FEB. 19 - 25
The 11th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival will serve up some of the Lowcountry’s best bounty from the sea Feb. 19-25. The weeklong experience offers a mix of of palate-pleasing events. The main event will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Honey Horn, featuring area restaurants and chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, a kids zone, select artisans and live music. On Feb. 25, the festival closes with a seafood and champagne brunch including a bloody mary bar. For a complete schedule of events or to purchase tickets, go to www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com.
FEB. 2-MARCH 27
SoBA After School Kids Program: The Society of Bluffton Artists will offer a five-week art program for children in fourth and fifth grades. These classes are free, with all supplies provided by SoBA. Students will take home a completed project at each session. 4-5:15 p.m., Creative Arts Center at the SoBA Gallery, Calhoun and Church streets, Bluffton. 843-705-5443 or www.sobagallery.com/school-kids-program.
A Taste of Gullah: Native island heritage and culture get the star treatment at this celebration of all things Gullah. Enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, Lowcountry food, basket weaving, gospel music and crafts at this free community festival. The event features Lowcountry specialties such as barbecue ribs, conch stew, shrimp and grits, rice and beans, and okra gumbo. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com.
Junior Heritage Golf Tournament: This year’s two-day tournament will feature some of the country’s finest junior golfers. Noon, Feb. 3, Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III at The Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island; noon, Feb. 4, Harbour Town Golf Links. 843-363-8385 or www.seapines.com.
Lowcountry Classic Bridge Tournament: The Hilton Head Island Bridge Club will host the Low Country Classic regional tournament featuring players from the U.S., Canada and England. Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. For daily tournament offerings or the club’s daily game schedule and winter class schedule, call 843-341-6337 or go to www.bridgewebs.com/hiltonheadisland.
FEB. 5 AND 19
“Dial M for Murder”: In this Tony Award-winning classic thriller, Tony Wendice married his wife for her money and plans to murder her for the same reason. Tickets for shows Feb. 6-8 are $39 for adults and 26 for children; tickets for Feb. 9-25 shows are $49 for adults and $36 for children. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com
Ecology of Brown Pelicans: This talk will discuss recent work using GPS technology to study the movements of Brown Pelicans throughout the year and understand key habitat needs and risk factors for this beloved but little-known seabird. 3 p.m. The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or going to www.coastaldiscovery.org/calendar of events.
Gullah Celebration: Get a taste of Gullah traditions at the Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast, where you can enjoy fried whiting, stewed shrimp and grits, and oyster gravy made from May River’s finest. 8 a.m., First African Baptist Church, 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island. www.gullahcelebration.com.
"How Will the United Nations Meet the Challenges of the Future?": Ambassador Nancy Soderberg will discuss and pose the question, “As the U.S. confronts global challenges, can we go it alone or will we continue to need partners like the U.N.?” Ambassador Nancy Soderberg is an American foreign policy strategist who held senior-level positions in the Clinton administration, including Deputy National Security Advisor and Alternate Representative to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador., One Session - 10 AM to 12 Noon, Saturday, February 10 • The Seabrook (Of Pope Avenue.)
Celebrity Cake Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society: The event will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 11th at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation. Local celebrities will donate theme cakes that will be auctioned off by Kerry Pollock of Comedy Magic Cabaret. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $25. On sale now at Burke's Pharmacy and The French Bakery.
“We Sing of Love”: The Mary Green Chorale continues its third season. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at marygreenchorale.org or by calling 843-290-2900. Tickets are available at The Oilerie in Wexford Village and Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy, as well as Markel’s Card & Gift Shop and Station 300. 7:30 p.m., Holy Family Church, Hilton Head Island.
FEB. 13, 20, AND 27
Protecting Our Nation’s Birds: An introduction to the history of fulfilling the mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s national wildlife refuge system. Learn the roots of migratory bird conservation in America and about amazing opportunities to view birds and other wildlife at nearby national wildlife refuges. 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. $7 per person for ages 12 and older. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or go to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
Savannah Book Festival: Speakers include New York Times best-selling author of the “Outlander” novels Diana Gabaldon and Jodi Picoult, author of 24 novels including “My Sister’s Keeper” and “Small Great Things.” More than 40 nationally renowned writers from a variety of genres will give talks at various locations in downtown Savannah and answer questions from readers. The authors will be available for book signings in Telfair Square immediately after their presentations. Free. For more information go to www.savannahbookfestival.org.
