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16 n UPSHAWS ARE UP FRONT Hilton Head power couple leads off this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

22 n MASTER OF ELEMENTS Meet Nate Addy, the fire-juggling guide at ZipLine Hilton Head

26 n RENT A K-9 Private drug detection services offer parents and businesses peace of mind


39 n IMPROVE YOUR LOOKS With many cosmetic treatments offered, you too can bloom this spring

44 n FOOD ADDICTION Even the thought of hyperpalpable foods can increase dopamine

52 n ANIMAL LOVER Host of “Coastal Kingdom” can’t get enough of Lowcountry wildlife

54 n A GREEN THUMB Clemson employee says horticulture career worth the wait

58 n LOGGERHEAD LOVE Bluffton woman passionate about turtle protection, stranding network

60 n SECRET LIFE OF BEES HHI resident trying to show the importance of bees before it’s too late




Many brides are incorporating eco-friendly practices on the big day

90 n FROM TEE TO GREEN Audubon recognizes golf courses that follow a strict environmental plan

94 n WILD ‘GREEN’ YONDER Windmill Harbour home a model of energy efficiency and sustainability




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ith all the love and passion we put into each issue of Monthly, we like to dream that readers save every copy. In this dream, we are a hot topic at many social gatherings. “Do you remember when Hilary LORI GOODRIDGE-CRIBB Kraus wrote that fantastic story on Arnie Burdick?” one stately gentleman asks another. “Of course I do,” the other respected member of the community answers. “April of 2011. Page 54, I believe. Looks like that important person in the corner is reading that issue at the moment. I’ll grab it when she is finished so we can talk about how fantastic Monthly is.” One can dream. In reality, past issues are lucky if they can avoid the birdcage (please don’t use us for that, especially not this page with my photo on it). There are many things you can do with old issues of Monthly. Pinterest has a ton of good ideas, from unique wrapping paper to fashionable furniture. In my book, the award for most creative use of past issues has to go to Tara Caron. The Hilton Head Island teacher takes our most colorful pages and makes beautiful jewelry out of them. See the luxurious bracelets, necklace and earrings I’m wearing in the photo? That used to be the cover of our March 2014 issue! How cool is that?!? Caron and many other recyclers, reduc-

ers and reusers are featured this month in our annual “Green Issue.” Planning March editorial content is always fun and educational. It’s amazing how even the smallest change in our daily lives can have such a positive impact on our surroundings. Environmental change is accelerating. Are Hilton Head Island and Bluffton prepared? For answers, we reached out to environmental expert Todd Ballentine, who came up with five ways we can build a more resilient community. We also have stories on the value of nature, the Lowcountry Institute, the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, the Watercookie Project, the Outside Foundation, the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and more. In typical Monthly fashion, we also highlight many of the individuals involved in the local “green” scene — people such as Tony Mills, Laura Lee Rose, Tim Chase, Amber Kuehn, David Arnal, Devin Mock, George Westerfield Kristen Marshall Matson and more. We keep the “green” theme rolling with ways to throw an eco-conscious wedding, how to build an environmentally friendly home and also highlight a few local golf courses that have reached the highest level of sustainability. Another reason to go green this month is St. Patrick’s Day! When the weather is nice, the parade and the party that follows are hard to beat. Instead of one grand marshal, the parade committee selected two this year — Tom and Jane Upshaw. We caught up with the power couple to get their take on the honor and the big day coming up on Sunday, March 15! M



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HERITAGE LIBRARY OFFERS PLAN FOR STATE TO TEACH ABOUT MITCHELVILLE Students all over South Carolina could learn more about the first self-governed settlement for freed slaves in the United States under a proposal from Heritage Library reviewed last month by the Beaufort County School Board. Heather Brabham, the Beaufort County School District social studies and fine arts coordinator, said she believes “it would be a great opportunity for the Heritage Library to present at the state curriculum meeting in the spring,” when material for South

Carolina classroom use will be considered. Heritage Library’s proposal focuses on life at Mitchelville, the Hilton Head Island village created during the Civil War under the protection of U.S. Gen. Ormsby Mitchel. Two Heritage Library leaders, Ezra Callahan and Dee Phillips, showed the Beaufort County School Board a prototype lesson plan for teachers, which presents Mitchelville’s history and connects it with that of the war, emancipation, Beaufort County and the state.

FAA APPROVES HHI AIRPORT RUNWAY EXTENSION The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved extending the Hilton Head Island Airport runway from 4,300 feet to 5,000 feet. The FAA concluded that the extension will have very little environmental impact and will be consistent with national environmental standards for air quality, wildlife and noise.

Construction is schedule to begin in 2016 and is expected to take 18 months. The cost of the extension is expected to be more than $9 million, with federal and state grants paying 95 percent of the cost. The airport, which is owned by Beaufort County, will contribute $510,000.

BLUFFTON PD OFFERS HEADQUARTERS FOR ONLINE TRANSACTIONS BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES TO VISIT HHI FOR PARADE, BLUFFTON FOR EVENT The popular Budweiser Clydesdales, a group of Clydesdale horses used for promotions and commercials by Anheuser-Busch, will visit Bluffton on March 13 to mark the five-y ar anniversary of Old Town Dispensary. The horses and the Budweiser wagon will be available for pictures at 2 p.m., and the horses will parade through the streets of Old Town at 4 p.m. A few days later, the Clydesdales will again be a main attraction at Hilton Head Island's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 3 p.m. March 15. The parade will follow its usual route, beginning at the south end of Pope Avenue near Coligny Circle and heading north to Office Park Road. The parade ends at Park Plaza.

HILTON HEAD ART ICON DIES AT 72 Popular expressionist painter and Hilton Head Island art gallery owner Peter Karis died at his home Jan. 31 with his family by his side. He was 72 and was battling pancreatic cancer. Karis made a name for himself in the island's rich art scene by painting people, flowers trees and other objects in his own unique style. The New Jersey native was respected by artists and art lovers around the

world and hosted many exhibitions at Karis Art Gallery, located in the Village at Wexford. Karis won numerous awards for his work and in 1993 was one of three American artists selected to exhibit at the Gallery Roseg outside of St. Moritz in Switzerland. In 2005, he was nominated to participate in the annual International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy.

Bluffton Police Department representatives are offering the station’s front door, lobby and parking lot as safe places to meet if you are making a business transaction that originated on the Internet. “Play it safe and meet at the Bluffton Police Department instead of an empty shopping center parking lot to buy or sell an item that you found on the Internet,” Lt. Scott Chandler said. “The second a person suggests the department as the meeting place to do a transaction, you can most often decipher if the buyer or seller is ethical and honorable about the deal.” Craigslist and other online marketplaces have been the source of numerous nationwide crimes. Now, residents have a safe, protected location to meet prospective buyers and sellers.


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NIMMER, VALDES CROWNED JUNIOR HERITAGE CHAMPS Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer and Mexico's Ana Paula Valdes were crowned champions of the 2015 Sea Pines Junior Heritage on Feb. 8 on Hilton Head Island. The prestigious two-day junior tournament was played at Harbour Town Golf Links

and Heron Point golf courses in Sea Pines. Nimmer defeated Hilton Head Island's Andrew Orischak in a one-hole playoff. Valdes also won in a onehole playoff, defeating Annika Bovender of Mount Pleasant. There were 84 players in the tournament, including six play-

ers who won local qualifying rounds. The rest of the players were invited by the tournament. Thirteen states and multiple countries were represented in the 24th edition of the nationally renowned junior championship.


METROPOLITAN HOTEL SOLD, RENOVATIONS PLANNED The Island Packet reported that the new owners of the Metropolitan Hotel and its dilapidated annex in the South Forest Beach area have an "aggressive" plan to renovate and reopen both structures later this year. Plans call for the main building to open as summer housing for exchange students, while the annex will be transformed into a franchised hotel. The new owners said they plan to spend $1 million on renovations. The owners also plan to transform the main building into an upscale hotel later this year.

BLUFFTON RESIDENT FEATURED IN CAR RESTORATION SHOW Bluffton resident and U.S. Navy SEAL Carlos Moleda will be featured in the pilot episode of "Wheels for Warriors," a TV show that helps veterans restore and repair their cars. Actor Dean Cain and a fil crew visited Bluffton and Hilton Head Island to document the restoration of Moleda's 1952 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon. Moleda is paralyzed from the waist down. On Dec. 20, 1989, he was shot near the spine during a fi efight in Panama.


HARBOUR TOWN COURSE TO CLOSE FOR SUMMER FOLLOWING HERITAGE Hilton Head Island's acclaimed Harbour Town Golf Links will undergo a few enhancements starting in May. The famous Pete Dye-designed course will close for the summer on May 4 following this year's RBC Heritage, which runs April 14-20. The tee boxes, fairways and rough will be replaced with Celebration Bermuda grass, and Harbour Town's greens will be

re-grassed with TifEagle Bermuda grass, the same grass that has been on the putting surfaces since 2001. A new state-of-the-art irrigation system also will be installed. MacCurrach Golf Construction will lead the course work. Harbour Town will reopen in September. The course is currently ranked No. 9 in the U.S. in GOLF Magazine's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play."

WHAT THE DUCK? In the February issue, we incorrectly identified a female mallard as a bluewinged teal. Sorry if the mistake got your feathers ruffled As for the quack responsible for the error, his goose was cooked!

Free nicotine replacement therapy is available for smokers who do not have health insurance, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced recently. "Many people without health insurance delay using effective aids like nicotine gum or patches to help them quit smoking because they worry about the costs," said Sharon Biggers, director of the agency's Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control. "We are helping smokers overcome this barrier and increase the likelihood of quitting." Biggers said that any of South Carolina’s estimated 759,000 tobacco users who want to kick the habit can call the S.C. Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-784-8669. The quitline is open from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily. Launched in 2006, the S.C. Tobacco Quitline has served more than 67,000 people, helping thousands of South Carolinians quit.

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LAST MONTH’S QUESTION Which community is more progressive?  BLUFFTON (302)  HILTON HEAD ISLAND (208)

WEBSITE FEEDBACK VISIT HILTONHEADMONTHLY.COM On aspartame, a sweetener used as a sugar substitute: “Aspartame not only precipitates diabetes, it also simulates and aggravates diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy. It destroys the optic nerve, causes diabetics to go into convulsions and interacts with insulin. The free methyl alcohol causes diabetics to lose limbs." — Dr. Betty Martini

FACEBOOK FEEDBACK On Emory Campbell in the February issue: “I have had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful man twice. I love his stories and am so thankful that he shares his memories with whoever will listen. I think he is one of Hilton Head Island's treasures. — Susan Heinlein Schilder

SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOR Email your letter to or mail it to ATTN: Letter to the Editor, 52 New Orleans Road, Suite 300, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. Include street address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters may be edited for length, style, grammar, taste and libel.

OBAMACARE NEEDS A GOOD EDIT There are two good points to Obamacare. Insurance for Americans with pre-existing conditions is vital to saving some Americans from financially drowning. Also, not dropping an individual's health insurance because they get sick is also crucial. Making insurance available for America's very down and out is not a bad thing. However, this is only expanded Medicaid. Helping people to become well, productive, get off Medicaid, work a job and pay insurance premiums must be the goal of every state. So far, here is what Obamacare has done for me, beginning Jan. 1 of this year. My premium increased over $250 per month. I now pay 10 percent of all my medical bills. For example, if my hospital bill is $100,000, I will pay my deductible plus another $10,000. My routine prescription cost has increased. Now, there will always be a charge per prescription. Before Jan. 1, once I met my deductible my prescriptions were free. I don't like using the word free because they weren't really free. My premium was plenty last year as well. I guess I should be raving about the new Affordable Care Act. I do know people who now have free insurance — paid by taxpayers, of course. They have a $6,000 deductible, but after that they pay zero. The best aspect of their plan is that they do not pay a monthly premium. The downside is that they do not make very much in salary. For them, I am glad they can say they now have insurance. I realize it's not a perfect world and America has a lot to be thankful for. However, saying that Obamacare will be better for everybody is a matter of opinion. My opinion is that it's not so great. Here is what we need to do: • Upgrade the public county health clinics nationwide. We should have a doctor and nurses in every clinic. We are not talking about $300,000 a year salaries for the doctors, but certainly good salaries. This would be a place where anyone, especially the poor, could go for free medical help. Remember, there are doctors not accepting Medicaid patients. Good and free clinics would be someplace people could count on. • Offer limited emergency care in all the medical clinics. • Keep Medicaid for the truly disabled. Make it temporary for the poor. The poor need it for a time, but they should not be allowed to be on it forever. • Make medical insurance competitive. People in South Carolina should be able to shop insurance providers in Georgia and vice versa. Allow competition between insurance companies across state lines. The bottom line is that no American can afford to be without health insurance. A trip to the hospital can bankrupt most Americans. Every American should take personal responsibility for his or her health. We should have affordable American health care. The poor and disabled should have good accessible health care. — Glenn Mollette


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ypically, the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshal is chosen based on a person’s contributions to the community, civic-minded personality and a general perception around town of island royalty. This year, that won’t change. What will change, however, is the other thing a grand marshal generally is: a person. As in a single person. This year, the St. Patrick’s Day parade committee has chosen to honor not one but two outstanding members of our community in the personages of Tom and Jane Upshaw. “Don’t worry, we’re each getting our own sash,” Jane Upshaw joked prior to the Feb. 15 ceremony in which she and her husband were named grand marshals. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to readers of Monthly that the Upshaws were granted the honor of leading this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sharp-eyed readers will recall that Tom and Jane Upshaw were profiled as one of our power couples a few years back due to the scores of contributions they’ve made to the Lowcountry. We were hardly the first to recognize this couple’s impact on our community, and we weren’t the last. (As an aside, the Upshaws were photographed for that “Power Couples” feature riding in their famed convertible Ford Falcon, an uncannily prescient ride for future grand marshals). Individually, either Upshaw would have earned the sash on their own merits. As chancellor of University of South Carolina Beaufort, Jane Upshaw ushered in a new era in the

university’s storied history. As the university expanded into Bluffton, she was an indispensable part of the new campus rising from a satellite school’s satellite school into an academic, athletic and economic powerhouse for the entire region. She is also a perennial board member, lending her expertise to agencies including Coastal Carolina Hospital, Community Vision of Hilton Head and the Lowcountry Economic Alliance Board. Tom Upshaw, meanwhile, is having an excellent year coming off his retirement from Palmetto Electric Cooperative, a 30-year career that saw him rise to CEO. In June, he was given South Carolina’s highest citizen honor, the Order of the Palmetto. In recognizing his contributions, Gov. Nikki Haley said, “While your success in the business world contributes so much to the vitality of the Palmetto State, it is your passion for serving individuals in need and charitable organizations that sets such a high standard for others.” But despite their accomplishments, the couple was still caught off-guard by their honor. “When (parade co-chairman and NBSC loan officer) Alan Perry called, we thought he was going to ask us to refinance our house,” Jane Upshaw said. It turned out Perry had a much more exciting offer, and the couple is immensely honored to be the new grand marshals. “We were stunned. Just so excited. What a wonderful honor it is for both of us to be grand marshals together.” M



PARADE DETAILS What: 2015 Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade When: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15 Where: Hilton Head Island. The parade will follow its usual route, beginning at the south end of Pope Avenue near Coligny Circle and marching north to Office ark Road – site of the reviewing stand – where it will make a left turn and proceed to its end in front of Park Plaza and The Courtyard Building. Information: March 2015 17

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CURRENCY The last 20 years of my life have been spent doing the work of community building, both as the CEO of a community foundation and as a volunteer. The first 12 of those 20 years were spent in Michigan, and I did love it there. There were serious issues that needed to be addressed. There were also great people, generous donors and hard-working nonprofits that created the recipe for accomplishment in addressing the many concerns.

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We had a strong corporate sector, and these generous businesses encouraged their employees to be an active volunteer force. We had a large and visionary group of private foundations that partnered with the community foundation, financially and in other ways. And we all worked together to continually improve the quality of life in that corner of the world.

While it is appropriate to support the university where you spent four years, how about the community where you are spending this time of your life? But I’m here now. And there are serious issues here that need to be addressed. There are also great people, generous donors and hard-working nonprofits. We have less of a corporate sector and do not enjoy a large private foundation community. But we have many young, experienced retirees who have landed here and whose capacity and creativity can fill many volunteer and financial gaps. I love it here as well. If you’re one of those individuals who came from elsewhere, either to work or retire here, have you begun to understand the serious issues in


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the Lowcountry? Have you started to develop a vision of what could be done and how you could help? While it is appropriate to support the university where you spent four years, how about the community where you are spending this time of your life? While the symphony and conservancy and library 1,000 miles from here may have touched you at one time in amazing ways, so can similar organizations in your new home. I have heard people say that they sometimes feel those in poverty are “rewarded” with “free gifts,” unlike those of us “who work for a living.” I think it is important to recognize that all of us are, and have been, the beneficiary of the “free gifts” of many to libraries and schools, parks and trails, recreational and health facilities, medical research, youth clubs and groups, museums, performing arts centers, historic sites and churches. Without scholarships, I would not have gotten through college. Many of these amazing things have not been supported by tax dollars or governments, or only partially so. But the gifts and generosity of many have made these things possible for all of us — whether in poverty or wealth, employed or not. Since we have all benefited — both where we may have lived at an earlier time and here — we also have a responsibility to give back. I gave much to my community in Michigan; it is time for me to give here. Are you investing in your new home, building community with your dollars and your time, just as you may have done in the places from which you came? If you don’t know where to start, call me, or any of the team at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Through Lowcountry Volunteer Connections, a Web portal matching volunteers to volunteer positions, we can help you get involved. Through our current knowledge of the area, and our soon-to-be-launched Giving Marketplace (another Web portal), we can help you research the many nonprofits in the area that are working to alleviate suffering, provide education, clean the environment, care for the animals, or one of many, many potential areas that tickle your fancy and focus your passion. We can also make structuring your own philanthropy easy and affordable. Many of you have done amazing work, LIVING GENEROUSLY, at other times and locations in your life, and for that I know that many are grateful. Now consider doing amazing work here. Because you’re here now. Denise K. Spencer President and CEO Community Foundation of the Lowcountry


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Where in the world is Monthly? u Dalton and Hailey King took Monthly to Horseshoe Falls in Canada.  Alex and Barbara Stetynski took Monthly on an elephant safari in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve in Zimbabwe.

p Maxine Parsons-Kogut took Monthly on a Viking River Cruise from Nuremberg, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary. This picture was taken at the Nuremberg Christmas Market.

p Chip Decota, Kate Flanagan and Monthly at Mahogany Beach in Roatan, Honduras.

p Susan and Peter Carlson hiked through a rain forest to get this photo at Hacienda Tijax in Guatemala.  Frank and Thomasine Roberts took Monthly to the beaches of Anguilla.

t Tom and Nancy Hogan with Monthly in Cozumel, Mexico.  John and Carole Crankshaw with Monthly at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

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If you wanted to know what was so interesting about Rob DeCanio, Brittany Jean and Nate Addy, you could stop at the fact that all three work at Zipline Hilton Head. That T hat alone, having the coolest job in the world, would probably be enough. While the rest of us are biding time until the weekend, demarcating our days in cups of coffee and bathroom breaks, they are soaring among the treetops, delving into the local waters, celebrating our unique ecology and spreading the gospel of Hilton Head Island to visitors far and wide. Roughly everyone reading this found themselves on Hilton Head Island in the hopes that we could in some small part spend our days trekking through the natural wonder that makes this place so special. For these guys, that’s their 9-to-5. 22

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ROB DECANIO General Manager Rob DeCanio would rather not talk about what makes him so intriguing. Sure, there’s the fact that for months he was on TVs across the country as a contestant in the Rotu tribe on “Survivor: Marquesas.” There are the stories of foraging for food, fending off threats both from nature and from rival tribes, but DeCanio would rather talk about something far more interesting: his staff. “I think the kids are really interesting,” he said in his trademark booming growl of a voice. “They are so dedicated and they do such a good job.” He cites one employee who used to do rigging for Cirque d’Soleil, another who used to be a Muppet. No matter how much anyone wants to know about his days in Marquesas, he’d rather tell you about his Zipline tribe than the Rotu tribe. Fortunately, his Zipline tribe is happy to talk about what makes DeCanio so interesting, even if he’d rather put the spotlight on them. “He’s for real. Beyond the ‘Survivor’ thing, some of the work he’s done, he used to be a sports color guy, he’s backpacked through the rainforest. … His background is as varied and interesting as the rest of ours,” said Nate Addy, one of the guides at Zipline Hilton Head. “He doesn’t like talking about it necessarily; he just likes to showcase us.” Another guide at Zipline Hilton Head, Bee Jean, echoes that sentiment. “That’s how most of us are,” she said. “When you’re on tour, if you ask one person about their background they’ll give you the SparkNotes, but they’ll tell you to ask another guide about theirs. We’re such a family that it’s like, ‘Mine is cool, but you should hear about so and so.’”



Bee Jean (no one calls her Brittany) comes to Zipline Hilton Head after a long and varied career that can be summed up in the following quote. “When I was in college I basically took a year and traveled all over the world and decided that I wanted to focus on animal behavior and training,” she said before upping the ante by adding, “I’m a touch crazy so I decided to focus on large predators.” Her post-college, totally rational decision to begin working with large animals that, quote, viewed her “as lunch” led Jean to the International Exotic Animal

Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas, where she worked with large bears and whatever dangerous carnivorous animals happened to cross her transom. “A lot of the animals I worked with had been privately owned. One of the lions had been bought in a Wal-Mart parking lot,” she said, before explaining, “it’s Texas.” Jean spent six months caring for an assortment of wild animals at the sanctuary. Before you ask; yes, she cared for lions and tigers and bears. Don’t say it. She’s already heard it. Eventually, though, despite the fact that their Walmarts sound a lot cooler March 2015 23

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than everyone else’s, Jean found that Texas wasn’t quite a fit for her so she wound her way back north to Vermont. There, she took what can only be described as the “mother of all career 180s” and went to work for IBM doing inline testing on microelectonic chips about the width of a human hair. While it certainly represented a dramatic shift in her career (we didn’t ask, but it can be assumed none of the microchips wanted to eat her), Jean soon found her wanderlust calling once again. “It was a really good experience, but I can’t be inside for that long,” she said. Plus, just as Texas proved to be a little too Texas, Vermont proved to be a little too Vermont. “The polar vortex hit last year and I thought, ‘Why am I living somewhere where the air hurts my face?’” Fate took the form of a job posting looking for tour guides at Zipline Hilton Head. And as you know, there’s no such thing as too Hilton Head. “I had never heard of Hilton Head, to be honest,” Jean said. “But I’d been a tour guide, done promotions, and loved it.” She got the call back for the interview, hopped in her Jeep and took a 20-hour drive that took her far from the debilitating chill of the polar vortex. She interviewed on a Saturday, was offered the job on the spot, and returned two weeks later with a Jeep full of stuff bound for her new home. “Now I do promotions at different resorts, getting people to come out,” said Jean. “One of the reoccurring jokes is that we’re kind of a family and kind of a cult, and we can’t wait to tell everyone about it.” And beyond spreading the message of Zipline, Jean has found her career has come full circle. Just as she overcame her fear in caring for large terrifying animals, she overcame her own fear of heights (“Climbing ladders is an issue for me.”) and now helps others conquer their own. “For a lot of people it’s about conquering a fear. It’s a great experience to have. People are always so ecstatic when they get over that fear.”

Nate Add y

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We fibbed earlier when we said that working at Zipline Hilton Head is the coolest job in the world. In fact, working at Zipline Hilton Head and then spending your nights as a fi e juggler probably takes the top spot. And as far as we know, that rare double whammy can currently only be claimed by one man: Nate Addy. So how did Addy turn a bachelor’s degree in marine biology into a zipline/ fi e juggling career? “The long way around,” he quipped. “I used to work in a circus and this is the best job I’ve ever had.” The long improbable road to the coolest job in the world started for Addy in the classroom. His love of teaching coupled with a natural theatricality drew him to a company called Mad Science. An experimental hybrid of entertainment and education, Mad Science let Addy teach in a whole new way. “The students were having so much fun they don’t even realize they were learning.” Plus, it gave Addy his first foot in the door to fi e juggling, as a fellow Mad Science teacher in Columbia revealed that he was doing fi e juggling at night and was looking to bring on a partner. “We put together an act doing parties,” said Addy. “It was out of the lab coats and into the leather pants, and we were doing fi e juggling shows at night.”

The unique act caught the attention of a belly dancer from Columbia Alternacirque, who wanted to add her unique talents to the show. Before too long, she was joined by a hula hoop artist, break dancers, magicians and poets. The resulting spectacle was known as CityCirque, and it lit up the Columbia performing arts scene. “I was dancing, acting. … I never thought I’d be up there, and it ended up being exactly what I wanted to do,” he said. A move to Hilton Head Island meant that Addy left CityCirque behind full time, but he still appears periodically in shows and, of course, keeps up his fi e juggling by performing at Up the Creek Pub. But fi e is just one of the elements Addy has pursued in his lifetime. An avid hiker and certified SCUBA diver, it wasn’t until he’d made his way through the treetops at Zipline Hilton Head that Addy came to a realization. “At a certain point I had done all that hiking, I was a scuba diver, I’m a fi e spinner, and now I’m ziplining; I’m pretty comfortable in the four elements.” And while the elevation of the runs and wires of Zipline Hilton Head would be enough air for most of us, Addy is now looking to round out his elemental experience by taking up skydiving. “I was trying to get all four of them,” he said. “It’s just kind of a personal quirky goal of mine.” M


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ccording to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 20 million Americans ages 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that addiction is our nation’s No. 1 health problem — one that significantly burdens the economy, health care system and criminal justice system, and negatively impacts job security, public safety and marital and family life. These alarming statistics, combined with Dru Conrad’s passion for German shepherds and a brother in law enforcement working with police dogs, inspired her to establish Lowcountry K-9 Inc. “I’ve always loved German shepherds, loved that they are working dogs. I attended training with my brother, as an observer,

and that experience solidified my love for this incredible breed, as well as my interest in drug detection services,” Conrad said. As a successful business professional and 21-year resident of the Lowcountry, Conrad saw that there was a need in the community for drug detection services. “Many businesses perform random drug screening, but I believe that K-9 sweeps are a proactive, cost-effective tool for businesses that really want to establish and maintain a drug-free work environment,” she said. As a mother, Conrad believed that the services provided by Lowcountry K-9 could also benefit schools, as well as parents. According to a national survey substance abuse conducted by CASAColumbia, a nonprofit organization affili ted with Columbia University, 86 percent of American high school students said that

some classmates drink, use drugs and smoke during the school day, and 44 percent knew a student who sold drugs at school. “For schools, such detection services serve as an excellent deterrent, and having a drug-free school helps students maintain a drug-free lifestyle and offers parents peace of mind,” Conrad said. “Lowcountry K-9 also offers parents a discreet way to rule out drug use at home. We can sweep a residence, parents can choose to be present or not, and then we can provide a report or discuss our findings with parents. This is done privately, law enforcement is not involved, and gives kids an opportunity to avoid peer pressure — ‘I can’t do that because my Mom hired a drug dog,’ etc.” A variety of dog breeds are employed by law enforcement for drug detection,


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but German shepherds are the breed most commonly used. Conrad’s dog, 3-year-old Zosia, is a highly trained professional with an impressive lineage that MILLION makes her particularly well AMERICANS suited for drug detection. AGES 12 OR “Zosia is a delight, but she is no lap dog. She is ‘working line’ OLDER versus ‘show line.’ Zosia has a USED AN passion for detection and is ILLEGAL trained to work,” Conrad said. DRUG IN Zosia has been with Conrad THE PAST since she was a few months 30 DAYS old and hails from Azzi International, a full-service K-9 training facility renowned for its strong, highly trained police service dogs. Zosia is also certifie by the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association and the American Working Dog Association. Both groups maintain stringent certific tion standards. Furthermore, certific tion is earned by a given K-9 and handler as a team. Conrad is a K-9 handler contracted by highly acclaimed Merrills Detector Dog Services, which has a location in Georgetown, and by R.A.I.D., or Resistance Against Illegal Drugs, to carry out contracts in schools, universities and industrial facilities. In order to maintain her status, Conrad must recertify annually. Conrad keeps Zosia on a special diet, and engages her in regular obedience training and conditioning, including detection “practice” with narcotic training aids. Zosia is trained to passively “sit” when she detects the presence of narcotic odor and will alert to the odor of marijuana, cocaine and its derivatives, heroine and methamphetamines. “She (Zosia) could be a cop on a beat tomorrow and the police department would love her. She is the Maserati of dogs,” Conrad said. Conrad also recently added Kai, a 2-year-old imported Belgian Malinois specializing in explosives detection, to the Lowcountry K-9 team. Kai is owned by Merrills Detector Dog Services and works at the Port of Charleston, but lives with Conrad, who serves as his handler.  Lowcountry K-9 can be hired for a one-time sweep of a business, vehicle, school or residence, or retained for regular services. Lowcountry K-9 can also be deployed to local airports or marine embarkations for the purpose of conducting searches on private or commercial vessels. To learn how Lowcountry K-9 can offer you peace of mind with discretion, in your personal life or business, go to or email M 28

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Do we need a national housing policy?


hip Collins of Collins Group Realty recently published his annual “State of the Market” report on the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton real estate markets. I love this report as it is full of data, and Collins isn’t afraid to make a call on the market. This year, he specifically addresses what he refers to as “A Tale of Two Towns.” It appears that Bluffton’s market is “back in action, while the island market is still in ‘recovery mode.’” I would encourage all of our readers to get a copy of the report and read it thoroughly; for most of us, our home is our single most significant asset. About three years ago, I wrote an op-ed article that was picked up by both The (Columbia) State and The Island Packet newspapers. It was about the need to restructure our national housing finance system with a reinvented Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac as its base. My thesis was simple, using what is left of those two organizations as a base and enabling a strong regulator, forbidding lobbying activities, establishing an actuarially sound fund to cover potential losses and providing an explicit federal guaranty to back up the securities they would issue. Even at today’s mortgage origination levels of just north of $1 trillion annually, our domestic private markets are not large enough to provide the needed mortgage liquidity. Further, America’s homebuyers are hooked on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, and in my humble opinion, 30-year paper is the domain of public issuance. So why do I bring this up again three years later, and why do we even care on Hilton


BY ELIHU SPENCER Head Island and in Bluffton? Well, here again is a rather simple and straightforward answer: Nothing has been done and potential homebuyers and sellers are stuck with limited access to mortgage credit. There have actually been two bipartisan bills in the House and Senate to make it through committee, but not make it to the floor of either chamber for a vote. I guess this might just be another example of how ineptly our government is working, or it might be for the first time in almost 100 years we are actually without a stated national housing policy. Since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and land rushes occurred in the West, Americans have longed to own a piece of the “American dream,” a home. It is in our national DNA, and the statistics prove that homeowners are wealthier, less prone to commit crimes and are just more involved citizens. Mortgages allowed middle-class families to join the ranks of homeowners, and the drive to provide for liquidity in the mortgage market took on federal involvement with the FHA mortgage just after the Great Depression. Unfortunately, there is a time for almost every commodity to experience a “bubble.” It has happened to tulips, silver, technology stocks and housing in the early 2000s. A federal housing policy that was articulated by Republican and Democrat administrations, as well as Congress, set out to expand the national homeownership rate beginning in the 1950s. FHA loans, along with VA loans and the creation of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Banks and

state housing finance agencies, provided the mortgage dollars; ultimately, nearly three out of every four American families owned their own homes in 2007. Some believe that homeownership is only second to greed in being part of the American DNA. Greed on the part of many participants in the housing industry and many of our local, state and federal political leaders led to a horrible bubble in housing that has destroyed trillions in our collective wealth and devastated thousands of American families who lost their homes to foreclosure. The resulting Great Recession resulted in job losses, bankruptcies, bank failures and now a generation of young Americans who are questioning homeownership as a vehicle toward capturing the “American dream.” While our political leaders debate who is to blame for the housing collapse and pass laws heaping new regulations on lenders, they sit by and don’t address the bigger question of what we should do to assure that every American can access decent housing. It is time to ask our representatives to create a national housing policy and to create the infrastructure to support those goals. Reach out and tell Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott and Mark Sanford that we want action on housing. Real estate is a core industry here in southern Beaufort County, and we need help. M Elihu Spencer is an amateur economist with a long business history in global finance. His life’s work has been centered on understanding credit cycles and their impact on local economies. The information contained in this article has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but the accuracy cannot be guaranteed.


