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

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<ul><li><p>PHOTOS WITH SANTA ISLAND STYLE!Visit Santa in the Courtyard by the Tiki Hut at Tanger 2 every Saturday &amp;</p><p>Sunday, Dec. 3-18 from 12pm - 4pm. FREE GIFT for every child while supplies last!</p><p>TAN</p><p>GER</p><p>OU</p><p>TLET</p><p>.CO</p><p>M </p><p> FA</p><p>CEB</p><p>OO</p><p>K </p><p> YO</p><p>UTU</p><p>BE </p><p> TA</p><p>NG</p><p>ER A</p><p>PP</p></li><li><p>6 ISLAND EVENTS DECEMBER 2011 hiltonhead.com</p><p>Member Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Head Area Hospitality Association</p><p>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, e-mail:icom@hiltonhead.com. Look for us on the web at hiltonhead.com/category/magazines.Island 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.</p><p>Copyright 2011, Island Communications. All rights reserved.</p><p>CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ....................Linda Rew-Gifford</p><p>PUBLISHER ................................................Lorraine Jenness</p><p>ART DIRECTOR ................................................Jennifer Mlay</p><p>PRODUCTION DIRECTOR ....................................Lynn Smith</p><p>EDITOR ............................................................Allyson Jones</p><p>CONTRIBUTING WRITERS .................................... Jo Emery, </p><p>Shelly Hudson, Kathleen McMenamin, </p><p>Georgene Mortimer, Patte Ranney, Doug Weaver</p><p>ACCOUNTING ..................................................Mallory Raley</p><p>DISTRIBUTION STAFF................................Bruce McLemore, </p><p>Gerry Norris, John Tant</p><p>CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER ....................Joyce Harkins</p><p>cEditors NoteHome to awe-inspiring natural beauty, temperate winter weather,</p><p>a variety of outdoor activities and festive events, the joys of theholiday season on Hilton Head Island are too numerous to count.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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 &amp; 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.</p><p>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.</p><p>As always, the best in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire can befound at hiltonhead.com, hiltonheadisland.com, bluffton.com,beaufort.com, savannah.com and stsimonsisland.com. Planyour stay with the help of our popular websites and check out theonline versions of our priceless publications.</p><p>Happy holidays from all of us at Island Communications! We wishyou and yours abundance, happiness and peace in the New Year.</p></li><li><p>8 ISLAND EVENTS DECEMBER 2011 hiltonhead.com</p><p>60FEATURES10 Holiday Highlights</p><p>By Allyson Jones12 Must Taste13 Island Calendar </p><p>Activities and Events Islandwide16 Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta &amp; Steak House </p><p>Shrimp BisqueCourtesy of Chef Ryan Alphaugh</p><p>18 No Ordinary Stocking StufferBy Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery</p><p>22 Holiday Dining26 Top 10 Tips For Healthy Holidays</p><p>By Shelly Hudson, Certified Health Coach, Powerhouse Family Fitness Gym</p><p>30 Holiday Gift Guide42 Island Beaches44 Island Horoscope December</p><p>An Island Events Favorite46 Island Tides54 Recreational Pathways Guide58 Horseshoe Crabs</p><p>By Capt. Patte Ranney, Outside Hilton Head60 Hooded Mergansers</p><p>By Kathleen McMenamin, H2O Sports62 A Good Swing Isnt Rocket Science (or is it?)</p><p>By I.J. Schecter with Doug Weaver70 Events Puzzle</p><p>By Jo Emery</p><p>DEPARTMENTS6 Editors Note</p><p>12 Dining &amp; Lounges24 Lodging &amp; Real Estate 26 Arts &amp; Services 29 Puzzle Answer30 Shopping46 Activities52 Holiday &amp; Community Worship64 Golf Chart66 Directory of Advertisers68 Map of Hilton Head Island</p><p>CONTENTSDECEMBER 2011 / 38TH YEAR / ISSUE 10 </p><p>About Our Cover...Lillian VanDeventercelebrates her first</p><p>Christmas on the beaches of Hilton Head Island.