Fabulous gift ideas courtesy fine local vendors.

beautiful necklaceART THAT YOU CAN WEAR
This beautiful necklace was expertly handcrafted by Cleo. You can expect oneof-a-kind couture designs that are bold and beautiful. Available at Designs by Cleo. Call (843) 342-7001, or visit designsbycleo.com.

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THE BIG GREEN EGGTHE BIG GREEN EGG
The Big Green Egg, the world’s best smoker and griller, is a great gift for the whole family. The Egg, Egg-ssesories and a great assortment of gift ideas can be found at Casual Living, Fireside and Grillin, Bluffton. Call (843) 815-4200.

Sea Pines Montessori students get global view on going green.

Sea Pines Montessori students get global view on going green.Sea Pines Montessori students get global view on going green.Students at Sea Pines Montessori Academy are learning social responsibility at an early age through a school-wide recycling program. “We recycle everything possible and the children actually participate in collecting the recyclables and placing the items in their proper bins,” said Leighanne Kubec, director of business development. “We use recycled paper, paper towels, toilet tissue, etc. All products in our school are as green as is permitted under state and federal law regarding schools.”

Stunning Jewels & Gemstones

Inspired by NatureFrom golden mornings and coral sunsets to turquoise skies and florals in a rainbow of hues, the Lowcountry offers an abundance of natural beauty and inspiration for the area’s vast array of world-class jewelers, master craftsmen and fine retailers. On the following pages, Monthly’s special jewelry section showcases a few of the hottest looks this season.

Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival

Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring FestivalPebble Beach. Amelia Island. Meadowbrook. Burn Foundation. These might be considered the Concours d’Elegance Big Four according to Paul Doerring. “We’re in that ballpark now,” he said. Doerring is board chairman and event director for the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, which celebrates its seventh anniversary this month.

From its humble beginnings less than a decade ago - and following a few stalled attempts prior to that - Hilton Head Island’s event has risen to be considered among the elite of some 50 Concours events held annually around the world.

Nicola Bulgari, 2008 Hilton Head Island Concours Honorary Chair, boasts an impressive love affair with America and American Autos.

Nicola BulgariThe grandson of renowned jeweler and BVLGARI (bulgari.com) dynasty founder Sotirio Bulgari, Nicola Bulgari is a passionate connoisseur of works of art and world-class excellence. As part of Monthly’s annual Concours coverage, we were thrilled to learn more (via email) about what drives his passion, pride and interest in preservation.

HILTON HEAD MONTHLY: You have participated as an exhibitor with Concours in the past, and the organization was thrilled to announce you as the honorary chairman of their 2008 event. What inspired you to accept this role?

NICOLA BULGARI: Hilton Head Island is one of the most beautiful Concours venues and destinations in the country. The people who run the Concours are friendly and hospitable and historically respectful of all types of automobiles, not just grand classics and historic sports cars. I feel privileged to follow in the footsteps of previous honorary chairmen like Bill Marriott.

What is art? It’s an age-old question and, this month, art is impossible, colorful puzzles, graffiti vehicle wraps, and fashion in the form of brilliantly hilarious handbags inspired by noneother
than the presidential election, and Monthly’s arts issue.

IMPOSSIBLE PUZZLES
Alex Beard Impossible PuzzlesWith the introduction of Alex Beard Impossible Puzzles, Beard proves that by looking at the jigsaw puzzle with a new perspective, anything is possible. Alex Beard Impossible Puzzles are based on four original works by the artist. However, the final result does not have to be the picture on the box cover. The pieces do not snap into each other, but settle beside one another instead, making the puzzle exponentially more challenging.

And while there is really only one puzzle piece that can combine with its neighbors to create the puzzles as truly intended, the pieces can be combined in infinite ways to create new puzzles and shapes. Learn more at alexbeardimpossiblepuzzles.com.

Former Hollywood socialite set to model for Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival.

Joanna YarbroughJoanna Yarbrough was born in1942 in the small town of Portsmouth, NH, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a ballerina and a movie star. Growing up in the 1940s also influenced her penchant for hats.

“Everyone was always wearing them, and I always just sort of liked them.” Then when she moved to the South – first to Atlanta 22 years ago – her fondness for fashion became more functional. She’d often pull her unmanageable long hair back into a bun and wear a hat. While in Atlanta, she picked up a number of expensive designer hats at yard or estate sales for only a couple of dollars.

That’s when her collection really began growing. To date, she has more than 2,000 hats! She has accumulated her hats either by purchasing them at a bargain price, or by donation from people who no longer want them.

The Porche Club, Carolina Dreamers Car Club, and Lowcountry Oyster & Motor Car Driving Society.

THE PORSCHE CLUB
The Porsche Club was founded nearly seven years ago in Bluffton. Current president George de la Bruyere said the organization is simply a way for Porsche enthusiasts to unite and share a common interest.

“The purpose of this club is just to get together once a month and have a good time, drink some cocktails and enjoy some good food,” said de la Bruyere, who is in his second year as president. “About ninety-nine percent of the conversation is Porsche talk.”

Besides socializing, the club provides other opportunities for Porsche owners to get maximum enjoyment from their vehicles, including organized road trips and rallies. They also have a “driver’s education” program three times a year, which involves renting a race track in Savannah and hiring a certified Porsche driving instructor.

A reminder of campus life.

Nothing breaks up the daily grind like a conversation with someone you knew when life was all about mid-terms, football games, and pitchers of beer shared with friends, and social hour at the student union. It makes for an instant connection to a simpler place and time. Alumni associations are those magical touchstones, and Hilton Head Island has had the good fortune of being home to many.

“We’ve really focused our attention on philanthropic work,” said Dan Castro, an active member of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, which has donated considerable resources to low-income island residents over the years. The Fighting Irish alums are not alone in their good works, especially when it comes to offering scholarship money to local students looking to attend the alma mater of a particular alumni association.