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March Happenings

Art Showings, Plays & Performances

Met Opera Live in HD: Der Fliegende Holländer

World premiere: Dresden, Court Opera, 1843. Der Fliegende Holländer is the earliest of Richard Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory. The two lead roles represent archetypes to which the composer would return, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the “otherworldly stranger” and the woman who sacrifices herself for his salvation. The work’s unearthly ambience is impressive but only one aspect of it: Both the world of nature and of the supernatural are magnificently evoked in the score.

When: 12:55 p.m., Saturday, March 14

Where: USCB Center for the Arts, Beaufort

Notes: Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for OLLI


Terpsichore: Classical meets contemporary

Hilton Head Dance Theatre will present an exciting program of classical and contemporary dance featuring company members and distinguished guest artists. The program takes its name from Terpsichore, the Greek muse of dance, and is always an audience favorite. Opening the program will be the second act of Swan Lake starring Brittany Hanna as the Swan Queen and Samuel Chester as Prince Siegfried. Also on the program is Hoedown, a new work by Ballet Master Jamal Edwards, inspired by Balanchine’s Western Symphony and his love for all things American. Ramalama Bang Bang, a fun and funky contemporary piece that is also by Jamal Edwards follows. Kathleen Watkins, former dance captain for Broadway’s Fosse, has chosen the jazz masterwork Sing, Sing, Sing as her contribution to the program. This piece from the Tony Award winning Dancin’ was a tribute to Benny Goodman’s composition of the same title. The evening concludes with the wedding scene from Raymonda with music by Glazunov and choreography by Petipa and staging by Hilton Head Dance Theatre Artistic Director Karena Brock-Carlyle. Featured as Raymonda and Jean de Brienne are Sophia Nimmer and Journy Wilkes-Davis.

When: 7:30 p.m., April 4 and 2:30 p.m., April 5

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Notes: Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for students 18 and under.

Details: 843-842-2787,

Hilton Head Christian Academy brings Elvis-inspired production to the stage

Get ready to shake, rattle and roll as Hilton Head Christian Academy’s award-winning theater department brings the Elvis-inspired jukebox musical All Shook Up to the stage. The show will be performed “in-the-round.” The unique format, in which the audience completely surrounds the stage, will be a first for the department. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, All Shook Up will have you jumping out of your blue suede shoes with hits such as, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” and “It’s Now or Never.”

When: 7 p.m., March 19-21; 2 p.m., March 21

Where: Hilton Head Christian Academy Performing Arts Center


Charlotte Ballet

From ballet to bold, this breathtaking dance company dazzles with a powerful, evocative repertoire. The Charlotte Ballet Company consists of 26 professional dancers, performing classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge dance with virtuosity, energy, and artistic excellence.

When: 8 p.m., March 26

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Details: $61.

Matilda: The Musical

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony-Award-winning show is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Based on the book by Dennis Kelly and with original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world. Presented by Hilton Head Island High School’s Seahawk Stage Company.

When: 7 pm March 19-21 and March 26-28; 2 p.m. March 22 and 29

Where: Seahawk Theatre


Bring your family to a groovy concert

Eric Litwin brings music and early literacy together through song singing and guitar strumming. He’s the original author of the Pete the Cat series, as well as The Nuts and Groovy Joe. See this award-winning author at two free performances, sponsored by the Beaufort County Library.

When: 11 a.m., March 14 at Bluffton Branch Library; 2 p.m., at St. Helena Branch Library


Hilton Head International Piano Competition

20 Pianists from 7 countries compete for $21,000 in cash prizes and performance opportunities. The 24th HHIPC begins with pianists competing over four days at Central Church, March 9-12. The Jury will select five finalists, and the Competition will conclude on Saturday, March 14, with each finalist performing a movement of a concerto with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Morris Russell.

When: March 9-12, March 14

Where: Central Church

Details: Daily tickets are $10. Finals: $25, $50 and $60. Tickets available at or by calling the box office at

March events at SoundWaves

Details at

Hilton Head Live!

Let the historic Savannah Theatre guys and gals entertain you with their high-energy musical variety show. This highly popular show will feature different artists from the Savannah Theatre at each event.

When: 8 p.m., March 15; doors open at 7:30 p.m

Notes: Tickets are $25 for cabaret seating

Catharsis Winds

Cleveland Institute of Music’s international award-winning Catharsis Winds is recognized by audiences and colleagues alike for its passionate performances of both classical repertoire and modern masterworks.

