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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.

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.

Tehama by Clint EastwoodTehama, which is also the name of a golf course Clint Eastwood recently built in Carmel, California, is a Native American word that means “abundance of nature.” Tehama’s elegant, drapey clothes are inspired by the classic styling of the 1940’s, yet it’s been updated to fit the new millenium mindset.

The men’s collection, called Tehama for Clint, and the women’s collection, called Tehama by Nancy Haley, are ideal for Hilton Head Island’s many courses and courts, and available at finer golf shops and department stores nationwide. Visit clinteastwood.net/welcome/alt/.

Burnin’ Down the SouthAmong the pages of this book, you will find tasty recipes for fine Lowcountry cuisine, such as red rice, collard greens, shrimp gumbo, stewed tomato okra, author and chef David Vincent Young’s signature sweet potato cornbread, and other local favorites. Young is a native Hilton Head Islander, and his family has lived in the Lowcountry for more than 175 years. He is the chef at Hilton Head’s iconic Sea Shack restaurant which has been featured on Foodnetwork with Rachel Ray.

He has been cooking at the Sea Shack for four years and specializes in fine Lowcountry cuisine. Burnin’ Down the South is the first in a series of pursuits for chef David. For more information, visit outskirtpress.com/burnindownsouth or call the Sea Shack, (843) 785-2464. (Book photo taken and contributed by Sue Ade, food writer, Bluffton/ Hilton Head Today.)

Designs by CleoAdd vibrant color and artistry to your Fall fashion palette with a beautiful necklace from Designs by Cleo, a local favorite. The pictured necklace features eye-catching turquoise, complemented with lapis, yellow jade and carnelian, and hints of gold freshwater pearls.

For more art you can wear, visit designsbycleo.com or call Cleo at (843) 342-7001.

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.