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Being an editor is in my DNA. I typed and edited a chemistry textbook when I was in college, and earned my room and board through typing
and editing for professors and students at 40 cents a page. Later, through my own business, “Wordsmith Enterprises,” I typed and edited a technical procedures manual for a nuclear power company, a personnel manual for an automobile company, and I was both a ghost
writer (speeches and articles mainly) and an editor for many. While I enjoy the work, the challenge is that it does take time. And time is a shrinking luxury these days. Editing software cannot do the
job by itself, and in fact, those who have been burned by spellcheck – changing the spelling of something inappropriately – know exactly what I mean. Here at the Community Foundation, the workload continues to increase, as do expectations regarding turnaround time. I’m sure we’re not alone in experiencing this drive toward the immediate.
A book I read tickled me to no end. It is called F in Exams: Complete
For me, it feels like I’m continually living in “rough draft” mode.
Failure Edition, by Richard Benson. It shares true-life, but wrong,
While I’d love to have the time to read and re-read and edit the
student answers to questions on quizzes, exams and other tests. It
constant emails, letters and other documents I create, I just don’t.
made me recall that editing software, including spellcheck is now
Unfortunately, after the fact, I sometimes find errors that embarrass
available. It is not perfect, but it helps. Some of the students quoted in
me. I’m imagining that the recipients of the documents containing a
the book might have appreciated its availability:
misspelled word wonder at my professionalism. One of the students, when asked to DEFINE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, wrote “When you get in trouble for not putting a capital letter
While I enjoy the work, the
at the start of a sentence.” OH, NO!
challenge is that it does take time.
Obviously, I never want to offer something that is
And time is a shrinking luxury
less than accurate. We often talk about “managing
expectations” as a way to maintain our own sanity around workload and timeframes. Frankly, I think my own expectations are those that must be managed.
“And at the end of the show we all sing Away in a Manager.” (As a
Voltaire said, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” And someone with
manager myself, I find this a little frightening.)
editing in their DNA can easily be guilty of demanding personal
“I luv J. K. Rolling, she is my heroin.” (Authors can inject joy into our
perfection—an impossible demand.
lives, but generally a different kind.)
So, when you find an error, of mine or one of the many suffering
“In geography we learned that countries with sea round them are
from the speed of modern life, live generously. Offer forgiveness.
islands and ones without sea are incontinents.” (If a whole country is
And blame our current tendency to live in “rough draft mode.”
incontinent, it may soon have sea ‘round it.)
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Dear Reader, As the cooler winds of fall return to the Lowcountry, we say goodbye to summer and turn our eyes inward as we present our annual City Guide issue. As I’m sure yours is as well, our calendar is full to the brim with autumn social events. A September tradition here at Monthly, the city guide offers a chance to take stock of who we are as a community – the places we call home and the people we call neighbors. And this year we’ve pulled out all the stops. You’ll hear from Hilton Head Island Mayor David Bennett and Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka in exclusive interviews outlining all that is right with our region. We’re sharing the efforts underway to preserve the cultural heritage of the area’s Gullah people and update you on the Town of Hilton Head Island’s visioning process. But our area isn’t just about history and visions – it’s glamourous and savvy, too. Read our “Lowcountry Living” section for a look at exclusive communities. Speaking of stunning homes, second-homeownership is booming right now. Don’t miss our property management section, to learn how professionals can make owning a rental property painless and profitable. None of these features could happen without our outstanding account executives. Beyond their exceptional professionalism and endless enthusiasm for Monthly, they have shown this publication immense loyalty over a summer that brought many changes. They are an amazing group of strong individuals and they make us proud every day. Combined they have 64 years of experience in sales and marketing!
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SEPTEMBER FEATURES 26 n AFFORDABLE HOUSING Local governments seek solutions 34 n SPANNING THE WATER Bridge improvements still far off 36 n GULLAH LIFE New efforts to preserve land and heritage
IN EVERY ISSUE 4 n CONTACT US 12 n AT THE HELM 12 n ABOUT THE COVER 22 n NEWS 26 n VIBE 38 n PEOPLE
70 n PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Let a professional handle your rental 50 n WHERE IN THE WORLD? 88 n LOWCOUNTRY LIVING A close up look at local private communities 104 n CITY GUIDE: Hilton Head and Bluffton by the numbers
56 n BUSINESS 66 n ON THE MOVE 94 n HOME 120 n REAL ESTATE
106 n CITY GUIDE: Talking with Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett
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108 n CITY GUIDE: Hilton Headâ€™s new visioning project
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112 n CITY GUIDE: Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka speaks out 116 n CITY GUIDE: Daufuskie Island is rich in history 152 n WEST NILE How to keep the mosquitoes from winning 196 n GET READY FOR FOOTBALL Where to watch the teams you love 200 n PEDAL HILTON HEAD Start biking for a great cause
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To the editor POLO FOR CHARITY
Readers Respond on Facebook to our question: “What’s the one thing that would make Hilton Head and Bluffton the best communities they could be?” Here are some highlights.
I cannot believe there still isn't a dog park in Bluffton after all of these years. Somebody should open up a bar/dog park and prepare to make a killing Daniel Brownstein
A water park Jennifer Haney
Solar panels Hailey Maloney
Public fields to be used by the community for soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and other organized sports free of charge Carlos Chacon
A large, full size indoor pool and workout center for the community and growing swim teams Meg Engler
Safe bike routes along Buck Island Road in Bluffton, and plus routes so that any student can ride their bike safely to any school Michel Claudio
For everyone to shop local, eat local and support local small businesses Hope Yeung
Affordable housing, for everyone but especially, for our teachers, law enforcement, and healthcare workers should be a high priority. Preservation of the native Islander properties and culture must not be overlooked Doug MacNeille
An integrated public transit system connecting Beaufort, Bluffton, HHI and Savannah Thomas Schloer
More places for tweenagers and teenagers to go at night. Roller skating rink, jump zone etc Gina Patrick
Make Bluffton weird again
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In the August issue, we printed the following errors:
• Tony Crosby of Tara’s Salon will participate in the Hilton Head Humane Association’s cut-a-thon fund raiser on Sept. 9 to help feral cats.
Polo For Charity coordinated by The Rotary Club of Okatie will soon be here. As newly elected president, I want to express on behalf of our club, the gratitude and great appreciation we have for our community. You rallied to support the 2016 Polo for Charity event last fall right after a major hurricane. Thank you. The charity event was planned for late October, but no one projected that a major hurricane would hit just weeks before the polo match. Our sponsors, patrons and members of the community enthusiastically stayed committed to the match regardless of the challenges. I am happy to report that we raised over $20,000 to support Moss Creek Marines’ Paws 4 Vets program and for victims of Hurricane Matthew. We would like to acknowledge last year’s corporate sponsors: Engel and Völkers Real Estate and Property Management; Lang Capital – Retirement, Investment and Tax Specialists; Bluffton Center for Dentistry; J&S Construction; the Law Office of Barbara McFadden; C. Parker Cook, Jr.; Hilton Head Landscapes; Haig Point; John Mosca, CPA; Palmetto Electric; the Salty Dog Café; and our valued media sponsors. This year’s Polo for Charity will be on October 22nd, and soon we will be approaching local businesses to sponsor another exciting Sunday afternoon of tailgate parties and high intensity polo competition. We look forward to working with many of you to make this year’s event a fun day of tailgating while raising awareness for worthwhile charities in our area. Sincerely, Tony Leister, President Rotary Club of Okatie EDITOR’S NOTE: The views and opinions expressed on this page are solely those of the original authors and do not necessarily represent those of Monthly magazine, the Monthly staff or any of its contributors. Send your letters to email@example.com. Please include your first and last name. Letters may be edited for length, style, grammar, taste and libel. Read the full-length letters to the editor online at www. hiltonheadmonthly.com.
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CHRISTIAN SOAP OPERA TO BE SET ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND
SUMMER FINALE CONCERT (SEPTEMBER 2 &3) The Harbour at Shelter Cove Caribbean concert featuring Shannon Tanner & the Oyster Reefers
Reggae on the River (SEPTEMBER 2) Bluffton Oyster Factory Park 2-9 pm Celebrate Reggae in the Lowcountry
Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles (SEPTEMBER 5-7) Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 8 pm
BlufftemberFest (SEPTEMBER 16) Bluffton Oyster Factory Park 2-8 pm A Bluffton-style Octoberfest celebration on the May River
A Party for HHI (SEPTEMBER 17) Shelter Cove Community Park 5-7 pm Hilton Head Island Community Church is celebrating 10 years on HHI with a community party
Kiwanis Club 33rd Annual Chili Cook Off (SEPTEMBER 23) Shelter Cove Community Park 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m Local chili cooks in the professional and amateur category with separate awards for each
PureFlix.com, a Christian entertainment company, is making a faith-based soap opera set in the Lowcountry. “Hilton Head Island” will run for 22 episodes on the company’s PureFlix digital platform. The show will star Antonio Sabato Jr. (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”), Michael Swan (“As the World Turns”) and renowned game show host Wink Martindale, according to Christian news site Faith Wire. The first episode of the show will air this fall. Tim Pipher, the creator of the show, and his wife, Pam, are the founders of WHHITV on Hilton Head and ran the station from 1992 through 2001, when they sold it. Pipher said viewers should expect to see landmark cameos of the South Carolina Yacht Club, Caretta Coffee Co., Fresh Produce, Piggly Wiggly, Local Pie Woodfired Pizza, Orange Leaf, Poseidon Coastal Cuisine, Skull Creek Boathouse, Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza, The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa and the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Golf Course, among other Hilton Head Island locations.
TOWNHOUSES PROPOSED FOR NORTH END OF HHI An undeveloped site on Hilton Head’s north end could be the location of new townhouses. The site is owned by Welles LOM LLC of Chicago. Willy Powell with Ward Edwards Engineering, located in Bluffton, has proposed building 21 townhouses, an amenity center, and walkways and parking on 2.7-acre site at 107 Leg O Mutton Road, according to town documents. The 21 three-story units will be housed in four “attached clusters,” and each unit will be 3,996 square feet, according to application documents. The amenity building will be about 800 square feet, documents show. Chris Darnell, urban designer for the town, said the project still must receive development permit approval, a process in which town staff will review the project to make sure it complies with the town’s land management ordinance. After this process concludes, the developers can submit for building permits.
FORECAST IS FOR SCHOOL ON SATURDAYS For the first time in years, the Beaufort County School District has scheduled Saturdays as planned make-up days for inclement weather. The decision came after students missed eight days for Hurricane Matthew in 2016. This news didn’t sit well with some parents who complained a Saturday school day would be inconvenient. District officials commented that other states and school districts deal with make up days this way. The school board has been criticized for not seeking public or employee input before scheduling the inclement weather make up days.
BLUFFTON TO HOLD MUNICIPAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER On Nov. 7, Bluffton voters will cast their ballots for two Town Council seats in the municipal general election. To vote in the election, Bluffton residents must be registered by Oct. 6. The filing period for candidates opened Aug. 9 and closes at noon Sept. 8.
BOEING OFFICIAL TO SPEAK AT WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island will feature guest speaker Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, at its first luncheon of the season. Robinson-Berry will discuss “Lessons from Victory and Defeat” at the luncheon, to be held Oct. 6 at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island in Shipyard Plantation. Social hour will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon. Reservations are required by Sept. 29. For more information, go to wahhi.org.
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GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT CHARITY PAVE THE WAY AT SHELTER COVE PAVILION Plans are underway to renovate the pavilion at Shelter Cove Harbour this fall. The recently launched Pavilion Paver Project will provide the bricks to complete the project. Residents and visitors can leave their mark on the Lowcountry by purchasing an engraved brick to be used at the pavilion. The goal is to sell 1,000 bricks. To purchase a brick, call Shelter Cove at 843-310-0431.
The Dennis J. Becker American Legion Post 205 will hold their 12th annual golf tournament at the Rose Hill Golf Course in Bluffton at 8 a.m. Sept. 29. Proceeds from the tournament for male and female golfers support various charities: Fisher House, the Bluffton Veterans’ Day parade and Palmetto Boys State. Fisher House Foundation provides housing at no cost for military and veterans’ families while a loved one is receiving treatment at major military and VA medical centers nationwide. The Fisher House Foundation served more than 28,000 families in 2016 and also provides scholarships for military children and spouses. Palmetto Boys State is sponsored by The American Legion and was founded to teach boys about government and local and national politics. Check-in for the tournament begins at 8 a.m. and participants will be greeted with coffee, donuts and time to warm up on the driving range. There will be an opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Tee off is at 9 a.m. The $100 fee for each participant ($90 for active duty military and veterans, with ID) includes a cookout, raffle, door prizes and a silent auction. Hole sponsorships are available. Call 508-272-7622 or 843-705-0845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call 508-272-7622 or email email@example.com.
WIN FREE BRACES FROM BLUFFTON ORTHODONTICS One lucky resident will have something to smile about this fall thanks to Bluffton Orthodontics, a new state-ofthe-art orthodontic center that opened in July. The grand prize winner of its “New Smiles for a New School Year” contest, which started Aug. 1 and ends Sept. 12, will receive a free set of braces, plus all costs for the duration of treatment. The winner will be chosen at random, and contest entries can be submitted on the Bluffton Orthodontics Facebook page. To enter, parents should post a photo of their child’s back-to-school smile, along with a short entry form.
BLUFFTON ADDS FIVE AEDS
Arrhythmia Alliance and the town of Bluffton placed five public access defibrillators around Bluffton in August as part of Arrhythmia Alliance’s #BlufftonHeartsMatter campaign. This contribution will equip the Bluffton community with the necessary tools help save lives in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. The new defibrillators are located at Oscar Frazier Park, the Bluffton Police Department substation, Oyster Factory Park Boat Dock, the end of Calhoun Street across from The Church of the Cross, and the empty lot across from the Old Town Dispensary on Calhoun Street.
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SECOND HELPINGS TO HOLD GALA SEPT. 21 Second Helpings’ 26th anniversary and Share the Bounty fundraising event will be held Sept. 21 at Harbour Town Golf Links. The fundraiser will help Second Helpings maintain its fleet of trucks and support the organization’s mission to stop hunger and eliminate food waste. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and costs $100 per ticket, which includes dinner, full bar, silent auction and a live auction. To purchase tickets, call Second Helpings at 843-689-3689.
Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island has selected a new board of directors for 2017-18. James D. Collett (above), who spent his career in the U.S. Air Force and with Bell Systems/ Bell Atlantic, is the incoming chairman of the board. Other new board members include Joseph Scodari, vice chairman; Keith Brownlie, treasurer; and Andrea Argast, secretary. Remaining board members are Ned Allen, Tom Brettingen, C. Patrick Burns, Julie Tome, Morris Campbell, Dedria Cruden, Brian Fatzinger, Frederick Hack, Michael Hall, Bill Heberton, J. Randolph Light, Alan McCollough, Ned McKenna, Mike Pasquale, Marion Payne, Xavier Pereira, Marc Puntereri, Robert Sable and Andrew Schumacher. Honorary board members include Mary Ellen McConnell and Kay Bangs.
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Area leaders seek solutions to affordable housing shortage RISING CONSTRUCTION COSTS, REAL ESTATE PRICES AND CONSTRUCTION-RELATED FEES MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR DEVELOPERS TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN BLUFFTON AND HILTON HEAD ISLAND. BY AMY COYNE BREDESON
he lack of affordable housing, combined with a lack of public transportation, means businesses are unable to fill positions because it’s too expensive for low- to moderate-income families to live in the area. That portion of the population is vital to sustaining the community. They serve residents and visitors — building homes, cleaning villas, serving food, protecting citizens and educating children. But more than that, said Bluffton Town Councilman Fred Hamilton, who also is the chairman of the town’s Affordable Housing Committee, the community should be concerned about the quality of life for these families. “Those who want to live and work here should be able to have the ability to do so,” he said, adding that community leaders and elected officials have to work together to solve the problem. Hamilton said town of Bluffton staff members are working diligently to give Town Council some direction, and the council will discuss ideas in early October. Hamilton said the six houses built as part of the Wharf Street Redevelopment Project, which offered affordable cottages to low- and moderate-income families in Old Town Bluffton, only scratched the surface of the housing problem. The Bluffton Home Series project offers low-income residents the opportunity to purchase new prefabricated modular homes. However, no one has taken advantage of the program since it began more than three years ago, possibly because it is only available to people who own their own property. Hamilton said the town of Bluffton offers incentives, such as funding for infrastructure and a reduction in fees, to builders who include affordable housing units in their developments.
MOST PEOPLE THINK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS SERVING JUST ONE CLASSIFICATION OF WORKERS OR INCOMES, AND THAT’S NOT THE CASE – Hilton Head Island Town Council’s Public Planning Committee, led by David Ames The Town of Hilton Head Island has also offered incentives to developers, such as increasing density for those who build affordable housing units, but Marcy Benson, the town’s senior grants administrator, said it has been difficult to get anyone interested.
Benson said the Moderate Income Housing Program resulted in several projects, including the Summerfield development off Spanish Wells Road, but after the housing crisis in 2007, no other developers wanted to participate. Benson said the developer who did
get involved had a difficult time finding qualified applicants and would-be residents willing to adhere to the deed restrictions. The program was repealed that same year, and nothing has yet replaced it. A few years ago, the town donated 14 acres of land off Marshland Road to Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity, which helped some low-income families on the island. But housing problems persist, and the community is starting to feel the effects. Town of Hilton Head planning and special projects manager Jennifer Ray said workforce availability is one of Hilton Head Island Town Council’s 2017 priorities, but pointed out the issue is about more than just affordable housing. “Town Council’s priority is not just the housing component,” she said. “It’s having access to skilled labor and being able to get them to their jobs on the island. So that includes both housing and transportation. It’s a little bit broader than just building below-market-rate apartments.” Town Council’s Public Planning Committee, led by David Ames, recently hosted a forum on workforce housing. Attendees offered several suggestions, including using restrictive covenants to allow bonus density, creating a floating zone, donating town-owned land, waiving or reimbursing impact fees, appointing a housing director, controlling land costs, creating land lease opportunities and allowing additional building height. Ames said the town will consider those recommendations and conduct a comprehensive market study to determine where the greatest needs are in the community. “Most people think of affordable housing as serving just one classification of workers or incomes, and that’s not the case,” he said. “It goes from people who are struggling at a very low salary to people who have a decent salary but can’t find housing in the community where they’re working.” Ames said there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem. People need slightly different housing options and can afford different rents or mortgages. “We, as a community, have to understand what that looks like,” Ames said. “Then we can attack how we have the highest impact.” M September 2017 27
A Solid Foundation for the Future BY AMY COYNE BREDESON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
ilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity president and CEO Pat Wirth said the stability that comes along with homeownership can change lives. During her 16 years with the local nonprofit group, Wirth has seen hundreds of children grow up in homes built by Habitat volunteers and go on to lead successful lives. Some have gone to law school. Others have joined the military. Most have learned the value of hard work from their parents. One young woman who grew up in a Habitat home is now in medical school. When she was heading off to college, she told Wirth that watching her parents build their own house inspired her to work hard to achieve her own goals. “It’s such a good example for the kids, that the parents have a goal, they follow through on it and they succeed,” Wirth said. “And success breeds success.”
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OFFERS AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND A CHANCE FOR A SUCCESS TO AREA FAMILIES.
The international Habitat for Humanity gives qualified low-income families the opportunity to own their own homes. According to Wirth, there are now 1,500 Habitat affiliates across the United States, and the charity has housed more than 15 million people in 90 countries since its inception in 1976. Over the past 27 years, the local Habitat affiliate has either started or completed 105 affordable homes for families in Ridgeland and Bluffton and on Hilton Head, Wirth said. “It’s enough to make a little bit of a difference,” she said. “There’s still a huge need for affordable housing, but we’re moving along.” The land for Habitat homes has all either been purchased by Habitat or donated, Wirth said. Landowners, developers and organizations like the Town of Hilton Head Island have all donated property to the organization. One of Habitat’s most recent communities in the Lowcountry is located on Alex Patterson Road, off Marshland Road on Hilton Head. The Glen was named in honor of Goldie and Helen Glenn, whose generous donation covered the cost of water, sewer and road paving in the community, Wirth said.
The 14 acres of land The Glen sits on were donated by the Town of Hilton Head about five years ago. The first house in the neighborhood was started almost three years ago. Wirth said when phase one of the Glen is complete, the community will have 16 houses. Thirteen of those homes have been started, and some are already occupied. Phase two is still pending approval with the town, and Wirth said she believes there 17 more houses will be added. Habitat’s efforts would not be possible without the help of the people who donate their time and money to the cause. Various groups, including local churches, Women in Philanthropy, the Publix Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Habitat Friends of Colleton River and the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, have all sponsored homes. Habitat is a Christian-based organization but welcomes the involvement of people of all faiths or no faith, Wirth said. “We know how important diversity is and cooperation between different groups of people,” Wirth said. “It just works wonderfully for us.” To qualify for a Habitat house, families
must earn between 20 and 60 percent of the area’s median income and have a documented need for simple, decent, affordable housing, Wirth said. They must also be employed and pass a criminal background check. When a house is complete, Habitat gives the family a mortgage — $67,000 for a three-bedroom home — with a 0 percent interest rate for 30 years, Wirth said. Homeowners will be required to pay $450 a month to pay down the principal mortgage and cover taxes, insurance and pest control. Wirth said in single-parent families who qualify for the program, the adult is required to put in 300 hours of sweat equity, working on their house and their future neighbors’ houses. For families with two adults or more, 400 hours of sweat equity are required. Adults are also required to attend 20 hours of classes on homeownership. Wirth said Habitat will most likely host an application workshop in early November. She said 375 people showed up for the last workshop and 175 applications were handed out — though the group only had 10 houses available at the time. “So you can see what the need is,” Wirth said. “It’s huge.” The local Habitat homes are between 1,100 and 1,200 square feet, and have either three or four bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms, Wirth said. However, if a larger family qualified for the program, the group would build a house appropriate for them. Wirth is thankful to all who have helped the organization in its efforts to provide affordable homes to families in the area. “If you donated $1, pounded a nail or said a prayer, it’s all important,” she said. “And we’re very grateful for everybody who does it.” M
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A good How neighbor to live with rising: the ocean next door
BY ROBYN PASSANTE
he ocean has been creeping closer for a long time, reaching higher onto our beaches, spilling onto our docks and roads, and lapping at our way of life. It has been a beloved neighbor, but it is not a welcome guest. And most climate scientists say the ocean is not going to stop knocking on our doors. “We have the data and we can’t ignore it,” said Kate Schaefer, Coastal Conservation League’s south coast director. The data speaks to the slowly rising sea level due to climate change, and with it the increasing frequency of “nuisance flooding,” or “sunny day flooding.” According to Climate Central’s “Surging Seas” risk assessment, moderate sea level rise predictions locally are 1.2 feet by 2050 and 4 feet by 2100. The same assessment has “extreme floods” going from a rarity to “fairly common” in the next 30 years in a moderate sea level rise scenario; even low-range projections include a 50 percent chance of extreme floods
exceeding 4 feet above the high tide line within the next 50 years. How does that affect the Lowcountry? More than one in four homes on Hilton Head Island is less than 4 feet above sea level.
authority on coastal law. “There are no easy answers.” The good news, if there is any, is that this is not a new issue. The state established the Beachfront Management Act decades ago, outlining a 40-year policy of retreat
$4 BILLION IN PROPERTY ON HILTON HEAD IS SITUATED LESS THAN 9 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL With $4 billion in property on Hilton Head situated less than 9 feet above sea level, rising seas are an issue that has massive implications for the community’s infrastructure, economy, natural resources and overall future. So what can be and is being done about it? “I don’t think there’s a ‘one size fits all’ in terms of some kind of solution,” said Josh Eagle, the Solomon Blatt professor of law at the University of South Carolina's School of Law and an
— encouraging investment farther inland and banning new sea wall construction, Eagle says. On Hilton Head, a combination of retreat and beach renourishment has mitigated the island’s potential losses of property and profitability as a tourist destination and desirable place to live. “Hilton Head’s Beachfront Management Plan is strong — it recommends retreat. The fact that the Hilton Head Comprehensive Plan recommends retreat is a great first step (Continued on page 32)
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF HILTON HEAD “FOREIGN POLICY IN A TIME OF CHANGING WORLD ORDER” SPEAKER PROGRAM 2017-2018 The program Committee’s theme for the 2017-2018 calendar year is “Foreign Policy in a Time of Changing World Order”. In almost every region of the world, challenges to the prevailing set of geo-political assumptions are in the air. Some may prove transient, while others may create the possibility of significant long-term changes in our basic thinking. Our distinguished speakers will provide expert insight and analysis into many of the most compelling examples of this global trend. Membership information at www.wachh.org/membership. All programs are at First Presbyterian Church at 10am. For an up-to-date listing of speakers and their biographies, go to www.wachh.org. OCTOBER 6
Professor P.J. Crowley Professor of Practice and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University. Title: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failed States
OCTOBER 13 Professor Anand Menon Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King's College London in the United Kingdom. Title: The Future of the EU NOVEMBER 3
Ambassador James Jeffrey Senior American Diplomat and an expert in political, security, and energy issues in the Middle East, Turkey, Germany, and the Balkans. Title: The Middle East
Dr. Andrew Selee President, Migration Policy Institute, and past Vice-President at the Wilson Center for International Scholars. Title: Mexico’s Relations with the United States in the Administration of Trump
DECEMBER 1 Edward Alden Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Title: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy JANUARY 12 TO BE ANNOUNCED JANUARY 26
Ambassador Ivo Daalder President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former Ambassador to NATO. Title: Trump’s Foreign Policy
Ambassador Christopher Hill Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Title: Outpost, A Diplomat at Work
Sarah Chayes Senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Title: The Real Cost of Corruption
General Anthony Zinni Retired United States Marine Corps general and a former Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command. Title: A New Military Strategy
APRIL 6 Ray Toll Director of Coastal Resilience Research at Old Dominion University and RDML Ann Phillips, USN. Title: Rising Sea Levels and their Impact on the Navy APRIL 20
Mohamed Razeen Sally Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies. Title: Asia Liberty Rising: Past, Present and Future
Todd Sechser Associate Professor Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia. Title: Nuclear Security
Ambassador William "Bill" Richardson III Former Ambassador to the UN, Energy Secretary and Governor of New Mexico. Title: North Korea
World Affairs Council Hilton Head PO Box 22523, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925
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A good neighbor rising: How to live with the ocean next door
MODERATE SEA LEVEL RISE PREDICTIONS LOCALLY BY 2100 4 feet BY 2050 1.2 feet
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in recognizing we can’t continue to move closer to the ocean,” Schaefer says. “We have to think about moving resources away from the front lines, as the front lines move.” Beaufort County’s Sea Level Rise Plan was adopted in 2015. It was the result of a need identified in the 2010 Beaufort County Comprehensive Plan “to investigate opportunities for the county to adapt, or increase its capacity to adapt, to future sea level rise impacts,” according to
Carrying out those policies — and the public’s interest in them — can shift when new facts and figures are presented, as expected any day now with the latest flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which hasn’t updated its Beaufort County maps since the early 1990s. Colin said the Town of Hilton Head is in possession of the new maps but they likely won’t be presented to the public until this fall. He said with technological
"HILTON HEAD’S BEACHFRONT MANAGEMENT PLAN IS STRONG" the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report. Shawn Colin, the Town of Hilton Head Island’s deputy director of community development, said implementing longrange policy makes the most sense. “Fifty years from now, development is going to look different than it looks today. So I think there’s an evolution in policy and requirements that keep you in line with maintaining some sort of stability,” Colin said. “I think incremental change over time in policy and codes and requirements help the evolution and will maintain some stability in the long run.” 32 hiltonheadmonthly.com
changes made in the years since the old maps were drawn, the new maps are “significantly different than the changes we’ve had from previous versions.” The maps will be used to adjust flood insurance rates that property owners with federally backed mortgages in flood-prone areas must carry. Also, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Ocean and Coastal Resource Management plan evaluates and re-draws the baseline and setback line for South Carolina’s beaches every eight to 10 years, and it’s been a decade since that was done, Colin said.
“It’s coming up here this year or next year,” he said of the new baseline, which could shift the properties and structures affected by the town’s retreat policy. In addition to formal policies, those in real estate and development are working on finding ways to adapt their industries to the growing threat and increased risks. “Climate change and rising sea levels were recognized as an industry threat in a recent report done by the Counselors of Real Estate,” said Jean Beck, executive vice president of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors. “In an article last fall by Realtor Magazine, it addressed the concern of rising sea levels and how developers and builders are looking at new and creative ways to make structures stronger to withstand flooding or retain storm water.” That, too, is a step in the right direction, as it’s going to take all facets of our community working together to safeguard our communities and our way of life, Schaefer said. “I think the big takeaway is that as coastal communities, we’re vulnerable to sea level rise,” she said, “but there are ways we can protect ourselves now and in the future by recognizing where the vulnerable places are, retreating where we can, and concentrating our resources on higher ground.” M
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Bridging the Gap THOSE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT TRAFFIC COMING ON AND OFF HILTON HEAD ISLAND SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THINGS COULD BE WORSE. BY DEAN ROWLAND
t least the original eastbound portion of the former James F. Byrnes Bridge — the first slice of concrete that joins the mainland to Hilton Head Island — is still standing. Built in 1956 as a two-lane prelude to the adjoining toll swing bridge over Skull Creek, the bridge — now known as the Karl Bowers Bridge — that rises over Mackay Creek before depositing cars on Jenkins Island, home to Pinckney Wildlife Refuge, has been classified as “structurally deficient” by the Federal Highway Administration. Inspections of the bridge in 2008 and 2010 discovered structural bridge flaws. The local bridge has plenty of company statewide: Of the 9,344 bridges in South Carolina, 11 percent — or 1,004 — have earned the same alarming classification because one or more key bridge elements such as the deck, superstructure or substructure is considered to be in “poor or worse condition.” Another 9 percent of bridges statewide have been deemed “functionally obsolete.” The problems with the bridge to Hilton Head have not gone unnoticed by officials with the Town of Hilton Head, Beaufort County, the state and the Lowcountry Council of Governments, who have been aware of the bridge’s weaknesses for years. Plans to repair the problems have been gaining traction recently— though officials say the bridge is still safe for regular use. “I don’t think we’re talking about a closure or failure,” said Hilton Head town manager Steve Riley. “It just means the end of its useful life, and you need to get on with it.”
Still, some of the 55,000 drivers who cross the bridge daily remain concerned about its safety, though county officials are quick to reassure them. “There are no issues driving on it,” added Beaufort County deputy administrator Josh Gruber.
THE THOUGHT IS, IF THEY’RE GOING TO THE TIME AND EXPENSE AND ESSENTIALLY DRIVER INCONVENIENCE IN REPLACING ONE OF THE SPANS, MAYBE WE SHOULD LOOK AT DOING THEM ALL AT THE SAME TIME. The 50-year design life of the oldest of the four bridge spans expired 11 years ago. “Everybody is aware that the bridge is not adequate to serve the future,” said Ginnie Kozak, planning director for the LCOG, which connects local governments in four counties with state and federal programs to coordinate regional development. The state Department of Transportation has budgeted about $44 million for repairing the island’s oldest span. But doing that without repairing any other spans on or off the island else was a shortlived idea that quickly fell out of favor. A glance into the past may have helped nudge today’s governmental doers to keep their eyes toward developing a bigger-picture mind-set.
In 1974, a barge slammed into the pilings of the $1.5 million swing bridge, which was replaced by a pontoon bridge for years to keep traffic flowing to and from the island. A four-lane fixed span bridge was built in 1982 and rededicated in honor of J. Wilton Graves, a former state legislator and early development shaker on the island. “They (the state) had a plan to replace (the original span) in time with two lanes, and the county, with support of other local governments and through urging by the Lowcountry Area Transportation Study, a study of the bigger picture,” Riley said. “Don’t put two lanes back; let’s talk about a longer-range plan.” It wasn’t a difficult job to convince officials to do just that. “The thought is, if they’re going to the time and expense and essentially driver inconvenience in replacing one of the spans, maybe we should look at doing them all at the same time,” Gruber said. “Even though the other bridges, from an age standpoint, aren’t at the end of their useful life.” The current concept of long-term improvements to ease traffic congestion and either replace, repair or widen the 1-mile-long bridge and connecting points on U.S. 278 to and from the island has focused on a 4-mile corridor project from Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head to Moss Creek on the mainland. By all estimates, the price tag on such an ambitious project could top $200 million, but the source of funding has not been determined. “We’re not treating this as several individual projects; we’re looking at this
as a whole corridor that is in need of improvements,” Kozak said. “We’re not doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that… You don’t replace a bridge and not deal with the highways connecting it. And what’s the bridge going to be? How many lanes, will it have a bicycle lane? We don’t know what those things will be. We’re looking at this as a comprehensive approach to transportation improvements.” When the 2010 Census classified the Hilton Head/Bluffton area as a “small urban area” because of its population of more than 50,000, federal regulations required that a Metropolitan Planning Organization be formed to address transportation issues. In turn, LATS was created in 2013 under the auspices of the LCOG, and Kozak serves as staff representative. LATS MPO administers the federal funding. The projected cost of about $3 million for a planning, engineering and environmental study to explore widening or replacing the bridges could take three years. The county, through an agreement with LATS, would commit $2 million. SCDOT, which is actively reviewing contractors for the environmental permitting that is first on the action agenda, will select the contractor and be responsible for the project management, Gruber said. The list of options developed in this phase will be reviewed by the state, county, LATS and other entities. Subsequent projects will be undertaken jointly based on a collaborative agreement between parties, Gruber said. Public hearings also will be scheduled. “We’re bringing in the experts to find out what it will cost, how it should be phased, and how to solve the environmental issues,” Kozak said. The lengthy process getting from here to there is very fluid, and there is no timetable for completion. “There is no hard and fast deadline by which we have to have this done,” Gruber said. “We don’t see the situation getting any better. It’s not going to get better unless we get things done.” Whether the bridges are replaced or repaired, Kozak wants the improvements to “last for 30 years.” Maybe three decades from now, some attention might be paid to what Riley calls a “pipedream” of an idea: Build a bridge across Port Royal Sound from Beaufort to the vicinity of Hilton Head Island Airport. That idea has been floating around the Lowcountry for years; Riley thinks it might have been suggested by a Sun City resident or others who were tired of seeing vehicles from Beaufort rumbling along S.C. 170 past their front doors. And while it’s a nice idea, Gruber said, “at this point in time, there is no serious consideration being given on that. I don’t know if it would ever be formally reviewed.” What is more realistic has been the long-standing dream of providing an alternative traffic corridor to extend Bluffton Parkway westward to Interstate 95. “The flyover — the $45 million project that opened last year to connect the parkway to the bridge — was one piece of the overall jigsaw puzzle,” Gruber said. “And that overall jigsaw puzzle is efficiently getting people from I-95 to Hilton Head and back. The flyover has successfully diverted a substantial amount of traffic off of U.S. 278 and allows an efficient flow through the Bluffton area. It’s one piece at a time.” M September 2017 35
Mitchelville was the first self-governed town of freed slaves in the US
Forward For Preservation BY ERIN LAYTHAM LENTZ | PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE MITCHELVILLE PRESERVATION PROJECT
hat will it take to preserve native islander and Gullah traditions on Hilton Head Island? It will start with money, good ideas and a commitment to set aside past differences and work together. Two recent developments indicate that local leaders are taking steps to achieve these goals. The Town of Hilton Head formed the Gullah-Geechee Land and Cultural Preservation Task Force in June to address preservation, education and sustainability issues in the Lowcountry. Town Council member Marc Grant, who has close ties to the native islander community, is the group’s official community liaison. One of the first issues the group will take up is helping people resolve issues with heirs’ property. Many native islander families don’t have clear titles to their land, making passing it on to their descendants difficult, even if the family has lived on the acreage for generations. The task force will work with the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, a nonprofit organization based in Charleston that conducts workshops for families trying to establish property titles on inherited land. The 36 hiltonheadmonthly.com
town’s senior planner, Jayme Lopko, said area officials are in the process of identifying properties on Hilton Head that would be eligible for the task force’s assistance. Clearing up any legal issues surrounding land ownership would help families pass their properties down to future generations, avoid losing it at tax sales and, if desired, develop the properties in environmentally and economically sustainable ways. For example, the Barnwell family on Hilton Head has used some of their land on the island’s north end to build affordable rental housing, task force chairman Lavon Stevons said, calling their work an example of what “families can do when they come together.” By creating the task force, Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett and Town Council hope to build on goodwill in the community generated by a $9.7 million, five-year plan to provide sewer access for north end neighborhoods. Many of the parcels to be served by this project are heirs’ properties that currently rely on septic systems. The task force’s recommendations will be sent to the Planning Commission and ultimately to Town Council for votes. “We will be looking back on decades
of master plans and reports with the intent not to recreate the wheel, but to look at what can be improved upon,” Stevons said. Mitchelvile Preservation Project In a separate but related effort, Ahmad Ward has started work as the new executive director of the Mitchelville Preservation Project. In 2005, a group of Hilton Head residents came together to protect, preserve and promote the heritage of Mitchelville, established in 1862 as the first self-governed town of freed slaves in the U.S. The organization presents community programs and events celebrating the island’s heritage — and the heritage of the Lowcountry’s native islanders, who often can trace their roots back to Mitchelville’s first inhabitants. The group hopes to recreate the historic site of Mitchelville’s school and church. Mr. Ward has already started to promote this nationally significant story, stating “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the Mitchelville Preservation Project as we endeavor to share the Mitchelville story, not just locally, but throughout the nation. Mitchelville reminds us of the resilience of African-Americans during some of our
What is heirs’ property? In the Lowcountry, heirs’ property usually describes land owned by African-Americans who either purchased or were deeded the acreage after the Civil War and have passed it down through the generations — often without a written will. In the case of land passed down without a will, or a will that wasn’t probated within the 10 years required by South Carolina law, the land became owned “in common” or “tenants in common” by all the heirs, regardless of whether they live on the land or pay the taxes on it.
Mitchelville Freedon Park will be built on this site at Fish Haul Park.
nation’s darkest days. It is also more than that – Mitchelville is an American story, tethered to the core tenets of American citizenship and what it means to be free.” A native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Ward formerly was vice president of education and exhibitions at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth City State University and a master’s degree from Hampton University. In his new role, Ward will develop educational content for schools, and develop a master plan and fundraise for Mitchelville Freedom Park at Fish Haul Creek Park. The site, which was built on a portion of the original MItchelville location, will one day feature revolving exhibits, lectures, tours and cultural programs, according to the project’s website. A lease agreement signed in April with the town will enable the nonprofit group to replicate life during the times of Mitchelville while keeping Fish Haul Creek Park open to the public. M
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Shelter in a storm: VENEZUELAN FAMILY WELCOMED IN THE LOWCOUNTRY
BY CAROL WEIR | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN
Venezuela descends into economic and political chaos, one of the South American country’s native sons has found a safe harbor in the Lowcountry. Gustavo Rattia, who is 33, was lucky to get his family out of Venezuela before things got as bad as they are now. He, wife Rossany and young son Sebastian emigrated to Bluffton in February 2015, and they say the peace and quiet of their new life in the Lowcountry is a blessing. “Since we arrived, I’ve felt cared for by the people here. Doors have been opened for me,” Gustavo said. This family’s odyssey started with music. Gustavo is a baritone and his wife is a mezzo-soprano. They met singing in an a capella group in the city of Maturín, which is in the state of Monagas and dotted with oil wells that contribute to Venezuela’s petroleum industry. Gustavo and Rossany saw other possibilities as their musical group toured in China, Austria, Hungary, Germany and other countries, and due to the political situation in Venezuela they began to envision a life outside their country. As they talked about where to go, Gustavo and Rossany reached out to a close friend and fellow singer from Venezuela, Guillermo Brazón, who had resettled in the Lowcountry. Brazón is the choir director for the Hispanic music ministry at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, where Gustavo and Rossany are also members. “Guillermo said it was beautiful here and peaceful,” Gustavo said. “And it is.” Two and a half years —and a major hurricane—after they arrived in the U.S. with only their suitcases, Gustavo and
Rossany have made new friends and built a successful photovideo production company. Called Oceano Blue, the business specializes in filming and photographing weddings, concerts, birthdays and other events. The couple also takes family portraits, and Rossany does digital marketing. In addition, Gustavo works as a cameraman for WHHITV, where he’s been promoted from shooting news segments on location to also producing shows in the channel’s studios. “This job has been an excellent introduction for me,” he said. “Through it I’ve gotten to know so many new people and places.” Many would be intimidated to ask the manager of a television station in a foreign country for a job. But Gustavo felt confident about both his technical skills and his English. He learned the language in Venezuela as part of his undergraduate degree in computer engineering, then brushed up on his conversational skills at the nonprofit Literacy Center soon after arriving in the Lowcountry.
