> Nightly thru Aug. 25, 8-9:30 pm ('cept Sats) - Gregg Russell jams under Sea Pines' Liberty Oak in Harbour Town... Link

> Fridays thru Aug 18, @7:10 pm Rockin' at Shelter Cove Comm. Park... Link

> Thru Sept. 3, @6:30 & 8 pm, Mon-Fri, family entertainer Shannon Tanner performs at Shelter Cove, 1 Harbourside Lane.... Link

> Thru the Summer - Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: e.g.: Mama Mia, A Very Tony Gala, The Second City's Cure, and more.... Link

> Thru Oct. 15 - Air Canada flies ('cept Sat) SAV/HHI <> Toronto.... Link

> Thru Aug, 10-2 Wed. & Fri., Coastal Discovery Museum “Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo” .... Link

> Ongoing - Bluffton Farmers Market, every Thurs, 1-6 pm.... Link

South Carolina Will View the Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a thin, roughly 100 mile-wide path that runs west-northwest across the US from SC to Oregon.

Beginning around 2:38 pm on Monday, August 21, 2017, viewers who have gathered in areas like Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, SC, will experience the longest period of 100% total eclipse for a metro area on the entire East Coast  — ranging from two minutes and 30 seconds to two minutes and 36 seconds of total darkness.

More than one million visitors are expected in the state for several days around the eclipse. Expect nearly everything to be above capacity. Here's a Link about what to expect.

Amidst All of the Beach and Golf, Take Time for Summer Art

The Coastal Discovery Museum hosts a show of "Summer Images" by “Les Bonnes Artistes,” The Good Artists, running through August 27.

The upcoming show theme is a celebration of images inspired by the summer. Local scenes, flights of fancy and colorful images celebrate the diversions of summer. The group was founded in 2007 by Doris Shay.

An opening reception will be open to the public on July 12 from 5-7 pm.

The Coastal Discovery Museum, located at 70 Honey Horn Drive, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 4:30 pm and on Sunday from 11 to 3.

Setting HHI Workforce Priorities

The HHI-Bluffton Chamber sponsored a workforce summit, UNITE, earlier in the year that defined three critical local issues: 1. affordable workforce housing, 2. finding a skilled workforce, and 3. traffic congestion and transportation. Then, on Sunday 6/4, The Packet reported on the lack of affordable housing here and in other upscale resort communities.

And here’s what the Chamber says it is doing about the problem:

1. Lobbying “to reinstate the H2B Returning Worker Exemption.”

2. Meeting with large employers “to develop action steps for both long and short-term solutions.”

 

3. Seeking “short-term housing relief for the summer  [which could] be developed more fully for peak periods in the future.”

4. “Developing a new localized digital clearing house program entitled JobsNow! for job postings,” including digital and social campaigns and a new Website, hiltonheadjobsnow.org.

5. Encouraging the retiree population to host high school and college grandchildren for summer work.

6. Forming a Workforce Alliance among local businesses, educators and government officials to formulate action plans using strategies that have been successful in other communities.

 

4 Food Trucks Now Open for Business

Four “food truck” operators have been granted “pilot” permits by the Town of Hilton Head Island, and now are operating at the following locations:

  • 'Murican Border - Driessen Beach Park drop off area;
  • Lowcountry Lobster - Driessen Beach Park drop off area;
  • Taco Brown - Chaplin Community Park near Burkes Beach Rd and Castnet Dr; and
  • It's Only Fair - beach end of Burkes Beach Rd.

Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Summer 2017

HHDT presents the "number one requested musical," Mamma Mia!, which will be on stage through August 6!

And between Aug.31 and Sept. 2, it is time for "The Second City’s Cure for the Common Comedy." Link to information.  (HHDT graphic)

The South's Best Island for 2017, from Southern Living Magazine

1. Outer Banks, NC -- This narrow spit of sand looks as if it were tugged out into the ocean from North Carolina’s mainland.

2. St. Simons, GA -- Picture historic architecture, moss-draped oaks, a relaxing community that never gets in a hurry, and long, flat beaches that stretch out for days.

3. Florida Keys, FL -- The sea surrounding the Keys is a particular shade of turquoise that’s hard to describe. The Overseas Highway is a "bucket list road trip."

4. Hilton Head Island, SC -- Hilton Head is an upscale, planned vacation and residential community that’s great for family vacations. It has 24 championship golf courses and a whopping 324 tennis courts.