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Hilton Head Vacation Rentals announced two new hires. Tiana Vinciguerra has joined the company as guest services/administrative assistant. Previously, she was a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Dana Wyatt also was hired to be front desk/administrative assistant. Previously, she worked in guest services at Palmetto Dunes Resort. Gina M. Dunn has been promoted to mortgage loan partner with PNC Bank on Hilton Head Island. Dunn has years of lending experience, mortgage origination and corporate management. She is located right off the Sea Pines circle on Pope Avenue at the PNC Bank. BB&T Carswell Insurance Services has promoted Russell Stuart Bedenbaugh to assistant vice president. Bedenbaugh is an employee benefits account executive in the employee benefits department at BB&T Carswell Insurance Services. BB&T Carswell Insurance Services has promoted Kristin Walker to assistant vice president. Walker is a family risk manager in the personal lines department at BB&T Carswell Insurance Services. She earned a designation as a certified insurance service representative from the National Alliance. She has been in the insurance industry for more than 15 years. Rich Hodsdon, a 35-year veteran of the Hilton Head Island real estate business, has joined the sales team at Hilton Head Properties as an associate broker. A respected longtime real estate veteran, Hodsdon has a reputation as a Realtor with a passion for the Hilton Head and Daufuskie areas. He moved to Hilton Head Island in January of 1980. Hilton Head Properties hired Bruce Tuttle as a broker associate. His primary focus will be working with buyers and sellers of investment properties, second homes, primary residences and fractional ownership. Tuttle has been licensed in real estate sales in South Carolina since 1987. A Michigan native, Tuttle has lived on the island since 1979 and brings an extensive knowledge of the area to the Hilton Head Properties team.

LOCAL AUTHOR RELEASES LATEST BOOK, ‘SOUTH’ Popular local author Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer recently released her latest book, “SOUTH: What It Means to be Here in Heart or in Spirit.” The book is comprised of 70 noted contributors sharing their stories, images, thoughts and experiences in a high-quality coffee table book edition. Pollitzer and publisher Lydia Inglett embarked on a year-anda-half-long journey to publish the book. The 144-page book is presented with a gold-foiled hard cover and leather finish The cost is $34.95. Find the book online at www. or

Broad Creek Public Service District announced the appointment of Mike Allen as its new general manager, replacing longtime general manager Rusty Hildebrand, who died last year. Allen joins the organization after serving the previous 14 years as the utility director for Lowndes County in Valdosta, Ga. He brings extensive experience in water and wastewater operations. Hilton Head Christian Academy is excited to announce that Dylan Curtis has recently been appointed middle school principal. Curtis has been at HHCA for three years. Since in 2011, he has been the school’s director of instructional media and technology, and he previously served as a business educator in the Academy of Finance magnet program at Lansdowne High School in Baltimore, Md. Curtis has a master’s degree in arts and teaching and a bachelor’s degree in corporate financ and risk management insurance. First Citizens announced that Allison Trippe has been named vice president and retail sales manager for the company’s Hilton Head branch, located at 2 Northridge Drive. In her role, Trippe will be responsible for helping current customers meet their unique financial goals, introducing the bank’s products and services to new customers, and representing First Citizens in the community. Wayne Corley is now a broker associate with Gateway Realty. Corley moved to the Lowcountry in 2001 and became director of sales and marketing for Harden Tuten Custom Homes. He founded The Corley



Ken Oliver earned Dunes Real Estate’s distinction as “Top Listing Agent” and “Top Producing Agent” for 2014. Additionally, Oliver has achieved “Top Listing and/or Selling Agent” for the company 28 of the past 35 years. Oliver can be reached at 843-816-0220, 843-842-0816 or 866-842-0816. His email is and his website is

Group in 2005 as a residential construction consultant and real estate broker. Daniella Augenstein has joined Gateway Realty as a sales agent, bringing a diverse background and interests to the Gateway Team. Prior to becoming a licensed Realtor, she worked as a model, bank teller and studio director for a boutique-style movement studio in Cleveland. Jerry Petitt has joined Gateway Realty as a sales agent. Originally from Alexandria, Va., he relocated to Bluffton in 2006. He has a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As a licensed Realtor since 1979, he has extensive sales experience throughout the southeast including Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Margaret O’Hanlon has joined Gateway Realty as a broker/agent. She is a successful sales professional with 20 years of experience in all facets of the real estate industry. Prior to relocating to the South Carolina Lowcountry, she was an associate broker with The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate, the No. 1 real estate team in Maryland. Gateway Realty announced the addition of Karen Hall of Yadkin Mortgage to the main Gateway office as a preferred mortgage lender. Hall has over 13 years of mortgage experience, and she has been a top mortgage lender in southern Beaufort County for the past five years. Yadkin Mortgage offers a full array of financial services for the first time homebuyer as well as the seasoned investor including lot loans, construction and permanent financing. Gateway Realty is pleased to welcome college intern Samantha O’Donnell to the team. O’Donnell is a Hilton Head Island native who currently attends the University of South Carolina Beaufort studying English and communications. At USCB, she is also on the women’s golf team, a contributor to The Tidal Tribune campus newspaper and a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society.


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Allison Bonner of Pearce Scott Architects is now the firm s new associate principal. She was previously a project architect at the Old Town Bluffton-based architecture firm. Bonner is a licensed architect and a LEEDaccredited professional. She is involved in all aspects of design, from concept through construction administration to quality control and coordination with consultants, builders and clients. First Presbyterian Day School welcomes Amy Dungan as the newest addition to its staff. As director, Dungan will take over the duties of overseeing the day school. Dungan joins The Day School with 13 years of experience in education, most recently as lead teacher at Daufuskie Island Elementary School. Before that, she held teaching, coaching and administration positions in the Beaufort County School District. Dave Ropes joins Group46 Marketing with more than 30 years of experience as a senior marketing and advertising executive working at the top of premier multinational consumer product companies, including Ford Motor Co., Reebok, Pepsi, Pizza Hut and Philip Morris. His expertise has led him to initiate corporate partnerships with publications such as Time magazine and to create legendary commercials airing across the globe. Group46 Marketing announces the most recent addition to its team, Renee Loftus, as in-house copywriter. Throughout her educational and professional career, Loftus worked with Hilton Head local clients and global brands. She developed a variety of skills within the advertising industry including brand expansion, product development, website creation, social media and fully integrated campaigns. Conviction Training Facility is proud to welcome Betsy Hood to its team of trainers. Hood has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Illinois State University and holds many other training certific tions, including her CSCS from the NASM. She loves working with teens, smiling and creating a ridiculously fun and educational training atmosphere. is proud to announce the addition of Brad Wells to its team. Wells recently received his property management license from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and

INTERIOR DESIGNER WINS CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AWARD Interior designer Denise Stringer recently was named “Best of Houzz” for 2015 from among 500,000 industry professionals nationwide. The national award recognizes exceptional customer satisfaction. Stringer has been in the residential and commercial design business for more than 30 years. As a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, she began her career at an interior design firm in upstate New York. After several years, she started her own design studio in Manlius, N.Y., and worked there until her relocation to Hilton Head Island in 1994. Her designs can be found in Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Florida, as well as St. Maarten and the Bahamas.

Regulations and is serving as a portfolio manager for PropertyManagementPros. com, managing over 70 single-family homes and condos in the Lowcountry. Wells is also a local musician and previously launched radio stations SC103 and Y107.9 before changing career paths into property management. Gateway Realty is pleased to announce the addition of Rhonda Rose as accounting manager. Rose brings over 20 years of experience in accounting services and management to the Gateway team. She began her career with International Paper and in addition to her role at Gateway, she currently owns her own accounting firm Rhonda Rose Accounting. Sherry White, president of White Interiors Inc., a full-service design fir located on Hilton Head Island, has joined Gateway Realty to work with Ric Hollifiel and his Hilton Head Life sales team at Gateway Realty’s Colleton River office. Neighborhood Outreach Connection is pleased to announce the appointment of Alice Page as director of field operations, overseeing programs and activities at all four NOC program centers in Hilton Head and Bluffton. Bluffton attorney Dustin Lee is the town of Bluffton’s part-time judge. He administers arrest warrants, search warrants and subpoenas for town cases. Lee rotates these judicial duties with the town’s two other judges. Lee owns Lee Law Firm in greater Bluffton, primarily practicing criminal defense, family and personal injury law. A lifetime Lowcountry resident, Lee graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and the University of South Carolina with a major


Local resident Alli Meany has launched Sparks & Hearts, a new full-service wedding and event-planning firm o fering a custom-tailored, hands-on approach. Meany is thrilled to combine her extensive experience in the hospitality and culinary industries with her true passion for event planning. She enjoys working with clients in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Charleston and beyond to identify the heart of their visions and create one-of-a-kind celebrations. For more information, visit

in history. Lee is also a 2001 graduate of Hilton Head High School.

AWARDS/CERTIFICATES Foundation Realty team members Liz Gillespie, Debbie Iredell, Charlene Neste, Carl Schroeder, Kati Schroeder and Charlie Schroeder recently received the 2014 Hilton Head Area Association Realtor Service Award. The Realtor Service Award honors a small percentage of Realtors who have completed high levels of continuing education, professional development, association involvement and leadership, as well as dedicated service to the community by volunteering their time, talent and financial support. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island the highest and most prestigious four-star rating for sound fisca management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing essential information needed to give them greater confidence in choosing the charities that are most worthy of their donations. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several general criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fundraising expenses, and the organization’s longterm financial health. Seven Realtors and the owner/broker-incharge of Collins Group Realty, a top-producing real estate company on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, were recently awarded the Realtor Service Award by the Hilton Head Island Area Association of Realtors. Owner and broker-in-charge Chip Collins, together with buyer specialists Andrea Albright, Howard Cohen, Ann Eden, Velinda Fisher, Kathy Fotia, Carl Girth and Joan Weaver were each recently presented with the award, which is given in recognition of association members who throughout the past year have achieved high levels of continuing education and professional development. Other criteria for determining recipients of the award include association involvement and leadership.


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Kim Ciuffreda joins Collins Group Realty in the role of Bluffton office manager. Ciuffreda has spent the entirety of her career in real estate — first in Pennsylvania and then Bluffton. She will manage the team’s mainland office and assist the agents with listings, closings and other administrative duties. Sandie Major recently joined the Delcher & Delcher team as a buyer’s agent. She will specialize in properties in the greater Bluffton area. Major offers 10 years of award-winning real estate experience. She received the Executive Club Award in 2006 and earned the Sales Achievement Award for outstanding sales performance from 2007-2014. She relocated to the Lowcountry in 2005 to get away from the harsh winters of Pennsylvania. BB&T Carswell Insurance Services has promoted Sherry Slifer to vice president. Slifer is a family risk manager in the personal lines department at BB&T Carswell Insurance Services. She earned a designation as a certified insurance service representative from the National Alliance. She has been in the insurance and financial fiel for over 20 years. Jordanna Ebanks is the newest member of the StoneWorks team, working in drafting and architectural drawing. Ebanks works with the sales and operations teams in the development and operation of all jobs including data input, processing shop drawings and design layout and modeling. She will also assist with the visualization process for clients by providing 3-D computer rendered layouts of rooms and tile designs. Devonna Taylor recently joined StoneWorks as a design consultant. Her position is a continuation of over a decade of design experience in the porcelain, natural stone and slab industry. Her career began in Charleston, where she worked exclusively with custom builders and their clients. She has a thorough and confiden knowledge of classic and current trends, material, pricing and installation ideas. Amber Young has joined StoneWorks as a client relations specialist. Her responsibilities include customer support, following up with all orders and following up with clients. Born in Portland, Ore., Young moved to the

INDIGO SPA OPENS AT HILTON HEAD HEALTH Hilton Head Health recently hosted a grand opening for the Indigo Spa. The spa has seven treatment rooms plus a full salon with more than 50 experiences and six Hilton Head Health exclusive services featuring Skin Authority, Naturopathica, Red Flower, Jane Iredale Makeup and Deborah Lippman Nails. In addition to classic treatments, the spa-in-series is designed to be experienced by guests as their healthy journey progresses with a message series that aids in the recovery of muscles as well as restorative face and body treatments designed to improve appearance as the physical transformation occurs thanks to healthier eating and daily fitne s classes.

area last November from Augusta, Ga. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Augusta State. Young now resides in Bluffton, where she enjoys reading, running and participating in Bible studies.

BUSINESS NEWS Janet Tarrant has opened a new pet salon on Hilton Head Island called Groomalon Pet Salon. Tarrant is a Massachusetts native with more than 20 years of pet grooming experience. Her focus at Groomalon is to maintain high industry standards and assure customers and their pets a safe, professional grooming experience. Bank of the Ozarks held a grand opening celebration Feb. 2, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at its new full-service banking office on Hilton Head at 1036 William Hilton Parkway. Bank of the Ozarks has been in Bluffton since 2010. Janet Hunter is manager of the Hilton Head office. Last month, Outside Hilton Head presented checks to the following local organizations: Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry and The Coastal Conservation League. The funds were collected through Outside Hilton Head’s Wooden Nickel Program, conducted in partnership with The Outside Foundation. The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island recently received its largest grant in the club’s history, a $50,000 grant to develop new arts programming. The grant


In order to differentiate itself from other child-care providers in the Lowcountry, Providence Children’s Center has changed its name to Providence Early Learning Center. The center is emphasizing its commitment to the 0-3 age group. The new official mascot is the elicans. Providence is a Christian daycare and preschool operated adjacent to Providence Presbyterian Church on Cordillo Parkway.

was awarded by First Nonprofit Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based, private organization that provides funds to various “public charities to support their pursuit of education and rewarding innovation,” according to its website. First Nonprofit Foundation’s mission is to “foster the overall development and advancement of nonprofit leaders through unique and creative initiatives.” According to The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island unit director Kim Likins, the grant will be used to develop a new great arts enrichment program for the Club. Local attorneys Terry A. Finger and Thomas L. Brooks announced the merger of their law practices. They also announce that Tyler A. Melnick has become a shareholder in the firm Finger, Melnick & Brooks, P.A., will be located at 35 Hospital Center Common on Hilton Head and will engage in the general practice of law, providing comprehensive legal services and personalized representation for a variety of legal clients in areas such as litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, residential and commercial real estate, business and corporate law, and property owners association law. The David Bennett for Mayor Campaign has donated $3,637.34 to Project SAFE, a charitable fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, which is operated in conjunction with Hilton Head PSD 1. The successful Hilton Head Island mayoral campaign submitted its final report to the South Carolina Ethics Commission earlier this month, showing it had spent only $53,231.66 of the $56,869.00 that it raised, thereby leaving a positive balance. Two individuals have recently been elected to the board of trustees of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Michael Marks has 43 years of nonprofit experience and has 30 years of experience in the fiel of museum management. Most recently, Marks served as president and CEO of the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island, retiring in July 2014. Joan Heyward was born and raised in Savannah. She joined the Sisters of Mercy and received her bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Agnes College in Baltimore. She also did master’s degree coursework at John Hopkins University.


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The Desire for Reinvention BY KIM KACHMANN-GELTZ

SPRING IS IN FULL SWING. AS NATURE TRANSFORMS ITSELF AND COMES INTO FULL BLOOM, SO OFTEN DOES THE DESIRE FOR PERSONAL REINVENTION Accessible prices, technological advances, less-invasive procedures with no down time and a rebounding economy are making cosmetic procedures, surgical and nonsurgical, far more attractive. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, last year Americans spent the largest amount on cosmetic procedures since the Great Recession. About 85 percent of the estimated $13 billion Americans spent on plastic surgery included nonsurgical procedures such as injectables and cosmetic fillers. To get smoother, more youthful-looking skin without surgery, injectables and cosmetic fillers can improve fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and lips. The most effective and safe use of these products requires a physician with a thorough understanding of facial anatomy. Botox, a shot of botulinum toxin that paralyzes facial muscles to eliminate frown lines, is a mainstay of plastic surgery treatments. Results can last four to six months. A shot of collagen or its derivatives, such as Restylane or Perlane, can plump up cheeks or fill laugh lines. Results can last up to a year, depending on the product. Chemical peels can improve the look of superficial scars, age spots and hyperpigmentation, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. The effects can be dramatic. Recovery may take a few days to a week. For glowing skin, microdermabrasion sloughs off dead skin and with it fine lines from the face, neck, shoulders and cleavage. Downtime is minimal. A physician will determine how many

treatments are necessary. A treatment of Fraxel or laser toning can burn off sun damage and encourage collagen production. The treatment removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying skin to stimulate collagen growth and create smoother and firmer skin. Another option is a series of "photo facials," blasts of a broad spectrum of light that dissolve spider veins and age spots. In terms of nonsurgical treatments for fat removal, doctors and patients are anticipating the Food and Drug Administration’s approval this year of ATX-101, a facial injection that dissolves jowls — those annoying jiggles of chin fat. “Cold laser” contouring treatments are hot non-invasive treatments for fat removal elsewhere on the body. Unlike liposuction, which involves surgically vacuuming fat, cold laser treatments require no invasive surgery, anesthesia or downtime. A low-level laser targets the offending layers of fat in the flanks, belly or hips, creating small pores in fat cells. Over time, fat seeps out of the cells and into the lymphatic system, where the body eliminates it. Breast enhancement, neck lifts and tummy tucks are the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in the U.S., according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Jaw makeovers are also popular, and now include minimally invasive procedures like ultrasound therapy and fillers. With all the treatments available, there’s no reason you too can’t bloom this spring. March 2015 39

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M HEALTH Richard J. Greco, MD is the Vice President/Treasurer of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, lectures at national and international meetings regarding the “cutting edge“ techniques in Plastic Surgery. For more information, go to or call 912.644.8257

The Secrets of a Plastic Surgeon The average lifespan in America is now 79, and many of us are living well into our 80’s and late 90’s. Today, sixty is the new “50”. Everyone is living longer, working longer, and enjoying second and sometimes third relationships. Women aren’t the only ones that want to have full lives and look as young as they feel. It used to be said that men didn’t grow old; they just grew distinguished. Men are now living well beyond that stage and are facing the challenges of aging just like women are. This has led to a huge industry to try to help our aging population look as young as they can. What works? What doesn’t? What do plastic surgeons do to keep their patients looking so good? That is what I am going to share with you today. BASIC CONCEPTS FOR GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY Looking young requires a healthy lifestyle. If you aren’t already in the proper mindset, analyze your life. It takes effort, but make the commitment to change your lifestyle to a healthy one. Some of the major factors in aging include: excess sun exposure, smoking, significant drinking, inadequate sleep, lack of exercise, and not being conscientious about your diet. 1) Avoid direct sunlight between 11 am and 2 pm. Use sunscreen every single day, keeping in mind that the percentage of zinc oxide is more important that the SPF.

Also, if you are going to be outside, reapply as necessary. 2) Quit Smoking - Not only will it reduce the damage to your skin, you’ll live longer and smell better! 3) Drink alcohol in moderation. In addition to being full of empty calories, it dehydrates your skin, and some individuals fall asleep before removing their makeup. 4) You should try to get at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep, and 8 hours is better. 5) Try to schedule at least 15 minutes of exercise daily. Even a brisk walk will improve your overall health, increase your endurance, reduce stress, and make you feel more awake and vibrant. 6) We all need to learn to eat healthier. In addition to having less indigestion, you’ll lose weight, live longer, and look better. Fortunately, eating healthier is easier now than ever before. Perhaps you have improved your habits and still want more improvement. What can you do to look better? You can call a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to schedule a consultation. Think about what you see in the mirror, and what you would like to see improved. During the consultation, you can discuss the best operative and non operative techniques available to obtain the improvements you are looking for.

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Firs t S teps: 1) S  kin Care: As we mature, our skin shows signs of prolonged sun exposure, as well as loss of elasticity and dermal thickness. You can get by on over-the-counter products for a while, but there comes a time when they do not have the strength to correct things like loss of elasticity, wrinkles, and brown spots. The only products that are powerful enough to do this are those which contain prescription strength ingredients such as tretinoin and 4% hydroquinone. It can be overwhelming to be a consumer with the myriad of products on the market today, but just remember that if it does not require a prescription, it is not strong enough to correct your skin! Contrary to popular belief, being sold in a physician’s office does not guarantee that a product is prescription strength! 2) Makeup: As we mature, we can unwittingly get caught in a makeup application warp. There is an art to applying makeup to women who are beyond age 50. Do you remember the last time you had an update? Many Board Certified Plastic Surgeons employ Medical Aestheticians with special training in this area. The transformation could easily erase several years. No n-O pera tive Procedures: 1) B  otox: Your doctor can use a very fine needle to inject a drug that weakens the muscles that create unwanted wrinkles. The drug is placed very precisely to soften your appearance without any awkward changes. 2) Fillers: Deeper wrinkles can be filled in by replacing your dermal loss with an injection of materials similar to those created by our bodies. They will last 6-12 months. These products can also be used to create plumper and more defined lips. In larger quantities, filler can be used to perform “Liquid Facelifts�. This refers to using volume to lift up minor degrees of saggy skin. 3) Chemical Peels/Microdermabrasion: These procedures are done at different depths. Very superficia treatments help exfoliate dead skin cells and sometimes some of the discoloration of your skin. Deeper treatments may improve skin texture or wrinkles. O pera tive Procedures: The majority of my patients are very pleased with our non operative techniques. Unfortunately, the older we get, the more elasticity we lose, and the more sag we develop. The most effective way to get rid of significant jowling and loose skin of the neck is by surgical removal. The most important advice I can give you is that you want to look as natural as possible when you have healed. This is important to all patients, and especially our male population.

We can all think of someone whose unnatural, windblown look was evident, even from a great distance. It is my goal to see that this person is not someone I have operated on. It is important to have a discussion with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has experience in treating the aging patient. Make a list of the things that concern you. Ask them how they would propose to improve your areas of concern, and if they have any additional suggestions for improvement. Computer software can be used to show you what the changes might look like and can be an excellent communication tool. Look at their before and after photos so you can tell whether the degree of improvement and the artistic results look good to you. Speaking to their previous patients to determine the degree of satisfaction and recovery they had is also very helpful. You deserve an individualized plan agreed upon between you and your surgeon. Mos t C o mmo n Procedures: Eyelid Lift: Removes excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. This is the first area to show aging. The procedure takes less than one hour under sedation, and is sometimes covered by insurance if the excess skin of the upper eyelids impairs your vision. Brow lift: Restores the position of the brow to its natural state, opens up the appearance of the eyes, and softens the wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes. Neck lift: Improves the appearance of the neck only. Any scars are behind the ears and under the chin. This is a good option when the patient does not have loose skin of the cheeks or jowls. Facelift: Tightens the underlying muscles of the face, removes excess skin of the neck, cheeks and jowls, and gently smoothes things out very naturally. A facelift includes improvement in the neck, cheeks, and jowls all at the same time. Many of my patients started to see me in their early thirties and forties for preventative maintenance. We have worked as a team to make the aging process a gracious one. My goal is to make them look as young as they feel in the most natural way possible. I try to postpone the need for surgery for as long as I can, and am there for them when they need my help. Now is a perfect time to change your lifestyle and begin looking as young as you feel. To learn more go to

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COSMETIC SURGERY FACTS • There were nearly 11.7 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2014, as reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Surgical procedures accounted for nearly 18% of the total with nonsurgical procedures making up 82% of the total. • From 2013-2014, there was a 2 percent increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures increased by 8 percent, and nonsurgical procedures increased by 1 percent. • Since 1997, there has been a 457 percent increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures increased by 114 percent, and nonsurgical procedures increased by 754 percent. • The top five surgical cosmetic procedures in 2014 were: liposuction (456,828 procedures); breast augmentation (399,440 procedures); eyelid surgery (240,763 procedures); abdominoplasty (185,335 procedures); and breast reduction (153,087 procedures). • The top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2014 were: Botox injection (2,775,176 procedures); hyaluronic acid (1,448,716 procedures); laser hair removal (1,412,657 procedures); microdermabrasion (829,658 procedures); and IPL laser treatment (647,707 procedures). • Women had nearly 10.6 million cosmetic procedures, 91% percent of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased 1 percent from 2013. • The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty and breast reduction. • Men had nearly 1.1 million cosmetic procedures, 9 percent of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased 17 percent from 2014. • The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breasts, and hair transplantation. • People age 35-50 had the most procedures – 5.4 million and 46 percent of the total. People age 19-34 had 21 percent of procedures; age 51-64 had 25 percent; age 65-and-over had 6 percent; and age 18-and-younger had less than 2 percent. • The most common procedures for age 18-and-under were: laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, otoplasty (ear reshaping) and rhinoplasty. SOURCE: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery


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Dr. David Reid has 23 years experience as a practicing plastic surgeon and has been board certified for 20. Reid attended medical school at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Reid has now been in private practice for 20 years.

Say Hello to CoolSculpting.® Say Goodbye to Stubborn Fat. It’s called stubborn fat for a reason: no matter how much you eat healthy and exercise, it’s virtually impossible to lose those annoying muffin tops, love handles, and belly pooch. You’re now left with two options: liposuction or freeze the fat away. That’s exactly why we started CoolSculpting. Only CoolSculpting targets fat cells alone, eliminating them in an easy, non-intrusive fashion that exercise and diet can’t achieve as quickly or as effectively.

THE COOL SOLUTION IS THE MORE NATURAL SOLUTION. Procedures that use laser, sonic waves and even surgery to remove fat can cause you some down-time and missed work or activities. This requires quiet time for your body to heal. Could be prohibitive, based on your vocation. Fortunately, CoolSculpting doesn’t burn, shatter or extract any cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, this unique, FDAcleared, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, well, healthy. No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. In a few months, boom: say hello to a new you.

MINIMAL DOWNTIME AND LASTING RESULTS. Unlike a lot of other procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is pretty simple to fit into your daily life. After your CoolSculpting treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment lasts one hour – the same time you might spend at the gym. So you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break. After one visit, you’ll typically see a noticeable reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells. And yes, you can lose even more with additional appointments if you and your doctor deem it necessary. So after a few months, your clothes will fit better and you will look better. What’s more, there are no pills or supplements. And as long as you maintain your normal diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable. Hello, you again. How cool is that? CoolSculpting is a great procedure. You will see more and more of this procedure in our area. We have the technology and the experience, so if this sounds like a benefit to you, please come see us! We also have DUAL Sculpting, to reduce your treatment time by half!

Abdominoplasty • Blepharoplasty, Breast Augmentation • Breast Reduction, Browlift, Facelift • Liposuction, Wrinkle treatment • Wrinkle fillers.

