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LOWCOUNTRY Leisure Guide

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In Shore • Offshore Charters Evening Shark Fishing

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The go-to company for those who would prefer to spend time outside versus inside is OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD. For over 30 years we’ve been providing top experiences, amazing memories and connecting people to the hidden gems of the Lowcountry. In addition to our multitude of excellent programs 365 days a year, Outside Hilton Head has grown to become the Lowcountry’s premier outdoor outfitter with two retail shops loaded with everything you need for your adventure. So stop by, log on or call us and GET OUTSIDE! Outside Hilton Head Flagship Store: Plaza at Shelter Cove • Highway 278 Outside Palmetto Bluff Store & Activity Center: Wilson Landing at Palmetto Bluff 2

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CONTENTS SPRING 2018

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Hilton Head 7 8 14 18 20 21 22 23 24

Hilton Head Island Lowcountry Directory Dolphin Watching Etiquette on the Green Hilton Head Happenings The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn Music & Taste on the Harbour 2018 Hargray Wingfest RBC Heritage

Bluffton 27 30 32 33 34

COVER ART: Beach Trees, by Stephen Kasun

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Beaufort 37 40 42 43 44 45

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Beaufort Spanish Moss Trail Beaufort Happenings A Taste of Beaufort 32nd Annual Original Gullah Festival 15th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival

Savannah 47 50 52 54

Savannah Discover Wormsloe Historic Site Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah Happenings

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Tide Chart - March Tide Chart - April Tide Chart - May Tide Chart - June Southern Cooking Lowcountry Map

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Bluffton Spiritual Shelter Bluffton Happenings Farmers’ Market of Bluffton 40th Annual Mayfest

Single copies of The Lowcountry Leisure Guide may be obtained by mailing a check for $5.00 for postage and handling to Island Communications, P.O. Box 5511, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. E-mail: icom@hiltonhead.com. Every effort is made to provide dependable data; however, the publisher does not war­rant that the data herein is complete or accurate. Any rates, special offers, etc. are subject to change by the individual adver­tis­ers and are not guaranteed by Island Communications. ©Copyright 2018. Island Communications. All rights reserved.

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elcome to the Lowcountry! From award-winning restaurants to fascinating historic sites, there’s so much here to explore, experience and enjoy. You’ll want to return again and again to experience the best that the area has to offer.

Here’s a quick overview of the main areas of interest in the Lowcountry:

Hilton Head Island, SC – This crown jewel of the Lowcountry offers 12 miles of white sandy beaches and lush maritime forests, as well as award-winning dining, exceptional shopping and outstanding family-friendly activities. This boot-shaped sea island, nestled along the South Atlantic coast, has earned a well-deserved reputation as a beach, golf and tennis mecca. Hilton Head Island features lovely white beaches, gentle waves, rolling dunes and a temperate climate, providing the ideal setting for a wide range of outdoor activities, from saltwater fishing to zip lining. Bluffton, SC – Enjoy the “Bluffton State of Mind,” which is laidback, quirky and fun, when you visit Old Town Bluffton. Wander the town’s historic streets shaded by massive live oak trees and discover creative art galleries, charming boutiques, delicious restaurants and inviting pubs. Tucked along the majestic May River, Bluffton offers an authentic Southern village atmosphere that is home to friendly locals, vintage Lowcountry architecture and fresh seafood. Beaufort, SC – Southern charm comes to life in Beaufort, from its quaint waterfront dotted with porch swings to its historic homes, which date back to 1717. Beaufort served as the inspiration for the setting of Pat Conroy’s novel The Prince of Tides, and is featured in a wide range of movies such as “Forrest Gump” and “The Big Chill.” This former port, which was home to wealthy planters before the Civil War, boasts scenic streets shaded by massive live oaks, as well as cozy restaurants, lively festivals, friendly cafes and inviting boutiques. Savannah, GA – Founded by General James Edward Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah originally served as Britain’s 13th colony in the New World. Today, it’s a foodie’s fantasy and a pedestrian paradise. Thanks to its innovative city plan, developed by Oglethorpe, visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark District on foot, marveling at the network of squares that crisscross the downtown area. From the seaport charm of River Street to the cosmopolitan flair of Broughton Street, Savannah offers a wide range of options and experiences to suit every taste. Make the most of every moment in the Lowcountry. Happy travels! 6

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H ILT O N H E AD

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esignated “The Best Island in the Continental U.S.� in 2016 by Travel + Leisure readers, Hilton Head Island is a boot-shaped paradise brimming with

white, sandy beaches and natural wonders. Adventure abounds on the many kayak nature tours and deep-sea fishing excursions, walking trails within wildlife preserves and over 50 miles of paved public pathways. No wonder Hilton Head holds a special place in many hearts. Whether enjoying an afternoon of shopping, playing 18 holes on a world-class golf course or savoring a meal at one of the hundreds of fabulous local restaurants, life on this island is always laid back. Beachfront hotels and harborside condos offer spectacular sunrise and sunset views, adding a taste of luxury as well.


LOWCOUN TRY DIRECTORY

Bicycle Billy’s Bike Rentals Island-Wide Delivery & Pickup GPS: 81 Pope Ave. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

bicyclebillys.com Phone: (843) 785-7851

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Bling Vacations LLC GPS: 200 Main St. Ste. 201L ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

blingvacations.com Phone: (843) 593-8186

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Bluewater Adventure Shelter Cove Marina GPS: 1 Shelter Cove Ln. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

bluewateradventurehiltonhead.com Phone: (843) 422-9119

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Coastal Discovery Museum Honey Horn GPS: 70 Honey Horn Dr. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

coastaldiscovery.org Phone: (843) 689-6767

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Dolphin Discoveries Simmons Landing GPS: 11 Simmons Rd. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

dolphindiscoverieshiltonhead.com Phone: (843) 684-1911

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Every Second Counts Escape Room GPS: 22 Sams Point Way ____________________________ everysecondcountsesc.com Phone: (843) 525-9000

Beaufort Pg. 41

Hilton Head Bicycle Company Island-Wide Delivery & Pickup GPS: 112 Arrow Rd. ____________________________ hiltonheadbicycle.com Phone: (843) 686-6888

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Island Skiff Adventure Tours Broad Creek Marina GPS: 18 Simmons Rd. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

islandskifftours.com Phone: (843) 816-5976

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Kayak Hilton Head Simmons Landing GPS: 11 Simmons Rd. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

kayakhiltonhead.com Phone: (843) 684-1910

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Kilwins Hilton Head Shelter Cove ____________________________

GPS: 28 Shelter Cove Ln.

kilwins.com/stores/kilwins-

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hilton-head-shelter-cove Phone: (843) 785-2727

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KS Fine Art Gallery GPS: 230 Bull St. ____________________________ ksfineartgallery.com Phone: (407) 474-0411

Savannah Pg. 51

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La Petite Gallerie GPS: 56 Calhoun St. An intimate little gallery filled with fine local art ____________________________ 56 Calhoun Street lapetitegallerie.com Bluffton SC lapetitegallerie.com 12

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Dolphin Watching Meet our graceful, fascinating aquatic neighbors.