Since we arrived, I’ve felt cared for by the people here. Doors have been opened for me. Pam Wall, executive director of The Literacy Center, praises Gustavo’s kindness and intelligence. “He is an awesome guy. He’s very smart, so he didn’t stay long,” she said. Gustavo and Rossany say this kind of welcome—instead of the anti-immigrant sentiments they hear reflected in national media— is typical as they move through their daily lives here. As their case for permanent residency—and eventually a path to citizenship—winds through the U.S. immigration system, Gustavo and Rossany obsessively follow the news from Venezuela and worry about loved ones there. Medicine, food and electricity are all in short supply, and clashes between government forces and the opposition have become increasingly violent. They’re thankful that their son Sebastian, who just started third grade in Bluffton, doesn’t have to live through that. Instead of riots and fear, his life is full of taekwondo lessons, mini golf, movies and bike rides. They family is also grateful that their second son, due in November, will be an American citizen and hopefully never know the type of turmoil experienced in Venezuela. Gustavo and Rossany would love to buy a house some day and plan to stay in the Lowcountry. Their savings took a hit when they had to evacuate to a hotel in Atlanta for a week during Hurricane Matthew, but the storm didn’t dampen their enthusiasm for homeownership here. While many of their friends back home are fleeing Venezuela and resettling in Miami, the couple prefers their quiet life to the South Florida city’s flashy allure. “The only thing the Lowcountry needs,” Gustavo said, “Is a Venezuelan restaurant.” With the initiative and tolerance for risk as he’s already shown, Gustavo might just open one himself. M September 2017 39
Photo by Ansley Cohen
A Hilton Head
Rock Star Goes West
Photo by Mark Garrett
TWENTY YEARS AGO, UNDER THE TURBULENT, ENERGETIC ZODIAC SIGN OF ARIES, HANNAH WICKLUND WAS BORN TO NANCY MITCHELL AND MATT WICKLUND OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND. BY CARMEN HAWKINS DECECCO
ast-forward to this fall, when fans will watch her reap the harvest of a life nourished by music. Her band, The Steppin’ Stones, will tour the West Coast for the first time, accompanied by some big names, and then head to Europe. It’s all coming full circle for Hannah, who came of age playing for visitors at sundown under Harbour Town’s Liberty Oak. While no stranger to touring, Wicklund and her band are in new territory with this West Coast adventure. The tour is a step up for the group and includes shows at Los Angeles’ famed Viper Room, once owned by Johnny Depp, and the Kaaboo festival, where they’ll share the bill with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, one of Wicklund’s longtime heroes. Before making the leap to Nashville, which Wicklund now calls home, she played five summers on
the island and more than eight New Year’s Eves in Harbour Town. It’s no wonder that she, along with her older brother Luke Mitchell, now based in Charleston, have become synonymous with Hilton Head Island’s small-butproud music scene. Locals and visitors alike have watched Wicklund and The Steppin’ Stones grow from teens riffing classic rock classics into a touring band rocking Wicklund’s take on her bluesy rock heritage. Channeling the decades when women and men alike wore their hair long; the band’s music is rock ‘n’ roll without gimmicks or frills. Almost all of their songs are originals, though Wicklund does love to perform a cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s, “Ohio,” an anthem that urged grassroots activism in 1970. She was clearly born in the wrong era; her almond eyes, long curly hair and big smile — not to September 2017 41
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mention her powerful vocal range — recall the haunting sounds of Janis Joplin. Her solos unfold as if she’s in no hurry, milking her Tom Anderson guitar for every note. She was made to rock, and was steeped in classic tunes from a young age by her father, who would back her on drums in the garage. It was there she fell in love with music by Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Steppenwolf. It was in these garage jam sessions that the band was created: The name The Steppin’ Stones is a fusion of Steppenwolf and The Rolling Stones. At age 9, she and her early bandmates enjoyed their first paid gig, performing for the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head’s bocce ball tournament. Her father managed the band and soundboard until Wicklund was 13; at that point, she began negotiating her own contracts. “After speaking with Hannah, no one ever said, ‘Let me talk to your dad,’ ” said her mother, Nancy Mitchell. Today, The Steppin’ Stones include Wicklund, Egan Miller on bass and Houston Matthews on drums. In early 2018, the band will release its third full album and set off on a “sibling rivalry” tour with brother Luke Mitchell’s band, the High Divers — who also happened to get their start on Hilton Head. Sadler Vaden, a Charleston native and guitarist, is producing the band’s upcoming album, to be released in January 2018. The album was recorded at Smoakstack Studios in Nashville. A track cowritten with Cage The Elephant’s Lincoln Parish appears on the album, which will be released independently and distributed digitally through TuneCore. The band will film a music video in Nashville this month. Hannah and the band head to Europe next month for their first international tour, which kicks off Oct. 26th in Hamburg, Germany. M 42 hiltonheadmonthly.com
AT AGE 9, SHE AND HER EARLY BANDMATES ENJOYED THEIR FIRST PAID GIG, PERFORMING FOR THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB OF HILTON HEAD’S BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT.
‘HANNAH’ BY NANCY MITCHELL (6’ X 2’, OIL ON CANVAS) WILL APPEAR IN "THE MUSIC WAFTED THROUGH THE TREES" ART LEAGUE GALLERY EXHIBIT AT THE ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA FROM AUG. 29 - SEPT 23.
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Leading by example CHARLESTON'S JOE RILEY ACCOMPLISHED MUCH THROUGH A STRONG MAYOR SYSTEM
BY TIM WOOD
strong mayor system in Charleston, combined with a visionary leader, produced four decades of dramatic improvements in race relations, urban re-development, and quality of life for all residents. Studying this city’s successes could inspire leaders on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. Take even a brief ride around the streets of Charleston and you’ll see the impact Joseph P. Riley Jr. has had on the city. His tenure as mayor, from 1975 to 2016, is unheard of in modern politics. Under his direction, the city turned from a cautionary tale of urban decay to an iconic center of American culture. Those who traverse King Street today would never imagine that one of the top shopping and food districts in the U.S. was once filled with boarded-up buildings and few signs of life. Racial tensions were high in Charleston when Riley took office in 1975, and African-Americans weren’t represented in city politics. The new mayor named blacks to administration posts and appointed the city’s first black police chief. Riley pushed for Charleston Place, a retail and hotel development that was once called “Riley’s Folly.” It became the $75 million cornerstone of the revitalization of King Street. Everywhere you turn in Charleston, Riley’s urban design sensibilities and ability to get projects done are evident. There’s a $140 million performing arts center, a gorgeous, sprawling waterfront park and the home of the Charleston River Dogs minor league baseball team, a stadium known by locals as “The Joe.” "Whatever income strata you are or education level, you still are nourished by something that you feel looks nice,” Riley told NPR. “And that's what great cities in the world have always done — always cared about their built environment."
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These achievements were accomplished in the framework of a strong mayor system in Charleston. Riley ran the city like a CEO heads a business, with centralized executive power. He made the major administrative decisions and oversaw day-to-day operations of the city. In contrast, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island function under a council-manager structure of municipal government that has a weaker role for the mayor. Under that system, town councils hold most of
The city turned from a cautionary tale of urban decay to an iconic center of American culture. the legislative and executive authority. The mayor seems more like a chairman of the board; every decision must be approved by the council, limiting the mayor’s direct power in running the city. Under Hilton Head’s and Bluffton’s systems of government, the town administrator typically plays the CEO role, running the day-to-day operations and reporting to both the mayor and the council. “The mayor is on equal footing, essentially, with the council. The decisions are ultimately made as a group,” said Stewart Rodman, current Beaufort County councilman for Hilton Head’s District 11 and a longtime observer of Lowcountry government and politics. Rodman said that while Riley’s fourdecade run is atypical, his tenure is an example of a system that worked well for his city.
“Joe was the right person at the right time for that city, and it was a very successful marriage,” Rodman said. There is a third form of government in South Carolina, a council system in which the city council hires the city manager and appoints a mayor. Rodman avoided saying one system is better than the other, adding that the time a leader puts into the job may be more important than the type of municipal government. Rodman pointed to Columbia and Greenville as hybrid examples that are working. “You have a mayor working full time, there is a proven advantage there,” he said. “Columbia has our system, but it has made Steve Benjamin a full-time employee, so he is representing the city and educating himself about the city as his sole responsibility. That means a lot, and it has already had many positive impacts on moving projects forward quicker, because you have one leader shepherding projects through the politics.” He said Greenville has had similar success in a council-manager setup similar to Bluffton and Hilton Head, because its local business community has worked hand-in-hand with both Mayor Knox White and city manager John Castile. Of course, it’s not necessary to be mayor to get things done. Riley has spent much of his early retirement developing the $75 million International AfricanAmerican Museum on Gadsden’s Wharf. And no city — or system — is perfect. Ultimately, as Rodman said, whatever system of government is followed, cities need leadership that withstands the ebbs and flows of elections. “You get a community to agree on the right path forward, and no one person can interrupt that progress,” he said. M
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TRADITIONS. THEY INSPIRE A NOSTALGIC FEELING IN MANY; AT ONE POINT, LIFE WAS ALL ABOUT TRADITIONS. THEY WERE IMPORTANT, VALUED AND TIME-HONORED. BY LUANA M. GRAVES SELLARS | PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT
oday, however, many of these beliefs, behaviors and ways of life seem to be falling by the wayside, no matter how hard we cling to them. For example, many Gullah traditions on Hilton Head Island are more than 150 years old. But they too are fading. The language, skills and the traditions of the Gullah are slowly fading away. But they won’t disappear forever, so long as the Orage family makes its home on Hilton Head. The Orage family’s ties to the island date back to the family patriarch, Frederick Orage, who was born between 1857 and 1860. Other than his marriage to Penny Fields in 1880, few records remain about their lives on Hilton Head.
However, the surname Orage, record by record, has had several different variations in spelling. Over time, the name was recorded in U.S. Census data as Orage, Oriage and Orange. Variations in spelling was a common occurance in the late 1800s, as Census reporters often documented names as they heard them phonetically. And some slaves, who could not read or write, ultimately accepted the altered spelling of their names. The Orage family seems to have adapted an alternate spelling of their name – Oriage — starting with Frederick’s son, Pauldo Fields Oriage. Over time, the Orage family has left its cultural footprint on Hilton Head. The family has played a part in the island’s
growth and development, but also helped encourage the education of many of the island’s children and the preservation of the native islander culture. Arthur Orage The art of net making and casting has been traced back to West Africa. Men knitted fishing nets with a needle that was often made of palmetto wood. In addition to the skill needed to create the nets, casting the net was an art that didn’t come easily. Once made, the net had to be folded in a particular way so that when thrown, it would fan out and capture as many fish as possible. Frederick Orage’s great-greatgrandson, Arthur Orage, was one of
Hilton Head’s most talented net makers. When he died in 2012 at the age of 88, after a lifetime of fishing the waters of Skull Creek, he took much of his net knowledge with him. Taught by his father, Paul, Arthur sewed weights into his net footings, pulling the net to the creek’s floor after it was cast off with a precise circular twist. And he could make or repair any kind of net with a variety of materials. Dorothy Miller, Arthur’s granddaughter, remembers watching him weave nets when she was a child. Arthur’s meticulous attention to detail meant it would take a week or two to make one net. “He would work on them in between the work that he did on the garden and when he would go fishing,” Dorothy said. “I used to sit by him and watch him sew the nets. First he would start up with the sinkers. Nets were made for different kinds of fish or for shrimps. It was fascinating to watch. [The net] was so wide it could cover a house.”
The Orages have created a legacy of traditions for themselves, the Lowcountry and the Gullah community. Richard Orage But Arthur wasn’t the only member of the Orage family to make a mark on the Lowcountry. Richard Orage, another of Frederick’s great-great-grandsons, was a strong proponent of education. As a child, he was encouraged to continue past grade school, despite growing up in a time when families needed their children to help on the farm. But with his mother’s blessings, he left Hilton Head on a three-day journey to St. Helena Island and the Penn School to further his education with only “75 cents and two sweet potatoes.” The experience led to a lifelong love of education, and he founded the Richard Charles Oriage Memorial Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to students studying social work. Tradition was also very important to Richard — especially Gullah traditions. He became a founding member and treasurer of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Achievement School, as well as a founding member of the Native Islander Business and Cultural Association and Gullah Heritage Trail Tours. As one of the tour group’s first guides, Richard shared stories of Gullah traditions and native islander history, ensuring the role of native islanders was well-preserved as part of Hilton Head’s story. Without his contributions, the stories of many Gullah contributions to the Lowcountry would be lost to today’s native island community and the tourists who frequent the island every year. The Orages have created a legacy of traditions for themselves, the Lowcountry and the Gullah community. Their work to preserve the cultural, generational and procedural experiences that were passed down over the years help ensure that the traditions that formed the Lowcountry’s past will continue to influence the community into the future. M September 2017 47
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Nicole Arnold BY MARCO FREY | PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT
eet me at the top of the hill."In a lull between summer showers, I direct Nicole Arnold to the cylindrical tower atop Fort Greene Park, overlooking Brooklyn and toward Manhattan’s skyline beyond. Though we’ve met over video chat, Nicole’s wide smile is larger in person. She has earthy skin, auburn hair and looks out from patient eyes. We hug like old friends, even though I’m nine years older and we didn’t grow up together. We’re both Hilton Head Island expats, and we share other traits — a love for travel, an openness to strangers. It’s the real reason I reached out to Nicole after the amazing cross-country bike tour that made her famous in the Lowcountry last summer. That epic 4,200-mile trek took Nicole, then 17, through 18 states from Oregon to Virginia and far outside her comfort zone. She succeeded despite grueling miles in the summer’s harsh temperatures without a support vehicle or team. “I had a lot of time on the saddle to think,” she said. Fate favored her journey: She benefitted from the kindness of strangers and teamed up spontaneously with other women during the 72-day odyssey. The ride was in many ways the opposite of
Nicole’s life up to that point, and that’s just the way she wanted it. Nicole grew up wanting for little in Spanish Wells, going to dinner with friends and “wearing Lilly Pulitzer dresses to the Heritage golf tournament every year.” Despite the comfort and ease of her early life, she knew there was something more out there, and her ride was her first stab at finding it. Coming to New York to meet me for this interview was another. We stroll around the park’s Revolutionary War monument, watch devoted “Rocky” enthusiasts sweat the huge set of stairs and settle down beside what must be a cork tree, its wood used in wine bottles. Nicole, who booked her flight just yesterday, almost missed takeoff when her alarm didn’t wake her — she managed to grab just one outfit and a small backpack for the Big Apple — and is clearly at ease with the fates. It doesn’t take long to realize her nonchalant approach to travel isn’t an act. Stretched out on the park’s cool grass, Nicole recounts a recent jaunt hot on the tail of another short getaway. Having just landed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport after a European vacation with her god family, she turned right around and booked a standby
flight to Mexico City. There she couch surfed with a gay man who gave her a personal tour of the city, she tells me in her alto voice, which is slightly nasal and hard to pin to any particular region. Nicole’s mother, who is Mexican, used to enroll her in the tail end of school semesters in Querétaro over the summer, so the country has special meaning for her. I spot a hawk perched on a building in the distance as clouds thicken overhead. The rain cuts our formal interview short — it has the power to fry an iPhone (my recording device for the evening). We head down the hill to Dick & Jane’s, a bar at Adelphi Street and DeKalb Avenue. I order an old fashioned from the groomed bartender sporting a floral button-up and a British accent I first mistake for Australian. In vain, I attempt to take notes on a napkin as Nicole professes her love for #vanlife, a phenomenon whereby people, often dressed in flannel and boasting long beards, convert vans for a life of permanent travel. It’s just the kind of crazy commitment to movement that Nicole lives for. Untethered. Only days after completing her crosscountry bike journey, Nicole settled (somewhat) in Chicago, where she
PEOPLE enrolled in Loyola University. She was surprised to feel she didn’t fit in there, because in high school she befriended geeks and jocks alike, and even the principal. But it was mounting debt that broke the camel’s back, and Nicole decided to consider online college, enrolling in the University of Arizona the following semester. She spent winter break jet-setting in Europe with her god-family. Returning to Chicago, she landed a solid nanny job and embraced her online education. While busier than ever—she’s working 11hour shifts four days a week, practicing yoga and studying nights— Nicole now takes many weekends to travel, whether it’s an easy stay in Denver, Colorado with family friends or a sleepless blur in Tokyo. The sun sinks off somewhere and there’s a lull in conversation, so we decide to keep moving. The evening is still ripe with opportunity. It’s like the world slept while we danced on it. It’s a weeknight after all and
New Yorkers work longer hours with longer commutes than pretty much anyone. We share a smoke with a comedian after his set. At this point we’re both wandering as Brooklyn is huge and my mental map features large areas of grey, despite two years walking dogs in the borough. We
"Meet me at the top of the hill." pass several establishments that feel too sleepy and stop a couple on the street who nudge us towards Mo’s, where the doors open to one funky scene. The DJ is blasting Caribbean grooves, it’s too loud to talk and I offer her my hand but it turns out dancing scares Nicole more than skydiving. We step out to the hushed street and I suggest a jazz show at my neighborhood bar. We hit the turnstile to the subway
platform and take the Q train a couple stops south to the Prospect Park stop. “Erv’s” is a watering hole hidden on an unremarkable cul-d- sac between brick tenements under a sign that still reads, “Super Laundry.” You know it if you know it. But inside lives a microverse of free jazz only Brooklyn could foster. My friend, Aaron, blows thick melodies through his tenor saxophone, and to my surprise, Nicole sits rapt through the whole concert. While some could easily interpret Nicole’s approach to life as naïve, it’s the ease with which she recounts her adventures that displays her uncommon maturity. I admire her from across the room. Where others may see a restless teen, I see a mature young lady steeled by a cross-country odyssey, who's taken an uncommon road, sucking the juice from life. In a lull between songs, I motion to introduce a friend but she beats me to the chase, almost elbowing me away. “Hi,” she beams, “I’m Nicole.” M
Note: At 18, I left the island and never looked back. I struck out to New York City where I write and play jazz. Now I’m coming full circle, catching up each month with a Lowcountry native who also set sail for new horizons. We ask ourselves what it meant to grow up on a resort island and how far we’ve come. To nominate someone special, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Where in the world is Monthly? qDave Wyher
took Monthly to the French island of Mayotte, off the coast of Madagascar.
u Thea and Rich Heimlich celebrate their 50th anniversary, with Monthly, in Heidelberg, Germany.
p Michael & Caroline Brodeur brought Monthly to Cesky Krumlov Castle on a recent trip to the Czech Republic.
u Helen Ryan managed to bring Monthly to an icecap in Iceland (the cover, at least).
pFrom left, Debbie Halbritter, Elyse Eichner, Marty Eichner, Jeff Hunt, Lester Clark, Christine Hunt,Mary Clark, Teri Schlotman and Mike Schlotman took Monthly to Tahiti. ď ´ Monthly followed Cindy Green and Patty Blackmon on their recent trip to Rome, Italy. Monthly visited the Vatican and the Colosseum.
u Ed and Susan Diehl read Monthly while enjoying a local brew in Sibenik, Croatia.
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pSiblings Sean and Sarah McCunn visited The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.
p Lauren Boylston and Sarah Drury of Bluffton hold up Monthly at Camp Crestridge for Girls in the mountains of North Carolina.
q David and Linda Miller recently took Monthly on a floatplane tour over Mariner Mountain glacier on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
p Lee and Liz Niner pose with their '60 MGA on the public pier in Santa Barbara, CA after three weeks travelling 4,200 miles on a tour of the U.S.
uFern and Mike Karas traveled to "Pandora" at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
ď ´ Cindy Sprouse with her Bobcats in Strasbourg, France.
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pEd and Sharon Lumadue celebrated the Fourth of July with Monthly at The Top of Europe, Jungfraujoch, Switzerland.
pKay Sartorius and family, Rolf, Pat, Caroline and Jacob at Bouma Falls, Taveuni, Fiji.
p Bonnie and John Pastore with grandchildren, Joseph and Juliet took Monthly to Venice, Italy.
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SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT Capt. Marc Pincus and angler Chris Prince of Hilton Head Island caught a 52.8-pound king mackerel, which made them the winners of the 24th annual Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel Tournament. Run out of Ripley Light Marina in Charleston, the tournament has raised more than $900,000 in 24 years for the Medical University of Charleston’s Children’s Hospital and the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina. Pincus and Prince fished near Hilton Head and landed their big catch after a 40-minute battle.
The Lowcountry alumnae club of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women recently received the fraternity’s highest honor, the Premier Club of Excellence Award. Pi Beta Phi alumnae clubs promote and support philanthropic endeavors, assist collegiate chapters and offer friendship to new graduates and alumnae.
Alliance Dance Academy recently attended Dance the World, a performance festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The school’s STARS group performed in the evening Magic Kingdom Parade, and the trip also included a performance on the World ShowPlace stage in Epcot, five days in the Disney parks and a gala including several Disney characters.
Sean Roe, Marek Belka, Michael Roe and Ivan Puglisi of the Yacht Club of Hilton Island Head competed in the “Low Country Hook” sailing race on July 29. The course started from south end of Hilton Head Island in Calibogue Sound and finished at The Landings Harbor on Skidaway Island.
Subaru of Hilton Head recently hosted a “Yappy Hour” in conjunction with the national Clear the Shelters initiative. The event benefitted local animal shelters including Jasper Animal Rescue Mission. From left are Susan Schake, volunteer at Jasper Animal Rescue Mission; Georgia, a 1-year-old terrier mix who lives at Jasper Animal Rescue Mission; and Jill Jauch, marketing and advertising manager at Peacock Automotive.
Tim Drake, landscape enhancement designer and business developer at The Greenery on Hilton Head Island, won third place in a statewide “Carolina Yards” competition conducted by the Clemson University Extension Service. The award recognizes healthy, watershed-friendly landscapes that create lowmaintenance yards.
Mike Covert, president of Covert Aire, visited the Bluffton Kroger in July and surprised some customers by purchasing their groceries. This random act of kindness was to commemorate Covert Aire's 10th anniversary. Covert, along with many Covert Aire employees, carried out 10 such random acts of kindness in the Lowcountry throughout the month.
Noah Eudy recently completed his check ride with an examiner from the Federal Aviation Administration and earned his private pilotâ€™s license. Eudy is the cadet commander of the local Civil Air Patrol squadron, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. This fall, Eudy will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Low Country Composite Squadron meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 843-368-4302 or go to lowcountrycap.com.
CPM Federal Credit Union has broken ground on a new Bluffton branch. Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka and members of the town staff and the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce are pictured here with the credit union staff. The new Bluffton branch in Buckwalter Commons Industry Park is scheduled to open in spring 2018.
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The Land We Walk
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Wood + Partners Inc. shapes the Lowcountry
BY CAROL WEIR
good land planner should love the earth and the people who will live on it for generations to come. Underneath a developer’s plans to turn a profit or a town’s wish for more soccer fields, the land has history and characteristics that beg to be recognized. Like a parent or a tattoo artist, land planners know that what they do is pretty much permanent. “Hilton Head is at a crossroad,” Mark Baker said. “We’ve moved past the development phase. We’re a mature community now.” Baker and the staff at Wood + Partners Inc. take this responsibility in stride. They’ve been making their mark on the Lowcountry for decades, and while times and tastes have changed, their commitment to being good stewards hasn’t. It must be fun for them to drive around town and see all the projects they’ve been part of: Shelter Cove Towne Centre, the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Rowing and Sailing Center, Buckwalter Regional Park, and resort-style amenity centers in residential communities Hilton Head Plantation and Hampton Lake. The firm’s portfolio includes large mixed-use residential communities, new commercial town centers, urban design and downtown revitalization master plans, resorts and hotels, colleges and universities, 56 hiltonheadmonthly.com
and large regional parks and recreation master plans throughout the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. In all of this, a love of the outdoors and play guides Baker’s work. He grew up hiking and camping in Valdosta, Georgia, where he also played football. These interests shaped his career choice. “Recreation was very attractive to me,” Baker said.
HILTON HEAD IS AT A CROSSROAD. WE’VE MOVED PAST THE DEVELOPMENT PHASE. WE’RE A MATURE COMMUNITY NOW.
– Mark Baker
Perry Wood and Baker were college friends at the University of Georgia, where they both earned bachelor’s degrees in landscape architecture. Despite going their separate ways for a few years, their friendship has led to a lifetime of collaboration. After graduating in 1977, Baker joined Edward Pinckney Associates. The first big project he worked on added pedestrian promenades to the urban campus of the
College of Charleston. “It was a joy to be part of this transformation,” Baker said. He spent 10 years as director of land planning and landscape for LS3P Associates before Wood asked him in 1998 to join his firm on Hilton Head Island. In the years that followed, Wood + Partners grew rapidly, expanding to three locations — Hilton Head, Atlanta and Tallahasee, Florida — and employing 45 people. In 2008, the Great Recession brought real estate development to a screeching halt. Atlanta was hit particularly hard and Wood + Partners Inc. closed their office in that city. “We were able to survive because we had a strong portfolio of parks and recreation, urban design and college and universities,” Baker said. The company now has 17 employees on Hilton Head and in Tallahassee, and seems poised to weather economic cycles of expansion and contraction. As real estate inventory tightens and banks are once again lending to developers, Wood + Partners expects developers and national homebuilders to pick up their pace on the mainland. And when they do, Wood + Partners Inc. will be prepared to produce its highcaliber work. Under Baker’s guidance,
Rendering Shelter Cove Towne Centre Apartments
the firm’s projects have received numerous awards, and he is frequently invited to speak at conferences on topics including trends in real estate development, park and recreation master plans, and urban design and revitalization planning. He has weighed in about trends in real estate (“Golf courses have been way overbuilt, and demand for play has dropped”); land use trends in resort areas (“Timeshares are a good alternative for Hilton head Island because they’re usually well maintained and revitalized generation after generation”); demographic trends that impact development (“Employment and wages were down so millennials were delaying getting married and buying homes, but they’re starting to do that now”) and other topics.
Coligny Park conceptual plan Wood + Partners Inc. also believes in giving back to the community. Among other service positions, Baker is chairman of the board at Experience Green, a Hilton Head Island-based environmental organization. Under his leadership, Experience Green is addressing the topics of local solid waste management, access to fresh water, energy use and transportation. Of these, Baker sees trash as the most timely. “The landfill in Jasper County is nearing capacity, and it will cost $100 million to build a new one. By recycling, we can extend its capacity by 15 years,” he said. It makes sense that someone who has invested so much of his time and energy into the Lowcountry hopes for its continuing health for years to come. He describes the challenges facing local leaders as “finding the balance between the residential, resort and business facets of our community.” It’s also not surprising that a land planner’s ideal solution to his community’s needs involves comprehensive planning and innovative uses of space. More planned public spaces between existing residential and commercial centers could help Hilton Head stay relevant for the next generation, Baker said. He’d like to see more mixed-use spaces like living quarters above shops, pedestrian districts, on-street parking, public parks and arts spaces. “These are all ways to transform the public realm,” he said. M September 2017 57
brings faster internet
to the Lowcountry
BY JESSICA FARTHING
o you ever find yourself waiting for your computer to download information, frustrated at the slow speed of the internet? Dave Dobbin, senior vice president of technology and engineering at Hargray Communications, has a solution: gigabit internet speeds for your home. An average household typically runs around seven internet-ready devices constantly and that number is steadily on the rise. By 2020, homes are predicted to have an average of 50 devices connected
JUST LAST YEAR AT HARGRAY, INTERNET CONSUMPTION BY CUSTOMERS INCREASED BY ABOUT 40 PERCENT to the internet, interfacing with everything from the refrigerator to tools that track health. All of these pull bandwidth, reducing access to the speed and data transfer ability of the network. The solution is to be able to pull more power and capacity. To stay ahead of trends, Hargray has recently made a substantial investment in the Lowcountry, laying fiber-optic cables through the service area. As a result, just like a bigger city environment, Hargray’s customers are able to access a full gigabit connection to
the internet. These services are offered to many residents and businesses in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Statesboro, Hinesville, Macon and Valdosta, with Beaufort, Pooler and Hardeeville to be added later this year. “People need more bandwidth than they think. Five years ago, you might have had a 15-megabit connection to your house and thought that was just fine. Trust me, you need more,” says tech expert Dobbin. He is the father of a teenager and understands the frustration of a limited network. “That’s why getting a gigabit is a real game-changer.” Just last year at Hargray, internet consumption by customers increased by about 40 percent. The company’s team of experts recognized the need for customers to have more bandwidth and to do it quickly. They started by bringing state-of-the-art fiber-optic technology to Hilton Head Island and then moved quickly to expand. For existing coaxial cable customers, Hargray upgraded and enhanced their fiber-based networks to offer the faster service in Bluffton and Pritchardville. For residential customers, the new gigabit service means increased speeds, like loading a high-definition movie in less than a minute. There are commercial applications as well. As a result of Hargray’s investment, the infrastructure is in place for businesses to invest in the area. These services
The Fiber of Economic Growth How Hargray is leading the way to a more connected future.
The Fiber of Economic Growth
are important to investors as they look at locations for future How Hargray is leading way to a more connected future. # ofthe Internet-Connected commercial growth. “We do 1 Devices per home business in the Lowcountry and we’d like everyone to also do 7-15 2017 business in the Lowcountry, quite 2020 50 frankly.” Fiber optics offers not only the fastest delivery of highHARGRAY'S LOCAL INVESTMENT speed internet, it has the added # of Internet-Connected benefit of being reliable. During Devices per home weather events such as Hurricane Broadband Access Hargray 95% 60% Nat. Avg. Matthew, having a waterproof 7-15 2017 2 in Rural Markets (>25 Mbps) 2020 fiber-based network minimizes 50 outages. Fiber optics can also carry a signal over greater ROUTE MILES LOCAL HARGRAY'S LOCAL INVESTMENT distances. As a local company, OF FIBER EMPLOYEES Hargray takes its mission of Broadband Access bringing dependable services to Nat. Avg. Hargray 95% 60% in Rural Markets (>25 Mbps)2 rural areas to heart, making sure that access to emergency calling has the least chance of being ROUTE MILES LOCAL disrupted and internet speeds OF FIBER INNOVATION &EMPLOYEES SUPPORTING EDUCATION stay above the national norms. BEAUFORT Schools, Colleges “There aren’t many small 8of TOP and Universities EMPLOYERS DIGITAL towns youCenters can get this in. When Community CORRIDOR 10 IN SAVANNAH you look at the community that we SUPPORTING INNOVATION & EDUCATION are in, this is a small community. It’s not New York City, Chicago or TOP BEAUFORT Schools, Colleges 8of EMPLOYERS Don Ryan Center DIGITAL and Universities Atlanta,” Dobbins said, referring Community Centers CORRIDOR 10 IN SAVANNAH for Innovation to areas that typically host this type of internet service. SHOPPING LOCAL MATTERS Around 95 percent of Money spent in the community stays in the community Hargray’s customers are above national norms in terms of SHOPPING LOCAL MATTERS MORE MONEY STAYS LOCAL NATIONAL internet speeds, and this benefits 3 MoneyVS spent HARGRAY in the community stays in the community RETAILERS WHEN YOU CHOOSEthe HARGRAY community in opportunity, MORE MONEY STAYS LOCAL education and emergency NATIONAL HARGRAY RETAILERS VS WHEN YOU CHOOSE HARGRAY services. As a service local area provider, Hargray of Hargray’s 46% CONNECTING AT GIG SPEEDS has Gig service more employs than 450 of Hargray’s service area 46% residents who live and work in CONNECTING AT GIG SPEEDS has Gig service Savannah Ridgeland the Lowcountry. Having experts COMING Valdosta Savannah Ridgeland SOON! in the local area makes the COMING Valdosta Hilton Head Hinesville SOON! response to customer service Hilton Head Hinesville Beaufort logical andLake fast.Oconee As a bonus, Beaufort Lake Oconee Macon Macon customers choosing Hargray Statesboro Statesboro can be sure that their money stays in the local economy. That Hardeeville Hardeeville Richmond Hill seems to be one of the best Pooler Hill Richmond Bluffton Pooler Bluffton aspects of Dobbin’s executive position at Hargray: “No other provider can give you that, and I think that is special.” M 1
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1 2017 data according to Global Internet Phenomena Report Spotlight (Sandvine); 2020 predicition according to the Client Computing Group (Intel). 2 According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 3 According to shopmorelocal.org.
1 2017 data according to Global Internet Phenomena Report Spotlight (Sandvine); 2020 predicition according to the Client Computing Group (Intel). 2 According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 3 According to shopmorelocal.org.
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What's new at Coligny BY MATT BODIE
FOUR NEW BUSINESSES HAVE JOINED THE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS AT COLIGNY PLAZA, SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS HILTON HEAD ISLAND’S DOWNTOWN. HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER ON YOUR NEXT VISIT TO COLIGNY:
The Sandbar Beach Eats
Owner Erika Waronsky was the manager of Coligny Plaza landmark Steamer Seafood for more than 18 years. When the restaurant closed last year, Waronsky saw this as an opportunity. “I’d grown to love Coligny Plaza — the other shops, the local regulars who I’d come to know, and the visitors who would return every season,” she said. So Waronsky decided to open The Sandbar Beach Eats, which offers an array of Caribbean-inspired seafood dishes, casual snacks, fresh salads and tacos. The restaurant can be found in a remodeled space that previously was home to Bomboras. The menu focuses on homemade food with nearly everything made in house, while an outdoor seating area and bar offer a venue for live music. The restaurant, at 101 Pope Ave., is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with the bar open till midnight.
FISH Seafood & Raw Bar
FISH Seafood & Raw Bar, a new restaurant in the former Steamer Seafood location in Coligny Plaza, opened in May. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and features many locally sourced ingredients. On the menu are seafood boils, grilled fish like blackened snapper, steaks, chicken, pulled pork and salads. The raw bar includes hot and cold options, including shrimp cocktails, a “crabtini” with lump crabmeat and pimento cheese, and oysters Rockefeller. The outdoor area is known as the “Fish Bowl” and features live music. Owned by JR and Leslie Richardson, Lee Lucier and Heather Minnich, FISH is part of the same restaurant group as Local Pie pizzerias in Bluffton and on Hilton Head. It is managed by Bob Zolton. “Our family has been here on the island for more than 60 years, so it’s immensely exciting to bring something to Hilton Head Island that hasn’t been seen before,” JR Richardson said. Seating is first come, first served. FISH is located at 1 N. Forest Beach Drive and is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 60 hiltonheadmonthly.com
Traveling Chic Boutique
Traveling Chic Boutique has moved into the former Li Li Nails storefront. The clothing shop offers vintage boots and apparel, jewelry, handbags and more. Offering designer fashion at reasonable prices, the store stocks unique items that aren’t found in typical department stores. Looking to expand to meet rising demand, owners Courtney and Brody Kenneweg decided Coligny Plaza would be the perfect home. Traveling Chic Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Pelican’s Pouch
The Pelican’s Pouch, a longtime gift store on Hilton Head Island, has set up shop in a new location in Coligny Plaza. The store first opened in 2001 at South Beach Marina and closed in December to give the owners time to move. It reopened in Coligny in July. The store carries gift items including needlepoint accessories, T-shirts and handbags. Owner Cheryl Klippel said the move was in part to bring The Pelican’s Pouch closer to its sister store, Island Girl, which sells women’s fashion and accessories. M September 2017 61
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THE U.S. ECONOMY BY ELIHU SPENCER
hen I was first introduced to macroeconomics in 1967, the most extensively used economic textbook was written by Paul Samuelson and it was our bible. Samuelson taught us about the most basic economic laws. The most prominent ones were the law of supply and demand, the law of competition, and the law of selfinterest. Adam Smith might have been the one to originally coin those ideas, but Samuelson was the one who explained them to generations of students. Since the last U.S. presidential election, it can be argued that what Smith referred to as natural economic laws have been turned upside down. The current period is not economics as usual. For as long as I can remember, the flow of economic data, in conjunction with what members of the Federal Open Market Committee say about monetary policy, have been the standards by which interest rates have been set. Certainly, events have on occasion interfered with this natural market force — for example, the Y2K panic, the 2006 housing boom, and the expansion of quantitatively easing (the process by which the FOMC purchases long-dated government-
backed securities to hold down interest rates) — but these exceptions are episodic and rare. Now, however, it appears that the overall context of the economy, interest rates and even the equity and fixedincome markets are being colored by other “special” events, like congressional probes and a special prosecutor looking at Russian involvement in our presidential election. Investors, not yet fully recovered from the Great Recession, have held onto trillions of dollars in cash, and when they do decide to invest in markets they are choosing investment vehicles with low management fees and daily liquidity. The “old days” of investments in long-term mutual funds with active management, i.e. individual stock selection, appear to be going the way of the dinosaur. Today, institutions and retail investors alike are opting for electronically traded funds, or EFTs. These EFTs mitigate individual stock risk by buying “baskets” of like securities, which provide market returns and readily available liquidity. Our markets, whether short- or longterm investments, energy, consumer
THE “OLD DAYS” OF INVESTMENTS IN LONG-TERM MUTUAL FUNDS WITH ACTIVE MANAGEMENT, I.E. INDIVIDUAL STOCK SELECTION, APPEAR TO BE GOING THE WAY OF THE DINOSAUR.
goods or commodities, are not reacting in predictable ways. Economic data such as the unemployment rate, at 4.3 percent; GDP, running between 2 percent and 2.25 percent annualized; and inflation, running at sub 2 percent; have taken a back seat. The Trump administration’s promises for reduced regulatory burdens on business and both personal and corporate tax reform have driven markets higher. Now with the appearance that we are a year or more away from anything happening in Washington, at least on these subjects, markets are beginning to react to geopolitical events in Europe, the Middle East and, most recently, North Korea. These international events and the markets’ reaction to them have been further complicated by the congressional probes and domestic issues like the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The natural economic rhythm has been turned on its head and even Smith’s law of self-interest seems compromised: consumers are at a crossroads in assessing their own personal self-interest. So where do we go from here and how does an individual just trying to understand it all respond? As a full-time market-watcher and a student of human economic behavior, I recommend the following: • Relying on proven professional investment advice. • Taking regular breaks from watching Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. • Avoiding reacting to to daily market swings; investing is a long-term project. • Remembering that Smith’s economic laws are, in fact, laws — not theories. They will withstand the test of time and economic order will return. M
Elihu Spencer is a local amateur economist with a long business history in global finance. His life work has been centered on understanding credit cycles and their impact on local economies. The information contained in this article has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but the accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
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Q: Where do you see Lowcountry's business climate going? A: With the help of Shop More Local we will create a thriving place in the community for small local businesses and professionals. Reminding consumers of the importance of supporting these local businesses will not only help the small business but the community as well. Shop More Local is working on being able to provide these local businesses with everything the big box and chain stores have on a local level. Buying local is a ‘win-win’ for the owner and for the growing community.
