WHEN & WHAT'S HAPPENING in April 2012 in the LOWCOUNTRY April 9 – 15: RBC Heritage, which for 2012 will return to its traditional week in April immediately following the Masters Tournament, has been an important element of South Carolina’s culture and economy since 1969 when debuted at the Pete Dye-designed Harbour Town Golf Links. 2011 Heritage Tournament Winner Brandt Snedeker will be here to defend his title. Sponsored by RBC, Boeing and the Town of Hilton Head Island. It’s Time to “Get on Your Plaid”. April 1 – 30: Coastal Discovery Museum sponsors Gullah Trail Tours, Tuesday – Sunday. 2 hr tour of 10 neighborhoods that were established during the Civil War. Reservations required. Call: 843-681-7066 or gullaheritage.com. April 1: The Avid Gardeners of Hilton Head Plantation will present a standard flower show “The Mystical Garden” from 10 a.m.-4p.m. Exhibits will be in three categories. Garden vendors, boutique and café. Free admission. Pass at gate. Call; 843-681-5346. April 1: The Art Center of Coastal Carolina presents “Driving Miss Daisy” Call: 843-842-2787 or artshhi.com April 2-6: Gregg Russell Concerts under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, Monday-Friday, 7:30-9p.m. Family-oriented singer/storyteller performs sing-a-longs, ballads and silly songs with audience participation. Complimentary. Call: 843-842-1979 or seapines.com April 3-4: “Symphony Under the Stars” presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Gate opens at 6 p.m.: concert begins at 7:30 p.m. An evening of opera, classical and popular Broadway music conducted by John Morris Russell. Bring your own picnic. Tickets are $62.50. Call 843-842-2055 or hhso.org April 6-8: Easter Bunny Wagon Ride! Friday and Saturday: 3:30-4:30 & 4:45-5:45 p.m. and Sunday, 2-3 p.m. & 3:15-4:15 p.m. Enjoy our spring exploration of The Sea Pines Preserve by wagon. Be on the lookout for Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be served before the trip. Call 843-842-1979 or seapines.com April 6-7: The Jazz Corner presents Mose Allison, Multi-Grammy winning pianist and singer, songwriter. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. Music charge nightly. Call: 843-842-8620 or thejazzcorner.com April 6: Hilton Head Island Farmer’s Market, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Featuring: local fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, flowers, preserves, pastas, breads, pies and numerous delectable treats. From farmers to beekeepers to artisans at the Coastal Museum. Farmersmarkethiltonheadisland.com April 6: Tasteful Tuesday at Benny Hudson’s Seafood Market. We begin with Island history. The Island Winery will also be joining us to pair their local wines with our dishes. Free, space is limited so reservations are required. 843-682-3474. April 7: Easter Extravaganza at the Shelter Cove Park, 10:30-1:30 p.m. The Egg Hunt begins at 11 a.m. sharp, plus blowup rides, music, face painting and more. Admission is $10 for kids and includes activities; free for parents and grandparents. Proceeds benefit the Island Rec. Center’s Children’s Scholarship Fund. Call: 843-681-7273 or islandreccenter.org April 7: Salty Dog Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join us at South Beach Village outside the Salty Dog Ice Cream Shop. Find Easter eggs filled with candy, prizes and certificates redeemable for Salty Dog T-shirts and more. Plus special appearances and photos with the Easter Bunny and Jake the Salty Dog! The hunt begins at 10:00, so don’t be late. Saltydog.com April 8: The Sea Pines Resort Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. This annual tradition is held at the Gregg Russell Harbour Town Playground. Provided by the Sea Pines Resort and the Harbour Town Merchants. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available immediately following the Easter Egg Hunt for photos. Complimentary Call: 843-842-1979 or seapines.com April 9-15: The RBC Heritage Golf Tournament featuring the biggest names on the PGA Tour competes for $5.7 million in prize money and 500 FedEx Cup Points. It’s Great Fun!! Call: 843-671-2448 or rbcheritage.com April 9-11: Gregg Russell Concerts under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, Monday-Wednesday, 7:30-9 p.m. Family-oriented singer/storyteller performs sing-a-longs, ballads and silly songs with audience participation. Complimentary. Call: 843-842-1979 or seapines.com April 11 & 25: Open Studio at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 6-9pm. Come and spend the evening with friends and fellow artists and DO YOU OWN THING!. From watercolor to mixed media, scrap booking to journaling or decoupaging, what a great way to create with friends. Call: 843-686-3945, ext 233 or artshhi.com April 13-14: The Jazz Corner is featuring Bobby Ryder’s Swingin’ Sextet with a tribute to Bobby Darin “Mack is Back”. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. Music charge nightly. Call: 843-842-8620 or thejazzcorner.com April 13: Hilton Head Island Ski Club Monthly Social at the Smokehouse, 5-7 p.m. Happy Hour prices, dinner optional. Members and skiers or non skiers welcome. Call Bev Moran: 843-681-4181. April 13: Hilton Head Island Farmer’s Market, 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Featuring: local fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, flowers, preserves, pastas, breads, pies and numerous delectable treats. From farmers to beekeepers to artisans at the Coastal Museum. Farmersmarkethiltonheadisland.com April 20-21: The Jazz Corner features The Noel Freidline Quintet with vocalist Renee Ebalaroza: “Jazz, Blues & Latin World beats” Dinner reservations are highly recommended. Music charge nightly. Call: 843-842-8620 or thejazzcorner.com April 20: Hilton Head Island Farmer’s Market, 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Featuring: local fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, flowers, preserves, pastas, breads, pies and numerous delectable treats. From farmers to beekeepers to artisans at the Coastal Museum. Farmersmarkethiltonheadisland.com April 21-29 Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the Karis Art Gallery on Hilton Head Island. Meet the Artist reception on Friday, April 27 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 from 1-3 p.m. RSVP are requested 843-785-5100 or karisartgallery.com April 21: “Get in the Loop” 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration, 11-5 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park”. This years theme is “Get in the Loop” for Community Connectivity, and will present fun learning experiences for all ages to raise awareness about the full-loop connectivity of ecological, social and economic systems and how to support them sustantially. Experiencegreen.org April 22-23: The inaugural Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA Golf Champions tour Pro-Am at Wexford Plantation. Locally, FCA is involved in 28 middle and high schools with over 15,000 student athletes and coaches a year through our South Carolina Coastal area activities which serve Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties. Local FCA activity is headed by Area Director Paul Cifaldi: 843-290-9801 or PCifaldi@fca.org April 25-27: The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina presents “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” Fresh off a smash-hit Broadway revival, don’t miss the proverbial mad men tackle 1960’s corporate America. One of the most popular and funniest musicals of all time and winner of 10 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize April 27-28: The Jazz Corner features a Salute to Jazz Composers-Ellington, Gershwin & Mercer with the Bob Masteller’s All-Star Quintet; award-winning pianist Kevin Bales & Soulful Vocalist Gina Rene. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. Call: 843-842-8620 or thejazzcorner.com April 28: 5th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival hosted by David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation at Shelter Cove Park. Local restaurants serve up seafood specialties Accompanied by live music. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, M.D. Anderson Center Research Center and Island Recreation Scholarship Fund. Call: 843—681-7273 or davidmcarmines.org April 28: Hilton Head Humane Association’s 15th Annual Dog Walk on the Beach at Coligny Beach, 9:30 a.m. The Morning is packed with music, photos with your canine companions, prizes, contests, vendor booths and lots of fun for all. Registrations are available at the shelter or by calling 843-681-8686. April 29: 8th Annual Hilton Head Island/ Savannah Equestrian Exposition at Rose Hill Plantation Equestrian Center. Rain Date May 6, 2012. Gates open at 11 a.m. Expo begins at 12:30 p.m. Polo match 2:30 p.m. Benefit local charities. Call: 843-815-5400 or equiexpo.org Courtesy of Jane and Glenn Handley!