WHEN & WHAT'S HAPPENING in February 2019 on Hilton Head Island and the LOWCOUNTRY Ongoing: Learn how to play Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country, with daily clinics and round robins at the Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Pickleball is a sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played with oversized ping pong paddles and a softball-sized plastic perforated ball that travels at about one-third the speed of a tennis ball. Courts and equipment available to rent. Reservations are recommended, call (866) 242-3169 or visit www.palmettodunes.com. Ongoing: The First Tee of the Lowcountry is open to the public daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Amenities include a 6-hole, par 3 golf course, driving range, 2 USGA greens, short game practice area, 9-hole Disc Golf Course and stocked fishing pond. Admission includes unlimited use of the facility. 151 Gumtree Rd. (843) 686-2680 or www.thefirstteelowcountry.org. February 1 – 28: The Island’s West African roots still thrive today in the culture of our native islanders, known as the Gullah. We’ll celebrate this vibrant community at the Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Festival. Experience the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. (843) 255-7303 or gullahcelebration.com. February 2 & 3: Lean Ensemble Theater presents “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath. Evening Performance: February 2 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Sunday February 3 at 2 p.m. HHPS Main Street Theater, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head. Tickets: $40 Evenings and Matinees. $15 Students/Active Military. Group Rates Available. (843) 715-6676 or leanensemble.org. OnGoing: Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tour with H2O Sports in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Get an up-close view of indigenous plant and animal life, including the American alligator, on a one-hour guided boat tour. Reservations are required, call (843) 671-4386 or visit h2osports.com. February: You are cordially invited to discover and enjoy original works created by eight members of the renowned Palmer family of artists at the Coastal Discovery Museum during February 2019. The Palmers’ connection to Hilton Head Island began over fifty years ago and since then family members have been active in the local art community while also enjoying critical and professional success well outside the geographic confines of the Lowcountry. This exhibition will showcase their spectacular works of art, but it will also share stories of this area’s history and personal reminiscences. Jim Palmer and his wife Barbara moved to Hilton Head Island in 1965, initiating this creative family’s long-standing connection to and influence on the community. According to Addison Palmer, Jim’s son and one of the featured professional artists on exhibit, his family “has been and continues to be very creative. Having a family that is so strong in the visual arts, is unique. Being able to have everyone together to showcase our artwork and to tell our history of being on Hilton Head Island, is a true pleasure for the Palmer family.” The Palmer family’s artworks, and connection to the area make this exhibition a perfect match for the Coastal Discovery Museum. Natalie Hefter, Vice Present of Programs, explained that the unique part of this exhibition “is sharing many of the family’s stories from the past five decades.” The museum is dedicated to bringing the area’s history, culture, environment, and art alive for our visitors and residents. This exhibition will bring attention to our natural beauty as well as stories of our more recent past. In a recent conversation with Jim Palmer, Hefter says, “he shared many personal reflections about Hilton Head and Lowcountry events and the family’s connection to them. Jim has lots of great stories to share!” A few of the reminiscences included: that the Palmers lived a Honey Horn for a while and Billie Hack hosted a baby shower for his wife Barbara; Jim was quite passionate about and actively fought the proposed BASF project (petrochemical plant planned for Victoria Bluff) in the late 1960s; the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Islander Magazine’s masthead was Jim’s concept and he also provided artwork for its first cover in December 1966 (and many, many more issues after that); and many, many more. The Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Dr. Visit www.coastaldiscovery.org for additional information. The exhibition opens on January 5th and closes February 25th. The Museum is open from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m.–3 p.m., on Sundays. The opening reception for this exhibition will be held from 5–7 p.m., on January 17th. Ongoing: The Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum is open daily. Explore Hilton Head Island’s rich history and learn the story behind its famed lighthouse in this unique museum-like setting. Admission is $4.25 per person, complimentary for children ages 5 and younger. 