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ne of the favorite pastimes of Lowcountry residents and visitors as they walk the beach or cruise the local waterways, is watching dolphins as they play, fish or simply swim on by. Many people don't realize, however, that they are actually whale watching. Most of us think of whales as large marine mammals, up to 90 feet long, occasionally glimpsed around Hilton Head, like the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. But the dolphins commonly seen in the surrounding waters are true whales. They are members of the group of whales known as Odontoceti, meaning literally “toothed whales.” The toothed whales are typically the “smaller” whales, and even include the Sperm Whale, which can be as large as a Right Whale. Despite the size differences and the lack or presence of teeth, all whales have certain common characteristics. Of course, the most striking is that they are mammals, and thus have many things in common with humans. For instance, they are warm-blooded, even though they can dive to great depths in the ocean where it is extremely cold. They can accomplish this feat due to the layer of blubber that insulates their bodies. They must also breathe air, which is when most of us have the chance to view them at the water’s surface. Most interesting, however, is that dolphins give birth and nurse their young, like all mammals do.

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Despite being mammals, whales have obviously made changes to adapt to their aquatic existence. Their smooth skin is hairless, which actually aids them in swimming by decreasing the amount of friction created as they move through the water. Due to the lack of hair, all whales have blubber to keep them warm. Their nostrils have evolved to become blowholes situated on the top of the head to make breathing easier. The external ear openings are practically nonexistent. Yet the most striking changes are to the body shape itself. Whales have a common ancestor that was once terrestrial. In addition to the other changes, their body shape changed drastically. The front limbs became flippers, while the hind limbs disappeared entirely. The tail became the broad, flat fluke used to propel themselves through the water. The general shape of whales is also torpedo-like, which again helps them to move more easily through the water. Even our local dolphins have these characteristics.

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The most common dolphin spotted around the Lowcountry is the • weighs anywhere from 300-800 lbs. Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops • is between 8 and 10 truncatus). Bottlefeet long nose dolphins can be found in temperate tropical waters around the world—as long as the fish, squid, octopus and krill that they feed on are present.

• typically dives between 10 and 150 feet for an average time of 3 minutes • can live from 25-30 years

Although these animals sound bulky, anyone who has witnessed a dolphin gracefully leap above the

• can have a calf about every 2 years and have a gestation period of 9 to 12 months.

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waves knows how agile they can be. Not only are dolphins incredibly agile, they can also be quite speedy. Dolphins typically cruise at speeds from three to seven miles per hour, but have been clocked at bursts of speed from 30-45 miles per hour—a great way to elude danger, such as sharks, or to catch fish. In our murky coastal waters, dolphins use echolocation to find fish. Echolocation works like sonar, with the dolphins emitting a high-pitched noise which then “echoes” back to the animal after it strikes an object. Echolocation in dolphins is much more sophisticated than human sonar. Dolphins can detect the size, shape, texture and density of an object by using echolocation.

Another interesting feeding technique in our regional dolphins is “strand feeding” (see photo above). During low tide, when the salt marsh mud flats are exposed, dolphins working in pairs or small groups will herd a school of fish toward the shore. In a rush of water, the dolphins chase the fish and cause them to panic and jump out of the water and onto the mud. The dolphins will literally strand themselves while rolling to their right side to snatch up the grounded fish.

After feeding, the dolphins slide back down the mud into the water and move along the shore again, possibly repeating this maneuver several times. Strand feeding is a learned behavior among the dolphins from Savannah to Beaufort and, remarkably, does not occur anywhere else in the United States.

Local dolphins are monitored by The Dolphin Project (TDP), a trained group of over 300 volunteers who collect population data (such as abundance, residency and distribution) about the dolphins from Port Royal Sound to the border of Georgia to Florida. Due to their efforts, we know that we have approximately 200 year-round resident dolphins around Hilton Head Island. Dolphins can be

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www.IslandSkiffTours.com (843) 816-5976

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Get up close and personal with the local wildlife on this must-do eco-tour • Captain your own two-person catamaran boat on an exploration of Hilton Head’s creeks & islands led by an experienced guide • Make several stops on the two-and-a-half-hour, 30-mile tour • Reservations Required. $125 per adult • $100 per child 18 Simmons Rd, HHI SC 29926 Broad Creek Marina

individually identified by their dorsal fins: each one is as unique as a human fingerprint. Additionally, the data collected by these volunteers is used by scientists and researchers with state and federal agencies, as they continue to institute policies regarding the quality of coastal waters. Years of study have answered some of the basic questions about dolphins. Yet there are many more questions to be answered, such as, what is the status of dolphins in the ocean? Are their numbers increasing or decreasing? When dolphins strand feed, why do they they always roll to their right side? Why are some dolphins social, while others tend to be more solitary? Do they have territories they defend? Enjoy a dolphin cruise while on Hilton Head Island to observe these graceful, fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. You’ll be amazed at how playful they are and by how many dolphins call local waters home throughout the year. S PR IN G 2 0 1 8 | LOWC OUNTRY LEISURE G U I D E

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anners matter whether you’re teeing off, driving or putting.

With its emerald greens, spectacular weather and world-class courses, Hilton Head Island is known far and wide as a mecca for golfers. However, there are a number of written and unwritten rules of golf etiquette that every player should know.

FIVE MINUTES -

This is how much time a player has to search for a ball. If time is up and the ball hasn’t been located, the player must declare the ball lost and follow the standard rules governing lost balls.

FREE DROP - A free drop offers relief from a condition which carries no penalty. For instance, a player may be allowed a free drop away from a young sapling to avoid damaging the tree. The player also is entitled to a free drop from areas that are under repair. HONOR -

Having the “honor” entitles a player to tee off first in a group. It is usually determined by the golfer with the lowest score on the previous hole. On the first tee, where there is no previous score to go by, the honor is decided either by a handicap order (lower handicap usually tees off first) or by the flip of a coin.

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If any group fails to keep up with the general pace of play, loses ground on the group ahead or loses a ball, then the group behind should be invited to “play through.” Please note that this is not merely a common courtesy. A player can actually be penalized for repeated slow play.

UNPLAYABLE LIE - Any number of situations on the golf course, the important point being that the player is the sole judge of whether a ball is unplayable. There are several relief options available, under penalty, once the player has declared the ball unplayable.

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HILTON HEAD

Happenings

Music & Taste on the Harbour

21st Annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest

RBC Heritage Presented By Boeing

Summer Jams

When: Thursdays through May 17, 6-9 p.m. Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Ln. What It’s About: Dance the night away on Thursday nights at Shelter Cove Harbour! This exciting event returns for its 9th season at Neptune Statue, combining the best local bands with delicious food and drinks. Featured Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants will offer a variety of specially priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. Limited seating will be provided, so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. Weather permitting. For more information, palmettodunes.com/ shelter-cove/events-hilton-head/ music-and-taste.

When: May 12, 11:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Where: Shelter Cove Community Park What It’s About: The Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island’s 21st Annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest will be held rain or shine. Barbecue teams from around the state are expected, as well as local cooks who have competed in the past for awards and bragging rights. A local band will provide the entertainment. Beer, wine, soda, hot dogs and ice cream will also be available for purchase. Advance tickets will be sold at several local businesses at a reduced price of $15. Tickets at the gate are $20. For more information, hiltonheadribburnoff.com.

