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CONTENTS October 2011


38 Inside the October Monthly 36





Rebirth at Shelter Cove The Kroger Co. has big plans for the old mall. By Sally Mahan


A parade of elegance Meet the people helping drive this year’s Hilton Head Motoring Festival. By Lance Hanlin


Lowcountry tales of terror Get into the Halloween spirit with a trio of local spook stories. By Barry Kaufman


Hope & healing Three weapons in the Lowcountry’s fight against breast cancer By Robyn Passante


A joyful noise “Celebration of Sacred Music” raises funds for Family Promise. By Robyn Passante Remembering Don Ryan Don Ryan, founder of CareCore National, left a lasting legacy in the Lowcountry. By Sally Mahan Eating well: Tailgating Just because it’s gameday doesn’t mean you have to eat like it. By Sally Kerr-Dineen Classical gas Tailfins and chrome still rule at one local classic car emporium. By Mark Kreuzwieser

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At The Helm / Contributors


Around Town


Social Spotlight: Pets on the Promenade edition


Editor’s Note: There and back again. (And again). By Barry Kaufman


Sound Off / Letters to the Editor


Locals Q&A Pumpkins and pig races (yes, you can race them) at Holiday Farms. By Robyn Passante


On The Move / New Faces, New Places


The Money Report By Steven Weber




Where To Eat


Home Resourcebook Downsizing, Bluffton style By Mark Kreuzwieser / Photography by Rob Kaufman

116 Bridal 118 Music / Jess and Jelly 120 Travel It’s festival season in Savannah. By Brad Swope 126 Secret Places Inside Sea Pines’ “Ring of Mystery.” By Todd Ballantine 128 Last Call By Marc Frey

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ctober always marks a special time in the Lowcountry calendar. It is when we just begin to feel autumn creeping up on us (while our friends in the north are already sick of raking leaves) and we can finally get out the sweaters, pull out all the fall decorations and stock up on firewood. (Then again, I tend to keep the fireplace roaring even during open-window season, so the firewood was going to happen regardless). October also heralds one of the most premiere cultural events of the year, the Concours d’Elegance, which turns ten this year. My favorite part of Concours has to be the special attractions each year. This year’s decidedly low-tech but high-style theme is carriages. This is also the second year we’ve toasted Concours with some lip-smacking Cartinis. Head to page 46 to sample Concours-inspired martinis whipped up by local mixologists. With the season changing, now is the best time to make those necessary home improvements. Check out our newest addition to the Monthly, the Home Resourcebook, on page 94. Discover a beautiful home set in Hampton Hall and check out all the local businesses ready to help with any additions, improvements or renovations you’ve got planned for fall. One last word before I go snuggle up by the fire. In our world of publishing, it is common to have personnel changes. I am sad to say that Jeff Vrabel is moving on to take a position to write and edit at home

lori goodridge-cribb publisher for Nickelodeon. This way he can spend quality time with, and gain inspiration from, his two children (including baby Kieran, born as Monthly was going to press. Congratulations, Vrabel family!). We will definitely miss you Jeff! Your influence on the magazine the past year has been amazing. Thank you. On the other hand I am excited to welcome our new editor, Barry Kaufman. If you have been an avid reader of Monthly you will remember Barry enjoyed a five-year stint as our managing editor several years ago. He is returning to us as editor and we could not be more thrilled! Enjoy October! P.S. Ok, two last words. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites in our Readers’ Choice Awards at!

monthly’s contributing factors Lance Hanlin (who wrote this month’s piece on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance) lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife, Hallie.The newlyweds spend each Saturday night frequenting the local watering holes and each Sunday reading library books on Coligny Beach. It’s a tough life. Hanlin moved to the area in 2008 after working for newspapers in Missouri, Idaho and Illinois. Other loves include good music, good bratwurst (with sauerkraut), good brews and Da Bears. 12

PRESIDENT Anushka Frey EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Barry Kaufman ART DIRECTOR Jeremy Swartz DESIGN Charles Grace DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES Gordon Deal PHOTOGRAPHERS Anne Caufman, Clayton Girard, Bill Littell, Rob Kaufman, Thomas Love WRITERS Todd Ballantine, Karen Cerrati, Jeff Giles, ance Hanlin, Sally Kerr-Dineen, Mark Kreuzwieser, Sally Mahan, Robyn Passante, Brad Swope, Steven Weber ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Jeanine McMahon 843-842-6988, ext. 235 ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVES Rebecca Verbosky 843-842-4988, ext. 239 Kate Engler ACCOUNTING Shannon Quist 843-842-6988, ext. 268

Volume 4 Issue 8 Hilton Head Monthly (USPS 024-796) is published monthly by Monthly Media Group LLC with offices at 52 New Orleans Road, Suite 300, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928. (843) 842-6988; email Vol.2, No.3. Periodical postage paid at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Hilton Head Monthly, P.O. Box 5926, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29938.

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Volunteers in Medicine honors its founder, Dr. Jack McConnell, with a night of music.

art Kevin Eichner’s Devinus Complectus appears to grow like a tree from a foundation of rigid L-beams to organic scrolls and branches.


hen the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s inaugural public art exhibition opened at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn last month, art afficianados may have noticed the work “Devinus Complectus” pictured at right. What they may not have known was that, of the 20 pieces gathered for this exhibition from artists around the world, this piece came from an artist right here on the island. Kevin Eichner has been twisting industrial I-beams into elaborate works of art for nearly three years at Eichner Atelier on Shrimp Lane. So how does he manage to bend and shape something that’s designed specifically to be unbendable and unshapable? “It takes a lot of patience,” he said. To create the full-body twist in the I-beam, Eichner rigged up his own forge. The rest of the structure is coaxed into its final form with a hand-torch and a lot of time. “It’s a little more finesse then brute strength,” he added. “Devins Complectus” took Eichner six weeks to build. It, along with the rest of the sculptures, will be on display at Honey Horn through Dec. 31.






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Honoring VIM founder Dr. Jack McConnell BY KAREN CERRATI

BIG BAND SWING: A TRIBUTE TO DR. JACK MCCONNELL When: 6: 30 p.m. Nov. 17, with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. Where: Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Palmetto Dunes How much: $100 per person, $1,200 for a table of 8 Details: Cocktails, music, dinner and dancing to honor VIM founder Dr. Jack McConnell, with music by Joe Grandsen, 16-piece big band and vocalist Annie Sellick. Nightclub attire recommended (no black tie). Details: 843-689-6612, email bigbandswing@ 16


f Hilton Head Island residents were challenged to name a true Renaissance man, Dr. Jack McConnell might very well be the first one they list. McConnell founded Hilton Head Island’s Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in 1993 to serve the needs of the medically underserved living and working on Hilton Head and Daufuskie islands. It has been the model for 84 free clinics staffed by retired medical professionals now operating throughout the country. But skill at medicine and love of philanthropy do not a Renaissance man make. There’s so much more to McConnell. For example, there’s his love of music, which has indirectly touched the lives of people around the world. McConnell’s son, Page, learned to play piano at age 4 by sharing a bench with his father. Thanks in no small part to time spent at the piano with his dad, Page went on to become keyboardist and vocalist for the iconic jam band Phish. On one occasion, the doctor joined the group on stage. singing with his son and tap dancing before a crowd of 35,000. “Life doesn’t get much better than that,” the elder McConnell said of his performing experience. It was a simple decision, then, when VIM’s Board of Directors sought an appropriate way to honor and celebrate their founder that they decided on an evening of music. “Dr. Jack’s loves are music, medicine, service to others and his wife Mary Ellen,” said former VIM chairman

Larry Bangs, who is also a member of the board of the Junior Jazz Foundation, the non-profit outreach of Hilton Head’s popular Jazz Corner. “Bob Masteller and the Junior Jazz Foundation are collaborating with VIM to create a memorable evening of music and dancing. It’s a wonderful example of how two island organizations can get together to produce something truly special for the community.” The Big Band Swing is scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Marriott Resort on Hilton Head Island. Joe Gransden, a vocalist and trumpet player, will bring his 16-piece band from Atlanta, along with jazz artist and performer Annie Sellick. Musicians and students from around the island will also perform during the evening’s festivities. “Bringing Joe, Annie and the Big Band to Hilton Head is right in line with our foundation’s objectives,” said Bob Masteller, who’s been playing music on the island since the 1970s. The night club-themed Big Band Swing will recall the heyday of the 1940s music scene with the songbooks of greats like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Count Basie, a martini bar and a Fred Astaire dance exhibition. Proceeds from the evening will benefit both Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island and The Junior Jazz Foundation. While traditional fundraising auctions will not be included, guests will be encouraged to support both organizations.

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‘They are not alone’ NAMIWalks raises money to treat mental illness

Lady Chablis makes an entrance at last year’s Tribute to the Stars show.

By Sally Mahan russell midori

The statistics are startling: One in every four people will develop a mental disorder at some point in their life, according to the World Health Organization. Additionally, mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. But mental diseases are often kept behind closed doors and still considered a stigma by many. In an effort to raise awareness and help families and those impacted by mental illness, the Beaufort County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be holding a 5K walk on Coligny Beach on Oct. 22. NAMI of Beaufort County offers many services for the mentally ill and their families and friends, including crisis services, employment assistance, classes on mental illness, support groups and much more. Mary Hiers, of Hilton Head, has firsthand experience with how mental illness affects a family and the importance of organizations like NAMI. “My son was diagnosed with mental illness 20 years ago,” she said. “At that time we just struggled to find someone to talk to, to find a support group, to learn about medications. At that time, very few had the courage to speak out.” So, Hiers took things into her own hands and started the Beaufort County chapter of NAMI. “If he would have had cancer, people would have asked about him. In those days, it was so hush-hush. But we never gave up on him. He’s on medications today that have saved his life. In fact, his illness brought our family closer.” Last year about 400 to 500 people took part in NAMIWalks, and Hiers hopes this year will be just as successful. “These diseases affect so many people. We want to help people to be aware and to know that they are not alone.”

NAMI Beaufort County 6th Annual NAMIWalks The 6th annual 5K NAMIWalks will be held on Oct. 22 at Coligny Beach. In addition to a beach cookout, the band The Islandeers will play oldies and beach music. Individuals can form their own walk teams, join an existing team or walk individually. Non-walkers can support NAMIWalks by sponsoring a walker or team, or by becoming an event sponsor. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Registration is free online at or at the event. Donations to NAMI can also be made on the website. 18

The stars come out Tribute to the stars brings Cher, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and more to the island.

In describing the audience at last year’s Tribute to the Stars, Lady Chablis speaks (as usual) in no uncertain terms. “They treated me like I should be treated,” said the ultra-fabulous star of stage and screen. “Like an empress.” Island audiences will have another chance to genuflect when Lady Chablis returns to the island as a special guest at Tribute to the Stars, a night of entertainment to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry. The event will feature performers Quincy Parham as Michael Jackson and Prince, Dennis Fields as Diana Ross, Chanel Stevens as Cher and Dorae Stevens as Tina Turner. The host for the night’s festivities will be “The World Famous Kristina Foxx.” This one-night-only show begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Oct. 22 at the Crown Plaza Resort’s Crystal Ballroom. Tickets to the three-course musical dinner and show are $65, with a portion of every ticket sold going to help five area Boys & Girls Clubs. “That is an even better reason to come out: to help” said Lady Chablis. For more information, Kristina Foxx call 843-227-9079 or visit

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The fur flew at Monthly’s Pets on the Promenade


ast month, we invited out a few hundred of our closest friends and their furry companions for a day of fun in Bluffton at our Pets on the Promenade event. Folks from PetSmart, Banfield Pet Hospital, Purina and many more pet-friendly organizations came and helped us raise money for Palmetto Animal League and Hilton Head Humane Association. The Beagles were on hand to keep toes tapping and tails wagging. At press time, the final count was around 10 dogs adopted. We’d also like to salute Pino Gelato, which donated all its profits from the event to PAL and HHHA.

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Do you like saving money? Sillly question, really. Of course you like saving money. Everyone likes saving money. Especially these days. Well, all you thrifty types out there, we’ve got good news. Great news, in fact. The great news is hiltonhead, the Lowcountry’s source for great deals. Get ready to save tons of money on the things you use every day. We’re not talking about 35 cents off of pickles when you buy a whole case. We’re talking serious deals here. How about saving huge on skincare? Maybe you’d like to cut a chunk off the bill for a night out.We’ve got you covered. Check for new deals every month. October 2011

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Burt named rotarian of the year The Bluffton Rotary recently held a secret ballot to designate a Rotarian of the Year, and this year Deborah Burt took home the honor. Burt has been a member of the Bluffton Rotary since 2007 and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010. She is seen here being presented her award by Wilson Saleeby.

Smith stearns students swings into us open junior championship Hayley Carter, 16, was selected as a wildcard recipient to play in the US Open Junior Championships that was held Sept. 4-11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Hayley is a student at Smith Stearns Tennis Academy on Hilton Head.

Mayor honors citizens of the month The quarterly Mayor’s Citizens of the Month dinner featured (back, left to right) July Citizen of the Month Frank Babel, Edward

Snider, Jane Laughlin, Mary Jo Riley and Town Manager Steve Riley. In front, left to right are Linda Babel, August Citizen of

the Month Annie Snider, Mayor Drew Laughlin, Shirley Simmons and September citizen of the month Joseph Mitchell. October 2011

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editor’s note / Barry Kaufman

There and back again


efore I (re)introduce myself, I’d like to take a moment to applaud Jeff Vrabel for the astounding work he’s done on this magazine. Jeff has really stepped up Monthly’s game during his tenure, and the task of filling his shoes is daunting, to say the least. He leaves this magazine better than he found it thanks to his quick wit, editorial savvy and seemingly bottomless well of talents. For me, filling the role of editor-in-chief at Monthly is something of a homecoming. It was here that I first cut my editorial teeth, serving as an unpaid intern during my college days. True, in keeping with intern tradition I cut my editorial teeth by mostly moving filing cabinets around, but it taught me a valuable lesson: lift with the editorial knees, not with the editorial teeth. It also taught me that this magazine means a great deal to me. After college, I returned to Monthly as a freelance contributor until Lori graciously hired me on as managing editor (or associate editor or assistant editor; we changed it every few months) and I stayed on for nearly five years. During that time, with my knowledge in filing cabinet transportation as a foundation, I learned what makes this magazine work and why. I learned that there is a lot to talk about each month, and the hardest part of the job is whittling that list down. I learned that we have some of the hard24

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est-working contributors in the Lowcountry. I also learned that I’m capable of downing an entire pot of coffee an hour during production week. But it wasn’t until I left that I realized how much there was still to learn. For example, I learned that a publication’s greatest strength is its readers. I spent three years with Bluffton Today, a newspaper founded on the notion of not just talking to readers, but engaging them in conversation. I enjoyed hearing not just from the event planners, community leaders and PR spokespeople who wanted to see their clients, festivals and new developments in print, but from the readers who were genuinely interested in the community around them who wanted a say in its future. I know that this community has plenty to bring to the table, and I want to continue bringing you into the conversation here at Monthly. Over the next few months, online and in print, expect to see new ways for you to express your thoughts through Monthly. In short, I want this to be your magazine. If you happen to find yourself down on New Orleans Road on the south end of the island, come on up and bend my ear. I’d love to hear what you think about the magazine, the Lowcountry and life in general. If you can’t make it down here, email me or call. I should be available to chat, assuming all the filing cabinets are where they need to be. M

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It was with interest that I read the bicycle island article. Quite frankly, I have not been impressed with the HHI bike paths. They are fine for cruiser-type bikes, but for the most part are woefully inadequate for higher speed bikers. It is actually much safer on the road (if there is a shoulder or it is a low-trafficked road) than on the bike paths for higher speed riders, especially during the peak tourist times of the year when the paths are totally clogged. There are only a few areas on the island where cyclists with higher-end bikes can really make use of this type equipment. It would be wonderful if a shoulder was ever added to U.S. 278 as this would be a superb option for bikers. I am a non-local property owner who has been coming to the island for over 20 years, am 57 years old, and still like to get out there and bust it. Mike Bannon Lansdale, Pa.

Dear Monthly, I am a 33-year resident of Hilton Head Island. I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful job you are doing. I look forward to receiving every edition of your publication. The articles are thought-provoking, the coverage of the island keeps me informed personally, “civically” and politically. It is especially critical during these trying times for our residents to understand the issues that will define our future and survival … you have done an excellent job keeping us informed and engaged. We are fortunate to have a high-caliber magazine like Monthly on our small island! Margaret C. Richardson, Hilton Head

Notes from a visitor I was in Hilton Head recently and picked

up a “free” copy of Hilton Head Monthly and grabbed it to read on the plane ride home. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the issue ... so much so that I can’t wait to come back! I am retiring this year and hope to relocate in HHI, so I’ll never have to feel sad again about leaving paradise! You’re so lucky to be there! Cyd Brearton, Troy, N.Y.

FIXES The website for the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is An article in the September issue contained an outdated web address. Also, an article in the September issue incorrectly stated the opening date for the Oilerie. The store opened in summer 2010.

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localS / Q&A Robert Cartwright

Pumpkins and pig races Fall rules at Holiday Farms By Robyn Passante


et’s face it: Autumn lovers get shortchanged in the Lowcountry. September is still beach weather, and November has been all but overtaken by Christmas music and early holiday sales. Thank God for October. If you’re looking for a heaping dose of fall fun, a good bet is Holiday Farms in Ridgeland, a family-owned operation that opened in 2008 and gets bigger every year. From Oct. 1-31 they host The Great Pumpkin Patch, which seems to have a little something for everyone, including people who like to see pigs run. We caught up with co-owner Robert Cartwright for details. Q. How did Holiday Farms get started?

Q. What makes your pumpkin patch the best?

A. I have an older sister who has a huge

A. Everybody gets a free pumpkin with

pumpkin patch in Mississippi; she’s had it close to 15 years and they grow about 40,000 pumpkins. I helped her run it for the first few years it was open. My other sister got married and moved to Ridgeland about 8 or 10 years ago, and she and her husband (Mitzi and Tim Cramer) decided they would really enjoy having something for the community to do. So I moved up here and have been helping ever since. Q. Do you grow your own pumpkins? A. No, we tried one year but it’s just way too hard to grow them in this area. I have a friend in Virginia who grows them on his farm and brings ’em down. We have 40 acres, so we do a wagon ride through the woods down to the pumpkin patch that I have set up on hay, and everyone can pick a pumpkin. 26

their ($8) admission. That’s any size, while supplies last. Typically the kids pick smaller “pie” pumpkins and the adults pick larger ones. Honestly, last year on the side of the road on Hilton Head they were charging $26 for what I was giving away with admission. Plus that admission price gets you so much more. Q. Like what? A. We’ve got a petting barn, duck races,

a bounce house, playground, the Haytona Speedway, which is a little dirt track I’ve got set up and kids race around it on John Deere tricycles. We’ve got barrel racing for little kids too; I have barrels set up and kids run around the barrels with little wooden stick horses. Plus there’s washers, cornhole, horseshoes, things like that for the adults. Oh, and this year we’re doing pig races.

Q. Pigs can race? A. Yeah, supposedly. We’ll have a special pen built, and I’m training them to run around the track there. It’s kind of like a greyhound dog race. We’re calling it the Pigtucky Derby. Supposedly pigs are smarter than dogs; that’s what they say. They’re fairly easy to train. ’Course their memory isn’t that great, so you’ve gotta train ’em right up until the day they race, so they don’t forget. Q. Pumpkins and pig races. How do we get there? A. We’re at 10884 Grays Highway. I took one of those old satellite dishes and painted a pumpkin face on it, so you can’t miss it. You’re gonna see a huge 10-foot pumpkin standing at the edge of the road.

