Daily tours of Bluffton’s Rose Hill Mansion, a Gothic Revival-style home built circa 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reservations required. 199 Rose Hill Way. (843) 757-6046 or rosehillmansion.com.
Hilton Head Christian Academy has a variety of summer camp options available to the community and are now open for registration. 55 Gardner Dr. (843) 681-2878 or hhca.org for more information and camp descriptions.
WE HAVE NEW ARTWORK! Stop by the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Headquarters and see the new artwork on display by the May River Art Gallery Artists! 217 Goethe Rd. (843) 757-1010 or blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.
Tuesday – Sunday:
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours depart from the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Experience the Gullah culture of Hilton Head Island on a narrated tour. Reservations required. 70 Honey Horn Dr. (843) 681-7066 or gullaheritage.com.
Tuesday – Saturday:
The Sandbox is an interactive children’s museum dedicated to the positive development of young children through educational play in an atmosphere that fosters both family and community, 18 A Pope Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (843) 842-7645 or thesandbox.org.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:
Wish Upon A Horse Therapeutic Riding Center provides FREE therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults with special needs. These lessons are available for residents and visitors. Volunteers to assist during lessons are always needed as well and no experience with horses is necessary. Donations are always welcome. Please call or visit website for more information. (843) 671-2586 or wishuponahorsehhi.org.
Buckwalter Farmers Market – Traditional farm produce as well as baked goods and prepared foods such as frozen pierogis and local jams, jellies, and honey. 2-6 p.m. Buckwalter Place, Buckwalter Pkwy. (843) 384-1658 or buckwalterfarmersmarket.com.
Bluffton’s Don Ryan Center For Innovation Offers Start-Up Companies Free Advice! Third Tuesdays Events Hosts a Panel of Experts in a Local “Shark Tank” Forum (Without Teeth) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 400 Buckwalter Place. (843) 540-0405.
Waffle Cone Wednesdays at Lovin’ Spoons Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt in Bluffton at Belfair Towne Village. $2 Waffle Cones, swirl your favorite yogurt in a waffle cone for only $2, no toppings please. Check out our website at lovinspoons.com for weekly flavors. Hwy. 278 in Belfair Towne Village between Kroger and Truffles. (843) 837-5683.
Farmers Market of Bluffton – Farm Fresh Produce to include Strawberries, Carrots, Onions, Spinach, Varieties of Lettuce, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Beets, Potatoes, just to name a few… and Honey, Eggs, Cheese, Herbs, Plants, Flowers, etc. Prepared foods to include BBQ, Crepes, Empanadas, Gumbo, Fried Oysters & Shrimp, She Crab Soup, Crab CakesFresh Baked Pastries & Breads, Coffee, Kettle Corn, Chocolates, and much more. 2-7 p.m. Carson Cottages, Calhoun St. (843) 415-2447 or Farmers Market of Bluffton.
Farmers Market of Bluffton – Welcome “Little Growers” 4 to 6 p.m. Come plant with us and watch your “crop” grow! Children, ages 5 – 12 welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Brought to you by Okatie Organics & Savannah Hydroponics! Jules@SavannahHydro.com.
Hampton Lake Market Day! Hampton Lake, the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area’s premier lake community, will host a monthly Market Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The Market” will take place at Hampton Lake’s the award winning Lakeside Amenity Village along the porch of the Tackle Box gift shop and Boathouse areas. Shop for homemade crafts, garden items, fresh flowers & produce, art, jewelry, gifts, fresh baked goods, and more! (843) 836-7463 or email@example.com.
May 1 – 26:
Spamalot! Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the classic film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, sponsored by Island Events. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Ln. (843) 842-2787 or artshhi.com.
Palmetto Bluff Jazz Concert on the Green! Set One: The music of The Beatles featuring The Martin Lesch Band with special guest Whitley Deputy. Set Two: The music of Ella, Billie Holiday, and Lena Horn featuring Bob Masteller, Martin Lesch, and guest jazz vocalist Gina Rene. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Palmetto Bluff and The Jazz Corner are pleased to present A Concert on the Green, an evening celebrating jazz and blues. Proceeds from the concert will benefit The Junior Jazz Foundation, an organization aimed at furthering jazz and blues education in the Lowcountry region. $25 per car at the gate. palmettobluff.com.
The Church of the Cross Presents Dabo Swinney, Head Coach of the Clemson University Tigers football team, live at the Hilton Head High Gymnasium at 10 a.m. (843) 757-2661 or thechurchofthecross.net.
The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents “SEASON FINALE,” John Morris Russell, conductor. Charlie Albright, piano at First Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m. Charlie Albright, hailed as being “among the most gifted musicians of his generation”, and a musical and emotional journey along two of Europe’s majestic waterways bring the season to a brilliant conclusion. Tickets: $45, $35, $20. Subscriptions available. 540 Wm. Hilton Pkwy. (843) 842-2055 or hhso.org.
Lunch & Learn! Come join us for lunch every 1st Tuesday of the month. Location TBA, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Presented by Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Rd. (843) 757-1010 or blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.
