ST Andrews editedIt’s a good time to turn 50, it seems: From the RBC Heritage golf tournament to Palmetto Dunes, many island institutions are marking the milestone. But one is celebrating a little bit more quietly, marking its half of a century with the same selfless drive to help others and enrich the community as it has exhibited for the past 50 years.

Automotive Film festivalThe bond between drivers and their cars inspires the Vintage Auto Film Exhibition Nov. 1 at Coligny plaza.

The evening begins with a red-carpet reception with light appetizers and cocktails from 6-7 p.m., giving visitors opportunity to enjoy the rare and vintage automobiles on display. At 7 p.m., the curtain goes up on a short film directed by the festival’s founder, Guy Smith. “Running with Pop” showcases the 1967 Camaro which served as the unofficial “mascot” of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance during its early years.

NutcrackerCelebrate the start of the holiday season with the familiar characters from “The Nutcracker,” presented Nov. 9-18 by Hilton Head Dance Theatre.

The Tchaikovsky ballet follows a young girl who is given a magical nutcracker as a Christmas gift. She and the Nutcracker Prince battle the Mouse King before setting out to the Land of Sweets.

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Artist Matthias Neumman used more than 100 pieces of two-by-four to create his “Basics #26,” on display at the 2018 Public Art Exhibition at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.

The work is meant to be experienced as “an abstract sculptural gesture as well as a usable and interactive spatial environment,” he said.

Hilton Head EntertainmentSince 1987, life has been one big party for Cherie Perigo. That’s the year she founded Hilton Head Entertainment, representing entertainment throughout the Lowcountry and planning special events — from intimate beach weddings to high-profile governor’s inaugurations.