149 Lighthouse Rd. (843) 671-2810 or www.harbourtownlighthouse.com. Ongoing: Trail Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve with Lawton Stables. Meander through the preserve on horseback for the true feel of the untouched Lowcountry. Trail riders must be at least 8 years old. Reservations are required. (843) 671-2586 or www.lawtonstables.com. Tuesday-Sunday: Gullah Heritage Trail Tours through 10 Native Islander neighborhoods established during the Civil War. Tours are Tues.-Sat. at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Sun. at noon. departing from the Coastal Discovery Museum. 70 Honey Horn Dr. (843) 681-7066 or gullaheritage.com. Ongoing: Golf Croquet on the lawn adjacent to the Harbour Town Clubhouse in The Sea Pines Resort, 10 a.m. Equipment is available throughout the day. 11 Lighthouse Ln. (843) 842 1979 or www.seapines.com. February 1 & 2: A long time Hilton Head Favorite! Funny, Clean, and high energy! For the past 25 years he has performed at all the top comedy clubs on the planet! He is a corporate show favorite and is one of Princess Cruise Lines most requested performers having headlined for them for over 8 years. Also Appearing… the Magic of Gary Maurer. https://hilton-head-comedy-magic-cabaret.seatengine.com/calendar. February 1: Comedy Magic Cabaret presents headliner Kerry Pollock on a regular basis with special guest performers approximately one week per month. All headliners are nationally touring comedy-magicians and stand-up comedians. Teens are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Kerry Pollock has been headlining casinos and cabarets for three decades. He is a favorite at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood appearing in the Palace of Mystery on a regular basis and has enjoyed numerous television appearances over the years. Kerry’s “Funny Not Filthy” approach to the art has contributed to a refreshing and very entertaining full evening show. hilton-head-comedy-magic-cabaret.seatengine.com/calendar. On Saturday, Feb 2nd from 12 -4 p.m. Coligny Plaza will host a SouperBowl of Caring fundraiser to benefit Second Helpings – a local charity that “rescues” food from local grocery stores and delivers it to food pantries in our area for those in need. The event will take place at Coligny Plaza in the area between FISH Casual Coastal Seafood and Skillets. Local restaurants will be serving up their favorite soups for participants to taste and enjoy. The event costs $10 and all proceeds will go to support Second Helpings. Tickets can be purchased at the event, or advanced tickets can be purchased by clicking the ticket link below. The event will also feature music by The Matt Brantley Band. For more information, go to the Facebook page. Mondays: Forest Preserve Wagon Rides in The Sea Pines Resort, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sit back and relax and experience the animals and plant life at the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. We’’ search for turtles, alligators, birds and other critters as we ride past Heritage Farm, Lake Joe, Fish Island and more. Reservations required; call (843) 842-1979. $16/adult, $13/child (ages 12 and younger), or seapines.com. Mondays: “Where Does the Power Come From?” complimentary golf clinic and exhibition led by former PGA Touring Pro Doug Weaver on the Robert Trent Jones Course in Palmetto Dunes, 4 p.m. (843) 785-1138 or palmettodunes.com. February 5: The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island will host a program on camellias on February 5 at 10 a.m. You will learn more about the Camellia Garden from Master Gardeners and garden founders, Donna and Fred Manske. The Manskes will share fascinating legends of the camellia and tips on growing your own camellias 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. After an indoor presentation, proceed to the garden with the Manskes for a guided tour and hear more about their vision and dedication which helped build and maintain this special part of Historic Honey Horn. Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required by calling (843) 689-6767 ext. 223. The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Dr. coastaldiscovery.org. February 8,9, & 10: The weekend is here and we’re celebrating with a sidewalk sale on the waterside! It’s all at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Hilton Head Island’s premiere waterside destination. Sidewalk Sale all day Friday- Sunday February 9: Native Island heritage and culture get the star treatment at this celebration of all things Gullah. Enjoy an afternoon including storytelling from Louise Cohen, music from both the Voices of St. Helena and the Voices of El Shaddai, a lecture on Gullah music and history by Dr. Eric Crawford, Lowcountry food, basket weaving and crafts. This free community festival features lip-smacking Lowcountry specialties such as barbecue ribs, conch stew, shrimp and grits, rice and beans, and okra gumbo. Fun for all ages! Noon-3 p.m. Sponsored by SC Arts Commission & Concours d’Elegance. The Taste of Gullah Festival is Funded by a Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission & Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’ Elegance. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. (843) 842-2787 or www.artshhi.com. February 9: 11:00 – 2:00: at the Shelter Cove Town Centre. Save the date for the annual For the Love of Paws Valentine’s Day Fundraiser benefiting Hilton Head Humane Association! February 9: Tiaras and Ties, A Daddy Daughter Dance at the Poseidon Rooftop, Saturday, February 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. Event is sponsored by the Island Rec Center. 843- 681-7273 or events.islandreccenter.org. February 10-11: BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY No. 6! Rei Hotoda, Guest Conductor. Stephen Primatic, Percussion. Debussy Clair de lune. Higdon Percussion Concerto. Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday, 8 p.m. Rei Hotoda, one of the nations most sought after artists will Conduct, and our own HHSO percussionist, Stephen Primatic will perform Jennifer Higdon’s 2010 Grammy winning composition, Percussion Concerto. Sponsored by: Hilton Head BMW & Goode Vacation Rentals. Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy. (843) 842-2055 or www.hhso.org. February 12: Vocal stars Reggie Deas of Deas Guyz and Gina René join the Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra for a tribute show featuring the great hits of Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, 7:30 p.m. $28 for Adults, $24 for Seniors 65+. Buy your tickets online at http://www.odysseyjazz.com. Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Rd. February 12-March 3: Noël Coward’s brilliant comedy recently won a Tony as one of Broadway’s best revivals! Charles Condomine invites local medium to hold a séance with friends. She unwittingly brings Charles’ first wife, who haunts the household. Hilarious twists abound! Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Box Office (843) 842-ARTS(2787) or artshhi.com. February 16: The 26th annual Native Island Golf Classic, benefiting the I.W. Wilborn Jr. Scholarship Fund, will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, at Bear Creek Golf Club, Hilton Head Island, SC. Thanks to many contributions from local businesses and individuals the scholarship fund provides financial support to many post-high school students in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton communities seeking to further their education. Thanks to this effort, the I.W. Willborn scholarship fund was able to award 6 scholarships in 2018. For more information on getting a team together or to make a tax-deductible sponsorship contribution, call 843-384-0779 or email us at NativelslandHHl@yahoo.com. February 18-24: Expand your culinary and cultural horizons! The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is a family friendly, week-long culinary and cultural tourism event, where top chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, local seafood, artisans, live music and wildlife come together. The 12th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization helps raise money for other non-profit organizations including the Coastal Discovery Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, Waddell Mariculture Center, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum and Medical University of South Carolina. For a list of events, visit hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com February 18: Rita Rudner began her career as a Broadway dancer, but noticed the lack of female comedians in New York City and turned to stand-up comedy where she has flourished for over three decades. Her performance on a variety of HBO specials and numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, helped establish Rudner as one of the premier comics to emerge from the comedy boom of the 1980s. 5 & 8 p.m. Single tickets $49. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Box Office, (843) 842-ARTS or www.artshhi.com. February 21: The Palmetto Quilt Guild will meet from noon to 3 p.m., at the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Club, 40 Folly Field Rd., Hilton Head Island. Guest speaker is Valeria Hill, Quilt Teacher, Longarm Quilt Teacher and Gammell Sales Rep from northeast PA. She has been sharing her piecing knowledge and turn-under applique at local quilt shops since 2000. She does longarm quilting for herself and others. For the past several years, she has been doing fabric dyeing and using some of these fabrics for her piecing. https://www.valhillquilting.com/. The meeting is open to members and guests, with a $5 guest fee. For more information, visit PalmettoQuiltGuild.org or Facebook. Many thanks to friends Jane and Glenn Handley!