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February 2020 Happenings

Meetings & Gatherings

See Him Live – Alex Kershaw

World Affairs Council- Evening Speaker Series

Who: New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw to talk about D-Day

When: 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18

Where: SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island

Tickets: Call 843-384-6758 or go to

Hilton Head Prep presents Beauty and the Beast

When: 7 p.m., Feb. 19-22; 2 p.m., Feb. 23

Where: Hilton Head Preparatory School Main Street Theatre

Tickets and information: or call 843-671-2286. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the door.

Hilton Head Preparatory School’s new artistic director, Patti Maurer, is following up her sold-out smash first show fall spectacular with the iconic Disney production Beauty and the Beast at Prep’s own Main Street Theatre on Feb. 19-23. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Everyone knows this story and people of all ages love it.

The production value of “Beauty and the Beast” is apparent in the magnificent costumes. Maurer reached out to costume designer, Travis Halsey, in Chicago, who designs and builds costumes of the highest quality. Maurer also invited actor, voice artist and director David de Vries to Hilton Head Prep to teach a specialized Master Class to the entire cast about working with the underscoring of “Beauty and the Beast”. He plans to help these young actors understand the musical template of the show as the subtext of their characters.

Art Showings, Plays & Performances

Upcoming Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra performances

February 9-10 | Superheroes, Action and Adventure

The evening will include the scores of many favorite popular movies, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Batman, X-Men, Superman and Pirates of the Caribbean. Superheroes have their roots in the heroes of myth and legend. Comic strips of the early 20th century provided the perfect visual medium for the development for these larger-than-life characters. Musical scores were written by great composers such as John Williams (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars) for the movie versions. The symphony offers an evening of these movie themes.

Details:, 843-842-2055

February 23-24 | Grieg & Vaughan Williams and Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Sir Edward William Elgar (1857–1934) composed some of England’s most beloved musical works, including Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstances Marches. Enigma Variations, one of the greatest pieces of the 19th century, begins with a haunting theme and continues with 14 variations on that theme. Each of the 14 variations has a cryptic subtitle that relates to a particular person (or animal) in Elgar’s life, including his wife, his publisher, and various friends and students. The concert also highlights the symphony’s own Reid Messich playing the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto. Messich is the principal oboist of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra as well as the Memphis IRIS Orchestra and has performed with many of the world’s greatest musical artists.

Details:, 843-842-2055

Upcoming SoundWaves events

Feb. 1: Youth Concerto Competition finals

Feb. 13: SoundWaves Cabaret Series: Sip, Savor and Song

Feb. 14: IPC Recital Series, Junior Jazz Foundation

Feb. 15: Lowcountry Originals Presents Taylor Kent

Feb. 16: SoundWaves Presents Hilton Head Live!

Feb. 29: SoundBites Presents Sara Burns


Michael Reibel Fine Art opening party

Michael Reibel describes his work as a pursuit in visual poetry to capture the rich patina and beauty of the Southern landscape. In addition, he has created an extremely popular series of still-life bourbon paintings from his native state of Kentucky. Reibel walked away from his corporate day job and relocated to the Lowcountry from Kentucky in 2016 to pursue his fine art career. Reibel is hosting a grand opening of his new Beaufort studio in conjunction with Beaufort’s First Friday event.

When: 5-8 p.m., Feb. 7

Where: Atelier on Bay, Beaufort

Details: or 843-592-8512

The Amazing Kreskin

This mind-reading mentalist with a showman’s flair will leave even the most skeptical audiences in awe. While his impressive career affirms his otherworldly talent, you cannot grasp just how “amazing” he is, until you see him.

When: Feb. 17

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Details: or 843-842-ARTS(2787)

Lowcountry Jewish Film Festival, Part II

Sponsored by Congregation Beth Yam, the Lowcountry Jewish Film Festival will have its Part II showings throughout the month. “Heading Home” is an uplifting documentary about the Israeli baseball team. A quiet rebellion in the Warsaw ghetto is depicted in the documentary “Who Will Write Our History.” The third offering is “Shoelaces,” set in Israel, about an aging father who is forced to reconnect with his special-needs son. Stay after the shows for a Q&A.

