February features two multi-day festivals – the Seafood Festival and the Gullah Celebration. You will find many of the events listed below and you can always check their websites: www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com/events. and www.gullahcelebration.com. for more information.
Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast: Enjoy a home-cooked traditional Gullah meal, prepared by members local Gullah community coordinated by Ooman Chef Louise Cohen. $12 a plate. 8 a.m.-noon, Cherry Hill School, 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island.
Freedom Day: National Freedom Day was established in 1948 by President Harry Truman in remembrance of Feb. 1, 1865, the day President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, outlawing slavery. Celebrate the day by exploring historic Mitchelville. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cherry Hill School, 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island.
Bluffton Rotary Annual Oyster Roast: All-you-can-eat fresh roasted local oysters, homemade chili, bratwurst, hot dogs, and our famous hand-cut fresh fries, plus live music by The Chiggers. $35. 5-8 p.m., Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, Bluffton. www.townofbluffton.sc.gov.
SouperBowl of Caring for Second Helpings: Local restaurants will be serving up their favorite soups at Coligny Plaza, in the area between FISH Casual Coastal Seafood and Skillets. The event is a fundraiser for Second Helpings, a local charity that “rescues” food from area grocery stores and delivers it to food pantries. $10. Noon-4 p.m., Coligny Plaza, 1 N Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Southern Coast Heart Ball: The annual Heart Ball celebrates efforts to build a foundation of health in the community and ensure everyone lives a longer, healthier life. The evening’s festivities will include dinner and a live auction. $225. 5:30-9:30 p.m., The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave., Hilton Head Island. 843-540-6338.
HHSO Youth Conceerto Competition: The Hilton Head Symphony Youth Concerto Competition has been attracting the most talented young musicians from throughout the southeastern United Sates every year. The competition provides a rare opportunity for young musicians to perfect a concerto movement from the professional repertoire and perform at a level that far exceeds what is required in the studio. $15. 1:30-4:30 p.m. SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island. 843- 842-2055 or www.hhso.org.
Lean Ensemble Theater presents “A Doll’s House, Part 2” By Lucas Hnath: In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. Tickets are $40 for adults; $15 for students and active-duty military. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1and 2; 2 p.m. Feb. 3. Hilton Head Preparatory School Theater, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island. 843-715-6676 or www.leanensemble.org.
Gullah Music Series Featuring Gospel Choirs: Celebrate and honor the spiritual thread that binds the African ancestors and the Gullah of today. Free. 7 p.m., Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 382 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. www.gullahcelebration.com.
“Camellias: History and Romantic Stories of our ‘Winter Rose’”: Learn more about the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Camellia Garden from Master Gardeners and garden founders Donna and Fred Manske, who will share legends of the camellia and tips on growing your own in the Lowcountry. $10; reservations are required. 10 a.m.-noon, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
American Revolution Round Table-SC: The Round Table meets quarterly to explore historic events and people of the American Revolution era emphasizing the importance of the South. Douglas Bostick will speak about the work of the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust. 11:30 a.m., social time and lunch; 1 p.m., speaker. The Golf Club at Indigo Run, 101 Berwick Drive, Hilton Head Island. 757-561-3035 or 843-707-7049.
Handel & Bach: Featuring Handel’s Organ Concerto in G Minor Op 4. No. 3 and Bach’s Solo Cantata, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” sung by Rebecca Flaherty; both with chamber orchestra. $20 suggested donation. 7 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8333 or www.allsaints-hhi.org.
Gullah Music Series Featuring the Voices of El Shaddai: Celebrate and honor the spiritual thread that binds African ancestors to the Gullah of today. This installment of the Gullah Celebration’s annual music series features the renowned Voice of El Shaddai. Free. 7 p.m., Queen Chapel AME Church, 114 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island.
An Evening with Handel and Bach: All Saints Episcopal Church’s concert series, Arts at All Saints will present a concert of Bach and Handel. $20 donation suggestion. 7 p.m., 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. www.allsaintsmusic-hhi.org.
