Festivals and Fun
More than 400 North American craftsmen will come together at the beautiful Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina to present works in pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, paintings, and more. Experience fine art, great food, music and shopping. Presented by the Nash Gallery, artists interested in having their work displayed at the festival can pick up applications at Nash Gallery or they can be found online at HiltonHeadArtFestival.com.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 25-26
Where: Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina
Notes: Free event
Details: HiltonHeadArtFestival.com, 843-785-6424
Horticulture Specialty Show
Beaufort Council of Garden Clubs will hold a Horticulture Specialty Show at Tabby Place. The event is free and open to the public.
When: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., May 16
Where: Tabby Place at The Beaufort Inn, Beaufort
Details: [email protected]
Immerse yourself in Latino culture and cast your vote for the best taco at this celebration of food, fun, music and dancing.
When: May 19
Where: Shelter Cove Community Park
Also known as the Bluffton Village Festival, this eclectic and homespun Southern festival is famous for its distinctive arts and crafts, live music and scrumptious food. Be sure to come hungry, take some time to peruse the various arts and crafts (it’s the day before Mother’s Day), and be prepared for so much more…including the Ugly Dog Contest, the Children’s Doughnut Eating Contest and the Pie Eating Contest. And did we mention the live entertainment? There is everything from tiny dancers to rock bands to keep you moving throughout the day.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 11
Where: Calhoun Street in historic Old Town Bluffton
Notes: Admission is free
Details: blufftonmayfest.com, Facebook, or 843-815-2277
Begin the summer and honor veterans and active military personnel at this red, white and blue tribute to the spirit of America. An all-American musical celebration.
When: 7 p.m., May 26
Where: First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island
Join the Hilton Head Navy League of the United States, along with the American Legion and Military Officers Association for the 26th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance. The guest speaker will be Col. Cesar Rodriguez, USMC, and Mayor Thomas McCann will issue a proclamation designating Memorial Day on Hilton Head as a Day of Remembrance for all local citizens in honoring those who gave their life defending freedom. The Hilton Head Choral Society will provide musical selections.
When: 10:30 a.m., May 27
Where: Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial Park
A special tribute to those who have served performed by a Sea Pines classic.
When: 8-9:30 p.m., May 24
Where: Harbour Town, under the Liberty Oak
Art Showings, Plays and Performances
“Expect the Unexpecting” with the Art of Joy Lillith Hermann
Allow your emotions to be stirred by the versatile works of well-known local artist Joy Hermann, who continues to find inspiration in the long ago words of her father, who asked her to look beyond the obvious in nature, and to be drawn in by the simple beauty.
When: Exhibit runs from May 6-June 2; opening reception from 3-5 p.m. May 12
Where: SoBA Gallery
Details: sobagallery.com or 843-757-6586
“A Chorus Line” examines one day in the lives of 17 dancers, all vying for a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. After the first round of cuts, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each dancer to speak about themselves in this nine-time Tony Award winner. With iconic music by Marvin Hamlisch and based on real Broadway dancers’ stories as told to fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett, “A Chorus Line” is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest.
When: May 1-June 2
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Notes: Parental discretion advised. Advisory equivalent of a PG 13 film.
Celebrating 20 years of jazz and acclaimed as one of the “Top 100 Jazz Rooms” in the world by Downbeat Magazine, the Jazz Corner hosts the hottest acts in the area at The Village at Wexford.
Schedule of Acts
May 3-4: The Harry Allen Quartet
May 10-11: The Ben Paterson Trio
May 17-18: Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist Tom Scott with The Howard Paul Trio
May 24-25: New Orleans All-Star Swing, featuring Duke Heitger, Tim Laughlin, Hal Smith & Kris Tokarski
May 31-June 1: The Keith Davis Trio
Details: www.thejazzcorner.com or 843-842-8620
Outside Hilton Head has many special events planned this month, including:
May 9: Ladies Night! May 12: Mother’s Day sale
May 15: Oyster recycling talk at Coastal Discovery Museum
May 16-18: Full Moon Kayak Tours
The May River Theatre returns in its 19th season to present this emotional play that tugs alternately at the funny bone and the heart strings. It features Daniel and Debbie Cort. May River Theatre is coming back after an 18-month pause due to the Town Hall renovation where they perform.
When: 7 p.m., May 2-4; 2 p.m. May 6
Where: 20 Bridge St., Bluffton
Notes: Tickets $27.
Details: mayrivertheatre.com, 843-815-5581
As a local artist with an international reputation, Kessler’s work is a departure from the static images created by historic botanical painters. We are invited to slow down and appreciate the magnificence of the natural beauty of the Lowcountry, such as a flower, a nest, or a feather dropped along a path. Kessler’s work has been featured in major watercolor exhibitions and is well represented in many corporate and private collections. In the tradition of botanical illustrations, both original works of art and high-quality reproductions will be available for purchase.
When: Exhibit runs May 6 through June 28; Meet the artist from 5-7 p.m. May 23
Where: Coastal Discovery Museum
Informative and Entertaining
Celebrate the Flowering Moon aboard the Salty Dog at South Beach Marina. This fundraiser cruise includes great food, live music, cash bar and the chance to win a trip to enjoy Nashville’s Tennessee Whiskey Adventure. Proceeds go to Osprey Village, a residential neighborhood for adults with disabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to support independence and fulfilling lives.
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 18
Where: The Salty Dog at South Beach Marina
Details: www.ospreyvillage.org or 843-422-6099
TEDx Hilton Head: Ideas Worth Sharing
Stimulate your thinking, challenge your boundaries and brighten your day. TEDx Hilton Head comes to SoundWaves, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s new island headquarters. It’s a full day of inspiring talks, continental breakfast, catered lunch and more.
When: May 11
Notes: Tickets $75, only 100 available
Details: Facebook or [email protected]
Find out how your brain learns, how you create memories, how to manage emotions and more with these events hosted by Memory Matters.
When/Where: The Bluffton event is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at St. Gregory The Great St. Andrew’s Parish Hall. The Hilton Head Island event is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at First Presbyterian Church.
Details: 843-842-6688, mymemorymatters.org
Meetings and Gatherings
The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head will host David Eisenhower ll, Director of the Institute for Public Service, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, for a presentation on World War ll’s promise for democracy.
When: 10-11:30 a.m., May 17
Where: First Presbyterian Church, HHI
Coastal Discovery Museum events
May happenings at Outside
Memory Matters Connections Classes
Volunteers in Medicine Fundraiser (May 4)
Helping Parents Heal meeting (May 12)
Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting (May 16)
Carolina Shag Club Re-Up Party (May 22)
Sessions Presented by the Don Ryan Center (May 30)
Fun in the Sun for Everyone (June 7)
Hilton Head Island Music Festival (June 22-23)
Legally Blonde: The Musical (June 26-Aug. 4)
Hilton Head Island joins an international observance with a silent procession of cyclists that aims to raise awareness and encourage drivers to respect cyclists’ legal right to “Share the Road.” The 9-mile police-escorted ride rolls out at 7 p.m. Participants should arrive at the Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza with a bicycle, helmet (mandatory), lights, and a black armband.
When: 6:30 p.m., May 15
Where: Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza