February 2018



Nominations Are Now Open for CH2's Bachelorette of the Year 2019!

Winner receives $7,500 ($5,000 for you and $2,500 for the 501C3 charity of your choice) and the cover of CH2’s January 2019 issue

Author:CH2/CB2



Chamber Restaurant Week is Feb. 3-10: Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 10th Year of Popular Dining Week

Plan on taking a break from your “dining in” resolution this month. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s popular Chamber Restaurant Week returns for its tenth year, Feb. 3-10. Restaurants around Hilton Head Island and Bluffton will offer value-priced prix-fixe menus that showcase their…
Author:Special to CH2



Dynamic Duos

All the best things come in pairs. Yes, like Reese’s cups, but here we are asking you to think bigger. Think about the powerful dynamic that emerges when two people come together who fit one another perfectly. Whether it’s just a teammate to bounce ideas off…
Author:Special to CH2



Tail Wiggles: Where Pets Are at the Heart of It All

Big Sweeties could be the best way to describe Janet Wiggers and her team at Tail Wiggles pet supply store in Village at Wexford, or it could be the name of the homemade sweet potato treats she sells there—or it could be both. Their customers…
Author:Kitty Bartell



Swamp Fox Farms: Where the Winning Begins

If you have been on Facebook recently, you may have seen photographs of some of Swamp Fox Farms’ most recent victories. The barn just returned from the Holiday Horse Show series in Wellington Florida, where their horses and riders enjoyed incredible success at the internationally…
Author:Special to CH2



Aging Gracefully: Help your senior pet live longer, feel better

Unfortunately, none of us can escape the effects of aging. For our pets, it happens at a much earlier age than us. In dogs, the average lifespan is the opposite of their size. The smaller the dog, the longer their lifespan. For little dogs under…
Author:Kirk Dixon, DVM



James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner: Making Its Way to the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

Hilton Head Island’s Seafood Festival is welcoming the island’s first-ever James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner the evening of February 22…and it is one hot ticket. Once he found his footing in the business of food and drink, James Beard (1903-1985) was a bit…
Author:Kitty Bartell



How Pets Can Save Lives

Many people who love animals have pets that have been rescued in some way. But those same people often say that they are the ones being rescued. There’s probably not a person on the planet who has not seen or heard a story about a dog…
Author:Kent Thune



9th Annual Most Adorable Pet Contest

Congratulations to our 5 winners. We hope your fur babies enjoy their $50 shopping spree at Tail Wiggles. As always, thank-you to everyone who submitted their adorable pet photos! We are clearly a community that adores our pets so very, very much! “A house is not…
Author:Special to CH2



Programs for Exceptional People: Serving the “differently abled”

On a dreary, post-snowstorm January morning, I am sitting in a conference room at the Hilton Head Island Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) facility on Oak Park Dr. with three staff members and four young men and women who are enrolled in the day program…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



May River Grill: Culinary Comfort

Charlie Sternburgh, owner of Bluffton’s May River Grill, can pinpoint the exact moment he fell in love with food. “I was a kid washing dishes in Muskegon [Michigan], in this little restaurant that was one of the better mom-and-pop places in town,” he said. “A…
Author:Kitty Bartell



A Note From Our Mayors

A Note from David Bennett New and Improved There’s so much to discover and enjoy on Hilton Head Island that even year-round residents often feel like full-time tourists! Beginning this month, exciting improvements are in store for the south end of the island. But before we look…
Author:David Bennett & Lisa Sulka



Line in the Sand: Why Not Change Your Life Today Rather than on New Year’s Day?

Opinion 1: Barry Kaufman Ah, February. That majestic time of year when the shallow and superfluous resolutions made back in December come crashing down in a flaming mass of laziness and broken willpower. For those of us who never bothered making New Year’s resolutions in the…
Author:Barry Kaufman & Courtney Hampson



Love is...