Shop More Local Hires Executive shop Director more BY SASHA SWEENEY
Shop More Local is a not-for-profit initiative with an initial mission to support local businesses as they recovered from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. In the past year, it has grown into much more than a recovery effort and has evolved into a movement that's changing the way people shop and strengthening the community. One goal of Shop More Local is to educate the consumer how a small shift in spending can have a huge impact on our community. For example, if all 65,054 households in Beaufort County shifted spending $20 per week at national chain stores to local independently-owned businesses, the community impact would be $67 million per year. To help achieve this goal and lead the mission of Shop More Local, Meredith DiMuzio has been hired as executive director. Meredith is a native of New Jersey and became a “local” of the Lowcounty 13 years ago. She loves the place she now calls home and is passionate about the community. To get to know Meredith, we've asked her a few questions about shopping local and why it's important for her family as well as the community. 64 hiltonheadmonthly.com
Q: Why are local businesses important to the Lowcounty? A: Entrepreneurs sustain America’s economic transformation and success. Our local businesses help create a stronger community by connecting people, becoming instrumental in local causes, hiring local residents for most (if not all) of their positions, and relying on other local sources and services. Locally owned businesses often source local products, such as farm produce, local art, handmade items and local services such as legal, accounting, and advertising. It’s simple: buying local keeps your money local and our community growing. Q: How does your family remember to shop more local? A: We make a conscious effort to make it to one of the many farmers markets in the community each week. These markets are fun places to see, buy from and meet locals. We always leave with a ton of items. New things to try and definitely some old favorites are a must. Q: Why you should shop local when on vacation? A: A T-shirt may be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re looking for a souvenir or gift, but why not shop at a few local stores and find an item with a story or meaning behind it? An example could be a necklace for your mom made by a local woman who puts a little bit of the Lowcountry in all of her pieces. Or maybe a gift for a friend from a local kitchen store. It might be a cheese board shaped like Hilton Head made from reclaimed wood from the island. Not only is this a story you can share with them, but it’s also one they can share when they wear or use these pieces themselves. Q: What’s your favorite thing about locally owned businesses? A: I like when the owners know you personally. Customer service is their second nature; they may even call you when something new comes into their shop and they think you might like it. You have a relationship with these people that you never would with a big box store. Our local business owners support our community year-round; from kids’ sports teams to local festivals and events. It’s a shared effort between local owners and consumers to keep our community and economy growing. I’ve never seen a rec soccer team sponsored by Amazon, have you? M
Family owned and operated since 1993, Managing over 280 of Hilton Heads finest homes & villas
Here is what some of our owners have to say when asked if they would refer Sunset Rentals to others:
Property displayed on several websites monthly including Homeaway, VRBO, vacations. com, booking.com and others
YES! We would recommend SSR. We feel that Sunset casts a wide net; we have good solid rentals this year.
A new CRM platform that allows reservation staff to follow up with all guests automatically
— KEN B., HOMEOWNER, FOREST BEACH
YES! Everyone goes out of their way to help both the homeowner and guest. — HOWARD R., HOMEOWNER, SINGLETON BEACH
YES! The two things that are most important – income and property/renter service – both are excellent. — MICKEY G., HOMEOWNER, FOREST BEACH
YES! Sunset Rentals is professionally run and does a good/excellent job in both good and tough markets. — JAMES P., VILLA OWNER, PALMETTO DUNES
Banner ads on top travel websites worldwide
Email specials sent to over 60,000 guests monthly including free golf and bikes Guest calls while on the island Guest concierge on staff
No mandatory monthly fees Free golf or dinner vouchers while visiting property Lowest industry guest booking fees Highest net revenue due to discounted management fees Direct deposit revenue by 15th of each month and integrated guests booking site
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ON THE MOVE New Hires/Promotions/Awards
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry adds two
Bailey Schorr and Leslie Vargas-Prada have joined the staff at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Schorr will serve as program associate, assisting with grant management and administration, serving as a liaison to several fund advisory committees and providing support for special projects and initiatives. He’s a recent graduate of University of South CarolinaBeaufort where he majored in psychology and minored in French. While a student, Schorr and a classmate built and maintained a hydroponic garden. Vegetables grown were donated to the Jasper County Boys & Girls Club and integrated into a cooking class that taught the children about healthy cooking and the benefits of eating vegetables. Schorr is from Bel Air, Md. Vargas-Prada recently moved to the Lowcountry from the Atlanta area. Her professional background includes over 20 years of administrative management and client relationship experience, primarily in the financial industries. Most recently she was employed for over 12 years with VRA Partners, an investment banking firm in Atlanta, and prior to that worked with The Robinson-Humphrey Company in both Atlanta and Hilton Head. In her new position, donor services liaison, she’ll serve as a liaison between the Community Foundation and select donors, handle aspects of donor relationship management and engagement, undertake outreach efforts with constituent groups and assist with various donor and development committees. Vargas-Prada received a bachelor’s in business administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.
J. Banks hires three, wins honor J. Banks Design Group has hired executive assistant Jennifer Drugge. She was most recently employed by Drayton Hall Preservation Trust in Charleston as manager of corporate and foundation relations. Drugge is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She will assist J. Banks Design’s president and founder, Joni Vanderslice, with all functions. Also, J. Banks Design Group
recently added Victoria King and Emily Redlinger to the team. King, a residential design assistant, previously worked for Russell Tobin & Associates in New York and has more than five years of experience in the fashion industry. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Redlinger, now office assistant in the accounting department, was the executive assistant to the vice president at Responsive Education Solutions
in Lewisville, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business applications from Crown College. Finally, J. Banks Design Group was the interior designer for the award-winning Courtyard Charleston Summerville Hotel, which was named “Hotel of the Year” by the Marriott Courtyard franchise. The Courtyard Charleston Summerville was selected as the premier Courtyard in 2017 out of more than 1,100 Courtyards worldwide.
Peacock Automotive opening new Audi dealership Peacock Automotive broke ground Aug. 22 on its new 30,000-square-foot, $6 million Audi dealership at New River Auto Mall. Construction is expected to be completed by spring of 2018. The new facility is expected to bring 20 new jobs to Peacock Automotive, which currently employs 600 people. The new Audi dealership will feature a state-of-the-art repair center, plus an Audi sports facility that will expand inventory of high-performance sport models and offer more sport factory parts and accessories. US Lawns of Hilton Head receives honors Nathan Schuppert, vice president and operations manager of US Lawns of Hilton Head, was honored by CEO Ken Hutchinson Continuing on page 68
When it comes to your home, we take it personally.
At The Vacation Company, our focus is on creating the highest level of success for our owners. Whether itâ€™s maximizing rental potential or providing firstclass service with a personal flair for you and your property, we are the best choice on Hilton Head Island. Our local experts have almost 30 years of vacation rental and property management on Hilton Head, and they put this vast knowledge and skill to work for you. Our staff of over 25, that includes over 10 property managers, personally handle the maintenance, logistics and guest resolution needed for an unparalleled experience. We also have over 10 vacation rental experts that concentrate on converting bookings and making the vacation rental
process personal and enjoyable. Our entire staff is made up of longtime local residents that have over 250 years of collective experience â€“ all on Hilton Head Island â€“ making us your trusted local resource for the best possible vacation rental and property management experience.
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ON THE MOVE New Hires/Promotions/Awards
TurnKey expands to Hilton Head TurnKey Vacation Rentals, the third largest vacation rental management company in the United States, opened a new office location on Hilton Head Island. Cindee Schirmer will serve as the location’s general manager of the new location. TurnKey is a technologyenabled company that delivers services to vacation rental owners. Established in 2013, the company currently manages more than 2,300 vacation rental homes in 43 markets.
at the company’s annual conference held at Williamsburg, Virginia, from July 28-31. US Lawns of Hilton Head, a locally owned commercial landscaping company, received honors for brand Leader and national service. The company supports the corporation’s scholarship program, disabled veterans,and the Special Olympics. Homebuilders group names new education chairwoman The Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association has named Lindsay H. Edwards as its new Edwards chairwoman of the group’s Education Foundation. Edwards is an active member of the association through her employer Pella Windows and Doors. The Education Foundation is made up of business professionals who represent, promote and support excellence in the homebuilding industry. The foundation also provides scholarships to deserving high school students. For more information, go to education.hhahba.com. 68 hiltonheadmonthly.com
Hilton Head Health named best resort by USA Today Hilton Head Health, a nationally recognized resort for health and weight loss, was Carter named the best health and wellness resort by 10Best from USA Today readers. The resort was chosen from 20 other nominees, including Canyon Ranch, The Ranch Malibu and The Art of Living Retreat Center. Hilton Head Health is under new leadership this year, with Kevin Carter serving as its president. In 2016, Hilton Head Health served nearly 1,000 guests, with an average stay of 10 days. Monthly Adds two
Abbie Black has joined Monthly Media and IRMA Does Marketing as marketing coordinator and office manager. She graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business Black and a focus in
marketing and management. She has lived in the Lowcountry for a year. Her responsibilities include administrative tasks as well as marketing research and managing marketing plans for the company. Shakira Weary is a new intern in the editorial department at Monthly. She is a senior at Savannah State University majoring in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in online journalism. After finishing an advanced degree, she would like to teach English or journalism. She is from Covington, Ga. Weary will be with Monthly until December. Weary New gastropub opens in former bowling alley site
Gourmet sandwiches and melts are one the menu at Club Seats, which has opened on the north end of Hilton Head Island. The restaurant is the newest eatery opened by the Cheap Seats restaurant group. The gastropubthemed restaurant also features craft beer, martinis and live music, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. Rob Hummel, coowner of the restaurant group, said the company has spent months renovating a 3,500-square-foot space in the former “Bowling Center” building at 2600 Main St. Cheap Seats Tavern first opened on Hilton Head in 2010. It was followed by Cheap Seats Tavern 2 in Bluffton in 2015.A third location, Cheap Seats Riverwalk, opened in Ridgeland in January.
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The Sea Pines Resort is the only full-service resort rental management company on Hilton Head Island with a longstanding reputation for providing exceptional service to property owners and guests. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our worldclass resort, renowned for its premier accommodations, beautifully maintained amenities and five-star level of service. No longer just a go-to vacation spot for families, The Sea Pines Resort has become a favorite destination for corporate meetings, golf getaways and weddings. With the strength of The Sea Pines Resort brand, we can help you earn top rental income for your home or villa. We offer: » Results-driven marketing » The highest standard of care for your property » More than $85 million invested in resort amenities » Resort privileges for you and your guests DISCOVER OUR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT DIFFERENCE.
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WHETHER YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY IS A VACATION VILLA BY THE OCEAN OR A HOME FOR A FAMILY, PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT COMPANIES CAN PROVIDE PEACE OF MIND .
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
Let property management companies handle the details of rental properties BY JOHN LAWTON
shortage of available rental properties means the Lowcountry rental market is hot right now, and prices for homes and villas in many communities are on the rise. And even if you don’t live here full time, as a local property owner you can take advantage of beach parks built just for you and enjoy discounts on golf, retail and restaurants. Your property can be a place to create longlasting memories for years to come, and it could become your future retirement home. The financial reward for rental property owners begins with asset appreciation. Rising real estate prices coupled with low interest rates and an incredible amount of renovation and redevelopment on Hilton Head Island mean you will hopefully build equity in your property in a relatively short period of time. The income generated from rental activity will help offset taxes, insurance and maintenance expenses. Consult your lawyer and accountant to understand the tax benefits of owning rental property and how to best structure the property’s ownership. If you are considering purchasing or already own a rental property on Hilton Head or Daufuskie islands or in Bluffton, you have two options: rent it short-term as a vacation rental or longterm with a residential tenant. There are certain advantages and benefits to both. Long-term rentals work very well for owners or investors who don’t want to use the property regularly; the benefits of a fixed, regular rent check are very appealing and your property may not receive as much wear and tear as would a shortterm rental. Long-term rental managers can make ownership extremely easy, and their fees are usually well worth the time, energy and problem-solving skills they employ to manage your long-term rental. An experienced property management company has seen thousands of applications and knows how to quickly dig for the real facts about rental candidates and analyze that information for warning signs. By allowing a management company to handle the screening process, you will also be shielding yourself from rental scams directed at owners and discrimination lawsuits resulting from an inconsistent screening process. If you own a desirable property, something a visitor would love to spend a vacation in, renting short-term is a great option. Hilton Head hosts more than 2.6 million visitors annually, and more than 50 percent of those guests stay in home and villa rental properties. In today’s technology- and internet-driven world, more and more vacation property owners are attempting to book and manage their properties on their own. But what often happens is these owners can soon get overwhelmed with responding to reservation requests, maintenance and housekeeping issues and even late-night phone calls if, for example, a rental guest has locked themselves out of the property. What started as a “hobby” can quickly turn into an overwhelming full-time job. The good news is there is a wide selection of exceptional vacation rental management companies here in the Lowcountry. Hiring an effective rental manager can greatly ease the burden of property management and fees; their services can
often pay for themselves through increased revenues and peace of mind, and may even have tax benefits for you. So how do you choose the right company and what are the top functions you can expect from your vacation rental manager? The best vacation rental management companies are first and foremost all about marketing. Look for a company that not only has an attractive website and social media presence, but also is well-known in the community and has a strong presence in respected, well-read media outlets. Your property should be marketed locally, regionally and globally, utilizing the hundreds of vacation rental distribution channels readily available. Next, your vacation rental manager should take care of your property like it is his or her own. Look for a company that offers outstanding cleaning support. Property managers know their properties from floor to ceiling to ensure that renters sleep comfortably during their visits and property owners rest easy every night. There are many reasons to choose a property management company to oversee your property. According to many experts, here are the top 10 reasons to hire a property management company: 1. Peace of mind. You’ll sleep easier knowing that someone is taking care of any problems that may arise, even if you’re hundreds of miles away. 2. Maximize rental income. A property management company has tremendous resources to market your property, advertising in a multitude of channels and giving your property a wide exposure. 3. Worry-free transactions. Your rental management company takes care of reservation confirmations, keys and visitor passes, making renting your property a hassle-free experience. 4. Financial accountability. You’ll be able to keep track of your property’s profitability thanks to an itemized account of your rental income and expenses. 5. Routine maintenance. Your property management company will offer maintenance staff capable of addressing many issues, and for more complex problems, the company can suggest trusted outside vendors. 6. No late-night phone calls. There’s nothing worse than a late-night phone call telling you the toilet is overflowing. Your property management company can eliminate this pesky problem by handling all calls from renters. 7. Fewer tax worries. Eliminate tax headaches by having your property management company process any accommodation taxes paid by guests. 8. Marketing. You’ll never worry about marketing your property again. Your property management company has the resources and expertise necessary to effectively market your property with no hassle. 9. Cancellation protection. Should a renter back out, you won’t have to worry — your property management company will clearly promote its cancellation policy, protecting you. 10. Control of use. You’ll be able to enjoy the use of your property whenever you choose, but still receive income when it is rented. M
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Family owned and operated since 1993 Managing over 280 of Hilton Head's finest homes and villas
Here is what some of our owners have to say when asked if they would refer Sunset Rentals to others:
21D New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843.785.6767 • 800.276.8991 sunsetrentals.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
Hands on property management from the top down with staff inside and out • Field inspectors use a digital checklist and transmit reports and photos from your property • New state of art software and phone system tracks field staff and property completion • Contracted cleaners that perform at the highest level and provide top quality linens and amenities including Gilchrest and Soames bath products.
Marketing • Property displayed on every vacation website including Homeaway, VRBO, AIRBNB, vacation.com, booking.com • Banner ads on top travel websites worldwide
• A new CRM platform that allows reservation staff to follow up with all guests automatically • Email specials sent to over 60,000 guests monthly including free golf and bikes • Daily guest satisfaction calls • Guest concierge on staff
Owner perks • No mandatory monthly fees • Free golf or dinner vouchers while visiting property • Lowest industry guest booking fees • Highest net revenue due to discounted management fees • Direct deposit revenue by 15th of each month and integrated guests booking site
"YES! We would recommend SSR. We feel that Sunset casts a wide net; we have good solid rentals this year." - Ken B., homeowner, Forest Beach "YES! Everyone goes out of their way to help both the homeowner and guest." - Howard R., homeowner, Singleton Beach "YES! The two things that are most important – income and property/renter service – both are excellent." - Mickey G., homeowner, Forest Beach "YES! Sunset Rentals is professionally run and does a excellent job in both good and tough markets." - James P., villa owner, Palmetto Dunes
• Full time inspectors and staff maintenance techs 7 days a week • Marketing second to none • All properties receive state of the art Truplace blue print photos and keyless entry service • 2017 best sales year yet • No marketing or maintenance fees including Smart Home fees
To learn more about becoming an esteemed member of The Vacation Company family call our Director of Sales & Marketing, Dru Brown, personally at 843.686.6100. VacationCompany.com
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD
42 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843-686-6100 • VacationCompany.com Toll Free: 800-545-3303 Customer-First Approach Customer care excellence is at the core of our brand values. We dedicate both an internal AND external Vacation Expert to each property to ensure both you, the homeowner, and your renters have a point of contact 24/7.
Local Perspective We know how to present, market and manage your home because this is our home. Our owners, Beth Henzler and Bob Hawkins, and our team are locals. We understand the island; it’s nuances, values and unique guest opportunities.
Leisure to Luxury Whether you have a seaside sanctuary or a family-friendly home, we cater to
every budget. From upscale to easygoing we're proud to offer rentals that suit a variety of lifestyles in the most ideal locations on the island.
Resort-Style Amenities With us you won’t miss out on renters who seek top-of-the-line hotel amenities. Along with our unmatched hospitality we offer bikes with each home rental, beach towels and/or the ability for them to watch their favorite shows via a Roku device!
Customized Experiences It all starts with us gaining a full understanding of not just the renters' wants and needs, but yours–as an owner– as well. With that knowledge, we create an experience tailored specifically to your unique home and the guest expectations.
THE DIFFERENCE • 24/7 live Vacation Experts • Unmatched marketing exposure • Individual website for each property • Partnered with HomeAway and VRBO • 3 managers for each property • Zero marketing fees
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“Setting the standard for Hilton Head Island vacation home and villa rentals for over 30 years.”
CONTACT US FOR A FREE RENTAL ANALYSIS 28 New Orleans Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843-842-4664 • 800.476.4885 islandgetaway.com
Island Getaway has established itself as the premier home and villa rental company on Hilton Head Island since its inception in 1985. Island Getaway Rentals is the largest provider of high-end homes and villas on Hilton Head Island, which is a distinct advantage for vacationers and property owners alike. As an owner, you have access to the largest database of guests who choose Hilton Head as their vacation destination and who appreciate and respect premium properties. This, coupled with an award winning website and extensive marketing plan, has enabled Island Getaway to provide their clients with the highest occupancy levels and overall return on the Island. Vacationers feel confident that their accommodations will meet their expectations, as Island Getaway’s vast selection of homes and villas is unrivaled by any other provider. The guest experience at Island Getaway is unparalleled. Island Getaway has created a user friendly app that is property specific to the vacation home rented and provides all the information needed for your stay in the palm of your hands. Key codes, WI-FI codes, pool service, trash pickup, maps, and
ISLAND GETAWAY HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS THE PREMIER HOME AND VILLA RENTAL COMPANY ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1985.
local recommendations are just a tap on your screen away. The communication and service provided to guests creates a peace of mind while on vacation and keeps them returning to Hilton Head and Island Getaway Rentals year after year. Island Getaway is a past recipient, and the first vacation rental company, to receive the prestigious “Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.” It is with great pride that the company lives up to this honor. Island Getaway does not take the responsibility of property management lightly, and realizes the financial and emotional commitment of owning a second home. Their attitude, attention to detail, and overall results separate them from the competition. They understand that your vacation home is a valued asset, and will partner with you to design a flexible management agreement that addresses any concerns you may have about renting your property. With Island Getaway Rentals, you can talk directly with the owner of the company, and rest assured that decisions will be made and any problems will be solved immediately. The customer service provided is a major advantage when selecting Island Getaway Rentals to manage your property. The friendly and dedicated staff members have forged invaluable relationships within the community of local vendors and will treat your home with top priority. If you are hundreds of miles from your home, it is comforting to know that a situation will be handled without having to make numerous follow-up phone calls. Island Getaway’s personal approach to property management and high level of communication provide great “peace of mind” to absentee owners.
SERVICES • Island Getaway conducts year round inspections of every property. Additional inspecting crews are staffed during the busy season for arrivals and departures to insure your property remains in top shape. Guests provide a credit card at the time of booking and are held liable for dam- age done at the property. • Strategic Email marketing campaign to one of Hilton Head’s largest database of qualified renters which enables Island Getaway to rent your property to the type of discerning trav- eler that will treat your home with the respect it deserves. • Island Getaway offers a largescale media marketing plan that relies on regional, national and international publications, as well as an unprecedented Internet marketing strategy. At Island Getaway’s award winning website (islandgetaway.com), guests can book online and review each property with multiple photos and detailed descriptions. islandgetaway. com has attained top ranking on all major search engines including Google, Yahoo and MSN/Bing. • The combination of the highest occupancy and lowest commissions on the Island gives Island Getaway’s proper- ty owners the highest year-end net income. This becomes evident when an owner is not required to provide compli- mentary nights to the rental agency, pay a marketing fee, provide tennis privileges, or support the rental agency’s housekeeping department.
• Island Getaway works closely with the Island’s top real estate professionals providing them with invaluable information regarding the rental market on Hilton Head Island. Island Getaway provides realistic rental projec- tions based on actual figures that will assist in purchasing the right property. From market trends to providing feed- back from our extensive database, Island Getaway will provide the best overall return on investment. • Island Getaway’s flexible management agreements are tailored to the specific needs and interests of their property owners. Negotiable commission rates and no restrictions on the amount of owner use of their property creates a successful working relationship and peace of mind for owners. • Detailed monthly online statements, newsletters and Owner Link keep property owners up to date on their property and income. Property owners are always kept abreast of issues on Hilton Head that are relative to their investments. • Island Getaway staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. • Island Getaway has established strategic partnerships with leading travel websites such as Expedia, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, TripAdvisor, and Booking.com. Through these relationships, your property receives excellent exposure to vacationers which leads to maximized income and occupancy.
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Proud to be 100% Local With National and International Exposure
For more information contact Bill Haley or Suzanne Terhune at 843-686-6008 or info@HHIvacations.com www.hhivacations.com
More Local and Stronger Than Ever OUR VACASA PARTNERSHIP Resort Rentals Remains A Local Company • Gerard Mahieu - President • Mark Westbrook - GM/Broker In Charge • Bill Haley - Vice President • Suzanne Terhune - Owner Services Mgr
ABOUT US • Founded in 1958 • Owner Oriented • Large Marketing budget with no marketing fees to owners • Dedicated experienced, and readily accessible property care team 76 hiltonheadmonthly.com
• 24/7 overall phone coverage • Websites are in the best position on Google key word searches • Historically High Net Owner Income • Owner Communication Network
Extended reservations coverage 8:30am to 2:00am Eastern Over 500,000 additional guests added to marketing database More Internet Exposure = More Rentals • All Resort Rentals properties will be posted on Vacasa.com • Additional 60 million annual web visitors
We treat your property like it is our own
As a property owner or potential owner on Hilton Head Island, you deserve the best in service excellence when it comes to the care and rentals of your vacation home or villa.
• Beach Properties provides owners with their own Licensed Property Manager - a single point of contact to handle all of your needs. • #1 Property Management Team with 10 full time Licensed Property Managers. • Skilled Vacation Planners that focus on maximizing bookings. • In house Inspectors check and secure your property before and after each guest stay - performing a comprehensive, 40 point property inspection.
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Contact us for additional information PO Box 7408, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 800.671.5155 • email@example.com www.rentmyhhihome.com Beach Properties of Hilton Head has been successfully managing Luxury Vacation Rental Properties on Hilton Head since 1995. At Beach Properties, we know that exceptional properties require exceptional service. We understand that clean, wellmaintained homes and villas make for happy owners and repeat guests. Our dedicated, professional team works together to ensure each guest and owner receive the outstanding level of service
excellence they deserve. As the only vacation rental company voted #1 for eight years and also voted #1 best property management company in the Island Packet Readers Choice Awards, and a recipient of the Hilton Head Island - Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award, Beach Properties has the proven track record and solid long term financial resources to market and care for your property with the highest level you deserve.
WHAT OWNERS & GUESTS SAY ABOUT BEACH PROPERTIES: “I have personally witnessed the highest individuals in the company sweating it out on a Saturday in the interest of the client and the guest. They understand the value of the internet, but they utilize many avenues to drive performance of their properties and work with clients to deliver great guest experiences that are desired to be repeated.”
— Owner, Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes “As far as management companies, we have been coming to HHI for 15 years and yours is the easiest to deal with. LOVE that we do not have to check-in!”
• Highest net income to owners; flexibility to analyze owner income weekly and make adjustments to maximize ROI. • No annual marketing fees. • Monthly statements distributed on the 15th of each month. • Direct Deposit available to get funds to you sooner. • Dedicated Owner’s area on our website to book your online reservations and view your monthly statement.
To Achieve Your Goals • State of the art Cloud Based Reservation System and Website. • Experienced in house Marketing Team. • Extensive Internet Marketing. • Professional website attracts over 800,000 visitors per year. • 24/7 online reservation booking system and Mobile Website. • Professional photos (interior and exterior), descriptions, and floor plans for each property at no charge to owner. • Included in Frommers’ South Carolina Travel Guide and we hold the Coveted AAA accreditation • Monthly e-mail campaigns to over 50,000 previous and potential guests. • Active Social Media Marketing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, & Google+. • Exclusive Advantage Discount Card provides discounts to Owners and Guests at over 135 Local Businesses.
PROVEN SUCCESS • Record sales for 2016. • 10% Owner Revenue Growth over 2015’s record sales. • 99.6% Owner Retention. • Customer Satisfaction has resulted in one of the highest percentage of repeat guest bookings.
— Lauri, Saint Clair September 2017 77
61 Arrow Rd Suite E, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843.686.6044 • Toll Free 1.866.443.5922 www.beachsidegetaway.com BEACHSIDE GETAWAY IS LOCALLY OWNED by your neighbor who has been an Islander for over 30 years. Our unique approach to property management is proven. Our guests love it and have come back year after year. Three licensed property managers and professional reservationists will ensure that your property is in tip top shape while maximizing your rental potential. Your property will also be carefully inspected before and after each guest by our in-house inspectors. Our rates are comparable and we offer much more service to our home owners. We understand not all owners are the same and we are flexible to meet those needs. Our homeowners have 24/7 access to their calendars and accounts, and we are only a phone call away if you ever need anything. You will speak to a person who knows your name and your property like it was their own.
We Offer Unique Property Management: • • • •
Exclusive number of properties Hands On service Competitive fees Reasonable cleaning and maintenance fees • Optimal rental revenue • 24 hour owner access to account and calendar • Member of Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce
WE'VE MOVED! 61 Arrow Road, Suite B Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 www.SeaTurtleGetaways.com
TESTIMONIALS “We are absolutely thrilled that we switched rental companies! Since Sea Turtle Getaways took over the management of our home, it is clean, always rented & in high demand. We have been so pleased with their services that we decided to move our second investment property over to their program. We highly recommend Sea Turtle Getaways.”
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: • Over 45 years of combined experience as licensed real estate brokers specializing in the care and marketing of vacation homes and villas on Hilton Head Island. • An exceptional marketing reach via high performance driven websites, including HomeAway, VRBO and Hilton Head Islands most successful site www.hiltonheadrentals.com • We value our homeowners as our most valued asset and we are personally accessible 24/7 any day of the year. • We personally inspect your property prior to each arrival and upon each departure. Sea Turtle Getaways does not outsource property inspections. • We offer an ideal office location at 61 Arrow Road, Suite B where guests and owners have easy access to all of our Islands resort areas. • At Sea Turtle Getaways our goal is focused on maximizing owner revenues while minimizing owner expenses.
If you would like to be a part of our unique rental company, please give us a call at 1-866-386-6644!
— E. Huyett, C. Beaver – Sea Pines Property Owners
“My home is as unique as Hilton Head Island... and so is my rental company.”
— A. Sullivan, 3 Gadwall, Sea Pines
• Website and National Advertising • Locally owned and operated by your Neighbor • Extensive data base of past guests • Owner referral program • On time monthly payments • Web based locks and thermostats with Behome247 for added security and online monitoring
For more information, please contact Kimberly Morris 843.686.8193 Kimberly.Morris@wynvr.com www.WVRHiltonHead.com
We’ve got the demand – do you have the property?
21 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843.686.8193 • HHIPropertyManagement.com A Local Business With International Flair! With over thirty years of experience on Hilton Head Island, our team at Wyndham Vacation Rentals strives to make your homeowner experience one of individual attention and professionalism. As the only Fortune 500 vacation rental company on the island, we use our tremendous marketing efforts and global support to ensure that your property reaches its full investment potential. We pride ourselves on having a local team with global support, making Wyndham Vacation Rentals of Hilton Head the perfect partner to manage your vacation rental property.
We will partner with you to provide: • Powerful marketing and sales capabilities, through well-trained reservationists, revenue management analytics, and regional, national and international media channels. • An online application for your guests to have detailed information related to their vacation at their fingertips, making their stay even more enjoyable. • Maximum exposure for your property through Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ online presence which features professional photography and immersive 3D interactive videos as well as listings on popular vacation rental sites. • Genuine, personalized care through a dedicated property manager and our knowledgeable team of inspectors, who pro-actively care for your property to exceed expectations of both owners and guests. • Homeowner benefits including Wyndham Home Exchange, a program which allows owners to deposit unused weeks at their Hilton Head Island property in exchange for stays at a selection of more than 4,000 resorts & rental properties worldwide. • An international brand with the support of a dynamic local team both owners and renters can rely on. September 2017 79
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VOTED BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTAL COMPANY
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
SERVICES • Full Service Property Management • Tenant Placement Services • Absentee Owner Services At Coastal Rentals we have one priority: Your Peace of Mind. As an investor, don’t you wish you had expert professionals advising you on how best to manage your property? Or better yet, a Property Management Company to do it for you? We believe that every aspect of owning an investment property or renting as a tenant should be a seamless and enjoyable experience. Coastal Rentals offers exceptional and personalized management services for property owners and tenants because we like to take care of even the smallest detail. You can trust your investment or rental property to our well-seasoned property managers. We have the experience and the knowledge of the local market to deliver the best service to you. Our property managers are always on the lookout for the best properties, for the latest market trends and have all the resources they need help you achieve your investment goals. Want to maximize the returns on your home or investment property or know if you’re renting at the full market value? We can answer these and other questions you might have with our free property evaluation and rental projection. Jordan Young Director of Operations
Chris Fortune Property Manager
2 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton, SC 29910 843.815.7368 firstname.lastname@example.org coastalrentalshhi.com
#2 The Business Center 18 Executive Park Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
AVAILABLE NOW Long Cove
O: 843-842-4546 C: 843-263-4332 email@example.com coastalhiltonhead.com Don't wait! Take advantage of the strong rental rates and consider long-term leasing your property! With favorable market conditions, now is the time to purchase an investment property or even your future retirement home, then long-term rent it and reap the rewards. Alternatively, if you currently own a short-term rental property or second home, and you aren't using it yourself, give me a call to understand all the benefits of a long-term lease. We receive calls daily from prospective tenants seeking a long-term rental. There's simply not enough inventory!
WHY CHOOSE COASTAL LONG TERM RENTALS? • • • • • •
Competitive management fee Strict tenant screenings and approval process Electronic deposit of rental proceeds for owners Online rent pay for tenants NO mark-up on repair invoices - transparent owner statements Professional, efficient and experienced service to owners and tenants
Laura Wuller Broker-in-Charge
Please visit our new website, coastalhiltonhead.com for more information!
Demand is High, Inventory is Low! TESTIMONIAL "I have owned a condo on Hilton Head Island for over fifteen years and have had four different property managers prior to being recommended to Coastal Long Term Rentals. That was one of the best recommendations I have ever received. Laura Wuller, owner and manager of Coastal Long Term Rentals, is the best property manager I have ever had. She is friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and has a cadre of repair people who are reasonable. She stays in touch with the owner and tenant, and if there is a problem, she addresses it immediately. I cannot speak highly enough about her as a property manager and would highly recommend her." -Carolyn Sudberry
Mark is proud that his oldest son, Joshua, has chosen to join him as a property manager and leasing agent. His decision consequently carries the respected “Taylor” name into a third “Generation of Service” for investment property owners of Hilton Head Island & Bluffton.
“PEACE OF MIND” WHEN YOU’RE NOT HERE!
21 Mathews Drive, Sutlers Square, Suite 3, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 843.342.5393 • taylorlongterm.com THREE GENERATIONS OF SERVICE The Taylor family has provided local and absentee property owners with management solutions on Hilton Head for over 30 years. Our experience insures that your investment property is properly cared for and positioned for maximum potential rental income. That’s why property owners throughout the years have depended on us to help them achieve their goals for a return on their income property. Our dedication and professional method ensures that your property is best positioned to attract and retain good tenants.
Just as important as your rental income is the care and protection of your property. We pride ourselves in finding and selecting the best tenant for your property. We concentrate our due diligence “before the lease” providing a thorough and extensive background check and verification of previous landlord referrals, length of employment and income. Careful selection of tenants provides less stress and long term relationships. We specialize is residential leases (annual or longer), Seasonal Rentals (minimum of 90+ days) and absentee owner services.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR PROGRAM • • • • • • •
Professional website Secure owner website portal Proven advertising and marketing methods Compliant selection of “qualified” tenants Preparation of lease agreement Collection of deposit & monthly rent Free online payment for tenants (90% pay online)
• Free direct deposit of owner income • In-house maintenance (minor problems) • Over 30 years of experience developing local vendors • Scheduled walk-thru with tenants (pre & post inspections) • Coordination of professional services • Prompt response to tenant/owner concerns
OVERVIEW OF SERVICES OFFERED • • • • • • • • • • • •
Regular inspections Coordination of services Housekeeping Storm preparation Preventative maintenance Key service (guests) Local contact for security Supervision of deliveries Mail and/or shipping Vehicle inspections Requested purchases & delivery Oversee repairs or renovations
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7 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843.785.7774 • destinationvacationhhi.com
Sea Pines | Forest Beach | Palmetto Dunes Raising the bar in customer service and offering only the finest selection of luxury oceanfront and oceanside rentals on Hilton Head Island
“If there were a rating above excellent, Destination Vacation would have it - they are Superior. They know their business, they understand customer relationships, they have the contacts and the reach to get done what needs to get done. More importantly, they have that ‘can do’ attitude that gives you the confidence that things will not only get done on time, but get done right. Whether you are an owner or a customer you will not find a better agency on or off the island.” — Kathleen Bader, Owner, 13 Man O’War in Palmetto Dunes
843.785.7774 • DESTINATIONVACATIONHHI.COM
Hilton Head Island’s Preferred Vacation Rental Solution
FULL-SERVICE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & CARE Our South Carolina licensed and experienced staff provides superior property care services, every day of the year. We are committed to providing an exceptional rental experience for owners and guests by ensuring inspections for arrivals, departures & vacant properties. Owner portal now available through our new Property Management system. SPECIAL BENEFITS & PRIVILEGES Owners on our program receive special resort benefits & membership privileges that no other rental company on Hilton Head Island can offer or provide. In addition, guests renting your property will also receive resort priority access and discounted rates to resort amenities operated by Palmetto Dunes.
10 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928 800.315.2371 • palmettodunes.com
RENTING A VACATION HOME SHOULDN’T FEEL LIKE WORK. With Palmetto Dunes Vacation Rentals, owners will enjoy a complete property management solution – from rental marketing to exceptional guest services, superior property care and maintenance, and everything in between. We do more, which means owners get more – all from one reliable and reputable source.
WORLD CLASS MARKETING Our strategic marketing efforts are targeted to attract existing and new guests to Hilton Head Island by emphasizing multichannel digital marketing (Palmetto Dunes website, HomeAway, and VRBO), social media, Search Engine Optimization, PPC and broad reaching public relations. Visit Palmettodunes.com, the official website for the resort. WELCOME CENTER & GUEST CHECK-IN We have the only on-site guest registration facility and Welcome Center in Palmetto Dunes with extended hours of operation and friendly staff. YEAR-ROUND RENTALS PROMOTION Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort attracts visitors year-round. We promote seasonal offers through targeted marketing programs that provide owners with yearround revenue.
To learn more about our vacation rental program, call 800-315-2371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DON’T WANT TO RENT? Palmetto Dunes now offers absentee owner services. Allowing you peace of mind while you are away from your property and still allowing you to capitalize on our exclusive owner benefits.
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We specialize in rentals in these areas: Forest Beach | Shipyard | Sea Pines
P.O. Box 5071, 11 Executive Park Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 800.845.0077 • 843.785.2191 email@example.com seashorevacations.com
Owner/B.I.C., Buddy Konecny and his staff have been providing guests and owners with unparalleled customer service year-after-year. Our “Hands On” approach ensures your property will receive the attention it deserves while maximizing rental income. Allow us to customize a program to suit your particular needs.
• Easy to navigate website, seashorevacations.com, featuring online reservations, up-to-the-minute booking calendar, photos of the properties, amenities and other valuable information. We offer a Mobile Application for Apple & Android devices. This application includes property information, restaurants and local activities. We are partners with multiple online travel sites including: HomeAway, Trip Advisor/Flip Key, Clear Stay, Perfect Places and VRBO (among others). • Timely statements (also available online), property inspections, periodic inventories, security checks and 24 hour on-call service. • No marketing fees or invoice “Mark Up” charges.
LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED FOR OVER 40 YEARS
232 South Sea Pines Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 1.800.367.3909 • sbinn.com SERVICES • Secure guest and owner friendly website • Detailed photo gallery and searchable database that enables guests to find accommodations that fit their specific needs • Detailed property inspection before, during and after every visit to address any issues • Our full time maintenance staff will protect your investment as if it were our own • High occupancy rates with lower commissions ensure owner profitability • Genuine, personal owner and guest care thanks to our experienced, knowledgeable property management team 84 hiltonheadmonthly.com
• Our top priority is renting the properties we manage. We do not own any of the properties on our rental program nor do we sell real estate. Our focus is your investment property.
On an island the size of Hilton Head it is easy to spread your resources too thin. At South Beach Inn and Vacation Rentals we concentrate on what we know best, the South Beach area in Sea Pines. By partnering with the iconic Salty Dog and the South Beach community, we are able to effectively reach guests on a national, regional and local level, all while offering the personal attention you, as an owner or guest, expect. In addition to our villa rentals, The South Beach Inn has a collection of suites, perfectly located at South Beach Marina, just steps away from the legendary Salty Dog and the beach. The Inn is the perfect combination of the personal touches of a bed and breakfast and the sought after amenities of a large resort. Whether you spend your time on the Island at The Inn, one of our properties, or you list your home with us as an owner, our dedicated South Beach focused team ensures the highest level of service.
Cindee Schirmer brings over 20 years of operations and sales experience specializing in the advertising and mobile software industries.
9 Executive Park Suite 101 Hilton Head, SC 29928 843-816-4756 firstname.lastname@example.org www.turnkeyvr.com
RELAX, WE'LL HANDLE EVERYTHING. TurnKey Vacation Rentals, Inc. is the third-largest national, full-service vacation rental management company. TurnKey’s unique business model offers a one-of-akind vacation rental experience coupled with the consistency of a fine hotel. FULL-SERVICE VACATION RENTAL MANAGEMENT • You'll Earn More From Your Vacation Rental Investment • You'll Gain Peace of Mind with Expert Care for Your Property • You'll Benefit From a Fine Hotel Experience for Your Guests • You'll Keep More Revenue Thanks to Our Industry-Low Commission Rate WHEN WE SAY EVERYTHING, WE MEAN EVERYTHING. • Database of 100,000+ • Property Damage • Vendor Coordination Management Guests • Digital Locks • Comprehensive Guest • Homeowner Referral • Noise Monitors Screening Program • Housekeeping • 24/7 Reservation Staff • Dedicated Account Inspection • Samsung Tablet Management Team • Owner Dashboard • WiFi Routers • Custom Pricing Algorithm • 24/7 Local Support
HOW MUCH REVENUE SHOULD YOUR VACATION RENTAL BE GENERATING? Contact our Local General Manager to find out: Cindee Schirmer 843-816-4756 Cindee Schirmer brings over 20 years of operations and sales experience specializing in the advertising and mobile software industries.
TurnKey bends over backwards for you - from our viewpoint as owners, and also from the viewpoints of our guests, who have all given our home 5-star excellent reviews. They have people 24/7 who are attentive to both owner and guest needs. - Toni F.
