December Calendar of Events for Hilton Head and the Lowcountry

December Calendar of Events


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• “Songs from the Heart”, a Christmas benefit concert for the First Presbyterian Day School: 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. on William Hilton Parkway. $20 for reserved seating, $15 for general admission. 843-681-3695.

• Taste of the Season: Dec. 3 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. 35 of the area’s top chefs offer cuisine. Tickets available at and all Chamber of Commerce locations.

• “Cool Yule,” a Christmas concert by K Smooth and Cool John Ferguson: 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at ARTWorks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. Stuff your stockings with carols of jazz, blues, and funk performed by Kenny Varner, also known as K Smooth, and red-nosed Cool John Ferguson, known for his guitar work. $15 for adults, $10 for students and $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-279-2787.

• “An Island Christmas:” A new program of holiday music featuring singers from local churches, as well as an orchestra featuring members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with players from the Savannah and Hilton Head orchestras. 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head. $10 per adult, $5 per child, or $30 for a family. Tickets are available at the St. Francis Thrift Shop, Burke’s Pharmacy, Pretty Papers and Gifts or by e-mailing

Hilton Head Choral Society’s 26th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes: Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 5 at Colleton River Plantation. Features six uniquely designed homes, and the Hilton Head Choral Society Youth Choir will perform songs of the season at the Clubhouse at 2:30 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. Tickets are available at Burke’s Pharmacy, Christie’s Hallmark at Indigo Run and in the Belfair Shopping Center, Markel’s at Kitties Crossing, Pretty Papers, Pyramids at Main Street or online at 843-341-3818

Lowcountry Holiday Market at the Coastal Discovery Museum: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Original gifts from local artists and artisans. Features large-scale nature puzzles, T-shirts to color, stuffed animals and books. Proceeds from sales benefit the Coastal Discovery Museum Educational Program. 843 689-6767.

The 20th annual Dove Street Festival of Lights, benefiting Deep Well, goes live from Dec. 10-26 in the Dove Street area of North Forest Beach on Hilton Head Island. The festival invites the community to walk, drive or take a trolley ride through the spectacular light display of more than 50 beachside homes. The trolley departs from Rita’s Italian Ice in Coligny Plaza, adjacent to the Dove Street area beginning at 5 p.m. nightly. The event is free and open to the

Donations to Deep Well can be made by stopping by “The Well,” located in Coligny Plaza, from 5-9 p.m. Nonperishable food items and unwrapped holiday toys will be accepted. Financial donations may be made online

• “Welcome Yule!” presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra: Features Jocelyn Zhu, 2010 HHSO Youth Concerto Competition winner, on violin, as well as music from “Hansel and Gretel,” a symphony of well-known Christmas carols and “Frosty the Snowman,” performed with the Hilton Head Dance Theatre. 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-842-2055.

• 20th Annual Dove Street Light Show to Benefit Deep Well: Dec. 10-26 in the Dove Street area of North Forest Beach on Hilton Head Island. Now in it’s 20th year, the community is invited to walk, drive or take a trolley ride through the spectacular light display of more than 50 beachside homes. Free and open to the public. The trolley departs from Rita’s Italian Ice in Coligny Plaza, adjacent to the Dove Street area, beginning at 5 p.m. nightly. Donations to Deep Well can be made by stopping by “The Well,” located in Coligny Plaza, from 5-9 p.m. Nonperishable food items and unwrapped holiday toys will be accepted. Financial donations may be made online at

• Holiday events at Coligny Plaza: Musical entertainment, children’s events and puppet shows will take place on Fridays and Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m. in Coligny Plaza, near “The Well.” Santa will make surprise visits throughout the festival. 843-785-2849.

• Bluffton Historical Preservation Society Victorian Christmas Party/Community Outreach Event: 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Colcock-Teel Property, Bluffton. The house will be decorated for viewing. Dinner and dancing will be held in the live oak grove across the street (under a tent with outdoor heaters). Tickets are $50 per person and include a 2011 BHPS membership. 843-757-6293.

• Palmetto Dunes Island Christmas Party: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 11. Designed for smaller companies on a budget, the party will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing and a cash bar. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6-7 p.m., with dinner from 7-8:30 p.m. and dancing at 10 p.m. Attendees who bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots will receive a complimentary glass of wine.

• Holiday Toy Ride: Begins Dec. 12 at the Okatie Ale House, near Sun City. Registration begins at 11 a.m., ride begins at 1 p.m. The group will ride in formation with BCSO escort to the Deep Well offices on Beach City Road to drop off toys and donations, then on to the Smokehouse on Palmetto Bay Road for lunch. Ride donation or entry is $10 with a toy, $20 without, 843-384-0946 or 843-816-4121.

• Gingerbread House Decorating Party at First Presbyterian Church: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 18 in Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. $10 per house to cover the cost of the kits. 843-681-3696.

• Handel’s “Messiah” at First Presbyterian Church: A community presentation of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the sanctuary. Free. 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-681-3696.


PAT KASTNER• Hilton Head Comedy Club: Nov. 30-Dec. 5: Jackie Flynn. Dec. 7-12: Jimmy Carroll. Dec. 14-19: The Legendary Wid. Dec. 21-30: TBA. Showtimes are 8 p.m., with an additional 10 p.m. show on Saturdays. 430 William Hilton Parkway, Pineland Station, Hilton Head. $10 on weekdays, $12 on weekends. Full bar and menu, 18 years and older. 843-681-7757.

• “The Pavilion,” presented by the South Carolina Repertory Company: 8 p.m. Dec. 2-4, 8-11, 14-18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at the company’s theater, 136 Beach City Road, Hilton Head. There will be talkbacks after the Dec. 8 and 14 performances. Tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for seniors and students on weeknights and matinees, and $28 for adults and $26 for seniors and students and on weekends.

• “Let Me Entertain You,” presented by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio: A holiday dance performance showcase taking place at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Bluffton High School Arts Center, 12 H.E. McCracken Circle, Bluffton. Features acts from movies and Broadway plays, including songs such as “Be Italian,” “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz,” “New York, New York,” “Grease” and many more. Dances will be performed by local dancers, as well as the Fred Astaire professional teaching staff. $25. 843-837-6161.

• “Hello, Dolly!” presented by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: Dec. 1-26 at the Arts Center, Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2787.

• “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” presented by the May River Theatre: Evening performances take place Dec. 10, 11, 16, 17-18 and matinees Dec. 12 and 19 Tickets are $20 and can be purchsed by calling 843-815-5581. General information about can be found by calling 843-837-7798 or going to

• “The Met: Live in HD” at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts: Live transmissions of the New York Metropolitan Opera via high-definition streaming. The season continues with “Don Carlo” (Dec. 11); “La Fanciulla del West” (Jan. 8); “Nixon in China” (Feb. 12); “Iphigénie en Tauride” (Feb. 26); “Lucia di Lammermoor” (March 19); “Le Comte Ory” (April 9); “Capriccio” (April 23); “Il Trovatore” (April 30) and “Die Walküre” (May 14). $20 for adults and seniors; $16 for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members and $10 for USCB students and youth under 18. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the broadcast, online or at the box office. 843-521-4145.

• “Fiddler on the Roof” at the First Presbyterian Church: Feb. 26-28 at First Prebyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. 843-681-3969.


• Fifth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival: Screens films in the categories of Features, Documentaries, Short Films, Student Films, Animation and Screenplays. Feb. 16-20, 2011, at venues throughout

• Hilton Head Extreme Cheer: The group has announced openings for athletes ages 7 to 10 to join their youth team. No experience is necessary and all training is done at the team’s professional cheer gym, 18 Cardinal Road, Hilton Head. 843-757-6410. E-mail


• New Year’s Eve Gala at the Commodore Hall Ballroom: 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head. Music by the Lavon Stevens Experience with Louise Spencer. $75 per person in advance includes tax and gratuity, open bar, dessert table and champagne toast.

• A New Year’s Eve Celebration Benefiting The Sandbox — An Interactive Children’s Museum:

Bob Pfeffer, John Jolley, and Carol Pfeffer from the 2008 edition of the Sandbox’s New Year’s Eve party.When: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31
Where: The Westin Resort and Spa
Tickets: $75 per person; tables of 8 for $600 and tables of 10 for $700. Sponsorhip packages are available for businesses and organizations.
Details: 843-842-7645.

The annual event benefiting The Sandbox — An Interactive Children’s Museum features live entertainment, music and dancing, as well as silent and live auctions, music and dancing, a seafood meal and — naturally — champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. A separate on-site Children’s Party takes place from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. for children ages 4 to 12, and special room rates are available at the Westin for attendees.

• XO Lounge: Music by the Simpson Brothers, special drinks and champagne toast. $15 per person cover charge. 23 Ocean Lane in the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head. 341-8080.


