Around Town


Annie Miller Grant swells with pride when she talks about Talbird Cemetery, the Gullah burial ground nestled under oak and palm trees along the banks of Skull Creek in Hilton Head Plantation.

Just a year ago, Hurricane Matthew ravaged the cemetery. The storm uprooted graves, ripped tall trees from the ground, knocked over headstones, and scattered debris. A casket was left flipped on its side.

“We’re making a difference — one child, one family, one week at a time,” Lindy Russell likes to say.

And as president and director of Hilton Head Heroes, a nonprofit organization that welcomes to Hilton Head Island families with children ages 4 and 18 who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses, she’s right. The resort vacation gives the families the chance to relax while making lifelong memories. 



The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents “Symphonic Soul: A Symphony Under The Stars” Oct. 3-4 at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, add a picnic dinner and enjoy Beethoven’s Funky Fifth, a salute to Ray Charles and Motown’s Hot Soul Medley. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 843-842-2055 for tickets. Or go to

leanLean Ensemble Theater’s 2017-18 season kicks off with a special performance of “Othello,” followed by the recent Broadway hit “Constellations” by Nick Payne.

For one night only, Greenville-based The Warehouse Theatre will present its production of William Shakespeare’s “Othello,” examining what happens when evil and manipulation are set loose in an already corrupt, cruel world — one filled with suspicion, xenophobia and distrust. How can love thrive in an environment like this? Set in a stark, not-so-distant future, The Warehouse Theatre’s take on the classic stage production addresses these relevant questions and more.

msytTwenty years ago, the Hilton Head Community and Youth Theater, which formed in the early ’90s, changed its name to The Main Street Youth Theatre. Its goal was to create a family-centered, community­based theater where local children, parents and adult community members could perform. It hoped to educate young local performers in all aspects of the theater, encourage family involvement, and expose youth to a true theatrical experience through the power of live performance. Twenty years later, after more than 50 productions, the theater’s goals and mission remain intact. 

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A new cultural festival sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head (ACCHH) will take place throughout October. This regional event, organized in honor of National Arts and Humanities month, will showcase the work of arts, culture and history organizations; individual artists; performers; and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton area.

After taking a year off courtesy of Hurricane Matthew, the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island will host the 2017 Sailing Regatta on October 14-15 at Sea Pines Resort.

The race for the 47th Harbour Town Cup and the 46th Calibogue Cup will take place on Calibogue Sound. Harbour Town at Sea Pines is the presenting sponsor.

“The Persistent Fisherman” by Heather Wanamaker


Sept. 28 “GOT ART?”: This popular annual fundraising event makes collectors out of art enthusiasts. Each $100 ticket provides two guests admissions, participation in a random drawing and guarantees one original piece of art. See details on page 185 or go to

It’s not clear if the expression “pay it forward” translates to a similar Spanish idiom, but its meaning transcends language. Someone does something nice for you, and in turn, you do something nice for someone else.

In this case, a lot of someone elses.