</p><p>Photography by Joyce Harkins,Hilton Head Island Photography.</p></li><li><p>10 ISLAND EVENTS DECEMBER 2011 hiltonhead.com</p><p>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.</p><p>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 seapines.com/events.</p><p>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 saltydog.com.</p><p>Tanger OutletsIn addition to huge savings atmore than 80 name brand fac-</p><p>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 ortangeroutlet.com.</p><p>Coligny PlazaThose who need to check ontheir naughty or nice status canalso visit with Santa at ColignyPlaza on December 10 duringthe Christmas Festival &amp;Oyster Roast. Eat, drink and bemerry with live music, photoswith Santa and a Toy Drive tobenefit the Deep Well Project.(843) 842-6050 orcolignyplaza.com.</p><p>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 orhiltonheadtheatre.com.</p><p>Coastal Discovery Museumat Honey HornOn December 20, 1860,</p><p>by Allyson Jones</p><p>Holiday Highlights</p><p>Free Santa Visits &amp; PicturesThe South Beach Inn</p><p>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:</p><p>Down at The Salty DogCaf in South Beach</p><p>Marina Village,Shrimpfest continuesthrough the end of the</p><p>year with a choice ofsavory local shrimp dishesoffered nightly at a great</p><p>price. Before or afterdinner, stroll through the</p><p>Village and check outhundreds of thousandsof twinkling lights andChristmas decorations</p><p>during the annualSouth Beach Holiday</p><p>Lights extravaganza.Stop by the South BeachInn through December 17for Free Santa Visits &amp;Pictures with treats for</p><p>the whole family, includ-ing well-behaved dogs,</p><p>on Fridays and Saturdaysfrom 3-7 p.m. </p><p>(843) 671-6498 orsaltydog.com.</p></li><li><p>hiltonhead.com DECEMBER 2011 ISLAND EVENTS 11</p><p>South Carolina became the firststate to secede from the Union.Four months later, the CivilWar began when Confederateartillery opened fire on FortSumter in Charleston Harbor.</p><p>Commemorating this definingmoment in American history,Civil War in the Lowcountry,an exhibition tracing the earlyhistory of the Civil War on HiltonHead Island, is on display at theCoastal Discovery Museum atHoney Horn through April 30.</p><p>December 1-4, the CoastalDiscovery Museum and theLowcountry Civil War RoundTable, Inc. have partnered topresent the Lowcountry CivilWar SesquicentennialCommemoration. This four-day event includes lectures byprominent historians, theatricalperformances, a Civil Warencampment and re-enactment,tours of local and regional CivilWar sites and a narrated boattrip recreating the Battle of PortRoyal Sound. Various ticketpackages are available. (843)689-6767 ext. 223 orcoastaldiscovery.org.</p><p>Hilton Head Choral SocietyA holiday tradition, the HiltonHead Choral Societys 27thAnnual Christmas Tour ofHomes - The Bells of Belfairtakes place on December 4 from12-5 p.m. Tour six unique homesdecorated in holiday splendorin Blufftons Belfair Plantation,enjoy refreshments and liveChristmas music at the BelfairClubhouse and enter to win oneof six Mark Roberts ChristmasFairies.</p><p>On December 9, the ChoralSociety presents The Sounds ofChristmas A Kaleidoscopeof Carols at First PresbyterianChurch with traditional carolsand holiday tunes from England,Europe and the USA featuringthe HHCS Chorus, YouthChorale and orchestra. Fortour or concert tickets, call(843) 341-3818 or visit</p><p>hiltonheadchoralsociety.org.</p><p>Hilton Head SymphonyOrchestraShowcasing the talents of guestconductor Teddy Abrams and2011 HHSO Youth ConcertoCompetition winner AnnieBender, the Hilton HeadSymphony Orchestras 30thBe Our Guest season contin-ues at First Presbyterian Churchon December 5 with Celebratethe Season. Highlights of thisholiday concert include MozartsSleighride, the HallelujahChorus and selections from TheNutcracker. (843) 842-2055or hhso.org.