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Hilton Head Wingfest Winners

The Hilton Head 22nd Wingfest presented by Hargray saw a record crowd and record good time. The judges and festival goers have chosen this year’s winners:



2nd-Wild Wing Cafe

3rd- World of Beer


People’s Choice


2nd- GW’s

3rd-Hilton Head Firefighters Association


Wing Eating Champion

Isaiah Holland

Hilton Head Shelter Cove Summer Market

The Shelter Cove Summer Community Market will be a 9-week event,  every Tuesday, from June 14 until August 9, except for July 5, from 4:30 pm-7 pm.  The market will be paired with the long running Summer Jams (7 – 9 pm) which feature entertainment for the kids and culminate with a fireworks show over Shelter (1)

Shelter Cove Community Park is located at 39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928.

The Shelter Cove Summer Community Market features vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, art work, sweets, baked goods and other specialty foods, as well as prepared food vendors for those looking to grab a snack or dinner. A zip line, rock wall, bungee jump and many bounce houses are added features to this summer’s market.

For more information please call (843)681-7273, email  or visit the website at



The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and Friends will host the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The theme for this year’s conference is Into the Light: Striving for Freedom
and ‘an equal chance in the battle of life’. This year’s conference is sponsored in part by the Hilton Head Island- Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and will be held at The Hilton Head Island Westin Resort and Spa from June 13-16, 2016.

The four-day conference at The Westin Resort and Spa will include pre-conference events, renowned keynote speakers, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, and tours of local museums and historic sites.

The NTF was established by legislation passed in 1998 to promote the preservation and interpretation of resources associated with the Underground Railroad.

For more information about the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference go to or contact Sheri Jackson, Southeast Regional Manager, Network to Freedom – National Park Service at 404-507-5635.

New in Hilton Head recreation: Dive-in Movies

The Island Recreation Association is pleased to bring a new Summertime event to Hilton Head. Introducing “Dive-in Movies!” Dive in Movies are a fun event where you can float in the pool and watch a movie. Arrive to the Island Rec Center Pool before dusk to participate in games and activities based around the movie of the night. Pizza, popcorn, and drinks for sale. Floats welcome. Tickets will be sold at the door no advanced tickets. Movies start at dusk. $6 for adult $5 for child/senior.

April 29th: Surfs up | May 20th: Avengers | June 24th: Pirates of Caribbean | July 22nd: Elf

August 26th: Teen Beach Movie | September 23rd: Jaws | October 21st: Goonies

For more information call the Island Rec. at 843.681-7273 or visit our website

Easter Eggstravaganza 2016 in Hilton Head, SC

The Island Recreation Association and Coastal Pediatric Dentistry present the Easter Eggstravaganza! This event will be hosted at Hilton Head Island Shelter Cove Community Park Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. The festival provides a safe environment parents can take their children to start their Easter celebration. Entry fee of $10 per child for ages 2-12 includes an Easter Egg Hunt (beginning at 11:00 sharp) broken into age groups, carnival games, moon bounces, music and much more. Concessions will be sold separately.

For more information call the Island Rec. at 843.681-7273 or visit


What’s Happening in 2016 at the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center

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NEW TIME! 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 

Speakers  scheduled for TUESDAY TALKS this spring:

3/1 –Al Segars, SCDNR: “Human Impacts on Wildlife”

3/15 – Bruce Lampright, Brays Island Naturalist

4/5 – Amber Kuehn, Spartina Marine Education Charters: “The Port Royal Sound Ecosystem”

4/19 – Joseph Staton, USCB Professor, Biology

5/3 – Thomas Murphy, SCDNR (retired): “Alligators”

Saturdays at the Sound 

Monthly mini-festivals at Maritime Center

March 26April 30May 28June 25July 30August 27September 24November 12 (2nd Saturday and Maritime Center’s birthday party), and December 10

Eric Horan Book Signing Event 

Beaufort Book Debut

You are invited to a special wine and cheese reception at the Maritime Center, Friday, March 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the Beaufort release of Horan’s latest book, Beholding Nature.  Eric will personalize copies of the exquisite coffee table book purchased during the event.  RSVP to

Hilton Head Wingfest

The Island Recreation Association and Hargray Communications are proud to present the 21st annual Wingfest! Over 6,000 lbs of chicken wings will be served to 3,000 locals and visitors. Wingfest will be on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 11 am-6 pm, and Wing-gate, Friday, March 18 from 5-9 pm at Shelter Cove Community Park.

