Editor's Note- Be Grateful.

As the holiday season approaches, we have time to reflect on another year that’s almost history. Its highlights and lowlights, triumphs and failures. It’s a good time to take stock of your life and ask yourself the existential question we all wrestle with…Am I…
Author:Maggie Washo

2015 Staying Power


Author:Special to CH2

Inviting Enchantment:Christmas on the Harbour and Seasons

Counting down to Christmas could become a bit less than enchanting when surrounded 365 days a year by tinsel and trees, ornaments and garland, angels and carolers. However, Bonnie and Karl Kriscovich find it unimaginable that Christmas could be anything but magical, celebrating the joy…
Author:Kitty Bartell

With a Fiduciary Duty: Oak Advisors, LLC Celebrating 10 Years

John Chiacchiero, managing partner at Oak Advisors, LLC Oak Advisors is located at The Plaza at Belfair, 3 Clark Summit Drive, Suite 201 in Bluffton Managing Partners Michelle Myhre, and John Chiacchiero with Senior Advisor Al Cerrati It took 11 years from the stock market crash of 1929…
Author:Kitty Bartell

High Fashion in the Lowcountry

Styling by Kim Malloy
Hair & Make-up by Bride’s Side Beauty
Models Taylor and Lydia courtesy of Halo Modeling and Talent
Special thanks to Mike & Amy for hosting our shoot on Doe Island

Author:Special to CH2

The Writers of Hilton Head Island

Do you enjoy writing? Is there an idea in your mind for a novel, a memoir, or an inspirational book that you’ve always wanted to transform into a published work but were never quite sure how to do it? Do you appreciate reading a good…
Author:Kent Thune

Taste of the Season: Culinary Event of the Year

It’s beginning to taste a lot like the holidays. The arrival of the holiday season in the Lowcountry will once again be ushered in by the return of Taste of the Season, the annual culinary event presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.…
Author:Justin Jarrett

Standing Out. Staying Power.

A couple of weeks ago I received a message from a student who took my public communication course at USCB four years ago. She said, “In my short time as an adult, I’ve learned it’s not what you know but rather who you know…” and…
Author:Courtney Hampson

The SAD Season

For many people, autumn means relief from oppressive summer heat and humidity. Some experience a sudden surge of energy and vitality, complete with urges to fling open the windows and/or get outside and play. For me, the first hint of fall signals the beginning of the…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Do What You Love: The New Retirement

What is retirement? In America, retirement too often refers to the latter years of life where the retiree has escaped the hellish workforce and has survived decades of sacrifice to graze in the proverbial pastures of relaxation and travel, and to complete whatever bucket list items…
Author:Kent Thune

The Atlantic Ocean Covers 50 Percent of Beaufort County Twice a Day (and that’s a good thing)

“The area in question is a splendid estuary, virtually free of pollution. This department would strenuously oppose any action that would result in the degradation of that water quality.” —Walter Hickel, U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s letter to president of chemical giant BASF, referring to proposed…
Author:Paul deVere

You Haven’t Changed a Bit (And Other Lies)

Couples Photo: Bob Fitzsimmons (Steve Fine); Nancy Laws (Sarah Fine); Barbara K. Clark (Audrey Bellini); Ken Perkowski (Eddie Bellini); John Lavelle (Mike); Kay Owen (Liz) Six seniors will take the stage for May River Theatre’s third show of the season, You Haven’t Changed a Bit (And…
Author:Special to CH2

A Note From Our Mayors

A Note from David Bennett A Season to Give Thanks November brings to mind Thanksgiving. In Indiana, where I grew up, fall is marked by a noticeable change in the season and thanksgiving for the harvest. Here on Hilton Head Island, it is no different. You have…
Author:David Bennett & Lisa Sulka

Line in the Sand: Who would you invite to...Thanksgiving Dinner?