For more information, including a schedule of Pigtucky Derby race times, visit M

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HIRES / promotions Holly Mlodzinski, MS, RD, LD, has been named health promotions coordinator for Hilton Head Hospital. In her new role she will focus on community outreach, wellness, prevention and integration of hospital services. 843-682-7369.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has announced the following new hires: Karen Morris, director of sales, is a 22-year veteran of the hospitality industry. She will be responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of resort sales. Michael Royer, group sales manager, will be soliciting, maintaining and developing activities for groups within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Ross Javornik, sales coordinator, will be soliciting, maintaining and developing relationships with local business partners in regards to resort activities. Gregg Harper, director of lodging, comes from Grand Junction, Colo., where he was responsible for the daily operations of a 23,000-acre resort. Anne Graves will be responsible for all catering and event sales related to weddings and private events as the new catering and events manager. 877-567-6513, Fred Warren has been named 28


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publisher of Frey Media’s Golfer’s Guide. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Roanoke College, Fred has spent the last 25 years in the golf publishing industry with Golf Digest and Links Magazine. Warren will be responsible for the relaunch of the Hilton Head Island Golfer’s Guide as well as Frey Media’s newest publication, Lifestyles. 843-384-7406 or email Tiffany Lucca has joined

Downtown Catering Company & Weddings with Leah as a planning assistant. Lucca will help with the organization and execution of catering events and weddings. www.downtowncatering. com,



Jonathan Sack, M.D., has

opened an MDVIP practice on Hilton Head, a program designed to emphasize prevention, not just treatment, of illness. Sack is board certified in family medicine and is affiliated with Hilton Head Medical Center. For more information, visit 2 Marshland Road, Hilton Head. 843-842-6357 Jennifer Leiti has launched Embellished Events, which specializes in creating elegant, chic and innovative weddings. Leiti is a University of Florida graduate with a bachelor’s degree in tourism, hospitality and event management. She has successfully executed more than 200 wed-



dings. Darling Eye Center has welcomed back Dr. Douglas Black as an associate optometrist. Black has practiced optometry for more than 16 years with an emphasis on specialty contact lenses. He is also well-versed in emergency eye services, comprehensive eye exams and pediatric care. 843-342-2020 (Hilton Head Island), 843-8154343 (Bluffton), Bea Wray has joined Collins Group Realty as the group’s first Daufuskie Island specialist. 843422-0161, email Danielle Keasling and Christine Smith have joined the

LYNES COMPLETES PH.D., opens freudian slipcovers

Debi R. Lynes has completed her Ph.D.

in a dual specialization of Adolescent and Family Counseling and Facilitative and Supportive Design from Capella University. Additionally, Lynes is now certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of South Carolina and with the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Lynes can be reached through her new company, Freudian Slipcovers, at 843-301-6147 or

team at Blades of Hilton Head Hair and Nail Salon, 14 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 843686-4200 Shannon Baltzegar Urriola and Karla Egnor have joined

the sales staff at Stoneworks, a family-owned company that supplies natural stone countertops and tile. 28 Hunter Road, Hilton Head. 843-689-6980, Rich Huston, a certified residential appraiser, has joined

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J BANKS MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY This month, J Banks Design, Hilton Head’s award-winning interior design firm, is celebrating its 25th anniversary — a milestone that can be attributed to president/owner Joni Vanderslice’s core values and business philosophy. Vanderslice believes the firm’s success is a direct result of their its to cultivate strong client relationships — as well as an internal culture based upon growing employees and giving back. At J Banks Design (35 Main St., Suite 120), each client is important to our design team, regardless of size or locale. Vanderslice stresses

that their designers get as much satisfaction by choosing a perfect paint color as they do from setting the vision for a multimillion dollar resort. Over the years the firms has worked throughout the United States as well as Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. To mark the anniversary J Banks has planned a monthlong calendar of events, including daily prize drawings and specials. For more information, go to

The Alliance Group Realty on Hilton Head Island. Huston is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a Hilton Head Island resident since 1990. 843-7855204, Tom Noyes has accepted the position of general manager of the Spring Island Club. In his new role, Noyes is responsible for overseeing the full range of club amenities.

Anna Ruby

La Isla magazine has announced two new hires: Kimberly Piston has returned as business and sales manager, and Jonathan Rivera has been hired as an advertising and public relations account executive. 843-6812393, Jim Hayworth has been hired as general manager of Green


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Team Pest Defense, LLC, an Earth-friendly pest control company servicing Hilton Head, Bluffton and Sun City area homes and business for 23 years. Green Team is located at 17E Greens Road, Hilton Head. 843-689-5334, email Jennifer Ahrendt Thompson has joined Prudential as a financial professional associate. Thompson is a certified financial planner and chartered financial consultant. 843-706-2100, email Betty and Neal Hambleton have joined The

Alliance Group Realty. The Hambletons have more than 15 years of combined local real estate experience. Pratt Reed has been promoted to sales manager at Hampton Lake, where he will oversee residential real estate sales at the 900-acre master planned community. 843-836-LAKE, Dr. Keith A. Taylor has joined Senior Health Associates, a provider of home-based geriatric care. 843-757-1173,

The World Affairs Council has elected Don Ferguson as president, re-elected Jim Fall as vice president, elected Joe Cart as treasurer and Clif Jester as secretary. Ferguson succeeds Neil Funnell who served as president for the past two years. Jennifer Woods has joined the Ben Arnold Beverage Company team as on-premise wine sales representative for the Hilton Head market. Ann Maness has been named Director of College Placement at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy. In her new role, Maness will work with students in grades 5-12 from 25 countries and 45 states to develop tournament schedules, resumes and facilitate communication with collegiate coaches.

Orthopedic surgeon Thor Robert Rhodin, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Coastal Carolina Hospital and has opened a practice near the Hardeeville-based hospital. Board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Rhodin is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and joint replacement and will focus on problems relating to October 2011

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on the move sports medicine. Medical Office Plaza, 1010 Medical Center Drive, Ste. 130, next to Coastal Carolina Hospital. 843-784-3611. Gloria and Allan LaCoe have joined The Alliance Group Realty located in the Fresh Market Shoppes on Hilton Head Island. 843-785-5200, email Lainie Crose has been named director of communications and assistant director of development at Hilton Head Preparatory School. She will be responsible for PR/ marketing efforts, alumni development, fundraising and special events. She will also be the editor of the school’s magazine, Perspectives. 843-671-2286, ext. 323, email lcrose@ Deborah Roncarati has


expanded Deborah Roncarati Salon in the Courtyard Building at 32 Office Park Road, Hilton Head Island. Roncarati has more than 41 years of experience as a hairstylist/colorist and has studied under Beth Minardri, nyc, Sassoon, Martin Parson’s, Bumble and Bumble and the L’oreal Institute in New York. Through the years she has remained passionate about her profession and continues to keep current and knowledgeable in all aspects of her work. 843-842-3395

AWARDS, grants and CERTIFICATIONS Christopher L. Corkern, a

financial planner with The Prudential Insurance Company of America in Bluffton, has qualified for membership in the

Million Dollar Round Table — one of the life insurance industry’s most prestigious organizations. 843-706-2100, email corkernhhi@ The Inn at Palmetto Bluff has been awarded the prestigious Five-Diamond Award by the American Automobile Association (AAA). Less than one-half percent of more than 31,000 properties approved by AAA achieve this prestigious distinction. The Hilton Head Hospital Auxiliary has awarded $18,000 in scholarships to the Technical College of the Lowcountry. In addition, the group’s Auxiliary Caring Touch Program contributed more than $22,000 to lowincome local residents for prescription medicines. 843-689-8246.

Gary W. Thomas, MD, has been elected to the position of secretary/treasurer of the South Carolina Oncology Society. Thomas is the medical director of South Carolina Cancer Specialists, 45 Hospital Center Common, Hilton Head Island. Alex Anselmi, Sun City Hilton Head’s Director of Information Technology, has earned the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designation from the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. Marianne Ballantine, owner

of Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc. in Boulder has been named among the inaugural class of 50 “M3 1000” awardees of up-and-coming women entrepreneurs.

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on the move Laurie Brown has joined the

Moss Creek Clinic of Horizon Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. The Moss Creek location, one of four in the area, is at 15 Moss Creek Village, Hilton Head. 843836-7003 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce senior membership account executive Beverly Maloney has been honored by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives as one of the top three chamber sales professionals in the nation. Leah McCarthy, owner of

Weddings With Leah, attended the 2011 Wedding MBA in Las Vegas. Weddings With Leah is a full-service wedding planning company specializing in destination weddings and wedding day execution. 843-815-5335,

NEW FACES, NEW PLACES Tapas Restaurant has moved to

a new location in Port Royal Plaza, 95 Mathews Drive B5, Hilton Head Island. Chef Ardis Matthews has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner. 843-681-859, The Coastal Discovery Museum has moved all operations to its Honey Horn location. The gift shop has been enlarged and the Kid’s Zone relocated with more activities and a new wall mural. The Museum’s main number will remain 843-689-6767 and the new address will be 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head. Junior Golf Corporation – operator of the Hank Haney International Junior Golf

Academy and International Junior Golf Tour – has changed its name to Junior Sports Corporation, reflecting its recent opening of the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy on Hilton Head Island. In addition, the Lendl academy has named the Port Royal Racquet Club as its official training facility. For more information about Junior Sports Corporation go to,, www. or www. 800-791-8229 Bridal consultant Lisa Kenward has recently opened her own business, Lisa Kenward Events. Kenward focuses on menu selection, venue and budget creation, and has achieved the designation of Professional Bridal Consultant with the Association of Bridal Consultants. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., has

announced that it is making its AARP-branded auto insurance program available through BB&T Carswell Insurance Services in Hilton Head. Harbor Light Insurance, LLC,

has relocated to 2 Hampton Hall Boulevard at the entrance to Hampton Hall. The office includes partners Harry Lutz and Rob Gillinder. 843-837-3737, email hlutz@harborlightinsurance. com. 843-757-5430, Lettrs, A Personalized Gift Store, has moved to a new and larg-

er location at 1303 Main Street on Hilton Head Island. Lettrs has been in business for six years and specializes in embroidery and personalizing and features Vera Bradley and Brighton. 843-682-3450 October 2011

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money report / steven weber

Making your gifts count

Are you making a donation this holiday season? Here are a few easy ways to do your homework first.


he lion’s share of charily important if you are considertable contributions every ing a charity that is new to you. year are made between First, be absolutely sure that October and Dec. 31, so the last the organization itself is legitithree months of the year present mate. In South Carolina, your a window of opportunity for you first step should be to log on to make sure your favored charito the website of the Secretary ties are spending your money the of State where you can find a right way. Last month we looked searchable database of charities. at gifting from your IRA; this The State Division of Charities month, in the second of two parts, has strict reporting regulations we look at evaluating the charifor organizations that represent ties themselves. themselves as legitimate nonA recent study by the Aspen profits within South Carolina. Network of Second, find Development out how much CHECK OUT YOUR Entrepreneurs, of your money is CHARITIES the Metanoia really supporting You can access the Fund and the good works, and South Carolina State what share is eaten Rockefeller and information at www. and Charity up by administraWilliam and Navigator at www. Flora Hewlett tive and foundations found raising expenses. surprisingly few Is the organization donors really effective in reachlooked into how effectively a non- ing its target mission? Does it profit organization performed. In have the wherewithal to mainaddition, older donors tended to tain itself in tough times? We rely more upon information from have found Charity Navigator, an the organization being considindependent evaluator of nonered, rather than seek out more profits, to be a valuable resource independent research. for answering these questions. A major donation should Charity Navigator evaluates always include a comprehensive more than 5,000 nonprofits, and due diligence process, one that assigns each a score derived from may include actually visiting both organizational efficiency and facilities and meeting with devel- organizational capacity. opment staff and the board of Efficient charities spend less directors. For the more typical to raise more. The majority of kinds of charitable gifts, however, their money goes to the recipidoing some basic research before ents, their fundraising efforts are you give is relatively easy, takes appropriate to the scope of their just a few minutes and is especial- programs and their administra-


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tive costs are within reason. Organizational capacity is a measure of a charity’s ability to sustain its programs, and continue to do so in a variety of economic or business circumstances. Charity Navigator has developed a complex system of metrics that takes into consideration differences in nonprofits and their particular missions; the results allow you to evaluate a particular nonprofit, as well as compare charities with the same general objectives, or serving the same target group. You can search by charity name, size, location, mission, rating, and keywords and get a full financial review — as well as a star score. There are also a series of Top 10 lists that can help you identify those charities that are worthy (or not so worthy) of your support, no matter how deserving the cause they promote may be. Some of the more revealing lists include “10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings,” “10 Highly-Rated Charities with Low-Paid CEOs,” “10 Highly-Paid CEO at Low-Rated Charities,” “10 Charities in Deep Financial Trouble” and “10 Charities Overpaying Their For-profit Fundraisers”. So when you get that call or letter, or when you see a heart-rending commercial on TV, do your research before sending your check. M Steven Weber is the senior investment advisor and Gloria Harris Director of Client Services for The Bedminster Group, providing investment management, estate, and financial planning services. The information contained herein was obtained from sources considered reliable. Their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those from any other source. October 2011

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Rebirth at Shelter Cove

The Kroger Co. is bringing its latest ‘lifestyle center’ to Hilton Head.

By Sally Mahan

After years of wrangling over the fate of The Mall at Shelter Cove, the 30-year-old shopping center will be torn down – except for Belk, which is currently the anchor of the mall – to make way for restaurants, retail stores and apartments. The real estate partner of the Kroger Co., Augusta, Ga.-based Blanchard & Calhoun, bought the 42-acre parcel and the approximately 300,000 square feet of existing retail space on Aug. 10 from Petrie Ross Ventures of Annapolis, Md. Construction is expected to begin early next year and the new center is expected to open by early 2013. There is no new name and no firm tenants lined up for the site yet, except for department store Belk and a Kroger store. However, Mark Senn, of Blanchard & Calhoun, said, “We’re working on conceptual plans right now and discussing those with the town (of Hilton Head Island). Our plans are to develop a mixed-used property, which could include restaurants, some of the current tenants on the property, other interested parties already on the island and some from outside the local area.” The Kroger Co. has developed several “super stores” in Ohio called “Kroger Marketplace.” 36

Those stores not only carry groceries, but also home goods. Senn said that the new Kroger will primarily be a grocery store, but all options are being explored. Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division, which includes South Carolina, added in an email that “the new Kroger … will provide a unique and interactive shopping experience, designed to be a convenient and inviting addition to Hilton Head Island.” Blanchard & Calhoun is also planning on developing apartments along the waterfront, said Steve Riley, manager of the Town of Hilton Head One of the goals is to create what’s called a “lifestyle center,” which have been replacing traditional enclosed malls across the country. A lifestyle center is essentially an open-air commercial center that incorporates shopping, housing and leisure amenities. Senn said that they will incorporate the natural environment by taking advantage of the waterfront. He added that there will also be park space and walking trails. The deal to purchase the Mall at Shelter Cove has been in the works for two years, said Senn, adding that the $17.3 million price was a bargain. “The first time the

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mall was sold, it went for $36 million. The second time it sold for $26 million. The $17.3 million was a good deal.” Things had been sliding downhill at the mall for quite some time. Over the last several years, the mall has been bleeding stores, including three as recently as July, when Coldwater Creek, Williams-Sonoma and The Shoe Dept. closed their doors. One of the mall’s anchor stores, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, moved to the recently renovated Tanger Outlet 1 in Bluffton. That $17.3 million sale price reflects the tough economy and the even tougher efforts to bring the fading mall back to life made by Walt Petrie, managing member of the partnership that owned the mall. Petrie wanted to build a 12-screen movie theater at the mall, but adding square footage

on the site was one of the sticking points with the town. After two years of tangling with various town boards, the concept was approved by the Town Council in 2009. But, the deal fell through when Petrie could not get financing for the theater. The town has been working with Blanchard & Calhoun on plans for the site, and the next step will be to take those plans to the town Planning Commission. After final approval from that board, plans will be forwarded to the Town Council for approval. “Over 20-plus years, we’ve tried to reduce density in the town, but we’re now looking at things differently,” said Riley. “There’s a different attitude and mindset now. However, we still want it to be not just about making more money, but about what’s best for the community.” M

The mid-island question While plans move foward for the site of the Mall at Shelter Cove, the greater question of master-planning the mid-island community has been raised by the Greater Island Council. These plans, which call for a master plan for this core area of the island including parks, open space, public amenities, commercial areas and more were presented to the Mayor in September. Expect Monthly to keep you informed as developments progress on this crucial area of our community.

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A parade of elegance

Island’s motoring festival now a destination event BY LANCE HANLIN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KAUFMAN


he Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance was created 10 years ago simply to help raise funds for the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Today, it is considered one of the top automotive events in the country. That’s music to Carolyn Vanagel’s ears. “Exhibitors are scrambling to get in our concours,” said Vanagel, president of the festival. “We’ve reached a point now that we’re really playing on a national stage.” Like a traditional orchestra, the motoring festival is made up of four parts: The Savannah Speed Classic (Oct. 28-30, Hutchinson Island), The Motoring Midway (Nov. 5-6, Hilton Head Island), The Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 5, Hilton Head Island) and The Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 6, Hilton Head Island). Vanagel stresses the festival has something for everybody, not just motorheads. “Every year, it’s different,” Vanagel said. “We have different cars and different exhibits. Every year you come, you’re going to see something fresh and new.” SAVANNAH SPEED CLASSIC The festival will open with historic sports car racing on Oct. 28-30 at The Grand Prize of America Track on Hutchinson Island. While the Classic is linked to the concours, the type of “historic” vehicles at the two events will be very different. Cars in Sunday’s concours must be pre-1972 and motorcycles must have been made before 1980. The only restriction on models getting into the three-day Speed Classic is that they can’t be run on a current racing series. That opens the door for some serious horsepower. Several groupings of classes will race against one another. One grouping for vintage Indy cars will feature classics driven by wellknown drivers such as Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt. Spectators will also be able to test drive cars and SUVs from automotive sponsors including BMW, Porsche and Land Rover. For an additional fee, those in attendance can also jump in a car with a professional driver and get up to racing speeds. The cost is $50 for a manufactured vehicle or $100 for an actual race car. Several notable Grand-Am drivers will also be on hand, including Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, Hurley Haywood and Grand Marshal Boris Said of NASCAR Sprint Cup fame. “I expect to see a lot of really cool cars,” Said said. “And I love cars.” In addition to all the racing, there will also be a beer garden and live music. October 2011

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MOTORING MIDWAY The Motoring Midway takes place Nov. 5-6 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. It is an event unique to the motoring festival, though other events have started to mimic it in recent years. There will be several exhibits for all ages, such as “Life in the Fast Lane,” with manufactured tuner cars from AMG, Alpina and RUF, countered by a dual exhibit called “Life in the Whoa Lane,” a collection of 12 horse-drawn carriages. There will also be exhibits of historic boats, classic motorcycles and a Kids Korral filled with automotive-themed activities for children. A display of historic BMW motorcycles from Peter Nettesheim’s collection will be there, including the first BMW. To celebrate the 10th year of the festival, eight “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” winners from past events will also be on hand. “It’s going to be really neat for people to see when they first come in,” said Lindsey Harrell, the festival’s vice president of operations. “Those are some of the most beautiful cars out there.” Admission to the Motoring Midway is included with general admission to the Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 5) and Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 6). CAR CLUB JAMBOREE Car clubs from all over the country will put their best rides on display for the Car Club Jamboree set for Nov. 5 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Each club will bring 10 to 15 cars, ranging from hot rods to muscle cars to European performance cars. Each year the jamboree features a European marque. This year it’s Germany, meaning a part of the show field will be composed of only German cars such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche and Volkswagen. 40

Close to 200 cars will be on display from clubs including the BMW Car Club of America, the Ferrari Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of North America and the Porsche 356 Club. Dennis Gage, host of the SPEED Channel’s television program “My Classic Car” will also be there. He’s the honorary chairman of this year’s Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance and will be on Hilton Head both days. “I do at most one concours per year because they’re just too high-end,” Gage said. “I love them, I appreciate them but I’ll never own one. Don’t rub my nose in it. Hilton Head is my high-end tasting for the year.” CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE The Concours d’Elegance is a piece of the motoring festival but it just happens to be the piece that the whole event was founded on 10 years ago. The event, set for Nov. 6 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, is growing in prestige with the field filling up faster each year. This year’s field was filled months ago. The demand has given event organizers the opportunity to be selective in the cars they choose, making sure they get the best cars out there for attendees to see. We’re not talking about grandpa’s Chevy Nova here. These are all museum-quality, 100-point cars. In order to win, vehicles must also be able to drive to the stage to pick up their trophy. The field will consist of 140 cars and 30 motorcycles. “I would describe it as a living museum,” Vanagel said. “These cars are works of art. You have a chance to see the living history of the automobile. You’ll walk away with one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences.” BMW has been selected as the featured Honored Marque for the festival and will be included in all four signature events.

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Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Schedule SAVANNAH SPEED CLASSIC What: Drivers of historic sports cars conduct practice sessions Oct. 28 and compete against one another in historic races Oct. 29 and 30. Hot laps, parade laps and pit access are also available to spectators. When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 28-30 Where: The Grand Prize of America Track, Hutchinson Island (Ga.) Parking: $5 per car, Grand Prize of America Track infield Tickets: $20-$100 (Discounts available online through Oct. 15). More information: Go online to or call 843-785-7469. MOTORING MIDWAY What: Exhibits featuring a mix of motoring heritage and technology. Exhibits planned include Life in the Fast Lane, Life in the Whoa Lane, Road to the Future and an exhibit of historic boats and motorcycles. There will also be a Kids Korral filled with automotive-themed activities for children. When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 5-6 Where: The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island Parking: $10 per car, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn; free remote parking at Hilton Head Island High School with a free shuttle to the event Tickets: Included with general admission to the Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 5) or Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 6). More information: Go online to or call 843-785-7469.

