April 2016

Editor’s Note: April 2016

Author: Maggie Washo

As I perused our latest literary creation, I noticed three themes emerging; golf, epicureanism and real estate. Which is good, because that’s what we had on the schedule to cover this month. So I guess we did our job. Whew!

Let’s go ahead and address the elephant in the room first. It’s time to get our plaid on for the RBC Heritage. Locals are eagerly awaiting what looks to be a potentially sold-out tournament the week of April 11-17 in Sea Pines Resort. Jim Furyk will not be returning to defend his title, but we have plenty of other returning champs this year. We caught up with Justin Leonard (2002 winner) and Glen Day (1999 winner) to ask what they like doing on Hilton Head Island, outside the ropes. They even gave a shout-out to their favorite restaurants (page 42). Also in this issue is a peek at the other side of the RBC Heritage, specifically the beneficiaries of the Heritage Classic Foundation scholarship program.

Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but behind all of the golf watching, cocktail consumption and Lily Pulitzer-strutting, there is a cause. Read about it on page 37.

Speaking of cocktails, be sure to check out our feature on Virgil Kaine, the homegrown bourbon distillery started by two former chefs, Ryan Meany and David Szlam. They were nice enough to share a recipe that I suggest serving at your Heritage party. It’s called the Virgil Kaine Hurricane (see story on page 28). On the culinary side of homegrown businesses, we also spent some time this month getting to know Pat Gallagher and Ann Gassenheimer, owners of Vegetable Kingdom (on our CH2 cover). We spent a delightful day with them in Beaufort and went from their garden to their production kitchen, observing a day in the life of a couple committed to making fresh food. You can get a taste of their delicious jams, jellies and homemade gumbo locally at Whole Foods. Find their story on page 112.

With the Real Estate market back in full swing, we decided to cover a few home-related topics as well. Kitty Bartell talks about the importance of agency and house inspections when purchasing your dream home, on pages 69 and 101, respectively. Also included in our Real Estate Section are profiles of Lowcountry Realtors, who share advice with potential homeowners and talk about why they love selling our area.

Have a marvelous month, and I hope to see you at the RBC Heritage!

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