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).

lori jan2016For me, the world’s greatest thoughts happen in the shower. Maybe it's the steam or shampoo suds or smell of my fancy Harris Teeter soap that triggers random bits of brilliance. Or maybe it's the only place where technology and other people can't distract me.

It’s rewarding when one of those “shower thoughts” transforms into something our readers enjoy. 

lori marc16I’m not the biggest “Star Trek” fan, but I was moved by the final message tweeted by Leonard Nimoy before he passed away last year. “Life is like a garden,” he wrote. “Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”

For as long as I can remember, the garden has been my happy place. There’s just something about breaking new ground and working in the dirt that gives me energy. It also reminds me of those I love most.

lori febr2016If you do good things and treat people well, good things will come back to you.

This is how I’ve always lived my life. I firmly believe that compassion, kindness and patience for others are especially important in a small community such as this one. You never know when your paths will cross again.

lori jan2016This is our 19th year “Intriguing People of the Lowcountry” issue — and it’s a little hard to believe that we haven’t featured everyone who lives here by now. To this day, I am amazed at the number of people with incredible backgrounds, talents and interests who choose to make the Lowcountry their home.

And this year is no exception: Wait until you read about Holocaust survivor Allen Kupfer, sixth-generation native islander Alex Brown or Kroger chief financial officer and executive vice president Mike Schlotman.

hhmholidayDecember is the time when we cherish all that is important to us.

Personal beliefs, no matter what they are, that teach us the importance of peace. Friends and neighbors who share in our joys and support us through our sorrows. Even the simple things, like the twinkle of lights in the streets, are enough to remind us of all our blessings.