June 2018

5 Things to Look for in June

Author: Special to CH2

A fun-loving crowd of islanders and visitors alike will flock this summer to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, part of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, to attend the Southern outdoor phenomenon known as HarbourFest.

Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the popular festival returns with music from the beloved Shannon Tanner, weekly Tuesday night fireworks and family friendly entertainment. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society and a Best of Southern Fests by South magazine, Shannon Tanner kicked off May 26 and 27 and will continue all summerlong Monday through Friday, concluding with shows on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 in celebration of Labor Day Weekend.

Known for his trademark baseball hat with propeller, Tanner has popularized catchy, sing-along songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “Flying Purple People Eater.” His multi-generational show gets the crowd involved through energetic and animated singing and dancing. Many parents who attended his shows as children return yearly with their own families. Tanner loves to write inspirational notes on kids’ beanie hats, signing a new panel every year. “We’re in the business of creating memories every night at HarbourFest for vacationing families,” Tanner said.

Fireworks serve as the centerpiece for Harbourfest. This year, firework shows will be held on Tuesday nights from June 12 until August 14, beginning at dusk and weather permitting, as well as Hilton Head’s largest fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4 (Note there is no Tuesday, July 3 show). Guided kayak tours and boat cruises leave from Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for a view of the fireworks from the water.

On Thursday evenings June 14 through August 16, HarbourFest turns into a Caribbean paradise with a special Parrot Palooza event featuring Tanner and his Jimmy Buffett tribute band, the Oyster Reefers. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Not to be outdone, Cappy the Clown will be at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Monday through Friday starting Memorial Day Weekend from 6-9 p.m. through Sunday, September 2 to delight audiences with fun entertainment, as well as face painting, bounce houses, balloon animals, arts & crafts, practice putting and a variety of interactive games and activities.

HarbourFest and Parrot Palooza are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Events are weather permitting and subject to change. For more information, call (843) 686-9098 or visit palmettodunes.com/harbourfest-hilton-head.php.

Palmetto Bluff Summer Concert Series
June 5, July 10, August 7

Join the fun at Palmetto Bluff for three hot summer nights at the Crossroads in Moreland Village. Gates open at 5 p.m. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. $25 per car (load ’em up!) at the gate. Proceeds benefit Family Promise of Beaufort County, whose mission is to provide temporary shelter, family stability and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children by mobilizing community resources.
June 5 Deas-Guyz
July 10 Lowcountry Boil
August 7 Levon
Bring your own chairs and your favorite Tuesday night date. Food and beverages will be available for purchase (cash sales only). If you’re carrying in your own picnic, please bring hand-held coolers and/or bags. All bags/coolers are subject to inspection. For updates on any cancellations due to weather, please check our Facebook page.

Blues & Brews on the Bluff
Friday, June 8

Brews & Blues on the Bluff, a rockin’ beer, food and music festival, will be held at The Bluffton Oyster Factory Park on Friday, June 8, from 5-9 p.m. One of a seasonal series of Bluffton Sunset Parties, the festival will feature rock and blues performances by “Georgia” Kyle Shiver and Muddycreek, while local restaurants and caterers serve BBQ, burgers, wings, seafood and other tasty treats.

In addition, the “Taste of Summer Beer Festival Garden” will offer more than 50 different beers. “Our craft beers come from all over the world. We will feature some fantastic IPA’s, wheats, blondes, sours and many more great summer beer styles,” said Mark Weisner, event coordinator.

Bluffton Sunset Parties celebrate local foods, vendors, craft beers, Barefoot wines, homegrown music, and other fun activities for people of all ages. They are held once a month on Friday nights during the summer, overlooking the May River at Oyster Factory Park. Each sundown celebration features a different theme with a variety of activities.

Come by boat, bike, or golf cart. Party with your pooch. Leashed pets and lawn chairs are permitted, but no outside food or drinks will be allowed.

The 2018 Bluffton Sunset Party Series is sponsored by Village Park Homes, Barbers of the Low Country, Advanced Integrated Controls, Bare Foot Wines, Stiegl Radler, Mosquito Joe, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Kroger, Seattle Cider, Pawleys Island Brewing Company, Island Car Wash and 104.9 The Surf. Brews & Blues on the Bluff will benefit Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine.

Tickets are only $5 at the door; children age 12 and under get in free. For more information, visit blufftonsunsetparty.com or call Bear Foot Sports at (843) 757-8520.

Fiesta de Mayo: Battle of the Tacos
Sunday, June 10

The fifth annual Fiesta de Mayo Festival was rescheduled to take place Sunday, June 10, from noon-9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. The festival is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage—a way to acknowledge and celebrate their contributions to the place Mexican Americans have decided to call home.

The festival combines music, food, culture, and much more. During this event, you will experience how this large and growing part of our population demands more hot sauce than ketchup!

The featured activity within the festival is the Taco Libre, a “battle of the tacos,” a competition to find the best tacos in the region. You won’t want to miss the official “taco heaven” of the Lowcountry.

This festival is a must-attend, multicultural event known for wonderful food and drinks, a warm environment, positive vibe, and the eclectic mix of Latin music and dance. A great line up of live entertainment, live music, DJ, folkloric dance groups, special attractions, and of course, great food. There will be something for everyone!

For more information, call (843) 681-2393 or email info@laislamagazine.com. This event is produced by the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition and La Isla Magazine.

Friday & Saturday, June 15 & 16

Mitchelville Preservation Project has confirmed an expansive 2018 Juneteenth Celebration presented by Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park on Hilton Head Island, to be held June 15-16, in various locations in Historic Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Celebration will reveal new interactive experiences that are significant to Mitchelville in the Reconstruction Era, plus a live performance by Ranky Tanky.

Admission is $10; free for children 10 and under. The 2018 Juneteenth Celebration presented by Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park will feature a headline performance by the band Ranky Tanky. Additional features include a showing of “Language You Cry In,” a traditional drum call and ceremony, community fish fry, a soul-stirring performance by Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers, a historical re-enactment from local favorite Cora Miller, and more. As in past years, the annual celebration will highlight the art, food and music customs of the people of Mitchelville.

Like Mitchelville’s freedom story, Juneteenth is a similar story. Also referred to as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in June 1865 throughout the Confederate South. The immediate differences in the two stories end there, as the Juneteenth story embodies the perseverance of people who struggled to gain independence compared to Mitchelville, a thriving community on Hilton Head in Mitchelville.

Explore Mitchelville in the Reconstruction Era at the Juneteenth Celebration, a family-friendly event in the park. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, but only limited seating is available, so chairs are encouraged. In addition to the onstage artistic display, artists will be on site selling art created to depict traditional Lowcountry life.
For more information about Juneteenth Celebration or Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park call 843-255-7300 or go to exploremitchelville.org.

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