February 2014

February 2014: B-Social

Author: Special to CH2

Ultimate Bridge Event Feb. 3-9
The Low Country Classic Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference Regional Tournament will be held Feb. 3-9 at the Marriott Resort and Spa. The event, which is the second largest regional bridge tournament in the United States, is a popular draw for snowbirds and locals. The Hilton Head Island Bridge Club hosts the tournament every other year.

“It’s a getaway from cold weather country, but there’s no doubt that everybody’s there for the competition,” said tournament chair, Lowry Miller. “For bridge players, this is one of the ultimate events for them to come to. We attract some of the highest caliber players in the country.”

There is a special newcomer/intermediate program for players with 0 to 5 master points with free play all day on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Intermediate/novice organizer Merry Gerber says that Hilton Head Island is indeed lucky to have a biennial regional tournament in its backyard. “To see the Marriott ballroom filled with bridge players is an incredible sight for newcomers to the game,” she said.

The tournament costs $11 for each session, but no pre-registration is required. Some of the proceeds from the event will go to Deep Well and Memory Matters. For more information about the event, call Lowry at (843) 757-4505. To see the Hilton Head Island Bridge Club’s daily game schedule and winter class schedule, visit bridgewebs.com/hiltonheadisland.

From Broadway to Hilton Head Island … One Night Only
Tony Lo Bianco in The Little Flower, March 6

Associate Producer Christopher Schembra has announced a one-night-only performance by veteran Broadway actor Tony Lo Bianco in The Little Flower. Lo Bianco’s award-winning portrayal of Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, three-time mayor of New York City, is set in 1945 in La Guardia’s office on his final day in office. It offers a dramatic and historic look into the life and career of the beloved and flamboyant statesman.
The one-man, one-act play will be presented Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at the Main Street Youth Theatre on Hilton Head Island. All tickets are $50 (open seating) and may be purchased online at msyt.org or by calling the Main Street Youth Theatre Box Office at (843) 689-6246. All attendees are invited to meet Tony and Chris at a Champagne reception following the performance.

Lo Bianco has performed and starred in over 100 movies and plays, including the Academy Award-winning film The French Connection opposite Gene Hackman, and the cult classic The Honeymoon Killers. Other film credits including Oliver Stone’s Nixon and 2011’s Kill the Irishman alongside Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken. On Broadway, Lo Bianco’s memorable performance as Eddie in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge earned him a Tony Award nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He won an Obie Award for Best Actor for the Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Reynolds’ Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the 7th, among numerous other accomplishments. Visit tonylobianco.com for more information.

Schembra, a former islander, realized his interest in theatre with Don Hite and the Performing Arts Department at Hilton Head Preparatory School. He moved to New York City and has been working for the past two-and-a-half years with Lo Bianco and The Little Flower, off-Broadway and on tour in venues throughout the country.

??Main Street Youth Theatre is located at 300 Main Street, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
A portion of The Little Flower proceeds will benefit the theatre. For information, contact Carol Schembra at (843) 384-4910 or (843) 785-2452 or cls3@hargray.com.??

Sara Burns is back with a full-length album titled “Girl on the Run” set for release on Tues. Feb 11 on iTunes & Amazon MP3. CD Release Show to be held Sat. Feb 15, 8PM at Riptides (see details below).
“Girl on the Run” CD Release Show:
Date: Saturday, February 15 at 8pm
Location: Riptides, HHI at 33 Office Park Dr. (843.342.5000)
Special Opening Performance by Taylor Kent (acoustic set)
Free admission/ All ages welcome (wristbands under 21)
‘Girl on the Run’ CDs $10 at event ($5 w/ Student ID)
First 25 guests receive free CD!
Visit saraburnsmusic.com for more info
Facebook: Sara Burns – singer/songwriter

Hilton Head Island Golf and Tennis Festival
Spring fashions, tournaments, free clinics & more
By JJ Gourley

The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island Golf & Tennis Festival, presented by The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa takes place February 27-March 2, 2014 at various locations throughout the island. One of the highlights of the festival is the Fashion Show Luncheon & Silent Auction, which will be held at Palmetto Hall on Friday, February 28, 2014, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring local celebrity models sporting fashions for on and off the course and courts.

According to Lisa Dahlstrom, Fashion Show chair and revenue director at Heritage Golf Group, “The Fashion Show Luncheon will feature some of the best fashion lines in golf and tennis that are carried at various retailers and pro shops throughout the area. For instance, one of our fashion show sponsors, Belk will be showcasing some Lilly Pulitzer spring golf apparel that hasn’t hit the stores yet but will be available during the show.” Silent auction items include a variety of luxury goods and gift certificates, from jewelry and art, to plastic surgery and golf/tennis packages.

Fashion Show Luncheon tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Several vendors will provide booths for shopping before, during and after the fashion show, with cash and carry. Retailers to be showcased include Spartina, Golf ETC, Belk and many more. Get some great buys on the latest fashion apparel, accessories, close-out deals and more! Proceeds from the Fashion Show Luncheon will benefit the Hilton Head Island, PGA Chapter’s, Junior Golfers’ Association (hhipga.com/junior golf) and the Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island (tahhi.org).

