Category Archives: Hilton Head Essentials

Dove Street Festival of Lights

dove street Presented by Kroger, Belk and the merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre, the Dove Street Festival of Lights™ will run from November 21, 2015 through January 2, 2016 and will be open to the public nightly from 6 to 10 pm.

Turkey Trot 2015 on Hilton Head Island

The Island Recreation Center’s 2015 Turkey Trot, presented by Go Tri Sports, is filling up fast! This race is November 26, 2015, at 8:00 am, starting from 397 Squire Pope Road. The Turkey Trot is a 5K, 10K and Fun Walk that begins  in front of the Chart House  and winds through Hilton Head Plantation with a turn around back to the finish line at the Chart House parking lot. For participants’ safety, when starting the race, runners should be towards the starting line, and walkers behind. Strollers are permitted, but must start in back. No pets, please! Packet Pick-up is Wednesday, November 25th at the Island Rec Center from 10:00 am-6:00 pm or on Race Day: Thursday, November 26th at race location from 6:30-7:30 am. Parking available in the parking lot off of Hudson Road. The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association is partnering with Deep Well Project to collect nonperishable food items for their food pantry. Please consider bringing a nonperishable food item to Packet Pick-up on Wednesday, November 25th or on Race Day on Thursday, November 26th. Register online or download forms and return to Island Rec Center at For more information please call the Island Rec Center at (843) 681-7273 or visit

Plan Now for Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration
Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Production by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk in historic Beaufort, South Carolina, at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus  Center for the Arts. The evening includes a taste of Gullah soul food buffet, artist showcase and marketplace,  full stage musical with Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk: Christmas Wish Freedom Freedom Coming is a significant performance that shares the Sea Island Gullah tradition with audiences in a new way, performed by Anita Singleton-Prather and her singing ensemble The Gullah Kinfolk from Beaufort, South Carolina. It is Christmas 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War begins.  The scene is a Sea Island slave cabin where enslaved Africans are anticipating Christmas day and talking about freedom. Gullah songs and storytelling include everything from spirituals, work songs and play songs to rhythmic, foot stomping ring shout songs that are unique to the Gullah praise house traditions.
original art by Diane Britton Dunham

original art by Diane Britton Dunham

Meet Diane Britton Dunham and  many more  featured artists exhibiting before the show. Sample local Gullah foods and mingle with local chefs. Book tickets at this link or call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 843-986-1102 to reserve your tickets for the Gullah performance, feast and art show or to arrange a weekend tour including history, culture and entertainment. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 advance and $10 for children. Special group rates are available.    

Hilton Head Oyster Festival Announced

The Island Recreation Association and title sponsor South State Bank will host the Hilton Head Oyster Festival November 13-15, Friday: 5-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11 am-5 pm. This three-day event will be at Shelter Cove Community Park. This family event will have live entertainment and highlights steamed, fried and stewed oysters, along with other delicious food for non-oyster eaters! Admission is $6 per person with children 10 and under admitted free. All concessions are sold separately. There will be food and beverage vendors providing their own food, liquor, and other beverages. Hargray will  provide TVs for the football games  and there will  be a kid’s zone with different activities including bounce houses. The Holiday Craft Show includes a variety of artists with unique gifts--a perfect way to start your Christmas shopping! The silent auction will be on Saturday and Sunday with items from local businesses and vendors. The winners can collect their prizes at 4 pm each day. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund. For more information please call (843) 681-7273 or visit

Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival Coming Soon

The 5th Annual Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival will be held in Old Town Bluffton, SC at The Oyster Factory Park on the May River on Saturday, November 7th. This year’s Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival will continue the tradition of offering an exceptional selection of more then 160 beers from around the world, featuring more than 30 styles from over 70 breweries. The international tasting event is from 1-5 pm and will feature a food court, vendors, and live music from The Will Snyder Band and The Neil & Bob Band. You must be 21 or older and have a Beer Festival ticket to enter the International & Craft Beer Festival Garden. There is no admission charge to enter the Food Court, Vendor Village, or listen to the live music. Festival Tickets are $35 / $40 at door. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available $45 / $55 at door. A Beer Festival Souvenir Sampling Glass and beer samples are included with a festival ticket. Additionally, domestic beer, wine, and soft drinks are available and there will be sweets plus other goodies for sale in the food court. A shuttle service will be offered that includes round-trip, $10 tickets, with service from The Lodge on Hilton Head to the festival while supplies last. A limited number of 42 shuttle tickets are available for sale. Discount taxi service is available in Bluffton, Okatie and Beaufort from Yellow Cab 843/686-6666. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to benefit Palmetto Animal League. No outside food or drinks will be allowed. Dogs should be leashed at all times. The Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival is presented by River Dog Brewing Company, Camp Green Dog and Custom Audio Video. Purchase Beer Festival Tickets today at Captain Woody’s, New York City Pizza, The Lodge, River Dog Brewing Co or on line at or call Bear Foot Sports at 843/757-8520.

Tuesday Talks at the Maritime Center

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Special time!!   Cost: $8/adult $5/student with ID Free/youth under 17 with adult Call 645-7774 to reserve your seat!   Location: PRSF Maritime Center Education Classroom 310 Okatie Highway (SC 170) Okatie, SC 29909 at the foot of the Chechessee River Bridge between Okatie and Beaufort   Questions: Visit, or call (843) 645-7774. NEXT Tuesday Talk: November 10 4:00 - 5:30pm Come and listen to photographer Janet Garrity as she discusses her book "Goin’ Down the River – Fish Camps of the Sea Islands"and explains her experiences and tells hidden secrets.
INNER SOUND Works by Henry Dean During the summer months, artist and Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) professor, Henry Dean, imbedded ten panels on easels in the tidal waters that surround the Maritime Center. Over a two-month period the panels were 'painted' by the tides. Dean will discuss this unique installment and his artistic technique at the Oct. 27 Tuesday Talk. Come early and explore some of these panels, as well as other sketches and work by Dean, in the Habersham Rotating Exhibit Room at the Maritime Center. The exhibition will be featuredOctober 27th through December 28th. See attached flyer. Multi-media artist Henry Dean lives and works in Savannah, GA. He is a professor of drawing and design in the School of Foundations Studies at SCAD. Dean’s first tidal installation, “The Marsh is Art” was done in 2003. Dean approaches installation art as an immersive process that allows him to engage knowledge of geography and history, while paying active attention to the environment, combining intentionality while "inviting" natural forces to play their part. Dean utilizes ambient strategies to facilitate chance, allowing uncertainty to enter the art making process.


image001 Auctions America, the official auction house of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, officially rounds out its 2015 calendar this month with a boutique afternoon sale on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, October 31. Held at the beachfront Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, the sale features more than 100 blue-chip collector cars and select automobilia, offering an exciting range of ownership opportunities for savvy collectors. image003

an exceptionally original 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition (credit: courtesy of Auctions America)

