Your Week Ahead on Hilton Head Island & Bluffton

Your Week Ahead:   January 15-22, 2020

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



» Arts & Culture

JAN. 15
Delicate watercolors, dynamic collages, luscious oil paintings and innovative printmaking are among the mediums you will see at this year’s exhibit from Les Bonnes Artistes, on display through Feb. 21. Meet the artists at this opening reception. Free. 5-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or

JAN. 17
Explore the wonderful world of art with local artist Amiri Farris. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy an evening with friends while painting your own Lowcountry work of art. No experience necessary. All supplies are provided. $27 for members, $30 for guests. 6-8 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

JAN. 21
Tweens and teens are invited to draw, paint or destroy the pages of their very own “wrecked” journal. Ages 9-17. Registration required. Free. 5 p.m., Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-255-6529.

» Community

JAN. 11
Volunteers are welcome to help with this monthly voter registration drive. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. “Like” the event on Facebook. 

JAN. 15
Seasoned NAMI members will be on site to answer questions and share how you can become involved to improve the lives of people living with mental illness and their families. Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., NAMI Lowcountry, 29 Plantation Park Drive, Suite 204, Bluffton. 843-636-3100 or

JAN. 15
The public is invited to attend a meeting about the 2020 Census, led by Ernest White. Free. 9:30 a.m., Hilton Head Island Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-255-6500 or

JAN. 18

rundaufuskieDAUFUSKIE ISLAND MARATHON: Experience Daufuskie Island during this half-marathon, full marathon and ultra marathon race. Cost is $125 for half-marathon, $145 for full marathon, and $190 for ultra marathon. 6 a.m., Daufuskie Island Ferry, 10 Haig Point Court, Hilton Head Island.

JAN. 18-FEB. 2
Bring in a donation of a sweater, coat or jacket for The Deep Well Project and receive a new jacket from Outside Hilton Head for up to 50% off. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Outside Hilton Head, 50 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6996 or

» Dance & Theatre 

JAN. 9-12
This 25th anniversary four-day event draws shag dancers from throughout the Southeast. Open to dancers of all skill levels. $95. Times vary. Marriott Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. 603-491-2419 or

JAN. 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
“The Christians”: Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. $25-$40. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Lean Ensemble Theater, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island. 843-715-6676 or

» Music

JAN. 17-18
$10. 7:30-11 p.m., The Jazz Corner, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842- 8620 or

» Outdoors/Sports 

JAN. 17
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will defend their Thrasher Cup championship against Florida State during this annual hockey event. $9-$16. 6-9 p.m., Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah.

JAN. 18
Experience Daufuskie Island during this half-marathon, full marathon and ultra marathon race. Cost is $125 for half-marathon, $145 for full marathon, and $190 for ultra marathon. 6 a.m., Daufuskie Island Ferry, 10 Haig Point Court, Hilton Head Island.

» Festivals/Events

JAN. 17-19
Get ideas for all your home and garden projects while exploring thousands of square feet of exhibits under one roof. $17 for adults, $6 for seniors and retired military, free for ages 16 and younger. 2-6 p.m. Jan. 17; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 18; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 19. Savannah Convention Center, 1 International Drive, Savannah. 

JAN. 18
The Bluffton and Hilton Head Island MLK Observance Committees host the second annual Black Excellence Ball. $90 for general admission, $720 for a reserved table. 6 p.m.-midnight, Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. “Like” the event on Facebook. 

» Education

JAN. 14, 20, 28
Join Dr. Brad Fraum for an educational seminar about stem cell research. Free. 6 p.m. Mondays and noon Tuesdays. Fraum Center for Restorative Health, 1403 Main Street Village, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7777 or

JAN. 15
Dave DesJardins will discuss topics like native and non-native plants, effects of global warming, tomorrow’s garden, and plant defenses and evolution. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or

JAN. 16
A three-part series presented by Jan Kirk, RD, MPH. This month’s presentation will discuss the role of nutrition and physical activity in cancer prevention, including an update from the American Institute of Cancer Research. Nutritious snacks and recipes will follow the presentation. Free. H.O.P.E. Life Lymphedema & Rehab Center, 60 Main St., Unit G, Hilton Head Island. 843-715-4146 or

JAN. 16
Dr. Brent Morris will discuss the birth and death of Reconstruction in South Carolina. Free. 5 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

JAN. 20
Admiral Cecil Haney will discuss China’s doctrines on space, cyberwarfare and its nuclear program. Cost is free for members, $15 for guests. 10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

JAN. 21
Dana Ridenour, author of “Below the Radar,” is this month’s featured speaker. Registration for the lunch is $25. Noon-2:30 p.m., Oak Terrace at Rose Hill, 4 Clubhouse Drive, Bluffton. 843-757-9030.

JAN. 22
Michael Williamson will discuss blue whales and the current research of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study, which is conducting the world’s longest research program on this species. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or


Save the Date 

Feb. 4 

Dasha BukhartsevaTPAC CLASSICAL CONCERT IN MEMORY OF BOB RADA: The Performing Arts Consortium will present a concert by Ukrainian pianist Dasha Bukhartseva and cellist Marcel Krasner at 7 p.m. at Tide Pointe, in memory of Bob Rada. In addition to being a board member of TPAC, Rada was a trombone player in the orchestra, chairman of the orchestra board and mentor to many. 