• The Jazz Corner: Live music nightly; with special weekend concerts. Dec. 3-4: Mose Allison. Dec. 10-11: A Benefit for the Deep Well Project, featuring a swingin’ jazz salute to the holidays with Bob Masteller’s All-Star Quartet. Dec. 17-18: The Jazz Corner Legends of Jazz Ring of Honor Awards, with Lynn Roberts, Bob Alberti and Ben Tucker. Dec. 24-25: Closed.
THE NOEL FREIDLINE QUINTET ON NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE JAZZ CORNERDec. 31: New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with the Noel Freidline Quintet begins at 5 p.m. Jan. 1: Closed. Jan. 7-8: A tribute to Billie Holiday with the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet and trombonist Dan Barrett. Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 843-842-8620.


When: Dec. 31
Where: The Jazz Corner, Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-842-8620.

More: The pianist reprises his New Year’s Eve stand this year with a quintet. Early seating ($65) begins at 5 p.m., and includes the concert, a three-course dinner, champagne toast and party favors. Late seating ($125) begins at 9 p.m. and includes the concert, a five-course dinner, champagne toast and favors. Reservations are required.

• “Russian Rhapsody,” presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra: Features Lukás Vondrácek, winner of the 2010 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. 8 p.m. Jan. 16-17 at the First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-842-2055.

• “A Night In Old Vienna,” presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra: Features Austin Williams, 2010 HHSO Youth Concerto Competition Winner and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Chorus. 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. 843-842-2055.

• University of South Carolina Beaufort Chamber Music Festival Series: Dec. 12, Feb. 20, March 27 and May 1 at the USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort. 843-208-8246.


• Celadon Fine Arts Festival: Artists are invited to apply to the three-day Celadon Fine Arts Festival, which takes place May 20-22 at the Celadon Community on Lady’s Ialdn, to compete for cash prizes totaling $3,000. Deadline to apply is March 1 and the application fee is $25. For information, go 843-379-2787.


• The “Lunch With Author” Series: Comprises seven events that includes lunch, an author’s talk, Q&A and book signing. Features Patricia Moore-Pastides, author of “Greek Revival: Cooking For Life” (Dec. 2, Moss Creek Clubhouse, Hilton Head); Steve Berry, author of “The Emperor’s Tomb” (Jan. 17, Holiday Inn, Beaufort); Batt Humphrey, author of “Dead Weight” (Feb. 17, Dockside Restaurant, Port Royal); and Michael Coker, Alice E. Sink and Rick Simmons (March 10, Sea Trawler restaurant, Bluffton). Berry will also host a Writer’s Workshop with his wife, Elizabeth, on Jan. 17 at the Holiday Inn, Beaufort. The series is $270; individual lunches are $42. All lunches start at noon. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 843-521-4147 or

• Lowcountry Writer’s Workshop with Stephanie Austin Edwards: A guided, supportive writing workshop. Sessions take place 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 11-Feb. 15 or 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 12-Feb. 16 at ARTWorks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. 843-597-3910. Email


• Imagination Hour at the Sandbox: Story time will be followed by arts and crafts, games or science projects. The series is designed so parents and caregivers can assist their child with each project. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at The Sandbox — An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Avenue, Hilton Head.

• Friends of the Hilton Head Library Super Saturdays: Nov. 13: Conrad Hartz, puppeteer. Dec. 11: Gary Maurer, magician. Jan. 8: Beth Green, interactive music performer. Feb. 12: J’Miah Nabawi, storyteller. March 12: Ben Mathews, juggler. All Performances are free for children of all ages and take place at the Hilton Head library, 11 Beach City Road. 843-255-6500.


• First Annual Arbor Day Celebration at the Townes at Buckwalter: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 4. The community event will recognize National Arbor Day in South Carolina and feature environmental education, entertainment and refreshments, as well as a tree planting ceremony.

• Hilton Head Island Winter Wonder Festival:
Hilton Head Island Winter Wonder Festival4-8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Shelter Cove Community Park. $10 per child (includes activities). A fun-filled afternoon of southern winter activities for ages 2-18, including pony rides, moon bounces, carnival games, winter hayride, face painting, tree decorating and live entertainment from local community groups. The event encourages the gift of giving, so if your child brings a present to donate to the Curry Foundation you will receive $2 off admission. Proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association Children’s Scholarship Fund. 843-681-7273.


