April 2018

Seven April Events to put on your TO-DO List

Author: Special to CH2

Symphony Under the Stars Presents “All That Jazz”
April 3 & 4
Join the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under the Stars as it presents “All That Jazz,” with the music of Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, and more. On April 3 & 4, in a large festival tent at Veterans Memorial Park at Shelter Cove, patrons can enjoy an evening of jazz with the orchestra, under the baton of John Morris Russell, along with the multi-talented Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, a nationally renowned jazz vocalist, musician, and educator, who will perform music sung by the great jazz women of all time, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. Her music has been featured in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and France.

Last year’s concert was a sell-out, so be sure to book your table soon. Wine, beer, soft drinks and water are available for sale by the League of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Guests are also welcome to bring their own refreshments. Tickets for table seating are $85 and $75; concert seating is $50; and lawn seating is $25. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, add a picnic dinner and enjoy a great evening. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (843) 842-2055.

Music & Taste on the Harbour at Shelter Cove Marina
April 5-May 17

Now in its ninth season, the spring outdoor concert series features a variety of bands on select Thursday nights. The free event is open to the public, and mixes live, local music with gourmet food, shopping and sunset water views, from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Attendees are invited to dance by the iconic Neptune Statue and enjoy the sunset water views at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, as well as enjoy specially-priced light appetizers, along with wine, beer and cocktails from Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants. Limited seating will be provided, so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. The spring schedule for live music at Music & Taste on the Harbour includes:

April 5 – Deas Guyz
April 12 – The Headliners
April 19 – Target
April 26 – The Headliners
May 3 – Deas Guyz
May 10 – Headliners
May 17 – Deas Guyz

Entrance to the event is free, and the event is weather-permitting. No coolers or outside food are allowed, and limited seating is available. For more information about Music & Taste on the Harbour, visit palmettodunes.com/shelter-cove/events-hilton-head or call (843) 548-0060.

Taste of Bluffton/Taste of Hampton Lake
April 7, April 8
The Greater Bluffton Chamber is gearing up for this year’s Village Park Homes Taste of Bluffton, presented by Morris Garage & Towing on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Calhoun Street in historic downtown Bluffton. Many local food vendors and restaurants will be showcasing their best cuisine and competing for the title “Best of the Taste!” Enjoy live music, adult beverages, kids’ zone, retail and business vendors, as well.
This year, the festival brings a second day event on Sunday, April 8: Taste of Hampton Lake – Gourmet Chef Tour, with food and wine pairings. Two seatings, at 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., will be hosted by Jesse Blanco of Savannah’s hit show Eat It and Like It. Blanco will be filming an episode of the show during the progressive food tour, featuring the area’s finest celebrity chefs. This is a VIP event with tickets available for $75 per person. It promises to be a great event with live cooking demonstrations and a tour of homes. Tickets are limited. First come, first served.

For more information or tickets online, please visit tasteofbluffton.com or call the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at (843) 757-1010.

RBC Heritage
April 9-15
Of course, this is on the list. For more details on all of the events surrounding the special celebration of 50 years of the RBC Heritage, Presented by Boeing, see Barry Kaufman’s article on page 42.

Bluffton Sunset Parties
April 20-September 15
The Bluffton Sunset Party Series returns Friday night, April 20, with the 2018 Bluffton Sunset Party Summer Kick-Off Party. Bluffton Sunset Parties are held once a month on Friday nights during the summer from 5-9 p.m. Each sundown celebration features a different theme with a variety of activities.
Now celebrating its sixth summer at Oyster Factory Park on the May River, Bluffton’s riverfront celebrations are a Lowcountry tradition and a “must attend” event for Blufftonians of all ages. According to event organizer Mark Weisner, “We love to see the many generations of family arrive together to enjoy each other and everything that makes the Lowcountry special: good fun, good people, good music, good food and drink — all with a breathtaking view.”

Each sundown celebration finds the Bluffton community coming together with family, friends and neighbors to celebrate local foods, vendors, craft beers, homegrown music, and other fun activities.

