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Local Scene: December

Trash-to-treasure ideas

Transform items from your donation box into something creative and new.

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry recently hosted its Thrift Store Flip event, a take on the HGTV show Flea Market Flip. Individuals were asked to pick up an item at one of the many local thrift stores and transform it into something creative and new. The stylish recreations were on display for a silent auction Nov. 7 at LOCAL Life headquarters. A panel of judges picked its favorites and awarded cash prizes. The event featured 51 items and raised more than $13,000.

The Winners!

1st Place:

A bright idea: This lamp by Cathy Olivetti found new life by putting good use to those colorful tins you feel bad about throwing away.

2nd Place:

Turning the tables: A combination of shutters, picture frame, and a drawer can go a long way. All you need is a little creativity, a paint brush, and maybe some glue. Lynne Hummell transformed the items into a stunning bright blue table with a drink shelf below.

3rd Place:

In pour taste: Heather Cherichella transformed this massive piece of furniture into an elegant lighted wine rack. We’ll drink to that!

Honorable Mention:

Seeing green: Karen Geiger made a beautiful centerpiece planter out of two old candlesticks and a compact disk rack.

A few of our other favorites:

Sleep tight: This “Sweet Dreams” wooden sign used to be a world map. Amazing what a quick paint job and a few letters can do.

Dream big: Dreams did come true for the winning bidder of this old bookcase, which was transformed into a decorative candle holder.

Orange you glad? : This cute orange patio set was once three ordinary dining room chairs.

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Meet the publisher

What: Indigo Run Women’s Club publisher lunch

When it took place: Nov. 6

Where: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Highlights: LOCAL Life publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb spoke to more than 90 members of the Indigo Run Women’s Club about all things Lowcountry and LOCAL Life. The club provides an opportunity for women moving into Indigo Run to find new friends who share common interests, easing the transition into a new home and location.

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Beefed up

What: Dickie Brennan Big Easy Beef Steak Pop-up Dinner

When it took place: Nov. 13

Where: Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar

Photographer: Estes Public Relations

Highlights: New Orleans legend Dickie Brennan made a stop on Hilton Head Island for a special beefy, bourbony bonanza. Brennan is a third-generation restaurateur of the famed Brennan family who grew up just two blocks from his family’s Commander’s Palace. He worked under the tutelage of chef Paul Prudhomme and helped open Palace Cafe in 1991. He now operates several popular restaurants in the New Orleans area. Food was served family style and included starters, mains, sides, dessert and house-made cocktails. Here is a recipe for one that was served.

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Lucky Rooster –You’re Not Pre-Peared


2 ounces Redemption Whiskey

1/2 ounce cardamom-infused honey

1/2 ounce pear puree

2 dashes barrel-aged bitters


Shake all ingredients together and double-strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a thyme sprig.

Joy rides

What: Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival

When it took place: Nov. 2-3

Where: Port Royal Golf Club, Hilton Head Island

Highlights: The 2019 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival drew collectors, enthusiasts and visitors who appreciate the design, technology and beauty of memorable automobiles, boats and motorcycles. It is one of the fastest growing automotive lifestyle events in the country. Best of Show was awarded to a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet owned by Robert S. Jepson Jr. of Savannah. Attendees at the event chose a 1929 Ford Station Wagon as the People’s Choice winner.

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A sensory experience

What: Michael Ross artists reception at Mystic Osprey Fine Art Gallery

When it took place: Nov. 1

Where: Habersham Marketplace, Beaufort

Highlights: More than 80 people attended the artists reception for Michael Ross at Mystic Osprey Fine Art Gallery. Ross has shown his work in galleries around the country, and is featured in the permanent collections of the University of Georgia, the Washington, DC, Department of Transportation, and in numerous private collections in the United States and in Europe.

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Celebrating all things Italian

What: Italian Heritage Festival

When it took place: Oct. 26

Where: Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn

Highlights: Despite the threat of rain, it turned out to be a beautiful, cool day and the rain held off after until the festival was over. The popular local event was filled with delicious food, music, games and fun.

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Healthy living

What: The Mediterranean Lifestyle Adapted to the Southern Atlantic

When it took place: Nov. 11

Where it took place: Sea Pines Country Club

Highlights: Kim Baretta, a pioneer in healthy, gourmet nutrition, spoke about the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle to a packed house at Sea Pines Country Club. Members and guests were treated to a delicious, compliant dinner prepared by executive chef Brian Coseo. Baretta gave an overview of the five elements of the Mediterranean lifestyle (diet, exercise, rest, learning and socialization) tying each to existing programming and activities at the club. Coming off the opening of its brand new and expanded fitness center, Sea Pines Country Club was named one of “America’s Healthiest Clubs.”

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Hit parade

What: Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade

When it took place: Nov. 9

Where: South Forest Beach, Hilton Head Island

Photographer: TR Media World

Highlights: Hundreds of locals illuminated the night with lanterns to celebrate the history, ecology and people of Hilton Head Island. The unique event was created by and featured artist Chantelle Rytter. The after-party took place at the Tiki Hut and featured local band, Pretty Darn.

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