September 2018

This & That: September 2018 Edition

Author: Special to CH2

Joan Moreau McKeever is the September featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery. Beaches, Backyards & Beyond, an exhibit of various mediums, September 3-30. An opening reception will be held Sunday, September 9 from 3-5 p.m. at the gallery in Old Town Bluffton.
The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more. Please visit for a complete calendar of events and other information or call (843) 757-6586.


WHHI-TV will be broadcasting Lowcountry area high school football games again this fall in its eleventh season. The Covert Aire High School Football Bowl Series on WHHI-TV returns this year and will feature a weekly game-of-the-week, where local teams will compete, followed by a trophy presentation. The games will be aired Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., Sundays at 11 a.m., and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m.—also, daily at midnight.

The fourth annual Game Day fundraiser, sponsored by General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), will take place September 24 at the Indigo Run Golf Club on Hilton Head Island from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission is $30 and includes a buffet lunch, games, and door prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased for a variety of beautiful and bountiful gift baskets. Proceeds will benefit local charities in Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
GFWC of the Lowcountry was formed in 2014 as part of the national GFWC network of clubs. The club is a service organization that reaches out to serve non-profits in Jasper and Beaufort counties and beyond. Membership is open to all women of the Lowcountry. For information and tickets, email Nancy Smith at or Stephanie Meola at

On May 28, 2015, Hilton Head Island resident Clay Bonnyman Evans stood four-feet-deep in a sandy trench on the remote Pacific atoll known as Tarawa, watching as archaeologist Kristen Baker brushed away sand to reveal a burnished human skull—after more than 70 years, Evans’ grandfather, Medal of Honor recipient 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr.
Evans’ new book, Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.99), is a unique archaeological and historical mystery that details both his grandfather’s life and death and the author’s remarkable efforts to recover his hero in body, mind and spirit.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, Evans will present a slide show and sign his new book at McIntosh Book Shoppe, 919 Bay St., Beaufort, S.C. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Callawassie Island celebrated the majestic tradition of Wimbledon on July 13. Serving up a unique twist on the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Callawassie residents play their own Wimbledon, “Callawassie Style,” on a pair of makeshift tennis courts, overlooking the marsh on the Dogwood Golf Course’s ninth fairway. The event, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, featured a typical All England Club tennis brunch including champagne, delicious strawberries and cream, and assorted scones. Members of the tennis club test their tennis games with the intricacies of grass court tennis.
To learn more about Callawassie Island, please call (843) 987-2125 or visit

Lindsay Pettinicchi noticed this red-shouldered hawk in her front yard in Hilton Head Plantation at dusk—the first she has ever seen in her neighborhood. According to South Carolina Wildlife magazine, these were once among the most populous hawks in the Southeast, but hunting and forest clearing diminished their numbers greatly. Red-shouldered hawks aid in pest control, helping to check populations of mice and snakes.
Pettinicchi enjoys nature and wildlife, scenery and landscapes, and commercial and architectural photography. Contact her at (860) 682-0800.


David Miller, president and founder of Superior Heating & Air, announced that his company has selected a winner, out of dozens of applicants, for the “Oldest Air” promotion this spring.
“We care about our community and wanted to give a deserving neighbor an updated A/C unit to make the summer more bearable. We also wanted to educate people on the importance of regular system maintenance,” Miller said.

The winner was Ricky Hubbard of Bluffton, who’s system was over 40 years old.
“While all of the entries had deserving situations, Hubbard’s system is the oldest we have seen in a long time. It is a 1978 unit. Never had any issues; it was an American Standard/Trane unit, but at that point, it was part of General Electric.” Miller said.

Superior Heating & Air is replacing Hubbard’s system with an American Standard system.


Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar has named Matt Little as its chef de cuisine. Little attended the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated with honors. He previously served as executive sous chef at the Westin Richmond, Va., and most recently as the culinary associate team leader for Whole Foods.

Collins Group Realty announced the promotion of Ashley Smith to director of marketing and community relations. Smith manages all CGR marketing, strategically implementing campaigns for company branding and property listings across various advertising, and social platforms and organizes many events throughout the year, seeking new ways to have a positive impact on our community, engaging clients, vendors, and the team.

La Petite Gallerie, 56 Calhoun Street in Bluffton, will be holding an open house to welcome the two newest artists joining the gallery. Enjoy bubbly prosecco, yummy appetizers, and meet newcomers Jo Ann Graham and Suzanne Aulds, as well as the other gallery members, Don Nagel, Margaret Crawford, Murray Sease, Lauren Terrett and Bill Winn. Several of the artists will be demonstrating “en plein air” at the event.
Jo Ann Graham joins the gallery as the first artisan jeweler partner. She is a jewelry designer and maker, a master of her craft, and her beautiful sterling pieces are one-of-a-kind creations. Suzanne Aulds is a fine art oil painter with gorgeous paintings that delight viewers with the attention to detail and how her subjects seem to jump off the canvas.
Come celebrate with the artists and friends on Friday, September 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. with wine and appetizers, wonderful art, and friendly, creative people!

Collins Group Realty has announced the promotion of Karen Lesch to manager of their in-house Closings Department. As the closings manager, Lesch facilitates robust communications with clients, vendors, agents, and attorneys in every CGR real estate transaction to facilitate smooth, successful closings.

The Town of Bluffton, along with South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), began installing streetlights within the Goethe-Shults neighborhood the week of August 20. The town will add approximately 35 streetlights to the street frontage to improve overall lighting uniformity and to increase safety for residents and other pedestrians.
The Town and SCE&G will replace existing streetlights and supplement with new lights mounted on existing power poles at approximately 30 feet above the ground. Lighting will be added to the areas south of Bluffton Parkway on Goethe Road, Shults Road, 8th Avenue and Hildebrand Drive. The project is scheduled to last about a month and work will take place during the day. Traffic is expected to move freely during this project without detours or delays. However, drivers should be mindful of SCE&G workers in the area.


Brenda Blisk, Founder and CEO of Blisk Financial Group in McClean, Va. has been announced as one of three national finalists for the Community Service Award as part of the twelfth annual Invest in Others Awards. Blisk is being honored for her work with the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. The Invest in Others Awards program recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors and financial services firms in communities across the country and around the world.
Blisk is the chairman and founder of volunteer-run fundraiser called “In the Bag” (ITB), a designer handbag auction that benefits the American Red Cross National Capital Region (ARC). Since 2010, Blisk has provided visionary leadership for all aspects of ITB, from recruiting countless event volunteers to forming a giving circle for prominent, high-level donors. She has sought to create a sustainable fundraiser that appealed to working woman in founding ITB, and her efforts have been successful—so much so that other chapters have adopted similar fundraising models.
Awards will be presented at the twelfth annual Invest in Others Awards Gala, a premier event attended by nearly 800 financial advisors and financial services executives, on September 27, in Boston, Mass. 


Flip Party and Auction
Hospice Care of the Lowcountry is searching for the most inventive local crafters for their take on the HGTV show Flea Market Flip. Here’s the premise: Pick up an item or piece of furniture at one of the many local thrift stores. Unleash your creativity and completely transform it into something creative and new. Turn that dresser into a bar cabinet, those old windows into a coffee table, vases into lamps, or chalk paint that old table.
The stylish re-creations will be on display at The Flip Party & Auction on November 8, from 5-8 p.m. at the LOCAL Life offices. A panel of creative judges will pick their favorites and award prizes. All participants are asked to donate their creations to the silent auction benefiting the programs of care offered by Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.
To participate, each entry must register at and provide a “before” photo of the item along with the $15 registration fee. Sponsorship opportunities available at 

Berry & Carr, P.C. is proud to announce its newest member, Michael Bennett, who joined the firm in May. He will practice as an associate attorney from the Litigation and Mediation Center on Hilton Head Island’s South End at 1 Corpus Christi Place, Suite 113.

Olivetti, McCray & Withrow, LLC, a client-focused law firm based on Hilton Head Island, S.C., recently hired Jill R. Kroamer as an associate attorney. Kroamer brings significant experience with local, federal and military justice systems to her position at the firm. Kroamer graduated in the top third of her class at Savannah Law School, where she earned the 2016 Pro Bono Service Award. She also earned a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Beth Drake was named one of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals in a recent report by REAL Trends. This group of highly successful real estate agents represent less than one percent of all 1.4 million Realtors in the United States. Drake joined Keller Williams Realty in 2011.

“Through the Beauty of a Garden…a Gift to the Community.”
The All Saints Garden Tour, scheduled for May 18, 2019, is seeking non-profit, 501©(3), organizations that serve our local community and focus on hunger, homelessness, literacy and aging, with budgets of less than $650,000, to apply for grants. Charities receiving grants from the 2018 tour included Antioch Educational Center, Backpack Buddies of Bluffton and Hilton Head, Hilton Head Safe Harbour, and St. Stephen’s UMC Foodbank. Historically, the tour has given over $500,000 to non-profit organizations in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area. The completed application form is due October 15 and is available online at

In addition to charitable organizations, they are looking for artists who would like to enter a picture of flowers or a garden in a poster competition. The artwork submitted will be on display at Hilton Head Hospital during February, and all those who view the display will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite piece. All works will be for sale, and part of the proceeds will be contributed to the tour. Six finalists will be selected from the submitted artwork, which can be in a variety of media. A single work will be selected for the poster and the cover of the Garden Tour ticket. Applications are due by November 15, 2018. For application information, visit and select Poster Contest.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry has hired James Dismond as area director of resource development. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in non-profit work and has served as the national director of development for an international non-profit. He has been a presenter at the American College of Cardiology Expo where over 13,000 individuals were in attendance. Dismond understands the inner workings of grant writing and navigating the non-profit sector as well as the public sector.

Bluffton Mayor, Lisa Sulka, Cinemark Bluffton’s GM, Fawn Kelley and Cinemark Executive Bill Shepeard celebrate Bluffton Cinemark’s ribbon-cutting on July 25th.
The ribbon-cutting was followed by the Hilton Head Island & Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Cocktails & Conversations event, which brought out a huge crowd to celebrate the new renovations to the theater.

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare is pleased to welcome Sondra Smith as its new chief strategy officer. In this role, Smith will use data to analyze market dynamics, trends and competition. She’ll then implement strategies to advance the system’s growth, patient experience and physician alignment. Smith will be responsible for leading innovative ideas to improve practices that are currently in place at Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital, the Bluffton Medical Campus and the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center.

Dr. Jim Mason of Adventure Pediatric Dentistry has opened his state-of-the-art pediatric dental practice in Bluffton, complete with laser dentistry.He brings 14 years of experience in the Air Force and his conservative approach to dentistry to the Lowcountry.
Call 843.815.6000 to schedule an appointment today.

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