Hilton Head Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker
When/Where: It all begins with opening night at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 11. Shows at 7:30 p.m. continue on Nov. 12, 18 and 19, with 2:30 p.m. shows on Nov. 13 and Nov. 19.
Info: One of the island’s most treasured holiday traditions returns as the Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s 26th annual Nutcracker ballet hits the stage of the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) for six shows running Nov. 11 through Nov. 19. “Friends and patrons of the Hilton Head Dance Theatre may note the change in venue from the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina to the Visual and Performing Arts Center,” said Lori Finger, president of the Hilton Head Dance Theatre. “The decision to hold the Nutcracker at the VPAC this year was to experiment with performing in a more expansive venue that could accommodate a larger audience. Because we had numerous sold-out shows last year, we are hoping the bigger theater will expand our audience to a broader spectrum within the community. That said, we cannot thank the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina enough for its 15 years of generosity in welcoming the Nutcracker to their stage in the beautiful Elizabeth Wallace Theater. The Visual and Performing Arts Center is located on 70 Wilborn Road at the Hilton Head High School campus, Hilton Head Island.
Cost: Tickets are: $25 for adults; $20 for seniors (over 60); $20 for students (13-18); and $15 for children 12 and under.
Contact: Tickets go on sale October 14th and can be purchased online at hhdt.org or by calling 843-842-3262.
Christmas Up the Holler
When/Where: Nov. 10-13 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
Info: Featuring authentic music of Appalachian mountain folk, “Christmas Up the Holler” weaves a welcome yuletide tapestry of traditional song. Set in the Depression, a banjo-pickin’ coal miner, his wife and their extended family ring in Christmas morn by raising voices, strumming guitars and bowing fiddles. As the family ties become holiday bows and ribbons, a Christmas miracle takes place.
Contact: Purchase tickets online at tickets.artshhi.com. 843-842-ARTS
Taste of the Season
When/Where: Taste of the Season will be held from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.
Info: The Lowcountry culinary scene has become as hot as the great chefs that define it with their innovative cuisine. With more than 250 restaurants, the area’s cuisine scene has quickly gained momentum and nowhere is this more evident than Taste of the Season, the Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year. Celebrate award-winning cuisine from more than 35 of the area’s top chefs at the 22nd annual Taste of the Season, presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. With our share of nationally known chefs, it’s a bountiful sampling of the best of the best.
Cost: Tickets are $45 and on sale at chamber headquarters, the welcome center and online at hiltonheadchamber.org.
1,100 Voices for Autism
When/Where: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Nov. 11, Beach City Health & Fitness, Hilton Head
Info: 100 Lowcountry Autism Foundation volunteers will dedicate themselves to working out for 121 minutes. Their goal is to raise $11,000 in 11 hours and to do it by dancing, walking, lifting, spinning, singing or shouting for 121 minutes. Each volunteer will be sponsored by 10 individuals contributing $11 to their efforts and to support LAF.
Cost: Contributions to LAF
Connect: 843-342-9044; www.lowcountryautismfoundation.org
Second Friday Music at Noon
When/Where: noon, Nov. 11 at St. Luke’s Church, 50 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head.
Cost: This free concert is open to the public and will feature Gilbert G. Campbell, the organist for St. Luke’s.
Fall Festival at St. Andrew By-the-Sea
When/Where: 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 12. at St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church on Hilton Head Island
Info: The 33rd annual Fall Festival this month, one of the largest, continuously run, church bazaars in South Carolina. All proceeds from the festival support the outreach and mission projects of the church. The festival will be held on the church campus at 20 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, and will offer a wide variety of activities both inside the celebration center building and on the church grounds. The church’s Celebration Center building will be converted into an open bazaar, featuring gifts, needle work, handmade garden art and other interesting items offered to attendees at great prices. This year’s Fall Festival will also host a silent auction, offering special items for bid from the congregation and local businesses.
Contact: 843-785-4711 or 843-715-0123.
Fall at The Salty Dog Café
When/Where: South Beach Marina Village, Salty Dog Café, Hilton Head
Nov. 12: Pig Pickin’ and Lowcountry Boil. Lowcountry cooking done right. 4-8 p.m.
