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February 2021 Happenings

25th Annual Gullah Celebration

The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration celebrates all things Gullah — art, food, music and people. This year’s events feature the Arts Ob We People — Art Exhibition and Sale, A Taste of Gullah, Soul Food and Friends — Cooking Series, Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast and Freedom Day. Events are scheduled to take place throughout February. Tickets and more information can be found at gullahcelebration.com.


Freedom Day: Exploring the Families of Historic Mitchelville

In partnership with Lowcountry Gullah, Mitchelville Freedom Park will premier “Freedom Day: Exploring the Families of Historic Mitchelville.” This documentary will showcase the journey to freedom through the stories and conversations of the descendants of the way makers in Mitchelville. In addition to meeting families that have called Hilton Head Island home for over 200 years, you’ll find out how Harriet Tubman and Clara Barton of The American Red Cross contributed to the success of historic Mitchelville. The documentary will premier at noon February 1, available online at exploremitchelville.org.



Plays & Performances 

Noises Off 

A play-within-a-play about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors, this Tony Award-winner takes a hilarious look at the follies of theater folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure of pure hilarity. Noises Off captures a touring troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run.

When: February 2-28  Where: Arts Center 
Details: artshhi.com


Rodney Carrington Live

Stand-up comedian, actor and country music artist Rodney Carrington will perform.

When: February 20

Where: Savannah Civic Center

Details: artshhi.com


Upcoming Performances at Arts Center

March 26:Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre

April 21-May23: Kinky Boots, musical

Tickets: artshhi.com



Enlightening Talks

Lunch with Kimmery Martin

The USCB Center for the Arts is hosting author Kimmery Martin on Feb. 18 as part of its Lunch with Authors series.
Learn more at uscbcenterforthearts.com.



Art Showings

Treasures of our Coastal State

The Coastal Discovery Museum’s newest exhibition is a juried and curated exhibit by the members of the South Carolina chapter of the National Association of Women Artists. See it at the museum until Feb. 28.


Calling All Artists 

Artists of the Lowcountry are invited and encouraged to enter the Society of Bluffton Artists’ 27th Annual Judged Show, where first-, second- and third-place cash awards will be presented to each category. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be from 5-7 p.m. March 3

When: March 3rd-April 5

Where: SOBA Gallery

Details: sobagallery.com



Virtual Events

Mountainfilm on Tour 

This is the third year in a row that the Island Academy of Hilton Head is bringing Mountainfilm on Tour to the community. This documentary provides a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed, and inspiring films curated from the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival that’s held in Colorado every year. This event will be held virtually, running Feb. 11-14. Purchase tickets at mountainfilm.org.


Tchaikovsky – Fourth Symphony Dec 29-30, 2017

HHSO Orchestra Series: Live Stream

Faced with venue and gathering restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will present its February Orchestra Series program as a live-stream from its SoundWaves at Coligny studio. To better ensure the safety of the performers during rehearsals and performances, the concert repertoire has been changed to use a smaller number of players.

Upcoming HHSO performances: 

Feb. 8: Orchestra Series Concert 6: The Birth of Swing

Feb. 22: Orchestra Series Concert 7: Haydn-fest!



Live Performances

Ruby Lee’s South

Feb. 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25:Target The Band

Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13 19, 20, 26, 27: Fresh Vibe

Details: rubyleessouth.com


The Jazz Corner

Feb. 5, 6: Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28: Deas Guys

Feb. 8, 12, 13, 15, 22: The Martin Lesch Band

Feb. 9, 16, 23: Fat Tuesdays

Feb. 10, 24: Bobby Ryder

Feb. 11, 18, 25: Lavon Stevens, featuring Louise Spencer

Feb. 17: Quiana Parler with The Lavon Stevens Trio

Feb. 26, 27: The Jeremy Wolf Group

Tickets: thejazzcorner.com


Roasting Room 

Feb. 12: Something from Nothing

Feb. 13: Seth Walker

Feb. 26: Stop Light Observations

Tickets: roastingroomlounge.com


Rooftop Bar at Poseidon

Feb. 3, 10, 17: Coastal Country Night

Feb. 4, 11: Dueling Pianos Show

Feb. 6, 13: DJ Dance Party

Feb. 7: Super Bowl Sunday at The Rooftop Bar

Feb. 12: OCD Rocks The Rooftop

Tickets: therooftophhi.com



Fashionable & Fundraising

Antiques Appraisal & Silent Auction  

Kiwanis Club of Bluffton’s annual fundraiser with authorized and registered appraisers and an online silent auction will benefit and support local children and various service projects that Kiwanis does in the local community. The appraisers will be on-site to determine the value of your heirlooms, jewelry and antiques. There is a $10 fee per item appraised, or $25 for every three items. 

