pedalhhiThe largest cycling event in the Lowcountry, Pedal Hilton Head Island has been rescheduled for Nov. 19 due to Hurricane Irma. All times and routes will operate as previously advertised. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. For more information, “like” Pedal Hilton Head Island on Facebook. 

public art collectionWhat’s 19 feet tall, 19 feet wide and weighs almost 1 ton? The “Setting Sun” sculpture, valued at $40,000 and bestowed upon the Town of Hilton Head Island by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. The piece was selected from the 2015 Public Art Exhibition and will contribute to the town’s growing public art collection. Jayme Lopko, the town’s senior planner, said the town is working on a plan to ensure the statue’s long steel spikes do not endanger the public. 

The 31st annual All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19, and organizers currently are accepting artwork for the Artist’s Poster Contest. Artists interested in submitting an entry to the competition should email their name, address, telephone number and the medium they expert to enter to gardentourentry@gmail.com with the word “entry” in the subject line. For more information, go to allsaintsgardentour.com

TEDx is coming to Hilton Head Island Oct. 20, and the theme of the presentations will be “resilience." A TEDx talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great ideas in under 18 minutes. Television producer and talk show host Donna Drake and executive coach Chris Schembra will speak in addition to local presenters. Only 100 tickets will be sold for the 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. event at Poseidon in Shelter Cove Towne Center. Tickets are $79 and available at www.TEDxHiltonHeadoctober.eventbrite.com

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce will present its annual “State of the Region” business and political update Oct. 11 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is the keynote speaker, and topics will include key regional accomplishments, pressing issues facing the area, and how local leaders are working to move the Lowcountry forward. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the program begins at 11:50 a.m. For tickets, go to hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will hold five events to help raise money for three local charities that have been helping Tropical Storm Irma victims. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Deep Well Project, the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and Bluffton Self Help. The resort is presenting a tennis tournament Oct. 2-8; a wine dinner on Oct. 4; a golf tournament on Oct. 5; a concert with Cranford Hollow, the Chiggers and friends also on Oct. 5; and a pickleball social on Oct. 7. For more information go to www.lowcountryreliefbenefit.com.

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County will be conducting new poll manager training for volunteers interested in working the polls for the first time. Two training sessions are available: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14 and 2-6 p.m. Dec. 7. To register, call 843-255-6900 or email your name, mailing address and preferred date of training to voter@bcgov.net. 

Nearly 46,000 women veterans live in South Carolina, and retired U.S. Air Force colonel and Hilton Head Island resident Ann Shippy is searching for their stories. Shippy is the South Carolina ambassador for the Women in Military Service to America Memorial Foundation, the support branch for the only national memorial dedicated to female veterans. The memorial is preparing for its 20th anniversary Oct. 20-22, and Shippy wants as many female veterans from the state as possible to tell their stories at the memorial site in Arlington, Virginia.

Step aboard stunning yachts docked in The Sea Pines Resort's Harbour Town Yacht Basin, and enjoy the wine and mouthwatering hors d'oeuvres freshly prepared by some of the area's premiere chefs. The date for this annual favorite fundraiser for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry has been moved to Oct. 8 due to Irma. Get tickets at www.hospicecarelc.org/yacht-hop-tickets/.

Hilton Head Island Town Council member John McCann is the first candidate to announce he’s running for mayor of Hilton Head. McCann represents Ward 6, which covers Port Royal Plantation, Palmetto Hall and parts of Hilton Head Plantation and Folly Field. He said his accomplishments since 2013 include improving infrastructure, championing transparency, maintaining quality beaches, and securing fiscal sustainability, and said the island needs “an additional bridge or an expanded version of the existing structure,” updates to the stormwater system and a solution to service worker shortages. He became a full-time island resident in 2002 after working on Wall Street. Current Mayor David Bennett has yet to say if he will seek re-election.

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

In the heart of The Sea Pines Resorts sit 606 pristine acres of undisturbed Lowcountry paradise. Winding trails take you through antebellum rice plantations, across vanishing swamps, past ancient shell rings and right to the glittering waters of fully stocked lakes. Explore on your own or sign up for one of the many guided tours.

Should Hilton Head Island to stay the same? Do we want fewer or more visitors? Will the island to become an under-40, tech-driven paradise by 2040?

Since the days of Charles Fraser, long-term planning is one of the things that has made Hilton Head stand out — not only within Beaufort County, but around the country. Now, led by the efforts of Mayor David Bennett, the town is once again spearheading a comprehensive listening tour. The process asks residents, business leaders, local institutions and other community stakeholders on what the future of the island should look like.

 

David Bennett and his family moved to Hilton Head Island in 2009. By 2014, the political newcomer had become the town’s mayor.

Bennett and his wife, Terri, have three children, two in college and one in middle school. He is a real estate developer and graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate. Before serving as mayor, he was chairman of the town’s Planning Commission.

Bloody Point Lighthouse & Museum

Ready for a little haunted history? Tales of spirits abound in this remarkable piece of Daufuskie Island history. Tour the grounds and spot a bald eagle, rest beneath the “almost” angel oak and tour the vineyards.

THOSE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT TRAFFIC COMING ON AND OFF HILTON HEAD ISLAND SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THINGS COULD BE WORSE.

At least the original eastbound portion of the former James F. Byrnes Bridge — the first slice of concrete that joins the mainland to Hilton Head Island — is still standing.

Built in 1956 as a two-lane prelude to the adjoining toll swing bridge over Skull Creek, the bridge — now known as the Karl Bowers Bridge that rises over Mackay Creek before depositing cars on Jenkins Island, home to Pinckney Wildlife Refuge, has been classified as “structurally deficient” by the Federal Highway Administration. Inspections of the bridge in 2008 and 2010 discovered structural bridge flaws.