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you live in the Lowcountry year-round, chances are your friends who live elsewhere are jealous. This area’s beautiful beaches, world-class resorts and wide selection of restaurants, shopping and activities make Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island and Bluffton a top vacation destination and a great place to call home. For those who decide to stay year-round, the Lowcountry’s many planned communities offer beautiful homes and unparalleled amenities. When Charles Fraser first came to Hilton Head Island in 1950, he envisioned a planned development that would be attractive, low-impact and environmentally friendly. To make this vision a reality, he brought in the brightest, most creative minds in the real estate industry, land planning, construction and marketing. Together they set the course for what Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry have become. Their vision shaped development principles that have been followed in communities throughout Hilton Head Island, in Bluffton and on Daufuskie Island. The communities featured in this section were designed to be environmentally friendly and preserve much of the beautiful natural surroundings while growing strategically over time. Each community offers its own unique features, and no matter what you’re looking for there is sure to be a neighborhood that fits your needs. Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island is one such community. A gated residential community, Long Cove features a nationally ranked Pete Dye golf course. Residents cherish the breathtaking location surrounded by tidal creeks and marshes. The community offers a first-class tennis center and a deep-water marina that includes private boat slips, storage for private kayaks and club kayaks available for use by members and guests. A dog park, community garden, playground, and pickleball courts provide fun for all ages and interests. Wexford Plantation on Hilton Head Island is known for its 37-acre
inland harbor and lock system — one of only three on the East Coast. First class amenities include a distinctive Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, a championship tennis center, croquet and bocce lawn, miles of leisure trails and an elegant clubhouse with pool. Wexford’s claim to fame is the lifestyle it offers residents. Many active social groups and member clubs welcome resident families, professionals and retirees. Wexford has a little bit of something for everyone. Situated on a private peninsula touched by the Colleton and Chechessee rivers with views out to Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, private
Lowcountry Living community Colleton River is anchored by two elegant clubhouses. Life here is a balance of luxury and respect for the natural environment. Colleton River's 1,500 acres in Bluffton are graced with giant live oaks that wind through a blend of luxurious homes and seven miles of breathtaking water and salt marsh views. In addition to two unique signature golf courses by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, numerous other amenities complete this vibrant community. In addition to golf, opportunities for recreation include tennis, bicycling, fishing, gardening, eco adventures, and deep water docks to access the rivers and Intracoastal Waterway. Colleton River adjoins the 1,100-acre Victoria Bluff Nature Preserve. In a setting of tall pines, rustic oaks and tropical palms lies Shipyard Plantation. Covering approximately 800 acres, Shipyard Plantation offers
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upscale and diversified residential and resort living in the scenic heart of the south end of Hilton Head. On one of the island's best beaches, Shipyard offers outstanding amenities and recreational opportunities. Take part in a vibrant oceanfront community and enjoy worldclass tennis; the 27-hole Shipyard Golf Club; trails for biking, walking and running; a health and wellness center; a first-class resort hotel and the owners' oceanfront Beach Club. Whether you seek a home site or vacation villa, you will be surrounded by acres of natural beauty and the ocean — perfect for a vacation or permanent home.
Leave the hustle and bustle behind when you head to Haig Point on this community’s private ferry. This 1,050acre community on historic Daufuskie Island is graced by a Rees Jones Signature Course that has been ranked in Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses" and in Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses in the World." Other amenities in this gracious community include a full-service tennis center with six Har-Tru courts rated “outstanding” by the United States Tennis Association; an equestrian center; deep sea and inshore fishing; historic sites and kids’ activities. Thanks to its distance from the mainland, Haig Point offers a truly different lifestyle full of both fun and ease. You can read more about each of these special communities in the profiles on the following pages. M
AMENITIES Pete Dye & Jack Nicklaus Courses Two Clubhouses (Dye & Nicklaus) Learning Center/Practice Park/Par 3 Borland Course Multiple Dining Venues Stan Smith Tennis Center Fitness Center & Spa Junior Olympic-size Pool Community Dock Kayaking, Boating, Sailing/Fishing Nature Trails Art & Lifelong Learning Programs
The Lowcountry’s Private Peninsula for World Class Golf. Be prepared to be amazed at the natural beauty surrounding Colleton River Club. Located in Bluffton, on a scenic peninsula bordered by two tidal rivers and the Port Royal Sound, Colleton River Club has seven miles of shoreline with deep water access. The views are spectacular, and the ebb and flow of the tidal rivers and marshes brings constant change to the natural landscape that sets an idyllic backdrop for Colleton River’s homes and golf courses. This Member-owned private community features 705 properties on 1,500 acres adjacent to more than one thousand acres of maritime forest protected by the Heritage Trust in perpetuity. Beyond the inspiring beauty and its two nationally ranked Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus golf courses, Colleton River Club is a vibrant community where friends and family can enjoy many social activities, nature, innumerable amenities and proximity to the best destinations in the Lowcountry. The architecture at Colleton River Club is as varied and interesting as its Members. Unlike many communities, Colleton River welcomes all styles of homes. Driving through the neighborhood you will see a variety of beautiful homes; each with its own character that reflects the unique character of its owners. On any given day you’ll find members enjoying golf, tennis, bicycling, fishing, hiking, eco-adventures, or sailing from the deep-water docks with access to the rivers, the Intercoastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. A Member Experience visit is available for those interested in experiencing life at Colleton River Club firsthand.
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AMENITIES Rees Jones 20-hole Signature Golf Course Osprey Executive 9-holes Golf Course The Outer Banks of Haig Point Haig Point Beach Club The Calibogue Club The 1910 Strachan Mansion Activity Center Haig Point Golf Club Driving range and 2 practice greens 30th-Hole Grill Haig Point Dockage Equestrian Center Haig Point Tennis Center Haig Point Embarkation Center â€“ HHI Passenger ferry service to Haig Point 10-minute water taxi service to Harbour Town 1873 Haig Point Lighthouse 1830s Tabby Ruins Historic Park
Haig Point Haig Point is truly unique among the Lowcountry communities. It is the kind of community that really should only be approached by boat! Its natural beauty and historic drama is so breath-taking that any sensitive soul should have at least 25-minutes of sea borne tranquility to desensitize from the faster pace and clamor of the world beyond Haig Point! That tranquility transition is not a problem, Haig Point being located on bridgeless Daufuskie Island. Residents travel to and from Haig Point by an hourly private ferry or water taxi. The 18-round trips a day is the most consistent and reliable ferry service on the eastern seaboard. Your car is left at the exclusive Embarkation Center on Hilton Head. Golf carts are the way to navigate the delightful 1,050 acres of Haig Point. Great effort has gone into preserving its rich history and environmental splendor, including building covenants that protect the natural character and reflect the Lowcountry architectural heritage. Rees Jones has designed a golf masterpiece here. Along with this historical backdrop Haig Point is offering a new community of homes built with modern islanders in mind. The twelve homes of The Sanctuary are a wonderful way you can enjoy the peace of Haig Point and its rich history without sacrificing any of the comforts of a modern home.
10 Haig Point Circle, Hilton Head, SC 29928 843.341.8148 firstname.lastname@example.org â€˘ www.HaigPoint.com
AMENITIES Pete Dye Signature Golf Course Tennis & Pickleball Center with 8 HarTru Courts and 2 Pickleball Courts Certified Clean Marina – Deep Water on the Broad Creek – No slip fees Kayak Launch and Storage, Complimentary Kayaks for Members Inviting Lowcountry Clubhouse Heated Saline Jr. Olympic-Size pool Book Exchange featuring over 2,000 titles Dog Park Community Garden Playground 24 hour manned Security Gate
Long Cove Club Long Cove Club is the hidden jewel of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Behind the gate, you'll find a rich palette of lifestyle options to suit every taste. If you are longing to find a premier island community filled with spectacular homes and warm and friendly people who, like you, have fallen in love with the breathtaking beauty of Hilton Head Island, then we’d just like to say: Welcome home. Established in 1981, Long Cove Club is a member-owned private community with 570 properties on over 630 community acres. All property owners are considered Members of the community and can take advantage of our many amenities including Tennis, Pickleball, Golf, Marina and the Clubhouse, which is the centerpiece and home of our Community. Yes, Long Cove Club is breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s the people – the warm and caring community of Long Cove Club Members and staff – that truly make the Long Cove Club lifestyle experience so special and unique to the Lowcountry. No matter what you get involved with, there are things to do and friends to meet everywhere you go... and always a smile and wave or two to greet you along the way. The Members also support the extraordinary tradition of giving back through the Long Cove Club Community Endowment and Charitable Funds. Since its inception in 2003, the fund has donated over $845,000 to local nonprofits. Long Cove Club. You really belong here.
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AMENITIES Beach Community Owners’ Beach Club Scenic Biking and Jogging Paths 250 Homesites 1500 Vacation and Villa Properties Van Der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club • 20 Courts Sonesta Resort • 338 Room Oceanfront Hotel Shipyard Golf Club • 27 Hole Golf Property ilton Head Health • Premier H Weight Loss Health Spa Diverse Community In Convenient Location
Shipyard Plantation Shipyard Plantation, one of the original developments on Hilton Head, is not only scenic but also conveniently nestled in the heart of the south end of Hilton Head Island. Lush oaks, tropical palms, tall pines and an array of wildlife make this 800-acre property a true experience with a balance of respecting the past and embracing the future. If one word could describe Shipyard Plantation, it would be diversified. This unique residential and resort community offers first class living for those who choose to visit and those who choose to reside in this scenic but secure plantation. There is always something new going on in Shipyard, and the commercial partners and owners are dedicated to hitting the refresh button and keeping the properties current. Recreational facilities include championship golf and tennis, trails for biking and jogging, a first class resort hotel, a health spa, and most importantly – the beach. Owners in Shipyard enjoy the finest island Beach Club and a true sense of community through varied social and educational programs available at their oceanfront club. The best island combination of vacation or villa living and permanent homes, Shipyard is a beautiful alternative whether you desire to come for awhile or forever. Call (843) 785– 3310 for a new look at Shipyard Plantation or visit us on line at shipyardhhi.com.
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AMENITIES 37-acre Inland Harbour Lock System & Harbour Center Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course Clubhouse & Golf Shop Tennis Center & 6 Har-Tru Clay Tennis Courts (4 lighted) Swimming Pool Children’s Playground Basketball Court Croquet Lawn Leisure & Bike Trails 24-Hour Gated Security
Wexford Plantation Nestled amidst 525 acres of picturesque Lowcountry landscapes on the south end of Hilton Head Island, Wexford Plantation is an inviting and energetic community offering incomparable amenities and social activities for everyone in the family. Wexford’s 37-acre inland harbour, with direct access to Broad Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway, affords residents the ultimate pleasure of docking boats in their own back yard. In addition, Wexford’s SC Clean Marina features a unique lock system, one of only three on the east coast. Wexford also offers highly acclaimed golf and tennis amenities, including an Arnold Palmer Signature Course and six Har-Tru Clay Tennis Courts. The Clubhouse is the heart of the community, hosting events such as Happy Hour, Nine & Dine dinners, Children’s Cooking Demonstrations, Wine Tastings and more! The Clubhouse offers an elegant, yet warm atmosphere with high-quality service and an exquisite menu selection. In addition to their amenities, Wexford offers a variety of clubs and groups in which members can participate, including the Wexford Charitable Foundation, Yacht Club, Discussion Group, Event & Travel Club, Book Club, Croquet Club, Wellness Group, Bridge and so much more. Wexford offers an exceptional lifestyle that is sure to pleasantly exceed your expectations. Beyond Boating, Golf and Tennis... A Way of Life.
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Court Atkins Group:
Refining Home Details at Palmetto Bluff
BY DEAN ROWLAND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE
rchitect William Court’s firm knows a thing or two about transforming ordinary pleasantness into extraordinary mastery–-it’s all in the details. The ordinary—an open floorplan downstairs— has been a Lowcountry staple in new and renovated homes and for decades. To create an extraordinary open-floor layout, Court moved striking architectural elements from the outside to the inside to design individual living-space niches. “We re-envisioned exterior transoms into a more interior space and interior feature to separate rooms and to keep them completely open,” said Court, a partner in the firm of Court Atkins Group in Bluffton that he founded with James Atkins in 2004. “The goal is to keep the spaces open but to feel distinct… (The transom) is a symmetrical connection (from the kitchen) to the living and dining space.” Indeed, each room on the first floor of this elegantly understated 3,300-square-foot home in Palmetto Bluff is distinctly unique without walls because of the unimposing architectural touches Court infused between rooms. The kitchen, separate “back” kitchen, informal dining room, living room, master suite and bathroom, owner’s entrance, and screened porch share the firstfloor space. “It’s less about creating specific rooms and much more about creating open living than you might have seen in historic Savannah and Charleston,” said Court, a University of Cincinnati graduate in architecture. “It’s a clever sort of play between a historically appropriate southern coastal home from Savannah or Charleston, with a completely wide open warm and inviting interior.” Court describes the design and craftsmanship on display throughout the three-bedroom home as “natural light, charm, detail, trim and millwork.” You might say that when Tony and Patti Berner of Ponchatoula, La.—a small town between Baton Rouge and New Orleans— decided to hire Court and his architectural talent to design their September 2017 95
second home, it was because of his impressive portfolio of work. It was, but it was also Court’s personality when they first met about four years ago. “He is down to earth; he listened to all of our wants and needs, and he didn’t overbuild,” said Patti, who with her husband have two grown sons and five grandchildren. “We wanted a house that was quiet and cozy. William and his whole organization worked wonderfully with us.” She extended the same compliment to their builder, Richard Best Custom Homes in Bluffton. “The three of us were a good group,” she said. “If we were to build another home, I would use the same architect and the same builder.” The couple—she’s retired after working alongside her husband for 40 years at a large food distribution center that he manages after selling the three-generation family-owned business last summer—have visited their South Wilson neighborhood home that’s a long pebble’s throw to the May River and Village Green nearly every month since construction was completed in late 2014. Their sons, daughters-in-law and grandkids also are right at home when they visit the Stallings Island Road residence. It 96 hiltonheadmonthly.com
might be due in part to the custom-built bunk beds and a double-bed in the two upstairs guest suites in the rear of the home. Larger than average bathrooms (two of the three-and-a-half bathrooms in the home) and walk-in closets complete the ensemble. A sitting room positioned in the front of the guest floor provides a comfortable respite. “The house works out beautifully for all of our family,” Patti said. It also worked out well this spring when she hosted three of her sisters and her mom for a long girls’ weekend. “William hit the nail on the head. His team designed the exact home I wanted,” she added. The Berners’ favorite room in the house is the oversized screened-in porch, which is unusually located on the one-third acre site. “Because the views are so great in front of the property, we actually put the screened outdoor living porches to the side of the house, not unlike what you would do in Charleston, so they could take advantage of views in both directions and get some great cross breezes,” Court said. The porch also faces the vacant lot that the Berners bought years ago and on which they plan to build a courtyard garden, a second garage, a game room and a social area.
“We’re really maximizing the outdoor living space and garden space,” said Court, who also will design the new second structure soon. “Tony wants a space to fry the turkeys and use a smoker in a big outdoor kitchen.” Meanwhile, when in Bluffton, the couple spends their leisure time on the porch either sitting in front of the custom-designed brick fireplace and widescreen television, swinging on a suspended couch, cooking at the outdoor kitchen or eating at an informal table. The octagonally-shaped ceiling features trim detailing. “It’s our most favorite room of the house,” Patti said. “We love the idea of sitting outside, being with nature, watching a ballgame on TV, cooking and eating outside, and just enjoying.” The comfortable great room accesses the porch through a 16-foot by 10-foot sliding glass French wood door with glass transoms above. “It opens up the outdoor space to the indoor space,” Court said, as does the strategic placing of abundant windows. “Almost floor-to-ceiling big, oversized double-hung and sliding glass walls with interior transoms leading into the kitchen just to get more light in.”
The kitchen showcases a painted v-grooved wood ceiling to “create different textures in spaces in a subtle way” and custom-built cabinetry, Court said. Upon approaching the house on a paving stone walkway, up a handful of brick steps with powder-coated aluminum railings on either side to the gas lanterns on the Lowcountry porch anchored by majestic columns sitting resolutely on brick plinths, visitors come upon a stately French three-panel mahogany front door. “Although it’s a very open floor plan, the minute you come through the front door, you are greeted by a very traditional southern foyer and a curvilinear staircase that takes you to the second floor.” Down the hallway, a vaulted wood ceiling provides the skyscape in the spacious master suite.
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“The master suite is essentially the oasis at the rear of the property that looks over the courtyard gardens,” Court said. “There’s a tremendous amount of glass in that room…a boxed bay window and a traditional bathroom with a free-standing tub.” Above and below throughout the home are nearly 12-foot ceilings and site-finished stained reclaimed pine wood flooring. With more than 20,000 acres on the vast Palmetto Bluff landscape, the Berners wanted a neighborhood setting close to the village center. “They really wanted to be part of the streetscape that already exists along the park (in front of the house),” Court said. “They wanted something that was a little more in keeping with the historical context of Savannah and Charleston…a traditional, casual Lowcountry home. So, for example, we added more detail in the soffit and fascia rather than your traditional exposed rafter tails. We’re actually designing a bit more of a traditional Savannah garden home feel to the house.” Yes, it’s all in the details at this showcase Lowcountry home. M September 2017 97
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Education Hilton Head Island
• • Bluffton
High school degree
GUIDE Hilton Head Island
Race HHI: White
Age Over 65
32.9% 11.7% HHI
76.5% Black 7.7% Hispanic or Latino 14% Asian 1% Other .8%
• • Bluffton
66.4% Black 15.9% Hispanic or Latino 13.3% Asian 1.9% Other 2.5%
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Statistics compiled by Don McLoud Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; 2011-15 American Community Survey five-year estimate; Census Reporter, a Knight News Challenge-funded project website; the town of Bluffton; the Town of Hilton Head Island. --- indicates the figure is unknown
Total square miles
HILTON HEAD ISLAND
41 Building Permits
Total square miles
Hilton Head Island BLUFFTON
Commercial new 2016 2017 (as of 7/31)
6 896 2 21
$44,869 $28,091 Median household
Hilton Head Island
Residential new Hilton Head Island Bluffton 2016 58 386 2017 (as of 7/31) 111 573
Hilton Head Island
Below poverty level Hilton Head Island BLUFFTON
Hilton Head Island 37,099
(estimate) Hilton Head Island 40,500 9.2%
Population 2016 (estimate) Bluffton 18,897
Population 2010 Bluffton 13,375
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Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head mayor
describes plans & progress BY DON MCLOUD PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN
avid Bennett and his family moved to Hilton Head Island in 2009. By 2014, the political newcomer had become the town’s mayor. Bennett and his wife, Terri, have three children, two in college and one in middle school. He is a real estate developer and graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate. Before serving as mayor, he was chairman of the town’s Planning Commission. With a little over a year left in his first term, which ends in December 2018, Bennett was asked a series of questions to take stock of his past two-and-a-half years as mayor — what he’s done and learned during that time and what’s next on the to-do list.
Q: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE
CURRENTLY FACING THE TOWN AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? A: Many large challenges are perched atop the list. Hurricane Matthew recovery cost reimbursements — more than $40 million — and on- and offisland infrastructure improvements are both urgent and significant. Arguably, workforce availability and traffic 106 hiltonheadmonthly.com
and transportation issues are next. Providing preservation and stability to our important environmental assets, like waterways and wildlife, and our heritage and culture — the ingredients that contribute greatly to our identity — are no less challenging. But perhaps the single largest challenge covers every one of these: What role does government play in prudently using resources to promote and protect our citizens’ rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Because of the essence of our economy, that role includes an overarching challenge. We must achieve a sustainable balance among all those who experience Hilton Head at every level, including without limitation full- and part-time residents, guests, businesses and employees of those businesses. Our challenge is to manage preservation and progress, to protect our identity
and community and, as I’ve said before, to responsibly receive our heritage and leave a legacy. How do we address it? Staff and committees are simultaneously working on the individual challenges while the ongoing island-wide visioning initiative is meant to address the overarching challenge. Strategies for achieving, reviewing and maintaining the vision that galvanizes our identity and directs our resources will follow. That’s why our vision must be developed by a broad spectrum of those who have chosen to deeply invest their lives into our community.
WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE TOWN'S FUTURE? My vision for the future begins with the community establishment of that island-wide vision I described.
And we are purposefully, logically, methodically and deliberately takings steps to identify it. I want our children and their children to know and enjoy Hilton Head and desire to return again and again and bring others to share in the experience.
Q: WHAT A:
DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AS MAYOR AND WHY? The design and implementation of the five-year Sanitary Sewer Master Plan, which will make sanitary sewer service available to every islander, is surely the greatest accomplishment of this council. It’s a true publicprivate partnership that involves the town, the Hilton Head Public Service District and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, and it is a nationally recognized endeavor. It’s a declaration or a confirmation to some of our longest-standing residents that they do, in fact, matter. It’s tremendously beneficial to our environment and therefore to every current and future islander.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST FRUSTRATING Q: WHAT PART OF YOUR JOB, AND THE MOST REWARDING? A: I am very rarely frustrated, but when I encounter systems, individuals and/ or processes — or the lack thereof — that contribute to inequities and favoritism, I attempt to address them. An underlying theme during my tenure has been to develop high-quality, understandable and transparent processes to guide our decision-making in order to ensure that whatever decisions are made are in the best interest of all islanders and are, by extension, equitable. Also, biases and misrepresentations that promote unknown agendas and serve to divide our citizens rather than engage, inform and empower them to make good decisions can cause some frustration, but this undercurrent is so prevalent that it’s difficult to rectify. The most rewarding part of my job surely occurs when something is accomplished that truly and directly benefits and impacts the people of our community.
IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED AS MAYOR? Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned is that comprehensive and effective communication, while vital, can be very difficult. In today’s world, information is delivered from so many varied sources — like newspapers, social media, email, word of mouth, etc. — that it’s difficult to effectively communicate in every medium in a timely manner with limited resources and to then correct any misinformation that may quickly be disseminated. I’ve attempted to open up lines of communication by self-funding and producing a regular email newsletter, Facebook page and website. The town is also seeking ways to speak directly to town matters on its website, social media outlets and in print, and Town Council has recently appropriated the funds necessary to hire a communications officer at the town staff level. Whether it is an emergency or everyday matter, we want everyone in our community to be completely and accurately informed. M
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Town officials will analyze survey results and input from the workshops to create an action plan, which they say will build on past long-term planning efforts.
Hilton Head Island
Residents asked to once again take out their crystal ball BY TIM WOOD
hould Hilton Head Island to stay the same? Do we want fewer or more visitors? Will the island to become an under-40, tech-driven paradise by 2040? Since the days of Charles Fraser, longterm planning is one of the things that has made Hilton Head stand out — not only within Beaufort County, but around the country. Now, led by the efforts of Mayor David Bennett, the town is once again spearheading a comprehensive listening tour. The process asks residents, business leaders, local institutions and other community stakeholders what the future of the island should look like. Called “Hilton Head Island: Our Future,” this information-and-opiniongathering effort wraps up in early 2018. To get area residents’ perspective, town officials hired consulting company Future IQ to develop a 19-question online survey. The town also is hosting a series of community workshops running through September at locations across the island. Town officials will analyze survey results and input from the workshops to create an action plan, which they say will build on past long-term planning efforts. These past efforts include Vision 2025 and HHI Vision 2030. A similar visioning project was undertaken in 2009. Critics of the process have said that the town is overloaded with “vision” at the moment and should have implemented all the recommendations of past exercises before paying a consultant $7,000 to create a new visioning process.
The mayor has said that his personal vision for the island includes providing sewer service and paved roads for the entire island; unclog traffic around Sea Pines Circle and promote heritage tourism. The values that underlie these goals echo in the “Our Future” survey questions. The survey asks respondents to rate the importance and urgency of topics affecting Hilton Head, including: • Aging populations • A shortage of workforce and skills • Loss of younger adult generations from the island • Health and wellness • Workforce housing and transportation • Tearing down and rebuilding traditional neighborhoods. • Traffic congestion • Status as a world-class resort destination • Recreation offerings. • Changing long-term weather conditions and patterns • Protection of ecosystems and environmental sustainability Respondents also are asked to rate the importance of offering postsecondary and technical education opportunities on the island, and to weigh in on the trend of less brick and mortar retail and more online shopping. A workshop was held June 27 at The Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort, on the island’s south end. About 150 community leaders and residents spent the day brainstorming. About 70 percent of participants were between the ages of 51 and 70, and 17 percent of attendees had
moved to the island within the past five years. Many were surprised by the group’s view of tourism. While many locals complain that Hilton Head has become overrun by its 2.6 million annual visitors, 37 percent of the workshop participants felt that having 3 million tourists by 2040 is optimal. Only 19 percent felt that fewer visitors would be ideal. And it isn’t just visitors: Participants didn’t want a lot of new full-time residents, either. The island’s population has grown from 24,000 in 1990 to 39,000 today, and overall, 26 percent of workshop attendees thought 45,000 is island’s sweet spot, while 22 percent thought that the number of residents should stay about the same through 2040. The group also discussed the town’s past visioning efforts. A majority of the workshop participants felt poor progress had been made on creating a local economy not dependent on the hospitality industry — a goal of the 2014 strategic plan. Participants had fun coming up with hypotheticals for the future. Some of their ideas included: converting a golf course into a community farm and park; a successful zero-waste landfill; a town-owned solar field; a sold-out, town-owned tech incubator; a major demographic shift to residents younger than 50; and communitywide public transportation. A wind farm, integrated transit system, and energy independence by 2040 were other ideas tossed around, while some participants imagined a bridge expansion by 2020. There is still plenty of time to weigh in on what you think the island’s future should be. The town wants to hear from you. M
Weigh in Take the Town of Hilton Head Island’s “Our Future” community survey at research.net/r/HiltonHeadIslandOurFuture. See future workshop dates and locations at lab.future-iq.com/hhiourfuture
Come Celebrate our Island Community!
Sunday, September 17 5:00p-7:00p Shelter Cove Community Park Special musical performances by Local Artists â€“ As Husband & Wife and SondorBlue Stop by local non-profit exhibits to find out the many ways you can volunteer on the Island. Free Bounce Houses and inflatable games for all ages, Give Aways and FREE Food from local vendors.
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Hilton Head Island
Hotspots & Landmarks
Hilton Head Island
> Areial view of Shelter Cove Marina.
PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN
Coligny Plaza For more than 60 years, Coligny Plaza has served as Hilton Head’s downtown. Here you can explore a huge array of shopping and dining just a stone’s throw from the beach in a lively atmosphere that welcomes visitors and locals alike.
Harbour Town Lighthouse It began as Fraser’s Folly, a towering punctuation mark for Charles Fraser’s newly built Harbour Town Yacht Basin. It wound up being the most recognizable symbol of Hilton Head Island. Make your way to the top for breathtaking views and enjoy historic memorabilia on the way up. Sea Pines Forest Preserve In the heart of The Sea Pines Resorts sit 606 pristine acres of undisturbed Lowcountry paradise. Winding trails take you through antebellum rice plantations, across vanishing swamps, past ancient shell rings and right to the glittering waters of fully stocked lakes. Explore on your own or sign up for one of the many guided tours.
Coligny Beach Park For many who visit Hilton Head Island, Coligny is the only beach that matters. Beginning with the exciting splash pad, the park’s main promenade stretches past various seating areas and relaxation spots on its way down to the sand. Vibrant and energetic, Coligny Beach Park has come to define the Hilton Head Island experience for countless visitors and locals. The Triangle It’s been called many things: The Barmuda Triangle. Tri-bar. The Triangle. No matter what you call it, this is ground zero for a lively night out on Hilton Head Island. Make the crawl and hit them all: Jump & Phil’s, Reilley’s, The Lodge, One Hot Mama’s and The Boardroom. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina The cultural nerve center of the
island’s storied arts scene, the Art Center of Coastal Carolina hosts a rotating season of professional stage productions from Broadway shows to musical acts, while the Walter Greer Gallery showcases some of the area’s finest artists. Classes at the Black Box let you hone your own creativity.
Mitchelville The first freedman’s town in the United States, Mitchelville gave freed slaves the chance to govern themselves before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Today, efforts are underway to preserve this compelling point in our history. For now, historic markers at Fish Haul Creek Park help tell the story. Shelter Cove One of the most dynamic mixed-use properties on Hilton Head Island, Shelter Cove Towne Centre is onestop shopping for island fun. Here you can grab an ice cream cone and enjoy it at the waterside park, spend the day shopping, and then cap the afternoon off with a drink at a rooftop bar with soaring views of Broad Creek. A large statue of Neptune welcomes visitors to Shelter Cove Harbour, one most popular destinations on the island. Shops, restaurants and activities are clustered around the marina. Many water sports tours including kayak trips and fishing charters leave from this area. On summer nights, Shelter Cove Harbour is full of people of every age enjoying live entertainment, fireworks and good food and drinks.
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Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery At the busy intersection of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway rests a serene reminder of the island’s legacy. Interred at this historic cemetery are the families whose names grace landmarks and streets across the island, preserving their roles in the story of Hilton Head Island. Jarvis Creek Park Lakeside tranquility and walking trials that wind through quiet forests mark this exquisite north-end park. Kids will love the multifaceted playground, while adults will enjoy the chance to unwind on a rocker and enjoy the island’s natural beauty. Island Recreation Center Currently in the midst of a massive expansion, the Island Rec Center has served the community for 40 years. In addition to an array of athletic programs and group activities, the Rec Center also organizes some of the island’s most beloved festivals, from WingFest to the Summer Jams series. Coastal Discovery Museum Located at the sprawling fields of historic Honey Horn, the Coastal Discovery Museum offers both a window into the island’s history and an immersion into its natural beauty. Explore winding trails along tidal creeks, learning about our native flora and fauna, enjoy educational programs from area experts then stop by the Discovery House for a bit of island history. M
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was seated, and we are working to keep this in a phased process. Three, keeping the May River healthy. We own very little river frontage and we are reliant on the county to work with us on solutions. As the town and county build out, this has to be a focus for both of us.
reflects on growth
Q: What is your vision for the town's future? A: That our town is young and innovative
BY DON MCLOUD PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN
isa Sulka is in her third term as mayor of Bluffton, having shepherded the town through the Great Recession and the resurgence of its Old Town area. She fended off a rough-and-tumble challenge in 2015 from Cynthia Bensch — then a member of Beaufort County Council — to win her third term with 79 percent of the vote. She was born and raised in Prosperity, near Columbia, and is a graduate of Clemson University. She has lived in Bluffton for more than 20 years and is a Realtor with Carson Realty in Bluffton. She and her husband, John, have three children. Halfway through her third term as mayor, Sulka was asked a series of questions about her accomplishments and what she hopes to achieve next. As can be expected, town growth is a big part of that conversation.
Q: What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment as mayor and why? Working with Town Council to be transparent to our citizens is one of the biggest accomplishments. We put all of our agendas and related action items on our website, and anyone can go on and see what any of our commissions and council will be talking and acting on. I also have a good relationship with all of our schools and students and work to keep them all updated on our town, stressing the importance of giving back. I started the Mayor’s
Service Award, and all Bluffton high school students can participate. On a planning level, seeing the Old Town Master Plan come to fruition. This was approved in 2004 while I was on council and truly shaped our historic district as it is today. We have constantly used the plan as our “town bible,” and it is working. It is very exciting to see how this area is developing and how it is so celebrated by residents and visitors.
What is the biggest challenge currently facing the town and how should it be addressed? A: There are several challenges we will be faced with over the next decade. One, transportation. This is mostly in the hands of the county and state, but we will be seeing additional growth within our town limits and unincorporated Beaufort and Jasper counties. We need to all work together to be one voice with the state and Washington, D.C., on funding for the widening of Interstate 95, along with any other connector roads that will help alleviate traffic. Two, build-out of the town and unincorporated Beaufort and Jasper counties. Bluffton is currently around 30 percent built out. The town is managing this best as we can, but these were development agreements put in place long before this council
with a thriving University of South Carolina Beaufort and Technical College of the Lowcountry. I see our Don Ryan Center for Innovation — formed to help business startups in Bluffton — becoming the hub for innovation. Within our development agreements, there are areas dedicated to schools and commercial, and I see the commercial areas filling in as rooftops are constructed, which will give the homeowners in these areas conveniences within a short walk or drive from their home.
Q: What is the most frustrating part of your
job, and the most rewarding? The most frustrating part is when something happens in our area that the town has no jurisdiction over, but the town usually gets the blame for it. It is hard to get the correct information out to everyone when this happens. It is also frustrating for the citizen, as much as for me, to not be able to get the info on whether someone lives in the town limits or not, especially during election season. The most rewarding is when I can help a resident with a concern they have and that I can be a voice for our residents when they want me to.
What is the most important lesson you have learned as mayor? A: That government moves much slower than the private sector, and we have to manage residents’ expectations that when something is approved at a council level, it may take a month or two longer to make it a reality. M
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The Church of the Cross One of the few structures to survive the burning of Bluffton during the Civil War, The Church of the Cross is also one of the most inspiring. Make sure to spend a few quiet moments appreciating the view from the nearby bluff and gaze up the bell tower to see the famed bees behind the church’s holy honey. Sandbar Every weekend, locals put in at Alljoy Boat Landing or the boat landing at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park and cruise the May River up to the famed sandbar. A new party emerges every weekend, bringing in a rising tide of Bluffton-style reverie. Heyward House Recent renovations have added a remarkable new polish to this storied
structure, home to the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. See what life was like in antebellum Bluffton as you tour one of the few homes to survive the burning of Bluffton. Calhoun Street & Promenade’s Nightlife The beating heart of Bluffton’s nightlife lies in Old Town. Follow Calhoun Street up through the sophistication of The Pearl and the open-air party of Old Town Dispensary. Keep going, and you’ll find yourself in the Calhoun Street Promenade with The Roasting Room, Calhoun’s and Captain Woody’s, offering some of the area’s best live music, and The Bluffton Room serving craft cocktails. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Explore the Lowcountry’s majestic wildlife along the winding trails of
the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Here, among marshes and streams undisturbed by development, you’ll spot heron, egrets and more along with lush natural vegetation. Bluffton Oyster Factory Park The centerpiece of Oyster Factory Park, the Bluffton Oyster Factory stands as the last shucking house in South Carolina, a state whose fortunes once rested on the oyster business. Stop into the market and pick up the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste. May River The centerpiece of Bluffton is the majestic May River. The entire town was built along the banks of this awe-inspiring waterways, which ebbs and flows with the tides carrying shrimp boats, fishermen and pleasure boaters along. Alljoy Boat Landing One of two public docks in Bluffton, Alljoy sits at the end of the famed Alljoy Beach neighborhood. Enjoy easy in/easy out access to the May River, or spend a moment with your toes in the sand at nearby Brighton Beach.
Waddell Mariculture Center Equal parts entertainment and education, Waddell Mariculture Center lets you get up close and personal with local marine life. Learn about the many species that call Lowcountry waters home, and find out how you can aid in conservation efforts to keep them safe.
USCB Renowned for its hospitality program, University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton is our own hometown college. In addition to an outstanding academic program, the Sand Sharks field some of the state’s finest baseball, softball, golf and soccer players in the state. Technical College of the Lowcountry More than 5,000 students a year attend TCL, a two-year institution built to help train the next generation of highly skilled workers. More than 80 academic programs run the gamut from education and nursing to criminal justice. M September 2017 115
> Haig Point lighthouse, the first on Daufuskie Island, was built in 1873 on the island’s southwestern tip.
Travel Back in Time BY JENNIFER ROSE PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN
Without a bridge to the mainland, freed slaves and their descendants have shaped Daufuskie Island since the end of the Civil War. Their strong and unique Gullah culture was deeply influenced by their African heritage and remained largely isolated until the 1970s. The island had no electricity or telephone service until the 1950s, and oysters and cotton drove the economy — though today, tourism has become the most important source of income. But Daufuskie’s history starts long before Africans and Europeans arrived. The word “Daufuskie” comes from the language of Muscogee Indians and means “sharp feather,” describing the island’s distinctive shape. Artifacts and piles of ancient oyster shells left over from that time date back more than 9,000 years. Spain claimed Daufuskie in 1521 during its domination of the coastal area from St. Augustine, Florida, to Charlestown. Sea Island cotton, grown on Daufuskie, was of extremely high quality, and rice was plentiful. The French claimed nearby Port Royal in 1525, and in 1684, Native Americans joined the Spanish to fight off Scottish soldiers who were invading Port Royal. Three battles between Native Americans and settlers between 1715-17 on Daufuskie’s southwestern shore gave that spot the name Bloody Point. Union troops occupied Daufuskie during the Civil War, leading both black and white residents to flee the island. After the war, many freed slaves came back to the island to work in oyster canneries and logging, bringing their Gullah language with them. Gullah, a blend of West African and rural 116 hiltonheadmonthly.com
English, was passed down through the generations, though fewer and fewer native islanders speak it with every passing year. In the 1950s, the area’s oyster beds were closed due to pollution, leading young people to leave the island in search of more economic opportunities.
But by the 1980s, residential and resort development took off and developers built several private communities on the island. Through the tireless work of local leaders and history buffs, Daufuskie was added to the National Register of Historic Places, permanently preserving its historic sites for future generations. M
> Daufuskie Island's tabby ruins at Haig Point are former slave quarters and date to the 1820s or 1830s.
Want to learn more about Daufuskie’s history? Start with a visit to the Bloody Point museum, located in one of the island’s historic lighthouses. For a more hands-on adventure, check out the Robert Kennedy Historic Trail map, which leads visitors to 20 of Daufuskie Island’s cultural and historical landmarks. Download it at daufuskiemuseum.org.
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Bloody Point Lighthouse & Museum Ready for a little haunted history? Tales of spirits abound in this remarkable piece of Daufuskie Island history. Tour the grounds and spot a bald eagle, rest beneath the “almost” angel oak and tour the vineyards.
Dew Winery offers a delicious taste of the island’s rich past. Former lighthouse keeper Papy Burn used to make wine in this very spot, and all of his recipes have survived to help create a new generation of sophisticated wines.
Iron Fish Art The celebrated vibrant art of Chase Allen is on display at his Daufuskie Island gallery. Come by and see why his unique metal sculptures of fish, turtles, crabs, mermaids and more have come to grace the homes of discerning art fans the world over.
Freeport Marina Dock at the island’s Freeport Marina and you’ll find yourself at the starting point of multiple island adventures. Rent a golf cart and find your own way across the island. Sign up for a guided tour. Visit the marsh tackies or just sit a spell at the outdoor bar. Your adventure is up to you.
Silver Dew Winery Located on the grounds of the Bloody Point Lighthouse and museum, Silver
Daufuskie Island Rum Company No visit to Daufuskie Island is complete without a visit to the Daufuskie Island Chase Allen, Iron Fish
Rum Company, the self-described “most inaccessible rum distiller in the U.S.” You’ll get a firsthand look at the artistry that goes into every bottle, from distillation to shipping.
Old Daufuskie Crab Company Located at Freeport Marina, Old Daufuskie Crab Company is the finest spot to tuck into some mouthwatering Daufuskie deviled crabs while immersing yourself in local history. Owner Wick Scurry has converted a corner of the restaurant into a fascinating museum that will have you transfixed.
Marshside Mama’s Step right off the boat and into one of the island’s most iconic watering holes. Anything goes, with great live music and an ever-changing menu of Lowcountryinspired favorites.
First Union African Baptist Church The oldest structure on the island, First Union African Baptist Church was built by freed slaves in 1881. Today it remains an inspiring piece of Daufuskie history. Be sure to tour the recently rebuilt praise house.
Mary Fields School Made famous by Pat Conroy in his book “The Water is Wide,” Mary Fields School is where Conroy taught during his time on Daufuskie. No longer in use as a schoolhouse, it is only open to the public during certain special events.
