Seafood Festival

Don’t miss the Hilton Head Seafood Festival, a family-friendly, week-long culinary and cultural tourism event featuring top chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, local seafood, artisans, live music and more. The 12th annual Seafood Festival, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, raises money for the Coastal Discovery Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, Waddell Mariculture Center, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum and Medical University of South Carolina.

seapinesmontSea Pines Montessori will mark its 50 years as an island institution with an anniversary Golden Gala from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. The school was the first Montessori program established in the state of South Carolina and was founded by Mary Fraser, wife of Sea Pines developer Charles Fraser.

THE TIMELESS ALLURE OF “THE BOTANICAL FAINTING COUCH 

“Fainting couches” were in vogue during the Victorian era, when women laced their corsets so tightly that it restricted their breathing, leading to a lack of oxygen and fainting. These women needed to somewhere to sit down fast.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN HAS DEEP ROOTS IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

First Presbyterian Church traces its origins to a small chapel on Honey Horn Plantation. Pastors were brought from the mainland by boat for Sunday services. It became a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in 1957, never losing its character as a church for the community. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head Choral Society perform at the church, and the World Affairs Council holds its programs here.

JAN. 19

SOUNDBITES: 10 STRING SYMPHONY WITH MEMBERS OF THE HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This dynamic musical stew covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll. Tickets are $50. 9 p.m. At the Roasting Room. 1297 May River Road, Bluffton. Get tickets at www.roastingroomlounge.com.