Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

13 NONPROFITS RECEIVE $338,825 IN FUNDING

Thirteen local nonprofit organizations have been awarded $338,825 to help them continue addressing challenges created by COVID-19. The funding is part of a $5 million American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 grant the Town of Hilton Head Island received.

HILTON HEAD SEAFOOD FESTIVAL CELEBRATING ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY

BY TIM WOOD | PHOTOS SUPPLIED

Andrew Carmines has never looked so forward to the signature event that honors the life of his brother, David. COVID sidelined the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival for a year, but that just means a bigger and better event this year.

ANNUAL GULLAH CELEBRATION HONORS NATIVE ISLANDERS’ HISTORY

BY HILTON HEAD MONTHLY | PHOTOS SUPPLIED

The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration will present the 26th Annual Celebration on Hilton Head Island throughout the month.

The Feb. 1-27 event, which includes art and food, crafts and music and history, invites attendees to “Experience the Culture and Cherish the Legacy” of the Gullah Community on Hilton Head Island.

Love is in the Air. Find the perfect present.

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1. SECOND HELPINGS VOLUNTEER JOINS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amy Fee, a Hilton Head Island resident, was recently named to the board of directors of Second Helpings. Fee has extensive experience in sales and marketing. She retired in 2019 from Morgan Stanley as vice president and director of business development. 

Meet a collection of the Lowcountry’s unique personalities.

Not a word out of place

Roger Pinckney writes for his love of the Lowcountry

Just like his writing, Daufuskie resident and prolific author Roger Pinckney is succinct and entertaining. His voice is in cadence and in keeping with his salty, southern upbringing, drawing out some syllables, omitting others and always reflective of his hard-won wit and love for the Lowcountry. 

 In a virtual interview with Monthly, Pinckney, a voodoo aficionado (one of his works is, “Got My Mojo Workin’: A Voodoo Memoir”), discussed some of his bestsellers like “Blue Roots” and “Reefer Moon,” his most recently published work “Washed in the Blood” and an upcoming project he is co-writing with Michael Dewitt Jr. about the Murdaugh family and “a culmination of missteps going on for over one hundred years.” 

ALOHA K DESIGNS TURNS SURFBOARDS INTO ART

BY VICKIE MCINTYRE | PHOTOS BY RITTERBECK PHOTOGRAPHY

For newlyweds Kate and Dan Brown of Bluffton, the familiar adage: “Love what you do, do what you love” is more than aspiration — it’s the foundation of their partnership. Their relationship, as well as their free time and extra incomes, stem from a blissful obsession with surfing.

Kate, a high school academic and college advisor who hails from New Jersey, discovered her love of surfing at 10, when her family traveled to Hawaii.

CHANGES TO PLAN COULD BENEFIT GRANDPARENTS

Grandparents don’t have to worry about spoiling their grandchildren thanks to changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A New York Times report noted that funds taken from grandparent-held 529 college savings accounts won’t affect a student’s eligibility for federal aid. The money will no longer be counted as untaxed student income.

FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR 2022

New year’s resolutions are not only about improving your health and finally reading that book that’s been on your nightstand for months. There are financial considerations that you can put in place to help make 2022 a banner year. Consider these financial resolutions to help you achieve your goals.

ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE AWARDS RECOGNIZES LOWCOUNTRY’S FINEST BUILDERS AND DESIGNERS

The top builders and designers of the Lowcountry were recognized recently at the 22nd Annual LightHouse Awards gala, presented by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association with the support of Title Sponsor Truist Financial.

The gala, which was held in December at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, honored the area’s elite industry professionals.

COASTAL VACATION RENTALS ADDS GUEST SERVICES COORDINATOR

Kelly Logan has joined Coastal Vacation Rentals as a guest services coordinator. Logan graduated with a bachelor’s degree with first-class honors in International Tourism Management in England, United Kingdom. She worked as an intern at the Inn & Club at Harbour Town for the Sea Pines Resort.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HOLIDAY SILVER

In any environment, silver is a classic leading character, especially when hosting meets Southern hospitality. When you add the glowing grandeur of the holiday season, silver steps forward, finds its light and becomes the star of the show. 

Though “made for the moment” of seasonal celebrations, silver can also be underused and overlooked due to the misnomer that it’s hard to care for. But sparkling, spotless silver is simpler than you’d think, if you know what it needs. 

Sentimental choices pull everything together

BY VICKIE MCINTYRE | PHOTOS BY PHILIP CASEY

“I never grew up dreaming about my wedding,” said Beaufort native Caroline Kinard Roberts, “so I didn’t expect it to be perfect.”

Justin Johnston and Beth Milbee’s wedding was a love story 22 years in the making

STORY BY BARRY KAUFMAN | PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

This past Halloween, while the island’s youngsters were going door to door in search of sugary delights, Justin Johnston and Beth Milbee were coming together in pursuit of something far sweeter than any candy. Surrounded by family and friends and framed by the natural majesty of Mitchelville Beach House, they said their “I Dos.”

Couple’s special bond celebrated with Bluffton wedding

BY BECCA EDWARDS | PHOTOS BY GABRIELA LOPEZ

What makes a good love story? Dylan Rosser would argue Willie and Nicole Cram do.

Officiating their wedding on Oct. 16, 2021, Rosser spoke to the 175 friends and family members in attendance and recounted the kind of love story that makes for a good rom-com complete with a happy ending and a life take-away.