Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

For some of us, one of the most intimidating things we can do is stand before our naked reflections in a mirror.

Among other things, nakedness reminds us of how imperfect we are; it exposes what we perceive to be the good, the bad and the “ugly” parts of ourselves. Nakedness can make us feel vulnerable and defenseless, insignificant and powerless, angry and depressed. Nakedness confronts us with stark realities about our physical being that we might prefer to keep hidden. Nakedness brings us face to face with our own humanness and our own mortality; our own truth. 

What would it look like? Where would it be located? How much would it cost? Who would pay for it? How would it benefit the community?


The “it” is a campus on Hilton Head Island that could potentially showcase history, heritage, culture, arts and more.  The question of whether it should be built has been asked since the 1980s, when the first of several committees looked at the issue.

Incumbent solicitor Duffie Stone won the Republican primary on June 14, beating challenger Angela McCall-Tanner with 69 percent of the vote. The 14th Circuit includes Allendale, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Beaufort counties. Stone will officially be re-elected to his third full term in the general election in November because he has no Democratic challenger.

A unique attraction has quickly become a popular draw at the Port Royal Farmers Market. Visitors start their Saturdays by saying hello to the birds of Lowcountry Raptors.

Breezy the barred owl, Odin the one-eyed screech owl and Sully the red-shouldered hawk have become favorites for the kids.


There are five great public beaches mid-Hilton Head Island, all with wide shoreline and a little off the beaten path.

For a day of fishing or bird-watching, check out Fish Haul Beach. It’s a mostly untouched spot, and great for nature lovers.

Islanders Beach Park is great for swimming, and less crowded than most Hilton Head beaches. Not much parking though, so ride a bike or have someone drop you off.


I have always believed that people care and act with good intentions. Some are overly confident, some are very cautious, and some are just completely unaware. And, unfortunately, there is the occasional blatant disregard for wildlife. Either way, a little bit of consult and public education is always the best option. Enlighten yourself with these suggestions and help us to save endangered sea turtles.


One look at the 74-foot topsail schooner Wolf and the average sailor might be intimidated. Luckily for the Wolf’s owner, Capt. Finbar Gittelman, Hilton Head Island boat captain Scott Hammet is not your average sailor.

Learning about the Brown family can open many doors to the past that reveal how complex and textured life was generations ago. Their family tree is expansive, and like most of islanders, they are related to several other prominent Hilton Head Island families. The Browns’ story demonstrates, once again, that the heart and soul of Hilton Head is embodied in its strong first families.

“Dad! I want to play on the trampoline!” yells one of his four kids. “No, not this second” replies Brandon Runyan, and then turns to me: “This is the chaos of my life.” A toddler’s shriek pierces through my computer speakers. We’re on video chat and Isla, age 7, reminds us, “You’ve been on this interview for minutes!” She wants dad to continue their bike-riding lessons. Runyan, still in his scrubs, calmly answers each question, even if delayed by constant, if cute, interruptions. Most mornings, he sneaks out at 5 a.m. for CrossFit. That’s before the kids wake up and must be shepherded through the morning’s tasks.

The premise that Hilton Head Island may have something to learn from Charleston may initially seem outlandish.

Although Charleston and Hilton Head have fascinating histories dating back to the mid-1600s, Charleston has been a major seaport and trading center for hundreds of years. With the exception of its brief occupation by 50,000 Union troops, sympathizers and freed slaves during the Civil War, Hilton Head was an agrarian island used primarily for hunting, fishing and limited farming until the 1950s.

In 1956, when the Richardson family opened the Red & White, the first grocery store on Hilton Head Island, a good day’s take was about $5.

A loaf of bread was 12 cents; coffee was 37 cents a pounds, a T-bone steak was 59 cents a pound and a giant box of Tide was 67 cents, according to “The Hidden History of Hilton Head” by Alice E. Sink.


There are some things Maria Velez de Berliner can’t tell you about her life — classified information she’s been privy to as part of her role with the U.S. Department of Defense and Homeland Security, and through her teaching on strategic and tactical intelligence with the U.S. Air Force’s Special Operations division.

I remembered the day my parents moved out of the home they owned for more than 40 years. I could not imagine living in one house for all those years, but that was not unusual for people who bought in 1949.

Today, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trendsreport, homebuyers between the ages of 61 and 69 expect to stay in their homes the longest when compared to all other age groups, at 20 years. Buyers ages 36-60 and those 70-90 all expect to stay in the homes they purchase for 15 years, while buyers 35 and younger expect to be in their newly bought homes for 10 years.


With many new and beautiful styles of pools available today, it’s easy to find one that will add value to your home while keeping you happy and healthy.

Indigo Run home infused attention to detail, craftsmanship and design into the year-long project

Jim and Nell Kelly love living the Lowcountry lifestyle in their new Lowcountry-style home at the exclusive Golf Club at Indigo Run community on Hilton Head.

Title: Wine director, general manager and certified sommelier for Rollers Wine & Spirits and Wine & Cheese, If You Please?

Q: Best wine (or wines) under $20:
Any wine you like for $19.99 or less!

A few of my favorites these days are:

  • Chateau Famaey Malbec, Cahors, France 2011
  • Jean-Paul Daumen’s Principaute Dórange Rhone, France 2013
  • Château Revelette’s Aix en Provence Rose, France 2015
  • Botani Sparkling Muscat by Jorge Ordonez & Co.

It’s summer, which means that it’s hot as all get out right now. Logically, it stands to reason that you’re on the hunt for something that will not only cool you down, but will also give you the rare opportunity to coat something in sprinkles.

But wait, sweet tooth-enabled readers. Don’t just jump right into the nearest ice cream parlor unprepared. There are options to weigh. And those options offer up such an array of completely unique experiences that (surprise, surprise) no less an authority than the federal government has stepped in to differentiate them.

The best bumper sticker seen in the Lowcountry reads: “Friends Don't Let Friends Buy Imported Shrimp,” and we mean it. The sight of the double-rigged shrimp trawlers going out at dawn for the catch in our pristine waterways, with flocks of hungry sea birds hovering about to see what they can pluck from the catch is quite common. We in the Lowcountry feel the pride of watching this shrimping industry still thrive today, both here and in small South Carolina towns like McClellanville, keeping alive an integral part of the history of our coastal paradise. Many a shrimper, typically coming from a long line of shrimpers, will say it’s in his or her blood. We cannot help but make the association of the shrimp with the shrimpers, and we thank them every day for bringing us this delicacy, despite facing fierce competition from imports, rising costs and economic and safety risks.

Local travel team hopes for strong showing at Cooperstown Dreams Park

Elite MLB players who are lucky enough to make it to Cooperstown, New York, after they retire are in their 40s, 50s or even older. For 11 talented ballplayers from Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, their first first journey to this historical baseball village will come later this summer at the ripe old age of 12.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resortoffers some of the best golf on Hilton Head Island. Now it also offers the island's best custom club-fitting experience.

That's because Chris Wycoff, after running the island's most successful custom club-fitting business at his Golf Etc. store, has moved his SwingFit operation to Palmetto Dunes and the Robert Trent Jones Ocean Course clubhouse. Wycoff didn't move his entire retail operation, of course, but he set up a covered hitting bay at the end of the range and a shop underneath the clubhouse where he has thousands of components on hand to build clubs for both resort guests and residents.

How does a relatively small community like Haig Point consistently produce a string of wins? For the seventh year in a row, Haig Point has sent at least one team to the South Carolina State Championship. The men’s 55-and-over teams have represented Hilton Head at the state tournament for each of the last three years. This year, the women’s 3.5 55-and-over team, finished in the top four.