CAR CLUB JAMBOREE What: More than 150 muscle cars, hot rods and European sports cars from clubs all over the United States will be on display. The jamboree focuses on historically significant cars from all decades. When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 5 Where: The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island Parking: $10 per car, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn; free remote parking at Hilton Head Island High School with a free shuttle to the event Tickets: $30 (discounts available online through Oct. 15). More information: Go online to or call 785-7469. To register a club, call Bill Schmitt at 843-298-3038. CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE What: On the first Sunday each November, more than 150 classic vehicles compete for the “Best of Show” title under the spreading oaks and flowing Spanish moss at Honey Horn. The event was recently named to the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events” list. When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 6 Where: The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island Parking: $10 per car, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn; free remote parking at Hilton Head Island High School with a free shuttle to the event Tickets: $35 (Discounts available online through Oct. 15) More information: Go online to or call 843-785-7469.

| OTHER EVENTS | CAR CLUB CHALLENGE 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 28-30; The Grand Prize of America Track, Hutchinson Island: Participants from the BMW Car Club of America, Porsche Club of America and Ferrari Club of America will compete in the first-ever Car Club Challenge. Top qualifiers from each club will compete in the finals Oct. 30. 42

HOT LAPS Noon, Oct. 28-30; The Grand Prize of America Track, Hutchinson Island: For an additional fee, spectators ride with a professional driver at racing speeds. Manufactured cars cost $50. Race cars are $100. There will also be parade laps where spectators take their own vehicle on the track under controlled speeds.

FASHION SHOW 1 p.m., Nov. 5; Discovery House at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island: The Madhouse Vintage Fashion Show will offer attendees a glance back at the original days of the Concours d’Elegance events in Paris. A suggested $10 donation is welcome at the door.

ART TOUR Nov. 5-6; Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island) The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry will scatter 20 large-scale outdoor sculptures throughout the property of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Tours of the sculptures will be offered each day.

OPERATION IGNITE! YOUTH JUDGING Nov. 5; Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island: Event judges teach children how to judge a Concours d’Elegance vehicle by taking them around a number of contest vehicles. The idea is to get youngsters and teenagers interested in the hobby.

BMW ULTIMATE DRIVING EXPERIENCE: Click “Like” on the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance Facebook page for a chance to win the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience. Find more information online at www. IslandConcoursdElegance.

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concours | Q&A WITH BORIS SAID

‘The Man’ with a helping hand Boris Said claims he got into stock car racing by accident. BY LANCE HANLIN


t all started 12 years ago when Said received a phone call from NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner Eddie Wood of the famous Wood Brothers. He asked the proven road course racer if he could train a rookie driver by the name of Elliott Sadler leading up to a Cup race at Sears Point Raceway (now Infineon Raceway). “At the time, I was like, ‘I’m not a teacher. That’s not really what I do,’ ” Said explained. “Then (Wood) butted in and told me he planned on bringing two stock cars to Sears Point and wanted (Sadler) and I to lead-follow.”


Said jumped at the chance to get behind the wheel of a Cup car. After two days of intense training, Sadler went on to place

(Earnhardt) Junior, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick … it just kept going on and on. I’ve probably taught 32 or 33

“The first time I went to a track and drove, I just decided I wanted to do it professionally” 18th in the race. Word of Said’s help quickly spread around racing’s top series. “My phone just rang off the hook for the next seven or eight years,” Said explained. “Dale

NASCAR drivers about road racing.” Said, simply known as “The Man” by several drivers and fans, was asked to be grand marshal of this year’s Savannah Speed

Classic, part of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance. The veteran driver took some time to speak with Hilton Head Monthly about the event and his unique career. You can meet Said from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28-30 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah. Q: How does it feel to be the grand marshal of the Savannah Speed Classic? A: It’s two-fold. It feels really good to be asked, but I guess it also means I’m getting kind of old in my racing career. I’ve never

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been a grand marshal before. I’m excited about it. Q: Your dad was a Formula One driver and an Olympic bobsled pilot. Was racing just in your blood? A: It’s kind of funny. Most people don’t know this, but my dad left when I was 5 years old. I didn’t even know he raced until I started racing. I ended up learning more about him when I was racing than I did when I was a little kid. Maybe it is in your genes. Q: When did you realize you were good enough to race professionally? A: The first time I went to a track and drove, I just decided I wanted to do it professionally. I didn’t care what it took; I wanted to figure out how to do it. I was 24 years old the first time I saw a race car. I started racing when I was 25. Q: You’re known as a road course specialist. Do you consider yourself one? A: Yes. My career for the most part has been sports car racing. In my part-time NASCAR career, that’s the label they put on me. NASCAR is so well-known, now that’s kind of what I’m known as by everybody.

Q: What is your favorite track? A: My absolute favorite is the old Nürburgring track in Germany. It’s 15 miles around and there is just no other piece of road like that in the world. To be the only American to win the 24 Hours of Nürburgring will always be pretty special in my heart. Q: You’ve won several other big races such as the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. What are you most proud of? A: I guess just that I’ve been able to do it. When I started racing at 25, everybody told me I was too late and too poor. I guess I’m most proud that I’ve carved out a pretty unique career without much help. I’ve made a very good living at it for the last 20 years and I love what I do. I feel lucky. Q: You’ve obviously accomplished some great things on the track. What do you have left on your bucket list before you call it quits? A: In NASCAR, I’ve won in trucks and the Nationwide. I really want to win a Cup race at the top level. I know it’s really hard but it’s something I really want to do. As far as road racing goes, I’ve done almost everything. M

“I’ve carved out a pretty unique career without much help. I’ve made a very good living at it for the last 20 years and I love what I do. I feel lucky.”

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Still honoring the timeless classics Dennis Gage really doesn’t like the name of his popular television show, “My Classic Car.” BY LANCE HANLIN


o him, it’s a misnomer. Taken literally, a classic car is post-World War I, pre-World War II. That leaves out a slew of collectibles, including the 1965 Mustang, 1957 Chevrolet and 1959 Cadillac. Unfortunately, “My Historically Significant Car” doesn’t have the same ring to it. So, who would fret over such a minute detail? Leave it to the most overly educated person on television, which Gage possibly is. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry and helped create several popular products, from Pringles potato chips to Boost energy drink. The mad scientist also has that trademark handlebar moustache, which he describes as a leftover from a ZZ Top beard he sported back in his college days. Each episode of his show ends with the catchphrase, “Honor the timeless classics.” Gage plans on doing just that as this year’s honorary chairman of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance. Gage took a few moments to speak with Hilton Head Monthly leading up to the event. You can meet him from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. Q: How does it feel to be the honorary chairman of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance? 46

A: It’s a cool thing to be. I think (the festival) has come a long way in 10 years. It’s not easy to establish a legitimate concours, which this is. Hilton Head provides a really wonderful place for the best-of-the-best, elegance of design and a quality of restoration crowd. It’s a museum on a field of green grass. Q: I know you are an avid collector. What is the favorite of your collection? A: All of them. Each is my favorite for a different reason. I don’t consider myself a collector, mine is more of a grouping. It’s just stuff that I think is cool and fun - ’56 Lincoln Premiere, ’63 Studebaker GT Hawk, ’63 T-bird, ’67 T-bird. Frankly, they’re all 20-footers. From 20 feet away, they look pretty good. Q: Your show has produced more than 250 episodes, spanning 16 seasons. Why do you feel it is so popular? A: I get to go to all these cool places and meet all of these interesting folks - people from Jay Leno to Joe Q. CarGuy. It’s just experiencing the car hobby and I get to take everybody along with me. It isn’t reality TV, it’s real TV. It’s real people doing real things. Q: In your opinion, what makes the hobby so special? A: There is a car for every pocketbook. Go get yourself some little

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old lady’s ’67 four-door LeMans in beige, purple-brown or something like that. If you are a high school kid, that will still be the coolest car in your group because nobody else has one. And the thing will cost you like $800. Q: Is the look of Mr. Pringle a coincidence? A: The short answer is yes, but as with most urban legends, there is an element of truth. I’m one of the developers of Pringles, that’s true. My name is on a patent or two. I had the handlebar moustache when I was working on that, but the logo predates me. I always explain it as, “I’m not really on the can, I’m in the can.” It’s funny though because even a lot of people at Procter & Gamble just thought that was me to this day. Q: Obviously, you’re a smart guy and you could do anything you wanted to do. Is this the perfect job for you? A: Yeah, because it’s a lot of fun. This has got to be the ultimate job. M

“Hilton Head provides a really wonderful place for the best-of-thebest, elegance of design and a quality of restoration crowd. It’s a museum on a field of green grass”

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he 2011 edition of Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival will feature its traditional array of gleaming classic vehicles, of course, but all that shiny metal can make one pretty thirsty. That’s why the festival proudly invites visitors to take the CARTINI CHALLENGE, sponsored by Ketel One Vodka, in which 12 local restaurants / watering holes create automotive-specific martinis for beverage connoisseurs to sample in the weeks leading up to the Concours.

Visit to view the recipes and vote through Oct. 16. The winning beverage, pleasingly, will be available for sampling at the Ketel One Cartini Lounge at the Motoring Midway.







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There’s only two of this car in the world But there’s only one Carolyn, and she’s on our cover BY BARRY KAUFMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KAUFMAN


his month’s cover celebrates the elegance and tradition of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance by featuring two automotive beauties. Carolyn Vanagel, the executive director for the Concours, somehow found time during the hectic run-up to showtime to drop by for a quick photo shoot. Ever the professional, Carolyn even did her own hair and makeup and brought her own

period-appropriate costumes. Despite quick changes, the threat of rain (why, Lord, why always on cover shoot day?) and hordes of no-see-’ums, Carolyn kept her smile on and looked great. Expect the flapper look to come back in a big way after this cover. The other star of our cover was Bob and Tracey Gregory’s 1929 Raymond Dietrichdesigned Packard. This classic stunner is one of only two in

existence, a fact that weighs heavily on any editor’s mind when he’s being asked to “spot” for the driver while it’s being driven in reverse near a six-foot seawall. The Gregorys were more than gracious hosts for this photo shoot, letting us tear up the backyard of their Wexford home with various lights, electrical cords and tire tracks. Tracey Gregory even supplied the gloves Carolyn wore for part of the shoot and Bob helped hold lights in place. M

CHECK IT OUT Visit us at or “like” Hilton Head Monthly on Facebook to check out some behind-thescenes footage from this one-of-a-kind photo shoot.

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concours | BMW

Bimmer (n): an automobile produced by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (better known as BMW). Beemer (n): a motorcycle produced by same.

Have you seen this Beemer?


MW has been selected as the Honored Marque for the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance, taking place Oct. 28-Nov. 6. As the chosen feature, BMW will be included in its signature events: The Savannah Speed Classic (Oct. 28-30, Westin Savannah Harbor West), the Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 5, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn), the Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 6, Honey Horn) and exhibits on the Motoring Midway (Nov. 5-6, Honey Horn). This year’s Concours will feature a rare appearance by the long-lost BMW R7. Manufactured in 1934 by engineer Alfred Boning, the R7 was only ever a prototype, but it remains one of the most dramatic and innovative motorcycles ever produced. And now, after more than 70 years languishing in a box, this rare treasure will be available for viewing at the Concours. 52

CAR TALK To find out more about the BMW R7 motorcycle and see the entire 2011 Concours schedule, go to

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Good evening, and welcome to a trio of terrifying tales of the Lowcountry that will set your hair on end and make you think twice about stepping outside on a dark night. I am your host, William Baynard, one-time plantation owner and now, since my death in 1849, permanent resident of Hilton Head Island. Climb aboard my coach, if you dare, and prepare to witness the haunted history of the Lowcountry from someone who’s seen it all firsthand. In the light of day, we live (or in my case, lived) in an unmatched paradise of sand and sea. But once the sun sets, bringing it with it the silvery fog-streaked night, the Lowcountry’s true locals come out. If you’ve ever heard a ghostly whisper while walking the dunes at night, or beheld a faint light bobbing along the marshes, then you’ve met one of our many spirits. We begin our journey through the supernatural at one of my favorite spots in the area for rest and relaxation: Bloody Point. Here, where countless ancient spirits roam the earth, we meet a lighthouse keeper, and one of the most hair-raising job interviews ever.

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Joe Yocius fell in love the first time he saw the old lighthouse. Nestled within the pine forests of Daufuskie Island, the Bloody Point lighthouse swelled with history. Its beacon no longer guided ships across Daufuskie’s snakelike waterways as they passed through to Savannah, but it still stood proud as a reminder of the island’s rich past. Yocius had come down from Pittsburgh with the wound still smarting where the Lowcountry bug had first bit him. He’d become enraptured with the salt air, bought the old lighthouse, started calling himself Lowcountry Joe and put the north forever at his rudder. But before he could truly claim to be the keeper of the lighthouse, he knew he’d need to earn it. He’d need to do right by its current tenants. The locals had told him they saw things, heard things coming from inside, and Joe never doubted them for a second. The spirits of the lighthouse were restless. That’s why his first night at his new home he arrived without his bride, Mary, and brought none of his possessions save a bottle of good whiskey. With the moonlight streaming in through the windows, Joe plopped himself down on the pine floors, twisted open the bottle, and toasted the old keepers. “Here’s to the past,” he said with a raise of his glass. And the words were barely out of his mouth when the temperature in the room dropped. The sticky sweat Joe had built up from the summer’s heat seemed to freeze on the back of his neck. He was just noticing the chill when the voices began seeping up from the pine floors, the log walls, from the very foundations of the lighthouse itself. They asked who he was, what he


was doing here. They came from all around him, and while Joe couldn’t quite discern their source, he could tell they were benevolent. Almost curious. “I’m here to be the keeper of this lighthouse. Just like you,” he said aloud, wondering in the back of his mind what his wife would make of such talk. The voices told him one does not simply claim to be the keeper of this house. Not without appreciating those that came before him, their history. Joe took a deep sip. He paused, swirling the whiskey around his tongue. “That’s why I’m here,” he grinned. There was a moment of silence. Then the first of the lighthouse’s keepers began his story, of coming down from Ohio to oversee construction of the rear range light. Like Joe, he’d fallen in love with the area and stayed on as keeper for seven years. A father and son who’d both served as keepers told Joe of how the lighthouse had become part of their family during their mortal lives. The last true keeper of the lighthouse, who saw its flame extinguished in 1922, and his assistant, whose mortal remains now rest in peace on Daufuskie, urged Joe to continue their legacy. As the night waned, the ghosts of the Bloody Point Lighthouse taught Joe what it meant to be called the house’s keeper, and he listened with reverence, humbled by history. The morning came to find Joe asleep on the heart of pine floors, the last few glasses of whiskey still sloshing around in the bottle. The spirits of the lighthouse had returned to their daytime haunts, but they had left the new keeper with a very important lesson. All we are, they had whispered as he’d fallen asleep, is keepers of the past. When Joe awoke, he knew he’d earned his new position. 

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At Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, there are few who are feared more than the drill instructor. But rest assured, there is more to fear. As one of the privelged who wear the “Smokey Bear” campaign cover and make it their solemn duty to mold recruits into Marines, Staff Sgt. David Fiocco feared nothing. He’d heard all the stories. These recruits came to him, undisciplined lazy civilian teenagers filling their heads with ridiculous tales of haunted squad bays and shadows that flickered into your peripheral vision then disappeared. It was his job, his calling, to break these kids of their fantasies, replace the fear of spooks and ghosts with motivation. By God, when he was done with them they’d be giving the ghosts nightmares. But still, David recognized that Parris Island held its own phantasms. He’d seen the crumbling remains of ancient tombstones, sticking out of the palmetto shrubs along the Starlight rifle range like rotting teeth. According to barracks scuttlebut, they marked a mass grave where a plantation’s slaves had been carelessly interred. But beyond that, he’d heard some real whoppers from the recruits. One kid from the old 3rd Battalion barracks had sworn he’d seen a ghostly figure of a recruit wearing the old grey sweats doing pushups in the middle of the squad bay, then vanish. Even his own sister and fellow Marine, Sarah, had an encounter while working late at the public affairs office. She’d been at her desk late one night when she was startled by a ringing phone. The caller ID listed the incoming number as bucket issue, where recruits are first given their gear upon arriving. The call hissed and crackled with static, then went dead. When Sarah tried the extension back, it was disconnected. (Marines being what they were, her staff sergeant got the same call the next day and handed her the phone, saying “Fiocco, it’s for you.”) David pushed all these thoughts out of his head as he walked out of his battalion’s HQ, feeling the crisp air conditioning surrender to the oppressively humid night air. Here and there, orange sodium-vapor lights held up the dark-

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ness as he walked beside the infamous Weapons and Field Training Battalion squad bay. If there was a reason he was trying not to think about Parris Island’s many ghosts, it was that squad bay. Even Marines that, like him, didn’t buy into any of the stories steered clear of that place at night. As he crossed the parking lot to his car, he hazarded one glance through the windows and noticed a recruit patrolling the ladder well. He felt sorry for that kid, having to walk around that place after dark, where nearly everyone had a story of hearing phantom footsteps or jumping out of their skin when a shower turned itself on. There was even the occasional story of an entire ghostly platoon marching past the squad bay windows at night, their eternal footfalls dictated by a cadence hollered from beyond the grave. David’s eyes followed the shadow of that sentry up the stairwell, and then he continued on to his car. He had just swung the driver’s side door open when a sickly cold chill jolted his spine. It was his car. His car was the only one in the parking light. No other DIs were there to keep a hardened eye on their recruits. In fact, the squad bay, which is only used while recruits are on range week, was vacant that week. Immediately his attention snapped back to that ladder well, and the dark shadow he’d watched climbing up. It was gone. Then through another window, he watched the hatch to the squad bay snap open unaided as if forced by a hurricane wind. Nobody that David could see stood in the doorway. And as every hair on his high-andtight haircut stood on end, the phantam recruit of the Weapons and Field Battalion Squad Bay slowly slowly let the hatch close, continuing its nightly patrol as it had done since the day it died. David still feared nothing. But that’s not to say he didn’t get that car started up faster than a master gunnery sergeant jumping on a lance corporal with an untucked cargo pocket. And from then on, his recruits were free to tell whatever ghost stories they wanted.  October 2011

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On Friday’s second round of the 2011 Heritage, pro golfer Ian Poulter shot a 66, including birdies on four of the top nine. He retired to his rented house sure that he was on top of his game. But Poulter was not alone in that house. The following are actual Tweets from Ian Poulter’s Twitter account during that night: “Check this out, we have a ghost in our house this week & I’m not joking we have had some very strange goings on every night.” “We have a dead bolted door in the house & every morning that door is unlocked & slightly open. It’s happened 7 times already.” “No joke for real, very bizarre the door is pretty solid with a dead bolt & number of times it’s been unlocked & open. Calling home owner now.” “@Graeme_McDowell I might join you mate we have a ghost in our house and it’s given a strange feel in this house” “@PGA_JohnDaly hi mate can you come scare our ghost away please.” “I should ask @golfchannel or CBS if I can borrow a camera & set it up on that door for the night. My camera won’t video for that long” Whether this was a genuine haunting or a publicity stunt by a pro golfer looking to attract a few Twitter followers is uncertain, but one indisputable fact holds up this ghost story: Poulter shot his worst round of the week the next day; a 75. The next day he Tweeted: “I hope our Ghost didn’t like me too much & decide he wants a trip to Korea. I could do with my bedroom door staying shut this week.” 


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hope healing h ealing the lowcountry offers a trio of options for better breast health

by robyn passante


ilton Head Island is an oasis in South Carolina in many ways, not the least of which is for its access to exceptional health care. When it comes to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, women in Beaufort County are lucky to have the very best in care from three top-notch hospitals. We thought a fitting way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month would be to give readers a peek at the very latest and greatest in breast health services in the Lowcountry.

Hilton Head Regional Health Care

When it comes to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, only one thing is truly important, says Dr. Virginia Herrmann, medical director for the Hilton Head Hospital Breast Health Center. “It’s not the place, it’s the people who really make breast care.” said Herrmann, who is the only dedicated breast surgeon and surgical oncologist in Beaufort and Jasper counties. “And we have worked so hard to make this a great team.” The six-member team at Hilton Head’s Breast Health Center includes Herrmann, who is a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist with more than 25 years experience caring for women with breast cancer. It also includes Dr. Jennifer Cranny, a board certified, fellowship-trained radiologist who is a dedicated breast imager; and Maureen Wood, an oncology nurse specialist with over 10 years of experience caring for patients with breast disease. “We don’t just have general radiologists reading our mammography,” Herrmann said. “We have someone dedicated to breast imaging.”

