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



    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 2012, Island Communications. All rights reserved.

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

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

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

    ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE..................................Brooke Motchan

    CONTRIBUTING WRITERS .............. Jo Emery, Allison Hersh

    Kathleen McMenamin, Georgene Mortimer,

    Carey North, Patte Ranney, Doug Weaver

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

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

    John Tant

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

    cWelcomeWelcome to Hilton Head Island! This boot-shaped sea island is

    truly a paradise nestled along the South Carolina coast. From beau-tiful beaches and world-class golf courses to exceptional restaurantsand high-energy water sports, the Island has something for everyone.

    Hilton Head Island is the ideal place to make memories that lasta lifetime. Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is relaxing onthe beach, teeing off on the green, perfecting your backhand, ridinghigh on a parasailing adventure, trying your hand at shark fishing orsipping a frosty beverage on a sunset cruise, you can do it all righthere in the heart of the Lowcountry.

    March is a great month to unwind on Hilton Head Island. The27th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival offers spectac-ular wine, spirits and cuisine on March 5-10. On March 11, the29th Annual Hilton Head Island St. Patricks Day Parade kicks off atColigny Circle at 3 p.m. Spring Fashion Week gets underway onMarch 31 at Tanger Outlets 1, where shoppers can enjoy an after-noon of personal styling, beauty tips and much more.

    For additional details about these events and other exciting happen-ings on the Island this month, be sure to check out our March Calendarof Events. Dont miss all the fun!

    In this issue of Island Events, sample Malbec wines with GeorgeneMortimer of Island Winery, explore the saltmarsh with Capt. PatteRanney of Outside Hilton Head and learn about Carolina Jessaminefrom Master Naturalist Kathleen McMenamin. Local Realtor CareyNorth discusses the benefits of property management, while PalmettoDunes Golf Academy instructor Doug Weaver shares the secrets tostrategic recovery shots from awkward lies.

    We hope you find our listings helpful in guiding you to some of thevery best that Hilton Head Island has to offer. Whether this is yourfirst visit or your 21st visit to the Island, we know youll enjoy everymoment in this sun-kissed corner of heaven.

    As always, the best of the Lowcountry and the Coastal Empireare just a click away at,,,, All of our priceless publications can be viewedonline 24/7.

    Access our web sites on your smart phone to decide which shops tohit today, where to go for dinner tonight and what activity to plan fortomorrow. Youll have all the information you need to make the mostof every moment.

    Enjoy the beauty of spring on Hilton Head Island. We wish you adelightful stay and hope you will return again soon!


    22FEATURES10 March Highlights14 Must Taste15 Island Calendar

    Activities and Events Islandwide18 March Is For Malbec

    By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery22 Smart Property Management

    By Carey North, Palmetto Sands Realty28 Island Style42 Island Horoscope January/February

    An Island Events Favorite44 Island Tides52 Island Beaches58 South Carolina Jessamine

    By Kathleen McMenamin, H2O Sports60 Understanding the Saltmarsh

    By Capt. Patte Ranney, Outside Hilton Head62 Recovery Shots From Awkward Lies

    By I.J. Schecter with Doug Weaver70 Events Puzzle

    By Jo Emery

    DEPARTMENTS6 Welcome

    13 Dining & Lounges22 Lodging & Real Estate 24 Arts & Services 24 Community Worship28 Shopping44 Activities55 Puzzle Answer64 Golf Chart66 Directory of Advertisers68 Map of Hilton Head Island


    About Our Cover...Amber Shadwick, of Outside

    Hilton Head, is enjoying alittle paddleboard yoga in

    Broad Creek. What a greatway to be on the water and

    stay fit at the same time.

    Photography by Joyce DavisDoll, Hilton Head Island


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    Arts Center of Coastal CarolinaFor the first time ever - and forone night only - Shakespearecomes to the Arts Center stageon March 2. Celebrate the Bardwith this exciting production of,Shakespeares Comedy ofErrors, one of Shakespearesmost farcical plays.

    Your St. Patricks Day fun startsat Celtic Crossroads, a uniqueIrish music experience onMarch 12. Seven traditionalIrish artists combine classic Irishrhythms, bluegrass, gypsy andjazz at this family show.

    The 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winner,Driving Miss Daisy, on stageMarch 17-April 1explores theevolving relationship of an elder-ly Southern Jewish widow andher African American driver inthis heartfelt ode to friendshipand the bonds of aging together.For tickets or information, call(843) 842-2787 or

    Hilton Head InternationalPiano CompetitionThis Competition held its firstevent in 1996 and, since thatdate, has held a competitioneach year. The 2012 PianoCompetition for pianists ages18-30 will be presented March5-12, 2012. (843) 842-2055or visit

    Sea Pines ResortOver the years, Gregg Russellhas become a Sea Pines clas-sic. Under the Liberty Oak in

    Harbour Town is where youllfind Gregg entertaining adultsand children alike. March 26-30, 7:30 p.m.

    The Salty Dog CafeFind four-leaf clovers redeemablefor free Salty Dog T-shirts, prizesand treats along with childrensentertainment and a specialappearance by Jake the SaltyDog during The Salty DogsAnnual Kids Shamrock Huntat the Salty Dog Caf on March17. 10 a.m.-noon. Afterwardsenjoy an Irish menu at The SaltyDog Caf. (843) 671-2233 orvisit

    29th Annual Hilton Head Island St. Patricks Day ParadeOn Sunday, March 11, the St.Patricks Day Parade kicks off atColigny Circle at 3 p.m. Arriveearly to secure your spot alongPope Avenue for the islandslargest free spectacular event.(843) 837-4956 or

    WingFestJoin the fun and vote for yourfavorite wing as local restaurantscook up their best wings, whileenjoying live music, a kids zoneand much more at Wingfest,March 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Shelter Cove Park. Admissioncharged. (843) 681-7273

    4th Annual Marsh Tacky RacesRacing Marsh Tackies on thebeach began as a wintertime

    March Highlights

    Photo provided by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

    Days are never dull and boring here on the Islandespecially with the arrival of spring. Check out all ofthe special events taking place this month and getready for a fun-filled month.

    Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

    See the next generationof Lowcountry talent

    while celebratingNational Youth Arts

    month with YouthArtsFest on March 3.

    The stage is turned overto young singers,

    dancers and musiciansin this fun-packed day

    of variety show-styleperformances, free mini

    art workshops and ayouth art exhibition.

    (843) 842-2787 or