Advanced Women’s Care of the Lowcountry: It’s Not Just About Your Pap Smear Any More

Human life…. At birth we are set on the path that will be ours and ours alone. No two paths are identical, mirroring the individual nature of our finger print or the composition of our DNA. Scientists, medical and mental health professionals, and certainly parents,…
Author:Kitty Bartell



Kids Do the Darndest Things on HHI

It’s up, up and away on beautiful Hilton Head Island at Aerial Adventure Hilton Head, where families can enjoy a fun, fantastic, flying good time on a playground in the sky, right in the heart of the island. The two-hour thrill of 50 in-the-trees challenge…
Author:Pam Freedman



Escape to the French Riviera this May with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

It’s the height of the season in Beaumont-Sur-Mer on the French Riviera, and the game is on for dashing conman Lawrence Jameson, who makes his living by charming rich women out of their money. However, things get interesting with the arrival of one Freddy Benson,…
Author:Andrea Gannon



Autism: A Reason to Hope

April was Autism Awareness month, and in the Lowcountry you can find evidence of how much awareness of autism has increased. Although now it seems as if almost everyone knows someone with autism, this has not always been the case. Thankfully, the increase in awareness…
Author:Dr. Lorrie Spencer, BCBA-D



Countdown (or Rather Up) to Baby

If this is your first pregnancy, it’s likely you’re encountering a wide range of thoughts and emotions. One day you feel tremendous joy whenever you look into your partner’s eyes; the next you can’t believe he did this to you. You’re suddenly clumsy and you…
Author:Becca Edwards



Barrels & Bluegrass

Do you love exceptional beer? How about live bluegrass music? If, for some reason, you’re not a big fan of either one, surely you enjoy a good festival with delicious Lowcountry food! River Dog Brewing Company, located in nearby Okatie, South Carolina, is hosting Barrels &…
Author:Kent Thune



Bluffton Village Festival

It has been 38 years since Babbie Guscio first dreamed up the idea of an artisan’s fair, showcasing the creativity and talents of the local artists in the sleepy little town of Bluffton, South Carolina. Fast forward to 2016, this “dream” is not only a…
Author:Emily Campbell



Bounded Boutiques featuring Frocks, Finery and Fanciful Frills!

We are not partial to the five and dime, the grand emporiums offering everything from a baby’s bonnet to a bright blue bicycle. Today’s discriminating patron prefers a more elegant experience, where one is catered to by a gracious proprietor, while perusing a carefully curated…
Author:Special to CH2



Carolina Crab Company: A Positively Crustacean Experience

The Jackpot at Carolina Crab Co. Half Maine lobster, crab legs, oysters, shrimp, clams served with kielbasa sausage, corn and red potatoes There are generational crab restaurants that have forged the very definition of the family-owned crab shack, located near the shore where varieties of crab and…
Author:Kitty Bartell



Lowcountry Dress for Success

It all began with 244 polo shirts, 170 pairs of shorts, and 50 packs of underwear. “In the fall of 2013, we were doing a study that challenged us to do a community project of some sort with our small group through Lowcountry Community Church,…
Author:Lynnie Leavenworth



Editor's Note- May 2016

I fall into the latter category. Having children was never on my radar or to-do list. Everyone kept telling me I would change my mind, but deep down I knew that childbirth was one adventure I was fine not experiencing. As a woman, choosing not…
Author:Maggie Washo



Fatherhood: Now Available Without a Prescription

Ask your doctor if fatherhood is right for you. If fatherhood lasts longer than nine months, you’re doing it right. Do you have too much disposable income? Does the sheer weight of all that free time you have bog you down? Is your freedom to come…
Author:Barry Kaufman



Renowned Hilton Head Artist Walter Greer Donates Painting Valued at $25,000 to St. Luke’s

n a bright spring morning, 95-year-old Hilton Head artist Walter Greer is sitting on a couch in his den, the walls around him covered by his treasured works. Behind him hangs his portrait of his wife, Margaret. To his right is a scene he captured…
Author:Special to CH2



