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Local Scene: Happenings Around Town

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.

Surf’s up

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

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!