Attendees can party with their pooch at these kid- and pet-friendly Sunset Parties, which benefit several local charities including Family Promise of Beaufort County, Coastal Conservation Association, Volunteers in Medicine, Rouge Rescue and Hilton Head Area Home Builders Education Foundation.

This summer’s Bluffton Sunset Parties will showcase the very best local bands including area favorites like Bobby Magyarosi, The Pinckney Island Boys, The Chiggers, The Horan Brothers, Muddy Creek, Two Guys from OCD, LaBodega, The B-Town Playaz, and others.

Just a few of the food and snack vendors committed to participate so far include Melly Mels, New York City Pizza, Bluffton Oyster Factory, The Cottage, Fire & Rice, Sprout Momma’s Rolling Oven, Lowcountry Lobster, Kona Ice, and Hilton Head Ice Cream.

2018 Schedule:
April 20 – 2018 Bluffton Sunset Party Kick Off Event
May 18 – Sunset Palooza
June 8 – Brews of the Bluff
July 19 & 20 – May River Shrimp Festival (two-night festival) 
September 15 – Blufftemberfest

Tickets for each Bluffton Sunset Party are $5 at the door; children 12 and under get in free. Everyone is welcome. Come by boat, bike, or golf cart. Lawn chairs and leashed pets are permitted, but no outside food or drinks will be allowed. For more information, visit blufftonsunsetparty.com or call Bear Foot Sports at (843) 757-8520.

American Heart Association’s Palmetto Heart Walk
April 28
The American Heart Association will hold its annual Palmetto Heart Walk on Saturday, April 28 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. More than 700 supporters and survivors are expected to attend and raise funds to support cardiovascular research and education. The Heart Walk raises awareness that walking 30 minutes a day greatly reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke, which are America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.
Activities begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:30. Attendees can walk the one-mile loop or the 5k route. For the first time ever, the Heart Walk will offer a 5k race, which starts at 9:30. For those entering the 5k race, there will be a $30 registration fee. Participants will receive a 5k T-shirt, and medals will be awarded.

The American Heart Association is proud to partner with their local Life is Why sponsor, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare. Jeremy Clark, the chief executive officer of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, is excited to serve as this year’s 2018 Heart Walk chair. “This year, we are encouraging participants to keep ‘heartwalking’ throughout the year,” Clark said. “Heartwalking is more than raising money for the cause or going for a walk; it’s an ongoing, personal commitment to move more by taking small, consistent steps to being healthy for good.”

For the second year, a High School CPR Challenge will take place. It will be judged by former Hilton Head Fire Chief Michael Mayers and the Hilton Head Fire Rescue team. During the program, EviCore will present the 2018 LiveWise Lifestyle Change Award, which celebrates individuals who are taking steps toward a heart-healthy life. This includes weight loss, lowering cholesterol, improving blood pressure, or increasing their level of activity.
The event will also honor Ashley Melton and her family, who will lead the walk. Ashley died from Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a rare form of heart failure that happens during the last month of pregnancy or up to five months after giving birth.

To register as a team or individual for the Palmetto Heart Walk, visit palmettoheartwalk.org.

The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn
April 28 & 29
The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, a juried fine art and craft festival, will be held Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. The event will host 90 accomplished artists from the region and from across the country, with 12 states represented this year, bringing their best work to compete for $5,000 in prize money. Artists were juried into this show to provide a wide variety of fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, wood, and fiber arts.

This year’s winning artists will be selected by Michael W. Haga, associate dean, School of the Arts, College of Charleston. He is accountable for the administrative activities of the School of Arts, serves as liaison for the School of the Arts Council, and is working with architects, faculty and staff to plan for the renovation of the Albert Simons Center for the Arts, a $54 million project, scheduled to begin in 2019.

Also featured at this year’s event is the annual Herb Society of Hilton Head sale. Herb plants, French Market soup mix, curry, jellies, dill horseradish mix, and many new products will be featured. The sale will be on Saturday only from 10 a.m. until sold out!

Rain or shine, the outdoor show is open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a $3 per person admission charge. Demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. Food, beverages, ice cream and Italian ices will be available from Jack Frost.

Do you have an event coming up? Email your press release to m.washo@celebratehiltonhead.com for a chance to be included in this monthly section.

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