November 2018

This & That: November 2018 Edition

Author: Special to CH2

Birdie James on Calhoun Grand Opening November 8
A new wave of chic apparel and accessories has hit Old Town Bluffton with the arrival of Birdie James on Calhoun. The women’s boutique builds on the success of the original Birdie James store on Hilton Head, which has been the island’s wardrobe update headquarters since 2016. To introduce the new shop, Birdie James on Calhoun will host a Grand Opening Celebration on November 8, including a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. and party from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will feature drinks and light fare, as well as the fantastic shopping experiences that Birdie James is known for. Birdie James on Calhoun is located on the corner of Calhoun and Lawrence Streets in Bluffton’s oldest shop building, also home to The Store.

“The vibe of Birdie James on Calhoun is a lot like our original store. We have the same aesthetic and wall color that everyone loves, but scaled down into a much smaller space. It’s one fourth of our flagship location, a true small boutique space, so it lends itself to a different experience. I anticipate that we’ll evolve our collections over the next several months until we figure out ‘who we’re going to be’ in Bluffton. Our brand will always cater to the woman forty-five plus, because that’s who I really love to style, and who needs more support and conversation around style. I am hopeful, though, to be able to appeal to all ages, which means that we’ll throw some younger collections and styles into the mix,” said Michelle Taylor, the owner and creative force behind Birdie James.

Birdie James is a women’s boutique opened in 2016 with stores on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, S.C. More than just stores, Birdie James offers an authentic shopping experiences in beautiful environments. Owner Michelle Taylor, and her team of stylists, get to know their customers and help them find and shop their individual style. The Birdie James aesthetic falls between classic and modern, with a mix of staples and high fashion that balance fitting in and authentically expressing yourself. Birdie James is a comfortable space for daughters, mothers, grandmothers and girlfriends to gather, laugh, shop and be themselves.

Grand Opening Event Details
What: An in-store get together to mark the opening of the new Birdie James store in Bluffton
When: Thursday, November 8, ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. and party from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Birdie James on Calhoun, located at 52 Calhoun Street, Bluffton
Why: To drink, eat and shop!


St. Andrew By-the-Sea UMC will host its fortieth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church’s Pope Avenue campus, 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Fall Festival is one of the largest, continuously run, church bazaars in South Carolina, with proceeds supporting mission projects. Sale items offered at attractive prices include baked goods, a garden shop with live plants, and gently-used items including books, households/electronics/small furniture, children’s items and toys, sporting goods with bikes/golf clubs, jewelry, and a Christmas shop. A silent auction offers items for bid such as gift cards, artwork, golf packages, restaurant dinners, professional services, admissions to local events, and vacation resort packages. There will be great food, live music, and coffee and donuts for early arrivals. For more information, contact the church (843) 785-4711.

On Nov. 24 at 3 p.m., Santa will arrive at the Village at Wexford, bringing excited smiles to kids of all ages, and officially kicking off the holiday season in the Lowcountry. Santa’s arrival is just part of the exciting lineup of special events happening at the Village at Wexford during November and December.

Every Saturday from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22, the Village at Wexford will offer a festive holiday atmosphere for family fun. Activities include visits and photos with Santa, cookie decorating on the porch outside of Island Child and an opportunity for kids to write and mail a letter to Santa. Santa will be at the shopping village every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.—in a special “house” located on the patio by Island Child.

The November 24 event will not only feature Santa’s arrival and holiday activities for the kids, but will provide family fun with The Gingerbread Trail of treats, photos, music stories and cocoa with Santa. In addition, the event will offer delicacies from The Market at the Village at Wexford, including kettle corn and other holiday treats, as well as a hot chocolate stand, along with performances by local children’s choirs at Santa’s house during his hours.

The Village at Wexford will also be hosting “A Holiday Evening in the Village” on November 15 from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring music, shopping, refreshments and prizes—with a Christmas movie and cocoa for the kids. Stores will be open late, offering special in-store sales, and welcoming shoppers with a snack or beverage as they shop.

For more information about the Village at Wexford’s holiday experience, and a complete schedule of holiday activities, store hours and entertainment, visit the VAW Facebook page at


The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that Gene Martin and Norris Richardson will be inducted into the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame on November 8, 2018. The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island will host a buffet luncheon and induction ceremony at the Sonesta Resort Hotel at 11:30 a.m., at which time the honorees and their family members will be recognized and the bronze plaque to be installed at Honey Horn Plantation will be presented. Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Hank Noble at or (843) 815-6014 for reservations.

Gene Martin
Gene Martin created the Hilton Head Island value of corporate volunteerism by literally “giving the store away.” After taking over the Red & White Supermarket in Coligny Plaza in 1969, his name quickly became synonymous with “giving” and “yes.” His unheralded donations of food to numerous community programs, schools, PTAs, holiday food baskets and distressed individuals set a tone for Hilton Head Island and set a high bar for those who followed.