Do you remember the first person who said “I love you” in a romantic context? I do. I was 15 years old and smitten with an older guy—a 21-year-old smooth talker with a souped-up Chevy Camaro and an air of confidence to match. (This was…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



Kids College: Creating a Love of Learning

Parents play a huge role in how excited their child feels when coming to a new school,” said Shanel van Jaarsveld, owner and director of Kids College, her Advocates for Better Care (ABC) certified, USDA certified, early learning center in Bluffton. When looking for childcare,…
Author:Kitty Bartell



Jewels & Jeans Event to Honor Local Visionary

“So much of our future lies in preserving our past.”—Peter Westbrook The Foundation for Educational Excellence focuses on our future: the students of Beaufort County who will one day be leaders in our world. This year, at their annual “Jewels & Jeans” event, the future-focused foundation…
Author:Emily Campbell



BravoPiano! A Festival from Bach to Brubeck

The Hilton Head International Piano Competition is thrilled to announce a new and exciting addition to its schedule—BravoPiano! A Festival from Bach to Brubeck. Debuting March 8-12, 2018, this innovative festival will spotlight outstanding former prize winners of our competitions, as well as other world-famous…
Author:Special to CH2



Les Misérables: Passion, Redemption, and Revolution Take to the Hilton Head Prep Stage

With 65 film versions and over 53,000 stage performances in 44 countries and 349 cities, the musical/opera Les Misérables is likely the most frequently adapted novel of all time. First published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s captivating novel is a tale of nineteenth century France, of…
Author:Kitty Bartell



It’s in the Bag: Hilton Head Firefighters’ Association Gives Back

From the outside, the bag looks like any other soft-sided insulated bag—one you might throw a few cold drinks in and keep on the boat or carry on a picnic. But as with most things, it’s what’s inside that counts. Crack open this bag and…
Author:Barry Kaufman



V-Day Getaway

Need a change of scenery for a few days? Grab your special someone and head south for the weekend to Savannah, Georgia. The Hostess City of the South awaits with an abundance of hip restaurants, museums, stunning architecture and tourist-centric activities. Try a horse-driven carriage tour, a stroll…
Author:Special to CH2



Editor's Note: February 2018

The last time it snowed this much on Hilton Head Island, was in December of 1989. I wasn’t here. I was, however, in a giant leisure van with my parents and siblings, on the way to the Happiest Place on Earth for the second time…
Author:Maggie Washo



The Circle of Life

My grandmother Rebecca once told me, “I don’t take well to death.” At the time, she was in her early 90s. Her friends were passing on, and she and my grandfather had recently moved into a nursing home. Rebecca, who was orphaned at age 20,…
Author:Becca Edwards



Why Boutiques are the Future of Retail

We live in a world where technology, convenience and freedom of choice have converged to enable massive retailers like Amazon and Walmart to thrive, while bringing about the decline and eventual death of the mid-sized retailers like Sears, Kmart, JC Penney, and Macy’s. But this…
Author:Kent Thune



Bistro 17: French Saveur… Harborside

A Croque Madame is served at Bistro 17 Classic grilled ham and Swiss with béchamel sauce, topped with a fried egg Defined primarily by the food served, the name bistro suggests cuisine that alights somewhere between home-style and haute: soul-warming bourguignon and cassoulet, onion soup, muscles,…
Author:Kitty Bartell



Dial M for Murder: Elevates Suspense to an Art Form

Dial M for Murder is a satisfyingly juicy psychological thriller with a plot rife with twists and turns. There’s a wealthy heiress, a love triangle, murder plans that go awry (that’s not a spoiler exactly—you’ll find that out right out of the gate), and a…
Author:Andrea Gannon



For the Love of Cats: Fixing and Feeding the Ferals

Feral: A “feral” cat is unsocialized and tends to be fearful of people and keep a distance. Ferals are most often found living outdoors in groups known as colonies. The cats in a colony share a common food source and territory and may include not…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



Boys & Girls Club Essay Contest

Pictured left to right: Leslie Suelke, Jaymeon Chisholm, Amy Ferrer, Camilla Pestana, Ethan Simpson, Ms.Morgan, Monzetrrat Rojas, Carys Riemer, Franchezca Rojas, Jacquelene Ortiz, Katie Godoy, Maria Ibarra, Andrioly Castillo and Landon Horne A Note from the Editor Last month, CH2 magazine asked the members of the Boys…
Author:Special to CH2




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