april calendar

Your Week Ahead:  

Looking for something fun to do this week? Find everything that is happening around the Lowcountry in our event calendar.

APRIL 4-11

Sip & Shop for a Cause:  The Zonta Club of Hilton Head will host its annual auction online this year. Funds raised will go directly to scholarships for deserving local students and programs to support Zonta’s missions. Visit their website for a link to the auction. zontahhi.org.


Blood Drive:  Donate blood inside the climate-controlled OneBlood truck in the Arts Center parking lot. Donors will receive a mask, a $10 e-gift card, a COVID-19 antibody test and a wellness checkup. Chef B’s Eatz food truck will also be on-site. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or artshhi.com.

Opening Reception: “Taking a Leap; The Art of Discovery”:  Artist Joan Moreau McKeever will showcase her latest exhibit through May 1. An opening reception will be held to celebrate the exhibit. 5-7 p.m., Art League Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or artleaguehhi.org.


OPENING RECEPTION: “SURVEYING THE LOWCOUNTRY”: Join Four Corners Gallery for an opening reception featuring the works of artists Stephanie Amato, Jill McGannon and Marc Hanson. Refreshments will be served. 4-7 p.m., Four Corners, 1263 May River Road, Bluffton. 843-757-8185 or fourcornersgallerybluffton.com

APRIL 8-11

ARTS CENTER PERFORMANCE: “RED”: A Tony-award winning play about Mark Rothko’s art and his shades of genius. Suitable for ages 15 and older. Cost is $16 for students, $35 for adults. Times vary. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or artshhi.com


WEBINAR: “HOW TO LOSE THE INFORMATION WAR”: Nina Jankowicz, author of “How to Lose the Information War,” will present how the Western world has begun to wake up to the threat of online warfare and the attacks from Russia. Cost is $10 for guests, free for members. Register for Zoom link. 843-384-6758 or wachh.org

APRIL 9-10

CHARLTON SINGLETON’S QUARTET AT THE JAZZ CORNER: $10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 Wilm Hilton Pkwy, HHI. 843-842-8620 or thejazzcorner.com


HHSO: “WATER MUSIC”: Live-stream this orchestra series concert, featuring Conductor John Morris Russell and members of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $25. 7:30 p.m. Register for a private website link to view the live-stream. 843-842-2055 or hhso.org

APRIL 12-18

RBC HERITAGE PRESENTED BY BOEING: The 53rd annual RBC Heritage golf tournament will take place on-site with limited spectators. Event times and ticket prices vary. 843- 671-2448 or rbcheritage.com


SWAMPVIRTUAL LECTURE: “THE CANARY OF THE SWAMP”: Matt Johnson, Director at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, will discuss recent work involving Prothonotary Warblers conservation. Reservations required. Cost is $5. 2 p.m. Register for Zoom link. 843-689-6767 or coastaldiscovery.org

VIRTUAL AUTHOR CHAT: “THE CIVIL WAR IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY”: Join author Ron Roth for a discussion about how a confederate artillery and a black union regiment defined the meaning of war. Cost is $5. Register for Zoom link. 843-686-6560 or heritagelib.org.


MUELLERZOOM SEMINAR: “SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESS”: The Don Ryan Center for Innovation presents a free seminar with Lindsy Mueller, who will provide insight into how local businesses can best utilize the power of social media and ways to create engaging content. Free. 8-9 a.m. Register for Zoom link. 843-540-0405 or donryancenter.com


WINE FEST: The First Wine Fest at Hazel Dean’s. Proceeds benefit local charities. 5:30 p.m. Enjoy samplings of several fine wines, along with tasty tapas, music and more. The Shops at Sea Pines Center. Limited tickets. $75. HazelDeans.com or 843 802-2001. 


MARTINIS AT THE MANSION: The Mansion on Forsyth Park’s charity networking series will take place on the third Thursday of every month to benefit a different local nonprofit. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. 5:30-7 p.m., Mansion on Forsythe Park, 700 Drayson Street, Savannah. 912- 238-5158 or kesslercollection.com

kristyWAHHI VIRTUAL AUTHOR SERIES: Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of “Under the Southern Sky,” will be the featured speaker at this month’s Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island’s Author Series. Free for members. 5 p.m. Register for Zoom link. wahhi.org.