When: Jan. 20-Feb. 21 (Auction),  Feb. 20, 10 a.m-4p.m (Appraisal)

Where: Online & Seaquins Ballroom, Bluffton

Details: https://blufftonkiwanis.org/Page/48302


Jude Frances Trunk Show 

View the new spring collection and pieces that will take you from day into evening. Jude Frances jewelry offers something for women of all ages, combining classic elegance with on trend shapes and styles. A complimentary gift will come with each purchase.

When: February 11-12 , 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where: Forsythe Jewelers

Details: forsythejewelers.biz



Save the Dates

BravoPiano! Festival

The 2021 BravoPiano! festival, produced by the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, has been moved to June 4-12. Attendees will celebrate the music of the Americas with performances of solo piano, piano with small ensembles, and piano with orchestra. BravoPiano! will take place at various venues in the Hilton Head and Bluffton area. 

Tickets go on sale April 5 online at hhipc.org.


Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival (Feb. 21-27, 2022) is a weeklong culinary and cultural tourism event where top chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, local seafood, artisans, live music and wildlife come together. Learn more at hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com.



Informative Events

Heritage Library Happenings

Feb. 2: Beginning Genealogy

Feb. 8: Family Tree Maker Part IV: Creating a Final Project

Feb. 9: Point of No Return – The Yemassee War of 1715

Feb. 18: The Reconstruction Era on Hilton Head Island

Feb. 24: Colonial Hilton Head

Details: heritagelib.org


Lowcountry Camellias 

Camellias are fascinating plants with a rich history. Although not native to America, they have been part of the South since the 1700s and have been cultivated for their beauty in many Lowcountry gardens. The Coastal Discovery Museum has a camellia garden with over 130 plant and flower varieties. Garden manager Wendy Dickes will discuss the history, diversity, and significance of camellias, as well as the necessary knowledge to grow and care for camellias in the Lowcountry.

Coastal Discovery Museum Events:

Feb. 1: Southeast Coastal Birds

Feb. 3: For the Perils and Fortunes of the Sea: The Final Voyage of the French Corsair Le Prince

Feb. 8: The Nutritional Value of Native versus Non-native Berries for Migrating Birds 

Feb. 10: Life Cycles Associated with the Salt Marsh 

Feb. 17: Daily Life and Extraordinary Ceremony at the Sea Pines Shell Ring

Feb. 24: Lowcountry Camellias


WACHH Evening Speaker Series

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head is continuing its virtual Evening Speaker Series. The events will be held via Zoom, and tickets are $10. Learn more at wachh.org.

March 9: “An Olympic Odyssey: An Insider’s Perspective of Olympic History” will be presented by Dr. William James Mallon, an American orthopedic surgeon, former professional golfer, and leading authority on the history of the Olympic Games.

Feb. 9: “Delivering Healthcare” will be presented by Dr. Colin Moseley, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada. 


WACHH Friday Speaker Series

Coming Up:

On Feb. 5, the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head will host Steven Olikara and his presentation of “How the Rise of Millennials and Gen Z will shape American Foreign Policy.” Olikara is the founder and president of Millennial Action Project. This event will take place via Zoom. Learn more at wachh.org.


Memory Matters Virtual Brain Boosters

During three two-hour Zoom sessions, participants will learn brain anatomy and physiology, how emotions affect the brain, neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, how to increase brain reserve, memory enhancement techniques, and the five brain healthy interventions. Cost is $99. Call Memory Matters at 843-842-6688 to register.



Coastal Discovery Museum events

Southeast Coastal Birds

Featured speaker Paul Weatherhead will be discussing how birds have been an indicator species for our entire world history and all over the globe. Migratory birds travel 20,000 miles round trip from the tip of Argentina to the Arctic circle, and some of them live and pass through Hilton Head Island. 

When: Feb. 1, 2 p.m. 

Where: Coastal Discovery Museum or online 

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 


“For the Perils and Fortunes of the Sea”: The Final Voyage of the French Corsair Le Prince

In early 1577, a French corsair, Le Price, struck the shoals off Saint Elena at present-day Port Royal Sound. In 1996, the Maritime Research Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina launched a project to locate the remains of the corsair. James Spirek, speaker and State Underwater Archaeologist for South Carolina, will focus on the French corsairing, the preparations in France for undertaking a voyage to Peru and other destinations, the subsequent triumphs sailing along the Spanish Main and the Caribbean, and consequent triumphs after wrecking off Saint Elena. 