A series of free golf and tennis clinics will also be available during the festival at various locations on- and off-island, all with instruction from golf and tennis teaching professionals. Visit the festival website for the most up-to-date information on the free clinics and tennis exhibitions. Registration is required. The clinics will offer something for everybody, from a cardio-tennis clinic, to a golf short game clinic for adults, juniors, ladies, seniors and more!

Special playing rates and stay & play packages are available for locals and visitors throughout the festival.
The Island Packet, Hilton Head Cup Pro-Am Tournament, a PGA Carolinas sanctioned event, takes place on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 at the Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point Golf Courses, For more information, visit carolinas.pga.com. The Hilton Head Cup Tournament is almost sold out, so be sure to register now if you are interested in playing!

Plans for the 2015 Festival are underway and will include a large, upscale consumer expo. The date is being reviewed for a possible late summer date (off-season), to better accommodate tennis play and golf at various resorts, tennis and golf academies and golf courses during a slower seasonal period.
For tickets to the Fashion Show or more information regarding the free clinics or the tournament, visit hhigolfandtennisfestival.com or call (843) 686-3355.

Children’s Relief Fund Presents An Evening of Love
February 14, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

The Children’s Relief Fund will present its 18th Annual Valentine Dinner Dance on Friday, February 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island in Shipyard Plantation. This year’s theme, An Evening of Love, reflects the lush and romantic evening planned as a Valentine’s Day celebration. An Evening of Love includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music for dancing, and silent and live auctions featuring dozens of items. Surprise entertainment has been planned by chair Rose Fotia for the romantic Valentine love fest. Tickets are $125 per person.

For 22 years, the Children’s Relief Fund, founded by Rose and Frank Fotia, has been helping the Lowcountry’s special needs children and their families. Straight from the Heart, one of the island’s most popular fundraising events, raises most of CRF’s annual revenue to support programs that include Special Olympics, Heroes on Horseback, Lowcountry Autism Foundation, a summer Strive Camp and Fish with Friends. The Children’s Relief Fund was the driving force behind the first handicapped accessible playground in our area.

CRF fulfills both tangible and intangible needs for families, providing funding for much-needed equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics and medical supplies, and financial support for physical, occupational, behavioral and speech therapies as well as life-enriching programs.

For information on tickets or personal or corporate donations/sponsorships, please call Rose Fotia at (843) 681-7668 or (843) 342-5267 or e-mail rtfotia333@yahoo.com.

HHSO offers a Lowcountry Celebration
On February 23 and 24, 2014, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will present the music of the Lowcountry in a concert entitled Lowcountry Celebration, under the direction of John Morris Russell with the Hilton Head Dance Theatre and Lavon Stevens. Throughout the history of South Carolina, music has evolved, from the Psalms sung by early Huguenots to today’s popular music scene with internationally known groups. In between, South Carolina has produced and nurtured many styles of music, including classical, spiritual, rock, country, and bluegrass.

In 2001, the state assembly adopted “Beach Music” as the official state popular music. This type of music is based on rhythm and blues, and made popular the shag, a type of swing dance named as the official state dance. These styles became popular in the 1940s, especially in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island and other beach areas.

Perhaps the most influential official musical forms are the state opera, Porgy and Bess, and the state music, adopted in 1999, known simply as “The Spiritual.” Spiritual music originated along the coastal areas during the slave era. Based on the Bible, songs passed down through families orally. Still sung today, these songs are widely recognized nationwide. Popular tunes include “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Kumbayah.”

Pat Conroy’s great novels have done much to awaken the world to the beauty of the Lowcountry. They have inspired music that represents its unique charm with their descriptions of the marsh, and pluff mud, oysters and shrimp boats. His powerful words have brought thousands of visitors to the area, many of whom have made the Lowcountry their home. We celebrate his influence with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 from the movie Conrack and themes from James Newton Howard’s “The Prince of Tides.”

The music scene of South Carolina today is vast and varied. Because folk traditions and music have long been a part of the history and culture here, it should come as no surprise that bluegrass, folk, and country music are alive and well on the cultural scene.

For information call the HHSO at (843) 842-2055.

Literacy Volunteers’ Cooks & Books Set for February 23, 2014
The palate-pleasing combination of signature food tastings from top local restaurants will be paired with well-known Lowcountry authors and topped with an exciting “The Heat Is On” chefs’ competition at Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry’s 8th Annual Winter Fundraiser, Cooks & Books, on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, the event’s Platinum Partner. Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram is Cooks & Books’ Presenting Sponsor.

