A week and a half before we went to press with this July issue, we got the news we’d been waiting to hear for 18 months: the Heritage had a new sponsor. I can tell you that everyone here in the office breathed a sigh of relief.

I can say it now: Things felt different at the tournament this past April, with the concern that an event that had come to define Hilton Head might not be around anymore. The attendance was amazing and the tournament was a blast, as it always is, but in the back of my mind there was a nagging feeling of doom and gloom. Well, thankfully that feeling is no more! Thanks to the new title sponsor RBC and presenting sponsor Boeing the tournament is guaranteed for at least five more years.

Hearing the announcement was like a breath of fresh air; when Gov. Nikki Haley stood at the podium and made the announcement you could almost feel the excitement in the room. Thanks to RBC and Boeing for helping us continue this beloved event. And our very own James McMahon tells you about the future of the tournament on page 34.

Elsewhere in this jam-packed issue of Monthly, we’ve scoured the island for the best bike paths and trails and come up with a great pullout map that spotlights some of the island’s lesser-known routes. Whether you ride casually or competitively, you must check out our special biking section this month: learn the rules, find new places to ride and meet some of the island’s most accomplished riders (including Josh Barrett, who appears on our cover in a photo by Rob Kaufman).

Of course there is so much more to read in this July issue: Part 2 of our “Seven Wonders” series, looking over the bridge to Bluffton, a guide to the area’s July 4 fireworks; a look into the South Carolina Barbeque Association, interviews with local band Deas Guyz and Lowcountry author Mary Alice Monroe and so much more. Sit back and dig into the July Monthly!

Lori Goodridge-CribbBefore sitting down to dive into the June issue of Monthly, make sure you reserve tons of reading time. As the production of this issue moved forward, I kept hearing Jeff, our editor, talk about how much we had planned for June — words that always make a publisher happy!

First and foremost, this issue is dedicated to the beginning of summer. But how cool is that pirate cover? Don’t be scared — these are friendly pirates and taking one of the pirate adventure tours offered on Hilton Head is a great way to have some family fun this summer. But to add to the pirate fun (and possibly capitalize on any sequels that opened recently), we’ve launched our own Turtle Treasure Challenge. Details are on page 14, but the short version is this: Find seven little turtles in this issue, two on hiltonheadmonthly.com and one on Pirates of Hilton Head’s Facebook page and you could win great treasures, including a $100 gift certificate at the Jazz Corner and a free family trip on a Pirates of Hilton Head cruise.