Hilton Head Events

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January 2018 Hilton Head Calendar of Events

JAN. 10

Bald Eagles in South Carolina: Tom Murphy, a retired biologist from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and principal investigator for the bald eagle program for 33 years, will share his knowledge of the natural history of bald eagles in the Lowcountry. Learn how the national bird became an endangered species, the efforts that helped bring it back, and what we can do to secure its future. $7 per person, and reservations are required. The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or go to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

THROUGH JAN. 2

Student Art Show: Students of the Art League’s spring, summer and fall sessions will be displaying their artwork alongside their instructors. Award winners were chosen by Maggie Karis, owner of Karis Gallery. Art League of Hilton Head, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For information, call the art league at 843-842-5738.

JAN. 2-FEB. 4

“Following Intuition: Expressive Abstracts”: Penny Beesley is the January featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists gallery and will showcase her works in acrylic, charcoal and pastels. An opening reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 7 at the gallery in Old Town Bluffton. SoBA Art Gallery, Calhoun and Church streets, Bluffton. For more information, call 843-705-5443 or go to www.sobagallery.com.

JAN. 3

Lowcountry Owls: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Nancy Owen for a program featuring live owls and covering the natural history of owls and the five species of owls found in the Lowcountry. $7 per participant, for ages 12 and older; reservations are required. 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org.

JAN. 4-27

“Anything Goes!”: The Art League of Hilton Head gallery will be devoted to the best works from more than 170 exhibiting members. Artworks in all media will be on display and for sale. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 10Free and open to the public. Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060.

JAN. 10

Bald Eagles in South Carolina: Tom Murphy, a retired biologist from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and principal investigator for the bald eagle program for 33 years, will share his knowledge of the natural history of bald eagles in the Lowcountry. Learn how the national bird became an endangered species, the efforts that helped bring it back, and what we can do to secure its future. $7 per person, and reservations are required. The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or go to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

JAN. 11

Pilobolus Master Dance Class: Take your training to the next level and reinvigorate your creative impulses using Pilobolus’s signature techniques of improvisation and movement creation. This class is designed to stretch your limits as a mover and performer. Designed for ages 8 and older. 5:30 p.m. $25 per class. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For details, call 843-842-ARTS or go to www.artshhi.com.

JAN. 12-13

Pilobolus Dance Company: This creative group of acrobatic dancers has performed over 100 choreographic works in more than 64 countries around the world, as well as been featured on the Oscars and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Tickets are $61. 8 p.m.Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For tickets, call 843-842-2787 or go to www.artshhi.com.

JAN. 13 & FEB. 10

Herbarium Workshop: Join three local artists to create your own decorative and educational herbarium using locally found materials, handmade paper, illustrations and poetic prose. Cost is $45 per person and open to ages 10 and older; reservations are required. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or go to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

JAN. 13

Ryanhood: Named best group or duo in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, the bad got its first break more than a decade ago as street performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 13, Music on Malphrus, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.

JAN. 14

Love in the Time of War”: The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents this concert featuring Sterling Elliott on cello. 5 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkwwy, Hilton Head Island. For tickets, call 843-842-2055 or go to www.hhso.org.

JAN. 17

Wintering Golden Eagles in South Carolina: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Mark Vukovich for this program on golden eagles. The discovery of wintering golden eagles on the Savannah River Site helpd initiate a statewide effort to better document wintering golden eagles using remote cameras baited with carcasses. The results of this three-year statewide effort will be presented along with the other new developments. $7 per person and reservations are required. 3 p.m., the Coastal Discover Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223.  

JAN. 18-MARCH 29

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program: This 12-week program for caregivers of adults with mental illness focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive- compulsive disorder. Free, but registration is required. 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Coastal Church, 15 Williams Drive, Okatie. For more information, contact Sarah Eliasopht at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JAN. 19

“Winter Concert: From Bach to Broadway”: A concert of music for voice, piano, violin and flute including works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Lerner and Lowe, and Kander and Ebb. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. For details, contact Louise Cohen at 843-681-3254.

JAN. 20

Daddy-Daughter Dance Masquerade:  Dinner will be buffet style and the dance will be from 6:30-9 p.m. VIP Tickets include photo, dinner, VIP wristband and mask. VIP tickets are $80 per couple or $50 per couple before noon Jan. 15, with $15 for each additional ticket. General admission tickets for the dance only are $20 before noon Jan. 15, and $60 on the day of the dance. Additional tickets are on the day of the event are $20. Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. For more information, go to www.islandreccenter.org.

JAN.22

Auditions for Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s production of “Evita”: Rehearsals begin April 10, and performances run from May 2-27.Auditions are by appointment only. Please prepare a 32-bar selection in a style consistent with the character(s) and from the modern musical theater or rock opera canon. All performers returning for callbacks will need to sing and dance. If you dance, please bring in-character shoes. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. A monitor is not provided. Character descriptions are available on the arts center website. Noon-7 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For more information, call 843-686-3945, ext. 202, or go to www.artshhi.com/auditions.