When: Feb. 3, 2 p.m.

Where: Online only

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 


The Nutritional Value of Native versus Non-native Berries for Migrating Birds 

Bob Speare will be discussing the reasons why many non-native plants and animals have an advantage over native species in the ability to exploit resources such as food, water, and light, while being less affected by disease, predation, drought, and other factors that keep native species in balance. He’ll also focus on studies that compared the nutritional value of native berry-producing shrubs to some of the common non-native species used by migrating birds. Speare has been a professional naturalist and environmental educator for over 30 years and has led birding and photography tips throughout the US and abroad. 

When: Feb, 8, 2 p.m.

Where: Online only

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 


Life Cycles Associated with the Salt Marsh

Al Stokes, retired biologist and manager of the Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton, will be giving a presentation describing our salt marsh habitat, its physical characteristics, and the relationship with some of our marine wildlife. He’ll touch on why the Lowcountry salt marsh is of vital importance to the coastal waters, how local fisheries relate to the salt marsh, and why it’s classified as one of the most productive environments on Earth.

When: Feb. 10, 2 p.m.

Where: Online only

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 


Daily Life and Extraordinary Ceremony at the Sea Pines Shell Ring 

Matthew Sanger, the curator of North American Archaeology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian, will discuss recent work at the Sea Pines Shell Ring, which shows that Native Americans changed the use of this site over time. What they once used as a place of habitation was then used as a place to conduct rituals and cremate their dead. Native Americans built the Sea Pines Shell Ring roughly 4,000 years ago with tens of thousands of oyster and clam shells. 

When: Feb. 17, 2 p.m.

Where: Online only

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 


Lowcountry Camellias

Camellias are fascinating plants with a rich history. Although not native to America, they have been part of the South since the 1700s and have been cultivated for their beauty in many Lowcountry gardens. The Coastal Discovery Museum has a camellia garden with over 130 plant and flower varieties. Garden manager Wendy Dickes will discuss the history, diversity, and significance of camellias, as well as the necessary knowledge to grow and care for camellias in the Lowcountry.

When: Feb. 24, 2 p.m.

Where: Online only

Details: coastaldiscovery.org 



Heritage Library Winter programs

Family Tree Maker Part III: Introducing the Web Search and Places Tabs 

Part three of four in the Family Tree Maker Series. Learn to follow your ancestors through maps; search websites through Family Tree Maker, add favorite search types; and add information directly to your tree. Additional information on media will be included. This is the next step towards creating a finished product. Participants must have completed parts one and two. 


Beginning Genealogy

You have all this time on your hands, why not start your family story? This class will focus on basic research skills, much of which you can do for free. Also learn how to organize your work to help you stay on track. 

Instructor: Linda Piekut

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

When: Feb. 2, 6-7 p.m.


Family Tree Maker Part IV: Creating a Final Project: Find and Fix Errors, Get Started with the Publish Tab

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. Participants must have completed Family Tree Maker parts two and three.

Instructor: Carol Clemens

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

When: Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. – noon 


Point of No Return – The Yemassee War of 1715

Discover how the war years from 1702 to 1728, focusing on the Yemassee War of 1715, altered abruptly the direction of the economy of South Carolina and shaped the landscape of European settlement in the Southeast for the future. 

Instructor: Richard Thomas

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

When: Feb. 9, 11 a.m. – noon


The Reconstruction Era on Hilton Head Island

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 of Hilton Head based upon the many hours of research and documentation by the volunteers of the Heritage Library.

Instructor: Linda Piekut

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

When: Feb. 18, 6-7 p.m.


Colonial Hilton Head

Learn about the fascinating times during the century prior to and during the American Revolution, when the pioneering spirit of the residents of southern Beaufort District carved out a frontier society with Hilton Head the center of agricultural and industrial prominence in the shadow of the bustling port and trading center of Beaufort. 

Instructor: Richard Thomas

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

When: Feb. 24, 10-11 a.m.



Doing good in our neighborhood

Three Nonprofits Receive $159K from Town COVID-19 HUD Funding 

For the fourth round of COVID-19 related grantmaking, The Foundation for Educational Excellence, The Children’s Center, and Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island received funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grants that the Town of Hilton Head Island received.


Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Announces 2021 Academic Scholarship Program

Once again, scholarships will be offered to graduating high school seniors. Scholarship awardees are eligible to receive scholarship funding of $4,000 per year for a maximum of four years. Applicants must reside in Hilton Head Island and/or attend a public or private Hilton Head Island school. Additional information and the application can be found at hiltonheadrotary.org.