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Local Scene: Happenings Around Town

Inspiring Talks

What: Private speaker reception for TEDx Hilton Head Reinvention
When it took place: May 10
Where: J Costello Gallery
Photographer: Rex Gale
Highlights: Many of the speakers for the TEDx Hilton Head Reinvention event at SoundWaves gathered for a private speaker reception for Joseph Patrick Arnegger. A good time was had by all. At the event, 20 speakers shared their ideas worth spreading about how reinvention took hold of their lives, and the metamorphosis that followed.

A good walk

What: American Heart Association’s 2019 Palmetto Heart Walk
When it took place: April 27
Where: Shelter Cove Community Park
Photographer: J.T. Smith
Highlights: Hundreds of survivors of heart disease and stroke were among the many locals supporting cardiovascular research and education by participating in the 2019 Palmetto Heart Walk. Attendees had a choice of a one-mile loop or a 5K route. Walking 30 minutes a day greatly reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Guardian Angels

What: MCAS Beaufort Air Show
When it took place: April 25
Where: Beaufort
Photographer: 2nd Lt. Samuel Elkholm
Highlights: Maj. Paul “Loco” Lopez and the F-22 Raptor Demo Team made a historic aerial flight alongside the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for just the second time in history. Soaring over the skies of Beaufort, the F-22 and F-18 flew in formation to showcase two of the world’s premier demonstration teams.

Buyer’s market

What: 17th annual Art Market at Honey Horn
When it took place: April 27-28
Where: Honey Horn
Photographer: Kristen Watts
Highlights: Ninety accomplished artists from across the country offered their work for purchase while competing for $5,000 in prizes. Elizabeth Borowsky won Best in Show, Samuel Yao took second place and Beth Williams placed third.

Ahoy there!

What: Windmill Harbour Cup
When it took place: May 4-5
Where: Hilton Head Island
Photographer: Mark Newman
Highlights: The South Carolina Yacht Club hosted this inaugural sailing event, which was the largest on Hilton Head Island since the Olympic trials in 1996 and the Mumm 30 Worlds in 1998. Thirty-five sailboats engaged on the two race courses. Boats from Savannah, Beaufort, Charleston, and Hilton Head Island participated.

True professionals

What: PGA Professional Championship
When it took place: April 28-May 1
Where: Belfair
Photographer: Courtesy of the PGA of America
Highlights: The field of 312 PGA professionals brought top tier sponsors and positive attention to the Lowcountry, from live coverage on the Golf Channel to having PGA CEO Seth Waugh and PGA President Suzy Whaley on location. This year’s tournament also made history by having the largest contingent of female golfers to ever play in the event. Alex Beach won the championship, posting a closing 3-under-par 69 for a 72-hole total of 10-under-par 277 and a two-stroke victory over Danny Balin.

An eye on India

What: World Affairs Council of Hilton Head Friday Speaker Series
When it took place: May 3
Where: First Presbyterian Church
Photographer: Arno Dimmling
Highlights: Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, spoke about India’s rise on the world stage. She talked about how a fiercely independent India seeks its place as a leading power, and how the United States should respond.