Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

New ferry service offers four round-trip rides each day

Getting to and from Daufuskie Island takes some patience and planning if you don’t have your own boat.

But a new contract between Beaufort County, a private Daufuskie community and a Hilton Head Island marina should make it easier to hitch a ride across Calibogue Sound.

Microaggressions? What are they? Here are some examples from my own life as an African-American woman that will help to define them:

At a recent community social event, I politely greeted an elderly white woman whom I had met several times before. She was cordial, and commented on how well-dressed I was. As I was thanking her for the compliment, she followed up with, “Are you a secretary?” My answer was no, “I’m a professor.” (What are the hidden messages?)

On July 20, The Royal Bank of Canada signed a six-year extension as title sponsor of Hilton Head Island’s RBC Heritage golf tournament. The new agreement takes effect in 2018 and run through 2023.

“Since assuming sponsorship of Canada’s national golf championship in 2008, RBC has been a tremendous partner of the PGA Tour,” said Jay Monahan, deputy commissioner of the PGA Tour. “We couldn’t be happier to continue our relationship with such a strong advocate of golf.”


The north end of Hilton Head Island is home to two beaches, which are definitely worth checking out if you want to avoid the crowds.

Within an hour’s time, you can traverse a world of hustle and bustle to a secluded island with nary a car in sight.

While bunched together geographically, there are wildly different atmospheres between Bluffton, the north end of Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island, 2.5 miles offshore. Depending on what mood you’re in, there is a place for that.

Jo Ann Graham has always been artistic. It just took her a while to realize it.

Graham grew up around the arts — her father was a photographer — but her parents did not encourage her to pursue that field. Having been through the Great Depression and World War II, they pushed an education and a more stable career for their daughter.

For a brief window of time on the B train, clanging over the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn, you emerge from underground.

If you’re lucky, the sun is hanging mellow, setting slowly in high summer, casting distant transformers in a copper tone, its light bouncing off the skyscraper windows and following you. I climb the stairs of the Grand Street station onto Chinatown’s northern edge, its assortment of fermented market offerings greeting my nose straight on.

No one wants to be forgotten. Some believe that being remembered is not simply a way to respect those who came before you; it is also a way to keep those people alive for future generations. And when our lives are ones we can be proud of, it becomes our legacy, our priceless gift to those who come after us.


NiteLites, an industry leader in the outdoor LED lighting, has opened its newest franchise in Hilton Head Island and northern coastal Savannah. Owner Robbie Eastland and his team of trained outdoor lighting designers and installers are working with businesses and homeowners who are looking to add curb appeal, safety, security and increased home value. NiteLites is a turn-key business for all of your outdoor lighting needs, which means they do it all: design the lighting project, manufacture their own brass fixtures, install, warranty and service the lighting system for years to come with a lifetime warranty on all fixtures. NiteLites can handle both commercial and residential projects.

Lowcountry learning, from the beginning


Schools are not just places where children go to learn. They play a tremendous role in the quality of a community and the quality of its population. They are also a reflection of the community itself, its growth, its values and its future.

Kathy Chiarella was thrilled when her son Michael graduated college last year, but the excitement began to wane when January rolled around and he was still struggling to find a job.

Fearing he had lost confidence and needed some help, she called CompleteCandidate, a career service for recent college grads co-owned by Bluffton resident Nancy Thomas.

After eight often challenging years, Hilton Head Island real estate appears to be making a comeback.

Despite the headwinds caused by property taxes on second homes and investment real estate, as well as the growing cost of flood insurance, the prices and volume of real estate sales are increasing.

One remaining challenge to a "normal" real estate market is access to mortgage credit. Access to credit, or market liquidity, is the key ingredient for orderly markets. After the 2008 financial crisis, many private sources of mortgage capital dried up. The market for private residential mortgage-backed securities, the source of most "non-conforming" mortgage loans, evaporated. Investors fled to "conforming" real estate-backed securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, government-sponsored enterprises that were viewed as being guaranteed by the U.S. government.

The decision to buy or sell a home is one of the most important financial decisions most people make. Do you pick an experienced Realtor with a successful track record, or do you go with a hungry agent eager to make his or her mark in the industry? Each situation is unique. Some agents are chosen for their hometown, the college they went to or the friends they keep. Some are selected for their professional accomplishments and accreditations.

As with any professional organization, members of the National Association of Realtors are diverse. There are members of both sexes, members of all generations, and members with varying amounts of experience. According to the group’s 2016 Member Profile, however, there have been shifts in some of these groups. For example, the report shows a drop in Realtors’ median age from 57 last year to 53 this year, the lowest that number has been since 2008 (when the median age was 52). Related to that, the typical Realtor reported a median of 10 years of experience in real estate, which is down from the 12 years in the last profile. Looking at those numbers from another angle, 41 percent of Realtors were more than 60 years old in last year’s report, while only 2 percent were under age 30. Today, the percent of Realtors older than 60 is down to 30 percent, and the number of those younger than 30 is up to 5 percent.

Renovation brings Sea Pines home back up to speed

As development at Sea Pines emerged from a master plan drawn up by the Fraser Land Holding Company in 1956, visionary Charles Fraser built a home on Green Heron Road and the community’s first condominiums appeared early in the next decade.

The Italians named it “pomodoro,” or “apple of gold,” and appropriately so, as Italy is famous for its tomato-based dishes. Amelia, Big Beef, and Celebrity are popular tomato varieties grown here in the South, along with smaller heirlooms Amish Paste, Black Cherry and Sun Gold. The Ugly heirloom, often misshapen with deep scab-like cracks and unevenly colored, shines as one of the most flavorful, coining the new adage “Don’t judge a tomato by its cover.”

It only takes a few common-sense steps to make sure that summer picnicking and other outdoor festivities don’t result in food-borne illnesses that can be very hazardous, especially to both younger and older people with more susceptible immune systems. Food-based bacteria multiply at a much more accelerated rate in hotter and more humid temperatures, so picnics and cookouts are potentially high-risk environments. Keeping the peace in the family and trying to get rid of guests who never want to leave are also challenging, but that is a different checklist!  

Title: Executive chef, Charbar Co.

Question: Who taught you how to cook?

Answer: I spent a lot of time watching my family cook growing up. Mom cooked dinner every night with my dad on the grill. When the whole family got together, everyone was doing something for the meal. The kitchen was always the place to be.

Lowcountry tennis guru Bob Brockman shares all the local tennis news and league information in this weekly tennis blog.

Hilton Head native reflects on remarkable 15-year baseball career

During his rookie season, Dan Driessen’s lethal batting skills earned him the nickname “The Cobra.” A two-time World Series winner in 1975 and 1976, Driessen played with the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals, retiring in October 1987 after a remarkable 15-year baseball career, one much longer than most professional players can claim. But it all started on Hilton Head Island.


Saturday, Aug. 20    at Screen County                         5 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 26         MAY RIVER                                    7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2          BEAUFORT                                     7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9          NEW HAMPSTEAD                       7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16        HILTON HEAD                                7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23        at Whale Branch                           7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 30        at May River                                   7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7            BATTERY CREEK                          7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 14           at Wade Hampton                        7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28           RIDGELAND/HARDEEVILLE     7:30 p.m.

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