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September Local Scene

Cocktails & conversation

What: Ribbon cutting for Hargray’s new Community Room

When it took place: Aug. 15

Where: Hargray Sales & Service Center, Hilton Head Island

Photographer: Hallie Martin-Hanlin

Highlights: The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting and its Cocktails & Conversation event at Hargray’s new community room. Patrons enjoyed food and drinks while checking out Hargray’s new retail and community space.

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Opportunity of a lifetime

What: High-level briefings and cultural tours

When it took place: August

Where: Doha, Qatar and the desert.

Photographer: Vic Feigenbaum

Highlights: Thanks to a grant received from the Foreign Ministry of Qatar, Joan Apple Lemoine of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head accompanied 13 high school students from across the country for a week of high-level briefings and cultural tours. Three of the students treated to this great adventure were the 2019 national winners of the Academic WorldQuest competition, a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America.

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Local dogs have their days

What: Salty Dog’s Clear the Shelter event

When it took place: Aug. 19-24

Where: Hilton Head Humane Association

Photographer: Hilton Head Humane Association

Highlights: The Salty Dog has long been a supporter of the Hilton Head Humane Association. The popular cafe paid the adoption fees for the first 25 adopted shelter animals between Aug. 19-24. Each pet also came with a free Salty Dog bandana and other fun freebies.

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Scouts honor

What: World Scout Jamboree

When it took place: July 21

Where: The Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia

Photographer: Annabelle O’Grady

Highlights: Five Bluffton and Hilton Head Island Boy Scouts (Alan Heyward, Matthew Sherburne, Andrew Sherburne, Noah Heartsfield, and Jake Lopko) were part of 45,000 Scouts from 167 countries attending the World Jamboree, held every four years in a different country. The last time the event was held in the United States was 1967.

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Neighbors night

What: Summer Pop-Up Supper

When it took place: June 26

Where: An undisclosed home on Spring Island

Photographer: Ashleigh Whitmore

Highlights: Up until the moment that the open-air shuttle wagon dropped guests off, no one knew where the dinner would take place (except the host, who was informed just the day before). Spring Island members were asked to register only if they were willing to be host to the dinner party of 16 of their neighbors in their home. The 16 spots filled in less than four minutes. The Spring Island culinary team prepared the entire meal, including supplies and service; a good time was had by all.

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Golf for a Cause

What: Barbers of the Lowcountry’s Clipper Cup golf tournament

When it took place: July 13

Where: Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club

Photographer: Mike Bragg

Highlights: For the second straight year, the annual golf tournament exceeded its donation goal for Bluffton Self Help. Fourteen teams and 53 players participated. The team of Chris Hendrix, Amir Ajilani, Steve Bryant and Chris Marsh won with a score of 57.

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Wall to wall

What: Large scale mural

When it took place: Spring and summer of 2019

Where: Hunting Island Visitors Center

Photographer: Aki Kato

Highlights: Artist Aki Kato painted a large scale mural inside of the Hunting Island Visitors Center. The complete surround art depicts the various ecologies of Hunting Island including the marsh, forest, dunes, ocean and beach. See more of the artist’s work online at

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Coastal Kaleidoscope

What: Reception for featured artist John Kenney

When it took place: July 5

Where: Beaufort Art Association Gallery

Photographer: Caroline Kenney

Highlights: More than 200 locals showed up to support John Kenney, whose work is characterized by a wide range of expression and bold use of color. His mentor, Paul Edwards, was a friend of Andy Warhol’s and Kenney’s vision was strongly influenced by pop culture and the industrial cityscape of his native Pittsburgh.

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