The team’s collective expertise and level of excellence have just been acknowledged by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The program, which is administered by the American College of Surgeons, has awarded the Hilton Head Hospital Breast Health Center a three-year full accreditation, making it the only NAPBCaccredited breast center in all of Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. “It was a real team achievement, and we are very proud to offer this level of care to women in our area,” Herrmann said. >> October 2011

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Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Beaufort Memorial Hospital has turned the dreaded breast check-up into what they hope is a relaxing, anxiety-free experience with its new Women’s Imaging Center. The $1.3-million facility has been designed to appeal to women’s sensibilities with calming interior colors, soft lighting and comfortable furniture. “This is not your typical sterile waiting room with 10-year-old magazines,” said Breast Care Coordinator Ronda O’Connell, RN. “We put a lot of thought into the design to make the experience more enjoyable.” Every detail, from the art on the walls to the soothing music playing over the speakers, was chosen with the healing arts in mind, working closely with the hospital’s own Healing Arts Committee. Changing rooms were designed to open into individual examination rooms, providing patients with more privacy. “We want women to feel catered to, not like they’re going through an assembly line,” O’Connell said. In addition to digital screening mammograms, the center offers digital diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, bone density scans, ultrasound breast biopsy and stereotactic breast biopsy. With a radiologist on-site to read the images instantly, patients are able to get preliminary results before they even leave the office. “We found through focus groups that women like knowing the results of their tests when they walk out the door,” O’Connell said. “It provides them with peace of mind.”


St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System

For more than a year, Dr. Lorraine Champion has been using a new protocol for breast cancer radiation treatment at The Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion Radiation Oncology Center Hilton Head/Bluffton, which is part of St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah. Although the new program cuts the length of radiation treatment nearly in half, there are age, breast size and other restrictions placed on who could be offered this streamlined treatment schedule. But now Champion and her colleagues are part of a national clinical trial for the new treatment protocol, which means just about any woman with early-stage breast cancer in the area can now take advantage of the shorter treatment schedule. “I just think it’s very exciting,” Champion said. “I’m very willing to treat with the short course of radiation, but not all U.S. doctors are willing to do this. So this trial is to show that this treatment’s just as good as the six-and-a-half-week treatment.” Another new clinical trial at St. Joseph’s/Candler measures the effect of using the diabetes drug metformin on breast cancer survivors. Early trials showed women who used the drug for more than five years had a lower risk of developing breast cancer. That trial is studying how the drug will prevent recurrence and promote survival in early-stage breast cancer survivors. Women who have completed their breast cancer treatment will take the drug or a placebo for five years. M

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A joyful noise This month, nearly 120 voices will come together to benefit Family Promise — and the area’s homeless children. By Robyn Passante Photos by Thomas Love/

if you go The Celebration of Sacred Music, a fundraiser for Family Promise, will take place at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30, at St. Peter Catholic Church on Lady’s Island.

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ouch surfing” might seem like a free-spirited way to live when you’re a young adult, crashing with friends and relatives instead of settling down and signing a lease. But for a family, it’s just a nice way of saying “homeless.” “Most of our families start with the ‘couch surfing’ experience,” said Elliot Brown, director of Family Promise of Beaufort County. “They bounce around, trying to figure things out, and when that doesn’t work out they come here.” “Here” is Family Promise, a haven for homeless families, where they’re given not only a place to call home for at least three months, but also three meals a day and help in getting back on their feet. The local chapter of the national organization relies on a network of area churches and synagogues, both to host the families for one week at a time and to provide them with food and other assistance toward their sustained independence. There are 34 religious groups in Beaufort County affiliated with Family Promise, Brown said, and every one of them is critical to the program’s success. “We couldn’t do it without the churches,” she said.

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It’s that same spirit of cooperation that will be on display at the upcoming Celebration of Sacred Music, a Family Promise fundraiser planned for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at St. Peter Catholic Church on Lady’s Island. “There will be a combined choir of singers from 12 churches, and most of them are involved in Family Promise,” said Gary Rakestraw, director of music at St. Peters, who is coordinating the effort. The combined choir, which Rakestraw guesses will be at least 120 voices strong, will perform several anthems and hymns from various periods, including modern, gospel and classic standard anthems. The program also will feature performances by the choir from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort, the Low Country Children’s Chorus, and Anita Prather-Singleton and the Gullah Kinfolk, an internationally known singing group from St. Helena Island whose notoriety dates back to their appearance in “Forrest Gump.” Everyone is donating their time and talents, so the entire goodwill offering will be donated to Family Promise, Rakestraw said. 62

Besides monetary donations, Brown said the organization is always accepting donations of items to help furnish an apartment for a formerly homeless family that finds a permanent place to live. “We need kitchen supplies, beds, dressers, baby items. We equip them with their whole house when they move,” she said. Most of their clients have been single mothers in their 20s or early 30s who have two children. The average client has a high school diploma but is unemployed and has no reliable transportation. That’s a lot of cards stacked against you, Brown said, which is why Family Promise aims not just to give them a temporary place to stay, but a permanent plan of action. “We have case managers who will help them get resumés together, get them to and from interviews if possible, and help get them job training if possible,” she said. “And once they’re employed, they’re eligible for free child care vouchers that turn into sliding scale vouchers.” Because the program is actionoriented, it’s not the place for someone looking for a free ride. “You have to be willing to work to get back on your feet,” she said. M

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Remembering Don Ryan Behind the entrepreneur and visionary was a family man and friend By Sally Mahan

Don Ryan was a man for all seasons. He flew his own plane. He was a lover of the arts. He was a compassionate man who loved his wife and two children. And he was a man who loved his community, contributing his time and efforts tirelessly to the betterment of Beaufort County. Co-workers would tell you he was the first person in the office every morning. Friends would tell you of his love of golf, fine wine and the occassional glass of whiskey. He was a man of gentle good humor. But most of all, he was a man of vision. Ryan, 64, chairman and CEO of CareCore National in Bluffton, died suddenly at Hilton Head Hospital on Sept. 17. His cause of death is being kept private by his family. In 1994, Ryan helped form CareCore National, which was based in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. As a specialty benefit management company, CareCore manages the quality and use of outpatient diagnostics in the areas of cardiology, oncology, radiation and other medical procedures. It was a company on the cutting edge of a new industry, and Ryan was its driving force. He started CareCore with a single product: radiology benefit management. He found that there were many other areas within health care management that would require specific skill sets. In 2005, he expanded 64

into oncology and cardiology and built the technology systems needed to accomplish managing health care benefits in those areas. Under Ryan’s leadership, CareCore became one of the leading health care management companies in the country. “This was an industry just in its infancy when Don founded it,” said Michael Joslin, an executive vice president with CareCore. “Don was a very astute business person. He had this unique ability to look beyond the horizon. For instance, when it came to the management of

cardiology, he recruited cardiologists to help build this robust product. “He was leader and visionary, but one of his greatest tools was that he listened to his clients, to their needs … and not necessarily to promote CareCore, but to develop products and programs that met those needs,” said Joslin. “He was always ahead of the industry, always an innovator.” So how did CareCore end up in Bluffton? Ryan and his wife, Helen, had a vacation home in Sea Pines and fell in love with the area. But that isn’t the only thing that initially drew CareCore and Ryan to Bluffton. It was originally about supporting his wife. Dr. Helen Ryan wanted to accept the job as principal of Hilton Head Island High School. So, every Monday morning Ryan would fly his own plane from Hilton Head to Hudson Valley Airport in New York and then back again on Fridays. What really sealed the deal for moving here, however, were the relationships Ryan was building with the local business community and leaders throughout Beaufort County. The company relocated to Buckwalter Place in Bluffton in 2007, bringing with it more than 300 jobs in a technology industry that would help diversify the economy beyond tourism. “His goal was to bring the headquarters and the entire management team here,” said Joslin. “We didn’t lose a single member of the senior management team. He made it economically possible, but he went that step beyond to go out of his way to make sure everyone was welcomed.” Ryan also went above and beyond to bring industry to the county. He worked with the now-defunct Lowcountry Economic Alliance to bring new businesses to the

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area. Additionally, CareCore had recently announced that, through a partnership with the town and Clemson University, it would donate office space to entrepreneurs specializing in new technology. “He recognized what a wonderful and vibrant place Hilton Head is to live. But he kept asking what we could do to expand industry here,” said Joslin. “He found a very receptive community here in Beaufort County. He recognized that by working together, we could be the cornerstone for new industry in the county.” “We are saddened to lose a visionary such as Don, whose incredible energy, strength and focus defined our business,” said Ryan’s successor as chairman of CareCore, Dr. Richard Weininger. Ryan also helped the community in other ways large and small. He worked long hours with the Heritage Foundation to help nab a sponsor for the Heritage PGA golf tournament. He and his wife were very active with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, committing funds and time to the organization. Ryan is survived by his wife, daughter Keri of New York, N.Y.; son Kevin of Savannah, and two brothers. Contributions in honor of Don Ryan can be made to the John Paul II Catholic School, C/O Lynn Conley, 333 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29910. M

“I had the pleasure and honor to work alongside my father for the last seven years and the majority of my life outside the military. I would not give back those seven years for anything. He taught me about civil duty, professional responsibility, and most importantly, loyalty to those who helped get you where you are. He loved his family, this community, and his company ... he was a brilliant leader, mentor, and friend to all who had the pleasure of his company. ”

Kevin Ryan

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Sample the Taste of Charleston BENEFITS

Polo for Charity returns to Rose Hill The 18th annual Polo for Charity match begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Rose Hill Plantation, Bluffton (gates open at noon). For information about patron slots, gourmet picnics, tents, sponsorships and more email or call 843-568-1244. $15 at the gate, $10 in advance from BB&T and Markel’s Cards and Gifts. Children under 12 free.


‘Into The Woods’ at the MSYT The Main Street Youth Theatre this month presents “Into The Woods.” Curtains go up at 7 p.m. Oct. 13-15 and 21-22 and 2 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; there are senior, military and group discounts available. For information, call 843-689MAIN or go to



Edwin McCain (“I’ll Be”) returns for a special performance at the Jasper County Farmers Market 8 p.m. Sat. Oct 22 (doors open at 7 p.m.). Advance tickets are available for $20 from the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce (843-726-8126) and are $25 at the door. A portion of ticket sales will benefit United Way of the Lowcountry. The Market is located at 9935 South Jacob Smart Boulevard (U.S. Highway 17) in South Ridgeland. 843-726-8126,

Southern Living Taste of Charleston festival: Oct. 7-9 at Boone Hill Plantation, Charleston. This year the weekend long celebration, hosted by the Charleston Restaurant Association, will expand from three events to four, including a two-day main event in Mount Pleasant. An Iron Chef Competition will be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus. Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8, at a dozen art galleries on Broad Street in downtown Charleston. The main event will be held from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8-9. Tickets and information for all events are available at


PEP’s fall gala comes to Sea Pines in October Programs For Exceptional People’s Fall Gala: Oct. 8 at the Sea Pines Country Club. Features silent auction, cocktail hour and live music by the Sandpiper Quartet. Tickets are $75 each and are available at PEP, 10 Oak Park Drive, Box 2, Hilton Head. 843-681-8413,

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6th Annual Buddy Walk Saturday, October 29 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm FOOD, FUN AND LIVE MUSIC! Come walk the parking lot and “trick or treat” the decorated booths that line the walk Halloween Costume Contest for the Children

Shelter Cove Community Park For more info, to make a donation or volunteer contact • 843.298.8364

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HALLOWEEN Sea Pines Montessori Academy exhibition in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve: 12:30-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Forest Preserve. Enjoy an exhibition of scarecrows and folk art South Carolina-style created by SPMA students as you walk through the Forest Preserve on a trail from Fish Island to the Indian Shell Ring. $5 per family. SPMA’s boosters will also host a haunted wagon ride at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29. 843785-2534, Halloween at Coligny: from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27. The pet costume contest kicks off at Tail-Waggers at 5 p.m., followed by a family costume contest at 5:30 and a hot dog eating contest at 6:30 p.m. at Hot Dog Harbour. 843-842-6050 Halloween events at Salty Dog : see page 71 for the rundown. Trick or Treat TangerStyle : 1-3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Tanger Outlet 2 with trick or treating for kids 12 and under. 843-837-4339 Halloween at The Sea Pines Resort : start with a wagon ride at


1 and 2:15 p.m. Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, $15 for adults, $10 for children, reservations recommended. Then, enjoy pumpkin decorating, crafts, trick or treating and more from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30. 843-842-1979 Kids costume contest : 4-9 p.m. Oct. 31 at The Smokehouse. Kids eat free in costume, $1,000 in prizes available. 843-842-4227

THEATER / DANCE “Into The Woods,” presented by the Main Street Youth Theatre: 7 p.m. Oct. 13-15 and 21-22 and 2 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; senior, military and group discounts available. 843-689MAIN,

MUSIC Battle of the Bands at the Big Bamboo: Begins mid-October at Big Bamboo, Coligny Plaza. Bands will compete every Saturday night,

and the winner will play at the Sweetwater Brewery 420 Fest next spring in Candler Park, Atlanta. For details or to register, call 843-6863443. The Jazz Corner: Live music nightly; with special weekend concerts. Sundays: Deas Guyz. Mondays: Delta blues and bayou tribute with the Martin Lesch Band. Tuesdays: Bob Masteller’s Jazz Corner Quintet. Wednesdays: The Earl Williams Blues Quartet, or the Bobby Ryder Quartet. Thursday: Lavon Stevens and Louise Spencer. Sept. 30-Oct. 1: “Mack Is Back: A Tribute To Bobby Darin.” Oct. 7-8: The Noel Freidline Quintet. Oct. 14-15: Lynn Roberts and the Bob Alberti Trio. Oct. 21-22: Carmen Cuesta and Chuck Loeb present “Mi Bossa Nova.” Oct. 28-29: Hotlanta! Nov. 4-5: The Christian Tamburr Quintet, featuring Dominick Farinacci on trumpet. Village at Wexford C1, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-842-8620, Edwin McCain at the Jasper County Farmers Market: 8 p.m. Sat. Oct 22 at the Jasper County

Farmer’s Market. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $20 from the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce (843-7268126) or $25 at the door. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. The Jasper County Farmer’s Market is located at 9935 South Jacob Smart Boulevard (U.S. Highway 17) in South Ridgeland. 843-726-8126, A Celebration of Sacred Music fundraiser for Family Promise of Beaufort County: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 70 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. Free. Hilton Head Choral Society subscriptions: For its 36th season, the Hilton Head Choral Society will present the world-famous Vienna Choir Boys, a special community 9/11 tribute commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, plus the usual seasonal favorites — Labor Day pops, “The Sounds of Christmas,” a “Musical Masterworks” spring concert and the popular Memorial Day salute to the U.S. and our Armed Forces. Subscriptions to

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calendar the Choral Society’s 2011-12 season are now available for $105, offering preferred reserved seating to the four full chorus concerts and the 9/11 tribute. Advanced reserved tickets to the Vienna Choir Boys performance are available for $35. 843-341-3818,

ART / EXHIBITS “Six Artists One Palette,” presented by the Art League of Hilton Head: Opening reception takes place from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, exhibit runs through Oct. 29 at the Walter Greer Gallery, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-6815060, Endangered Arts of Hilton Head Island fall show, featuring Disney animation veteran James Coleman, Lowcountry realist Rodel Gonzalez and master of the B/W seascape Phillip Anthony: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 14-15 at Endangered Arts Gallery, in the

FOOD events

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The venerable seafood establishment will hold the next edition of its regular event at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hudson’s, 175 Squire Pope Road. “Tasteful Tuesdays” is a live cooking demonstration, presentation and history lesson that culminates with samples of food and wines from the Island Winery. Bring a beach/ folding chair, and a beverage of choice. And it’s free! 843-682-3474

South Island Square shopping center next to Longhorn Steakhouse. All three artists will be discussing

their work, unveiling new pieces and painting live during this special two evening event. 843-785-5075 13th Annual ShortBread Shoppe Fine Arts and Crafts Show: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Spanish Wells Country Club, Spanish Wells, Hilton Head. No gate pass needed. 843-681-5092 Exposition d’Art at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn: Through Nov. 22 in the Hilton Head Regional Health Care Temporary Exhibit Gallery. The paintings in this exhibit are created by four artists: Chris Clayton, Mary Ann Hart, Judy Saylor McElynn and Anita Stephens. Aptly named “The Four of Us,” the exhibit combines their landscapes, portraits and still life in juxtaposition to decorative objects and antiques owned by the artists themselves. coastaldiscovery. org Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island: Through Dec. 31 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The Exhibition will feature 20 large-scale outdoor

sculptures placed around the nearly mile-long walking trail. The sculptures were selected by a nationally recognized jury from a pool of more than 300 entries from around the United States. This free to the public Exhibition will be open to the public during the Coastal Discovery Museum’s hours of operation.

FAMILY Imagination Hour at the Sandbox: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Story time, followed by a related arts and crafts project. Free. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Labor Day. 843-8427645,

BENEFITS LoCo Motion, a walking/running event presented by Carolina Cups: The inaugural event will be held Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct 2. Participants will enjoy a different

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10-mile course on each of the three days, having the option of running or walking 10 miles each day, for a combined total of 30 miles through Hilton Head and Bluffton. This oneof-a-kind event has been carefully orchestrated to appeal to every fitness level. 75% of every dollar raised by Carolina Cups stays in the Lowcountry to fund breast cancer screening, treatment, and research programs. 843-868-1888, Hilton Head Island Crew fundraiser: Oct. 1 at Legendary Golf, 900 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. This event will be a 36-hole miniature golf marathon from 6-10 p.m. for all ages. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 843-597-3145, email Fire Prevention Week and Annual Free Pancake Breakfast: Bring the kids and enjoy a free pancake breakfast from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the firehouse off of Square Pope Road next to the back gate to Hilton Head Plantation. Tour the firehouse and see fire trucks up close. Programs For Exceptional People’s Fall Gala: Oct. 8 at the Sea Pines Country Club. Features silent auction, cocktail hour and live music by the Sandpiper Quartet. Tickets are $75 each and are available at PEP, 10 Oak Park Drive, Box 2, Hilton Head. 843-6818413, Heel To Toe For Polio: 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the Holiday Inn at Coligny Beach. This will be the third and final year of local efforts to eradicate polio. A victory party is planned at Beach Market Center at the end of the walk packed with entertainment, door prizes and a tapas lunch. 843-684-0074. Find more information on Facebook at Heel To Toe for Polio and at Hospitce Care of the Lowcountry Annual Sale and Craft Show: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15 at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Free. 843-681-8407 ‘Tribute to the Stars,’ featuring The Lady Chablis, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club: Oct. 22 at the 70

Crowne Plaza Resort, Hilton Head Island. Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Three-course dinner and show: $65. 843-227-9079, NAMI Walks: Begins at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head. Registration begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K begins at 10 a.m., followed by a cookout and live music. 843-681-2200, namiwalks Dine In For VIM, the first major fundraiser for the BlufftonJasper County Volunteers in Medicine: Oct. 29. The event consists of a series of dinner parties, all held that evening, each with a different format and theme, depending on each host. Hosts invite as many of their friends as they wish and provide a meal. At 8:30 p.m., guests from all the parties will gather at Myrtle’s in Bluffton for a champagne and dessert finale, where the donations will be tallied. The Chilly Willy Band is scheduled to provide live musical entertainment. Desserts will be donated by local chefs and caterers. 843-7067090 “Be A Saint” Golf Scramble: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 31 shotgun start at Hampton Hall Golf Club. Annual charity scramble will fund free early prenatal services offered by the Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Low Country. There are separate flights for men, women and mixed teams, as well as prizes highlighted by $10,000 hole-in-one contest sponsored by William Bury, CPA. $150 per person, includes golf, souvenir golf shirt, prizes, buffet lunch with complimentary beer/wine and more. 843-689-2222, hhislim@ Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island and The Junior Jazz Foundation present “Big Band Swing”: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa, Palmetto Dunes.

