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Original Visitor's Guide to Hilton Head Island & The Lowcountry


  • 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-GiffordPUBLISHER ................................................Lorraine JennessART DIRECTOR ................................................Jennifer MlayPRODUCTION DIRECTOR ....................................Lynn SmithEDITOR ............................................................Allyson JonesCONTRIBUTING WRITERS ................Blue Water Tackleshop,

    Jo Emery, Kathleen McMenamin, Georgene Mortimer,Carey North, Patte Ranney, Doug Weaver

    ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE ........................................Eric StraussACCOUNTING ..................................................Mallory RaleyDISTRIBUTION STAFF................................Bruce McLemore,

    Gerry Norris, John TantCONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER ....................Joyce Harkins

    cEditors Note

    Summertime and the living is easy especially when youre spend-ing the summer on Hilton Head Island.

    A world-class vacation destination, Hilton Head is home to 12 milesof hard-packed, white-sand shoreline, more than 50 miles of pavedpublic pathways, every imaginable water sport, an array of family-friendly activities and entertainment, hundreds of delicious restaurantsand retail stores, dozens of golf courses, exceptional tennis facilities,outstanding performing arts organizations and so much more.

    This issue of Island Events is devoted to summer fun, from our spe-cial Just for Kids section with details on local camps, clinics, classes,family entertainment, tours and excursion to our July Highlightsfeature with information on the best places to enjoy Fourth of Julyfestivities and fireworks.

    Keeping cool is essential this month, so set sail on a dolphin naturecruise, try stand-up paddleboarding, head out for a day of deep-seafishing, race over the waves on a jet ski or simply splash in the surf.For even more ideas on ways to beat the heat in July, check out ADay on the Water.

    Also in this issue of Island Events, join realtor Carey North in ThePursuit of Happiness, experience the unique strand feeding behaviorof local dolphins with Capt. Patte Ranney of Outside Hilton Headand learn what makes the nighttime water glow with MasterNaturalist Kathleen McMenamin of H2O Sports.

    Go fishing with Blue Water Tackleshop, master downhill lies withformer PGA Touring pro Doug Weaver, chill out with GeorgeneMortimer of Island Winery, make Up the Creek Pub & Grills FamousBuffalo Chicken Dip or homemade play dough with a recipe courtesyof The Sandbox.

    As always, the best in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire is just aclick away at,,,, and View allof our priceless publications online, anytime, and print out exactlywhat you need, when you need it.

    All of us at Island Communications hope you and yours enjoy ahappy and safe Independence Day. Enjoy your time in the Lowcountryand visit us again soon!



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    FEATURES10 July Highlights

    By Allyson Jones12 Must Taste14 Island Calendar

    Activities and Events Islandwide18 The Perfect Chill

    By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery26 The Crazy Crab Crab Races27 Up the Creek Pub & Grills Famous Buffalo

    Chicken Dip28 Dining With Kids29 Shelter Cove Harbour Summer Entertainment36 The Pursuit of Happiness

    By Carey North, Palmetto Sands Realty48 Island Style62 Island Horoscope July

    An Island Events Favorite70 Island Beaches72 Island Tides86 Recreational Pathways Guide88 Island Parks

    104 The Magic of Gary Maurer106 Homemade Fun: Play Dough

    Courtesy of The Sandbox109 Lights Out for Turtles110 A Day on the Water112 Strand Feeding

    By Capt. Patte Ranney, Outside Hilton Head114 Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates

    By Kathleen McMenamin, H2O Sports116 Fishing Heats Up

    Courtesy of Blue Water Tackleshop118 Downhill Lies

    By I.J. Schecter with Doug Weaver121 Events Puzzle

    By Jo Emery

    DEPARTMENTS6 Editors Note

    12 Dining & Lounges36 Lodging & Real Estate 40 Arts & Services 46 Shopping70 Activities92 Just for Kids96 Puzzle Answer

    120 Golf Chart122 Directory of Advertisers124 Map of Hilton Head Island


    About Our Cover...Kylee and Taylor Gleasondiscover that tubing on a

    customized watersportsadventure with Live Oac is

    a great way to beat thesummer heat.

    Photography by Joyce Harkins,Hilton Head Island Photography.



    Arts Center of Coastal CarolinaAssemblage artist Caroll Williamsand photographer Donna Varnercast a quirky eye on old discard-ed artifacts engine parts, rustymetal, Scrabble tiles and more and create contemporary artwith a history. Their [arti]Fact &Fiction exhibit is showcased inthe Art League of Hilton HeadsGallery at the Arts Center fromJuly 6-30 with an Artist Receptionon July 7 from 5-7 p.m. (843)681-5060 or

    Fourth of JulyIndependence Day is Monday,July 4, and the holiday startsearly on Hilton Head Island andends with a bang.

    At the Tanger Outlets, the 4th ofJuly Weekend Sale runs July 1-4. With two convenient locations,one and two miles west of HiltonHead Island, enjoy extra savingsfrom your favorite brand nameoutlet stores during the four-daysidewalk sale. (843) 837-5410or

    A family-friendly celebrationwith patriotic music and aparade of signs, the 3rdAnnual Independence DayCelebration hosted by the HiltonHead Island TEA Party takesplace in the air-conditionedcomfort of Hilton Head HighSchools Visual and PerformingArts Center on July 3 from 1-3:30 p.m.

    Over 1,100 runners and walk-ers of all ages and abilities areexpected to participate in the

    26th Annual Hargray HiltonHead Firecracker 5000 RoadRace and Family Fun Walkkicking off at The Mall atShelter Cove on July 4 at 8 a.m.The Post-Race Celebrationincludes music, refreshments anddoor prizes. (843) 757-8520or

    In Harbour Town, family favoriteGregg Russell can be foundperforming under the LibertyOak, Sunday through Fridaythroughout the summer, startingat 8 p.m. Prior to his show, checkout the entertainment andactivities, featuring Yostie thePuppeteller on select evenings,face painting, magic and more.Saturday nights, enjoy a rockingood time with The SteppinStones, a young but seasoned classic rock band.

    On July 4 at 9:30 a.m., theInaugural 4th of July Paradesteps out in Harbour Town. Toparticipate, meet in the parkinglot adjacent to the HarbourTown Lighthouse for decoratingsupplies to outfit your bicycle,wagon, dog or kids. Entries willbe judged on patriotism. Planto return early that evening forthe 4th of July Festivities inHarbour Town which concludewith a fireworks extravaganzaaround 9 p.m. (843) 842-1979or

    Throughout the day, the 4th ofJuly Golf Challenge takes placeon the Pete Dye-designed HeronPoint course in The Sea PinesResort. Golfers use a flag to

    by Allyson Jones

    July Highlights

    The cast of Smokey Joes Caf heatsup the Arts Center through Aug. 6.

    Photography By Anne

    Things are hot on Hilton Head Island from the soaringtemperatures to the sizzling special events. With GrammyAward-winning musicals, uplifting concerts, holiday hap-penings, one-of-a-kind exhibits and world-class sportingevents, there are plenty of ways to keep cool duringsteamy summer days.

    Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

    Featuring 39 pop stan-dards from Poison Ivy

    and Yakety Yak toHound Dog and StandBy Me, soak in the malt

    shop sounds of leg-endary songwriters JerryLeiber and Mike Stoller

    when the Arts Center ofCoastal Carolina pre-

    sents Smokey Jo