always played an important role in bridal attire. But after Kate Middleton donned a mostly lace long-sleeved dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen for her wedding to Prince William, lace roared back — as did the the textile’s new best friend, long sleeves. Expect to see more arm coverage in wedding gowns for some time. Rentals

Specialty lighting rentals can easily enhance your venue. These days, lighting companies can arrive days before your wedding to install custom up-lighting to everything from the live oaks surrounding your venue to the ceiling in your ballroom. They point down, too: Try emblazoning the floor with the married couple’s new initials.


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4 5 6 7 Catering

Even if you’re having a traditional meal, you can put a twist on it: Serve food in unexpected dishes and glassware for a creative and interesting display. If you’re thinking Southern, serve shrimp and grits — or mashed potatoes in martini glasses or stemless margarita glasses. On the dessert side, think of serving layer cake in champagne glasses, and give your guests long spoons and extra icing dolloped in the bottom. Mason jars are very popular right now — especially since caterers can serve just about anything out of them, such as layered salads, lasagna or even pecan pie! Entertainment

These days, outdoor games are making the scene in a big way. Many couples have taken to purchasing full cornhole game sets featuring their monograms, silhouettes, wedding date or college logo. Other outdoor games include ladder ball, bocce ball and croquet — you can even go so far as to include a small putting green for golf enthusiasts. Favors

These days, of course, the state of the economy is forcing people to stretch their money further than ever before. As such, favors are doing triple-duty as not just a fun wedding takeaway but also a piece of décor and, sometimes, a place card. Put out bottles of wine with table numbers and guest names on the labels — they can not only direct people to their seats, but be uncorked during the reception. And a beautifully framed place card at each seat will enhance the décor — and serve as a favor that can be enjoyed for years. Hair

Hair trends are all about the natural look these days; the days of the tight updos or super-tight corkscrew curls are behind us. Brides are opting for relaxed, romantic sweeping updos or smooth flowing curls if they wear their hair down. Many hairstyles are incorporating braids, creative layering and asymmetry.


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8 9 Guest Books

One thing that’s remained constant over the years: the trend of allowing guests to create a wedding memento that they can display in their homes. Having guests sign an oversized wooden cutout of the first letter of a surname, for instance, easily creates a cool piece of wall art. Desserts

Many brides and grooms are opting for very small wedding cakes, so they can offer another dessert option. Caterers now provide a large array of options, including Make Your Own S’mores Bars, cotton candy bars and even popsicles served with champagne! If you are not a big cake fan, think outside the pan.

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Couples can now register for services they need for the wedding itself — and even aspects of their honeymoon. Many photographers have begun offering registry options so that guests may purchase additional prints or packages of wedding images as a gift for the bride and groom. Décor

Personal handmade touches are making a modern comeback. Websites such as are allowing talented crafters all over the world to sell their items for a minimal fee. Moreover, artists on such sites are often willing to work with brides to brainstorm, create and ship items all over the world. These can include everything from custom flower-girl dresses to table linens to even the rings. Floral

The traditional rose boutonniere is becoming a rare sight, as grooms and groomsmen get more personal with their flower choices. Many guys opt for berries or sprigs of greenery, though some eschew floral items at all and opt instead for found objects such as fishing lures, feathers, seashells or buttons. 132

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ANNIVERSARIES SHOW OFF YOUR WEDDING ALBUM To submit photos and announcements, email with the subject line “Weddings.”

KRUGER Nell & Don Kruger were married on April 22, 1943, while both were in the service. Nell was a staff sergeant in charge of more than 2,000 women in the Women’s Air Corps. Don was in the Air Force and retired as a major in the USAF. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage together.

LANMAN Lillian and Lewis Lanman of Hilton Head Island have recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married in Washington, D.C., on July 6, 1946.

SILVER Stuart Silver:“Linda and I were married on Aug. 16, 1970, 41 wonderful years ago— and I’ve never seen a wedding portrait quite like ours. We’ve lived on Hilton Head for 38 years and can’t think of a better place to live our lives, raise our children and make wonderful friends.”

