Here at Monthly, we’re feeling grateful this month that the Lowcountry escaped the wrath of Hurricane Florence — and sad for our neighbors to the north who were not as lucky. We encourage you to donate to the recovery efforts through reputable charities such as the American Red Cross and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We hope we will never again need their disaster relief services here, but it could have been us.

The phrase “make hay while the sun shines” come to mind, and this month we’re celebrating the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, which offers the creme de la creme in automotive exhibition, racing, dining and entertainment. The combination of Lowcountry hospitality, warm fall weather, and a field of exquisite classics makes this annual event a must-do. It’s a unique, multi-day motoring experience that entertains and educates while supporting youth programs.