I wasn’t exactly sure what to say in the wake of the completion of my first ever marathon in New York City last month. It was somewhat hard to put into words. On the one hand, over a million people...
Spreading Christmas Cheer!
Ready for a hassle-free holiday? Let the Mosquito Nix Elves handle the lights.
Let’s not sugar coat this. The holidays can be all-consuming. From the ever-expanding Christmas card list to the never-ending shopping, the season of giving takes a lot. However, local mom Ramara...
Line in the Sand: December 2022
Is it ever too early to listen to Christmas music? Barry Kafuman November 1. That’s how far I made it this year. On October 31, I was passing out candy to the neighborhood kids (full-size Kit Kats,...
Holiday recipes with Chef Lynn Michelle and Cassandra’s Kitchen
I like to cook. No, I love to cook. Generally, a trip to the grocery store is not on my top-10 list of favorite things to do, but if I know I’m going to prepare dinner for a group of family or...
Historic Holidays on Hilton Head Island
This year, the Heritage Library is putting something special under the tree for you.
Editor’s Note: December 2022
The Women As I look at this photo and reflect upon the end of another year at CH2, I am so humbled by the women I’ve managed to attract into my life—and the blessings they’ve brought into it. The...
A Christmas Story: The beloved Christmas classic is coming to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
Despite repeated viewings ensuring that we know every joke before it arrives, every moment before it happens, A Christmas Story always seems to remain fresh. Maybe it’s because of the way it’s...
Fanciful Frills: Knock ’em dead at your holiday soirée with all the sparkle and shine you can muster
Modeled by Caroline Malloy , Styled by Kaila Jeffcoat, Hair & Makeup by True Beauty by Joanna Marie
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Sparkles and Smiles: Quinn’s Diamond Jewelers makes moments memorable
Quinn’s Diamond Jewelers is a real gem. Not only does their jewelry sparkle and make you smile, Darrel Quinn, the store owner, greets every customer with a twinkle in his eye and a dazzling grin. He...
The Gift of Receiving
As the season of shopping is underway, many of us are wrapped up in the frenzied pursuit of happiness and satisfaction that goes along with gift-giving. Say what you will about commercialism, but...
Seemingly festive, soulful and uplifting, the word “holiday” comes from the Old English words “hālig” meaning holy and “dæg” meaning day. But for a great many of us, the word holiday means an...
For this month’s fashion shoot, we asked our local boutiques to send an outfit that a southern gal could wear to an oyster roast or fall festival. As the weather turns cooler in the Lowcountry, the focus is on layers and thoughtful accessories.
Merry & Bright: These local events and people are spreading Christmas cheer in the Lowcountry
There isn’t a more festive time in the Lowcountry than right now. Immediately after Halloween, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton explode with festivals, parades and holiday happenings that are sure to melt even the coldest Grinch heart. On the following pages, we share a few of our favorite things to do this time of year and tip our hats to the people behind the festivities.
Driven to Give: Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton taking Santa’s Workshop to the next level
Generally speaking, there is no shortage of miracles this time of year. Call it the Christmas spirit, call it the generosity of the season, whatever it is, it seems to ease open our hearts just a little. We give more freely. We share more openly. We take care of those around us, inspired by a renewed sense of fellowship and love.
If your thoughts fast-forward to Christmas right about the time the last trick or treater retreats, you are not alone. November 1 seems to be the universal go button for all things ho-ho-holiday. But it isn’t the 55 days of Christmas carols that make our spirits bright; it is the traditions passed down, from generation to generation, that warm our hearts like chestnuts roasting on an … well, you get it.
C2 Fashion: Almost Everything is under $100.
Modeled by Liz of Halo Model & Talent, Hair & Makeup by True Beauty by Joanna Marie, Styled by Kaila Jeffcoat
Harbourfest 2021: The Return was Legendary
It is a three-decade-long-and-running tradition, the most popular multi-week summer event on Hilton Head Island. Named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeastern Tourism Society and a “Best of Southern Fests” by South Magazine, generations of families continue to plan vacations around it.
Driven by Entrepreneurial Spirit, GoKart Hilton Head Hits The Road
How does a Northern banker and CEO of a global communications company invest in a marina in the Lowcountry—and, almost 30 years later, launch a go-kart track on Hilton Head Island? It’s just an...
8 Faces of Summer Fun
Of course, you came to Hilton Head Island for the beach and maybe golf, tennis or pickleball. But what else is there to do? Plenty! Whether it’s tooling around town on a bike, flying through the trees on a zipline, racing a go-kart, reeling in your supper, dolphin watching, kayaking, paddle boarding, playing putt-putt golf, or riding a horse … beyond the beach, a colossal outdoor playground awaits.
