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Bluffton Lecture Series Underway

The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society presents Dr. Larry Roland.

The second lecture in a year-long series features Dr. Larry Rowland, local historian and USCB professor emeritus, who will discuss “The Early Explorers of the Lowcountry.” 

The lecture will be at Bluffton, SC, Town Hall on Monday, August 7 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Admission is $5 and will be used to fund the preservation and digitization of Bluffton’s history (documents, maps, etc.).

Upcoming Lectures:

October 9-Rotary Community Center 
Speakers: Emmett McCracken & Jacob Martin
Topic: What it was like to be a Kid in the Late Fifties and Early Sixties in Bluffton

December 11-Rotary Community Center 
Speaker: David Lauderdale, Local Opinion Column Contributor, Island Packet
Topic: Lowcountry Life & Times in Beaufort County

February 19-Town Hall
Speaker: Air Force General Lloyd “Fig” Newton, Retired four-star general, Commander, Air Education & Training Command, first African-American pilot in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Ridgeland-native. Newton is also the founder/promoter of the new Polaris Tech Charter School in Jasper County.
Topic: Military Stories

April 9-Town Hall
Speaker: Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director, Pat Conroy Literary Center
Topic: Pat Conroy Literary Center and the legacy of Pat Conroy as a student, teacher and mentor.

June 11-Town Hall
Speaker: Jeff Fulgham, Bluffton native, historian and author of, “The Bluffton Expedition: The Burning of Bluffton, SC, During the Civil War”
Topic: The Burning of Bluffton

For more information about the lecture series, please call
1 (843) 709-0880

Gullah Celebration Opens in Hilton Head

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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 gullahcelebration.com or using this link: http://gullahcelebration.com/assets/media/img/eventguide.pdf .

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

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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 islandreccenter.org.

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 www.HHIMotoringFestival.com 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 (http://www.hhimotoringfestival.com/tickets).

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


WineStock Music & Wine Fest

The music groups for this Saturday’s WineStock at La Belle Amie Vineyard are The Paul Grimshaw Band and The Party Favor Band.sign

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
Noon – 5 pm
Little River, SC

This Saturday’s weather forecast looks good! Temps in the low 70’s, no rain, and gentle breezes from the east. Should be a whole lot of fun for all. And the final full festival of 2013 at La Belle Amie Vineyard. Music, wine, a great venue, outdoor cooking, and a whole bunch of new friends to make.

Plus, taste exotic wine concoctions while enjoying the beauty of the vineyard. Don’t forget the vineyard tour (2:30). Or browse the great gift shop.

MUSIC (12:00 – 5:00pm)

ADMISSION : $8/person. (under 18 or over 80 admitted free) Bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and receive $3 off admission. Club Members Free.


Food Available From: Smokin’ Pitt BBQ and The Vineyard Grille

BEVERAGES (Water, Soda, Beer, & Wine) Available From: La Belle Amie VineyardDSC_0071

Oyster Ideas

Some of the best oysters you will ever eat are flamed in butter on this grill. Do you know where this is?



Songs & Stories of the South

Songs & Stories of the South: a concert @ ARTworks in Beaufort, SC
     Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 7 pm
Storytelling and guitars go together like biscuits and gravy, when you have these three artists together on stage: Big Frank Waddell, Carroll Brown, and Clay Rice. This gifted trio has performed around the country and across the world, together and separately  in festivals and concert venues, bookstores, pubs and house concerts, because once upon a time, there was a story to tell and a song to sing.
     Following his retirement from the US Air Force, Big Frank Waddell leads the pack, and entertains with his humor as much as his voice. His talent is bringing people together, and cherishing the moment: he pulls for both Carolina and Clemson, mustard- and vinegar-based BBQ.
     Born and raised on a farm in rural South Carolina, Carroll Brown’s first music influences were church music and what scatterings he could pick up from the night time radio. His mother was the church pianist and taught him his first chords on the guitar. This gift of music became his constant companion in the business of music, from Nashville to South Carolina to Ireland.
     Clay Rice is a performance artist both vocally and visually: he will also sign copies of his new children’s book, Mama Let’s Make a Moon. Clay Rice is described by author Pat Conroy as a “great talent who combines soul and passion”. Silhouette artistry and storytelling have been in his family for more than 80 years. His grandfather, Carew Rice, was described by Poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s Greatest Silhouettist”
     Friday, May 24, 7 pm:  $17 per person, $12 for students (13+), $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more. This performance is in the black box theater, surrounded by gallery exhibitions, workshops, and artists working in their studios, at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street 29902. www.artworksinbeaufort.org,843-379-2787.

