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There’s a quiet transition going on at Forsythe Jewelers at The Shops at Sea Pines Center. On July 1, Debbie Forsythe Berling will officially ride off into the sunset after building the business on the island for the past 34 years.

On the surface, this could be a monumental shift. The family business is going to be owned by someone not named Forsythe for the first time since Debbie’s grandparents opened their first store in Pittsford, New York, in 1927.

Kaufman-PhotographyA state-of-the-art piece of technology is giving Kaufman Photography a new perspective

A good photo portrays how a place looks. A great photo portrays how it feels. The right framing, the proper exposure, and the experienced eye of the photographer all come together to dissolve the boundaries between viewer and subject.


Hilton Head Island is a paradise for golfers. Not only does the island boast more than 20 world-class public and private golf courses, it also has an array of premier pro shops dedicated to ensuring that golf enthusiasts have everything they need to make the most of their time on the links.


According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 20 million Americans ages 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that addiction is our nation’s No. 1 health problem — one that significantly burdens the economy, health care system and criminal justice system, and negatively impacts job security, public safety and marital and family life.

0215-Dining-PortPig1After spending most of her professional life working for local restaurants, Ivy Burdick has branched out and opened a place of her own. The popular waitress, bartender and manager is now the proud owner of Porter & Pig Hilton Head, a new gastropub located in The Village at Wexford.

0215-Business-StLukesOn Jan. 11, Hilton Head Island’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church officially marked 50 years with a special celebration service and anniversary event.

Although the Pope Avenue church has officially marked 50 years of services, its local heritage is closer to 250 years old. St. Luke’s is a name that has been associated with faith in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas since the 1700s. Back then, the Church of England officially managed church life in South Carolina, and our present-day counties were known as parishes. In the year 1767, St. Luke’s became its own parish name, carved out of St. Helena Parish. It covered what is now southern Beaufort County.  

bobmastelerHow did a world-class jazz venue come to exist on Hilton Head Island?

It’s a fair question, until you actually get to spend five minutes with The Jazz Corner owner and founder Bob Masteller.

The love of sharing jazz as a fine art form has always been in Bob Masteller’s blood. He just got sidetracked with being a Hilton Head Island pioneer for a while.

Masteller and his wife Lois came to Hilton Head in 1973, as Bob was hired to serve as vice president under Charles Fraser in his Sea Pines Development Corporation. Masteller spent years working with Fraser to carve a resort destination out of a wildlife-fi lled forest on the water. So the visionary part of his resume was already full before he ever dreamed of launching a jazz club here.

South of the Mason- Dixon line, we aren’t known for our wines and there is a very good reason for that. We have a strong tradition of whiskeys and corn liquor in our fair South. But we do produce good quality wines from our thick-skinned native grape known as the Muscadine. When most people think of wines they think of California and thinskinned grapes similar to table varieties. No one thinks of the barely cultivated grape South Carolina is known for.

This ugly and perfectly round grape looks more like over-sized buckshot than a wine grape. Growing up here I called them “bullets” for this very reason. That old name has been around for quite some time in these parts, but today, there are wineries in our state producing top quality wines from these long ignored treasures.

Local volunteers are the superpowers behind Hilton Head Heroes, a nonprofit that gives families with critically ill children a week’s vacation from hospitals and heartbreak.

It’s no surprise caring about children is central to the lives of Gregg and Lindy Russell. For decades, Gregg has entertained families under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town with his original songs.


Gregg and Lindy Russell are shown with the Tillotson Family earlier this year. The Tillotsons have twin girls, both with Down’s syndrome. Both are being treated for leukemia.

Photo by Rob KaufmanHilton Head Island company’s outdoor clothing made to last a lifetime

When Curtis Hart set out six years ago to make a duplicate of his beloved cotton canvas “duck” cloth field coat for himself, he had no idea that endeavor would blossom into an extensive line of outerwear that would sell in outfitter stores across the South.
Hart said a friend of his dad’s gave him the coat in 1964 and he wore it constantly until he could no longer get it clean and his wife, Mary, told him it was too disreputable to wear any more. He said the coat had been made in 1943 at the Dux Bak Co. in Ithaca, N.Y., which went out of business in 1948.