Coordinated by LVL’s Friends of Literacy, Cooks & Books promises to be an afternoon of culinary delights and entertainment. Sonny Dixon of WTOC-TV Channel 11 in Savannah will serve as master of ceremonies.
Admission to Cooks & Books is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The ticket includes unlimited tastings, access to the Lowcountry authors, the chefs’ competition and the opportunity to vote for a favorite tasting in “The Peoples’ Choice.”

In addition to the Sunday festivities, you can kick off this weekend at the Cooks & Books Preview Party to be held on Friday, February 21, from 6-9 p.m. This gala event is held annually at TidePointe, a Vi Community—luxury retirement living on Hilton Head Island, which is also the event’s Platinum Partner. This special soiree features a lavish buffet and an open bar. There will be a fabulous array of desserts and a unique silent auction with a wide range of offerings. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle and chat with some of the authors and chefs slated to appear at the Sunday event. Tickets are $95 per person in advance and space is limited.

For additional event information, contact LVL at the Bluffton office at (843) 815-6616 or purchase tickets online at lowcountryliteracy.org.

The Top 7 Reasons You Should Go to the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival
??Article by Katie Tait**

You’ve probably been tapping your foot and waiting eagerly for Old Man Winter to creep back over the horizon so you can get out of the house and enjoy some of the delights Hilton Head Island has to offer. That surely includes one of the many festivals that have made the area as renowned for its hospitality as its natural beauty, but it’s tough to choose which events are worthy of your precious time. If the words wine and food weren’t enough to grab your attention, here are the top seven reasons why the 29th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival should be on your must-do list:

1. Discover new wines you probably would have never tried otherwise. The Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival’s International Wine Competition samples more than 850 different wines to find the very best. Plus, the Public Tasting, which is the East Coast’s largest tented public outdoor wine tasting, showcases more than 400 different wines.
2. Experience unique wine and food pairings created by the great chefs of Hilton Head Island. The festival’s Wine Dinners are the only place you’ll find these menus, specially crafted by some of our area’s culinary masters. Delectable local seafood and fresh produce coupled with some of the world’s finest wines is a recipe for perfection.
3. Check out one of the festival’s Wine Knowledge Sessions at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island and test your reputation as a wine expert or novice. With topics like “Napa vs. Sonoma” and “Everything You Wanted to Know about Zinfadel,” there’s a session to interest wine connoisseurs of all levels.
4. Bid on some fabulous deals at the festival’s Silent Auction. Great wine and food always puts us in a mood to shop. You’ll find award-winning cases of wine available, and your purchase will benefit the John and Valerie Curry Educational Scholarship Fund for students pursuing careers in the hospitality and tourism field.
5 Chat with two of the biggest names in the wine and food world. You can catch Eric Asimov, chief wine critic for The New York Times, at the festival’s Grand Tasting. Before becoming “America’s most trusted wine critic,” Asimov created The Times’ famous $25 and Under restaurant reviews. He is the author of How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto. If your fondest food memory involves making something fried and buttery in your grandmother’s kitchen, check out Christy Jordan, publisher of the popular food blog SouthernPlate.com and author of Come Home to Supper, at the Public Tasting.
6. Watch the fun as some of the best of Hilton Head Island’s hospitality industry compete for bragging rights. Waiters will vie for the title of Best Server, while the Grey Goose Bartender’s Challenge pits top mixologists against one another. With concoctions like “The Sweet Ninja” and “Bananaginns,” you’ll wish you were one of the judges.
7. Get the most bang for your buck by sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the Grand Tasting. You can try white wines that carry a price tag of $30 and up and red wines that usually retail for $50 and up.

??Don’t Dress for Dinne??r at the Arts Center!

Resurrecting characters you loved in the Broadway and Arts Center hit Boeing-Boeing, its equally funny sequel Don’t Dress for Dinner, is at the Arts Center February 4-23. Conceived by clever French playwright Marc Camoletti, this romp through the French countryside takes place in the 1960s, no coincidence that it was the era of sexual revolution! Bernard (remember him from Boeing-Boeing?) is first seen making the final touches on his romantic weekend plans with his mistress just before his wife comes in. She has plans of her own to visit her mother, and Bernard can’t usher her out of the house fast enough. While he fetches the car, Robert, his best friend, phones to say he is just back from abroad and is arriving soon. This is news to Jacqueline, the wife, who is having an affair with Robert, who happened to have been the best man at Jacqueline and Bernard’s wedding. She calls her mother, feigns the flu (to see Robert on the sly), and the weekend takes off in a new, completely different—not to mention wild—direction!

The shenanigans ensue further when this love quadrangle gets more complicated—and hilarious—by the second as the characters try to cover their tracks, setting the stage for a collision course of mistaken identities and outrageous infidelities.

The fun is non-stop, and the perfect cold-weather escape! See the Tony-nominated show the Chicago Sun Times calls pure, giddy pleasure! Preview tickets, Feb. 4-6, are $35 for adults and $25 for children 4-15; regular tickets for the remainder of the run are $45 for adults and $31 for children and may be purchased online at artshhi.com or through the Arts Center Box Office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787).


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