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Sep 28, 2023

Editor’s Note: the Arts & Music Issue

Maggie Washo

Photography By

Taylor Kent
As a creative person, this is one of my favorite issues to put out every year. I love highlighting local talent, and we are beyond blessed in this area.

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A few years ago, Laurie Savidge reached out to me and suggested we recreate iconic album covers with “rockstar moms” for our Mother’s Day issue. I think this suggestion may have come just as we were sending the May issue off to print. The idea was fantastic but seemed a bit overwhelming to me at the time. Just the thought of scheduling multiple people for very stylized shoots with props, specific wardrobe and retro hair & makeup seemed daunting. But I wrote that idea down and pinned it to the wall over our printer.

    Perhaps that’s what inspired this month’s shoot, where we did something similar with local entertainers for our ARTS + MUSIC issue. Laurie was right; it was a good idea. I was also right; it was a lot to pull together. Cruise on over to page 72 to see the results. We would love to see yours! Email me at if you think that’s something you have the time and talent to pull off; we may feature a few of your submissions in our next issue and give away a prize for the effort.

      As a creative person, this is one of my favorite issues to put out every year. I love highlighting local talent, and we are beyond blessed in this area. In Setting Up Camp, Barry Kaufman shines the spotlight on James Berry, the director of fine arts at Hilton Head Christian Academy. Twelve years ago, he launched the “little jazz camp that could,” inspiring young people to make beautiful music. He never imagined what a huge success it would be. Read the story on page 60.

    Campfire Tyler takes us inside his quirky lyrical mind (and on a tour of Beaufort and surrounding areas), in the spread beginning on page 66. He’s also gracing the cover of CH2, which was shot on Driftwood Beach at Hunting Island. Tyler is “having a moment.” You may have caught him at multiple events during last month’s Hilton Head Island Songwriter Jam put on by the Town of Hilton Head Island.

     Larry Perigo was one of the island’s original entertainers, making The Headliners famous in our area. The first time he was booked to perform here, though, he wasn’t even sure if “Hilton Head” was one word or two. Read all about his musical talent and the time he fired Jimi Hendrix (page 82.) Yep, you read that right. That Jimi Hendrix.

       Our Neighborhood Stroll feature highlights the beautiful Colleton River Club and a custom-built home by Rhett and Kaila Jeffcoat. Connie Sewell is back with some design tips on lighting, and Barry Kaufman gives us a real estate update.

       I’d like to welcome our guest writer, Lynne Cope Hummell, who weaves the tale of two young men who came to Hilton Head Island to start a dance studio 20 years ago. You know them as Sandro and Armando, and we at CH2 know them as two of the most fun people in our area. Read the story on page 86. Better yet, go take a dance lesson with them. You’ll love it!

        I could say so much more about this issue, but I’m running out of room, and there’s probably another festival I have to get to. It’s October, after all. Enjoy the BEST month of the year!

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