Your Week Ahead on Hilton Head Island & Bluffton

Your Week Ahead:   February  26-March 4 2020

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

 

SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

FEB. 24-MARCH 1 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: The 13th annual week-long event includes culinary and cultural celebrations showcasing the very best in savory dishes, crafted cocktails, gourmet wines and more. Enjoy samples prepared by celebrity guest chefs, family-friendly activities, barbecue from some of the best Southern pitmasters, hands-on cooking demos, eclectic tastings, live music and more. 

One hundred percent of the festival’s proceeds benefit the David M. Carmines Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded by the Carmines family, which in turn donates its proceeds to other local charities, such as Coastal Discovery Museum, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, and the Medical University of South Carolina. Over $200,000 was donated to participating non-profits in 2019 with over 5 million dollars in new economic impact to the local area during the month of February each year. 

Event times, ticket prices and locations vary. www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com.

 

 

» Arts/Culture

MARCH 4
SoBA Annual Judged Show Opening Reception: Come meet participating local artists who use acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3-D mediums. Free. 5-7 p.m., Center for Creative Arts, 6 Church St., Bluffton. 843-757-6586 or sobagallery.com.

» Community/Charity

FEB. 29
REWINED CANDLE SPRING WAREHOUSE SALE: Stock up on slightly dented, dinged or mislabeled Rewined candles. 8-11 a.m., Rewined, 4500 Goer Drive, North Charleston. 843-718-1171 or www.shop-rewined.com.

MARCH 1
Page Island Oyster Roast: A fundraiser for the Kids in Kayaks Scholarship Fund, an initiative of The Outside Foundation. Includes a boat cruise to remote Page Island near Daufuskie, an oyster roast, live music, silent and live auctions, plus games for kids. $150 for adults, $75 for children. 1-5 p.m. outsidefoundation.org.

» Dance & Theatre 

FEB. 26
ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS:
Couples will learn the basics of the Argentine tango. Cost is $50 per couple for all four sessions. 6:15- 7:30 p.m., Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-5738 or www.artleaguehhi.org.

MARCH 5-8
Main Street Youth Theatre: “Peter Pan Jr.”: This classic musical will whisk the audience away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up. $25 for adults, $15 for students. Times vary. Main Street Youth Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head. 843-689-6246 or msyt.org.

 

» Music

FEB. 28
THE AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR PRESENTS “JUST AS I AM”: A special performance featuring well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Free. 7 p.m., Christian Renewal Church, 95 Gardner Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-342-5433 or www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

MARCH 3
Mary Green Chorale: “Opera, Operetta, Broadway”: The chorale will perform hits and favorites from the opera, operetta and Broadway. $25. 7:30 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. marygreenchorale.org.

MARCH 3-4
Celtic Thunder’s Emmet Cahill: Talented tenor Emmet Cahill will perform traditional Irish tunes, Broadway classics and more. $65. 8 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or artshhi.com.

» Food & Drink

MARCH 1
Seafood, Champagne and Gullah Brunch: Music, bottomless bloody mary bar, champagne and brunch: It’s the perfect waterfront experience. $59. Seating available at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Hudson’s Seafood On the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-2772 or hudsonsonthedocks.com.


MARCH 3
PlumpJack Wine Dinner: A four-course dinner featuring wine pairings with PlumpJack Winery. Seating is limited. $135. 6:30 p.m., Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte, 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-9277 or charliesgreenstar.com.

» Outdoor/Sports

MARCH 1
WMNRUN Hilton Head: A female-only half-marathon, half-marathon relay, quarter-marathon and 5K. Includes custom T-shirts, finisher medals, pint glasses and swag, followed by drinks, food, music and yoga. $110 for half-marathon, $135 for relay, $85 for quarter-marathon, $65 for 5K. 7 a.m.-noon, Beach House, 1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head. “Like” the event on Facebook. runsignup.com.


MARCH 2-3
Colleton River Collegiate Tournament: This two-day tournament will showcase the talents of many of the nation’s leading collegiate golf players as they vie for the coveted individual and team titles in a 54-hole stroke play tournament. Spectators are welcome. Free. Colleton River Clubhouse, 1 Colleton River Drive, Bluffton. 843-836-4400 or colletonriverclub.com.

» Festivals/Events

FEB. 1-28
Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration: Celebrate the native island Gullah culture through food, arts, crafts and traditions. An arts, crafts and food expo will be held at historic Honey Horn. For a detailed calendar of Gullah events, see pages 138-139 or go to gullahcelebration.com.

 

SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

FEB. 24-MARCH 1 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: The 13th annual week-long event includes culinary and cultural celebrations showcasing the very best in savory dishes, crafted cocktails, gourmet wines and more. Enjoy samples prepared by celebrity guest chefs, family-friendly activities, barbecue from some of the best Southern pitmasters, hands-on cooking demos, eclectic tastings, live music and more. 