Mardi Gra Gala: NAMI Lowcountry is holding its fifth annual Mardi Gras gala and auction. Tickets are $100, but $58 is tax-deductible. 6-10 p.m., Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-2200.
“Introduction to Web Development”: Explore coding with an eight-week course by CODEcamp, a project-based introductory code education program designed for adults of all backgrounds and experience levels, offered by the Beaufort Digital Corridor. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 500 Carteret St., Beaufort. Cost is $295. www.beaufortdigital.com.
Bluffton Ball: Local businesses and individuals who have contributed to the Bluffton community will be presented with the Bluffton Business Awards at this yearly celebration for community members and leaders. Pinckney Hall, Sun City Hilton Head. 843-705-4005.
“Colin Quinn: There’s One in Every Crowd”: Colin Quinn brings his uniquely irreverent brand of stand-up comedy to Hilton Head Island. $47. 8 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com.
FEB. 19-MARCH 30
“Historic Bluffton: Paintings from the Archives”: On view during library hours. Opening reception to meet the artist, Alexandra Sharma, and the historian, Iva Welton, from 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 22. History talk and PowerPoint presentations: 2-4 p.m. Feb. 27, “Belfair Mansion: From Magnificent to its Sad End;” and 2-4 p.m. March 6, “Rose Hill Plantation House: The Intriguing History.” Bluffton Public Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. 843-255-6503 or www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.
FEB. 21 - 25
12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival: Beaufort will host thousands of film lovers from around the world at what is considered one of the fastest growing film festivals in the Southeast. Awards will be presented to the top features, documentaries, short films, student films, screenplays, animation and comedy, and the best actor, best actress and best director will be named. www.beaufortfilmfestival.com.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month Seminar: Dr. Peter Liggett of Hilton Head Macula & Retina will give a seminar on the latest treatments and prevention. 10:30 a.m., Hilton Head Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L. Free. Reservations are required by calling the center at 843-785-6444 or going to www.hhmr.org/seniorctr.
Third Annual Red Dress Fashion Show and Luncheon: Hosted by GFWC Woman’s League of the Lowcountry and presented by Macy’s, national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women.” 11 a.m., vendor showcase and shopping; noon, lunch and fashion show. $35. Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. 843-705-3078.
Kids in Kayaks Scholarship Fundraiser: The Page Island Oyster Roast is a family-friendly event to raise money for the Kids in Kayaks Scholarship Fund. Food and oysters from the Bluffton Seafood Co., music by members of the Lowcountry Boil Band, live and silent auctions, games and fun for all. 2-5:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 for adults, $75 for children ages 5-12, and children younger than 4 get in free. Tickets include food, beverages and round-trip boat transportation. www.outsidefoundation.org.
Camera Club of Hilton Head Island Meeting: Guest speaker Diana Churchill will be speaking on “The Joy and Challenge of Photographing Birds.” Churchill writes the twice-monthly column "Birder's Eye View" for Savannah Morning News and has been photographing birds since the late 1990s. 7 p.m., Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2 Matthews Court, Hilton Head Island. www.cchhi.net.
The Uniqueness of Port Royal Sound: Learn why the Port Royal Sound stands apart from other estuaries on the East Coast. Find out how this unique environment was formed, as well as about the fantastic biodiversity that lives here. 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. $7. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or go www.coastaldiscovery.org/calendar of events.
SAVE THE DATE
Jewels and Jeans: The Foundation for Educational Excellence is hosting a dinner, dancing and fun! 6-9:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Hilton Head. Enjoy fabulous food, silent and live auctions and music by Deas-Guyz benefiting innovative learning in Beaufort County Public Schools. For tickets and more information call 843-415-2331. www.foundationedexcellence.com.
Youth Arts Festival: Come and celebrate National Youth Arts month at the annual Youth ArtsFest. Enjoy crafts, arts workshops, refreshments and ISCA’s Promising Picassos youth art exhibition. 11a.m.-1 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Free. www.artshhi.com.
"Movin' Into Math” Educational Workshop: Join Kinetyx Dance Ensemble director Martha Connerton for an afternoon of arts integration for ages 6-9. In this creative movement workshop, students will learn to create dances while utilizing essential math skills. 4:30-6 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $18. Register at www.artshhi.com/workshop-registration.
The Celtic Tenors: This internationally acclaimed show includes “Danny Boy” and other classics. You’ll enjoy an evening with tenors who don’t take themselves too seriously. 8 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $62. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com.
