mayor bennetGreetings Hilton Head Monthly Readers!

As mayor of the Town of Hilton Head Island, I am pleased to report to you that your elected officials have established important priorities, put people in place to pursue them and made substantial progress in achieving them. Late in 2015, Hilton Head Island Town Council’s new planning workshop process yielded this ambitious list of 2016 objectives: producing strategic arts, historical and cultural planning initiatives, providing sanitary sewer to un-served island properties, analyzing and planning an actionable vision for the “Circle to Circle” corridor, determining town-funded economic development opportunities, and developing a comprehensive, long-range vision for Hilton Head Island.

lisasulka2016Thank you, Bluffton. 

As I pause to review the past year, I am again honored and humbled to be the mayor of one of the fastest-growing communities in Beaufort County and the state of South Carolina. Bluffton is blessed with quantity and quality. Our population has skyrocketed more than 1,200 percent since 2000. We also have such quality in the care and character of our people and projects. I have never lived or known another community in this nation that has such a rich spirit and deep pride in its town. Thanks to each of you who contributes to the rich tapestry of our town. Your partnership is key to our community’s collective success.

triviaSo, you think you’re an expert on the Lowcountry, huh? Do you know the original name of Bluffton? Without looking, can you say which color lines the bottom of the Harbour Town Lighthouse? Can you name the restaurant that once anchored the patch of empty land on the northern intersection of Shelter Cove Lane and William Hilton Parkway? 

We’re testing your knowledge of all things local, from history to science to the arts, in a familiar format that, for legal purposes, has nothing to do with Trivial Pursuit.

After all, this is the area we love, the place we call home. There’s nothing trivial about it.

So if you have what it takes, make your way through our trivia challenge and let us know how you did. And in case we’ve already stumped you: Kirk’s Bluff, white and Cracker Barrel.

Good luck!

It's only natural to want that.

If you are single, divorced, separated or widowed, surely you have had moments when you’ve thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could share this with someone by my side?” It’s only natural to want that. Companionship — and love, if the romantic stars are aligned — matters to most people.

Years ago, we would meet potential mates at church, through newspaper classifieds, at social events, at the local pub or on blind dates.

Looking for something good to read? Pick up a book by a local author. Here are a few titles worth checking out.

A MULTI-TALENTED NASHVILLE PERFORMER FINDS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE IN THE LOWCOUNTRY.

At 6-foot-2, with white hair cascading down over a muscular set of shoulders and a voice like smoky bourbon poured over a honeyed Southern accent, Randy Joe Galloway definitely cuts a unique first impression. Depending on how the mood strikes him, you might see him as a seasoned veteran of the rock ‘n’ roll business. You might see him as a soulful artist using every tool at his disposal to express himself. You might see him as intimidating.

WHITLEY DEPUTY AND THE B-TOWN PROJECT RETURN TO THE HERITAGE FOR ANOTHER CHANCE TO BRING DOWN THE HOUSE.

Whitley Deputy began his musical career the way most of us do, banging on pots and pans and garbage can to a rhythm that only the musician can hear. Growing up in then-very-rural Pritchardville, he can fill hours with stories of the Lowcountry he remembers, an untamed place unmarked by gated communities, one where kids would happily throw themselves into murky waters without fear of alligators or water moccasins. (That’s not to say they weren’t there; there just wasn’t any fear).

Peg WeschkeFrom the rag quilts made by the Gulllah to modern-day works of fiber art, quilting is woven into the Lowcountry’s rich and colorful history.

By patching together heritage, camaraderie, community and even politics and current events with the fine thread of artistry, quilts provide a tangible representation of a culture, and our local artisans continue this legacy with organizations like the Palmetto Quilt Guild. 

The art of living on a sea island with no bridge

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on a private island? Island living has an undeniable allure — separated from the world by water, private and peaceful. Off the coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida there are more than 100 tidal and barrier islands. They are known for their fascinating history, beautiful views and rich Gullah culture.

THE LOWCOUNTRY IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO SPEND YOUR GOLDEN YEARS

Nearly 300,000 people visit the Lowcountry each year, drawn by the region's vibrant culture, sandy beaches, world-class golf courses and tennis resorts, and fabulous shopping and dining. After experiencing everything the Lowcountry has to offer, many older visitors who came for the golf decide to stay for the delightfully balmy weather, excellent health care facilities, low crime rates and fantastic retiree amenities. 

“Even with the tourism, Hilton Head Island offers a 'small town' feel with world-class amenities, as well as seasonality,” said Rebecca Davis, sales manager for The Cypress of Hilton Head, an award-winning continuing care retirement community. “It is a special place that anyone would want to call home.”