FEB. 7

MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR: Mountainfilm on Tour travels to communities worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the annual Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride. Cost is $10 for matinee, $50 for evening gala showing. 4:30 p.m. matinee; 7:30 p.m. evening gala showing. Coligny Theatre, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-9826 or

FEB. 13-16

SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL: Bestselling authors like Joseph Kanon and John Grisham will deliver keynote addresses for this annual event. Featuring 45 authors in locations in and around Telfair, Wright and Chippewa squares. Free admission. Tickets to headliner addresses go on sale Jan. 13. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Historic District, Savannah. 912-598-4040 or

FEB. 15

HILTON HEAD SHORE NOTES: “Bringin’ Down the House”: Hilton Head Shore Notes, an award-winning a cappella chorus, will present its annual show, “Bringin’ Down the House.” Special guest quartet will be Glamour, a top 10 international quartet. 7 p.m., Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island.

FEB. 15

NAMI MARDI GRAS GALA: Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness for a Mardi Gras Gala to find help and find hope. Colorful masks are a must. Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-3100 or

FEB. 25

BUFFALO TRACE BOURBON RAFFLE: A special pop-up dinner and bourbon tasting with a portion of proceeds going to support The Literacy Center. Enter a raffle to win an extremely rare bottle of Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon. Robert Simonson, the spirits writer for The New York Times, will draw the winning raffle ticket. $10 per raffle ticket. 5-7 p.m., 7-9 p.m., Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, 841 William Hilton Parkway, Unit A, Hilton Head Island. 843-815-6616 or


MORRIS CENTER MUSEUM GUIDED DAILY TOURS: Get an in-depth look at the exhibitions on view from Lowcountry plantations to the Battle of Honey Hill. Free. 11 a.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE HAPPY HOUR: Relieve stress and relax during this acupuncture happy hour, the last Friday of each month. 4-7 p.m., Integrative Pain Relief, 4 Dunmore Court, Building C, Suite 300, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-2592 or

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS: Join a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics and addicts who share their experience, strength, and hope to solve common problems. Free. To find a local meeting, go to

BEACH PASSES FOR SALE: Hilton Head Island property owners and residents can now purchase a 2020-21 beach parking pass, valid through Dec. 31, 2021. Cost is $30 per vehicle. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Town of Hilton Head Island, 1 Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-4580 or

SPECIAL STARS DANCE CLASS: A dance class providing movement and self-empowerment for anyone with special needs. Open to dancers with any type of special needs. Classes are free with $50 registration fee. 4:30-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Alliance Dance Academy, 39 Persimmon St., Unit 404, Bluffton. 843-757-8277 or

SAVANNAH PORT TOUR: The Port of Savannah, the nation’s largest port in volume, contains over 50 piers, wharves and docks. Experience a working port from the water on this 90-minute tour. $55 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-13, free for children younger than 2. 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., Savannah Harbour, Savannah. 843-686-6996 or

SAVANNAH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TOUR: A naturalist’s dream come true. This three-hour boat tour provides views of the Savannah Riverfront and an in-depth tour of the Georgia Ports Authority. $75 for adults, $60 for children ages 3-13, free for children younger than 2. 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Savannah Harbour, Savannah. 843-686-6996 or

HILTON HEAD ISLAND SPARTANS: The official alumni club for Michigan State University invites all alumni and fans to cheer the Spartans on to victory for all football and basketball games. The group will meet in a private room in the back of the restaurant. Free. For weekly game reminders and times, sign up at or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

“UNCOVERING THE ROOTS OF RECONSTRUCTION”: Every other Friday, meet at Mitchelville Preservation for a unique tour of two historic sites connected to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras on Hilton Head Island. Attendees will caravan in their own personal vehicles to the sites. Reservations required. $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. 9:30 a.m., Mitchelville Preservation, 539 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

WEDNESDAY TASTINGS AT LE COOKERY: Stop in for Wednesday Tastings, where you can sample Chef’s choice and see a demo of the Gadget of the Week. Free. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Le Cookery, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-7171 or

HILTON HEAD FARMERS MARKET: Take home fresh produce, pasture-raised chicken, free-range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, fresh sausage, cookies, breads, she-crab soup and much more. Shopping at the Hilton Head Farmers Market is about more than getting great food. It is also about meeting friends, strengthening community, and rebuilding the local food economy. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 226, or

FARMERS MARKET OF BLUFFTON: Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants and herbs abound at the Farmers Market of Bluffton, a weekly community event where locals and tourists gather not only to buy excellent produce but also to enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, 40 Calhoun St., Bluffton. 843-415-2447.

GARVIN-GARVEY HOUSE TOURS: Visit the newly restored Garvin-Garvey House for a guided tour. $5. By appointment from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton.