When: April 9-15 Where: Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort What It’s About: When the cheers are louder and the Southern hospitality is a few degrees warmer—that's when the RBC Heritage comes to Hilton Head Island! It’s the amped-up mood and carefree tone that lets you know Plaid Nation has come to play. To buy tickets for South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR golf tournament, or for more information, rbcheritage.com.

When: Tuesdays, June 12, 19 & 26, 5-9 p.m. Where: Shelter Cove Towne Center, Shelter Cove Community Park What It’s About: Family fun with face painting, inflatable bounce houses, a zip line, rock climbing wall, bungee jump, The Surf’s Jeff Taylor and DJ Alan Palchak with fireworks at dusk. Free admission; food and activities are sold separately. For more information, (843) 681-7273 or islandreccenter.org.

2018 Yacht Hop

When: Tuesdays, June 12, 19 & 26, 6-10 p.m. Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Ln. What It’s About: A family-friendly festival features live music by Shannon Tanner at 6:30 and 8 p.m., Cappy the Clown, face painting, carnival games, treats from vendors and fireworks at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting, to end the night. All of these fun activities are set amid great restaurants and shops. For more information, contact Palmetto Dunes at (843) 785-6424 or palmettodunes.com.

When: May 6, 5:30-9 p.m. Where: Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Sea Pines Resort What It’s About: Hilton Head Island’s Best Dock Party! Guests are invited to step aboard stunning yachts and be treated to mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres prepared by area chefs. Guests also enjoy music by The Headliners and silent and live auctions. A cash bar will be available and valet parking is provided. All proceeds benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. For more information, hhospicecarelc. org/events/yacht-hop-hilton-head. 20

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The Art Market at HISTORIC HONEY HORN

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his juried, fine art and craft festival hosts 90 accomplished artists from this region and across the country, with 12 states being represented at this year’s event. Artists were juried into this show to provide a wide variety of fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, wood and fiber arts. Also at this year’s event is the annual Herb Society of Hilton Head sale. Herb plants, French Market soup mix, curry, jellies, dill horseradish mix and many new products will be available for purchase. Rain or shine, the outdoor show is open to the public on Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Herb Society sale will be on Saturday only from 10 a.m. until sold out. There is a $3.00 per person admission charge. Demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. Food, beverages, ice cream and Italian ices will be available to purchase from Jack Frost. For more information, call (843) 689-6767 ext. 224 or visit coastaldiscovery.org. S PR IN G 2 0 1 8 | LOWC OUNTRY LEISURE G U I D E

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Music & Taste on the Harbour

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ow in its ninth season, this spring outdoor concert series features a variety of bands on select Thursday nights beginning March 29. The free event is open to the public, and mixes live, local music with gourmet food, shopping and sunset water views from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Attendees are invited to dance by the iconic Neptune Statue and enjoy the sunset water views in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, as well as enjoy specially-priced light appetizers, along with wine, beer and cocktails from Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants. Limited seating will be provided so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs.

The spring schedule for live music at Music & Taste on the Harbour includes: March 29 – The Headliners April 5 – Deas Guyz April 12 – The Headliners April 19 – Target April 26 – The Headliners May 3 – Deas Guyz May 10 – Headliners May 17 – Deas Guyz 22

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Photo courtesy of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Entrance to the event is free and the event is weather permitting. No coolers or outside food are allowed and limited seating is available. For more information call (843) 548-0060 or visit palmettodunes. com/shelter-cove/ events-hilton-head.


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he Island Recreation Association and Hargray present the Hargray Wingfest. The weekend kicks off with a Wings and Beer event on Friday, March 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Come “tip-off” the weekend and tailgate Wingfest style. Local celebrity chef Orchid Paulmeier from One Hot Mama’s breaks out her best game-day foods, and whips up a special batch of her award-winning wings that will be paired with local libations from The Lodge. Wear your team colors, or purchase one of the awesome Wingfest t-shirts, and watch the game on the bigscreen TV. Enjoy live music, a fire performance and catch the best sunset views on the island.

Basketball. Hear live entertainment from local favorites, while Adventure Radio will be on hand broadcasting all the excitement. Cheer on or participate in the Kid’s Wing Bobbing Competition or Adult Wing-Eating Contest. Vote for your favorite wing and see the winner crowned at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $7 (children 10 and under are free). Food and beverages sold separately.

Competition day takes place on Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.5 p.m., featuring over 20 local restaurants cooking their best wings. Over 6,500 lbs. of chicken wings will be served at this fun-filled, family-friendly, festive atmosphere. There will be many activities, such as a kid’s zone, rock climbing wall and bungee jump. Custom Audio Video and Hargray will provide big-screen televisions to watch all the March Madness

If you go: Price: First 200 tickets: $35, Second 200 tickets: $40 Price Includes: • • • • •

Admission 8 Wing Samplings (4 different sauces) Five Beer Samplings (5 oz. craft beer) One Hot Mama Tailgate Party Food Commemorative Wingfest Cup

(Liquor, domestic beer, soft drinks and water sold separately) Both Friday and Saturday events take place at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln. No pets please. For more information, call (843) 681-7273 or visit hiltonheadwingfest.com.


2018 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE* Monday, April 9

“Get Your Plaid On” April 9-15 as the tradition continues when the biggest names on the PGA Tour swing into The Sea Pines Resort for the 50th RBC Heritage.

Pro Practice Rounds Morning Opening Ceremonies** Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Liberty Oak and ends at the 18th green Pro-Am Presented by Boeing 1st & 10th Tees - 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10

Pro Practice Rounds All Day Coca-Cola Youth Day Putting Contest** 3-4 p.m. Family Movie on the Heritage Lawn 4:30-6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11

RBC Heritage Pro-Am 1st & 10th Tees - 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, April 12 & 13

First & Second Rounds Starting on the 1st & 10th Tee Starting Times 7:20-9 a.m. and 11:50-1:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 14

Third Round All players start on 1st Tee Starting Times 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Plaid Nation Day Contests on the Heritage Lawn** Noon-2 p.m.

Sunday, April 15

Sunrise Service** 18th Green - 7:30 a.m. Final Round All players start on 1st Tee Starting Times 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Trophy Presentation 18th Green immediately follow­ing the close of play *Times are approximate and subject to change. **Tournament tickets are needed to attend all special events. 24

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Photos provided by The Heritage Classic Foundation

MEDIA COVERAGE The Golf Channel

Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., ET Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., ET

CBS Sports

Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m., ET

PGA Tour Radio

Cheers to 50 Years! Fifty tournaments, hundreds of golfers, thousands of fans and millions of cheers!

Channel 208 or 93 Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m., ET

PARKING

General Parking at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Dr.

Complimentary parking with motor coach service to and from Harbour Town Marina, 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. There is no general spectator parking inside The Sea Pines Resort.

Official Tournament Shuttle from Coligny Beach Parking Lot

Complimentary shuttles to a dropoff near Harbour Town, 6:30 a.m.9:30 p.m. Bicycle parking is available in the Coligny Plaza area. Parking is first come first served.

Bicycle Parking at Harbour Town Golf Links

Complimentary bicycle parking is available inside Sea Pines at the tennis courts next to Harbour Town Golf Links Clubhouse parking lot. All cyclists must have a tournament ticket or a volunteer badge to be admitted through the gates of Sea Pines. Bicycle parking is also available at 16 Baynard Park Rd.