5. Chincoteague, VA -- Don’t expect water parks, condo towers, or amusement rides. Come here instead for unspoiled beauty on Virginia’s only resort island.

6. Kiawah, SC -- A pristine island with an upscale resort and residential community, this sandy strip is separated from St. Johns Island by the Kiawah River.

7. Jekyll Island, GA -- What once was a private retreat for the upper crust became a state park in 1947. The old Jekyll Island Club is now a hotel. Stay there to enjoy the expansive beaches, towering oaks, and marshlands.

8. Sanibel Island, FL -- This south Florida island’s east-west orientation makes its white beaches a magnet for shells washing in from the Gulf, especially after storms.

9. Galveston Island, TX -- Come for the water and fresh seafood, and then marvel at the historic architecture in the great old Texas city that shares this island’s name.

10. Tybee Island, GA -- Hard to believe that this laid-back, bike-friendly island is just 30 minutes from one of the most popular cities in the South — Savannah.

Hilton Head's 10 Must-Play

Golf Courses Reach 'Epic Status'

TravelPulse.com magazine reports that “Hilton Head Island’s golf scene has vaulted to epic status among those who love to swing away for the day.”

The magazine notes that In 2016, Golf Magazine listed Hilton Head among the top five golf havens for retirees. Golf Digest recently ranked it in seven of the eight top categories for golf destinations in its “Top 10 Best Courses,” while the International Association of Golf Tour Operators recognized it as the 2017 Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year.”

Travel Pulse says Hilton Head Island has “10 Must-Play Golf Courses.” Here you go!

1) Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines  -- “It’s the legendary course that literally put Hilton Head Island on the map,” and home to the  RBC Heritage Classic.

2) Heron Point by Pete Dye at Sea Pines -- “…is considered one of the Lowcountry’s most exciting and exhilarating golf experiences."

3) Atlantic Dunes at Sea Pines -- Hilton Head’s newest course, 7,010 yards by Davis Love III, a complete re-creation of the historic Ocean Course.

4) Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes --  Breezes rolling in from the Atlantic to make every shot play differently.

5) George Fazio Course -- The Island’s only par-70 public golf course, Palmetto Dunes’ Fazio course is exhilarating with small greens and rolling fairways.

Palmetto Dunes' Robert Trent Jones par-5 10th hole looks out toward the Atlantic Ocean. (PD photo via HHI Chamber)

6) Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes -- Winding through towering pine and moss-draped oaks, the course was instantly named a classic by Golf Digest.

7) Country Club of Hilton Head -- “If only two words could describe the Rees Jones-designed Country Club of Hilton Head, they would be “beauty” and “variety.”

8) Golden Bear Golf Club -- “Settled on a gorgeous landscape of gently rolling terrain, thick woodlands and  beautiful lagoons, {it} is all about finesse and strategy.”

9) Oyster Reef Golf Club -- Immediately ranked as one of the Top 25 New Courses in America, the Rees Jones course is part of HHI's Heritage Golf Collection.

10) Planter's Row -- Designed by William C. Byrd, this is the youngest and toughest course of the Port Royal golf course trio.

Gallup's Wellness Poll Places Hilton Head Island-area in Top 10

The Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort area ranks in ninth place among 189 communities nationwide in the annual Gallup-Healthways “Well Being Index.” Leading the top 10 was the Naples, Immokalee, Marco Island FL area.

 

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is the lowest, and 100 is the highest. The Well-Being Index for each community is made up of metrics within each of five essential elements of well-being:

  • Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community
  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

 

In most cases, a difference of 1.0 to 2.0 points in the Well-Being Index score of any two communities represents a statistically significant gap and is characterized by meaningfully large differences in at least some of the individual metrics that make up the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

 

The top 10 among the 189 reportable MSAs follow.

 

Community.................................Well-Being Score

Naples, Immokalee, Marco Island FL  = 66.3

Barnstable MA  = 66.2

Santa Cruz, Watsonville CA  = 65.9

Honolulu HI  = 65.4

Charlottesville VA  = 65.3

North Port, Sarasota, Bradenton FL  = 65.2

San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande CA  = 65.2

Lynchburg VA  = 64.9

Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort SC  = .64.9

Boulder CO  = 64.7

The bottom 10 among the 189 reportable MSAs follow.