Over Yonder and Back Again: My life in Southern cities
Growing up, my immediate family did not seem overwhelmingly Southern. We were Catholic, after all, and we never cooked traditional Southern food at home, preferring Lebanese, our ethnic cuisine. We also did not plant window boxes full of flowers or sit on the porch at twilight, drinking sweet tea with lemon slices. Being young and unaware for the most part about what “Southern” even meant, I had to rely on the stereotypes I gleaned from pop culture—that is, until the day I left South Carolina and lived in a few other cities in the South.
Business is Blooming: Now in its sixth year under new ownership, Flowers by Sue came out of 2020 smelling like a rose.
We think we can speak for everyone when we say that this year, the phrase Happy New Year carries a little bit more meaning. Now no longer just a simple greeting for the first few weeks of January, Happy New Year feels a little bit more like a blessing.
You Are Not Alone: Meet the mental health professionals who can help you navigate the “new normal.”
If there is a silver lining in the dumpster fire of a year that was 2020, it is this: all of us have gained a deeper appreciation for our own mental health. Even the most steadfast among us had their cages rattled this year, leading to the widespread popularity of the notion, “It’s okay to not be okay.”
No, Really, You SHOULDN’T HAVE. Top 10 gift ideas to skip this year
Friends, we’ve all had a rough year, and we most definitely should commemorate the end of 2020 by exchanging tokens of affection and friendship. After all, nothing says “happy holidays, and congrats on surviving this insane year” like swapping thoughtful gifts over food and cocktails. This year, however, there are guidelines, and there are certain gifts that should be left off of Santa’s list. Not sure what you’re getting people yet? Allow us to narrow it down by process of elimination. Here are 10 gifts that 2020 has deemed either redundant, inappropriate or just plumb useless. You’re welcome in advance for saving you money.
Finding Contentment: A personal journey to joy
If there was an advantage of growing up poor, it was not knowing I was poor. You can’t long for or miss what you don’t know exists.
Forsythe Jewelers Presents Marco Bicego Jewelry: Trunk Show, Nov. 19-21
Since 1981, Forsythe Jewelers has been bringing the world’s best designer jewelry and gifts to Hilton Head Island. Carrying the most popular designer brands, this family-owned business delivers an unhurried, small-town shopping experience to every customer who enters the store. Over the past three decades, Forsythe Jewelers has established itself as an island landmark, where customers are able to slow down and shop at a pace that only a vacation can provide.
A Lowcountry Thanksgiving: Traditions and Recipes
Here in the Lowcountry, we find no shortage of things for which to be thankful: beautiful surroundings, good-hearted neighbors, and delicious food abound. Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude, tell the stories of our history, honor long-standing traditions and share an indulgent meal with the people we love most.
We live in an ideal place for growing delicious produce: rich soil, plenty of rain and sunshine, and temperate winters make the Lowcountry a farmer’s paradise. From watermelon to peaches, sweet potatoes to peanuts, The Palmetto State produces countless agricultural crops year-round. This time of year, sweet potatoes, greens like kale and collards, carrots and herbs are all being harvested by local farmers right here in our community. What better way to enjoy the holidays than by building a feast around locally grown foods sure to impress your guests, delight your tastebuds and nourish your body well, all while supporting your neighbors who love cultivating this land we call home.
Editor’s Note: October 2020
I remember listening to my Grandpa Ross sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” at the Ross Madison House (a restaurant he owned with my grandma) in upstate New York when I was just a child. It’s strange that this particular memory is burned into my brain.
Jesse Blanco Eat It and Like It … Undressed
Jesse Blanco is, no doubt, one of the Lowcountry’s most popular media personalities. In fact, Blanco and his show, Eat It and Like It, have become synonymous with food in the region. But what you might not realize is the diversity and point of view he offers his followers.
Eggs ’n’ tricities: New owner preserves Old Town vibe
Georgia Holaus woke up one morning and said to herself, “I’m too young to do nothing. I need a job.” Having lived in Bluffton for five years, she was already infatuated with Old Town. She got herself all dressed up and made visits to the places she thought she might enjoy working. One of those places was Eggs ’n’ tricities, a boutique that’s been open in Old Town for 31 years.
A Christmas Kitten
Most of us know what it feels like to fall in love with a special pet. For seven-year-old Katie Ferguson, that intrinsic connection between human and animal was found at Palmetto Animal League (PAL) three weeks before Christmas. Fast forward to December 25 and imagine Katie’s overwhelming joy when her family discovered a letter under Santa’s cookie plate, explaining his gift of a Christmas kitten!