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anuskafrey july17It’s high summer in the Lowcountry, the time of year when happiness smells like sunscreen and locals joke that Hilton Head Island might sink from the weight of all the visitors. So much fun is packed into the long days that end in soft, golden evening light.

July is when the staff at local restaurants, bike rental companies, charter fishing boats and other businesses work long hours to make sure that every customer’s experience is top notch. Here at Monthly, we too worked hard on this issue to bring you the very best of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton people, events and opinions.

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Left to right: Audrey Clayton, Allison Venrick, Anuska Frey, Kelly Spinella and Mike Lupi

Dear Reader,
With school out and Father’s Day coming soon, June is a special month full of energy. Some are celebrating their long standing work in the community, like J. Banks Design, celebrating 30 years, Boys, Arnold & Company, and The Cypress for 25 years. Engagements and weddings are bustling with the start of summer, and we are excited to highlight a few gorgeous venues, brides and vendors who continually create amazing events. Father’s Day makes it a truly special month though. Capturing a special moment between father and child on the cover, we took this opportunity to take a special look at the roles fathers can take in this day and age. It’s not always the 9-5 of yesteryear any longer.

Anuska mai17Dear reader,
May is generally considered a month of renewal, with nature in full bloom all around the Lowcountry. It seems an appropriate month to announce that Lori Goodrige-Cribb, the long-term publisher of Hilton Head Monthly, has decided to take on a new challenge in her life. We thank her for her many years with the company and root for her to be successful in her new endeavors. My husband, Marc, who grew up with ink in his blood, and I will take a more active leadership role while at the same time making room for a younger generation to carry forward the mission of Monthly: Connecting the Lowcountry by publishing inspiring and informative stories covering all aspects of life in the communities we serve.

Lori Goodridge Roxanne GillandIn many parts of the country, April showers bring May flowers. Here in the Lowcountry, April brings more than 100,000 people to our tranquil island for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

Locals simply call it “Heritage Week.” Saying it’s important would be a huge understatement. For many local businesses, it is the most important week of the year. And considering the adversity faced during and after Hurricane Matthew, many need this to be the biggest and best Heritage Week ever.

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.