FESTIVALS Southern Living Taste of Charleston festival: Oct. 7-9 at Boone Hill Plantation, Charleston. This year the weekend long celebration, hosted by the Charleston Restaurant Association, will expand from three events to four,

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fall at the salty dog cafe Oct. 1-Dec. 15: Shrimpfest. Celebrate the shrimp harvest with 10 favorite shrimp recipes: Russian, Greek, tequila, fried shrimp and more. Oct 1: 15th Annual Oyster Roast. Features more than 2,500 lbs. of oysters, all roasted over an open flame. Begins at 4 p.m., ends when the oysters are gone. Also features live music, kids’ games and Jake the Salty Dog. Oct. 15: 12th Annual Fall Festival. Sample restaurant food and sidewalk shopping while enjoying carnival games, prizes, live music, kids events and more. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 22: Shrimp Festival and Lowcountry Boil. Celebrate the shrimp harvest with live music, kids’ games, Jake the Salty Dog and a Lowcountry boil featuring fresh local shrimp. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 27: Howl-O-Ween Pet Pic Costume Contest: Submit your pet pic decked out in his Howl-O-Ween best by Oct. 27 for your chance to win The Salty Dog Howl-O-Ween Pet Prize of bragging rights and Salty Dog merchandise. Oct 29: Haunted BBQ & Costume Contest. Kids’ costume contest begins at 7 p.m. Features prizes, candy, kids games, burgers and hot dogs. Haunted Village will be open from 4-9 p.m. Nov. 12: Pig Pickin’ and Lowcountry Boil. Lowcountry cooking done right. 4-8 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 31: South Beach Christmas Village. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, falling snow and Santa visits each week until Christmas. 843-363-2198. Visit for a full schedule of South Beach events and updates.

including a two-day main event in Mount Pleasant. An Iron Chef Competition will be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus. Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8, at a dozen art galleries on Broad Street in downtown Charleston. The main event will be

held from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8-9. Tickets and information for all events are available at www. CharlestonRestaurantAssociation. com. 27th Annual Chili Cookoff, presented by the Kiwanis Club: Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This year’s event will feature October 2011

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calendar local cooks, music by the Chilly Willy Band, kids’ entertainment and more. Tickets will be available in advance for $10 at several island locations, including the Coastal Discovery Museum and Burke’s Pharmacy. Tickets can also be purchased from any Kiwanis member. Each ticket entitles the holder to as many samples of chili as they want. Tickets on the day of the event will be $12. Proceeds benefit local charities. The Zerbini Multi-Cultural Family Circus: Oct. 11-16 at the Bluffton Eagles baseball field, 155 Buck Island Road, Bluffgton. 888931-7469, The grand opening of Port Hilton Head will serve as a fundraiser for local charities to include the Red Cross and Hilton Head Humane Society: Celebrations Catering will provide food, while live music, a beautiful waterfront setting and a Lowcountry sunset take care of the rest. The location is 421 Squire Pope Rd., tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. RSVP at 689-7526 or 2011 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance: This year’s Honored Marque is BMW. Events include the Savannah Speed Classic (Oct. 28-30, Westin Savannah Harbor West), the Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 5, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn), the Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 6, Honey Horn) and exhibits on the Motoring Midway (Nov. 5-6, Honey Horn). For more information and a complete schedule, call 843-785-7469 or go to www. Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival: 2-6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Promenade in downtown Bluffton. Features more than 150 of the world’s best ales, stouts, lagers and pilsners. Free, though a ticket is required to sample beer. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 843-757-8520, Music To Your Mouth: Nov. 14-20 at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton. Featuring prominent Southern chefs, producers of artisanal beverages and products and music. 72

OUTSIDE Star Night at the Coastal Discovery Museum: An introductory program about the night sky at 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Led by Marie McClune, master naturalist, and Coastal Discovery Museum docent and Kristen Mattson, instructor for the Master Naturalist Program and Lowcountry Institute educator, this program will introduce you to the constellations that can be found in our evening sky and show you how to locate them. $7 per person for this two-hour program. Please bring a flashlight and a set of binoculars. Reservations required. 843689-6767, ext. 223. PaddleFest 2011: Begins at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Hunting Island State Park, Parking Lot J. Consists of 3and 6-mile kayak, canoe, outrigger canoe and stand-up paddleboard races which begin and finish in the Lagoon near Parking Lot J. 843379-4327, 843-252-4820, www.

ATHLETICS Hampton Lake Tiger Bass 5K Run/Walk: 9 a.m. Oct. 1 at Hampton Lake in Bluffton. $30 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. 843-836-7463. Cost per to participate $30.00 adult & $15.00 children 12 and under. 18th annual Polo for Charity: Gates open at noon, match begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Rose Hill Plantation, Bluffton. For information about patron slots, gourmet picnics, tents, sponsorships and more email rotarypolo@hotmail. com or call 843-568-1244. $15 at the gate, $10 in advance from BB&T and Markel’s Cards and Gifts. Children under 12 free. Work That Core For A Cure: 8 a.m.-close Oct. 18 at Core Pilates and Yoga, 32 Office Park Road, 3rd Floor, Suite 306, Hilton Head. A special day dedicated to breast cancer awareness. All proceeds from Pilates Mat and Equipment Classes and Reformer Training will go to the American Cancer Society. 843-681-4267, Hargray Hilton Head Island Bridge Run: 8 a.m. Oct. 23. The 10K and 5K is presented by TD Bank; it will begin at Crossing Park and

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“Six Artists One Palette,” presented by the Art League of Hilton Head: An opening reception for this exhibit, which work from Linda Mack (pictured above), Annie Smithers, Bingie Tan, Linda Nickles, Nancy Mitchell and Pepi McNair, takes place from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, exhibit runs through Oct. 29 at the Walter Greer Gallery, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-6815060,

take participants over the Broad Creek on the Cross Island Parkway. The run is produced by Bear Foot Sports for additional information visit or call 843/757-8520.

WRITERS Book signing with Carolyn Evans, author of “Forty Beads: The Simple Sexy Secret For Transforming Your Marriage”: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Picture This Gallery, 78D Arrow Road, Hilton Head. 843-842-5299 Book signing with Tony Horwitz, author of “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War”: Pulitzer Prize winner, journalist and author Horwitz will speak and take questions at the USCB Lunch With Author Series Oct. 28 at the Hampton Hall clubhouse in Bluffton. Reservations can be made by calling 843-521-4147 or

emailing The all-inclusive price, including lunch, is $42.

SUPPORT GROUPS Better Choices, Better Health: A free workshop for people with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, chronic lung disease, depression, diabetes, heart disease, asthma or high blood pressure. Offered by DHEC 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22-Oct. 27. The workshops will be held at Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-252-4537 Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention: Registration starts at 1 p.m., walk and memorial program begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Bluffton campus on U.S. 27. 843-540-1841, Grace Community Church presents Redeem Your Story, October 2011

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Exchanging Lost Dreams for New Beginnings: This one-day seminar for spiritual renewal and encouragement presented by The Christian Working Woman will take place from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Registration is $39 and includes lunch and materials. To register, call 800-292-1218 or go to www. All Site Cancer Support Group: Meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Hilton Head Hospital in the Hilton Head Medical Center Board Room. The group is facilitated by Donna Popky, LMSW, and Corrie VanDyke, LMSW, and is for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or caregivers for someone with cancer. Free. 843842-5188, 800-227-2345 The Many Faces of Dementia: Meets 10-11 a.m. the second Monday of each month at Riverside at Belfair. For families and caregivers faced with various types of dementia. Free. Snacks will be provided and respite care is available. 843290-6560, email Caregiver Support Group: Meets at 3 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Summit Place in Beaufort. A free forum provided by Summit Place and facilitated by Corrie VanDyke, LMSW, Director of Social Services for Tidewater Hospice. Bring your loved one along, as activities will be available for them. 843-757-9388 Caregiver Support Group: Meets from 10-11 a.m. the third Monday of each month at the Hawthorne Inn on Hilton Head. Bring your loved one along, as activities will be provided so that you may seek the support you need. 843-757-9388 Tidewater Hospice weekly bereavement group: A free forum to provide help to people who have experienced a loss and would like support and information associated with grief and bereavement. 5-6 p.m. Thursdays at Tidewater Hospice, 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Suite A, Bluffton. 843-7579388 Hilton Head/Bluffton Parkinson’s Support Group: Free monthly support and educational meetings year-round. The group meets at 2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the 74

Memory Matters building, 117 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-681-3096, 843-836-2727 Women at the Well Support Group: The St. Andrew By-The-Sea Counseling Center is now offering a support group for women experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth or infertility. Facilitated by counselor Angie Elliott, the group will help women with tools for grieving, coping, self-care, identifying and communicating needs and more. Meets 6-8 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 843-785-4711. E-mail Women’s Life Transitions Group: A psychotherapy group where women come together to work on shared concerns, experience personal change and growth with a goal of improving the quality of their lives. Meetings will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bluffton Psychology Group offices, 10 Pinckney Colony Road, Bluffton. 843-815-8588, e-mail carol.tomeo@

ETC. Tasteful Tuesdays at Benny Hudsons’ Seafood: 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hudson’s, 175 Squire Pope Road. A live cooking demonstration, presentation and history lesson that culminates with samples of food and wines from the Island Winery. Bring a beach/folding chair, and your beverage of choice. Free. 843682-3474

Professional Tennis Registry’s Professional Development Weekend: Oct. 6-9 at PTR Headquarters and the Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club, Hilton Head. 800-421-6289, www. Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island: Fall class schedule runs from Oct. 10-Nov. 19. The school is offering 23 courses, including Addictions, Significant History-Changing Battles and Literature. All course venues are on Hilton Head. 843-842-8250, www. Independent boarding school fair: 18 different boarding schools

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The Endangered Arts of Hilton Head Island fall show — featuring Disney animation veteran James Coleman, Lowcountry realist Rodel Gonzalez (whose “Shrimping Off Daufuskie” is above) and B/W seascape specialist Phillip Anthony — takes place 6-9 p.m. Oct. 14-15 at Endangered Arts Gallery, in the South Island Square shopping center next to Longhorn Steakhouse. All three artists will be discussing their work, unveiling new pieces and painting live during this special two evening event. 843-785-5075

from around the country will host a fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 11 at the Westin Hilton Head, 2 Grasslawn Ave. For more information, call 931-244-6266 or email A Case for Diversity in South Carolina Courts free public forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center, Hilton Head Island High School, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. The forum will feature a panel of knowledgeable participants in the selection process for judges in our state, including: SC Senator Tom Davis, SC Representative Andy Patrick, the Honorable Judge Carmen T. Mullen (14th Judicial Circuit), Kelly Jolley, member of the South Carolina Bar, and a member of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission. Palmetto Quilt Guild monthly meeting: 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. Guests welcome, $5 visitor fee. 843785-3705, Business After Hours: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 20 at WSAV-TV in Bluffton. $10 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Family Health Month at the Center for Health, Fitness and Sports Performance and Honestly Well: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Center, 2 Marshland Road, Hilton Head. Meet local practitioners,

and vendors, attend a group fitness class and participate in a blood drive. All donations will benefit Memory Matters and are tax deductible. Free. 843-842-3359, Chamber Young Professionals Group: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar, Bluffton. To register go to or call 843-785-3673. MLK Community Service Day (Fifth Saturday): Breakfast takes places from 8-9 a.m. Oct. 29 at All Saints Episcopal Church for all volunteers. Community work projects will take place from 9 a.m.-noon. All ages invited to participate. Wear work clothes, bring work gloves and help build the “beloved community.” 843-681-3881

Civil War Roundtable of the Lowcountry Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration: Dec. 1-4 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The event will include speakers/presenters from throughout the Southeast who will focus on the Lowcountry’s involvement in the war from a both a Northern and Southern perspective. Bridge Clinics: Bidding brush-up workshops take place from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Fridays at the Hilton Head Island Bridge Club at Port Royal Plaza. $10 per clinic. 843689-6239, e-mail M October 2011

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‘Be our guest’

This year, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra is happy to welcome Maestro John Morris Russell as its Principal Guest Conductor for 2011-12. Maestro Russell will lead the orchestra in its opening night concert, taking place Oct. 10 at First Presbyterian Church. The Maestro will then return for three additional season concerts, as well the final round of the 2012 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. He will also lead this year’s edition of the orchestra’s “Symphony Under the Stars” program, “Music of the Night.” For Russell, it’s a return to the Lowcountry, where he met married his wife, Thea, nearly 20 years ago. Since then Maestro Russell has led the Windsor Symphony in Canada and served as assistant conductor to the Cincinnati Symphony; this past December he was selected to lead the Cincinnati Pops, one of the leading orchestras in the country. On Oct. 24 the Orchestra is thrilled to welcome to the podium Sean Newhouse, assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony. Selected in 2011 as one of the League of American Orchestras’ leading young conductors, Newhouse made an acclaimed last-minute debut with the Boston Symphony in February, conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony on two hours’ notice in place of James Levine. The Boston Globe wrote that “The BSO often played beautifully for him, the strings digging in deeply in the final movement to produce a glowing and expressive tone.” He is the first American-born conductor in 15 years to be appointed Assistant Conductor to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he took up in 2010 at the invitation of Maestro Levine. See you at the symphony!

LIVE AT THE WESTIN WITH MAESTRO JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL AND PIANIST RAN DANK A benefit for the Hilton Head International Piano Competition 6-9 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 15 Features a special performance by Ran Dank, 2008 HHIPC first prize winner, followed by remarks by Ran and John A few special live auction items, heavy hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary drink. Cash bar. $75 per person. 76

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GAME DAY GOURMET This chili is up … and it’s good! The tech of tailgating has elevated the art of outdoor pre-gaming from its humble roots of charred franks slowly shriveling on charcoal to a nearly gourmet experience. Today’s tailgater packs an entire sports bar’s worth of equipment into the bed of his SUV, and it’s all thanks to some serious hardware upgrades in recent years. Butane portable grills, car adapters, battery-powered blenders and 12-Volt fridge/freezers are just a few of the ways modern tailgating has been lifted from its dark ages. So with football season in full swing, and with the mercury plummeting, we present this ultimate tailgating chili. You’ll need to outfit your tailgating party with a car adapter and a slow cooker to pull it off, but you’ll be the toast of the parking lot with one bite. BY SALLY KERRDINEEN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KAUFMAN October 2011

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Beef Brisket and Pork Chipotle Chili

The day before game day:

You could easily make this all brisket or all pork. If chicken is your thing, use boneless skinless thighs, cut down the cooking time to about one hour and omit the bacon.

Preheat oven to 350°F

½ lb. smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 large onions, medium chop 1-½ lbs. country-style pork spare ribs, cut into 1-1 ½ inch cubes 1-½ lbs. first cut beef brisket, cut into 1-1 ½ inch cubes Ground cumin Garlic powder Smoked paprika 4 tbls. chipotle purée (see note below) 6-8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 2 tbls. chili powder 1 tbl. smoked paprika 2 tsps. ground cumin 1 tsp. oregano 1 tsp. ground coriander 1 cup beef broth 2 4-oz. cans fire-roasted diced green chilies 1 28-oz. can fire-roasted chopped tomatoes 1 10-oz. bottle amber or dark beer ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce 2 15-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed ½ cup chopped cilantro Sour cream (optional) Grated cheese (optional)

Process chipotle puree, garlic cloves, chili powder, cumin, oregano, coriander and beef broth in the bowl of a food processor until smooth. Set aside.

Crusty bread (not optional)

Season beef and pork with about 1 tablespoon each of cumin, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Toss, making sure all pieces are covered and spice mixture distributed.  Set aside.

Sauté bacon in a large, heavy ovenproof pot over medium heat until it begins rendering fat and browns. Add onions and continue cooking until softened.  Add beef and pork, stir to coat. Pour purée over meat.  Stir to combine.  Add green chilies, tomatoes and beer.  Bring chili to a simmer, cover and roast in oven for 2 hours.  Uncover, add beans, Worcestershire sauce and cilantro.  Continue roasting for another 1-1 ½ hours until the meat is tender. Cool then transfer to a storage container. Chill overnight.

Game day: Transfer chili to slow cooker, cover and reheat on high for a couple of hours until heated through. Serve with crusty bread, sour cream and grated cheese. Essential tailgating equipment: Slow cooker, car adapter, insulated cooler. Note: To make chipotle purée just process a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in a food processor until smooth. The purée will keep a few weeks in the fridge thanks to the vinegar in the peppers.

Through thick and thin Chili come out too thick? Dilute with chicken or beef broth. Did it come out too thin? Bulk it up with some tomato paste.


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hot dog harbour Grab a bite by the beach — covered in mustard, onions, chili or whatever you like (there’s even vegan options and homemade chips) at this one particular harbor, located in Coligny Plaza. 843-785-5400

Alfred’s: European-trained executive chef Alfred Kettering combines classic American and Continental cuisine. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3117. D Alligator Grille: Everything from tuna to gator, ribs to sushi. Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-4888. D Arthur’s: Sandwiches, salads. Arthur Hills Course, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 785-1191. L Atlanta Bread Company: Soups, salads and sandwiches. 45 Pembroke Drive, Hilton Head. 3422253. bld Beach Break Grill: Baja fish tacos, Cuban sandwiches, plate lunches, salads. 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite F, Hilton Head. 7852466. Ld Bess’ Delicatessen and Catering: Soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, muffins, croissants. 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center, Hilton Head. 785-5504. bl Big Bamboo Cafe: Casual American food in a 1940s Pacificthemed atmosphere. Live music nightly. 4-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. 10 p.m. Wednesday: Reggae night. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-3443. www. ldo Bomboras Grille and Chill Bar: 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 843-689-2662, ldo Bonefish: 890 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 341-3772. ld Brellas Café: Breakfast buffet, weekend seafood buffet. 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head. 8422400. bd Café at the Marriott: Breakfast buffet, lunch a la carte. Oceanside at Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 6868488. bl Callahan’s Sports Bar & Grill: October 2011

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where to eat Pub food in a sports-bar atmosphere. 4-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. 49 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 686-7665. ldo Carolina Café: Lowcountry cuisine. The Westin Resort, Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head. 6814000, ext. 7045. bld Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: Burgers, sandwiches. 4-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays: Happy Hour. Mondays: Margarita Mondays. Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night. Thursdays: Team trivia. Fridays: Karaoke. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-2255. ldo Christine’s Cafe and Catering: Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. 840 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 785-4646. l Coco’s On The Beach: 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A, Hilton Head. 842-2626. ld Coconutz Sportz Bar: Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, seafood and steaks. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-8420043. do Coligny Deli & Grill: More than 80 flavors of frozen treats and sandwiches. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-4440. ld Conroy’s: Signature restaurant of author Pat Conroy features seafood, steaks and ocean views. Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 686-8499. ds Cornerstone Grill: Burgers, salads, chicken. Tanger Outlet 2, 1414 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-5765. ld Crane’s Tavern and Steakhouse: Steakhouse with high-end specialties. 26 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 341-2333. d Daniel’s Restaurant and Lounge: 2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 843-341-9379. do Deli by the Beach: Deli sandwiches with Boar’s Head meats. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 7857860. ld Downtown Deli: Soups, sandwiches, Italian specialties. 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton. 8155005. bl Drydock: 21 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 842-9775. ldo Earle of Sandwich Pub: English pub food, sandwiches. 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-7767. ld Ela’s Blu Water Grille: Fresh-caught seafood and prime-cut steaks with views of Shelter Cove Harbour. Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 7853030, ld Flavors: Eclectic recipes from around the world. 12 Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 843-7853115. ld Frankie Bones: Reminiscent of Chicago/New York in the 1950s and 1960s. 1301 Main St., Hilton 80

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where to eat Head. 682-4455. lds Gruby’s New York Deli: Traditional deli favorites with an authentic NYC touch. 890 William Hilton Parkway in the Fresh Market Shoppes, Hilton Head. 842-9111. bl Harbour Side Cafe: Casual outdoors burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 842-1444. ld Harbour Town Grill: Harbour Town Links Clubhouse, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 363-8380. bld Harold’s Diner: Full breakfast and lunch menu. 641 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 842-9292. bl hh prime: Fine aged prime steaks, fresh seafood, large wine selection. Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 3418058. blds Hilton Head Brewing Company: Classic American flavors, home-brewed favorites. 7C Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-3900. ldo Hilton Head Diner: Classic-style diner in the New York tradition; open 24/7. 6 Marina Side Drive, Hilton Head. 686-2400. bldo Hinchey’s Chicago Bar and Grill: Casual family dining. 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 6865959. bldo Honeybaked Ham: Ham baked with a special recipe, variety of side dishes. 1060 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 815-7388. bld Hot Dog Harbour: Unit E-5, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-5400. ld Island Bistro: 10 Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-4777. lds Jazz Corner: Eclectic fine dining menu, live music nightly. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-8620. do Johnny D’s: Fresh local seafood, produce, house-made cheeses. Park Plaza, Hilton Head Island. 785-2800, ldo Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: Sandwiches and salads in a pub setting. 7 Greenwood Dr., Suite 3B, Hilton Head. 785-9070. ldo Katie O’Donald’s: Steaks, seafood and sandwiches in an Irish pub atmosphere. 1008 Fording Island Road (Kittie’s Crossing), Bluffton. 8155555. ldo Kelly’s Tavern: 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton. 837-3353. bldo Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe: Lowcountry and New Orleans creole cuisine. 70 Pope Ave. in Circle Center, Hilton Head. 785-3315. blds Lakehouse Restaurant: Casual atmosphere, overlooking golf course. Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 842-1441. bl Land’s End Tavern: Casual family atmosphere overlooking the marina. South Beach October 2011

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where to eat Marina, Hilton Head. 671-5456. bld Larry’s Giant Subs: Subs, NYC-style deli sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks. 32 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. 785-2488. bld Lee Wood’s Lowcountry Grille: 71 Pope Ave., Suite E, Hilton Head. Open 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. 843-7152540. ldo Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: Craft brews, wines and cocktails; fresh-ground burgers, Vienna hot dogs, hand-cut fries. 5-8 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Tuesdays: Pinch the Pint Night. Wednesdays: Kick the Keg Night. Thursdays: Burgers and Beer Night. 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 8428966. do Longhorn Steakhouse: Texas atmosphere for serious carnivores. 841 South Island Square, William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 6864056. ld A Lowcountry Backyard: Lowcountry and Charleston cuisine,



11 Northridge Drive, Hilton Head 843-681-8590 including fresh-baked breakfast cakes, sandwiches, seafood, salads and soups. 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange, Hilton Head. 785-9273. bld Main Street Café: Pub-style dishes, seafood. 1411 Main Street Village, Hilton Head. 689-3999. lds May River Grill: Fresh fish. 1263 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-5755. Closed Sundays. ld Metropolitan Lounge and Bistro: European style martini bar

and bistro. 5-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Live entertainment nightly. 1050 Fording Island Road (in the Target Center), Bluffton. 843-815-7222. do Mickey’s Pub: Pub food, steaks, mussels, grilled pizzas. 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 6899952. ldo Montana’s Grizzly Bar: 4-7 p.m. daily and all day Tuesday: Happy Hour. Nightly specials after 7 p.m. 16 Kittie’s Landing Road, Bluffton. 815-2327. ldo Munchies: Ice creams, wraps, sandwiches, paninis and salads. Offers a $5 after-school meal for students from 2:30-4:30 p.m. daily, and ready-made brown-bag to-go lunches. 1407 Main St., Hilton Head. 785-3354. ld Ocean Blue: Pizza, salads, sandwiches. Oceanfront at the Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort in Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 6868444. ld

new restaurants

Anish Gopinath has opened Fusion, a blend of French, Indian and American cuisine, on the north end of Hilton Head Island. Gopinath, an India native, has more than 14 years of culinary experience and has worked chefs from around the world, specializing in pastries and hot kitchen. Fusion is located at 14 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head, in the Gallery of Shoppes. 843-715-9365

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where to eat Ocean Grille: Fine dining, fresh seafood, scenic setting. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 785-3030. d Old Fort Pub: Fine dining and spectacular views. 65 Skull Creek Drive in Hilton Head Plantation, Hilton Head. 681-2386. ds Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café: Eggs Benedict, Bloody Marys. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 6863232. palmettobaysunrisecafe. com. bl Philly’s Café and Deli: Salads, sandwiches. 102 Fountain Center, New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-9966. l Plantation Café and Deli (south end): Breakfast plates, salads, sandwiches and more. 81 Pope Ave. in Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-9020. bl Plantation Café and Deli: (north end): Breakfast plates, salads, sandwiches and more. 95


34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head 843-842-4227 Mathews Dr., Hilton Head. 3424472. bl Pour Richard’s: Balances worldly flavors with soul and “Southern comfort”; features Bluffton’s only wood-fire oven. 4376 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton. With new spring menu; now open Monday nights. 843-757-1999. do Reilley’s Grill and Bar (north end): Steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. Happy Hour crab legs. 95 Mathews Dr., Hilton Head.