Nov. 25-Dec. 31: South Beach Christmas Village. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, falling snow and Santa visits each week until Christmas. 843-363-2198.
Cost: Vary Connect: 843-674-2233; www.saltydog.com
Fourth Annual Light up the Links Golf Event
When/Where: Starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Spanish Wells Club.
Info: This tourney benefits Hospice Care of the Lowcountry as it challenges attendees to try their skills in the dark. Golf is just part of the agenda. The twilight event will feature barbecue and cocktails as well music and dancing. he party will kick off at 5:30pm followed by a 6:00pm tee time. Play will include four par 3 holes, in a scramble format. Players will try their skills with glow in the dark golf balls, on candlelit fairways with glow sticks to mark the tees, hazards and holes.
Cost: Tickets are $75 for those playing golf and includes dinner. Non-golfer guest tickets are available for dinner and the party for $40.
Contact: For those interested in becoming a sponsor, to purchase tickets or register for Light Up the Links, call 843-706-2296. More information about Hospice Care of the Lowcountry can be found on the Website at www.hospicecarelc.org.
10th Annual Hilton Head Oyster Festival
When/Where: 11 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13, with a special performance by Bobby Ryder Nov. 11 at Shelter Cove Community Park.
Info: The Island Recreation Association and title sponsor South Carolina Bank & Trust will host the10th annual Hilton Head Oyster Festival. Besides Bobby Ryder on Friday, Candace Woodson & the Domino Theory Band, the Good Times Band and the Matt Mackelcan Band will all play over the weekend. Captain Woody’s and Street Meet will provide food. Live music, a silent auction and a craft show round out the weekend, and a kid’s zone including moon bounces, carnival games and prizes are on hand for the kids. Thanks to Custom Audio Video, football fans can catch both the NFL and college games at the park.
Cost: Admission $5, free for children 12 and under. All proceeds go to the Island Recreation Association’s Children’s scholarship fund.
Contact: www.islandreccenter.org, 843-681-7273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music To Your Mouth
When/Where: Nov. 14-20 at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton.
Info: Featuring prominent Southern chefs, producers of artisanal beverages and products and music.
Grand Opening of Port Hilton Head
When/Where: 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at 421 Squire Pope Road.
Info: This fundraiser for local charities including the Lowcountry Red Cross and the Hilton Head Humane Society will feature great food by Celebrations Catering, libations, music and a beautiful waterfront setting with a gorgeous Lowcountry sunset.
Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Contact: RSVP at 843-689-7526 or by emailing email@example.com.
Big Band Swing
When/Where: Nov. 17 at the Marriott in Palmetto Dunes.
Info: Direct from Atlanta, Joe Gransden, his 16-piece big band and vocalist Annie Sellick will provide the dancing music at the Big Band Swing, a benefit for Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island and The Junior Jazz Foundation. The evening includes cocktails, music, dinner, dancing, and a tribute to VIM founder Dr. Jack Mcconnell.
Contact: For reservations and information, call 689-6612, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vimclinic.org.
Kid's Night Out
When/Where: From 6-10 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 17 at the Island Recreation Center on Hilton Head Island
Info: Want a night to yourself without our kids? Bring your littles ones to the Island Recreation Center's Kid's Night Out, where kids can enjoy a fun night of activities that include swimming, games, arts & crafts, movies and theme nights. Pizza and a snack will be served. Geared toward for little ones - kindergarten through fifth grade. There must be 10 children preregistered or Kid's Night Out will be cancelled.
Cost: $15 per day
Contact: For more info www.islandreccenter.org or call 681-7273
“Bat Lady” to present at Coastal Discovery Museum
When/Where: 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn
Info: Vicky Beckham Smith will present a program on bats. Smith, a bat expert and environmental educator will cover the number and different kinds of bats in the world, the truth about popular bat myths, and interesting and unique adaptations bats have for their environment and the value of bats to our environment. The program will be illustrated with live bats, from nectar eating bats to the famous vampire bat. Smith’s bat passion began at the Birmingham Zoo in 1997. She began presenting bat programs and later helped present workshops for teachers and other educators prior to being hired as staff educator for the zoo in 2000.
