Top 10 Events to Attend in June

Summer has officially arrived! While heading to the beach and bike trails is an obvious activity for this time of year, here is a list of some fun events to attend this June all around the Lowcountry!

1. Tuesday, June 3-August 2: Jukebox the Musical, Savannah
Take a short road trip to Savannah to see the #1 downtown entertainment show of the year! Beginning at 8:00pm, music from the 1940’s-1980’s are presented in this fast moving production filled with awesome costumes and comedic skits. Don’t miss it! For more information, visit here.

2. Friday, June 6: The Swingin’ Medallions in Concert, Ridgeland
This energetic group will be performing for the 6th year at the Jasper County Farmer’s Market at 8pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information about the event, please visit here.

3. Friday, June 6-Saturday, June 7: 3rd Annual High On The Hog BBQ Festival, Beaufort
Brought to you by Habitat for Humanity, the festivities will begin Friday at 6pm-10pm and continue Saturday from 12noon-4pm. Deez Guys will perform on Saturday and there will be unlimited samples of competitive cooking. There will be plenty to do for the whole family. Please visit here for more information.

4. Friday, June 13: Relay for Life, Hilton Head
Beginning at 7pm at Honey Horn, this family event gives recognition to those who are battling cancer, have beat cancer, and those who have succumbed. To participate with a team, become a sponsor or make a donation, please contact Heather Lanning at the American Cancer Society at 757-7450.

5. Friday, June 13: Bluffton Sunset Party Blues & Brews on the Bluff, Bluffton
This is a kid and pet friendly event. Two local bands will be performing, there will be a craft beer garden and up to 8 local restaurants present. A portion of proceeds will benefit Palmetto Animal League. The event will take place at the Oyster Factory Park on the May River in Bluffton from 5pm-9pm. For more information, visit here.

6. Saturday, June 14-Sunday, June 1515: Bottles and Barrels-A Southern Living Inspired Event, Beaufort
Southern Living Magazine, Habersham Marketplace and Plum Productions is hosting the first annual Bottles & Barrels event that includes a tasting of wines and craft beers as well as a cooking competition. Tasting tickets are $40/person. For more information please visit here.

7. Saturday, June 14: The Parris Island Marine Band Summer Concert, Beaufort
The Parris Island Marine Band will perform their summer concert hosted by the University of South Carolina, Beaufort at 7:30pm. The concert will take place at the Beaufort Center for the Arts on Carteret St. The concert is free of charge but tickets are required. To pick up tickets, visit the Parris Island Band Building 6005 or at the Beaufort Center for the Arts ticket office. For more information, please call 843-228-4967.

8. Tues, June17-Sun July 27: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hilton Head Island
Come to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and watch a musical tribute to life by the roadside. The show includes a combination of comedy and music. For more information on the show and tickets, please visit here.

9. Saturday, June 21: Beach Bum Triathlon #1, Hilton Head Island
The race includes a 0.25 mile ocean swim, 6 mile beach bike and a 3 mile beach run. A pre-race meeting will begin at 7:30 which will include instructions on the race. For more information, please visit here.

10. Saturday, June 28: TD Bank Hilton Head Island Kids Triathlon #1, Hilton Head Island
Located at the Island Recreation Center, the triathlon is for ages 4-14. The children will be broken up into 3 age groups: 4-6 will be swimming 25 yards, biking 0.5 miles and running 0.33 miles. Ages 7-10 will swim 75 yards, bike 2 miles and run 1 mile and ages 11-14 will swim 125 yards, bike 3 miles and run 1.5 miles. For more information, please visit here.

 

Happy June Ya’ll!!

Bowling for the Brave at Station 300

To help support our Lowcountry heroes, Station 300 has a goal to raise $15,000 for two local foundations: Honor our Heroes Foundation and Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry.
Station 300 did a great job organizing ways to support our local heroes. For every game bowled during the entire month of May, $1 will be donated. They also have themed drinks so that when you purchase one, $1 will also be donated.

On Saturday, May 31, Station 300 has a full day planned.

• 10am-7pm: Battle of the Branches: Bowl for your favorite military branch of service!
• 6 pm: Hilton Head Shore Notes performance
• 8pm: Check presentation to foundations and prizes awarded
• 8:30-11:30pm Music by Vinyl on Fire

The staff at Beacon Insurance group couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a contribution, and have a little fun doing it! The Beacon team headed to Station 300 this past Wednesday for a delicious lunch at Zeppelins Bar & Grill and then laced up to roll some strikes for our heroes! We were honored to meet with Gary Trimm, one of the owners at Station 300, and present him with a check as Beacon’s contribution to our local Hereos.