Haig Point With 29 holes of championship golf, an equestrian center, and six HarTru tennis courts, Haig Point offers a uniquely Daufuskie upscale adventure. Check out it out for yourself by booking a Discovery Experience. M
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MAKING IT WORK: How to decorate a small space BY ELLEN SIMMONS
hether you are downsizing into retirement or decorating a vacation condo, these moves tend to mean more excitement and definitely less square footage. In order to maximize your available space, so that every area looks spacious and comfortable, there are certain design and decorating rules that you should follow: Design in any small space The key to designing in a small space is to make sure that the furniture and decor fit the room. While you may love your large L shaped sofa and matching lounge chair, it’s not going to fit in 400 square feet. With less space, you have to be more creative. Sofa beds, instead of couches, turn into instant guest quarters. Nesting side tables instead of a big coffee table turn into instant extra space for putting down a martini. Benches with storage inside them do double duty as extra seating and a great way to hide a little clutter. Avoid clutter Clutter only serves to make a small space look even smaller. Avoid it at all costs by making sure that everything in your home has its own home and don’t
let piles of things drag in entryways or on chairs. Storage benches, as mentioned in the previous point, are ideal in this capacity, as are storage baskets, hanging hooks and so on. Maximize any available dead space—under the stairs, for example—by turning it into usable storage space. If there’s a way to get something off of flat surfaces, do it. Example? Knife blocks take up a lot of space on a countertop. But if you have the extra wall space in your kitchen, put up magnets and ‘hang’ your knives. Easy to reach and they are off the flat surface. Make good use of light and mirrors If you have a lot of natural light coming into your space, leverage it by using delicate, flowing window treatments and strategically positioned mirrors. These reflect the light and give the impression of a larger space, tricking the eye into thinking there is more depth than there actually is. Place a mirror next to a window or directly across from it to create the effect you want. Specifics for a small living room Avoid darker shades of paint on the walls. You can definitely do an accent wall in a bolder color, but all four walls in navy blue will be oppressive. The same is true for ceiling colors: keep it light relative to the wall color, to give the impression of openness; even if the ceilings are low, it won’t feel dark and small. One great tip is to match your wall color to the larger pieces of furniture in the room; that way, the latter blend in more and seem smaller as a result. For flooring, you should also keep it relatively neutral, with splashes of color in throw rugs, for example. And when it
comes to furnishings, materials like glass and metal, which reflect light and feel more airy, give a great sense of space than dark, heavy wood pieces. If you want to avoid heavy bookshelves, try floating shelves, anchored to the wall. They are a talking point for guests and a lot of fun to decorate with. Rules for a tiny bedroom You can, once again, use color to give a sense of space: keep it light or neutral on the walls and the ceiling. To furnish a small bedroom, the key is to avoid pieces that are too large and cumbersome. Skip the full head and foot board and try adding a wall panel at the head. They can add a pop of color that breaks up the neutral wall a little, making a visual focal point that delights. Streamline your linens so that colors and textures are uniform. You don’t want a red bedspread with orange pillows and faux fur throws, all mixed together, in a tiny space! It’s just too much for the eye to take in. Ideas for a small kitchen If you don’t have eat in space, don’t try and create it. A formal dining room or breakfast nook is a nice to have but if space doesn’t allow, try using stools at the breakfast bar or island to make best use of that area. If you still want a table and chairs, round tables conserve a little more space and visually seem to fit better. Don’t forget to minimize kitchen clutter, which can close in that space quickly. If you have tools and small appliances that you don’t use all the time, find somewhere to store them out of site. Less is more in the small kitchen setup. M
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71 DEERFIELD DR.
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54 HONEY LOCUST
NEWER Hilton Head Plantation home midway between the new Spring Lake Swimming and Tennis complex and Dolphin Head Beach Park along Port Royal Sound. Located off the banks of Bear Lake offering some of the best fishing. Split bedroom open floor plan home with 3 BR, 3.5 BA, smooth ceilings, wood floors, kitchen/family room, formal living and dining rooms plus an expansive elevated back deck. New HVAC 2016 and new roof 2017. $678,500
LOCATION-LOCATION-LOCATION! Enjoy Lowcountry sunsets over the marsh of Elliot Creek while relaxing in your new hot tub/spa. Multi-level deck offers a true entertainment center. A short distance to Dolphin Head Beach Park and the Bluff Walkway along Port Royal Sound. 4 BR plus bonus room/3.5 BA with a great open floor plan, formal living and dining rooms, sunroom and updated kitchen/family room. New roof and exterior painting. $608,750
PRESTIGIOUS Hickory Forest neighborhood. Short distance to the Hilton Head Plantation Boardwalk out into the Port Royal Sound. From under the trellis covered paver patio you will be able to watch the bird activity along the picturesque lagoon. Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac is a 3 bedroom 2½ bath updated home with wood and tile floors, smooth ceilings, formal living and dining rooms. The paver patio will be your private oasis. $598,500
Hilton Head Plantation, HICKORY FOREST NEIGHBORHOOD CREAM PUFF. Enjoy morning coffee or lazy afternoons viewing the long tranquil lagoon from the expansive screen porch. Short distance to Port Royal Sound. Great curb appeal, 3 bedroom, living room and dining room plus eat-in kitchen, high ceilings and 2-car garage. $405,000
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OCEAN VIEW, LAGOON/GOLF VIEW, short distance to the Beach and the site of the new Port Royal Beach Club. Outstanding open floor plan. 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Baths. 2 master suites, first and second floor and each have outstanding views. Large 2nd floor ocean view deck, private pool, sea wall along the lagoon, 2-car garage and expansive amount of storage areas. Perfect as a primary residence or a lock and leave 2nd home. 21 Fairway Winds is ready for you to add your personal touches to make it yours. Location – View – and Open Floor Plan. $795,000
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32 SPARWHEEL LN. WINDMILL HARBOUR
3 LINDEN PLACE INDIGO RUN
56 STATION LOOP LAWTON STATION
LOCATION-LOCATION-LOCATION! A Sea Pines Classic. Walking distance to the beach, multifairway views. 3 bedroom, 3 baths with an open floor plan. Coming to market!
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SPACIOUS AND BRIGHT, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is located in popular Lawton Station and features almost 2,500 SF. A more traditional floor plan with all bedrooms and laundry on 2nd floor, this home’s many pluses include wood floors, backsplash in kitchen and a large, fenced yard. $319,900
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3 BR 2BA HOME with 2-car detached garage, covered side porch, front porch, eat-in kitchen, family room with fireplace on a corner lot. New carpet and paint. University Park is a sidewalk community with amenities that include a community park, playground, a gazebo overlooking the pond, a beach style entry swimming pool and fitness center. $184,000
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David Carroll Cell 843.384.8111 Tracy Dayton Cell 843.686.4000 PORT ROYAL PLANTATION
NORTH FOREST BEACH
SEA PINES RESORT
INDIGO RUN GOLF CLUB
16 PLANTERS ROW
15 GANNET STREET
2 GADWALL RD.
23 COTESWORTH PLACE
Custom oceanfront residence, skillfully crafted by Cambridge Builders. 2010 Construction, feels brand new. Stunning views, extraordinary finishes and details throughout. 5 BR 5.5 BA, open kitchen to dining room to great room. Upstairs floorplan could also be used as an office with full bath, plus in-law suite with sitting area, plus 2 more en-suite bedrooms. Elevator to all floors. Large Lanai with summer kitchen and brick fireplace. Hot tub overflows into pool, all overlooking the Atlantic across the sandy dunes. Underparking for 3+ cars.
New this year, 4th row beach home. Superior construction and craftsmanship by Clark Design & Build. Finishes, trim & details exceed expectations. 7 BR, 6.5 BA. Two Master Suites, generous sized bedrooms, abundant outdoor spaces. Open kitchen to great room, with inviting dining/gathering area, plus 2nd floor family room or theatre room. Elevator! Private heated pool with hot tub, lanai, 4 car garage, abundant storage and play areas. Paver drive and patios. Ocean views. Fully Designer furnished, equipped, rental ready and currently booked most of the summer. $1,825,000
4 bedrooms plus large "Flex" room - could be 5 bedrooms. 3rd row Ocean, and also just across the street from South Beach. Amazing location. Brand new pool with overflowing hot tub, new kitchen and master bath, new flooring. High ceilings, wood floors. Huge Lanai with Tiki Bar and also a large screened porch. Vacation perfect with abundant outdoor areas. Elevator to all 3 floors. On the short term rental market with The Vacation Company. $1,195,00
Quality constructed by H2 Builders. One owner home. Grand foyer leads to great room. Formal dining room, wet bar. Center Island kitchen with eat in area, opens to family room. Master wing has 2 walk in closets, elegant bath, sitting area in BR. Guest wing features 2 BR, full BA, plus office/game room or 5th BR with full BA, off of the private custom pool in back. 2nd floor has guest suite, plus office/bonus room. Large laundry room. Could be 6 BR. 2 car side entry garage with golf cart bay. #16 fairway views. $759,000
PORT ROYAL PLANTATION
PORT ROYAL PLANTATION
LONG COVE CLUB
3 RAMPART LANE
136 COGGINS POINT
6 COTTON HALL LANE
Just Reduced! Motivated Seller! Way below replacement value. $100,000+ pool & spa environment! Inverted floorplan with magnificent views across Fish Haul Creek and sunsets over the marsh. Ultimate woodwork, antique stair banisters & finials, Heart Pine & Saltillo floors, Villeroy & Boch tile, Italian Porcelain sinks. Granite tops & solid cherry cabinets in Kitchen. Pella & Marvin windows, 2 BR, office, family room down; Master, formal dining, great room, up. Observatory on 3rd floor! $699,000
Smell the salty air & walk to the beach! Oneof-a-kind, amazing homesite! 200' frontage, 160' deep and 222' along the view (rear). Over 30,000 sq. ft., 3/4 acre site along the Barony Golf Course, with potential distant views of the ocean! Sprawling site with high elevation, can build on slab. Beautiful Live Oaks adorn the property! 2 minute walk to the beach and 3 minutes to the Beach Club. Very rare to acquire a homesite of this size, and view with high elevation, so close to the water! $599,000
Rock solid built, custom home with long and wide lagoon view, cul de sac location in Long Cove Club. Elegant entry into living room, and dining room, kitchen has eat in area and opens to family room. Office or 5th BR on main floor with full BA. Master is graciously sized, 2 walk in closets, large double vanity, separate shower and large garden tub. 2nd floor has two ensuite BR. Walk in storage, heated and cooled artist studio or playroom. Bonus room above garage with full BA. Long Cove Club Amenities. $549,000
Best priced Villamare on the market. Updated kitchen with granite, newer appliances throughout, some new furniture, mattresses, bedding etc. Steps to miles of pristine beaches. Villamare has an oceanfront pool + hot tub; indoor pool, hot tub and gym in resort setting. Enjoy the resort lifestyle of Palmetto Dunes. Miles of bike paths & beaches with plenty of golf and restaurants. Rentals: $32,000 on books, $40,000 projected. $449,900
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8 SANDCASTLES BY THE SEA FOLLY FIELD - LAGOON VIEW $119,000
3 CARRINGTON POINT Seller motivated! 4 BR, 3 BA, 2 car garage, corner location on cul de sac, full size wooded homesite. Wood floors, granite and stainless in kitchen, all BA upgraded with granite and new vanities. New fixtures. Fireplace, great room, dining room, 2 story foyer. Master on 2nd floor with BA and huge walk in closet. 2 BR share full BA. 4th BR and BA on main floor. Back patio. $359,000
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David J. Hill, Broker/Realtor Charter One Realty 81 Main Street, Suite 202 Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 Mobile 843.683.4224 Office 843.689.7705 Email: email@example.com www.DavidHillHiltonHeadRE.com HILTON HEAD PLANTATION
7 Isabella Court Fantastic 4 BR/3.5 BA home offering sweeping marsh and golf views in a very private setting. Meticulously maintained with quality updating, featuring a beautiful Screened Pool and Spa. A multi-car garage along with a finished Game Room and separate Workout/Hobby Room. $769,900 SEA PINES - SOUTH BEACH
beautifully furnished and on the private side of prestigious North Shore Place. Desirable open floor plan leads to the covered balcony offering a peaceful view across the treetops to the ocean. Residents & guests of North Shore Place enjoy the unique roof top pool and spa, and the Oceanside pool at The Sea Crest. $459,000
1817 Bluff Villas Top floor location, this 2 BR/2 BA villa features high ceilings and gorgeous direct water views of South Beach Marina. This furnished villa is a great rental property with easy access to the beach and amenities of South Beach Marina for shopping, dining and water sports. $385,000
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509 North Shore This gently cared for, 2BR/2BA, top floor villa is light and bright,
107 Windsor Place Nicely updated 2BR/2BA oceanfront 1st floor end unit with
views of the pool, pond and Atlantic Ocean. Features an open floor plan with 9ft. ceilings, excellent bedroom separation and large private balcony to enjoy the ocean breezes. Windsor Place is considered a premier oceanfront resort featuring under-building parking with elevators, oceanfront swimming pool (heated and cooled), hot tub, sun deck, covered gazebo with grills and private boardwalk to the beach! $639,000
“In an extremely difficult market, David constantly used his expertise to effectively pursue every available approach to sell our home. His background in the rental market was a great asset in closing the sale. The marketing was superb and his management control of a difficult closing was remarkable. He was flexible, persistent, responsive and very direct on changes we needed to make. I am convinced it would still be on the market if David had not been our agent!” – J. Wilson, Tennessee
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42 Broad Pointe | Indigo Run | $2,000,000
One of the most attractive homes in Indigo Run. Subtle quality throughout, combined with a gorgeous long mash view and private amenities make this 5,477 sq. ft. home a rare find on Hilton Head.
220 Grave Hill Road | Allendale | $899,000
Own a piece of history! This antebellum home is 90 minutes from Hilton Head and offers a unique package. The owner would be interested in possible trade of quality HHI or Bluffton properties.
34 Cotesworth Place | Indigo Run | $725,000
A wonderful setting in the center of the private Golf Club community of Indigo Run. This great 3,500 sq. ft. plan is what everyone is looking for - custom design and great location. A must see!
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21 River Club Drive | Indigo Run | $699,000
Situated on close to 3/4 acre, this 3 bedroom plan is one of the best values in the gated River Club enclave of Indigo Run.
#418 Shorewood Villas | Forest Beach | $439,000
Looking for a beachfront condo with no upgrades needed. Move right in and enjoy the proximity to the beach and pool. Great rental income as well!
7 Hamilton Drive | Sun City | $459,000
Opportunity knocks. This Monroe /Rutledge floor plan in Sun City is always so well received. The upgrades and location make this one of the best recently offered!
Rick Saba has personally assisted 68 families YTD with their property needs!
HILTON HEAD PLANTATION
5 China Cockle Way Tons of natural light on this one level home with Carolina Room and lagoon views, close to the sound! Large eat in kitchen, laundry room, 2 car garage, huge master bedroom w/his and her closet space, multiple attics and large back deck overlooking lagoon. Large living room area has wood burning fireplace. Interior has just been painted and has all smooth ceilings July 2017. This close to the sound under $400k, this will move fast! OFF PLANTATION
49 Monticello Beautiful one level
home on the Island for well under $300k and best of all.......it’s updated! This 3 bedroom home has a gorgeous eat in kitchen, vinyl plank flooring throughout, trey ceilings and even a fireplace. Want more? How about a 2 car garage and fenced in yard. Chinaberry Ridge is a great community located near the schools, Rec center, shops, restaurants and more. This will move fast at $269,000
HILTON HEAD PLANTATION
6 Trillium Ln. Beautiful 3 BR home
has natural light throughout! Located on a cul de sac w/gorgeous curb appeal, large open living area w/vaulted ceilings opens to kitchen. Situated on a tidal lagoon, heron & wildlife that surrounds you is breathtaking. Large master bedroom & bath suite on one side, 2 large guest rooms on the other, plus 3 full bathrooms. Plenty of outdoor living space in courtyard entrance or large back deck overlooking nature. $459,000. OFF PLANTATION
21 Monticello Recently renovated 3 BR home + Bonus room with all new flooring, carpet and custom paint! Features 1st floor master bedroom, open eat in kitchen to living area w/tray ceilings, fireplace, dining room, laundry room and huge back yard. Outdoor living space is absolutely tremendous! Great natural light throughout in a super neighborhood. Short distance to Hilton Head schools, Rec Center, Hudson’s, the Boathouse, and new Sailing & Rowing Center! On Island for $299,000, WOW!
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and superb location near the sound, bike path and Dolphin Head Golf Course. Combining beautiful golf and lagoon views, but keeping its privacy. This newer 2000 custom built 3 Br & bonus room has an open kitchen to family room area w/Corian counter tops, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Stunning wood and tile flooring, custom molding and amazing 1st floor master bed/bath. $629,000
34 Pearl Reef Ln. An excellent opportunity to purchase a golf view lot located in the desirable Oyster Reef Crossing subdivision situated at the end of a cul de sac, well treed with privacy and views. Sellers have plans to build a beautiful home specifically designed for this lot they would be willing to include with an acceptable offer, a great value. Building is back in our area and as the inventory for resale continues to decline, lot prices will be on the rise! Tree & Topo Survey included. Must close by 12/15/17 for $109,900 price.
7 Bobcat Ln. Gorgeous curb appeal
25 Silver Oak Dr. View, condition,
privacy, location & price! 2005 home is stunning w/custom kitchen/stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop w/downdraft, 2 prep sinks, convection oven, list goes on! Gorgeous wrap around porch, 2 M Suites & a finished garage like no other! One of the nicest MBR you will find. Want more? 2 fireplaces, beautiful wood & tile flooring, slate deck off the top floor master and first class quality throughout. Offered for sale for $624,000.
239 Jonesville Rd. Gorgeous marsh and water views from nearly every room. Enjoy nearly an acre of land w/ private dock and custom boat lift w/ power and water. Custom kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, gas range and great natural light. Beautiful wood flooring, smooth ceilings, built ins and plenty of custom features throughout. Enjoy your Low Country front porch or sit out back on the large deck and take it all in. Underneath: Work shop, game room, hobby room and more! $769,000
Due to Mr. Rick Saba and his team, we had an awesome experience selling our home. Carolina Realty Group was very professional and attentive. Mr. Saba and his team were able to get our home sale ready - repairs, paint, etc. and go through the whole selling process while being 1000 miles away from Bluffton, South Carolina! To top it all off the home was ready for sale within a week and was sold in 3 days!!! The Velazquez Family Texas 2017
Carolina Realty Group (843) 683-4701 Rick@TheBestAddressinTown.com www.RickSaba.com 2009 Realtor® of the Year Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors® 2005 President Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors®
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30 GULL POINT ROAD IN SEA PINES Great opportunity to be part of Gull Pt Assn with marina, kayak racks, Har-Tru tennis courts, children’s playground and less than a mile to the beach. Terrific marsh views! 2 car carport, 14 ft elev. Priced at lot value. $925,000
520 PLANTATION CLUB – SEA PINES Panoramic golf views of Atlantic Dunes golf course from the balcony of this 2 BR, 2 BA Plantation Club villa located on the second floor. On-site pool, walk to the beach and the new Plantation Club Clubhouse. Owner occupied & in meticulous condition.
25 BAYNARD COVE ROAD This unique waterfront home offers the best of Sea Pines with its private dock, pool, 4 bedrooms, screen porch and a short walk to the beach. $1,450,000
1468 SOUND VILLA Enjoy beautiful Calibogue Sound views from the deck of this 4 BR South Beach home. This home has been refurbished and includes a family room, fireplace, updated kitchen and baths, 1-car garage. $949,000 furnished
21 OAKMAN BRANCH — LONG COVE CLUB One of the last exceptional lots available in Long Cove Club. Views of the 12th green out to the Broad Creek. Private gated golf community with first class amenities including boat dockage. $350,000
891 KETCH COURT – SEA PINES Extensive remodel with smooth ceilings, new cabinets, baths, kitchen, furniture this 3 bedroom/3 bath townhome is on the top two floors of the mid rise building. Great rental history, turn key condition. $359,000 Furnished.
Sea Pines Real Estate is the #1 Ranked Company in Sea Pines sales today, yesterday and since 1957. Through July 2017, Sea Pines Real Estate sold over $117 million for a 37.48% market share. This is more than the volume of the next 4 firms combined!!!
Check out Ann, Betty or Ingrid’s website for access to all listings in multiple list and to view background, qualifications and testimonials. They have been selling for Sea Pines for more than 25 years each and are in the top 7% for production among Realtors island wide. If you are considering a move, please call for a customized marketing proposal!
Owning a Vacation Property Should be fun! A vacation home should not feel like work when you rent it. Hilton Head Properties R and R provides property owners with property management, creative rental marketing, concierge guest services and the most proactive maintenance program available on the Island. Our clients and guests enjoy exceptional customer service for all types of properties. We are proud of the following reasons why we have been chosen by others. It is our hope that you will consider visiting with us. Established: Hilton Head Properties R and R was established in 2014 by long time Islanders with solutions to high commissions and poor maintenance. With over 100 properties now in our portfolio, this has been very well received. World Class Marketing: Hilton Head Properties R and Râ€™s marketing programs include several dozen websites, social media, VRBO sites, and aggressive email campaigns to a growing audience of 80,000 per month. Wonderful Vacation Planners: Our vacation planners take great care of your rental guests before, during and after their stay. Concierge Services: Concierge and ready to serve! We offer beach yoga, private chefs, historical tours, golf packages, tennis and bikes. Accountability: We know how important your money is and our accounting team makes sure the numbers all add up. You will have access to a private portal to follow all the reservations and income. Proactive Maintenance: We take pride in our proactive maintenance programs! After all, we do not like surprises when you or a vacation guest is visiting. We do the work so you donâ€™t have to! Bottom line: We care for some of the best properties on the Island and treat them like our own. We now have three offices to better serve you: 12 New Orleans Road, Real Estate and Rentals 14 Wimbledon Court, Model at Ocean Palms 50 Starfish Road, Newest location at Sea Cloisters
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We invite your inquiries! In choosing Hilton Head Properties R and R as your management partner, our goal is to make it enjoyable for you to own vacation rental property. We would welcome the opportunity to custom design a rental platform for you. Thank you.
Hilton Head Properties R and R Darcey Sundling Property Manager/Partner Rental@HHPRandR.com
For real estate information, please call 843-785-7111 or visit www.HiltonHeadRealEstateNews.com
15 Beachside Drive Ocean View, 4 BR 4 BA Sea Pines | $1,075,000
1916 South Beach Club Villa Oceanfront, 3 BR 2.5 BA Sea Pines | $825,000
2 Surf Scoter Road Ocean Oriented, 4 BR 4 BA Sea Pines | $799,000
1887 Beachside Tennis Ocean View, 2 BR 2 BA Sea Pines | $725,000
47 Harbour Passage East Marsh View, 3 BR 2.5 BA Windmill Harbour | $699,000
6 Rice Lane Wooded View, 4 BR 3 BA Sea Pines | $649,000
151 Otter Road Wooded View, 4 BR 3 BA Sea Pines | $519,000
16 Sandfiddler Road Golf View, 3 BR 3 BA Sea Pines | $489,000
107 Beachwalk Villas Lagoon View, 2 BR 2 BA Shipyard | $310,000
24 Market Place Drive Golf View, Full Lot Port Royal | $189,500
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20 Gunnery Lane Lagoon View, 4 BR 3 BA Sea Pines | $779,000
Wooded View, 3 BR 2.5 BA
9 Gunnery Lane
Sea Pines | $639,000
11 Muirfield Road Golf View, 4 BR 4 BA Sea Pines | $599,000
48 Coligny Villas Pool View, 3 BR 2.5 BA Sea Pines | $249,000
1671 Bluff Villas Landscape View, Studio/1 BA Sea Pines | $239,000
River View, 6 BR, 5.5 BA Sea Pines | $799,000
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A Realtor Who Is More Than Just A Marketing Campaign! Top Listing and/or Selling Agent 31 out of 38 Years with Dunes Real Estate
THE KEN OLIVER WAY Staying current with industry trends is second nature to Ken Oliver. He understands that over 95% of today’s clients are high-tech savvy and often use the Internet for their initial home search. So after you’ve done your homework, there’s Ken Oliver to step in and take over with his A+ real estate game. Yes, you get the smart
online and offline marketing campaigns, that’s a given. But you get even more with Ken the person, who listens, strategizes and skillfully guides buyers and sellers to meaningful sales results with comfortable ease. Not because it’s his job, it’s his privilege. Why wait? Call Ken today. You’ll be glad you did!
For more information Text 4513639 to 843-547-0131
462 Captains Walk Fabulous Coastal Chic 3BR, 3BA w/direct oceanfront views! Pristine & newly renovated, private end unit, full natural light all day. Never occupied since new transformation. New porcelain plank tile throughout & freshly painted throughout, new kitchen w/Quartz countertops, shaker cabinets & SS appliances, smooth ceilings. Totally accessorized and turnkey ready. Handicap accessible w/ramp up to your front door. No elevator or steps. $879,500
For more information go to www.palmettodunesrental.com
908 Inverness Villa Incredible panoramic golf & lagoon views from this sought after 3BR/3BA townhome w/over 2,000 s/f, oversize deck w/steps down to the lagoon, perfect for your morning coffee or afternoon BBQ, open floor plan, super master suite w/private balcony & tremendous views. Inverness offers 3 private tennis courts/lagoon front pool. Short walk to the beach & Palmetto Dunes world class amenities. Rentals over $36,000/ yr. $449,000
For more information text 4451068 to 843-547-0131
103 Ft. Howell Drive Absolutely gorgeous custom built home w/4,059 heated s/f. This home has fabulous private water to golf views, incredible open floor plan with 3 BR, 4.5 BA + huge flex bonus room/in-law suite, soaring ceilings, walls of windows, gas log fireplace, gourmet eat-in kitchen, beautiful master suite w/private covered patio with views that will take your breath away…and the list goes on. $779,000
Ken’s 2016 Honors
• Dunes Real Estate's Listing Agent of the Year, 2016 • Dunes Real Estate's Selling Agent of the Year, 2016 • Dunes Real Estate's Top Producer, 2016 • Top Listing and/or Selling Agent 31 out of 38 Years for Dunes Real Estate • 38 Years of Stability/Knowledge/ 843.816.0167 cell Experience with Dunes Real Estate 843.842.0816 office • 40-Year Island Resident 866.842.0816 toll-free
866-319-0687 fax Ken-Oliver.com Ken@Ken-Oliver.com
For more information text 4283390 to 843-547-0131
1501 Villamare Best views in Palmetto Dunes! Villamare’s 5th floor Oceanfront Penthouse with direct panoramic oceanfront views. Oceanfront views from every room. Nicely updated kitchen & baths, 2 private balconies, new HVAC. Villamare boasts an onsite health club, indoor & ocean front pools. Walk to everything: golf, tennis, restaurants, canoe/bike rentals, spas, general store. $859,000
Brand New Homes in Sea Pines! Call for floorplans and pricing.
Call Lancaster Real Estate for Floorplans and Pricing on New Homes in Sea Pines currently in various stages of construction.
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SEA PINES REAL ESTATE AT THE BEACH CLUB WWW. BEACHCLUBREALESTATE .COM 111 WINDSOR PLACE 1 VILLAS – PALMETTO DUNES
2 NIGHTHAWK STREET – FOREST BEACH
6 OSPREY STREET – NORTH FOREST BEACH
1st floor Oceanfront Villa, 1Br 2Ba end unit with views overlooking ocean and pool courtyard area. Nice large balcony, end unit with over 1000 sq ft. New kitchen appliances as of 2013. This is one of the brighter and bigger one bedrooms offered. Well maintained with gross rentals for 2016 $30,000.00.
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath turnkey home located 3rd row from the ocean. Open floor plan with fireplace, beautiful back deck and outdoor environment area with pool. Plenty of parking with good elevation. Great rentals! Gross rentals 2016 is $32,200 and to date for 2017 $20,800.
MLS #362195 $849,000
MLS #354535 $420,000
UNDER CONTRACT IN 3 DAYS! Unique home at the beach. 4BR, 4 BA, PLUS an office and bonus room. Ocean view from upstairs deck. This 5th row home is highly maintained. 3100 sf of living and fenced yard with room for pool. 2 out buildings for storage and/or pool bar. This brick/stucco home has a metal roof, inviting courtyard and in very private setting. Remodeled in 2006.
MLS #365518 $759,000
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101 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD #2207 – SEA PINES
4 TWIN PINES ROAD | SEA PINES – GOLF VIEWS
12 TWIN PINES ROAD | SEA PINES – GOLF VIEWS
Spacious one level home updated and enlarged with new kitchen, bathrooms, and many custom features in 2009. Perfect for entertaining, this wonderful home features 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, great room with high ceilings and fireplace, dining room, gourmet eat- in kitchen, den, office, and oversized 2 car garage. Room for a pool overlooking the Heron Point golf course. Recently staged and re-landscaped!
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Excellent beachside location, stroll to South Beach Marina, Salty Dog, shops, restaurants. This is a hot rental street that families love. Award-winning internationally known Hilton Head was recently chosen the #1 island in the U.S. Possible renovation or build your dream house here. Owner OSCREA. A fine value.
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TIPS TO HELP
teens manage stress BY BECCA EDWARDS
hile working on the thesis for my master’s degree, I followed a group of 13- to 16-year-olds for two years. I was astonished by the amount of stress affecting their young lives. Talking to them, as well as to specialists, teachers and parents, and taking from my own experience as a mother, I identified five stress management tips that parents of teens should know. WALK THERAPY When my daughter Ransom turned 10, she became a tween seemingly overnight — complete with mood swings and a reluctance to share her feelings with me. I had read an article about therapists taking counseling sessions to the park rather than the office and decided to give it a try. Our first walk therapy session began quietly, with mostly small talk, but it quickly moved into a discussion of the major factors that were stressing her out. Now we walk at least twice a week for 30 minutes to an hour. Sometimes she has issues she wants to work out, and other times we brainstorm about fun project ideas — like the short stories we are co-writing for her sisters’ Christmas presents. MEDITATION This is another activity you can do with your children, or you can teach them the basics and let them try it on their own. If your kids are into technology, a meditation app like Headspace might get them excited about the idea, but you can also start simply by sitting in a quiet spot and breathing or doing what I call the “be meditation.” Be meditation • Find a comfortable seated or reclined position. • Make sure all electronics are turned off and there are no distractions like inquisitive pets nearby. • Close your eyes and bring your focus inward. • Develop a deep, steady breath in which the inhales originate from the navel and the entire chest inflates before exhaling from the nose. • Inhale, thinking the word “be.” •Exhale, thinking of an adjective you want to become, like happy or calm. • Remain here for five minutes.
DIET The age-old idiom “you are what you eat” applies to our children. Foods loaded with artificial flavors, preservatives and sugar are nutrient poor, inflammatory and negatively affect our children’s mood, sleep and mental clarity. Conversely, whole foods like vegetables, fruits and lean protein invigorate and nourish our children, allowing for better digestion and mental and physical performance. If your children are eating healthily, they’ll be better prepared to cope with stress. EXERCISE There is a ton of research about how exercise positively affects our mood and, due to the release of certain hormones and the detoxifying effect of sweating, exercise holistically reduces anxiety and depression. Encourage your children to play sports — which also helps with socializing — and to be active regularly, whether it is doing yoga in a studio, swimming in the ocean or biking to school. STRUCTURE Children want and need structure. Not overly committed calendars or parents ruling with an iron fist, but an actual framework that provides a sense of stability in the home. To provide this structure, parents should be consistent with rules and establish weekly rituals like Sunday brunch. M
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’Tis the Season of West Nile BY KIM KACHMANN
hey’re tiny and they’re everywhere. Early autumn and summer are prime months for mosquito breeding, a time when female mosquitoes seek blood meals to nourish their eggs — and when the risk of catching a mosquito-borne illness rises. Mosquitoes carrying diseases like West Nile and Zika used to be found only around the equator, but as temperatures rise around the world, the insects are able to survive farther north than they could before. Last summer, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported that an individual on Hilton Head Island tested positive for West Nile virus. DHEC partners with mosquito hunters across the state to help trap and identify mosquitoes carrying diseases that can be spread to humans. These experts recommend aerial spraying at night to kill infected mosquitoes and prevent the spread of dangerous viruses. Mosquitoes typically pick up viruses like West Nile and Zika after feeding on infected birds, usually crows. They pass the diseases on to people when they land on people and sting them to feed on the blood. Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease
MOSQUITOES TYPICALLY PICK UP VIRUSES LIKE WEST NILE AND ZIKA AFTER FEEDING ON INFECTED BIRDS, USUALLY CROWS.
p Mosquito larvae stages breathing at water’s surface through their air siphons. Raft of mosquito eggs resting on the surface of a garden pond.
Control and Prevention. Some people infected experience fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, sensitivity to light, occasional nausea and vomiting, and a rash. Less than 1 percent of people infected with West Nile develop encephalitis, a potentially fatal swelling of the brain. Most can treat the infection with rest, fluids and over-thecounter medicines for pain and inflammation. Those who experiences high fever, muscle weakness, confusion or severe headaches should see a doctor immediately, DHEC warns. West Nile season usually ends in early November. But warmer winters mean that more of these infected pests survive; the weather never gets cold enough to kill them. M
Aerial spraying for mosquitoes.
Reduce the Risk of West Nile Virus • Use insect repellent. • Remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs. • Wear protective clothing. • Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest. • Install or repair and use window and door screens. Do not leave doors propped open. Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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BE A SUPERHERO: Walk to Cure Tuberous Sclerosis
hloe Bredeson has come a long way since she was first diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex in 2010. When she was 3, the Bluffton girl began experiencing seizures. Doctors traced them to the genetic disease, which causes tumors to grow in the vital organs and is the leading genetic cause of epilepsy and autism. Experts say it affects about 1 million people worldwide. Doctors told Chloe’s parents, Amy and Matt Bredeson, about the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance as a resource to help them learn more about the disease and connect with other families and find the best doctors. The group also works to lobby for new medications, which is how a chemotherapy drug called Afinitor was approved for use in 2010. Chloe began taking the drug in 2012, and it has reduced the size of her brain tumor, helped control her seizures and dramatically reduced the number of cysts in her kidneys — all caused by TSC. To give back to the organization, the Bredesons decided to hold a Step Forward to Cure TSC walk, one of the group’s major fundraisers and held in more than 30 cities across the U.S. The Bredesons’ fourth annual walk kicks off at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head. Registration begins at 9 a.m., or participants can register in advance by going to stepforwardtocuretsc.org. There will be refreshments, kids’ activities, and entertainment by Crush Entertainment with DJ Crush. South Carolina Sen. Tom Davis is expected to speak about the use of CBD oil to treat epilepsy. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes to match the event’s theme. The walk is free, but donations to benefit the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance are appreciated. For more information, contact Amy Bredeson at 843-2902741 or email@example.com. M 154 hiltonheadmonthly.com
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Hilton Head Island mayor David Bennett led the Step Forward to Cure TSC walk with Bluffton resident Chloe Bredeson and friends in 2016. This year’s superhero-themed walk is Oct. 7.
National experts coming to HHI to present new adult stem cell research findings Two experts in the field of stem cell research will give a presentation titled “Adult Stem Cells: Medicine of the Future”on Oct. 5 at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island in Shipyard Plantation. Presenters Keith March and Anthony Atala will discuss stem cell research and recent advances that promise to bring a better quality of life to many patients. March is the director of the Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine and the VA Center for Regenerative Medicine, both at Indiana Dr. Keith March University Medical Center. He is a nationally and internationally recognized doctor who presents at scientific meetings worldwide. His research focuses on discovery and development of adult stem cell-derived therapies to treat acute and chronic diseases including COPD, heart failure, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and ALS. March has also served as the reviewer for numerous editorial boards and has 20 patents to his credit. In addition to his research, he has written dozens of manuscripts, text chapters and books. He is a professor in the departments of medicine, cellular and integrated physiology as well as biomedical engineering at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Atala’s research focuses on using cells for various human therapies, including the creation of tissues and Dr. Anthony Atala organs. He is the director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as well as the W. Boyce professor and chairman of urology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the field of regenerative medicine. His work has been listed twice in Time magazine’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year. He has edited 12 books, published more than 400 journal articles, and has applied for or received more than 200 national and international patents. Friends of the Children of Hilton Head is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Host committee for the event includes Sam Boyd, Sally Cardamone, Charlie Clark, Adelaide Corkern, Hilary Drammis, Elizabeth Hancock, Susan Ochsner, Terri Rice and Kelly Ruhlin. For more information, contact Hancock at 843-301-9090 or elizabethhancock14@ gmail.com. M
IF YOU GO What: “Adult Stem Cells: Medicine of the Future” Where: Sonesta Resort When: Oct. 5. Hors d’oeuvres and open bar start at 5:30 p.m. Lecture followed by a question and answer period from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $75. Make checks payable to The Friends of the Children of Hilton Head and mail to 37 Spanish Pointe Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 For more information: 843-301-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lowcountry Love BY ROBYN PASSANTE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JO RACKLIFF
hen you grow up surrounded by the beauty of the Lowcountry, your life’s backdrop is already the perfect wedding setting. And Halle Boni Keiffer knew it. “I didn’t want a ton of decorations,” the Bluffton native said of her May 27 nuptials to Nicholas Keiffer. “I’m very, very simple, I just wanted lots of natural stuff. I love the oak trees, the moss, the leaves. I love the blooming magnolia trees.” The high school sweethearts took advantage of all the Lowcountry has to offer at their outdoor wedding and reception, held at Maurene Plantation in Hardeeville on a 95-degree day with love in the air but, thankfully, no bugs in sight.
THE TWO FAMILIES WERE JOINED TOGETHER THROUGH A ROSE CEREMONY
For her big day, the bride wore a white fitand-flare Allure Bridal gown with a sweetheart neckline and lace and rhinestone details. “It gave me a modern-day Scarlett O’Hara feel, which is what I was going for,” she said of the dress, which she paired with a simple bouquet of greenery, light pink and white roses, and gold-tipped deer antlers — a personal touch that made perfect sense to the outdoorsy couple. “We both fish and hunt and do all kinds of stuff together,” Halle said. Her five bridesmaids wore light pink Bill Levkoff dresses of varying styles. “They each got to pick their own dress as long as it was the same color and as long as it was long,” said Halle of the trendy mismatched yet complementary bridesmaid look. “I wanted everyone to be comfortable
in what they were wearing.” The men complemented the ladies in navy suits with suspenders and bow ties, while the groom opted to stand out with a traditional necktie. The couple decided to wait until the ceremony to see each other that day, but the bride did a “first look,” of sorts, with her father – a touching moment she treasures. “I’m really glad I got to have that special moment with my dad, because he’s definitely my best friend,” she said. And as a sweet homage to her late paternal grandfather, Halle’s father parked his restored classic Ford pickup just within view of where the couple would say “I do.” The bright red beauty became a fun photo backdrop for guests throughout the evening, Halle says.
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To honor the groom’s side of the family, the couple read from Nick’s family Bible, which had been passed down through five generations. “Our faith is such a big part of our relationship, so it was very special,” Halle said. The two families were joined together through a rose ceremony, for which immediate family members on both sides were given roses to contribute to one combined bouquet. After the nuptials, guests were treated to a spread of Southern fare by Any Style Catering from Springfield, Georgia, which Halle said was a true highlight of the night. “We had hardly any food leftover, because the fried chicken was amazing,” she said. “We had people getting second and third plates.” In addition to fried chicken and sweet tea, the menu included a loaded mashed potato bar, green beans cooked in brown sugar and bacon, a beef carving station, mac and cheese and a salad bar.
I’M REALLY GLAD I GOT TO HAVE THAT SPECIAL MOMENT WITH MY DAD, BECAUSE HE’S DEFINITELY MY BEST FRIEND
Later, a two-tiered lemon blueberry cake by Wicked Cakes was served, along with cupcakes made by LaToya Grier of Ridgeland. After watching Halle and Nick’s first dance — to Brad Paisley’s “Then” — guests joined the happy couple on the dance floor for hours of fun. The bride said wedding planner Michelle Roberson with Improvisions of Grace in Savannah helped to make the day extra-special. “She was a life-saver for sure,” said Halle of Roberson, who did the flowers as well as coordinated the look and feel of the day. “I wish I could relive it over and over again.” M
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Elegance on a summer day
BY ROBYN PASSANTE
asey Witkowski and Joshua Tierney are proof that you can get married in the sweltering Hilton Head humidity of July and not regret it. â€œIt was a hot, sunny day, but we knew it was going to be, which is why we had everything inside that could be inside,â€? said Casey of her July 14 nuptials. Luckily, between gorgeous venues like Saint Andrew Chapel, where they tied the knot, and Callawassie Island Clubhouse, where they celebrated with friends and family afterward, the Lowcountry can be a beautifully cool place to wed year-round. The couple, who met as freshmen on the Bluffton High School cross-country team, chose the height of summer for its convenience, as the wedding was sandwiched between Casey finishing grad school and Josh starting med school.
