Arts and crafts
What: Hilton Head Art Festival Hilton Head
When it took place: May 25-26
Where: Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina
Photographer: Maddie Terry
Highlights: More than 100 artists of different media came together to present works in pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, metal, painting, photography and more.
Homespun Southern festival
What: 41st annual Mayfest
When it took place: May 11
Where: Calhoun Street, Bluffton
Photographer: Tucker Photo & Film
Highlights: Many Lowcountry residents walked Calhoun Street for the annual Bluffton Village Festival (aka Mayfest). The event featured distinctive art and crafts, live music and scrumptious food. Other highlights included the Ugly Dog Contest, the Children’s Doughnut Eating Contest and the Pie Eating Contest.
What: Fun in the Sun for Everyone
When it took place: June 7
Where: Beach in front of Marriott’s Surf Watch, Hilton Head Island
Photographer: Ryan Greco (main group shot by Cat Runyan)
Highlights: More than 220 people participated and gave special needs children, adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. Activities included paddle boarding, boogie boarding, surfing, beach games and face painting. Find more information online at pocketsfullofsun.org.
Eating good in the neighborhood
What: Jackson McDonald’s private summer dinner party
When it took place: June 6
Where: Lynesland (Point Comfort),Hilton Head Island
Highlights: Aspiring chef Jackson McDonald hosted an impromptu summer dinner party at Lynesland. With the help of sous chef David Cribb, Mike Lynes and Kevin Lawless, the Hilton Head Island resident presented several friends a Lowcountry menu that included triggerfish, venison, lamb, octopus, frog legs and other exotic local foods.
Dancing the day away
What: Hilton Head Island Shag Club’s Re-Up Party
When it took place: May 22
Where: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Highlights: Members of the Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag CLub enjoyed the ocean breeze, a buffet dinner and dancing at Shorehouse Pavilion. The evening included a sit-down dinner and beach and shag music from DJ Tom Sorrell of Mount Pleasant.
Class of 2019
What: Beaufort County high school graduations
When they took place: May 25-June 6
Where: Battery Creek High School, Beaufort High School, Bluffton High School, Hilton Head Christian Academy, Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head Preparatory School, May River High School, Whale Branch Early College High School
Highlights: Graduation day brought with it a roller coaster of emotions for grads and their families across Beaufort County. It was a time of celebration and achievement with reflections on past trials and successes, as well as hope for the future.
Best of luck to the Class of 2019!
Stars come out
What: 2019 Juneteenth Celebration
When they took place: June 15
Where: Mitchelville Freedom Park
Photographer: ForeSight Communications/Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park
Highlights: Former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Alvin Garrett were on hand for a celebration of food, art and music. A good time was had by all!