When: 4 p.m., Feb. 9 “Heading Home”; 4 p.m., Feb. 16 “Who Will Write Our History”; 7 p.m., Feb. 18 “Shoelaces”

Where: Coligny Theater 


Weekends at The Jazz Corner

Celebrating 21 years of jazz, and acclaimed as one of the top “Great Jazz Rooms” in the world by Downbeat Magazine, The Jazz Corner’s intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment and a great meal. Doors open at 6 and concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., nightly.

Jan. 31, Feb. 1: The Ben Rosenblum Trio

Feb. 7: The Eric Jones Trio featuring Cynthia Utterbach of Lady Legends

Feb. 8: Eight-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and trumpeter/vocalist Joe Gransden with The Eric Jones Trio

Feb. 14-15: Grammy nominated musician/producer Quentin E. Baxter presents The Quentin Baxter Quintet

Feb. 21-22: The Peter & Will Anderson Trio

Feb. 28-29: The Hot Club of France “Gypsy Jazz” featuring French Accordionist Frederic Gomes

Details:, 843-842-8620

Les Bonnes Artistes presents Contrasts & Colour

Delicate watercolors, dynamic collages, luscious oil paintings and innovative printmaking are among the mediums you will see at this year’s exhibit from Les Bonnes Artistes. According to Joyce Nagel, “The title, Contrasts & Colour, brings to you their interpretations and inspirations of these exciting visual candies of their art visions.”

When: Exhibit runs through Feb. 21

Where: The Coastal Discovery Museum

Details: or 843-689-6767

2020 All Saints Garden Tour Art Show

Hilton Head Regional Hospital hosts the All Saints Garden Tour Art Show, a contest for local artists. Up to 70 artworks in various media including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, mixed media, photography and colored pencil are accepted in the competition. The public is invited to visit the exhibit in the main corridor of the hospital and cast their vote for the People’s Choice award. During a reception for the artists in the hospital lobby on March 1, the contest winner will be announced. The work of the winning artist will appear on the 2020 poster, which will be displayed in businesses throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties and on the cover of the ticket booklet. All of the works are for sale and part of the proceeds will be contributed to the Garden Tour.

When: Exhibit runs Feb. 1- March 1

Where: Hilton Head Regional Hospital


Society of Bluffton Artists’ 26th annual judged call for entries

Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ 26th Annual Judged Show. Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D.


Richard Grant presents ‘Good Vibrations’

Local artist Richard Grant’s February featured artist exhibit will pay homage to surfing and travel posters from the 1960s and 1970s. Grant imagines sun, sand and surf using clean lines and negative space. He reduces a beach, a wave or a tree to seemingly simple images that lead to revelations of complexity. Grant’s work is displayed at the Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago, The Art League of Hilton Head Island gallery and several local businesses. Grant’s installations can be found at Ceres’ Table, Juno and Alinea restaurants in Chicago.

When: Exhibit runs Feb. 5-29, meet the artist opening reception 5-7 p.m., Feb. 5

Where: The Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery in Old Town Bluffton

Notes: These events are free and open to the public.


Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’

Four couples arrive at the 10th-anniversary celebration party for New York’s deputy mayor and his wife, only to find the mayor with a gunshot wound and the wife missing. The madcap antics are set in Palisades at a dinner party that goes topsy-turvy from beginning to end. Broadway World declared, “Neil Simon’s Rumors is a rollicking good time!”

When: Feb. 4-23

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Details: or 843-842-ARTS(2787)

Festivals and Fun

Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration

Now in its 24th year, the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is an African-American history and culture festival that captures the spirit and significance of Gullah culture. Recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, this event attracts local, regional and international visitors. Experience the food, art, music, dance, history and messages of the native island culture.