MARTIN Herb and Phyllis Martin currently reside in Bluffton. They met on Aug. 1, 1951 — and were married 15 days later in Thurmont, Md.


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trevor hall

everything IN ITS RIGHT pLACE By Jeff Giles


n some American cities — New Orleans, Chicago and New York, to name just a few — a vibrant music scene is a traditional part of the culture, ingrained so deeply that it’s impossible for young artists to create without standing on the shoulders of local heroes. In other areas — like Hilton Head, for instance — those shoulders might be a little harder to come by. But for Trevor Hall, a singer/songwriter who was raised on the island before taking his music around the world, the lack of a local sound helped him blaze his own trail. “In Hilton Head, I really didn’t have too many ways of expressing my music, because there weren’t a lot of arts programs or places to dive in musically,” says Hall, whose next album, “Everything Everytime Everywhere,” was released in August on Vanguard Records. “Because of that, I was kind of left to myself to really explore and learn. “It provides for that wonder, you know? That


hunger. Without it, it’s easy to take your dreams more casually — to sort of miss out on that intense yearning. I think maybe people who grow up sort of submerged in a scene don’t have that, and I tried to use it to my advantage.” He adds, “In some ways, I think that was really beneficial for me, because I didn’t really have a standard way of learning music. That’s liberating, because I was able to focus on what I liked, and what I wanted to do.” Ultimately, Hall’s environs helped shape not only his approach to his career, but his heavily reggae-flavored sound. As he points out, “In Hilton Head, being around the beach, you hear a lot of island music, a lot of reggae. That was really important for me.” Though he’s only been putting out albums since 2005, Hall’s already built an impressively crowded discography; counting EPs and live collections, “Everything Everytime Everywhere” will be his eighth commercially available release. That kind of prolific output suggests an artist with a workmanlike approach, but Hall says he doesn’t write songs on a timetable. “I’m too scatterbrained for that,” Hall jokes. “I don’t have any control over when it happens. Sometimes, I’ll be just wiped out after a long day, and really looking forward to laying my head down, and some ideas pop up in my head, so I have to get up and grab my guitar.

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“With this record, I wanted to bring a really raw flavor — a little bit of a harder thing,” Hall says. “A more honest depiction of the struggle, you know? Not just peace and love and everything’s fine.” September 2011

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music: trevor hall While Hall’s blend of pop and reggae certainly doesn’t lack radio-friendly appeal -— something underlined by the inclusion of his song “Other Ways” on the soundtrack to “Shrek The Third” — he says it doesn’t happen by design. “When I’m writing a really good song, it’s like I’m not really doing anything -- it’s one of my favorite feelings.” And although Hall’s creative approach means he doesn’t go into his albums with any rigid rules -- as he puts it, “I never really go into the studio thinking ‘I’d like the album to sound like this,’ or ‘I want the focus of the album to be this’ ” -- that doesn’t mean he didn’t have goals for the new CD. “With this record, I wanted to bring a really raw flavor — a little bit of a harder thing,” he says. “A more honest depiction of the struggle,


you know? Not just peace and love and everything’s fine. “The title of the record is a reflection of that,” Hall continues. “As a spiritual person, sometimes I feel like a stranger in a strange land. I was in India with one of my teachers and I mentioned this to him, and he just looked at me and said, ‘Everything, everytime, everywhere.’ God is everything, all the time, everywhere you go. “It really hit me hard,” he admits. “For the rest of my trip over there, I was thinking about those words. When I got back, I knew I wanted that to be the theme of the album, and I wanted to show the struggle of living those words. If we share our struggles, we can learn a lot from each other.” Pop culture obsessive Jeff Giles is a contributor to Rotten Tomatoes and Paste and the editor-in-chief of and

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ARE YOU A LOCAL AUTHOR? Send your news, press releases and updates to with the subject line “authors”

NEWMAN-CHEEK’S ‘TWELVE OAKS’ ARRIVES Savannah native Annette Newman-Cheek has released a new novel, “Secrets of Twelve Oaks: West of Charleston,” inspired by “actual people and places.” The book, she writes, is a comedy/ mystery of “scandal, murder, a three-legged wiener dog and a Slam Damn Honky Tonk/Wedding Chapel.”