James Norris Richardson (1914-2001)
The hard work, vision and entrepreneurial spirit of Hilton Head Island business pioneer James Norris Richardson did more than create from nothing a town center and “downtown.” The expansion of what was to become Coligny Plaza served as building blocks for a fledgling community, giving it a family focus and setting the table for other entrepreneurs to thrive.

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, a local service organization, has over 150 women and men involved in local and international service projects, fulfilling the club’s motto of “Service Above Self.” The international motto, which is defined each year by the current president is “Be the Inspiration.” These two men certainly embody both of those mottos.

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Orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Chad T. Zehms, M.D. has joined the team of renowned surgeons at Optim Orthopedics and will be treating patients at Optim’s new South Carolina locations in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. A graduate of the prestigious sports medicine fellowship program at Steadman Philippon Research Institute, he was a trauma consultant for the Green Bay Packers and provided coverage for the U.S. Olympics Women’s Ski Team. Zehms is a board certified, fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in orthopedic sports medicine surgery for musculoskeletal injuries.

Jake enjoying the sunset on the eighteenth fairway at Harbour Town Golf Links. Submitted by Debbie Bennett at the urging of Jen, the bartender at CQ’s restaurant. Come on down and enjoy the view!


Brenda Blisk, founder & CEO of Blisk Financial Group in McLean, Virginia, won the 2018 Invest in Others Community Service Award, one of seven awards presented on September 27 at the twelfth annual Invest in Others Awards Gala in Boston.

Blisk earned the honor for her charitable work with the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, which received a $40,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation.

The Community Service Award is presented annually to a financial advisor who has made an outstanding impact on a community through managerial contributions to a nonprofit organization for at least three years.

Lee Holyoak, director of tennis & pickleball at Long Cove Club, received his certification through the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) as a certified pickleball coach in adult development. The PPR was established to educate, certify and serve those professionals teaching the immensely popular sport of pickleball. PPR is the official education and certification partner of the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). Long Cove Club recently opened a new pickleball facility, which features four championship courts. A grand opening event was held in October.

The Heritage Classic Foundation is pleased to announce that Southern Tide, the premier coastal lifestyle and apparel brand, has signed a multi-year agreement as the “Official Style” sponsor of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. This is a notable partnership for RBC Heritage, as this is the first time the Heritage Classic Foundation has partnered with a lifestyle apparel brand.

The partnership will kick off efforts in 2018 leading up to and beyond the PGA TOUR golf tournament April 15-21, 2019. Tournament tickets are on sale at

Paws on the Patio
The Cottage Café, Bakery and Tea Room has raised $300 for the local not-for-profit 501c3 organization Paws Rehome, Search + Rescue through a special “Bring Your Dog to Brunch” event. The event, held in celebration of National Dog Day on August 26, donated 10 percent of food sales that day to Friends for Paws, which provides assistance to local shelters, rescues, and individuals within the Lowcountry community.

The Cottage, located at 38 Calhoun Street in Bluffton in a cozy restored 1868 cottage, has been an important part of the local community since 2009. For more information about The Cottage Café, Bakery and Tea Room visit For additional information about Friends for Paws Rehome, Search and Rescue, visit their Facebook page at ______________________________________

Long Cove Club is pleased to announce that the Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee (LCCCAC) has awarded $171,222 in grants to 32 area nonprofit organizations. A Grants Awards Presentation was held at Long Cove Club on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and included special guest speaker, Gregg Russell, entertainer & co-founder of Hilton Head Heroes. Since its inception in 2003, the Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee has awarded over $1 million in grants to local nonprofits.

Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the twelfth annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, February 18-24, 2019. The coastal region’s weeklong gourmand experience offers a heady mix of top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, local seafood, artisans and musicians, who come together for an outstanding offering of palate-pleasing events. Come celebrate the South’s evolving culinary culture as the best of world-class talent comes together for food and drink!

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival’s schedule of events is available online with tickets to marquee events such as the Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner hosted by the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water, Pitmaster 101, Pig Pickin’ & Oyster Roast at Waddell Mariculture Center, Saturday Seafood Festival at Historic Honey Horn Plantation and Seafood, Champagne + Gullah Sunday Brunch. For more information, visit

The Heritage Classic Foundation has elected two new members to the board of trustees, which oversees the operations and charitable giving of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Chris Corkern, president of The Corkern Group and Tricia Lynch of Tricia Lynch Services.

Corkern was born and raised in the Hilton Head area and has been active in the community serving on numerous boards and supporting a number of local charitable organizations included past president of the Bluffton Rotary Club and Bluffton Boys and Girls Club.

A native of Charlotte, N.C. and Hilton Head Island resident since 1995, Lynch is property manager-in-charge and owns/operates Tricia Lynch Services, which provides home watch and concierge services to absentee property owners. She has been a member of the RBC Heritage Pro-Am Committee since 2006, serving as vice-chair since 2010. She is also an active Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Savannah, and plays an active role in the PTSO at Hilton Head Island High School.

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