At the helm June 2019

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It’s finally summer — the season that children and teachers have been longing for.

All over the Lowcountry, we’re rolling out the red carpet for the visitors who sustain our economy and show us just how good we’ve got it living here year-round. From all over the country and the far corners of the world, they’re arriving to revel in what we sometimes take for granted: wide, clean beaches; rolling waves; and days filled with golden sunshine.

This issue includes many suggestions for summer fun on the water, from paddle boarding and personal watercraft rides to Beaufort’s highly anticipated dragon boat races. Father’s Day is June 16, and it’s a great day to get outside and “play tourist.” Whether your dad prefers golfing, fishing or fine dining, studies show that people treasure gifts of experiences. In addition to something from our Father’s Day Gift Guide, we bet that what your dad really wants is to spend the day with his children, doing something the whole family will enjoy.

June is also a busy month for the Lowcountry’s wedding venues and professionals. Hilton Head Island has become a top national wedding destination, and Bluffton isn’t far behind. In this issue, we invite you to savor the details of two fabulous local weddings, discover trends for brides and grooms in 2019, and explore fashion offered by local boutiques.

In addition to our photo gallery of cute local kids and an easy-to-follow, mouth-watering barbecue trail map, we hope you also appreciate our treatment of more serious topics as well.

We look at the challenges facing local artists looking to earn a living from their art in our resort town, and we profile Margaret Richardson, a high-profile advocate for the state’s Compassionate Care Act. This proposal to legalize medical cannabis will be taken up by the state legislature when it reconvenes.

We also offer practical advice for kitchen and bathroom updates and advances in HVAC systems to keep you cool this summer — and comfortable when winter rolls around again.

So please stick Monthly in your beach bag or your carry-on as you travel and settle in for a good read.