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May 2022 Happenings

Gardens galore


Story by Nancy Renner

The 33rd annual All Saints Garden Tour on Saturday, May 21, will showcase glorious gardens of various sizes, on land and on water, and designed by both professional landscapers and property owners.

The self-guided tour, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., includes six distinctive gardens all new to the tour and located in four gated communities on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton.

Tickets are $35, but because of Covid precautions, there will be no lunch, boutique or bake sale at All Saints Episcopal Church this year. But a Master Gardener at each garden will be on hand to answer your questions. Participants need to be able to safely walk on flagstone pathways and through gardens.

Over the years more than $500,000 has been donated to local charities from this annual event bringing validation to its logo “Through the Beauty of a Garden: A Gift to the Community.” Net proceeds have been allocated to 501c3 charities that focus on hunger, homelessness, literacy and/or aging. All who attend the 2022 Garden Tour will add to this legacy.

Tickets are available at All Saints Episcopal Church,, by calling 843- 681-8333, and at garden centers and other area businesses in Hilton Head and Bluffton. LL


HILTON HEAD PLANTATION Lowcountry surroundings inspired this newly renovated landscape with four distinct design styles, including an expansive walkway with a fountain, a perennial flower-cutting garden and a formal boxwood hedge in a Charleston garden which transitions to a poolside tropical oasis with tons of annual color. There’s also a layered living screen designed for its beauty and privacy.


MOSS CREEK A surprise stands tall behind a recently renovated home with an expansive marsh view. The Angel Oak may be between 300-400 years old and measured 92 inches in diameter last year. On the list of 150 largest and oldest trees in Beaufort County, it creates a sanctuary for the owners.


MOSS CREEK This professionally designed garden was installed in 2017, but its plant collector owner has added on to it and focuses on the natural beauty of Blue Heron Sanctuary and Rookery. The backyard beds were created to enhance the view of the sanctuary and include a unique assortment of plants which provide year-round interest with multiple blooming varieties each season.


PORT ROYAL Frivolity rules at this esteemed garden design of laissez-fare that certainly has no grand master plan. It’s a plot of vegetative eccentricity entirely maintained by the owners with some assistance from Mother Nature’s landscape architects. Reflective of the owners’ travels and whimsical nature, these gardens can be described as unique, eclectic and quirky.


PORT ROYAL At this structured beachfront property, you’ll find a professionally designed garden with multiple outdoor living spaces. They are accented with pops of seasonal color, and an assortment of lush greenery defines various settings for relaxing, enjoying the ocean, contemplating nature and recreational activities. There’s a basketball court, a swimming pool, a bocce ball court and even a putting green.


INDIGO RUN Do-it-yourself gardeners created this charming, relaxing environment by installing flagstone and paver paths, patios, fences, raised beds, fountains, pots (they really like pots), benches and a large pergola. These handsome hardscapes enhance a shimmering lagoon with views of herons, ducks, turtles and alligators. The gardens are also complemented by a charming assortment of Lowcountry plants.


Don’t miss the 42nd anniversary of Mayfest coordinated by The Rotary Club of Bluffton. A great event is planned that will feature more than 150 artists and food vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7. There will be local and regional arts and crafts, music and local foods up and down the street, an Ugly Dog Contest, and the messy, funny, pie-eating contest. It also will be the third year for the donut-eating contest for kids 12 and under. Kelly Logan Graham is this year’s Mayfest feature artist.

Lowcountry Derby Party for the Celebration Projects

The annual Lowcountry Derby for the Celebration Projects will be from 4 -7 p.m. Derby Day, May 7, at The Paddocks Green overlooking the stables and horses. Attendees will enjoy live music by The Alan Price Trio, derby-day-themed catering by The SERG Group, a best-dressed contest, a best-hat contest and giveaways. The benefit raises money for the Celebration Projects, which gives local children in need the gift of a birthday party.