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SEVEN HABITS THAT PROMOTE WEIGHT GAIN 1. Eating for the emotional effect. 2. Depending on dieting and diet foods. 3. Perfectionist thinking. 4. No-carb dieting. Complex carbs vs. simple. 5. Energy drinks, specialty coffee drinks and wine. 6. Not practicing mindful eating. 7. Not planning meals in advance.


RECOVERY Food cravings can be as powerful and irresistible as a bright orange bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Even the thought of such hyperpalpable foods can increase dopamine, a pleasure-seeking brain chemical. BY KIM KACHMANN-GELTZ

ith 70 percent of Americans overweight or obese, we’ve become a nation of dopamine seekers addicted to the opioid that controls emotions, motivation and feelings of pleasure. The brain is very sensitive to opioids. Receptors, small monitoring devices on brain cells, detect the level of opioids in the brain and continually make adjustments. How much does the American epidemic of the expanding waistline reflect a lack of personal responsibility, and how much does it reflect industrial food processing that adds hyperpalpable ingredients, including those known to promote addiction? Ask Lisette Cifaldi, Hilton Head Health’s director of behavioral health, and she’ll show you brain imaging (PET scans) that prove hyperpalpable foods like Doritos, Oreos and McDonald’s french fries trigger the same chemicals and pleasure pathways in the brain as heroin, opium and morphine. Addictive foods light up the reward system in the brain like a Vegas casino — so much so in some people that it overpowers the brain’s ability to tell them to stop eating when they have had enough. Researchers at Harvard University think that obese people have grown resistant to the hormone leptin, which decreases appetite.


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Viewing Weight from New Angle Our immune system, programmed to identify and expel outside invaders like bacteria and viruses, can also be triggered by dietary toxins. These factors cause the release of chemicals and the activation of cells involved in the inflamm tory process that drive diabetes, vascular disease, heart attacks and strokes. The 108 million American dieters who support the $20 billion U.S. weight-loss industry need a paradigm shift — weight is more than a calorie quandary. “Being overweight can be a symptom of food addiction,” Cifaldi said. Cifaldi teaches an intensive week-long workshop called Food Addiction Recovery (FAR) at Hilton Head Health, the local wellness spa and weight-loss retreat. During her workshop, Cifaldi presents PET scans that show that obese people and drug addicts have fewer dopamine receptors, making them more likely to crave things that boost dopamine, a symptom of addiction. Studies show that brain cells and receptors adjust to the greater degree of fat, sugar and salt in the percent of foods we eat. Abnormally Americans high stimulation generates overweight excessive reward signals, or obese damaging the chemistry of the brain. Over time, the signs of physical addiction to addictive foods develop, such as an increasing tolerance to their pleasurable effects. Researchers speculate that brain receptors, which evolved in ancestral times, have not adapted to hyperpalpable foods.

Why Call Yourself an Addict? “Eight and a half years ago, I was 60 pounds overweight,” Cifaldi said when describing the seeds of her own recovery and desire to help others. “I lost that weight and have kept it off because I started looking at my relationship with certain foods as an addiction. I am a recovering food addict. I have a long-standing problem with food, and that started showing up on my body.” March 2015 45

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Addiction is the loss of control over substances, causing compulsive habits, despite harmful consequences such as illness, disability and loss of work or social relationships. Loss of control can be over the types of food chosen. Loss of control can be seen also in eating excessive quantities of food. Unlike diabetes, which doctors can diagnose with a simple blood test, no diagnostic test exists for the disease of addiction. Food addiction is a disease because the abuse of food leads to damage in the structure and function of the brain. Dieting treats the symptom of the addiction — weight — but doesn’t fundamentally solve the problem. The problem is an unhealthy relationship with food. Naming the problem, Cifaldi explained, begins the healing process. It provides a starting point for problem-solving and no longer limits the solution to willpower alone.

Weeding Out the Roots of Addiction “Guess what? We’re not going to worry about our weight anymore,” Cifaldi said when demonstrating how she starts the first day of her food addiction workshop. If that isn’t enough to send her typically overweight audience packing, she asks them to imagine the metaphor of planting a summer garden. Every morning, day after day of clearing away the yard waste, you wake up with an itchy rash. Medicine makes the rash go away for a minute, but the rash ultimately returns, spreading all over your body and driving you nuts. “The rash is your weight and the stuff you keep using to get rid of it is dieting. You won’t find lasting relief until you weed out the roots of your addiction,” Cifaldi said. Reversing the damage of food addiction requires a holistic approach, not just a diet, pill or operation. Addiction is intricate; the way to treat it is part emotional, part physical, part spiritual, part social and part cognitive.

Healing the Whole Self Although the roots of food addiction are as varied as people, the treatment is always the same: healing the whole self — mind, body and spirit. Many food addicts have a psychological dependence on the brain chemicals triggered by addictive foods. They have an emotional relationship with food. Chocolate is one of the most addictive foods because it boosts opioids and the feel-good chemical serotonin. Small amounts are OK, but addictive foods can become an unhealthy lifeline, a tool in an emotional survival kit. For many people, addictive foods are like an alcoholic beverage is to the alcoholic. It takes away the stress. It stops the world and lets us get off. It’s an escape and a refuge. Eating addicting foods becomes an automatic response to unwanted feelings. Abstinence may be the only path to recovery. But food addictions can be tougher than a drug or alcohol habit to beat because people have to eat to survive. “When you’re an alcoholic, you lock up the liquor and keep it away in a cage. Food addicts still have to deal with their addiction, three times a day,” Cifaldi said. Although abusing food can damage the brain and body, repair and recovery can happen over time and with less exposure to the 46

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toxins and chemicals in hyperpalpable foods. Cognitive therapy can help. Exercising and eating more nutrient-dense foods — foods Cravings that contain the most microtypically nutrients, phytochemicals and last 15 other health-promoting comminutes; pounds — also promote detox. the key Foods have the power to harm is to wait but also the power to heal. Food addicts, especially those who love their sweets, may feel withdrawal symptoms for three to six weeks, but as each week goes by, it gets easier. Be prepared. Unconscious cravings are quick: It takes only 30 milliseconds for the food addict’s brain to queue up a craving for cheesecake. Cravings typically last 15 minutes; the key is to wait them out. Living in an environment of abundance like the U.S. and following a nutrient-dense diet does not mean sacrificing taste. It doesn’t mean having to become a vegan or swearing off animal products, either. Individual tastes are different, though most people will get addicted to hyperpalpable foods like Doritos. And like any highly addictive drugs, most people must make a conscious choice to avoid them. M

HILTON HEAD HEALTH RENOVATIONS The completely renovated TRUE restaurant opened in October. A new a la carte menu features healthy, delicious options like lobster tacos, California pizza and a variety of fish and poultry dishes. TRUE is one of the early phases of the new development. Indigo Spa was finished in February. The brand-new, 2,812-square-foot spa offers more than 50 different services for guests. March 2015 47

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Every morning, the misty sun ascends in rosy solitude above the eastern horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. Few will see the first rays of sunlight seep across the beach, slow as a sea turtle, and then thread into the low dunes and up the facing tree line and rooflines of Hilton Head Island. Nature awakens with a hush, the grand ritual of daily renewal. There will never be another sunrise, nor the same beach or colored sky, exactly the same as on this day, for the nature of nature is change. This immutable law is a wonder, and yet, the supreme challenge for all. Change, like growing old, is hard to accept and impossible to avoid.

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Paleo-humans migrated to the Atlantic barrier islands in search of game. Fossil evidence shows this game included mastodon, giant ground sloth, bison and even camel. Fossils and sediment samples prove that during the Ice Age, the sea level receded 70 miles offshore and was hundreds of feet lower than today. All that changed as the climate warmed; the sea level has risen hundreds of feet due to natural causes and manmade impacts since the Industrial Revolution. I can attest to the effect of this change in sea level, more obvious in the past decades. In 1963, as a teen visiting Hilton Head Island with my family, I walked across sand flats more than 400 yards wide off Port Royal Plantation — the point historically

named Hilton Head’s head. You could even see the remnants of pilings from the Civil War-era dock at Fort Walker. That’s all gone been reclaimed by nature. Day by day, the encroaching sea chews into narrowing dunes and bluffs that have long buffered rows of homes, condos, streets and woodlands. Now, the surge of seawater is greater than the mass of sand on the shore and dunes, and erosion is only accelerating. Debate smolders over using public funds for costly beach nourishment using dredged sand to buffer private property from erosion and likely flooding. But there is much more at stake than saving seaside real estate. Sea level rise is a fact of nature, and coastal communities across the globe must adapt.


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The future of this entire community — its economy, infrastructure and natural resources — flo ts on implementing a bold strategy that faces head on the accelerating impacts of climate change, including flooding erosion and drought. Resilience is the ability to withstand and recover from an impact. Without resilience, there can be no sustainability for people, communities, or natural resources. This “rebound trait” is well known to science. For example, the salt marsh cordgrass is more resilient than a pine tree: In severe storms, the grass bends but does not break, while lofty pines shear about 20 feet above ground, crushing cars or roofs below. A resilient Hilton Head Island community would: • Educate residents and visitors about the increasing risks and responsibilities of living on an island by adapting to more destructive forces of nature. • Prepare the community’s homeowners, businesses, schools, medical facilities, government and other agencies to plan for events of nature, such as hurricanes, winter storms or wildfi e. • Provide well-advertised and marked evacuation routes for any emergency. • Use continuity practices to store and protect irreplaceable documents and personal items in an emergency. • Educate, educate and educate: the more we know, the better prepared we will be. This is the strength of a great community and a safer island home. M Todd Ballantine is an environmental leader, author-journalist, artist, scientist and public speaker. Contact him at

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Tony Mills has been teaching folks about nature for decades, first as the educational outreach director for University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Lab for 21 years and now as co-teacher of the Lowcountry Institute’s Master Naturalist program since 2007. As much as he enjoys showing pupils his love of reptiles one-onone in nature, Mills has found a way where he spread his knowledge and passion for the outdoors with a larger audience. “At Savannah River, I got to do a lot of work with Jeff Corwin and the folks from Animal Planet the National Geographical Channel,” he said. “I’d helped them set traps and take the film crew to places where they’d find snakes and reptiles. It made me see the power of the camera and I learned a lot of things I’d want to do if I ever got the chance.” Five years ago, a serendipitous meeting gave Mills that chance. “My wife Kathryn taught at Whale Branch Middle School and Rob Lewis, a director at the Beaufort County Channel, donated an aquarium to the school,” Mills said. “I helped unload that aquarium and Rob and I immediately struck up a friendship.” Mills wrote a script focused on reptiles and amphibians for what turned into the first episode of a show called “Coastal Kingdom.” Five years and 15 episodes later, Mills, Lewis and their small crew have traversed the region to show folks the wonders that live in their own backyard. “With all the new technology born everyday, people are losing the connection with the outdoors and this gives us a way to really share that passion on a wider scale,” Mills said. “The Port Royal Sound watershed is an incredible place and I am so passionate about introducing folks to it and showing them how important it is to get involved in protecting it.” Mills’ passion and respect for the inhabitants of the land and sea

radiate in every word he speaks, whether it be training the trainers at LCI or talking into the lens while out on his latest adventure. “Alligators, dolphins, eagles, I just can’t get enough,” he said. “The commitment that Spring Island has made to educating a greater community, I cherish that and want to spread the word. They’re all such charismatic and dynamic creatures. I get so excited to share this.” The show, seen on public television throughout South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina, has been nominated for two regional Emmys. It has truly become a family affair. Kathryn, now Beaufort County recycling coordinator and an environmental science professor at USCB, has helped in production of the show. And his son Ben composes and performs original music for the show. While Mills is proud of the end product they’ve been able to film — things such as being the first to capture albino alligators in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — he says there’s nothing better than hearing the show is making an impact. “I love the field experiences, there’s no substitute for being out in nature. Every time I go out, it’s a whole new adventure and I see things I’ve never seen before,” Mills said. “When I talk to kids who watch the show, and they make a connection to the environment through what we’re doing, I know we’re on to something good here.” Mills said the work with Dr. Chris Marsh and the crew at LCI, as well as the partnerships with groups like S.C. Marine Resources, Waddell Mariculture Center, USCB and many others, is what makes coming to work every day so special. “I just want people to appreciate what we have and realize how special it is to live in the Lowcountry. To get to work on Spring Island with Chris and such an amazing crew, this just never feels much like work.” M March 2015 53

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BY MEGAN MATTINGLY-ARTHUR PHOTOGRAPHY BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT Some people hit upon the perfect career path on the firs try, while others spend years and even decades searching for a career that keeps them engaged, allows them to shine and offers a sense of purpose or fulfillment. For Laura Lee Rose, a Clemson Extension horticulture agent of consumer education who discovered a career in horticulture in her 40s, the right career was definitely worth the wait. Rose was born and raised in Columbia. Her grandparents were the ones who first introduced her to the joys of gardening. “The first memory I have of gardening was with my grandparents,” she said. “That was a long time ago. They had a beautiful yard and they rooted azaleas in an old sandbox and were always out on the weekends puttering around in the yard.” Despite the many fond memories of gardening with her grandparents, horticulture wasn't an immediate career choice for Rose, who instead studied nursing at the University of South Carolina, pursued commercial crabbing and spent years doing after-school care at the Montessori school her son, Sam, attended. It was during that time that Rose started a lawn care business, providing basic mowing, pruning and mulching services to commercial and residential clients. When a commercial client asked her to create a landscape design, Rose didn't know how, but happily took a landscape design class at the local technical college. She so enjoyed the class that she took another and another and another. “The light kind of went on in one of those classes,” Rose said. “I just took it on as a full-time job as my son went on to middle

school. I took my lawn care business more seriously and at some point I decided to go and finis up my degree in horticulture. I went to Clemson — took the dog, rented my house out, moved up to the Clemson area and finishe up the degree.” After earning her degree in horticulture, Rose ended up working at a retail garden center for several years. When a position with the Clemson Extension became available, she knew it was just what she'd been waiting for. “I just feel like I'm the luckiest person in Beaufort,” she said. “I meet nice people, I can make a difference in the environment and teach Master Gardener classes. It was definitely a job worth waiting for.” As a Clemson Extension horticulture agent of consumer education, Rose oversees countywide horticulture projects, speaks to schools and community groups on horticultural issues, and teaches the Master Gardener curriculum for Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties. She also does storm water outreach and education for the Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District, and she is the president of the local chapter of the South Carolina Native Plant Society. “There's lots and lots to do,” Rose said. “That's something I really enjoy about my job — there's never two days alike. It's always an adventure in some direction.” For more information on Clemson University's Master Gardener program in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties, call Laura Lee Rose at 843-255-6060, ext. 117; email lrose@clemson. edu or go to extension/mg/counties/beaufort_colleton_jasper. M March 2015 55

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NO ONE WILL EVER ACCUSE BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER TIM CHASE OF BEING GREEN WITH ENVY. BY JOHN HUDZINSKI | PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT However, green is a daily part of Chase’s life as he gets his students involved in environmental projects that transcend traditional book studies. Students in Chase’s Environmental Club have launched several initiatives to make the school more environmentally friendly, and they are planning a number of projects for this spring. Last year, a science class initiated a biodiversity study near a pond located on campus, recording the different species inhabiting the area.

There is a plan to make the .9-acre pond a certified wildlife habitat. “We want it to become a classroom for our students,” said Chase, who teaches Advanced Placement environmental science. This year, students are launching a farm-to-table program on the school’s campus that will bring fresh, organic food grown 100 yards away in the school’s new garden to the cafeteria. Students are in the process of designing a compost station and a campus green-

house made out of discarded 2-liter plastic bottles. Chase said the students need 2,000 bottles to complete the project. He said Coca-Cola has donated 38- and 55-gallon plastic containers that his students converted to rain barrels. Chase said the barrels are being used in the new garden and his students are also selling them to community residents for use in their yards. The compost station will help compost food that

would otherwise be wasted. That compost will be used to grow fresh fruit and vegetables to be used in the school cafeteria. He said the school’s private food service contractor is on board with the program. “It creates an opportunity for hands-on learning and gets kids excited about school,” Chase said. “We want to be a model for the community on how to grow your own food.’’ Chase said that 20 to 30 students in the club meet twice a week on their envi-


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ronmental projects. He said the club has tapped into other service organizations throughout the school to adopt their own environmental projects. In December, students in the Environmental Club, National Honor Society and Interact Club came together to tackle campus trash. Chase, a Bluffton resident, is in his third year of teaching at the high school. Prior to this assignment, he taught for 15 years in Maryland. The James Madison University graduate said he has always had a love of science. “Science was always my

favorite subject as a child,” he said. “I like to change what I think I can, to make life better. I want to give kids the opportunity to experience real life projects that will make their lives better.” Chase has used his persuasive skills to expand his environmental projects beyond his classroom. He said 13 faculty members have formed a “green” school committee and are looking at how to initiate eco-friendly programs throughout the high school. The committee is working with Green Steps Schools of South Carolina and ECOSchools USA to develop “green” school programs. M March 2015 57

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BLUFFTON WOMAN MANAGES SEA TURTLE PROTECTION PROJECT, MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING NETWORK BY ROBYN PASSANTE | PHOTOS BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT Amber Kuehn has her parents, the May River and a chance encounter with a sea turtle to thank for the course her life has taken. Kuehn, owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters, developed her love of the water and marine life as a child exploring the May River in Bluffton. “My parents didn’t give me a whole lot of parental supervision,” said Kuehn, 40. “I would take (the family’s 15-foot Boston Whaler) out whenever I felt like it, at night, no problem. There were no laws about how old you had to be to drive a boat. I don’t even remember when I learned to cast a shrimp net. And I saw the same dolphin on a regular basis; she was my pet dolphin. I thought every 12-year-old had a pet dolphin.” After graduating high school in Savannah, Kuehn earned a biology degree from University of Georgia in 1997, then returned home to Bluffton for a bit, where her job on a dive boat one day led her face to face with a loggerhead sea turtle far below the ocean’s surface. “It was just the most awesome thing I’ve seen to date,” she said. “When I came out of the water I was just emotional. I even get teary now talking about it.” Kuehn eventually headed to Florida to work toward her master’s degree, studying leatherback, green and loggerhead sea turtle nesting. After a detour as a dive boat captain and scuba instructor in Maui, where she met her husband, Jeff, and studied green and hawksbill sea turtles, she completed her master’s in marine biology and returned to the Lowcountry in 2006.

Her love and respect for sea turtles has led to her to be involved with the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project for 13 years; she has been the project manager since 2013. Kuehn is also the South Carolina Marine Mammal Stranding Network coordinator in Beaufort County, and a volunteer with S.C. Department of Natural Resource’s Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. In 2014, she was given an award in appreciation for her dedication and efforts with sea turtle stranding response. Kuehn said her efforts on behalf of sea turtles stems from her amazement of the unique creatures. “When they hatch, they know everything they need to know for life,” she said of the ancient reptiles. “I think it’s just that mystic of knowing that animal has been around for millions of years. What it knows has been passed down for so long.” When she isn’t trolling Hilton Head’s beaches monitoring sea turtle nests or answering marine mammal and sea turtle stranding calls, Kuehn runs Spartina Marine Education Charters, operating a USCG-certified, custom-made bateau carrying 24 passengers. On her tours, she educates tourists and local school groups on the unique ecosystem in the Lowcountry marshland. “My goal was to get kids out who didn’t have a chance to experience what Amber at 12 years old got to experience,” she said. “A lot of them have lived right near the water but have never been out on a boat.” M March 2015 59

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Odds are good you haven’t thought about bees all day. Sure, you realize they’re out there, making honey, stinging campers, doing all the things that bees do, but unless you’ve stumbled across a hive in your yard lately it’s most likely been some time since you had bees on the brain. But you probably should start thinking about bees, especially if you’re one of those people who requires food to survive. Think we’re being hyperbolic? Consider the following. Let’s say you’re ready to welcome warm weather with a delicious slice of watermelon. Do you ever think about how that watermelon grows? Before it swells into the fruit we all know, that blossom is pollinated by a bee. Without that bee, there’s no watermelon. So you’ll just turn carnivore, right? In that case, consider

your hamburger. The cow that became that burger dined on alfalfa. That alfalfa, as you probably already guessed, needed to be pollinated by a bee. Without that bee, there’s no alfalfa. Without that alfalfa, there’s no cow. Without that cow, there’s no burger. In short, without the bees, you go hungry. Not just you. Everyone. Which is why you should probably start thinking about bees, since they’re all dying for mysterious reasons. “There are multiple symptoms that are all well known to science, but this combination of factors is causing colony collapse,” said David Arnal, president of the Beaufort-Jasper Beekeepers Association. “It hasn’t gotten worse since 2006, but it hasn’t gotten better.” Since the concept of “Colony Collapse Disorder” was first

introduced in 2006, scientists and bee keepers alike have been scrambling for answers. Arnal points to a variety of factors, from the lethal veroa mite which nearly wiped out all the wild bees shortly after its introduction to the U.S. in 1989, to the proliferation of pesticides. And while the veroa mite genie can’t be put back in the bottle, Arnal is spreading the gospel that our over-reliance on pesticides can and must be curbed if we are to avert this apian apocalypse. “Bees pick up the mosquito pesticide the country sprays, although the planes do turn the sprayers off over the hives, then they combine that with herbicide from power line right of ways, since we spray instead of bush hogging around those now, and the effects are exponential,” he said. “Research is showing honey bees are a bellwether of toxicity

in our environment.” To help support your local pollinating insect, Arnal recommends growing flowers from seed (commercially grown flowers are rife with pesticides) and providing plenty of places for bees and butteflies to forage. And for goodness sake, let those dandelions live. “We need to think of lawns as a meadow rather than an allgrass dessert,” Arnal said. Arnal is currently working with Experience Green and local golf courses on a pollinator project, and speaks regularly on the subject in a series of public awareness seminars. And if you want to sample what 27 years of bee expertise tastes like, Arnal also sells honey through his website, www. It’s a sweet way to buy local and keep our Lowcountry bee colonies healthy. M

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STUDENT DEVIN MOCK BEHIND THE SCHOOL'S CURRENT RECYCLE PROGRAM BY JUSTIN JARRETT | PHOTOS BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT Devin Mock grew up with a compost heap and a family that recycled "everything," so when she began attending the University of South Carolina Beaufort, she found the lack of recycling bins troubling. When she was elected president of the school's Student Government Association for the 2013-14 academic year, she made sure to change that. Mock had helped LeAnn Weathers, her predecessor as SGA president, implement a paper recycling program, but that was the extent of the recycling taking place on campus. After the end

of classes each day, Mock would tote her aluminum cans and plastic bottles home to Ridgeland, but it bothered her to think how much waste was occurring, especially among her peers who lived on campus.˜ "I wasn't OK with that," Mock said. "I knew there was so much more we could be doing." The USCB administration was supportive, but the budget was not. If Mock wanted to see it through, she had to find the funding, so she began researching grant opportunities. She found one — the Palmetto Pride grant

program — but the deadline was quickly approaching.˜ Mock worked feverishly to pull together the application materials, including at least two letters of support from elected officials, one of whom — state Rep. Shannon Erickson — was a former USCB student body president. Erickson went out of her way to meet Mock on campus and deliver her endorsement just days before the grant was due.˜ The grant came through, and USCB received $2,730 for recycling bins and other expenses associated with


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the new program.˜ Unlike previous efforts to launch a recycling program, this time it stuck, and Mock has been able to watch the program flourish as an employee in the school's information technology department.˜ The SGA still runs the program, with plenty of help from the Environmental Club, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the Sand Shark Veterans, among others. There are now 28 recycling bins on campus — at least two in every housing unit and academic building — and student volunteers collect the used paper, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and glass on a weekly basis.˜ "The student reception has been great, and that's what we were hoping for," Mock said. "There had been

an attempt before to get a recycling program going, but there was such meager use that they decided it wasn't worth it. We've had a huge return, and there has been a lot of student support in keeping it going and running it."˜ Things have come full circle, too. The SGA again is applying for the Palmetto Pride grant, this time in hopes of purchasing a trailer to transport the recycled materials rather than making multiple trips using golf carts or personal vehicles.˜ Chances are Mock isn't done effecting change. She is hoping to enter a joint-degree program to earn a law degree and a master’s degree in public policy, after which she hopes to work as a policy and grant writer in the nonprofit sector. M March 2015 63

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Pictured with George Westerfield is (f om left) Eli Garcia, Gabriel Elias, Andrew Johnson, George, Jonathan Tice and Sierra McKinney.

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George Westerfield isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty. The retired teacher grew up in Savannah with a father who loved to garden, and “my father had four boys who helped him in the yard because they had no choice. Some of that stuck with me,” he said. Westerfield is also familiar with the unique Lowcountry environment; as a child, he spent summers learning to fish, swim and shrimp in the waters around Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. When he moved to the area in 1969 to teach English and coastal ecology, he brought his love of the outdoors with him. He started with a Great Outdoors Club, and took his students camping in what is now Colleton River Plantation. One year, he took 20 eighth-graders out on a sailboat overnight, teaching them about sailing and the creatures that live in area waters. “I really enjoy wildlife and plants,” he said. “I liked the idea of taking the classroom out into nature.” He got another chance to do so with the construction of Hilton Head Island High School. “When the school opened, it was barren-looking. It looked terrible. People would think if the outside looked so bad, it must be terrible on the inside. But it wasn’t,” Westerfield said. “One woman even told me, ‘I thought I was taking my son to the penitentiary.’ I knew I wanted to do something about it, but I didn’t know what.” So he got digging. Westerfield discovered that

gated communities would uproot and discard plants every season in a quest to keep their flowerbeds in bloom. He was sure there was life left in these plants, so he asked a plantation to set some aside for him. “I asked them to save me a few hibiscus plants,” he said. “I showed up to pick them up, and there were 350 plants waiting for me.” So he loaded the plants in his truck, rounded up some student volunteers and went to work. It was an instant improvement, he said. “The kids love to volunteer, and teachers love it, too,” he said. “We were able to recycle plants, things that were thrown away, and make them grow again. And the kids learn from it, and have fun.” After he retired from teaching, he decided to pursue his love of gardening and enrolled in Clemson’s Master Gardener program. As part of the certification process, the would-be Master Gardeners had to put in 40 hours at a community garden. Westerfield knew just what he was going to do. “I thought, oh, hey, I’m going to go back to the high school,” he said. He’s been there ever since, picking up plants from around the Lowcountry and planting them at Hilton Head High with the help of other Master Gardeners and high school students. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun,” Westerfield said. “I guess I’m a kid at heart. I like playing in the dirt.”. M March 2015 65

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Kristen Marshall Mattson grew up near Daytona Beach, Fla., fascinated with everything nature has to offer. The days spent outside exploring were always exciting but it was the nights that especially thrilled her. “I have always loved the stars,” Mattson said. “Starting from when I was 5 years old, we always camped at state parks and I went to a program a park ranger did and I got to look at Jupiter through a telescope. I said right there, ‘I’m going to be an astronomer.’” That goal evolved through the years. After earning a masters degree in interdisciplinary biology with a concentration in botany at the University of Florida, She started teaching biology in the classroom in North Carolina before getting the call to join the team at Spring Island’s Lowcountry Institute. Now her classroom rarely 66

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has walls. Since joining LCI in August 2008, Mattson has helped build LCI’s Master Naturalist program into a thriving community resource where area residents learn how to care for the local ecology and then spread the learnings in their community. “We get people excited about this amazing ecosystem they’re surrounded by,” she said. “The more people learn, the more excited they get to share that appreciation and play their part in keeping it thriving.” Mattson said the biggest ecological difference for her coming from the freshwater springs of central Florida to the South Carolina lowcountry has been the salt marshes. “It is such a unique world in the salt marshes. We have such a huge amount of salt marsh here and it’s the most important habitat that people should understand,” she said. Mattson is especially appreciative to the Spring Island community for allowing LCI to share the land to educate the entire area. She is proud to have played a part in teaching more than 700 graduates of the Master Naturalist program that have gone on to contribute nearly 8,000 hours of volunteer service around the state last year. She said she is particularly proud of the teachers’ program that she helps teach alongside Tony Mills and under Dr. Chris Marsh. Whereas Mills specializes in reptiles and Marsh in birds, Mattson has taken a shine to researching tiger sharks as

of late, a passion born out of LCI’s grant assistance to help the Department of Natural Resources tag and study tiger sharks in Port Royal Sound. “They’re charismatic, big and powerful and it’s exciting to help in the research, to fill in the gaps in what we don’t know about them and the role they play in the ecology,” she said. And she even found a way to bring astronomy back into her teaching. After taking an online astronomy teaching course five years ago, Mattson has worked with Beaufort County to produce eight five-minute TV segments on how the stars play into nature. She worked with country school kids to produce many of the segments. “LCI and Spring Island give me this incredible platform to educate, it’s just a joy to see kids get excited about their surroundings,” Mattson said. And she and her husband Christopher, a fishing guide and owner of Mattson Charter Services, are sharing that love with their two boys, two-yearold Fischer and three-monthold Dylan. “Nature is intimidating but it is so exciting. It’s all around us. You find a little natural spot close to your home, a salt marsh or a park nearby. You don’t have to know how to identify everything. Just spend some time there and you’re going to see something cool,” she said. “The minute we spark that connection, people want to get involved to make sure nature continues to thrive.” M March 2015 67

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More than 300 pounds of trash was collected from the most recent Broad Creek Clean Up. The Outside Foundation's next Clean Up is 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8.



