Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

Often, when I write about race, I frame the word in quotation marks or italicize it to highlight it for the reader. I want the reader to pause over the word, and reflect on its complex meanings rather than gloss over it, or pass it by as though it were inconsequential. I want to engage the reader in meaning-making. I want the reader to know that I am saying something that requires reading between the lines, and looking for the unspoken, or implied meanings that this powerful word connotes.

The surest sign of spring on Hilton Head Island comes in mid-March, when the island gathers on Pope Avenue for the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year’s 34th annual edition of the parade is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, and offers a chance for residents to forget about the struggles of Hurricane Matthew recovery for a while and celebrate the sense of camaraderie that makes Hilton Head so special — all while having a fantastic time.

A new chapter in the history of the University of South Carolina Beaufort began Feb. 10 with the official groundbreaking for the new Hilton Head Island campus on Office Park Road. When completed, the facility will house the USCB hospitality management program including undergraduate education, a center for the hospitality industry and executive education, a teaching and learning facility for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a civic gathering place and resource for the community. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

There’s no question that Bluffton and Hilton Head Island are well-known for their beauty and for being among the best places in the country to live, retire and vacation. Here are just a few of the latest headlines praising the area, according to the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce:

Local Rotary clubs work together to improve Lowcountry life

FOR 50 YEARS, the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club has been pitching in and raising money to improve the community and the lives of residents.

Since buying Hilton Head’s first ambulance, the club has raised more than $1.7 million for local needs and helped make possible such mainstay institutions as the Island Recreation Center and a permanent home for charitable organization The Deep Well Project.

Advanced degrees linked to better health, community involvement and well-being

Knowledge is power.

And the power of higher education can last a lifetime.

People who earn college degrees not only are more likely to have higher-paying jobs and increased job security, but also health insurance, retirement savings and other benefits, according to the College Board’s “Education Pays 2016” report. The nonprofit group’s study also links education to better health, community involvement and well-being. 


Sallie Ann Robinson recalls a simpler time on Daufuskie Island, when families farmed and fished to earn a living and she and other children were taught in a two-room schoolhouse by soon-to-befamous novelist Pat Conroy.


Which is mightier, the pencil or the pen? Two Lowcountry collectors find joy in putting ink — or lead — to paper.

In the days of the ever-present keyboard, a few who write or draw still enjoy the feel and appearance of a well-made pen or pencil — and they’re willing to pay for it.

In some form or another, sea turtles have flourished in the world’s oceans for millions of years. Today, these ancient mariners are on the brink of extinction. All sea turtles in U.S. waters are endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Poachers slaughter sea turtles for their shells, meat, skin and eggs. The turtles also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing nets. Climate change alters sand temperatures at turtle nesting sites, which then affects the sex of hatchlings. 

With this issue’s focus on the idea of “power,” I thought I would examine the subject of power in the workplace or the use of power in business in this month’s column.


When Lot No. 1103 rolled up in front of the auction stand at Barrett-Jackson Auction Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, no one knew history was about to be made and a world record would soon fall.

There's a good reason Chinese proverbs are often quoted: “Choose the work that you love, and you won't have to work another day” especially rings true when it comes to entrepreneur Andrew Summers. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Summers spent 20 years in asset management with London-based Morgan, Grenfell & Co. and Morgan Stanley. He co-founded Silchester International Investors in 1994 and retired in 2006.

Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties owners and brokers-in-charge Joe and Karen Ryan welcome Darren Yost to the agency's sales team. Originally from Cincinnati, Yost is an accomplished sales executive with over 16 years of local, regional and national sales, marketing and management experience. 

Hampton Lake home offers elegant style without the formal feel

When interior designer Kelly Caron goes to work at her studio in the Calhoun Street Promenade in Old Town Bluffton, she is surrounded by her work — literally. Her office reflects her creative sensibilities, full of warm tones and Lowcountry charm. Picture 200-year-old reclaimed barn wood flooring, shiplap wood board on the walls, soft colors and lanterns.

As the weather begins to turn warmer, the last thing many homeowners want to think about is prepping the lawn, garden and outdoor living spaces for the spring and summer months. Ever since Hurricane Matthew blew into town in October, we’ve been cleaning up our properties and trying to restore some order to unwelcome disorder.


Question: After flooding from king tides in 2015 and then Hurricane Matthew damage in 2016, do you feel your restaurant has some good karma coming its way in 2017? 

Answer: We have a lot to look forward to in the future. The challenges brought by Hurricane Mathew made us appreciate what we have and gave us a renewed commitment to making it as good as it can be. That being said, I don’t want to do that again for a little while.

To celebrate the new year, Rockfish Seafood & Steaks at Bomboras is offering a new happy hour menu. Highlights include 50 cent oysters, 40 cent peel-and-eat shrimp, snow crab legs for $15.95 a pound, $2 select domestic drafts and 1/2 off select appetizers.

Blackbeard and his crew on the Queen Anne’s Revenge’s looted cotton, indigo and sugar, but when not busy pirating, they indulged in consuming barrels of rum from Caribbean sugarcane plantations. Thanks to these unofficial “rum ambassadors,” the distilled spirit’s popularity caught on with Colonial North America, and centuries later it is now made right here at Hilton Head Distillery.

Bluffton is about the lose one of the area’s standout courses. Not anytime soon, but the time is still coming. The course doesn’t have the fame of Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links, but locals sure know about this hidden gem. Need a reminder? Does Hilton Head National ring any bells? Oh yeah, the course without any development on it. Even Palmetto Bluff can’t say that.

Youth development organization rolls out new facility and introduces new executive director Brady Boyd.

Brady Boyd’s story may sound familiar to most of you.

An Ohio native, he fell in love with Hilton Head Island during a visit and decided he wanted to stay, spending his days golfing and enjoying the beautiful weather.

The Southeast Biking Symposium will bring some of the biggest names in cycling and urban planning to the island for a different kind of conference.

In recent years, small Hilton Head Island has seen its profile skyrocket as the Southeast’s new hot spot for the converging worlds of cycling and urban planning. Thanks to the efforts of the Town of Hilton Head and the Hilton Head Island Visitor and Conventions Bureau, not to mention immense public support from area businesses and community leaders, the island has been designated as the only Gold-Level Bike Friendly Community in the Southeast.