 

Community..............................Well-Being Score

Montgomery AL  = 59.8

Erie PA  = 59.7

Beaumont, Port Arthur TX  = 59.5

Chico CA  = 59.5

Flint MI  = 59.4

Canton, Massillon OH  = 59.4

Topeka KS  = 59.3

Huntington, Ashland WV-KY-OH  = 58.7

Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton NC  = 58.6

Fort Smith AK-OK  = 57.5

 

Gallup tracks Metropolitan Statistical Areas' well-being on the basis of two-year rolling averages, allowing for larger sample sizes that improve the statistical accuracy of the data. About half of all 2015-2016 data in this reporting period overlap with the 2014-2015 index data.

 

The community-level data are drawn from more than 354,000 interviews with US adults across all 50 states, conducted from Jan. 2, 2015, through Dec. 30, 2016.

The full Gallup news release of March 7, 2017, is available at this link.

EOY 2016 Real Estate Statistics:

Short Supply, Increasing Prices

 

"After several years of housing market improvement, 2016, as predicted, was not a pronounced triumph but more of a measured success," according to the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors. The year was characterized by short supply and increasing prices.

 

The Association also noted that, not surprisingly,  "millennials continue to command attention as the next wave of home buyers," yet their rate of entry into the housing market has been "less than stellar."

 

Looking forward, the Association predicts that "baby boomers are expected to make up nearly one-third of all buyers in 2017. By and larges, this group is not looking to invest in oversized homes, yet we could see improvement in higher price ranges as a hedge against inflation and risk. Shifting wealth away from the stock market into valuable homes may be seen as a safer bet during a transition of [Presidential] power and a period of pronounced change," the Association wrote in its annual report. Selected statistics appear in the chart above, and here's the Association's link.

 

The North and the South of It, Fabulous Blue Sky at the Beach Club

 

Back in the Spring, before the Sea Pines Beach Club installed their blue umbrellas, you had the beaches largely to yourself! Even now, the seemingly endless sky and miles of beach gladden Hilton Head visitors. And farther down the beach, toward South Beach, solitude is possible even though not in as great an abundance as this on morning before Spring Break. Even now in summer, a little more activity erupts on weekends. Regardless, Hilton Head's beaches, in our opinion, are unsurpassed. And a number of travel and leisure magazines agree with us; see articles below. (HHV Photos)

 

Golf Digest's 2017 'Editors' Choice Award' for "Best Resorts"

Goes to The Sea Pines Resort -- and Other Golf Greats

The Sea Pines Resort has received the "Editors' Choice Award" from Golf Digest
in the "Best Resorts in the Americas" category.

The magazine crows, "Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island has its totally redesigned Ocean Course, now called Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. "

The magazine describes our favorite location in this way: "Occupying the southern tip of Hilton Head Island, where Calibogue Sound meets the Atlantic, the resort includes two Pete Dye layouts (Harbour Town and Heron Point) and one being redesigned by Davis Love III. Wonderful nature trails," the aforementioned Atlantic Dunes.

Hilton Head Island's legendary Lowcountry destination joined notable properties like:

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort-- "A buddies destination in Oregon) of the highest order with enough golf to fill a week or more," says Golf Digest. The four 18s are ranked among America's 100 Greatest.

Pebble Beach Resorts -- California's Monterey Peninsula has long been the finest meeting of land and sea. There's access to four resort-owned courses (Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and Del Monte), plus others.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort -- There are five golf courses, including the Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course and Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point, both with holes on the Atlantic.

Keswick Hall & Golf Club -- "The third resort collaboration between course designer Pete Dye and billionaire Bill Goodwin, who also owns Kiawah Island Resort and Sea Pines Resort in South Carolina. The 1912 hotel has been updated and expanded, and the 75-year-old course has been totally redesigned" Golf Digest reports.

HHI 7th "Happiest Seaside Town In America"

Coastal Living Magazine just released their annual popularity survey of readers to determine the "Happiest Seaside Town in America," and the results place Hilton Head seventh out of 10 (even though an earlier, incorrect list left out HHI).

  • Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Orleans, Massachusetts
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Fernandina Beach, Florida
  • Langley, Washington
  • Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  • Dana Point, California
  • Camden, Maine

SC Lists in the Top 10 Retirement States in the USA

If the mild weather and southern charm of the Palmetto State aren't enough of a retirement draw for you, surely the cost-of-living can tempt you, says Kiplinger.  South Carolina doesn't tax Social Security benefits and offers generous exemptions on other types of retirement

income. It also does not levy an inheritance or estate tax. Property taxes tend to be very low.

