Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

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PLAID ABOUT READING PROGRAM EXPANDS TO CHARLESTON

Now in its ninth year, the Heritage Classic Foundation’s annual Plaid About Reading program, presented by Future Scholar, has has hit a record number of entries. Twenty-one elementary schools from Hilton Head Island to Charleston participated in the Plaid About Reading program Feb. 4-15 for a chance to win Heritage tickets and money for their schools and to meet PGA Tour golfers. The lighthearted scholastic competition gives area elementary school students in grades kindergarten through fifth a chance to win $500 for their school, $150 for their class, tickets to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and the chance to meet a professional golfer at Coca-Cola Youth Day, held the Tuesday of tournament week.

PHOTO SPECIAL TO MONTHLY

Hilton Head Island residents shouldn’t spend too much time looking for new Mayor John McCann at Town Hall. His sparse office, dominated by a meeting table and the emblem of his beloved New York Yankees emblazoned on the wall, signals that the mayor does not plan to spend much time there.

“I’ve only used this office twice in two months,” McCann, 78, said recently. “I want to be out there as much as I can.”

Low-cost Allegiant announced early Tuesday that it plans to add nonstop flights from Savannahto two more cities starting June 6. The seasonal flights will connect Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport to Albany, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island.Introductory fares will be as low as $49 each way, according to a news release from Allegiant.

ELECTRIC CARS GAIN POPULARITY

“They all look like dinosaurs,” Hilton Head Island resident and Tesla automobile owner Edmond Hopper said as he watched conventional, gasoline-powered cars drive down U.S. 278. “I like technology, and I like saving the environment.”

The day his effervescent other half, Rheney, celebrated a milestone birthday, Edmond sat her down at his laptop and told her to select the final finishes of her new Tesla Model 3. Stunned, she leaned in to point and click, and with a deposit of $2,500 the car was hers.

HILTON HEAD PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT SAYS FUTURE IS SECURE

Water is life, so it’s refreshing to learn that the intrusion of salt water into public utility wells on Hilton Head Island is not a crisis. Thanks to abundant supplies and a half-century of careful planning by the Hilton Head Public Service District and other utilities, officials are confident that local consumers will enjoy high-quality drinking water and waste water treatment for years to come.

GETTING AWAY TO THE BEAUTY OF THE BLUE RIDGE

There’s a lot to love about Asheville, North Carolina, in the spring: Delightful weather, the Blue Ridge Mountains backdrop, the crisp, clean air. The mountain town also offers a bounty of outdoor adventures — hiking, climbing, fishing, camping, boating, biking, birding, rafting and off-roading.

If you’re looking for something a little less active, there’s unique shopping, dining and art displays.

SECURITY OFFICERS IN GATED COMMUNITIES ARE THE REAL DEAL

Many Lowcountry residents pass through security gates every day, giving the security officer inside the guardhouse a wave as the gate opens and they roll into one of the island’s many gated communities or plantations.

For others, the security guards aren’t as welcome a sight — especially for those who arrive to visit a friend but discover that a promised pass has not been called in. The island’s gatekeepers are firm but polite: Only those who have the proper credentials may enter. 

BALLROOM DANCE HAS A THRIVING HOME IN BLUFFTON

Seaquins Ballroom declares itself the “happiest place in Bluffton.” The studio, on Fording Island Road, is home to Hilton Head Ballroom Dance Studio, formerly Fred Astaire Dance Studio. And it’s the product of friendships built upon a love for dance.

Sandro Virag, a five-time Hungarian Latin dance champion, came to the United States with $200 and two suitcases. Armando Aseneta, a former enlisted Marine, moved to North Carolina and fell into an unexpected career as a dance instructor.

MONA HUFF ORCHESTRATES THE HILTON HEAD PIANO COMPETITION

Mona Huff, director of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition for the past nine years, describes the young pianists who compete in the annual event as “drop-dead amazing.”

“I don’t play my piano for weeks after they leave, because I can’t bear the thought that I’m trying to play what they so effortlessly do,” she said recently.

REALTOR CHARLES SAMPSON HAS SEEN THE UPS AND DOWNS OF ISLAND REAL ESTATE

Charles Sampson first visited Hilton Head Island as a boy in 1958, when his family drove three hours from his native Aiken to spend a day at the beach.

“Back then, you drove your car right out on the beach. You’d run back into the bushes to put your bathing suit on,” says Sampson, owner, agent and founding partner of Charter One Realty-North. “If you came to Hilton Head for a vacation, you’d better like the ocean, because that was pretty much it.”

USE YOUR BRAIN TO CONQUER YOUR GOALS

It’s the beginning of a new year and many of us are feeling motivated to take action and make changes in our lives. However, 80 percent of people have strayed from their resolutions by the time February rolls around. The same thing can happen to your professional goals as well, and if you are a business leader this can be a disaster. Failing by February can put you on a devastating path for the entire year. Staying motivated is a skill you can develop to help you reach your goals throughout the year. Here are three tips from brain science to keep you motivated to achieve your goals all year long.

HOW TO UNDERSTAND VOLATILITY IN THE STOCK MARKET

The fourth quarter of 2018 was a reminder that financial markets can go both up and down. Some days we saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average swing 1,000 points in both directions — up and down and down and up. We also saw the CBOE Volatility Index, the market measure of potential volatility, increase from 12.12 on Sept. 28 to 25.42 on Dec. 31 — a whopping 100 percent increase.

CENTURY 21 DIAMOND REALTY OPENS NEW OFFICE

The Sun City and Okatie branch of Century 21 Diamond Realty celebrated a grand opening in January. The new location features closed-circuit televisions, a conference room, coffee bar, large training center, private cubicles and a welcoming reception area. The new branch will also include offices for Washburn Law and Southern Trust Mortgage to help clients seeking legal advice or mortgage information. The branch will be open seven days a week.

LOCAL ARCHITECT PUTS ENVIRONMENT FIRST

When Elaine Gallagher Adams designed her home in Bluffton two years ago, the award-winning architect and sustainability expert set out to “walk my talk.”  She wanted to incorporate as many eco-friendly features as possible in her 1,721-square-foot home in Old Town Bluffton.

“My house generates more energy than it uses,” she said. “Global sustainability is a big, fat, hairy challenge and there are a lot of us working on this problem — including myself.”

2019 LOWCOUNTRY HOME & GARDEN SHOW OFFERS A WEALTH OF IDEAS

Looking to upgrade up your home or complete some lingering projects? Attend the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show on March 29-31 and meet area experts in home design and renovation, discover the latest developments in green home products and get inspired by locally sourced, creative ideas.

CASH IN ON YOUR WEDDING DREAMS

The bridal registry is a long-standing wedding tradition, an easy way for couples to indicate to their loved ones some of the gifts that would help them start their marriage in style. The first bridal registry dates back to 1924, when couples were mainly registering for things like china, silver and crystal patterns. Over the years, brides and grooms began registering for other kinds of items for their homes, from bath linens to garden tools. But today’s couples are marrying later and often living together first, which means their homes are pretty well equipped long before they walk down the aisle.

Once your engagement is announced, the planning process begins. This timeline will help keep you on track when it comes to planning a stress-free wedding. (Yes, it’s possible, right?)

FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES PITCH IN TO GIVE COUPLE THE PERFECT WEDDING

Rachel Eudy had always wanted a fall wedding. She loves the outdoors, so when she and her now-husband, David, decided to get married, they knew they wanted nature to play a big part in their September nuptials.

Friend Tim Wright offered to let the couple use the Lowcountry-style clubhouse at The Paddocks, a neighborhood nestled alongside a stretch of Hilton Head Island wetlands.