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August Happenings

Art Showings, Plays & Performances

Come Fly with Me: Photography by Melinda Welker

This special exhibit showcases the Lowcountry’s majestic birds captured beautifully frozen in poses the average onlooker doesn’t normally see. “Birds are beautiful, graceful and, sometimes, just down right funny,” says photographer Melinda Welker, who studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and whose work has been exhibited nationally. Meet the artist from 3 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. The event is free and open to the public.

When: Opening reception 3-5 p.m. Aug. 11, exhibit runs Aug. 5-Sept. 1

Where: The Society of Bluffton Artists gallery


Rebel, Rebel: A Tribute to David Bowie

Journey through the extraordinary life and electrifying music of David Bowie. This theatrical concert brings to life some of the greatest rock and roll songs ever written including “Changes,” “Heroes,” “Space Oddity,” “Starman,” and “Fame.” Travel through space and time with the Starman!

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 15-16

Details:  or 843-842-ARTS

Rudolph Bostic’s Cardboard Chronicles

Savannah native Rudolph Bostic was recycling cardboard for his artwork long before it was a trend. His biblical works can now be found in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the American Folk Museum in New York, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. View them on exhibit at St. Luke’s Gallery of Sacred Art until mid-December.

Weekends at The Jazz Corner

Celebrating 20 years of jazz and acclaimed as one of the “Top 100 Jazz Rooms” in the world by Downbeat Magazine, the Jazz Room hosts the hottest acts in the area at The Village at Wexford.


Doors open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  

1. The Billy Thornton Quartet
Aug. 2-3

2. Terry “Doc” Handy and Northside Jazz Ensemble, exploring Coltrane, Miles and Dizzy from a Latin Perspective
Aug. 9-10

3. The Ron Brendle Quartet Presents: A Tribute to The Great Bassists of Jazz
Aug. 16-17

4. The Eric Jones Trio featuring Cynthia Utterbach, Lady Legends

5. The John Brackett Quartet
Aug. 30-31

Details: or 843-842-8620

Jerry Seinfeld

The Johnny Mercer Theater in Savannah hosts Jerry Seinfeld for a night of laughs. America’s premier comic has been hailed for his ability to joke about the little things in life that audiences everywhere can relate to.

When: Sept. 5

Where: Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah


Comedy Magic Cabaret

Spend the evening in a cozy, candle-lit cabaret-style theater where “Funny, not Filthy” is the promise. Stand-up comedy, magic, variety shows and the Las Vegas game show “Bonk,” earned the Comedy Magic Cabaret 5 star ratings and the title of “Number One for Nightlife” on Tripadvisor. Resident headliner Kerry Pollock shares the stage with national touring guest performers at this upscale comedy venue.

Details: or 843-681-7757

Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience

The premiere tribute to the music of Chicago, led by Kenny Cetera, the younger brother of Chicago lead singer, Peter Cetera. A contributing vocalist on the album “Chicago 17,” Kenny has an undying passion for songs such as “You’re The Inspiration,” “Stay The Night,” and the other hits that made Chicago famous.

When: 8 p.m., Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Details: or 843-842-ARTS

Summer Programs at SoundWaves

Doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m.

Requests Roulette!

Pianist Michael Braz will take you through a romp of movie themes, jazz tunes, show tunes and popular favorites. His musical frivolity will delight audiences of all ages. He may even choose your request for performance. Enjoy this night of good old-fashioned family friendly fun.

When: Tuesdays through Aug. 27

Details: or 843-842-2055

Hilton Head Live! SoundWaves Musical Revue

Let the historic Savannah Theatre guys and gals entertain you with their high energy variety show specially customized for SoundWaves. The hit musical program varies each week and is family friendly.

When: Sundays through Sept. 1

Details: or 843-842-2055

Odd Lot

The most fun you will have all summer! “Who’s Line” meets Hilton Head Resort Life.

Join this zany cast for a hysterical night of improv comedy and games built on outlandish topics. Family friendly. Voted Savannah’s best comedy show by Connect Savannah magazine for five years running.

When: Wednesdays through Aug. 28

Details: or 843-842-2055

Music Factory (no hard hats required!)

Through fun musical games and activities, children will learn how to recognize fundamental pitch sequences and patterns of rhythm. Using these simple building blocks, they will create their own musical compositions in a natural way that will tap their own individual creative genius. Under the tutelage of children’s chorus master Guillermo Brazon, they also will explore their own sense of discovery and creativity with this new empowerment of musical expression. Dress comfortably, and bring your excitement for music. If you have your own musical instrument, feel free to bring it. The Music Factory will provide small instruments for participants.

Monday: Scales. ABC. 123.
Use of colors and days of the week to experiment with order and sequence of musical notes. Describe or draw a literal visual image of the music you hear.