 

Listed below are the top 10 states and their cost of living above/below that national average, and finally their tax ranking as a "tax friendly" state. (HHV photo)

 

1.   South Dakota, 10% below, most tax friendly

2.   Utah, 8% below, not tax friendly

3.   Georgia, 6% below, most tax friendly

4.   Tennessee, 2% below, tax friendly

5.   Alabama, 9% below, tax friendly

6.   South Carolina, 12% below, tax friendly

7.   Washington, 1% above, tax friendly

8.   Florida, 10% below, Most tax friendly

9.   Arizona, 1% above, Most tax friendly

10. Idaho, 0% below, mixed

Seniors Are a Valuable Economic Addition to HHI

...In addition to Charleston, "another fast-growing South Carolina destination that is popular with retirees is Hilton Head Island, which is aging three times as fast as the national rate," reported The Jewish Week of New York City.

 

"Like many resorts, Hilton Head welcomes its silver-haired newcomers, who arrive with incomes nearly twice the local median and don’t add costly children to the public schools. About one-third of island residents are currently older than 65 — up from 24 percent in 2000 — and just 17 percent were born in the state, with more than a quarter of new arrivals coming from the Northeast."

 

Here's their full report, The Jewish Week newspaper. (Jewish Week photo)

Karis Art & Design Gallery

...represents American Contemporary Artists with a wide diversity of styles and methods in painting, sculpture, photography, fine jewelry, glass and art wearables.

 

Namesake artist Peter Karis was an expressionist, who painted people, flowers, trees and objects as he interpreted them. He worked in acrylic and the subject matter was interpreted with maximum color, conveying emotion and power. Peter Karis passed away in January, 2016, but his work, like "Beach Umbrella Trio," lives on,

 

Karis Gallery is located in the Village at Wexford, and is open Monday through Saturday. 843-785-5100. (Karis Gallery photo)

 

Hilton Head Island Misses DUI Label

Myrtle Beach ranks number one as America’s Drunkest Beach Town, with Norfolk, VA, taking the title for second place and Charleston, SC coming in at third. This according to Vinepair, which ranked areas based on documented blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measured from June 1 through August 31, 2015, using a BACtrack device and app. Hilton Head Island completely missed the list that enumerated the top 20 drinking-est beach areas.

HHI Among 10 "World's Best" Islands for 2016

Hilton Head Island lands a place among the 2016 Travel & Leisure magazine's list of “The World’s Best Islands” to visit, and is the only winner in the continental United States.

 

“What all [10] of these award-winning islands have in common, to be sure, is a transcendent beauty and an ability to coax any traveler into a state of bliss,” according to the magazine’s editors.

 

The editors describe our island: “Hilton Head, off the shore of South Carolina, is all plantation-style architecture, golf courses, and Lowcountry cuisine. And, as a key stopover on migration routes, Hilton Head is a birder's paradise."

 

The full list of island winners is: 1. Palawan, Philippines; 2. Boracay, Philippines; 3. Ischia, Italy; 4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand; 5. Santorini, Greece; 6. Cebu, Philippines; 7. Maui, Hawaii; 8. Hilton Head, South Carolina; 9. Kauai, Hawaii; and 10. Bali, Indonesia. (HHV photo)

Hilton Head Population Growth

The just-released Hilton Head Island population growth numbers show that the town grew in proportion to other similar South Carolina beach resort communities, such as Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island.

 

However, HHI lagged behind nearby Port Royal and was a substantially slower grower than Bluffton and Hardeeville. That's a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective. Here are the numbers and percentages as provided by the US Census Bureau. The permanent population of HHI is about 40,000, but swells in summer to 250,000+/-. (HHV Chart.

 

Best Barbecue on HHI

The HHI Kiwanis Club annually raises money for children's charities by sponsoring their "Burnoff," where area barbecue joints compete to determine who is the best in preparing the South's favorite food: grilled and smoked ribs and pork butt (or shoulder).

 

For us non-competitors, the winners' list serves as a guide to the places that we need to visit during the ensuing year--until the next Burnoff's results are determined. So, above is this year's list of just-crowned winners. (HHV chart)

HHI Named to TripAdvisor's Top 10 List

TripAdvisor has named Hilton Head Island one its Top 10 US island destinations in its 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards. The island's among-the-best listing is based on readers' reviews, which were collected at the Website.

