Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

ISLAND REC CENTER IS GETTING A $13 MILLION FACELIFT

If you grew up on Hilton Head Island — or if your kids grew up here — it’s a good bet you have been one of the hundreds of thousands of residents who have benefitted from programs at the Island Recreation Center.

Forty years ago, as more people moved to the island and it began to be known as a resort destination, town leaders realized that developing a parks and recreation program was essential to building a vital and healthy community. And so the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association was born.

WHEN BLUFFTON CONTINUES TO GROW IN THE FUTURE — AND IT WILL — SPACE WON’T BE AN ISSUE. THERE ARE ACRES UPON ACRES OF UNDEVELOPED LAND. WHAT WAS A NO-DESTINATION VILLAGE JUST 10 YEARS AGO HAS EMERGED AS THE FASTEST-GROWING MUNICIPALITY IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

Private schools in the area, however, have been squeezed by space limitations and growing student enrolments. But they have taken steps to resolve their growing gains. Here’s a look at what’s going on at local private schools.

THE CHILDREN'S CENTER TURNS 50

For the past 50 years, the Children’s Center of Hilton Head Island has provided an invaluable service to the working parents of the Lowcountry. Thanks to reduced tuition for low-income residents, all members of the community can take advantage of the nonprofit group’s programs offering safe and creative environments for children that encourage learning, personal growth and development.

A look at a few of the Lowcountry’s most popular schools and institutions. Find a complete list of local schools online at hiltonheadmonthly.com.

John Paul II Catholic School

Address: 4211 N Okatie Highway, Ridgeland SC 29936
Type: Private
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Walter Dupre
Phone: 843-645-3838
Student Population: 200
Capsule: John Paul II Catholic School is in the business of educating our children for the challenges they will face in college and beyond. The school’s motto, “Nolite Timere” (Be Not Afraid), means we are constantly examining our courses offered and evaluating academic standards while creating an environment rich in spirituality, fine arts and athletics, where each child reaches their full potential. At the center of everything JPII does is our faith in God. We are blessed to partner with our parents to help our children grow in their faith.

NEW TECHNOLOGY PREPARES STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE.

Technology is woven in to the fabric of modern day life, and school is no exception. From social applications to business technology, today’s students will be surrounded by new gadgets and systems at home and in the workplace. Local schools are preparing students for future success while keeping technology and learning fun, individualized and approachable.

IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S BORING.

So you’ve arrived on Hilton Head Island for a week of sunny vacation bliss, baking under the rays while you sip a cool piña colada with your toes in the sand.

Well first of all, not to burst your bubble, but alcohol isn’t allowed on Hilton Head’s beaches.

WESTIN UNVEILS GRAND OCEAN TERRACE
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa opened the island’s newest wedding and event space. The 5,000-squarefoot Grand Ocean Terrace provides an elevated and unobstructed ocean view for up to 220 guests. Glass walls slide open into a full-length covered balcony, providing an all-season climate space. The Westin, at 2 Grasslawn Ave., is a AAA Four Diamond resort with 416 guest rooms and suites. Event space on property includes 19 meeting rooms, a 13,200-sq-ft Grand Ballroom and a 5,800-square-foot beachfront event deck.

I’M A BUILDER AND A CRAFTSMAN,” ROBERT GRAVES JR. SAID IN A THICK SOUTHERN DRAWL. A PIONEER AND ONE OF THE FIRST DEVELOPERS ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND, HE WORKED CLOSELY WITH CHARLES FRASER.

“Charles would give me his vision and talk to me while designing a home,” he said. “Without him, I wouldn’t have raised seven children and 22 grandchildren at last count.”

Graves, 79, founded his custom home construction business in 1959. It is still in operation today, though the island looks a lot different now than when he started.

Caring for others, especially seniors, has always been a big part of Jennifer Spencer’s life. In fact, caring for others is her way of life. Her new business helps deal with the details when someone downsizes, moves to a senior facility or passes away.

The new Lowcountry resident recently opened the doors to Relics Estate Sales and Consignments on Persimmon Street in Bluffton, a business she started with her fiancé and business partner, Scott Tracy.