Yacht Hop

Yacht Hop is a premier luxury event hosted at the Inland Harbour in Wexford and is Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s largest annual fundraiser. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 14, guests are invited to tour lavish yachts while being served hors d’oeuvres and masterfully crafted cocktails prepared by some of the Lowcountry’s most acclaimed chefs. Mingle with other guests around this multi-level venue overlooking the Inland Harbour, enjoy live music, lounge on the VIP lawn and bid on exclusive event items and luxury vacations during our live auction before the night draws to a close. Visit

Corvette show

Don’t miss the second annual All Corvette Show from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14 at 10 University Parkway in Hardeeville. Proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Area 8 of Bluffton. Over 30 awards will be given, and spectators can enjoy music and food. Call 843-715-1622 for more information.

Taste the music

Dance the night away on Thursday nights in the spring at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina featuring local favorite bands, great food and all the dancing you can possibly do. Music & Taste at the Neptune Statue combines local bands with food and drinks. This pet-friendly outdoor concert series features a variety of bands on select Thursday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. Featured Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants will set up as usual around Neptune and will offer a variety of specially priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails.


May 5: Deas Guyz

May 12: Stee & the Ear Candy Band

May 19: Deas Guyz

Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Don’t miss the Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 28 and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 29. This free Memorial Day weekend event around the marina promenade will feature a wide selection of art made in the United States. Enjoy casual shopping and dining, plus entertainment each day with Steel Drum from 1 – 4 p.m. Visit

Spring Southern Estates live online auction

Everard Auctions & Appraisals is hosting another live online auction. Don’t miss your chance to bid on more than 650 lots of fine art and antiques from May 16-June 2 on The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from May 25-27 or by appointment. Call 912-231-1376 to set up a time.

To Ukraine with love

Interfaith Community In Action and Hilton Head Island Music & Arts Coalition are presenting a benefit for Ukraine from 2-6 p.m. on May 22 at the Lowcountry Celebration Park on Pope Avenue. The Hilton Head for Ukraine Benefit will include food trucks, arts and crafts, special guests and live music. For donation and event information visit

Family fun at Shelter Cove

Shannon Tanner and Cappy the Clown will entertain crowds with music and family fun. Shannon Tanner includes two family shows at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, through Sept. 2. In addition, fellow Lowcountry legend Cappy the Clown returns for another year of entertaining children with face-painting, balloon animals, sand art, glitter tattoos and more. Cappy is set up at the Harbour from 6-9 p.m. Memorial Day weekend followed by Monday through Friday through Sept. 2, as well as Labor Day weekend.


Memorial Day weekend and May 30–Sept. 2 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) – shows at 6:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.


Memorial Day weekend and May 30 – September 2 (Monday-Friday) and Labor Day weekend from 6-9 p.m.

Markets are back for spring

The Farmers and Makers Market at Shops at Sea Pines Center and the Art Market at Shops at Sea Pines Center are back in time for spring. Shop the farmers market from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Tuesday for local fruits and vegetables, freshly caught seafood, baked goods, barbecue and artisan crafts. The art market is back and will run from 4 – 7 p.m. every first Thursday of the month. Don’t miss local artists and live music. For more information visit

Friday Speakers Series: A Year of Turmoil

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s Friday Speaker Series, “A Year of Turmoil” wraps up with its final speaker from 10 – 11:30 a.m. May 6 at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. Earl Anthony Wayne will be discussing the complicated relationship between the United States and Mexico in his talk, “The US & Mexico Relationship: It’s Complicated.” Purchase tickets at

Classical dance meets contemporary

Terpsichore, the Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s annual production of classical and contemporary dance, features two new works and the re-staging of audience favorites. Don’t miss this spring performance at 7:30 p.m. May 7 and 2:30 p.m. May 8 at the Seahawk Cultural Center at Hilton Head Island High School. Tickets are available at

Celebrating Life & Love Trunk Show

Bring your best to your relationships every single day and to special moments in life with Gabriel & Co.’s curated selection of designer brand jewelry. Join the team at Forsythe Jewelers on May 5-6 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for a two-day trunk show featuring Gabriel & Co.’s fashion and bridal collections. Enjoy a complimentary gift with your Gabriel & Co. purchase.

