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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Hilton Head Island, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Hilton Head Island, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Hilton Head Island native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Hilton Head Island, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Hilton Head Island's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Hilton Head Island.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Hilton Head Island?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Hilton Head Island, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Hilton Head Island, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Hilton Head Island, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Hilton Head Island, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Hilton Head Island, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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The 10 best-ranked fine dining restaurants in Hilton Head SC

Looking for a special place to take someone for an anniversary, first date, celebration, or more?Here is a list of the 10 best-ranked fine dining restaurants on Hilton Head, according to Yelp.Ranked as number 10 on the list, ELA’s on the Water is an award?winning waterfront restaurant on Hilton Head. The establishment fea...

Looking for a special place to take someone for an anniversary, first date, celebration, or more?

Here is a list of the 10 best-ranked fine dining restaurants on Hilton Head, according to Yelp.

Ranked as number 10 on the list, ELA’s on the Water is an award?winning waterfront restaurant on Hilton Head. The establishment features harbour-side water views, fresh-catch seafood and premier steaks in a sophisticated atmosphere. Frequented by many for the restaurant’s ambient dining, romantic setting and special event options, ELA’s is an optimal spot for any guest’s fine dining needs. Reservations are recommended for dining at this restaurant. ELA’s is open daily and located within Shelter Cove Harbour at 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Listed as ninth on the list, Chez Georges is a French bistro that illuminates the elegance behind French cuisine. Chez Georges is a gathering place for families and friends, which serves traditional bistro staples while incorporating fresh, locally-sourced ingredients from around the Lowcountry. Chez Georges can be found in Orleans Plaza at 37 New Orleans Road Suite J, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Coming in eighth for best fine dining on the island, Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar is a self-proclaimed American bistro with southern soul. The establishment uses fresh ingredients sourced from local and regional farms, purveyors, and waters. Lucky Rooster’s menu changes seasonally based on ingredients, tides, and the staff’s inspiration at the time. The restaurant can be found at 841 William Hilton Parkway Unit A, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Ranked in seventh place, Sunset Grille is a casual fine dining restaurant established in 1996. Guests have the option to enjoy lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch at the establishment voted by Garden & Gun magazine to have one of the Best Bloody Mary’s in the South. Sunset Grille offers sunset and water views perfect for a romantic fine dining experience. Located in Hilton Head Harbor Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway and overlooking Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, Sunset Grille can be found at 43 Jenkins Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

Ranked number six on the list, Hudson’s is a waterfront joint, which can be found off of Port Royal Sound, featuring outdoor water views for a Lowcountry dining experience. Sunset views make for an optimal fine dining experience. Hudson’s can be found at 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. The restaurant seats guests on a first come first serve basis, meaning that reservations or call-aheads are not accepted.

Landing fifth on the list, Chophouse 119 can be found in Shelter Cove and is a premier steakhouse on the island. With numerous rave reviews, this establishment serves a variety of options that can curb anyone’s appetite and make for a fine dining experience in the visually appealing atmosphere. Chophouse 119 can be found at 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Ranked in fourth place on our fine dining list, OMBRA Cucina Italiana is dedicated to bringing guests fresh seafood from local markets as well as rustic flavors incorporated in refreshing ways by turning local ingredients into Italian classics. The restaurant has a selection of premier Italian wines, cocktails, liquors and top shelf spirits. The wine list is specially selected to create an optimally paired dining experience for all guests. OMBRA can be found at 1000 William Hilton Parkway, G #2 Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Placing third for culinary excellence, formerly named Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte, this restaurant primarily focuses on fresh, local seafood with a French, Lowcountry flare. The establishment hosts a quaint French country atmosphere while guests enjoy their premier fine dining, lunch or dinner, experience. Charlie’s Coastal Bistro can be found at 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Sage Room came in second place for best fine dining on the island. This establishment features elevated American fare and notable wines. The atmosphere presents itself as casually upscale featuring an open kitchen & chef’s table for guests to view as they enjoy their meal. Sage Room features a variety of unique appetizers, diverse cuisine from four corners of the world, and nightly innovative specials. A full bar and eclectic wine list make the list for this restaurant, which can be found at 75 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Ranked in first place, Vine can be found on the south end of the island in Coligny Plaza. This “Earth to Table” restaurant serves unique food that is advertised as being “not for the unadventurous.” A self-proclaimed fun and simple dining spot in a sophisticated atmosphere, this restaurant is surely one to try for any adult. Children 14 and under are not permitted. Vine can be found at 1 N Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Here’s where to find 12 of the best key lime pies in Hilton Head SC

Key lime pie is a southern staple for many families.Finding the best of everything can be a daunting task, whether perfecting a family recipe, searching for a local go-to or patiently waiting to revisit a vacation favorite.Here are 12 places to find the best key lime pie on Hilton Head Island, according to Tripadvisor....

Key lime pie is a southern staple for many families.

Finding the best of everything can be a daunting task, whether perfecting a family recipe, searching for a local go-to or patiently waiting to revisit a vacation favorite.

Here are 12 places to find the best key lime pie on Hilton Head Island, according to Tripadvisor.

Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe has been a local bakery hot spot on the island for decades. The establishment specializes in southern-style bakery items, wedding cakes and family cafe-dining. Guests have the option to dine-in or alfresco. Signe’s can be found at 93 Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Fishcamp on Broad Creek makes the list for some of the best key lime pie on Hilton Head Island. Guests have the option to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner, or just a key lime pie, at this historic waterfront setting. Located at 11 Simmons Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. Fishcamp on Broad Creek has bonuses, besides the key lime pie, that the whole family can enjoy such as seasonal, outdoor live music, oyster roasts and other family-friendly games and entertainment throughout the year.

Salty Dog Cafe, located in South Beach Marina within the Sea Pines community, is a favorite for many and can be found at the south end of the island. Guests wishing to grab a bite of key lime pie can also find many other dining options as well as separate pizza, ice cream and retail locations in the surrounding area. Visitors have the option to choose between indoor and outdoor waterside seating. The establishment can be found at 232 S Sea Pines Drive #116, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

In May of this year, one visitor wrote of Salty Dog’s key lime pie, “... At the end of the meal, we were looking for something sweet ... so we ordered the key lime pie. OMG!!! This was soooooo good! I shared it with my family, but I will not be so generous next time. Of course, this entire establishment sits on a pier with wonderful water views ... adding to the entire experience. Very enjoyable!”

Truffles Cafe on the island can be found in The Shops at Sea Pines Center shopping area within the Sea Pines community on the south end of the island. The establishment has a variety of options on their well-selected menu and offers farm-to-table freshness and locally sourced products whenever possible, as well as the key lime pie. The island location is located at 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

One recent review reads, “My wife and I were staying at The Marriott Grande Ocean, our home base timeshare resort. One of our favorite restaurants is Truffles in Bluffton so we decided to go to Truffles in Sea Pines, HHI, SC. It was awesome. We were greeted by Skyler who immediately showed us to our table. Our waitress, Kristen, was awesome. The bartender, Thomas, made by Martini to perfection. I had the 8oz filet which was extremely tender and cooked to perfection, medium rare. My wife had the meatloaf which was perfect. I very rarely have dessert but I succumbed to the Key Lime Pie. Perfect! Kudos to the whole staff. A perfect night.”

Besides making Tripadvisor’s key lime pie list, The Sea Shack is a “made-to-order” establishment on Hilton Head that has even made the list as Southern Living’s “Ten Best Seafood Spots in South Carolina”. During the summer months, dinnertime waits can be expected to begin about a half-hour before the establishment opens. Other times throughout the year, lines will be smaller with a much quicker wait to place your order. The eatery is located at 6B Executive Park Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

ELA’S On the Water is an award?winning waterfront restaurant on Hilton Head Island located within Shelter Cove Harbour, which can be found mid-island off of William Hilton Parkway at 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. This establishment features harbour-side water views, fresh-catch seafood, premier steaks, and a sophisticated atmosphere. Frequented by many for their ambient dining, romantic setting, and special event options, this establishment offers more than just their house-made key lime pie. Reservations are recommended for dining at this restaurant. The establishment is open daily.

