April Happenings

Art Showings, Plays and Performances


Symphony Under the Stars

Join the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Deas-Guyz for an “unforgettable” collaboration of classical and jazz music under a big tent at Veterans Memorial Park at Shelter Cove. “Symphony Under the Stars” is always one of the orchestra’s most popular events. Conductor John Morris Russell and the orchestra’s performance with Reggie Deas and his popular band make this year’s event particularly intriguing. Deas-Guyz are famous for their wide range of musical fare featuring an entertaining mix of Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance beats. Their musical selections include Motown sounds of the Temptations, The Drifters, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley classics. Last year’s concert was sold out, so book your tables early. You can provide your own refreshments, but wine, beer, soft drinks and water are available for sale by the League of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

When: 7:30 p.m., April 9-10

Where: Veterans Memorial Park at Shelter Cove

Notes: Tickets for table seating are $85 and $75. Concert seating is $50
and outside lawn seating is $25. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Details: 843-842-2055, hhso.org

Transparency and Light Exhibit at the University of South Carolina Center for the Arts

The National Association of Women Artists presents a juried exhibit, themed Transparency and Light at the University of South Carolina Center for the Arts in Beaufort. The public is invited to attend the Wine and Cheese Reception on April 4.

When: Wine and Cheese Reception 5-7 p.m., April 4 Exhibit runs April 4-30

Where: University of South Carolina Center for the Arts,Beaufort

Hilton Head Dance Theater Presents “Terpsichore”

Hilton Head Dance Theater will present its annual performance of classical and contemporary dance featuring company members and distinguished guest artists. The name Terpsichore comes from the Greek muse of dance and is always an audience favorite. It’s a journey in ballet, from neo-classical to contemporary to fairy tale.

When: 7:30 p.m., April 6 and 2:30 p.m., April 7

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Details: www.artshhi.com

Surfacing: Paintings by Sol Luckman

“Surfacing” takes on a transcendent aspect to do with becoming conscious, awakening, receiving enlightenment, and co-creating reality with something greater than our individual selves, Luckman’s creatures and objects fly, suns and moons rise, waves swell. Sol Luckman’s work has been featured on the covers of several best-selling books. Meet the artist April 12.

When: Exhibit: April 1-30, Artist’s Reception, 5:30-8 p.m., April 12

Where: Karis Art Gallery

Details: www.karisartgallery.com

Lean Ensemble presents Barefoot in the Park

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco. Everything that can go wrong does.

When: April 25-May 5

Where: HHPS Main Street Theatre

Details: leanensemble.org

6th annual Kick Start Poetry reading

Seven local poets offer a free evening of poetry and song. Turn the TV off. Power down your cell phone and put down the paper. Exercise your brain and imagination at a workout for open-minded listeners who crave the sounds of laughter, love and social commentary.

When: 6-8 p.m., April 11

Where: Hilton Head Library

Details: www.beaufortcountylibrary.org or [email protected]

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, “The Last Crusader” at the Heritage Library

Known as the John Wayne of his time, Menéndez was an advisor to King Philip II of Spain and was the founder of the first lasting European settlement in North America at Santa Elena, where he served as governor of Spanish La Florida. Class presented by Rich Thomas, Heritage Library Board Member.

When: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., April 9

Where: USCB Hilton Head Island Campus

Details: heritagelib.org

Sessions Presented by the Don Ryan Center

This new monthly series on the last Thursday of the month is designed to inspire, empower, and educate the Bluffton business community. For April, it’s the “Trail to Ale 5K,” a unique happy hour event for entrepreneurs, runners at any level, professionals, companies, side-hustlers and more.

When: 8-9 a.m., April 25

Where: Corner Perk, Bluffton

Details: www.donryancenter.com

Fundraising Events


American Heart Association to Celebrate Palmetto Heart Walk

Join in with hundreds of survivors of heart disease and stroke in support of cardiovascular research and education. Help raise awareness that walking 30 minutes a day greatly reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. Attendees can walk the one-mile loop or the 5k route. The Heart Walk will offer a 5k race, which starts at 8:30. Participants will receive a 5k T-shirt, and medals will be rewarded.

When: Activities and race begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m., April 27

Where: Shelter Cove Community Park

Notes: $30 registration fee for 5k race

Details: www2.heart.org

Very Vera and “In Good Taste” Auction at the WAHHI Spring Luncheon

Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island’s Spring Luncheon will feature Vera Stewart, host of the Very Vera Show. The luncheon will start with a silent auction themed “In Good Taste” and will benefit the WAHHI Charitable Fund. In addition, WAHHI Charitable Fund grant recipients and Youth Community Service Award winners will be recognized.

When: 10 a.m., April 26 auction opens; noon, lunch and program

Where: The Sonesta Resort, Shipyard Plantation

Details: www.wahhi.org or [email protected]

22nd Annual Humane Society Dog Walk on the Beach

Bring the four-legged pals to Coligny Beach to have a grand old time and support local pets in need.