“While Auctions America is best known for its multi-day sales, we’re focusing on a smaller, more elite group of automobiles for our final auction of the year,” says Megan Boyd, Car Specialist, Auctions America. “The select offering of cars has been hand-picked by our team of specialists to complement the diversity and heritage that is showcased by the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance and we are looking forward to celebrating the hobby in one of America’s most scenic locations.” The docket for the Halloween auction runs the gamut of automotive production, from quintessential American classics through to superb European sports and GT cars. The auction will also feature an exciting series of poster cars from the 1970s and 80s, as well as modern collectibles to cater to growing collector interest in these segments. ICONIC POSTER CARS Poster cars from the 1970s and 80s have been trending in recent months, as those who adorned their bedroom walls with pictures of these cars during their youth are now in the financial position to realize their dreams. When it comes to poster cars of the 1980s in particular, there is perhaps nothing more iconic than the Lamborghini Countach. Designed as a successor to the Lamborghini Miura, the Countach turned the automotive world completely upside down when it was unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Lamborghini released an updated and slightly restyled version of its celebrated Countach, which went on to become the most desirable iteration of the car in the eyes of many. The Hilton Head Island auction will present an exceptionally original example of this model, a1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition. Finished in highly desirable white with a black leather interior, the vehicle on offer was delivered new to the United States. Presented in remarkably well-preserved and maintained condition, it shows just 10,900 km from new and is expected to garner strong interest from collectors when it crosses the auction block (Est. $340,000 - $380,000). Other notable poster cars slated for the sale include:
  • an attractive 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, striking in Silver over Red and fitted with desirable Daytona style seats and fender flares, which were added after the car left Maranello (Est, $290,000 - $330,000);
  • a stunning, black on black 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB, a fantastic example of a first-year 308 and one of the last great carbureted Ferraris, showing just 2700 miles (Est. $100,000 - $125,000); and
  • an instantly recognizable 1982 DeLorean DMC-12; best identified by its appearance in “Back to the Future”, the DeLorean is known for its distinctive gullwing doors and iconic stainless steel body. The example on offer is presented in largely original condition (Est. $25,000 - $30,000).
MODERN PERFORMANCE For those with a penchant for recent design and performance, Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island event also features a number of modern collectibles. Among standout lots are an ‘as new’ 2002 BMW Z8 Roadster, one of the lowest mileage examples in existence with a mere 543 miles (Est. $280,000 - $320,000); and, a well-documented 2002 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe, built with a 3.6 liter turbocharged engine, capable of propelling the car to a blisteringly fast 198 mph (Est. $140,000 - $160,000). image005

an “as new” 2002 BMW Z8 Roadster (credit: courtesy of Auctions America)

Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale will be at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, on Saturday, October 31. Auction vehicles will be available for advance preview on Friday, October 30. The digital catalog featuring select highlights is  available online: For further information, including on bidder registration, or to view a frequently updated list of entries, visit For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website at All ticket options and packages for the 2015 Motoring Festival, including those for the Salute to Centennial Driving Tour, the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala and the Aero Expo, are available for purchase at  ABOUT AUCTIONS AMERICA Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time car specialists, who offer over 180 years of combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company’s established roster of annual events are held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Monica, California and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. To learn more about Auctions America, visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @auctionsamerica. ABOUT THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 14th year in 2015. The Festival kicks off with the Savannah Speed Classic, Oct. 23 – 25, on the Grand Prize of America road course situated on the property of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Georgia. The festivities will continue on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, at the Port Royal Golf Club where the Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 1) will take center stage. New to this year’s Motoring Festival is the Hilton Head Island Auction by Auctions America (Oct. 31), the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala (Oct. 30) and the Aero Expo (Oct. 31) featuring an array of vintage and new aircraft. Motoring Festival Partners for the 2015 Festival include the Port Royal Golf ClubThe Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & SpaThe Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & SpaBMW GroupPorsche of Hilton HeadVolvoLexusGMCMingledorff ’sSavannah/Hilton Head International AirportHargray, the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit online.

