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stpatricksdayHILTON HEAD CELEBRATES WITH POPULAR ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Officially, St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, but Hilton Head Island likes to get a jump on the celebration. More than 25,000 people are expected to line Pope Avenue on March 15 for the annual parade — one of the oldest in honor of St. Patrick in South Carolina.

ANNUAL MONTHLONG EVENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO NATIVE ISLANDERS’ HERITAGE

The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is woven into the fabric of the Lowcountry; this year’s 24th annual event is no exception: It’s a monthlong series of events capturing the spirit and significance of Gullah culture.

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FOR PLAYERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, THE BEST WAY TO GET TO HILTON HEAD IS BY BRIDGE

For the uninitiated, it seems like playing bridge requires speaking a foreign language. Swiss teams. Holding a blank hand. Biffing the led suit. Death holding. Double dummy. Gold points. Black points. Red points. Knockouts.

But to those in the know, it’s the language of love — right up until you’re sat. Then silence rules, lest accusations of table talk begin to fly. 

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JAN. 25 

HILTON HEAD SNOW DAY: A family event hosted by the Island Rec Center, featuring inflatable rides, a snowfield and entertainment. Cost is $10 for children ages 2-17, free for adults. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or www.islandreccenter.org.

Matt MundyLean Ensemble Theater takes another giant step in its boldest season yet with a new production of the acclaimed “Every Brilliant Thing,“ written by Doug Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe. 

Directed by Maegan Azar, the one-man show stars Lean Ensemble member Matt Mundy. 

CHORAL SOCIETY FOSTERS LOVE AND JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

On a recent weekend, with just a few rehearsals left to go before their big holiday concert, members of the Hilton Head Choral Society are hard at work.

As they practice in the sun-drenched dining room at the Country Club of Hilton Head, their attention seems to shift from Tim Reynolds, their longtime artistic director, to their sheet music. Paying close attention to the sheet music is critical: they’ve marked up every page in pencil to make sure they give Reynolds exactly what he wants from each alto, tenor, soprano, and bass when singing a particular bar of music.

ALAN JORDAN WILL LEAD THE HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Northerners often move to Hilton Head Island seeking a slower pace and a step back from life in an urban center. Alan Jordan, who will leave the Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the end of the year to lead the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, has a different perspective.

“This is a step up for me,” he said.