THE OLDEST OF NINE, 22-YEAR-OLD CASEY HAS FOND MEMORIES OF EATING BRUNCH AT THE CALLAWASSIE CLUBHOUSE WITH HER GRANDPARENTS WHILE GROWING UP, SO SELECTING THAT SPACE AS THE RECEPTION VENUE ADDED A SWEET LAYER TO THE DAY’S FESTIVITIES. “It probably wouldn’t be my dream wedding month, but we didn’t want to just put it off for the sake of putting it off,” Casey said of planning the couple’s big day. The oldest of nine, 22-year-old Casey has fond memories of eating brunch at the Callawassie clubhouse with her grandparents while growing up, so selecting that space as the reception venue added a sweet layer to the day’s festivities. The large wedding party — seven bridesmaids, one junior bridesmaid and seven groomsmen — wore dusty purple gowns for the bridesmaids and light gray suits with wisteria bowties and pocket squares for the groomsmen. Casey’s elegant A-line David’s Bridal dress with tulle skirt, lace overlay and sparkly belt ensured all eyes were on her as she entered the chapel for the full Catholic Mass and wedding celebration that afternoon. September 2017 161
Photos by Janet Powell Silly Goose Photography
KICKING OFF THE NIGHT WITH THE NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE’S FIRST DANCE TO “PERFECT” BY ED SHEERAN. The groom’s great-uncle, a Catholic priest who lives in New York, presided over the ceremony, which opened with a reading in Japanese by the groom’s uncle, who had flown in from Japan for the wedding. The couple also involved their grandmothers, who brought the gifts for Communion. After the ceremony, the wedding party was taken by limo to Callawassie, stopping at the Callawassie Sugar Works ruins for photos with Janet Powell of Silly Goose Photography. “She had taken our prom pics, so it was nice to have someone that we were so comfortable with already,” Casey said. After a cocktail hour, the couple treated their guests to a traditional sit-down dinner of salmon or chicken or a vegetarian option, along with an open bar. Don Scott with Hilton Head Entertainment served as DJ and emcee for the evening, kicking off the night with the newly married couple’s first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. Another sweet moment on the dance floor came when Josh danced with his mother to The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” “It was really sweet because he said The Beatles stuck out to him because when his mom moved to the U.S. from
Japan, she listened to a lot of Beatles music to learn English,” Casey said. As they danced, Josh reminded his mother of the memory, which choked her up. “Everyone was pretty touched by that.” Publix made the four-tiered chocolate and vanilla wedding cake, which the guests used to fuel up for all the dancing they did. “I was worried not enough people would dance, but really everyone was dancing,” Casey said. Before long it was time to say goodbye to their guests, as the couple headed to Savannah and a 6 a.m. honeymoon flight the next day to Saint Lucia. As soon as their honeymoon was over, Casey and Josh moved to their first place together, in North Carolina, where the bride just started a job in Charlotte and the groom began medical school in Spartanburg. When it came to juggling such hectic changes and planning the wedding, the couple said Maggie Denison, Callawassie Island Club’s director of events, was a big help. “Everything just went so much smoother than we thought,” Casey said. “We both said we didn’t expect to have as much fun as we did.” M
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Creativity Nature Fall Wedding Trends
BY ROBYN PASSANTE
he humidity may be starting to dissipate (or will soon, we promise!), but love is always in the air on Hilton Head Island. The area’s natural beauty, endless amenities and upscale resorts and clubhouses offer brides and grooms from near and far the perfect place to get hitched. No matter where you’ll be standing when you say “I do,” there are tons of trends to take into consideration — or just use as inspiration — that shift a bit from season to season. Here are some of the top wedding trends for fall 2017 to help create the vision for your perfect “first day married!” celebration. Congratulations and have fun making your day as magical as your love! Continues on page 166
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ROMANCING THE DRESS Wedding dress designers have been amping up the romance with lots of Chantilly lace embellishments, tulle skirts and sparkly brooches and rhinestones. If you’re into something a bit edgier, try adding a touch of black via a satin belt or sexy choker. And while traditional white will always be tops, look for gowns in gorgeous light blue hues in coming months, too.
MISMATCHED ’MAIDS Matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses are elegant, traditional … and completely unnecessary. Today’s brides are opting for a mismatched look. Either go with the same designer and color but allow your attendants to pick dresses that suit their style and body types, or select the same fabric and a specific color family — different shades of blue, for example, or all jewel tones — and let your besties make your wedding party a truly unique yet coordinated affair. COLORS Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, is Millenial Pink showing up on tablescapes and in wedding C: 0 M: 24 party attire as tons of brides seem to be Y: 7 going green by using lots of, well, greenery K:0 in bouquets, centerpieces and cakes. The top color this fall, though, is pink — so popular it’s sometimes referred to as “Millennial pink.” From satiny pink shoes for the bride to pink flowers, pink place cards and spiked pink lemonade cocktails, this soft, romantic hue has staying power. 166 hiltonheadmonthly.com
SHAPE SHIFTING Who says math is boring? Geometric wedding design has found its way into virtually every aspect of the big day, from geometric backdrops and arbors to triangular place cards, oddly angled lighting fixtures and even plates and stemware that are anything but round.
FOOD + DRINK The late-night snack is now a regular wedding reception feature, not so much the special extra that it used to be. While greasy fast food options like sliders and fries are always crowd pleasers, couples are also leaning toward more early-morning options like gourmet mini Pop-Tarts, fresh doughnuts, funnel cakes or fun cereal selections with a variety of milk options. For both the drink and dinner menus, wedding pros are turning to mixologists and more innovative caterers to “wow” wedding guests and their palates with unusual flavor combinations.
PAW PATROL Couples are in love not just with each other but also with their pets, and more pooches are making their way up the aisle to witness their “parents” tying the knot. Whether you want your dog to be a ring bearer or just be part of the day’s formal family portraits, there is a ton of cute wedding day apparel out there for pups of all sizes. And be sure to pamper your pooch with a good grooming before the big day. Continues on page 168 September 2017 167
FLOWERS Pantone’s Greenery color is also fostering a “fresh from the garden” trend, seen in loosely styled, hand-tied bouquets. Ecoconscious brides, meanwhile, are opting for in-season locally grown flowers, simple wildflowers, succulents or even dried flowers. And greenery crowns and real flowers in a bride’s hair and on the cake are popular as well.
FOOD AS FAVORS Giving food as a favor isn’t new — anyone who’s ever had pastel-colored Jordan almonds can attest to that. But what’s trending in the food-as-favors realm is the idea of sending your guests off with a bit of breakfast for their early-morning flights (or late-night cravings). Gourmet cereal bars or granola, locally roasted coffee, biscuits and local honey or tiny jars of homemade jam can all be the perfect presents for your guests to remember you by.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Richard Wagner’s “Here Comes the Bride” wedding march will always be the classic accompaniment for the bride’s smilepopping walk up the aisle, but many couples are mixing it up with more contemporary alternatives that speak to their unique love story or just add a bit of fun. A few ideas: “Give You My Lovin’”
by Mazzy Star
by Jack Johnson
“Dog Days are Over”
by Florence + The Machine
“Something About Your Love”
by The Paper Kites
“This Feeling” by Alabama Shakes
by Mason Jennings
“Wild Horses” by The Sundays
“Here Comes My Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys M
DO YOU KNOW A FEARLESS GIRL? This month’s contest is a little more serious, but still fun: we’re showcasing “Fearless Girls” who live in the Lowcountry. Kristen Visbal’s iconic bronze sculpture in Manhattan’s Financial District depicts a girl staring down the Wall Street bull. It
was installed on March 7, 2017 (the day before International Women’s Day). With her hands in fists on her hips and her chin lifted defiantly, Fearless Girl is a symbol of bravery in our uncertain times. And it has inspired many to adopt the same pose.
Submit a photo of your fearless girl on our Facebook page and tell us in 50 words or less why she should win. To enter, a trip to New York City isn’t necessary—snap a picture anywhere. We’ll post the photos on Facebook and readers will pick the one that most resembles “Fearless Girl.” Deadline for submissions is Sept. 10. Vote on Facebook from Sept. 11-15. Submit photos to contest@hiltonheadmonthly. com.
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Experience history by bike or trolley TOUR THE ISLAND’S CELEBRATED LANDMARKS OCT. 14 BY BARRY KAUFMAN
ucked away among live oak branches dripping with Spanish moss, Baynard Mausoleum has stood guard over Hilton Head Island for more than a century. From its central position on the hallowed grounds of Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, it has witnessed the island’s transformation from a rural community to a residential and resort paradise. The mausoleum and cemetery — the final resting place of some of Hilton Head’s first inhabitants and settlers — are part of a network of landmarks documenting the island’s history: the Leamington Lighthouse, which still stands as it did when Union soldiers set up camp around it during the Civil War; a centuryold steam cannon built to defend the island during the SpanishAmerican War, today reduced to piles of rubble; spires of tabby marking the sites of former plantation homes, testament to the long-gone practice of slavery. These spots are tangible reminders
of the past, tracing the island’s journey through conflict, growth and prosperity. On Oct. 14, more than 20 local organizations will bring this past to life. By trolley or bike, criss-cross the island on one of four tours celebrating Hilton Head Island History Day and focusing on different aspects of its storied legacy. “The island has a fascinating history, with stories around every corner,” said Heritage Library executive director Linda Piekut, one of the key organizers of the event. “To be able to share them in this unique format is a real treat for us and for attendees.” By Bike Every half hour from 9 to 10:30 a.m., guided bike tours will leave Mitchelville Beach Park. Over a rigorous 3.5-mile ride, learn more about the island’s military history with stops at the ruins of several forts and the steam gun. More relaxed 2.5-mile guided
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH Morning & Afternoon Guided Bike Tours
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Morning & Afternoon Guided Trolley Tours
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Plus, join us for an Historic Lowcountry Dinner at an Historic Lowcountry Place, Saturday night at Hudsons! Tours leave from Mitchelville Beach Park, Coastal Discovery Museum and Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks. Lunch available for purchase from Melly Mel’s at Honey Horn. 170 hiltonheadmonthly.com
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Visit HeritageLib.org or CoastalDiscovery.org for tour times, departure locations and detailed information.
Reservations are required for the Oct. 14 tours and dinner. bike tours will leave Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks every half hour from 1 to 2:30 p.m., focusing on native islander history, the island’s agricultural roots and the role area waterways played in the island’s development. Bike tours are $15 a person and helmets are required. The morning tour is for riders ages 12 and older; the afternoon tour is open to those ages 10 and older. By Trolley Looking to experience the island without the exercise? Morning trolley tours will depart at 9 and 9:30 a.m. from the Coastal Discovery Museum and focus on Hilton Head’s military history, with stops at area forts, Zion Cemetery, the Leamington Lighthouse and the Shelter Cove Community Park’s Veterans Memorial. The afternoon trolley tour leaves at 1 and 1:30 p.m. from the Coastal Discovery Museum and takes a similar route, with additional stops at Barker Field’s antebellum structures and historic Mitchelville, the first self-governed town for freed slaves. Trolley tours are $25 a person and follow a 3.5-hour “stay with your trolley” format. By Food Melly Mel’s will be serving up barbecue, seafood, wings and other treats from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coastal Discovery Museum, and the day will culminate with a Lowcountry boil at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, an iconic Hilton Head restaurant, from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinner will include food, drinks and a performance by the Mt. Calvary Inspirational Dancers. The dinner is $35 for adults and $15 for children, and a cash bar will be available.
For more information or to reserve, go to hhihistoryday.eventbrite.com About the Heritage Library The Heritage Library Foundation, Inc. is Hilton Head Island’s non-profit history and genealogy research library. The library houses about 6,000 books related to genealogy, and several subscription databases available to patrons. The history department creates presentations for the community about various historical topics and eras, and conducts research on the history of Hilton Head Island. In 2005, the library merged with the Hilton Head Historical Society and assumed ownership of two historically significant properties on the island. Ft. Mitchel is an earthwork Civil War fort that was built in 1861/2 by the Union forces that had captured the island in November 1861. They built the fort to blockade the Carolina and Florida coastline from Confederate ships. Strategically located at the entrance of Port Royal Sound, Ft. Mitchel protected the Seabrook coaling stations. Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery is a post-Revolutionary War cemetery and site of a Chapel of Ease established in 1788. The site also includes the Baynard Mausoleum, built in 1846, which is the oldest existing building on the island. The cemetery is the only planters’ cemetery on the island and has the markers for four Revolutionary War veterans. M
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Hudsons, The Sailing & Rowing Center, Amelia White Cemetery, Greens Shell Park, The Cotton Hope Tabby Ruins, the Gullah Museum and Fort Mitchel
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Designed for Success HILTON HEAD NATIVE TURNS HER LOVE OF JEWELRY INTO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
BY AMY COYNE BREDESON
s a child, Selina King loved playing “dress up” with her mother’s 1970s-era costume jewelry and the fine jewelry her father made for the family businesses. The chunky, hammered pieces; the oversized chandelier earrings; the cocktail rings; the stones and the crystals all made her feel beautiful. Those pieces — and the people who owned them — inspired the Hilton Head Island native to create her own line of jewelry to help other women feel beautiful. Half Native American and half Sephardic Jew, King’s style is true to her heritage. No doubt her inspiration comes from a combination of her childhood in the Lowcountry; her father, Teddy King, was a self-taught jeweler, and her mother, Sheila King, ran Hilton Head’s first crystal shop, Crystals ‘N’ Things in Coligny Plaza. Teddy died in 1997, and Sheila is now a licensed professional counselor on Hilton Head. “I’ve always been around it,” King said of jewelry. “The passion was there, so I’ve always had the dream to make this collection.”
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Photo by Lloyd Wainscott
Hilton Head jewelry designer Selina King models a pair of earrings she made.
At the age of 38, King has turned her passion into a successful business, Selina King Jewelry. She and her husband, well-known tattoo artist Gavan Daly, split their time between New York City and Hilton Head. Daly, known to many as Knarly Gav, is a former member of the popular local bluegrass band Lowcountry Boil and still sits in with the band on occasion. King, who graduated from Hilton Head Island High School in 1996, moved to New York City to study at Parsons School of Design at the age of 18, then started a career in the fashion industry. But her heart was always in jewelry, so she decided to leave fashion and focus on her true love. She began making modern jewelry out of vintage pieces, selling her first pair of earrings to a friend, who then hosted a trunk show for her. It turned out people really liked her work. King later decided she wanted to get into metalsmithing, and apprenticed with master metalsmiths in Georgia, South Carolina and California. King and Daly share a studio in Brooklyn, where she designs and handcrafts jewelry, and he tattoos clients who come from far and wide. She also has a studio on Hilton Head. King works with 14-karat gold, sterling silver and brass, as well as natural gemstones such as lapis, moonstone, clear quartz and turquoise.
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THE PASSION WAS THERE, SO Iâ€™VE ALWAYS HAD THE DREAM TO MAKE THIS COLLECTION.
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She has worked with Italian Vogue, L’uomo Vogue, Elle Magazine, British Glamour, Dolce and Gabbana, Diane Von Furstenburg and Lacoste, as well as fashion stylists Giovanna Battaglia and Joanne Blades and fashion photographers Greg Kadel and Terry Richardson. She has also styled celebrities, including MaryKate and Ashley Olsen, Bruce Springsteen, Rachel Weisz and Chloe Sevigny. But the outgoing and energetic artist doesn’t let that success go to her head. She is loyal to the community that made her what she is today and has quite a following in the Lowcountry, where Selina King Jewelry can be found at Birdie James in Shelter Cove Towne Centre, at trunk shows, at the annual Mayfest in Bluffton and online at www. selinaking.com. King loves the process of creating jewelry. What starts out as a piece of wire is transformed into something powerful — a tool that can bring confidence and joy to her customers. “There’s a peace that comes with it,” King said about her work. “I love creating things that people can wear that make them feel beautiful.” M
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CULTURE Children decide whether they really want to jump into a barrel of grapes in their bare feet and jump up and down for the grape-stomping contest.
The festival on Sept. 16 will be full of family photo ops.
Italian-American Festival returns to Honey Horn BY CARMEN HAWKINS DECECCO PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB OF HILTON HEAD
alva la data,” or save the date — those crazy Italians are back. The eighth annual Italian Heritage Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, and this year the club has something big to celebrate: Hilton Head Island has a new sister city in Italy. Thanks to a group effort by Richard Collins, who represented Verona, Italy; professor Bob LeFavi of Armstrong University in Savannah; John DeCecco, president of the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head; Hilton Head Island Mayor David Bennett and the Hilton Head Island Town Council, the island earlier this year entered into a sister-city partnership the Old World city that inspired Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Verona is steeped in centuries of culture, and the city of the Montagues and Capulets will now partner with Hilton Head for exchange student programs, travel tours, cultural festivals and more. 176 hiltonheadmonthly.com
VIVA ITALIA! WHAT: Eighth annu al Italian Heritage Festival WHERE: Coastal D iscovery Museum at Honey Horn WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 COST: $6; childre n under 10 get in free and parkin g is free
But you don’t need to travel to Verona to experience the best of Italy; get a taste of “la bella vita” at the Honey Horn during the Italian Heritage Festival. The Italian-American Club will throws this party as a nod to the annual Feast of San Gennaro, started by immigrants 90 years ago in New York City's Little Italy to honor the patron saint of Naples. At the Hilton Head festival, food tents will serve up everything from handmade meatballs and cannoli to gelato and shaved ice. Plenty of pizza and wine will be available, and the homemade zeppoles — an Italian pastry of sugartopped bites of fried dough — are guaranteed to sell out. In addition to delicious Italian food, festivalgoers can enjoy live music and partake in other activities like cooking demonstrations, bocce ball, grape stomping and a pizzaeating competition. M
IACHH President John DeCecco (2nd from left) and Festival chairman Paul Caimano (3rd from left) attempt to belt out something more than “…pizza pie, that’s amore…” with Chef Gary (far left) and Larry Tannelly (far right). September 2017 177
Latino food festival has a heart for health BY JOE DISTELHEIM
t’s not clear if the expression “pay it forward” translates to a similar Spanish idiom, but its meaning transcends language. Someone does something nice for you, and in turn, you do something nice for someone else. In this case, a lot of someone elses. Many members of the Lowcountry’s Latino community have found help with health care over the years from Hilton Head Island’s Volunteers in Medicine. And so, over the years, the Hispanic community has given back, raising money so that more people — of every ethnicity — can receive the medical, dental and preventive services care they need. And so, on Oct. 1, the larger Lowcountry community will have a part in this effort. For the third year, the Latino Food Festival will be at Shelter Cove Community Park, featuring homemade Latin American cuisine, music, a play area for kids and a fun family atmosphere. All the food is cooked by local residents and donated to the festival, with all proceeds going to Volunteers in Medicine — paying it forward at every level. Two years ago, the festival inaugurated the then-new park at Shelter Cove. Since then, the event has gotten bigger each year; in 2016, the festival raised $33,000. But its roots go farther back. Years ago, an informal group of friends became Latinos Unidos, bent on raising money to help one sick child. It was a small-scale enterprise: a garage sale
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here, a car wash there, food, a raffle. As the fundraising grew, so did the group’s mission. Organizers decided to turn their efforts into help for VIM, which was providing vital services for many of their families and neighbors. After five years of small-scale food festivals, the group took on VIM as a partner and helper. Now, with its central location, the event has become a significant annual event for Hilton Head, one that draws not only Latinos but many from the community at large. People bring lawn chairs and blankets, sit at picnic tables or just stroll, listening to bands, enjoying folkloric dancing and tasting food representing many Latin American countries, prepared by volunteer cooks in their own kitchens. Nena Balzola, office manager at VIM, is the liaison between the clinic and the Latino community. She was involved with Latinos Unidos from the beginning, giving her a unique appreciation for the relationship. The festival, she says, “allows many people to give back for such a good cause — this way, everyone feels good and knows their actions are helping others.” She and roughly 20 others form the core of the Latinos Unidos group and coordinate the planning of the festival. One key person is Miriam Hernandez, whose seriously
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THE LATINO COMMUNITY TO GIVE BACK TO AN ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS THEM AND HELPS MEET THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS. – Nancy Sulek VIM development officer
ill nephew was the impetus for the fundraising project that’s grown out of one family’s need. “I hope this festival is going to be recognized not for the money, but for the heart,” she likes to say. It’s a partnership that makes sense for all involved. “The importance of this event is not only to share a cultural experience of music and food with the entire community, but to allow the Latino community to give back to an organization that supports them and helps meet their health care needs,” says VIM development officer Nancy Sulek. Volunteers in Medicine, established on Hilton Head almost 25 years ago, has become a model for nearly 100 similar clinics across the country, as reported on a recent segment on NBC’s national evening news. VIM provides free medical, dental, mental health, vision and prescription drug care for people who live or work on Hilton Head and Daufuskie islands and who don’t have the means or insurance to afford private care. Last year, VIM had more than 30,000 patient visits. The majority of the group’s staff is unpaid. Its more than 600 volunteer physicians, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, social workers and lay persons represent 23 medical specialties and operate five disease management clinics for patients with chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension. The clinic’s expenses are paid for by donations or grants. Or by events like the Latino Food Festival. M September 2017 179
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This popular annual fundraising event makes collectors out of art enthusiasts. Each $100 ticket provides two guests admissions, participation in a random drawing and guarantees one original piece of art. See details on page 185 or go to artleaguehhi.org.
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SEPTEMBER CALENDAR - Thursday, Sept. 7, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Free and open to the Public. Opening reception will include live music by Mitchell’s professional musician family members. Visit artleaguehhi. org, or call 843-681-5060.
AUG. 29 - SEPT. 23 Music Wafted Through the Trees, Exhibit By Nancy Mitchell: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 90 minutes before all Arts Center performances, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Mitchell’s clay sculpture and paintings will create an ode to musicians, as she is a proud wife and mother of local musicians. Opening Reception 180 hiltonheadmonthly.com
AUG. 31 - SEPT. 2 The Second City: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31- Saturday, Sept. 2, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Experience Chicago’s legendary comedy theater and an American treasure for over 50 years. Since its debut, The Second City has been a launching pad for comedians, actors, directors and others working in show business.
Suited for all ages. Tickets $45. Visit artshhi.com for tickets and information.
SEPT. 1 - 4 4th Annual Savannah Bacon Fest: Thursday, Sept. 1 - Monday, Sept. 4, Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, Savannah, GA. Get ready, bacon lovers, for select local restaurants to serve up all kinds of mouthwatering bacon creations. Head down to the river for a good time with live entertainment and all kinds of goodies! For more information about the Bacon Fest on River Street, go to the Savannah Waterfront Association website, riverstreetsavannah. com, and for further questions call them at 912-234-0295.
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SEPT. 2 Reggae on the River: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Celebrate Reggae in the Low Country while overlooking the beautiful May River. Reggae On The River will feature local artists and reggae bands of the Low Country. Additional entertainment will be a professional Disc Jockey, dancers, a domino tournament, and pepper eating contest. Bands will be Jah Movement of Sarasota, Florida, and Dean St. Hilaire of Hilton Head. In addition to the reggae bands there will be a variety of family and cultural activities including DJ’s, traditional Caribbean and Latin food, folkloric and carnival dancers, dance competition, arts crafts as well as plenty fun and games for kids. For more info Reggaeontheriversc.org
SEPT. 2 The Great American Summer Conclusion Cookout: 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head Island. Summer may be coming to an end, but at the Salty Dog Cafe good times are definitely not seasonal. From Chef Herb’s famous ribs and specialty burgers to ice cold beer and refreshing cocktails, summer never ends at South Beach. Visit saltydog.com or call 843-671-2233.
SEPT. 2 and 3 Labor Day Weekend Summer Finale Concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3, the Harbour at Shelter Cove, 4 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island. Summer culminates with a Caribbean concert featuring Shannon Tanner & the Oyster Reefers. Visit PalmettoDunes. com/ShelterCove for more information.
SEPT. 2-OCT. 29 Art Beyond Tradition Exhibition“Escape Artists”: 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 - Oct. 29, The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Reception with refreshments will be held Thursday, September 14, from 5 - 7 pm. Don’t miss this biennial exhibit of abstract art – art that grows out of the best art traditions of both western and eastern art, but which aims at pushing boundaries of the expected in unique ways. Visit coastaldiscovery.org for more information. September 2017 181
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Sept. 30 “ Lunch Time “ by Addison Palmer
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“An Evening of the Arts” The Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA) will celebrate its 35th “An Evening of the Arts” from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Colleton River Club in Bluffton. Original work donated by acclaimed professional artists, and arts packages designed to promote the Lowcountry’s diverse talent will be offered in live and silent auctions. While attendees dine and enjoy the breathtaking view, guest artists will perform with young local dancers. “ISCA is very excited to bring the bright new stars of Broadway to the island to work with the students in our schools and to entertain our gracious guests,” said ISCA president Veronica Tigges. Proceeds from this event fund the organization’s arts programs. Since 1971, the Island School Council for the Arts has provided nearly $2.5 million in funding for visual, performing and literary arts, supporting academic achievement and scholarship through arts education in all southern Beaufort County schools, both public and private. Some of the ISCA programs include Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions, Rising Star talent competition, student scholarships, teacher grants and artists’ residencies in schools. At the gala, winners of ISCA’s Rising Stars competition and members of Hilton Head Dance Theatre will perform with professionals. Auction items include art from celebrated artists from around the Southeast. Meet the artists at a reception from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Karis Art Gallery. Tickets are $175 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information call Patti Maurer at 843-686-3945 ext. 212, email pmaurer@ isca-online.org or go to isca-online.org/an-evening-of-the-arts. M 182 hiltonheadmonthly.com
Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 through Thursday, Sept. 7, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. (Performance added Sept. 5) For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. Each concert presents an exciting, showcase of The Eagles megahits. Tickets are $48. Contact the box office at 843-842-ARTS or tickets.artshhi.com
SEPT. 7 Sculptor Nancy Mitchell: “Music Wafted Through the Trees”: Opening reception, 5 p.m.7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Join the artist who will speak on the topic of Sculpture: from Concept to Completion. Call 843-681-5060 for more information, or visit artleaguehhi.org
SEPT. 9 Never Forget: A Writing Workshop for Those Who Served on the Front Lines and on the Home Front: 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Rd., Building 12, Beaufort. Presented by the Pat Conroy Literacy Center, Gold Star Daughter Karen Spears Zacharias, author of After the Flag Has Been Folded (William Morrow) and editorial panelist for Operation Homecoming (National Endowment of the Arts), examines the storytelling methods which honor the promise to “Never Forget.” For tickets and more information, visit patconroyliterarycenter.org
SEPT. 9 Nurture Nature Retreat & Wild Walk: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wild Walk 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. The
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public invited to join in learning how we can live more deeply, more connected, more in love with nature, including human nature, and nurture ourselves through nature. The Wild Walk will take place at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge located midway on the Hilton Head Island bridge. The fee for the two-part event is $10.00. More information including parking, recommended clothing, contact info is on Meetup at meetup.com/Bluffton-EnvironmentMeetup and at UULowcountry.org.
SEPT. 9 Crab Boil: 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head Island. You haven’t truly experienced fall in the South until you’ve been to the Crab Boil at the Salty Dog. From snow, dungeness and king crab legs to burgers paired with a beer, nothing beats a crisp fall afternoon with great food, live music, and fantastic marina views. Fun for the whole family with children’s entertainment and a special appearance by Jake the Salty Dog. Visit saltydog.com or call 843-671-2233.
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SEPT. 9 Sixth Annual Fix the Ferals Cut-A-Thon: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, September 9, TARA Salon of Hilton Head, 55 New Orleans Road The 6th-Annual Fix the Ferals Cut-A-Thon benefits Hilton Head Humane Association’s Feral Cat Program. Hilton Head Ice Cream will be on hand with sweet treats and prizes! Silent auction, raffle, and pet adoptions. For more information call 843-681-8686.
SEPT. 10 Norma Deal Presents “From Folk Art to Fine Art”: exhibit open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m.5 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Sept. 5- Oct. 1. , Society of Bluffton Artists, 6 Church St, Bluffton. Meet the artist at the opening reception, 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Deal is a self-taught artist whose keen eye for color and composition is evident on canvas and other types of paintings on panels and boards. SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and
Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more. Please visit sobagallery.com for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843-757-6586.
SEPT. 10 Helping Parents Heal: 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, Seaquins Ballroom, 1300 Fording Island Rd., Bluffton. Monthly meetings of this non-profit organization dedicated to assisting parents who have lost children, giving them support and resources to aid in the healing process. For more information please contact Irene vouvalides at 201-233-6015 or email email@example.com
SEPT. 13 MOAA Spouses for Service: 12 p.m. Wednesday, September 13,Black Marlin Bayside Grill, 88 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head. Monthly luncheon meeting for the Military Officers Association of America
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Spouses for Service. To make a reservation email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPT. 16 10th Annual Hampton Lake Tiger Bass 15K/5K: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, Hampton Lake, Bluffton. Runners will compete on an expanded track on the miles of beautiful nature trails in Hampton Lake. Events will include a 15K to 12K, 5K race, and a 1 mile Walk/Fun Run. Following the awards ceremony stay for live music, food, prizes and more. Proceeds to benefit Memory Matters and River Ridge Academy. Visit tigerbassrace.com or facebook. com/TigerBassRace for additional information.
SEPT. 16 BlufftemberFest: 2 p.m. til 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, The Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St, Bluffton. The 2017 Bluffton Sunset Party Series concludes with a Bluffton-style Octoberfest celebration on the May River, featuring 6 hours of live music from local favorites… The Chiggers, Two Guys from OCD, The Pinckney Island Boys and The Btown Players. As well as a food court, wine bar, plus All Beers ( German, Craft, Harvest & Domestic ) will be only $5. Tickets will be available for $10 at the door. Come by boat, bike, or golf cart. Lawn Chairs are permitted. Dogs should be leashed at all times. BlufftemberFest will benefit The Arrhythmia Alliance. For more information visit blufftonsunsetparty.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.
SEPT. 16 Lowcountry Boil: 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head Island. A Southern fall classic. Bring your appetite. Tasty fall favorites like fresh shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes paired with live music and family activities make for a perfect afternoon in South Beach. Visit saltydog.com or call 843-671-2233.
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riders for the first time all the way around the Island and beyond. From the hard-packed sands of Coligny Beach to bridges, Pinckney Island, the flyover, and the roads and bike paths in between, join us for a spirited ride around Hilton Head Island with 100% of funds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Visit PedalHiltonHeadIsland.org to register.
SEPT. 17 A Party for HHI: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, Shelter Cove Community Park. Hilton Head Island Community Church is celebrating 10 years on HHI with a party at Shelter Cove Community Park! Special musical performances by local artists- As Husband & Wife -and- SondorBlue, free bounce houses and inflatable games for all ages, giveaways and free food from local vendors. Stop by local non-profit exhibits to find out the many ways you can volunteer on the Island. Visit forhhi. org or RSVP at Facebook/forhhi, Instagram & Twitter: forhhi
SEPT. 18 Mozart Fest and Gala – Emanuel Ax in Concert: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra,2 Park Ln, Hilton Head Island. World-renowned pianist, Emanuel Ax is joining the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in presenting a Mozart Fest and Gala for the beginning of the HHSO 2017-2018 Season. He is considered one of the finest concert pianists of the 21st century. This is a special onenight performance and gala and tickets may be purchased online at hhso.org or by calling the box office at 843-842-2055.
SEPT. 21 Second Helpings’ 26th Anniversary Party and SHARE THE BOUNTY Fundraising Event: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, Champions Ballroom, Harbour Town Golf Links Clubhouse, 11 Lighthouse Ln, Hilton Head Island. Enjoy the party and support Second Helpings, a local organization that rescues and delivers the food the same day to over 60 agencies. Money raised from the event will support the Second Helpings’ fleet of trucks, which is an integral part of how the organization goes about fulfilling their mission. Enjoy dinner, full bar, a
silent auction and a live auction; cost per ticket $100. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Second Helpings office 843-689-3689.
SEPT. 18 Bluffton Lecture and Dinner Series: 6 p.m. Monday, September 18, Bluffton United Methodist Parish Hall, Water St, Bluffton. The Bluffton Lecture and Dinner Series will have its inaugural lecture with Dr. Daves Rossell presenting the Architectural History of Bluffton. All lectures are free and open to the public. The cost for dinner is paid by each participant. For further information please contact: Carolyn Coppola at CoppolaPreservation@gmail.com or 914-475-1168 or Joan Heyward at jheyward@ hargary.com or 843-707-7610. Please make your reservation by the Wednesday prior to Lecture by calling 843-707-7610.
SEPT. 21 Hilton Head Area Chapter of The Military Officers Association of America: 11:30 a.m. social, 12 p.m. luncheon, Thursday. Sept. 21,the Golf Club of Indigo Run, 101 Berwick Drive, Hilton Head. SC State Representative, Jeffrey Bradley will address the membership regarding current legislation before the House. To make a reservation contact Mary Lou Fehrman at email@example.com
SEPT. 23 Craft Beer and Burger Fest: Saturday, Sept. 23, Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head Island. There’s not much that beats the near perfect combination of a fall craft beer, a loaded Salty Dog burger, and barbecue. Bring your appetite and the whole family. Live music and family fun included. Visit saltydog.com or call 843-671-2233.
SEPT. 24 Kitchens of Note Tour: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, Moss Creek Community, Hilton Head Island. Presented by the League of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, this fifth annual tour visits six designer kitchens in the beautiful Moss Creek community. Each kitchen will host an Island chef from one of our fabulous restaurants and each will offer a sample of their delicious recipes: Marley’s Island Grille, The
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SandBar, Sea Grass Grille, Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana, Twisted European Bakery, and Hogs Head Kitchen. Tickets are $40, call 843836-2986 or visit hhso.org for more information.
SEPT. 26 Camera Club of Hilton Head Island Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2 Matthews Ct., Hilton Head Island. Guest Speaker Robert Rommel, speaking on “Romancing the Landscape.” Robert’s award winning work breaks us free of the world of vehicles, electronics, and skyscrapers and walls and restores humanity’s primordial bond with Nature. His images bring us into the seldom-seen world of America’s wildlife and wild places revealing their endless diversity and wondrous beauty. Members, Newcomers & guests welcome! Visit cchhi.net for more information.
SEPT. 28 THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference: 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, 130 Shipyard Dr. Learn and be inspired by a variety of topics that cover personal and professional growth while engaging with your Lowcountry peers at the first-ever THRIVE Lowcountry Women’s Conference. Presented by SCORE and the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, the conference will feature a day full of thoughtprovoking keynote speakers and five break-out sessions. Register at HiltonHeadBlufftonChamber.org.
SEPT. 28 “Got Art?”: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. This annual fundraising benefit makes collectors out of art enthusiasts. Each $100 ticket provides two guests admission, participation in a random drawing and guarantees one original piece of art. Only 100 tickets will be sold. This fun and popular event usually sells out. Artwork is donated by Art League member artists. Visit artleaguehhi.org or call 843-681-5060.
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Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Rd #311, Hilton Head Island. Bring in your sterling silver and silverplated heirlooms for beautiful, expert restoration. Call 843-671-7070 to book your appointment. Visit ForsytheHHI.com for more information.
SEPT. 30 West Marine Opening and “All Day Give Back”: Saturday, Sept. 30, 430 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. West Marine, the world’s premier Waterlife Outfitter, is opening a new location and will participate in the BlueFuture “All Day Give Back.” Ten percent of proceeds will go to participating charities. Contact West Marine at 917-679-6945.
SEPT. 30 Kiwanis Club 33rd Annual Chili Cook Off: 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Shelter Cove Community Park. This year’s event will focus on local chili cooks in the professional and amateur
category with separate awards for each. Come rain or shine and enjoy all-you-can-eat chili! Live music with Cranford Hollow, and a Kid’s Zone with children’s games and activities including face painting so families can fully enjoy the festivities. Tickets will be available in advance for $15 at several Island locations. Tickets on the day of the event will be $20. Proceeds from the event benefit Gregory’s Playground presented by Kiwanis Clubs. Visit hiltonheadkiwanis.org for more information.
SEPT. 30 Wing and Chili Cook-off: 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head Island. Think you have what it takes to bring the heat? Enjoy an unforgettable cook-off battle for the best wings and chili in South Beach. You be the judge while enjoying live music on the beach, fun family activities and a visit from Jake the Salty Dog. Visit saltydog.com or call 843-671-2233.
HARBOURFEST Summer Fun at Shelter Cove Harbour: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Nightly through Sept 4th.
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ONGOING Music & Taste on the Harbour at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday nights through October 19, around Neptune Statue, 1 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island. This outdoor seasonal event continues to provide entertainment by local bands, and light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails available for purchase by Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants. Limited seating is provided so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. Visit PalmettoDunes.com/ ShelterCove for complete details. Admission is free and open to the public; guests are asked to please bring a canned good donation for Deep Well. Carolina Dreamers Car Club holds Cruise Nights: 5 p.m. fourth Thursday of the month (Sept. 28, Oct. 26) from Mar thru Oct., Shelter Cove. Last meeting of the
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year is in Oct., the cruise ins resume in the spring. The cruise - ins are free for everyone. There will be a 50/50 raffle , spectator voting for favorite cars and 3 trophies awarded, along with door prizes donated by the Shelter Cove merchants. Bach Lobster Nights: Wednesday nights starting Sept. 6, The Wreck of the Salty Dog, 232 S. Sea Pines Dr., Hilton Head Island. Enjoy live Maine Lobster ($25) with a side of live piano music. Call the Lobster Line to reserve your lobster 843-683-6465. Coming to the Savannah Civic Center: 301 W Oglethorpe Ave. Upcoming artists include Mary J. Blige, Willie Nelson and Family, The Beach Boys, and ZZ Top. For a full schedule of events and entertainment visit savannahcivic. com or call 912-651-6550.
Birding at Pinckney Island: 7:30 a.m.9:30 a.m. Sept. 6 - Nov. 29, Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The Coastal Discovery Museum has announced a Fall bird watching program at Pinckney Island led by experienced bird watchers from the Museum. The walk will include the combination of habitats at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. These varying areas allow participants to see many different species of birds. Ages 12 and older. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars and the program will be canceled in case of rain. The program is $12 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223. Nightly Entertainment at Coligny Plaza: 6:30 p.m. through Labor Day. Donâ€™t miss the fun at Coligny Plaza! Thereâ€™s something for everyone all summer long, including Magic with Gary Mauer on Mondays, Trivia Night with Barry Kaufman on Saturdays, and
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live music and DJs the rest of the week. Featuring over 60 shops and restaurants, historic Coligny Plaza has It. For more, visit colignyplaza.com Rockfish Seafood & Steaks Live Entertainment: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through mid-Sept., 5 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island. Experience this unique family seafood restaurant and bar that is located right near the beach. Offering fresh and local Lowcounty ingredients paired with craft beers and wines. Joseph Lawski the Magician on Thursdays, Vince Ruby on Fridays, Keith Ransom on Saturdays, and Jordan Sturm on Sundays. Visit bomborasgrille.com for more information. Acting Classes at Charleston Stage: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, Sept. through Oct., 629 Johhnie Dodds Blvd.
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LOCAL ARTISTS SHOWCASE THE LOWCOUNTRY ON MONTHLY COVERS
Two well-known local artists painted the covers for Monthly’s Hilton Head and Bluffton editions this month. For Hilton Head, Amos Hummell’s “Slack Tide at Five” depicts South Beach in Sea Pines, with beer and oysters figuring prominently. Framed in a clapboard and shrimp boat setting, the quintessential buckets beckon. A resident of Hilton Head Island for 36 years, Hummell considers the Lowcountry “home.” A selftaught artist, he is known for his brightly hued palette that reflects the vibrant local culture that inspires him. His work is best described as non-conventional, as he has been known to employ all manner of materials in the name of creative expression. These days, Hummell works from his home studio, where he can be seen trying to replicate with paint and brushes the stories that fill his head. Learn more abut his work at hummellstudios.com.