</p><p>Art League of Hilton Head GalleryIn the Art League of HiltonHead Gallery at the ArtsCenter, the Fine Art CraftsGuilds debut exhibition,CraftHiltonHead2011, is onview through December 30with an Artist Reception onDecember 1 from 5-7 p.m.(843) 681-5060 orartleaguehhi.org.</p><p>Our 9th Annual CommunityChristmas Day DinnerA celebration of Christsbirthday, Our 9th AnnualCommunity Christmas DayDinner at Aunt Chiladas EasyStreet Cafe takes place onDecember 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a free turkey buffetand carolers with free will offer-ings accepted for Meals onWheels and Second Helpings.Reservations are encouraged.(843) 304-1086 or 705-5725.</p><p>Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta &amp; SteakhouseIn Shelter Cove Harbour, EarlWilliams serenades the arrivalof the New Year at KingfisherSeafood, Pasta &amp; Steak Houseon December 31. Reservationsare required for this evening of dinner, dancing, jazz andMotown music with a cham-pagne toast at midnight. (843) 785-4442 orkingfisherseafood.com.</p><p>The Drowsy ChaperoneArts Center of Coastal Carolina</p><p>The funniest musicalyou've never seen, TheDrowsy Chaperone iscenter stage at the Arts Center of CoastalCarolina, December 7-31. A modern Broadwayclassic, give the gift oflaughter this holidayseason with tickets to theshow or ring in the NewYear at the 9:30 p.m.performance onDecember 31 with com-plimentary champagne,party favors and amidnight countdownwith the cast. For tickets,call (843) 842-2787 orvisit artshhi.com.</p></li><li><p>The British Open Pub offers authentic English food,American favorites and Certified Angus beef in a family-friendly, pub-</p><p>style atmosphere at both their Hilton Head and Bluffton locations.</p><p>Caseys Sports Bar &amp; Grille features the Islands best over-sized wingsand house specialties like the Roast Beef on Weck, a variety of wraps, cheese</p><p>steaks, sandwiches, salads and enormous hamburgers.</p><p>Enjoy creative cuisine, legendary seafood specialties, decadent desserts and spectacularwaterfront dining at the Chart House.</p><p>Seafood Lovers can jump right into a steamed seafood pot filled with lobster, shrimp,snow crab legs and oysters at either of the two great waterfront locations of The Crazy Crab.</p><p>Whats more delicious than a doughnut? A fresh, hot, hand-dipped, custom-made cakedoughnut from Flamingos Doughnut Cafe.</p><p>The Frosty Frog Cafe not only serves up the most outrageously delicious frozendaiquiris, Frosty also offers finger-licking good food.</p><p>Award-winning wings are just one of the tasty menu items found at Hilton HeadBrewing Co. 1st Overall Winner of the 2011 Hilton Head Island WingFest.</p><p>Its Greek To Me serves the Islands best calamari, an array of Greek specialty dishesand homemade, mouth-watering desserts while dining indoors or out on the spaciouspatio or roof-top terrace.</p><p>Build your own Seafood Volcano a smoking mound of seafood at KingfisherSeafood Pasta &amp; Steak House on the water at Shelter Cove Harbour.</p><p>Great seafood and steaks can be enjoyed, along with a breathtaking view, while seatedindoors or out at Lands End Tavern.</p><p>Fresh, homemade and tasty American and Mediterranean food can be found at The Market Street Cafe, a favorite of locals and visitors alike.</p><p>Enjoy a full menu of seafood, salads and sandwiches served along with tropical freezesand ocean breezes at The Salty Dog Cafe.</p><p>For the very best in Italian cuisine, visit Stellini ItalianRestaurant the Lowcountrys Little Italy since 1989!</p><p>Fresh seafood, delicious steaks and sandwiches, along withone of the best views on the Island, can be found at The Wreck of The Salty Dog Cafe.</p><p>Must TasteMust Taste</p></li><li><p>hiltonhead.com DECEMBER 2011 ISLAND EVENTS 13</p><p>Ongoing: Daily Alligator &amp; Wildlife Tours inThe Sea Pines Resort Forest...</p></li></ul>