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The Original Visitor's Guide to Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry Since 1974.


  • PHOTOS WITH SANTA ISLAND STYLE!Visit Santa in the Courtyard by the Tiki Hut at Tanger 2 every Saturday &

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    Member Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Head Area Hospitality Association

    Island Events Magazine is published monthly by Island Communications, P.O. Box 5511, HiltonHead Island, S.C. 29938, PHONE (843) 757-9889, FAX (843) 757-9189, Look for us on the web at Events prints a minimum of 685,000 copies per year and is distributed to approximately500 Island locations. Subscriptions available at $25.00 (Canada, $35 US) per year, single copiesavailable for postage and handling charges of $5.00 (Canada, $6 US). Send check to addressabove. The design, concept, and contents of Island Events are copyrighted and may not in anymanner be reproduced in part or whole without written permission from the publisher.Every effort is made to provide dependable information, however, the publisher does not warrantthat the content herein is complete or accurate. Any rates, special offers, etc. are subject tochange and are not guaranteed by Island Communications.

    Copyright 2011, Island Communications. All rights reserved.

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ....................Linda Rew-Gifford

    PUBLISHER ................................................Lorraine Jenness

    ART DIRECTOR ................................................Jennifer Mlay

    PRODUCTION DIRECTOR ....................................Lynn Smith

    EDITOR ............................................................Allyson Jones

    CONTRIBUTING WRITERS .................................... Jo Emery,

    Shelly Hudson, Kathleen McMenamin,

    Georgene Mortimer, Patte Ranney, Doug Weaver

    ACCOUNTING ..................................................Mallory Raley

    DISTRIBUTION STAFF................................Bruce McLemore,

    Gerry Norris, John Tant

    CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER ....................Joyce Harkins

    cEditors NoteHome to awe-inspiring natural beauty, temperate winter weather,

    a variety of outdoor activities and festive events, the joys of theholiday season on Hilton Head Island are too numerous to count.

    Spend warm winter days navigating miles of paved publicpathways on a rented bike or head out for a leisurely stroll on milesof white-sand beaches. Set sail on a dolphin nature cruise or paddlepristine waterways on a guided kayak trip. Work on your game atdozens of world-class golf courses or simply kick back, relax andenjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

    Gather family and friends for a delicious meal at hundreds oflocal restaurants, book a private room and host your own party orreserve a spot at one of the special New Years Eve celebrations tak-ing place around the Island. For tips on what to order and holidayhours of operation, look over our Must Taste and HolidayDining features.

    If last-minute shopping is on your agenda, you can find theperfect gifts for everyone on your list at countless area boutiques,specialty retailers and factory outlet stores. Our Holiday GiftGuide has great ideas for unique merchandise, experiences andservices you just wont find anywhere else.

    With holiday light displays, home tours, concerts, benefits,productions, festivals, commemorations, Santa sightings and moretaking place throughout the month, there is something for all agesto do, see and experience. Take a moment to look over our detailedCalendar of Events and Holiday Highlights, so you dont missa thing.

    Also in this issue of Island Events, Georgene Mortimer of IslandWinery explains why wine is always a tasteful gift, Chef RyanAlphaugh of Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta & Steak House serves up adelicious recipe for Shrimp Bisque and Certified Health CoachShelly Hudson of Powerhouse Family Fitness Gym has tips onenjoying a healthy holiday.

    Former PGA Tour pro Doug Weaver discusses the science of thegolf swing, Kathleen McMenamin of H2O Sports looks for HoodedMergansers and Capt. Patte Ranney of Outside Hilton Head findsHorseshoe Crabs on the beach.

    As always, the best in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire can befound at,,,, and Planyour stay with the help of our popular websites and check out theonline versions of our priceless publications.

    Happy holidays from all of us at Island Communications! We wishyou and yours abundance, happiness and peace in the New Year.