Located in Harbour Town within the Sea Pines community, CQ’s received rave reviews regarding their key lime pie, as well as their many other menu options available. The establishment was the first building to take residence in Harbour Town’s landscape and was designed by Ralph Ballantine in 1970. CQ’s early days and the island’s centuries-old history remain within the rooms of the restaurant meant to remind visitors of the Lowcountry’s past. CQ’s can be found at 140 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Big Bamboo Cafe made Tripadvisor’s list for best key lime pie on Hilton Head Island. The restaurant serves a variety of culinary options including their very own key lime pie. In addition to the key lime pie, Big Bamboo Cafe offers Carolina seafood, salads, “build your own” burgers and grillers, exotic margaritas and a wide variety of craft beers from around the Carolinas. Live music is offered nightly in the South Pacific-themed restaurant. Located in Coligny Plaza, this restaurant can be found at 1 Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head, SC 29928.

One reviewer wrote, “Was an easy and tasty dinner right by coligny beach area. Nice live music. The key lime pie was a great way to finish the day.”

Hudson’s is a waterfront restaurant located off of Port Royal Sound that features outdoor views for a Lowcountry dining experience for those wishing to savor their key lime pie and many other options, with a view. Hudson’s can be found at 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 and seats guests on a first come first serve basis, meaning that reservations or call-aheads are not accepted.

Main Street Cafe & Pub made Tripadvisor’s list for best key lime pie on the island and serves up daily specials and all kinds of New American cuisine options featuring the classics with new spice and sauce combinations for diners to enjoy. This restaurant has been serving the island for over 20 years. The establishment can be found on the north end of the island near Hilton Head Plantation in Main Street Village at 1411 Main Street, Hilton Head, SC 29926.

A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant is a fan-favorite for local island seafood and cuisine and their key lime pie. This restaurant has been recommended and rated as the eatery with the best Lowcountry shrimp and grits in the Palmetto State. It has received several awards and accolades such as being named the Reader’s Choice Award for Hilton Head Monthly as well as featuring in Cooking with Paula Deen and on Travel Channel’s Food Paradise. The restaurant is located toward the south end of the island at 32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Flora’s Italian Cafe offers fine Italian and European cuisine to Hilton Head locals and visitors alike. The establishment has received accolades for excellence in fine dining, desserts and atmosphere. Their house-made key lime pie is an added bonus to the list of their already extensive array of menu options available. Reservations for dining are required, and Flora’s Italian Cafe can be found mid-island in South Island Square Shopping Center at 841 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

One reviewer wrote, “We had dinner here on Thursday night after getting a recommendation from a local. It was wonderful. The atmosphere is very inviting, the staff were very knowledgeable, and the food was amazing. We had appetizers first, I had prosciutto and melon which is my favorite. The melon was like candy it was so ripe and sweet and the prosciutto was the best I have ever eaten. Then I had veal with a brandy cream sauce that was to die for with asparagus and roasted potatoes, homemade Key Lime Pie for dessert and my husband had a large dessert glass filled with berries and a vanilla cream sauce which was delightful. Thoroughly enjoy the entire experience. One of the best meals we have had in a very long time!”

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton and Myrtle Beach homeownership “well-above” US average

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the housing market took off, mortgage rates dropped and Americans all over the country decided to move to destinations they found either more appealing or budget-friendly. Many chose to move to places that pre-pandemic they would have only dreamt of traveling to for vacation.Sound familiar?Hilton Head Island has become a hot-spot for attracting family-friendly get-togethers, vacationers and nature enthusiasts who enjoy its beautiful, edifying environmental surroundings. So, unsurprisingly, the...

