October 2018 Issue



October 2018: Letters to the Editor

Living with Cancer—June 2018 Since my ovarian cancer went into remission, and recalling the 2011 bout with breast cancer, I’d wanted to share what I’d learned for those who might benefit. I’d tried a few times to capture my thoughts and suggestions. I could not. There…
Author:Special to CH2



A Magnolia 3 Ways!

An artificial southern essential for all seasons Make a Statement … with fall berries and autumn colors into your magnolia centerpiece. Pop in a faux feather pumpkin or fresh gourds to create simplicity and instant table drama. A Southern Welcome … of fall bittersweet is always sweet added to…
Author:Special to CH2



This & That: October 2018 Edition

A Series of Fortunate Events, interesting news and a hodge-podge of other items. You know…this and that! If you would like to submit something for this special section, please email m.washo@celebratehiltonhead.com. If we have room and it’s appropriate for public consumption, we’ll be happy to oblige.…
Author:Special to CH2



Paradise on the Bluff: Crump residence highlights elegance amidst Lowcountry’s natural beauty

Builder: Simpson Construction, Architect: Sam Furr, Interior Designer: Lynn Morgan

Author:Justin Jarrett



N-Hance Your Kitchen with Refinished Cabinets

Andrew Ambler, owner of the Lowcountry franchise N-Hance. The do-it-yourself approach is perfectly acceptable for plenty of home improvement projects but giving your cabinets a facelift is not one of them. Take it from Andrew Ambler. He does it for a living. “It’s a pain,” Ambler said…
Author:Justin Jarrett



Musicians in Bathrooms: Candice Rae Skingley

What’s your sign? Taurus. I’m strong like a bull. Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic: Whitney Houston’s version of the national anthem. Some people try to phone it in, or change up the tune a bit, and it never flies. It’s an incredible…
Author:Special to CH2



Budget Blinds

Bob Engler, owner of the local Budget Blinds franchise. If you haven’t heard of Budget Blinds of the Lowcountry, chances are good you haven’t needed window treatments any time recently. The company has established itself as the area’s go-to provider for shutters, blinds, and shades, and…
Author:Justin Jarrett



Art and Science: Stunning Berkeley Hall home pairs luxury with engineering brilliance

In the 1950s, famed builder Arthur Rutenberg pioneered some of the innovations that we simply take for granted today: bedrooms positioned strategically within the home for maximum peace and privacy; open spaces whose sightlines draw the eye toward wide windows and lush greenery beyond; placing…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Nothing to Fear: Make Adventure Pediatric Dentistry Your Dental Home

Dr. Jim Mason sweeps into his office at Adventure Pediatric Dentistry in Bluffton after an early morning kayak adventure with his team, and the room bursts to life as if a rock star has just arrived. His commanding voice, cheerful demeanor and infectious energy reveal…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



15 Days to a More Beautiful Home: John Ward has rewritten the rule book of construction.

We’ve all been through the contractor gauntlet at one time or another. You do your due diligence, combing through Angie’s List and Yelp reviews and Thumbtack rankings, and you finally select your ideal contractor for the job at hand. They arrive, you go over the…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

So, you’re ready to buy a house. The costs of owning a home go beyond your mortgage payment. Have you included the “real” costs in your monthly budget? Now is a good time to pause and look more closely at the realities of homeownership. Additional costs: Private…
Author:Brenda Blisk



Editor's Note: October 2018

On October 19, over 40 single ladies will descend upon the Rooftop Bar at Poseidon in their finest onesies, flannels, lingerie and fuzzy slippers. I would like to formally invite you to join us for CH2’s Bachelorette of the Year Party to benefit the Island…
Author:Maggie Washo



Investing in Real Estate with REITs

If you like the idea of investing in real estate, but you don’t like the idea of being a landlord and the potential headaches associated with property management, you may want to consider investing in a real estate investment trust or REIT (rhymes with treat)…
Author:Kent Thune



Kitchen and Bathroom Trends to Watch

What are the two most important rooms in your house? When this question is posed to homeowners, the number one answer is the kitchen and master bathroom. While this may surprise some readers, think about it. When these rooms are well designed, they support greater efficiency…
Author:Gregory Vaughan



Main Street Youth Theatre & May River Theatre Present

In an area like ours where we are proud to boast a strong arts culture, “firsts” are hard to come by. But Main Street Youth Theatre is presenting not one, but two area “firsts” with their upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Of particular…
Author:Special to CH2



A Note From Our Mayors

A Note from David Bennett A Change of Plans We stood prepared for Hurricane Florence last month and breathed a collective sigh of relief when she missed. We’re grateful for the efforts of our fine Emergency Operations to ready us, and also for the courageous and generous…
Author:David Bennett & Lisa Sulka



On the Meaning of Home

Dorothy was right. There’s no place like home. But what makes home so special? Ask 10 people what home means to them and you’ll get 10 different answers. And if we could go back somewhere over the rainbow and ask Dorothy to explain in detail…
Author:Kent Thune



