Sometimes we forget to pay attention to the everyday things that surround us; the things that create a familiar backdrop for our lives. We don’t often ask ourselves about the design of our community, or who planted that tree or why those statues are honoring people with names that we’ve never heard of. We also tend to ignore all of the “cultural stuff,” even though we know that someone decided long ago that it was important.

Hargray Communications Group and The Pritzker Organization recently announced that Tom Pritzker Family Business Interests has agreed to acquire Hargray in an all-cash transaction. Hargray is the main broadband communications and entertainment provider to the Lowcountry and is growing throughout Georgia. Over the past 10 years, the company has invested over $250 million to create a communications network that includes 2,000 route miles of fiber and serves over 65,000 customers. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter.

American Red CrossThe American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood donors to make donation appointments now and help save lives. Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed.

Spot To RetireHilton Head Island is the No. 4 spot in South Carolina to retire, according to a list compiled by the financial technology company SmartAsset. The island got an index score of 36.52 to finish behind Seneca, Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet. The study rated cities by their tax friendliness, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and availability of medical care. Other cities in the top 10 include Camden, Greenville, West Columbia, Spartanburg, Georgetown and Anderson. 

A group of local residents want to send people from the Gullah community on a special trip Oct. 9-13 to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. “Gullah Goes to Washington” is a five-day trip for people within the Gullah community who have contributed to the preservation of Gullah culture but might not be able to afford a trip to see the historic museum.

Souths Best AwardsHilton Head Island was named the fourth-best island in the South in Southern Living magazine’s first ever “South’s Best Awards.” According to the magazine: “Incorporated in 1983, Hilton Head is an upscale, planned vacation and residential community that’s great for family vacations. It has 24 championship golf courses and a whopping 324 tennis courts.” Hilton Head was ranked No. 4 behind the Outer Banks, North Carolina; St. Simons Island, Georgia; and the Florida Keys. Other islands on the list include Chincoteague, Virginia; Kiawah; Jekyll Island, Georgia; Sanibel Island, Florida; Galveston, Texas; and Tybee Island. 

This weekend March 24-26, will be the last three days that citizens may drop off residential disaster debris at the South Forest Beach Coligny beach parking site and the Chamberlin Drive (old Gullah Flea Market) site. Effective Monday, March 27th the residential disaster debris drop-off sites at 1 South Forest Beach Dr. (Coligny Beach Parking) and 120 William Hilton Parkway (Former Gullah Flea Market Site) will be closed. Only the drop-off center located at 111 Leg O' Mutton Road will remain open. Hours of operation at this site will be 8:00am to 5:30pm three (3) days per week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

A new chapter in the history of the University of South Carolina Beaufort began Feb. 10 with the official groundbreaking for the new Hilton Head Island campus on Office Park Road. When completed, the facility will house the USCB hospitality management program including undergraduate education, a center for the hospitality industry and executive education, a teaching and learning facility for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a civic gathering place and resource for the community. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

The newest attraction at Palmetto Bluff is the Artists in Residence Cottage at Moreland Village. The cottage is a collaboration by Palmetto Bluff, Garden & Gun magazine, Court Atkins Group and Shoreline Construction. Featured artists include Jonathan Green, Betty Anglin Smith, Mandy Johnson, Addison Palmer and Mark Stewart. Much of the art in the cottage was curated through the Red Piano Gallery. 

locomotionAre you ready to do the LoCo Motion again? Then get ready for some big changes in the 2017 edition. This year, the venerable fitness challenge, which brings thousands of pink-clad runners and walkers to Hilton Head Island, Callawassie Island and Haig Point from all over the globe, makes its triumphant return with one huge difference. Rather than simply “Doing the LoCo Motion,” the small army that descends on the Lowcountry will be “Pledging the Pink.” The name change from LoCo Motion to Pledge The Pink came about as the inevitable result of the community’s homegrown race gaining massive global appeal and reach.

In 2016, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Hilton Head Island as the best island in the continental United States. Hilton Head could earn the honor again in 2017 as it has been listed among 23 islands that readers are voting on at travelandleisure.com. Last year, Travel + Leisure wrote, “Even as the secret about Hilton Head gets out, repeat visitors say it hasn’t lost any charm.

The Island Recreation Center will be closing its doors March 17 for renovations. After-school Rec Club will be moving to Hilton Head Island Elementary School and Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts starting March 20. The schools will also host Island Rec’s All Day Summer Camp. Summer camp registration is open, and will remain open all summer. Island Rec’s full-time staff will be relocated to a mobile office starting March 20 in the Rec Center’s parking lot.

Please join us as the Town of Hilton Head Island hosts five community forums focused on entertainment, arts, culture, and heritage on the Island. All residents and visitors are encouraged to attend and provide input and ideas.

The Town's Venue Committee was asked by Town Council to recommend, if needed, the cost and funding mechanism of a possible venue(s) that will satisfy the needs of the community.