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LOW COUNTRY KAPPA DELTAS WIN NATIONAL AWARDS

The Low Country Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter earned the top award for Programming Excellence at the KD National Convention. The local Kappa Deltas also were recognized for participating in “Shamrock Projects,” raising funds for Child Abuse Prevention of Beaufort. They were one of eight chapters in the United States to win the Alumnae Chapter Achievement Award.

TO THE POLLS

Three candidates are competing for two seats on the Bluffton Town Council.

Facing off Nov. 2 for two four-year terms are incumbents Fred Hamilton and Larry Toomer, and challenger Nathan Ferrell. 

Terms for council are staggered every two years and council members are paid $11,000 annually.

The Hilton Head National RV resort, located in Greater Bluffton just a mile from the flyover to Hilton Head Island, is drawing near to its grand opening. 

Kathy Chittenden, newly named general manager of the 97-acre facility, said “the finishing touches are being completed, and I’m so excited to showcase it to the public.”

TOADFISH MARRIES A PASSION FOR WATER SPORTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Growing up in Beaufort along the coastal waters, Casey Davidson has always been a passionate fisherman who appreciated his environment. Today, the 34-year-old has married his love for the waterways and his dedication to conservation to form a business dedicated to preserving the coastal environment.

CRESCENDO CELEBRATION OF ARTS & CULTURE DIRECTOR JENN MCEWEN

The fifth annual Crescendo Celebration of Arts & Culture, presented by Hilton Head’s Office of Cultural Affairs, runs from Oct. 10 through Nov. 13. 

It’s the Lowcountry’s month-long showcase of talent, including musicians, storytellers and open art galleries. 

Crescendo will feature Grammy award-winning vocalists, Broadway performers, Latin American jazz masters, violin concertos, and local beloved talent in pop, blues, swing and the American songbook. 

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This month, Monthly puts a spotlight on local men who make a difference. From business, medicine, real estate, dining and development, these profiles showcase their success stories. The men discuss their background, motivation, and the distinct approaches they’ve taken to thrive. Their influence is valued and has made a positive impact in our communities. They are the leading men of the Lowcountry. 

1. HILTON HEAD REGIONAL HEALTHCARE NAMES NEW MARKET CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 

Joel Taylor has been named Market Chief Executive Officer at Hilton Head Regional Healthcare. He assumed his role effective Sept. 30. Taylor will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities for the system. Taylor joined Hilton Head Regional Healthcare in 2016 and has been with the system’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, for 10 years.

VICTORIA SMALLS LEADS GULLAH GEECHEE CULTURAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR COMMISSION

“I’m so proud to be Gullah Geechee,” beams Victoria Smalls, newly appointed executive director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

Established as a National Heritage Area in 2006 by the U.S. Congress, the Corridor recognizes and preserves the cultural treasures of the Gullah Geechee people, direct descendants of enslaved individuals brought to work on plantations. 

ELSEWHERE’S IN OLD TOWN SELLS SPORTS CARDS & NOSTALGIA

There’s a certain thrill that still remains. 

Steven Krzyzyk is 51 years old. A Navy veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, Krzyzyk owns Elsewhere’s in Old Town, a Bluffton-based sports memorabilia and gift shop. 

He’s seen the industry of sports cards boom nationwide. 

ROGER FREEDMAN’S ADVENTURE HILTON HEAD IS AN ADRENALINE RUSH

As an international businessman, Roger Freedman was a dealmaker with interests in skyscrapers, insurance, manufacturing, radio and TV stations, and more.

Deals come and go. But one stuck in his head, his heart and his portfolio: Partnering with his younger brother more than a quarter-century ago to buy Hilton Head’s Broad Creek marina.

CAROLINA VETERINARY CRITICAL CARE OFFERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Pet owners in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island now have an additional option for emergency veterinary care. 

Carolina Veterinary Critical Care opened Jan. 1 in Bluffton. Since then, owner Matthew Tenwolde has been kept quite busy caring for Lowcountry pets, offering emergency care late at night, early in the morning and on weekends.

COLLINS GROUP REALTY WELCOMES LISTINGS COORDINATOR

Cameron Clark has joined Collins Group Realty as listings coordinator. He will provide comprehensive support and assistance to CGR’s listings team in the processing and logistics of properties listed in the Lowcountry. Clark is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He previously worked as House of Representatives page at the South Carolina Statehouse. 

SCARE INVENTORY EXPECTED TO SHAPE FUTURE OF HOME SALES

As a veteran real estate pro and farmer, James Wedgeworth knows this to be true: “You can’t sell from an empty wagon.”

Which is his way of saying scarce inventory will shape the market for home sales — nationally and in Hilton Head — in the months ahead.

“It’s about a lack of inventory,” said Wedgeworth, co-founder of Charter One Realty and Marketing, noting that the number of homes available for sale has declined monthly for most of this year.

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN HOME-TECH TRENDS

If you can dream it, we can build it. 

It sounds like a marketing slogan. But when it comes to smart home technology, what once felt more like fictional thinking out of a movie is becoming both doable and affordable.

// WINTER WEDDING // Breaks tradition, full of surprises

What do football season and a winter wedding have in common? Just ask Hilton Head newlyweds, Camille and Charlie Schramm.

Both are graduates of the University of South Carolina and avid football fans, which explains Charlie’s choice for proposing in September of 2018 at — what else? — a tailgate.

Plan an unforgettable //DESTINATION WEDDING// 

With post-pandemic trending terms like “minimony” and “sequel wedding,” it’s hard to know how to begin planning your destination wedding, but fortunately Lowcountry experts have offered their insightful expertise. “When you have a vendor who translates for a Lowcountry feel,” Beth Baldwin of Beth Baldwin Weddings said, “it ‘marries’ the elements of the evening in perfect harmony.” The top advice for maintaining harmony: Hire a wedding planner.

SAYING ‘I DO’ TO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

Something just clicked when wedding photographers Amanda Olivia and Mekina Saylor met two years ago at a mastermind. “We are complete opposites,” began Mekina, “But we developed a friendship and we both like to give our clients the best possible experience.” That friendship has continued, and recently Amanda Olivia shot Mekina and her fiancé Nick Pennetti’s engagement photos on Hilton Head. “I call it an engagement ex perience because my sessions are an experience. I don’t want it to be 10 minutes and done,” said Amanda Olivia.