We couldn’t have had more fun celebrating the men and woman who sacrifice all they’ve got for us! Thank you to ALL of our heroes!

B8

Picture: Brian and Ken presenting Gary Trimm with Beacon’s contribution

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Events to Attend in February

1. Junior Heritage Golf Tournament-Saturday, February 1-Hilton Head

Get geared up for Heritage a little early and attend the Junior Heritage Golf Tournament which features some of the country’s finest junior golfers. The event will take place at The Sea Pines Resort: Heron Point, February 2nd, and Harbour Town Golf Links on February 3rd. Previous champions includes Brittany Lang, Sean O’Hair, Charles Howell, Paula Creamer, Alexis Thompson and Kyle Stanley. For more information and details, visit https://www.seapines.com/events/ or call 843.842.8484.

2. A Taste of Gullah -Saturday, February 1-Hilton Head

Experience some Gullah Culture at the Taste of Gullah event located at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Lowcountry specialties will be available including BBQ ribs, shrimp and grits, conch stew, okra gumbo and rice and beans. There will also be gospel music, crafts, storytelling and more. This is a free event sponsored by Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance. For more information, please call 843.686.3945.

 3. Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra February 1, 9, 10, 23,24-Hilton Head

February 1, the HHSO Youth Concerto Competition Instrumentalists will be performing at St. Luke’s Church on Hilton Head Island. These Instrumentalists are 18 years old or younger and come from throughout the Southeast. They will be competing for cash prizes. For more information, call 843.842.2055 or visit http://www.hhso.org/ 

On February 9 & 10, Conductor John Morris Russell, the 2013 Hilton Head International Piano Competition winner Leonardo Colafelice, and the progenitors of German Romanticism will perform symphonies by Brahms. Weber Oberon: Overture Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 Brahms Symphony No.2.  This performance will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. Call 843.842.2055 for more information or visit http://www.hhso.org/.

On February 23 & 24, Pat Conroy POPS! And Conductor John Morris Russell tribute to the works of Pat Conroy the silver screen. Musical scores will be performed including The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, Conrack, the Prince of Tides and more. This event will take place at the First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island from 4-6. For more information please call 843.842.2055 or visit http://www.hhso.org/

 4. Hilton Head Marathon/Half Marathon and 5K-Saturday, February 8

Even if you’re not a runner, come support the participants of the race! If you do participate, you can choose to participate in the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5k walk/run. The race will begin at 8:00am at Jarvis Creek Park and will benefit several Hilton Head Island Charities. There will also be a post race party featuring a craft beer garden, refreshments, live music, food, door prizes, a children’s fun run as well as an event award ceremony. For more details, please visit http://www.bearfootsports.com/Hilton_Head_Half_marathon.htm

5. Hilton Head Bridal Show-Sunday, February 9

Future brides and grooms can be introduced to experts that will help make their wedding absolutely amazing. There will be live music and seminars including “Understanding Your Timeline,” and “Grooms Only.” There will also be drawings and a chance to have your wedding captured in two pages in an upcoming issue of Hilton Head Monthly. The event will take place at the Westin Resort and Spa and is being put on by Hilton Head Monthly. For more information, please call 843.842.6988 ext. 235.

 6. 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival, February 12-16- Beaufort

If you’re into movies, this is a great way to spend a few days. The festival will open with a reception which will feature 28 independent films as well as 6 screenplays. These will be chosen from a world-wide selection of entries. The screenings will be shown at the University of SC, Beaufort, Center for the Arts. Films will run from Wednesday through Saturday followed by a rewards ceremony. Purchase your tickets at the Visitor Center in the Historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street.

 7. Social Shag Dance Night-Friday, February 14

Take your special someone to Riptides to dance South Carolinas State dance, Shag! Hilton Head Islands Carolina Shag Club hosts this social event once a week. What a great way to spend Valentine’s day with your special someone!

 8. The Salty Dog Oyster Roast- Saturday, February 22

Come to south beach and visit the Salty Dog for their Grand re-opening Oyster Roast. The event starts at 4:00 and will have oysters and other delicious food choices, live music, and entertainment for kids. The event will end whenever they run out of oysters!

