• February 2020 in Hilton Head

    Feb. 1 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1; SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Rd., Hilton Head Island; $15 at www.hhso.org. Through Feb. 1 ‘It’s Hip to be Square’: Jan. 6 to Feb. 1, opening reception 5-7 p.m. Jan. 10; Society of Bluffton Artists gallery; info: www.sobagallery.com, 843-757-6586. Exhibition of artwork from more than 50 Bluffton and May River high school students; proceeds benefit Naomi McCracken Scholarship for students who plan to pursue an art-related degree. Feb. 2 ‘John Sheppard in Recital’: 2 p.m. Feb. 2; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Rd., Bluffton; suggested donation $20; info: 843-837-3330, www.uulowcountry.org. Feb. 4 Real estate workshop series: Downsizing workshop: 3:30-5:30…

  • December 2019

    THROUGH DEC. 21 SANTA VISITS SHELTER COVE: Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children and take photos. Free. 5-7 p.m., Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-3090 or www.sheltercovetownecentre.com. THROUGH DEC. 31  HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT SHELTER COVE: Enjoy holiday lights all season long at this spectacular display. Free. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.sheltercovetownecentre.com. THROUGH JAN. 1  HARBOUR TOWN LIGHTS: Stroll along the harbor and enjoy illuminated seasonal figures and a towering Christmas tree. Featuring live entertainment and activities throughout the month. Free. Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842- 1979 or www.seapines.org. DEC. 1  BROAD CREEK CLEAN UP: Join The Outside Foundation for…

  • Where to get local seafood

    Many who visit the beach will be looking to find some great seafood but don’t want something that was shipped frozen from 200 miles away. Fortunately, Hilton Head has some great choices where you can find fish, shrimp and clams caught within the island’s waters.  We did an informal survey of local residents to find restaurants that serve at least some local seafood, and this article presents our findings. First, realize that it is easiest to get local seafood if you order what is in season.  Oysters, for instance, are readily available in months that end in ‘r’, so if you order them in the summer they were shipped in. …

  • October 2019 – Events Around Hilton Head

    Sometimes you might want to take a break from the beach.  If so, there is always something going on either on the island or across the bridge in Bluffton.  Here are a few ideas for October, 2019: OCT. 1 STATE OF THE REGION: Joe Riley, one of America’s longest-serving mayors, will be the keynote speaker at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual State of the Region luncheon, which will also feature updates from local government officials. Cost is $55 for chamber members, $65 for future members. 11 a.m., Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org. OCT. 1-2 SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS: “R.E.S.P.E.C.T: A Tribute…

  • 33,000 Turtles Hatched on Hilton Head in 2019

    The lead says it all.  In 2019, an amazing number of sea turtles (estimated 33,517) hatched on Hilton Head Island – and that is just through the end of September.  This shatters the previous record from 2016 of 26,743.  This amazing number is, not surprisingly, due to the larger than normal number of nests this year, where watchers counted 464 nests along our beaches.  Here is a graph that shows nest count (the blue bars) and estimated hatchlings (the green line)  Click on the chart below for a larger version: Almost all the nests were from the common Loggerhead Turtle, but in 2019 we had two Green Sea Turtle nests…