October 2006

Community Festival at Honey Horn

Author: Natalie Hefter

In 2001, the Coastal Discovery Museum organized its first Community Festival at Honey Horn Plantation. From its inception, this has been a festival full of family-style fun for all ages! This year, the museum will host the 6th annual Community Festival at Honey Horn on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21.

“Each year the festival has grown,” according to Robin Swift, vice president of marketing and development at the Coastal Discovery Museum. “We keep adding more activities for the children, and are finding new ways to ensure that they have a good time,” Swift says. This year, in addition to the inflatable rides and bouncers that have been popular in the past, children can use an inflatable soccer arena and an obstacle course.

Several community partners have joined the museum in making this event a success. The Hilton Head Firefighters Association will be our official chefs for the evenings, preparing hotdogs and hamburgers. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department will have Ident-A-Kid packets and more. For those who are looking for a spooky, campfire story, the Hilton Head Friends of the Library will oblige. The Society of Lowcountry Magicians will have strolling magicians and some other surprises.

Back by popular demand, the Hilton Head Home Builders Association will have its “put a nail in the coffin” activity. Bluffton Today representatives will photograph attendees, plus let you try your hand at tossing a newspaper onto a mock porch.

This year, the “Haunted Forest” is presented and performed by the Hilton Head Rotary and the Interact Clubs from Hilton Head High and Hilton Head Prep. The forest opens at dusk and is filled with vignettes that might make you shiver.

“Plus,” Swift says, “this festival allows our community to come out and enjoy Honey Horn,” which is a 68-acre property owned by the Town of Hilton Head Island and leased to the Coastal Discovery Museum. Over the next year, many improvements and renovations will take place at Honey Horn to prepare it to be the museum’s future home.

Honey Horn Plantation (situated off of Hwy 278 at the southbound entrance to the Cross Island Parkway) has several historic barns and structures. The main house at Honey Horn was started in 1859 and used as a private hunting lodge starting in 1890. It eventually became home to the Hack family in 1950 and was purchased by the town in 1998.

When: October 20th & 21st
Where: Honey Horn Plantation
Time: 5:30- 9:30 pm
Admission: $10 per vehicle (Free Admission for Museum Members)
For more Info: Call Robin Swift at (843) 689-6767 ext. 224

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