JAN. 23

Camera Club of Hilton Head Island Meeting: Guest speaker Kenny McKeithan will present  “Up Close: Tips, Tools and Techniques for Better Macro photography.” 7 p.m., Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2 Matthews  Court, Hilton Head Island. For more information, go to www.cchhi.net.

JAN. 24

Shore Bird Migration: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Nicholas Wallover, the regional biologist for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve for a program about shorebirds. Come learn about the important role South Carolina plays in the lifecycle of spring migrants and local nesting species, and what can be done to protect this part of our natural heritage. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required. Coastal Discover Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or www.coastaldiscovery.org.  

JAN. 25-27

Painting Workshop with Michael Story: Learn to tell a complete visual story of a figure at work or play. Create powerful images while avoiding needless details. Students of all levels using charcoal, pastel or oil will benefit from this workshop. Art League of Hilton Head Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. For details, call 843-842-5738 or go to www.artleaguehhi.org.

JAN. 30

Camellias: History and Romantic Stories of our “Winter Rose”: Learn more about the Camellia Garden from Master Gardeners and garden founders Donna and Fred Manske. Hear legends of the camellia and tips on growing your own in the Lowcountry. The Coastal Discovery Museum’s Camellia Garden has 131 varieties that represent all the shapes and sizes that these winter-blooming plants exhibit. Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or go to www.coastaldiscovery.org.

JAN. 31

Wading Birds of South Carolina: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Christy Hand, wildlife biologist for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, for a program on the state’s colonial wading birds — a diverse and fascinating group. This presentation will provide information about the conservation status and overall health of the birds. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. For reservations, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or www.coastaldiscovery.org.  

SAVE THE DATE

FEB. 2-MARCH 27

Society of Bluffton Artists 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 in the SoBA Gallery, Calhoun and Church streets, Bluffton. For more information, call 843-705-5443 or go to www.sobagallery.com/school-kids-program.

FEB. 3

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. For more information, call 843-842-2787 or go to www.artshhi.com.

FEB. 5-11

Low Country 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. Marriott Resort and Spa Hotel, One 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. 6-25

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. For tickets, call 843-842-2787 or go to www.artshhi.com.

FEB. 17

Mardi Gras 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. For tickets, call the NAMI office at 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. Cost is $295. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 500 Carteret St., Beaufort. For details, go to 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. For details, call 843-705-4005.

FEB. 19

Colin Quinn: There’s One in Every Crowd: Colin Quinn brings his uniquely irreverent brand of stand-up comedy to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Tickets are $47 per person. 8 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For tickets, call 843-842-2787 or go to www.artshhi.com.

FEB. 22

Community Forum:“The Opioid Crisis: Who is at Risk?”: This panel discussion will feature four local experts involved in various aspects of the crisis, including a prevention specialist, a pharmacist, a pain management physician, and a psychiatrist. Free and sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth Yam. 7- 9 p.m. 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. For details, call 843-342-6126 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ONGOING

Tuesday Night Supper Club:Join the club at Sonesta Resort: 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 Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s Cottage. Cost is $5 per person. By appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton. For more information, go to 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. Cost is $16 for adults and $13 for children ages 12 and younger; reservations are required. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sea Pines Resort. For more information, call 843-842-1979.

Fall-Winter Adult Reading Program: Missed or didn’t get to read enough during summer reading? Join us and participate in the fall-winter reading program and register to win gift cards or movie passes. Read three books a month and submit your reading log at the Bluffton library reference desk. Free. Through March 31, Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. For more information call Armistead Reasoner at 843-255-6512, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Uncovering the Roots of Reconstruction: A partnership with the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island Land Trust and the Mitchelville Preservation Project offers a new tour. Meet at the Coastal Discovery Museum for a short introduction and then participants will caravan in their personal vehicles to the sites. Visit the site of the self-governing community of Mitchelville to learn about the Port Royal Experiment and how freedom and Reconstruction impacted the new citizens who lived there. Nearby, join a guide for a tour of Fort Howell, 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 and explore the location where planters antebellum church and muster house used to sit. 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 Ft. 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: The market is open and offers additional public parking provided by the town of Bluffton. An artisan showcase on the first Thursday of every month highlights a rotating group of local artists and their fine craftsmanship. 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. For details, go to www.farmersmarketbluffton.org.

Meditation + Yoga: Group meditation is a great way to get support and develop a mindfulness routine for a brand-new, spotty, or long-time practice. Sit in silence for 30 minutes. New to the program is that the meditation is to be followed by a 45-minute yoga session, to draw from heightened awareness to practice mindful movement. For meditation, use a chair or bring a cushion; for yoga, bring your mat. Free. 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. For more information, contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.beaufortcountylibrary.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.

Golf Clinics for all Ages: Group and individual golf programs for adults and juniors led by PGA professional Jeff Picus of Excel and Enjoy Golf Academy. Times vary, Country Club of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island. For details, call Picus at 843-295-8888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..