April 2015 Editor's Note
Author: Maggie Washo
As I saw my neighbor in passing last week, he stopped to tell me how much he enjoyed the March issue, specifically calling out all of the photographic spreads on local homes. While I was pleased to hear that, I commented that it wasn’t necessarily one of my favorites. Issues are not like children; you are allowed to have favorites.
This one, however, will hold a special place in my memory for a while to come, as it seems the stars aligned to cover a lot of things I personally find interesting. The big news this month is, of course, the return of the RBC Heritage, back to entertain visitors and locals alike. There are some changes with regards to parking (see page 40 for details), but the real story (IMHO) is the complete transformation of the Harbour Town Clubhouse, which happened in less than a year. Writer Paul deVere talks to the architect, Grady Woods, CEO Matthew Goodwin and other longtime Sea Pines Resort players in Sea Pines Resort Redux. If you haven’t been to the resort in a while, you’ll be in awe of all of their recent renovations, with the crowning achievement being completed just in time to host the PGA players.
Speaking of new island developments, we take a peek inside the SERG group’s latest destination, Poseidon. I actually stayed up past 10 p.m. on a Saturday night a few weeks ago to check out the Rooftop Bar for myself. The night I was there it was pleasantly packed and played host to cheery partygoers on the dance floor, private conversations on the deck overlooking Broad Creek and a birthday party in the VIP area. My hat is off to the SERG brain trust, as they seem to have successfully created a place for the 30 to 60 set to play after hours. Did I mention it’s a restaurant too?
Which brings me to another hot spot on the Island, Reilly’s Plaza, where we will be partnering with John Cranford and Swampfire Records to show off local musical talent on May 8, when we “Rock the Triangle.” Of course, every good local event has a beneficiary, and it should surprise no one that all of this partying is to raise money for the Island Rec Center while the Bachelor of the Year contest is on hiatus for a year. Read all about it on page 114, and vote for your favorite local musicians before April 15 by going to www.celebratehiltonhead.com. You determine which six bands play at our party (and battle it out for $2,000 and the cover of our June issue) by how many times their original songs are played.
Finally, I love this issue because it features local entrepreneurs (and after this month I can finally spell that word without spell check). I had the privilege of being mentored by a well-loved local entrepreneur, Pierce Lowrey. It is because of his vision and work ethic that you are even reading this magazine today. I have the utmost respect for anyone who has the courage to start their own business. It’s a leap of faith, a lot of blood, sweat and tears (and money!). This country was built on small business owners. Remember that when choosing where to spend your money.
I could go on, but I’m running out of room! Have a fantastic April, and I hope to see you at the tournament.