As a kayak excursion leader for Outside Hilton Head, Jean Fruh knows the best way to truly appreciate Hilton Head Island is from the water. But it’s a vantage point many young residents have never witnessed. “It’s something I do every day for tourists, but children who live here might have never seen that," Fruh said. The Friends of the River began taking local kids out in kayaks a few years ago and turned to the local outfitter to help. Last year, more than 250 kids got to see their home from the water. But Fruh and Outside Hilton Head CEO Mike Overton wanted to do more. They were somewhat inspired by Outdoor Nation, an organization that exists to

get children out into nature. Its founding members include The North Face outdoor gear company, the National Park Service and The Conservation Fund. Outdoor Nation realized it is losing its future members to video games. If kids don’t appreciate the outdoors now, they won’t hike and ski and kayak later in life, Fruh said. They also won’t support land conservation and environmental protection. Fruh and Overton saw the same threat here, so decided to start a local, more personal entity. Formed in November, the nonprofit Outside Foundation’s goal is to double the number of middle school students who get to be outside in a kayak instead of sitting inside watching nature programming on


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television. They want to show these kids the benefits of recycling and teach them about the natural riches that surround them. “A lot of kids aren’t getting outside,” Fruh said. “They’re spending their days hooked up to electronic devices. Their science exposure is virtual. There are a lot of nature channels, but it’s not the same thing as being outside. Some do spend part of their day outside, but in a very structured way, like Little League." Fruh and the six-member board of directors plan to work with other entities, such as Port Royal Sound Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club and the Island Recreation Center, to create a curriculum to go with the outdoor experience. “I’m amazed by how many kids have never been in a kayak and never been in a salt marsh,” said Fruh, a retired West Virginia sports medicine professor turned master naturalist. “It’s all about the water and interpreting the color of the water and what’s out there and why. I love showing them the connection between oyster

beds and spartina grass. It’s about getting their hands in the pluff mud and changing their viewpoint about where they live.” She’s also eager to get kids on paddleboards. “The vantage point is totally different. You can see more of the marsh. It’s challenging to balance. Kids like that challenge. It’s great exercise and they’re having so much fun, they don’t even realize it,” she said. Fruh hopes for long-term benefits from the program. “Kayaking and paddleboarding are lifetime activities. Our hope is if later in their lives there are threats to our waterways, it will mean something to them.” The foundation also is overseeing a recycling program at Shelter Cove Marina. It collected 9 tons of plastic last year. “My goal is to get the word out about the foundation and apply for some grants,” Fruh said. It starts with getting kids in kayaks. “It’s an opportunity to see their island in a whole new way.” M

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A typical Hilton Head Island forest, showing vertical layers of plants.

Sweet gum is a food source for luna moth caterpillars.

Large live oaks provide ample shade for impervious surfaces.

Loblolly pine is one of 5 native pines on the Island.

Ecosystem services are all the critical services that nature performs, free of charge, that keep earth functioning. Examples of ecosystem services include pollination of plants, production of oxygen, removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the cycling and recycling of nutrients such as nitrogen. An ecosystem that provides important ecosystem services for humans is the urban forest. Urban forests have been studied for years in an attempt to quantify, in language that can be understood by the general public, the many benefits they provide to their communities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has done multiple studies on these ecosystem services and has found that urban forests: • Make cities healthier places; • Improve air and water quality; • Result in energy savings, noise abatement and improved soils; • Provide billions of dollars of value in these services per year. The urban forest of Hilton Head Island consists of an ecosystem dominated by live, laurel and water oak trees; loblolly and slash pine; red maples, sweet gums and black gums. This forest was recently analyzed by town staff to estimate the benefits it provides, using software developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service scientists, called iTree Canopy. This program allows analysis of random points chosen from aerial pho-

tography of the island for the type of ground cover present. The analysis of 3,000 points on Hilton Head Island showed about 42 percent of the points surveyed were tree cover; another approximately 12 percent were other types of plants, and impervious surfaces (concrete, asphalt, roof tops) accounted for about 10 percent of the points surveyed. Based on these surveyed points, it is estimated that the island’s forest removes about 388 tons of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ground-level ozone and sulfur dioxide a year from our atmosphere. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide all contribute to the formation of photochemical smog. Ground-level ozone is a particularly corrosive chemical that is harmful to human lungs and is known to worsen lung and heart disease. Our forest also removes about 126 tons of particulate matter per year. Particulate matter consists of very small pieces of carbon that enter the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned. These pieces can enter the lungs and can cause or worsen many lung conditions. Particulate matter has also been classified as a cancer-causing substance by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization. The iTree Canopy program also


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estimates the dollar value of these ecosystem services. For example, the estimated amount of carbon dioxide captured and stored by the island’s tree cover is almost 67,000 tons per year at a dollar value of about $1.3 million; the total amount of carbon dioxide permanently stored by the surveyed tree cover is 1.68 million tons, at a dollar value of $32.6 million. It is also estimated that the island’s urban forest removes about 328 tons of ozone per year (dollar value of about $46,000 per year) and 126 tons of particulate matter per year (about $128,000 a year). It is noteworthy that these estimates of forest benefits are based on a portion of the island and not the entire island, and therefore are likely underestimated. Different tree species vary in their ability to remove air pollutants. Since leaves are responsible for uptake of pollutants such as carbon dioxide, evergreen species that have leaves year-round capture more air pollutants than deciduous trees that are leafless for part of the year. Multiple studies have shown that the effectiveness of removal of particulate matter can be increased by using tree species with fine complex leaf structure, such as conifers. So the pine trees of Hilton Head Island provide year-round air quality services for our residents and guests. The island’s urban forest provides humans with so many benefits other than the air quality benefits mentioned above. The forest provides soil erosion protection, flood control, air cooling (and thus reduction of the production of secondary pollutants in the atmosphere), neighborhood aesthetics and stress relief. It is one of the island’s features that attract travelers to come and visit, and return again. It also provides food and shelter to all of the non-human species that share this island with us. Our urban forest deserves our continued respect, protection and care as a partner in our community, our economy and our environment. M Sally Krebs is the sustainable practices coordinator with the town of Hilton Head Island. March 2015 71

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THEY WERE HERE CENTURIES BEFORE US, BUT NOW THEIR NUMBERS ARE IN DANGER BECAUSE OF US, AND THEIR SPECIES’ SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON US. THANKFULLY, THEY HAVE SCIENTISTS LIKE AMBER KUEHN IN THEIR CORNER. BY ROBYN PASSANTE Kuehn, a fourth-generation Bluffton resident and marine biologist, volunteers her time with both the South Carolina Marine Mammal Stranding Network and The Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. The two networks rely on the hard work of volunteers to collect crucial data and transport marine mammals and sea turtles that are stranded on the beach, either badly injured or already dead. Kuehn, a volunteer with the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, no longer gets emotional but is always dismayed when she sees a sea turtle stranded or lifeless on the beach. “Their struggle to become reproductive and keep the species alive is hard to maintain when you’re competing against humans and all the fishing practices, pleasure crafts, pollution,” said Kuehn of sea turtles, which take 20 to 25 years to become sexually mature. “A lot of the strandings are from boat strikes. When a

boat takes out a sea turtle that’s been alive for 25 years, that’s a huge deal.” The volunteers take pictures and measurements, then mark the location of the sea turtle with orange spray paint. If the sea turtle is dead, the beach patrol will come by to bury it on the beach. If it’s still alive and looks like it has a chance at survival, Kuehn will transport it to the South Carolina Aquarium's°Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston. The stranding network is a volunteer effort through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, though Kuehn requires her staff at Spartina Marine Education Charters to volunteer. In 2014, there were 34 reported sea turtle strandings in Beaufort County; Kuehn attended half of those and received an award in appreciation for her efforts. In a similar manner, the mission of the South Carolina Marine Mammal Stranding Network is to respond to marine mam-

mal strandings along the state’s coast “in order to learn more about the species in our waters, to minimize pain and suffering of live-stranded animals, and to protect public safety and health.” The network is administered through Coastal Carolina University, under the authority of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. “The SCMMSN was looking for people to help who were already involved in the Sea Turtle Stranding Network,” Kuehn says. So she was trained to take “Level A” data — measurements and pictures — and transport the animal when possible to Charleston. Kuehn did this seven times in 2013. “When they saw I was committed, they trained me on how to do the necropsy — which is like an autopsy, but on dolphins. I’ve done three of those.” For the necropsies, Kuehn takes tissue samples of the dolphins’ lungs, kidneys


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and liver, transporting those samples, along with the dolphins’ heads, either to the Waddell Mariculture Center for freezing or, when she has time, all the way to Charleston to the Fort Johnson NOS. All of that work is also unpaid. “2014 was a bad year for marine mammal strandings. We had a pilot whale and a pygmy sperm whale wash up on the beach on Hilton Head,” Kuehn says. Even if a marine mammal is still alive when a tourist or resident comes upon it, they should never try to “rescue” it by pushing it back into the water. “If a marine mammal strands, it’s on its way out. You can’t push them out to sea. The reason they washed up is because they can’t handle being out there,” she says. “So they’re euthanized to curtail their suffering. Then a necropsy is performed, and then we bury them.” Besides seeing more marine mammal strandings in 2014 — there were 96 in South Carolina, 89 of which were dolphins — volunteers also recorded decreased sea turtle nesting. “We are hoping for a better year in 2015,” Kuehn says. “Meanwhile, I will be dedicated to collecting as much data for the federal and state agencies involved, so that when lawmaking measures require data to push legislation, I will know that I did all that I could to help some of the most beautiful and inspiring animals on the planet.” M

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IT’S AN EVER-GROWING FRATERNITY IN BEAUFORT COUNTY. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THE TERM “MASTER NATURALIST” WAS JUST A CONCEPT. Now, it’s almost like a secret handshake among a group hundreds strong, a sign that you’re a steward of the land and sea. And that stewardship can all be traced back to an upstart group on Spring Island. From its inception in 1998, the idea behind The Lowcountry Institute was to connect organizations doing forward-thinking work protecting the ecosystems of Beaufort County. The idea was simple yet revolutionary for an area known for many tiny worlds behind gated communities. “If we could just foster synergy, we could help to make every-

one that much more successful,” said the organization’s founding and current director, Dr. Chris Marsh. “There are so many nonprofits doing great work, but we wanted to be a force in creating more partnerships to make our voice that much stronger.” Marsh, a former biology professor at Coastal Carolina University, taught ornithology, ecology and animal behavior and had already established himself as a motivator. While at CCU, he headed up a statewide program to improve math and science education in South Carolina. At LCI, Marsh set out to create

a clearinghouse of support and connectivity, of scientific information, study and support to make the science of our ecosystem understandable to everyone. “We had three major ideas in play. Our plan was centered around land protection, advocacy and education,” Marsh said. On the land protection front, LCI worked in concert with groups like the Nature Conservancy, the Beaufort County Land Trust, the Town of Hilton Head Island, and the Beaufort County Rural and Critical Lands Board. For example, they worked with the Beaufort County Open Land

Trust to get properties such as Lemon Island and Widgeon Point protected. LCI has had a strong impact on the advocacy front as well, working with groups like the Coastal Conservation League to bring laws and ordinance in line that positively impact and protect water and air quality. They played a key role in working with the county to get a more rigorous stormwater ordinance passed. When it came to the education component, Marsh hoped to create a program that would create a culture of change. “I grew up in Raleigh, my


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father was a sociology professor at N.C. State and I didn’t realize how much I learned from him when it comes to cultures,” Marsh said. “He taught me the importance of being part of a culture, of fostering a culture and passing on a culture from one generation to the next.” Marsh got his opportunity to be in on the ground floor of a culture when Clemson Extension agent Jack Keener consulted him to start a statewide corps of volunteers focused on environmental education, outreach and service. Thus, the Master Naturalist program was born in partnership with Keener and Bob Franklin from Clemson University Extension and Bruce Lampright,

now senior naturalist at Bray’s Island “In creating the program, the idea was that to make informed decisions in protecting our environment, you have to understand the local ecology and issues involved.” Marsh said. “We start as teachers but the students become teachers themselves throughout the community.” Marsh teaches everyone to view nature education as describing what happens at a Broadway play. “First you learn the main actors in the story. Just like a play, the habitat represents the scenery. Then, even though you might have 60 bit species of plants and trees, there are only 5-to 10 dominant species

that really control the ecology,” Marsh said. “Knowing how those characters interact with each other, that’s the plot. The ecological and biological processes that occur, how the characters grow and adapt to disturbances like fi e.” “And once you create a culture where everyone knows the stories and tells them to others, we’re informed in how our actions impact nature,” he said. “And what we remember is through our senses, so the classes were all about getting out and experiencing nature.” The 24-person class consists of 12 all-day field-intensiv courses, where participants get to see different ecologies both on Spring Island and in

the greater Lowcountry region. They graduate at the end with a true understanding of the Lowcountry ecology and are then charged with sharing that knowledge, that shared language and message, with as many people as possible. The class was an immediate success. When Keener retired from the Extension in 2002, the Lowcountry Institute became the permanent host and shepherd of the program. Everyone from POA board members to teachers to government and municipality official have taken the course and have in turn created an immense network of peer education. “It’s so energizing to see the excitement in our students,”


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said LCI environmental educator Kristen Marshall Mattson, one of the three other members of the LCI staff who have helped Marsh grow the program. “They experience the constant evolution of the ecology first hand and they bring that understanding and hands-on knowledge into their communities. To be part of that education, it’s a joy and an honor.” Marsh said his staff has been instrumental in growing the program. Executive assistant Lisa Gravil has been on hand since 2000 as the first full-time staffer, with education director Tony Mills joining staff in 2007 and Mattson joining in 2008. “They have taken the work to a whole other level,” Marsh said. “Lisa and Kristen’s passion, it drives us all. And Tony has evolved the curriculum in a way that just continues to make this more and more exciting to the

students.” A teacher’s program was started in 2007 at Spring Island at the behest of the Beaufort County School District. Now, an educator in nearly every school in the county has taken the program. “One of my favorite things to do is spending time with teachers,” Marsh said. “This is a way to really capture students’ imaginations. And I see it all the time with the teachers. Being here, it recharges their batteries as to why they enjoy teaching.” The Master Naturalist program has spread throughout the state to six sites, with Spring Island and LCI as the core incubator for growing the curriculum. The Spring Island programs now consistently have a waiting list, with nearly 700 graduates spreading the word that this is a must-take class. “They’ve done a great job, they’ve cast their net wide with

a world-class staff. It’s an incredibly unique form of peer education,” said S.C. Department of Natural Resources veterinarian Al Segars, a graduate of the firs Master Naturalist class. “You run into alums everywhere. It’s had a true impact, a lasting impact. It’s amazing and thrilling to be a part of it and watch how Chris and his staff have grown this.” The class is at the core of understanding the work of LCI, but far from all that is done on Spring Island. Marsh and his staff also work as part the Spring Island Trust, responsible for stewardship of 3,000 acres of natural preserve on Spring Island. LCI serves as an information outreach broker and consults with scientists and government officials in explaining and understanding the local ecosystem. The Institute helped in the formation of Friends of the Rivers in 2001, a group that has evolved

into the Port Royal Sound Foundation today. LCI also provides grants and funding to environmental researchers. And the staff works with USCB students in researching the local ecology. Marsh said he is proud to see that the work he and his staff and the people of Spring Island have helped foster has created that culture he dreamed of 17 years ago. It’s a legacy he shares with his wife of 38 years, Barbara, and his three adult daughters. “We’ve created something that is sustainable and lasting here and that’s what I’m most proud of,” he said. “None of this is possible without the people of Spring Island and their belief in the work we do. Together, I believe we’ve built the foundation for a culture of caring for the beautiful ecosystem here in the Lowcountry.” M

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CONSERVANCY DIRECTOR KEEPS NATURE ON CENTER STAGE AT PALMETTO BLUFF BY LISA J. ALLEN When you turn onto Old Palmetto Bluff Road, you might think you’ve arrived at your destination. You haven’t. Ahead of you is a three-mile jaunt through rows of Spanish moss-draped trees and only a fleeting glimpse of a house or two before you arrive in The Village. It isn’t until you cross a wooden-plank bridge that arches over the headwaters of the May River that you know for sure that you’re within the 20,000 acres that comprise Palmetto Bluff. “Palmetto Bluff has been blessed because from the first person who stepped foot here, everyone realized this was a gem," said Jay Walea, director of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy. Its natural beauty was never marred by industry or development. Instead, genera-

tions of caretakers managed the community’s resources so wildlife could thrive among healthy, diverse forests. Palmetto Bluff has had only two owners in 100 years. The Wilson family bought it in the 1900s as a Southern retreat, then sold it to Union Bag Company in the 1930s for its lumber. The company immediately saw the beauty of the property and used it instead as a shooting preserve for its best customers. Crescent Communities bought the property in 2003 and immediately set up the conservancy to serve as a resource and a watchdog as development began on the luxury community and resort. “We make sure developers and builders do what they’re supposed to do,” Walea said. “They can make it pretty all they want, but I only care if it’s good wildlife habitat.”

For example, in the 300-acre portion in the May River headwaters, only 10 lots are drawn. Once Walea paced off the hundreds of feet of river and marsh buffers and inventoried significant trees and habitat, about two acres is left on each lot for humans to stake their claims. Houses and outbuildings are restricted to the small area he mapped out. However, reviewing building plans is just a sliver of Walea’s job. He spends hours educating property owners, visitors and staff about the natural forces around them. He leads them through the woods, around ponds and up and down the river. “I show them, ‘you know you love Palmetto Bluff. Here’s why.’” He plays the part of naturalist perfectly, often attired in knee-high waders and cam-


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ouflage-print clothing from his knees to his cap. His drawl is thick and his passion contagious. He greets residents by name and answers guests’ questions eagerly. A woman stopped him on the sidewalk to ask him to help identify what she saw swimming in the river at sunrise. It was dark, so she couldn‘t see their coloring. “Did they have long necks?” Walea asked. “No, it looked like they had on little helmets,” she said. “Oh, those were river otters, ma’am.” “I can’t wait to tell my husband. Thank you!” It’s not surprising that Walea is a walking Siri. He knows every acre of the property, having essentially grown up on it. His father worked for Union Camp, and as a boy, Jay Walea told his father he wanted to work there. He earned a forestry and wildlife management degree and he’s been there ever since. Walea reminds people often that he and his team aren’t preservationists. They are active conservationists. They don’t leave the property untouched, but manage it to create the best habitat for wildlife and forests possible. He and his crew carefully monitor populations of white-tailed deer and wild turkey as harbingers of a healthy habitat. Since whitetailed deer have no population-limiting factors other than starvation, disease and humans (often behind the wheel of a car), it’s up to man to curb population explosions. When the deer get too populous, Walea arranges hunts for interested property owners. He also fights the constant battle against wild boar, a bane of any ecosystem. They eat everything, run off every species of animal and even will attack humans. He said the May River is a highway for them. “They swim just as well as deer, if not better. We’ll think we’ve eradicated them, but in a month or two, they’re back." He and his small crew also routinely open up the forest understory with controlled burns. The burns accomplish two goals. The first is to create “edges” or open areas with lush young vegetation where animals can graze. The second is to help restore the longleaf pine forests that once dominated the Southeast. The fi es clear away vegetation so wind-borne longleaf pine seeds can reach the soil to germinate. Walea proudly pointed out in a recently burned area a flu fy green pine in its grass stage and another in its “rocket” growth stage. Longleaf pines once dominated the landscape east of the Mississippi. The trees soar up to 100 feet and live up to 300 years. But settlers cleared millions of acres of forests for

agriculture and used the lumber for ships and railways. By the 1920s, the trees were nearly gone, partially because of successful fi e suppression, according to the National Wildlife Federation. The conservancy wants to bring those forests back, along with the native wildlife that prefer it. At the same time, Walea educates the people within Palmetto Bluff how to co-exist with the creatures around them. He teaches security staff how to handle wildlife encounters and advised hospitality staff how to steer clear of them. He reminds residents to treat alligators like wild animals and to keep their pets on leashes. “Alligators won’t bother us because we’re not on their food chain. But our pets are,” he said. Dogs make it easy for alligators because they splash around at the edge of ponds. It’s like ringing the reptiles’ dinner bell. Walea also talks a lot about snakes. ”Most people really don‘t like snakes, but we don’t kill snakes here,” Walea said. Instead, he shows residents how to make their yards less attractive to them. “An inch or two of mulch is OK, but any

more than that and it’s prime snake habitat. They are ambush predators. A snake will burrow down there for as long as two or three weeks waiting for a meal. We also remind people to look before they reach or step into vegetation. Space out your plants so you can see what’s around them.” To further draw residents into their surroundings, he invites them to help with frequent research projects. An alligatortracking project erased the fallacy that alligators don’t like salt water. They like it when it contains crab, Walea said, laughing. The monitoring system followed alligators on their frequent trips to the salty May River for a crabby snack. The research also mapped out how movement differs between male and female alligators. Males patrol their territories around mating season, but then wander off the rest of the year. Female alligators stay put in a single pond for a year or two before moving to another one. It’s that constant immersion in nature that drives the philosophy of wildlife management amid the high-end development orchestrated by Crescent Communities, which developed Palmetto Bluff into the five-star destination it is today. M

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Tara Caron doesn’t look at magazines and newspapers the way most people do. Instead of sizing up the stories offered to determine which to read first, she goes right to the pages filled with colorful pictures — because she’s looking for the hues that work best in her jewelry. That photo of a garden scene or that crazy comic strip can be made into beads that can be strung into beautiful bracelets and earrings in an amazing mix of color. A teacher by training and a naturalist by instinct, she loves not only making the jewelry but the recycling aspect of it. The paper in each publication comes from a tree, and by turning that paper into something useful, “it gets to live on,” she said. Caron, a third-grade teacher at Hilton Head Island Elementary School for Creative Arts, took up jewelry-making two years ago and has tried her hand at selling it at farmers markets and the like, but found that unsatisfactory. “People just wanted to eat and watch the fireworks,” she said. Luckily, she now has an opportunity to display her jewelry in a store. Beginning this month, some of her pieces will go on sale at artWare, which recently moved from Main Street Village on Hilton Head to the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Caron uses shish kabob skewers to make her jewelry. She wraps the colored paper around the skewers, first in the shape of a rectangle then in the shape of a triangle, and glues it. She uses an embossing dabber, then sprinkles a power and dries it with a dryer similar to a hair dryer, with the heat determining the color. “I never know how the color is going to come out,” Caron said. She recently made some beads with a nail polish lacquer and found that technique resulted in brighter colors, which she liked. 80

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The beads come in all sorts of colors and combinations — green, blue, brown, red, yellow and orange — a real rainbow. Before stringing them, Caron puts little silver caps on either end of each bead. “I’ll make a whole bunch of beads, then I make a whole bunch of jewelry,” she said. Caron was wearing a green print matched set of bracelet and earrings on the day she was demonstrating her craft for a visitor and said they were Some of Tara Caron's jewelry is avaialble for sale at artWare in Shelter Cove Towne Centre. her favorite. The items were made from pages of a March 2012 issue of Hilton Head Monthly, which featured a lot of greenery. She also scavenges a lot of good paper for her projects from Pink Magazine. She particularly likes that magazine’s pages for their solid colors. As for newspapers, she’ll take the comics in The Island Packet. When she started out, Caron said she got help from her mother-in-law, Anne Caron, who lives in Bluffton and who she said makes beautiful jewelry. “She taught me some tricks,” Tara Caron said. Caron said her mother, Bev Adams, who also lives in Bluffton, is the nature lover in the family and appeals to her naturalist side. “She was a teacher,” Caron said, ‘and she was catching monarch butterflies (in a field) at our house for her class. I have pictures of them hatching on my brother’s face.” Caron credits both women with influencing her own unique jewelry style. “Between both of our moms, I’m very lucky,” she said, “because all the things I’m interested in, I have support from both of them.” Caron met her husband, Tate, when they were in the seventh grade in Messina, N.Y., where their parents knew each other from high school. When the couple’s first child, daughter Aja, was born, both sets of grandparents retired and moved to the Hilton Head area. Aja is now 11, and the couple’s son, Elijah, is 9. The family lives within minutes of the school where Caron teaches. Caron’s passion for naturalism isn’t slowing down. She’s now working on a certific te to become a “master naturalist.” And she’s hoping that work only feeds her passion for making jewelry out of unlikely objects. “It looks like it’s all coming together,” Caron said, as her jewelry is about to hit stores. “I’m scared and excited.” M March 2015 81

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Safe drinking water isn’t just a third-world issue. According to Watercookies Inc., it’s an issue in communities across the U.S. as well. The group, whose mission is to educate young families about clean drinking water, was granted federal nonprofit status in 2013. Helen Donelan Price launched the organization in 2011 after learning about the surprising lack of clean drinking water in a number of communities. “While we as a nation want to support other countries, I wanted to raise awareness in our country, in our states, about the value of clean and safe water,” Price said. “Two things are for sure: Our children and grandchildren will grow up and clean water will become a larger issue for the next generation. Why not build the interest about why water is so important while they are young, and reward them for doing so?' That is where Watercookies comes in. The Watercookies Project was designed to be a way to garner curiosity and interest. Outreach to the community starts this May with activity coloring pages geared to elementary schools students. These pages share environmental reasons why Hilton Head Island’s wildlife is so important. With invitations and deals from local businesses included, these pages will be distributed to hotels, restaurants and environmental kids clubs to get the word out. Once the kids color the pages and enjoy the activities at local outfitters, they get rewarded with a free cookie at the local Fresh Market and Kroger stores. “Learning about water can be fun, rewarding and instill in young minds that they can make a difference by learning. Our goal is to plant the seeds of knowledge, nurture that seed and then provide those kids who continue to be interested in environmental issues with scholarships from the Watercookie Foundation when they go into higher education after high school,” Price said. “It is easy, and it’s a win-win. Kids learn, they are rewarded with a cookie, and who doesn’t like cookies? The big takeaway? Our island, our community and our millions of visitors have the chance to make a difference, one cookie at a time.” While education is key to the Watercookie Project, there are several other projects in the works for Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County this year. Since 2013, community events have shared the group’s mission: Educating our children and grandchildren about the value of clean and safe water in America, while providing scholarships for high school seniors who want to study environmental sciences at college. “The Friends of Waddell annual event, Earth Day celebrations and The Outside Foundation share our passion, and we build interest and strength when we work together,” Price said. The group’s new campaign, No Water No Beer, is coming up later this spring. Focusing on farm-to-table restaurants, the goal is to invite visitors to eat at participating establishments. 82

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The Watercookies Project has developed an educational game designed to educate children about safe water.

“We are in the middle of creating outreach materials that will be handed out by our sponsors, hotel concierges and retail stores,” Price said. “Watch for the Watercookie car in the St. Patrick’s Day parade this year. It is our first year in the parade, and we hope to make it bigger every year. This year, our dolphin will be waving to you.” The program kickoff party is set for later this month at Sonesta Resort. For more information, email or Janet@ or go online to M



A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That's more than one person uses in two weeks.

Although accounting for only 5 percent of the world's population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world's energy. A heavy coat of dust on a light bulb can block up to half of the light.

An American family of four uses up to 260 gallons of water in the home per day. Running tap water for two minutes is equal to 3-5 gallons of water.

A single-sided, 10-page letter costs $.55 to mail. If copied on both sides, the letter uses only five sheets and costs only $.34 to mail. One ton of 100 percent recycled paper saves the equivalent of 4,100 kWh of energy, 7,000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air emissions and three cubic yards of landfill space

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items RADIANCE Sport this Village Shirtdress by Sanctuary and all the girls will be green with envy!

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items ISLAND GIRL This mint Luna cross body by Hobo is St. Patrick’s Day parade perfect!



items AFFORDABLES APPAREL Step into spring with this colorful dress by Clara Sun Woo. Sandals by Amanda and bracelet by A touch of Style.



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When you hear “‘green’ wedding,” does the image of a barefoot, hippie bride with a flower halo getting married in a field come to mind? BY LIBBY O’REGAN


hink again. “Green” weddings — which incorporate environmentally friendly practices — are on the rise all over the country with all types of people. It’s not just for hippies anymore. “Green” is en vogue. Chic, even. And people are finding unique ways to be “green” in their nuptials. Will “going green” be part of your wedding? Here in the Lowcountry, we are seeing a rising trend of those who want to plan more carefully, not waste as much and overall be more harmonious with the environment on the big day. Gone are the days when people spend exorbitant amounts of money on items that won’t be used again or that will be thrown out as soon as the day is over. Couples want to reuse, recycle and be more mindful. Brides and grooms generally seem to think more about their purchases, how

items will be used and if they can be used again. When it comes to food, sometimes less is more; carefully plan the amount of food served to fit the number of guests attending. Instead of over-the-top shellfish displays, bountiful buffets with mounds of food and too many offerings for the number of guests that are attending (leaving a lot of wasted, uneaten food), there is more careful attention and execution so there is not so much waste. (Do you really need the bacon-wrapped scallops, the chicken satay, the tuna sashimi crudo, the gazpacho soup spoons AND the appetizer stations? Sometimes less can be more when the food is artfully presented and tastes delicious. Too many options can also overwhelm guests. Just make sure you aren’t sacrificing so much that your guests go hungry!

