Category Archives: Hilton Head Essentials

Tuesday Talks at the Maritime Center



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Special time!!




$5/student with ID

Free/youth under 17 with adult
Call 645-7774 to reserve your seat!



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



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.


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.



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.


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.


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).


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).


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


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.


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.

Music, Wings, Lasers & More at Lowcountry’s 20th Annual Wingfest

20th anniversary logo 2

It might be 6,000 pounds of South Carolina’s best chicken wings that attracts a crowd at the Hilton Head Island Wingfest, but this year’s musical line-up is sure to intrigue the senses as well.

The 20th annual Hilton Head Island Wingfest, scheduled to take place March 20 – 21, 2015 at the iconic Shelter Cove Community Park, will feature world-class live entertainment from local and regional musicians, such as Sara Burns, a self-taught musician who began her career as one of the youngest solo entertainers on Hilton Head Island, and Liquid Ginger, a popular band out of Savannah, Ga. best known for its pure rock and roll sound with a hint of country and classic blues. In addition, Wingfest will be hosting its first ever laser light show, which is sure to keep the audience entertained.
Music Line-up
Friday, March 20th
5:30 pm-7:00 pm – Sara Burns & Taylor Kent
7:00 pm-9:00 pm – Groove Town Assault
8:30 pm – Laser Light Show: NEW!
Saturday, March 21st
11:00 am-1:00 pm – JoJo Squirrel & the Home Pickles
1:30 pm-3:30 pm – Deas Guyz
4:00 pm- 6:00 pm – Liquid Ginger

The main event will showcase 20 local restaurants and 15 home cooks offering their finest creations in competition for the claim of 2015 Best Wing of Hilton Head. With games and activities for the kids, a big-screen television streaming coverage of this year’s March Madness basketball tournament, and live entertainment – there’s something to make everyone happy.

What: Hilton Head Island Wingfest, presented by the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association and Hargray Communications, to help fund the Island Recreation Center’s Children Scholarship Fund.
When: Friday, March 20 from 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Cost: Admission is $6; free for ages 10 and under.

To learn more about the 20th Annual Wingfest, visit

Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance

review and photos by Charlie Mitchell


The Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance took place on the premises of Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island on November 1-2. Taking into account the cold, windy and rainy day on Saturday, it was a great event. Since they have moved from  Honey Horn to the Port Royal Golf Club I must say it is by far a much better venue for such an elegant event. The fairways give these classic cars the backdrop that they deserve for such a line up.


IMG_2429The people who run the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance really did a great job this year considering the bad weather that rolled in overnight Friday and stayed around Saturday. If you have been to a car show and think that they are all the same, I urge you to attend the Concours in Hilton Head. You will be amazed at the automobiles that you will see. This is for sure not a regular car show.FullSizeRender



The boat show was especially enjoyable this year and located in a prominent spot which was easy to view.



Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Names Honorary Chair

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its thirteenth year in the fall of 2014. The festival kicks off with the Savannah Speed Classic, October 24 – 26, on the Grand Prize of America road course situated on the property of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. The festivities will continue on Hilton Head Island, SC, November 1 – 2, at Port Royal Golf Club where the Concours d’Elegance (November 2) will take center stage. For more information, visit online.

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, has named Edsel B. Ford II, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, as the honorary chairman for the festival this fall, October 24 – November 2. Beginning his career at Ford in January of 1974, Ford is a current member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company. Ford joins a list of past Honorary Chairmen that includes names such as Bob Lutz, Nicola Bulgari, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Bobby Rahal, Hurley Haywood and Dennis Gage from My Classic Car.Edsel Ford


“We have been honored to have Mr. Ford attend the Savannah Speed Classic portion of the event before when we had the Model T as our Honored Marque and are thrilled he will be joining us this fall on Hilton Head Island as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the revered Mustang,” said Carolyn Vanagel, the festival’s president.

Ford will be on-hand during the 2014 festival serving as a guest judge for the Concours d’Elegance, the core of the Motoring Festival, on Sunday, November 2 at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island. In addition to his appearance at the public event on Sunday, the schedule includes a special appearance by Ford at an exclusive fundraising event that Saturday evening, November 1 for Driving Young America, the festival’s charitable fund.

In addition to Ford’s participation as the honorary chairman, several other notable names in the industry are scheduled to appear  including Bobby Rahal, a member of the Motor Sports Hall of Fame;  Hurley Haywood, called the most prolific sports car endurance driver;  J. Mays, former chief creative officer at Ford Motor Company and Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar Cars.

Tickets for the 2014 Motoring Festival are available for sale online (

For more information, visit the official Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance website at


Hilton Head Market Opens April 29, 2014

The Shelter Cove Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday, from April 29 until October 28 from 4 pm-7 pm.  During the summer months (June 17-August 12) the market will have extended hours from 4 pm-9 pm and will close with the fireworks display. 

