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May 2021 Happenings

Art showings, plays & performances

BravoPiano! Festival:Celebrating the music of the Americas

Tickets for Hilton Head International Piano Competition’s BravoPiano! Festival will go on sale on May 5. The festival is presented every three years to celebrate the music of the Americas with performances of solo piano, piano with small ensembles, and piano with orchestra. All repertoire will be by composers living or having lived in countries from Canada to Argentina. BravoPiano! will take place from June 4 to 12 at various venues throughout the Hilton Head and Bluffton areas. The full schedule and tickets are available at

On the Edge: Our Maritime Forests

Renowned Atlanta collage artist Laura W. Adams is working with Mystic Osprey Gallery to create awareness about the country’s diminishing maritime forests. Money will be raised for Port Royal Sound Foundation, and 15 percent of proceeds from the show’s art sales will be donated to the foundation. Adams will have 15 original works in the show, which will feature animals found in the maritime forest, such as woodpeckers, kingfishers, bobcats, migratory neotropical songbirds, raccoon and deer.

When: 4 -6 p.m., May 7  Where: Mystic Osprey Gallery, Habersham

Marsalis Wynton

2021 Savannah Music Festival

The Savannah Music Festival will take place May 23-30 in various Savannah venues. There will be performances from renowned artists in classical, jazz, and American roots music, such as Wynton Marsalis, David Finckel, Wu Han, Rodney Crowell, and Jeremy Denk. Free live streaming will be available for specific performances. Tickets, full list of performers, and the schedule are available online at


The Edwin G. Hamilton Trio

The Jazz Corner

May 1: The Christian Tamburr
featuring Shana Tucker

May 7-8: The John Brackett Quartet

May 14-15: The Edwin G. Hamilton Trio

May 21-22: The Jalen Baker Quartet

May 28-29: Rising Star Devon Gates with The Kevin Bales Trio

Sam Burchfield

The Roasting Room

May 1: Young Mister + Isaac Smith

May 21: Cranford Presents: The New Stuff

May 22: Sam Burchfield

Lyn Avenue

The Rooftop at Poseidon

Saturdays: Island’s Best DJ Dance Party

Wednesdays: Coastal Country Night

Thursdays: Dueling Piano Shows

May 14: La Bodega

May 21: Lyn Avenue

Johnny Mercer: The Man and His Music

This show will take you on the musical journey of Lowcountry songwriter Johnny Mercer. He wrote lyrics to over 1,700 songs from the 1930s to the 1970s, co-founded Capitol Records in 1942, and was nominated for 19 Academy Awards. This cabaret-style musical showcases Mercer’s timeless songs that were inspired by southern African American music and language. Performers include Terry Burrell, Kim Steiner and Roger Moss. Tickets are available at

When: May 7-15  Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Black Jacket Symphony’s Rumours

Performing at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Black Jacket Symphony will be covering songs from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, along with more of the band’s greatest hits. Tickets can be purchased online at

When: 7:30 p.m., May 28 and 29  Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

The Enchanted Bookshop Musical

Presented by Beaufort Children’s Theatre, this musical tells the story of an ordinary bookshop that becomes a magical place each night. Due to a spell from the Book Fairy, the characters inside the books come alive, including Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer. They’re not allowed to leave the bookstore or be seen by human eyes, but they long to help shop-owner Margie save her struggling store. Along with in-person showings, at-home virtual screenings can be purchased for $25 from May 21 to 28.

When: 7 p.m., May 21 and 22  Where: USCB Center for the Arts 

Festivals and gatherings

Maison Beaufort

This four-day home furnishings show will showcase between 20 and 30 vendors that offer a variety of items for your home and garden. Items include a blend of antiques, art, vintage and one-of-a-kinds, lighting, furniture, linens, and garden accents. The event will be held at The Beaufort Inn’s Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort starting on May 20 through May 23. The Preview Party, taking place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on May 20, will include cocktails, wine, and nosh and admits you into Maison Beaufort on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. General admission tickets are available for purchase and include all three days — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available for purchase at

Lowcountry Home and Garden Show

This year’s Lowcountry Home and Garden Show will take place May 14-16 at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton. Some show highlights include over 90 home and garden exhibits, Parade of Homes tour, DIY workshops, product and cooking demonstrations, activities for kids, various giveaways, and daily lunch specials with local food truck vendors. Admission cost is $5, and kids 17 years and younger are free. Tickets are available for purchase at

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 14 and 15;
noon- 4 p.m. on May 16 
Where: Buckwalter Place

Annual Memorial Remembrance Day

The Hilton Head Island Council of the Navy League announced its Annual Memorial Day Remembrance scheduled for May 31 at Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial Park. Brigadier General Julie Nethercot, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, will be the guest speaker. A proclamation from the Town of Hilton Head will be presented along with a performance from the Hilton Head Choral Society. Due to Covid restrictions, social distancing will be in effect and attendance will be limited to 250 guests.

Local markets

Mother’s Day Artisan Market

Lowcountry Made is hosting a special Mother’s Day shopping event from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 2 at Burnt Church Distillery. The Bluffton Artisan Market will feature booths from local vendors, food trucks and live entertainment.