 9. Hilton Head Island Golf and Tennis Festival, February 27-March 2

Besides the beaches, come celebrate what Hilton Head is known for-Golf and Tennis! At various locations throughout the island, this event presented by the Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa will include many fun events. Events include the Fashion Show Luncheon and Silent Auction at Palmetto Hall, the Hilton Head Cup Pro-Am Tournament located at the Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point Courses, as well as a series of free golf and tennis clinics. For more information, visit www.hhigolfandtennisfestival.com or call 843.686.3355.

 10. 14th Annual Savannah Low Country Home & Garden Show-Friday, February 28

Held at Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, the Home and Garden Show will highlight gardening seminars by the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. There will be booths set up featuring the latest trends in kitchen, bath, spas, pools, hardscapes and interior decorations. There will also be complimentary wine and food tastings, shopping, and a Kid Zone. For more information, visit http://www.savannahhomeandgardenshow.com/

Top Ten Things to do in January

Now that the weather has officially cooled down (most days), what is there to do in the Lowcountry area? I’ve found some great events to attend, and things to do on your own time while that bikini stays away for just a few more months!

Wanting to attend something already scheduled? Here is a list of fun events to attend during the month of January.

1. Tuesday, January 7th- Exploring Pinckney Island

Whether you go on your own time or decide to take a scheduled tour, Pinckney Island is a beautiful place to visit and appreciate. To learn more about the island, attend this tour by starting off with a  brief historical and natural history overview. That will be followed by a walking tour which includes the salt marsh as well as maritime forest. You may come across alligators, birds, perhaps some deer and much more. The tour is from 9:00-AM-11:00AM and is run by the coastal discovery museum. Be sure to make a reservation at 843-689-6767 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org.

2. Saturday, January 18- 3rd Annual Resolution Run/Walk 5k

What better way to start the New Year than to stay active? This race begins at 10AM and is located on the beautiful Dataw Island. This walk/run benefits the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity. The registration fee is $25. To register, visit www.lowcountryhabitat.org or call (843) 522-3500.

3. Saturday, January 25- 1st Annual Chowder Challenge and Silent Auction

Who doesn’t love a good chowder this time of the year? Stop by Reiley’s Plaza on Greenwood drive to taste some delicious chowders from 10 locally owned and operated restaurants on Hilton Head Island. There will be live music, a silent Auction and a Kids Zone. Bring the whole family to this fun event from 12:00PM to 4:00PM!

4. Saturday, January 25th- Bluffton Rotary Annual Oyster Roast

After you have attended the Chowder Challenge, make the short drive to Bluffton for some oysters! The event will take place at Bluffton Oyster Factory from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Help support Bluffton Rotary’s efforts in the community as well as around the world. Live music will be performed by Lowcountry Boil and admission is $25 for advance tickets and $30 the day of the event.

5. Saturday, January 25-February 1-Chamber Restaurant Week

Don’t miss this awesome deal! A selection of local restaurants will be offering a special menu for a special price during this time. The options are endless! Visit here http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/restaurantweek/ for a full list of restaurants and menus. Check daily because new places might be added!

6. Any Saturday! – Palmetto Running Company’s free Running Club

Every Saturday at 8:00AM, Palmetto Running Company welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities for long group walks and runs in Beaufort and Bluffton. They meet at their stores in both locations. What a great way to get outdoors and get in shape!

 

While there are plenty of planned events to attend, if you don’t want to be on a time schedule, here are some fun things to do on your own time.

7. Visit Hunting Island

What a neat place! Visit the many trails whether you like to bike, ride horses, hike, or just enjoy nature. If you like to fish, rent a boat, fish on the pier, and enjoy freshwater as well as saltwater fish. You can also do some boating. Bring your own boat, rent a pedal boat, canoe, or kayak. There is also a lot of history on Hunting Island. Attend a guided tour if you want to learn a little more, or just wonder around on your own. Learn about Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, and Civil War. You can also visit the Museum, zoo, farm, and nature center. Hunting Island also welcome campers if you’re wanting to stay a little longer than a day! Visit their website to learn more here.

8. Take your Dogs to the Beach

There are plenty of beaches to let your best furry friend run free until Memorial Day. Meet other dog lovers and have fun! I can’t think of a better place to take a man’s best friend.

9. Head to Savannah

Do some shopping, people watch, and just enjoy the day. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to stay busy for hours! Stroll along River Street and browse antique shops, stop in at a pub, or watch the ships sail by. You can also head to the Historic District and peruse the cobblestone streets, enjoy the outdoor cafes and gourmet restaurants, view museums, mansions, monuments, forts and churches. So much to do in just one day!