MAY 15

May Day 5k: Race begins at the Bluffton Oyster Factory and winds through Historic Old Town Bluffton and along the May River. Virtual option available. Beaufort Memorial is the title sponsor for LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth’s inaugural race. 8-10 a.m. Bluffton Oyster Factory Park 63 Wharf St. $20-$30. 843-815-1718. runsignup.com/Race/SC/Bluffton/BlufftonMayDay5K.




SPRING SWING: The Hilton Head Firefighters’ Association has teamed with Sea Pines Montessori Academy to host the 13th annual Spring Swing for Charity Golf Tournament presented by SERVPRO. Bear Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Birdease. com/2021SpringSwing or bryans@hiltonheadislandsc.gov. 

HILTON HEAD HUMANE DOG WALK: Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island. 8:15 a.m. No same-day registration. hhhumane.org or call 843-681-8686 to pre-register. 

MAY 15

MAY DAY 5K: Race begins at the Bluffton Oyster Factory and winds through Historic Old Town Bluffton and along the May River. Virtual option available. Beaufort Memorial is the title sponsor for LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth’s inaugural race. 8-10 a.m. Bluffton Oyster Factory Park 63 Wharf St. $20-$30. 843-815-1718. runsignup.com/Race/SC/Bluffton/BlufftonMayDay5K



VIRTUAL KID’S STORY TIME: Listen to Rebecca read family favorites about the Lowcountry’s natural and cultural history on the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Facebook page. Watch on Facebook Live at @ coastaldiscoverymuseum. 843- 689-6767 or coastaldiscovery.org


FARMERS & MAKERS MARKET: |Now in its 8th year, the Market will present more fresh, local produce, seafood, breads and cheeses, crafts and artisans than ever before. Enjoy the colorful displays that grow and change each week throughout the season. Free entry. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 


HILTON HEAD ISLAND FARMERS MARKET: Support locl farmers and producers and take home fresh produce, pasture-raised chicken, free range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, sausage, cookies, bread, she crab soup and more. Entrance and parking are free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum. 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island. 843-473-5231 or hhifarmersmarket.com


OPEN MIC NIGHT AT CORKS: Every Tuesday night at Corks Bluffton. 7-10 p.m., Corks Wine Bar and Restaurant, 14 Promenade Street, Bluffton. 843-815-5168 or corkswinecobluffton.com


SIT AND STITCH IN THE EVENING: Enjoy knitting, crochet, needlepoint, rug hook practice as Needlepoint Junction stays open late. All levels welcome. Outside food and drink permitted. Free. 5-8 p.m., Needlepoint Junction, Suite J-7-E, Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8488 or needlepointjunctionhhi.com


ZION CEMETERY AND BAYNARD MAUSOLEUM COSTUMED CEMETERY TOUR: Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and learn about the blood skirmish. fought just a few steps away. $15 Adult/$10 Child, 11 a.m., Corner of U.S. 278 & Matthews Dr, Hilton Head Island. Reservations required- 843-686-6560 or heritagelib.org


MARINA MORNINGS: OUTDOOR YOGA: Practice yoga on the pavilion at Shelter Cove, with draft kombucha to follow. All levels welcome. Cost is $20. 9:30 a.m., Pure Salt Studios, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-707-7027 or puresaltstudios.com


HAUNTED HISTORY TALES: Listen to graveside storytelling in the eerie setting of Hilton Head Island’s oldest burial ground and hear spine-tingling tales of the Island’s shadowy past. Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for children ages 8-16. 9 p.m., Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or heritagelib.org


CIVIL WAR ERA: Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Join this presentation featuring maps and historic photos of this time on Hilton Head from 1861-1865. Reservations required. Cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children. 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. or coastaldiscovery.org


DUELING PIANOS SHOW: The only Dueling Pianos Show on Hilton Head Island takes place each Thursday night on the Rooftop Bar. Cost is $5. 8-11 p.m., Rooftop Bar at Poseidon, 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-341-3838 or therooftophhi.com


