lori march17Creating a “Power Issue” is not a new idea; many lifestyle magazines have done it before. In most cases, the end result is a collection of “powerful” individuals from the community. We tried to do the same thing but were unable to agree on the selection criteria.

Do we include part-time residents? Do we just list people who are powerful now, or do we also include powerful people from the past? Do they have to be alive? Do we let our readers vote? Is it subjective or based on fact?

Lori febr17“I love you.” I say those three words quite often. If you know me well, you know that I am a very passionate person. I’m passionate about my family, my friends and my work. I tell many people in my life that I love them, and those three words have meaning when I say or write them.

lori janhhmNew beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations of love and promises for a brighter future all come to mind as we ring in a new year. Country musician Brad Paisley may have said it best: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”

Here at Monthly, we begin each new year with our “Intriguing People of the Lowcountry” special section. It’s something we’ve been doing since 1997.

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The Monthly team is (from left) Allyson Vernick, Cathy Flory, Charles Grace, Mary Ann Kent, Lance Hanlin, Lori Goodridge-Cribb, Marc Frey, Jeremy Swartz, Rebecca V. Kerns, Majka Yarbrough and Anuska Frey.

Dear Reader,

As we publish the last issue of 2016, it is once again time for us to reflect on the outgoing year and make plans for a new one.

Certainly this year has been unusual, overshadowed by a divisive presidential campaign that made it even more important for all of us to remember that we are one community. Closer to home, we had to deal with what will hopefully be the storm of the century and if you are like most, Hurricane Matthew has stolen two weeks out of our regular rhythm and left enough “mulch” for the next decade.

LORI GOODRIDGE-CRIBBI have lived here for nearly 30 years. My first hurricane evacuation was for Hugo in 1989, and as Matthew approached, I joined those who remembered its difficulties — 10-hour drives to Atlanta and worse.

We all knew this storm was going to scare us. But watching the forecasts that had it hugging so closely to the shore, we knew that it was going to be different than the storms that have come through in recent years.

lori october16Here in the Lowcountry, October is a special time of year. Though we don’t have major tree changes many associate with autumn, you can still see the season changing in the colors of the marsh, in our slow transition to sweaters and boots, and in our sudden urge to clean out the fireplace.

October means it’s almost time for the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. This year’s Concours includes a special tribute to Hollywood. The event will have a display of vehicles made famous by movies or driven by Hollywood stars.

lori septOf all the great issues that we put out throughout the year, our annual City Guide is the one to keep on the coffee table or to send to a friend who might be considering a vacation in the Lowcountry. This is the issue that really highlights why we’ve decided to call this paradise our home.

Since last October, we’ve been celebrating our 30-year anniversary. All the research that has gone into our anniversary articles has been great inspiration to reflect in this City Guide on the Lowcountry then and now.

lori aug2016Is it August already? It seems like summer just started, but here we are, printing the final installment of our three-part summer fun series. We started with the south end of Hilton Head Island in June, followed by mid-island in July. This month, we close with the north end, Bluffton and Daufuskie.

Inside you will find information on all of the must-see landmarks and hot spots in those areas. You will also find feature stories on the wonderful new pool at Hilton Head Plantation and the Coastal Discovery Museum, one of my favorite places on the planet.

LORI GOODRIDGE-CRIBBEach month when I sit down to write this page, I find myself reminiscing about island life over the past 29 years. As we focused on the magnificent mid-island for this July issue, one summer memory is particularly vivid.

When my daughters were young, we absolutely could not miss HarbourFest — the weeklong celebration that happens all summer long at Shelter Cove Harbour. We loved to go see what the vendors had to offer and visit with Cappy the Clown.

Lori juneIt’s funny how large we can make this small community we live in. With the way we’ve split Hilton Head Island and Bluffton into sections, one could easily confuse the Lowcountry for a metropolis such as New York City or Chicago.

On Hilton Head, there are the north end, mid-island and the south end. Over the bridge is the mainland and its many areas (Old Town Bluffton, new Bluffton, Buckwalter, May River Road and Okatie).