Thousands of couples flock to Hilton Head Island and Bluffton to get married with their toes in the sand. A casual wedding on the beach, on a golf course or in an outdoor setting naturally pays homage to being eco-friendly. This “going green” wedding trend can particularly be seen down here with the number of people who choose to get married outdoors. The Lowcountry’s (mostly nice year-round) weather makes that possible. We’ve seen the “green” wedding trend on the rise when it comes to décor, too. Mason jars, burlap, lace and the chalkboard-style décor that has been so popular over the past two years were a direct correlation of this eco-friendly movement. And even as that décor trend has faded (in February, we reported bolder, more modern aesthetics are coming this spring), it doesn’t mean that couples


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aren’t following eco-friendly practices when it comes to the styling of their weddings. They are just finding more innovative and unique ways to incorporate those “green” practices in the design. When sourcing vendors and assembling a team of professionals to put together their weddings, couples are realizing local is best. Instead of hiring a planner from Charleston, they’ll work with planner experts from Hilton Head and Bluffton. And the same with the rest of their wedding dream teams of lighting experts, caterers, florists musicians and more — local is better. Not only is it easier logistically and more cost effective to keep things local, it reduces everyone’s travel time, carbon footprint and environmental impact. Keeping guests’ travel considerations in mind is something that is also particularly en vogue for couples thinking “green” during their weddings. Though our area is often a destination wedding location, there are ways to reduce environmental impact. Transportation considerations are one. Renting a large house for family members to stay in on the beach is a great way to all get together. There are plenty of trusted vacation rental companies that can assist with the transportation logistics and lodging logistics. So now that you see “green” weddings are on the rise in a variety of ways, are you ready to get started planning a wedding with “green” ideas? Check out our next article on tips for planning an eco-friendly wedding. Hilton Head Monthly of course has you covered — whether you just want to include a few ideas or really go all out. Hippies and non-hippies, rejoice. M

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many people become more conscious about their environmental footprints, even brides and grooms are finding ways to go “green” at their weddings. Whether you’re incorporating just a few eco-friendly practices or you are planning an all-out eco-friendly affair, there are a variety of ways to have a “green” wedding. From flowers, décor, food, paper and even transportation, rest assured you can feel good about your wedding’s impact on the earth on your big day — and here are a few tips on how:


Source local. When it comes to choosing your menu, work with your catering professional or venue to source locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats. Many local vendors source within in a 30-mile radius to keep costs down and their carbon footprints low. This may mean you will have to be fl xible about what you serve to your guests. But because so many of our local vendors are experts at inventing creative menus with locally sourced foods, rest assured it’s likely that your guests will never even know.


Think in season. Getting married in the spring? Choose flowers that are seasonal to springtime. If you choose a flower that’s not in season, your florist will have to have it shipped in from far. Lilies, poppies, delphinium, hyacinth, lilacs, peonies, ranunculus and tulips are all in season during spring. Consider looking into eco-friendly flowers that are grown without harmful pesticides and chemicals, as well. Talk to your florist about homegrown, organic blooms.


Arrange for mass transportation for your guests. Rather than have your guests all drive from the hotel to the church and then to the reception, arrange for a trolley or bus to take them all. If the locations are within walking distance, encourage guests to make the trek. (You can even provide flip-flop for the ladies’ comfort and even beverages at the start of the destination to make it special.)


Recycle décor. When you purchase anything for your wedding, including table markers, frames, photo booth props, flower vases and attire (the list of what you buy is really endless, isn’t it?), make sure you can

reuse it. When making wedding purchases, ask yourself if you will be able to use it after the big day. If you can’t, find an alternative or skip that purchase. Reusing items is one of the best ways to keep your costs down and remain eco-friendly.


Don’t purchase more than you need. Going along with tip No. 4, carefully consider what you are buying or committing to buying. As an example, when you can use the same flowers for your reception that you used at the ceremony location, why buy more reception flowers than you need? Have your wedding planner or a designated friend move the ceremony flowers to the reception for you. Small steps like this will reduce waste.


Donate your leftovers. When the party is over and there are trays of untouched food and large bouquets of beautiful, living flowers just sitting there, don’t just throw them out. We know a local wedding planner who always takes the unwanted bouquets to nursing homes, and it brightens everyone’s day. Take trays of untouched food to local food banks or charities in need. Don’t waste what’s still good.


Go vintage. Really want to reduce your footprint? Recycle a vintage wedding gown and make it yours. Perhaps your mom or grandmother saved her gown and you can wear it. Have it altered to fit you perfectly and save money on the cost of a new gown. Check out the website to search for previously worn gowns. Get some cash for your wedding gown after the day by selling it there, too.


Use recycled paper goods. You can quite easily reduce the number of paper goods that are printed for your wedding. Skip the wedding program and write the ceremony order and participants on a chalkboard or in gold pen on a glass mirror. Skip printed menus and write food offerings on a large menu board for display. Skip printed place cards and opt for more casual, open seating. You can also forgo other welcome brochure materials and sending save the date cards. Use a wedding website to keep guests organized and save on paper. Whatever you do, though, don’t skip a printed invitation mailed to your guests. There’s a place for eco-friendly and there’s a place for time-honored etiquette in weddings. Some traditions are best saved.


Keep the favors eco-friendly. Rather than getting expensive chocolates wrapped in foil and packaged in cartons and tags, consider personalized flower seeds, small potted herbs or even a small plant decorated with the couple’s names. Homemade soaps or canning jars filled with homemade goodies are also a great green idea. A small “green” favor for your guests to take home will be unique, which sets your favor apart from all those chocolates and other traditional items while being ecofriendly. Stay true to who you are and stay true to your cause by incorporating some of these ideas into your wedding planning process. Trust the local experts on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton to help you incorporate “green” practices, too. With all their experience, they have a good handle on what works best for your wedding and the environment. M


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he 2015 Hilton Head Bridal Show presented by Hilton Head Monthly took place Feb. 8 at The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa. More than 50 vendors were in attendance, ranging from caterers and florists to photographers and venues. It was a wonderful event for brides, grooms, friends and family.


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Hampton Hall is one of six off-island courses in region that is Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certified



rom the turf to the register, making it green is the primary concern of golf course operators across the country, including those here in the nature-rich South Carolina Lowcountry. Yet for many right-minded pros, superintendents and owners in Hilton Head and Bluffton, going “green” is equally important to growing and succeeding when it comes to managing a responsible golf course operation. Now more than ever, proper stewardship of the environment is a critical component to successful golf course management. It’s a fact not lost on area operators considering the impressive number of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary-certified courses loc ted south of the Broad River. The Audubon program recognizes courses that develop and follow an environmental plan that incorporates six key elements — environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, water conservation, chemical use reduction and safety, water quality management

and outreach/education. So, just how “green” is the Lowcountry golf course industry? Of the 24 Audubon-certified courses in South arolina, 10 are located right here in southern Beaufort County. It’s a commitment championed both by major resort operators such as Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes and premier private clubs, including the May River Golf Club, Oldfield and Moss Creek, to highlight just a few. “As operators, we are stewards of the environment around the golf course and we see it as the right thing to do,” said Cary Corbitt, vice president of sports and operations at the Sea Pines Resort. “It’s something that we consider in all the day-to-day operations of our golf courses.” That commitment is evidenced by the inclusion of all three Sea Pines courses in the Audubon program, highlighted by Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the RBC Heritage every April. The famed Pete Dye course will undergo a renovation this summer that will include the

implementation of a new irrigation system, which will likely make the course’s water use all the more efficient Sea Pines’ Ocean Course and Heron Point are joined by the award-winning Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes as the other Audubon-recognized facilities on the island. “Our superintendents have really embraced the Audubon program, just as those at other facilities have,” Corbitt said. “It’s an important part of what we do as operators.” That environmental commitment is just as strong off the island. Both Sun City Hilton Head courses — Okatie and Hidden Cypress — are Audubon recognized, as are May River Golf Club, Moss Creek, Oldfield and Hampton Hall Those courses are tied to vast residential developments, underscoring the importance of promoting a positive approach to protecting and enhancing the surrounding natural habitat. “It’s not just about the golf course environment,” Corbitt said. “What we do also


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affects the areas surrounding the facility as well. Our owners and residents expect us to take care of that environment.” Participation in the Audubon certi cation program isn’t simply a one-way street. Golf course operators get handson expertise from Audubon International representatives both during the certific tion process and subsequent recertific tion. This includes the proper chemicals to use on the course, new developments in water conservation and habitat protection and land quality issues. This open dialogue between Audubon employees and course superintendents and operators is a vital part of keeping up with challenges of land use on and around golf courses, and the proper policies toward habitat protection. “There’s no doubt that golf courses get as much out of the relationship as the Audubon Sanctuary Cooperative does,” Corbitt said. “It’s a great relationship, and we certainly benefit f om having a partner to turn to.” Involvement in the program can also be a marketing advantage for participating courses. Resort operations such as Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes proudly promote their Audubon participation, as it speaks to a commitment to the envi-

ronment as much as to the game itself. Golf often comes under fi e for its environmental priorities, especially in regions such as the Lowcountry whose economies rely so heavily on their natural surroundings. Yet as evidenced by the hundreds of courses involved in the program, there are plenty of operators that should be commended and recognized for their stewardship of the environment. “There are some obvious benefits to being a part of the program regarding public relations and marketing,” Corbitt said. “Obviously, it’s not the primary reason we do it, but being associated with the Audubon program is a positive thing for any golf course.” The lack of Audubon certific tion by no means questions an operator’s commitment to the environment. To the contrary, most in the industry take seriously their obligation to protecting the natural surrounds their businesses are predicated upon. Yet there’s no argument that inclusion in the Audubon Sanctuary Certific tion program can only help operators become better stewards of their environment, which is a win for everyone interested in making, growing and going green. M

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ountry music icon Darius Rucker returns to Hilton Head Island this month to once again support the collegiate golf tournament that bears his name. Yet with all due respect to the former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman, the true stars of the week will again be the talented women golfers walking the fairways and stalking the greens of the famed Long Cove Club. For the fourth consecutive year, the fast-growing Darius Rucker Intercollegiate will be held March 5-8 on the south end of Hilton Head. As in the first th ee years, the tournament will feature many of the top collegiate teams in the nation, highlighted by defending champion Duke University, SEC powers University of Alabama, University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, and ACC stalwarts University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and University of North Carolina. The University of South Carolina is once again the host team, and is among the favorites to capture the tournament title for the first time “I expect to see a lot of great golf played here during this tournament,” said Bob Patton, Long Cove’s director of golf and one of the driving forces behind bringing the event to the island several years ago. “We try each year to attract the strongest field we can to the event, and this year, led by the defending champion Duke, is no different.” The 54-hole tournament, which has been played at the Pete Dyedesigned Long Cove Club since its inception is free and open to the public. The stroke play event will again be preceded by a practice round on March 5 and the traditional invitation-only live performance by Rucker at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina — a staple of the event. “When we had the idea of starting this tournament, we reached out to Darius about putting his name to it, and he quickly came on board,” Patton said. “The private concert he puts on is really a highlight of the week, and it’s something the players, coaches and

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GOLF parents look forward to. He has really been great to this event.” Attracting some of the best teams from several top conferences, including Arizona State from the Pac-12, the Rucker Intercollegiate has quickly risen among the ranks of spring-season women’s collegiate golf events. That fact was evident during the 2014 tournament, which was ultimately dominated by the Lady Blue Devils. Not only did Duke win the team competition, but then-freshman Yu Liu staged a final- ound rally to wrestle the individual title from former Hilton Head Islander and Alabama star Stephanie Meadow. Meadow turned to the LPGA Tour at the close of her senior year at Alabama and went on to a top 10 finis at the U.S. Open last June. Having also turned pro following her freshman season, Yu won’t be on Hilton Head to defend her title, but the Lady Blue Devils still return plenty of talent capable of repeating in 2015. To accomplish that, however, the reigning 2014 NCAA champions will have to deal with at least 10 other teams that are ranked among the top 25 (as of late January rankings) by Golfweek. That list is led by the Lady Gamecocks, who entered February as the No. 2 team in the nation. South Carolina is led by the duo of Nanna Madsen and Justine Dreher, who are ranked fourth and 14th respectively in Golfweek’s individual rankings. “I know they feel really good about their team this year,” Patton said of South Carolina. “It would be great to see them challenge for the title. We have a lot of members that are Gamecocks.” Also ranked among the top 10 are Arkansas, Mississippi and Wake Forest. Ranked among the top 20 are Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Virginia,

LSU and Auburn. Alabama, the 2012 and 2013 Rucker Intercollegiate champion, was 25th in early February. “There are a great number of teams capable of winning this event, including Duke, who doesn’t rebuild, they reload,” Patton said. “I have no doubt the tournament won’t be decided until late (on Sunday).” The competition for the 2015 individual title will be just as fie ce given the depth of the field Led by Duke’s Leona Maguire (No. 3) and Carolina’s Madsen, the talented field includes 10 players anked among the top 25 in the sport. Those golfers will once again challenge the formidable Long Cove course that has proven to be such a quality home for the region’s only collegiate event. The Dye course can stretch to more than 7,000 yards, although it won’t play nearly that long for the Rucker Intercollegiate. Players will, however, be forced to deal with the multiple hazards, strategic bunkering and fast-rolling, undulating greens that truly make the tract so special. In the event’s first th ee years, golfers have found it difficult t get much under par, and a similar challenge likely awaits this year. “The golf course will certainly be a challenge and a good test,” Patton said. “But these girls are really talented players. I sit on the tee and marvel how far they can hit the ball. Some of them hit the ball out there 300 yards.” If the first th ee years of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate are any indication, Patton’s assessment of what we’ll see at Long Cove this month is spot on. With the best collegiate women golfers taking on one of the most respected courses in the country, how could it possibly be anything other than must see golf for a fourth consecutive year. M

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Green has been the lifeblood color for Hilton Head Island couple Ray and Sandra Wenig for decades. But it’s not just a color Sandra Wenig uses in her work as a fine artist, and it’s not just something Ray Wenig considers in his work as an industrial engineer and consultant. True, green is ever present in the artwork of the Society of Bluffton Artists president that hangs on the walls of their Windmill Harbour home like a gallery exhibition. Her oil paintings, mostly shore scenes of nature’s windswept beauty, will endure for generations. And so will their home, a sustainable, environmentally friendly living work of art thanks to its “green” design, technology, products, system integration, materials, air quality and energy efficiency.

The couple’s three-story residence could be a poster home for the eco-friendly movement locally. The Wenigs’ stately, 6,500- square-foot, five-bedroom and five-bathroom home is a model of energy efficiency and sustainability. “This house was, for us, our sort of overall concept of livability, sustainability and efficiency,” said Ray Wenig, president of Southeast Angel Partners. It is the culmination of everything “green” they have experienced in each of the 18 homes they have built or bought during their 52 years of marriage. “Green” living has been a way of life for the Ohio native (him) and Boston native (her) since the late 1970s. In fact, one of the first properties they bought on Cape Cod was an industry award-

winning, pioneering solar home. They paid $50 annually to heat it. But their exposure to eco-friendly living began even before they bought their first home; both were boating enthusiasts — their last boat being a 44-footer — and they were keenly aware of ocean pollution and its effect on the environment. Fast forward to Hilton Head, where they first vacationed in 1993. The pair, who has three daughters, moved to the island permanently in 1999, partly because of the “ferocious” Boston winters. “We said, ‘We’re out of here,’” Sandra Wenig said. They lived in four other properties in Windmill Harbour before purchasing their ¼-acre property in 2005. They hired architect Merrill Pasco and enlisted the late Mack Parsons and his

building team, led by Franklin Fields. Sandra Wenig did all the interior design. And so began their adventure into the wild “green” yonder. The home’s design took nearly seven months, and construction took two years. The project was completed in 2007. From the outside looking in — and even from the inside looking out — the Wenigs’ home looks like a traditional Lowcountry home. It’s not. “It’s really what’s behind the walls,” Ray Wenig said. “We know what’s behind the walls,” not to mention what’s tucked away in hidden spaces inside the home, unseen on the roof and outside in the ground. “From the ground up, this one was truly built to be as energy efficient as we could make it,”


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Ray Wenig said. “It was an exploration as we started and wanted to introduce as much green as we could … The blank canvas started with the geothermal system.” That system uses closedloop ground water geothermal heating and cooling units that rely on seven deep wells in the backyard to form a continuous loop of natural water-filled water piping that brings a constant 54 degrees to two heat pumps inside the home. Those pumps drive two Trane heating and cooling, high-efficiency air handlers and two outside air recirculating recovery systems to maintain the cleanest indoor air quality. Additionally, there are three HVAC zones controlled by Trane thermostats that monitor all system functions and regulate temperatures. The challenge in building the Wenigs’ home was that frequently, Ray Wenig knew more

about greening procedures and products than the local professionals did back in 2005. Locally, Ray Wenig said, no one had installed such a geothermal system, but he enlisted Gochnauer Heating and Cooling to do it because “this was (owner Scott Gochnauer’s) chance to get his feet in.” Basically, building this “green” home came down to Ray Wenig’s knowledge as an engineer, his copious researching as a homeowner, his choosing of the “green” products and systems and components, findin local vendors who could install them and “who were willing to learn how to install and support that product,” Ray Wenig said. It wasn’t business as usual at all in the typical homebuilding process. “At that time, specialists didn’t exist,” he said. “It became a project within a project to figu e out the whats, the wheres, the whos,

the hows. All the things we did on that long list were literally their own little projects.” Take, for instance, the roof. Below the granulized fibe glass roof shingles by 3M that reflect about 30 percent of the sun’s rays, the Wenigs wanted to install a Tri-Par “rubberized membrane that seals the cavity and prevents water intrusion.” “The builder tried to use his nail gun…It didn’t work,” Ray recounted. “The whole crew, basically, had to go up there with hammers and hit the nails in, every one of the nails…the rubber is like a tire, it’s self-sealing;

once you break the seal, it like seals back around whatever comes through.” Take, for instance, the fi eplace in the living room. The Wenigs wanted to buy and install an energy-efficien sealed fi eplace from a company in Minnesota in which all of the combustion is supported by outside air brought inside and blown back out. “None of the systems we put in here didn’t already exist somewhere else, for example,” Ray said. “It’s pretty much standard piping, but somebody has to know how to do it, how to set it March 2015 95

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up and how to connect it, so we convinced the people at Suburban Propane, who had multiple locations that had done it elsewhere in their network, so they decided yes, they were willing to put it in here. The fellows that did it, it was the first time they had done it, so this was their learning experience.” The fi ebox is sealed and has a fan to circulate air around the heating chamber and into the living room. The “greening” of American homes has progressed significantly since the Wenigs built their home in 2007, but there are a few things to keep in mind when creating an eco-friendly home. Other things the Wenigs did when building their “green” home include: • Installed open-cell spray foam insulation from the roof to lower floor levels.

• Treated all structural framing with a non-toxic borate solution to prevent bug and termite infestation. • Installed a perimeter Senticon termite baiting control system, with regular monitoring to ensure that no insects reach the building space. • Installed a filt ation system for tap water to remove impurities that maintains itself through automatic back flushing • Installed clear-visibility film on all windows for sunlight reduction and glass breakage protection, as well as functional shutters that are hurricane-rated. • Installed hardwood flooring from certifie renewable forests that were nailed without toxic glues. • Installed two KitchenAid dishwashers for energy efficienc .

• Installed low-flow flus toilets in all bathrooms. • Installed ceiling fans in all rooms to improve air flow and air conditioning circulation. The Wenigs said they might install solar panels in the future, but said they didn’t do so when building the home in 2005 because of limited product availability and homeowners association regulations. For the Wenigs, building a “green” home was as natural as plugging in their hybrid Ford C-Max in the garage for an energy recharge. “I happen to believe in it,” Ray Wenig said. “More and more things will have to be ‘green’ if we’re going to sustain the planet.” His wife agreed. “We built this house together,” she said. M


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“Green” homes in the Lowcountry come in all colors, and they all help to lessen resource depletion and pollution in the environment. Common denominators in these ecofriendly homes include energy-efficient appliances, products and systems; sustainable, recycled or reclaimed materials; the reduction of carbon footprints; the improvement of indoor air quality; and water conservation. Here are some examples of the environmental, economic and social benefits of going “green” inside and outside the home.

RECLAIMED WOOD Many new or remodeled homes feature reclaimed wood in wide-plank flooring, stairways, beams and trusses, fireplace mantles, walls, paneling, farm tables and cabinetry. The widespread appeal is obvious. Reclaimed wood is beautiful, with its unique characteristics, centuries-old patina due to its natural aging process, a distinct sense of history and provenance, and imperfections such as bolt and nail holes. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timber and decking retrieved from old barns, factories, warehouses, houses, mills, coal mines, boxcars, water tanks and wine barrels. The stately longleaf pine — used predominately in commercial structures in the Southeast during the Industrial Revolution — was a favorite then and now because of its age, dense grain with a high ring count, durable, extremely hardy, stable and plentiful. Oak, hickory, poplar, cypress and teak also are common in Lowcountry homes. The use of reclaimed wood in home construction surged in popularity in the 1990s as environmental concerns increased over the millions of tons of “eco-unfriendly” construction waste being dumped at landfills, including wood from demolished buildings. More recycling means smaller landfills. (Almost 40 percent of the estimated 251 million tons of consumer solid waste generated in the United States annually comes from construction projects, and most of it can be recycled but isn’t.) Also, the logging, transporting and processing of new wood and its toxic elements applied during treatment for commercial use fill the air with pollutants. The process of producing reclaimed wood flooring uses 13 times less cumulative energy than that of producing virgin wood flooring, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Also, demolished buildings provide about 1 billion feet of usable lumber per year.

RECLAIMED BRICKS Much like reclaimed wood, the use of reclaimed bricks in new and remodeled homes in the Lowcountry creates a distinctive appearance that is impossible to duplicate. Most homeowners choose to install reclaimed bricks for their aesthetic appeal, but a growing number of homeowners also are consciously making a statement about protecting the environment. Recycled brick doesn’t contribute to landfill waste and carbon footprints, unlike the air-polluting production and firing processes in the making of new bricks. Homeowners also typically save money when installing recycled brick and pavers, or any other recycled construction material. Whether they come from a deconstructed 19th-century warehouse in Savannah or Charleston, reclaimed bricks in Lowcountry homes are having second lives as fireplace surrounds, kitchen backsplashes, flooring, walkways, walls, accent paneling in libraries, patios, exterior walls and doorsteps.

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS There are many alternative energy sources in this world of rising utility bills. Think solar. Some people do, but of the 8 percent of Americans who get their energy from a renewable source, only 1 percent heat up with solar, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. If you do go solar, you can say goodbye to your electric bill and sell whatever excess energy you have back to a utility. It’s a win-win situation for you regarding expense, energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. The cost of solar panel hardware has fallen dramatically over the past six years; the price tag ranges from $18,000 to $40,000, depending on the number of kilowatts. The more energy a system can produce, the more it will cost. Most of the expense incurred these days for a solar energy system is for installation, permitting and other “soft costs,” not the actual expense of the panels themselves. State tax credits also are available. Most residential solar energy systems are roof-mounted and face south to garner the most sunlight and produce the most energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The average energy savings nationwide for a solar homeowner is $1,000 a year for 20 years — typically, the length of most solar panel warranties. But because of abundant sunlight in the Lowcountry (62 percent of daylight hours on Hilton Head Island are sunny year-round), that $20,000 in savings would likely spike higher; in Hawaii, for instance, the savings max at $60,000. The average installed cost of a solar panel system is $4.72 per kilowatt.

INSECT CONTROL Protecting the home from termites and other insects can be achieved inside and out with non-toxic and highly effective methods. When applied to wood inside the home, borate (boric acid, oxides and salts) solution protects against termites and other wood-destroying insects from infestation.

This treatment eliminates wood as a food source for pests and also penetrates deeply into wood fibers to prevent wood-decaying fungi. Borate compounds disrupt the enzyme systems of insects and fungi with its toxins, which are not harmful to humans. Sodium silicate-based preservatives are another effective pest-resistant option when applied to sustainable “green” lumber. Sentricon, the only termite protection product to be awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Award by the EPA, eliminates termites’ ability to eat, survive and breed. The eco-friendly formula, found in Sentricon stations installed in the ground and maintained by specialists, is an insect-molting inhibitor bound within a bait matrix around the outside of the home.

PRODUCTS FOR THE HOME Want the products you use every day as you live and play inside your home to be “green,” too? Try these items: • Organic, reusable Eco-Ditty sandwich and snack bags are made from 100 percent organic cotton and come with three non-toxic permanent fabric markers for fun personalization ($12.99). • Green Home makes an organic, 400-thread-count cotton sateen sheet set in natural or white tones ($139). • Love sailing? You’ll love these tough, eco-friendly, nautical-patterned shower curtains made from recycled sailcloth from handcrafted America’s Cup boats, cruising yachts and racing boats ($105). • You can clean, “green,” too, with the Vapamore MR 100 Primo Steam Cleaner Deluxe, a non-toxic “green” machine that cleans and sanitizes without chemicals ($299). • Bag to Nature’s 13-gallon compostable tall trash bags are tear- and leak-resistant ($13.25 for 15). • When it comes to home repair or arts and crafts projects, check out non-toxic and recycled non-porous citrus from Glu6 ($6.50). • Gaur’s backpack with exterior and interior polyester fabrics is made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles ($68). • The 14-inch Sun Tunnel skylight meets Energy Star approval guidelines for energy efficiency and channels natural sunlight from roof to ceiling in any room in the home ($466). • For form and function, check out the sustainable handcrafted maple-wood writing desk and hutch from Pacific Rim, which is free of toxic glues and hand-rubbed with nontoxic tung oil with a beeswax finish (from $585). • A 75-gallon rain barrel from RainXchange in terracotta or sandstone helps conserve your home’s water supply and reduce your water bills ($219). • Even your pup can go “green” with non-toxic recycled rubber dog bones from Orbee-Tuff ($66). M

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especially if you’re Randy Jeffcoat Builders, which to many is a household name. Longevity in the home construction industry has helped build familiarity with this family-owned and operated company. Randy Jeffcoat Builders in Bluffton has been building custom homes locally for 35 years. “We never had to change the name, never ran into bankruptcy problems either (during the recession a few years ago),” said Rhett Jeffcoat, vice present of sales, marketing and estimating. His brother Trey serves as vice president of construction and oversees project managers and quality control, and their mom, Brenda, serves as office manage , controller and selections coordinator. “The name definitely helps it has some clout,” Rhett said. The company has 10 full-time employees. Family patriarch and company namesake Randy, whose father was also a builder, gets involved in all client dealings and relationships. “Overall, the personal attention is what sets us apart,” Rhett said. “When you meet us, you meet Randy; he’s in every meeting.” Randy, who founded his company 42 years ago in Columbia before moving his firm and family to Hilton H ad in 1980, built his business on three principles: “The experience you expect…the quality you deserve…a family you can trust.” “We emphasize the family business, the personal touch,” he said. “We take our clients under our wing,” most of whom utilize their full-service Design Build Program. Rhett believes construction quality is preserved because the company only builds 12-15 custom homes annually, from Spring Island to Palmetto Bluff to Bluffton and Hilton Head. “Our emphasis is on quality, there’s no substitute for quality, so at the end of the day, we’d rather build 10 or 15 homes rather than try

to bang out 30 homes because you lose that personal attention and quality starts to go out the window,” he added. “You could probably lose your reputation over 35 years in two weeks if you wanted to.” Their reputation is firmly intact because the company s peers recently voted them 2014 Premier Builder of the Year by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association. Most of the homes Randy Jeffcoat Builders construct are in the $500,000 to $3 million range in four architectural design styles, Rhett said: • Lowcountry. Rhett said the “Lowcountry look is on fi e” with its metal roofs, distinctive siding, shake shingles and large, wraparound porches, whether it be a rustic Lowcountry cottage or a transitional structure. This style can be found at Oldfield Plantation and Palmetto Bluff. • Mediterranean. Signature features are stucco and clay tile roofs, curved interior features and ceiling details in heavier darker tones. • French Country. This “elegant but rustic” design, found often in Colleton River Plantation, is generally more expensive than other designs because of stone in the exterior, wood beams inside, and the use of reclaimed materials. • The Hilton Head look. This design, hugely popular in the 1990s that’s enjoying a resurgence, showcases stucco, gable roofs, gable dormers and L-shaped garages. Check out this prevalent style at Indigo Run and Hampton Hall. Regardless of which architectural design a client chooses, nearly all of them want expanded outdoor living space with a working kitchen, fi e pits, water features and other amenities.

