February 2015

5 Lessons I Learned from My Dog

Why can’t people be more like dogs? I ask myself this question often. The scientific answer is that we humans have a developed frontal lobe on our brains and dogs do not. And because of our frontal lobes, we can, among other things, plan for…
Author:Kent Thune


You do not have to be well-versed on qi (life-energy) and meridians (the path through which qi flows) to enjoy and reap the benefits of acupuncture. Stepping into the unknown can sometimes be daunting, but acupuncture has an amazing way of helping you relax, even…
Author:Courtney Hillis

Gettings Things Done with ADHD

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is known for its hallmark symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity, but the impact of ADHD reaches much further. It affects a person’s ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and manage time. ADHD also affects a person’s ability to get started on a…

Evaluating and Training a Therapy Dog

While many people have dogs that they love, some have been blessed with dogs that have specific temperament, behavior and obedience skills that may make them suitable to volunteer with their owners in the community. What a wonderful benefit—to have both person and dog give…
Author:Abby Bird

Dance For Your Health

The Bee Gees had it right. You should be dancing, doctors say. Polyester pants aside, it turns out all that hip shaking, finger pointing and hand spinning everyone was doing on the dance floor in the 1970s was actually good for your health. Dancing…
Author:Marie McAden

The Bluffton Room- The Lost Art of Dining

The Bluffton Room might seem like an understated name for a high-quality, fine-dining restaurant in Old Town Bluffton. But partners Margie Backaus and Jimmy Soules wouldn’t have it any other way. According to Backaus, the two created every aspect of the restaurant to reflect a lively,…

The Brewing Co. Hilton Head Island

When it comes to beer, there are some stout dates you should know. According to craftbeer.com, in 580, Saint Arnold of Metz helped end the plague by telling people to drink beer, not impure water. In 1716, the tavern Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would later immortalize…
Author:Becca Edwards

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams’ name is almost synonymous with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, May River Theatre’s final play of their thirteenth season. The original stage production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on Broadway on March 24, 1955. It was produced by the…
Author:Barbara K. Clark

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown

Illustrations inspired by Charles Schulz

Author:Andrea Gannon

Big Red

I thought I would share a story I love to tell that maybe led me to my love of all creatures wild: my story of “Big Red,” whom I named after Secretariat, the greatest race horse to ever live. Big Red was a red tailed…
Author:Ben Parker, DVM

February 2015: Editor's Note

Is Pet Insurance Worth the Money? If you have a pet that is constantly at the vet, you may have asked yourself this question. I was at Heritage Animal Hospital paying for one of these frequent vet visits when the woman checking out next to me…
Author:Maggie Washo

Food & Wine

The Tipping Point Hospitality trends come and go. Some leave too soon, and others are welcome changes. The whiskey category finally overtook vodka sales in the U.S.; kale is still delicious, but all things kale—from chips, smoothies, dips, salads, and kale dessert—are coming to an end;…
Author:Clayton Rollison

Advancements in Treatment of Gym Disease

My patient called me a day after her LANAP® procedure to let me know that she felt guilty, having taken a day off from work following her gum surgery. When I asked why, she replied, “Because, I had no pain or discomfort, and really could…
Author:Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS

Healthy Treats for Fido

This year Santa brought everyone healthy presents—including the dogs. Our black lab named Lefty and pit bull mix named Harlan celebrated Christmas with their very own copy of The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company, a husband and wife business that…
Author:Becca Edwards

Foodartica for Project Connect: Art, music, food & champagne in support of our teachers

It’s really a sad state of affairs that teachers should have to shell out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms, but it does happen. It happens right here in Beaufort County where some teachers are known to spend hundreds of their own dollars…
Author:Frank Dunne Jr.

Who Knew it Isn't Taboo?

Ladies, when “it” is painful, or you’re experiencing uncomfortable pressure or leaking “down there,” don’t ignore it. “It” has a name: the pelvic floor—the muscles that attach your abdomen to the pelvis. The pelvic floor provides support for the bladder, intestines and uterus, and is…

Line in the Sand: Is Chivalry Still Alive?

Barry Kaufman When Courtney and I exchanged our usual vitriolic hate mails in coming up with this month’s topic, I was the one who first put forth that we should discuss whether or not chivalry is dead in this age of sexting, Gamergate, and basically half…
Author:Barry Kaufman & Courtney Hampson

A Note From Our Mayors

A Note from David Bennett Have you discovered, as I have, that Hilton Head Island is a great place for a treasure hunt? Wherever you explore, you will find something of remarkable value. These discoveries can’t help but generate excitement. Our citizens are among these treasures. Last…
Author:David Bennett & Lisa Sulka

Mitchelville Preservation Project

The Mitchelville Preservation Project (MPP) is a non-profit, community-based organization which is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the heritage of Mitchelville. One of the goals of the MPP is to educate the public about the compelling story of Mitchelville’s inhabitants and their quest for…
Author:Lou Benfante