Seventh Annual CRF Sporting Clays Shoot: Proceeds benefit Pockets Full of Sunshine, a nonprofit group providing social and vocational opportunities for adults with disabilities. Forest City Gun Club, 9203 Ferguson Ave., Savannah. www.pocketsfullofsun.org/clayshoot.
Hobey Ford Sea Songs: Hobey Ford’s newest production, “Sea Song,” is the story of a boy’s discovery of the natural world at the seaside. The production follows the lifecycle of the sea turtle. “Sea Song” is performed in the style of Ford’s “Animalia” series, featuring his carved foam animals performed in full view of the audience. 10 and 11:30 a.m. $7 for kindergarteners through fifth graders. www.artshhi.com/field-trips.
Black Jacket Symphony: Hand-selected musicians will perform a collection of rock band Queen’s most cherished hits. In the first act, the group will perform “Queen – A Night at the Opera” in its entirety, including songs you love like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “God Save the Queen,” “’39” and “Love of My Life.” The second act includes Queen’s greatest hits. 8 p.m. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $50. 843-842-ARTS or www.artshhi.com.
“Cirque-tacular’s World”: An off-beat, farcical, trip around the globe to explore the world as you thought it was, found it wasn't, and wish it could be. These elite acrobats, artists and one-of-a-kind originals create quirky, exciting acrobatic shows with no claims of historical accuracy, but a whole lot of fun. 4 and 8 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. $44 for adults and $31 for children ages 15 and younger. 843-842-2787 or www.artshhi.com.
Tuesday Night Supper Club: Join the club at Sonesta Resort for three courses for $20. The tasting menu includes a complimentary glass of wine. For reservations, call 843-3341-1850 or go to www.sonesta.com.
Garvin-Garvey Cottage Tours: Visit the newly opened historic Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s Cottage by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton. $5. www.townofbluffton.sc.gov/garvin-garvey.
Forest Preserve Wagon Journey: Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sea Pines Resort. Cost is $16 for adults and $13 for children ages 12 and younger; reservations are required. For more information, call 843-842-1979.
Uncovering the Roots of Reconstruction: This new tour is a partnership with the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island Land Trust and the Mitchelville Preservation Project. Meet at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Visit the site of the self-governing, freed slave community of Mitchelville, then tour of Fort Howell, which was built in 1864 to protect the town of Mitchelville. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12, and reservations are required. 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 224, or go to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
Bach Lobster Nights: Enjoy live Maine lobsters with a side of live piano music. Cost is $25 and lobster reservations are required. Wednesday nights, The Wreck of the Salty Dog, 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. To reserve your lobster, call 843-683-6465.
Historic Zion Cemetery and Baynard Mausoleum: Join the Heritage Library for a tour of the cemetery where Revolutionary War soldiers are buried. Learn about the oldest existing structure on Hilton Head Island. Cost is $12 per adult and $7 per child; reservations are required. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, intersection of U.S. 278 and Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-686-6050 or visit www.heritagelib.org.
Historic Fort Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation: Join the Heritage Library for a tour of the Civil War battery Skull Creek, built to protect Port Royal Sound the Seabrook Coaling Station. Cost is $12 per adult and $7 per child; reservations are required. 10 a.m. Thursdays, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-686-6050 or go to www.heritagelib.org.
Historic Tours by Bicycle: Take a ride along the waterfront corridor of Squire Pope Road and learn about Hilton Head Island’s unique and rich history, including its Native American residents, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gullah community and more. The tour lasts about 90 minutes and is safe, casual and fun. Helmets are required; bug spray and water are suggested. Bring your own bike. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children, ages 10 and older only. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, leaving from 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, go to www.heritagelib.org.
Farmers Market of Bluffton: “Farm to Table” chef demos, Master Gardeners and other artisan showcases, plus live entertainment, kids activities, local produce, plants, honey, meat, dairy, baked goods, sweets, specialty foods, prepared foods and more. Keep an eye out for new food and farm vendors this year and find your next favorite thing. 1-6 p.m. Thursdays, 1271 May River Road, Bluffton. 843-415-2447 or www.farmersmarketbluffton.org.
Freshwater Fishing: Enjoy a relaxing morning by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve while fishing. Supplies are provided and reservations are required. Cost is $19 for adults and $14 for children ages 12 and younger. 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-842-1979 or go to www.seapines.com.
Tea Time at Rose Hill Mansion: Experience afternoon tea at a beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry. Selections include custom-crafted teas, elegant finger sandwiches and heavenly desserts. Small groups or large groups welcome. Cost is $40 per person. 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. For reservations, call Lou Anne Takach at 843-757-6046.