July 2015

July 2015 Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo

Last week I did something I haven’t done on Hilton Head Island in a long, long time. On a sweltering Tuesday night in June, I headed to Shelter Cove for what they call HarbourFest. The locals simply refer to it as “Tuesday Night Fireworks,” branding be damned. (Sorry Karen.)

Linda Hopkins and I were there to experience it firsthand for an article in this issue (see page 64). As we wandered around snapping photos and interviewing people, I developed a renewed appreciation for this special event, and the hard-working islanders who put on this show every week for our visitors. One of the highlights of the evening included watching Shannon Tanner sing about how his “hair had a party last night,” while dozens of children danced in front of the stage in their beanie hats. Later in the evening, he invited some of those little ones up to sing and we got to hear a blonde-headed tike belt out “Let it Go,” with all the passion of Elsa building a snow monster. When she finished, the crowd (and I mean CROWD, wow!) erupted into applause. I’m not going to lie; it kind of brought a tear to my eye. Most likely because it was a Disney song, but perhaps it was more than that.

When dusk arrived, the sky erupted with fireworks as Linda and I enjoyed cocktails and gnocchi at the outside bar of La Fontana. Families lined the walkway of the marina to get a better view, and the excitement was palpable.

Every time I make the effort to get out and do something our visitors travel thousands of miles to do, I’m never sorry. Yes, it gets crowded here in the summer, and you might have to walk a little farther than you normally would because parking is difficult. But it’s worth it. It’s always worth it.

Enjoy your summer everyone!

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