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Builders has built a lot of custom homes in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area over the past two decades…the milestone number of 300 looms in the near future. “We’ve stood the test of time, which speaks volumes,” said H2 ’ President Todd Hawk. “We build homes in all styles, sizes and which 2 0 14 contain client specific design details.” He credits his hand-picked team of (30 full-time) professionals for their dedication, talent, experience, attitude, and professionalism. We have a staff and team that can build anything, anywhere…We’re a very hands on builder. “We give the client a tremendous amount of attention, from a project coordinator, a J Banks designer, a project manager, and myself,” the Tennessee native said. ”There are a lot of hands touching the client…I am aware of everything going on at any given time.” This is all backed up by our long-term office support staff who work behind the scenes. Each of the 28+ custom homes H2 built last year in Beaufort and Jasper counties was meticulously crafted and transformed into reality from a collaborative vision. This is due entirely to the communication between his staff and the homeowners, to give each client an individual building experience they deserve. Listen, learn, exchange ideas, design, review and build. It’s a business model that has been wildly successful for H2 Builders since its founding in the low country twenty years ago. “Our clients kind of make a wish book with articles, pictures out of magazines and from websites, so we take all of that into consideration, when working closely with them on their home design from start to finish,” Hawk said, whose company is family-owned and operated. His wife of 24 years, Tracy Hawk, is president of marketing. The company’s Design/Build Program is a collaborative partnership between the client, builder, architect and designer. This team approach ensures efficiency, experience and strives to deliver homes ...”On Time, On Budget”. Additionally, H2 employs its own cabinet company, The Cabinet Gallery, which oversees custom cabinet designs for clients. H2 also is one of the rare builders that employ its own staff of highly skilled artisans who craft the interior trim, stone work, flooring installation and finish details. This in addition to the long standing relationships with subcontractors and vendors, consistently produce the “one of a kind” H2 quality that is so well known. H2’s custom homes dot the Lowcountry landscape in many architectural styles and are typically priced between $400,000 to $4 million+. “Hilton Head Island is really terrific for us right now,” Hawk said. In addition, H2 has current projects going in almost every large community on the island, off the island and beyond. “We’re focused more on that Lowcountry, coastal blend right now…transitional”…“Primarily, they’re doing away with the formal living room and dining room and having an open kitchen/great room plan…conducive for a family gathering together.” Hawk said. Other primary design styles appearing in H2’s considerable portfolio are the true Lowcountry look, paired with a more industrial interior featuring reclaimed wood beams and clean lines, a toned-down Mediterranean style, and classic H2 style HHI homes featuring stucco, stone and brick accents. The company also has been very busy with upscale renovations to modernize older homes. H2 Builders was named Small Business of the Year in 2009 by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, the only local builder to ever receive the honor, and has won countless local, state and national industry awards for building excellence. H2 was also honored to be the builder selected by ABC-TV to build a home in 7 days on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. H2 is also well known for giving back to the beautiful community in which we live. l ˆˇv op

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If you are a seller getting ready to put your house on the market, have you considered how to stage the property to attract online buyers? BY JEAN BECK


ccording to the National Association of Realtors’ new 2015 profile on home staging, 81 percent of respondents say a staged house is easier to visualize as a future home; 46 percent say they are more willing to walk through a home they viewed online; and 28 percent say they are more willing to overlook other faults with the property. While staging can help attract prospective buyers, Realtors say it can also bring in more money. The report found that Realtors believe staging increases a buyer’s perceived value of a home from 1 percent to 5 percent, according to 37 percent of Realtors representing sellers and 32 percent of Realtors representing buyers. The top four most important rooms to be staged include the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and dining room. Staging and decluttering will assist in getting your home sold, but it is also important that you secure your home for the selling process — after all, strangers will be walking through your home. Realtors do everything possible to interview prospective buyers and take all precautions, but you can help to elevate temptation. Sellers should hide or remove any valuables, including jewelry, crystal, art and credit cards. Prescription drugs should also be removed or put into a

locked location. Don’t leave personal information like mail or bills out in the open where anyone can see it. Be sure to lock down your computer, laptop and/or tablets and remove easyto-pocket electronics. Sellers should not show their homes by themselves, and children should be reminded not to talk to strangers who might approach them about the house. The selling process can be stressful for your pets, too, as people come in and out of their “territory.” If possible, animals percent of should be removed during showings. respondents Work with your Realtor to prepare say a staged your home to safely sell, stage and close house is your property. easier to If you are buying or selling, be sure to ask if your agent is a Realtor and a memvisualize as a ber of the Hilton Head Area Association future home of Realtors. M


Jean Beck is the executive vice president of the Hilton Head Island Association of Realtors. March 2015 105

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STEPS FROM THE GOLD COAST of Hilton Head Island and its white sugar sand beaches – located in Palmetto Dunes Resort on a 3rd row corner lot. Close but not too close to all the happenings at the Marriott, Omni, the Tennis Center and Jones Golf Course and clubhouse. Palmetto Dunes Resort is in the heart of all Hilton Head Island has to offer and the Palmetto Dunes Beach Buggy will take you to Shelter Cove for shopping, dining and Island activities. 1 Brigantine is an 8 Bedroom, 7 Bath home with multi indoor and outdoor living areas. The private 2-level pool is a focal point and features tiki bar seating, wading area and waterfall surrounded by expansive decking and a covered outdoor kitchen. High smooth ceilings, Saturnia floors, granite tops, 3 car garage, 4 outdoor balconies. 1 Brigantine offers an outstanding rental property, 2nd or private home where generational family memories will be made. $2,095,000

WEXFORD PLANTATION. One of Hilton Head Island’s finest communities. For boaters the Wexford Harbor is just off Broad Creek and easy access to the ICW. Golf Course has recently been redesigned. Tennis at Wexford is first class. This 4 Bedroom 4.5 Bath home has been totally redone with travertine and hand scraped wood floors, high smooth ceilings with exposed beams, a chef’s kitchen with granite. Beautiful view of the 8th fairway. Close to beach, shopping and dining. $1,050,000

WINDMILL HARBOUR. Heated and cooled workshop, hobby room, storage room and 3+ car garage. This Lowcountry style home has many features – 5 BR, 5 BA, 5000+ sq ft, 15’ ground elevation, very energy efficient in structure and operation. Smooth ceilings, teak floors, geothermal heat pumps. Just steps from the harbor. A 60’ slip could be purchased. Comfort, energy efficient, environmentally friendly, low maintenance, and outstanding Lowcountry design.

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SUNSET/WATERWAY VIEWS. Magnificent moss draped oaks and vistas up Skull Creek and the Port Royal Sound to the Broad River Bridge. 3 or 4 bedroom, library, 2 offices, 2nd floor family room, tons of storage and a hobby room. Open floor plan flows to the pool deck, covered terrace and two lower decks. Views abound from almost every room. Homesite is an oversized patio with a private open space. $1,250,000

ENJOY THE SUNSETS over Skull Creek. This Hilton Head Plantation home has it all. 4 BR home features an elevator which allows for the master suite to be on the 2nd floor with its outstanding views. Other features include formal LR & DR, 1st floor Office plus and eat-in Kitchen and Family Room. The rear deck is expansive and has room under for Kayak storage. Short distance to the Country Club of Hilton Head clubhouse with its indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, dining, health club and golf course. $795,000

CONVENIENT LOCATION, CONVENIENT LIFESTYLE - Unique understated courtyard home with its private courtyard pool. Just a short distance to the boat docks along Skull Creek and fantastic sunsets over the water. Also very close to the Country Club of Hilton Head.This 3 BR, 2.5 BA Hilton Head Plantation home has a split bedroom floorplan with a 1st floor master and two up, formal LR & DR, Den, 2 car Garage, high smooth ceilings and wood floors.This home is a “10!” $549,500




OYSTER REEF GOLF CLUB’S 4TH FAIRWAY and lagoon view, short distance to the Port Royal Sound and located in the heart of Hilton Head Plantation on a cul de sac street. This 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home offers views and values. There is a formal Living Room & Dining Room, an open Kitchen/Family Room, 2 car side entry Garage, cathedral and tray ceilings. Great curb appeal and mature landscaping. $428,500

A LANDMARK HOME along the 10th fairway of the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Plantation. Panoramic golf view from the main living area, also fantastic sunsets with a glimpse of Skull Creek. Short distance to the CC of HH clubhouse, the dock on the ICW and Spring Lake Rec area. 3 Bedrooms or 2 and a Den, living and dining room with wood floors, large eat-in Kitchen, main level and lower level den, 3 ½ baths, Screened porch and more. One owner home.







ED U R OUTSTANDING GOLF AND LAGOON VIEW. Cool breezes off Shell Creek make this Hilton Head Plantation home pretty neat. Located behind the 11th tee of the Country Club of Hilton Head, a par 3, with views of the entire hole, stately moss draped oaks and a lagoon. 3 Bedroom, 1st Floor Master with bedrooms upstairs, 2.5 Bath, Formal Living Room & Dining Room plus updated Kitchen and Family Room. High smooth ceilings, 2-car garage and 2nd row waterway. View, Convenient Location, andValue. $487,000

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MAJESTIC MOSS DRAPED OAK, 16th Fairway, close to Spring Lake Recreation Area, Skull Creek Waterway, CC of Hilton Head clubhouse and easy access to the Cypress entrance of Hilton Head Plantation. Fantastic sunsets. 3 Bedrooms, 4 full Bathroom home on a quiet culde-sac. Formal Living and Dining Room, updated Kitchen with granite tops. Eat-in Kitchen opens to the Family Room. 2 car garage plus an open and covered rear patio. $449,000

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LONG VISTAS over the Marshes of Fish Haul Creek all the way to the Port Royal Sound. Birds and wildlife activity abound. Nestled under a canopy of stately moss draped live oaks on a private cul-de-sac a one of a kind oversized homesite. Port Royal is the only private ocean front Hilton Head Island community and the beach is only a short distance from 4 Hartford Place. 4 BR, 4.5 Bth, private pool, heart pine flooring, Savannah gray brick accents, formal living and dining room, eat-in kitchen/family room/Carolina room, 4th bedroom has private guest quarters with fireplace, 3 car garage, 4 fireplaces, wet bar and more. Welcome home to Southern Ambience at its best.




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

NEW KITCHEN AND BATHS in this large, open home located an a private wooded lot in The Crescent. This 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath home include wood floors in the main living areas, new carpet in the Bedrooms, new granite, appliances and light fixtures in the Kitchen, new addition large brick paver patio in the back and new HVAC in 2011 with a 10 yr warranty. Centrally located to everything that Bluffton and Hilton Head have to offer. $497,000






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LOVELY DOGWOOD model overlooking the golf course. Hardwood floors throughout, hard surface counters in the eat-in-kitchen and a covered porch overlooking the golf course. The large master bedroom includes a bay window and a large walk-in closet.The bath has double vanities, a separate shower and soaking tub. Dining area and a den off of the great room. Sun City has three golf courses, tennis courts, community center and is close to shopping and dining. $340,000

WONDERFUL private end of a cul de sac with a large wooded backyard and setting.There is open space to the front and back of the property - Great Location for a tree fort or a kids touch football game. This Palmetto Hall Lowcountry home features an updated granite kitchen/family room, 3 BR plus a large Bonus Room/Hobby Room, 3.5 baths, high smooth ceilings, wood floors, two-car garage, screened porch, fireplace and more. $438,750

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to own an acreage on Hilton Head Island overlooking marsh to deep water. There is a possibility to subdivide the 5 acres into multiple homesites with two of those being marshfront. Drive by and scout out this great Bank Owned property. $399,900

A GREAT WAY TO OWN a get-a-way at the Hilton Head Island Beach. Just steps from the ocean and in Coligny Plaza with its dining, shopping, night life and music. The oceanfront pool complex is outstanding. There is covered parking. This 1st floor one bedroom villas which can sleep 6 is turnkey ready. All you need to do is bring your toothbrush, bathing suit and some suntan lotion. $178,500


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NEAR THE SCHOOLS and all Hilton Head Island has to offer. Quick bike ride to the shops and restaurants of Main Street and Festival Center at Indigo Run.The Marsh Side complex is not only conveniently located, it has it all - pool, tennis, workout room. K-18 is one of the popular loft floor plans, but this one also has a tranquil marsh view. Newer HVAC, appliances, high ceiling, fireplace, full sized washer and dryer and extra storage outside. $94,500

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TOP FLOOR UNIT with screened in balcony overlooking the tennis courts. This unit is being sold fully furnished and has a newer HVAC and newer refrigerator. The Spa is located on the Port Royal Sound and has many amenities including 24 hour security, indoor pool, fitness center and two outdoor pools. $76,900

2-STORY, Great Room home with a screened porch overlooking a lagoon. This home features hardwood floors in the Great Room and Dining Room and tile floors in the eat in Kitchen. Other features include a large Master Suite with double vanities and separate shower, also, double vanities in the guest bath and an unfinished Bonus Room. Alston Park features a community pool and community clubhouse with fitness center. It is centrally located to Beaufort and Savannah. $249,000


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22-204 Bridgepointe Condominiums

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A fantastic value on this fully furnished renovated top floor 1 bedroom across the street from the beach. Located in the heart of South Forest Beach Xanadu has had a total facelift! Everything has been updated: the building, elevators, roof, windows, doors, name it! Xanadu even has a gated parking lot w/key fob entry to each building. Offered for $137,500.


Great opportunity to purchase a furnished 3 bedroom villa in Bluffton under 150k! A superb layout on this one level 3 bedroom flat w/smooth ceilings, large bedrooms and tons of closet space. Elevators make this 2nd floor villa a perfect fit. This unit has a nice screened in balcony with private wooded views. Offered for $145,000.



9 Bob Cat Lane

Wow what an amazing villa! This 2 bedroom 1st floor END unit w/extra bay window w/granite tops, stainless appliances, wood flooring/tile flooring and a large deck overlooking the lagoon and fountain. Tanglewood has newer hardy plank exterior, newer pella slider/windows and newer exterior paint.....It’s all been finished for you! Professionally decorated w/upscale furnishings you will not find a more move in ready villa. Located across from the beach, near Coligny Plaza w/tons of shopping and dining. Only $225,000. Deep Water 2 acre estate sized lot located in the gated community of Spanish Pointe. Beautifully treed with endless views of the Intracoastal Waterway to the May River complete with gorgeous trees. Surrounded by multi-million dollar homes, now is a great time to purchase a super lot then build your future dream home. Need a place for a boat, this is a great lot to add a private dock. Offered for sale at $975,000.

Unbelievable 4 Bedroom 2006 built home w/ beautiful sweeping golf & lagoon views of #1 and #9 of the Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation. This house has so many special features including: Custom kitchen w/ granite counters, stainless appliances, Brazilian Cherry floors, gorgeous slate tile, tons of custom molding, smooth ceilings, fireplace, and more! Best of all this is now a full size lot, owners bought the space next door AND the huge walk in attic could be 2 more rooms. Offered for $599,900.


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Gorgeous 3rd floor villa with stunning views of Broad Creek! This 2 bedroom / 2 bath flat is move in ready, with custom paint, brand new carpet and cleaned to perfection! Located on the south end of the Island close to Palmetto Bay, the cross Island, bike baths and the beach! This is a super value, even new roofs in 2014! Offered for $169,000.

One of the most stunning golf views you have ever seen, the minute you enter the front door! Total renovation on this one level 3 bedroom/3 full bath home in Sea Pines Plantation. Custom kitchen w/stainless apps, granite counter tops, gorgeous hard wood/stone flooring. Unbelievable master bathroom w/walk in tile shower. Open kitchen to family and living areas w/dual sided fireplace and tremendous ceiling height w/floor to ceiling windows showing all of the views. New A/C & Heat Pump units. New water heater. Walk down the 9th fairway to the first tee at Sea Pines Country Club. Offered for sale at $599,900.


306C Palmetto Bay Marina Village

85 Club Course Drive


This is your golden opportunity to purchase a 1 bedroom with views of Broad Creek for a great price! This villa even comes with a covered parking space and storage unit. Offered for $150,000, this is a short sale and must have 3rd party approval.

One of the lowest priced homes in Sea Pines, this is your opportunity to own in Hilton Head Island’s most popular community. Nearly 1,900 heated square feet, this spacious 2-BR, 2-BA home includes a loft area that can easily be used as a 3rd BR, den or home office. Property has just been re-carpeted and painted. Tons of potential for $269,900.


1422 Brighton Bay Villas

Fantastic opportunity to purchase a beautiful well cared for 3 bedroom one level home w/such a great layout! As you pull in the drive way you will see what curb appeal is all about. A large open living area w/vaulted ceilings opening up to the screened in porch and huge back deck! Light and bright w/a super eat in kitchen, so much natural light too. Being offered for $269,000.

34 Pearl Reef Lane

An opportunity to purchase a golf view lot located in the desirable Oyster Reef Crossing sub division in Hilton Head Plantation. Lot is situated at the end of a cul de sac, well treed with privacy and views. Even better, the sellers have plans to build a beautiful home specifically designed for this lot they would be willing to include with an acceptable offer. Tree & Topo Survey included. All under $150,000.

We have worked with Rick Saba for several years in buying and selling rental property. Rick is always deeply cognizant of what is happening in the real estate market and sensitive to his client’s needs. He always has sound advice on what is a good buy or what is a proper price for a particular sale. Customer satisfaction always comes first before any of his personal financial considerations. His contemporaries hold him in high regard. He is upright and honest in every detail, diligent, extremely friendly and a person we always look forward in contacting. — Chuck and Cynthia Masalin Sun City

Rick Saba

Carolina Realty Group (843) 683-4701 • 2009 Realtor® of the Year Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors® 2005 President Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors®

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

Ann Webster

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

Betty Hemphill (c) 843-384-2919

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

63 BAYNARD COVE – Spectacular sunsets over the marshes out to Calibogue Sound from this private estate. Own approx. 1 acre of privacy in Sea Pines; 4 bedroom home with new, top of the line kitchen, heated pool, 3 fireplaces, and 3 car garage. One of a kind! $1,999,999

SOUTH BEACH LANE – SEA PINES – Distinctive home on .576 acres viewing Audubon Pond 6th row ocean. Five bed/6 bath plus office, huge screened outdoor entertainment area heated pool/spa/waterfall. Over 5000 heated sq ft. $2,100,000

23 TABBY ROAD – Port Royal. Incredible marsh views with creek running thru it from this 3BR/2B home. Hardwood floors, master with FP. 3 decks, elevator, new eat-in kitchen. $599,000

28 BAYNARD COVE – A fabulous,new (2007) quality -built home with 5 bedrooms, stone floors, gourmet kitchen, heated pool/spa and 5 min walk to beach. Over $100k in rental projections. $1,699,000

66 DUNE LANE – FOREST BEACH – Southern styles newer 5 BR/5 BA home with wide verandas taking advantage of ocean views and breezes. Enclosed pool, billard room tiki bar area. Fun vacation home or rental property with over $100,000 in rental income. $1,595,000 fully furn.

29 BAYNARD PARK – SEA PINES – Marsh & deep water views from this Kermit Huggins designed 6 BR, 5.5 BA home & guest house. Private pool. Heated spa & new dock. $1,850,000

7 SEASIDE SPARROW — A charming 3rd row beach house with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, private heated pool, screened porch and views of Sprunt Pond. Excellent rental history and fully furnished for $1,245,000.

13 WREN – Five minute walk to the beach from this charming completely remodeled 3 plus den/2 bath with heated pool, large screen porch, one car gar home with good rental history. $795,000 Furnished.

2532 GLENEAGLE GREEN – Enjoy the best seat at the Heritage Golf Tournament from the deck of this fully renovated 3 br/3 ba villa. $515,000 furnished.

SEA PINES – RED MAPLE – Great opportunity to be on fabulous lot overlooking lagoon and 12th fairway of Heron Point Course. Located on quiet cul de sac street steps to bike trail to the beach. Remodeled cottage with rental history. $849,000 Furn.


6 PRINCETON CIRCLE – PORT ROYAL – Light & bright 3BR, 3BA home just steps away from the beach! First floor master, living room w/ vaulted ceilings & fireplace, large eat-in kitchen, charming patio and 2- car garage. $549,000


Charming Low Country style home in popular “Rookery”. 1 min. walk to “Rookery” pool. 3BR/3BA,Carolina room, FP w. brick chimney. 1-car garage. $309,000

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION - “Homes by Marshside”. Fall 2015 Completion . 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths + Study. Double Fairway View. $739,000

ELEGANT HOME. Ultimate outdoor living space. 18th, 17th and Lagoon in the Golf Club. 4 Bedrooms and 3.5 Baths. $725,000

BEAUTIFUL LAGOON/GOLF VIEW. 4 bedroom and 4.5 bathroom. Large Study/Den. $689,000

RIVER CLUB. Used only as a 2nd home. Panoramic lagoon view. 4 Bedrooms or 3 Bedrooms + Bonus Room, 3 Full Baths. $675,000





BEAUTIFUL HOME overlooking a pool w/ Kentucky fieldstone decking + lagoon/fairway view. 3 BR’s, 3.5 BA’s + Study. $659,000

CUSTOM BUILT CLASSIC LowCountry home. 4 Bedrooms + Bonus Room and 3.5 Baths. Lagoon view. $629,000

ELEGANT DESIGNER Decorated Cambridge built home. Sophisticated appointments throughout this 4 BR + Study-Library and 4.5 BA’s. $595,000

SPACIOUS Great Room style home overlooking the par 3 #8 hole + lagoon. 4 BR’s or 3 BR’s + Bonus Room. Carolina Room. $579,900





FABULOUS TOWNHOMES across from the CCHH. 3 Bedrooms and 3.5 Baths. Prices starting at $479,000

PANORAMIC VIEW of Bear Lake. Beautiful updated home overlooking free form pool. 3 Bedrooms and 3 Full Baths. $459,000

BEST VALUE 4 BR Home. Secluded corner lot w/open space opening to a lagoon view. Carolina Room + incredible Screened Porch. $449,000

CLOSE TO THE PORT ROYAL SOUND. Used only as a 2nd Home. 3 Bedrooms and 2.5 Baths. $429,000





SOUGHT AFTER CHARTWELL MODEL. 4 Bedrooms and 3 Baths. Seller will consider leaseback. $359,000

BEAUTIFUL SUNSET VIEWS! 3rd Floor Villa w/a view of Skull Creek + Intracoastal Waterway. 2 BR, 2 BA villa + offered Furnished. $310,000

SPACIOUS “Magnolia” 2 BR, 2 BA floor plan + 2 car garage. Private location - used only as a second home. $255,000

HAMILTON VILLA. Great permanent or 2nd home. 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths + Deck. $229,000




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1ST FLOOR FIDDLERS COVE VILLA. Walk to the beach. 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths. $126,000

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RENOVATED 2 Bedroom Townhouse on the north end. Great Permanent home or long term rental. $65,000

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8131 Wendover Dunes – Perfect location and spacious split bedroom floorplan with 3 expansive bedrooms and 3 large baths offering plenty of privacy. Open kitchen overlooks the dining area and great room. Listen to the waves from your wraparound screen porch! The beach is just a 5 minute walk. Gross rentals over $40,000/year. $699,500


35 Water Oak Villa – Beautifully renovated 2BR/3BA villa plus sleeping loft! All newly renovated…smooth ceilings, new bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, and more! Lovely patio just steps to the pool and only 1000 steps to Palmetto Dunes Beach! $289,900

Folly Field

100 Island Club Villa – First floor - 2 BR/2 BA with tranquil lagoon views! Beautifully updated throughout with granite countertops, smooth ceilings, plantation shutters, and more! Island Club amenities include 3 swimming pools, 9 tennis courts, 24 hour security, and all just steps to the beach...what could be more inviting? $299,000

Palmetto Dunes

1753 St. Andrews – Enjoy relaxing golf views from your private patio. True 2 BR/2 BA all on one level. Desirable split bedroom floor plan, fabulous pool, and just a bike ride to the beach and all of Palmetto Dunes world class amenities. Excellent Rentals! $289,900

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any members of the community attended the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Fire & Ice-themed gala at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.

Ray Warco receives the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award.

Memory Matters was named Organization of the Year. Sea Pines Resort won the John Curry Tourism Award.

Michele Quigley receives hugs and the Educator of the Year Award.

Suzi Oliver was named Zonta Woman of the Year.

Charter One Realty presented Fellowship of Christian Athletes area director Paul Cifaldi with a $10,000 check. From left is Tom Reed, Richard MacDonald, Charles Sampson, James Wedgeworth, Cifaldi, Dick Patrick, Richard Reed and Andy Reed.

Pet of the Month: Target is 9 months old and just 13 pounds. He is not expected to weigh much more than 25 pounds fully grown. He’s a shy little thing, so he would do best in a home without children. For more information on Target or any of the animals at the Hilton Head Humane Association, call 843-681-8686 or visit www.hhhumane. org.

Parker’s president and CEO Greg Parker, left, presented Beaufort County School District board chairman Bill Evans with a check for $10,000 as part of the convenience store company’s Fueling the Community donation.

LEFT: Hilton Head Christian Academy headmaster Dr. Daniel Wesche accepts a scholarship check from Olga Lisinska of Palmetto Kids First. State House Rep. Jeff Bradley and state Sen. Tom Davis were also there. RIGHT: In the first ever “Spiritual Emphasis Week,” Hilton Head Christian Academy students served over 500 hours in community service projects. “The students have done a great job going out into the community and loving people well for Christ,” pastor Doug Langhals said. 128

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he 19th annual Gullah Celebration was a smashing success, attracting more than 15,000 people throughout the month-long celebration. These images were captured by photographer Faith Seiders.

Front row, from left: Stephanie Jamison, Susan Doubles and Bill Wiley. Back row: Jeff Norkus, Jerry Manuel, former NFL MVP Ken Anderson and Tom Reed. CAROLINA SNAPSHOT SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

The Palmetto Electric Trust presented a $50,000 check to the Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation. Pictured from left are Berl Davis, Mary Lee Carns, Dr. Vicki Leitz, Joan Heyward and Dr. Richard Gough.

The ribbon cutting for Carolina Tavern took place at their Bluffton Road location in Bluffton.

John Montes crosses the ďŹ nish line to win the 2015 Hilton Head Half Marathon in a time of 1:15:43.

The ribbon cutting for Indigo Spa at Hilton Head Health.

Hilton Head Rotary club president Andrea Siebold, Major Tatterson, Patricia Worth and club past president Paul Walter. The club presented Habitat for Humanity a $67,000 check and committed to building a home in The Glen. March 2015 129

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Hilton Head Island Wine + Food Festival Photos by Rob Kaufman

Saturday, March 14: Guests come from all over the country to participate in the public tasting, the showcase event of this wildly popular week-long island festival. More on page 139

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SOBA’s 21st annual Judged Show: The Society of Bluffton Artists will be hosting the 21st annual Member Judged Show from March 2 through April 4. There will be a reception and presentation of awards from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The public is invited. 843-757-6586 or sobagallery. com


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Arts with Heart: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Seahawk Cultural Center. The Seahawk Theater Guild, in partnership with the Miss Hilton Head Island Organization, will present a new event to support the theatre department at HHIHS and raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. Tickets are $40; $20 for students., 843689-4997.

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All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour floral art exhibit: The 2015 All

Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour will host an exhibit of original works of art inspired by gardens through March 20 in the first floor main corridor of Hilton Head Hospital, located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard on Hilton Head Island. The exhibit can be visited daily from 8:30 a.m. through 8:30 p.m.

The 21st annual William P. Stevens Jr. Pro-Am Classic will benefit Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island. Golf registration is open for $250 per person, which includes the post tournament reception. Guests are invited to join the awards celebration for $35 per guest. 843-689-6612 or



Beaufort’s Historic Commons: An art event featuring the award-winning artwork of Sonja Griffin Evans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at 712 Congress Street in Beaufort. A one-day gallery show and open house celebrating the history of this historic cottage and the cultural art of an award-winning Gullah artist.


21st annual Pro-Am Golf Classic: 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, Moss Creek Plantation Devils Elbow South Course.

20th annual Hilton Head Shamrock Run: 8 a.m. Saturday, March 14, Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head Island. The fun and colorful 5K Run & Health Walk will start in front of New York City Pizza at Heritage Plaza and finish at Coligny Plaza. Officials encourage everyone to run in green. or 843-757-8520.


40th Annual Dr. Alligator Golf Tournament for Breast Cancer: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, Wexford Golf Club. Supported by the Lowcountry Women’s Golf Association and the Hospital Auxiliary of Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital, BOOC and Bluffton Medical


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H 14: ARTS with Heart ... March 21: Beauf Campus. Entry includes continental breakfast, golf, prizes and lunch following play. Net proceeds support women’s health awareness and breast cancer programs. $125 per player. 843-836-3725,


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JDRF Palmetto third annual Walk to Cure Diabetes: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Hilton Head Preparatory School. More than 500 walkers representing local businesses, families, schools and other organizations are expected to participate in the JDRF Palmetto 3rd annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. hiltonheadwalk.

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Salty Dog Kids Shamrock Hunt: 10 a.m., Saturday, March 14, Salty Dog Café. Kids 12 and younger are invited to find four leaf clovers redeemable for free Salty Dog T-shirts, prizes and treats. Plus, there’s Jake the Salty Dog, children’s activities and a special Irish lunch. 843671-SEAS,

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Wingfest: 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 20; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Shelter Cove Park. There will be many activities such as a kids zone, rock-climbing wall and bungee jump. All event proceeds go to the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association’s Children’s Scholarship Fund, where no child is denied recreation opportunities.


Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, First Presbyterian Church,

Hilton Head Island. The event is free and includes age-appropriate egg hunts, storytelling, refreshments and photos. The egg hunt will be preceded by a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. to benefit the youth fellowship. The cost is $6 for the pancake breakfast. 843-6813696 or


Oyster Roast: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Shag the night away with City Lights, playing the best of rhythm and blues, rock and roll and of course beach music. Make it the last oyster roast of the season. $5; food and drink purchased separately.

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Dolphin and Nature Cruises: The Coastal Discovery Museum will start its spring cruises March 4. A museum docent will be onboard as you cruise along the waters and salt marshes of Broad Creek. The cruises go out at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $19 for adults and $13 for children ages 1 to 12. Reservations are required. 843-6896767, ext. 223.


Lowcountry Snakes: 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Coastal Discovery Museum. Tony Mills, the education director for the LowCountry Institute, will cover the natural history of many snakes commonly found in the Lowcountry. From the venomous rattlesnakes to colorful milk snakes, our region is home to numerous species that play essential rules in our ecosystem. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext 223.