When: 7:30 p.m., March 19

Notes: Free

The Jackson Trio

Three music educators from Brevard County, Florida, perform with violin, oboe and cello. Part of the SoundWaves Jazz Series. Wine, beer and soda will be available for purchase.

When: 7:30 p.m., March 25

Notes: Tickets are $25 for cabaret seating

Festivals & Fun

Custom design event at Forsythe Jewelers

Repurpose your beloved jewelry and create something new during the Custom Design Event at Forsythe Jewelers. Work directly with trusted professional jewelry designer Paula Dawkins to select a new setting or stones to reimagine a new custom-designed piece.

When: March 5-7

Where: Forsythe Jewelers, The Shops at Sea Pines Center

Notes: Appointments required for a design session with Paula.

Details: or 843-671-7070

Bourbon and Bubbles

This benefit for the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is sure to be an incredible bash with 100 proof fun. Live entertainment featuring American Idol winner Candace Glover will be one of the night’s highlights. You’ll find plenty of champagne, bourbon and vodka tastings, specialty drinks, amazing food, and an outdoor cigar lounge. The night is casual and anything goes, from denim to diamonds.

When: March 21

Where: The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina


Maison Beaufort antiques, home + garden event

This four-day antiques, home and garden event is at The Beaufort Inn’s Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort. The home furnishings show will feature 20-30 carefully selected vendors offering a variety of items for the home and garden—a blend of antiques and art, vintage and one-of-a-kinds, lighting and furniture, linens, and garden accents.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., March 13-14; 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., March 15; Preview Party: 4:30-7 p.m., March 12

Notes: Preview party tickets (March 12) are $30 and includes wine and nosh and first chance to buy. They must be purchased in advance. General admission tickets (March 13-15) are $5 for all three days.


Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival

Each March, Hilton Head’s wine and food enthusiasts greet the island’s popular spring season with a weeklong celebration to embrace the fruits of global wine partnerships, signature Lowcountry cuisine, grassroots cultural happenings and the authentic fabric of a unique artists’ community. The Public Tasting is one of the largest outdoor tented public wine tastings on the East Coast.

Details at

Ziata Wine Dinner 6-8 p.m., March 9, The Bluffton Room

You Had Me At Merlot Movie Night 6-9 p.m., March 10, Park Plaza Cinema

Newton Wine Dinner 6-9 p.m. March 11, Long Cove private residence

Vagabond Sunset Cruise 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 11, Harbour Town

Sip and Stroll 1-4 p.m., March 12, Harbour Town

Stay Gold: A Lowcountry Wine, Food and Music Experience 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 12, Harbour Town

Grand Tasting 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 13, Harbour Town Clubhouse

Public Tasting noon-3 p.m., March 14, Harbour Town

Beachside Brunch and Bubbles 11 a.m.-1 p.m., March 15, Sea Pines Beach Club

Polo at the Bluff for Make a Wish

This one of a kind polo event is where the community comes together to enjoy an exhibition polo match and open their hearts to help raise funds to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

When: Doors open at 1 p.m., match at 2 p.m., March 29

Where: Longfield Stables, Palmetto Bluff

Notes: Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for students 18 and under.


Boys & Girls Club of HHI Gala 2020

An inspiring and entertaining evening benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. All proceeds help the Club create successful pathways for the over 275 kids and teens who attend on a daily basis.

When: 6-10 p.m., Saturday, March 21

Where: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Details: [email protected],

Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton Gala

The annual gala is the Boys and Girls of Bluffton’s largest fundraising event, drawing hundreds of members of the community. 

When: 6 p.m. March 14

Where: Montage Palmetto Bluff


St. Patrick’s Events

Get your Irish on at the Shamrock Run

Wear green for this 5K Run and Health Walk. A percentage of proceeds from the event go to the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island. A fun and healthy family tradition, the Shamrock Run features prizes, refreshments, and music.

When: 8-10 a.m., March 14

Where: New York City Pizza, Heritage Plaza

Details:, 843-757-8520

Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Welcome spring with the South’s oldest parade. Join upwards of 25,000 spectators to enjoy floats and marching groups, marching bands, including the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Parris Island, a procession of local dignitaries, and the always popular antics of the Shriners.