Birding at Pinckney Island, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Led by an experienced bird watcher from the Coastal Discovery Museum around Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The walk will include the combination of habitats at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. these varying areas allow participants to see many different species of birds. Several species of shore birds can usually be seen in the mud flats in the salt marsh, while many species of wading birds could potentially be seen around the marsh and fresh water lagoons. $12 per person (age 12 and older only). Reservations required. (843) 689-6767 ext 223 or coastaldiscovery.org.
May 10 – 12: 17 – 19: 24 – 26:
The May River Theatre presents it’s Twelfth Season with everyone’s favorite musical – “The Music Man”. Evening performances at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee performances at 3 p.m. Ulmer Auditorium, Bluffton Town Hall, 20 Bridge St. (843) 837-7798 or mayrivertheatre.com.
The 35th annual Bluffton Village Festival coordinated by The Rotary Club of Bluffton will be held Mother’s Day weekend in Old Town Bluffton. The festival, commonly known as Mayfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the art, music, food, The Ugly Dog Contest, kids’ activities and a chance to meet old friends and new ones! Admission is FREE. (843) 815-2277 or blufftonvillagefestival.com.
Love Dolphins? Want to learn more about our local Bottlenose? Interested in doing dolphin research? Join The Dolphin Project from 10 a.m. to noon at USC Bluffton, Hargray Building for a fascinating program about your Bottlenose neighbors. You will be amazed! Stay until noon for additional info about dolphins and train to be part of a research crew. No previous experience necessary. We’re looking for skippers with boats, photographers with minimum of 300mm lenses, team leaders and assistants to conduct Photo-ID research surveys on inshore waters. Must be at least 16 to participate in research. No charge for the program and training. The Dolphin Project is an all-volunteer, non-profit research, conservation and education organization that serves to protect wild estuarine Bottlenose dolphins on the coasts of Georgia and lower South Carolina since 1989. firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 12 & 25:
Take a “Waterway Excursion” with The Coastal Discovery Museum, from 12-2 p.m. The cruise will explore the waterways around the Pinckney Island Forest Preserve on board the Tammy Jane. The 2 – 2 ½ hour educational cruise will circumnavigate the Pinckney Island (Skull Creek and Mackay Creek). You will learn about the salt marsh, maritime forest, barrier islands, and the history of Pinckney Island. A naturalist on board will help with identifying any plants or animals that are visible. This adult-oriented cruise is $35 per person and reservations are required. The cruise leaves from the Hudson’s Dock on Squire Pope Road. (843) 689-6767 ext 223 or coastaldiscovery.org.
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Business Golf Classic at Berkeley Hall Club. Noon Shotgun start. Golfers from novice to pro can enjoy this fun and fast shamble format tournament! A box lunch is included as well as a reception and awards ceremony. Prizes and contests include hole in one, longest drive, closest to the pin, “Pot of Gold” contest and many more great prizes. (843) 785-3673 or hiltonheadchamber.org.
Tanger Outlets, Hilton Head will host a Career Fair from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. As the busy summer season approaches, our stores are looking to hire for a variety of positions including Store Manager, Assistant Manager, Keyholder and Sales Associates, full time and part time. Twenty-one stores representing a wide range of retail categories will be set up in the lounge for three to six hour periods throughout the day to share information about their brand and positions available as well as to distribute/accept applications and schedule interviews with qualified candidates. No reservation is necessary to attend. Shopper Services Lounge, Tanger 1 Outlet Center Hilton Head, 1256 Fording Island Road, Bluffton SC 29910.
Coffee Networking, 8:30-10 a.m. Harry & David’s at Tanger 2 Outlet Mall. Members-Free, Non Member – $10. Presented by Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Rd. (843) 757-1010 or blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.
“A Night for the Children” Family Promise’s 3rd annual fundraising gala featuring entertainment, Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, silent and live auction, 6-9 p.m. Auctions will end at 8 p.m. or before. Hampton Hall Clubhouse. $50 per person. Last year’s event was so much fun and we plan on this year’s event to be even more fun! (843) 815-4211 to reserve your tickets or familypromisebeaufortcounty.org.
May 17 – 19:
Windmill Harbour Boat Show! Don’t miss the Eight In Water Boat Show. Windmill Harbour, known for some of the finest waters on the East Coast, will be showcasing some of the finest boats as well. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 per person. (843) 681-5600 ext. 241 or Windmill Harbour Boat Show.
In its second year, the Bluffton Sunset Party Series presents Pizzapalooza, a pizza & pasta food festival. Pizzapalooza will be held at The Bluffton Oyster Factory Park from 5-9 p.m. Local restaurants will serve up their signature pies and pastas while a craft beer garden while feature a wide assortment of beers from around the world. Music will be on tap from two local classic rock bands, “Neil & Bob” and “The Horan Brothers Band”. Pazzapalooza sunset celebration will benefit the Palmetto Animal League which is a “no kill animal rescue and adoption organization serving homeless animals in the Lowcountry”. Tickets available at the door for $5 while children 12 & under get in for FREE. Lawn Chairs and leashed pets are permitted but no outside food or drinks will be allowed. Bear Foot Sports (843) 757-8520 or blufftonsunsetparty.com.