10. Head to Beaufort

There is plenty to see in the beautiful town of Beaufort. Head to the waterfront and enjoy the scenery, visit the “Big Chill” house, walk to the point and look at the old homes, head to a drive in movie, or do some shopping. It’s a great place to go to get away.

Hoping these events and ways to spend your January provide some fun for you, your friends and family! Happy January everyone!

-Morgan

Great Places to Shop Local for the Best Christmas Gift!

The Hilton Head and Bluffton areas are full of neat and local shops that carry the perfect Christmas gifts for men, women, children and that weird cousin you are forced to keep in touch with. Here are some great local brands to look for and shops to scour for the perfect Christmas gift.

For any woman in your life, I would highly suggest shopping anywhere that carries Spartina 499! What woman doesn’t like a new handbag, wallet, or some fashionable jewelry? Spartina has everything a woman could ever wish for! The inspiration for Spartina 449 began at a seaside cottage on Daufuskie Island. What a great local product! In fact, a portion of proceeds are contributed to the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation which is a non-profit organization created to preserve and protect the islands invaluable historical and cultural heritage. Visit their website here to see what they have! And if you are perusing the Island and Bluffton area, here are some great local shops that carry Spartina 449: Fresh Produce (Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head), GiGi’s (Old Town Bluffton), Lettrs (Main Street, Hilton Head), Currents (Harbour Town, Hilton Head), Island Girl (Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head)

For the Golfer: Gift Certificate to golf at one of the areas great courses! I couldn’t begin to name them all – and I’m sure you know the local favorites!

For the Kids: Skip the crazy toy stores this holiday season and check out the Story Book Shoppe in Old Town Bluffton! Not only do they have an array of children’s books, they also have hand crafted toys!

For the Artist: Stop into the Pink House in Main Street to see their fine art selections; Also check out Old Towne Bluffton for the local artwork displays.

For that crazy aunt that is off of her rocker: grab a wacky and fun gift with a creative flare at ArtWare in Main Street! Bring on the funk! There are also many cute little gift boutiques in Main Street as well as the Wexford Shopping Center you are bound to find something!

Need something to be personalized? try Lettrs. Lettrs carries personalized gifts that are sure to make even the most unappreciative person appreciate!

For the outdoorsy person:  Visit Outside Hilton Head ! They’ve got the best of the best outdoor gear and sportswear as well as recreational Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards and fashionable and practical shoes. You could also send someone on a Kayak Tour, Paddleboard adventure and much more. For all outdoor needs check out Outside Hilton Head.

For the Fisherman (or woman!): Gift Certificate to a fishing charter! Try one of these: Bonnie Rae Charters, Bulldog Charters, Flat Spot Charters, Off the Hook Charters, Pole Cat Charters, Top Shot Charters, Stray Cat Charters, or Miles Offshore

For the sports fanatic: There’s always at LEAST one in every family! Visit Palmetto Moon for the best South Carolina and Clemson sports gear. For mementos you may not be able to find anywhere else for your sports lover, head to Legends Sports Gallery in Main Street. They’ve got what you’re looking for!

Still not sure what to get someone? Gift Cards to restaurants are a great go-to! Try a local restaurant like Captain Woody’s, Mellow Mushroom, Fat Baby’s Pizza, Stellinis, Kingfisher, Hudson’s Seafood, Street Meet, R Bar, HogsHead Kitchen and Wine bar, or Mulberry Street Trattoria.

I know the holidays can be stressful, but visit these local shops and you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your nice list! For a full list of stores in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area, click here or here.

Happy Shopping!

-Morgan

Holiday Events in the Lowcountry

Even though there’s no snow, holiday cheer is still sweeping the Lowcountry! Don’t miss all the fun and festive events the Lowcountry has to offer.

1. Holiday Weekend in Old Town Bluffton: December 6,7,8

Kick off the Holiday Weekend Friday, December 6 at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Grand Marshal Announcement for the Christmas parade the following day. The Christmas parade is perfect for a fun and festive family outing. Shop the streets, stop at the Dispensary or Vineyard 55 for a drink, and enjoy the parade which starts at 11am. Wrap up the weekend with the Christmas Celebration at Buckwalter Place and get ready for a visit from Santa! For more information about the Holiday weekend in Old Town Bluffton, click here.

2. Harbour Town Lights: December 6-January 1

Enjoy the illuminations of seasonal figures and the 30-ft Christmas tree located in the center of Harbour Town. Stroll along the shops and enjoy live entertainment and other activities. It’s the perfect way to enjoy holiday lights along the water!

