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September Happenings

Art Showings, Plays & Performances

Symphony Under the Stars: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Conductor John Morris Russell and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will bring the music of Aretha Franklin to Oscar Frazier Park in Bluffton for Symphony Under the Stars. The park opens at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. The first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command. Her timeless recordings are anthems that define the soul. This event will not be tented, so all seating is under the stars. Reserved table seating is $50 per person (10 seats per table). Only 20 tables will be sold each night. Bring your own food and beverages for table seating. Lawn seating is $25 per person. Bring your own chairs, blankets and food for a great evening. Food trucks will be available. There is no rain make-up date.

When: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1-2

Where: Oscar Frazier Park


Hilton Head Prep presents Fall Spectacular

When hired, Hilton Head Preparatory School’s new artistic director, Patti Maurer, wanted to kick the new year off with a bang. As a way of showcasing the variety of talent among the students, she proposed starting a new Prep tradition with a Fall Spectacular, a cabaret-styled revue which will be held Sept. 26-28 at Hilton Head Prep’s Main Street Theatre. Maurer has hundreds of dance, musical and directing credits, including a dozen shows at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina as well as national and international productions. Her wide reach into the industry has allowed her to add some new and exciting twists to the Fall Spectacular. “We are thrilled to have young Broadway and film stars, Sarah Charles Lewis (Tuck Everlasting) and Austyn Johnson (Matilda, The Greatest Showman) join our talented cast of Prep students on stage to perform favorite musical selections from popular Broadway shows and movies,” Maurer said.

In addition to these two evening revue performances, these young industry professionals will join Prep’s very own ninth-grade student, Trey Middleton (Matilda), for a Broadway Q&A discussion exclusively for the students of Hilton Head Prep.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28

Where: Hilton Head Preparatory School Main Street Theatre

Details: or 843-671-2286

September Song: Music for Family and Friends

The Hilton Head Choral Society kicks off its 2019-20 concert season with a pops concert, September Song: Music for Family and Friends. The concert features a 75-voice chorus with orchestra. This fall concert of music is meant to soothe the soul and lift the spirit with tunes from pop radio, inspirational favorites, Broadway shows and more. A diverse repertoire of family friendly pieces include a tribute to Doris Day, songs from the films “Mary Poppins,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and Broadway favorites “Climb Every Mountain,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “The Impossible Dream.” A highlight of the evening promises to be “The Whole World Is Singing” with text in more than 10 languages.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Where: Holy Family Catholic Church

Details: or 843-341-3818

Kim France presents Impressions of France

Twenty years as an interior designer prepared Kim France for her next creative career move as a painter. Her self-taught journey into painting began when she relocated to Hilton Head Island. Her work typically includes “micro moments in time.” France’s paintings often depict cottages, castles and villas — because the idea of “home” is compelling to her. “The show is a collection of vivid, impressionistic oils depicting scenes from Italy and the Lowcountry of South Carolina,” said France, adding, “Hilton Head Island beach scenes will hang next to seascapes of the Amalfi Coast. Tuscan castles will hang next to Bluffton cottages. Pots of South Carolina geraniums will hang next to urns of Italian hibiscus.”

When: Exhibit runs Sept. 3-Oct. 6, with an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 8

Where: SoBA Gallery, located in Old Town Bluffton

Details: or 843-757-6586.

Weekends at The Jazz Corner

Celebrating 20 years of jazz and acclaimed as one of the “Top 100 Jazz Rooms” in the world by Downbeat Magazine, the Jazz Room hosts the hottest acts in the area at The Village at Wexford.


Doors open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

1. The Katie Thiroux Trio (Sept. 6-7)

2. The Noel Freidline Quartet featuring Maria Howell (Sept. 13-14)

3. The Lenore Raphael Quartet featuring Guitarist Howard Paul (Sept. 20-21)

4. Velvet Caravan (Sept. 27-28)

Details: or 843-842-8620

Festivals & Fun

Portrait Connection event

Bluffton artists are creating enduring messages of compassion for families of children with serious medical conditions in the form of smiling portraits of the children they are working so hard to protect. On Sept. 12 the families and artists will come together to present all of the portraits at a beautiful reveal event. The public is welcome to come out and support the local families and artists.

