Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival

Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring FestivalPebble Beach. Amelia Island. Meadowbrook. Burn Foundation. These might be considered the Concours d’Elegance Big Four according to Paul Doerring. “We’re in that ballpark now,” he said. Doerring is board chairman and event director for the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, which celebrates its seventh anniversary this month.

From its humble beginnings less than a decade ago - and following a few stalled attempts prior to that - Hilton Head Island’s event has risen to be considered among the elite of some 50 Concours events held annually around the world.

Nicola Bulgari, 2008 Hilton Head Island Concours Honorary Chair, boasts an impressive love affair with America and American Autos.

Nicola BulgariThe grandson of renowned jeweler and BVLGARI (bulgari.com) dynasty founder Sotirio Bulgari, Nicola Bulgari is a passionate connoisseur of works of art and world-class excellence. As part of Monthly’s annual Concours coverage, we were thrilled to learn more (via email) about what drives his passion, pride and interest in preservation.

HILTON HEAD MONTHLY: You have participated as an exhibitor with Concours in the past, and the organization was thrilled to announce you as the honorary chairman of their 2008 event. What inspired you to accept this role?

NICOLA BULGARI: Hilton Head Island is one of the most beautiful Concours venues and destinations in the country. The people who run the Concours are friendly and hospitable and historically respectful of all types of automobiles, not just grand classics and historic sports cars. I feel privileged to follow in the footsteps of previous honorary chairmen like Bill Marriott.

Former Hollywood socialite set to model for Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival.

Joanna YarbroughJoanna Yarbrough was born in1942 in the small town of Portsmouth, NH, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a ballerina and a movie star. Growing up in the 1940s also influenced her penchant for hats.

“Everyone was always wearing them, and I always just sort of liked them.” Then when she moved to the South – first to Atlanta 22 years ago – her fondness for fashion became more functional. She’d often pull her unmanageable long hair back into a bun and wear a hat. While in Atlanta, she picked up a number of expensive designer hats at yard or estate sales for only a couple of dollars.

That’s when her collection really began growing. To date, she has more than 2,000 hats! She has accumulated her hats either by purchasing them at a bargain price, or by donation from people who no longer want them.

The Porche Club, Carolina Dreamers Car Club, and Lowcountry Oyster & Motor Car Driving Society.

THE PORSCHE CLUB
The Porsche Club was founded nearly seven years ago in Bluffton. Current president George de la Bruyere said the organization is simply a way for Porsche enthusiasts to unite and share a common interest.

“The purpose of this club is just to get together once a month and have a good time, drink some cocktails and enjoy some good food,” said de la Bruyere, who is in his second year as president. “About ninety-nine percent of the conversation is Porsche talk.”

Besides socializing, the club provides other opportunities for Porsche owners to get maximum enjoyment from their vehicles, including organized road trips and rallies. They also have a “driver’s education” program three times a year, which involves renting a race track in Savannah and hiring a certified Porsche driving instructor.

A reminder of campus life.

Nothing breaks up the daily grind like a conversation with someone you knew when life was all about mid-terms, football games, and pitchers of beer shared with friends, and social hour at the student union. It makes for an instant connection to a simpler place and time. Alumni associations are those magical touchstones, and Hilton Head Island has had the good fortune of being home to many.

“We’ve really focused our attention on philanthropic work,” said Dan Castro, an active member of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, which has donated considerable resources to low-income island residents over the years. The Fighting Irish alums are not alone in their good works, especially when it comes to offering scholarship money to local students looking to attend the alma mater of a particular alumni association.

Celebrating fab fall fashions & island paradise.

Dress available at Storm BrosMonthly takes a nostalgic trip back in time this fall, celebrating the Town of Hilton Head Island’s 25-year anniversary and fabulous, vintage-style fashions. The looks of the season are charming – reminiscent of days gone by, stunning and vibrant. Joy-ride around our island utopia, even on the beach, in this flouncy coral number and discover Shangri-la – a Southern version of the idyllic and remote land depicted in James Hilton’s 1933 novel, Lost Horizon.

Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry’s world-class companies, both new & enduring.

Harbour Town BakeryOld Oyster FactOry, Red Fish, Alexander’s
With more than 250 restaurants to choose from, dining out on Hilton Head is as much a part of the island experience as the award-winning golf courses and pristine beaches. While having a high number of restaurants in such a small community leaves locals and tourists never lacking for variety, restaurant owners face one of the most competitive markets in the community. And while Red Fish has yet to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, we are thrilled that our other restaurants, Old Oyster Factory and Alexander’s, have both surpassed that milestone. Although you’ll find more complex recipes in our kitchens, our recipe for longevity is relatively simple – with maintaining our focus, striving to improve and community involvement being at the heart of our organization.

RETIREMENT: Realities & ReflectionsEditor’s Note: Monthly asked local writer and business consultant Jack Wilson (master of the “how not to retire’ philosophy) to provide a multi-faceted perspective regarding retirement. He interviewed a cross-section of locals who asked him to omit their last names.

Picture this: two men sitting casually in an office. The one behind the desk says to the other, “I had planned to step down to spend more time with my family, but my family talked me out of it.” Sure, it’s a funny line from a classic cartoon in Parade magazine, but there is a ring of familiarity to it. Isn’t “spending more time with the family” often stated as a reason for one’s retirement, a subject many of us think about, whether we’re facing it now or at some point in the future? But is retirement really inevitable? Is it the same for us as it was for our parents and grandparents? If not, how has it changed and how might it have changed our own thinking about these “golden years?”

Getting the most out of your golden years.

Getting the most out of your golden years.So you have successfully navigated through several of  life’s challenges in education, marriage, parenting and your career, and now you have the opportunity to excel in a well-earned, uh, retirement?

That last word seems to mean different things to different people. Perhaps it means leisure, recreation, travel, reading, family visits, etc. Maybe it includes volunteering and humanitarian activities. But if it excludes doing any form of part-time, income-producing work, you should stop reading right here and enjoy yourselves.

A look at health concerns facing the aging population of Baby Boomers.

Boom or BUST?Approximately 12.5% of the United States’ population is over the age of 65. As America ages, needs for healthcare and medications increase. The number of people who may fall into the role of caregiver increases as well. Whether it is the spouse, an adult child, or a hired helper, the job of caregiver can greatly change the caregivers life. One phenomenon that has increased is the “sandwich generation” - a group of adults who still have young or school-aged children at home but are also caregiver of aging parents.

Sometimes children may have moved far away from their parents, because of job opportunities or desire to live in a certain area. For that reason, it may become necessary to seek help within the parents’ community. However, it will take some time and decision making even when it is not feasible to become the caregiver.