Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

BLUFFTON VETERAN GUSTAVO GOMEZ FINDS SOLACE ON THE BASEBALL FIELD

The baseball field is his sanctuary. The crack of the bat. The thwack of the ball hitting a glove. The smell of fresh grass.

Playing catch with his son or coaching the Bluffton community’s kids is what Gustavo Gomez savors. He enjoys analyzing projected lineups and teaching the basics of fielding and hitting.

Jennie Kitty spent her life caring for people. A home health aide and midwife, she raised nine children, including a few she and her husband, Deacon Renty Kitty, Sr., took in as their own.

POCKETS FULL OF SUNSHINE HOSTS COMMUNITY EVENT

More than 230 people participated in the Pockets Full of Sunshine “Fun in the Sun for Everyone” day on Sept. 11, held in front of Marriott’s Surf Watch on Hilton Head Island. The event gave special needs children and adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. The event was helped by 60 “ community connection ” volunteers who taught participants how to surf, paddleboard and encouraged those who attended to play beach games and build sandcastles.

SALTY DOG CAFÉ SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER

You will be hard-pressed to find a group of people more into the holidays than the folks at the Salty Dog Café. Some might say it’s an extended party celebration that the fishing fleet has survived and endured another hurricane season.

And while that is certainly worth feting, Salty Dog marketing manager Brittany Jackett said the festive mood around South Beach and the entire Salty Dog family is all about the child in their adult leaders coming out to play.

LEARN ABOUT THE GHOSTS AND MYTHS OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Spooky Season is upon us again. Have you heard the tales of Hilton Head Island’s haunted historic past? Learn more during the Heritage Library Foundation’s annual Ghosts & Myths of Hilton Head Island event. 

Experience the paranormal past of our island’s most mysterious real-life characters at one of five spine-tingling performances. 

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.

FINDING THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR PRIZED PIECES

If a company has Fine Art Installation in its name, it better be good or it’s overstating its reputation. 

Axis, based in Atlanta with clients and an office on Hilton Head, is good and its portfolio of visually striking art hanging here and there proves it. 

“It might be a two-story foyer, vaulted ceiling and a great room or if the art hangs on a stacked stone wall over a fireplace or marble tile, anything like that,” Derek Smith said. “And a lot of people hire us for convenience too. 

CHART-TOPPING EDWIN MCCAIN WILL PERFORM IN THE LOWCOUNTRY 

When you ask Edwin McCain about his career, he doesn’t talk about himself. He tells of “the glory days of music on Hilton Head.” 

It takes effort to pull him from the memory and awe of the scene and singers/songwriters who lit his still-burning fire and, eventually, handed him a mic. 

COLLINS GROUP REALTY DONATES TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Collins Group Realty continues to give back to the community. 

Its philanthropy program, 200th Home Sale for Charity, recently rewarded five nonprofit organizations, with Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Hilton Head Island earning the grand prize of $5,000. 

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.

WEICHERT REALTORS HIRES FOUR AGENTS 

Judy Grant, Shannon Docherty, Bob Steadman and Alexandra Simis have joined the Weichert Realtors real estate team. 

Grant, who will work out of the Hilton Head Island office, began her real estate career in Wisconsin. After their children finished college, Judy and her husband decided to move to Hilton Head. Before joining Weichert Realtors, Grant started her own “boutique’’ real estate agency. 

DESIGNING HOMES THAT EMBODY THE LOWCOUNTRY STYLE

Lowcountry style means different things to different people, from the traditional origins in the late 18th century (think Savannah) to the modern day that has incorporated traditional elements into 21st century splendor. 

Homes were built for comfort, practicality and for keeping the interior cool to provide an escape from the hot, humid southern weather. This included double-hung windows, porches to capture the afternoon breezes, transoms, pilings to raise the first floor to allow cooler air to circulate beneath the home and protect against high water tides, wraparound porches with awnings, and shutters for bringing the outside light and ventilation in. 

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. 

// 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.