When: Sept. 12

Where: Belfair, Bluffton


Wellness Festival

Did you know 1 in 5 people can develop a mental illness in their lifetime? Celebrate wellness and create a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Live music, food, raffles, activities and games for adults and kids, a “Bust the Stigma” balloon pop, yoga, and locally-based wellness resources.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept.14

Where: Shelter Cove Community Park


Big Ten on Hilton Head Picnic

The Big Ten on Hilton Head is holding the 2019 seventh annual conference picnic at the Port Royal Plantation Beach House. Big Ten Network president Francois McGillicuddy will be the guest speaker and will talk about the latest news in the Big Ten Conference. Meal catered by Jimmy Fitts Barbecue. All Big Ten alumni, friends and supporters are welcome. Wear your school colors.

When: 4-6:30 p.m., Sept. 15

Where: Port Royal Plantation Beach House

Notes: Cost is $25, children 12 and under free. Registration deadline is Sept. 8

Details: Email [email protected] for information and registration forms.

May River Music Festival

Enjoy the exciting sounds of the South at this festival weekend, bringing together signature singer-songwriters along the banks of the Lowcountry’s majestic May River. Enjoy two premier musical evenings at Montage Palmetto Bluff and tune into the Southern notes while indulging in food, fun and libations.

When: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 20-21

Where: Montage Palmetto Bluff



The 2019 Bluffton Sunset Party Series concludes with BlufftemberFest – a Bluffton-style Octoberfest Celebration on the May River. Featuring live music from local favorite “Bobby Magyarosi” and Stones cover band “White Liquor,” plus a food court, craft beer garden, wine bar, vendors and kids activities. Toast the end of summer with family and friends and usher in the fall down on the May River. Proceeds benefit a local charity.

When: 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21

Where: Bluffton Oyster Factory Park 

Notes: Tickets are $5 at the door. Children 12 and under get in for free.

Details: or 843-757-8520

Daufuskie Island Vibes & Tides

This inaugural event is set to be a culinary and experiential celebration featuring a weekend of curated signature events throughout Haig Point’s historic settings from “Beach Vibes’ at the Oceanfront Beach Club to a Gullah inspired “Heaven Blue Dinner” at the well-appointed Haig Point Clubhouse. Vibes and Tides also will showcase the finest culinary talent, wine, craft beer, spirits, artisans, music and more.

When: Oct. 18-20

Where: Throughout Daufuskie Island

Notes: Island only accessible by boat or ferry,

Details: or Facebook

Light Up the Night at the Lantern Parade

Celebrate the history, ecology, and people of Hilton Head Island with volumes of light at this free event created by and featuring artist Chantelle Rytter. The only requirement to participate is having a lantern. Official after-party hosted by the Tiki Hut, with music by local band Pretty Darn.

When: Nov. 9; lineup begins at 6 p.m., parade starts at 7 p.m.

Where: South Forest Beach, Alder Lane Beach access

Notes: Visit for a list of lantern workshops.


September Happenings at Outside

Outside and Patagonia Party

September is give-back month at Outside. Twenty percent of every Patagonia purchase made during the month will go directly to The Outside Foundation to support its mission to get kids outside and protect and preserve our local environment. As part of the partnership between Outside and Patagonia, an in-store party will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 20 and will feature live music, food, Outside’s signature 40th anniversary beer and information and exhibits about The Outside Foundation.

Lowcountry Boil Paddle Battle Paddleboard Race

Set for Sept. 7 at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, the event is part of the Southern Stoke Paddle Series and is a fundraiser for The Outside Foundation and The David M. Carmines Foundation. Race events include a long course (7-8 miles), short course (3 miles) and a fun/kids course. Cash awards for top three men and women long course finishers. A packet pickup and in-store party will be held the day before from 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at the Outside Hilton Head Flagship store in The Plaza at Shelter Cove. On the Sunday following the race, Sept. 8, race organizers, The Outside Foundation and Hilton Head Trash Heroes will host a trash cleanup of Skull Creek. or

Vanishing Island Beachcombing Cruise

This three-hour boat cruise incorporates a two-hour Hilton Head dolphin tour with the added bonus of getting off the boat onto a remote vanishing island. Search for shells, sand dollars, crabs, starfish, and the occasional sharks tooth. Lowcountry sandbars are only available to visit at low tide, so this trip leaves at different times each day, depending on the tide. Led by naturalist captain guides, it’s great for families with young children.

