Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

The people have spoken. The winner of Monthly’s 2016 Cutest Kid Contest is Henley Jane Pankuch. This year’s contest took place on our Facebook page. We asked people to “like” our page and then “like” the photo they thought was the cutest. In just 15 days, more than 8,500 “likes” were cast. Pankuch racked up the most with 1,015.

Rethinking one of America’s most cherished ideals

Almost anywhere in the world, when someone mentions McDonald’s people instantly think of hamburgers, standardized food options, and a reliable quality of service. By any measure, this reflects brilliant marketing by the McDonald’s corporation. However, professor Jack Whelan has turned this McDonald’s phenomenon into a social critique, a metaphor for the way many Americans think.

With all the buzz surrounding the presidential election, it’s easy to overlook the general elections happening here in the Lowcountry. On Nov. 8, Democrat Dimitri Cherny is challenging current U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford to represent the South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Two years ago, a similar race was unfolding when Cherny ran as a write-in candidate against Sanford, which he lost with 9 percent of the vote. Here is a look at the candidates’ early lives, their goals in office and what the upcoming campaign means for the state of South Carolina.

Hilton Head Christian Academy student Gracen Denton is already admired for her artistic talents, academics and generosity. So it was no surprise when she recently launched a service initiative. Gracen is now handcrafting stylish necklaces to promote awareness and funding for an end to human trafficking. Fittingly, her inspiration was Hilton Head Christian alum Tierney Short, who graduated in 2004 and now works with The International Justice Mission.

Perfect presents for mom, grandma, your mother-in-law or a friend.

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and instead of buying Mom the ubiquitous bouquet of flowers, give her a stylish look that she will treasure forever.

Don’t find yourself scrambling for a gift that expresses the love and appreciation we have for the women who raised us. After all, they labored us into existence, got us out of bubble baths and into bed, shuttled us to school and play dates, endured our teenage years — barely — and never got paid. Being a mother is the hardest, but most rewarding, job of all.

Behind the scenes at the Kiwanis Rib Burn-Off

Everyone knows that the most crucial ingredient in ribs, or indeed any barbecue, is time. Good barbecue is not cooked in an hour. To get that delicate smoke ring, that indescribable texture of pork that doesn’t fall right off the bone, but gently clings to it until pulled by teeth or fork, requires plenty of planning ahead and an evening spent biding your time beside a smoker.

Conversations about Hilton Head Island’s past and its rich history begin to unfold in interesting and unexpected stories. So often, we go through our daily lives at the store or while driving down U.S. 278 and don’t stop to think about the person next to us, or whether their contribution to our daily lives and existence has had any significance for us. That is what I found one day, just by asking the question, “How long have you been on the island?” The answer that I received spun an interesting tale ofentrepreneurship, love, courage, friendship and a dedication to improving a newly adopted community.

I always called him Tripp. I remember mornings at South Carolina Yacht Club’s summer sailing camp, putting together the boxy Optimists before launching them into the water. The effort of the work was worth it with the release of your boat into the water, yours alone, its one sail getting fat in the wind. Our shared childhood started at Hilton Head Preparatory Academy, trading Legos in the sandbox in a tight-knit trio: me, Prentice “Tripp” Brower and John DeZeeuw. But while my dad always had to pull me back to the water, it was hard to peel Tripp away, his skin growing ever tanner. When I migrated to public school, Tripp stayed at Prep, where he started its first sailing team.

How many of you have ever seen a digital ad while poking around the Internet?

Silly question, right?

If you haven’t, well, you need to stop carving your house out of ice blocks with a sharpened walrus tusk and go purchase some technology.

Over the past month I have become quite the road warrior, traveling between time zones and experiencing cultures and cuisines I would have never expected. One of my destinations was Havana, Cuba, where I had the opportunity to visit the University of Havana and meet with local economist, urban planners and educators. As I climbed on the plane to fly from Tampa to Havana, I had great expectations for what my journey had in store, but I couldn’t even imagine what I found. You see, Havana was frozen in time on Dec. 31, 1959, when Fidel Castro seized power in the Cuban Revolution.

Owners of A Floral Affair have adjusted to Lowcountry pace

A Floral Affair is a bride’s one-stop shop when it comes to making her wedding flower fantasies bloom true, mostly thanks to shop owner Dawn Kiritsy. She and her husband, Stephen, opened the shop in 1997 on Dillon Road a year after relocating to the Lowcountry from New Hampshire. They were sick of the North’s snow and were ready for warmer weather, so their favorite vacation spot — Hilton Head Island — soon became their home, and their new place of business.

Demand to live in the Lowcountry has always been high

EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of Monthly’s yearlong 30th anniversary celebration, we are highlighting 30 years of different industries in each issue. This month, we feature the real estate industry and how it helped shape Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry. 

The real estate industry has evolved and changed over the past 30 years.

Back in 1986, we couldn’t even fathom the idea of consumers having the ability to search real estate in the privacy of their own homes.  Today, there are numerous platforms that allow consumers the ability to search properties, view pictures and receive neighborhood information.    

Long Cove Club golf course home brought back up to par

The beautiful golf course home at Long Cove Club was built in the popular architectural style of the day, but whose glory days from the 1990s had long past faded.

It is perched at a great location amidst nature’s splendor and alongside legendary golf course designer Pete Dye’s 7,000-yard masterpiece. It had everything Dave and Kristy Folkwein from Cleveland, Ohio, wanted when they bought their getaway vacation home two years ago — except for its outdated interior design and floor plan.

“Location, location, location” is the classic mantra when it comes to restaurants.

Father-and-son team Earl and Alex Nightingale were very pleased to find the ideal location for their newest venture. The Pearl Kitchen & Bar opened in April in Old Town Bluffton, a stone’s throw from homes built in the late 1800s, where gargantuan live oaks dot the pristine banks of the May River and where one of the last oyster factories on the East Coast still operates.

“A man taking basil from a woman will love her always” according to Sir Thomas Moore, both a Renaissance man and a saint — and he may actually have something here. And did he know that in ancient Rome, basil symbolized love? Here in the New World, basil has become a staple in our herb gardens and is featured on menus everywhere.  

HOMETOWN: I grew up in Rochester, New York, but have lived on Hilton Head Island for 27 years.

JOB: I have owned Express Restaurant Delivery since 1995.

HOW DOES IT WORK?: It is a delivery service that brings freshly made food from 20 of Hilton Head Island's best local restaurants right to our customers’ houses, condos, timeshares or hotels. We deliver island-wide and our average delivery time is 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic and preparation time by the participating restaurants.

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

Old South Golf Links has become the second club in the South Carolina Lowcountry to gain the GEO Certified ecolabel. This coveted mark not only recognizes the club’s work to protect the nature for which its known, but also its efficient use of resources and its strong community links.

Branden Grace has had his share of big moments. He believes winning the RBC Heritage is his biggest, by far. The 27-year-old South African had won 10 times overseas, finished in the top five last year in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, and went 5-0 for the International team at the Presidents Cup. In the final round of the 2016 RBC Heritage, he shot a 5-under 66 to overtake Luke Donald for his first title on the PGA Tour.