HAMMOND RELEASES ‘GULLAHS’ Okatie-based Halftide Publishing has announced the publication of Pearce Hammond’s “The Gullahs of South Carolina,” a pictorial journey through the Sea Islands and Lowcountry with artwork by the author. The book is available from and from and from The Filling Station Art Gallery in Bluffton.

Mariana Williams’ defense mechanism



hen asked why she became a storyteller, author Mariana Williams says: “self-defense.” With seven siblings, Williams learned early that she had to be interesting in order to be heard. And she turned that talent into a writing career; her latest book, “Stars or Stripes 4th of July,” is a Hilton Head-themed mystery/romance. “Stars and Stripes” finds Williams’ protagonist, Veronica Bennett, eyeing a summer of relaxation (including a gig at the Jazz Corner), but her best-laid plans become a summer-long string of mistaken identities, a crime as sinister as a gator’s smile and a ransom Veronica is not prepared to pay. “Stars and Stripes” is available at Latitudes Gift Shop at the Crowne Plaza and at Faces Day Spa in the Village at Wexford – the scenes, as it turns out, of the book’s accidental crime. Williams and her husband, Oscar-winning songwriter Paul Williams, will appear at the 2011 Celebrity Golf Tournament from Sept. 2-4. And Mariana will sign books at Latitudes from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 2. M

Mariana Williams, “Stars Or Stripes 4th of July” Fiction

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worth the drive

Jazz under the stars savannah jazz festival

by brad swope

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, a member of Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, performs Sept. 24.


fall tradition since 1983, the Savannah Jazz Festival is a reliable source of big-name performers, as well as local and regional stars. This year’s edition, taking place Sept. 18-25 throughout Savannah, is headlined by guitarist Pat Martino and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. “It’s one of the few remaining entirely free jazz festivals,” says Howard Paul, board member of the Coastal Jazz Association, which organizes the festival with sponsorship from the City of Savannah and corporate contributors. “We don’t have to sell tickets.” A jam session led by trombonist Teddy Adams, a co-founder of the annual event, will open the festival from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Blowin’ Smoke barbecue restaurant (514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.), the downtown venue for all festival events through Sept. 21. A screening of “Ninety Miles,” a film about Cuban jazz, is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19. Paul, a nationally known guitarist (and CEO of Benedetto, a Savannah-based custom guitar manufacturer), performs with his quartet from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 20, and Hilton Head’s own Bob Masteller and the Jazz Corner Quintet, along with the George Petit 4, take the restaurant’s stage from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. ••• The action moves to Forsyth Park from 7-11 p.m. Sept. 22 for the festival’s traditional “Blues Night.” Two Savannah-based acts, Eric


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savannah jazz festival • The Blowin’ Smoke barbecue restaurant (514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) will host events from Sept. 18-21. Cross into Savannah on the Talmadge Memorial Bridge (U.S. 17), proceed straight onto Oglethorpe Avenue, then turn right onto MLK. The restaurant is several blocks down on your right. • To get to Forsyth Park, follow the Talmadge Bridge onto Oglethorpe, then turn right at Whitaker Street. The park is a few blocks up on your left. Parking spaces in surrounding neighborhoods become scarce after dark. Coolers are permitted, and concessions sell food, drink and festival souvenirs. • For a complete schedule, go to or

The Eric Culberson Blues Band performs on “Blues Night” on Sept. 22 at Forsyth Park.

Culberson and Bottles and Cans, open for James “Super Chikan” Johnson, a bonafide

Mississippi Delta bluesman. Savannah singer Huxsie Scott and Friends — who were recently named to the Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame — perform from 7-11 p.m. Sept. 23, along with the Stan Killian Quartet and the University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble with Allan Harris.

