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Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

The storytellers of the Lowcountry are your neighbors, your friends, the people you trust.

Trust in local journalism is paramount, and for 35 years Monthly magazine has provided our readers with compelling content produced by those who know the community best: local people telling local stories. 

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, our commitment to be the connecting fabric of the community remains strong.  

ALL SAINTS GARDEN TOUR 2020 CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHARITIES

Despite cancelling its May 2020 Garden Tour, the All Saints Garden Tour still made contributions to six charities. Twenty-four sponsors contributed $5,425. Fifteen people who purchased their tickets early contributed $700, and donations from parishioners and friends of All Saints contributed $4,900.

Thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals, the board contributed $1,870 to Family Promise of Beaufort Co., Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour, The Hunger Coalition of the Low Country (HHI Backpack Buddies), Antioch Educational Center (Jasper Co. Backpack Buddies), Crossroads Community Support Services (BackPack Buddies of Bluffton), and St. Stephens UMC Outreach Foodbank.

Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head become the youngest champion of the 89th South Carolina Amateur Championship. Griz, 16, shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round at Columbia Country Club. He finished 14-under par for the tournament. Griz is committed to compete in college at the University of Alabama.  

NO AGE GROUP IS IMMUNE TO DECEPTION

According to the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, seniors lose an estimated $2.9 billion a year to con artists perpetrating scams.

But older Americans aren't the only ones susceptible to scams. The percentage of millennials who are victims of scams is nearly double that of seniors. The Federal Trade Commission reported in 2018 that 40% of millennials surveyed ages 20-29 said they had lost money to fraud, as opposed to only 18% of seniors over the age of 69.

TO PEAK QUALITY OF LIFE

Bluffton’s path to a more livable, walkable town with plenty of green space and water access is moving forward thanks to its multi-year plan for capital improvement projects.

The projects are an effort to enhance the quality of life for residents with such things as new sidewalks, better lighting and the installation of sewers for properties outside of planned communities. Environmentally, the sewer projects remove the problem of failed septic tanks, which can pollute the town’s and region’s natural resources.

State Rep. Jeff Bradley (R-Hilton Head) unveiled a proposal during a news conference Aug. 24 to preserve the existing Hilton Head bridge spans from the mainland to the island and transform them into an elevated, linear “skyway” promenade park that would stretch 1.2 miles.

Bradley’s concept is not an alternative to the nearly $300 million U.S. 278 Corridor Improvements Project that has been in the planning stages for more than two years for the gateway to Hilton Head Island.

BERKELEY HALL CLUB NAMES GENERAL MANAGER/COO

Adam Kushner has been named general manager and chief operating officer of Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton. Kushner previously served as interim general manager/COO since April. He joined Berkeley Hall Club in 2015 as its golf director. Kushner partnered with the USGA to bring the U.S. Women’s Mid- Amateur Championship to Berkeley Hall Club in September of 2021.

ROSENTHAL, 90, STAYS BUSY BY VOLUNTEERING TO ASSIST OTHERS

Nancy Rosenthal is a 90-year-old Sun City resident who serves as president of the Widows & Widowers Club in Sun City and volunteers with the Lions Club, Staying Connected and Second Helpings.

Being idle just isn’t her nature. She relishes staying busy.

LOWCOUNTRY’S PREEMINENT OUTSIDER ARTIST HAS NEVER STOPPED PUSHING THE ENVELOPE

Right now, Amos Hummell is all about sticks.

“Yesterday after I closed down, I went out to watch the sunset and I said I’m going to try that stick thing with the chair on top,” he said, referring to his latest work, “Hi-Tide.”

BLUFFTON SISTERS TURN COINS INTO INSPIRATIONAL JEWELRY

Each morning, 14-year-old Laney Scott puts on her favorite necklace, one she has worn every day for the past three years. It’s a necklace that reminds her on a daily basis of her own strength and resilience.

The necklace has three coins attached to it, each stamped with a different word. Laney said the words “strength,” “survivor” and “princess” helped her get through the most difficult times of her life.

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REBUILT MARINA IS AN INSPIRATION TO BUSINESS OWNERS, AREA RESIDENTS

In the quiet calm of the early morning, before the sun rises, Leslie Stewart drives to her business at Palmetto Bay Marina and is guided by the light.

“The landscaping is all lit up,” said Stewart, who owns Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café and often arrives at the popular eatery at 5 a.m. “It’s beautiful. I can’t even describe the difference.”

INSPIRING AND BEAUTIFUL SPACES AT HOME

These days, we’re spending more time at home with work and play. If you find your home space lacking, local interior design groups have tips to refresh your environment and make it more efficient.

In a home office, the first thing to do is declutter. It’s OK to let things go. Kelly Caron Designs suggests removing faux greenery and random objects that can be itemized as clutter if you have built-ins.

If you live in the Lowcountry year-round, chances are your friends who live elsewhere are jealous. This area’s beautiful beaches, world-class resorts and wide selection of restaurants, shopping and activities make Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island and Bluffton top vacation destinations, and a great place to call home. 

COLLINS GROUP REALTY DONATES $9,000 TO LOVABLEPAWS

When a local charitable organization receives an unsolicited $9,000 donation from a local company, it’s a big deal.

That big deal happened Aug. 18 when Chip Collins, owner and broker-in-charge of Collins Group Realty, presented the check to Lovable Paws Rescue in Hardeeville, a 501(c)(3) status organization since 2015.

DANCE INSTRUCTION HELPS COUPLES FIND THEIR RHYTHM

It’s becoming more popular to have your wedding dance professionally choregraphed. Some brides and grooms are even building their wedding themes around the dance. People are also willing to spend more time preparing for this special moment, which gives them more “together” time to get know each other in a different way.

And it’s not just the bride and groom who want to make sure they don’t hit the dance floor with two left feet: The rest of the family wants to put their best foot forward, too. A family dance is becoming a growing trend at weddings — it seems almost like a formal presentation of the family.

WEDDING INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS ENJOY THEIR DAY OF BLISS

After all those years of just missing each other — of being just a few minutes too early or too late — they finally met.

Michel Berda, an accomplished wedding photographer who has captured the joy of more than 500 weddings, and Linzie Davis, a wedding hair and makeup artist, had fleetingly crossed paths through the years at numerous events in Charleston and throughout the Lowcountry, but they’d never connected. Never had a chat.

HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS SAVOR THEIR DREAM WEDDING

In high school, Abby Hicks greeted Parris Winstead as she was walking down the hall to class. Little did she know the impression she made in that moment. Parris was instantly in love.

“I knew I was going to marry her from the moment I saw her,” he said.