Calhoun Street Meet – Car Show and Cruisin’ at the Promenade in Old Town Bluffton! 2-5 p.m. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Peoples Choice Awards. 50/50 Drawing. Fun for the whole family! All proceeds to benefit the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. calhounstreetmeet.wordpress.com or Fred Mix, email@example.com.
17th Annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, 12-4 p.m. Professional and amateur chefs compete for the certified judges’ and popular vote with live music, kid’s activities and more. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Kiwanis members or at the gate. (843) 689-7219, 342-2076 or hiltonheadkiwanis.com.
Salty Dog Spring Birthday Bash & Lowcountry Boil: Join us for The Salty Dog’s Spring 25th Birthday Party. Lowcountry Boil, plus live music from Dave Kemmerly, plus Kid’s Fun & Games and Free pictures with Jake the Salty Dog. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and High Tide is at 3:08 p.m. 232 S. Sea Pines Dr. (843) 671-2233 or saltydog.com.
All Saints Episcopal Church 26th Annual Garden Tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “A Potpourri of Gardens” featuring eight of the island’s most innovative gardens. Ticket price of $30 includes a luncheon served in the church’s parish hall. A boutique, art sale, bake sale, gardening lecture, organ music presentation, as well as a flower arrangement demonstration will also be held. In addition, vendors will be located on the church common with a variety of plants and related items offered for sale. All proceeds from this island classic event will be donated to six local charities. 3001 Meeting St. (843) 645-4111 or allsaints-hhi.org.
La Isla Magazine is proud to announce and produce the first annual New River Auto Mall Fiesta de Mayo 2013 at Shelter Cove Community Park, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event will celebrate our Latin American & Caribbean diversity here in the Lowcountry with our main theme celebrating “Cinco de Mayo”. Join us as we extend our celebration of Cinco de Mayo well beyond the 5th of May! laislamagazine.com.
9th Annual Hilton Head/Savannah Equestrian Exposition to be Held at Rose Hill Plantation Equestrian Center, Hwy. 278. The Spirit of the Horse remains the theme of the day’s exciting events which include Parade of Breeds, Dressage, Lowcountry Hunt Demonstration, Hunt Chase, Six Bar Jumping, Horse Racing and concluding with a thrilling Polo Match. Gates open at 11 a.m. with exhibitions beginning at 12:30 p.m., capped off by the day’s Polo Match at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $15. Proceeds benefit several charities in the Hilton Head/Savannah communities. Iva Welton, (843) 671-4865 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Priscilla Russo, (843) 815-9059 or email@example.com.
Bluffton Business Networking, 5:30-7 p.m. Tavern 46, (formerly Montana’s), Hwy. 46. Members-Free, Non Members-$10. Presented by Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Rd. (843) 757-1010 or blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.
Don’t Monkey Around and Miss Out! Attention All Area Business Owners! You are invited to a sponsorship drive for the 3rd Annual Bluffon Block Party! 6-8 p.m. ath Old Town Dispensary, 15 Captain’s Cove Rd., and meet Brian Staples and Wilson the Monkey! Light Hor d’oeuvres, beer and wine. Bring the Kids! RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
May 25 & 26:
5th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour, 1 Harbourside Lane, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The artistic media represented includes paintings, life-size sculptures, photographs, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics. The artists will line Shelter Cove Harbour with their gallery-style display booths transforming this popular waterfront shopping and dining destination into a high-end outdoor art gallery. Admission is free and open to the public. (843) 686-9098 or artfestival.com.
Girls Gone Tri–Session II at Bluffton/Beaufort County Pool, 55 Pritchard St., 8 a.m. Ladies, these are your races! A 250 yard pool swim, 10 mile road bike, and 2 mile run gets you to the Girls Gone Tri finish line. This is a great triathlon for first-timers and a prefect way to hone your skills for the 2013 multisport season. Race one, two, or all 3 races. Andy Kennedy, (225) 772-2737 or firstname.lastname@example.org or multisportfitnessllc.com.
Bluffton TRASH Brigade – Meet at the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Headquarters 8 a.m. 217 Goethe Rd. (843) 757-1010 or blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.
Memorial Day Carnival at The Church of the Cross, 495 Buckwalter Pkwy., Cross Schools Campus. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Staying in town Memorial Day weekend? Then party with The Church of the Cross! Join us for a huge FREE community outreach event. Invite your family, friends and neighbors for food, games, bounce houses and so much more. thechurchofthecross.net.
Hilton Head Choral Society’s “America Sings” concert, 7-8:30 p.m. Put on your red, white, and blue and join the chorus for an evening of all-American music from colonial folk songs to patriotic numbers, and a special salute to our Armed Services. $20 Reserved, $15 General Admission. First Presbyterian Church, 540 Wm. Hilton Pkwy. Bo Pearson, (843) 836-3904 or email@example.com.