Bluffton cover artist Kelly Logan Graham has lived in the Lowcountry for 36 years. “Daddy’s Girls,” the title of the cover painting, is also the name of a shrimp boat that docks at the Bluffton Oyster Company on the May River. Graham has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from North Carolina State University. A native of the Southwest, via the mountains of North Carolina, he has worked as a vice president, creative director and art director at several ad agencies, and has been in business for himself for 20 years. Since 2004, Graham has been painting in watercolor, acrylics and oils. He exhibits and sells his work at Bluffton General Store and online at LoganGraham.com. M 188 hiltonheadmonthly.com
Ste 7, Mount Pleasant, SC. Sign up now for youth acting classes with Charleston Stage, one of the oldest and largest arts education programs in the region. Young people will develop performance and creative thinking skills that will serve them in whatever profession they one day choose. Students develop poise, movement, speaking, and acting skills as they explore improvisation, theatre games, character development and the many skills of professional actors. Visit charlestonstage.com for additional details. Historic Zion Cemetery and Bayard Mausoleum: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, intersection of U.S. 278 and Mathews Drive. Join the Heritage Library for a tour of the cemetery where Revolutionary War soldiers are buried. Learn about the oldest existing structure on Hilton Head Island and explore the location where planters antebellum church and muster house used to sit. $12 per adult, $7 per child. Registration required, call 843-686-6050 or visit HeritageLib.org. Historic Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation: 10 a.m. Thursdays, 65 Skull Creek Dr, Hilton Head Island. Join the Heritage Library for a tour of the Civil War battery Skull Creek built to protect Port Royal Sound the Seabrook Coaling Station. $12 per adult, $7 per child. Registration required, call 843-686-6050 or visit HeritageLib.org. Historic Tours by Bicycle: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, leaving from 137 Squire Pope Rd, Hilton Head Island.Take a ride along the waterfront corridor of Squire Pope Road and learn about Hilton Head Island’s unique and rich history of Native Americans, The Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gullah Community and more. Tour lasts about 1 & 1//2 hour, and is safe, casual and fun. Helmets required, bug spray and water suggested. Bring your own bike. $15 Adult, $10 Child, 10 and up only. Book online at HeritageLib.org.
Adult Wine and Paint Night at Art League Academy: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 7, Art League of Hilton Head Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway. “Paint and Play,” an adult wine and paint night of fun entertainment for all skill levels. Relax, unwind and let the live music inspire your inner creativity as artist Kristin Griffis leads you step by step to create your own finished artwork. $40 includes all materials with guided instruction, wine and live music. Call 843-842-5738 for reservations. Visit artleaguehhi.org The Pearl Kitchen and Bar: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dinner daily. Enjoy live entertainment Thursday through Saturday, 55 Calhoun St, Bluffton. The Pearl Kitchen & Bar will please your palate with the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more. For additional information call 843-757-5511 or visit thepearlbluffton.com. Live Jazz at Ela’s Blu Water Grille: 7 p.m. Nightly and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. during Sunday Brunch, ELA’S Blu Water Grille, Shelter Cove Harbour Shops, 1 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island’s award-winning waterfront restaurant on Shelter Cove Harbour, features exceptional water views, fresh catch seafood, prime cut steaks, and a sophisticated atmosphere. For schedule and more information visit elasgrille.com. Welcome Exhibition and Happy Hour Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina: 5:30 p.m. Monday nights (through October) 1 Harbourside Ln, Hilton Head Island. Tennis staff members & guests gather over cocktails to watch the pros play on Centre Court in Palmetto Dunes. Free, visit palmettodunes. com for more information.
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Farmer’s Market of Bluffton: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 1271 May River Rd. We’ve got more great reasons to visit! The Market is now open with additional public parking provided by the Town of Bluffton. We’ll be adding an Artisan Showcase on the first Thursday of every month to highlight a handful of local artists and their incredible lowcountry craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for fabulous new food and farm vendors this year and find your next favorite thing! Real Food, Real People, Real Close. Visit farmersmarketbluffton.org for more information. Savannah Culinary Tour: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, Savannah Historic District, Savannah, GA. Experience an exploration of Savannah’s deep association with fine food and drink in a two and a half hour tour that offers tastes of the very best of the Hostess City’s delectable cuisine. Join your certified tour guide on an afternoon journey that is delicious, informative, and fun. Adults $49, Military $45, children 12 and under $39. Reservations required, visit www.SavannahCulinaryTour.com or call 912-604-3007 for more information. Meditation + Yoga: 9 a.m.- 10 a.m. Mondays, Hilton Head Library. Group meditation is a great way to get support and develop a mindfulness routine for a brand new, spotty, or long-time practice. Sit in silence for 30 minutes. New to the program is that the meditation is to be followed by a 45-minute yoga session, to draw from heightened awareness to practice mindful movement. For meditation, use a chair or bring a cushion; for yoga, bring your mat. Any- and everyone is welcome. Free, for more information contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531, lread@ bcgov.net or beaufortcountylibrary.org. Freshwater Fishing: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island. Enjoy a relaxing morning by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve while fishing. Supplies provided. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. $19/adult, $14/ child (ages 12 & younger) For additional information visit seapines.com The Jazz Corner: Nightly concerts at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. The Village at Wexford C-1, Hilton Head. The Jazz Corner’s intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by our innovative southern flavors menu and personal, attentive service. For concert schedules and more information, visit thejazzcorner.com, or call 843-842-8620. Tea Time at Rose Hill Mansion: 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. Experience afternoon tea at the most beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry. Selections include custom crafted teas, elegant finger sandwiches, and heavenly desserts. Small groups or large groups welcome $40.00 per person.Call Lou Anne Takach today to book your tea time, 843-757-6046. Golf Clinics for all Ages: Times vary, Country Club of Hilton Head. Group and individual golf programs for adults and juniors led by PGA September 2017 189
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Professional Jeff Picus of Excel and Enjoy Golf Academy,To learn more or to register for any of these programs, contact Jeff Picus at 843-2958888 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer Biking Ambassadors Needed: The Hilton Head Island Bicycle Advisory Committee is seeking individuals to help foster a welcoming environment and enhance safety on Hilton Head Island bike paths. Volunteer bike ambassadors provide directions, maps, safety tips and flyers to visiting cyclists. Bike Ambassador Volunteers will work primarily during the busy summer season from May 28 to Aug. 6. All volunteers must attend a training session held on either May 10 or June 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Palmetto Dunes Fire Station. For more information contact Carmen Oliver at HHIBikingAmbassadors@gmail.com.
SAVE THE DATE
SAVE THE DATE: OCT. 14-15 Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island’s Sailing Regatta returns After taking a year off courtesy of Hurricane Matthew, the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island will host the 2017 Sailing Regatta on October 14-15 at Sea Pines Resort. The race for the 47th Harbour Town Cup and the 46th Calibogue Cup will take place on Calibogue Sound. Harbour Town at Sea Pines is the presenting sponsor. October waters on Calibogue Sound make for optimum sailing conditions, and once again, island boating enthusiasts are preparing for this annual regatta weekend. The Harbour Town Cup trophy was donated by Sea Pines and has historically been awarded to the fastest boat — in handicap-adjusted time — of all the fleets competing. The Calibogue Cup was started in 1971 and awards two trophies each year, one for Class A and one for Class B. Class A is for boats flying spinnakers and Class B consists of those not equipped with spinnakers. The best viewing is from the docks at Harbour Town. Yacht club members will be on hand to explain to viewers about the boats and the traditions of regatta racing. Regatta Weekend races begin at noon Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, with the awards and closing ceremony held under the Liberty Oak late Sunday afternoon. For more information, call 843-671-6536 or visit www.yachtclubhh.org. M
OCT. 3 - 4 Symphony Under the Stars “Symphonic Soul”: Gates Open 6 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Oct. 4, Montage Palmetto Bluff, 477 Mt Pelia Rd, Bluffton. Join the orchestra under the baton of John Morris Russell as they bring you the music of Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Motown featuring the dynamic group, “DEAS GUYS”. Table groups use the concert themes to inspire costumes, table decorations and dinner menus as they compete for a variety of prizes. Tickets for table seating are $85 and $75, new additional seating options at $50 for concert seating, and the popular outside lawn seating is $25. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, add a picnic dinner and enjoy a great evening! Call 843-842-2055 for tickets to “Symphonic Soul” today! Visit hhso.org
OCT. 5 “Adult Stem Cells, Medicine of the Future”: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, Sonesta Resort, Shipyard Plantation, 10 Shipyard Dr. Open bar with hors d’oeuvres from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., lecture with Q & A 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Keith March, M.D., Ph.D. and Anthony Atala, M.D. presenting. For further information contact Elizabeth Hancock at 843-301-9090.
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OCT. 5 A Lesson in Beauty: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, Serendipity Medical Spa, 23 Main St., #102 Palmetto Office Suites, Hilton Head Island. Join in a fun and informative evening, for a younger, healthier you! One night only discounts and live demonstrations with David Vohrmor, M.D. $25 to reserve your space for the evening and can be applied towards any purchase during the evening. Call 843-342-2639 before Oct. 2 for reservations.
OCT. 21 Third Eye Blind at the Volvo Car Stadium: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Gates open at 6 p.m. 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. Lowcountry Race for the Cure will receive a $2 donation for every ticket sold to their foundation from Third Eye Blind. Visit volvocarstadiumconcerts.com for more information.
Crescendo festival will celebrate arts, culture and history A new cultural festival sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head will take place throughout October, in honor of National Arts and Humanities month. More than 50 local arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational programs will be offered. Many will be free or low cost. For a complete list of events, go to hiltonheadartsdaily.org “This event is our first joint program venture as an organization since Bravo in 2006,” said ACCHH President Natalie Hefter. “We hope that everyone in the community, residents as well as visitors, will come out and support the incredible arts, culture and history organizations, working artists and high-quality arts programs we have in Hilton Head and Bluffton.” The Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head coordinates, promotes, communicates, and showcases arts and cultural organizations and businesses in the Hilton Head area for the purpose of creating an arts destination, enriching the quality of life, and speaking with one voice on cultural issues. Membership is open to non-profits and for-profit entities in Southern Beaufort County. For more information call 843-689-6767 ext. 225, email email@example.com or go to hiltonheadartsdaily.org. M September 2017 191
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Welcome to the 36th Season of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra – American Mosaic!
he board, staff and musicians are very excited to share this season with you. Music Director John Morris Russell has put together a program of 10 concerts that will entice you to join us for every concert your schedule allows. We have added an extra concert this season, a preseason gala concert with the incomparable Emanuel Ax at the piano. This one night only event will be held September 18. On September 24, our League of the Symphony Orchestra is holding their yearly “Kitchens of Note” Tour in beautiful Moss Creek. Tickets may be purchased in Hilton Head at Burke’s Pharmacy, Christie’s Hallmark Hilton Head and LeCookery and in Bluffton at Markel’s Cards and Gift and Christie’s Hallmark Bluffton. Due to the popularity of our Symphony Under the Stars programs we added a new Fall Symphony Under the Stars in Bluffton at Montage-Palmetto Bluff, Symphonic Soul. Join the orchestra under the baton of John Morris Russell as they bring you the music of Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Motown featuring the dynamic group, “DEAS GUYZ”. This inaugural event will be held October 3 and 4 and offers table seating, concert and lawn seating. Gather your friends and come join us! Call our office at 843-842-2055 for tickets to all or any or all of these fabulous events!
FEATURING DEAS-GUYZ Join the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra as we bring you the music of Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Motown featuring the dynamic group “DEAS-GUYZ”! Beethoven’s Funky Fifth | Hold on I’m Comin’ | Shaft Stand By Me | I Love Beach Music | I Got You (I Feel Good) Soul Bossa Nova | Soul Man | and many more!
OCTOBER 3 & 4, 2017 AT THE MONTAGE - PALMETTO BLUFF
Mary M. Briggs President & CEO IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE “KITCHENS OF NOTE” TOUR IN THE BEAUTIFUL MOSS CREEK COMMUNITY Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Noon to 4:00 pm Featuring 6 Kitchens and 6 Local Chefs. Benefiting the HHSO and its Youth Programs. Tickets are $40. Visit www.hhso.org to download a reservation form. For more information and reservations call 843-836-2986.
The Montage is offering Picnic Baskets by calling 843.836.6220 Accommodations in Bluffton include The Montage Hotel and Comfort Inn & Suites
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TICKETS CALL 843.842.2055 OR VISIT WWW.HHSO.ORG
TOURS ZION LIVING HISTORY TOURS - Corner of Hwy. 278 & Mathews Drive Meet historical characters who lived on the Island during the Antebellum period and see inside the oldest existing structure on Hilton Head Island. Tour where Revolutionary War soldiers are buried and explore the location of the planter’s antebellum church and muster house.
EVERY FRIDAY AT 10AM • $12 PER ADULT • $7 PER CHILD Book online at heritagelib.org
HISTORIC FT. MITCHEL IN HILTON HEAD PLANTATION Join The Heritage Library for a tour of the Civil War battery on Skull Creek built to protect Port Royal Sound and the Seabrook Coaling Station.
EVERY THURSDAY AT 10AM • $12 PER ADULT • $7 PER CHILD Book online at heritagelib.org
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MONDAY EVENINGS AT 6PM Join General Ormsby Mitchel for a three-course meal at the Old Fort Pub in Hilton Head Plantation and enjoy a talk on the battle of Port Royal and Hilton Head Island during the Civil War. General Mitchel will also lead a guided walking tour of Fort Mitchel.
SEPTEMBER 4, 11, 25 • OCTOBER 2, 16, 23, 30 $40 PER ADULT • $20 PER CHILD Call Old Fort Pub at 843.681.2386 for reservations. Heritage Library Hilton Head Island
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Week 1 Thursday, Sep 7, 2017 Kansas City at New England Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 Jacksonville at Houston Tampa Bay at Miami N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Philadelphia at Washington Oakland at Tennessee Atlanta at Chicago Baltimore at Cincinnati Pittsburgh at Cleveland Arizona at Detroit Indianapolis at L.A. Rams Seattle at Green Bay Carolina at San Francisco
Agave Side Bar 843-757-9190 13 State of Mind St. Promenade,Bluffton $2.00 Domestics $3.00 Imports $3.00 Shot of the Day $3.00 Chicken Tacos
Zeppelins Bar & Grill (Inside Station 300) 25 Innovation Dr., Buckwalter Place, Bluffton $2 Domestic drafts $5 Loaded nachos $10 One-topping pizza Prices good during all college and NFL games
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ROCKFISH Seafood & Steaks 5 Lagoon Road • 843.689.2662 ROCKFISHHHI.COM Montgomery Inn Ribs 3Bone, $9.99, 1/2 Slab $19.99, Full Slab $29.99 Big Boy Burger- $14 Cincinnati Cheese Coney's- $6 Cincinnati 3 Way, 4way, 5way- $7 Wings- Buffalo, Ranch, Sweet Thai BBQ, Honey Mustard .50 Each Beer Bucket Special: 5 Can Craft Beer $19 Domestic Bottles $12 BOTTOMS UP BEER PITCHER Specials and MORE! ALL CINCINNATI! 194 hiltonheadmonthly.com
Week 12 Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 Minnesota at Detroit L.A. Chargers at Dallas N.Y. Giants at Washington Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 Buffalo at Kansas City Miami at New England Carolina at N.Y. Jets Chicago at Philadelphia Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Cleveland at Cincinnati Tennessee at Indianapolis New Orleans at L.A. Rams Seattle at San Francisco Denver at Oakland Jacksonville at Arizona Green Bay at Pittsburgh Monday, Nov 27, 2017 Houston at Baltimore
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Street Meet American Tavern is the Official Browns Backers Bar! The Home of Great Food & Football!! We proudly serve Hofmann's Hot Dogs We are known for our Soul Kitchen, which is 8 Chicken Wings and Fries all tossed in our Homemade Chipotle Ranch. We serve Hot Pretzels, Buffalo Pirogies & Pulled Pork Nachos
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Happy Hour 7 Days a Week- Bar Only from 4-7pm $8 PBR Pitchers & $5 Absolut Peppar Bloody Marys. Street Meet The American Tavern 843.842.2570 streetmeethhi.com
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Find fellow football fans at local sports bars LUCKILY FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND AND BLUFFTON, THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF PLACES TO CATCH THE GAME. BY JUSTIN JARRETT
very football fan has been there. The big game is about to kick off when you realize it’s airing on a channel you don’t get. Luckily for residents and visitors of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, there’s no shortage of places to catch the game. “Given the trend of DirecTV giving away the packages, everybody is a sports bar nowadays,” said Darrell Neeley, owner of Callahan’s Sports Bar & Deluxe Grill on Hilton Head. While it’s true that virtually every restaurant caters to football fans these days, college football Saturdays and NFL Sundays remain a big boon for sports bars like Callahan’s and Casey’s Sports Bar & Grille, which is just down New Orleans Road. Many sports bars know they can count on big crowds because they cater to fans of certain teams. Cincinnati Bengals fans can always find kindred spirits at Rockfish Seafood & Steaks @ Bomboras. Chicago Bears fans can bear down with fellow fans at Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill locations on Hilton Head’s south end and in Bluffton, and diehard Green Bay Packers supporters like to meet up at Jump & Phil’s Bar and Grill. The Pittsburgh Steelers also have a large following in the Lowcountry.
“Everybody is a Steelers bar down here,” Neeley said. Callahan’s attracts a mix of NFL fans on Sundays, but its biggest crowds come on Saturdays, when it serves as headquarters for the local West Virginia University alumni association, which boasts more than 150 members, and Southeastern Conference fans. Hinchey’s on Hilton Head is especially hopping on Saturday night and Sunday — or any time Notre Dame, Pitt or the Bears are playing. “We get good, fun crowds,” Hinchey’s co-owner Beth Phalen said. “You definitely have to get here early to get a good seat.” The competition isn’t only fierce on the field, as every sports bar fights to find its niche and attract crowds on game day. Hickory Tavern at the Plaza at Shelter Cove on Hilton Head hopes to get fans hooked before the season even begins by offering special fantasy football draft party packages. Leagues of eight or more can hold their draft party at the restaurant and receive a free appetizer for every four players, bottomless chips and salsa, a $10 gift certificate for each player, and a $100 gift card for the league commissioner. Continue on page 198
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Tuesday, November 21
Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan
Kent State at Akron Miami (OH) at Ball State
Thursday, November 23
Ole Miss at Mississippi State Friday, November 24
Miami at Pittsburgh Virginia Tech at Virginia Northern Illinois at Central Michigan Ohio at Buffalo Western Michigan at Toledo South Florida at UCF Navy at Houston Texas State at Troy
California at UCLA Baylor at TCU Missouri at Arkansas New Mexico at San Diego State Iowa at Nebraska Western Kentucky at Florida Intl
Texas Tech at Texas
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Specials like the draft package are one way Lowcountry sports bars are trying to combat the fact that all-inclusive sports media packages are more accessible to average fans than ever before, thanks to the proliferation of online streaming services. NFL games, in particular, have become less of a draw, Neeley said, while college games are more likely to be shown on obscure channels that aren’t included in most cable packages. Even when the games are on at home, though, it’s always more exciting to watch with a crowd of like-minded fans — and maybe even a few who are cheering for the other side. “We get them all,” Neeley said. “Back 10 years ago, if you walked in here in a Cleveland Browns jersey you might be in trouble, but not anymore. We try to cater to everybody.” Still, only the brave would root for the other team at some of the area’s more die-hard Steelers hangouts, said Erica Schoch, manager at Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta in Bluffton, where “anything Pittsburgh” draws a crowd. “I mean, no one’s going to say anything, but …” M 198 hiltonheadmonthly.com
Alabama at Auburn
Penn State at Maryland
Oregon State at Oregon Arizona at Arizona State Colorado at Utah Washington State at Washington
Boston College at Syracuse Duke at Wake Forest North Carolina at NC State Wyoming at San José State
Clemson at South Carolina
Florida State at Florida
Iowa State at Kansas State Kansas at Oklahoma State West Virginia at Oklahoma Notre Dame at Stanford Louisville at Kentucky Texas A&M at LSU Vanderbilt at Tennessee UT San Antonio at Louisiana Tech Wisconsin at Minnesota Indiana at Purdue Michigan State at Rutgers
Georgia Southern at Louisiana Idaho at New Mexico State Connecticut at Cincinnati East Carolina at Memphis Temple at Tulsa Tulane at SMU Appalachian State at Georgia State Utah State at Air Force North Texas at Rice Florida Atlantic at Charlotte
Georgia at Georgia Tech UTEP at UAB Northwestern at Illinois UNLV at Nevada Boise State at Fresno State BYU at Hawai'i Arkansas State at Louisiana Monroe
Ohio State at Michigan Southern Mississippi at Marshall Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee
Rockfish revs up for football season
OWNING A RESTAURANT AS A FAMILY GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE WORDS “FAMILY MEETING,” BUT THE WHITEHEADS HAVE A SPECIAL DYNAMIC THAT MAKES ALL WORK.
BY CARRIE HIRSCH
ur motto is ‘friends, family and fun’ because we want people to know that we are all about families, and we welcome them.” said Rocky Whitehead, whose family opened Bomboras Grille in 2011. The Hilton Head Island restaurant was renamed Rockfish Seafood & Steak at Bomboras this spring. The name might have changed, but one thing never will: the life-size stuffed bengal tigers, representing the family’s favorite football team. Their love of the Cincinnati Bengals helped the restaurant win the title of “Best Sports Bar on the Island” in Hilton Head Monthly’s Reader’s Choice Awards. “With so many area venues offering fans a place to watch the game, this award was an honor,” said Rocky’s daughter and general manager Stacey Whitehead. “We have a huge Cincinnati Bengals following. Former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson comes in and watches the game with us. We have lots of Cincinnati food specials, including Montgomery Inn Ribs and Cincinnati chili three-way, four-way and five-way. Cincinnati Cheese Coneys, our version of the Big Boy Burger and lots more. We do a Bengals raffle during the game that benefits the Ken Anderson Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps to build communities for adults living with autism and developmental disorders. This year, we are renting a bus and taking a road trip to Jacksonville for the Jaguars vs. Bengals
game. We are going to stay the night there and tailgate before the game, where my dad and Ken will be grilling. Who dey! For college football fans, we watch the Ohio State games on Saturdays.” To support local breweries, Rockfish serves South Carolina brews — like O’Neal’s Special Oatmeal Oyster Stout from Benford Brewing in Lancaster and White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co. in Mount Pleasant — alongside its menu of seafood, steaks and Lowcountry favorites. “Our happy hour bar menu offers peel-and-eat shrimp, raw oysters and snow crab legs,” Whitehead said. “Our bar is a very entertaining place to spend a few hours at happy hour. Our allyou-can-eat crab legs night on Tuesday nights is very popular. We also have the Art Cafe upstairs, where parents can sign up for Kids Night Out on Mondays through Thursdays and dine downstairs while the kids paint pottery upstairs.” Tableside USB ports and cellphone charging stations help tech-obsessed diners stay connected for up-to-the-minute tweets about the big game, while the parking lot features two spots dedicated to charging Tesla electric cars. The younger generation helps keep Rockfish firmly planted in the 21st century, though it was Rocky who reached out to Tesla to coordinate the charging stations. He loves his Tesla — but he loves his Bengals more. M
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Why We Ride PEDAL HILTON HEAD GAINS NEW GROUND BY BARRY KAUFMAN | PHOTOS COURTESY OF PEDAL HILTON HEAD
xcitement is building for Pedal Hilton Head Island. Cyclists from the Lowcountry and all over the Southeast will ride onto the island Sept. 17 to tackle a series of courses ranging from family fun rides on the beach to 62-mile courses that span the island’s bridges and go all the way to the flyovers. It’s the perfect event for riders of all ages and skill levels, organizers said. “There are five new routes, which allow us to attract participants from beach riders to competitive cyclists and in between,” said Russ Whiteford, the chairman of the 2017 Pedal Hilton Head.
Even as the annual biking event expands in new directions, its core focus remains the same: raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, which gives area youth a safe place to learn, grow and make lifelong friends. By giving the next generation the tools they need to live successful lives, the Boys & Girls Club boosts the entire community. “Our goal is to raise $60,000 to help support programs provided for our kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island,” Whiteford said. The island is known both for its charitable spirit and for a communitywide commitment to biking. This event taps into both.
EVEN AS THE ANNUAL BIKING EVENT EXPANDS IN NEW DIRECTIONS, ITS CORE FOCUS REMAINS THE SAME: RAISING MONEY FOR THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND “Pedal Hilton Head is important for three reasons,” said retired Gen. Art Brown, last year’s grand marshal. “First, it will spread the word of our bicycle-friendly communities to cyclists all over the southeastern U.S. Second, it’s good for individual health and wellness. And third, it’s a major boost for our Boys & Girls Club. Our young people are the future of this country.” In addition to fundraising, this year’s Pedal Hilton Head Island will honor Frank Babel, a dynamic local cycling advocate who has worked tirelessly to promote cycling on the island. Co-chairman of the island’s Bicycling Advisory Committee, a member of the Kickin’ Asphalt Bike Club and board member of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Babel was instrumental in building the island’s network of leisure paths. He also helped Hilton Head earn recognition as a Gold Level bike-friendly community from the League of American Cyclists. Courses for Pedal Hilton Head Island will begin and end at Coligny Plaza. For more information or to register, go to www. pedalhiltonheadisland.org. M 200 hiltonheadmonthly.com
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Departs at 7:30am and 7:45am | Finishes at 11:30am and 11:15am This metric-century road course will take participants through some of Hilton Head Island’s most beautiful scenery in an escorted, controlled pace ride over three bridges, Pinckney Island, the flyover and back truly a cyclists dream route!
62 Mile Metric Century Ride
In addition to spectacular views from three bridges, this escorted, controlled-pace ride mimics a shortened version of the metric-century, making for a unique and exciting ride.
40 Mile Ride Departs at 8:30am | Finishes at 11:30am
Are you ready to test yourself with an all-new ride experience stretching from the beautiful beaches of Coligny to the elevation of the Cross Island Bridge? Choose your own adventure! You can either stay on the pathways or hit the hard-packed beach to create a multi-dimensional re-designed ride.
20 Mile Ride Departs at 9:00am | Finishes at 11:30am
This is your chance to take in Hilton Head Island’s celebrated leisure pathways in an enjoyable 10-miler that winds through the vibrant Coligny district.
10 Mile Ride Departs at 9:30am | Finishes at 11:15am
Get the whole family together for a two mile all-ages ride that winds along leisure pathways and the hard-packed sands of Coligny Beach with plenty of opportunities for fun selfies with the kids.
Family Pedal Departs at 10:30am | Finishes at 11:30am
Register at PedalHiltonHeadIsland.org
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Shifting Gears: GET READY TO HIT THE OPEN ROAD ON A BIKE TO GET IN SHAPE OR TO PARTICIPATE IN AN UPCOMING RACE OR RIDE BY CARRIE HIRSCH
he Lowcountry is a great place to start cycling, thanks to its nearly perfect weather and bike path-friendly terrain. The Town of Hilton Head Island has been recognized as one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in the U.S., and it offers something for beginning cyclists and hard-core athletes alike. Many cyclists prefer to bike alone, while others enjoy the camaraderie of a regular group ride. Either way, finding a few friends to help get your biking routine in gear can really help, area enthusiasts say. “If somebody's trying to start riding for fitness I suggest finding a group of other like-minded people that they’re comfortable with,” said Alfred Olivetti, owner of Go Tri Sports on Hilton Head Island. Here are a few more tips to get you started, from picking the right equipment to bike safety, riding techniques, nutrition and hydration:
GET THE GEAR Some cyclists use GPS devices that track distance and cadence and can be mounted on a bike. But Olivetti said that fancy equipment isn’t really necessary, especially for beginning riders. “A lot of people get intimidated by gadgets and gear,” he said. “You get the same high riding a 20-year-old bike that you do a brand-new bike, although there are benefits to riding a new bike.” 202 hiltonheadmonthly.com
ENJOY THE RIDE “Go fast, wind in your hair, and enjoy the spiritual benefit, empowerment and social component,” Olivetti said. Or take the time spent on your bike for quiet contemplation. Whatever you get from your ride, know that you’re building a sense of drive and discipline — becoming a consistent cyclist requires a time commitment, Olivetti said. But don’t feel like you have to commit to hopping on your bike every single day, or that you’re too old to properly pick up the sport. Plenty of people in their 60s “ride two to three hours on a Saturday,” he said. Cycling will also teach you a host of other life skills — for example, Olivetti said, regular riders must learn how to deal with minor mechanical issues like flat tires when out on the road. But cyclists should carry a cellphone just in case the problems exceed their ability to fix them. SAFETY FIRST Responsible cyclists should be familiar with the rules of the road and proper hand signals to avoid traffic accidents. But there’s more to preventing injuries than staying in the bike lane. “From extreme athletes to daily commuters, cyclists can experience a variety of injuries that either occur suddenly or that come as a result of overuse and repetitive motions,” said Matthew Clark, owner of Horizon Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. “Injuries that can occur include those to the neck, back, buttock, knee and wrist.” Clark suggested a few other ways to avoid injury include: • Changing hand position during a ride. • Stretching the hip, thigh, neck and back muscles for a more comfortable ride. • Wearing padded gloves as well as stretching the hands and wrists before riding. • Making sure your shoes fit properly — shoes that are too tight can cause your feet to go numb during a long ride. • Wearing padded cycling shorts can help decrease the risk of urogenital injury. A wide, padded seat that can be tilted for comfort can also help male riders avoid or minimize this common biking problem. Make sure your bike fits you properly and adjust the seat if necessary so your feet can reach the ground easily in case of emergency. Also adjust the handle bars to ensure you don’t have to reach too far to steer, and be sure to wear a properly fitting helmet at all times. M
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SPORTS “We definitely shocked a lot of people,” Beaufort County shortstop Harrison Green said.
DOZENS BRAVE CHOPPY SEAS FOR LOW COUNTRY HOOK RACE
BEAUFORT COUNTY BOYS WIN DIXIE WORLD SERIES
The Beaufort County All-Stars made good use of the homefield advantage, capitalizing on their host bid and claiming the Dixie Boys World Series title Aug. 9 at Bluffton’s Oscar Frazier Park. The team — made up of players from Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island — went 5-1 in the tournament, beating state championship teams from Virginia, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on their way to the top spot. Beaufort County routed its first two opponents, smashing three home runs behind Cooper George’s 14-strikeout no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Virginia and blasting Texas 19-7. The host team slipped up in its third game, as an 11-run inning propelled Mississippi to a 14-2 win, but the local all-stars came back to win three straight games over the next two days. Rakim White hit two home runs in a 17-10 victory over Louisiana to propel Beaufort County into the championship round, where the team defeated Mississippi twice — 14-4 and 11-8 — to claim the crown.
The Skidaway Island Boating Club and the Yacht Club of Hilton Island Head held the second annual Low Country Hook summer ocean sailing race on July 29, with 24 boats racing from Calibogue Sound off the south end of Hilton Head Island to Landings Harbor Marina on Skidaway Island. The event drew the largest number of sailboats of all the "big boat" events from Charleston to Jacksonville, with Gebel Sesse placing first in the Spinnaker category aboad “High Visibility,” Jake and Jane Master claiming the Non-Spinnaker A group aboard “Masterpeace,” and Leo Peolquin winning the Non-Spinnaker B category aboard “Merlin.”
TOP WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLAYERS RETURNING TO HILTON HEAD
Some of the world’s best wheelchair tennis players will return to Hilton Head Island from Sept. 21-24 for the Professional Tennis Registry’s $20,000 Wheelchair Tennis Championships. Matches will be held at Chaplin Park Tennis Center and Hilton Head Motorcoach Resort beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 and continuing through Sept. 24 with men, women, quad and junior divisions. Additionally, a pro exhibition featuring two wheelchair players teaming with two of the island’s top professional players in doubles competition is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Long Cove Club. Local players also are invited to join in the Run-Roll Round Robin from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Chaplin
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Park. Interested players will be partnered with a wheelchair athlete and should contact Julie Jilly at firstname.lastname@example.org. PTR also is looking for volunteers and sponsors for the event. Contact Jilly for more information.
SMITH STEARNS PLAYER PERFORMS WELL AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hilton Head Island tennis player Grant Durham teamed with Isaac Smith of Clearfield, Utah, to claim a runner-up doubles finish at the United States Tennis Association Boys’ 14s National Clay Court Championships from July 16-23 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Durham and Smith won five matches in straight sets to reach the final and claimed a first-set tiebreaker against Saud Alhogbani and Nishesh Basavareddy before dropping the final two sets. Durham attends Smith Stearns Tennis Academy at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head, which helps prepare junior players for the highest level of competition.
THREE SOCCER PLAYERS JOIN ATLANTA UNITED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
A trio of local players is making the leap from Storm Soccer Academy to MLS club Atlanta United’s development academy this fall, joining another homegrown star. Bluffton’s Juan Zuniga and Mikey Chappelear and Hilton Head Island’s Alan Leyva reported to Atlanta United in early August, following in the footsteps of Hilton Head native James Brighton, who enjoyed great success in his first full season in the academy. Brighton is returning for his second stint with the club after leading the U-16 team with 19 goals in 26 games. He helped the squad win the U.S. Soccer Development Academy championship with a 2-1 win over FC Dallas’ academy on July 16. Joining the MLS club’s development program means a 10-month commitment to playing a national schedule, typically while home schooling or attending a virtual school. Most players in the program home to earn college scholarships, though some will go on to play professionally.
USCB ANNOUNCES NEW BOOSTER CLUB LEVEL FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS
The University of South Carolina Beaufort athletics department has rolled out a new booster club level aimed at attracting more local fans to the Sand Sharks’ home soccer, baseball and softball games. For the first time, residents of Beaufort and Jasper counties will be able to join the Sand Shark Club at a reduced rate and receive season tickets to all USCB home sporting events. The Lowcountry Level is $40 and includes one all-sport pass good for the 2017-18 season and a Sand Shark Club car decal. Local residents can add an additional allsport pass for $30. USCB has 11 home soccer games scheduled this fall and an average of 15 softball and 20 baseball home dates each spring. Students of all ages are always admitted free, and the games are a great, affordable family activity. To join the Sand Shark Club or top request more information, email email@example.com.
For comprehensive daily sports news featuring local teams and athletes in the Lowcountry, visit LowcoSports.com and follow @LowcoSports on Twitter and Facebook.
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“IT’S GREEK TO ME” RESTAURANT CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
BY CARRIE HIRSCH | PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT
ew Hilton Head Island restaurants can claim the history that Barbara and Vassili Maniotis can. They’ve been running It’s Greek To Me on the island since 1997. But their story really begins back in 1979, when the couple fell in love and got married. During their month-long honeymoon in Greece, Vassili’s home country, Barbara learned to cook traditional Greek dishes and mastered Vassili’s family recipes. Many years later, when the couple moved to Hilton Head, they opened It’s Greek To Me, which quickly became one of the most popular in the area. The restaurant features an authentic Greek menu that makes diners feel as though they are dining in the shadows of the Acropolis or Parthenon. The hand-painted murals and photos of Greek isles surrounded by shimmering blue water that line the walls of the narrow dining room contribute to the Old World feel. A glass case highlights the day’s desserts, and guests are welcomed like old friends by the Maniotis family. The original location, off New Orleans Road, was tucked away amid some trees at the end of a small strip mall, but once visitors discovered it, they kept coming back, often bringing with them their friends and neighbors. A lagoon outside the back patio also was home to a frequent visitor — a large alligator named George. In 2008, the family moved the restaurant to its current location on Lagoon Road near Coligny Plaza. Murals depicting Mediterranean scenes cover the walls, and Greek statues stand guard outdoors. The outdoor seating area — with its burnt-red
THE RESTAURANT FEATURES AN AUTHENTIC GREEK MENU THAT MAKES DINERS FEEL AS THOUGH THEY ARE DINING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE ACROPOLIS OR PARTHENON.
umbrellas and white stucco — exudes the feel of a sunny Greek island. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy homemade souvlaki with tzatziki, mousaka, pastitsio, roast lamb, spanakopita and dolmathes. The restaurant’s salads are especially popular with diners who chose to eat outside. “Our Greek salad is a generous portion with a vinaigrette that enhances all the fresh ingredients,” Barbara said. Several traditional favorites are served just as they are in Greece. Diners are delighted by the saganaki, which is dramatically flambéed by a server tableside with a cry of “Opa!” and melting the Greek cheese. Served with a side of toasted pita bread, it’s the restaurant’s most popular appetizer. Avgolemono, a traditional chicken, egg, lemon and rice soup, is a true taste of Greece. And the seafood, as in Greece, is abundant — tilapia, salmon, squid, and shrimp can be prepared as requested, and the kitchen staff is ready to accommodate any dietary needs. “More than half of the menu items are gluten-free,” Barbara said. Regulars know it’s important to save room for dessert: It’s Greek To Me is known for its sweet treats. “I always aim to do my best and make everything with love, especially the desserts,” Barbara said. “Our traditional Greek desserts are rich and delicious — the consistency of the filo dough is the base for many savory dishes and sweets, and must be made with finesse to accommodate walnuts, almonds, honey syrup and cinnamon, which are core ingredients for mouthwatering baklavas, flogeras and kataifis.” The dessert menu also includes Greek-inspired American desserts like peanut butter cream pie in a chocolate crust and rice pudding. “I know it has taken a lot of hard work and dedication from all of us — Vassili, our sons Niko and Alexander, our daughter, Maria, myself and our staff,” Barbara said of the restaurant’s 20-year run. “We want to thank all our guests for our success. We couldn’t have done it without their years of loyalty to us. I am always so happy when our food is thoroughly enjoyed. M September 2017 209
PREPARING FOR THE GRID IRON
BBQ ROLL-UPS Recipe by East Coast Smoke BBQ Makes: 4 servings
BBQ Roll-Ups are an easy make-ahead dish and will be the hit of the tailgate. The first stage of the recipe is prepared at home, then it’s finished off on the grill at the tailgate party. 1 pound of pork barbeque (use cooked OvenRoasted Pulled Pork, see next page) 8 ounces softened cream cheese 1 bunch fresh cilantro, tough stems removed and leaves finely chopped 1 cup corn kernels, drained Sriracha to taste 1 cup barbecue sauce 4 medium flour tortillas
In a medium bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, cilantro, corn and sriracha. Put the mixture in a gallon-size resealable bag and cut the end to turn it into a piping bag, making sure the opening is large enough for the corn kernels to pass through. Lay out flour tortillas and fill with pork barbeque. Pipe on the cream cheese mixture. Roll up, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. At the tailgate, warm up the grill and use tongs to place the roll-ups on the hot surface. Lightly brown the roll-ups on one side. Flip and brush with barbecue sauce. The barbecue sauce will caramelize and hold the roll-ups together, but avoid grilling them for too long because the sugar in the sauce means it will burn quickly.
Tailgating: America’s favorite sport BY CARRIE HIRSCH
t’s an elaborate picnic on wheels — though “elaborate” can mean anything from a beer-filled cooler and wings to to tents, music, grills, big-screen TVs and even swimming pools. But it all begins when a driver parks his or her vehicle in a sea of other vehicles ready to celebrate a sporting or special event where fans put the “fan” in “fanatic.” No matter the head count — whether it’s 100 people to 10,000 — tailgating is truly one of the only American sports in which everybody is a winner … well, except the guy who forgot his cooler of beer in the garage. Husband and wife team Luke and Lizzy McCary, and Keith Belfanti, are all experts at throwing the perfect tailgating party. In 2013, the three joined forces to launch East Coast Smoke BBQ, an award-winning competition barbecue team. Over the years, they’ve perfected their party prep and are always ready to hop in the car for a good tailgate. Luke likes to be ahead of the curve and invests in state-of-the-art equipment. A recent drum smoker proved to be well worth the investment, and now the team is experimenting with sous-vide, a method of partial cooking by vacuum sealing food and placing it in a water bath or steam environment for hours at lower temperatures. There is one tailgating tip they all agree on: Prepping a day or two ahead of time means there won’t be any scrambling on game day — there’s nothing to do but slather your face in team colors and enjoy the party. Here, the team offers a few other tips to make your tailgate party the best one in the parking lot. When deciding what food to make, think bite size, they say. Items that are easy to pick up will be the first to go. Plus, you won’t need a ton of plates or
silverware. But don’t forget to pack plenty of paper towels and trash bags. Prepare as much food as possible before you head out to tailgate. Doing so will mean you get to spend most of your time hanging out with friends, not behind a hot grill. The McCrarys and Belfanti say their favorite way to transport food to a tailgate is using aluminum pans, which have durable tops and are sturdy. Plus, you can stack them in the cooler and save on space. At the end of the night, pack them back up and take leftovers home or toss out the empty ones for easy clean up. Of course, if you’re really trying to impress your guests, pack your tablecloth and serving pieces for a truly impressive spread. The trio also recommends checking your propane tank before you leave the house. Nothing kills the party faster than getting to the game and realizing your propane tank is empty or you left that vital pair of tongs
at home. And in the South, you’d better be prepared for the outdoors. Rain or shine, don’t forget to pack a tent or some other shelter. If high winds are in the forecast, pack four buckets and rope. To secure the tent from the wind, fill the buckets with water and use the rope to tie down. Sick of always losing your paper towels? Bring a bungee cord, slide a paper towel roll on it and hang it from the tent as a paper towel holder. Also important are sunscreen, mosquito repellent and ant spray. Insects are frequently unwelcome guests, so you may also want to grab a fly cover for your food. And while it’s not necessarily tailgate related, don’t forget your jumper cables. Without fail, someone will end up with a dead car battery after having all that fun all day. M
OVEN-ROASTED PULLED PORK Recipe by Carrie Hirsch
This pulled pork is great in BBQ Roll-ups (recibe below). You’ll also have some extra on hand to make more roll-ups the next day or to make a few tasty pulled pork sliders. 1 6- to 7-pound pork butt, boneless 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons sweet smoked paprika 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard 3 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar 3 tablespoons coarse salt Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix cayenne pepper, paprika, mustard, garlic, brown sugar and salt in a mini food processor or mash with a fork in a small bowl until well combined. Place pork butt fat cap side up in a large roasting pan, then rub the mixture on all sides. Roast for about five to six hours, uncovered, or until it falls apart easily. Remove from oven and transfer to a large cutting board. Securing the butt with a large fork, use a second fork to pull away the meat, trimming off any fat.