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking passes are

issued by Sea Pines Security, located on Greenwood Drive in the CSA/Security Administration Building, one mile inside the main gate of The Sea Pines Resort. Passes are issued at the Security Office only and cannot be distributed by mail. To reach the Security Office, call (843) 671-1343.

WILL CALL

Will Call is designed for last minute sales, pick-up and redistribution of tournament badges. Badges can be dropped off at the Ticket Office in the Harbour Town Golf Links parking lot. A picture ID is required to pick-up your tickets. A ticket is not required to ride the tournament buses.

Will Call Hours

April 9-15: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. A variety of RBC Heritage ticket packages are available, call (843) 671-2448 or visit rbcheritage.com.

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B LU FFT O N

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ust minutes from Hilton Head Island, right on the banks of the May River, sits the quaint town of Bluffton, South Carolina. Filled with gorgeous ante-

bellum homes, historic churches, and all kinds of artisan shops and wonderful restaurants, Bluffton is anything but quiet. It was even named #1 for Amazing Non-­Beach Getaways by Huffington Post, which is no surprise, since the gorgeous oak trees draped in moss and the scenic views of the May River give Bluffton some of the sweetest Southern charm in all of the Lowcountry. No matter whether you’re looking for a great place to fish or explore by kayak, somewhere to have a family vacation, destination wedding or even a new place to call home, Bluffton is bound to have somewhere perfect for you. Discover this casual, friendly community that’s filled with Southern style.


LOWCOUNTRY DIRECTORY

Lawton Stables The Sea Pines Resort GPS: 190 Greenwood Dr. ____________________________ lawtonstables.com Phone: (843) 671-2586

Hilton Head Island Pg. 13

Mike’s Bikes Bicycle Rentals Island-Wide Delivery & Pickup ____________________________ mikesbikeshiltonhead.com Phone: (843) 671-6453

Hilton Head Island Pg. 11

Creek Cats – ONEHHI Palmetto Bay Marina GPS: 86 Helmsman Way ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

onehhi.com Phone: (843) 684-2004

Outside Hilton Head Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge Hwy. 278 Shelter Cove Marina GPS: 1 Shelter Cove Ln. ____________________________

Palmetto Bluff

outsidehiltonhead.com

GPS: 37 Boathouse St., Bluffton

Phone: (843) 686-6996

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he Church of the Cross, an Episcopal church located on a bluff overlooking the scenic May River, has served as the heart and soul of Bluffton for many area residents. Constructed of virgin heart pine (not cypress, as many believe), the church has a unique rustic exterior that complements its distinctive Gothic architecture. The church originally wore a coat of white paint but, today, it stands unpainted, as a testament to its early years as a center of Bluffton’s spiritual community. “The church exemplifies the Bluffton that was, prior to 1863,” said Thomas Heyward of Bluffton, whose great-grandfather Rev. Dr. James Stoney served as the congregation’s first priest. “After the burning of Bluffton in June of 1863, there wasn’t much left but the church. It has withstood not only the weathering of the years, but also the extreme poverty of the area, brought on by the Civil War.” In recent years, The Church of the Cross has seen a rebirth, as Bluffton has become increasingly attractive to area residents. “The church has come alive,” Heyward reported. “It’s an exciting place to be.” In fact, attendance at the church has quadrupled in the past five years, as many Lowcountry residents discover the quaint charm of this historic church. The congregation at The Church of the Cross traces its roots to St. Luke’s Parish, which built a church near Pritchardville in 1767. Episcopal services first took place along the banks of the

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May River in the late 1830s, when Bluffton served as a popular summer resort for people who lived in nearby cities and on local rice plantations. They came to Bluffton in the summer to avoid the dangers of yellow fever and malaria, seeking shelter in the charming community of Bluffton. In 1857, the present cruciform, (cross-shaped) Gothic building was constructed according to an original design by architect E. B. White. Fanned arches, rose-colored windows and lattice shutters give the church a unique Lowcountry look.

building. When a beekeeper finally evicted the bees, industrious women of the church sold “Holy Honey” from the sacred hives, contributing the proceeds to the restoration and renovation of the church. The Church of the Cross has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, and continues to be one of the most architecturally unique places of worship in the United States. The Church of the Cross offers Saturday and Sunday worship services, as well as special programs throughout the year.

The interior, which features exposed pine timbers, also has a rustic feel and was originally designed to hold 500 people. General Sherman’s army spared The Church of the Cross during its legendary March to the Sea in 1863, but it burned much of the surrounding Bluffton community. A major hurricane nearly destroyed the church in 1898, damaging the roof and much of the building. In recent years, devoted parishioners have meticulously restored the original rose-colored windows, renovated the stairs that lead to the balcony and installed a central heating and air conditioning system. They have also remodeled the parish house, built a new rectory and expanded community outreach programs. Walking through the pine doors at The Church of the Cross and into the church’s hallowed halls is like stepping into another era. Many of the parishioners recall the years when bees and squirrels nested in the walls of the

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As Bluffton has experienced prosperity in recent years, so too has The Church of the Cross. “It has suffered major hurricanes and come through still standing,” said Heyward. “Now it is enjoying the prosperity of the area as Bluffton becomes attractive for so many people. The Church of the Cross 110 Calhoun Street Bluffton, SC (843) 757-2661 thechurchofthecross.net

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BLUFFTON Farmers Market of Bluffton When: Thursdays: 1-6 p.m. Where: Calhoun Cottages, Calhoun St. What It’s About: Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants and herbs abound at this weekly community event, where locals and tourists gather not only to buy excellent produce, but also to enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. Located in historic downtown Bluffton, along Calhoun and Lawrence Streets and through Carson Cottages, this family-friendly market showcases ourn local growers, food vendors, entertainment, community causes and information about the Bluffton area. For more information, farmersmarketbluffton.com.

A Taste of Bluffton When: April 7, 11 a.m-4 p.m. Where: Calhoun St. What It’s About: Join us for the sixth annual Taste of Bluffton, a festival celebrating the sights and flavors of the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Our sixth year looks to be the best ever! Here's just a sampling of what you can expect: Local Flavor Non-Chef Cooking Contest, Peoples Choice, Waiters Race, Battle of the Bands. For more information, tasteofbluffton.com.

Taste of Hampton Lake Gourmet Chef Tour When: April 8, 3:30-8 p.m. Where: Hampton Lake What It’s About: Join us for the first Annual Taste of Hampton Lake Gourmet Chef Tour. Come tour five custom homes, while watching live cooking demonstrations, tasting some of Bluffton's 32

Happenings finest chefs' specialties, wine pairings and more! Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. There will be two group options for the Culinary Demonstrations and tours. Please select the time slot you and your party would like to participate in. For more information, tasteofbluffton.com.

2018 Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton Annual Gala & Auction Celebrating 20 Years of Building a Better Bluffton One Child at a Time! When: May 6, 6-9 p.m. Where: Montage Palmetto Bluff Wilson Ballroom, 77 Mt. Pelia Rd. What It’s About: Join us for an inspiring and entertaining evening with performances by members and Alumni of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton. The festivities begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by entertainment, dinner and live auction. Black Tie Optional – Valet Parking – Open Bar. For more information, bgcbluffton.org.