Congregation Beth Yam black-tie Gala Dance and Auction: 6-11 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, Omni Oceanfront Resort. Honoring Betsy Doughtie, executive director of The Deep Well Project. There will be dinner and dancing in addition to an auction. The auction will include both live bidding and a silent auction for an extensive range of exciting and attractive items such as travel packages, dining experiences, sports and cultural events, original art, jewelry, wine, clothing and a variety of sports memorabilia. Admission will be $95 per person, and each person is required to bring six canned food items that will go to The Deep Well Project. Reservations are required. For more information, go to March 2015 131

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Read Across America Day: 1-4 p.m., Friday, March 6, University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Gateway Campus. Free admission, books and goodies for students in prekindergarten through third grade. Open to the public. Tour Historic Fort Mitchel: The Coastal Discovery Museum and the Heritage Library will offer guided tours of Historic Fort Mitchel at 10 a.m. Friday mornings starting March 6 and continuing through November. Cost is $12 per person for adults and $7 for children ages 6-12; no children younger than 6 are permitted. For more information, call 843-689-6767 or go to


“ACE Basin, One of the Last Great Places:” 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, Coastal Discovery Museum. The ACE Basin is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries along the Atlantic Coast. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.


“The Gullah People and Culture”: 10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 24, Heritage Library. This presentation will discuss how the Gullah people came to Hilton Head and the current efforts to save their culture and history for future generations. $5. For details, call 843686-6560 or email info@heritagelib. org.

Audubon Newhall Preserve walks: 10 a.m. Thursdays, Hilton Head Island. The Hilton Head Audubon Society is conducting guided walks at the Audubon Newhall Preserve on Palmetto Bay Road on Thursdays in March, April and May (weather permitting). 651-491-1851.

Broad Creek Cleanup: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Hosted by the Outside Foundation. Call Outside Hilton Head at 843-686-6996 to reserve a kayak for use free of charge, or volunteers may bring their own kayaks. Powerboats are also welcome.


Ellie’s Army second annual Poker Run: Noon on Saturday, March 14, Low Country Harley-Davidson, North Charleston. Ellie’s Army was formed to raise awareness of spinal muscular atrophy. Ellison Grace, the daughter of Jonathan and Megan Burns, was diagnosed with SMA in December 2012. SMA is an extremely rare motor neuron disease that affects voluntary muscles used for crawling, walking, neck control and swallowing. Registration is $15 per bike, $10 per extra poker hand and $5 per passenger. Lunch will be provided.


History Day: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, Coastal Discovery Museum. Get an in-person, on-the-spot grasp of the history of Hilton Head Island. You can ride a bus to more than a dozen historic sites, with a hop-on/hop-off bus tour of each location. There’ll be children’s programs as well. It’s all part of History Day, presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Heritage Library, along with various other cultural organizations on Hilton Head. Sites on the tour include several historic forts, Green’s Shell Enclosure, the freedom village Mitchelville, the Gullah Museum, historic churches and Simmons Fishing Camp. A full list can be found at Starting at 10 a.m. March 28, buses will leave every half hour from the museum’s free parking area at Honey Horn. A knowledgeable guide will be aboard each bus and other guides will show you through the activities at each site. The charge for the entire tour is $10; $5 for children ages 4-12. Advance tickets can be bought at event-calendar. 132

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on’t miss the eighth annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation and presented by Hilton Head Monthly and The weeklong festival will be held March 1-7. With a variety of events, the festival has something for just about every seafood lover. And you can feel even better about noshing and imbibing because festival proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, MD Anderson Cancer Research Center and the American Cancer Society. Admission is $6 and is free for kids younger than 10. Attendees can purchase food and drink tickets at the entrance and redeem them at the various booths. Also, you could enter to win a VIP package to the event. The Chamber is offering a special culinary weekend getaway contest to one lucky winner, complete with a complimentary hotel room at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, tickets to Seafood Fest and a swag bag filled with goodies. To enter, visit Here’s a breakdown of the week’s events:


Kickoff Fish Fry and Oyster Roast: 3-7 p.m. Those looking to broaden their seafood horizons will be rewarded with plenty of options, starting with the kickoff event at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Live music from local band Cranford Hollow, fried fish, fire pit, fun and games and a River Dog Brewing Co. Tap Takeover.


Reception and dinner: 6:30 p.m. cocktail and appetizer reception, 7 p.m. chef collaboration dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar and Tyler Lyne of Cloud Catering and Events of New York City. One of the most exclusive local culinary events of the year, this collaboration dinner pairs two renowned chefs to prepare a seven-course feast with unbelievable wine pairings.


Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Two of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, will treat lucky islanders to a 2-hour excursion complete with shrimping, oystering, clamming and crabbing. After the work is done, guests will have their catch prepared at Hudson’s and will enjoy the fruits of their labor.


Michael Anthony’s Wine Dinner Featuring Shell Ring Oysters: 6:30 p.m. Led by executive chef Chris Johnson, Michael Anthony’s culinary team offers an exquisite four-course menu of Italian regional delights featuring shell ring oysters and paired with featured wines.


A Fisherman’s Guide to Seafood in our Lowcountry Restaurants: 3-4 p.m. David Harter leads an enlightening lecture on the best seafood to order for your palette, your health and your wallet when dining at our local restaurants and buying fish at our distributors.


Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The week culminates with the headlining event. Held at Shelter Cove Community Park, this familyfriendly fete features area restaurants and chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, Kids Zone, silent auction, crab races, arts and crafts booths and more. There also will be three bands — The Headliners, DeasGuyz and Zach Deputy — to keep you entertained and dancing throughout the day. March 2015 133

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Cooks & Books: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Palmetto Dunes. This event is a triple threat of fun: great food, friendly competition and the opportunity to meet and greet your favorite Lowcountry authors and purchase signed editions of their books. Some of the area’s best restaurants will provide free samples of their most popular dishes. The signature Sunday afternoon event will also feature 17 Southern authors who will be on hand to talk with fans and sign books. Tickets to the festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and include unlimited tastings, access to the authors and the chef’s competition and the opportunity to vote for your favorite tasting in “The Peoples’ Choice” contest. For details, go to


St. Baldrick’s Day: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, March 14, Hilton Head Island Mellow Mushroom. Joe DiNovo of Joe’s Barbershop will lead the team of barbers shaving the heads of the Hilton Head area men, women and children, encouraging the community to support their action by making donations to their team. In addition to the headshaving, the event will feature a proclamation from Mayor David Bennett, a silent auction and live music. 843-476-4768,


Power of the Purse: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Oldfield Clubhouse. The Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of the Lowcountry will hold its second annual “Power Of The Purse” fundraising event. The event will feature dinner and drinks, music by Amanda Brewer and a silent auction featuring designer purses, dinner packages, resort destination packages and other valuable items. All proceeds from the event will help fund the Women’s Leadership Council’s “Breaking Barriers to Education” fund. 843-982-3040,


“Your Amazing Brain”: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 12, Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort. Keynote address by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, author of “Save Your Brain.” The address will be followed by the program “Unforgettable” by Sean Conlon. Conlon possesses an extraordinarily rare ability called highly superior autobiographical memory. There are only about 100 people in the world who

have this condition. He can recall almost every detail on any given date of his life. There will also be a mini Brain Booster class, a book signing by Nussbaum and more than 25 health and wellness vendors. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Tickets are $65 per person. 843-842-6688.


Healthy Kitchen Showcase Package: Hilton Head Health is offering hands-on healthy cooking classes in its Healthy Kitchen. Each week, Healthy Kitchen executive chef Karla Williams, with help from assistant chef Carrie Adams, plans and hosts a plethora of events ranging from cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, themed dinner events and more. 866-648-4280 or www.


Lowcountry Home & Garden Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 20-22, Buckwalter Recreation Center. The show features hundreds of local home and garden experts ready to provide you the insight and inspiration needed to renovate, decorate and landscape your home. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 843-681-9240, www.

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Parade of Homes tour: The region’s finest homes and communities are on display. Learn about the area’s builders and communities, get to know their styles and features, and come away with new ideas at the 2015 Parade of Homes tour, presented by the Hilton Head Area


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The Herb Society of Hilton Head Spring Sale: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28 at Pineland Station, 278 Matthews Drive. Products include French Market bean soup, curry, bouquet garni, potted herbs and more. All profits from the sale are donated to local charities. 843682-3839.


Rent-A-Master Gardener: The Lowcountry Master Gardener Association is pleased to offer to homeowners its members’ gardening expertise through its Rent-A-Master Gardener program. For $50, a team of Clemsontrained Master Gardeners will make a one-time house call to the property, answer the homeowners’ questions, and provide guidance on good gardening practices and plant selection. www., 650-400-7231.


Camera Club of Hilton Head Island: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, All Saints Episcopal Church, Hilton Head Island. Guest speaker: Sue Jarrett was a newspaper photographer then a sport photographer for 10 years. Now she has turned her focus to wildlife and landscape photography. She will be discussing her focus on wildlife, settings on your camera for moving wildlife and stopped and flying birds. Free. www.


Peter Nero: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist, Peter Nero is known for his virtuoso piano playing and exciting conducting, ranging from classical concert repertoire to straight-ahead jazz. The New York Times called Nero “a polished, skillful and imaginative pianist.” $100. 843-842-ARTS or




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Liberal Men of the Lowcountry: Noon, Wednesday, March 11, the Golf Club at Indigo Run. The speaker will be research scientist Dave Desjardins presenting on “The Odds of Major/ Catastrophic Climate Change.” If interested, you must contact Richard Hammes at 847-921-8188. Palmetto Quilt Guild monthly meeting: 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort. Nancy Prince, nationally known thread painting expert, award-winning quilter and author, will be the speaker. Guests are welcome for a $5 visit fee. Come early and socialize. For more information, visit

“This Joint is Jumpin’”: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Hilton Head High School’s Seahawk Cultural Center. The Hilton Head Shore Notes a cappella chorus proudly presents “This Joint is Jumpin’,” a musical revue under the direction of Faye McLanahan. Tickets to the show are $20. hhsn2015show. ,, 843-705-6852. 2015 Hilton Head International Piano Competition: The world-class piano competition holds its 20th competition. Twenty of the world’s best pianists, ages 13-17, will compete in three rounds of competition for $18,000 in prizes, including a summer scholarship and concerts. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, rounds will be held at the Arts Center of Coastal


“Vive La Paris”: 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, First Presbyterian Church. Join the Hilton Head Choral Society as it presents the songs of Paris with “Vive La Paris” Musical Masterworks concert. Tickets are $30 for preferred seating and $25 for general admission. 843-341-3818,

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Carolina. Times vary. On Saturday, the final day of competition will be held at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. 843842-2055,

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The Celtic Tenors: 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The Celtic Tenors have captivated audiences throughout the UK, Europe and the U.S. since their arrival on the music scene in 2000. What began as three very talented friends gathering on the operatic stage has exploded into an international recording and touring phenomenon that transcends the trio’s classical roots and embraces folk, Irish and pop, fostering a fresh and invigorating style. The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. $61. 843-842-ARTS or www.


“Rising Stars” Youth Arts Festival: Saturday, March 14, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. See the next generation of Lowcountry talent when the arts center and the Island School Council of the Arts team up to celebrate National Youth Arts month. The arts center stage will once again be the venue for the second annual talent show, “Rising Stars.” In addition to the competition, the day will include mini arts workshops, refreshments and ISCA’s Promising Picassos youth art exhibition. Tickets for the talent show are $20 for adults; $10 for children. 843-842-ARTS or tickets.

MARCH 19-20

Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s Terpsichore: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The program takes its name from Terpsichore, the Greek muse of dance, and is always an audience favorite. The program will feature Act ll of the classic, Swan Lake

featuring guest artists. There will also be two pieces staged by Kathleen Watkins, former Dance Captain for Broadway’s Fosse who has chosen Blackbird and Dancin’ Dan. Also a new work by Jamal Edwards entitled Rock Ballet will be presented for the first time, and finally the evening’s program concludes with Alice in Wonderland. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students 15 and under. 843-842-2787, 843-842-3262, www.hiltonheaddance. com

MARCH 20-29

Schoolhouse Rock Live: The company at The Main Street Youth Theater will take to the stage under the direction of Blake White, performing these sacred tunes that will leave you longing for lazy mornings by the television set. The show will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 with a fundraising gala that includes food & drinks followed by the show. Tickets for the gala are $50/adults and $25/students. Other show dates include 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, March 21, Sunday, March 22 and Sunday, March 29. Shows from Tuesday, March 24-Saturday, March 28 are at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $25/adults and $15/ students. 843-338-6246

MARCH 22-23

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, and Monday, March 23, First Presbyterian Church. “Mendelssohn and Verdi: Dreams and Visions Shakespeare in Concert” featuring John Morris Russell, conductor; Kisma Jordan, soprano; the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Gounod’s “Je Veux Vivre” from “Romeo and Juliet;” Verdi’s “Ave Maria” from “Othello;” Verdi’s “Soldiers’ Chorus” from “Macbeth;” Verdi’s “Nanetta’s Aria” from “Falstaff” and Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 843-8422055,

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“Beauty and the Beast”: 7 p.m. March 26-28 at the Seahawk Cultural Center. Presented by the Hilton Head Christian Academy theater department. There will also be a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 28. This Academy Award-winning Disney classic and 15-year Broadway hit is a feast for the eyes and hearts of audiences of all ages. It’s a classic love story filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers that are sure to delight the senses. 136

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Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Hilton Head Island. The parade will follow its usual route, beginning at the south end of Pope Avenue near Coligny Circle and marching north to Office Park Road – site of the reviewing stand – where it will make a left turn and proceed to its end in front of Park Plaza and The Courtyard Building. The parade will feature its usual collection of colorful floats and marching groups from local businesses and nonprofits, dignitaries, eight high school and college marching bands, the Parris Island Marine Band and four pipe and drum bands from as far away as Raleigh, N.C.


Mad About Plaid Gala: Saturday, March 28, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. This will be a great night in support of the arts center featuring delicious food, silent auction items and the opportunity to see the opening night performance of “Forever Plaid.” For more information, contact Lynda Halpern at or 843-686-3945, ext. 307. Tickets are $150-$175 per person. 843-842-ARTS or


“Forever Plaid”: March 29-April 4, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. On a stormy night in the ’60s, four popular singers known as The Plaids are in a fatal car crash on the way to their first big gig. In 2015, they get one last chance to return from the afterlife and bop-shoo-bop their way through classic hits like “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons” and many more. $41 for adults and $29 for children. 843-842ARTS or

SEA PINES EVENTS MARCH 9, 16, 23, 30 Monday Night Tennis Exhibition: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays starting March 9. Join in for an exciting tennis demonstration with valuable tips, refreshments, prize drawings and our traditional fishbowl sale. Sponsored by Sea Pines Real Estate, Prince, Adidas and Wilson. For additional information, contact the Sea Pines Racquet Club at 843-363-4495.


Harbour Town Spring Fest: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, March 29. While The Sea Pines Resort is enjoyable year-round, the spring is ideally suited for an outdoor festival amidst the beautiful surroundings of Harbour Town with this family-friendly event that will include: a Sidewalk Sale, with Harbour Town shops offering great deals and fabulous finds; live music; nautical activities, featuring a variety of watersports, nature March 2015 137

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March 30: Gregg Russell Concer

tours and boat rides; great dining on the Harbour all day; and children activities. 843-842-1979.


Gregg Russell Concerts: 7:30-9 p.m. Over the years, Gregg has become a Sea Pines classic. Under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town is where you’ll find Gregg Russell entertaining adults and children alike. His concerts are not to be missed. Free.


Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tour: Daily. Enjoy a one-hour guided boat tour through the freshwater lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve and get an upclose view of Hilton Head Island’s indigenous plant and animal life, including the American alligator. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-686-5323. $22 for adults, $19 for children ages 12 & younger.


Alligator Wine & Cheese: Daily. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the freshwater lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve and discover indigenous plants and animals while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-686-5323. Adults only. $45 a person.


Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum: Explore Hilton Head Island’s rich history, including the history of the lighthouse, in a unique museum-like setting. Enjoy the Lowcountry’s best views and the island’s most elevated shopping and wave to friends & family via a webcam. For additional information, contact 843-671-2810. $3.75 a person; free for children ages 5 and younger.


Spirit of Harbour Town: Daily. Enjoy the island’s best sunset and finest dinner buffet aboard the Spirit of Harbour Town, the only air- conditioned and heated multi-passenger yacht on Hilton Head Island. Try our Sunset Dinner Cruise or the Historic Cruise to Savannah. All menu items are prepared fresh daily, and our full-service bar is sure to have your favorite libation. Reservations are required. Please contact Spirit of Harbour Town at 843-3639026 for additional information.


Stars & Stripes: Daily. Only in Harbour Town can you sail aboard the real 12-meter America’s Cup, the Stars & Stripes, once skippered by Dennis Connor. All trips take place under full sail and afternoon sails and sunset sails are available. Reservations are required. Contact Stars & Stripes at 843-363-9026 for additional information.


Dolphin Watching & Enviro Tours: Daily. Explore Calibogue Sound and surrounding waterways by boat during an Enviro Tour. Discover Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, eagles and other marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Venture over to Daufuskie Island and take a step back in time. Comb the beach for shells, or relax and take in the beauty of a Lowcountry sunset, while touring the salt marshes and tidal creeks. Reservations are required. Contact H2O Sports at 843-671-4386 for additional information.


Lawton Stables: Meander through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve’s 605 lush acres on horseback to get the true feel of the untouched Lowcountry. Trail rides wind beneath a canopy of palmettos and moss-draped oaks, past alligatorinhabited fishing lakes and historic sites. Trail riders must be at least eight years old. For additional information, call 843671-2586.


J Banks March Tent Sale: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 20, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at J Banks. On Saturday, the tent closes at 2 p.m. but the retail store will remain open until 4 p.m. 843-681-5122. www.jbanksdesign. com.


World’s Largest Yard Sale: 9 a.m.1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Hilton Head Island High School parking lot. Presented by Hilton Head Island High School and The Island Packet. Admission is free. Rent a space and sell your items for $55. Applications can be found at 843689-4811.


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Wine + Food Festival moves to Sea Pines


he Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival recently announced that Sea Pines Resort will be the presenting sponsor and host site for the 2015 festival. The event’s signature Grand Tasting will be held on the 18th lawn of the legendary Harbour Town Golf Links, while the popular Public Tasting will take place at the resort’s iconic Harbour Town Yacht Basin. “Our partnership with the Sea Pines Resort provides an ideal opportunity for growth and expansion in our 30th year,” said Tamara Bream, chairman of the festival’s board of directors. “The festival is the oldest-running food and wine festival on the East Coast, paralleling the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. We look forward to toasting our past accomplishments while welcoming future generations of festivalgoers.” The 2015 festival spans the week of March 9-14 and offers an impressive lineup featuring world-class vineyards, local and regional celebrity chefs, live entertainment and an array of visual and performing artists. The highly acclaimed International


Monday, March 9: Wine & Cinema event: 6:15-9:30 p.m., Custom Audio Video Showroom, Bluffton. $60 Tuesday, March 10: “Zing” Food and Wine Together: 2-4 p.m., Sea Pines Beach Club. $40 Wednesday, March 11: Celebrity Chef Vinters Dinner: 5-8 p.m., Sea Pines Beach Club. $150 Thursday, March 12: Best of the Best: 2-4 p.m., Sea Pines Beach Club. $50 Friday, March 13: Crystal, True Persuasion?: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sea Pines Beach Club. $60 Saturday, March 14: Public tasting: Noon-3 p.m., Harbour Town Yacht Basin. $60 Sunday, March 15: Beach, Bubbles & Brunch: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sea Pines Beach Club. $75

Wine Judging Competition precedes the festival and was held Feb. 6-8. Proceeds from festival events will benefit the John T. and Valerie Curry Scholarship Fund. For more information on the festival and the festival events, go to or follow the festival at HiltonHeadIslandWineandFood or go on Twitter at HHIWineFoodFest. M March 2015 139

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2015 Speaker Series, Hilton Head in the Modern Era: 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, Coligny Theater. Todd Ballantine, noted environmentalist, will speak on “Connecting Nature and Human Nature; Hilton Head Island’s Environmental Future.” Ballantine lived on Hilton Head Island for over 30 years and continues environmental work on a range of innovative projects in this community. 5:30 wine reception followed by a 6 p.m. presentation. $30 per person, $45 per couple.


Riptide MMA Bash at the Beach: 6 p.m., Saturday, March 14, Grasslawn Beach, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. The best MMA fighters in the Lowcountry will be on display. Tickets start at $30. 843-422-0617.


Gator Football volunteers needed: The Island Recreation Center is seeking volunteers for the upcoming Gator Football season. Gator Football is an Island Recreation Center program played out of Barker Field and the Hilton Head Island High School football field from early August to mid-November. The Gator Football and Cheerleading program has been a huge success for the Island Recreation Center, as well as the boys and girls who are able to participate. Practices are scheduled throughout the week, based on the coaches’ decisions, and games are played on Saturdays. 843-681-7273 or fred.lowery@


Symphony Under the Stars: The Music of James Bond 007 and Beyond: Rev up your Aston Martin, gather your partners in crime and prepare for an unforgettable evening of James Bond’s greatest hits. Maestro John Morris Russell and two of today’s greatest singers will join the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra for two musical evenings

featuring the original orchestrations from 15 Bond films, as well “Spi-fi” classics from TV and the movies. Beneath a festive tent at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation, you will enjoy the most memorable songs and music of the Bond era: “For Your Eyes Only,” “From Russia With Love,” “Goldfinger,” the “Peter Gunn Theme” and so many more. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 843-842-2055. Tickets are $70-$80. www.


Hilton Head Island Relay for Life: Noon-midnight, Saturday, May 2, Hilton Head Island High School track. The public is invited to join in this free and funfilled event to benefit the American Cancer Society. There will be food, entertainment, a silent auction, children activities and much more. For more information, call Heather at 843-757-7450.


St. Francis Catholic School 5th annual Gala Dinner Dance and Auction: 6-11 p.m., Saturday, May 9, Sonesta Resort. The theme will be “Voyage to Atlantis.” Live music will be provided by The Headliners. A live action is also planned. Tickers are $95 per person. 843-681-6501,


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Annual gala benefits local Boys & Girls Club


elebrate the spirit and success of our local children at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island’s annual Spring Gala on Saturday, March 21 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. This year’s theme is “Greatness Grows Here.” The Gala begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by a live auction and entertainment by Deas Guyz. The live auction will include tennis packages to Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Exclusive trips to a Duke/North Carolina college basketball game and a retreat to a ranch in North Carolina can also be won. Certific tes to fine dining restaurants such as Michael Anthony’s and the Sage Room

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What: Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island Spring Gala When: 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner Where: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa More information: 843-379-5430, ext. 233;

Photo by Arno Dimmling

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island perform the song “Roar” to a standing ovation led by choral instructor Susie Skager at last year’s Gala. The 2015 Gala is set for Saturday, March 21 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

will also be up for auction. Stan Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies. Sonny Huntley

will be the auctioneer. The event is black tie optional with an open bar. For more auction

details or to register online, go to For more information, contact Liz Vallino at 843-379-5430, ext. 233. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club. More than 65 percent of its members live in a single parent household or with grandparents. In 2014, the club served 44,037 meals at no cost to youth. The club currently has 765 members between the ages of 6 and 18. M

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The Boardroom: TBD Bomboras Grille: 6 p.m., Glenn Jacobs Chow Daddy’s: TBD The Jazz Corner: Deas Guyz The Dispensary: 7-10 p.m. Harden & Crenshaw ELA’S Blu Water Grille: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bill Peterson; 7-10 Tim Malchak Quarterdeck: 5-9 p.m. Jordan Ross Ruby Lee’s: TBD Sea Pines Beach Club: 5:30-9:30, Jordan Ross Salty Dog Cafe: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Todd Cowart Wild Wing Cafe: St. Patrick’s Day Bash (March 15): GTA, Cranford Hollow, Ellen Drive, The Austin Mowery Band and Big B & The Stingers




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Wing Cafe

The Boardroom: TBD Big Bamboo: Groove Town Assault Charbar: 6:30 p.m., Mike Wilson, Dave Wingo The Jazz Corner: The Martin Lesch Band Liberty Oak: 8-9:30 p.m., Gregg Russell Quarterdeck: 5-9 p.m., Mike Kavanaugh Ruby Lee’s: TBD Sea Pines Beach Club: 5:30-9:30, Jordan Ross


The Boardroom: TBD Big Bamboo: Souls Harbor Charbar: 6:30 p.m., Reid Richmond Comedy Club of Hilton Head: 8 p.m., Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist ELA’s Blu Grille: 6-9 p.m. TBD The Jazz Corner: The Jazz Corner All-Star Quintet


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MUSIC M Liberty Oak: 8-9:30 p.m., Gregg Russell Old Oyster Factory: 6-9 p.m., Sara Burns Quarterdeck: 5-9 p.m., Chris Jones Ruby Lee’s: TBD Sea Pines Beach Club: 5:30-9:30, Jordan Ross Vintage Prime: 6:30-9:30, Cheryl Christine


The Boardroom: TBD Big Bamboo: Reggae Nite Charbar: 7 p.m., Whitley Deputy The Jazz Corner: The Earl Williams Quartet (March 4, 18), The Bobby Ryder Quartet (March 11, 25) Liberty Oak: 8-9:30 p.m., Gregg Russell Old Oyster Factory: 6-9 p.m., Sara Burns Pelican’s Point: 6 p.m., Mike Wilson Quarterdeck: 5-9 p.m., Mike Kavanaugh Red Fish: 7:30 p.m., Live jazz Ruby Lee’s: TBD Sea Pines Beach Club: 5:30-9:30, Jordan Ross


The Boardroom: TBD Big Bamboo: Sous Harbor, Open mike night Bomboras Grille: 6 p.m., Glenn Jacobs Charbar: 7 p.m., Mike Bagentose Comedy Club of Hilton Head: 8 p.m., Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist ELA’s Blu Grille: 7 – 10 p.m., Reid Richmond The Jazz Corner: Lavon & Louise

Liberty Oak: 8-9:30 p.m., Gregg Russell Lowcountry Produce and Market Cafe: TBD Old Oyster Factory: 6-9 p.m., Sara Burns Pelican’s Point: 6 p.m., David Wingo Quarterdeck: 5-9 p.m., Mike Kavanaugh Ruby Lee’s: TBD Sea Pines Beach Club: 5:30-9:30, Jordan Ross Wild Wing Cafe: Alex Christie (March 5), Zach Stiltner (March 12) Salty Dog Cafe: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Dave Kemmerly


The Boardroom: TBD Big Bamboo: 6:30 p.m., The Beagles Chow Daddy’s: TBD The Dispensary: 7-10 p.m., Tommy Crenshaw Bomboras Grille: 6 p.m., Reid Richmond Charbar: 7 p.m., Tommy Dargan Sims Comedy Club of Hilton Head: 8 p.m., Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist Chow Daddy’s: TBD ELA’s Blu Water Grille: 7-10, John Wasem The Jazz Corner: The Satin Doll Trio (March 6), The Annie Sellick Quartet (March 13), The Jeff Phillips Quintet (March 20), The Noel Freidline Quartet (March 27) Old Oyster Factory: 6-9 p.m., Sara Burns Pelican’s Point: 6 p.m., Earl Williams The Dispensary: 7-10 p.m. Harden & Crenshaw Quarterdeck: 5-9 p.m., Mike Kavanaugh Ruby Lee’s: TBD

Sea Pines Beach Club: 5:30-9:30, Jordan Ross Wild Wing Cafe: TBD Salty Dog Cafe: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Dave Kemmerly


The Boardroom: TBD Big Bamboo: Souls Harbor Bomboras Grille: 6 p.m., Reid Richmond Charbar: 6:30 p.m., Derrick and Sammy Chow Daddy’s: TBD ELA’s Blu Grille: 7 – 10 p.m., John Wasem Harbourside Burgers & Brews: TBD The Jazz Corner: The Satin Doll Trio (March 7), The Annie Sellick Quartet (March 14), The Jeff Phillips Quintet (March 21), Noel Freidline Quartet (March 28) Quarterdeck: 5-9 p.m., Chris Jones Ruby Lee’s: TBD Salty Dog Cafe: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Todd Cowart Sea Pines Beach Club: 5:30-9:30, Jordan Ross

MARCH 6-7 The Satin Doll Trio, March 6-7

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Symphony Under the Stars THE MUSIC OF JAMES BOND AND BEYOND APRIL ˜ & ° , ˛ ˝ ˙ ˆ

“I’ll have a martini, shaken not stirred...” Rev-up your Aston Martin, gather your partners in crime, and prepare for an unforgettable evening of James Bond’s greatest hits!


aestro John Morris Russell and two of America’s greatest singers will join the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in a musical evening featuring the original orchestrations from 15 Bond films as well “Spi-fi” classics from TV and the movies. Beneath the festive tent at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation, you will revel to the most memorable songs and music of the BOND era: For Your Eyes Only, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, the Peter Gunn Theme, and so many more. “Nobody Does It Better” than Broadway vocalist CAPATHIA JENKINS, who will guide us through some of our favorite Bond treasures. Her Off-Broadway and television work includes 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos, Law & Order. And we will “Live and Let Die” with renowned Broadway actor RON BOHMER, who we have seen most recently in the National tour of Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard. And don’t miss 1974-75 Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin as the Golden Baton conductor on April 7. Two nights not to be missed, April 7 and 8, 2015, reservations can be made by calling the box office at 843-842-2055. Table seating tickets $80/$70. New additional seating options - concert seating allows patrons to come for the concert only or to bring refreshments to be enjoyed at the museum’s Pavilion. Tickets $60/$50 for concert only seating. We also added outside lawn seating at $25. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.  Design your costumes, plan your table decorations, decide on your menus, gourmet or picnic, don’t forget the refreshments, but if you do the League will be offering wine, beer, soft drinks and water for sale. Doors open at 6:00pm, concert begins at 7:30pm. CONCERT SEATING


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Porter & Pig Quality beer, proprietary cocktails and select wines with accompanying charcuterie, cheeses and share plates. 1000 William H ilton Parkway The Village at Wexford 715-3224.