Lowcountry Shrimping

After a land-based intro on the art of throwing a cast net, head out on a traditional Lowcountry shrimping craft, The Carolina Skiff. This charter is offered late August through mid-October. Spend the day like a local.

Daufuskie Island History and Artisans Tour

This Daufuskie Island trip provides a glimpse into a fascinating chapter of Lowcountry history on the undeveloped side of the island. Visit several one-of-a-kind places, including the First African Baptist Church, the Praise House, Mary Fields School (memorialized in Pat Conroy’s The Water is Wide), and the site of the Bloody Point Lighthouse. Tour studios and meet local artisans at Silver Dew Pottery and The Iråon Fish, home to Martha Stewart American Made winner Chase Allen. Learn the rich history of the Native Americans, European settlers, the cotton trade, the Gullah people and the locals who have chosen to make this remote island their home. Tour includes boat cruise from Hilton Head Island, USCG licensed captain and interpretive naturalist/historian guide, golf cart, light snack, and refreshment.

Fundraising Events

Boys & Girls Club 15th annual Par Fore Kids Bluffton Golf Classic

Join the community in support of local youth and after-school programs. Each year the tournament draws local golfers who spend a day of play that helps fund a safe place for young people. The tournament, one of the Club’s largest fundraising events, will begin at noon with a shamble format. The top three teams will receive prizes and everyone receives lunch, dinner, and a goody bag. Bid on golf packages from local and national golf courses.

When: Noon, Sept. 9

Where: May River Course at Palmetto Bluff

Details: or 843-757-2845

The Ancient Order of Hibernians host the Irish Open golf tournament

The AOH will be hosting the fourth annual Irish Open golf tournament at the Okatie Creek Golf Course. All proceeds from the event will help support Catholic education as well as numerous other charities in the Lowcountry.

When: Sept. 21

Where: Okatie Creek Golf Course


Hearts Open Golf Tournament at Sea Pines Country Club

Support Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, an independent, community-based, nonprofit organization established to give comfort, honor, and dignity for end-of-life patients and their families. The tournament will include a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, closest to the line, closest to the pin, and a putting contest. The registration fee includes a Lowcountry cookout with all your favorite foods. Cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

When: Sept. 16

Where: Sea Pines Country Club


Beaufort’s Walk for Water

What if you were one of the millions of people who had to walk miles for water every day, water that in most cases is contaminated? Every 37 seconds a person dies from a water-related illness. You can take a stand against this global crisis and join the Walk for Water. A donation of $25 provides one person safe water for life. A latrine for a community is covered by a $500 donation. It’s time to #PickUpTheBucket.

When: 9 a.m. Sept. 21

Where: Live Oaks Park, Port Royal


Hilton Head Lustgarten Walk

Join in an inspiring day where 100 percent of every dollar goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. Join friends and family on this walk to invigorate, raise awareness, increase research funding, and honor everyone impacted by the disease.

When: 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. walk; Oct. 12

Where: Shelter Cove Community Park


The 26th Anniversary Circle of Caring Gala

Enjoy an evening of charitable giving that includes a super silent live auction with music and dancing by the incomparable Deas Guyz. Funds raised will benefit women’s health issues. Presented by Volunteers in Medicine, who provided free medical, dental and mental health care to over 3,000 patients last year.

When: Nov.23

Where: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa


Dream Big. Hope Big. Relay Big.

Support the fight against cancer at the Relay For Life of the Lowcountry. The public is invited to attend this free event and join in the festivities. Food, music, a silent auction and a luminaria survivors walk make this event special.