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the housing market took off, mortgage rates dropped and Americans all over the country decided to move to destinations they found either more appealing or budget-friendly. Many chose to move to places that pre-pandemic they would have only dreamt of traveling to for vacation.

Sound familiar?

Hilton Head Island has become a hot-spot for attracting family-friendly get-togethers, vacationers and nature enthusiasts who enjoy its beautiful, edifying environmental surroundings. So, unsurprisingly, the island’s sellers’ market boomed and continued in an upward trend for the past two years, bringing in more full and part-time residents, many of whom are homeowners.

“In the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton metro area, located in South Carolina, the population climbed from 216,764 in July 2020 to 222,072 in July 2021. The 2.4% increase ranks as the 18th highest among all U.S. metro areas,” according to Carolina Panorama from data compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the same data, Myrtle beach also had a 3.7% population increase through the same duration.

What does this mean for homeownership in the area?

“Nationwide, the homeownership rate stands at 64.4%, according to the latest American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This rate varies substantially across the country, however, and in some major metropolitan areas, the homeownership rate is well above the national average,” according to 24/7 Wall St.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area actually placed in the top U.S. cities for an increase in homeownership.

Ranked number 26 out of 50 cities in the country, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area managed to maintain a high ownership rate despite the higher home prices compared to other places in the U.S.

“In the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton metro area, located in South Carolina, the homeownership rate stands at 74.6%, well above the national average.”, stated 24/7 Wall St.

This percentage is more than 10% over the national homeownership rate.

The data used in the accumulation of the 50 cities, which also placed the local area as having a median household income of $67,723, was taken from five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey.

For the state of South Carolina as a whole, in addition to the Hilton Head-Bluffton metro area, Myrtle Beach was the only other city on the list and placed as number 17 in the country for their homeownership rate, which was calculated at 76%, with the median household income coming in at $53,832.

This story was originally published June 10, 2022 5:00 AM.

Citizen idea for accessible beach pavilion becomes reality

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) — We are lucky throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry to have some spectacular beaches.But what if you were not able to experience them because of a disability?The town of Hilton Head is working to change that and celebrated the beginnings.Cheers rang out at Islanders Beach as the ribbon was cut on the new overlook pavilion.“It shows that the Town is dedicated to making sure we have an inclusive community and that our parks are accessible,” said Taylor Ladd, ...

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) — We are lucky throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry to have some spectacular beaches.

But what if you were not able to experience them because of a disability?

The town of Hilton Head is working to change that and celebrated the beginnings.

Cheers rang out at Islanders Beach as the ribbon was cut on the new overlook pavilion.

“It shows that the Town is dedicated to making sure we have an inclusive community and that our parks are accessible,” said Taylor Ladd, Hilton Head Island Project Manager.

It’s an idea that came from a local resident, Kenneth Carlozzi who came up with the idea as his wife was battling ALS.

“We visited the beach parks on A1A in Florida,” Carlozzi said. “And just about every park had a pavilion-like this for people in wheelchairs or handicapped accessible.”

She wanted to see the beach as she recovered, so he contacted the Town of Hilton Head about building a pavilion.

After two years of work and $200,000, on this day it became a reality.

“Thanks to the efforts put forth by a local resident working with the Town, this project was adopted in Our Plan as a parks and recreation action item,” Ladd said. “It has been a dedicated process to get this project underway and I am excited to see it built. This pavilion will allow anyone with limited access to comfortably enjoy the ocean breeze and views of our beautiful beach.”

The structure is just off the beach. A handicap-accessible covered overlook pavilion adjacent to the existing beach boardwalk.

Anyone visiting the park can use the pavilion, but it has been specifically sized and designed for individuals with disabilities using guidelines from the American Disabilities Act.

The pavilion features a wide entryway for wheelchair access and benches for seating.

Carlozzi says it’s a day, and a pavilion his wife would love.

“She would be ecstatic being able to be at the beach where we used to come all the time with our dog, she would be appreciative of all the efforts put into this,” Carlozzi said.