When: Jan.29-Feb. 28


Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast
8 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 1, Cherry Hill School

Freedom Day
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 1, Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park

Family and Friends Day
7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 4, Historic First African Baptist Church

Gullah Heritage Music Series Featuring Male Quartets
7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 7, Historic First African Baptist Church

Taste of Gullah
12-3 p.m., Feb. 8, Art Center of Coastal Carolina

Hilton Head Island Back in the Day: Through the Eyes of Gullah Elders
7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 1 and 6, Coligny Theater

Paint and Sip
6-8 p.m., Feb. 13, Art League Academy

Gullah Heritage Music Series Featuring Gospel Classics
7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 14, Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Gullah Institute Presents: How to Preserve Gullah Culture, Heritage and Family Heirlooms
9-11 a.m., Feb. 15, Mary Ann Peeples Pavilion at
Honey Horn

Native Island Golf Classic
9 a.m., Feb. 15, Bear Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Island Plantation

The Gullah Market and Block Party: An Arts, Crafts, and Food Expo
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Honey Horn

Gullah Heritage Music Series Featuring the Voices of El Shaddai
7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 21, Queen Chapel AME Church

Gullah Tales and Songs with the Legendary Ron Daise
5 p.m., Feb. 23, Comedy Magic Cabaret

Paint and Sip
6-8 p.m., Feb. 27, Art League Academy

Gullah Heritage Music Series Closing Night
7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 28, St. James Baptist Church

Fundraising Events

Shooting clays for a good cause

Pockets Full of Sunshine’s Sporting Clays Shoot returns to Forest City Gun Club.

What do you get when you cross a Palmetto Moon and a Sunshine?

Pockets Full of Sunshine is a local nonprofit that enhances the lives of special needs adults through the involvement and engagement in community activities. Dreams are born at night, when our universe is on full display, each star representing people in our lives, or perhaps wishes, goals and hope. During the day, the sun turns seeds into flowers, shines brightly on us highlighting opportunities, and provides energy, vitality and goodness.

It is no accident that an unwanted, discarded section of a car part label, the center of which looks like a sunshine, has become the powerfully emblematic symbol, guiding beacon, and logo for PFS. Every project, event and activity that PFS is engaged in will have the “Sunshine” on full display, whether it is on a custom-printed shirt order (PFS micro business), holiday cards and crafts made from recycled materials, gnomes made from hurricane wood, tree ornaments from oyster shells, or key chains, etc. Whenever you see people out in the community displaying the recognizable Sunshine logo, you will know they have made a meaningful impact on PFS and are part of the message of spreading the sun. A beautiful thing!

Pride, enjoyment, a sense of worth and accomplishment and camaraderie are all cornerstones of the mission “turning seeds into flowers.” One event included baking cookies with USCB culinary students alongside Jim Furyk and sharing them with Darius Rucker. It was featured on NBC’s golf broadcast and the group later was recognized nationally as the 2019 PGA Tour Charity of the Year finalist.

As 2019 came to a close, the “Rays” (a moniker PFS gives to its participants) have worked harder, participated more and have been included more fully than ever before. The community support has been incredible from youth groups, businesses, churches, community events, farmers markets, foundations, and individual gifts from generous members of the community, both young and old. It has been a true testament and validation of the PFS mission. You are the stars in the galaxy, proudly shining bright!

Everything is a teachable moment and opportunity for PFS. It does not receive any government funding, relying solely on community contributions, selling homemade products and wares at festivals, and fundraising events. March 6 marks the annual PFS Sporting Clays Shoot at the famed Forest City Gun Club in Savannah. The event is open to the public and early signup is encouraged. Participants, sponsors, and volunteers are treated to a one-of-a-kind experience with a full day of food, exhibition, shooting awards and reception. The day also includes an auction highlighting handcrafted items made by the Rays, as well as a selection of donated treasures.

The event is open to shooters of all abilities (a beginners clinic is offered). Participants can create their own 4-person team or sign up individually and get paired up. Sponsorship opportunities are available and greatly appreciated.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., March 6

Where: Forest City Gun Club, Savannah

Details: Proceeds benefit Pockets Full of Sunshine, a nonprofit providing social and vocational opportunities for adults with disabilities of the Lowcountry. Register online at or contact Carol Bartholomew at 843-384-1315.

13th annual Super Bowl Sunday 5K Run/Walk to fight pediatric cancer

Decorate your golf cart and join this annual fundraiser. Beer, water, soda and chili available after the race. Proceeds benefit THON, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon to help conquer Pediatric Cancer.