One hundred percent of the festival’s proceeds benefit the David M. Carmines Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded by the Carmines family, which in turn donates its proceeds to other local charities, such as Coastal Discovery Museum, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, and the Medical University of South Carolina. Over $200,000 was donated to participating non-profits in 2019 with over 5 million dollars in new economic impact to the local area during the month of February each year. 

Event times, ticket prices and locations vary. www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com.

 

March 1
Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting.
St. Luke’s Church invites the community to see this documentary that was released in 2019, but has not been shown to wide audiences in the Lowcountry until now. Free. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Coligny Theatre, Hilton Head Island.


MARCH 5-7
Custom Jewelry Design Event: Repurpose your jewelry and create something new. Work directly with professional jewelry designer Paula Dawkins to select a new setting or stones to reimagine a new custom designed piece. Appointments required. Forsythe Jewelers, 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 311, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-7070 or forsythejewelers.biz.

 

» Education

FEB. 24-28
LOWCOUNTRY SEAFOOD EXPERIENCE:
A two-hour excursion that includes instruction on shrimping, oystering, clamming and crabbing with a couple of the Lowcountry’s foremost watermen. Guests will enjoy the fruits of their labor afterwards. $89. 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m., daily. Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681- 2772 or www.hudsonsonthedocks.com.

FEB. 26
“CONSERVATION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD”:
Amy MacKown will demystify what sustainability means when it comes to fishing and eating seafood. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 27 

indigo dye“INDIGO EXPLORATION”: Take a journey to the past to “meet” Eliza Lucas Pinckney, learn how indigo dye was made and make your own indigo dye T-shirt. Family friendly. Reservations required. $15. 5-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

FEB. 28-MARCH 1 

“THROUGH THEIR EYES”: Spend an afternoon with Harriet Tubman and Robert Smalls. Through first-person storytelling and reenactment, this special program engages the audience with the lives of the historic icons. Free. 3 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. 843- 284-9227 or www.morrisheritagecenter.org.

MARCH 4
Heritage Library: “Understanding the Census”: This class looks at changes in the U.S. Census throughout history and explores what information is missing and why. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Campus, Classroom 214, 1 Sand Shark Drive, Hilton Head Island.
843-686-6560 or heritagelib.org.

MARCH 2
“Overwintering Hummingbirds”: Doreen Cubie will discuss her research on ruby-throated hummingbirds and her banding study of wintering hummingbirds near Charleston. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head. 843-689-6767 or coastaldiscovery.org.

MARCH 4
“Right Whales”: Professor Michael Williamson will introduce right whales and the current status and research on this species. Reservations required. $7. 2 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or coastaldiscovery.org.

MARCH 4
Palmetto Plant Eaters Club: Chef Thomas Carrig will discuss grains and how they can be crafted into delicious and highly nutritious meals. Free. 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. palmettoplanteaters.com.

Save the Date 

APRIL 2
“A Night of Promise:” A fundraiser for Family Promise of Beaufort County, featuring a buffet dinner, beer and wine, plus live and silent auctions. $100. 5:30-9 p.m., Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. 843-815-4211 or  familypromisebeaufortcounty.com.

APRIL 4-5
Hilton Head Dance School: “Terpsichore”: An annual performance of classical and contemporary dance, featuring company members and distinguished guest artists. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-5477 or hiltonheaddance.com

APRIL 3
Taste of Bluffton: High on the Hog Bourbon Gala: Kick off the Taste of Bluffton weekend with a fun bourbon gala. 6-9 p.m., Heyward House, 70 Boundary St., Bluffton. tasteofbluffton.com.

APRIL 9
Community Seder: Congregation Beth Yam will hold a community Seder conducted by Rabbi Brad Bloom. Traditional holiday food will be served, and non-members are invited to attend. Reservations required by April 1. $65 for members older than 14, $75 for non-member adults, $18 for non-member children ages 6-13, free for children younger than 6. 5 p.m., Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. 843-689-2178 or bethyam.org.

 

 

 

Ongoing

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 www.morrisheritagecenter.org.

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 www.integrativepainrelief.net.

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 www.al-anon-sc.org.

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 www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov.

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 www.allianceacademyofdance.com.

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 www.outsidehiltonhead.com.

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 www.outsidehiltonhead.com.

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 hhispartans@gmail.com 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 www.lecookeryusa.com.

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 www.coastaldiscovery.org.

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. www.townofbluffton.sc.gov.

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. www.heritagelib.org

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 www.artleaguehhi.org

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. www.heywardhouse.org

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. www.thejazzcorner.com

“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 www.seapines.com

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 www.outsidehiltonhead.com

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 www.heritagelib.org

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 www.heritagelib.org

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. www.heritagelib.org

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. www.saltydog.com

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 www.palmettodunes.com

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 www.outsidehiltonhead.com

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. www.palmettodunes.com

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 www.hiltonheadshagclub.com

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. www.islandwritersnetworkhhi.org

 

 

 

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