April 2008

Hilton Head Seafood Festival Returns

Author: Linda Hopkins

April 26 event to support cancer research, Island Recreation

Every life, no matter how brief, serves a purpose, leaving behind a footprint on hearts touched along the way. David M. Carmines is a good example of a young man, who though no longer with us here on earth, is still exerting his influence on our world. If you don’t believe it, show up at Shelter Cove Community Park on April 26, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and join in the celebration as the David M. Carmines Foundation brings back the island’s favorite seafood festival.

Food, fun, fellowship and fundraising
If you were here in the 1980s, you may remember this popular annual SpringFest event, now being revived in David’s memory, with the express purpose of providing participants with an enjoyable experience while raising money for charity.

Sponsored by Coligny Plaza and the DMC Foundation, over a dozen island restaurants will dish up their local and regional seafood specialties as well as non-seafood alternatives for land-lovers and kids. Wash it all down with your favorite beverages, including beer, wine, liquor, soda and other non-alcoholic offerings. Participating restaurants include the Alligator Grille, Aunt Chilada’s, Black Marlin Bayside Grill, Bluffton Oyster, Blake’s/Blue Coyote, Kenny B’s, Hudson’s, Le Bistro, Shrimp Michael’s, Street Meet, Stripes, and the Sunset Grille.

In addition to the good eats, you’ll be entertained by the Lowcountry’s version of “Iron Chef,” modeled after the popular television program. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy live music, performed by popular local bands, Gemini Junction, Lost in the Media, Lowcountry Boil and others.

Adding to the fun, Low Country Scenes photography competition will be judged by a panel of experts. Enter your best shot for a cash prize or bid on your favorites in the silent auction. According to Andrew Carmines, David’s brother, GM of Hudson’s restaurant and chairman of the board for the DMC Foundation, the silent auction has become one of the foundation’s most popular events and will be even bigger and better this year. Prizes up for bid include such luxuries as private chef services, exotic vacations, spa visits and much more.

Those looking for a little more action will enjoy a bocce ball tournament and the famous crab races, while Kids Zone activities keep the youngsters happy. “This is truly a family and community event,” said Carmines. “The festival is a way of keeping David’s memory alive by doing something fun that involves things he enjoyed: the photography, the music, the food and the outdoors.”

Don’t miss out on this fabulous spring event. Bring your family and friends and join in the fun. And remember: your good time may mean someone’s future. All beverage sales, restaurant purveyor fees, artists’ fees and auction funds will benefit the M. D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, the American Cancer Society, and the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund.

Admission to the park is $5 with food tastings ranging in price from $2-$5. CASH ONLY! For more information on the photography competition or the festival overall, or to learn more about David, visit www.davidcarmines.org or call 843-681-2772, ext. 137.

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