When: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 2

Where: Okatie Ale House, Bluffton

Details: 843-706-2537,

Long Cove Fund accepting 2020 grant applications

The Long Cove Fund will be accepting applications through March 31 for grants that will be made this year to nonprofit organizations in Beaufort and Jasper counties. To be considered, organizations should have plans for a project to improve health, housing, hunger or educational issues. Those who received Long Cove grants in 2019, interim reports should be submitted prior to March 1 in order to be considered for a grant in 2020.

When: Deadline for new applications is March 31

Details: or 843-686-1070

February at Outside

Details at

Page Island Oyster Roast

This is a fundraiser for the Kids in Kayaks Scholarship Fund, an initiative of The Outside Foundation. This family friendly event offers attendees a true Lowcountry experience, including a round-trip boat cruise from Harbour Town to the private, remote and pristine Page Island; an oyster roast and other local fare prepared on-site in authentic Lowcountry fashion; live music by a local band; silent and live auctions of goods and services donated by local businesses; and games and activities for kids. 1-5 p.m., March 1. Page Island

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge excursion

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a gem of the Southeast, and the lifeblood of the refuge is the Savannah River. This three-hour boat tour provides views of the Savannah Riverfront and an in-depth tour of the Georgia Ports Authority. It’s a naturalist’s dream come true. The tour, led by a naturalist captain, ventures upriver from Savannah and navigates through portions of the 29,000-acre refuge’s tidal creeks and marshes. Boat through what were plantation rice fields in the 18th century. Now, they are home to hundreds of bird species, diverse wildlife, and a remarkable ecosystem. Learn about Savannah’s history, see the local wildlife thriving in the refuge, and explore.

The Outback excursion

The Outback begins with a guided dolphin eco cruise to a private chain of islands, Page Island. This remote location is Outside’s adventure outpost – complete with flushing toilets, picnic tables, extensive boardwalks, docks, a pier and hammocks. Once on the island, your guide will review the basics of kayaking and then put you out in your kayak from Outside’s custom launch. Once the group is floating, your guide will lead you through the undisturbed marshes on the back side of Daufuskie Island. This over-the-top trip is offered from Hilton Head, Palmetto Bluff and Savannah Harbour.

Informative & Entertaining

History & High Tea author’s chat

The beauty, mystery and inherent sense of place in the Lowcountry have inspired many writers. Meet some of our local authors who tell their story while also telling ours. They’ll join the group for tea, share about their books, and be available for book signings. Brought to you by the Heritage Library.

When: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19

Where: South Carolina Yacht Club


History & happy hour

Much of history was celebrated with the lifting of a pint or two. This new program from the Heritage Library combines a local history lesson, followed by a beer tasting. February’s topic is The Battle of Honey Hill.


When: 5 -7 p.m., Feb. 24

Where: FISH Casual Coastal Seafood


Rosa Parks, a Building Bridges presentation

Award winning lecturer Dr. Patricia Felton-Montgomery will offer a presentation on the courageous and iconic moment when Rosa Parks inspired change in America. Reservations requested.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., Feb. 8 

Where: St. Andrew-By-The-Sea UMC, Bluffton Campus

Details: or 843-705-3918

Coastal Discovery Museum

Details at or 843-689-6767

Camellias – History and Romantic Stories of our ‘Winter Rose’

Master Gardeners and garden founders Donna and Fred Manske will share legends of the camellia and tips on growing your own in the Lowcountry. The Coastal Discovery Museum’s Camellia Garden has 131 varieties that represent all the shapes and sizes that these winter-blooming plants exhibit. After an indoor presentation, proceed to the garden with the Manskes for a guided tour and hear more about their vision and dedication, which helped build and maintain this special part of Historic Honey Horn. 10 am • Feb. 4

Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required.

