Around Town


AUG. 11 AND 12

HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH: 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 and 12, Family Circle Cup Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, SC. Shows at 7 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m. It’s time once again for Hootie’s Homegrown concert! Every year this awesome two-day concert at the Family Circle Cup Stadium draws a huge crowd, and kicks off the fall to a great start. Bring donations for Hootie’s Back to School Roundup. Visit for tickets and more information.

Sway of the SirenLaurie McCall’s “Sway of the Siren”
“Sway of the Siren” is a Lowcountry blend of Gullah/Geechee culture and language that only someone who has spent many years in coastal South Carolina could achieve. In this first novel, when the body of a white woman who appears to have been beaten to death is discovered in the middle of a sweet potato patch, fear and suspicion grip Goethe Island. This fictional untouched Gullah community off the coast of Beaufort bears a strong resemblance to Daufuskie. The cause of Maya Indigo’s death remains a mystery until the end, as those closest to the dead woman recount their connection to her.

Take a Chance on This

Now through August 6, audiences at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina are having the time of their life. Theatregoers who have seen Mamma Mia at the venue near Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island are leaving the theater humming, smiling, singing and some are even dancing.

This sun-drenched tale of romance, friendship and identity unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. Soon to be married, a young girl vows find out who her father is. Her quest to discover her true identity brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they first visited 20 years ago. The colorful story moves and grooves along with some of ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queens,” “Money, Money, Money,” “SOS,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “Thank You for the Music.”


Salute from the Shore to Feature ‘Air Parade’ of F-16s and Other Military Aircraft Flyover of South Carolina’s Coast on July Fourth. South Carolina’s 4th of July Tradition.

Salute from the Shore, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2010 by patriotic South Carolinians to honor our armed forces on Independence Day. Every year on July Fourth, hundreds of thousands of people gather on the beaches of South Carolina in patriotic attire to wave the red, white and blue and to demonstrate their gratitude to America’s finest for their bravery and commitment to protecting our freedom.

Little WomenMay River Theatre brings the classic story of the March sisters to life in “Little Women: The Musical,” taking the stage July 21-23 and 28-30 and Aug. 4-6.

Based on the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, the musical version opened on Broadway in 2005. A family drama full of joy, love and grief, “Little Women” celebrates strength of character over wealth. As they grow from girls to women in New England, four sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March — struggle with gender constraints, true love, work and domesticity. These issues are as important for many women today as they were in the Civil War era.


Before he was recognized as an eclectic local artist, Amos Hummell was better known as a bartender on Hilton Head Island for two decades. His art was noted in the perfect dry martini, piña colada or whisky sour.

Now, he has revisited some of his more interesting bar experiences with a colorful twist in his latest body of work, "5 O'Clock Somewhere.” It will be showcased July 6-26 at the Art League of Hilton Head’s gallery in Shelter Cove. An opening reception will be held, appropriately, from 5 to 7 p.m. July 12.



Fourth of July

A giant, free community picnic on the Fourth of July where everyone’s invited will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 4. It’s a collaboration between two bedrock island churches, one primarily an African-American congregation and the other primarily white. This year, the picnic will be at the Boys & Girls Club at 151 Gumtree Road on Hilton Head Island. The fun will include a kids’ zone with wet and dry slides and bounce houses, a dunk tank, musical acts, free food and fellowship. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Pets are not allowed. A shuttle will run between parking lots at the Island Rec Center/Schools Campus and the Boys & Girls Club. There is also limited parking at the Boys & Girls Club. The organizers called the occasion “One Island. One Community. One Hilton Head.” More than 100 volunteers from both churches will make it happen.

The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz is a musical originally commissioned by the St. Louis Municipal Opera based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, and using the film’s songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

Debuting as Director is Dan Brown who performed in many MSYT productions. Musical Director is Philip Paluszak who has a magnificent music background is coming to MSYT as a guest artist. And rounding out the crew, Jodi Layman, who has a long association with MSYT, will choreograph.


Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host “Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo” every Wednesday and Friday in June, July and August from 10 am until 2 pm. This casual “Meet and Greet” will help participants learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo with Critter Management will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. Participants will have a chance to get an up-close view of the various animals, learn more about them, and take lots of photos. There will be no formal presentation; visitors can stop by various stations to meet the different types of animals on site. Cost is adult $10, child $5 (6-12), under 5 are free. No reservations for this program, just drop in and see! The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. 

When the days are long and summer is close, it’s time to hit the harbours and enjoy the festivities that make being on the island so fun and inviting for so many! Fireworks, singing along with Gregg Russell by the old oak tree or Shannon Tanner and the kids with their spinning hats. Or what about the kazoo sing along at Coligny Plaza? Food from some amazing local vendors and nearby restaurants mean mom and dad don’t have to worry about dinner! Just take the time, relax, enjoy a night outdoors with the family, pretend to be a tourist. Take a night (or 10) this summer and have some good family fun!