681-4153. ldso Reilley’s Grill and Bar (south end): Steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. Happy Hour crab legs. 7D Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head. 842-4414. reilleyshiltonheadcom. ldo Remy’s Bar and Grill: Fresh local seafood. Kitchen open from 11 p.m.-late. Live music nightly. Mondays: Moon Men From Mars Tuesdays: Jalapeno Brothers. Wednesdays: Treble Jay. Thursdays: Martin Lesch Trio. Fridays: CC & The Lost Boys. Saturdays: (rotates). Sundays: Big B Karaoke. 130 Arrow Rd., Hilton Head. 842-3800. ldo Robert Irvine’s eat!: Cooking classes available. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 785-4850. d Sage Room: Unique open-air kitchen allows guests to chat with the chefs. 81 Pope Ave., Heritage

salty dog cafe

South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines 843-671-7327 Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-5352. d Salty Dog Cafe: Outdoor hangout for burgers, sandwiches and seafood. South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 671-7327. ld Sea Pines Beach Club and Surfside Grill: Casual fare, family entertainment, beachfront. North Sea Pines Drive, Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head. 842-1888. ld Sigler’s Rotisserie: Fine food in

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where to eat a relaxed atmosphere. Private dining room available.12 Sheridan Park Circle, Bluffton. 815-5030. d Sippin’ Cow Cafe: Sandwiches, soups, specials. 1230 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-5051. bl Skillets Café: Speciality dishes served in skillets; stocked salad bar. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 7853131. bld Southern Coney & Breakfast: Coney dogs, hamburgers, salads, breakfast. 70 Pope Ave., in Circle Center, Hilton Head. 689-2447. bl Stack’s Pancakes of Hilton Head: Pancakes, crepes, muffuletta melts, select dinner entrées. 2 Regency Parkway, Hilton Head. 341-3347. www.stackspancakes. net. bld Stooges Cafe: Serving breakfast all day, full lunch menu, lunch specials and dessert menu. 25 Sherington Drive, Bluffton. 7066178. bl The Studio: Fine cuisine and live music in an art gallery atmosphere. 20 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-6000. d Street Meet: Family-friendly menu in a 1930s-era tavern; serves food until 1 a.m.; outdoor seating; block parties the last Saturday of every month starting at 6 p.m. Daily: Happy hour from 4-7 p.m, late night happy hour from 10 p.m. until close. Tuesday: L80s Night. Fridays: Fish fry. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-2570. ldo Stu’s Surfside: Subs, salads, wraps, box lunches. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-7873. ld Sunset Grille: Upscale dining,


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807 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head 843-785-3838 unforgettable views. 43 Jenkins Island Road, Hilton Head. 6896744. ldos Tapas: Small dishes served tapas-style. 11 Northridge Drive, Hilton Head. 681-8590. d The Tavern: 51 Riverwalk Blvd., Suite 3G, in the Riverwalk Business Park, Ridgeland. Open MondaysSaturdays for lunch and dinner. 843-645-2333. ld Topside at the Quarterdeck: Steaks and seafood in a casual setting with sunset views over Calibogue Sound. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 842-1999. d Truffles Cafe (south end): Ribs, steaks, seafood and American cuisine at three locations. 8 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-3663. ld Truffles Cafe (Sea Pines): Ribs, steaks, seafood and American cuisine at three locations. 71 Lighthouse Road, Sea Pines Center, Hilton Head. 671-6136. trufflescafe. com. ld Truffles Cafe (Bluffton): Ribs, steaks, seafood and American cuisine at three locations. 91 Towne Drive, Bluffton. 815-5551. ld Turtles Beach Bar & Grill: Lowcountry fare with a Caribbean twist. Live nightly entertainment. 2 Grasslawn Ave. at the Westin Resort, Hilton Head. 681-4000. ldo Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Burgers, seafood and salads with waterfront views. 18 Simmons Road in Broad Creek Marina, Hilton Head. 681-3625. ld Vic’s Tavern: Traditional pub food in a sports bar atmosphere.

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wine time

Adelsheim: A brand evolution


hink back to the first bottle of wine you ever purchased. The name may not come right to you, but the catchy label on that bottle is probably what made you grab it off the

shelf. A wine’s label can mean a lot of different things, but passionate winemakers and winery owners like David Adelsheim not only want a label to possess great quality, but also represent the quality fruit and passion that is in follow every bottle. the wine guy Family owned and operated since 1971, Follow Seth Adelsheim winery was one of the first to take a Tilton at twitter. leap of faith in what was then unproven ground com/ in Willamette Valley, Ore. Since then, Adelsheim grapesuccess. has not only provided superior wines, but set a trend in what’s become one of the most booming regions in the wine world. So why change a label after 30 years? The original label shown

above was a portrait of Diane Lett with Adelsheim vineyards in the background. The label was painted by Ginny Adelsheim in tribute to the Lett family, who were the first to ever plant grapes in Willamette Valley. Although the wine was of superior quality, the label became distracting — and it became the focus, rather than the wine. So now, after 30 years of tribute to the Lett family, the Adelsheims are returning respect to their Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard by removing the portrait and keeping the painted vineyard by Ginny Adelsheim. In honor of the Adelsheim family, try their beloved pinot noir next time you purchase a bottle.

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where to eat Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 6812228. ld Walnuts Café: Regional ingredients and creative cultural flavors, with an emphasis on fresh and local. 70 Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park, Bluffton. 815-2877. bls Wild Wing Café (Hilton Head): 4-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesday: Trivia Night. Wednesday: Tacos and Ritas Night, plus karaoke. Thursday-Saturday: Live music. 72 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-9464. ldo Wild Wing Café (Bluffton): 1188 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 4-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesday: Trivia Night. Wednesday: Tacos and Ritas Night, plus karaoke. Thursday-Saturday: Live music. 1188 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 837-9453. 837-9453. ldo WiseGuys: Big wines, small plates, cocktails. 4:30-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesdays: Miami Nights. Wednesday: Ladies’ Night. 1513 Main St., Hilton Head. 842-8866. do

BARBECUE Bluffton Barbeque: 11 State of Mind St., Bluffton. 757-7427, ld Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q: 872 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 7069741. ld One Hot Mama’s: Slow-cooked BBQ and ribs, wings and more. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Late-night menu until 1 a.m, bar open until 2 a.m. Tuesdays: Totally ‘80s night with DJ Smalls. 10 p.m. Thursdays: Karaoke. Fridays and Saturdays: The Island’s Best Dance Party, with DJ Wee. 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 682-6262. ldso Patty’s Pig & Pit: 32 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 843-842-5555 Smokehouse: BBQ. 34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 842-4227. ldo Squat N’ Gobble: BBQ, burgers, Greek food. 1231 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-4242. bld



202 Pineland Station, Hilton Head 843-342-9949

British Open Pub (Hilton Head): Authentic British food, drink, certified angus beef. 1000 William Hilton Parkway D3 in the Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 686-6736. Ldo British Open Pub (Bluffton): Authentic British food, drink, certified angus beef. 60 Sun City Lane, Bluffton. 705-4005. britishopenpub. net. Ldo

BURGERS A.J.’s Burgers: Specialty burgers, salads, wraps, full bar. 1G New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 843341-3556, ldo Fuddruckers: 2A Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. 686-5161. ld

FRENCH Bistro 17: French cuisine with harbor views. 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 7855517. ld Café St. Tropez: Seafood favorites, continental style. 841 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 7857425. ldo

johnny d’s

Park Plaza, Hilton Head 843-785-2800

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where to eat Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte: Small, intimate French dining. 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 7859277. ld Claude & Uli’s Bistro: American and continental cuisine. 1533 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 8373336. ld

GREEK It’s Greek To Me: Authentic, casual cuisine. 11 Lagoon Road in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 8424033. ldo Market Street Cafe: American and Mediterranean cuisine.12 Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 6864976. ld

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

INDIAN Fusion: A blend of French, Indian and American cuisine. 14 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head, in the Gallery of Shoppes. 843-7159365

ITALIAN / MEDITERRANEAN Bella Italia Bistro and Pizza: Authentic New York-style pizza and dinners. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head. 689-5560. ld Bistro Mezzaluna: Authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and tapas. 5-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Live music, dancing. 55 New

flatbread grill

2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head 843-341-2225

mellow mushroom

33 Office Park Road, Park Plaza, Hilton Head 843-686-2474

Orleans Rd. 842-5011. d Daniel’s Restaurant and Bar: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, many vegetarian selections, all organic meat. 2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 341-9379. bldo DiVino Fine Italian Cuisine and Steaks: Fine Italian cuisine and fresh local seafood. 1555 Fording Island Road in Moss Creek Village, Bluffton. 815-9000. d Flora’s Italian Cafe: Italian and European cuisine. 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square, Hilton Head. 842-8200. d Il Carpaccio: Authentic northern Italian cuisine and brick-oven pizzas. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 342-9949. ld ­Just Pasta: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head island. 686-3900. ld Le Bistro Mediterranean: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 681-8425. d Little Venice: Italian specialties, seafood and pasta with water views. 2 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 7853300. ld Michael Anthony’s: Regional Italian fine dining with a contemporary flair. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-6272. www. d Mulberry Street Trattoria: Authentic, multi-regional Italian cuisine, NYC deli sandwiches and old-world entrees. 1476 Fording October 2011

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Island Road, Bluffton. 837-2426. lds Pazzo: Italian cafe and bakery. 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center, Hilton Head. 842-9463. ld Stellini: Cuisine from New York’s Little Italy. 15 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-7006. www. d Trattoria Divina: Northern Italian coastal cuisine. 33 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 686-4442, d

MEXICAN / SOUTHWESTERN Amigos Cafe y Cantina (Hilton Head): Ultra-casual, funky. 70 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-8226. ld Amigos Cafe y Cantina (Bluffton): Ultra-casual, funky. 133 Towne Drive, Bluffton. 815-8226. ld Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. daily. 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 7857700. ld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill (south end): 51 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-4788. bld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill (north end): 95 Mathews Dr., Hilton Head. 342-8808. bld La Hacienda: 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 842-4982. ld Mi Tierra (Hilton Head): 160 William Hilton Parkway in Fairfield Square. 342-3409. ld Mi Tierra (Bluffton): 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton. 7577200. ld Mi Tierrita: 214 Okatie Village Drive, Bluffton. 843-705-0925. ld Moe’s Southwest Grill (Bluffton): 3 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 837-8722. ld San Miguel’s: Fun Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant with waterfront views and outdoor bar. 9 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head. 842-4555. ld Santa Fe Café: Southwestern cuisine in a stylish setting. 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center, Hilton Head. 88


8 New Orleans Road Hilton Head 843-785-9277 785-3838. ld

ASIAN Asian Bistro: Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. 51 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 686-9888. ld Dragon Express: Chinese takeout. 95 Matthews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head. 681-5191. ld Hinoki of Kurama: Authentic Japanese cuisine, sushi. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 7859800. ld Kobe Japanese Restaurant: Japanese cuisine, sushi bar, hibachi available at dinner. 30 Plantation Park Drive, Bluffton. 757-6688. ld Kurama Japanese Steak and Seafood House: Japanese hibachi and sushi. 9 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 785-4955. d Panda Chinese Restaurant: Lunch buffet. 25 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 815-6790. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine I (Hilton Head): 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 785-8575. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine II (Bluffton): 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village, Bluffton. 757-9479. www. ld Yummy House: Authentic Chinese food, buffet, free delivery. 2 Southwood Park Drive, Hilton Head. 681-5888. ld

PIZZA Bravo Pizza: 1B New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 342-7757. ld Badabings Pizza and Pasta: 68 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 836-9999.

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AQUA ocean grille

TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: 35 Main Street, Hilton Head. Offering an expanded lunchtime menu. 6812900, www.tjstakeandbakepizza. com ld Upper Crust: Pizza, subs, grinders, pasta, wraps, salads. Moss Creek Village, Bluffton. 837-5111. ld

SEAFOOD 10 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head 843-341-3030

ld Fat Baby’s: Fresh pizza, subs. 120 Arrow Road, Hilton Head. 842-4200. ld Flatbread Grill and Bar: 2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 341-2225, ldo Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta (Hilton Head): Pizza, sandwiches and fresh pasta dishes. 32 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head. 785-4144. ld Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta (Bluffton): Pizza, sandwiches and fresh pasta dishes. Tuesdays: Live trivia. 25 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 815-9200. ld Mangiamo!: Pizza, Italian fare, take-out and delivery. 2000 Main St., Hilton Head. 682-2444. ld Mellow Mushroom: Pizza, salads, subs, take-out available. 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-2474. 878 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 7060800. bluffton ldo Monster Pizza: 142 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton. 757-6466. www. ld New York City Pizza: Pizza, subs, calzones, dine-in, take-out, delivery. 81 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 8422227. ld TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: Fresh dough pizzas with premium ingredients you can bake at home; call ahead for faster service. 11 Palmetto Bay Road in the Island Crossing Center, Hilton Head. 842-8253, ld

Alexander’s: Steak, seafood, desserts. 76 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head. 785-4999. ld Angler’s Beach Market Grill: Fresh seafood, beef, chicken; family-friendly; dine-in or carry out. 2 North Forest Beach Drive, 7853474. ld Aqua Ocean Grille: Beach Bar open 11 a.m.- Dining room open for dinner 5-10 p.m. MondaysSaturdays. 10 North Forest Beach Drive, 341-3030. ld Bali Hai Family Restaurant: Pacific Rim cuisine with a Southern flair. Open 5 p.m. 7 days a week. Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843842-0084 Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: Fresh-caught fish, seafood and hand-cut steaks. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour indoors and at the outdoor Hurricane Bar. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 785-4950. lds Bluffton Family Seafood House: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton. 757-4010. ld Captain Woody’s (Hilton Head): 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 785-2400. www.captainwoodys. com. ld Captain Woody’s (Bluffton): 17 State of Mind Street in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 757-6222. www. ld Catch 22: Seafood, steaks, raw bar. 37 New Orleans Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-6261. www.catch22hhi. com. d Crazy Crab (north end): 104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 681-5021. ld Crazy Crab (Harbour Town): 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head. October 2011

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363-2722. ld Hudson’s on the Docks: 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head. 6812772. www.hudsonsonthedocks. com. ld Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse: Award-winning chef creates fresh seafood, pasta and steaks with a breathtaking water view and Mediterranean décor. Early bird specials nightly from 5-7 p.m.; Happy Hour specials nightly from 5-8 p.m. Outdoor seating and private banquet space available. Live music schedule: Tuesdays: Steppin’ Stones (classic rock, on fireworks Tuesdays only). Wednesdays: Alexander Newton (Motown/ R&B). Thursdays: David Wingo (soft rock). Fridays: The Earl Williams Band (jazz). Sundays/ Mondays: Joseph The Magician (tableside magic). 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 785-4442. do Marley’s Island Grille: Seafood, steaks, lobster. 35 Office Park Road in Park Plaza, Hilton Head. 6865800. do Marshside Mama’s Cafe: Island specialties. 15 Haig Point Road on County Landing, Daufuskie Island. 785-4755. ld Nick’s Steak & Seafood: Large screen TVs and sports memorabilia. 9 Park Lane, Hilton Head. 686-2920. d Old Oyster Factory: 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head. 6816040. d Pepper’s Porch and Back Bar: 1255 May River Road, Bluffton. 7572295. do Red Fish: Cuban, Cari­bbean, Latin. 8 Archer Road, Hilton Head. 686-3388. www.redfishofhiltonhead. com. ld Sea Grass Grille: Fresh seafood. 807 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 785-9990. www.seagrassgrille. com. ld Sea Shack: Casual, fresh and family-friendly. 6 Executive Park Drive, Hilton Head. 785-2464. ld Scott’s Fish Market Restaurant and Bar: Seafood and steaks on the water. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head. 90


2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head 843-341-9379 785-7575. d Skull Creek Boathouse: Fresh seafood, raw bar and American favorites. Sunset views. Thursdays: Sunset reggae party. 397 Squire Pope Rd., Hilton Head. 681-3663. do Steamers: Seafood, large selection of beers. 28 Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-2070. ld Wreck of the Salty Dog: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 671-7327. ld

BAKERIES / COFFEE HOUSES Coligny Bakery: Breads, muffins, cakes and pies baked daily. Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-4900. bl Corner Perk: 142 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton. 816-5674. bl Cottage Cafe, Bakery and Tea Room: Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea; fruit tarts, cakes and fresh breads. Calhoun Street, Bluffton. 757-0508. bl Flamingo House of Doughnuts: 33 Office Park Road #A, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-4606 French Bakery: Authentic French pastries, breads, lunch items. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head. 342-5420. bl Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe: Freshly baked pastries, overstuffed sandwiches, soups. Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 3632021. bl Java Joe’s: 101 Pope Ave. in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 6865282. bldo

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and ready-made brown-bag to-go lunches. 1407 Main St., Hilton Head. 785-3354. ld Pino Gelato: Ice cream, yogurt, desserts. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-2822. Rita’s Water Ice: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza Hilton Head. 843-686-2596, www.ritasice. com

WINE Little Chris Café: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. 785-2233. bl Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe: Gourmet salads, sandwiches, goodies. 93 Arrow Road, Hilton Head. 785-9118. bls Starbucks (north end): 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. 6896823 Starbucks (south end): 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 341-5477 Starbucks (mid-island): 32 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 842-4090 Sweet Carolina Cupcakes: 1 N. Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 843-342-2611. Wholly Cow Ice Creams and Coffee Beans: Handmade ice creams, coffees. 24 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 842-2511.