Gigi’s Boutique: Boho Chic Bluffton

A comparison between the Paris boulevard Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Bluffton’s Calhoun Street seems rather far-fetched. Not so fast. While Paris’s retail mecca is crisp and sparkling, with designers occupying the storefronts hailing from Milan, Paris, London and New York, Bluffton is a bit more,…
Author:Kitty Bartell



Grandmother in Training

Reader discretion advised If you are a certified, doting, picture toting, diaper-changing, cookie-baking, story-reading mother or grandmother, you may find parts of this story annoying and/or disturbing. Please suspend your disbelief and wait for it at the end. There lives a woman who (purposely) never birthed a…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins



Toddler Fashion

All toddler fashion featured in the following pages can be find locally, at Moonlit Lullaby, Island Child or Matilda Jane. Special thanks to Emily Cohn, Robyn Shirley and Senny Powell for sharing these stunning images. Photography by Carrie Friesen, The Beaufort Bonnet Company and Matilda…
Author:Special to CH2



Lee Jean: Bluffton Resident, American Idol, World Soul

Styling by Jessica Leavitt

Special thanks to Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals for “The Grand” location

Author:Kent Thune



Do you become wiser, the older you get?

Opinion 1: Barry Kaufman This month, in celebration of Courtney’s birth month, and despite the fact that a “birth month” is not a thing, we are debating the question of whether we get wiser with age. Courtney is, of course, clinging to the notion that the…
Author:Barry Kaufman & Courtney Hampson



Live & Swingin’: Concert to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

Hilton Head Island will be Live & Swingin’ this May as the Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra performs tributes to legends such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The “Live & Swingin’” tribute concert is set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at the Hilton…
Author:Laura Jacobi



Why I Love My Husband More than My Child

We have a routine in our house every night when my husband returns home from work. To make my 14-month-old aware that his dad has come home after a long day; I enthusiastically shout, “Dad is home!” He now understands this phrase, and runs as…
Author:Angela Krysevig



A Note From Our Mayors

A Note From David Bennett Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing Have you heard? There has been much back and forth debate this past month in the local media and at numerous gated-community cocktail parties about the topic of a performing arts,…
Author:David Bennett & Lisa Sulka



The Many Joys of Parenthood...as told by local parents

Top Left: Ben Kennedy Bryson Kennedy; 2 Years Old Photography by Carrie Friesen Photography What was the first thought that went through your head when you found out you were going to be a dad? At our first sonogram, I noticed right away that there were two little dots on…
Author:Special to CH2



20th Annual Rib Burnoff & Barbecue Fest: Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island fans the flames

Great barbecue comes down to one guiding principle: CONTROL—control of the heat and flame, control of the time, control of the meat source, and control of the sauce and its ingredients. The line-up of competitors at this year’s Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island’s 20th…
Author:Lynnie Leavenworth



Taking a Bite Out of Over-Snacking

When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, in addition to having big hair, I made my own lunch. Part of making my own lunch was factoring in the fact that I went to an after-school program, and so I packed…
Author:Becca Edwards



Time for Summer Camp!

All-Day Camps A number of all-day summer camps are available this year. Camp Lowcountry Day is offering an all-day camp 7:00a.m.-6:30 p.m. for rising K-third graders. The price is $145 a week and includes field trips, hot lunch and two snacks. This year’s theme is Submerged,…
Author:Special to CH2



Is Trump the Real Deal?

Donald Trump has been a real estate mogul and a reality TV personality. And there is a real possibility that he could be the next president of the United States. But is “The Donald” the real deal when it comes to being the most important…
Author:Kent Thune



Young Frankenstein: A Funny Take On the Classic

One of the nice things about getting older is the chance to watch the young attain their place in life. When the late Jodie Du Puis told me she was going to produce the musical Sugar in 2008, I auditioned once again to recreate the…
Author:Barbara K. Clark



I.D.S. Specialty Building Products: A Hands-On Building Experience That Wows

Just one of the many beautiful kitchens on display at I.D.S. Specialty Building Products’ 10,000-square-foot showroom in Savannah, GA. Cabinets on display welcome guests to the expansive showroom. The day has finally come when the project you have been dreaming about and planning for is coming to…
Author:Lynnie Leavenworth




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