Oysters R Definitely In

Does the month have an “r” in it? Must be the season, then.

The season for harvesting is announced by each state and along most of the southeast coast begins mid-September. However, the weather and water temperature determine the actual open or close of each year’s season. The mighty mollusk lives on the bed in shallow coastal waters which rapidly change in temperature and salinity. The home of the oyster defines its taste and establishes its identity in markets or restaurants.

While the season for harvesting usually does include the “r” months, the season for eating can be year-round due to the ability to ship refrigerated products which has not always been the case.

Whether the best-tasting oysters are harvested locally from cool waters during the winter months or whether it’s the only possible time to have an outdoor fire, it’s the best excuse for a gathering. With the oyster as the main attraction, an oyster roast can be found somewhere along the coast on any weekend when the plentiful oyster harvest during the official season provides an economical feast for a crowd.

The Bluffton (SC) Oyster Company is the last remaining oyster company on the South Carolina coast. Situated on the May River in Bluffton, just a few minutes from Hilton Head Island or Beaufort, it’s the site of many roasts as well as the supplier or caterer for those in neighboring communities and backyards.

Steamed or roasted, almost the same really, is achieved by piling oysters on a rack over an outdoor wood fire. Steaming occurs if the oysters are covered with a wet burlap bag. They can also be piled into a large shallow pan and covered loosely with foil on a gas grill. Drawn butter, maybe lemon, and definitely cocktail sauce with plenty of horseradish and saltine crackers are standard accompaniments. Opinions differ as to when they are done. If the shell begins to pop open, it’s usually considered to be done. Some connoisseurs prefer them wet, meaning that they are heated and the shell is just barely able to be opened. Those who prefer their oysters dry will wait for the shell to pop completely open and more cooking to occur.

Everyone who loves oysters and lives along the coast is likely to have a personal oyster knife, plus a drawer full of regular ones in the kitchen for company, too. An upscale personal oyster knife may be purchased in several local gift or jewelry shops where they may be beautifully engraved with logo, monogram or any choice of design.

Beyond the roast, oysters can be seriously dressed up such as for Oysters Rockefeller. For recipes to do-it-yourself and recommendations of the best oyster eating along the southeast coast, grab a knife and check back here soon to let the tasting begin!

Counting Alligator Teeth

Not sleeping and not smiling

Lowcountry in your Pocket

The South Carolina Lowcountry is in your phone.  Things to see and do throughout Beaufort County are covered in our app Hilton Head Essentials, published by Sutro Media this month. It’s available for download from the iTunes app store for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices.

More than 800 images with 130 items showcase the coastal area.

It includes a Google map for each entry; one-touch phone calling to each business; one-touch access to the individual website; immediate access to selected YouTube or user reviews; relevant hours and pricing information. Categories include where to stay, where to eat, shopping, attractions, selected upcoming events plus a bit of history and local culture throughout Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and the neighboring rural areas and towns.

Authors Liz and Charlie Mitchell, long-time South Carolina coastal residents, created the app in partnership with Sutro Media. Their first app Myrtle Beach’s Best was launched in December with a new version published in January.

Updates of Hilton Head Essentials are planned for additional golf and event coverage. Local businesses are invited to follow the authors on Twitter or the Hilton Head Essentials Facebook page or contact the authors via their website.  Event schedules and updated information may be considered for inclusion in future versions. Businesses do not pay to be listed, and the authors base choices on personal experiences and availability of quality content.

The Mitchells also co-authored two travel books published by Channel Lake in the 2010 Tourist Town series. The books available from major booksellers and from Amazon are Hilton Head: A Guide to the South Carolina Lowcountry and Myrtle Beach: A Guide to South Carolina’s Grand Strand. Both books are sold at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash where the authors appear for periodic special events.

The Hilton Head guidebook also is available in Beaufort at Cuthbert House Inn and at the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce and in Bluffton at Rose Hill Mansion.