Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

Christmas Parade Road Closures

Old Town Bluffton

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

The Town of Bluffton’s annual Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Old Town. As a result of the parade route, several roads will be closed to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Just two weeks remain for Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The last day for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Tuesday, December 13.

Readers’ Choice Party showcases Lowcountry’s favorite people and places

You voted for your favorite people, places, restaurants and businesses. Now come celebrate with the winners. Don’t miss Hilton Head Monthly’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards Party, starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” — Herbert Hoover

The phrase “life-changing” is probably over used — as well as underappreciated. Typically, when we hear this phrase, we expect to hear stories about life and death and survival and courage, and people overcoming life-threatening challenges. However, it is no exaggeration to say that all of these elements are woven into the little-known story of the Hilton Head Fishing Co-Operative, which had an enormous impact on the economy of Hilton Head Island, as well as the quality of life for many native islanders during the 1960s and ’70s.

“[The marsh tacky is] more than a horse. It represents a connection to the land and culture for South Carolinians and a way of living, surviving, and adapting to conditions that ultimately became home.” — Caroline Maffry of Equitrekking

The holidays are here. Prepare yourself and your shopping list with our gift guide!

Four percent. It is a figure that both angers and empowers Brandon and Caroline Arrieta. A number they never had to consider before the diagnosis, when they were consumed with running a successful restaurant and raising their four kids.

PHOTO: From left, the Arrieta family: Leah, Caroline, Cotesy, Brandon and Brandon Sr.a

Berkeley Hall Club has garnered the pinnacle of excellence, listed among the Top 100 Platinum Country Clubs of America for 2016-2018 by Club Leaders Forum.  The most highly respected acknowledgement bestowed in the Private Club industry, the private golf club community was listed #76 among the nation's Top 100 5-Star Clubs. Platinum Clubs of America represents the upper 5% of America's Top Private Clubs of Excellence of which only a small number of clubs qualify for consideration.

Sitting: Jamila Ferguson Griffey, Jamari Wright, Julia Johnson and baby Marcel Johnson, Jei'Lani Wright, Ruth Ferguson Aiken Standing: Daniel Ferguson, Michelle Aiken, Benjamin Perry, William Perry

In a world where we need to be reminded, often through puff pieces at the end of the nightly news, that service and honor do exist, it was a pleasant surprise to find several examples within the Ferguson family right here on Hilton Head Island. The old saying that an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree is unquestionably true with the Fergusons. This family proves that family traits can run deep, living on in the roots and branches of a family tree, providing a rich, strong foundation that can grow for generations.

It’s hard to follow a healthy lifestyle during the hectic holiday season. During the “most wonderful time of the year,” we tend to overindulge in libations and leftovers and under-indulge in sleep. “Ho, ho, ho-ing” translates into “ho-ho-hoping” to stay jolly despite common holiday stressors like money and family. And as quick as we can say, “Happy Festivus for the rest of us,” it is January and we are all bloated, exhausted and asking ourselves, “Where did the past few months go?”

There are profound changes underway in our local and national economies that are being driven by both demographics and advancements in technology. Hilton Head Island is merely a microcosm of what is happening globally and in the United States. Developed nations are aging just the same way Hilton Head is aging, and as we age our spending habits and our hierarchy of needs change.

Photo: David Nelems, executive director of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation

Since its launch in May 2012, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation has been a leader in transforming our regional economic development

“Empowering innovators and accelerating innovation is our mission,” says David Nelems, the center’s executive director. “Creating primary jobs and a diverse economy is the true measure of success.” Indeed, every regional plan for the past decade has focused on primary jobs, diversity, knowledge and technology business formation.

Selling a house, finding a new place to live or donating to charity always requires keen awareness, but even more so after a hurricane strikes. As Beaufort County residents try to return to normalcy after Hurricane Matthew, they should take extra steps to prevent the unexpected financial heartaches that can follow a hurricane.

Hurricane Matthew added insult to injury for some southern Beaufort County residents who learned their home insurance policies came with extra-high deductibles.

Depending on the company and the type of policy, deductibles typically range between 2 percent and 5 percent of the home’s value for damage caused by wind and hail, named storms or hurricanes. That means the owner of a $500,000 home with a 5 percent deductible could pay as much as $25,000 out of pocket for repairs.

Interior designer, architect and builder all got on the same page to create this spectacular Sea Pines home

The homeowners from Greenville got what they wanted when they hired interior designer Dr. Debi Lynes, architect Rick Clanton and builder Rick Leach: Teamwork with a bold-faced capital T and a showpiece shingle-style home in Sea Pines.

[Question] What’s your take on the food scene on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton?

[Answer] The food scene on Hilton Head Island has always been a few steps ahead of anything else in this area. It is a large part of what made the island so popular. It's nice to have a big beautiful house on the beach or a place to play golf, but unless there are great restaurants, then it’s just not the same. What is going on in Bluffton, meanwhile, is nothing short of amazing. So much good food is popping up there. It’s no surprise, really, with the number of people moving there. I'm even hearing about restaurants in Savannah expanding to Bluffton. That will tell you how they feel about the area.

Oh, the irony of chocolate. It can be used to romance a lover or to mend a broken heart, and to nurture every state of mind in between. The powerful effects of chocolate are endless. Spas offer indulgent chocolate beauty treatments in the form of hair masks, facials, massages, scrubs and baths. There’s even a romantic couples treatment where paintbrushes and warm chocolate are provided — along with, we assume, some drop cloths.

Many of us dread surveys of any kind, when Hilton Head Monthly asked more than 100 snackers ages 10 to 80 about their midnight eating habits, they were happy to share.

Dark chocolate is the best — a little sinful late at night,” one midnight snacker said, while a few naysayers asked skeptically, “Does anybody even entertain the idea of eating anything at midnight anymore?” Predictably, some snackers said that they’re not up at midnight, so we loosened the criteria and granted an earlier time frame.

Bluffton High School running back Cam Bent was named to the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s Palmetto Champions all-star team. Each year, the Palmetto Champions roster honors one running back, one lineman, one special teams player and one coach in each division. 

The portrait of the 48th RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing champion, Branden Grace, has been unveiled to sports and history enthusiasts of South Carolina at the Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The original oil painting of Grace was painted by esteemed artist West Fraser.

Nine International Junior Golf Academy students officially committed to collegiate golf teams recently as they signed a National Letter of Intent during a ceremony at The Beach House on Hilton Head Island.