Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

BLUFFTON BUILDING MEMORIAL TO VETERANS

Other towns across the United States have memorials to commemorate those who fought and who died for their country, but there is not one in the town of Bluffton. 

That’s about to change.

Next year, Bluffton residents will be able to celebrate Veterans Day at a new memorial currently under construction at Buckwalter Place. 

LOCAL ELECTIONS FOCUS ON SCHOOLS, GROWTH

Beaufort County residents won’t find many items on the ballot when they go to the polls Nov. 5, but the issues they’ll vote on have high stakes. 

The most notable item on the ballot is the Beaufort County School District bond referendum, which includes funding for a comprehensive list of projects that will impact schools throughout the county. Residents of the towns of Bluffton and Port Royal will also cast ballots in municipal elections. 

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SPENDING TIME WITH KIDS HAS HEALTH BENEFITS FOR GRANDPARENTS

Eat healthy. Get daily exercise. Get regular checkups. These are all tips that doctors say can help improve seniors’ health. 

Another surprising suggestion? Spend more time babysitting. 

A 2016 study in medical journal Evolution and Human Behavior suggested that grandparents who help care for their grandchildren — but who do not have custodial responsibilities — live longer than other seniors and have a better quality of life. 

In part, researchers said, it’s because caring for young children requires older adults to stay active, socialize and participate in activities. 

ITALIAN JEWELRY DESIGNER MARCO BICEGO TO VISIT HILTON HEAD

Though Italian luxury jewelry artist Marco Bicego’s work is known around the world and celebrated in art capitals from San Francisco to St. Tropez, the artist himself seldom visits stores where his works are sold. 

But Bicego will appear in person Nov. 20 at Forsythe Jewelers on Hilton Head Island to host a trunk show, meet clientele and personally engrave any pieces purchased that day.

HILTON HEAD INSTRUCTOR SAYS THE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR WOULD-BE PILOTS

In just eight to 12 weeks, you could be taking to the friendly skies as a private pilot. But just because the training time is relatively short doesn’t mean it doesn’t require dedication. 

“It’s not rocket science. You don’t have to be an astronaut to fly an airplane,” said Bill Shank, the owner of Hilton Head Flight School and who has been a flight instructor for 37 years, including as a civilian instructor for the U.S. Air Force. “But you have to make a commitment to fly on a regular basis, usually not less than twice a week.” 

LORD OF LIFE LUTHERAN WORSHIPS JOYFULLY

Founded in 1996 by a group of Sun City Hilton Head residents, Lord of Life Lutheran Church works to share God’s love, welcome all, help one another grow in faith and care for others.

The Rev. Dr. Angela Jennings became pastor of Lord of Life a little more than a year ago. Originally from Virginia, she has been an ordained pastor for 21 years, and said one of her goals has been to bring laughter back into church. She tries to make her sermons fun, telling jokes and playing games. At a recent service, she asked the congregation to guess the products that different slogans represented. 

BLUFFTON’S UNOFFICIAL HISTORIANWILL MAKE YOU SMILE

What qualities make life fun? For Annelore Harrell, the ability to laugh at fate’s twists and turns — and at herself — are high on the list. Taking the long view also helps, which is fairly easy for her because she’s 87. A sought-after columnist, humorous speaker and storyteller, Harrell’s unique perspective on Bluffton’s history began in the 1940s, when her family bought an overgrown lot on Myrtle Island as a summer retreat. She, her parents and brother came every weekend from Savannah to clear the underbrush and build a simple cottage, where Harrell’s love for Bluffton flourished. 

HHSO’S MARY BRIGGS TO RETIRE 

Mary Briggs will retire as president and CEO of The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at the end of the year. The orchestra’s board of directors has announced Alan Jordan as her successor. Jordan is currently the executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Briggs led the orchestra for 12 remarkable years. 

