Around Town

CRESCENDO AND PUBLIC ART OPENING RECEPTION SET FOR SEPT. 27

Art lovers in the Lowcountry, mark your calendars for Sept. 27: It’s the opening reception for the second annual Crescendo Arts, Culture and History Celebration. This event also will launch the 2018 Public Art Exhibition sponsored by Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

SOUNDWAVES, NEW HHSO HEADQUARTERS

Very few municipal symphony orchestras conduct business from their own performance venue, let alone a venue located along the beaches of a prestigious island resort. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra has distinguished itself on many levels in recent years and, coming this fall, HHSO will elevate its brand like never before with a new Lowcountry address and exciting new role in the community.

latinfestPupusas from El Salvador, baleadas from Honduras, authentic taco from Mexico: Savor the flavors of Latin America without leaving Hilton Head Island at the upcoming Latin American Food Festival.

The festival — now in its ninth year — is a fundraiser to benefit the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head. Roughly 65 percent of the clinic’s patients are Latino, and organizer of the festival, Latinos Unidos, wants to give back to the clinic. Last year’s event raised $37,737 for the clinic; over the years, Latinos Unidos has donated more than $118,000 — all raised at the festival.

shrimpfestThe first-ever Hilton Head Island Shrimp Festival will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 22 on the lawn adjacent to the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, at The Sea Pines Resort The event will feature a shrimp tasting contest, food, craft beer, live music, and a fun zone for children, including face painting and bounce houses. It is a ‘Southern Living Inspired’ event, because The Sea Pines Resort is partnering with Southern Living to produce this festival.

Songs and Beers“SONGS AND BEERS FOR HEROES” PAYS TRIBUTE TO FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS

The second annual Songs and Beers for Heroes is a fundraiser to support the families of first responders killed in the line of duty

All money raised will benefit nonprofit group The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, which offers financial support to the families of fallen first responders in Beaufort, Jasper and 18 other nearby counties.

Sept. 15

ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB HOSTS ANNUAL FESTIVAL

Members of the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island will be saying “buon appetito” as they welcome festivalgoers to the ninth annual Italian Heritage Festival, to be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Cost is $6 a person; kids 10 and younger get in free. Money raised by the nonprofit Italian-American Club of Hilton Head benefits local charities and scholarships. For more information, call festival chairman Paul Caimano at 412-897-1148 or go to www.iachh.org.

JOHN CRANFORD CREATES OPPORTUNITY FOR MUSICIANS

John Cranford of popular local group Cranford Hollow has opened a new music studio on Hilton Head Island, available for rent by musicians to produce high-quality recordings. It’s already a hit — the artists who have already used this space include Angie Aparo, Nick Poulin, Naytiv and Jevon Daly and Greg Russell. 

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VEGAN SAUCES & DRESSINGS COOKING CLASS: 

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club is holding a vegan sauces and dressings class with Avai, MSW, founder of Choosing Eden and its Vibrant Health programs since 1999. Avai has been vegetarian for 30 years, vegan for 28 years, and has more than 40 years of experience in nutrition and food preparation. The class is $45 per person and class size limited to 15 participants. 1-4 p.m.,Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. 843-816-6179 or www.carlagoldenwellness.com/sauces.

Roasting RoomMUSIC + BOURBON = FUN

How do you take your coffee? Black? Cream and sugar? How about with a piping hot side of local music?

When Josh Cooke opened Corner Perk in 2009, he pictured a cozy café offering food and coffee in a homey atmosphere. After several years of success, he relocated the shop in 2014 to Calhoun Street Promenade in Old Town Bluffton. Friend Jordan Ross convinced him to transform the building’s empty second floor into a soundstage, and Cooke found himself in the music business.