Amadeus: The Arts Center’s Thrilling, Award-Winning Season Opener

The twenty-third theatre season of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina kicks off with the Tony Award-winning Amadeus, the audience’s number one selection for a play, and runs October 2-21. Set in the opulence of eighteenth-century Vienna, Amadeus transports us to a world of two musicians.…
Author:Andrea Gannon



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Lori Martin

Lori Martin Age: 54 Occupation Recruiter/employment manager for National Healthcare Company Hometown: Fairfax, SC First thing you do every morning? Pray and workout What is something unusual about you? I started competing in triathlons when I was 44 and haven’t stopped since! Who in your life do you trust the most? My Daughter. What are…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Rebecca Ann Landon

Rebecca Ann Landon Age: 32 Occupation: Behavioral Health Specialist (I’m a civilian working for the USMC) Home Town: Fredonia, PA but I’ve been in Beaufort since 2008 First thing you do every morning? I let my dogs out, feed them breakfast, and then I read my Bible. What is something unusual…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Tatiana Clark

Tatiana Clark Age: 31 Occupation: Kitchen and Bath Designer Hometown: Nab. Shelby, Russia First thing you do every morning? Stretching in the bed for 5 minutes and then making coffee with a splash of half and half. What is something unusual about you? I don’t like sweets. Who in your…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Sondra Makowski

Sondra Makowski Age: 31 Occupation: Co-owner of Driftwood Stable, Horseback Riding Instructor and Trainer Hometown: Atlanta, GA First thing you do every morning? Make a cup of coffee or tea, grab a protein bar, then head out the door through the backyard to go feed 25+ horses. What is something unusual…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Samantha McCarthy

Samantha McCarthy Age: 29 Occupation: Marketing Specialist Hometown: Berlin, CT First thing you do every morning? Check my phone (lol) then brush my teeth. What is something unusual about you? I can fold my tongue in half (horizontally). Never met anyone else that could do it. Who in your life do you trust…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Rachel Layton

Rachel Layton Age: 30 Occupation: Labor & Delivery Registered Nurse Home Town: Falmouth, Maine First thing you do every morning? Press the snooze button on my alarm and have 9 more glorious minutes of sleep. On an early work morning, may even press it twice! What is something unusual about you? I…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Kris Kaser

Kris Kaser Age: 31 Occupation: Manager with the Salty Dog company Home Town: Bloomington, IN First thing you do every morning? Coffee. Always coffee. Haha. Then I like to sit down with my journal, addressing my plan and aspirations for the day ahead. It starts my day off on the…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Katie Metropolis

Katie Metropolis Age: 26 Occupation: Massage Therapist Hometown: HHI, SC First thing you do every morning? Drink water What is something unusual about you? There’s nothing unusual about me… I’m the most usual bachelorette I know Who in your life do you trust the most? Bambi What are you afraid of? Making typos What motivates you? All my…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Kate Knisely

Kate Knisely Age: 31 Occupation: Owner of Hilton head Ice Cream Hometown: Richmond, VA First thing you do every morning? I wake up to my one-year old daughter kissing me to get up and then we feed our animals together. What is something unusual about you? I published a book of poetry…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Karla Zavala

Karla Zavala Age: 27 Occupation: Graphic Designer at SERG Restaurant Group Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia First thing you do every morning? Say a prayer of gratitude and meditate on the day to come What is something unusual about you? I am obsessed with horror movies and British Tv Who in your life do you…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Heidi Gardner

Heidi Gardner Age: 33 Occupation: Real Estate Agent Hometown: Hilton Head Island First thing you do every morning? Check my emails  What is something unusual about you? I’m the oldest of 9 children  Who in your life do you trust the most? My friend Liz.  What are you afraid of? The loss of my child.  What motivates you? Seeing…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Daryn Vucelik

Daryn Vucelik Age: 25 Occupation: Real Estate Agent Services Director Hometown: Glen Dale, West Virginia First thing you do every morning? Say a prayer of gratitude -I’m always thankful for my family, my friends, my job, and that I get to wake up and spend another day on our beautiful…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Candice Skingley

Candice Skingley Age: 34 Occupation: Flight Attendant Hometown: Buffalo, NY First thing you do every morning? I open my curtains and check out the window for wildlife. One morning, I saw a baby deer and itʼs mother feeding in the backyard. It was pretty magical! What is something unusual about you? I…
Author:Special to CH2



Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Anissa Stark

Anissa Stark Age: 47 Occupation: Medical Aesthetician Hometown: Anderson, SC First thing you do every morning? Exercise What is something unusual about you? I love encyclopedias Who in your life do you trust the most? My best friends What are you afraid of? Snakes and heavy traffic What motivates you? Learning new things If you could…
Author:Special to CH2



Your Local Home Experts: October 2018

Thinking of buying or selling a HOME? Need a mortgage? How about flood insurance? That’s on everyone’s mind lately. The people featured in the next several pages of this issue are local experts when it comes to your pad, your place, you house, your home. They…
Author:Special to CH2



Explore SC: Destination Bluffton

There are few towns in the United States that have grown as quickly as Bluffton, S.C. The population has increased 60 percent over the last seven years, bringing the number of residents enjoying this bustling coastal area to over 20,000. Many national publications have extolled…
Author:Special to CH2




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