Tuesday: Rhythm.
Parts and relativity. Left-Right-Left-March. Four quarters equal one dollar. A watermelon split down the middle is two halves. What about four quarter notes?

Wednesday: Harmony, Polyrhythm.
Putting elements together. What happens when you have note scales and rhythms working together?

Thursday: Presentation.
Show your parents your new musical creation!

When: 10-11:30 a.m. through Aug. 29

Notes: Recommended ages 7-12, $50 per child for the week  ($15 a day if not participating for the week)

Details: Call SoundWaves at 843-842-2055

More Summer Fun

STARS Activities

STARS is an independent program in cooperation with Beaufort County Parks and Recreation. Staffed entirely by volunteers with established relationships with SOAR, the organization in Bluffton and Hilton Head that fosters the Special Olympics and other activities.

Basketball with coach John Glover and coach Greg Hogan
2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 7

Djembe drumming with Sam Jones
2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 21

Movie with popcorn. Bring a pillow and blanket to lay on floor.
2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 

Details: or 912-224-6970

Arts Center Theatre Camp

Campers will experience a mini-production and will not only be the cast, but will also be the production crew, learn how to understand and develop characters, create sets and props, and design costumes, then will perform for family and friends on Friday afternoon.

When: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5-9

Notes: Tuition: $210  Ages 9-14



Par Fore Kids Bluffton Golf Classic

Join the community and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton in support of local youth and after-school programs. Each year the tournament draws local golfers that spend a day of play that helps fund a safe place for young people. The tournament, one of the club’s largest fundraising events, will begin at noon with a shamble format. The top three winning teams will also receive prizes. Bid on golf packages from  local and national golf courses.

When: 12 p.m. Sept. 9

Where: May River Course at Palmetto Bluff

Details: or 843-757-2845

Share the Bounty for Second Helpings

Fight hunger locally by joining Second Helpings for their annual Share the Bounty event, a night of fine dining and fun with a chance to bid on silent auction items. Entertainment by The Jazz Corner Trio. This event sells out. Buy your tickets early.

When: 6-9 p.m. Sept 26

Where: Champions Ballroom, Harbour Town Golf Links

Details: or 843-689-3689

Coastal Discovery Museum

Family Fun Day

Experience hands-on, educational programs and activities. Explore a replica shell ring,  visit Hawk and Comet in the horse barn, meet all the local critters, delve into science, history, and much more. Museum volunteers and representatives from many other historical, cultural, and environmental groups will be on-site to share the wonders of the Lowcountry. No charge for admission. Proceeds from sales benefit Coastal Discovery Museum educational programs.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 13


Nikon Small World Exhibits

The breath-taking winners of the annual competition unveil the microscopic beauty hidden from the naked eye. Now in its 44th year, Small World is widely regarded as the leading forum for recognizing the art, proficiency and photographic excellence involved in photomicrography. The submissions are evaluated on originality, informational content, technical proficiency, and visual impact.

When: Through Sept. 13


Art & Environment After Hours

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays

Notes: $15 per person, additional materials fee may apply, depending on the program


Sea Turtle Time Aug. 1 

Sea turtles live an extraordinary life. Explore the amazing journey of Loggerhead Sea Turtles from egg to adulthood. Discover just how easy it is to help protect these fascinating sea creatures. You will not see live sea turtles but this is a hands-on, eye-opening, experience filled with unique educational materials to see, touch, and interact with. To decorate a wooden sea turtle cutout and make something beautiful out of materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

A Day at the Beach Aug. 8

Explore the beach, without actually going to the beach. Discover the wide variety of fascinating critters that you can find on the beach. Learn about what lives in those beautiful shells you find. Investigate the lives of beach visitors like sea turtles and horseshoe crabs. Discuss the importance of the beach habitat and how you can protect our local beaches. All participants will receive a picture frame to decorate with your own beach treasures. Bring your own beach treasures to use. Other decorating supplies will be provided by the Museum.

Shibori & Indigo Workshop Aug. 15

Learn some basic Shibori: Binding, blocking, and stitching techniques on fabric. A local artist and instructor, Stella Lee Anderson, will show you a few techniques and some examples of finished Shibori with indigo. Choose whatever method you like and then, dye your fabric in indigo. Participants may bring their own fabric or use some provided for you (tea towels, pillow cases, various fabric). Learn about the history of indigo and see it up close at the museum’s Discovery Lab. $25 materials fee.

Plants and Pigments Aug. 22

Take a short walk around the beautiful Honey Horn property and find out about some interesting, dangerous, edible, and important plants that are native to the Lowcountry. Collect a few leaves and flowers and learn how to use them to dye fabric. Each participant will use plants to dye two tea towels to take home.