Who among us hasn’t dreamed about trying our hands in the beverage industry, spending our days taste-testing the latest and greatest spirits? You may think it’s all free booze and parties, but just ask Hilton Head Island resident Tim Grovenburg, co-founder of Brass Ring Spirit Brands, and he’ll tell you: it’s all about hard work and dedication.

You can’t tell America’s story without telling the Gullah story.

BY LUANA M. GRAVES SELLARS | PHOTOS BY WILLIE J. RICE PHOTOGRAPHY

Run by the Campbell family since 1996, this Hilton Head Island company strives to educate the public about the island’s rich Gullah heritage, traditions and place in America’s history. The desire to preserve Gullah traditions is the heart of their mission. The roughly 15 members of the family involved in the company span more than three generations.

 

For decades, the Federal National Mortgage Association, or Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, also known as Freddie Mac — both publicly traded companies — have expanded the availability of home mortgages by “packaging” the loans into mortgage-backed securities that investors can buy. This practice has allowed lenders to reinvest most of their assets and offer more loans. The financial backstop for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had always been an “implied” obligation of the U.S. Treasury to ensure that they would not be allowed to fail.

To increase the comfort, beauty and enjoyment of a home, many owners turn to renovations. Sprucing up also adds value to a home by keeping it up to date. In this special section, we have before and after photos of real projects handled by businesses found right here in the Lowcountry. 

Coastal Signature Homes aids local family

The Coastal Signature Homes team recently organized a fundraiser in support of a local family welcoming their child born with Spina Bifida. With the help of the Bluffton community, the event raised over $11,000 for Luis and Mercedes Calderon and their new baby, Ellis, to help with ongoing expenses.

Employees of the local custom homebuilder wanted to lend a helping hand when they learned that Luis Calderon, an employee of Stromer Plumbing - one of the builder’s most trusted and valued trade partners - was facing a challenging personal difficulty.

When a Pennsylvania couple wanted to build a second home in Port Royal Plantation, the realtor who found a perfect half-acre-plus lot for them suggested they meet a certain architect—who in turn suggested they meet a certain interior designer.

Enter Kelly Caron, owner of Kelly Caron Designs and the 2016 LightHouse-award winner for “Best Interior Design,” bestowed by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association.

Total time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 8 wild salmon fillets (3 ounces each)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup shitake mushroom caps, sliced
  • 1 package quinoa & wild rice mix (can substitute just quinoa or just rice)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Beating the summer heat requires nothing more than a blender, ice, and fruit — and, if you’re looking to kick things up, a little bit of alcohol. And good frozen drinks start with good ingredients, so here are a few suggestions to help make sure what goes into your blender is the best it can be:

Lowcountry boil goes by several other names, like Frogmore stew or Beaufort boil. But no matter what it’s called, it’s a local favorite made of four readily available ingredients: shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes. Add a sprinkling of seasoning and you’re set. It’s not a dainty dish, but it appears everywhere — at food festivals, church fundraisers, family reunions and black-tie weddings. Often, it is served on newspaper and eaten by hand with cocktail sauce and melted butter for dipping, plus hot sauce for those who crave more heat. This version of a Lowcountry boil makes it a manageable meal on a smaller scale and alters the presentation just a bit. 

IF YOU’VE SPENT ANY TIME ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND’S BEACHES, THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE YOU’VE WITNESSES THE WORLD’S OLDEST KNOWN SPORT

No, not Frisbee or sand castle building, but bocce. The Old World game has gained popularity with a new generation. Bocce also is a good fit for Hilton Head because the equipment is easy to bring along and the game involves the perfect effortto- entertainment ratio for a day at the beach.

The 10th annual Tiger Bass Race Series will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 at Hampton Lake in Bluffton. The event includes a 15K run or walk, a 5K run and a 1-mile run/walk, with all proceeds going to Memory Matters and River Ridge Academy.

With help from Rob Fyfe and his team at Palmetto Running Company, race participants will enjoy live music and a patriotic send-off at the starting line. Waiting at the finish line is a party featuring music, complimentary concessions from the Downtown Curbside Kitchen food truck, face-painting by Sassi Faces and more.

Bluffton golfer Bryson Nimmer nearly fulfilled a lifelong dream by earning an invitation to play in next year’s RBC Heritage presented by Boeing when he finished second at the 19th annual Players Amateur, losing on the second playoff hole at Berkeley Hall.