Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

INTERACTIVE MUSEUM COMING TO CULINARY INSTITUTE OF THE SOUTH

The Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry, set to open next year, will also be home to the Foodseum, an interactive museum experience dedicated to Southern food.

The Foodseum will showcase immersive educational exhibits, tasting events, guest lecturers and chefs, and hands-on seminars.

Hilton Head Island has been named the top island in the U.S. according to the Condé Nast Travelers’ Readers’ Choice Awards. It is the fourth consecutive year the island has been ranked No. 1.

Womans LeagueThe GFWC Woman’s League of the Lowcountry filled Pink Bags of Hope last month in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Members filled the bags with items for women undergoing or recovering from surgery for breast cancer. This year more than 50 bags were filled. Distribution is through a local medical facility.

HOST A LOWCOUNTRY TRADITION AT HOME

Nothing says fall in the Lowcountry like a wood fire and a table full of freshly steamed oysters.

Guests take advantage of our brief cold weather to enjoy shucking local clusters with good conversations and maybe a little bit of football. This year is different than any other, but an oyster roast might be the best way to dine outdoors with a few select people, taking measures to protect guests from infection.

Funds provide needed upgrades at Waddell Mariculture Center

Both the human researchers at Bluffton’s Waddell Mariculture Research and Development Center and their charges — important fish species native to Port Royal Sound — are now safer and more comfortable, thanks to a series of renovations and upgrades nearing completion.

The changes include everything from shoring up a crumbling concrete second-story office floor, to the installment of new climate-control and filtration systems that allows the facility to more safely and efficiently raise fish at its indoor hatchery.

SPREAD SOME CHEER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Make each one on your list happy.

1. HOSPICE CARE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY NAMES DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

James Dismond has been named director of development at Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. Originally from Tompkinsville, Ky., he attended Berea College and Marshall University. 

The coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the country — and Hilton Head Island is certainly no exception. Especially hard hit are the patients of Volunteers in Medicine HHI, 10,000 people living and/or working here without health insurance. 

Many are on the front lines — landscapers, food and beverage employees, housecleaners, retail store workers, deliverers and others who keep the island and its economy humming.  For them, social distancing is often not available. They and their families are virus-vulnerable.  This summer, nearly a third of the 600 VIM patients who were tested for COVID-19 tested positive.

Santa ShopThe Santa Shop at Deep Well has some new twinkles this year. Re-designed for social distancing, Santa’s Shop will still offer meaningful gifts that parents personally select for their children ages 1 to 12 years old. The Santa Shop has served 500 to 900 children per year during the last five years 

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Deep Well will not place toy collection bins around the island. Donors who wish to purchase or collect gifts can review the Santa Shop Wish List on Deep Well’s website. These items can be dropped off at Deep Well at 80 Capital Drive before Dec. 10. 

THAT PERSEVERES DURING TOUGH TIMES

These past few months have been a very challenging period for all of us. Our health has been threatened, our freedom restricted, and our activities diminished.

However, in the category of silver linings, many people report that this period has also caused them to rethink and reprioritize what really matters in their life. Spending quality time with family members in a home you enjoy is an old-fashioned recipe for happiness that seems to have made a big comeback during the pandemic. Hopefully, there have been some silver linings for you and your family as well.

WHY RELATIONSHIPS ARE CENTRAL TO SUCCESS

Are you thinking of finally starting your own business or pivoting an existing one?

Whether your pursuit is traditional —like my husband, who’s launching a veterinary practice — or more out of the ordinary — like my business supporting modern mothers — one thing remains: relationships will be central to your success.

EXIT 3 PROJECT EXPECTED TO BE ECONOMIC BOON TO LOWCOUNTRY

Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams will tell you — in clear, certain terms — that a ballyhooed Exit 3 off I-95 is not just another off ramp to a busy highway.

Williams — and others across the Lowcountry — are thinking bigger. Much bigger.

The Lowcountry is known for its charm and rich history, but it is also admired for its breathtaking homes. From the striking historical architecture to elegant décor, properties in the area are a source of pride. We’ve selected a few standout properties that you can own, and reached out to local architecture firm Court Atkins Group and asked for its take on these unique locations. Interior Designer Gregory Vaughan offered his perspective on each property. He is a 30-year veteran in the Lowcountry with a bachelor of fine arts degree from SCAD.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES OFFER MORE FOR THOSE LIVING THE LUXURIOUS LIFE

The only thing more relentless than the pace at which technology evolves is the pace at which it becomes commonplace. Take home automation, for example. The ability to control everything from your home’s security system to the temperature of your oven with your voice was once the stuff of science fiction.

Today, you can do all of that with a Google home mini. And they are literally giving those away with Spotify subscriptions, like a toy in a cereal box.

TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY WREATHS POP

Wreaths are as unique in decor as their historical symbolism is vast. Chronicled back to ancient Greece and Egypt, they were said to have been worn as headdresses by royalty, warriors, and poets.

Adorned in fine jewels, flowers and rare fabrics, this greenery signified power. Wreaths were also used to celebrate the winter solstice, and its promise of spring.

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.