August Happenings at Outside

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Aug. 15

See Hilton Head’s natural waterways from a perspective that few get to experience – by the light of the full moon. The tour includes a professional guide, kayaking instruction, kayak, paddle and lifejacket rental.

Fishing excursions

Join in for family fishing, shark fishing or a more serious fishing charter. Trips depart daily and include everything you’ll need. In August, look to catch Spanish Mackarel, kings, sharks and cobia.

Ultimate Lowcountry Day

A full day or half day completely custom designed for you. Choose from a diverse menu of fun options including but not limited to kayaking, private island exploration, dolphin watching, stand up paddleboarding, tubing, castnetting, fishing, crabbing, birding, beachcombing and historic tours.

Keep the Broad Creek Clean Festival

Aug. 8

Free and open to the public. Great festival exhibitors and raffle prizes. Schedule: 3-5 p.m. Kayak Based Clean Up; 4-7 p.m. Festival at Neptune Statue showcasing interactive exhibits, eco-crafts and family fun; 4-5 p.m., live music by Jevon Daly; 7-9 p.m., live music by Shannon Tanner.

Festivals and Fun

Shelter Cove Town Centre Movie Nights

Unfortunately there is no drive-in movie theater here on Hilton Head Island. These movie nights at Shelter Cove Community Park are the next best thing though. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and pillows and sit back and enjoy the movie. Free and open to the public. Family entertainment, pets welcome.

Aug. 1: The Parent Trap Aug. 8: Monsters, Inc.
Aug. 15: Indiana Jones-Raiders of the Lost Ark

When/Where: 9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park (rain or shine)

Gregg Russell summer concerts

Over the years, Gregg Russell has become a Sea Pines classic. You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak in Harbour Town entertaining adults and children alike. His concerts are not to be missed. Free.

When: 8-9:30 p.m., every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through Aug. 23

Sunset Celebration Summer Concert Series

Those cool summer concerts at Shelter Cove Community Park are back. Free and open to the public. Pets welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music and the breeze off Broad Creek.

When/Where: 7-10 p.m., Fridays at Shelter Cove Park


Named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeastern Tourism Society and a “Best of Southern Fests” by The South magazine, HarbourFest returns with music from the beloved Shannon Tanner, weekly Tuesday night fireworks and family friendly entertainment with Cappy the Clown.

Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Details: or Facebook

Looking Forward

Lowcountry Boil SUP Race

Show your SUP skills at the First Annual Lowcountry Boil SUP Race at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Dock. Proceeds benefit the Outside Foundation and the David M. Carmine Foundation.

When: 8 a.m. Sept. 7

Where: Hudson’s Seafood House on the Dock


A Celebration of Life Gala

Hosted by the Pregnancy Center & Clinic. The theme is“And the Beat Goes On,” so put on your 60’s-70’s attire and join in an evening of dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, raffle drawings and  pictures in the photo booth.

When: 5:30 p.m., Sept. 7

Where: Moss Creek Country Club

Details: 843-689-2222

Portrait Connection event

Bluffton artists are creating enduring messages of compassion for families of children with serious medical conditions in the form of smiling portraits of the children they are working so hard to protect. On September 12th the families and artists will come together to present all of the portraits at a beautiful reveal event. The public is welcome to come out and support the local families and artists.

When: Sept. 12

Where: Belfair in Bluffton


1 in 5 Wellness Festival

Did you know 1 in 5 people can develop a mental illness in their lifetime? Celebrate wellness and create a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Live music, food, raffles, activities and games for adults and kids, a “Bust the Stigma” Balloon Pop, yoga, and locally-based wellness resources.

When: 10 a.m.-2  p.m., Sept.14

Where: Shelter Cove Community Park

Details and More:

Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate

BO ART, the collaborative makers’ space and gallery in the island’s south end arts district, will host a reception for Marjory Wentworth, followed by a reading and talk. The Poet Laureate and environmentalist will have her books available for purchase and signing. A limited number of tickets will be available to join Wentworth for a dinner discussion at Trattoria Divina after the program.

When: 5 p.m., Oct.11

Where:  Bo Art

Details: or 843-256-8248

Turn Trash into Cash with Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

Thrift Store Flip is back! Support Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and have a blast unleashing your creativity on the thrift store item of your choosing. Then donate your creation to the silent auction and come to the party. A panel of judges will pick their favorite items and award cash prizes. Dance to music by Malcolm Horn and nosh provided by Calibogue Catering. All proceeds benefit programs of care offered by Hospice of the Lowcountry.

When: 5:30-8 p.m., Nov. 7

Where: LOCAL Life offices in Main Street Village