Here at Monthly, we’re feeling grateful that the Lowcountry escaped the wrath of Hurricane Dorian — and sad for residents of the Bahamas who were not as lucky. We encourage you to donate to the recovery efforts for them and for Texas, which was hit hard with flooding after Tropical Storm Imelda, through reputable charities such as the American Red Cross and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We hope we will never again need their disaster relief services here, but it could have been us.
This month, we’re celebrating the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, which offers the creme de la creme in automotive exhibition, racing, dining and entertainment. The combination of Lowcountry hospitality, fun activities and a field of exquisite classics makes this one of the island’s top events. It’s a unique, multi-day motoring experience that entertains and educates while supporting youth programs.
October usually has some of the best weather the Lowcountry offers — which is why so many local organizations hold their annual fundraisers in the 10th month of the year. This year, we’re proud to sponsor several of the most enjoyable events around: Don’t miss the Estrella Jalisco Latin Festival on Oct. 13, where live music, salsa dancing and food from many Spanish-speaking countries promise a good time for all. We’re also looking forward to the fourth annual Lowcountry VegFest on Oct. 19. This festival of healthy eating at Shelter Cove Community Park is put on by the Palmetto Plant Eaters Club.
Rounding out the month is Polo 4 Heroes on Oct. 27, the continuation of a 20-year-old tradition under new leadership, and the photos of polo ponies and jockeys in action are a visual treat in this issue.
We also hope to see you at the wonderful events of Crescendo, the annual month-long arts and culture celebration put on by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head Island. This year’s festival runs Oct. 10 to Nov. 15; from live concerts to ballet performances, art exhibits and theater shows, there’s something for everyone.
On the more serious side, we offer you our annual breast cancer awareness section, featuring the latest research findings and information about awareness events here in the Lowcountry. From walks to support Alzheimer’s disease and mental health research to a project in which high school students create bras as art projects, Lowcountry residents are all about supporting each other.
We wish you the best this fall, dear readers, and thank you for inviting us into your lives.