MayFest-40th Bluffton Village Festival When: May 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Calhoun St., Downtown Historic Bluffton What It’s About: Originally called the MayFest, the 40th Annual Bluffton Village Festival is the Saturday before Mother's Day every year. A street fair full of arts and crafts, as well as various food vendors and live music. Special featured contests are the Ugly Dog Contest and Pie Eating. Located in the Heart of Historic Downtown Bluffton on the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information, blufftonmayfest.com.

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very Thursday, farmers, cooks, jam- and salsa-makers and all kinds of artisans meet locals on Calhoun Street for the Farmers' Market of Bluffton from 1-6 p.m. With an assortment of farm-fresh produce, including strawberries, carrots, onions, spinach, varieties of lettuce, broccoli, mushrooms, beets, potatoes and more, the Farmers' Market bound to have something for every kind of guest. Plus, in addition to the local honey, eggs and cheese, you will find all kinds of prepared foods, from BBQ, gumbo, fried oysters and shrimp, she crab soup and crab cakes to crepes, empanadas, fresh-baked pastries and breads, coffee, kettle corn and chocolates. Also for sale are herbs, plants and flowers. Picnic tables are out, so guests can enjoy their goodies at the market and there is almost always live entertainment to entertain crowds, as well as a chef demonstration, so attendees can learn how to make healthy dishes. There is an Artisan Showcase on the first Thursday of every month to highlight a handful of local artists and their incredible Lowcountry craftsmanship. For more information, call (843) 415-2447 or go to farmersmarketbluffton.org.


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ere comes the 40th Anniversary of Mayfest coordinated by The Rotary Club of Bluffton! This year’s event will be the biggest ever

and will feature more than 200 artists and food vendors. Mayfest, also known as The Bluffton Village Festival, is considered one of the best hometown festivals in the country‌ and admission is free. Get ready for an outstanding event featuring local and regional arts and crafts, great music and delectable local foods up and down the street, our hilarious Ugly Dog Contest and the messy, funny, Pie Eating Contest. New this year, a donut eating contest for kids 12 and under! 34

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on Parris Island in 1566 — 40 years before Jamestown. Home to one of only three National Historic Landmark Districts in South Carolina, as well as Hunting Island State Park, Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot and a Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort’s celebrated antebellum charm, combined with its natural beauty, proud military facilities, Native American and Gullah heritage, has long attracted nature lovers, artists, history buffs, moviemakers, veterans and others looking for an out-of-theordinary escape.


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Savannah

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Port Royal Maritime Center Port Royal Sound GPS: 310 Okatie Hwy. ____________________________

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6th Sense World GPS: 415 Bonaventure Rd. Suite B ____________________________

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Spanish Moss Trail Discover the Great Outdoors on a Majestic Rails-to-Trails Paved Pathway If you enjoy hiking, biking, walking, fishing, dog walking, riding a scooter, skateboarding or rollerblading, don’t miss the Spanish Moss Trail, which connects beautiful Beaufort to historic Port Royal and offers 10 miles of scenic beauty. Part of the East Coast Greenway, the Lowcountry’s only paved Rails-to-Trail destination provides breathtaking waterfront and marshfront views along a flat,12-foot-wide pathway that is open to pedestrians and non-motorized transportation year-round (motorized wheelchairs are welcome!). Six parking trailhead areas are available, and pets are welcome, as long as they are on a leash.

The handicapped-accessible trail offers several bridges and trestles with exceptional recreational fishing, as well as amazing opportunities for wildlife viewing and historic points of interest, like the former Beaufort Depot, which was originally built in 1901. The trail runs along the former Magnolia Rail Line, which once connected the Lowcountry with Augusta, GA. 40

In 2009, the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority obtained the right-of-way to use the former railway as a utility corridor. In 2011, Beaufort County secured an easement to establish a recreational trail that would appeal to locals as well as visitors. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of local residents and businesses, the Spanish Moss Trail attracts outdoor enthusiasts from near and far. Today, the 10-mile trail cuts through Spanish mossdraped neighborhoods and woodland tracts. When the Spanish Moss Trail is fully developed, it will be approximately 16 miles in length. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Lowcountry on the Spanish Moss Trail. Whether you’re on foot or on a bike, you’ll make memories that last a lifetime! The Spanish Moss Trail is open daily from dawn until dusk. Learn more at spanishmosstrail.com.

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BEAUFORT Happenings Soft Shell Crab Festival When: April 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Paris Ave., Old Village, Port Royal What It’s About: Port Royal is once again the backdrop to another delicious and fun-filled festival! The Soft Shell Crab Fest features the Lowcountry’s famous soft shell crabs served in a variety of styles by area chefs, as well as craft vendors, entertainment, a kids' zone & more! The festival will also feature its annual Port Royal Crab Race, where approximately 5,000 rubber crabs are “adopted” by festival attendees for a suggested price of $10 each. The crab will be dropped into Battery Creek and the owner of the winners will receive a cash prize. To adopt a crab, individuals should visit PortRoyalCrabRace.com. For more information, oldvillageportroyal.com/event_ ssc.htm.

A Taste of Beaufort Music, Arts & Seafood Festival When: May 4, 6-10 p.m. & May 5, 11a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Downtown Beaufort What It’s About: One of the Lowcountry's favorite foodie events, A Taste of Beaufort is a two-day savory retreat featuring live music, arts, local seafood and much more. The beautiful Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for A Taste of Beaufort Music, Arts and Seafood Festival, produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce in downtown Beaufort. Free Admission. For more information, mainstreetbeaufort.com/a-tasteof-beaufort. 42

The Original Gullah Festival When: May 25-27 Where: Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Downtown Beaufort What It's About: The Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina, Inc., a nonprofit, tax exempt organization of Beaufort, was established in 1985. Its first festival was held in 1986 by natives of Beaufort and was a four-day celebration of the historical and significant Sea Island heritage. Its goal is to reclaim for future generations the beauty and mystery of the disappearing Gullah Culture, a mix of West African legacy and American experience. It will help Arts in Education and foster a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the culture. Highlights include consumer, educational and historical workshops; a fine arts exhibit; demonstrations and a potpourri of music and food for everyone. For more information, theoriginalgullahfestival.org.

Port Royal’s Street Music on Paris Avenue When: May TBA, June TBA Where: Paris Avenue, Old Village, Port Royal What It’s About: Put on by the Town of Port Royal, these free street concerts have become a tradition for the community over the past eight years. There are four family-friendly concerts in May and June. Musical acts include blues, jazz, country, ole timey rock 'n' roll and more. Bring your chairs, your ice chests and your dancing shoes. All shows are rain or shine and the rain location is The Shed on Paris Avenue, one block from the outdoor site. For more information, portroyal.org.

