June 2014

South Carolina's Deadliest Creatures

COTTONMOUTH OR WATER MOCCASIN Cottonmouth snakes are strong swimmers and are primarily located in or close to water, where their prey resides.More mature snakes appear to be darker in color as the distinctive markings fade. BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER OR FIDDLEBACK SPIDER (VENOMOUS) The brown recluse spider is…
Author:Special to CH2

Celebrate Bluffton: Promoting and Preserving A Town's Past

Walls do talk; so do streets, homes and collectively, a town. Carolyn Coppola is giving Bluffton its voice back through a new non-profit called Celebrate Bluffton. “Bluffton’s history and heritage emerges from family members passing down stories; however, there is no linear written record to document…
Author:Debbie Szpanka

Pump Boys and Dinettes: The Arts Center's Summer Musical is High-Octane Fun!

Somewhere in America’s heartland, between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, stands a roadside slice of heaven, for those who need a good rest from their highway travels. The four hard-working fellas at the gas station — Jim, Jackson, Eddie and L.M. — have been…
Author:Special to CH2

Being Better: A Better Spouse

The longer I am married the less certain I am about what makes for a good marriage or a bad one. Let’s just say we’re honing in on our pearl anniversary. I attribute this to the amazing nature of marriage. My experience has been one…
Author:Kitty Bartell

To Live Together or Not: That's the Engagement Question

Tying the knot is bound to both age-old and contemporary customs. For example, do you know the origin of the term “best man?” Apparently, in ancient times, men would capture women to make them their brides. To help with this “romantic” endeavor, the groom-to-be would…
Author:Becca Edwards

Charity Corner: The Great Race For a Great Cause

Meet Mark Piekarski and Lennel Stroud, a local couple who is turning a hobby into a fundraising event for Hilton Head Heroes. Piekarski and Stroud will be racing a 1931 Ford Model A from Maine to Florida, all in the name of charity (and fun)!…
Author:Courtney Hillis

Ela's Guide to Reception Planning

Despite attending numerous wedding, you probably haven’t paid much attention to how long each individual aspect lasts. At ELA’s, we have it down to a science. Here are our tips for keeping your wedding moving, without feeling rushed or ending up with weird chunks of…
Author:Erin Wasem

First Time Dads

Jeff Thompson is the area director for Hilton Head and Bluffton Young Life, a Christian ministry to high school students. Yet, if you asked him what his chief responsibility is, he would say, “I am the bath environment coordinator, burp master, and diaper changer”—(when he…
Author:Becca Edwards

Editor's Note

Our very own Kelly Stroud has become an entrepreneur, and I could not be more proud of her. Over the past eight years, since Kelly has lived on the island, she has spent much of her spare time fishing with her main squeeze George. Whether…
Author:Maggie Washo

C2 Fashion: Island Style

Fashion Tip: Don’t be afraid to mix up things in your closet. Don’t get in a rut – try things together that you wouldn’t normally, and you might be surprised how many options you have. Always add a pop of color somewhere even…
Author:Special to CH2

Series of Fortunate Events

Bluffton, Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine is pleased to announce Pam Toney as their new executive director. The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, long recognized in the Hilton Head area for its contributions to the community and the world, was further recognized at…
Author:Special to CH2

Line in the Sand:The Blame Game

Barry Kaufman The other day, bored out of my skull due to the endless lull between NHL playoffs and pre-season football, I started thinking about my two great loves: monster trucks and barbecued pork. In that vein, I’ve decided to go off-script and spend the…
Author:Barry Kaufman & Courtney Hampson

A Word From Our Mayors

It Is Time To Prepare Here we are again, rapidly approaching the heat of the summer and preparing to enjoy the things we love about Hilton Head Island. With all the fun of summer comes the beginning of the 2014 hurricane season. June 1 is the…
Author:Drew Laughlin & Lisa Sulka

Wedding Section: Nicky & Jeffrey

Jeffrey Mingledorf and Nicky Fenner first met in a carpool when they were in elementary school. When his family moved a couple years later, they lost touch and didn’t reconnect until high school. Nicky happened to be up early one morning fishing across from the…
Author:Special to CH2

Shane Marstiller: Love of Music Rekindled

Music was on the back burner when Shane Marstiller landed a job as a firefighter on Hilton Head Island five years ago. But his discovery of a vibrant island scene and a classic guitar sparked a personal revival that found him showcasing his original songs…
Author:Michael Paskevich

Beyond the Beach: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina: your headquarters for fun on the water

Whether you’re a thrill seeker, nature lover, fishing enthusiast or just someone who enjoys a water view, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina will entice your aquatic spirit. Conveniently located mid-island, with no entry fee and easy access, Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head Island’s largest deep-water…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Atlantic Spray Foam : The family that won our hearts and our business 10 years running!

Bradlee Anderson – Rachel Anderson – TJ Anderson – Turner Anderson – & Morgan, the dog In some circles, getting good air means launching off a ramp with a skateboard or snowboard under your feet and doing some serious hang-time before coming back down to earth.…
Author:Kitty Bartell


With the warm weather and long days of summer finally here, people are spending more time outdoors. While many people are aware of the need to protect themselves from the sun, reducing children’s exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is especially important. In…

Vineyard 55: “A Bluffton State of Mind” Lives on Here

Design by Kelly Stroud

Author:Frank Dunne, Jr.

Wedding Section: Mackenzie & Dexter: April 12, 2014

Dexter and Mackenzie Lamb each moved to Hilton Head after graduating from their respective colleges and found jobs at Bonefish Grill. After several months of working together, and several rejected date invitations, Dexter’s persistence finally paid off. Mackenzie made the best decision of her life:…
Author:Special to CH2

Where to Stay: Hilton Head Hospitality's Return to Glory

Fortunately the news is good and possibly getting better. Not so much just a few short years ago for Hilton Head Island’s hospitality market. The late 1960s marked the beginning of the island’s rise to prominence as one of the Southeast’s premier—if not the premier—seaside…
Author:Frank Dunne, Jr.

What To Do: When It's Nice Outside & When it Rains

Hooray! You made it. Now for the next seven days you can relax, have fun and take in all that the Lowcountry has to offer. Of course, as with any vacation, what type of activities you engage in will be somewhat dependent on the weather. Here…
Author:Diasy Dingledorf

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