When: 8:30 a.m., April 27

Where: Coligny Beach

Details: www.hhhumane.org or 843-681-8686

Palmetto Animal League Hosts Auction to Help Homeless Pets

Where else can you splurge on yourself while saving lives? Palmetto Animal League’s annual Bid for PAL Online Auction is celebrating 10 years of allowing folks to shop the Lowcountry without ever leaving home. The auction benefits PAL’s no-kill adoption center that rescues over 1,000 abandoned, abused and neglected pets each year. Start browsing its online catalog filled with hundreds of fantastic items donated by area animal-loving businesses. Bidding is fun, simple and life-saving. If you’ve never taken part before, now is the time to see what you’ve been missing.

When: 8 a.m. April 25 through 10 p.m. April 28

Where: www.PALauction.org

Meetings and Gatherings


Ambassador Jerzy Pomianowski: Supporting Democracy in Eastern Europe in a Time of Uncertainty

Career diplomat and former Deputy Foreign Minister to the Republic of Poland, Ambassador Jerzy Pomianowski discusses the serious setbacks democracy has suffered, authoritarian rule and ever more sophisticated disinformation campaigns. Consider how to best support local activists who can translate the strategic vision of the international democratic community into a local context relevant to ordinary people. How best to support them, especially in Eastern Europe, remains a challenge.

What: World Affairs Council of Hilton Head Global Speakers Program

When: 10-11:30 a.m., April 5

Where: First Presbyterian Church

Details: wachh.org

Meet the Mayors with The League of Women Voters

Hilton Head Island Mayor John McCann and Town of Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka will address the states of their respective towns. General membership meeting, guests welcome.

When: 10 a.m. April 10

Where: Hilton Head Island Public Service District

Details: www.lwvhhi.org

Building the Navy the Nation Needs

World Affairs Council Hilton Head will present Allison Stiller, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, who will review the requirements and discuss the attendant Navy and industry investments in capital improvements, capital expansion, and a properly sized world-class workforce.

When: 5:15 p.m. April 9

Where: USCB Hilton Head Campus

Details: wachh.org

Coastal Discovery Museum


17th Annual Art Market at Honey Horn

Stroll through artists’ booths under historic live oaks to find that perfect piece of original art to take home. Ninety accomplished artists from the region and from across the country will be on site offering their original works and competing for $5,000 in prizes. Fine art and craft in all shapes, sizes, styles, price ranges, and media will be available for purchase. Demonstrations held throughout the weekend, rain or shine. The outdoor show is open to the public. Food and beverages will be available from Mellie Mel’s.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., April 27 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., April 28

Notes: Admission $3

Details: coastaldiscovery.org or 843-689-6767 ext. 223

Also happening at the Coastal Discovery Museum:

Horseshoe Crabs: A Living Fossil (5-7 p.m., April 4)

Natural History and Archaeology of Beer (3 p.m., April 10)

Rising Seas, Raising Awareness (3 p.m., April 11)

Indigo Exploration (5-7 p.m., April 11)

Enhance Your Garden with Native Plants (10 a.m., April 13)

The Many Benefits of Sharks (3 p.m., April 24)

Sea Turtle Conservation: A Changing Landscape (3 p.m., April 25)

Sweetgrass Basket Workshop (5-7 p.m., April 25)

Festivals and Fun


Weekends at The Jazz Corner

Acclaimed of one of the top “100 Great Jazz Rooms” in the world by Downbeat Magazine, The Jazz Corner continues to host some of the hottest touring acts around on the “corner” of The Village at Wexford.

April 5-6: Svetlana & The Delancey Five – A Night at The Speakeasy – “Making Hot Jazz Sound Cool”

April 12-13: The Jazz Singer – Celebrating Neil Diamond – Bobby Ryder’s Quintet

April 19-20: The Champian Fulton Quartet

April 26-27: Velvet Caravan

Details: thejazzcorner.com or 843-842-8620

Tablescape’s Cocktail Party to Benefit Historic Beaufort Foundation

A new manner of fundraising meets an old venue as the Verdier House Museum introduces Southern Settings, combining regional and international design. Enjoy cocktails in the midst of the now competitive art of beautiful table settings, decorated to acknowledge the South’s influence as well as to reflect the Verdier family’s French heritage. Proceeds will fund restoration of the ca. 1804 Verdier House.

Cocktail Party 6-8 p.m., April 26, $45

Self Guided Tour 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 27, $25

Details: [email protected] or 843-379-3331

Cruise-In to the Carolina Dreamer Car Club

Fire ’em up and cruise into monthly gatherings open to all automotive enthusiasts. Awards and raffle, and takes place on Shelter Cove Lane, waterside, overlooking Broad Creek. The Carolina Dreamers Car Club is a nonprofit organization where the only requirement for membership is a love of cars.

When: 5-8 p.m. April 25

Where: Shelter Cove Lane, Bluffton

Details: www.carolinadreamers.info

Music & Taste on the Harbour Spring Concerts

Now in its 11th season, the spring outdoor concert series will feature a variety of local bands, gourmet food, shopping and sunset water views. Each Thursday night, bands will play from 6-9 p.m. Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants will set up as usual around Neptune and will offer a variety of specially priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails.