ICE CREAM DelisheeeYo: Tart, fat-free, low-cal, pro-biotic soft serve frozen yogurt; seasonal and organic fresh fruits; organic juice bar; whole food smoothies. 32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. 785-3633. Frozen Moo: Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. 843-842-3131 Hilton Head Ice Cream: 55 New Orleans Road, #114, Hilton Head. 843-852-6333, Munchies: Ice creams, wraps, sandwiches, paninis and salads. Offers a $5 after-school meal for students from 2:30-4:30 p.m. daily,

Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar (Hilton Head): 4-6 p.m.: Happy Hour. 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 671-7783. do Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar (Bluffton): 4-6 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. 8-11 p.m. Fridays: Live bluegrass music. 1297 May River Road. 815-5168. do Wine Times 4: Salads, sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres. Thursday-Tuesday: Live music. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday: Free wine tasting. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford. 341-9463. do

NIGHTLIFE / LIVE MUSIC Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. daily. 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 7857700. ld Aqua Ocean Grille: Beach Bar open 11 a.m.- Dining room open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays: Target the Band. 10 North Forest Beach Drive, 341-3030. ld Big Bamboo Cafe: Casual American food in a 1940s Pacificthemed atmosphere. Live music nightly. 4-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. 8 p.m. Mondays: Dueling pianos, with Starky and Clutch. 8 p.m. Tuesdays: Lowcountry Boil (bluegrass). 10 p.m. Wednesdays: Patwa (reggae). 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays: Jack the Jammer (Jimmy Buffett covers). 6:30 p.m. Fridays: The Beagles (Beatles covers). 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 686-3443. ldo Bistro Mezzaluna: Authentic October 2011

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where to eat Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and tapas. 5-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Live music, dancing. 55 New Orleans Rd. 842-5011. d Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: Fresh-caught fish, seafood and hand-cut steaks. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour indoors and at the outdoor Hurricane Bar. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 785-4950. lds Bomboras Grille and Chill Bar: 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. 843-689-2662, ldo Callahan’s Sports Bar & Grill: Pub food in a sports-bar atmosphere. 4-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. 49 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 686-7665. ldo Captain Woody’s (Hilton Head): 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head. 785-2400. ldo Captain Woody’s (Bluffton): 17 State of Mind Street in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 757-6222. www. ldo Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: Burgers, sandwiches. 4-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays: Happy Hour. Mondays: Margarita Mondays. Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night. Thursdays: Team trivia. Fridays: Karaoke. 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head. 785-2255. ldo Coconutz Sportz Bar: Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, seafood and steaks. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-0043 do Drydock: 21 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 842-9775. ldo Electric Piano: 33 Office Park Road, Hilton Head. 785-5399. www. o Frankie Bones: Reminiscent of Chicago/New York in the 1950s and 1960s. Mondays: Double Down Mondays. Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night. Thursdays: Flip Night. Fridays: Late night happy hour. Saturdays: Flip Night. Sundays: All-night happy hour. 1301 Main St., Hilton Head. 682-4455. www.frankieboneshhi. com. lds Hilton Head Brewing 92

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11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head 843-842-8253 Company: Home-brewed favorites. 7C Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 785-3900. ldo Hinchey’s Chicago Bar and Grill: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-686-5959. ldo Jamaica Joe’z Beach Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head. 843-842-0044. The Jazz Corner: Live performances nightly. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 842-8620. do Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: 7 Greenwood Dr., Suite 3B, Hilton Head. 785-9070. ldo Karma / Ultimate Teen Nightlife: 5 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head. 843-424-4016, o Katie O’Donald’s: 1008 Fording Island Road (Kittie’s Crossing), Bluffton. 815-5555. ldo Kelly’s Tavern: 11 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton. 837-3353. Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse: Award-winning chef creates fresh seafood, pasta and steaks with a breathtaking water view and Mediterranean décor. Early bird specials nightly from 5-7 p.m.; Happy Hour specials nightly from 5-8 p.m. Outdoor seating and private banquet space available. Live music schedule: Tuesdays: Steppin’ Stones (classic rock, on fireworks Tuesdays only). Wednesdays: Alexander Newton (Motown/ R&B). Thursdays: David Wingo (soft rock). Fridays: The Earl Williams Band (jazz). Sundays/ Mondays: Joseph The Magician

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807 William Hilton Parkway Hilton Head 843-341-3117 (tableside magic). 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 785-4442. do Lee Wood’s Lowcountry Grille: 71 Pope Ave., Suite E, Hilton Head. Open 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. 843-7152540. LDO Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: Craft brews, wines and cocktails; fresh-ground burgers, Vienna hot dogs, hand-cut fries. 5-8 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Tuesdays: Pinch the Pint Night. Wednesdays: Kick the Keg Night. Thursdays: Burgers and Beer Night. 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 842-8966. www. do Metropolitan Lounge and Bistro: European style Martini bar and bistro. 5-8 p.m.: Happy Hour. Live entertainment nightly. 1050 Fording Island Road (in the Target Center), Bluffton. 843-815-7222. do Mickey’s Pub: 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 689-9952. ldo Montana’s Grizzly Bar (Bluffton): 4-7 p.m. daily and all day Tuesday: Happy Hour. Nightly specials after 7 p.m. 16 Kittie’s Landing Road, Bluffton. 815-2327. ldo Murphy’s Irish Pub: Enjoy a pint and some traditional Irish pub grub. 81 Pope Ave., Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-3448. ldo One Hot Mama’s: Slow-cooked BBQ and ribs, wings and more. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Late-night menu until 1 a.m, bar open until 2 a.m. Tuesdays: Totally ‘80s night with DJ Smalls. 10 p.m. Thursdays: Karaoke. Fridays and Saturdays: The Island’s Best Dance Party, with DJ Wee. 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton

Head Plaza, Hilton Head. 682-6262. ldso Quarterdeck: 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 842-1999. ldo Pepper’s Porch Back Bar: 1255 May River Road, Bluffton. 757-2295. do Remy’s Bar and Grill: Fresh local seafood. Kitchen open from 11 p.m.late. Live music nightly. 130 Arrow Rd., Hilton Head. 842-3800. www. ldo Salty Dog Cafe: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines, Hilton Head. 671-7327. ldo Skull Creek Boathouse: Fresh seafood, raw bar and American favorites. 6 p.m. Mondays: Patwa (reggae). 397 Squire Pope Rd., Hilton Head. 681-3663. do Signals Lounge: Crowne Plaza Resort, Hilton Head. 842-2400. Street Meet: Family-friendly menu in a 1930s-era tavern; serves food until 1 a.m.; outdoor seating; block parties the last Saturday of every month starting at 6 p.m. Daily: Happy hour from 4-7 p.m, late night happy hour from 10 p.m. until close. Tuesday: L80s Night. Fridays: Fish fry. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head. 842-2570. ldo Tiki Hut: Beachfront location; live music, specialty frozen cocktails. 1 South Forest Beach Drive in the Holiday Inn complex, Hilton Head. 785-5126. o Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road., Hilton Head. 681-3625. ldo Wild Wing Café (Hilton Head): 72 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 785-9464. ldo Wild Wing Café (Bluffton): 1188 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. 8379453. 837-9453. www.wildwingcafe. com ld WiseGuys: Big wines, small plates, cocktails. 4:30-7 p.m.: Happy Hour. Tuesdays: Miami Nights. Wednesday: Ladies’ Night. 1513 Main St., Hilton Head. 842-8866. do XO Lounge: 23 Ocean Lane in the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 341-8080. xohhi. com M October 2011

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THE UBIQUITOUS OFFICE Want to feel better at work? Lighten up.


How personal and welcoming is your office? Since many of us spend more hours here than we do at home, it may be worth a moment or two to take a mental inventory of this area that many take for granted. Does your office incorporate elements that are conducive to comfort, productivity, stress relief and a feeling of wellbeing? Believe it or not, every office space has its own energy, personality and use. What is the personality of your office? Does it even have a personality? Does it match your personality? Here are eight essential elements to consider when creating your office at work or at home. The elements are common architectural and design details of any space and include: • Accessories • Color • Furniture arrangement and room design • Lighting • Smell • Sound • Texture • Temperature

Lighting is what we are going to focus on today. I like to think of it as light therapy or spa lighting for the soul. Until recently, one of the elements most overlooked in designing a healthy work environment is the effect of light and the connection between our environment and our behavior in differently lit environments. Think about it; mankind’s evolution has, since day one, been nurtured by the natural light and warmth of the sun. We farmed and grew crops around light and sun and for years. Physicians have recommended warm rays of the sun to improve our health and psychological wellbeing. According to Alexandra Stoddard in her book, “Feeling at Home,” “since the industrial revolution in the 19th century when we turned from the rhythms of nature to artificial lighting during our work day, we are actually experiencing less light on a daily basis than we would experience outside on a rainy day.” While we know now the importance of natural light, espe-

“Whatever the uses of a room, it should be a world unto itself. That includes the ubiquitous office.”

– Edith Wharton

cially during the winter months, an office worker today experiences less than one half an hour of sunlight each day. Compounding that, one third of us suffer from sleep deprivation or sleep problems. Many people today in the work force complain about mood disturbances and lethargy. How many of us feel tired and have headaches at work? While natural light deprivation is not the sole culprit for these maladies, evidence suggests that many of us are very sensitive to the amount of natural light we experience day to day. In fact, there is a recognized condition called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which is a clinical depression caused by lack of natural sunlight. How can you brighten your office and add light to a dark

space even if you don’t have many windows, if any, to let in natural light? The fixes are simple and doable in any office space and the positive results are amazing. Little changes can have a huge impact

• Surround yourself with art that is bright and reflects your personality.

• Paint the room a cool light color, with high-gloss white trim.

• Always make certain that your windows are clean.

• Keep wood tones light or in strong contrast to walls.

• Use a mirror for reflection of a

natural space and to make the room seem larger and brighter.

• Make certain that you have both ambient and task lighting such as halogen bulbs Put lighting in the ceiling.

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t’s become almost cliché to say that someone came to the Lowcountry for a vacation and ended up staying forever, but that’s just what happened when Jim and Liz McGuffey went looking for a place to downsize. Their decision came quickly after a visit with friends to Hilton Head Island led them to Bluffton’s Hampton Hall. This past spring, they achieved their ideal downsizing in a house that’s around half the size of their old one. “We had lived in Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia, and we and some friends visited Hilton Head and fell in love with the area, especially Bluffton and a lot in Hampton Hall,” Jim said. Empty-nesters, Jim and Liz decided to custom-build their home, focusing on living and entertaining space, a fun kitchen, views and outdoor enjoyment. “Our backyard overlooks the 7th green of Hampton 96

Hall’s Pete Dye golf course,” Jim said. As the couple gains more leisure time, they plan to take advantage of the nationally recognized golf course. “A few more lessons, and we’ll be out there. We still travel a lot, though.” Another reason they like the area: they’re not too far from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. “And we love downtown Bluffton.” The McGuffeys worked closely with architect Christopher Deen of Residential Concepts in Ridgeland and builder Aubrey L. Swofford of ALS Inc. of Bluffton to customize their new home to their exact needs now that their two sons have left to raise their families.

“Our previous home was 6,000 square feet,” Liz said. Their new home is 3,400 square feet, “so, we think it’s the perfect size for having guests and entertaining.” The home features four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, plus a fifth half-bath. “We wanted to focus on the living center, the kitchen and the screened-in porch, which leads to the pool, a fenced-in yard, a view of a lagoon and the golf course,” Liz said. This living center flows seamlessly from one end of the house to the next, starting with the wide lushly-appointed kitchen. As you’d expect from this caliber of home, the appliances are all stainless

steel, but it’s the cabinetry and counterspace that dazzles here. “When selecting the material for the kitchen I knew my client loved the look of marble,” said Gandy Taylor of Distinctive Granite & Marble, “After selecting the cabinets we decided to go with the White Carrara because of its soft grain and clean look. The overall look of the finished product is phenomenal and it is exactly what the client had in mind!” From the kitchen it’s just a short breeze through the open living room, past the screened-in

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porch with outdoor kitchen and to the relaxing pool deck, where the calming trickle from the swimming pool provides the soundtrack to an impressive view. Liz also emphasized the master bedroom’s walk-in closet. “It is big,” she said with a laugh. “And, the master bath is gorgeous.” Liz and Jim kicked in on the design of the home’s interior, with the expertise of Floor Fashion, Bordeaux Cabinetry, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting

Gallery, Distinctive Granite and Marble, and Closet Classics. “We think the interior is unique, because of its cool colors which are quite different, and its tigerwood flooring,” Liz said. TLC Pool Service designed and built the swimming pool, and Sunshine Hardscape, Landscape and Nursery subcontracted the exterior environments. A two-car, one-golfcar garage also features a bonus room. M

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81 Main Street, Suite 202 Hilton Head Island, SC 29925 Island Resident Since 1972.





SOUTHERN AMBIANCE AND CHARM Lowcountry home nestled amidst stately moss draped oaks. Panoramic view of Moss Creek 11th Fairway of the North Course. Quiet location - near all the amenities that Hilton Head has to offer and the beach. Antique Heart Pine floors throughout - LR, DR, Kitch/ Family Room, 4 BR or 3 + Den. Newer appliances - Bosch, JennAir and Dacor. Oversized 2 Car Garage with walk-up Storage. Expansive rear Deck. $597,000

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

CONVENIENT LOCATION near the bridge to Hilton Head in Buckingham Landing. Lowcountry style two story home with 3 BR, 1st floor master, elevator, wood floors, stainless steel appliances, covered front porch and large rear deck. Zoned to allow for an at-home office – current owner has a 3 room suite for his legal practice. $348,500

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





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

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








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

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


32 BIG OAK STREET (LOT) Great setting with a wooded view and deep water access. Septic, well, and power are already on site. Just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island in Buckingham Landing and without the plantation restrictions $175,000 REDUCED


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

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4 STRANDHILL AVE $109,350 6 STRANDHILL AVE $99,000 280 FARNSLEIGH AVE $179,000

WALK TO THE BEACH FROM THIS 5TH ROW CORNER HERON STREET HOME 6BR/6BA beach home ideal for permanent home, 2nd home, or rental property. Private deck w/pool, hot tub, direct access to full BA on 1st floor, ground level Activity Rm, 1st Floor Great Rm, open CROSSWINDS Kitchen with s/s appliances, Utility Rm, 2 Master Suites (one on 1st floor), limestone flooring, 3+ Car 41 CROSSWINDS DRIVE Wooded view in gated community $49,000 Garage, FP & more! Fully furnished and on rental market! Short Sale. $1,195,000

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MODEL PERFECT in every way! Former builders personal home in The Golf Club combines quality with outstanding design. 4 BRʼs, 4 BAʼs plus 2 Half BAʼs. 5500SF of pure luxury. Formal LR & DR. Master Suite with exercise, 3 Guest Suites. Media Room, Office, Bar and Pool House.

FORMER McNAIR BUILDERS Model Home overlooking the 16th Fairway of The Golf Club - Indigo Run. 4 BR and 4 1/2 Bath home. Elegant Living and Dining Room. Chefʼs Kitchen/Family Room. Study. 4th BR separate Cabana overlooking a courtyard Pool.

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




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

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

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




PRISTINE CONDITION private location, 4 BR, 4.5 BA home. Granite Kitchen, large Family Room w/gas fireplace, beautiful MBR, paneled Office w/built-ins. 12FT. ceilings throughout. Screened-in Porch. 3 Car garage and all on the 13th hole of the Golden Bear.

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

SPACIOUS Cambridge built custom home overlooking the Bear Creek Golf Course. Volume ceilings in this 4 BR, 3.5 BA home with a Living & Dining Room. Very open Kitchen-Breakfast-Family Room. Large upstairs Bonus Room/Entertainment Room plus Study. Great Value.




BEAUTIFUL GOLF VIEW HOME that has been completely updated and is close to the Country Club of Hilton Head. 3 Bʼs + a Study. LR & DR w/stone floors. Chefʼs Kitchen w/gas cooktop & granite counters. Spacious Master Suite w/an incredible Bath. Must See! Great Value.

BEAUTIFUL 5BR or 4 BR home + Study. Model Perfect home at the end of a culde-sac in the Victory Point section. Beautiful LR & DR w/hardwood floors. Chefʼs Kitchen w/Viking Gas Cooktop & double oven. Spacious Family Room, Master Suite, & Bonus Room. Overlooks the golf course.

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




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

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

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

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

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

INCREDIBLE Lake and Golf View home in Palmetto Hall. This property has been deeded down to the waterʼs edge. 4 BRʼs or 3 BRʼs _ Bonus Room w/3.5 BAʼs. Beautiful hardwood floors. Kitchen w/Hickory cabinets. Screened Porch. 2 Car Garage with Golf Cart Garage.




IMMACULATE Home overlooking Bear Lake and a century old Live Oak tree. Spacious open floor plan w/hardwood floors throughout. 3 BRʼs & 2.5 BAʼs. LR w/ French doors to Deck. Formal DR. Very open Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room + a tiled Carolina Room. Move-in condition.

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

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




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

BEAUTIFUL completely updated home situated on an oversized homesite surrounded by open space. Close to Spring Lake and Dolphin Head. 3 BRʼs & 2.5 BAʼs. Large Great Room whardwood floor. New Kitchen has granite + stainless steel appliances. Smooth ceilings. Priced to Sell! Great Value!

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




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

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

A-231 HILTON HEAD BEACH AND TENNIS VILLAS Beautiful Ocean View Villa. Completely updated in Spring of 2011 and ready for your use and great rentals. Community has a gated entrance and a beautiful oceanfront pool and restaurant.



A-330 HILTON HEAD BEACH AND TENNIS VILLAS Beautiful Ocean View Villa. Completely updated in Spring of 2011 and ready for your use and great rentals. Community has a gated entrance and a beautiful oceanfront pool and restaurant.



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

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

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

LONG COVE — 9 GOOD HOPE – Stunning completely remodeled designer appointed on cul de sac near marina and park this 4 bed/4 ½ ba plus den, family room features high ceilings, stone and wood floors, elevator, lagoon views and more. Below appraisal at $730,000

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

SEA PINES OCEANFRONT – Fabulous 6 br/6 ba home plus den, rec room & office constructed with wood pilings on deep lot with 100’ on HH’s most stable protected oceanfront! Long entry, circle drive, 3 car garage. Terrific value at $3,699,000.

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

22 RED MAPLE – Highly desirable Red Maple location. Bike path to beach. Main level opens to newly resurfaced pool, lagoon & Heron Point fairway views. 3 BR/3BA remodeled w/new kitchen, moldings. $849,000 Furnished.


16 FERN COURT – This is a truly ONE OF A KIND home on HTGL overlooking 2nd and 6th Greens and 3rd Tee. 4BR/4BA/2 superb construction, antique heart pine floors, trim and moldings in Li/Great Room. Fantastic rentals. Too many features to list. MUST see. $1,098,000 Furn.



SEA PINES – 24 SANDHILL CRANE – Magnificent Mediterranean style oceanfront home in Sea Pines. 5 BR, 5.5 BA, built in 2000. Fantastic Rental Income. $4,495,000 $3,995,000 Call Ingrid.



392 BRIARWOOD VILLA – Charming all on one level 2BR/2BA PLUS Den villa overlooking Heron Pt. GC. New guest bath, Carolina room, eat-in kitchen, granite counter tops, Atrium, pool on premises. $389,000.

17 CLUB COURSE DRIVE – 3 BR/3BA with partial Golf view. New Master bath, smooth ceilings, FP, 2-car garage, great curb appeal. $499,000.

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6201 HAMPTON PLACE – Direct Oceanfront Living! Walk to golf, tennis & restaurants from this spacious 3 BR/3 BA villa. Panoramic views of beach, sea oats, sand dunes & sparkling blue waters. Two oceanfront pools & outdoor spa for total relaxation. Step next door to the Hilton Hotel for a relaxing massage, fabulous wine bar, entertainment & upscale steakhouse. $1,099,000


244 CAPATIN’S QUARTERS – Never Ending

Views! Beautiful 1BR getaway w/new kitchen, bath & flooring - just gorgeous. Watch the boats go in & out of Shelter Cove Harbour, tide changes, wildlife & early morning sunrises. Captain’s Quarters features a fabulous waterfront pool & spa. All just steps away from some of the Island’s best shopping & dining. Plus, enjoy all Palmetto Dunes amenities: 3 miles of private beach, golf, tennis & more. $329,000


9202 NEWPORT – Looking for the best at a price that beats the rest? This is it! Gorgeous 2 BR/2.5 BA; not your typical villa. Renovated as primary residence. Gourmet kitchen w/beautiful granite counters & loads of storage. Master BA has new vanities, shower, heated towel bars & suspended TV for viewing while in the spa tub. Hardwood floors, fireplace & glass enclosed sitting room w/big water views. $299,000


1863 ST. ANDREWS COMMON – Move In Condition!

Never Rented! 2BR/2BA end unit w/vaulted ceilings & loads of windows & light. Galley kitchen opens to large living area with built-ins & entertainment center. Master down w/French doors leading to spacious covered deck & pool view. Guest BR & private BA in loft area. Pool overlooks water & golf views. Short walk or bike ride to beach, golf, harbor, tennis, restaurants and more. $249,000

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LONG COVE CLUB | Expansive - Not Expensive 380 Long Cove Drive. 5 BR, 4.5BA, 2 MBR Baths. Many interchangeable rooms- e.g. office/exercise/ media, etc. Formal LR & DR, Over 3,900 hsf. Lagoon to 1st fairway view. A lovingly cared-for home for the astute buyer. MLS#309715. $499,500.