HL Hunley Program

Historian Steve Quick presents the story of the HL Hunley. Not named until after the tragic death on board of its benefactor, the HL Hunley went on to be the first successful submarine attack in history. Its first was unfortunately also its last. Lost until it was discovered off South Carolina coast in 1996, it has been under the microscope since it was raised. It has stubbornly clung to many of its secrets for 18 years. Part history, part technology, part mystery, there is something in this compelling story for everyone. 2 pm • Feb. 5

Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required

Tracking Bird Migrations: Past and Present

Since John James Audubon tied a silver thread around a jay’s foot in 1808 and verified its return the following year, researchers have been refining methodologies to track the movements of birds. Join professional naturalist and environmental educator Bob Speare to learn about Tracking Bird Migrations. Bob will highlight a variety of ways that birds are being tracked both locally and on a global scale, and some of the amazing things we’re learning about them. 2 pm • Feb. 3

Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required

A Feathered Who’s Who in the Lowcountry

Join in for this program presented by Diana Churchill, author of “Birder’s Eye View” in the Savannah Morning News, and the book, “Birder’s Eye View: Savannah and the Low Country.” This participatory program will give you an entertaining introduction to some of our Lowcountry bird celebrities. We are blessed to host a diverse assortment of birds in our forests, marshes, lagoons, tidal creeks, and on our sandy beaches. Bring your eyes, ears and thinking caps. Feb. 10

The cost is $7 per person and reservations are required

Sweetgrass Basket-Making Classes

Offered as part of Discovery Night at the Museum, learn about the history of the Sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s best known art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker. Then, try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials. 5-7 pm • Feb. 13

The cost is $65 adult and reservations are required

Hidden Beauty of Sand

Join Capt. Tom Anderson and explore the beauty and the complexity of sand. Examine samples of red, yellow, pink, black, green and even purple sand from the lecturer’s private collection; explore the microscopic beauty of individual grains; inspect round, egg-shaped, and star-shaped sand grains to discover clues to their origin; watch sand dunes march along the beach and across vast deserts; observe individual sand grains bouncing in the wind; learn about the structure of various sand dunes; listen to recordings of “singing” and “barking sand;” meet some of the many ocean and land animals that make their home in the sand; and browse through an eclectic gallery of sand sculptures. 2 pm • Feb. 19

Cost of the program is $7 per person and reservations are required

Community Oyster Shell Recycling and Bed Restoration

Jean Fruh will discuss how The Outside Foundation, a small, local, nonprofit received funding from an environmental giant, Patagonia to establish a community- based oyster shell recycling and bed restoration project here on Hilton Head Island. Jean is the Executive Director of TOF. Its mission is to get kids outside and to protect and preserve our local environment. 2 pm • Feb. 24

Cost of the program is $7 per person and reservations are required

Looking Forward

Brain Health Summit 3

When: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., March 11

Where: Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort

Details: Spend the day with national, regional, and local subject-matter experts who will demonstrate ways to care for your brain health and overall well-being.

Tickets and information: 843-842-6688,

Lean Ensemble presents ‘Cry it Out’

Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, corporate lawyer Jessie strikes up a fast friendship with community-college dropout Lina. They don’t have much in common, but marooned at home with infants, they build a sleep-deprived bond. When a nearby stay-at-home dad, Mitchell, offers to join them, it complicates the neighborly camaraderie, not least because he’s clearly upset that his wife is putting her career first. A candid comedy that takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby and the dilemma of returning to work.

When: March 19-29

Where: HHPS Main Street Theatre, Hilton Head

Details:, 843-715-6676

‘Making Waves’ at TEDxHiltonHead

This year’s TEDxHiltonHead event will celebrate those “making waves” to create change and feature their “Ideas Worth Spreading” that have made a true difference in the lives of others. Two-time All Pro NFL player, environmental advocate and eco athlete Ovie Mughelli, Janet Porter, Ph.D., and Dr. Chloe Carmichael will be among more than a dozen speakers gathering to address and celebrate the topic of “Making Waves.”

When: 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., March 14

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina


Polo at the Bluff

This one-of-a-kind polo event is where the community comes together to enjoy an exhibition polo match and open their hearts to help raise funds to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

When: Doors open at 1 p.m., match at 2 p.m., March 29

Where: Longfield Stables, Palmetto Bluff

Details: $40-$125.