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2018 A TASTE OF BEAUFORT Music, Arts & Seafood Festival

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ne of the Lowcountry's favorite foodie events, A Taste of Beaufort, returns May 6-7 to Beaufort's historic Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, 1010 Bay St. The two-day savory retreat will feature live music, arts, local seafood and much more. The festival weekend officially begins at noon on Friday, May 6, with the opening of the Arts & Crafts Market, featuring up to 50 vendors offering a variety of handmade, local and unique goods. Area restaurants will begin serving up delicious seafood starting at 6 p.m., and there will be live entertainment by the musical group Deas Guyz from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pavilion

Stage. Festival admission is free all weekend; tickets for food and beverages will be available for purchase. On Saturday, the popular 5K Bridge Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. and the Kids' Fun Run starts at 8:45 a.m. Live entertainment, children's games and activities, the Arts & Crafts Market and food vendors begin at 11 a.m. and last through the afternoon. Saturday's music lineup includes The Sweet Grass Angels from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Brewer Band from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and The Melody Makers from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pavilion Stage. For more information, visit downtownbeaufort.com/ taste-of-beaufort.


he 2018 Original Gullah Festival celebrates Beaufort County, South Carolina’s rich Gullah Geechee heritage and the role Beaufort played in shaping the historic period of American history known as the Reconstruction Era. This year’s theme is “Come Home to a Celebration of Reconstruction…The Untold Story,” sharing the story of the newly freed Gullahs, a people determined to persevere out of the bondage of slavery to self-governing and full citizenship from the ashes of the Civil War. For over 30 years, the Original Gullah Festival has provided unique familyfriendly cultural experiences for more than 35,000 local, national and international attendees during the 3-day event. This celebration continues the tradition of honoring those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the Union. The 2018 festival takes place May 2527 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, located at 1010 Bay St. in Beaufort. The gates for the festival will open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Shop for Lowcountry treasures and experience authentic cuisine at the Gullah Marketplace daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit theoriginalgullahfestival.org. 44

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he Old Village Association of Port Royal presents the 15th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This enjoyable community festival offers a day of food and fun, including this favorite Lowcountry delicacy. There will be great food, artisan craft vendors, live music, local dancers and an expanded kids’ fun zone. The Beaufort Classic Car & Truck Club will show off their collection of vehicles, and Bikers Against Bullies will be on hand with anti-bullying messages for kids. During the festival, the Rotary Club of Beaufort will host its annual Charity Crab Race along Battery Creek. 5,000 individually numbered, float-

ing crabs will be dropped into the waters of Battery Creek near the boardwalk. The first 10 crabs to cross the finish line will win cash prizes totaling $5,000. The firstplace crab will win $2,000 and, better still, one of those lucky 10 winners will have a chance to win $40,000 in cash! To adopt a crab and to view official rules, visit portroyalcrabrace.com. It’s always a good time to indulge in the sites of the beautiful wetlands and historical charm that Port Royal has to offer, while experiencing food, drink and fun. Admission is free. No pets please, per town ordinance. For more information visit oldvillageportroyal.com.

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and a canopy of live oaks shading the squares surrounding 18th and 19th-century buildings scattered throughout the National Historic Landmark District. Strolling through Savannah is almost like being transported to a European city with its bustling bistros, cozy cafes, excellent Southern eateries and upscale restaurants. Enjoy the intricate architecture, incredible art galleries, unique boutiques, historic (and often haunted) hotels, magnificent museums, eerily beautiful cemeteries and monuments memorializing historic figures. Get a taste of the city and discover all her secrets by going on one of the many tours, and then head out to Tybee Island, a.k.a. “Savannah’s Beach.”


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Sea Island Carriage Company GPS: 930 Bay St. ____________________________

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seaislandcarriagecompany.com Phone: (843) 476-7789

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Spartina Marine Education Charters GPS: 31 Alljoy Rd. ____________________________

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DISCOVER WORMSLOE HISTORIC SITE This Savannah treasure offers a glimpse into three centuries of history.

strategically fortified by eight-foottall tabby walls to protect Jones and his family from Spanish or Indian attack.

The iconic, tree-lined entrance to Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah evokes a different era, turning back the hands of time to colonial Georgia. Drive down this majestic rural avenue, lined on either side by more than 400 stately live oak trees, and explore one of the South’s most scenic historic treasures.

An enormous stone monument and a wrought iron fence mark the first family burial site at Wormsloe. Noble Jones was buried at Wormsloe in 1775, alongside his wife Sarah and, later, their youngest son Inigo. In 1875, George Wymberley Jones DeRenne, a descendent of Noble and Sarah Jones, had Noble Jones’s remains moved to Bonaventure Cemetery and subsequently placed the monument “to save from oblivion the graves of his kindred.”

Wormsloe includes the only standing architectural remnant in Savannah from the founding of Georgia. The former home and plantation of Noble Jones, one of the original colonists who arrived in Savannah with General James Oglethorpe in 1733, Wormsloe offers a glimpse into the lives of Georgia’s earliest European settlers. The Jones house was originally constructed of “tabby,” a mixture of sand, water, lime and oyster shells. Much of the oyster shells used to build the house came from shell mounds left behind from ancient Native American settlements on the site thousands of years earlier. The tabby ruins of the original Jones house lie nestled within 822 acres of Georgia forest, sheltered by peaceful marshes to the east and the south. When the Jones family lived at Wormsloe in the mid-1700s, their home was 50

Wormsloe also features a Colonial Life Area, representing some of the typical outbuildings on the property and offering information about the gardens and crops grown at Wormsloe in the 18th century. A threemile, dog-friendly nature loop is ideal for hiking and provides spectacular water views. Located on Skidaway Road on the Isle of Hope in Savannah, Wormsloe Historic Site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $4.50 for children ages 6-17 and $2 for children under 6. For more information, visit gastateparks.org/Wormsloe.

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SAVANNAH 2018 Savannah Music Festival

When: April 1-14 Where: Historic District, Savannah What It’s About: The Historic District of Savannah will host more than 100 performances during the annual 2018 Savannah Music Festival (SMF), providing an ideal backdrop for an event that celebrates exceptional artistry in jazz, classical and a variety of American and international musical traditions. This annual 17-day celebration incorporates a schedule of popular, folk, traditional, serious and studied music, all performed by renowned artists from across the globe. Known for its intimate venues, devotion to artistic excellence and high production values, SMF also fosters the creation of new work and artistic collaborations. For more information, (912) 525-5050 or savannahmusicfestival.org.

First Friday Fireworks

When: April 6, May 4, June 1, 5-10 p.m. Where: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza What It‘s About: Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street fun! Music, food booths and artists make appearances around the Plaza. This free event is open to the public. For more information, (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.

Tybee Wine Festival

When: April 26-28 Where: Tybee Island What It’s About: Tybee’s annual celebration of wine returns with events showcasing various wines, and allows guests opportunities to taste and learn more about each. This annual springtime celebration of wine and coastal cuisine, set on postcard-perfect Tybee Island, features three days of international wines, fine food and live music set in four venues across the island. April 26: Wine & Dine at The Shrine, 6-9 p.m. April 27: Tybee 54

Happenings Post Pickin & Shuckin with Bubbles & Beer, 6:30–8:30 p.m. April 28: The Grand Wine Tasting, 3-6 p.m. For more information, call (912) 472-4790 or go to tybeewinefestival.com.

2018 Sidewalk Arts Festival

When: April 28 Where: Forsyth Park, Savannah What It’s About: The walkways of Savannah's scenic Forsyth Park will spring to life at the 37th annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival. SCAD students, alumni and high school students will create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for prizes in a tradition that's nearly as old as the university itself. For more information, scad.edu/event/201804-28-mark-your-calendar-2018sidewalk-arts-festival.