Martino and his trio — Pat Bianchi on Hammond B3 organ and Shawn Hill on drums — will cap a marathon playbill that takes place from 4-11 p.m. Sept. 24 at the park. Since beginning

his career in the early ‘60s, Martino has earned several Grammy nominations, and was named Downbeat magazine’s “Guitar Player of the Year” in 2004. Also on Sept. 24, Gordon, a trombonist with Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, performs with fellow trombonist Ron Wilkins and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra.

The festival closes Sept. 25 with a Children’s Jazz Festival from 4-6 p.m. Playing for the kids will be the Savannah Arts Academy Starlite Jazz Band and the Coastal Jazz Association AllStars. M September 2011

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secret places / todd ballantine

rob kaufman

Quite a haul

Fish Haul Creek may be one of the island’s more mysterious locations, but it’s also one of its most surprisingly lively.


ILTON HEAD ISLAND IS SO BIG and bustling with activity that it’s easy to pass by its remarkable treasures of nature and history — yet it is


precisely because it’s so large that these places are here. We are 34 square miles of high ground, wide beaches, primordial freshwater wetlands and vast salt marshes — that’s plenty of room for dramatic scenery and cultural sites to dis-

cover. And geologically, we are a million years old; archaeological finds have proven that humans have visited the island for more than 40 centuries. This month, we explore Fish Haul, a shadowy, forested bluff

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and shoreline on the north end that guards many mysteries. Fish Haul offers the most secluded and biologically active beach on the island, and one that has global importance, both ecologically and culturally. This upland area is located on the site of the historic Mitchelville freedman’s village, established by the Union Army in 1862-’63. We’ll visit Mitchelville again in upcoming columns. The park is a hiker’s delight. Follow the winding, mulch walking paths through the maritime forest; some of the massive live oaks here are centuries old. While you’re walking, watch for unusual clusters of younger live oaks. Why, you might wonder, do they grow this way? Some say the multiple trunks are overgrown sprouts from a squirrel’s cache of acorns. Another theory holds that a young oak trunk was cut by a plow or “bush-hog” and sprouted smaller “sucker” stems. If you’re headed to Fish Haul, carry a pair of field glasses and a bird field guide. The dense oak canopy offers refuge for a host of migratory songbirds, such as vireos, warblers and buntings. Listen for the hyena-like call of the pileated woodpecker or the noisy guttural rumble of gangs of grackles. The grassy groundcover, long ago the foundation or garden for Gullah residents, now offers brushy shelter for the brown thrasher, rufous-sided towhee, Carolina wren, blue jay and sparrow. Be sure to walk on the boardwalk to the observation deck. You will see a bay-like salt marsh, created with silt and sand deposits from the meandering Fish Haul Creek. Here the town has installed a spotting scope, best used for identifying landscape


features. Occasionally various egrets or herons land in these marsh creeks and seem to sink into the waving grass, but if you really want to see birds, head to the beach. Amble down the trail until you reach the shore on Port Royal Sound. At high tide, it’s a narrow strand. But at ebb, the beach is hundreds of yards wide, full of tidal pools and mudflats that attract a wide array of wading birds and migratory shorebirds: herons, egrets, plovers, dowitchers, godwits, curlews, ruddy turnstone and sandpipers. Some island birders have even reported seeing the red knot — a traveling champion that migrates more than 9,000 miles from southern South America to the Arctic in spring and makes the same epic trip south in autumn. Walk as far as you can either way on the shore, but keep an eye on the tides so you won’t get stranded. Turn left (north) and you will pass the “cliffs of Hilton Head,” eroding headlands that have receded hundreds of yards over the centuries due to rising sea level and swirling

