July 2015

The Best of Vacation Guide

Illustrations by Catherine Davies

Author:Becca Edwards

Unplugged: Life without television

I recently discovered that I am part of the 1 percent. Not that 1 percent—the people who control the majority of our country’s wealth—but the 1 percent of people who do not watch television. At all. Period. When friends find out, they look at me like…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Get Ready World....Taylor Kent!

There is something outstanding about watching a musician truly come into their own space and sound. Taylor Kent has come a long way since I first met her at Greg Critchley’s recording studio a few years back. Not only did she put out an excellent record…
Author:John Cranford

The Sweet Life: A Lowcountry Dessert Tour

Linda S. Hopkins, a.k.a. “the original cookie monster,” is currently obsessed with macarons. Her all-time favorite dessert is coconut cream pie, but she lives for buttercream frosting flowers.

Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Stepmoms Stepping Up: How families get blended

Divorce can seem like the end of the world to children of all ages—from toddlers to teens to adults. No matter how amicable the agreement or how fair the settlement, the nuclear family has exploded and the fallout is inevitable. It’s a big blow that…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Public Landings:Everyman’s Gateway to the Sea

It is sunrise Saturday morning at All Joy public boat landing in Bluffton. Located at the end of All Joy Road in Bluffton is one of the most heavily used public landings in southern Beaufort County. The 20 or so parking spaces will fill up…
Author:Paul deVere

Navigating Hilton Head Island

Oh, the Griswolds. Out of all their family-bonding-gone-wrong exploits, European Vacation tops my list. Circling the Lambeth Bridge roundabout in London, England, Clark Griswold is pinned by traffic and unable to make a left. It is during this scene that one of my favorite cinematic…
Author:Becca Edwards

Always Crazy for Patsy Cline : Wolfe Lights up Main Street Theatre

Like a well-tended garden, Hilton Head Island’s 2015 summer theatre scene is flourishing, and Savannah Summer Theatre Institute (SSTI) producer and director Benjamin Wolfe is contributing to the bounty, showing off a green thumb with three productions on his docket. Eager to bring the beloved…

HarbourFest: It’s a Family Affair

On a steamy Tuesday night in June, a palpable energy settles over Shelter Cove Harbour as several thousand people gather for an evening experience like none other. Once again the annual HarbourFest celebration is underway, to culminate with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. This…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Operation R&R: A Gold Star Family’s Vacation

One morning we all walked down to the beach and watched the babies flying kites. That was really special for us,” said Tammy Eakes. She was recalling a family vacation on Hilton Head Island back in April. Uncles, aunts, mothers and fathers, grandparents, and the…
Author:Paul deVere

A Note From Our Mayors: July 2015

Lisa Sulka July is here, and this means one thing: School is out and we are feeling the influx of folks coming to enjoy all that Bluffton has to offer. It’s great to think that out of all the other locations where families can spend their…
Author:David Bennett & Lisa Sulka

Line in the Sand: Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner

Barry Kaufman I want to make it very clear that it was Courtney who proposed this month’s topic, namely the recent emergence of Bruce Jenner as Caitlyn Jenner. I don’t seek this clarification because of any transphobia on my part. In fact, I like to consider…
Author:Barry Kaufman & Courtney Hampson

C2 Fashion: Lowcountry Evenings

Under the Liberty Oak Tree, Sea Pines Plantation Some Days Lovin Stone Flower Embellished Top – $80 Moorea Jogger – $112 Olivia Clutch, Lemon – $46 Earrings – $34 Splendid Greenville Sandal – $110 Look available at Radiance Shelter Cove Fireworks Dolce Vita Sophia Wedge – $90 Kenda Kist Earring…
Author:Kim Malloy

3 Life Lessons from ‘The Fisherman’s Parable’

If you’ve not read The Fisherman’s Parable, or if it’s been a while since you’ve read it, here’s your opportunity to soak in some profound wisdom and adjust to a healthier life perspective. While soaking in the wisdom, go ahead and soak in some rays…
Author:Kent Thune

Ingredients for Sustainability: Java Burrito Company cooks up an urban aesthetic

Success hinges on the ingredients. Any intrepid traveler, entrepreneur, or chef will confirm that a trip without a map, a business without a plan, or a soufflé without an egg just doesn’t come out all that well. The cool kids at Java Burrito Company in…
Author:Kitty Bartell

A New Phase begins: Land + Lake + Life

It is a warm June morning. Two gentlemen enter The Tackle Box asking for information. They both wear baseball caps, Clemson and John Deere. Both are in shorts and T-shirts with no logos, and well-worn deck shoes. The shoes could be L.L. Bean, Frye or…

Farewell to the Fanny Pack: How to travel like a local

I have an obsession with public libraries. Whenever I venture to a new town, I purposely seek out the library, usually the main branch in the center of the business district, if possible. After inhaling the stacks and hanging out in the foyer scouting out…
Author:Denise K. James

July 2015 Editor's Note

Last week I did something I haven’t done on Hilton Head Island in a long, long time. On a sweltering Tuesday night in June, I headed to Shelter Cove for what they call HarbourFest. The locals simply refer to it as “Tuesday Night Fireworks,” branding…
Author:Maggie Washo

Beach Bummed

I logged onto Facebook this morning, for my daily news dose, and one of my colleagues, we’ll call him Brooklyn (because, well, that’s what I call him), was posting pictures from the Point Pleasant, New Jersey boardwalk. And a million memories came flooding back: the…
Author:Courtney Hampson

Consigning in the Lowcountry: A one-of-a-kind bazaar

Admitting object obsolescence is like admitting defeat. The once sought-after and collected tchotchke, garments, equipment, and inheritances of life no longer serve their purpose. Many do, however, retain their usefulness… just maybe not for you. Consignment is the remedy for just such a condition, and…
Author:Kitty Bartell

Xanadu:A summer escape

Summer is the time of year when most people search for an escape—escape from the cold winter (or the intense heat in our case), escape from the monotonous routine of the school year, escape from life…whether it’s for a week’s vacation or just the night.…
Author:Laura Jacobi

Sports Medicine at Horizon

Whether you consider yourself a full-time athlete or just the occasional weekend warrior, the last thing you want keeping you off the playing field is an injury. Injuries can happen to the best of us and, unfortunately, the longer you participate in a sport, the…
Author:Matthew Clark

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