    60FEATURES10 Holiday Highlights

    By Allyson Jones12 Must Taste13 Island Calendar

    Activities and Events Islandwide16 Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta & Steak House

    Shrimp BisqueCourtesy of Chef Ryan Alphaugh

    18 No Ordinary Stocking StufferBy Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery

    22 Holiday Dining26 Top 10 Tips For Healthy Holidays

    By Shelly Hudson, Certified Health Coach, Powerhouse Family Fitness Gym

    30 Holiday Gift Guide42 Island Beaches44 Island Horoscope December

    An Island Events Favorite46 Island Tides54 Recreational Pathways Guide58 Horseshoe Crabs

    By Capt. Patte Ranney, Outside Hilton Head60 Hooded Mergansers

    By Kathleen McMenamin, H2O Sports62 A Good Swing Isnt Rocket Science (or is it?)

    By I.J. Schecter with Doug Weaver70 Events Puzzle

    By Jo Emery

    DEPARTMENTS6 Editors Note

    12 Dining & Lounges24 Lodging & Real Estate 26 Arts & Services 29 Puzzle Answer30 Shopping46 Activities52 Holiday & Community Worship64 Golf Chart66 Directory of Advertisers68 Map of Hilton Head Island


    About Our Cover...Lillian VanDeventercelebrates her first

    Christmas on the beaches of Hilton Head Island.

    Photography by Joyce Harkins,Hilton Head Island Photography.


    The Sea Pines ResortCelebrate the season in TheSea Pines Resort where theHarbour Town Lights glitteruntil January 2. Enjoy dozens ofilluminated figures and displays,including the Harbour TownLighthouse and a 30-footChristmas tree, vote on yourfavorite artwork created by localelementary school studentshanging in shop windows duringthe Holiday Window Contestand make a difference bydonating canned goods andunwrapped toys to The DeepWell Project.

    Plenty of live entertainment andfun family activities take place inHarbour Town throughout themonth, including Holiday Funwith Yostie and the PuppetPatrol and Visits with Santaon December 16, GreggRussells Christmas Concerton December 23, and the 11thAnnual Polar Bear Swim fol-lowed by a New Years EveGolf Ball Drop from the top ofthe Lighthouse on December 31.For details and a completeschedule, call (843) 842-1979or visit

    On December 31, ring in theNew Year during A Salty DogNew Years Eve with horsdoeuvres, dinner, drinks, music,dancing, a midnight cham-pagne toast and Salty Dog fun.Reservations are required. (843)290-9875 or

    Tanger OutletsIn addition to huge savings atmore than 80 name brand fac-

    tory stores, Visit with SantaIsland Style in the courtyardof Tanger Outlet Center 2 onSaturdays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m. through December 18.Santa has treats for the kids,Tanger coupon books forparents and a professional pho-tographer is on hand to snappictures. (843) 837-5410

    Coligny PlazaThose who need to check ontheir naughty or nice status canalso visit with Santa at ColignyPlaza on December 10 duringthe Christmas Festival &Oyster Roast. Eat, drink and bemerry with live music, photoswith Santa and a Toy Drive tobenefit the Deep Well Project.(843) 842-6050

    South Carolina RepertoryCompanyA Marvelous Party, join theSouth Carolina RepertoryCompany for the delightfulmusical revue, Oh, Coward!,December 1-18. A theatricalcelebration of Noel Cowardswit and warmth, show times areWednesday through Saturday at8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.December 1 is the OpeningNight Champagne Receptionor join the cast and director forTalkbacks after the December 7thand 13th performances. (843) 342-2057

    Coastal Discovery Museumat Honey HornOn December 20, 1860,

    by Allyson Jones

    Holiday Highlights

    Free Santa Visits & PicturesThe South Beach Inn

    With festive fundraisers, spectacular productions, fasci-nating exhibits, Christmas light displays, holiday hometours, Santa sightings, Civil War commemorations andNew Years Eve parties, December is the most wonderfultime of year on Hilton Head Island. Take a look at just afew of the special happenings taking place this month:

    Down at The Salty DogCaf in South Beach

    Marina Village,Shrimpfest continuesthrough the end of the

    year with a choice ofsavory local shrimp dishesoffered nightly at a great

    price. Before or afterdinner, stroll through the

    Village and check outhundreds of thousandsof twinkling lights andChristmas decorations

    during the annualSouth Beach Holiday

    Lights extravaganza.Stop by the South BeachInn through December 17for Free Santa Visits &Pictures with treats for

    the whole family, includ-ing well-behaved dogs,

    on Fridays and Saturdaysfrom 3-7 p.m.

    (843) 671-6498


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