cross-currents. Or make a right turn and follow the shore to the mouth of Fish Haul creek — it’s a tidal inlet, a breach in the shore connecting open water to marsh. An inlet is nature’s safety valve; during storms, waves and high water rush into the creek and disperse in the broad grassy salt marsh, discharging energy in the wetlands instead of on the beach or beachfront property. It’s a long-term process. In fact, a study of maps reveals that since 1825, Fish Haul Creek has migrated toward Port Royal Plantation. Here is the place to find gnarled, bleached driftwood. And keep a lookout for a bald eagle or ospreys hunting in the creek — like the Gullah residents of Mitchelville, these great raptors know that this creek offers a good haul of fish. The Fish Haul Park and shore have natural and historical importance of a global scale. Visit often and connect to the world. M

Todd Ballantine is an awardwinning writer, popular public speaker, educator, environmental scientist, artist, and musician. He has written and illustrated three books in addition to the best-selling Tideland Treasure, newspaper columns, and dozens of nature and history publications. Todd and Marianne Ballantine own Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc., a national consulting firm based in Boulder, Co. He lived on Hilton Head Island for more than 30 years and frequently visits the Lowcountry for environmental consulting. Learn more at


FISH HAUL CREEK To reach Fish Haul Creek Park, drive down Beach City Road until you see signs for the park and turn right into the shaded parking area.

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Creating the heart of a town Hilton Head has an opportunity to establish a real town center — but it’ll take everyone’s cooperation.


very community has its pivotal moments, times when it must make fundamental decisions that will affect its evolution for years to come. For Charleston, one of those moments came with the decision to build the Charleston Place hotel, restaurant and shopping center. It was a watershed moment that encouraged the restoration and revitalization of the entire area. For Savannah, the decision to encourage SCAD to expand its downtown campus over several blocks led to the restoration of numerous buildings and helped revitalize the core of the city — a core that now boasts new restaurants, shops, art galleries and music venues. That’s especially encouraing given that just 20 years ago downtown Savannah would have given even the heartiest soul the blues; most shops had migrated south to the mall area, leaving only empty streets and empty buildings downtown. Indeed, both cities have been able to boost their images as some of America’s most desirable places to visit, which has helped their hospitality and retail industries re-establish themselves and thrive. Now, Hilton Head Island has its own once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a town center — and a heart of the community. I’m talking about the area from Chaplin Park to Broad Creek and the area between U.S. 278 and Broad Creek from the cemetery at the intersection of Mathews Drive all the way to Shelter Cove Marina. You could look at it as two adjoining plans: the “Beach to the River Connection” and the “Broad Creek Walk.” Imagine a place where open spaces, parks, a new Rec Center, an art and conference center, learning institutes, restaurants, shopping and living opportunities would blend harmoniously into a large masterplanned core area. This area could include a long riverwalk where residents and visitors could stroll, jog or bike and enjoy the marsh and water views. It could allow people to live, work, shop, learn,

Only a grand plan for the entire core area will allow us to make the best of this opportunity and create a heart of Hilton Head Island.



eat and meet; it could create an energy center and gathering place. It could maximize our natural assets and set a new mode for what Hilton Head Island is best-known for: master planning with a longrange vision. The opportunity exists. The town already owns and controls large tracts of land in this area (namely three undeveloped parcels that front Broad Creek and total more than 20 acres) and the Shelter Cove Park. The Mall, which is another important component of this plan, will have to be redeveloped anyway to maximize the usefulness of this tract of land. What we need now is a grand vision and a plan than can help us visualize what is possible and what would make sense. Once this is in place the stakeholders and the public can give their feedback. Assuming that the initial feedback supports the general idea the hard part begins. It will take the cooperation of everybody involved in order to make this happen. It won’t be easy and some concessions will need to be made from all sides, but if it is successful it will have a very positive outcome for the entire community. This area is truly the largest on the island that needs to be masterplanned. But here is the key: If we do not master-plan the entire area we will end up with pieces and patches, and the result will be very unsatisfying. Only a grand plan for the entire core area will allow us to make the best of this opportunity and create the heart of Hilton Head Island worthy of its name. M

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