When: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 21

Where: Oscar Frazier Community Park


Meetings & Gatherings

State of the Region features former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley

One of America’s longest serving mayors will be the keynote speaker at the 24th Annual State of the Region. Joe Riley served as mayor of Charleston for 40 years, and was at the helm during its transformation to a top destination, as well as rebuilding after the destruction caused by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Charleston is now recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States.

When: 11 a.m., Oct. 1

Where: Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa


Memory Fest 2019

Optimize your brain wellness and find out how your brain learns, creates memories, and manages emotions. Also learn about neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, and five easy interventions. Hilton Head Island (Sept. 10, First Presbyterian Church) and Bluffton (Sept. 17, Saint Gregory the Great).

Details:  or 843-842-6688

General Wesley Clark to open World Affairs Council of Hilton Head Speaker Series

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is uniquely qualified to open the Friday Speaker Series with his new initiative: Renew America Together. The year’s theme is Deglobalization: Threats and Opportunities, focusing on the pros and cons of diminishing interdependence and integration of nation-states. Deglobalization is the antithesis of globalization which grew from WWII until the current emergence of protectionist policies, tariffs, and eroding trade agreements.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 4

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island

Details: or 843-384-6758

Thrive Lowcountry Women’s Conference

Join the premier women’s gathering focused on enhancing and empowering personal and professional growth. This year’s keynote speaker is South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette. In addition to networking with over 200 local, Lowcountry and visiting women, guests will be treated to an impressive list of thought-provoking speakers, each one an entrepreneur, business professional, or community leader from a diverse selection of backgrounds, industries, and interests. Female entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business professionals, or nonprofit or community leaders are invited to learn, grow, make new connections, forge new friendships, and—above all—be inspired by amazing women at THRIVE!

When: Sept. 26-27

Where: Hilton Head Island Marriott Resort & Spa


Informative & Entertaining

Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest

Check out a free evening of humor at The Fast Trackers Toastmasters Club of Hilton Head Humorous Speech and Speech Evaluation contest. Come hear “light-hearted ladies and gents talking about funny events,” and view the essence of communication improvement: positive constructive improvement in a competition of speech evaluators. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in public speaking, enjoying a few chuckles, and learning about the local chapter of the premier international public speaking organization. Winners of the contest advance to the area contest in Charleston in late September.

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 6

Where: Palmetto Electric Community Room

Details: or 704-650-3389

Heritage Library happenings

The Cultural and Natural History of Port Royal Sound (10-11:30 a.m., Sept. 10)

Starting Your Family Tree (12:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 11)

Native Americans of Port Royal Sound (10-11:30 a.m., Sept. 17)

MacKiev Family Tree Maker-Get with the Program (12:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 18)

Heritage Quest and Family Search Overview (12:30-2:30 p.m., Sept.25)

Scottish Ancestry (12:30-2:30 p.m., Oct. 2)

Coastal Discovery Museum

Details: or 843-689-6767

Discovery Night at the Museum: Indigo Exploration

Take a journey to the past and “meet” Eliza Lucas Pinckney. In 1739, when Eliza was just 17 years old, her experiments with indigo resulted in a very profitable industry for the colony of South Carolina. Hear her unique story, learn how indigo dye was made, and make your own indigo dye T-shirt to take home. This family friendly educational experience is fun for all ages.

When: 5-7 p.m., Sept. 5

Notes: Cost is $15 per person and reservations are required.

Lowcountry Insects

Join the Museum’s manager of natural history to learn about many beneficial insects that live in the Lowcountry. Find out how to help protect them in your own yard. Participants will make a take-home insect house to provide shelter for some fascinating, local, and beneficial insects, such as the grass carrier wasp and the four toothed mason wasp.

When: 5-7 p.m., Sept. 19

Notes: Cost is $15 per person and reservations are required

Lowcountry Reptiles and Amphibians, Up Close

Alligators, snakes, and turtles oh my! Take a closer look at the fascinating and unique characteristics of local reptiles and amphibians. Interact with a few live critters and discover the importance of these often misunderstood animals. Learn how to protect these amazing creatures and safely enjoy sharing the Lowcountry with them. Take home a hands-on craft that reminds you of your experience.