FARMERS MARKET OF BLUFFTON: New location! Meet local farmers, chefs and artisans every Thursday on Green Street. Buy a fresh assortment of strawberries, produce, beets, potatoes and more. Also, hear local, live entertainment and educational lectures. Noon-5 p.m., Martin Family Park, Green Street, Bluffton. 843-415-2447 or farmersmarketbluffton.org


PAINT ’N PARTY ONLINE: A fun evening of painting online. Any number of people can join, plus no need to pay for a babysitter or an expensive dinner out. Cost is $15 per household. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 843-342-5439 or scartstudio.com


SIT AND STITCH: Practice needlepoint every Friday during this casual sit and stitch event. All levels welcome. Free. 10 a.m., Needlepoint Junction, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 6134, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8488 or shopneedlepointjunction.com


YOGA ON THE BEACH AT TYBEE: All levels are welcome to attend this beach yoga session on Tybee Island. Bring a beach towel or mat. Cost is $20. 9 a.m., North Beach at Tybee, Gulick Street, Tybee Island. “Like” the event on Facebook. 

ALLIGATOR AND WILDLIFE BOAT TOUR Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tour with H2O Sports in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Get an up-close view of indigenous plant and animal life, including the American alligator, on a one-hour guided boat tour. Reservations are required, 843-671-4386 or h2osports.com



Children and adults can order a variety of craft activities pre-assembled and ready to enjoy at your home or villa. Book online. Cost is $12-$20. Sea Pines Resort Fitness and Recreation Department, 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 122, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or seapines.com.


Trail Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve with Lawton Stables. Meander through the preserve on horseback for the true feel of the untouched Lowcountry. Trail riders must be at least 8 years old. Reservations are required. 843-671-2586 lawtonstables.com.


Learn how to play Pickleball with daily clinics and round robins at the Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Courts and equipment are available to rent. Reservations recommended. palmettodunes.com


Explore Hilton Head Island’s rich history and learn the story behind its famous lighthouse in a unique, museum-like setting. Admission is $4.25/person, complimentary for children ages 5 and younger. 149 Lighthouse Rd. 843-671-2810 or harbourtownlighthouse.com.



Private Easter Wagon Ride: Hop aboard the red wagon for a spring exploration of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, while playing a game of Easter I-Spy. Cost is $95 for a group of 20 people. Reservations required. 1-4 p.m., Heritage Farms, Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-3333 or seapines.com.


Pastor Pete BerntsonAlthough a date has not been set, Church of the Palms in Okatie is hoping to soon reopen its doors — at least partially. 

Since the majority of the church’s members are in the high-risk age group, Church of the Palms has been extremely cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic. The church, which is part of the United Methodist Church, has offered live streaming worship services since the beginning of the crisis. They also host Bible studies, spiritual formation classes and small group meetings on Zoom. 

MARIANNE STILLWAGONFor Marianne Stillwagon, becoming an artist was never about following a straight line. 

“I was always a creator,” she laughs, admitting that she loved being a Girl Scout because, “we were always making things.” 




A lecture by Dr. Candace Bailey on the role music played in the lives of women living in antebellum South Carolina. Free. 5 p.m. Pre-register to attend in-person or watch live virtually on the Morris Center Facebook page @ MorrisHeritageCenter. Morris Center, 10782 S. Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843- 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org


FEB. 1-28 

25TH ANNUAL GULLAH CELEBRATION: A celebration of Gullah art, food, music and people. This year’s events include the Arts Ob We People Art Exhibition and Sale, A Taste of Gullah, Soul Food and Friends Cooking Series, Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast and Freedom Day. Event dates, times, locations and ticket prices vary. www.gullahcelebration.com


Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, First Presbyterian Church has never stopped being the hands and feet of Jesus. Even when its doors were closed, the church never stopped living out its mission to change lives and make disciples. 

The church has continued to worship every Sunday morning through the pandemic, either in person or virtually. First Presbyterian follows health and safety protocols approved by the local governing body of the church. Masks and social distancing are required.