April 4: Deas-Guyz

April 11: Target the Band

April 18: Stee & the Ear Candy Band

April 25: The Headliners

May 2: The Hilton Head Plantation Big Band

May 9: The Headliners

May 16: Deas-Guyz

Details: www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com/music-and-taste or Facebook

Rock This Town

Don’t miss this fun, high energy production by Rainbow Rhythm Sun City Dance Clubs.

When: 7 p.m., April 12, 2 and 7 p.m., April 13

Where: Magnolia Hall

Details: 843-707-7548

New Directions, New Horizons

Anderson Kenney Fine Art presents a collection of European Contemporary Art in collaboration with Lana Hefner Art.

When: 12 noon – 6 p.m. April 4 -7

Where: Art Loft, Beaufort

Details: andersonkenney.com

RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing – Schedule of Events


Monday, April 15

Pro Practice Rounds – Morning

Opening Ceremonies (18th green: 10 a.m.)
Kick off the 51st annual RBC Heritage with opening ceremonies and a parade, beginning at the Liberty Oak at Harbour Town Yacht Basin and ending on the 18th green. Defending Champion Satoshi Kodaira, Heritage Classic Foundation board members, volunteers and state dignitaries will march in the parade around Harbour Town Yacht Basin to the sounds of the Citadel’s Regimental Pipe Band. 

Pro-Am Presented by Boeing
(11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 16

Pro Practice Rounds – All Day
PGA TOUR Professionals are invited to play at their discretion. No advance starting times are available. A pairings board is located by the 1st tee and is continually updated as players begin their rounds.

Coca-Cola Youth Day

Putting Contest (Putting Green: 3 – 4 p.m.)
Children 15 and under are invited to putt alongside the pros at Harbour Town Golf Links. The first 200 children to participate in the putting contest receive a free tournament souvenir. Every child who sinks a putt will also receive a prize, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Registration is in the tent next to the Clubhouse.

Family Movie on the Heritage Lawn
(4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 17

RBC Heritage Pro-Am – 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Starting on the 1st and 10th tees

Thursday, April 18

Starting on the 1st and 10th tees
Morning starting times (7:20 a.m. – 9 a.m.)
Afternoon starting times (11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Friday, April 19

Starting on the 1st and 10th tees
Morning starting times (7:20 a.m. – 9 a.m.)
Afternoon starting times (11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, April 20

Wear your plaid with pride!

Starting times (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Plaid Nation Contests on the Heritage Lawn (Noon – 2 p.m.)

Fans are encouraged to “Get Their Plaid On” and show their true spirit for the RBC Heritage. Contests and fun are scheduled for fans of all ages to win RBC Heritage swag and tickets to next year’s RBC Heritage. Contests include Hole-in-One and Fastest Clad in Plaid competitions, Tartan Trivia and overall Best Dressed in Plaid.

Sunday, April 21

Sunrise Easter Service
Liberty Oak stage (7:30 a.m.)
Spectators are invited to enjoy Sunrise Service at the Liberty Oak stage. The ceremony will feature local ministers, music and non-denominational prayer. A PGA TOUR Professional also will speak. Past speakers include Aaron Baddeley and Jonathan Byrd.

Starting times (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Trophy Presentation
18th green – Immediately following close of play

Tournament tickets are needed for all special events. All times are subject to change. For more details visit www.rbcheritage.com.

Looking Forward


Volunteers in Medicine Fundraiser

Watch the Run for the Roses and “Stirrup A Smile” for the Volunteers in Medicine HHI Dental Clinic! Join the VIMs for festive food and beverages including mint juleps.

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m., May 4

Where: Poseidon Rooftop Bar

Details: Register at vimclinic.org or 843-689-6612

TEDx Hilton Head: Ideas Worth Sharing

Stimulate your thinking, challenge your boundaries and brighten your day. TEDx Hilton Head comes to SoundWaves, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s new island headquarters. It’s a full day of inspiring talks, continental breakfast, catered lunch and more.

When: May 11

Notes: Tickets $75, only 100 available

Details: Facebook or [email protected]

41st Annual Mayfest

Also known as the Bluffton Village Festival, this eclectic and homespun Southern festival is famous for its distinctive arts and crafts, live music and scrumptious food. Be sure to come hungry, take some time to peruse the various arts and crafts (it’s the day before Mother’s Day), and be prepared for so much more, including the Ugly Dog Contest, the Children’s Doughnut Eating Contest and the Pie Eating Contest. And did we mention the live entertainment? There is everything from tiny dancers to rock bands to keep you moving throughout the day.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 11

Where: Calhoun Street in historic Old Town Bluffton

Notes: Admission is free

Details: blufftonmayfest.com, Facebook, or 843-815-2277



SoBA Memorial Art Show (April 1-May 5)

An Evening Celebration (April 4)

Helping Parents Heal meeting (April 14)

23rd Annual Christian Heritage Breakfast (April 17)

Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting (April 18)