Wine, Women & Shoes

When: May 3, 7 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency, Savannah What It’s About: Wine, Women & Shoes fundraisers create an opportunity for partnerships between charities, wineries, shoe and accessory retailers, corporate sponsors and women in the community. In addition to raising money, these events raise awareness for charities and provide community outreach for corporate sponsors. This event benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, (912) 350-7641 or winewomenandshoes.com/savannah.

42nd Annual Savannah Scottish Games

When: May 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave. What It’s About: A grand celebration of Scottish culture for the entire family! Music, dancing, athletic competitions, children’s activities, shopping, food, and fun for all! Pipe bands will make regular performances around the field throughout the day. For more information, (912) 233-6017 or savannahscottishgames.com.

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LOWCOUNTRY TIDES - March 2018 Tides based on the Savannah River Entrance. To calculate Hilton Head Island tides, add 24 minutes. To calculate Bluffton tides, add 40 minutes. To calculate Beaufort tides, add 51 minutes.

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1:20 7:23 1:52 7:50

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L L 10:48 AM H H 4:33 PM L 10:53 PM THURS 22 L MON 12 H 5:14 AM H 2:12 AM L L 11:41 AM 8:12 AM H 5:28 PM 23 H 2:39PM L 11:48 PM FRI 8:38 PM L TUES 13 H 6:08 AM H 3:01 AM L L 12:29 PM 8:58 AM H 6:20 PM SAT 24 H 3:24 PM 9:25 PM WED 14 L 12:39 AM L H H 6:57 AM 3:48 AM L L 1:14 PM 9:44 AM H 7:08 PM SUN 25 H 4:06 PM 10:12 PM THURS 15 L 1:25 AM L H H 7:42 AM 4:33 AM L L 1:57 PM 10:29 AM H 7:51 PM MON 26 H 4:47 PM 16 L 2:10 AM 10:59 PM FRI L H H 8:22 AM 5:18 AM L L 2:38 PM 11:15 AM H 8:31 PM TUES 27 H 5:27 PM 11:47 PM SAT 17 L 2:52 AM L H H 8:59 AM 6:04 AM L 3:17 PM 12:03 PM H 9:09 PM WED 28 L 6:10 PM H SUN 18 L 3:34 AM L 12:37 AM H H 9:35 AM 6:54 AM L 3:57 PM 12:53 PM H 9:46 PM THURS 29 L 6:57 PM H MON 19 L 4:16 AM L 1:28 AM H H 10:12 AM 7:50 AM L 4:36 PM 30 L 1:45 PM H 10:25 PM FRI 7:52 PM H TUES 20 L 4:59 AM L 2:22 AM H H 10:52 AM 8:50 AM L 5:18 PM 2:38 PM H 11:09 PM SAT 31 L 8:53 PM H WED 21 L 5:43 AM L 4:17 AM H H 11:37 AM

6:02 11:58 6:32 12:29 6:51 12:54 7:27 1:28 7:48

PM PM

1:56 8:31 2:32 8:53

AM AM PM PM

3:00 9:41 3:37 10:03 4:06 10:49 4:44 11:11

AM AM PM PM

AM PM PM AM AM PM PM

AM AM PM PM

5:12 AM 11:52 AM 5:48 PM 12:13 6:14 12:48 6:48

AM AM PM PM

1:10 7:11 1:39 7:42

AM AM PM PM

2:04 8:02 2:28 8:31

AM AM PM PM

2:54 8:49 3:13 9:16

AM AM PM PM

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LOWCOUNTRY TIDES - April 2018 Tides based on the Savannah River Entrance. To calculate Hilton Head Island tides, add 24 minutes. To calculate Bluffton tides, add 40 minutes. To calculate Beaufort tides, add 51 minutes.

SUN

1 L H L H

3:41 AM 9:33 AM 3:55 PM 9:59 PM

MON 2 L H L H TUES

4:26 AM 10:15 AM 4:35 PM 10:41 PM 3 L 5:08 AM H 10:58 AM L 5:13 PM H 11:24 PM

WED 11 H 5:23 AM L 11:46 AM H 5:42 PM

12:52 AM 7:02 AM 1:18 PM 7:17 PM

MON 23 H 2:49 AM

14 L H L H

TUES 24 H 3:52 AM

1:40 AM 7:46 AM 2:02 PM 8:00 PM

FRI

12:56 AM 7:16 AM 1:17 PM 7:13 PM 1:46 AM 8:05 AM 2:08 PM 8:04 PM 2:39 AM 9:01 AM 3:01 PM 9:03 PM

SUN

8 H L H L

MON 16 L H L H

3:12 AM 9:08 AM 3:28 PM 9:22 PM

TUES 17 L 3:58 AM H 9:49 AM L 4:12 PM H 10:05 PM WED 18 L H L H

4:44 AM 10:34 AM 4:57 PM 10:52 PM

L L

L L

L

10:57 PM

11:30 AM

H 5:34 PM L

11:58 PM

THURS 26 H 5:53 AM L

12:24 PM

H 6:31 PM FRI

27 L

12:54 AM

H 6:47 AM L

1:14 PM

H 7:23 PM SAT

28 L

1:46 AM

H 7:37 AM L

2:00 PM

H 8:09 PM

TUES 10 H L H L

4:29 AM 10:55 AM 4:49 PM 11:08 PM

FRI

6:22 AM 12:20 PM 6:37 PM 12:43 AM

10:31 AM

WED 25 H 4:54 AM

THURS 29 L

20 L H L H

9:50 PM

H 4:33 PM

3:34 AM THURS 19 L 5:32 AM 10:00 AM H 11:24 AM 3:55 PM L 5:45 PM 10:08 PM H 11:45 PM FRI

9:26 AM

H 3:30 PM

MON 9 H L H L

58

7:35 PM

13 L H L H

12:08 AM SUN 15 L 2:27 AM 6:32 AM H 8:27 AM 12:28 PM L 2:45 PM 6:30 PM H 8:41 PM

7 H L H L

L

FRI

THURS 5 H L H L

SAT

7:18 AM

H 1:22 PM

12:02 AM SUN 22 H 1:46 AM 6:15 AM L 8:20 AM 12:33 PM H 2:26 PM 6:31 PM 8:40 PM L

4 L 5:50 AM H 11:41 AM L 5:51 PM

6 H L H L

21 L

THURS 12 L H L H

SAT WED

SAT

2:34 AM

H 8:22 AM L

2:44 PM

H 8:52 PM

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30 L

3:20 AM

H 9:05 AM L

3:25 PM

H 9:32 PM


LOWCOUNTRY TIDES - May 2018 Tides based on the Savannah River Entrance. To calculate Hilton Head Island tides, add 24 minutes. To calculate Bluffton tides, add 40 minutes. To calculate Beaufort tides, add 51 minutes.