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

The Shelter Cove Farmers Market features 30 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.

Enjoy the view behind the market while you’re here!


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

Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest Scheduled

The 2014 Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest is extended to a week full of seafood inspired events and unique dining experiences

The 7th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation and presented by FORK& and Hilton Head Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, is pleased to announce this year’s  events Sunday, March 30 through Saturday, April 5, 2014.

“This year’s Seafood Fest is a prototype for what the festival is to become. A full week of celebrating our seafood heritage, the island’s culinary revival, and the bounty of our local waters,” said Andrew Carmines, general manager for Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, who also serves as chairman of the Board for the David M. Carmines Foundation.

The event serves as the foundation’s annual fundraiser with proceeds – from admissions, beverage sales, restaurant purveyor fees and auction funds – benefiting MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society.

Those looking to broaden their seafood horizon will be rewarded with plenty of options starting with a Kick-off Crawfish Boil at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks Sunday, March 30 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. All You Can Eat Boiled Live Louisiana Crawfish and River Dog Brewing Co. Tap Takeover. We will have po’ boys and perhaps the first soft shell crabs of the season. River Dog Brewing Co. has exceptional craft beer brewed in Bluffton, South Carolina. Brewmaster Dan Baker and Josh Luman, proprietor, will be at the restaurant with gifts, prizes and and most importantly the finest beers in the area. Beers include IPA, Red IPA, Kolsch, Chocolate Rye Porter and a surprise specialty brew all at discounted prices. Dan Baker, now head brewmaster at River Dog Brewing Co., has worked at legendary breweries including Deschutes Brewery in Oregon and Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta.

The festival will feature additional new events including a 7 Course Chef Collaboration Dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar and Patrick Ward of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, a Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water and a Sunset “Omakase” 10 Course Sushi Dinner Cruise Aboard the Tammy Jane.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 PM – Cocktail and Appetizer Reception | 7:00 PM – Dinner
Chef Collaboration Dinner with Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar

Foodies mark your calendars and reserve your spot for this exclusive 7 course dinner with wine pairings. Enjoy local seafood with two of Hilton Head Island’s most innovative chef’s. Clayton and Patrick will impress with a fun, exciting menu, featuring the freshest local seafood available. Clayton and Patrick both enjoy pushing the culinary envelope, and this guarantees to be a memorable event. The menu will be spontaneous based on temperatures, tides, etc. All wines have been donated by Jean Pierre Chambas, cancer survivor and proprietor of Aleph Wines.

Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 3:00 PM
Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water

Two of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen, Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, will take a few lucky islanders on a 2 hour excursion. The trip will include instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing. Christopher and Matthew will demonstrate the skills required to “put food on the table”. After the work is done, guests will have their catch prepared at Hudson’s and will enjoy the fruits of their labor. Time might vary based on tide conditions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:30 PM
Sunset “Omakase” 10 Course Sushi Dinner Cruise Aboard the Tammy Jane

Probably the most unique event of the week, sushi master Di Wang will prepare sushi aboard the Tammy Jane, while Captain John navigates the picturesque waters surrounding Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Di trained in California under Nobu Matsuhisa and is truly a wizard with sushi. Di will prepare an “Omakase” or “chef’s choice” menu, utilizing the finest local and imported fresh seafood. Local oysters, fish along with favorites like sea urchin, lobster and more, will be served as the sun melts into the Intracoastal Waterway. Wine and sake will be provided by Ben Arnold Beverage. In case of inclement weather, the cruise will take place on Thursday, April 3. This event is extremely limited on space, so please reserve now.

Please visit for a full schedule of events, locations, pricing and contact information.

The 2014 line-up also includes the return of the Friday and Saturday events at Shelter Cove Community Park. Admission is $6, free for kids younger than 10. Attendees can purchase food/drink tickets at the entrance and redeem them at the various booths. For ticket prices and more information, contact the Island Recreation Center at (843) 681-7273, or visit

Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The evening will have several restaurants serving up their seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, live entertainment by Deas-Guyz and a Kids Zone. Stop by after work with the whole family and enjoy the outdoors with beer, wine, great food and dancing.

Deas-Guyz features an entertaining mix of Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats. The range of musical selections includes Motown sounds of the Temptations, The Drifters, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye; Bob Marley classics; the Lover’s Rock style of Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; to the Hip-Hop sounds of Lauren Hill and R. Kelly.

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Held at Shelter Cove Community Park, the family friendly event features area restaurants/chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, live entertainment by The Headliners, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, famous crab races, and more. Participating restaurants include Alexander’s, American Culinary Federation, Black Marlin, Bluffton Oyster Co., The Chart House, Cool Breeze, The Crazy Crab, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Island Kettle Corn, The Old Oyster Factory, Pinot Gelato, Red Fish, Skull Creek Boathouse and Street Meet.