Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

When Beaufort County Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Moss was asked to name the most exciting achievement in the district this past year, he hesitated — for all the right reasons.

“There are so many individual accomplishments at each of our schools,” said Moss of the successful 2013-14 school year for southern Beaufort County’s public schools. “I could spend all day talking about success stories at each one.”

Sea Pines Community Service Associates recently announced the launch of a new program to enhance and preserve specimen live oaks inside Sea Pines. The Sea Pines Legacy Oak program includes 15 trees, each named after a significant event or location. The purpose of the program is to celebrate, interpret and enhance the trees, individually and collectively so those who live in and visit Sea Pines will have a better appreciation and understanding of live oaks and their need for protection.

Auctions America will host a collector car auction on Hilton Head Island as part of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The sale, featuring approximately 100 investment-grade vehicles, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Concours’ host hotel, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

Hilton Head Monthly's 2015 Cutest Pets

Hundreds of readers sent in photos of their cute pets for our annual “Cutest Pets” issue. This year’s contest was decided by the number of “likes” each photo got on our Facebook page. In a heated battle, the adorable Monster won with 415 “likes,” beating out the super cute Goose who had 357 “likes.” The victory prize for Monster was a special package from Tail Wiggles, sponsor of the contest. /p>

Don't just walk your dog. Strut with style. Once again, Monthly fashion model Paige Turner proves you can make just about any task look good with the right colors and accessories. Hot diggety dog!


Vacations are all about getting away from home and going on an adventure. You don’t have to go to the extreme and tie thousands of balloons to your house to set off on an adventure like in Disney’s movie “Up,” but adventure does await you in the Lowcountry. No matter how you plan to get here, be ready to step out of your comfort zone and fly to new heights.

Construction on River Ridge Academy, the Beaufort County School District’s newest school, began last summer. The facility, which will teach kids in prekindergarten through eighth grade, is near the intersection of Bluffton Parkway and S.C. 170 and will open with an enrollment of about 900 students. The school will be home to the River Ridge Raiders, with school colors of purple, black and silver. Here are 10 questions Hilton Head Monthly asked new principal Gary McCulloch.

Fear is a funny thing.

That pit-of-the-stomach ball of white fire that builds in defiance of any rational argument can have the strangest effect on people. Some jump out of planes in pursuit of that shot of primal fight-or-flight adrenaline. Some race motorcycles. Some are content to merely scour the horror section of Netflix.


Marty McFly would be pleased.

Once just wishfully imagined in the 1980s classic movie “Back To The Future II,” the dream of the hoverboard is now alive and well on the waters around Hilton Head Island.

Curtis Shubert admittedly thought he knew it all about Hilton Head Island. He has been a resident for nearly three decades and makes his living sharing that knowledge as manager of Yellow Cab Tours on the island. 

But he was pleasantly surprised to find out he was wrong.

As my regular readers know, I have often written about access to credit, the consequences of the federal Dodd-Frank Act, the impact of Federal Reserve policy on housing demand, how demographics affect local housing demand, and how these factors influence our lives in southern Beaufort County. I hope to provide some insight into the long-term prospects of what for many of us is our largest single asset — our homes.

This year, Hilton Head Hospital celebrates four decades of providing high-quality care to patients in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie and the surrounding areas. Built in 1974 and opened the following year as a 40-bed private, nonprofit, accredited medical facility, Hilton Head Hospital has become one of the most celebrated hospitals in the region, if not the state. Hilton Head Hospital CEO Jeremy Clark credits the hospital's success, in part, to an excellent medical staff.

Todd Hawk and his family-owned company H2 Builders in Bluffton have been building beautiful custom-designed homes in the Hilton Head Island area since 1996, many in the traditional or transitional Lowcountry style. And that style is becoming more popular than ever.

But perhaps none of these spectacular homes are as quintessentially Lowcountry in every exacting detail as the one he built for himself, his family, extended family and friends in the small town of Pineland in Jasper County.

The Leamington homeowner didn’t really know what she wanted, but she knew she wanted it to be beautiful.

She and her husband bought their 4,600-square-foot second home three years ago because of its location, straddling a lagoon and the Arthur Hills Golf Course, and the interior layout. The only hitch was a black-and-gold and yellowish color motif.

In the good old days, interior cooling and heating were limited to a specific room or portion of a building with localized units. That worked out just fine, so long as the entire family didn't mind camping out in the living room. Some could afford more than one unit. Most could not.

Luckily, the invention of HVAC units changed the game.

Sandwiches have long been mealtime staples, though they’ve come a long way. While the basic, rustic ham sandwiches that many pioneers traveling the Oregon trail enjoyed are still popular and the peanut butter and jelly will never go out of style, diners are becoming more adventurous and serving up a variety of options between two slices of bread.

According to D. H. Lawrence, every fruit has its secret and the fig is no exception. This jewel of a fruit is one of the most delicious, yet overlooked fruits of summer. Alma, Brown Turkey, Celeste, Kadota and Mission are only a few of the varieties grown in South Carolina. The fig season is short and if you blink you might miss it!

A new farm-inspired restaurant concept broke ground recently at the Promenade in Old Town Bluffton. Called FARM, the restaurant hopes to open in early 2016. Ryan Williamson, Brandon Carter and Josh Heaton have joined forces to create a restaurant that will serve as the connector between the dining experience and the farmer’s market culture, utilizing as much produce from Williamson’s Lowcountry Farms as possible.

As the fall approaches, so does the promise of crisp, Lowcountry evenings under Friday night lights. For some area football teams, a new season means a new era. For others, it’s a chance to keep building from an already firm foundation.

Last season started and ended with some turbulence as Bluffton High School saw its first game go to forfeiture and Hilton Head Christian Academy said goodbye to its head coach. But local football coaches feel only excitement and hope as the first days of practice and first steps onto the field creep closer and closer.


The world's best amateurs will tee up in the Lowcountry for the 16th consecutive year when the Players Amateur moves to Berkeley Hall Club’s North Course for the first time from July 9-12, and with Walker Cup invitations likely hanging in the balance, the competition should be as steamy as a South Carolina summer.

“Three all,” booms the man’s voice, still as loud and clear as it was years ago when he presided over the biggest tennis matches of the day.

Norm Chryst is not chairing this contest, however; he is serving in the match tiebreaker.

Wearing his hat backwards, a black polo and Rogers Cup shorts, Chryst tosses the ball, rocks back and leaps forward to strike a flat first serve.



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