Opinion 1: Barry Kaufman As every retailer has no doubt made you uncomfortably aware, we are now in the thick of the holiday season. Halloween is behind us, and while it hasn’t happened as I write this, I’m just as shocked as you are to hear…
Author:Barry Kaufman & Courtney Hampson

Letters to the Editor: November 2015

Good morning, I am a former Marine who knows hundreds of former Marines. None of the guys I know look anything like the big boy with a USMC tattoo displayed in your magazine (Sept 2015) on the page entitled “The Inappropriately Dressed Couple.” I will use…
Author:Special to CH2

Holiday Makeover: It’s Complicated

Makeover ‘mākˌōvər’ noun a complete transformation or remodeling of something. synonyms: transformation, renovation, overhaul, new look, remodeling, refurbishment, reconditioning, improvement. If you are one of those jolly people who loves everything about the holidays, then go carve a pumpkin, string some twinkly lights and stand under the mistletoe while…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Hilton Head Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker

For most of us, The Nutcracker is a glorious, magical, colorful start to the holiday season: The music! The costumes! The drama! The joy of the familiar winter fantasy and the Tchaikovsky score evoking memories from childhood. Fortunately, this year for the thirtieth time, the…
Author:Karen Cerrati

Hilton Head Cleaning Services: Focused and Flexible

Not much feels better than a spic-n-span, super squeaky clean home. The tricks and tips for making that happen have been passed down for generations from the first known broom maker in 1767 Massachusetts, to cleaning supply pitchmen shouting into our living rooms between television…
Author:Kitty Bartell

ELA’s : Hitting the Right Notes

Hilton Head Island restaurants face a unique challenge: how to combine an elegant dining experience with a casual resort ambiance. ELA’s Blu Water Grille has cracked the code, striking a balance while hitting all the right notes. Overlooking picturesque Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, the…
Author:Linda S. Hopkins

Didi Summers: Taking The Reins on Life

She is a woman who saves bees from swimming pools and brakes for squirrels. She is the Hilton Head Island resident (since 2005) who bought the broken down Lawton Stables in Sea Pines Resort and turned it into a world-class riding facility, complete with an…
Author:Lucy Rosen

At Cross Schools, the “Season for Giving” is Year-Round

For many, the holiday season is a considered a season of giving. As we reflect on our lives and all of the blessings bestowed upon us, we take the opportunity to give to others who may not be as fortunate. Cross Schools’ commitment to “Service…
Author:Vicki Burris

Bluffton Electric Celebrates Ten Years:They’ll Light You Up

Electricity travels at the speed of light—a mere 186,000 miles per second. A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts, and a bolt of lightning can measure up to three million volts in less than one second and reach a temperature of…
Author:Kitty Bartell

A Case of Mistaken Identity and a Comedy of Errors:The Importance of Being Earnest

Growth… it happens whether we like it or not. A hard lesson learned is described as a growth experience. A growth spurt makes it difficult to keep children in well-fitting shoes. Learning to sit still in a classroom when the playground is calling requires emotional…
Author:Kitty Bartell

Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime

Badfish,” the quintessential song by Sublime, with its great melody, lyrics and a memorable guitar solo, is a favorite when performed and is a fitting name for a tribute band. Badfish (the band) covers the popular reggae-meets-ska-punk infused music of Sublime—possibly the most energetic, eclectic…
Author:Erin Laytham Lentz


BACH-FEST 2015, celebrating the legacy, theology, and music of Johann Sebastian Bach, features six concerts this November at multiple venues in Beaufort and on Hilton Head Island. Presented by the Low Country Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, this second annual Bach Fest presents…
Author:Special to CH2

20 Lowcountry Gifts for $20 or Less

Are you starting to panic about your holiday shopping? Well you can stop your worries now, because we have plenty of gift ideas for you! Here are 20 Lowcountry gifts you can buy for $20 or less: 1.Salty Dog T-Shirt: The two biggest icons of Hilton…
Author:Kent Thune

Spartina 449:An Entrepreneurial Creative Collaboration

Spartina 449 Croc Satchel in Bordeaux with removable crossbody strap, leather handles and spartina jacquard interior lining Photography by Mark Staff Cordgrass, a.k.a. Spartina alterniflora, has a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit; multiplying and establishing itself in the coastal salt marshes of the Atlantic coast, taking full…
Author:Kitty Bartell

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