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The College Man’s Cookbook: A Review BY CAROL WEIR | PHOTOS BY BUTCH HIRSCH
Hilton Head Island mother and son have co-authored “The College Man’s Cookbook,” a beginner’s guide to cooking on a budget. It was released in July on Amazon and immediately began trending in the online retailer’s “Budget Cookbooks” category. Carrie and George Hirsch Jr. say they’ve created “100 easy recipes to prepare on a budget, in tiny kitchens, with dull knives, microwaves and distractions while earning a degree.” The book is for college students or others who need help around the kitchen. Butch Hirsch, who is George’s dad and Carrie’s husband, took the photographs. Carrie and Butch Hirsch also are contributors to Hilton Head Monthly. Monthly asked John Dayton, a senior at University of South Carolina Beaufort, and his sister Michele Dayton, a junior at USCB, to test a few of the recipes and share their observations. The siblings say they rarely eat in campus dining halls, preferring to prepare their own meals despite having busy schedules. They invited their parents and grandmother to sample the recipes too. “The cookbook is well thought-out and easy to follow and comprehend. I enjoyed all of the recipes,” John said. “They encouraged me to try new things with foods that I am already familiar with. I believe it would be helpful to anyone who wants to bring new flavors to the table. I might add additional instructions in the back of the book for cutting certain types of meats — like the wings — and some other techniques that may not be part of every reader’s knowledge. Of the recipes 212 hiltonheadmonthly.com
DINING delicious. It was gone in a second. I’ve never arranged it in layers like that before. It looked beautiful.” In addition to presenting tasty recipes, the book helps college students to learn their way around the kitchen. It offers helpful tips about healthy eating and cooking methods in an easy-to-understand way. “I liked that the cookbook was color-coded, and I loved the photos — I wish there were more,” Michele said. “I think college men will use the cookbook if they’re interested in eating better. I call some guys ‘dorm dwellers’ — they only have spoons and bowls and because they’re eating ramen or cereal and nothing else. It’s not a pretty sight. If somebody’s trying to lead a healthy college life and be energized enough to listen to that lecture, having the right food and knowing how to cook it correctly is key.” M we tested, I liked the Whooooa-sabi Wings the most. The flavor of the orange comes through.” John — who admitted returning for seconds, then thirds of the wings —said that usually, his favorite foods are steak, pizza, fruit smoothies and animal crackers. Even though the book is geared toward men, Michele said she thought it contained a lot of useful information. “I once went grocery shopping with a college kid on his first day in the dorm. He was lost. He picked up a giant pack of ramen noodles, a gallon of milk and cereal, so the shopping list included in ‘The College Man’s Cookbook’ is helpful,” she said. “I would make the Turkey Chili again, and my grandmother tasted it and wants to send the recipe to my uncle, who loves chili. The Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Salad — oh, that was
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Cooking Demonstrations & Classes A cooking class is typically hands-on, with participants prepping and cooking the recipes with instructions from the chef. A cooking demonstration, on the other hand, typically allows the participants to watch a chef prepare and cook the recipes, then either sample or enjoy a full meal of what was prepared. Many area restaurants offer cooking classes and demonstrations for groups. Contact the venue for more information. HogsHead Kitchen and Wine Bar 1555 Fording Island Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 843-837-4647 www.hogsheadkitchen.com Michael Anthonyâ€™s Cucina Italiana Orleans Plaza 37 New Orleans Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843-785-6272 www.michael-anthonys.com
Neo 326 Moss Creek Village Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 843-837-5111 www.neohhi.com OMBRA Cucina Rustica The Village at Wexford 1000 William Hilton Parkway Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 Red Fish (two locations) 8 Archer Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843-686-3399 www.redfishofhiltonhead.com 32 Bruin Road Bluffton, SC 29910 843-837-8888 www.redfishofbluffton.com Simmons Fish Camp Chef Sallie Ann Robinson 11 Simmons Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 912-604-8210 M
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gnG BELLA ITALIA BISTRO AND PIZZA 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 843689-5560. nG THE CAROLINA ROOM The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Port Royal Plantation. 843-681-4000, ext. 7045.
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nGa OKKO 95 Mathews Drive. 843-341-3377. nG OLD FORT PUB 65 Skull Creek Drive. 843-681-2386. G} PAN FRESCO OLE 55 Matthews Drive. 843-681-5989. nG
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THE HEALTHY HABIT 55 Mathews Dr, Suite 116. (between Cheap Seats Tavern and Dominos) 843-686-5600, Open Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm. healthyhabithhi.com. Healthy Habit serves up delicious, farm-fresh chopped salads featuring locally sourced ingredients, including non-GMO produce, grassfed beef, cage-free raised poultry and small batch dressings made from scratch. Each salad is chopped to allow its flavors and textures to envelope every bite. n G HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS 1 Hudson Road. 843-681-2772. hudsonsonthedocks.com.nG IL CARPACCIO If you’re hankering for some authentic Italian cuisine, this island institution is worth finding. Pizza is cooked in a hardwoodburning oven and everything is made from scratch. 200A Museum St. 843-342-9949. ilcarpaccioofhiltonhead.com. nG LAGERHEAD TAVERN 155 High Bluff Road, Hilton Head Plantation. 843-684-2184, www.lagerheadtavern.com.
nG MAIN STREET CAFÉ 1411 Main Street Village. 843-689-3999.
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Ga SPROUT MOMMA 21 Cardinal Road, Suite 105. 843-6830827, sproutmomma.com STARBUCKS 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 843-689-6823. STREET MEET The American Tavern, Port Royal Plaza. 843.842.2570, StreetMeetHHI.com. Street Meet is a family-friendly American tavern and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating available. As a small business owned and operated by proud patriots, we feel there’s nothing more American than our vision. We take pride in our connection with the veterans-assistance foundation, Honor our Heroes, and consistent charitable donations to the community in which we live. A tasteful selection of American whisky and Bourbon sits on our liquor shelves and American craftbrews are at the forefront of the beer we serve. We also offer American-made apparel and memorabilia. So if you’re looking for a homeaway-from-home style experience, stop in for lunch, dinner, or late night. nGa SUNSET GRILLE 43 Jenkins Island Road. 843-689-6744. nG}a September 2017 215
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843 890 William Hilton Pkwy, Fresh Market Shoppes. 843-686-8843.
nG ALEXANDER’S Featuring seasonally-inspired cuisine, locally-caught seafood and many locally-sourced ingredients. Open for early dining and dinner, seven nights a week. 76 Queens Folly Rd. alexandersrestaurant.com, 843-785-4999. G ALFRED’S European-trained chef Alfred Kettering combines some of the most appealing elements of classic American and Continental cuisine in this tiny Plantation Center hideaway. Grab a seat at the chef’s counter to watch the master at work. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, in Plantation Center. 843-341-3117. alfredshiltonhead.com G
ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Featured in Bon Appétit and the winner of numerous OpenTable awards. Fresh-caught seafood and prime-cut steaks of the highest quality complement the extensive boutique wine selection. ELA’s is known for the best water views on the island. Serving lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m., and now offering “Sunday Brunch on the Water” complete with live jazz music every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 843-785-3030. www.elasgrille.com. nG FISHCAMP AT BROAD CREEK 11 Simmons Road. 843-842-2267. nGa
OLD OYSTER FACTORY With panoramic views overlooking Broad Creek, this Hilton Head landmark was voted one of the country’s “Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants” by OpenTable. It was also recently recommended in the “Off the Beaten Track” column in The Wall Street Journal. Wine Spectator magazine bestowed its “Award of Excellence” for the restaurant’s wine list and knowledge of wine. 101 Marshland Road. 843-681-6040. www.oldoysterfactory.com. Ga
FLORA’S ITALIAN CAFE 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. 843-842-8200. G
ORANGE LEAF 38 Shelter Cove Lane, www.orangeleafyogurt.com. 843-689-5323.
THE FRENCH BAKERY & EUROPEAN CUISINE 28 Shelter Cove Ln #120, Hilton Head Island. 843.342.5420 FrenchBakeryHiltonHead.com gn
PISCES SEAFOOD-STEAK-SUSHI 841 William Hilton Parkway. piscesseafoodsteaksushi.com, 843-341-3300 nG
GATOR’Z PIZZA Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort. 843-842-0004. G
POSEIDON 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 843-341-3838. www.poseidonhhi.com. nGa
GIUSEPPI’S PIZZA AND PASTA 32 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove. 843-785-4144. nG HAROLD’S DINER 641 William Hilton Parkway. 843-842-9292. gn
HH PRIME Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 843-842-8000. gnG}
BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS AND PIZZA Robert Trent Jones course, Palmetto Dunes. 843-785-1165.
HICKORY TAVERN 50 Shelter Cove Lane. 843-802-0010. nG
HILTON HEAD SOCIAL BAKERY 17 Harbourside Lane. 843-715-3349, hiltonheadsocialbakery.com
ARTHUR’S GRILLE Arthur Hills course, Palmetto Dunes. 843-785-1191.
BISTRO 17 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 843-785-5517. www.bistro17hhi.com. nG
CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL 14 Folly Field Drive. 843-785-5007. nG
ISLAND BAGEL & DELI Hilton Head:South Island Square 1/2 mile south of Palmetto Dunes, 843.686.3353. Bluffton: Sheridan Park. Open Daily 7am-2pm, 843.815.5300, IslandBagelandDeli.com Serving Authentic New York style boiled bagels made from scratch and baked fresh every morning. Manu also includes pastries, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, deli and specialty lunch sandwiches and salads. Open Daily 7am-2pm in Hilton Head and Bluffton locations. gn
CAFÉ AT THE MARRIOTT Oceanside at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Palmetto Dunes. 843-686-8488. gn
JAMAICA JOE’Z BEACH BAR Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 843-842-0044. a
COCO’S ON THE BEACH 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A. 843-842-2626. nG
JANE BISTRO & BAR 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 109. 843-686-5696. nG
BONEFISH GRILL 890 William Hilton Parkway. 843-341-3772. nG BUCCI’S ITALIAN CUISINE 13 Harbourside Lane, Shelter Cove Harbour. 843-785-3300.
COCONUTZ SPORTZ BAR Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 843-842-0043. Ga CONROY’S Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Palmetto Dunes. 843-686-8499. G} DRYDOCK 840 William Hilton Parkway, 843-842-9775. nG DUCK DONUTS 890 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 70. 843-842-3825. nG 216 hiltonheadmonthly.com
NEW YORK CITY PIZZA 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 119, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 843-785-4200. nG
LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN + BAR 841 William Hilton Parkway, Unit A, South Island Square. 843-681-3474. www.luckyroosterhhi.com. Ga MAYWOOD DAVIS 612 William Hilton Pkwy. 843-368-2839, www.maywooddavis.com. MEDITERRANEAN HARBOUR BAR AND GRILL 13 Harbourside Lane, Unit B, Shelter Cove Harbour. 843-842-9991, mediterraneanharbour.com. nGa MIKKI’S CAFE 70 Marshland Road, 843- 379-4322. gn
RUAN THAI CUISINE I 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-8576. nG SCOTT’S FISH MARKET RESTAURANT AND BAR 17 Harbour Side Lane. 843-785-7575. G SAN MIGUEL’S 9 Shelter Cove Ln. in Shelter Cove Harbour. 843-842-4555, www.sanmiguels.com. nG SANTA FE CAFÉ 807 William Hilton Pkwy in Plantation Center. 843-785-3838. nG SEA GRASS GRILLE 807 William Hilton Parkway. 843-785-9990. nG STARBUCKS 32 Shelter Cove Lane. 843-842-4090. UP THE CREEK PUB & GRILL Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road. 843-681-3625.
nGa WAYBACK BURGERS 32 Shelter Cove Ln., Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 843-785-2650, www.waybackburgers.com. nGa WORLD OF BEER 30 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 843-342-5522, www.worldofbeer.com. nGa XO SPORTS SPIRITS Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 843-341-8080.
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AMIGOS CAFE Y CANTINA 70 Pope Ave. 843-785-8226. nG ANNIE O’S 124 Arrow Road. 843-341-2664. nG ASIAN BISTRO 51 New Orleans Road. 843-686-9888. nG
AUNT CHILADA’S EASY STREET CAFE 69 Pope Ave. 843-785-7700. nG BAYLEY’S BAR & TERRACE 130 Shipyard Drive. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2400. gG BEACH BREAK GRILL 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite F. 843-785-2466. nG BESS’ DELICATESSEN AND CATERING Lunch specials include fresh homemade soups and assorted salads, and freshly oven-roasted turkey breast. Bess’ features Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center. 843-785-5504. www.bessdeli.com. gn BIG BAMBOO CAFÉ Long-running, casual hangout with a local vibe and a menu of burgers, seafood and festive libations. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 843-686-3443. www.bigbamboocafe.com.
BLACK MARLIN BAYSIDE GRILL AND HURRICANE BAR 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 843-785-4950.
nG} BRITISH OPEN PUB 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Unit D3 in The Village at Wexford. 843-686-6736. nGa BRICKYARD PUB 45 Shipyard Drive, #200. 843-681-1530. nGa BULLIES BBQ 3 Regents Parkway. 843-686-7427. nG CALLAHAN’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 49 New Orleans Rd. 843-686-7665. nGa CAPTAIN WOODY’S Many restaurants claim to be a favorite of locals. Speaking as locals, one of our favorites is Captain Woody’s. Owners Shannon and Russell Anderson made a good thing even better with their new location at 6 Target Road. Woody’s now offers more seating, an expanded menu and an attractive outdoor patio with an attached bar. 6 Target Road. 843-785-2400. www.captainwoodys.com. nGa CAROLINA CRAB COMPANY 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina. 843-842-2016.
nG CARETTA COFFEE CO. Enjoy a cup of coffee made from some of the finest coffee beans in the world. Local baristas carefully grind and brew every shot and mix every cup by hand. Coligny Plaza. 843-342-6400. gn CASEY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILLE 37 New Orleans Road. 843-785-2255 nGa CATCH 22 37 New Orleans Plaza. 843-785-6261. G C’EST BON C’est Bon’s interior is open and bright with a European feel that includes stainless steel cases and a parquet tile floor. Specializing in Nitro Cold brew, gelato and fresh baked pastries 318, The Shops at Sea Pines Center. 843-671-2200. cestbonhh.com. CHARBAR CO. Executive chef Scott Bodkin’s burger creations have made this a local favorite, serving award-winning gourmet burgers, September 2017 217
sandwiches, salads and more. 33 Office Park Road, Suite 213. Park Plaza, 843-785-2427. nG CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE A great place for a power lunch or a romantic dinner. Owner Charlie Golson and his son Palmer write the entire menu by hand each day, based on the freshest local seafood available. The dinner menu offers an array of 14 fresh fish, rack of lamb, filet mignon and more. 8 New Orleans Road. 843-785-9277. www.charliesgreenstar.com. G CHOW DADDY’S Located in the old Dry Dock building on Executive Park Road, using local, organic ingredients with meals prepared to order. Featuring salad bowls, sandwiches, tacos, hot bowls, platters and other snacks. The daily happy hour is 4-6 p.m. 14B Executive Park Road, 843-842-2469. www.chowdaddys.com. COAST Sea Pines Beach Club. 843-842-1888. nG COLIGNY DELI & GRILL Coligny Plaza. 843-785-4440. nG COWBOY BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Unit B6, The Village at Wexford. 843-715-3565. www.cowboybraziliansteakhouse.com. G CQ’S 140A Lighthouse Lane. 843-671-2779. nG CRANE’S TAVERN AND STEAKHOUSE 26 New Orleans Road. 843-341-2333. G
CRAVE BY DANIEL’S 2 North Forest Beach Dr. cravebydanielshhi.com. 843-341-9379. G CRAZY CRAB (HARBOUR TOWN) 149 Lighthouse Road. 843-363-2722. nG DELISHEE YO This is a hip hangout for healthy locals and travelers of all ages. A colorful and refreshing art-filled oasis of fresh and healthy food. Dig into a custom combo froyo sundae, a superfood smoothie, a big salad, a great green juice or a happy wrap. 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. 843-785-3633. nG
for regional foodways and Lowcountry culinary history. Here, our courteous and knowledgeable staff can guide you on a delectable journey of inspired seafood dishes in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere among a variety of dining and lounging areas. The experiencecontinues among three different bars, with live entertainment at the Fish Bowl music venue providing the perfect spot for an after-dinner cocktail. G FLATBREAD GRILL 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-341-2225, flatbreadgrillhhi.com.nG FRENCH KISS BAKERY Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-687-5471. gn
DOUGH BOYS PIZZA 1-B New Orleans Rd. 843-686-2697. www.doughboyshhi.com.
FROZEN MOO Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-842-3131.
FROSTY FROG CAFE Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-686-3764.
EARLE OF SANDWICH PUB 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 843-785-7767.
nG FAT BABY’S 1034 William Hilton Parkway. 843-842-4200. nG FIESTA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL 51 New Orleans Road. 843-785-4788. nG FISH SEAFOOD & RAW BAR 1 N Forest Beach Dr. firstname.lastname@example.org, 843-342-3474. Open 7 Days a Week, 5pm–10pm. One that places a premium on sourcing delicious seafood from local sources and lightly preparing it with a deep respect
nGa GRINGO’S DINER E-5, Coligny Plaza. 843-785-5400. GRUBY’S NEW YORK DELI 890 William Hilton Parkway, Fresh Market Shoppes. 843-842-9111. gn HARBOURSIDE BURGERS AND BREWS Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort. 843-842-1444, www.seapines.com. nG HARBOUR TOWN BAKERY AND CAFE Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 843-363-2021. gn
HEYWARD’S 130 Shipyard Drive. Sonesta Resort. 843842-2400. gG HILTON HEAD DINER 6 Marina Side Drive. 843-686-2400.
gnGa HILTON HEAD BREWING COMPANY 7C Greenwood Drive (Reilley’s Plaza), Hilton Head Plaza. 843-785-3900. www.hhbrewingco.com. nG HILTON HEAD ICE CREAM 55 New Orleans Road, #114. 843-852-6333. HINCHEY’S CHICAGO BAR AND GRILL Circle Center, Pope Ave. 843-686-5959.
nGa HINOKI 37 New Orleans Road. 843-785-9800. nG HOLY TEQUILA! Holy Tequila! offers a harmonizing blend of Mexican street food with new American flavors. Its inviting space features an open kitchen, an indoor/outdoor open-air seating area, a large tequila bar and a private tasting room. The menu features a wide variety of gourmet tacos, quesadillas, salads and small plates, all priced under $11; and a fully stocked bar with more than 40 premium tequilas, handcrafted specialty cocktails, Mexican beers and Spanishinspired wines. 33 Office Park Road, Suite 228. 843-681-8226. nG IT’S GREEK TO ME 11 Lagoon Road in Coligny Plaza. 843-842-4033. It’s Greek to Me® is a full service restaurant that offers traditional Greek cuisine along with a diverse variety of contemporary Greek dishes. Our restaurants all feature a bright Greek island décor and a warm family friendly atmosphere. Our menu is designed to offer an option to everyone and their different dining preferences. All menu items are made in house daily. nGa JAVA BURRITO COMPANY 1000 William Hilton Parkway. 843-842-5282.
gnG JAZZ CORNER Village at Wexford. 843-842-8620. Ga JERSEY MIKE’S 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Island Crossing. 843-341-6800. JUMP AND PHIL’S BAR AND GRILL 7 Greenwood Drive, Suite 3B. 843-785-9070.
nGa KENNY B’S FRENCH QUARTER CAFE 70 Pope Ave. in Circle Center. 843-785-3315.
gnG} LA HACIENDA 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 843-842-4982.
nG LAND’S END TAVERN South Beach Marina, Sea Pines. 843-671-5456.
LINKS, AN AMERICAN GRILL Harbour Town Golf Links Clubhouse, Sea Pines. 843-363-8380. www.linksamericangrill.com.
nG LIVE OAK 100 North Sea Pines Drive. 843-842-1441, liveoaklowcountrycuisine.com nG LOCAL PIE Only the highest quality, regionally sourced ingredients go into these wood-fired, housemade pies. A local business, with local staff and local suppliers. 55 New Orleans Road. 843842-7437. email@example.com. nG A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange. 843-785-9273. gnG LODGE BEER AND GROWLER BAR 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 843-842-8966. nGa MARKET STREET CAFE 12 Coligny Plaza. 843-686-4976. nG MARLEY’S ISLAND GRILLE 35 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 843-686-5800. Ga MELLOW MUSHROOM 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. www.mellowmushroom.com, 843-686-2474.
MI TIERRA (HILTON HEAD) 130 Arrow Rd. 843-342-3409. nG MICHAEL ANTHONY’S CUCINA ITALIANA Michael Anthony’s has been recognized by OpenTable diners as one of the “Top 50 Italian Restaurants” in the United States. 37 New Orleans Road. 843-785-6272. www.michael-anthonys.com. NEW YORK CITY PIZZA 81 Pope Ave. 843-842-2227. nG NICK’S STEAK & SEAFOOD 9 Park Lane. 843-686-2920. G OMBRA CUCINA RUSTICA Chef Michael Cirafesi proudly promotes the foods & wines of Italy. He prepares all pastas, homemade gnocchi, desserts and breads daily as well as a large variety of fish, veal, beef and game additions using only natural & fresh ingredients imported from Italy. An extensive wine list with wines from every region in Italy. There is a Europeanstyle bar & lounge with a large selection of Italian specialty cocktails, aperitifs, digestivos, homemade limoncello, and grappa; gluten-free pasta and other options also available. Open nightly from 4:30 until 10 p.m. Reservations recommended, walkins welcome. Peanut Free. 1000 Wlm Hilton Pkwy G-2, Village at Wexford, www.ombrahhi.com 843-842-5505. G ONE HOT MAMA’S 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 843-682-6262. nG}a
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PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFÉ Neighborhood cafe serving American breakfast all day and lunch classics, with outdoor seating. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 843-686-3232. gn PHILLY’S CAFÉ AND DELI 55 New Orleans Road #102, Fountain Center. 843-785-9966, phillyscafe.com n PINO GELATO 1000 William Hilton Pkwy, The Village at Wexford. 843-842-2822.
SALTY DOG CAFE One of Hilton Head’s favorite outdoor cafes for more than 20 years. Fresh seafood. Located at South Beach Marina, overlooking Braddock Cove. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. Live music and children’s entertainment nightly during the season. South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines. 843-671-7327. www.saltydog.com. nG
PLANTATION CAFÉ AND DELI (SOUTH) 81 Pope Ave. in Heritage Plaza. 843-785-9020. gn
SAGE ROOM 81 Pope Ave., Heritage Plaza. 843-785-5352.
POOL BAR JIM’S 10 North Forest Beach. 843-816-4648.
SEA SHACK 6 Executive Park Drive. 843-785-2464. nG
POMODORI 1 New Orleans Road. 843-686-3100. G
SIGNALS LOUNGE 130 Shipyard Dr., Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2400. a
THE PORCH The Beach House. 1 South Forest Beach Drive. 843-785-5126. gnG PORTER & PIG 1000 William Hilton Pkwy, The Village at Wexford. 843-715-3224. www.porter-pig.com.
G PURE NATURAL MARKET 1012 William Hilton Parkway. 843-342-7873.
gn QUARTERDECK 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 843-842-1999. nGa RED FISH Upscale dining at its finest. Head chef Chaun Bescos takes advantage of his close relationship with local growers and farmers markets, tailoring Red Fish’s menu around the foods that are in season. The result is an eclectic blend of seafood, steaks, fresh fruit and local vegetables. 8 Archer Rd. 843-686-3388. redfishofhiltonhead.com. nG REILLEY’S GRILL & BAR (SOUTH) 7D Greenwood Drive. 843-842-4414.
SIGNE’S BAKERY & CAFE 93 Arrow Road. 843-785-9118. gn} SKILLETS CAFÉ Coligny Plaza. 843-785-3131. gnG THE SMOKEHOUSE 34 Palmetto Bay Road. 843-842-4227.
gnGa SOUTHERN CONEY & BREAKFAST 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 843-689-2447. gn SPIRIT OF HARBOUR TOWN 843-363-9026. www.vagabondcruise.com. STACK’S PANCAKES OF HILTON HEAD 2 Regency Parkway. 843-341-3347.
gnG STARBUCKS (SOUTH) 11 Palmetto Bay Rd. 843-341-5477. STELLINI 15 Executive Park Road. 843-785-7006. G STU’S SURFSIDE 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 843-686-7873. nG
RELISH CAFE 33 Office Park Road, Park Plaza. 843-342-4800. nG
THE STUDIO 20 Executive Park Road. 843-785-6000.
RITA’S ITALIAN ICE 1 North Forest Beach Dr., Coligny Plaza. 843-686-2596. ritasice.com.
SUNSET SLUSH 81 Pope Ave., 843-785-7851.
ROCKFISH SEAFOOD & STEAKS AT BOMBORAS 5 Lagoon Road. 843-689-2662, RockFishHHI.com An award-winning restaurant and bar, located steps away from the beach. Offering fresh and local Lowcountry ingredients paired with craft beers and wine. Open for dinner. A kid’s menu is available. Ga ROY’S PLACE 33 Office Park Road, 843-785-4646. www.roysplacehhi.com. nG 220 hiltonheadmonthly.com
RUBY LEE’S SOUTH 19 Dunnigans Alley. 843-785-7825
SWEET CAROLINA CUPCAKES 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-342-2611. TIKI HUT 1 South Forest Beach Dr. at the Beach House Resort. 843-785-5126. nGa TOPSIDE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 843-842-1999. G TRATTORIA DIVINA 33 Office Park Road. 843-686-4442. G
TRUFFLES CAFE (SEA PINES) Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. 71 Lighthouse Rd, Sea Pines Ctr. 843-671-6136. www.trufflescafe.com. nG
WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines. 843-671-7327. G
BLUFFTON FAMILY SEAFOOD HOUSE 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 843-757-4010. nG
THE BLUFFTON ROOM 15 Promenade St. 843-757-3525, www.theblufftonroom.com.
TWISTED CORK 11 Palmetto Bay Road # 102 (next to Staples), Hilton Head, Open Monday through Saturday, 5-11 p.m. 843-802-0510. Open Monday-Saturday, 5pm.A local cocktail and wine bar. You can find it in Festival Center Plaza, near the Sea Pines Circle.
AGAVE SIDE BAR A fun laid-back Southwest Tex-Mex Patrón margarita and taco bar specializing in authentic tacos and smooth margaritas. Happy Hour daily 4-6pm, Taco Tuesdays. Indoor & Outdoor seating. 13 State of Mind St. 843-757-9190. nG
THE BRICK CHICKEN 1011 Fording Island Road in the Best Buy Shopping Center. 843-836-5040. nGa
VINE 1 North Forest Beach Dr. in Coligny Plaza. 843-686-3900.
nG WATUSI A place for breakfast, lunch and coffee. The cafe’s interior mirrors a warm, cozy living room where families and friends can gather and enjoy food in a casual homestyle setting. 71 Pope Ave. 843-686-5200. www.islandwatusi.com. gn WHICH WICH? 70 Pope Ave., Suite 13. 843-715-9424, www.whichwich.com.
nG WILD WING CAFÉ 72 Pope Ave. 843-785-9464. nGa WINE AND CHEESE IF YOU PLEASE 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite G. 843-842-1200.
ALVIN ORD’S OF BLUFFTON 1230-A May River Road. 843-757-1300, alvinordsofbluffton.com nG AMIGOS BELFAIR (BLUFFTON) 133 Towne Drive. 843-815-8226. nG BACKWATER BILL’S 20 Hampton Lake Drive. 843-875-5253. nGa
BEN & JERRY’S
6 Promenade Street #1003. 843-837-5555 BLACK BALSAM & BLUE 1534 Fording Island Road. 843-837-2583, blackbalsamblue.com. nG BLUFFTON BBQ 11 State of Mind St. 843-757-7427, www.blufftonbbq.com.
THE BRITISH OPEN PUB 1 Sherington Drive, Suite G. 843-815-6736. nGa BUFFALOS RESTAURANT 476 Mount Pelia Road inside Palmetto Bluff. 843-706-6500.
BUTCHER’S MARKET AND DELI 102 Buckwalter Parkway, Suite 3-G. 843-815-6328.
CAHILL’S MARKET & CHICKEN KITCHEN 1055 May River Road. 843-757-2921. nG CAPTAIN WOODY’S Many restaurants claim to be a favorite of locals. Speaking as locals, one of our favorites is Captain Woody’s. 17 State of Mind St. in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 843-757-6222. www.captainwoodys.com. nGa CHEAP SEATS TAVERN 2 142 Burnt Church Road, 843-837-3287.nG
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CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER 108 Buckwalter Parkway. 843-837-2433.
nG CHIPOTLE Tanger I Outlet Center. 843-836-2442, chipotle.com. nG CHOO CHOO BBQ XPRESS 129 Burnt Church Road. 843-815-7675.
nGa CHOW DADDY’S This new restaurant is using local, organic ingredients with meals prepared to order. The menu features salad bowls, sandwiches, tacos, hot bowls, platters and other snacks. The daily happy hour is 4-6 p.m. 15 Towne Drive, Belfair Towne Village. 843-842-2469. chowdaddys.com. nG CINCO MEXICAN GRILL & BAR 102 Buckwalter Parkway #3. 843-815-2233.
GIUSEPPI’S PIZZA AND PASTA 25 Bluffton Road. 843-815-9200. nG HINCHEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL 104 Buckwalter Place, Suite 1A. 843-836-5909.
nG HOGSHEAD KITCHEN AND WINE BAR 1555 Fording Island Road. 843-837-4647.
nG HONEYBAKED HAM COMPANY 1060 Fording Island Road. 843-815-7388. ISLAND BAGEL & DELI Sheridan Park. 843-815-5300. gn JAMESON’S CHARHOUSE 671 Cypress Hills Drive, Sun City. 843-705-8200.
CLAUDE & ULI’S BISTRO 1533 Fording Island Road. 843-837-3336.
JESSAMINE 477 Mount Pelia Road, the Inn at Montage Palmetto Bluff. 843-836-6210. gnG
CORKS WINE CO. BAR & BOUTIQUE 14 Promenade St., Suite 306. 843-815-5168.
JIM ‘N NICK’S BAR-B-Q 872 Fording Island Road. 843-706-9741.
CORNER PERK CAFE 1297 May River Road. 843-816-5674. cornerperk.com. gn
JUICE HIVE 14 Johnston Way. 843-757-2899.
THE COTTAGE CAFE, BAKERY AND TEA ROOM 38 Calhoun St. 843-757-0508. www.thecottagebluffton.com. gn
KATIE O’DONNELL’S 1008 Fording Island Road in Kittie’s Crossing. 843-815-5555. nGa
DOLCE VITA 163 Bluffton Road, Suite F. 843-815-6900. G
KELLY’S TAVERN 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive. 843-8373353. gnGa
DOWNTOWN DELI 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 843-815-5005.
KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 30 Plantation Park Drive. 843-757-6688.
EL NUEVO VALLARTA MEXICAN BAR & GRILL 16 Kitties Landing Rd. 843-706-9338 elnuevovallartabluffton.com. nG
LOCAL PIE Only the highest quality, regionally sourced ingredients go into these wood-fired, housemade pies. A local business, with local staff and local suppliers. 15 State of Mind St. 843-8377437. localpie.com. nG
EL SUPER INTERNACIONAL 33 Sherington Drive. 843-815-8113.
nG FARM BLUFFTON The most talked-about new restaurant in Old Town. Much of the produce on the menu was grown at nearby Williamson Lowcountry Farms. Open for lunch and dinner. 1301 May River Road. 843-7072041, farmbluffton.com. nG FAT PATTIES AND SALT MARSH BREWING 207 Bluffton Road. fat-patties.com. 843-815-6300. nG FIREHOUSE SUBS 32 Malphrus Road, #109. 843-815-7827.
nG FIESTA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL 876 Fording Island Road, Suite 1. 843-706-7280. nG 222 hiltonheadmonthly.com
FORE & AFT 477 Mount Pelia Road, the Inn at Montage Palmetto Bluff. 843-836-6210. n
LONGHORN Inside Tanger I. 843-705-7001. nG LOS JALAPENO’S MEXICAN GRILL The Bridge Center. 843-837-2333. nG MAY RIVER GRILL 1263 May River Road. 843-757-5755.
nG MELLOW MUSHROOM 872 Fording Island Rd. 843-706-0800. mellowmushroom.com. nGa MIDNIGHT BAKER 14 Promenade St. 843-815-5355. g n MI TIERRA 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 843-757-7200.
MI TIERRITA 214 Okatie Village Drive. 843-705-0925. nG MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL 3 Malphrus Road. 843-837-8722. nG
SALTY DOG BLUFFTON Tanger II Outlet. Offering a diverse menu with favorite dishes from the original Salty Dog Cafe and Jake’s Pizza, Salty Dog Bluffton is sure tp keep the whole family happy. 843-837-3344. bluffton.saltydog.com. nG
MULBERRY STREET TRATTORIA 1476 Fording Island Road. 843-837-2426.nG}
SIPPIN COW 1D Promenade St., 843-757-5051. gn
NONNA ROSA 198 Okatie Village Dr., Okatie. 843 707-1750. nonnarosabluffton.com. nG
SOUTHERN BARREL BREWING CO. 375 Buckwalter Place Blvd. 843-837-2337. southernbarrelbrewingco.com.
OCTAGON BAR & GATHERING PLACE 477 Mount Pelia Road, the Inn at Montage Palmetto Bluff. 843-836-6210. G
SQUAT N’ GOBBLE 1231 May River Road. 843-757-4242. gnG
OLD TOWN DISPENSARY 15 Captains Cove. 843-837-1893.
nGa THE ORIGINAL 46 GASTROPUB 68 Bluffton Road. (843) 757-4646 OROBELLO’S BISTRO & PIZZERIA 103 Buckwalter Place, Unit 108. 843-837-5637. www.orobellosbluffton.com. nGa OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 100 Buckwalter Place. 843-757-9888. nG
STOOGES CAFE 25 Sherington Drive. 843-706-6178. gn TRUFFLES CAFE Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. 91 Towne Drive Belfair Towne Village. 843-815-5551, trufflescafe.com. nG TWISTED EUROPEAN BAKERY 1253 May River Road, Unit A. twistedeuropeanbakery.com, 843-757-0033. gn
WALNUTS CAFÉ 70 Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park. 843-815-2877.
gn} WILD WING CAFÉ (BLUFFTON) 1188 Fording Island Road. 843-837-9453. nG ZEPPLIN’S BAR & GRILL Inside Station 300. 25 Innovation Drive. 843-815-2695.
ZOE’S KITCHEN Tanger I Outlet Center. 843-837-5410. nG
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND EAGLE’S NEST 56 Fuskie Lane, Bloody Point. 843-341-5522. MARSHSIDE MAMA’S CAFE 15 Haig Point Road on County Landing. 843-785-4755.
nG OLD DAUFUSKIE CRAB CO 256 Cooper River Landing Road. 843-785-6653. M
PANDA CHINESE RESTAURANT 25 Bluffton Road. 843-815-6790. nG THE PEARL KITCHEN & BAR Bringing to Old Town Bluffton a bright, fresh take on the dining experience, The Pearl Kitchen & Bar will please your palate with the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more. 55 Calhoun St., 843-757-5511. thepearlbluffton.com. nG POUR RICHARD’S 4376 Bluffton Parkway. 843-757-1999. Ga R BAR 70 Pennington Drive. 843-757-7264. nG RED FISH Upscale dining at its finest. Head chef Chaun Bescos takes advantage of his close relationship with local growers and farmers markets, tailoring Red Fish’s menu around foods in season. 32 Bruin Road. 843-837-8888. nG RED STRIPES CARIBBEAN CUISINE AND LOUNGE 8 Pin Oak St. 843-757-8111. nGa RED THE RESTAURANT & WINE BOUTIQUE 1011 Fording Island Rd. Suite C105. 843-837-3747, redwinesc.com. nG RIVER HOUSE RESTAURANT 476 Mount Pelia Road in Palmetto Bluff. 843-706-6500.
nG RUAN THAI CUISINE II 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village. 843-757-9479.
nG SAIGON CAFE 1304 Fording Island Road. 843-837-1800. gnG SAKE HOUSE 1017 Fording Island Road, Suite 105. 843-706-9222. nG September 2017 223
LAST CALL Photo by Mike Ritterbeck
Peace Matters Now More Than Ever 1967, The Summer of Love, The Club of Rome and Now
Peace will prove to be an essential condition if we want to start a path toward saving our civilization.
half-century ago, the hippie movement reached a milestone when roughly 100,000 people converged in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood for the Summer of Love. The cultural movement of the “flower power people” promoted peace, love, sharing, caring, meditation, anti-consumerism, suspicion of government, “dropping out,” the use of mindaltering drugs and Vietnam War protests. The creative works developed during that period — songs, poetry, art, fashion — are instantly recognizable and still reverb to this day. The greeting “peace” and the peace sign — holding up the index and middle fingers in a V — have been passed on to the next generations. The peace symbol, adopted from Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1950s and ’60s, has become one of the most globally recognizable marks. Ultimately, the outpouring of resistance against the war in Vietnam helped turn the tide and end the direct involvement of U.S. troops in that conflict. While eclectic youngsters converged in San Francisco, a different type of crowd gathered in Rome in: businessmen, scientists and politicians, who formed the Club of Rome. Their main concern was that diminishing resources couldn’t keep up with the world’s exploding population. In other words, the world was on an unsustainable path that would ultimately lead to an unsolvable crisis. Members of the club did not trust the common thinking at the time: Capitalists relied on the market system and the Communists on technology to solve all problems. Their report “Limits to Growth,” published in 1972, sold 30 million copies and became the world’s best-selling environmental book. The thought that growth is not limitless contradicted all common assumptions at the time. Unfortunately, the acceptance of a continuously growing U.S. federal debt is still
based on the fallacy that we can afford to take on more debt because the overall economic output will continuously grow, with no limits in sight. So now, 50 years later, where are we? • We’re still at war. The occupation of Afghanistan will be our nation’s longest, and, combined with our involvement in Iraq, our costliest intervention overseas with no clear solution in sight. • Twenty-nine states have legalized to some degree the use of marijuana, in part thanks to the legacy of that decade. • The nuclear arsenal has not been disarmed. Russia, the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, China, Pakistan, India and North Korea — and possibly Israel — all have active nuclear warheads. • Capitalism versus Communism: Both systems have proven to be inadequate. • The Club of Rome was right after all. The population explosion continues and natural resources are becoming scarce. To make things worse, global warming is becoming the existential crisis of the century. In a world where we are oversaturated with hate and violence and the earth is literally burning underneath our feet, a global peace and sustainability movement is just what we need. But one summer of love is not going to do it. We need a decade of total commitment to humanity, a time when we can freely share ideas and resources across ideological, religious, gender, race and geographic boundaries toward a less violent, less cruel, just and more human world. Imagine if we were free from political aspirations, government red tape and corporate greed and could put all our efforts and resources toward that goal. Peace, as simple and idealistic as it may sound, will prove to be an essential condition if we want to start forging a path toward saving our civilization. M
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September is the month when locals reclaim Hilton Head Island as visitors dwindle, and Lowcountry groups host a flurry of galas, auctions, a...
Published on Aug 31, 2017
September is the month when locals reclaim Hilton Head Island as visitors dwindle, and Lowcountry groups host a flurry of galas, auctions, a...