3. Island Rec Center Winter Wonder Festival: December 7

Santa is going to be a busy man as he will be visiting this fun event as well!  Bring the kids for tons of activities including moon bounces, carnival games, face painting, a Children’s parade starting at 4:45pm and Golden Candy Cane Hunt which starts at 5:30. There will be hot chocolate, s’more’s hot dogs, pizza and much more available for purchase. For more information, click here.

4. Holiday Lights at the Hilton Head Fire Station

This is the best spot on the island to view tons of holiday lights! Make sure to stop by, this will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. This facility is located next to the First Presbyterian Church and across from Port Royal Plantation. Check out this Facebook page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/hhilights

5. Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl: December 14

This event just keeps growing! The tour starts at 5:30 and will definitely be something you don’t want to miss! There will be an award for best dressed and koozies will be available for purchase as well. Over 100 people attended last year and the event will most likely have an even bigger turnout this year! Don’t miss it! Visit the Facebook page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/356798971131093/

6. Jingle Jingle Run: December 21

The 5k race starts at 9am and it is encouraged that elf and Santa costumes be worn! Holiday prizes are presented to the top three overall male and female finishers. To learn more, click here.

Don’t be a scrooge and be sure to take advantage of all the holiday festivities the Lowcountry has to offer!

It’s Oyster Season! Here are some tips about Oyster Safety!

Steam them, roast them, cook them, fry them or eat them raw; this time of the year you can’t go wrong when eating these scrumptious delicacies.

The lowcountry is the perfect place to enjoy some of the best local oysters around! Oysters enjoyed around the Bluffton/Hilton head area come from the May River and can either be purchased, or if you are feeling adventurous, hand-picked by you! Be careful though, oyster beds are very sharp and dangerous and must not be walked on. It is also very important to know where oyster beds are located when boating, they could do a lot of damage!

Here are some tips about being safe when purchasing, storing, and shucking oysters!

• Make sure they are fresh. If an oyster is open, don’t buy it!
• Keep them cold but do NOT immerse live oysters into water! Layer them with ice in a cooler OR store them in the refrigerator at 40 degrees
• To shuck an oyster, hold it tightly with one hand and hold an oyster knife in the other. Slip the top of the knife between the shells near the hinge of the oyster, moving your way up in a twisting motion. Be careful though, it’s easy to slip so be extra cautious!

Many people like to eat them just the way they are, but if you want some extra flavor, add some hot sauce, or my favorite combo, horseradish and cocktail sauce! Many people also make a mini oyster sandwich with some Saltine crackers. Whatever your preference may be, you can’t go wrong!

Get out there and get some oysters before the season is over and it’s too late! You won’t be disappointed! Shuck on!

-Morgan

Fun Fall Activities in the Lowcountry!

For most residents living in the Lowcountry, fall is hands down the best time of the year. The sticky humidity from the summer is long gone, leaving us with the most pleasant weather one could imagine. It’s also that time to put away the swimsuits, flip-flops, and sunscreen, and show off those new fall fashions! From hayrides and pumpkin patches, to oyster roasts fit for all ages, South Carolina is always thriving with a variety of events and activities for all to enjoy.

Here are a few fun ways to enjoy the season during this spectacular time of the year!

•Since Oyster Season begins around-mid September, fall is the perfect time to enjoy some yummy clusters! Throw your own get-together, attend one of the many oyster roasts put on by local restaurants, or visit Hilton Head Oyster Festival November 8, 9 or 10.

•Attend the Bluffton Farmers Market every Thursday from 2-6. Browse around for locally grown produce, flowers, herbs, and much more while enjoying the quaint atmosphere of Historic Old Town Bluffton.

•Visit a Pumpkin Patch, go for a hayride, or tackle both! Take a trip to Dempsey Farms and enjoy a hayride or pick your own pumpkins, gourds, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, acorn squash and more!

•Go for a bike ride! Get outside and enjoy the weather. No more sticking to your seat on those scorching, humid, sunny days! Bike through the miles upon miles of bike paths and beaches Hilton Head Island has to offer.

•The seasons always bring about change, including seasonal brews! What better way to test them all than to attend the Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival?! With venders from near and far, there is bound to be something to fancy your taste buds!

Everything the lowcountry has to offer during this time of year is fun or exciting for most, but the most importing thing is to just get outside and enjoy the weather and all that South Carolina has to offer!