TUES

WED

2

THURS 3

FRI

SAT

SUN

4

5

6

MON 7

TUES

WED

8

9

THURS 10

FRI

4:03 AM L 11:50 AM 9:46 AM H 5:51 PM 4:04 PM TUES 10:12 PM SAT 12 L 12:17 AM H 6:18 AM L 12:38 PM L 4:44 AM H 6:40 PM H 10:28 AM L 4:42 PM WED H 10:52 PM SUN 13 L 1:09 AM H 7:07 AM L 1:26 PM L 5:23 AM H 7:27 PM H 11:10 AM L 5:18 PM THURS H 11:34 PM MON 14 L 2:00 AM H 7:54 AM L 2:14 PM L 6:02 AM H 8:13 PM H 11:55 AM L 5:56 PM FRI TUES 15 L 2:50 AM H 8:41 AM H 12:19 AM L 3:02 PM L 6:43 AM H 9:00 PM H 12:43 PM SAT L 6:37 PM WED 16 L 3:40 AM H 9:28 AM H 1:08 AM L 3:50 PM L 7:27 PM H 9:48 PM H 1:33 PM SUN L 7:24 PM THURS 17 L 4:29 AM H 10:18 AM H 1:58 AM L 4:40 PM L 8:17 AM H 10:39 PM H 2:25 PM MON L 8:19 PM FRI 18 L 5:20 AM H 11:13 AM H 2:50 AM L 5:31 PM L 9:12 AM H 11:35 PM H 3:17 PM TUES L 9:21 PM SAT 19 L 6:11 AM H 12:13 PM H 3:42 AM L 6:25 PM L 10:07 AM H 4:08 PM WED L 10:24 PM SUN 20 H 12:35 AM L 7:06 AM H 1:16 PM H 4:35 AM L 7:23 PM L 11:00 AM H 5:00 PM THURS L 11:23 PM MON 21 H 1:36 AM L 8:05 AM H 2:19 PM H 5:27 AM

1 L H L H

11

L 8:27 PM 22 H L H L

2:36 9:07 3:20 9:35

AM AM PM PM

23 H L H L

3:35 10:09 4:19 10:40 4:32 11:05 5:16 11:39

AM AM PM PM

24 H L H L

AM AM PM PM

25 H 5:27 AM L 11:57 AM H 6:09 PM 26 L H L H

12:34 6:19 12:45 6:59

AM AM PM PM

27 L H L H

1:25 7:08 1:31 7:44

AM AM PM PM

28 L H L H

2:12 7:54 2:14 8:27

AM AM PM PM

29 L H L H

2:57 AM 8:37 AM 2:55 PM 9:07 PM

30 L H L H

3:39 AM 9:19 AM 3:35 PM 9:46 PM

31 L H L H

4:19 10:00 4:13 10:25

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LOWCOUNTRY TIDES - June 2018 Tides based on the Savannah River Entrance. To calculate Hilton Head Island tides, add 24 minutes. To calculate Bluffton tides, add 40 minutes. To calculate Beaufort tides, add 51 minutes. FRI

1 L 4:57 AM H 10:41 AM

MON 11 H 6:29 AM L 12:53 PM

L 9:41 AM

L 4:50 PM H 11:05 PM

H 6:56 PM

H 3:58 PM

SUN

TUES

H 7:23 AM L 1:45 PM

L 10:36 AM

L 5:27 AM H 11:47 AM

H 7:48 PM

H 4:51 PM

3 L 6:13 AM H 12:10 PM

WED

L 3:31 PM

8 H 3:48 AM L 10:15 AM

FRI

H 6:04 PM L 12:40 AM 60

H 6:32 PM MON 25 L 1:00 AM H 6:39 AM L 1:01 PM H 7:18 PM

H 10:26 PM SAT

16 L 5:05 AM

TUES

L 1:45 PM

L 5:17 PM

H 8:01 PM

H 11:23 PM SUN

17 L 5:57 AM

WED

L 2:27 PM

L 6:12 PM

L 6:50 AM

H 8:42 PM THURS 28 L 3:13 AM H 8:53 AM

H 1:04 PM L

L 3:08 PM

7:09 PM

19 H 1:21 AM L 7:46 AM

H 9:22 PM FRI

20 H 2:18 AM

29 L 3:53 AM H 9:34 AM

H 2:05 PM

L 3:47 PM

L 8:10 PM WED

27 L 2:31 AM H 8:10 AM

H 12:02 PM

MON 18 H 12:22 AM

26 L 1:47 AM H 7:26 AM

H 11:01 AM

9 H 4:41 AM TUES L 11:08 AM

10 H 5:35 AM L 12:01 PM

L 12:16 PM

L 4:24 PM

H 5:11 PM L 11:43 PM SUN

15 L 4:14 AM

24 L 12:11 AM H 5:49 AM

H 10:03 AM

H 4:18 PM L 10:44 PM SAT

SUN

H 9:32 PM

H 3:27 PM L 9:42 PM FRI

H 5:43 PM

H 9:09 AM

23 H 4:58 AM L 11:28 AM

H 8:40 PM

H 12:58 PM L 6:51 PM

7 H 2:57 AM L 9:21 AM

SAT

L 2:38 PM

THURS 14 L 3:22 AM

6 H 2:07 AM L 8:28 AM

22 H 4:05 AM

2:29 AM

H 8:16 AM

H 2:37 PM L 8:39 PM THURS

13 L

4 H 12:32 AM L 6:54 AM

5 L 1:19 AM H 7:39 PM

FRI

L 11:17 PM

L 1:48 PM H 7:41 PM WED

12 L 1:35 AM

2 L 5:35 AM H 11:24 AM

L 6:07 PM MON

21 H 3:12 AM

L 10:18 PM TUES

SAT

THURS

H 10:00 PM SAT

30 L 4:31 AM

L 8:43 AM

H 10:14 AM

H 3:02 PM

L 4:25 PM

L 9:15 PM

H 10:39 PM

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SOUTHERN COOKING

T

he Lowcountry is proud of its culinary heritage - and rightly so.

No matter what the name -- country, farmhouse or down-home cooking -- the appeal of Southern food crosses social, racial and geographic lines. Young and old, black and white, rich and poor flock to restaurants where fried chicken, collard greens, barbecue and cornbread dominate the menu.

can and Native American cuisine, all of which came together in the Southern antebellum kitchen of the ante South. Native Americans taught early settlers how to grow, process and cook corn, which was used to make cornbread, hoecakes, hushpuppies, grits and whiskey. Many foods typically considered “Southern,” such as field peas, okra, peanuts, yams and eggplant, were actually African in origin and were brought to America by slave traders.

Of course, the term “Southern” means different things to different people. Near the coast, folks gather for oyster roasts and Lowcountry boils, with seafood and rice as key ingredients in many meals. In upstate South Carolina, fish fries and pig roasts are reason for celebration. And in Louisiana, Cajun and Creole epitomize “Southern” cooking.

Pigs were the other major food source in the South for several reasons. Requiring little maintenance, they were often allowed to roam wild and later caught for butchering. Lard, fatback and bacon were used to add flavor to cooked vegetables and the meat could be cured and eaten later. Barbecue continues to play an important role in the South’s regional identity.

However, no matter what the name, all Southern cuisine shares certain qualities. First and foremost, fresh food is a defining characteristic of the Southern table. What began as a necessity -- since food in the heat of a Southern summer would have spoiled without the benefit of refrigerators and ice boxes -- has now become a core part of the cuisine.

Another distinguishing feature of Southern cooking is the sense of tradition and heritage inherent in popular dishes. Recipes are often handed down from generation to generation. Nostalgia plays a large part in “comfort food,” inspiring memories of Sunday dinner for many.

Historically, Southern cooking is a blend of several distinct cultures, including Western European, Afri-

The final, and perhaps most important cornerstone of traditional Southern cuisine, is hospitality, which can be found in great abundance throughout the Lowcountry.

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