LONG COVE CLUB | Priced to Sell 246 Long Cove Drive. Very well maintained home has a picturesque golf and park like view. All on one level with a unique floor plan, this is an exceptional primary or second home. 3BR, 4BA. MLS#310764. $385,000.


LONG COVE CLUB | Have It All 8 Gracefield. Broad Creek, lagoon, and golf course views. 4BR, 4.5 BA, 5,113 kitchen, hardwood flooring, 4 fireplaces, multiple porches, game room & Carolina Room. Plans available for pool and additional outdoor entertaining area. #304946. $2,450,000

LOT 347 | 3 Oak Point Landing 143’ Bulkhead frontage directly on Broad Creek. Open Deep Water Views. Owner willing to take a lot and/or home in trade. $1,495,000 LOT 151 | 5 Combahee Gorgeous, sweeping lagoon views. $174,000

LONG COVE CLUB | 3 Loomis Ferry Road Does sitting on your large screened porch overlooking your private pool and a serene lagoon appeal to you? Beautifully designed for both entertaining and privacy, this 4BR, 4.5BA home with office is a big opportunity. MLS#304317. $549,000.

LONG COVE CLUB | Water Views Embrace It

LONG COVE CLUB | 10 Trimblestone Lane

Simplicity of color & design makes this home sensational. Built in 2003, this 4BR, 5.5BA w/ over 6,000 hsf is impeccable. Great Room, kitchen & family room, 2 offices, billiard & media rooms w/ wet bar + 300 sf climate controlled area ideal for wine cellar. MLS# 307719. $1,195,000.

LOT 72 | 6 McKays Point Road ”Estate Sale.” Great views of the 12th golf hole. $119,000 LOT 16 | 118 Long Cove Drive Beautiful lagoon to golf course views. Super value. $99,000

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17 Loomis Ferry Rd. Dramatic walls of glass zoom in on this impeccable 4 BR, 5 1/2BA waterfront home. Sweeping Broad Creek views and a new first floor master BR suite compliment the 2nd floor master suite. Additional guest wing w/ multiple uses. Owner will consider a trade. MLS#304438. $1,495,000.

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

JONES / KRONZ Natalie Jones and Daniel Kronz were married May 28 in Fairhope, Ala. Daniel is a Second Lieutenant (Ranger qualified) Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, currently stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga. Natalie is studying law at Syracuse.

BRANNING / COOKE Mr. and Mrs. Cloide Branning announce the engagement of their daughter, Margaret Branning, to Simon Cooke, the son of Mike and Barbara Cooke of Hilton Head Island. The wedding will take place Oct. 29 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

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brown / OWENS Cindy Brown and Steve Owens (surrounded by their children) were married June 24 on a cruise ship to Nassau in the Bahamas. The bride is the director of sales at the Comfort Suites in Bluffton, and the groom is in sales with DXM Marketing Group. October 2011

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ometimes fate steps in at funny moments. A band might form for a one-night tribute to the Scorcese documentary about The Band’s final concert “The Last Waltz,” and wind up having such a great time it starts touring as “The Last Waltz Ensemble.” A waitress might be singing at Remy’s one night when a chance encounter with a guitarist might lead to a new musical career. Kris “Jellyroll” Gloer and Jessica Sheridan are living proof that such serendipity exists. Gloer was a member of the band Houndog when their one-night-only tribute to The Band led to steady touring around the Southeast playing the hits of Bob Dylan and The Band. It was during a stopover on the island that he heard Jessica singing at Remy’s. That encounter led to the for-


mation of the side project “Jess and Jelly.” We sat down with the pair for some Q & A. You’re well known for your work with the Last Waltz Ensemble, but Jess and Jelly is a new project. What can you tell us about it? Kris: Well, Jess and I started working together last summer. We’d known each other for a couple of years, just in passing, and I’d proposed working together maybe a year before it actually happened. It took her a minute to warm up to the idea. It’s been working out, though — she’s a talented singer, and we’ve been playing together quite a bit. Jess: It’s been interesting, trying to learn all these songs — just a really big learning experience for me, really. Working on stage

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presence and trying to learn how to entertain properly. [Laughs] I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s a lot of fun.

Kris: Oh, absolutely. I mean, there are people who want to hear the hits, like “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Shape I’m In,” and they want to hear them in a Jess, your involvement in all way that doesn’t vary too much this was sort of a happy accident, — they want to go down memory right? lane a little bit. We try to do a bit of both. We have over a hundred Jess: Yeah, I was singing at songs in our repertoire at this Remy’s one night, and Kris came point, and we can bring the best in and heard me, and it was all of both worlds as far as that’s downhill from there. [Laughs] concerned. Because really, the demographics at What can fans our shows ... we ‘on the fly’ of LWE expect have everyone Jess and Jelly will from you and Jess from grandparperform with the Last as a duo? ents to grandchilWaltz Ensemble during dren. Teenagers, Firefly Vodka’s “On the Kris: A lot of Fly” tour. They’ll be college-aged kids, the same music. headed all over the people who were We’re using time country, but your best at Woodstock. bet would probably be during the sumYou know? to catch them Oct. 5 at mer to work on the Georgia Theatre in songs for our fall Jess, have Athens, Ga. tour, and we’ll use you given any thought to what a lot of that matethe future holds rial in the acousfor you as a singer? tic format as a duo. But we’re also adding a lot of participatory Jess: This is the first summer, stuff to the set list — some Hank Williams, some other classic really, that I’ve been dedicated to country songs, and things of trying to learn a lot of material. that nature. It’s been about getting up there on a regular basis and getting it Jess: I don’t know a lot of songs down. It’s kind of scary — it’s fun. that I can take the lead on yet, but Eventually, I’d like to not be waitI’m doing a lot of harmonizing ing tables anymore. You know? on a lot of different songs. I can Working more on music. remember the words to the choWhat is it about this music that ruses easily. [Laughs] In the Last Waltz Ensemble, you focus mainly on music from The Band, an act known for its raw, rootsy, colorful songs — and while some people who come to see you play are probably looking for that same spirit in your own performances, others are probably just looking for a polite evening of music. Do you find that you have to do a balancing act between those crowds at your shows?

you think continues to call to people?

Kris: I think a lot of it is just time, but it’s also the songs. I mean, I think a lot of these songs are almost Shakespearean, in a way, you know? They have tragedy, they have uplifting moments, they have romance — they’re just timeless. The Band was a classy act. M

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Autumn in the old city

October in Savannah is filled with music and ethnic food festivals. By Brad Swope. for more info Picnic in the Park (Oct. 2): Call 912-651-6417 or email Savannah Folk Festival (Oct. 7-9): A complete schedule is available at Savannah Greek Festival (Oct. 13-15): Call the Hellenic Center at 912-236-8256. Savannah Jewish Food Festival (Oct. 30): Visit sponsor Congregation Mickve Israel’s website at or call the office at 912-233-1547



rom orchestrated pop to folksy guitar strumming, from moussaka to blintzes, October in Savannah packs in a wealth of downtown musical events and ethnic food festivals. Count on Picnic in the Park (4-9 p.m., Oct. 2) to fill Forsyth Park with hordes of competitive partiers who set up portable buffets with a theme provided each year by the city of Savannah, the event’s sponsor. This year’s theme is “Rock and Run,” in tribute to the city’s first Rock n’

Roll Savannah Marathon, which will be held Nov. 5, an event that the city “has heavily endorsed,” said Undine Truedell, the city’s director of cultural affairs. The multi-city road race, which plants rock bands, cheerleaders and other attractions right along the route, has proven a tourism draw in other locales. At the picnic, judges will make the rounds to offer their thoughts. “We’re giving out prizes for best picnic and best rock star costume,” Truedell said.

Lest you be misled by any Jimi Hendrix wannabes in tie-dyed tunics, the music should be more soothing than psychedelic. Eddie Wilson and his Strings of the South orchestra will take the band shell stage at 7 p.m. for the second consecutive year, and there are no gates or fences for the free event. “It’s first come, first served,” in terms of staking out spectator turf, Truedell said. Another free October event, the three-day Savannah Folk Festival, moves its climactic

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Tom Chapin performs as part of the Savannah Folk Festival on Oct. 9.

Sunday concert, which falls on Oct. 9 this year, to Forsyth Park after years at Grayson Stadium. Singer-songwriter Tom Chapin — the widely respected brother of the late Harry Chapin — highlights a daylong lineup, which also offers the April Verch Band, bluesman Boo Hanks and eclectic folk group Four Shillings Short. Music takes place from 2-7:30 p.m. The festival begins Oct. 7, with its customary “Folkfest in Ellis Square,” featuring local talent from 7-11 p.m. The following evening, Oct. 8, features the finals of the Youth Songwriting Competition (2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.) and the Old Time Country Dance (8-11 p.m., Notre Dame Academy gymnasium, 1709 Bull St.) If you’re hungry for rich, old-

world delicacies and live entertainment to dine by, check out: The Savannah Greek Festival

(Oct. 13-15) features St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church members’ homemade spanakopita, moussaka, baked chicken, dolmades and other Mediterranean treats. They’ll all be served in the church’s Hellenic Center, 14 W. Anderson St. as Greek bands and dancers perform. A bustling Greek marketplace also sets up shop for the festival. For the the 23rd annual Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 30,

Forsyth Park), thousands line up to buy traditional Jewish delicacies (noodle kugel, potato latkes, fruit-filled blintzes) as well as the uniquely named Ah Mein Lo Mein. The festival features free family entertainment (music, dance, magic, puppet shows). October 2011

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Automotive memories are alive and well at classic car emporium.

hen Ralph Bell was dating his high school sweetheart, Nancy, he drove her around town in his first car, a 1966 Ford Mustang. Today, Bell, owner of Southern Bell Classic Cars in Riverwalk Business Park off S.C. 170 near Bluffton, gazes lovingly at another 1966 Mustang, reminding him of his dates with Nancy, to whom he has now been married for about 40 years. “I just love this car,” he said, looking at


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the canary yellow Mustang. But, sometimes, memories are for sale - and can be purchased - and that’s just what Bell has specialized in since April. “It’s a lot of fun, seeing people walk in here and their eyes light up when they see a car from their youth, from the 1950s and ’60s.” Bell is a former sales manager with Hilton Head BMW and helped open the Jaguar dealership in New River Auto Mall. He decided to open Southern Bell

Classic Cars in December to pursue his dream of chasing down American classic cars. A friend had warehouse in Riverwalk Business Park, and the space was perfect. After plunking down $300,000 to get the space ready, Bell pulled his cars into the vast showroom, and set up a replica of a ’50s-style diner. In the background, you hear the music you - or your father - cruised to in the ’50s and ’60s. It’s like stepping into the movie “American Graffiti.”

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“All the cars are kept inside,” he said. “I try to keep 12 to 18 cars in inventory, and I’m always looking at cars held by collectors and in museums. I stay away from auctions for the most part; it’s just too much trouble and money.” He finds a lot of cars out West, “where there just seems to be more collectors. There are collectors nearby too, in South Carolina, Georgia.” He said a local man is bringing his DeLorean by soon to show Bell. Stroll into Bell’s showroom and begin your drooling over immaculate cars like the 1963 Impala, the 1964 Chevelle Malibu, the 1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie, and a second 1966 Ford Mustang with its distinctive original “ember glow” paint scheme and 3-gear manual transmission. “We did a little work on that clutch, tightened it up a bit.” “We don’t deal with rust or bondo,” he said with a smile. He opens car doors for visitors and closing the doors, he carefully wipes the side and handle of any telltale fingerprints. “Many are original paint or paint color, upholstery, chrome, engines, and many are low, original owner miles.” No souped-up, geeked fancy pants cars either. “No, no, none of that neon stripping along the bottom.” He even opens the trunks to show the pristine condition of these streamline babies. “Most of the cars are finished, in excellent condition, when we get them. We don’t even need to paint them. We might do a 124

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“We don’t deal with rust or bondo.” little refurbishing work, a little mechanical work, but we try to find them as nice as we can.” But, he stressed, all are affordable. “We keep everything below $30,000. We want people to be able to buy their dream cars and drive them. They’re perfect for weekend cruises, and taking them to shows. They’re great for the hobbyist and the enthusiast. But they’re meant to be driven and shown off, and, there are a bunch of shows and car clubs around this area.” Speaking like a financial adviser, Bell noted that classic cars are also great investments and nearly inflation-proof. “They continue to go up in value.” Bell also investigated whether he would have any competition around here: “I’m the only one doing this in about a 300-mile radius,” he said. Again, it’s all about reliving the memories, but “I try to have a little profitability; as long as I can pay the bills, we’re ok.” Bell participated in the first Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours d’ Elegance, “when it was held at Harbour Town on the 18th green,” and has a tent reserved for this year’s edition, Oct. 28-Nov. 6 at Honey Horn. When he left BMW to open Southern Bell Classic Cars, “everyone was behind me. Nobody called me crazy. And, my wife has been very supportive.” Customers are also welcome to take test drives, and if you have a special car you’d love to own again, Bell will track it down for you. Call Bell at 843-247-0144. Southern Bell Classic Cars is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. M October 2011

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THE RING OF MYSTERY Venture far enough into the forest and you’ll find the Sea Pines Shell Ring, the thousands-of-years-old sign from the island’s first tourists.


EEP IN THE HEART OF THE SEA PINES FOREST PRESERVE, the quietest place on Hilton Head Island, exists a green enclave


awash in seclusion. Live oak and magnolia trees arch overhead, casting soft shadows across the open ground. Resurrection fern hugs the oaks and Spanish moss festoons dance on unseen breezes. This sacred place looks

like a natural cathedral and feels like a temple. Allow your eyes to adjust to the shade and then gaze across this forest. You will barely notice a low ridge of shells, less than 24-inches high. Focus and see that this ridge

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is part of a circular mound called a “shell ring.” Questions take form slowly in the still, sultry air. What are oyster shells doing in the deep woods? Who built this ring? How did the ring builders transport the shells to this spot? Why build a ring at all? Let the mystery begin.

THE ANCIENT ONES On this site over 3,800 years ago, Archaic Indians constructed this circular ring from marine shells and other animal bones. These hunter-gatherers lived in small semi-permanent villages along the South Carolina coast. They harvested shellfish — oysters, clams, mussels, whelks (large snails), turtles and fish in shallow tidewater. They hunted deer and small game in the forest. The bones of these animals, plus assorted acorns and hickory nuts, are also entombed in the ring. In the 1960s, University of South Carolina researchers excavated part of the Sea Pines ring. They unearthed pottery shards (fragments) and spear points. It seems that the ancient ones were perhaps the earliest to create fibertempered pottery from local clay (not marsh mud) reinforced with Spanish moss. As hunters, they were sharpshooters, using bow and arrow and atl-atl, a device used to throw a spear faster, farther and with deadly accuracy. Their arrow and spear points were crafted from chert, a hard surface rock collected on the mainland.

SOLVING THE MYSTERY I have guided thousands of people through the Sea Pines Shell Ring. Here’s what visitors most want to know.

Nearly 40 centuries ago, the current freshwater swamp near the ring was part of a vast tidal inlet that ran from present-day Folly Creek nearly to South Beach in Sea Pines. Why is this shell ring in the middle of the forest? The Archaic people chose this area for their shell ring because a vast wetland was located nearby. Nearly 40 centuries ago, the current freshwater swamp near the ring was part of a vast tidal inlet that ran from present-day Folly Creek nearly to South Beach in Sea Pines. This inlet was the source of the shells and also a convenient navigation route. How did Indians build this shell ring? South Carolinabased archaeologist Alan Calmes surveyed this ring and determined that the Archaic Indians built the ring in stages. First, they placed piles of shells in a ring formation. Next, they filled in the gaps with more shells. Last, they packed the ring and smoothed the top of the ring with crushed shell and soil. Did the Indians live in the shell ring? There is no evidence that Archaic Indians ever lived in the ring. The most accepted explanation came from the National Park Service, which has studied shell rings, ridges and mounds throughout the Southeast United States. Research has shown the Sea Pines ring was most likely a tribal plaza, where the Indians gathered for ceremonies and festivals (and of course, consumed lots of seafood) over a 300-year period. The ancient ones probably lived near the ring, but on higher ground at the edge of the forest. Why did the Shell Ring Indians leave? This one is an unsolved

mystery. Perhaps climate change affected the nearby wetlands that provided their seafood. Perhaps the growing village population led to social conflicts and the site was abandoned. Will we ever know?

AN ISLAND TREASURE The Sea Pines Shell Ring is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As with the many cultural and natural gems on Hilton Head Island, we have so much more to discover and learn. Our responsibility is to conserve these resources and pass our knowledge to future generations. Perhaps we will never know all the facts about the ring. Actually, I hope we won’t know the final answer. We all need a bit more mystery in our lives. M

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


SEA PINES SHELL RING The entrance to the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is located a mile past the Greenwood gate into Sea Pines on your left. Follow the signs along the walking trails to find the ring.

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last call

Dear Governor Haley, MARC FREY

lastcall.hiltonhead mfrey@freymedia. com

Ask most people to name South Carolina’s largest industry, and many would guess manufacturing, tourism or commerce as the main contributors to the state’s economic output. While we rightfully should be proud of the many state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities (for example, after a $750 million expansion, BMW’s Spartanburg plant now produces every BMW X3 in the world), our tourist destinations and Charleston’s port, the fact is that timber and agriculture are the largest economic contributors to South Carolina’s wealth. A drive through the heartland of the state on any of our scenic routes off the main highways will make it clear how 12 million out of the 17 million total acres are being used: you will see miles and miles of endless timber stands, understand why we produce more peaches than Georgia; and you can even stop on a farm and buy a bag of South Carolina-grown Kiwi fruit. These vast land resources and the existing infrastructure begs the question, “Why should South Carolina not become the leading state for renewable energy?” The science behind it is relatively straightforward and can be summarized as follows. Biomass is any naturally grown substance that can be transformed into two forms of energy: 1) solid forms such as pellets that can be used to produce electricity (think of it as the biomass equivalent to coal); or 2) liquid energy like ethanol. Biomass comes from two sources: by-products of the timber or agricultural industry or purposefully grown crops. Clemson University, which is well known for its agricultural research, has dedicated an entire department to the study of various crops that may be suited for this purpose. One of the frontrunners is switch grass, which is a very tall, fast growing grass that is perennial, uses hardly any fertilizer, needs little water and is native to our region. There are currently thousands of acres, both privately and state-owned, that are bare or underutilized, in part because some of the traditional cash crops are no longer viable. Would it not make sense to produce our own renewable energy instead of importing $1.8 billion worth of coal a year into South Carolina to produce electricity? (Coal is only 1/3 energy efficient, meaning that 2/3 of the energy goes to waste, compared to biomass which is twice as energy-efficient). Regarding the economic viability of renewable energy, I refer to two different sources. On a regional level I have studied data provided by one of the lead-

ing biomass entrepreneurs, Jack McIntyre, Managing Member at Silver Oak Energy LLC. My interpretation would make me believe that planting the right kind of crop (like “miscanthus”) could yield better investment returns than comparable timber or agricultural uses. On an international level we need to look at the example set by Brazil, which in a time span of 20 years has managed to become completely energy independent. This in turn has done wonders for its national economy and household budget.  While there are individual efforts on many levels, from state-sponsored research to private initiatives, they remain fractured and will not ensure that we are swiftly moving toward becoming the leader of this emerging economic opportunity. What’s missing are two things a governor is well suited to do: 1) Set an intent: “My goal is to make South Carolina the leading state for sustainable energy, which will create thousands of jobs, attract billions of dollars in investment and strengthen the state’s budget.” 2) Commission a long-term road map and vision of what is possible, followed by an implementation plan, and then support these efforts with the appropriate measures. It is not difficult to see how this could transform our state into a modern economy with long-lasting benefits for generations to come, while at the same time being environmentally friendly and taking us one step closer to not having to import oil from unstable or hostile countries. In my estimation we are so close, yet so far. So close, because the underlying parameters are in our favor. So far, because if we don’t take immediate action not only will our neighboring states forge ahead of us, but our failure to act now could have long-lasting impacts. As an example, many of our coal-fired electricity plants will become obsolete in a few years, and if we replace them with other coal-dependent plants we will be locked in for another 50 years. Governor Haley, I challenge you to step up to the plate and take the first swing on making South Carolina as energy-sustainable as possible. I can’t think of any other action that would have such a fundamental, positive long-term impact on our families and our state!

South Carolina could be the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy.


Respectfully, Marc Frey Publisher and entrepreneur

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