Hilton Head Calendar of Events
20 Dec 2012
- Written by Michael Paskevich
One-armed guitarist Jason “Lefty” Williams, who makes his Hilton Head debut Friday, Jan. 18th, at the Smokehouse, admits he’s got a disability of sorts.
“Well, I definitely can’t whistle,” said Williams, an Atlanta-area native born without an arm below his right elbow due to a birth defect.
He started playing when he was just 4 years old after falling in love with the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Lynard Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band that echoed through his house.
“My father was a guitar player and I started out using a prosthetic,” he said, “but it was uncomfortable so I got rid of it and came up with my own (custom) harness that allowed me the freedom to strum and pick without any discomfort.”
Williams played in bands through high school while working various jobs, including a latter stint as an instructor at the Atlanta Institute of Music. He became a full-time touring musician and band leader about 20 years ago. Now, at age 38, he’s on the road nearly 200 days a year and has performed in the Virgin Islands and as far north at New York, recording a pair of independent albums and currently polishing a third release that reflects his ongoing affinity for classic southern rock and soulful R&B.
20 Dec 2012
- Written by Lance Hanlin
Hilton Head Island’s annual marsh tacky horse races started with the best of intentions in 2009, to honor the tradition of native islanders running their unique breed of horses on the beach.
The event quickly grew into one of the region’s most attended attractions, drawing more than 7,000 spectators for last year’s races at Coligny Beach.
Despite its wild popularity, the three groups behind it have decided there will be no races in 2013.
The reason? Depends on who you ask.
The Coastal Discovery Museum says it is dropping its support due to safety concerns and the effort it takes to manage the free event. The Carolina Marsh Tacky Association claims many of its riders lost interest in the races due to “a community controversy that doesn’t seem to have an end.”
The Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association has also pulled its support for the event, which is part of its month-long Gullah Celebration. It has plans for future races but wouldn’t elaborate.
12 Dec 2012
The John Brackett Trio: This and every Wednesday, you can enjoy the classic sound of the John Brackett Trio at Red Fish.
Grease: 2 p.m. Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. DEc. 13-15 at Hilton Head Island High School's VPAC. Click here to read more.
12 Dec 2012
- Written by From a press release
Hilton Head Island High School’s Performing Arts Department will bring Grease, one of the most loved musicals of all time, to life on stage at the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Center for four performances, Dec. 13-16. This 1950’s power-packed rock and roll story features the unforgettable songs Greased Lightnin’, Summer Nights, and We Go Together. After its 1972 smash Broadway premiere, the musical later was made into the highest grossing movie of all time starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
05 Dec 2012
There's plenty going on this weekend, with the opening of Anything Goes at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society gala, and the Crossfit843 Holiday WOD. Get out there and get at it!
05 Dec 2012
- Written by Courtney Hampson
“For me, it was life or death,” said Tim Malchak when I asked him what motivated him to finally get off his butt. Is that truly how you felt? “Absolutely. I’m 55, a diabetic and morbidly obese. I knew I needed to change my life now or I had very little time left.”
As the timer ticked down, Malchak just happened to meet CrossFit843 owner and trainer Martin Catalioto. A Jersey boy with just the right amount of Jersey swagger, Catalioto pledged to take 100 pounds off Malchak in eight months. Malchak took that challenge and now he breezes into CrossFit843 each morning at 6:15. Just as the 5:30 a.m. class is near exhaustion and begging for mercy, Malchak walks in with a smile and determination written all over his face. He tells me that he is inspired each time he walks in the door. I’m happy to report back that as one of the ever-spent and sweaty members of the 5:30 a.m. class, we feel the same way. Just as we are about to give up, Malchak strolls in ready to work. He makes the rest of us work even harder.
On his first day at CrossFit, Malchak weighed in at 402 lbs. In just four weeks he shed 24 pounds, and lost 10 inches (five from his waistline alone). More importantly, as a diabetic, Malchak reduced his Humalog insulin intake from 100 units to one to two units per day. This makes him “walking proof that this CrossFit thing changes lives,” according to Catalioto.
05 Dec 2012
For 18 years, Children’s Relief Fund has been raising money and awareness for special needs children in Beaufort County. So when they come up with a new concept for a fundraiser, you know they're not shooting from the hip.
"We had seen that the number of children in Southern Beaufort County requiring special needs programs and assistance was growing, and we were trying to think of different ways to raise funds for children's relief," said Fuzzy Davis, local outdoor legend and CRF Sporting Clays Shoot co-chair. "The sporting clays venue had proven really popular in other areas, and we had a great facility right nearby."
That facility was Forest City Gun Club, one of the oldest shooting clubs in the United States, home to several championships and to this year's second annual CRF Sporting Clays Shoot.
"It's really the premiere sporting clays trap and skeet location in the Southeast," Davis added.
08 Nov 2012
- Written by Jessica Sparks
Musician John Cranford is throwing himself a birthday party, and everyone is invited.
On Nov. 10, local musicians will take center stage during the third annual Swampfire Showdown, this year at The Smokehouse.
The rock concert will feature big name bands from the area including Treble Jay, Broad Creek Rum Runners and the South Beach Orchestra.
For Cranford, the celebration will also be a chance for him to get back to his transplanted roots after a year of explosive success with the band Cranford and Sons.
“There’s a lot of other stuff and lot of other musicians that I haven’t been able to play with as much as I’d like because of Cranford and Sons, which isn’t the worst thing,” he said. “No complaints, but I miss a lot of the guys. There are so many great musicians out here.”