Marinalife, the boating community’s first cruising concierge and leading source of marina information, and BoatU.S., the nation’s largest organization of recreational boat owners, announced a partnership today that improves the boating lifestyle for members of both organizations.

Under the partnership, Marinalife members can take advantage of half-priced BoatU.S. membership and discounted “unlimited” on-the-water assistance services provided by BoatU.S.’ TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist towing fleets – the largest towing fleets in North America.  BoatU.S. members can tap into discounted concierge services by Marinalife, which provides easy online or toll-free booking of transient dockage at over 8,000 marinas. A trove of cruising information, including reliable marina ratings and reviews, customized weather forecasting, approach and navigational tools, tide forecasts, and a marina fuel locator are just some of Marinalife’s additional benefits included with membership.

Would you like to help make your home waters a little cleaner?  The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is offering grant funds up to $4,000 each for community non-profit groups to develop projects that address environmental problems on local waterways.  Since 1997 the annual BoatU.S. Foundation Clean Water Grant program has awarded over $300,000 to improve the marine environment, funding 149 projects in 35 states.  This year’s deadline to apply is February 2, 2009.

“Groups have flexibility in deciding what needs to be addressed, whether it’s a pollution issue, preventing the spread of invasive species, or other environmental concern,” said BoatU.S. Foundation Director of Environmental Programs Susan Shingledecker.

And the pursuit of satisfaction.

And the pursuit of fulfillment. Editor’s note: “Living the Dream” was the title of the article in Monthly magazine’s October issue, the same month that financial markets experienced a great deal of turmoil. Many retirees have expressed deep concern over their nest eggs, and rightly so. The following article is not about financial management — our advertisers offer that — but about other aspects that lead to a satisfying retirement.

No, the subtitle is not about that famous phrase, “the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. This is about satisfaction, which admittedly is an important component of happiness, but that’s a rather philosophical subject for another time.

First we need to recognize that retirement is simply another of phase of life and that all phases of life — whether education, career, post-career, pre-retirement, or whatever you choose to call it — involve some form of endeavor. And endeavor can take many different forms; even basic survival is an endeavor.

Fabulous gift ideas courtesy fine local vendors.

beautiful necklaceART THAT YOU CAN WEAR
This beautiful necklace was expertly handcrafted by Cleo. You can expect oneof-a-kind couture designs that are bold and beautiful. Available at Designs by Cleo. Call (843) 342-7001, or visit designsbycleo.com.

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Fabulous gift ideas courtesy fine local vendors

THE BIG GREEN EGGTHE BIG GREEN EGG
The Big Green Egg, the world’s best smoker and griller, is a great gift for the whole family. The Egg, Egg-ssesories and a great assortment of gift ideas can be found at Casual Living, Fireside and Grillin, Bluffton. Call (843) 815-4200.

Sea Pines Montessori students get global view on going green.

Sea Pines Montessori students get global view on going green.Sea Pines Montessori students get global view on going green.Students at Sea Pines Montessori Academy are learning social responsibility at an early age through a school-wide recycling program. “We recycle everything possible and the children actually participate in collecting the recyclables and placing the items in their proper bins,” said Leighanne Kubec, director of business development. “We use recycled paper, paper towels, toilet tissue, etc. All products in our school are as green as is permitted under state and federal law regarding schools.”

Stunning Jewels & Gemstones

Inspired by NatureFrom golden mornings and coral sunsets to turquoise skies and florals in a rainbow of hues, the Lowcountry offers an abundance of natural beauty and inspiration for the area’s vast array of world-class jewelers, master craftsmen and fine retailers. On the following pages, Monthly’s special jewelry section showcases a few of the hottest looks this season.

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.

What is art? It’s an age-old question and, this month, art is impossible, colorful puzzles, graffiti vehicle wraps, and fashion in the form of brilliantly hilarious handbags inspired by noneother
than the presidential election, and Monthly’s arts issue.

IMPOSSIBLE PUZZLES
Alex Beard Impossible PuzzlesWith the introduction of Alex Beard Impossible Puzzles, Beard proves that by looking at the jigsaw puzzle with a new perspective, anything is possible. Alex Beard Impossible Puzzles are based on four original works by the artist. However, the final result does not have to be the picture on the box cover. The pieces do not snap into each other, but settle beside one another instead, making the puzzle exponentially more challenging.

And while there is really only one puzzle piece that can combine with its neighbors to create the puzzles as truly intended, the pieces can be combined in infinite ways to create new puzzles and shapes. Learn more at alexbeardimpossiblepuzzles.com.