SUPERSTAR SPEAKERS COME TO THE LOWCOUNTRY IN A NEW SERIES

We live in superficial times. It’s easy to overlook the voices of experts amidst today’s constant flurry of tweets, memes and sound bites — muddying the public discourse 280 characters at a time. Two years ago, James Lamar set out to do something about that.

“It’s been my experience that, with the 24-hour news cycle and social media, people are formulating opinions based on very limited, very filtered, information,” he said. “My thought was to create a live experience, a live forum, where people can see and hear directly from the expert.”

In 1979, Mike Overton was living in Burlington, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain — one of North America’s best inland windsurfing locales. One chilly spring evening, he and a friend hatched a plan to leave wintry New England and start a windsurfing school on Hilton Head Island. In early summer, Overton loaded up a truck and headed south to establish Sailin’ Shoes Windsurfing. Named after a Little Feat song, the school later became Windsurfing Hilton Head.

COMPETITION FUNDS FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

On the ABC reality show “Shark Tank,” budding entrepreneurs present business ideas to titans of industry in an effort to convince them to invest in the proposals. Recently, Hilton Head Island was the setting for a similar competition called “Biz Pitch,” part of the Thrive Lowcountry Women’s Conference on Sept. 26. 

Ten women gave four-minute “elevator pitches” to a panel of seven judges — members of the local business community — and then answered follow-up questions. Winners Karen Balerna, Amy Shippy, Katherine Reeves and Jessica Lowther took home a combined $8,500 in cash and prizes to expand or start their businesses. 

AREA GROWERS HELP RESIDENTS EAT LOCAL

Thanks to the nationwide focus on health and wellness, many Lowcountry residents want to know where their food comes from and want to support the local economy by supporting nearby family farms. Eating locally can both reduce your carbon footprint and ensure that your fruits and vegetables are as fresh and tasty as possible. 

Luckily, there are several farms producing fresh food right here in the Lowcountry. Here are just a few: 

SEA PINES WINS AWARDS, WILL ELECT BOARD MEMBERS

Sea Pines Country Club has again received Distinguished Club recognition from BoardRoom magazine. The Distinguished Clubs program uses a rating system that recognizes facilities, management and staff based on member experience. In July, the Sea Pines club celebrated its newly unveiled state-of-the-art fitness facility.

VACATION RENTALS GET HELP WITH TAX COLLECTION

Lowcountry homeowners in the short-term vacation rental business have many options when it comes to managing their properties, like private management companies or web-based marketplaces like VRBO and Airbnb. 

Now, those homeowners are getting some help when it comes to taxes. 

The 13th annual Hilton Head Bridal Show will be the premier event of the year for brides, grooms, families, and wedding parties. Come see the best vendors Hilton Head has to offer to give you the wedding of your dreams! You can taste cakes, view wedding portraits, and see the latest in bridal fashions - including bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and suits.

2020 Hilton Head Bridal Show

Sunday, February 16, 2020 1:00PM – 4:00PM, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head

FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED BY MARRIAGE IS A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS 

There is something to be said for marrying your best friend. Combining romance with companionship brings out the best qualities in both types of relationships. It seems couples that have this connection have it figured out — couples like Jennifer and Vinny Matalavage.

Jennifer and Vinny met in college at Penn State Hazleton, sitting next to each other in class and working together on group projects. They really connected as friends and when Vinny began looking for a roommate in 2014, he was excited to learn that Jenny had a job in the same area: “We cleared it with our parents first and then became roommates.”

OUT OF TRAGEDY COMES A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE

The Lowcountry is a small community where lives intersect in wonderful and terrible ways. For example, take Bluffton resident Daniel Harms, who was battling cancer in the summer of 2017 when he and his wife, Holly, heard about a three-car accident on Buck Island Road that took the lives of local teacher Jesse Floyd and her unborn son, Eli.

Daniel was overcome with emotion after hearing of the tragedy. He didn’t know Floyd’s husband, Ryan, but he told Holly that he could feel his pain.