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April 2021 Happenings

Outdoor events

Island-wide litter sweep planned for Earth Day

To celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, the Outside Foundation is calling on locals and visitors to join them in a monumental sweep of all of Hilton Head’s 12 miles of beaches and other natural spaces. Groups and individuals can register their sweep on earthdayhhi.com for the April 22 event. Registered events will receive stickers and clean-up supplies from the Outside Foundation. outsidefoundation.org


HHI Earth Day Festival

Palmetto Running Company and The GuGo Movement have partnered for an Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at Shelter Cove Community Park. This free event invites friends and family of all ages to come and learn about what they can do to make a difference in the Lowcountry. The festival will feature organizations that focus on environmental efforts, conservation and learning programs in the area. The public is also invited to attend Earth Day Yoga in the park at 9 a.m. and an Earth Day Family Fun Run at 10 a.m. before the festival. palmettorunningcompany.com


Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, which takes place November 5 -7, and the Savannah Speed Classic, which takes place October 21-24. hhiconcours.com. 



On stage

RED

This Tony award-winning play tells the story of artist Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist, who has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, doing a series of murals for New York’s Four Seasons restaurant in 1958. Working with a young assistant, Ken, it’s apparent that there are huge differences between their generations and artistic perspectives. Eventually, Ken moves from apprentice to opponent. April 8-11 at the Arts Center. artshhi.com

Other upcoming performances at the Arts Center

May 28-29: Black Jacket Symphony’s Rumours (live music)

July 12: Paul Reiser (comedy) 

June 23-Aug. 22: Mamma Mia! (musical)


Hilton Head Prep presents ‘Clue’ 

Hilton Head Preparatory School presents Clue, a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game. Performing Arts Director, Patti Maurer, cast 10 very talented student actors, who skillfully bring each of these iconic board game characters to life in this 90-minute play. The show opens April 1 and runs through April 4. Link to online access at hhprep.org for a small donation to support Hilton Head Prep performing arts.



Markets & fun

Lowcountry Home & Garden Show 

The Lowcountry Home & Garden Show will feature over 90 home and garden exhibits, do-it-yourself workshops, product and cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, giveaways, and Sunday Farmers Market, just to name a few. Show times will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 14 and 15 and from noon to 4 p.m. on May 16 at the Buckwalter Regional Park. Admission is $5 for ages 18 and older and free for children. lowcountryhomeandgardenshow.com


The Farmers & Makers Market in The Shops at Sea Pines Center 

In its 8th year, the market will present more fresh, local produce, more seafood, more breads and cheeses, and more crafts and artisans than ever before. Enjoy the colorful displays that grow and change each week throughout the season at this charming weekly festival, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday. 


Forsythe Jewelers’ 40th anniversary celebration

Forsythe Jewelers will be celebrating 40 years on Hilton Head Island with a party and a Roberto Coin trunk show. The 40th anniversary stone is a ruby, which is Roberto Coin’s signature mark that he includes on each piece of his jewelry. Since its inception, the hidden ruby has been part of Roberto Coin’s brand due to its exceptional quality of maintaining beauty throughout time, like true love. The party and trunk show will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., April 27-28 at the store. Enjoy a complimentary gift with your Roberto Coin purchase. RSVP by calling 843-671-7070 or emailing [email protected].


The Art Market at Honey Horn

Taking place April 24-25, Honey Horn will be the location of this juried fine art and craft festival. Eighty artists from the region and other places across the country will be on site for the 19th annual market. Fine art in all shapes, sizes, styles, price ranges, and media will be available for viewing and purchasing. The outdoor show is open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 per person.


First Thursdays Art Market

The first Thursday of every month, the Shops at Sea Pines Center will have 20 exhibiting artists, live music in two locations, and the stores will be running specials for the evening. Join the fun from 4-6:30 p.m. on April 1. 



Fundraising events

Red Shoes Run 

The Red Shoes Run of Bluffton will start at 8 a.m. on April 3 at the Oyster Factory Park, taking runners and walkers through the Historic Streets of Old Town Bluffton. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. Presented by Bluffton Trading Post. bearfootsports.com


Dog Walk on the Beach

Hilton Head Humane Association’s Dog Walk on the Beach will take place on Saturday, May 1, at 8:15 a.m. on Coligny Beach. Same-day registration will not be available, so visit hhhumane.org or call 843-681-8686 to pre-register.