“It means the end of journey that I took on when she passed and I am very happy with the result.”

Get ready for ‘The Music Man’ and ‘The Sound of Music’ this weekend on Hilton Head

“THE MUSIC MAN”The Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute opens its 15th season at Hilton Head Island High School’s Seahawk Cultural Center with the timeless Tony-winning musical, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.”Currently lighting up Broadway with a production starring Hugh Jackman, Music Man is filled to the brim with a soaring musical score, splashy dance sequences, and plenty of romance and comedy to spare. This production will be under the direction of world-renowned direc...

“THE MUSIC MAN”

The Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute opens its 15th season at Hilton Head Island High School’s Seahawk Cultural Center with the timeless Tony-winning musical, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.”

Currently lighting up Broadway with a production starring Hugh Jackman, Music Man is filled to the brim with a soaring musical score, splashy dance sequences, and plenty of romance and comedy to spare. This production will be under the direction of world-renowned director, choreographer, and performer Jacob Brent.

With Brent is a production team of New York designers and creative theatre professionals along with a gifted and talented cast assembled from over 30 states, who, by the way, have been working tirelessly over the past few months to conceive and construct what is sure to be a visually captivating and thoroughly compelling afternoon or evening of musical theatre.

The Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute is an intensive summer theatre training program for elite and exceptional young performers and technicians from across the globe. The auditioned students participate in a three-week professional rehearsal process, followed by the performance and production of a full-scale musical. During their time here, students are led by a professional faculty and staff from the stages of Broadway and beyond. SSTI is located at the Seahawk Cultural Center on Hilton Head High School’s campus.

When: June 24, 25, July 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m. and June 26 and July 3 at 1 p.m.

Where: Seahawk Cultural Center (Hilton Head High School, 32 School Road)

Info: www.HHISummerMusicals.com or 866-749-2228. Tickets $35

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”

The sound of music from the Main Stage Community Theatre opens June 24. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

This final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. The Main Stage Community Theatre invites everyone to join the family Von Trapp in the true-life telling of one of history’s most thrilling and inspirational stories. It features the Grammy Academy award-winning Best Score — look forward to “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Edleweiss” and of course the title song.

Cinda Seamon, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Main Stage Community Theatre described everyone’s appreciation of the production crew, including Josh Wall, director; Sonya Jacobs, musical director,; and Karana Lobaugh.

“Our amazing cast and three choirs involve over 50 members … the youngest in our cast is just 5, she continued. “We had such a great response to our invitation to audition, and we are so pleased to have developed the show to involve so many young people from a number of local schools, even homeschoolers.”

“As you know,” she added, “as has been our history, adult actors will assume the role of the adults in the storyline.”

When: June 24, 25, July 1, 2 at 7 p.m. and June 26 & July 3 at 2 p.m.

Where: Hilton Head Prep School Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head.

Information: Box Office 843-689-6246… email: info@msctheatre.org tickets $25/adults; $15/students $5/under 8.

“THE LAVON STEVENS QUARTET”

The renowned Lavon Stevens Quartet, featuring Louise Spencer, will treat everyone at the Sequins Ballroom on Sunday evening, June 26, to a very special Kiwanis Club Jazz Night. All who know the celebrated performances of Lavon Stevens will be thrilled … and those who have not yet attended their celebrated performances will be totally and completely absorbed by the most exciting evening of Jazz.

“This is a charity fund-raising event,” explained organizer Paul Ammeen of the Kiwanis Club of Bluffton. “Donations raised on this evening will permit us to continue our scholarship program with May River High School…we are so appreciative of the evening’s sponsors, donors and guests.

When: June 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Seaquins Ballroom, 1300 Fording Island Road, Bluffton

Info: Tickets are $30 contact Phil Kiser: philkiser9947@gmail.com (614)-736-0233.

“ROCK OF AGES”

Rock of Ages captured the era that was 1980s Hollywood that features the music of iconic bands such as Styx, Twisted Sister, Journey and others. Preview tickets $51 adults, $46 children; regular run $56 adult, $51 children. Recommended for age 13 and up. Group rates available by calling box office.

Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head

When: June 29 to Aug. 14

Info: Box Office 843-842-2787 or arshhi.com

Fabulous Fakes — Master Artworks with a Twist

What: The Art League of Hilton Head. Silent auction is scheduled for June 28 to July 1 both in person and online. Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. – 4pm.

When: Artist reception Friday, July 1 from 5-7 p.m.

Silent auction winners will be announced. Enjoy refreshments and meet the artist. Free and open to the public.

Where: Inside Art Center of Costal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cover Ln., HHI

For Information: www.ArtLeagueHHI.org or 843-681-5060.

How We Git Gullah: Teaching the Meaning of Family

Saundra Renee Smith, local Gullah artist, captures the essence of being an authentic Gullah/Geechee native of the Lowcountry in How We Git Gullah, an exhibit at Art League this July.

Smith’s work is nostalgic, showing simplistic and innocent scenes of a symbiotic existence with the earth, guided by the wisdom of the ancients. Inspired by the beauty of her native St. Helena, Smith’s paintings feature lush, green fields, moss-covered oaks, and rivers “carrying food, health, and Gullah folk tales on every tide.” She uses colorful acrylic paints and mixed media on all manner of materials, including canvas, board, glass, vinyl and tin.

Gullah means “kinfolk.” How We Git Gullah is a tribute to the notion of a cultural family with a homeland ranging down the East Coast from North Carolina to Florida in a swath known as the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Corridor. The Exhibit will have short stories of Gullah life interspersed among the artworks. “My aim is to foster communication, connections, and a sense of cultural humility,” says Smith.

Exhibit – Wednesday July 6 through Saturday, Aug. 13. Art League Gallery is open every day: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 4 p.m. and 90 minutes before every Arts Centers performance.

Reception – Wednesday July 6, 5-7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Where: Inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head

For information: 843-681-5060

Hitnes, The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon

“The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon,” an exhibit by Italian artist Hitnes, will be on display in the main gallery at Coastal Discovery Museum through July 3.

Hitnes’ exhibition documents his journey, elaborating on what it is that drives a person to dedicate multiple decades of their life to pursuing an obsession … as did Audubon.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

When: Through July 3

Where: Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn, Hilton Head

Information: 843-689-6767 or visit coastaldiscovery.org …entry is free and open to the public.

Trust the Journey: The Mixed Media of Life at Art League Academy

Work by artist and educator Debi West. Debi West has been teaching through the visual arts for over 30 years. West’s, experience makes her a wonderful teacher for students of all ages here.

What: The Art League of Hilton Head — The Academy

Where: 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island

When: Now through July 29

Information: 843-842-5738

Just off the Easel … Betty Anglin Smith

The Red Piano Gallery continues to focus on artists who capture the attention of residents and visitors alike to the gallery in Bluffton. Of note, during the current time frame is a collection of the phenomenal pieces of celebrated artist Betty Anglin Smith.

When: Now through June 30

Where: Red Piano Gallery, 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 201, Old Town Bluffton

Info: 843-247-2049

Abstract Artist Rose Cofield for the month of June

While at the “Petite” Gallerie Also Enjoy — the other creative gallery associates Kristin Griffis, Don Nagel, Murray Sease, Lauren Terrett, Bill Winn, & Sculptures by Wally Palmer.

What: La Petite Gallerie

When: Now through June 30

Where: Adjacent to “The Store” 56 Calhoun Street, Bluffton

Info: lapetitegallerie.com or 843-304-2319

“No Regrets” with Featured Artist Christy Coffey Chen

What: SOBA Gallery … the Society of Bluffton Artists

When: Exhibit now through July 4

Where: 6 Church Street, Old Town Bluffton

Info: SOBAGALLERY.com or 843-757-6586

Contact Nancy Wellard at coastalartnews@gmail.com

This story was originally published June 24, 2022 4:20 PM.

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