When: 5 p.m., Sept. 12

Notes: Cost is $15 per person (for ages 10 and older) and reservations are required.

Sweetgrass Basket Making Classes

Learn about the history of the Sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s best known art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker.  Then, try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials.

When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and 21, Oct. 5 and 12, Nov. 2, 16 and 30

Notes: $65 adult and reservations are required.

Sweetgrass Basket Workshop

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn will offer a Sweetgrass Basket Workshop on September 26 from 5-7 pm as part of the Discovery Night at the Museum series.

When: 5-7 p.m., Sept. 26   

Notes: $65 adult and reservations are required.

Beerology: The Natural History and Archaeology of Beer

Beer is the foundation of civilized life as we know it. Rex Garniewicz will give a presentation that will take you from ancient Mesopotamia, China, and Egypt to the jungles of the Amazon. Learn some of the science behind how beer is made and to see how it has impacted our lives in ways we likely never think about. You will view this beverage in a new light by the end of the lecture, even if beer isn’t your thing.

When: 2 p.m., Oct. 4

Notes: Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required.

Uncovering the Roots of Reconstruction

A partnership with the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island Land Trust and the Mitchelville Preservation Project offers a unique tour to visit two historic sites connected to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras on Hilton Head Island. Every other Friday, visit the site of the self-governing community of Mitchelville (est. 1862) and Fort Howell to learn about the Port Royal Experiment, Civil War era, emancipation, and reconstruction on Hilton Head Island. Nearby, join a guide for a tour of Fort Howell, built in 1864 to protect the town of Mitchelville. Learn about the 32nd U.S. Colored Infantry troops who built the fort, the methods used to construct it, and the importance of its preservation.

When: 9:30 a.m. every other Friday, starting Sept. 13

Notes: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and reservations are required

Art Quilters of the Lowcountry

The Coastal Discovery Museum will host “Inspired Threads” by the Art Quilters of the Lowcountry in their gallery. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 3, and everyone is welcome to attend. The quilters will have walks and demos on Fridays in October from 12:30-2 p.m.

When: Sept. 23 through Dec. 2

Captain William Hilton and the Founding of Hilton Head Island

Behind the pristine beaches and world renown of Hilton Head Island lies a history that dates back to the early exploration of the nation. Author Dwayne W. Pickett details the life of Hilton, his exploration of the Carolinas coast and the founding of an iconic island. After the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

When: 2 p.m., Sept. 25

Notes: Cost is $7 for the presentation and the book will be additional. Reservations are required.

Looking Forward

Maison Beaufort Fall Weekend Home & Garden Extravaganza

Maison Beaufort is a four-day event featuring 20-30 carefully selected vendors offering a variety of items for the home and garden — a blend of antiques and art, vintage one-of-a-kinds, lighting and furniture, linens and garden accents. A spectacular home furnishings show and unparalleled chance to shop hard-to-source treasures. Clear your calendar for the preview party that includes wine, nosh and first chance to buy. Tickets available at

When: Preview Party 4:30-7 p.m., Oct. 24 Main Event 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Oct. 25-26; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27

Where: Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort

Details and More:

Lowcountry Speaker Series 2020

Global thought leaders and storytellers bring insight to our community with a broad range of well-timed topics. Gain greater awareness and broader understanding of new, sometimes controversial ideas. Tickets sold as 4-event subscriptions.

Condoleezza Rice (Jan. 14)  Sanjay Gupta, M.D. (Feb. 11)  Paul Nicklen (Mar. 10)  Robert O’Neill (Apr. 7)


Turn Trash into Cash at Thrift Store Flip

Thrift Store Flip is back! Support Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and have a blast unleashing your creativity on the thrift store item of your choosing. Then donate your creation to the silent auction and come to the party. A panel of judges will pick their favorite items and award cash prizes. Dance to music by Malcolm Horn and nosh provided by Calibogue Catering. All proceeds benefit programs of care offered by Hospice of the Lowcountry.

When: 5:30-8 p.m., Nov. 7

Where: LOCAL Life offices in Main Street Village