Lowcountry Made’s new market

Take a day trip to the town of Port Royal, Lowcountry Made’s newest venue, for the next market in this series from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 at Live Oaks Park. Markets are held on select second and fourth Saturdays throughout the year and feature only local artists, artisans and small businesses. You will find art, home goods, jewelry, ceramics, baked goods and more. Each market is free and features live music, food and drink. Visit

Live music 5 nights a week at North End

Music lovers are in for a treat this season, as the North End Pour House now hosts live music five nights a week. Performances include Ross2 and Larry Perigo, Bobby Ryder Quartet, Ellie and Friends and Target. For the full lineup visit

Two May concerts

The Hilton Head Choral Society will hold two concerts this May. “For We Wish You Music” will celebrate its 45th season and the 20th year with Artistic Director Tim Reynolds at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13. The Choral Society will present its annual patriotic commemorative concert, “America Sings.” at 7 p.m. May 29. Both concerts will be held at First Presbyterian Church.

Wine Down Wednesday

Don’t miss the next Wine Down Wednesday presented by the Village at Wexford. Enjoy tastings at participating merchants, special promotions, music, shopping, refreshments and prizes from 5 – 7:30 p.m. May 4. All proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Heroes. Visit

Celebrating Gullah Roots

Don’t miss storytelling, dancing, the sounds of jazz, blues, reggae and African drums at the 2022 Original Gullah Festival in Beaufort. The festival takes place from May 27-29 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit

2022 Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards

LOCAL Life is recognizing and rewarding local businesses that handcraft goods that reflect the Lowcountry tastes and lifestyle. Businesses in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Okatie can enter as long as items are made in the area and are already sold here. There are six categories (Crafts, Style, Drink, Home, Art, Food) and winners will be selected by local experts in those fields. Enter at

Legacy Art Gallery

Lisa Rivers stands next to the winning piece in her Beaufort/St. Helena gallery. Her entry, Blue Crab, was the overall winner of the 2021 Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards.

WHHI-Television starts program for do-gooders

For the many do-gooders in our community, you now have a platform to be recognized on TV. “Lowcountry Good,” hosted by Robyn Zimmerman, is a program created by WHHI News highlighting those who are doing exceptional things in our community. Whether it’s one of the many amazing workers and volunteers in our community’s nonprofits, a teacher who has touched your life or a neighbor with a mission to help others, WHHI Television wants to capture the story. To nominate someone, go to You also can watch archived stories on the website.

Hilton Head Big Band performance to benefit the Junior Jazz Foundation

Under the direction of Pete Stephenson, Hilton Head Big Band will premiere “Where is Freedom?” by musical theatre writers Luanne and Kristen Rosenfeld at 5 p.m. at the May 26 concert in the Grand Ballroom at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort. Arranged by Richard Orr and performed by Amber Thornburg, the song will be featured at the Swing Into Summer concert benefiting the Junior Jazz Foundation. The Junior Jazz Foundation helps ensure that young music students get the instruments, lessons and opportunities they need to keep music alive on Hilton Head for the next generation. Call 508-320-6449 or visit

May Day 5K

The Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth is hosting a 5K from 8 – 10 a.m. May 14 at Bluffton High School. The May Day 5K is a race for a healthier community. For more information, visit

Save the dates

June 3: Pockets Full of Sunshine hosts “Fun in the Sun for EVERYONE”

June 7: The first of twelve 2022 Harbourfest Fireworks Show at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

June 8-18: Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute

June 16: Brooks and Dunn at the Enmarket Arena

June 19: DaBaby at the Enmarket Arena

June 19: Juneteenth