POSTPONED: 2015 Burgers & Brew Festival

Due to the impending inclement weather, we are postponing Burgers and Brew until October 24th, 11 am-5 pm. We hope you can join us!   Burgers & Brew will not only be bringing in the best burgers of the year, but also some great entertainment! The day kicks off with the eclectic duo, “Unicorn Meat,” playing from 11-12pm and 2:15-3:15pm. Charleston’s favorite band, “Ellen Drive,” plays next from 12-2:15pm. Finally one of Hilton Head’s most dynamic bands, “Groove Town Assault,” closes out the day playing from 2:45-5pm.   There will also be Local Restaurants cooking up their best sliders as well varieties of beer in our beer garden. Defending champs CharBar Co. will be competing for People’s Choice, and this year we will recognize the top three winners. The full list of competitors is as follows: HH Brewing Company, Lowcountry Rock Lobster Food Truck, The Lodge, Cheap Seats, Big Jim’s BBQ & Burgers, Wild Wing Café, Ragin Cajun Food Truck, Jake’s Wayback, New York City Pizza, SERG Group, Giuseppe’s and CharBar Co, LagerHead Tavern, Marley’s Island Grille.   Other Vendors include: Firehouse Nutz, Toves Cupcakes, Island Kettle Corn, and Orange Leaf. Kids Zone, bungee jump, rock wall, balloon animals, and face painting will be available for entertainment! All concessions and activities are sold separately.   Thank you to our Title Sponsor, CH2. For more information or to become vendor or sponsor, please contact the Island Rec Center at 843-681-7273 or email

Premier Collector Car Auction Comes to South Carolina

Auctions America signs on as the official auction house of the 2015 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance 

Auctions America announced the newest addition to its 2015 schedule of events, a collector car auction on Hilton Head Island as part of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The sale, featuring approximately 100 investment-grade vehicles, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Motoring Festival’s host hotel, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.Event photo 1 - Courtesy of Auctions America

Auctions America is the latest automotive leader to select South Carolina for business expansion. The company joins Motoring Festival partners such as BMW, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary of manufacturing in South Carolina, and Volvo, which recently announced South Carolina as the location of its first American manufacturing facility.Event photo 2 - Courtesy of Auctions America “With our world-class ports and competitive business environment, South Carolina has quickly become a top destination for companies in the automotive industry,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival celebrates the diversity and heritage of this industry, and we welcome Auctions America to our state.” The new Auctions America event will see a carefully curated collection of rare and important automobiles cross the auction stage this Halloween on Hilton Head Island. From American classics to European sports cars, the offering will span the spectrum of the market, shining a spotlight on a broad variety of automotive styling and engineering. Early feature attractions include: a one-owner 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi, just 3,000 kilometers from new (Est. $375,000 - $425,000); and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code, superbly restored to national prize-winning standards and loaded with factory accessories (Est. $175,000 - $225,000). “Whether you like to watch, bid or buy, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as a live collector car auction and we expect the Auctions America event will be a highlight of this year’s festival,” said Carolyn Vanagel, president of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. “With over 20,000 anticipated visitors and an amazing selection of cars guaranteed, we encourage collector car enthusiasts to make their attendance plans as early as possible.” Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America adds, “We are thrilled to partner with the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance as we continue to expand our national footprint. The Motoring Festival is a perfect fit with our existing events calendar, both in terms of its timing, as well as its location; Auctions America specializes in hosting events in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations, and Hilton Head Island is certainly a hub for collector car enthusiasts. This new sale will provide an exciting close to our 2015 season.” In addition to the auction, other new events to the Motoring Festival schedule include:
  • The inaugural Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala on Friday, Oct. 30, including a special preview of select auction vehicles.
  • The Aero Expo on Saturday, Oct. 31, featuring vintage aircraft paired with Concours-caliber cars of the same era.
Entries for the Hilton Head Island Auction will be available for preview on Friday, Oct. 30, ahead of the auction on Saturday, Oct. 31. For further information or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please visit or call toll free 877.906.2437. For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website All ticket options and packages for the 2015 Motoring Festival, including spectator seating at the auction, the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala and the Aero Expo, are available for sale online at

New Wine at Hilton Head’s Island Winery

Sea Island White now available


This crisp refreshing wine, made of a blend of cold weather white grapes including Seyval Blanc and Vidal Blanc, is the perfect companion to fresh seafood. 
Free Shipping with a purchase of 6 or more bottles of (any) wine at online store at  Use Promo Code:  SixFree
Volume discounts also available
  • BUY A CASE OF WINE ONLINE AND RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING AND A 20% DISCOUNT (use code TenPercent). Applies to mixed cases as well.