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Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s: 840 William Hilton Parkway. 681-8106. LD

Atlanta Bread Company: 45 Pembroke Drive 342-2253. BLD

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

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Bella Italia Bistro and Pizza: 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 689-5560. LD Carolina Café: The Westin Resort, Port Royal Plantation. 681-4000, ext. 7045. BLD Chart House: 2 Hudson Road. 3429066. LD Crazy Crab (north): 104 William Hilton Parkway, 843-681-5021, www. LD

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


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Hudson’s on the Docks: 1 Hudson Road. 681-2772. LD

in a hardwood burning oven. Try this: Vitella Piemonteste; veal scaloppine sauteed with mushrooms and Italian mild sausage in a light cream sauce, $16.95. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 342-9949. LD

Il Carpaccio: If you’re hankering for some authentic Italian cuisine, this hidden gem tucked away in Pineland Station is worth finding. Pizza is cooked

L e Bistro Mediterranean: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 681-8425. D

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

Main Street Café: 1411 Main Street Village. 689-3999. LDS Mangiamo!: 2000 Main Street. 6822444. LD Munchies: 1407 Main St. 785-3354. LD New York City Pizza: 45 Pembroke Dr. 689-2222. LD OKKO: 95 Mathews Dr. 341-3377. LD O ld Fort Pub: 65 Skull Creek Drive. March 2015 147

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

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

Arthur’s Grille: Arthur Hills course, Palmetto Dunes. 785-1191. ld

Pan Fresco Ole: 55 Matthews Dr. 6815989. LD Plantation Café and Deli: 95 Mathews Drive. 342-4472. BL Reilley’s Grill and Bar (north): 95 Mathews Drive. 681-4153. LDSO Relish Cafe: 430 William Hilton Parkway, Pineland Station. 342-4800.

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

Bistro 17: 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-5517. ld

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Bonefish 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3772. ld


Ruby Lee’s: 46 Wild Horse Road. 6817829. LDS

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

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

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

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

Alfred’s: European-trained chef Alfred Kettering combines some of the most appealing elements of classic American and Continental cuisine in this tiny Plantation Center hideaway. Grab a seat at the chef’s counter to watch the master at work. Try this: Roast Rack of Spring Lamb with mashed potatoes and vegetables $34.95. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, in Plantation Center, 341-3117,

Street Meet: 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 842-2570. LDO Sunset Grille: 43 Jenkins Island Road. 689-6744. LDOS Tapas: 95 Mathews Drive, Suite B5, Hilton Head Island. 681-8590. D TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: 35 Main

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

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 14 Folly Field Drive. 785-5007. ld Café at the Marriott: Oceanside at Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 686-8488. bl Carolina Seafood House: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0084. d Coco’s On The Beach: 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A. 842-2626. ld CocoNutz Sportz Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0043 do

Conroy’s: Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 6868499. ds ELA’s Blu Water Grille: Featured in Bon Appetit and the winner of numerous Open Table awards. Fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality compliment the extensive boutique wine selection. ELA’s is known for the best water views on the island. Serving lunch Monday - Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m., and now offering “Sunday Brunch on the Water” complete with live jazz music every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. TRY THIS : ELA’s Calamari; lightly battered long strips, served with wasabi and red pepper remoulade. $10. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 785-3030. www.elasgrille. com. ld Flora’s Italian Cafe: 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. 842-8200. d Gator’z Pizza: HHI Beach & Tennis Resort. 842-0004. d Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: 32 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-


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Old Oyster Factory: With panoramic views overlooking Broad Creek, this Hilton Head landmark was voted one of the country’s “Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants” by OpenTable. It was also recently recommended in the “Off the Beaten Track” column of The Wall Street Journal. Wine Spectator magazine bestowed its “Award of Excellence” for the restaurant’s wine list and knowledge of wine. Try this: Potato Crusted Black Grouper served with garlic Parmesan rice and julienned vegetables, finished with a horseradish cream, $24.99. 101 Marshland Road. 681-6040. www. do

HH Prime: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 842-8000. blds Island Bagel & Deli: South Island Square. 686-3353. bl Jamaica Joe’z Beach Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0044. La Fontana Grill & Pizzeria: 13 Harbourside Lane, Shelter Cove. 7853300. ldo Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar: 841 William Hilton Pkwy, Unit A, South Island Square. 681-3474. Do Mediterranean Harbour: 13 Harbourside Lane, Unit B, Shelter Cove Harbour. 842-9991, Do New York City Pizza: 45 Pembroke

Orange Leaf: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own toppings frozen treat destination at the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre shopping complex. Sixteen rotating unique flavors are prepared fresh daily with fat free milk and mixed up in proprietary

serving machines that make for a richer, creamier treat. Find a selection of at least 35 toppings, ranging from kidfriendly gummy bears to tree-hugging granola. All fruit toppings are prepared fresh daily and rotate seasonally. TRY THIS : Wedding Cake; You’ll love this Froyo so much, you just may marry it. $0.55 per ounce. 38 Shelter Cove Lane, 843-689-5323, Pazzo: 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 842-9463. ld Pelican’s Point: Formerly known as Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta & Steak. Other than the floorplan, the interior of the restaurant is nothing like it was. The Old World Mediterranean décor has been replaced with “contemporary nautical.’ Dana Torres, Le Cordon Bleu Chef has redefined excellence with a new menu including local favorites for seafood, steaks, ribs, crab legs, and good ol’ Southern recipes with a West Coast twist. Dana also runs the

restaurant operations. 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-4442. www. Do Poseidon: 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 341-3838, ldo Ruan Thai Cuisine I: 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 785-8575. ld Scott’s Fish Market Restaurant and Bar: 17 Harbour Side Lane. 7857575. d San Miguel’s: 9 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 842-4555. ld Santa Fe Café: 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 7853838. ld Sea Grass Grille: =807 William Hilton Parkway. 785-9990. ld Starbucks: 32 Shelter Cove Lane. 842-4090 Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Broad

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Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road. 6813625. ldo XO Lounge: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 341-8080. YoAddiction!: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3335

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Amigos Cafe y Cantina: 70 Pope Avenue. 785-8226. ld Angler’s Beach Market Grill: 2 North Forest Beach Dr., 785-3474. ld Annie O’s: 124 Arrow Road. 3412664. LD Asian Bistro: 51 New Orleans Road. 686-9888. ld Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe: 69 Pope Avenue. 785-7700. ld Beach Break Grill: 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite F. 785-2466. Ld Bess’ Delicatessen and Catering: Lunch specials include fresh homemade soups and assorted salads, and the only 100 percent freshly oven roasted turkey breast on the island. Bess’ features Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and 28 years of experience. TRY THIS: Soap’s Delight; freshly baked turkey breast, cranberry mayo, bacon, swiss and lettuce on wheat. $7.50. 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center. 785-5504. bl Big Bamboo Cafe: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-3443, Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 785-4950. lds Bomboras Grille: An award winning restaurant and bar, located steps away from the beach. Offering fresh and local Lowcountry ingredients paired with craft beers and wine. Bomboras Grille is open for lunch and dinner. A kids menu is available. The locals call them the BOMB. Try this: The “Bomb” Kobe Beef Sliders: Two Kobe beef burgers on Lowcountry-made Brioche buns with American cheese, South Carolina toma-

to and topped with cornichons. Served with three house dipping sauces. $10. 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Coligny Plaza. 689-2662 ldo Bayley’s: 130 Shipyard Drive. Sonesta Resort. 842-2400. bd British Open Pub: 1000 William Hilton Parkway D3 in the Village at Wexford. 686-6736. Ldo Bullies BBQ: 3 Regents Pkwy. 6867427. LD Callahan’s Sports Bar & Grill: 49 New Orleans Road. 686-7665. ldo Captain Woody’s: Many restaurants claim to be a favorite of locals. Speaking as locals, one of our favorites is Captain Woody’s. Owners Shannon and Russell Anderson made a good thing even better with their new location at 6 Target Road. Woody’s now offers more seating, an expanded menu and an attractive outdoor patio with an attached bar. Try this: Grouper Melt, fried and topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms and melted cheese. Served open faced on a kaiser roll with homemade chips, $13.99. 6 Target Road. 785-2400. ldo Carolina Crab Company: 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina. ld Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: 37 New Orleans Road. 785-2255. ldo Catch 22: 37 New Orleans Plaza. 7856261. d Charbar Co.: Executive chef Charles Pejeau’s burger creations have made this a local favorite, serving award winning gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. TRY THIS: Champ Burger; Signature beef blend on toasted brioche with sharp cheddar cheese, bacon marmalade, dijon mustard and dill pickles. $10. 33 Office Park Rd., Suite 213. Park Plaza, 85-CHAR (2427). Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte: A great place for a power lunch or a romantic dinner. Owner Charlie Golson and his son Palmer write their entire menu by hand each day, based on the freshest local seafood available. The dinner menu offers an array of 14 fresh fish, rack of lamb, filet mignon and more.


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DINING Try this: Local Cobia grilled with mango vinaigrette, $29. 8 New Orleans Road. 785-9277. Chow Daddy’s: 14B Executive Park Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-842CHOW, Coast: Sea Pines Beach Club. 8421888 ld Coligny Deli & Grill: Coligny Plaza. 785-4440. ld Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 671-7783. ld CQ’s: 140A Lighthouse Lane. 671-2779. ld Crane’s Tavern and Steakhouse: 26 New Orleans Road. 341-2333. d Crazy Crab (Harbour Town): 149 Lighthouse Road. 363-2722. ld

Market Shoppes. 842-9111. bl Harbourside Burgers and Brews: Relax and unwind in a casual outdoor setting with captivating views of Calibogue Sound. That’s the island vibe at Harbourside Burgers & Brews, a friendly open-air café, nestled beneath the shade of ancient oaks, including Harbour Town’s famed and majestic Liberty Oak. The inviting restaurant is open seasonally and overlooks the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. TRY THIS : The Original Harbourside Burger; 1/3 pound certified Angus beef premium-cut patty, grilled to order and ready for you to personalize. Pick your bun, sauce and additional toppings. $8.95. Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort, 843-842-1444, www.seapines. com. ld

DelisheeeYo: 785-3633.

Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe: Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 363-2021. bl

Daniel’s Restaurant and Lounge: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-9379. ld

Heyward’s: 130 Shipyard Drive. Sonesta Resort. 842-2400. bd

Dough Boys: 1-B New Orleans Road. 686-BOYS. ld DryDock: 21 Office Park Road. 8429775.ldo Earle of Sandwich Pub: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 785-7767. ld Electric Piano: 33 Office Park Road. 785-5399. o Fat Baby’s: 1034 William Hilton Parkway. 842-4200. ld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill: 51 New Orleans Road. 785-4788. ld FlatBread Grill: 2 North Forest Beach Drive, 341-2225, flatbreadgrillhhi com. French Kiss Bakery: Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 687-5471. bl Frozen Moo: Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 842-3131 Frosty Frog Cafe: 1 North Forest Beach in Coligny Plaza. 686-3764. ldo Gringo’s Diner: E-5, Coligny Plaza. 785-5400. Gruby’s New York Deli: 890 William Hilton Parkway in the Fresh

Hilton Head Diner: 6 Marina Side Drive. 686-2400. bldo Hilton Head Brewing Company: South Carolina’s first microbrewery and restaurant. The menu includes traditional appetizers, wings, pizza and calzones, soups, salads, entrees and more. TRY THIS : Fried Onion Burger; half-pound prime beef topped with golden brown beer-battered onion rings and a Cajun ranch sauce, $10. 7C Greenwood Drive (Reilley’s Plaza), Hilton Head Plaza. 785-3900. www. Hilton Head Ice Cream: 55 New Orleans Road, #114. 852-6333. Hinchey’s Chicago Bar and Grill: 36 South Forest Beach Drive. 6865959. ldo Hinoki of Kurama: 37 New Orleans Road. 785-9800. ld Holy Tequila: Holy Tequila offers a harmonizing blend of Mexican street food with new American flavors. Its inviting space features an open kitchen, an indoor/outdoor open air seating area, a large tequila bar and a private tasting room. The menu features a wide variety of gourmet tacos, quesadillas, salads and smalls plates, all priced under $11; and a fully March 2015 153

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DINING stocked bar with more than 40 premium tequilas, handcrafted specialty cocktails, Mexican beers and spanish inspired wines. Try this: Asian Shrimp Taco; Crispy shrimp topped with a house soy aioli, cotija cheese, pickled onions and cabbage, cilantro and sriracha on a fresh corn tortilla. $3.95. 33 Office Park Rd., Suite 228. 6818226. ld

Plaza. 686-5800. do Michael Anthony’s: 37 New Orleans Road. 7856272, New York City Pizza: 81 Pope Avenue. 842-2227. ld Nick’s Steak & Seafood: 9 Park Lane. 686-2920. d

Jazz Corner: Village at Wexford. 842-8620. do

Ombra Cucina Rustica: Popular local chef Michael Cirafesi and distinguished Philadelphia chef Nunzio Patruno have teamed up to open this upscale Italian restaurant in the Village at Wexford. Many dishes were created hundreds of years ago, passed down from generation to generation. All deserts, pastas and breads are made daily using natural and fresh ingredients imported from Italy. Try this: Carpaccio di Manzo; thinly sliced raw “Piemontese” beef, arugula, olive oil and shaved Parmigiano, $14. Village at Wexford. 842-5505. d

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

One Hot Mama’s: 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 682-6262. ldso

Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe: 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 785-3315. blds

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

Jersey Mike’s: 11 Palmetto Bay Rd., Island Crossing. 341-6800.

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

Kurama Japanese Steak and Seafood House: 9 Palmetto Bay Road. 785-4955. d

Pino Gelato: 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Village at Wexford. 842-2822.

La Hacienda: 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 842-4982. ld

Plantation Café and Deli (south): 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza. 785-9020. bl

Land’s End Tavern: South Beach Marina, Sea Pines. 671-5456. bld

Pomodori: 1 New Orleans Road. 686-3100. d

Hugo’s Seafood & Steakhouse: 841 William Hilton Parkway. 785-HUGO. ld It’s Greek To Me: 11 Lagoon Road in Coligny Plaza. 842-4033. ldo Java Burrito Company: 1000 William Hilton Pkwy. 842-5282. bld Java Joe’s: 101 Pope Avenue in Coligny Plaza. 6865282. bldo

Live Oak: Located in the renowned Sea Pines Resort, Live Oak is a fresh culinary experience featuring Lowcountry-inspired cuisine and locally sourced produce and products. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Live Oak’s fare includes fresh, local offerings providing guests with an opportunity to eat healthy, while enjoying the tastes and flavors of the Lowcountry. Try this: Boneless Lamb Chops: Bacon-wrapped with curried butternut squash and kale. $28. 100 North Sea Pines Drive, 842-1441, liveoaklowcountrycuisine. com Lowcountry Backyard: 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange. 785-9273. bld Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 842-8966. do Mellow Mushroom: 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 686-2474. ldo Mi Tierra (Hilton Head): 130 Arrow Rd. 342-3409. LD Market Street Cafe: 12 Coligny Plaza. 686-4976. ld Marley’s Island Grille: 35 Office Park Road in Park

The Porch: Beach House hotel. One South Forest Beach Drive. 785-5126. Bld Porter & Pig: Quality beer, proprietary cocktails and select wines with accompanying charcuterie, cheeses and share plates. Try this: The Gourmet; gruyere, boursin and gouda with roasted tomato aioli, smoked thick bacon and fresh basil. 1000 William Hilton Parkway, The Village at Wexford. 715-3224. d Quarterdeck: Located waterfront at the base of the Harbour Town Lighthouse, the legendary Quarterdeck has been an island tradition for decades. There isn’t a more spectacular view on Hilton Head Island than at The Quarterdeck, where the sights of the moored yachts in Harbour Town Yacht Basin, the 18th green of famed Harbour Town Golf Links and sunsets over the sparkling waters of Calibogue Sound can all be enjoyed. TRY THIS : Blackened Fish Wrap; black bean corn salsa, shredded lettuces and queso fresco. $13. 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 8421999. ldo Red Fish: Upscale dining at its finest. Head chef Chaun Bescos takes advantage of his close relationship with local growers and farmer’s markets, tailoring Red Fish’s menu around which foods are in


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ne of Hilton Head Island’s most popular restaurants among both locals and visitors is Red Fish. With a reputation for consistent, positive dining experiences, it is a top choice for many occasions. Where should you suggest when your boss offers to pay for lunch? When visiting family members come to town, what restaurant will impress them? Looking for a romantic spot for date night? Want seafood? Steaks? Farm-to-table? Red Fish is an excellent choice for all of the above. With its reputation and versatility, one could argue Red Fish isn’t just an island restaurant — it is THE island restaurant. And now, you don’t even have to be on the island to savor the experience. Red Fish owners Robby Maroudas and Ric Peterson recently opened a second location on the mainland — Red Fish Bluffton. Located at 32 Bruin Road, it is in the heart of Bluffton’s trendy historic district. Much of what has made Red Fish so successful on Hilton Head is in place at Red Fish Bluffton.

The Bluffton location’s interior looks similar to the Hilton Head location’s, and the Bluffton menu has many of the same seafood and steak items. As with the island restaurant, fresh ingredients are a priority. Produce grown from Bluffton’s Bear Island Farm is used. An avid fisherman Maroudas also has an inside track on fresh local seafood. He knows many local farmers, fishermen and purveyors, who provide fresh, local and seasonal favorites. For its executive chef, Red Fish Bluffton hired Hampton Hall’s top chef Parker Stafford, who built an impressive culinary resume in Tampa Bay, Fla., Charleston and New York City. In addition to the food, Red Fish Bluffton also features an on-site retail wine shop that boasts more than 1,000 bottles. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dinner is served from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to www.redfishofblu March 2015 155

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DINING season. The result is an eclectic blend of seafood, steaks, fresh fruit and local vegetables. Try this: Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits; served with Keegan Filion Farms chorizo gravy and fried okra over a bed of sauteed kale, $24. 8 Archer Road. 686-3388. www.redfishofhiltonhead com. ld

Steamers: 28 Coligny Plaza. 7852070. ld Stellini:15 Executive Park Road. 7857006. d Stu’s Surfside: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-7873. ld The Studio: 20 Executive Park Road. 785-6000. d

Reilley’s Grill and Bar (south): 7D Greenwood Drive. 842-4414. ldo

Sweet Carolina Cupcakes: 1 N. Forest Beach Drive. 342-2611.

Rita’s Italian Ice: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-2596,

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

Salty Dog Cafe: One of Hilton Head’s favorite outdoor cafes for more than 20 years. Fresh seafood. Located at South Beach Marina, overlooking Braddock Cove. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. Live music and children’s entertainment nightly during the season. Try this: Crab Cake Dinner; two freshly prepared Chesapeake-style lump crab cakes with homemade remoulade sauce. Served with Captain’s Au Gratin potatoes and fresh vegetables, $22.99. South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines Resort. 671-7327. www.saltydog. com. ld Sage Room: 81 Pope Avenue, Heritage Plaza. 785-5352. d Sea Shack: 6 Executive Park Drive. 785-2464. ld Signals Lounge: 130 Shipyard Drive, Sonesta Resort. 842-2400. Signe’s Bakery & Cafe: 93 Arrow Road. 785-9118. bls Skillets Café: Coligny Plaza. 7853131. bld The Smokehouse: 34 Palmetto Bay Road. 842-4227. bldo Smuthiland: 11 Palmetto Bay Rd. in Island Crossing shopping center. 842-9808. Southern Coney & Breakfast: 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 6892447. bl

Topside Waterfront Restaurant: Located next to The Sea Pines Resort’s iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse and overlooking the sparkling waters of Calibogue Sound, Topside offers breathtaking sunsets and an enticing menu. Specializing in the freshest seafood available, as well as great steaks and appetizers, Topside has dedicated an entire section of its menu to its fabulously successful “fresh fish market” - with your choice of blackened or pan seared preparation. TRY THIS : Amberjack; choose your preparation, choose your sauce and then choose two sides. $28. Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1999. d Trattoria Divina: 33 Office Park Rd. 686-4442. d Truffles Cafe (Sea Pines): Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. Try this: Chicken Pot Pie; tender breast meat, carrots, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and white wine cream sauce covered with a puff pastry. $12.95. 671-6136. 71 Lighthouse Road. Sea Pines Center. www.truffle ld Urban Vegan: 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina. 671-3474. ld Vari Asian Seafood and Sushi Buffet: 840 William Hilton Pkwy. 7859000. ld Vine: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 686-3900. ld

Spirit of Harbour Town: 843-3639026.

Watusi: 71 Pope Avenue. 686-5200. BL

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

Wild Wing Café: 72 Pope Avenue. 785-9464. ldo

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

Wine and Cheese If You Please: 24 Palmetto Bay Rd. Suit G. 842-1200.


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

Persimmon Street. 757-0602. do

YoAddiction!: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 341-3335

Corner Perk Cafe: 1297 May River Road, Downtown. 816-5674, bl

Bluffton Amigos Belfair (Bluffton): 133 Towne Drive. 815-8226. ld Backwater Bill’s: 20 Hampton Lake Drive. 875-5253. ldo Bluffton BBQ: 11 State of Mind Street. 757-7427, ld Bluffton F amily Seafood House: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 757-4010. ld

Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: 1297 May River Road. 815-5168. do

T he Cottage Cafe, Bakery and T ea Room: A restored 1868 cottage serving scrumptious food with a side of old-world charm. Breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch, tea and diner feature sophisticated cuisine with a Lowcountry flair. Fabulous fresh-baked pies, cakes, tarts, scones and cookies. Try this: Summer in Maine Lobster Pot Pie; in puff pastry, drizzled with creme fraiche and scallions, $21.95. 38 Calhoun Street. 757-0508. www. bl

T he Bluffton Room: 15 Promenade Street, 843-757-3525, d

Crescent City Cafe: 4490 Bluffton Park Crescent, 843-757-7771, ld

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

Dolce Vita: 163 Bluffton Rd. Unit F. 843-815-6900, d

Buffalos Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road inside Palmetto Bluff. 7066500. ld Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen: 1055 May River Rd. 7572921. ld Captain Woody’s: Many restaurants claim to be a favorite of locals. Speaking as locals, one of our favorites is Captain Woody’s. Try this: Grouper Melt, fried and topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms and melted cheese. Served open faced on a kaiser roll with homemade chips, $13.99. 17 State of Mind Street in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 757-6222. ldo T he Carolina T avern: 5 Godfrey Place. 757-9464. thecarolinatavern. com ld Cheeburger Cheeburger: 108 Buckwalter Parkway. 837-2433. ld Chipotle: Tanger I Outlet Center. 8362442, ld Choo Choo BBQ Xpress: 129 Burnt Church Rd. 815-7675. ldo Claude & Uli’s Bistro: 1533 Fording Island Road. 837-3336. ld Coconuts Bar & Grille: 39

Downtown Deli: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 815-5005. bl El Super Internacional: 33 Sherington Dr. 815-8113. ld F irehouse Subs: 32 Malphrus Rd., #109. 815-7827. ld F iesta F resh Mexican Grill: 876 Fording Island Road (Hwy. 278), Suite 1. 706-7280. ld Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: 25 Bluffton Road. 815-9200. ld Hana Sushi and Japanese F usion: 1534 Fording Island Road. 837-3388. ld Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill: 104 Buckwalter Place Suite 1A. 836-5909. ld HogsHead Kitchen and Wine Bar: 1555 Fording Island Rd. 837-4647. Honeybaked Ham: 1060 Fording Island Road. 815-7388. bld T he Infield 9 Promenade St., Suite 1201-2, 757-2999. ld Island Bagel & Deli: Sheridan Park. 815-5300. bl Jameson’s Charhouse: 671 Cypress Hills Drive, Sun City. 705-8200. ld Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q: 872 Fording Island Road. 706-9741. ld March 2015 157

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DINING Katie O’Donald’s: 1008 Fording Island Road (Kittie’s Crossing). 8155555. ldo Kelly’s Tavern: 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive. 837-3353. bldo Kobe Japanese Restaurant: 30 Plantation Park Drive. 757-6688. ld Longhorn: Inside Tanger I. 705-7001. ld Los Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill: The Bridge Center. 837-2333. ld Lowcountry Flower Girls: Berkeley Place. 837-2253. May River Grill: 1263 May River Road. 757-5755. ld Mellow Mushroom: 878 Fording Island Rd. 706-0800. ldo Mi Tierra: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 757-7200. ld

R Bar: 70 Pennington Drive. 7577264. ld Red Fish: Upscale dining at its finest. Head chef Chaun Bescos takes advantage of his close relationship with local growers and farmer’s markets, tailoring Red Fish’s menu around which foods are in season. The result is an eclectic blend of seafood, steaks, fresh fruit and local vegetables. Try this: Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits; served with Keegan Filion Farms chorizo gravy and fried okra over a bed of sauteed kale, $24. 32 Bruin Road, 837-8888. ld Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine and Lounge: 8 Pin Oak Street. 7578111. ldo River House Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road in Palmetto Bluff. 706-6500. ld

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

Ruan Thai Cuisine II: 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village. 757-9479. ld

Moon Mi Pizza: 15 State of Mind Street. 757-7007. ld

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

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

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

Mulberry Street Trattoria: 1476 Fording Island Road. 837-2426. lds

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

NEO: 326 Moss Creek Village. 8375111. ld Old Town Dispensary: 15 Captains Cove. 837-1893. ldO Orobello’s Bistro & Pizzeria: 103 Buckwalter Place, Unit 108. 837-5637, ldO Outback Steakhouse: 100 Buckwalter Place. 757-9888. ld Panda Chinese Restaurant: 25 Bluffton Road. 815-6790. ld Pepper’s Porch: 1255 May River Road. 757-2522. ld Pino Gelato Gourmet Cafe: 1536 Fording Island Road (Bridge Center), Bluffton, 843-837-2633, Bld Plantation Cafe & Deli: 1532 Fording Island Road. 815-4445. Pour Richard’s: 4376 Bluffton Parkway. 757-1999. do The Pub at Old Carolina: 91 Old Carolina Road. 757-6844. d

Sippin’ Cow Cafe: 1230 May River Road. 757-5051. bl Squat N’ Gobble: 1231 May River Road. 757-4242. bld Stooges Cafe: 25 Sherington Drive. 706-6178. bl Truffles Cafe: Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. Try this: Chicken Pot Pie; tender breast meat, carrots, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and white wine cream sauce covered with a puff pastry. 91 Towne Drive Belfair Towne Village. 815-5551. ld Vineyard 55: 55 Calhoun Street. 757-9463. d Walnuts Café: 70 Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park. 815-2877. bls Wild Wing Café (Bluffton): 1188 Fording Island Road. 837-9453. ld Zepplin’s Bar & Grill: Inside Station 300. 25 Innovation Dr. 815-2695. ldo


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we are at the verge of medical advancements that will push the life expectancy to a whole new stratosphere

While planning for my family’s future, I looked up aging tables and I took two different “life expectancy calculator” tests. The results were both good news and shocking at the same time.


he general life expectancy has continually been moving up and, as a result, we have to plan for a longer life than the old common wisdom suggested, with all the consequences that come along with it positive, hopeful and scary, depending on your own level of confidence in what aging might mean. When discussing these “newly found years” with friends, here are some of the reactions I most often get: “This means I should really work much longer than I expected.” “So my spouse would have to put up with me another x years.” “Do I want to get that old? I hope I will not lose my brain or health along the way,” referring to the difference between “life span” and “health span.” There are currently two different schools of thought regarding aging. One suggests that we have reached a plateau of how long we can expect to live because the low-hanging fruit of medical preventions (eating right, regular checkups, controlling cholesterol, early detections of risks, etc.) that have been implemented. The other suggests that we are at the verge of medical advancements that will push the life expectancy to a

whole new stratosphere. Besides the personal consequences of having to make new (and hopefully exciting) plans for the possibility of a longer life, there are macro-economic impacts that are considerable: underfunded obligations in form of company — or public entity-sponsored pension plans. In simple words, pension plans are a promise to pay a certain amount to the beneficiaries for as long as they live; but if a whole generation (mainly the baby boomers) refuses to fall within the timetable that has been established a few decades back and extends its life expectancy by just a few years, this will cause a major ripple effect of several trillion dollars on the pension plans’ obligations to pay, and since these plans are not fully funded (generally, company plans are better funded than government plans), the big question becomes: Who is going to pay for this future obligation? Further compounding this problem is that the actual return from investments that many of the plans have been projecting (typically 7.5 percent) might have been too optimistic compared to the actual historical returns that have been achieved (closer to 5.5 percent, according to, and there is nothing suggesting that this will change in the future. This is not just an economic problem but also a political problem. It is generally not too popular for business leaders or politicians to announce that the amount of money being paid into the plans is

insufficient, but not facing this reality now is only going to compound the problem in the future. One thing I know for sure is that the baby boomer generation is going to spend more money to “rock on” for a while longer than any previous generation. If you pair this attitude with the accelerating medical advancements that are made possible through research and technology, you can bet on the fact that the old actuarial tables will have to be revised continuously. Onwards! M

SOUND OFF Please send your comments to I would like to get your feedback on this idea.

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Hilton Head Monthly March 2015  

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

Hilton Head Monthly March 2015  

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