Cost: Reservations are required for the program with the cost being $7 per person.
Contact: Please contact the Museum at 843-689-6767 ext 223 for reservations.
Junior Jazz Foundation Golf Tournament
When/Where: 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Arthur Hills course in Palmetto Hall Plantation.
Info: The Junior Jazz Foundation’s 7th annual golf tournament will help raise funds to give the gift of a musical foundation to area students through hole sponsorships; hole in one, longest drive and closest to the pin competitions; and a tournament filled with great prizes. The awards ceremony and a live performance will be held at The Jazz Corner following the tourney.
Cost: $100 individual and $300 a team to play, $100 to sponsor a hole.
Contact: For details or to donate a prize, call 843-842-8620.
‘Razzle Dazzle’ for area Special Olympics
When/Where: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Indigo Run Golf Club
Info: An Italian buffet featuring local vendors and artists (and, as the photo at right proves, neckrubs). In addition to the food and festivities, a prize drawing and silent auction will give patrons a chance at great prizes. A cash bar will be available. The money raised will benefit Area 8 Special Olympics, which consists of Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and Hampton Counties. These organizations give over 300 adults and children a chance to participate in track and field, bocce, bowling, horseback riding, golf, disc golf and tennis.
Cost: Cost is $35 to attend.
Contact: For more information, call Cherie Taylor at 757-2293 or Kathy Cramer at 689-5800.
Kids College Third Annual Thanksgiving Feast
When/Where: The early childhood education center will hold the Third Annual Thanksgiving Feast at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21at the school, located at 17 Goethe Road near Kitties Crossing. RSVP or pre-order by Saturday, Nov. 19
Info: Nowhere to go for Thanksgiving this year? Kids College has you covered. The sit-down feast will include home-cooked turkey, mashed potatoes and gray, green bean casserole, rolls, refreshments and more. "These are huge portions," said Shanel Riddle, owner of Kids College. "We sell out every year." Kids College is taking pre-orders and are pre-selling tickets, which can be purchased up until the day before the feast. The event is open to the public. Riddle said due to the high demand, pre-purchase is a must. Those interested also can order meals to be delivered.
Cost: The cost is $5 per meal, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Bluffton Self Help.
Contact: For more information, visit www.kidscollegellc.com, www.facebook.com/kidscollegellc or www.twitter.com/kidscollegellc
The Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Hudson
When/Where: This is the 13th year for the community dinner, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 hosted by Hudson’s and St. Andrew-by-the Sea United Methodist Church.
Info: Every year 1,400 to 1,500 turkey dinners are served and anyone who wants to sit down with strangers can leave with new friendships. Turkey, dressing and all the trimmings are prepared by Hudson’s and will be provided at no charge, along with entertainment. Voluntary donations will be collected to benefit The Deep Well Project, which helps Lowcountry families struggling with financial difficulties. But for many of those who participate, the dinner is about more than filling their tummies. It’s a chance to give back by volunteering their time and talents. It’s about the “spirit of giving.” Many families return year after to take a turns serving others by dishing out vittles and then sharing their time and company over a dinner plate. Volunteers are needed for everything from cleaning up to pouring drinks or doling out cranberry sauce.
Contact: For more information about volunteering, call 843-540-7925.
Thanksgiving Tennis Academy
When/Where: Nov. 24-26 at the Sea Pines Resort.
Info: This year, in addition to enjoying a wonderful holiday meal, you can learn from a legend when you participate in a special Thanksgiving Tennis Academy with Stan Smith at The Sea Pines Racquet Club, located within The Sea Pines Resort. In addition to on-court instruction, an exciting exhibition, led by Smith and open to the public, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25. The exhibition is complimentary, but attendees are asked to please donate canned goods that will benefit Hilton Head Island’s Deep Well Project.
Cost: The cost to participate in the academy is only $369 per adult, not including lodging, and there is no deadline to sign up, but space is limited and the academy has filled up quickly in the past.
Contact: To sign up, call 843-363-4495 or email@example.com.