The Art League of Hilton Head announced this month it will take residence in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s Walter Greer Gallery upon departure from its Pineland Station location.
“We have spent much of the past year envisioning a new face for the Art League, one in which we might become a hub of creativity embracing all the arts,” said Cindy Chiappetta, president of the Art League board. “Having our activities housed in the Walter Greer Gallery fits right in with our plans. Together we will spark a new collaborative direction for all the arts of the Lowcountry.”
The Art League board voted unanimously to engage in a three-year lease with the Arts Center, as did the Arts Center’s executive committee.
The two arts organizations have partnered before. In prior years, the Art League has exhibited its member show in the gallery, most recently in 2007, and was scheduled to produce and exhibit its bi-annual Juried Arts Show in May 2011.
The Art League will continue to conduct its classes at the Art Academy on Cordillo Parkway; however, its exhibits will be mounted in the Walter Greer Gallery. Details:


• 9th Annual Sammy Claus Charity Gib-A-Way Ultimate Frisbee Tournament: Dec. 4 at Chaplin Park, Hilton Head. Men and women of all skill levels are invited to play or watch. Participants are asked to bring a toy or make a donation to Bluffton Self Help. For details, call 843-683-6469 or 843-290-0804 or or

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry Holiday Gala: 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Beaufort Inn, 809 Port Republic St, Beaufort. Features food by Southern Graces Catering, silent and live auctions and music by Buddy Kosic and the Lowcountry Jazz Band. $125 per person, $250 per couple. 843-575-5430.

• American Heart Association Lowcountry Heart Ball: Jan. 22, 2011 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. $200 per person, or $2,750 for tables of eight. Benefits the AHA. 681-2355.

• Mardi Gras: Beaufort — benefiting the Arts Council of Beaufort County: 7-11 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Lyceum, Parris Island. Features music by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers. $60 per person before Dec. 15, $75 per person after. 843-279-2787.

• American Cancer Society Winter Benefit 2011: Feb. 11 in the Champions Ballroom at the Harbour Town Club in Sea Pines Resort. Features gourmet dinner and music by the Headliners. To donate, purchase tickets or for more information, call the American Cancer Society at 843-842-5188 or go to


• Women at the Well Support Group: The St. Andrew By-The-Sea Counseling Center is now offering a support group for women experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth or infertility. Facilitated by counselor Angie Elliott, the group will help women with tools for grieving, coping, self-care, identifying and communicating needs and more. Meets 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. 843-785-4711. Email

• Bereavement Group: Tidewater Hospice and Grace Community Church present a weekly forum to provide help to people who have experienced a loss and would like support and information associated with grief and bereavement. Meets 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. 843-757-9388.

• Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island Winter Holiday Luncheon: 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Champion’s Ballroom, Harbour Town Conference Center, Sea Pines. Featured speaker is Mary Kay Andrews. $27 for members and $32 for guests; RSVP deadline is Dec. 1. 843-815-5751.

• Palmetto Quilt Guild: Monthly meeting 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. Speaker is Joan Shay. $5 for visitors. 843-540-1952.


• Birding at Pinckney Island: Walk led by Diane Rand take place at 7:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars. $12. Reservations required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

• Animals of the Lowcountry, presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum: Dec. 29. Attendees will get up close and personal with a baby opossum, barred owl, snake, baby alligator and flying squirrel. The programs, at 10:30 and 11:30 am. will be held at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn in the Sea Island Room. $12 for adults, $7 for children. Advance reservations required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223.


19th Annual Hilton Head Hospital Jingle Jingle Family 5K Run & Health Walk• 19th Annual Hilton Head Hospital Jingle Jingle Family 5K Run & Health Walk:

When: Dec. 18
Where: The race takes place in and around the Hilton Head Medical Center Campus
Details: 843-757-8520.

More: Participants are asked to bring unwrapped toys
for donations to benefit CODA and The Hilton Head
Swim Team H2A.

• 9th Annual Time Warner Cable Hilton Head Island Half Marathon 10K and 5K: Feb. 12. The race begins at Jarvis Creek Park and takes participants through two parks and over the Cross Island Parkway. 843-757-8520.

• Docent Training at the Coastal Discovery Museum: The museum is hosting its annual docent and volunteer training in January and February. The Museum is seeking new volunteers to lead history walks/talks, lead natural history walks/talks, assist with school field trip experiences, work at the gift store/front desk, care for the Heritage and Butterfly Gardens and more. Training sessions will be held on six consecutive weeks from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays: Jan. 18 and 25 and Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. To sign up, call 843-689-6767.

• Friends of the Rivers presentation with Nancy Schilling, Chris Marsh and David Harter: 11 a.m. Jan 26 in the Lakeview Room at Hampton Hall. Free and open to the public. 843-836-7463.

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