 

TripAdvisor says Hilton Head Island is “a golfer's paradise” and  lists 275 other activities for visitors -- with the top five being the bike trails, Coligny Beach, boat tours, Sea Pines Forest Preserve and the Coastal Discovery Museum.

 

The top 10 are: Maui, HI; Key West, FL; Oahu, HI; Hawaii, HI; Mt. Desert Island, ME; Hilton Head Island, SC; Amelia Island, FL; Marco Island, FL; Chincoteague Island, VA; Mackinac Island, MI. (Trip Advisor photo)

Hilton Head Wins Readers' Choice AwardsTravel Magazine cover with Sea Pines winner Readers Choice Award

128,000 readers voted in the 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards

by Conde Nast Traveler -- and Hilton Head is a winner!

 

The Inn & Club at Harbour Town took two awards:

  • 5th among the Top 24 Hotels in the USA, and
  • 58th among the Top 100 Hotels and Restaurants in the World.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton ranked

  • 62nd among the Top 100 Hotels & Restaurants in the world.
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Hilton Head Island itself ranked

  • 7th among the Best Islands in the USA.

Among World's Best Golfers Played Heritage

The 49th annual RBC Heritage Classic will welcome many of professional golf's best players with an entirely new green cloaking all reaches of th Harbour Town Golf Liks...for the second year despite Hurricane Matthew's best efforts.

Celebration Bermuda graces the tee boxes, fairways and roughs, while Tif-Eagle Bermuda greens the greens. The new irrigation system is helps ensure the grounds stay their intended hue.

At the center of it all is the 44,000-square-foot, $23 million clubhouse that's open to the public. Golf magazine named it the best “New Public Clubhouse of the Year.” Tee times at 843-732-7463. (HHV photo)

Surging Seas logo from Climate CentralAre Rising South Carolina Sea Levels for Real

...Maybe. Take a look at what is speculated for Hilton Head Island here, or navigate the interactive map--link at right--to see which South Carolina areas will be below  sea level rise and at what times.

 

The Surging Seas tool also provides statistics of the populations, homes and land areas that might be affected by city, county and state. It also offers links to fact sheets, data downloads, action plans, embed-able widgets and more.  (Climate Central logo image)

Dog(s) Rule(s) on Hilton Head Beaches

WINTER ~ Oct. 1 through March 31

Dogs allowed on beaches at all times provided they are leashed or under voice-control.

 

SPRING ~ April 1 to Thursday before Memorial Day

Dog allowed on beaches at all times; however, between 10 am and 5 pm they must leashed or under voice-control.

 

N O W --  SUMMER ~ Friday before Memorial Day to Monday after Labor Day

Dogs NOT allowed on beaches between 10 am and 5 pm; however, at other times dogs are allowed when they are leached or under voice-control.

 

FALL ~ (i.e. late Summer) Tuesday after Labor Day to Sept 30

Dogs allowed on beaches at all times; however, they must be leashed between 10 am and 5 pm; at other times, voice-control is sufficient.

 

Exceptions ~ (There are always exceptions!)

Mitchelville Beach Park, Fish Haul Park and on Hunting Island State Park

Dogs are allowed at all time but must be leashed.

 

Maintenance: At all times owners MUST pick up after their dogs and dispose of it in the appropriate bins, which often are placed at public beach entrances. Source: Town HHI Rules.

Hurricane Mattahew for the Record

  • A total of about 1.9 million cubic yards of vegetative disaster debris was collected, which equals about 93 cubic yards for every acre on the island. Link
  • Nearly 700,000 cubic yards of mulch derived from collected debris have been hauled to various locations, including a paper mill, local farm, landfill, firewood company, and lumber company. Some logs were exported to Vietnam.

 

 

 

  • Estimates of storm-related costs exceed $82 million, which include $55 million for roadside debris clearing, $8.25 million in beach-related damage repair, $4 million for storm water repairs, and $8.5 million for damages to parks, pathways and roads.

Low Country Has Nation's Friendliest Cities

 

128,000 readers of Conde Naste Traveler magazine have voted Charleston, SC, the nation's (and world's) friendliest city! Neighboring Savannah took third place in the USA and seventh in the world.  Read the magazine's story here. (Conde Naste Traveler photo)

 

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