Pedal Hilton Head Island 

The Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island has opened registration for the 2021 Pedal Hilton Head Island. Participants will enjoy new cycling routes while celebrating Hilton Head’s culture and raising funds to support the children. The fundraising event will take place on National Bike Day, May 2. PedalHHI.org


Ales Golf Tournament 

On April 24, The Lowcountry Autism Foundation will be hosting a day of fun and fundraising at Crescent Pointe Golf Club and Southern Barrel Brewing in Bluffton. The tournament will include 18 holes of golf, food, one drink and prizes. Cost is $100 per person, and tournament and hole sponsorships are available.lafinc.org


Heritage Classic Foundation restarts charitable programs

The Heritage Classic Foundation has restarted two charitable giving programs ahead of the 2021 RBC Heritage (April 12-18). Last year’s tournament being cancelled forced a suspension of matching gifts to these charities. Birdies for Charity has 100 percent of donations go directly to the chosen charities, and the Heritage Classic Foundation contributes an extra 10 percent. Since the program was created in 2000, they have distributed $6.22 million through the Birdies for Charity program. The Heritage Champions Fore Charity program allows the minimum contribution to a designated charity to be $1,000. 100 percent of donations go directly to the charity, and Heritage Classic Foundation contributes an additional 10 percent. Since 2013, Heritage Fore Charity has produced more than $13.63 million for participating nonprofit groups.



Educational Events

World Affairs Council virtual talks

April 4: Nina Jankowicz: How to Lose the Information Wars

April 23: Dr. Robert Spalding: U.S.-China Relations in a Post-Coronavirus World

May 7: Mathew Burrows: Russia and China: Benign Friendship or Malignant Gamechanger?

Details: wachh.org


Coastal Discovery Museum events

April 5: Convergence of Historic Rice Fields into the Cornerstones for Modern Day Conservation in the Lowcountry 

April 7: Microplastic Pollution in Charleston Harbor

April 12: Sea Turtle Conservation: A Changing Landscape

April 14: The Canary of the Swamp: Prothonotary Warbler Conservation at Beidler Forest and Beyond

April 19: Pedro Menendez de Aviles – The Last Crusader

April 21: Human Impact in Lowcountry Wildlife 

April 26: From Data to Decision: Coastal Resource Management Challenges under Changing Conditions

April 28: Oysters are Habitat Forming and Every Bushel Counts Holly Sommers, wildlife biologist for SCDNR’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program, will be speaking on how oysters are culturally, economically, and ecologically important to South Carolina

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 



Heritage Library events

Family Tree Maker Part I: Overview and First Steps

Instructor: Carol Clemens

Topics covered include how to purchase the Family Tree Maker software, how to properly install it, the correct initial setups, and the basic concept of how to begin. This is the first class of four. 

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 6,  10:30 a.m. to noon

Learn how to use Ancestry tools to discover new cousins and common ancestors

Instructor: Jan Alpert

This DNA class is for people who have tested their DNA with Ancestry and are not familiar with the Ancestry tools, such as shared matches, common ancestors, and ThruLines. 

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 12, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Family Tree Maker Part II: Getting Started: People and Media Tabs

Instructor: Carol Clemens

Part two will cover how to add people, set relationships, add and categorize media, set profile pictures, link media to several people at once, back up your files, and more. 

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon

AKA Hilton Head: An Island Known by Eight or Nine Other Names

Instructor: Richard Thomas

Since its beginning as a human habitat, the island has been known by many names. Learn about Hilton Head’s long and differentiated history through the lens of at least eight recorded names it had been called throughout the years. 

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 14, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Author Chat – The Civil War in the South Carolina Lowcountry – How a Confederate Artillery and a Black Union Regiment Defined the Meaning of War

Author: Ron Roth

Some of the most dramatic and consequential events of the Civil War era took place between Charleston and Savannah. From Robert Barnwell Rhett’s 1844 speech calling for secession under an ancient oak tree in Bluffton, to the last, desperate attempts by confederate forces to halt Sherman’s army juggernaut as it makes its way through South Carolina, this book paints a compelling portrait of a region torn by war. 

Cost: $5

When: April 15, 2:00 p.m.

Prominent Men and Strong Women, Part 1

Instructor: Dee Phillips

Part one of two looks at prominent men who were planted and the strong women who married them: John Talbird, planter and soldier, and his wife Mary Ann; Captain John Stoney, planter and privateer, and his wife Elizabeth; William Elliott, planter of Sea Island Cotton, and his wife Phoebe. What drove these men to succeed and how were their lives affected while living on Hilton Head?

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 19. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Family Tree Maker Part III 

Instructor: Carol Clemens

In part three, you will learn to follow your ancestors through maps, search websites through Family Tree Maker, add favorite search sites, and add information directly to your tree.

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 20, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Using a Combination of Records Together with Ancestry and MyHeritage DNA Results to Break Down Brick Walls

Instructor: Jan Alpert

The class examples will use Ancestry trees and DNA results together with MyHeritage DNA results and the chromosome browser to discover new branches of your tree. A broad array of records are also necessary to confirm any DNA hypothesis.  

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 22, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Prominent Men and Strong Women, Part 2

Instructor: Dee Phillips

Part two looks at prominent men who were planters and the strong women who married them: Charles Pinckney and Eliza; John Kirk and Mary; William Baynard and Catherine. What success did these couples achieve and what legacies did they leave behind?

