We love putting together each issue of Monthly, but we especially enjoy August when we publish the results of our annual Cutest Pets contest.

This year we had more than 300 entries, including a variety of dogs and cats, guinea pigs and a couple of horses.

The summer is heating up across the Lowcountry, and we are enjoying the chance to get outside and partake in the many activities in our area.

We are accustomed to the sizzling temperatures, which can’t deter us from reveling in the fun events and enjoying the friendly companionship throughout our communities.

June is when we truly realize just how good we’ve got it in the Lowcountry — we get the chance to enjoy our wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and fun summer events.

This is a wonderful time to be outside and enjoy each other’s company.

Spring brings out the best of the Lowcountry, and we hope you are enjoying everything this gorgeous season has to offer.

We celebrate mothers by highlighting moms and the children they love. Barbara Hudson and her daughter, Tonya, continue to uphold the Hudson seafood legacy. Read about how the business continues to stay in the family after decades on the island.

It is time once again for the Lowcountry to get its plaid on. We are excited for the return of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament, which has been played annually at Harbour Town Golf Links since 1969.

We can’t wait to see the sport’s best vie for the prestigious crown — and we look forward to seeing the community reveling in one of the state’s premier events.

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At Monthly we are full of enthusiasm and ready to enjoy the upcoming spring season.

As nature shows off its beauty this month, we are pleased to show off the Lowcountry.

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Love is in the air this month. In recognition of this romantic time, we celebrate it with our annual bridal issue.

New love is highlighted in profiles of local couples who tied the knot after longstanding commitments to each other. We also offer insight into why each detail during a wedding makes a difference.

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The Lowcountry is full of fascinating people who make our community unique. Our annual Intriguing People of the Lowcountry issue celebrates who we are and highlights the compelling backgrounds of our neighbors.

You may know some of the people featured, but we promise you’ll learn things about them you didn’t know.

The holiday season is a time to give, to cherish our loved ones and appreciate those who have enriched our lives. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year, and we are grateful you are spending some of your valuable time with us. 

To celebrate the end of the year we are recognizing our local businesses and communities with our annual Readers’ Choice Awards, chosen by 69,956 votes. Thank you for voting and letting us know your favorite businesses and professionals. 

Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to reflect and appreciate what is important to us. We appreciate you, our loyal readers. We don’t take for granted our responsibility as the “Voice of the Lowcountry,” and we are thankful we can share with you the area’s most compelling stories. 

Our community is blessed to have so many people who inspire us. This month learn about Bluffton veteran Gustavo Gomez, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and turned to his love of baseball to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.