Bluffton Farmers Market

Every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., the Bluffton Farmers Market will be open at 71 Green Street. Vendors include 7th Heaven Spices, Clark & Sons Farm, Palmetto Pops, Myers Family Farms, Sprout Mama, and Tuten Farms, just to name a few. Check the market’s Facebook page the morning of the market for a complete list of vendors.

Farmers & Makers Market

Celebrate fresh and local from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday with The Farmers & Makers Market in The Shops at Sea Pines Center. Now in its eighth year, the market will present more local produce, seafood, breads and cheeses, and crafts and artisans than ever before.

First Thursday Art Market

Browse the works of local artists from 4-6:30 p.m. on May 6 at The Shops at Sea Pines Center. See their work, chat with the artists, and make your selection if something suits you.

Fundraising events

May Day 5K

The race starts at the Bluffton Oyster Factory and winds through Historic Old Town Bluffton and along the May River. Run, walk and bring the kids. The race is fun for the entire family. Stroller-friendly, and dogs are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth. Register at

Pedal Hilton Head Island

A cycling event for all skill levels, this fundraising event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Participants will enjoy the beauty of the island while raising money to help support kids that are in need. Along with the new routes and new location of the Lowcountry Celebration Park in Coligny, the May Pedal event (May 2) is offering a virtual fundraising option. This includes a 100 percent match for every dollar raised. You can register for the event at

Mindful Triathlon

This 5k run or walk is followed by a 45-minute yoga session on the beach and a 15-minute guided meditation and gong experience that will clear your mind, relax your body, and complete a mindful triathlon. The event is open to all ages and skill levels. Cost is $25 and free for kids 12 years and younger. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island.

When: 8 a.m., May 22  Where: Coligny Beach

Mother’s Day Charity Fundraiser

The 15 female artists at Maye River Gallery have worked together to create the Hopeful Horizons Fundraiser. From May 1-16, all profits from the sales of any item designated towards this fundraiser will benefit Hopeful Horizons. These items include a wide range of prices and various types of styles of artwork, jewelry, decorative objects and giclee prints.

Virtual talks

Dr. Mathew J. Burrows

Russia and China: Benign Friendship or Malignant Gamechanger?

Part of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s Great Power Rivalries series. Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, will be discussing the topic of old communist enemies growing closer five decades after Kissinger’s opening to China. Both Moscow and Beijing share a deep resentment against Washington, but is Moscow willing to be the junior partner to China? Or is the growing friendship a tactical move until Russian sanctions are dropped and China is on better terms with the U.S.? Register for this event at

When: 10-11:30 a.m., May 7  Where: Online

Party payroll services: Common questions

SCORE SC Lowcountry will be hosting a complimentary session via Zoom for businesses with questions about managing payroll and hiring third-party payroll services. Experts from Truist will provide a basic understanding of third-party systems and what to consider during the selection process. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on
May 27. Register at

Veteran entrepreneur coaching series

SCORE SC Lowcountry is hosting a complimentary series via Zoom that focuses on developing as a veteran entrepreneur. Veteran business-owner guest speakers will discuss various topics from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The topic on May 5 is “Defining and Marketing Your New Business,” May 12 is “Making Your Business Legal,” May 19 is “Financing Your Business – What Do I Need to Know?” and May 26 is “Thrive in a Recession: The Power of No-Bid Federal Contracts.” Register at

Coastal Discovery Museum Events

Fish Form and Function

Lisa Kovalanchik, the assistant aquarium curator of the UGA Aquarium in Savannah, will discuss fish form and function and what makes fish so beautifully adaptable to the watery world in which they live. Attendees will learn the basics of fish, what distinguishes them from other vertebrate groups, and the external and internal anatomy of these finned creatures.

When: 2 p.m., May 24  Where: Online 

Other events at the Coastal Discovery Museum

May 1: Sweetgrass Basket Class 
May 5: The Story of Santa Elena

May 5: The Natural Communities of the Longleaf Ecosystems

May 10: Animal Mothers  May 12: Osprey Watch

May 19: Wood Ducks and Nest Boxes: History, Current Research, and Management Tips

May 26: Lowcountry Insect House

Learn more about these events at

Long Cove Club selected as site of two U.S. Open Qualifiers

The road to the 121st U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) in San Diego, Calif., will begin with 18-hole local qualifying at 110 sites in 43 U.S. states and Canada between April 26-May 18. Final qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will be held at 11 courses, including two international, to determine the last spots in the 156-player field for the U.S. Open, June 17-20, 2021. Long Cove Club was selected for local qualifying on Monday, May 10 and a final qualifying site on Monday, June 7. The addition of Long Cove Club as a final qualifying site is due to the recent addition of the PGA Tour event at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, which will be held June 10-13. Long Cove Club has held two other local qualifying events in the past, but this is the first time the Club has been host to a final qualifying site. Due to Covid-19, the course will be closed to spectators, but you can find results on the USGA website.

Estate planning seminars set

Montgomery Law Firm is hosting two estate planning seminars this month — May 12 at the Best Western in Beaufort and May 13 at the Hampton Inn in Bluffton. Sign up at