Pains & Gains of Starting a New Practice

I am an Internal Medicine physician practicing here on Hilton Head Island. I moved here in 2010 from South Dakota. I can still remember the 24-hour drive from De Smet, South Dakota to Iowa to Kansas to Atlanta and finally crossing the Intracoastal bridge that…
Author:Dr. Andrew Binamira

Food-Full Gatherings: Dunes Catering & Events

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the Top 25 “World’s Best Family Resorts,” is, not surprisingly, one of Hilton Head Island’s most sought-after wedding venues as well as a hub for corporate events and group gatherings of every…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Furry Fashion

Featuring the adoptable animals of the Hilton Head Humane Association

All clothing and accessories provided by Tail-Wiggles in the Village at Wexford

Author:Special to CH2

Farewell to a Friend: Knowing How and When to Say Goodbye

To love and be loved by an animal is quite possibly one of life’s greatest joys. For many people, the bond they share with their pets is as powerful as any relationship they have known. If you are a pet owner who thinks of and…

Pet Contest 2nd Place Winners!

Take a look at some of our 2nd place winners!
They may not have gotten as many “likes” as azul (1,500) but that doesn’t make them any less special!

Author:Special to CH2


Ring of Fire is a remarkable journey into the heart of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical legends, Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire pays homage to his music with the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash one of the greatest songwriters…
Author:Andrea Gannon

Screens Vs. Reality

Would you feel lost if you lost your iPhone? Do you feel disconnected when the cable goes down? What would children play with if there were no such thing as an Xbox? How did the world communicate before televisions and personal computers? Most importantly, are these…
Author:Kent Thune

Early Detection and Chance to Survive Lung Cancer

I am nine years old and, for the third time this week, Mom is taking me and my three brothers to our cousins’ home all the way in town. I adore my cousins; we share everything with them. Thanksgiving is at their home; Christmas is…
Author:Patricia Shapiro

5th Annual Pet Contest Winner! AZUL!

Azul won CH2’s 5th Annual Facebook Pet contest with an impressive 1,527 LIKES on his photo. His human pet, Bettiana Munafo, brought him in to be photographed on a Sunday morning in January. Being true to his part Australian Shepherd heritage, it was very difficult…
Author:Special to CH2

Feb 2015: SOFE

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is pleased to announce an addition to its advisory staff. World renowned dermatologist, Dr. Ashfaq A. Marghoob joins Drs. Mark Kovacs, Jeff Chandler, Ben Kibler and Jim Loehr, and nutritionist Page Love Bombac, on the organization’s Sport Science Committee. Shawn McNeely joined…
Author:Special to CH2

Marriage: Discover the Thrill of the Ride

If life is like a box of chocolates, marriage is more like an old wooden roller coaster. With its uphill climbs, downhill plunges, sharp curves and rickety-rackety bumps along the way, it’s a treacherous journey—terrifying and exhilarating all at once. Although you won’t see any…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

2015 Wedding Trends

Trends may change like the direction of the wind, but weddings will never go out of style. A proposal is made, and with a simple yes, kismet sets sail on the wonderful world of wedding planning. Historically, engaged couples were expected to follow a rather…
Author:Kitty Bartell

ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA PRESENTS: martha graham dance company - 1/16

Lena Horne was an iconic singer, actress and activist and who brought passion and dignity to every aspect of her life. Her life was so rich with experience, onstage and off, that Author James Gavin wrote a biography about her entitled Stormy Weather: The Life…
Author:Andrea Gannon

Being Better: Going Authentic

I feel like I am on a constant mission to be honest with myself. One of the most difficult questions you could ask me is, “What do I really want?” My husband may ask me what movie I would like to see. My sister may…
Author:Kitty Bartell

The Brew Master at Southern Barrel Brewing Co.

According to some historians, man learned to make beer before bread. Concrete evidence of beer production dates back roughly 6,000 years ago, when Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia were said to have shared a drink from a communal bowl. And a Sumerian poem from 1800 B.C.…
Author:Laura Jacobi

Mulligan- Love Is Sweeter the Second Time Around

Special thanks to Chuck Hall and our models from the Halo Modeling
Agency; Wendy, Savannah & Stuart.

Hair & Make-Up by SkinZin
Bouquets by A Floral Affair

Author:Special to CH2

Cross Schools

In a world where competition is keen for our children’s hearts and minds, one of the most important decisions a parent must make is where and how to begin a child’s formal education. Options include public, private, charter and homeschooling. Fortunately, area residents wishing to…

January Editor's Note

I’ve not had the best luck with cars. My first vehicle was a BMW and it was always sick. My second car was a Mercedes and it got broken into at the shop while it was there getting something else fixed. My third car was…
Author:Maggie Washo

ELA's Tips for Wedding Music

Our second favorite thing about weddings, besides the food of course, is the music! The ELA’S Blu Water Grille family has been known to cut many a rug on the dance floor—often the first ones to jump up, the last to leave, and with a…

Food and Wine: Rediscover Food

A new year, a new beginning, new resolutions, new promises, new thinking, new leaf, new everything. We all swear at the start of the year to be better at something that we felt we let slip the previous year. I don’t know about you, but…
Author:Clayton Rollison

How the Super Bowl Got Its Name... And other stuff that may or may not be true

Ready for the big game? Super Bowl XLIX? That’s 49 to you and me. I’d really love to break down the matchup, because then I’d get to channel my inner Jon Gruden and say stuff like, “Offensively this team likes to line up in 82…
Author:Frank Dunne, Jr.

