September 2013


Author: Special to CH2

League of the HHSO Presents “Kitchens of Note” Tour
The League of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra is hosting their first-ever tour of six fabulous kitchens in Wexford and Long Cove on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from noon to 4 pm. Each kitchen will host a chef featuring one of his renowned dishes from the Sage Room, Wise Guys, Old Fort Pub, Eat!, Alexander’s and Long Cove Club, along with music provided by the Low Key Piano Group.

Enjoy a great afternoon visiting beautiful kitchens, enjoying delicious food, and listening to lovely piano music, all in the atmosphere of two of Hilton Head Island’s most prestigious communities.

Tickets are $40 a person and are limited. For reservations, call Fran Hubbell at (843) 681-4635 or download a reservation form at Make checks payable to the HHSO and mail to the League of the HHSO, P. O. Box 6095, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. Tickets are also available at Burke’s Pharmacy and Le Cookery on Hilton Head Island and at Markel’s in Bluffton.

Eighth Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Dinner and Dance
Cross Schools, located in the heart of Bluffton, South Carolina, will host the annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Dinner and Dance on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Belfair Clubhouse from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The evening’s festivities include live and silent auctions, featuring great getaways, spa services, sports and outdoor recreation, home care services, and fabulous finds from area businesses. The Lowcountry dinner menu will be prepared by Bruce Christensen, Belfair’s executive chef.

Proceeds from Pearls to Pluff Mud benefit Cross Schools. Opportunities are still available for businesses and individuals to sponsor the event and donate items or services for the silent auction.

For more information regarding Cross Schools or for Pearls to Pluff Mud sponsorship, donations, or tickets, please call (843) 706-2000 or visit or Cross-Schools on Facebook.

Hilton Head Burgers & Brew Sponsored by TD Bank
The Hilton Head Burgers & Brew Festival, sponsored by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, will be held Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park.

Local restaurants will be cooking their best slider burgers (beef, chicken, pork or seafood) to compete for your vote; meanwhile in the beer garden, sponsored by Ocean Woods, you have a chance to taste 20 different brews.

The Kid Zone will have plenty of moon bounces and games for your child’s entertainment at a minimal fee. Live music will be performed by Chilly Willy from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Cranford Hollow (formally Cranford & Sons) from 1:30-5 p.m. For all you college football fans, a viewing area with a big screen television will be available.

The entrance fee is $5; children 10 & under get in free. All concessions are sold separately. Craft brew tasting in the beer garden will be served in a commemorative glass for $5 with one free sample. Additional samples may be purchased throughout the day. All event proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association’s Children’s Scholarship Fund and the USCB Hospitality Program.

For more information, visit, call (843) 681-7273 or e-mail

Arts Center Opens Season with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
The world’s greatest detective has retirement on his mind, but something is afoot that proves too difficult to ignore. The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed with a notorious photograph, sending Sherlock Holmes swiftly back into action with his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson. Hot on the trail, Holmes pursues the case—and the affections of Irene Adler, the famous opera singer at the heart of the crime. Temptations of the heart lead Holmes right into the lair of his longtime adversary Professor Moriarty, that malevolent criminal genius. From, there, it’s a witty and wild ride of intrigue, humor and surprise. Directed by Russell Treyz, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure was a top selection from the Arts Center’s audience survey for the 2013-2014 season.

Written by award-winning playwright Steven Dietz, Holmes and Watson wax philosophical at times while lively-paced dialogue and action keep you on the edge of your seat. Dietz loosely adapted Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure from the original 1899 play written by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle. He also drew from Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem,” capturing Doyle’s snappy wit and intelligence and remaining true to this beloved fictional character. The show has everything: twists, turns, romance and, of course, the element of surprise!

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure is on stage October 1-20. Tickets are $44/adult and $31/child with preview prices $34/adult and $21/child. They can be purchased at the Arts Center box office, online at or by calling (843) 842-ARTS (2787).

Local Chapter of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio celebrates 10 years
On September 7, 2013, The Fred Astaire Dance Studio will host a Black Tie Gala Ball to celebrate 10 years in business locally.

Twelve years ago, Sandro Virag, a champion dancer from Hungary, came to America in search of a future in dance. He met Armando Aseneta (originally from the Philippines), at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Durham, N.C., and a business partnership was formed.

Virag and Aseneta opened their first studio in a crowded 2,000-square-foot space on Cardinal Road on Hilton Head Island. In December 2010, they moved to a 7,000-plus-square-foot building (Seaquins Ballroom) in Bluffton and are now celebrating their 10-year anniversary. They have also added a third instructor, Savannah Scott.

Thankful for the support of the Lowcountry, Virag and Aseneta give back to various community programs, including PEP (Programs for Exceptional People), The Boys & Girls Club, Camp Leo, Dance for Joy and other non-profit organizations.

For information and/or reservations for the gala ball, call (843) 837-6161.

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