Spring is here and it’s time to open our windows and our hearts. It’s a season of rebirth and reawakening, and at Monthly we are springing into it, full of enthusiasm and ready for new adventures.
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Members of the Monthly team were all smiles at the Hilton Head Bridal Show. From left: Mary Ann Kent, Carol Weir, Cathy Flory, Anuska Frey, Meredith DiMuzio and Katie Hatfield.
As flowers bloom and trees show off new leaves, we’re reminded of the power of nature. In this issue, we also celebrate some of the powerful, kind and diverse people who make Hilton Head Island and Bluffton great places to live. John McCann, the new mayor of Hilton Head, shares his plans and priorities. Female business leaders and others answer questions about their lives and careers in our Leading Ladies special section. And fashion and tennis icon Stan Smith reveals his new book about his life and the shoe that the whole world loves.
We look at the power of alternative medicine and at innovation in some of the powerful electric cars gaining in popularity right here in the Lowcountry. In our story about Bluffton architect Elaine Gallagher Adams’ “green” home, a few energy-saving ideas add up to powerful benefits for the environment.
We also celebrate some happy local milestones: the legendary, award-winning jazz club and restaurant The Jazz Corner turns 20 years old, and Hilton Head Public Service District has brought us pure drinking water and sanitation for a half-century.
On Hilton Head and in Bluffton, spring is always full of festivals and community events. St. Patrick’s Day is a don’t-miss annual party for locals and visitors alike, and we bring you what’s new with the Hilton Head parade. Also in this issue, you’ll get the inside scoop on the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival. Among all these opportunities for fun, Monthly reminds you to set aside time for needed spring maintenance and home improvement tasks and recommends local professionals who can help.
Finally, we can’t resist showing off photos of our Bridal Show last month at Belfair. Soon-to-be brides and grooms and their friends and parents mingled with local vendors like wedding planners, photographers and florists. Between the mimosas and the live music, a great time was had by all. Please join us next year if you missed it this time.
Enjoy your Lowcountry spring, and never underestimate the power of good people working together.
Anuska Frey – publisher
Carol Weir – editor