Line in the Sand:is 2015 going to be awesome?

I have some bad news, guys. No matter what Mrs. Brightside over there says about how wonderfully amazingly astoundingly fantastic 2015 is going to be, I’m going to prove her wrong. Not as a matter of opinion but as irrefutable empirical fact. And when I’m…
Author:Courtney Hampson & Barry Kaufman

Top Ten Basics to Start the New Year

White Blouse Jordan Louis Perpetual Savile Blouse $190 (Bleu Boutique) Dark Denim Jeans Hudson Nico $159 (Copper Penny) Solid Crewneck Sweater $69.50 (J. Crew) Ballet Flats Tory Burch Lisa Ballet $250 (Porcupine) Little Black Dress Julie Brown Smith Perforated Pleather $205 (Luciana) Black Pumps Claudia Ciuti Angy $285 (Palmettoes) Nude Cami $10 (Coastal Bliss) New White Tee Lilla P Pima Cotton $60 (Gigi’s Boutique) Black…
Author:Kim Malloy

Chamber Restaurant Week

Lowcountry residents, get your knives and forks ready. Restaurants on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton are whipping up special fixed-price menus and preparing for a flood of hungry diners for the seventh annual Chamber Restaurant Week, Jan. 24-31. For many restaurants, the food-focused week is…
Author:Special to CH2

Move & Motion

For a unique take on fitness, move on over to Move and Motion Studios. It has been four years since husband and wife duo, Suzette and Rob Springer, first opened Move and Motion’s doors on Hilton Head Island, and their core values of integrity, honesty,…
Author:Courtney Hillis

January 2015: A Word from the Mayors

HILTON HEAD NEWS Mayor David Bennett As the Town of Hilton Head Island’s new mayor, I first want to humbly make clear that the task of implementing a fresh vision does not culminate in an election victory. Indeed, the greater task lies in the area of governance.…
Author:David Bennett & Lisa Sulka

The Story of.. Old South Golf Links

After messing around golf courses (an apt description for the way I play the game) for close to three decades, I have drawn certain conclusions about these places that have the power to make grown men weep (women, not so much). Of the (literally and…
Author:Paul deVere

Osprey Village Inc. Pro-Bowl Open 2015

Grab your favorite NFL team jersey, because you’re invited to Station 300 in Bluffton on Sunday, January 25 from 6-10 p.m. for an entertaining evening of pro-bowl action, as well as bowling, putt-putt golf, music by Target: The Band, and a silent auction. And, by…
Author:Channing Heiss

Raise the Barre

Unlike bars that serve adult beverages to ease the stresses of the day, Pure Barre Hilton Head is a place to get happy in a completely different way. Conveniently located in the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre, it is the fitness phenomenon that is taking…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Redfish Bluffton

There’s a new fish in town! After 14 years in business, Red Fish Hilton Head has expanded with the addition of a Bluffton location. In the former Myrtle’s Event Space at 32 Bruin Road near Old Town Bluffton, Red Fish Bluffton is a completely remodeled…
Author:Courtney Hillis

New Years Resolutions

Traditionally most of us herald in the new year with the lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” (“Should auld acquaintance be forgot…”) ringing in our ears and the promise of the “new year, new you” slogan reverberating in our minds. Caught up in the confetti and…
Author:Becca Edwards

Guide to Getting Ready

As a seasoned wedding professional with over 200 weddings now under my belt, I’ve learned a few things over the years. And since most of you are doing this wedding thing for the very first time, I would love to give you some advice that…
Author:Jessica Shefsick

Songwriters in the round

Create something that moves you,” began Steve Bogard. “Because if it moves you, it will move other people.” You might not recognize Bogard’s name, but you would recognize his work—after all he has two Grammy nominations and nine number one country music hits, making his…

Series of Fortunate Events

Pearce Scott Architects recently welcomed Architectural Designer Sarah Kepple to its growing staff. Jeanne, Madeline, Marcia, Judi, Armando, Cameron & Sandro all competed in the World Promotions Orlando Ballroom Blitz where the Fred Astaire Dance Studio took home the Top Studio Award. A group of smart, obedient…
Author:Special to CH2

Jordan & Will: October 12, 2013

Will and Jordan met in high school, but weren’t exactly sweethearts at first. That came much later after their paths crossed repeatedly in the medical field, where they both held positions in Sales and Marketing. “We constantly ran into each other at meetings, and…
Author:Special to CH2

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