When: 3-5:30 p.m., March 15

Where: Pope Avenue


Beaufort St. Patrick’s Festival

A free, family-friendly celebration that benefits the Beaufort County Animal Shelter. Barbers of the Lowcountry will be giving free haircuts with suggested donations to the animal shelter. Area restaurants and food trucks will be selling food and drinks, and there will be live entertainment including a bagpipe player, local music and more. There will be activities for children and adults, including inflatable obstacle courses, face painting and more.

When: 12-4 p.m., March 14

Where: Beaufort Town Center


Fundraising Events

Kathy Cramer: Inspiring inclusion in our community

Story By Emily Campbell

It takes a unique person to take a stand against the injustices faced by people with intellectual disabilities. It takes someone with determination, humbleness and a whole lot of love to work hard for the marginalized, to lend a hand to the overlooked, and to speak up for those who are often voiceless. Those traits embody the Foundation for Educational Excellence’s Peggy May Inspiration Award Honoree for 2020 – Kathy Cramer.

Cramer will be honored at the Foundation for Educational Excellence’s annual Jewels & Jeans event from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort.

Cramer’s efforts have benefited so many in the Lowcountry. She helped launch the inclusion revolution in Beaufort County through her decades of work to provide opportunities for people with disabilities in their pursuit to live, play and participate in the community.

The Beaufort County School District provides Special Education services to over 2,000 students with disabilities, over 10 percent of the entire student population. The school system recognizes and supports over 400 Special Olympic athletes in a variety of sports, from equestrian events to tennis, on a weekly basis. Since 2009, the Foundation has awarded over $270,000 in grants to teachers in Beaufort County.

Jewels and Jeans

When: 6-9:30 p.m., March 7

Where: Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort

Notes: Enjoy a fun evening for a great cause at the Foundation for Educational Excellence’s annual event, with a live and silent auction, food, and entertainment by local favorite, Deas Guyz. Kathy Cramer will be recognized as the Peggy May Inspiration Award Honoree for efforts that have benefited so many in the Lowcountry.


Informative & Entertaining

Making Waves at TEDxHiltonHead

This year’s TEDxHiltonHead event will celebrate those “making waves” to create change and feature their “Ideas Worth Spreading” that have made a true difference in the lives of others. Two-time All Pro NFL player, environmental advocate and eco athlete Ovie Mughelli, Janet Porter, Ph.D., and Dr. Chloe Carmichael will be among more than a dozen speakers gathering to address and celebrate the topic of “Making Waves.”

When: 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., March 14

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina


Memory Matters Brain Health Summit 3

This year’s keynote speakers are Wendy Suzuki, PhD, with a presentation on how to Energize Your Brain With Exercise, and Jimi Gibson proving You Have Magic Power: Use It For Good. Chef Kim Baretta from Leiths School of Food and Wine, London, UK, will preside over a Live Culinary Competition, and the event continues with more ways to care for your brain health and overall well-being.

When: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., March 11

Where: Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort


Understanding CBD

Cynthia Groff takes a deep look at CBD products and dosing, how CBD impacts brain health and its positive effects to aid with anxiety and sleep, drug interactions and a brief history of cannabis and the FDA’s position.

When: 2-3 p.m., March 6

Where: Memory Matters

Notes: Free for caregivers

Details: or 843-842-6688

World Affairs Council hosting Academic WorldQuest

Students’ knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture is tested throughout the school year, though competitors work beyond their regular curriculum to prepare for this quest. Winning teams (about 225 students total) are invited to Washington, D.C., to represent their high schools, cities, and local councils. World Affairs Council of Hilton Head pays all expenses for the trip for these students, parents, teachers, and chaperones, which includes visits to historic sites in addition to the competition.

When: 9 a.m., March 7

Where: Hilton Head Island High School

Details:, 843-816-1498, [email protected]

Kurds: No Nation, But a Middle East Force

The Kurds are the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East. They have been persecuted wherever they live, but were instrumental in the fight against ISIS. Henri J. Barkey, the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Chair in International Relations at Lehigh University and an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will explain what Kurds, their struggles, and quest for a state portend for the geopolitics of the Middle East.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., March 20

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island

Notes: Non-members are welcome.

Details: or 843-384-6758

Japan’s Military Postmodernism

Following WWII, Japan adopted a strictly defensive posture. Recently, its military began a decidedly offensive tone, with U.S. support. Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, will explain the shift in dynamics to members and guests of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head. She is the author of Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, and Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance.

When: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., March 6

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island

Notes: Non-members are welcome.

Details: or 843-384-6758