Around Town

Some of the area’s top female entrepreneurs are teaming up to provide the ultimate shopping and social experience featuring gifts, glam and tastes of the season. 

Lowcountry Girls Branding will present the inaugural Holiday Hook Up – a pop-up event that will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Sonesta Resort and feature a cash bar and mimosa station, live DJ playing holiday songs, and a raffle and silent auction to benefit Hopeful Horizons.


'Tis the Season!: Join in this holiday season for a lighting and entertainment spectacular! Activities and entertainment includes visits from Santa, Horse & Carriage Rides, Skating Rink, Free Movies in the Park, a Kids Zone with rotating activities, Local Group Performances and more! Park your car, stroll through the lights, enjoy nightly events all while shopping and dining! Fees for activities vary. Part of proceeds to benefit People for Parks. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.



The month of December includes days that fade to longer and longer nights and darkness that increases minute by minute, until it seems like night has nearly devoured most of our waking hours. We rise in darkness to start each day, yet are not nearly done before the darkness returns. It is as though the darkness grows in strength and power.

Tom Holmes

Looking for something to do outdoors during the holiday season? Check out the enormous “Setting Sun” sculpture on the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum. It’s 19 feet tall, 19 feet wide and weighs almost a ton, with fiery orange hues and 16-foot steel spikes that fan out like the sun’s rays.

“It’s a colorful piece that represents the beauty and cycles of nature we experience every day in the Lowcountry,” said Michael Marks, chairman of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Public Art Advisory Committee.



On Nov. 11, a Veterans Day parade organized by American Legion Post 205 will make its way through Old Town Bluffton, starting at 10 a.m. and traveling through Calhoun Street and the Promenade.

On Hilton Head Island, a ceremony with music will be held at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln. It’s hosted by the Hilton Head Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and American Legion Post 42.

Almost MaineLove, winter, and the fictional town of Almost, Maine, will come to life when Hilton Head Preparatory School performs John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” under the direction of Peggy Trecker White from Nov. 9-12 at Main Street Theatre.

Trecker White directed HHP shows for three years, including “Little Mermaid”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Godspell” and helped solidify Prep’s strong performing arts reputation. She brings a wealth of experience as director for five summers at the Intermediate Musical Theatre Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts and is a founding member of Lean Ensemble Theatre, where she has directed and starred in several of their shows, and has traveled and worked in theatre internationally. 

Matt FrazierA group of national experts in the field of health and wellness will be in town present their case for a plant-based diet, which can reverse and prevent many chronic diseases and illnesses. The Remedy Live Beach Retreat takes place from Nov. 9-12 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island.

During the four-day retreat presented by the Atlanta-based non-profit Remedy Food Project, 17 leading researchers, physicians, dietitians, athletes, authors, and celebrity chefs will present their scientific findings, lifestyle tips and recipes.

The NutcrackerThe Hilton Head Dance Theatre will present the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, at the Seahawk Cultural Center at Hilton Head Island High School for six shows from Nov. 10-19.

Tchaikovsky’s instantly recognizable music and the charming story by E.T.A. Hoffman make The Nutcracker synonymous with the holiday season.   


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.