BIKE TOURS THROUGH HILTON HEAD HISTORY: A casual 3-mile, safe and fun bike tour through some of the island’s most captivating historic sites. See the fishing co-op where native islanders once farmed, the hallowed ground of a Gullah cemetery, an Indian Shell Enclosure, the tabby ruins located on a former plantation and visit with volunteers from the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island. $15- $25. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, leaving from 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island.

TEA TIME AT ROSE HILL MANSION: Experience afternoon tea at a beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry. Selections include custom crafted teas, elegant finger sandwiches and heavenly desserts. Small groups or large groups welcome; reservations are required. $40. 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. 843-757-6046. 

ADULT PAINT AND PLAY: Paint and Play is an adult wine and paint night of fun entertainment for all skill levels — no experience needed. Relax, unwind and let out your inner creativity as artist Kristin Griffis helps you create your own finished piece of artwork. Thursdays, Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-5738 or

GUIDED TOURS OF HEYWARD HOUSE MUSEUM AND WELCOME CENTER: The museum offers guided tours of the four-room Carolina farmhouse and two outbuildings, which are filled with interesting artifacts and furnishings from the late 1800s into the 1920s. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to an hour and are offered as visitors arrive unless previously scheduled. $10; reservations are not required except for groups of 10 or more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center, 70 Boundary St., Bluffton.

THE JAZZ CORNER: Deas Guyz. 7:30-11 p.m. Sundays; Martin Lesch Band 7:30-11 p.m. Mondays, Fat Tuesdays 7:30-11 p.m. Tuesdays; Classic Jazz and Blues 7:30-11 p.m. Wednesdays, Lavon Steven. 7:30-11 p.m. Thursdays, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

“JAZZ BY THE SEA”: Modern and classic jazz by the Mike Barbara Trio, featuring pianist Bill Peterson. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ocean Lounge, Sea Pines Beach Club, Hilton Head Island. 842-843-1888. 

CRABBY ENCOUNTERS: Spend your morning trying the art of cast netting and learn about the crabs of Hilton Head Island and other marine creatures that live along the shore. Supplies provided; catch and release. $19 for adults; $14 for children ages 12 and younger. Tuesdays to Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL: Rentals are available at: Outside Hilton Head at Shelter Cove; a kiosk at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; and Moreland Bike Shop in Palmetto Bluff. Two-hour Pedego bike tours leave from at The Plaza at Shelter Cove. Cruise up to 20 mph for many miles. Price ranges from $40 to $45 daily. Outside Hilton Head, 50 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 800- 686-6996 or

HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS: Graveside storytelling adventure. After dark, in the eerie setting of the island’s oldest burial ground, come and hear spine-tingling tales of Hilton Head’s shadowy past. $25 for adults; $20 for children ages 8 to 16. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or

FORT MITCHEL IN HILTON HEAD PLANTATION: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide. $15 for adults; $10 for children. 10 a.m. Mondays, Fort Mitchel, Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686- 6560 or

ZION CEMETERY TOUR: Costumed tour guides share fascinating stories of Hilton Head Island’s past. Visit the grave sites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. $15 for adults; $10 for children. 10 a.m. Thursdays. Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

SALTY DOG HAPPY HOUR CRUISE: An early happy hour cruise option. The full bar and gallery onboard will be open during this one-and-a-half-hour boat ride around Calibogue Sound. Prices range from $15 to $24. Daily. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Salty Dog, South Beach, Hilton Head Island.

FREE GOLF CLASS & EXHIBITION: A golf clinic and demonstration at Palmetto Dunes’ Robert Trent Jones course. Ask questions to former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver and staff. The class is hands-on, interactive and all skill levels will benefit. Free. 4-4:50 p.m. Mondays, Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, 7 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head Island. 855-293-5838 or

BRIDGE PARTNER HOTLINE: Need a partner to play bridge? Hilton Head Island Bridge Club, 95 Mathews Drive, Store A8, Port Royal Plaza Center, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-2167. 

SUP YOGA: A 90-minute standup paddleboard yoga session. Yoga class with rental is $40; bring your own paddleboard and class is only $15. 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6996 or

SOCIAL BRIDGE AND SUPERVISED PLAY: An opportunity for players to improve their game and meet new partners in a casual, relaxed environment. $10; free for Junior Bridge members. 10 a.m.-noon. Fridays. Hilton head Island Bridge Club, 95 Mathews Drive, Port Royal Plaza Center, Hilton Head Island. 551-795-6329. 

SARAH ANSBOURY PICKLEBALL CLINIC: Skills and game play to help improve your pickleball game. $35 per person. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center, 6 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head Island.

FRIDAY SOCIAL DANCING: Hilton Head Island Shag Club: Anyone who loves to dance is invited to attend — ballroom, swing, country, line, singles and out of towners are welcome. $5 per person. 6-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Dolphin Head Golf Club, 59 High Bluff Road, Hilton Head Island. 757-375-5953 or

OPEN MIC NIGHT: Bring something short to share, or just come to listen, dine and enjoy music by the Hilton Head Jammers. 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Last Thursday of the month. Mikki’s Café, 70 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head Island.




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