For the Love of Paws Valentine’s Day Fundraiser: Save the date for the annual For the Love of Paws Valentine’s Day Fundraiser benefiting Hilton Head Humane Association. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-8686.
Taste of Gullah: This one-of-kind afternoon filled with authentic Gullah dishes such as okra gumbo, conch stew, fried shrimp dusted in traditional Gullah seasonings, and classic barbecue favorites like char-grilled chicken and ribs. While you eat, enjoy the entertainment of several local artists like traditional dancers, musicians and storytellers. $12 a plate. Noon-3 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.
Sweetheart Ball: This event is sure to keep you dancing all evening long with music performed by Stee and the Ear Candy. Tickets include a buffet of Lowcountry foods; a cash bar will be available. $65 a person or $650 for a reserved table of eight. 7-11 p.m., The Northridge Club, 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
“Hilton Head Island Back In The Day: Through Eyes of Gullah Elders”: A feature-length documentary featuring Gullah elders, the descendants of freedmen, based on historic Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. They share their personal stories about their communities, farming, fishing, upbringing, church, education, Northern Migration, food ways, language and the developmet that came with the construction of the bridge in 1956 and how it greatly impacted their lives. Cost is $7. 7 p.m., Coligny Theater, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Gullah Institute Presents “The Impact of the Great Migration on Gullah Culture”: Come hear from historians, authors and artists including a fireside chat with Dianne Britton Dunham and Anita Singleton Prather on the impact the Great Migration, from 1916 to 1970, had on the America South. Plus a special presentation of culture and community awards for outstanding leaders and supporters. $20; includes food and beverages. 4-6 p.m., The Northridge Club, 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
Soul Food and Friends Cooking Classes: Great cooking is about more than recipes — it’s about techniques. This is your chance to learn from celebrity chef Sallie Ann Robinson about traditional Gullah cooking and the history of the dishes that are staple meals of Gullah families and friends. Space is limited. $40. 6-8 p.m., The Northridge Club, 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
FEB. 12-MARCH 3
”Blithe Spirit”: A Noel Coward comedy classic, “Blithe Spirit” is set at the house of writer Charles Condomine and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium Madame Arcati to hold a séance at his house. He asks his friends Dr. and Mrs. Bradman to join them, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for Condomine’s latest book. Tickets are $39 for adults for performances Feb. 12-14 and $49 for performances Feb. 15-3; $26 for children ages 5-15 for performances Feb. 12-14 and $36 for Feb. 15-March 3. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. www.artshhi.com.
FEB. 13 & 27
Paint and Sip: Join us for a two-hour session and create memories that will last a lifetime. Exhibiting artists in the annual “Arts Ob We People” exhibit and sale will guide you with stroke-by-stroke instructions to ensure you paint your own unique masterpiece. $30, bring your snacks and beverages. 6-8 p.m. The Northridge Club, 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
“Bird Songs: An Inspiration for Music”: This presentation will discuss birds and the music inspired by them. Non-Audubon members are welcome, but seating is limited. Free. 3-4:15 p.m., Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s Community Room, 111 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-592-7968 or www.hiltonheadaudubon.org.
Gullah Music Series Featuring Male Choruses: Celebrate and honor the spiritual thread that binds the African ancestors and the Gullah of today. Free.7 p.m.,First African Baptist Church, 70 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island.
The Gullah Market: An Arts, Crafts and Food Expo: An all-access experience to Gullah culture. The annual Gullah Market offers cultural demonstrations, authentic Gullah and African crafts and food, as well as an offering of traditional storytelling, music entertainment and the celebration of African-American authors. $10 for general admission; $5 for ages 5-12; free for those ages 4 and younger. Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Community Day at the Gullah Market: Experience the ties that bind the community of Gullah people through praise and worship followed by a community block party featuring a battle of marching bands, bounce castles, health screenings, and the Gullah Rappers. Plus, authentic art, food and beverages for sale. Proceeds from Community Day will benefit youth programs in Beaufort County. $10 for general admission; $5 for ages 5-12; free for those ages 4 and younger. Honey Horn, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Rita Rudner: Check out award-winning comedienne Rita Rudner for an evening of laughs. Tickets are $49. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-3945 or www.artshhi.com.
