Ah, spring! Arguably the most beautiful month in the Lowcountry, spring has come just in time to rescue us from the coldest winter many of us have ever seen on Hilton Head Island. Azaleas and daffodils are blooming and the days are getting longer. The warm sunshine makes us hopeful — and why shouldn’t we be? We live in a beautiful place where the most popular local hobby is helping others. In this issue, we celebrate some of the powerful, kind and diverse women who make Hilton Head and Bluffton great places to live. In the pages of our People section, we focus on leaders from the nonprofit sector and public education. Business leaders and others answer questions about their lives and careers in our Leading Ladies special section.
And as warmer temperatures return, the great outdoors beckons. We’ve gathered recommendations for seven exciting adventures and the gear you’ll need to enjoy them to the fullest. Whether you decide to go kayaking on Broad Creek or camping on Hunting Island, we hope you have a great time outside. We also look at local and state efforts to prevent offshore drilling and seismic testing from coming to our pristine coastal waters, and take a closer look at some of the marine mammals that would be affected by the drilling.
AS WARMER TEMPERATURES RETURN, THE GREAT OUTDOORS BECKONS.
On Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, spring is always full of festivals and community events. St. Patrick’s Day is a don’t-miss annual party for locals and visitors alike, and we showcase what’s new with the Hilton Head parade this year. Also in this issue, you’ll meet two chefs headlining the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival, and get a sneak peek at the Rotary Club of Hilton Head’s upcoming scavenger hunt to raise money for the Island Rec Center’s expansion. Among all these opportunities for fun, Monthly reminds you to set aside time for needed spring maintenance and home improvement tasks, and recommends local professionals who can help.
Finally, we can’t resist showing off photos of our Bridal Show last month at Hampton Hall Clubhouse. Soon-to-be brides and grooms, with their friends and parents, mingled with local vendors like wedding planners, photographers and florists. Between the mimosas and the live music, a great time was had by all. Please join us next year if you missed it this time.
Enjoy your Lowcountry spring, and thank you for allowing us to be part of your busy life.
– ANUSKA FREY AND CAROL WEIR