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 26, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Family Tree Maker Part IV: Creating a Final Project

Instructor: Carol Clemens

In the last step in the process of creating a final project, participants will learn how to find and fix duplicate information and errors, what reports can be created from the software, how participants can share work, and how to create a book. 

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 27, 10:30 a.m. – noon

The Reconstruction Era on Hilton Head Island

Instructor: Linda Piekut 

Reconstruction happened differently on Hilton Head Island after the Civil War. This class explores the timeline of reconstruction laws and actions and their effect on the residents.

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

When: April 29, 10:30 a.m. – noon



Arts Center

An Island Bookshelf

“An Island Bookshelf,” a pop-up bookstore, has opened in the ticket lobby of the Arts Center. Conceived and run by Miho Kinnas, this non-profit shop will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 



Coastal Discovery Museum events

Convergence of Historic Rice Fields into the Cornerstones for Modern Day Conservation in the Lowcountry 

The museum will host Dr. Ernie Wiggers who will be speaking about rice farming, which dates back more than 300 years, and left a man-made footprint on the marshes and wetlands of coastal South Carolina. These historic rice fields were critical in the recovery of the Bald Eagle and American Alligator in our state and responsible for a new suite of bird species that have found Lowcountry marshes. Dr. Wiggers and his staff have been helping lead research projects with various agencies and universities to learn more about our wildlife. He will talk about how historic rice fields are used today in wildlife conservation and bring everyone up to date on the activities of the Nemours Wildlife Foundation, which he directs. 

When: April 5, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Online

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 

Microplastic Pollution in Charleston Harbor

Sarah Kell, a candidate for a M.S. degree in marine biology at the College of Charleston, will discuss the scope of microplastic pollution in the Charleston Harbor watershed, as well as share current research projects of the Weinstein laboratory and the outcomes of their science communication efforts. Kell’s thesis research is focused on assessing the fate and effects of microplastics and tire wear particle in Charleston Harbor. 

When: April 7, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Online

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 

Sea Turtle Conservation: A Changing Landscape

The museum will host Kelly Thorvalson, the Conservative Programs Manager at the South Carolina Aquarium, to speak about how rapid environmental changes pose a significant threat to sea turtles across the globe and how traditional conservation strategies may not be sufficient enough to save these threatened and endangered species. In addition to triaging sick and injured sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Care Center, the South Carolina Aquarium is working to mitigate environmental risk factors impacting the sea turtles in the wild. Attend to see how you can help protect turtles into the future. 

When: April 12, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Online

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 

The Canary of the Swamp: Prothonotary Warbler Conservation at Beidler Forest and Beyond

The museum will host Matt Johnson, the Center Director at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest, for this virtual presentation. The Prothonotary Warbler, known as the “swamp canary,” is a cavity-nesting songbird that breeds in forested wetlands in the eastern United States. Each fall, the tiny bird migrates thousands of miles to Central and South America, where it spends the winter in coastal mangroves. Audubon South Carolina has played a key role in habitat protection, public engagement, and emerging research related to this iconic wetland species. 

When: April 14, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Online

Details: coastaldiscovery.org

Pedro Menendez de Aviles – The Last Crusader

Host Rich Thomas will be speaking about Spanish naval hero Pedro Menendez de Aviles who was sent to the new world by King Philip II of Spain to find a colony on the Port Royal Sound and drive the French from lands claimed by Spain. Had Spain, instead of England, dominated North American settlement in later years, Menendez would occupy a similar place in American history to the one that George Washington does today. 

When: April 19, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Coastal Discovery Museum or online 

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 

Human Impact in Lowcountry Wildlife 

Dr. Al Segars, a retired veterinarian with the South Carolina of Natural Resources, will be discussing the impact lowcountry residents have on wildlife – local, regional, and international. The presentation will focus on how everyone can become better stewards of wildlife that live in and visit our beautiful home. 

When: April 21, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Coastal Discovery Museum or online

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 

From Data to Decision: Coastal Resource Management Challenges under Changing Conditions

Kim Jones, the Watershed Management Division Manager for the Town of Bluffton, will be discussing how the Town of Bluffton actively collects different types of data that reflects the health of the May River watershed. Ongoing date collections helps town managers to make informed decisions on how to best manage future growth and to actively address any anomalies that may impair the local waterways. She will explain how the town monitors its waters, what the current state of local waters are, and what the future challenges are facing Bluffton and surrounding areas. 

When: April 26, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Online

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 

Oysters are Habitat Forming and Every Bushel Counts

Holly Sommers, wildlife biologist for SCDNR’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program, will be speaking on how oysters are culturally, economically, and ecologically important to South Carolina estuaries. Learn how SCDNR works to manage local oyster populations by replacing reclaimed oyster shell back into the estuaries and how consumers play a huge role in that management process. She will also discuss the ecological benefits of oyster beds, how we reclaim oyster shell, and population management practices. 

When: April 28, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Coastal Discovery Museum or online

Details: coastaldiscovery.org