Pitmaster 101: Our guest pitmaster Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ BBQ prepares for the upcoming Pig Pickin’ & Oyster Roast event. You will learn techniques and get to taste a preview of what’s to come. Seating is limited. $39. 4:30-6:00 p.m., Waddell Mariculture Center, 211 Sawmill Creek Road, Bluffton. www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com/events.
The Palmetto Quilt Guild: Guest speaker is Valeria Hill, quilt teacher, longarm quilt teacher and Gammell sales rep from northeast Pennsylvania. The meeting is open to members and guests. Guest fee is $5. Noon-3 p.m. Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Club, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. palmettoquiltguild.org or Facebook.
Pig Pickin’ + Oyster Roast: Join us for the quintessential Lowcounty family-style culinary celebration as Hilton Head’s best chefs, celebrity guest chefs and pitmasters prepare local shrimp, whole hogs, whole chickens, chopped barbecue and all the side dishes. $79. 6-9 p.m., Waddell Mariculture Center, 211 Sawmill Creek Road, Bluffton. www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com/events.
Gullah Music Series Featuring Gospel Classics: This installation in the Gullah Celebration’s annual music series features the St. James Baptist Church Choir and Time 4 Two. Free. 7 p.m., St. James Baptist Church, 209 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island.
Saturday Seafood Festival: The family-friendly headlining event features area restaurants and chefs serving up seafood specialties and other tasty cuisine, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, expanded kids activities, David M. Carmines Foundation silent auction, beer garden, artisan market, mixology demonstrations and more. Live music by Deas-Guyz. $10 a person ages 10 and older; free for children younger than 10. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Honey Horn Plantation, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com/events.
Seafood, Champagne + Gullah Sunday Brunch: Music, bottomless bloody mary bar and brunch collide for the perfect waterfront experience. The special menu is filled with Southern classics as well as new dishes, along with raw bar and modern takes on culinary classics. $69. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com/events.
Pet Adoption Event at PetSmart Hilton Head: Hilton Head Humane Association will hold an adoption event where many furry friends will be eagerly waiting to find their forever families. Noon-2 p.m., 430 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843- 341-2981.
Hilton Head Island Bridge Club’s Winter Workshops: The club’s winter workshops will be held January through March. These workshops are for beginner, beginner plus, and intermediate players and are open to the general public. Tuesdays, “Cuebids and Counting” intermediate classes; and Fridays, beginner classes to learn how to play. $15. 10 a.m.-noon, Hilton Head Bridge Club, Port Royal Plaza, Hilton Head Island. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers Market of Bluffton: The market now has 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 craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for new food and farm vendors and find your next favorite thing. 1-6 p.m., Thursdays, 1271 May River Road, Bluffton. www.farmersmarketbluffton.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 history, 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. $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and older. 10 a.m., Wednesdays, leaving from 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. www.heritagelib.org.
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; reservations are required. $40 per person. 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. 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. Registration is required. Times vary, Country Club of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island. 843-295-8888 or email@example.com.
Adult Paint and Play: Paint and Play is an adult wine and paint night of fun entertainment for all skill levels — no experience needed. Relax, unwind and let out your inner creativity as artist Kristin Griffis helps you create your own finished piece of artwork. Thursdays, Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-5738 or www.artleaguehhi.org.
Fishing & Crabbing Lessons: Ben Green with Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Squire Pope Road will offer a free missionary program that teaches children fishing and crabbing skills. 4 p.m. Saturdays, Rowing & Sailing Center, 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-816-0172.
Tasty Tuesday at Rollers Wine & Spirits: Wine and cheese tasting every Tuesday. $15. 9 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1200 or www.rollerswineandspirits.com.
Zion Living History Tours: “Meet” historical characters who lived on Hilton Head Island during the antebellum period and see inside the oldest existing structure on the island. Tour where Revolutionary War soldiers are buried and explore the location of the planter’s antebellum church and muster house. $12 for adults and $7 for children; reservations required. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, corner of William Hilton Parkway and Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 or www.heritagelib.org.
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