Admission is $6 with children 10 & under free. Concessions and activities sold separately.

Fifteen to 20  local restaurants will cook their best wings to compete for the 2016 Best Wings of Hilton Head. There will be many activities such as a kid’s zone, rock climbing wall, bungee jump, live music and more!

Last Year’s Winners:

The Judges picks:
1st – Wild Wing Cafe – Hilton Head Island, 2nd – GW Southern Catering & BBQ, 3rd – CocoNutz Sportz Bar

The People Choice winners:

1st – Reilley’s Grill & Bar, 2nd – CocoNutz Sportz Bar, 3rd – Absolute Islander Wing


The Tailgate will be on Friday, March 21st from 5-8 pm at Shelter Cove Community Park. Come “tip-off” the weekend and Tailgate Wingfest style. Celebrate Wingfest and your favorite team and favorite tailgate foods. It will be an evening of music, kid-friendly events, happy hour prices and restaurant rivalry. Come and watch the games on our big screen television. Wear your team colors, or purchase one of our awesome Wingfest t-shirt.

For more information go to or call  (843)681-7273.

Gullah Celebration Opens in Hilton Head

2016 Poster

The 20th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration will present 15 events during the month of February. Back by popular demand are the Arts Ob We People: Art Exhibition and Sale, Arts, Crafts and Food Expo, Sweetheart Ball featuring Deas Guyz and Gullah Music Series featuring the G.A. Mass Choir. Additional highlights of the 20th Annual Gullah Celebration include the introduction of the Community Wellness Initiative that kicks off at the Fish Haul Creek 5K Run/Walk and the national observation of Freedom Day which commemorates President Lincoln’s signing of the US Constitution’s 13th amendment which outlawed slavery, immediately following the Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast. Debuting this festival season is the National Gullah Institute, which will present its first panel discussion on the American South’s Connection to West Africa on Sunday, February 28th.


Details about all events presented during the 20th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration are available at or using this link: .


Annual History and Heritage Showcase of Food, Custom Crafts and Visual Arts

The Town of Hilton Head  issued a proclamation that February 2016 is officially Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration month. The proclamation was issued in honor of the Gullah Celebration’s 20th anniversary.

The annual Gullah Celebration will be February 1 -28, 2016 at various locations throughout Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, South Carolina.
Since 1996 the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration has served as a cultural showcase of the Gullah people of Hilton Head Island’s history, food, custom crafts and visual arts. The Gullah culture has survived for more than 300 years and encompasses the essence of struggle, spirituality, perseverance and tradition.  The Gullah People adhere to the custom of their ancestors through the sewing of sweet grass baskets, the weaving of casting nets and preparation of traditional Gullah food.

For more information about the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration please visit

Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

2016 Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
The Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon & Half Marathon is Saturday, February 13th at 8:00am. Runners will depart from Jarvis Creek Park and follow a course that will take them on the Cross Island Parkway, through several parks, numerous neighborhoods and over Broad Creek.
Both The Marathon and Half Marathon will feature all standard male and female divisions. Publix Marathon Race Day will also feature a 5K Run/Walk, Children’s Fun Run, and Post Race Party with live music, vendors and a craft beer garden with more then 20 different styles of beer.
“The Half Marathon course takes participants through two beautiful parks and over the Broad Creek. The Marathon travels over the Broad Creek twice, runs through Spanish Wells Plantation, Point Comfort, and Honey Horn. The Marathon is a Boston Qualifier that is fast and flat, except of course for the bridge crossings,” explained Mark Weisner, Race Director .
A percentage of proceeds will benefit several Hilton Head Island area Charities including Hilton Head Rotary Club, HHI High School Athletic Department, HH High ROTC, Hilton Head Christian Academy and others.  “Over the course of the past 12 years, this event has donated over $42,000 to area charities and in 2016 we look forward to increasing our total,” commented Weisner.
The Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is presented by: Hilton Head Hospital, Island Car Wash, Village Park Homes, Kennedy & Blackshirt Attorneys at Law and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Marathon Race Day is also sponsored in part by the following businesses: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Collins Realty Group, The Hilton Head Westin Resort & Spa, Cera Sport, Destination Vacation, Spinnaker Resorts, Palmetto Running Company, Samuel Adams and Coastal Connections.
The Hilton Head Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k will be limited to a total of 2,500 participants. On line registration is open. To register or for more information, call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520 or visit