Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

CLUB COOKS UP A RECORD-BREAKING MEATBALL

Hilton Head Island has earned a mouth-watering new superlative—it’s home to the world’s largest meatball and holds a record to prove it.

Italian cuisine is filled with mouth-watering dishes, but few are as comforting or as classic as spaghetti and meatballs. Or meatball. Just one, weighing 1,700 pounds.

BLUFFTON ROTARY CLUB TO ENHANCE ‘FIELD OF DREAMS’

A place filled with children and families, all running around, laughing, playing: It’s what the “Field of Dreams” at Oscar Frazier Park has been about since the beginning—and now the space is getting an upgrade. Enhancing the playground and bringing other improvements to the park is a fitting way for the Bluffton Rotary Club to mark 30 years of serving the Lowcountry.

Fort Mitchel on Hilton Head Island has joined 1,400 other sites in South Carolina included on the National Register of Historic Places. The national program coordinates and supports public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s history and archeological resources. Fort Mitchel was constructed during the Civil War after Union troops captured Hilton Head in 1861, and it served as a defense against Confederate raids until 1868. The remains of the fort were discovered in 1972 during the construction of Old Fort Pub, and the land was deeded to the Hilton Head Island Historical Society.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT HAS BECOME A HOLIDAY TRADITION

As part of the world’s largest and longest-running citizen science project, bird lovers in more than 2,500 locations in the Western Hemisphere will participate in the 118th Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Between Dec. 14 and Jan, 5, each group will cover a 15-mile radius and tally the birds spotted.

The island’s most celebrated gift store is just getting started.

It didn’t take long for Gifted Hilton Head to make a statement on the island. In its first year of operation, it won “Favorite New Business” in Monthly’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The next year, it won “Favorite Gift Shop.”

It did so again the next year. And the year after. In fact, in an unprecedented streak in its category, Gifted Hilton Head has taken home the “Favorite Gift Shop” award every year it has been in business.

Great looks for all the holiday parties, galas, concerts, performances and other events in the Lowcountry.

Second grade students from Ms. Rea Colella’s class at Michael C. Riley Elementary School in Bluffton responded to our call for letters to Santa.

MONTHLY CELEBRATES LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES WITH THE 2017 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS.

These are the “best of the best” places to shop, dine, live, party and more, as voted by you, our readers. We received 12,001 electronic ballots in our eight-week Readers’ Choice campaign, intending to identify the top contenders in wide-ranging categories. Are you looking for the best of the Lowcountry? You’ll find it here. If you don’t find your favorites here, make sure to cast your ballot next year. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and special thanks to all who voted.

HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MOVES TO NEW HOME

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra has joined forces with The Richardson Group and is moving to a new location in Coligny Plaza. The new space will be at 7 Lagoon Road and will also house the symphony orchestra’s offices, as well as serve as an event space for the community — it’s ideal for intimate events like recitals, small interactive concerts and theatre productions. The symphony orchestra expects the new space to open in early summer.

These days, the winds of change are blowing hard — the trouble is their direction is constantly changing. It is said that lake sailors are far more skilled because they deal constantly with gusting winds, while ocean sailors enjoy the prevailing winds for days at a time. Like sailors, those of us in the business of forecasting economic activity are much more comfortable following trends, and so the rapid change we are now experiencing is driving us crazy.

10 ATTRIBUTES OF LEADERS WHO THRIVE

We live in a dramatically changing marketplace. The dynamic leader knows how to stay relevant and expand relevant skills.

I’ve written and presented many times about good habits to practice, but it is equally important to discuss valuable attributes of successful leaders. I’m talking about those features that are inherent in us.

HOW HERITAGE SHORTBREAD INTRODUCED A GENERATIONS-OLD RECIPE TO A GLOBAL AUDIENCE.

Over the course of its centuries-long history, Scotland has given many gifts to the world. The sublime smokiness of single malt. The beautiful frustration that is the game of golf. The timeless class and sophistication of Sir Sean Connery.

But perhaps none are as delectable as simple shortbread. The crumbly, buttery treat somehow embodies hospitality, whether it’s enjoyed alongside a steaming cup of tea or as a gift.

NATURAL ELEMENTS BRING A LOCAL TOUCH TO HOLIDAY DECORATING

The porcelain insides of oyster shells have always looked like angels’ robes to Stacey Collins, a local attorney who makes holiday ornaments from the shellfish. After gluing the shells together with hot glue, Collins adds Spanish moss for hair and wings made out of burlap. The rough-hewn fabric is used at outdoor roasts to cover oysters steaming over a fire.

“I started making them for myself, and then all my friends wanted one,” said Collins, who lives in Bluffton and works at a law firm on Hilton Head Island.

Watching a bald eagle take flight, soar and dive in the hunt for lunch is exhilarating. The scene connects us to our environment and brings us close to the wild.

RON BURHANS AND ASSOCIATES ADDS AGENT

Tyler Day has joined Ron Burhans and Associates as a real estate agent. A native North Carolinian, Day launched his real estate career at the age of 19, becoming one of the youngest Realtors to ever sell a home in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Day has a bachelor’s degree in management and entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and recently moved to Hilton Head Island to pursue a real estate career.