Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

BLUFFTON VETERAN GUSTAVO GOMEZ FINDS SOLACE ON THE BASEBALL FIELD

The baseball field is his sanctuary. The crack of the bat. The thwack of the ball hitting a glove. The smell of fresh grass.

Playing catch with his son or coaching the Bluffton community’s kids is what Gustavo Gomez savors. He enjoys analyzing projected lineups and teaching the basics of fielding and hitting.

Jennie Kitty spent her life caring for people. A home health aide and midwife, she raised nine children, including a few she and her husband, Deacon Renty Kitty, Sr., took in as their own.

POCKETS FULL OF SUNSHINE HOSTS COMMUNITY EVENT

More than 230 people participated in the Pockets Full of Sunshine “Fun in the Sun for Everyone” day on Sept. 11, held in front of Marriott’s Surf Watch on Hilton Head Island. The event gave special needs children and adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. The event was helped by 60 “ community connection ” volunteers who taught participants how to surf, paddleboard and encouraged those who attended to play beach games and build sandcastles.

HILTON HEAD RESIDENT CHERISHES VAST COLLECTION OF EASTERN EUROPEAN PAINTINGS

Nested in the serenity of Port Royal Plantation, Michael Mitelman and his wife, Nina, live in a home bursting with art and history.

“I love every piece,” Mitelman beams. “It gives me joy.”

From front door to the farthest hallway, his stunning collection of about 60 paintings by notable Eastern European artists reflects not only a love of art but also his extraordinary life, which began in Moscow during Stalin’s reign of terror.

Hannah Reilley earned the DAR Good Citizens Award from the Bluffton-based Emily Geiger Chapter.

Hannah Reilley was not born a United States citizen, but the Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School Class of 2021 valedictorian has proven to be a perfect example of a good citizen of her community and this nation.

Born in Ethiopia, Reilley was adopted at the age of 6, along with her younger biological sister, Candace, by Deanna-Lyn and Dennis Reilley of Ridgeland.

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER MAKING A MOVE TO THE LOWCOUNTRY

It had been almost two decades since the year-to-year retirement rate rose in the U.S. That changed in 2020, as the pandemic made families rethink priorities and decide that they’ll make the finances work to get on with their next exciting chapter in life. Those decisions have led to a boom of population growth in the Lowcountry; between the sunshine, the ocean and the hospitality, this is the perfect setting to begin new adventures and exciting challenges. Here are just a few reasons why you need to make our utopia your home sooner than later.

CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE FLIGHTS & FANCY GALA OFFERS AN EVENING OF EXTRAVAGANT ENTERTAINMENT

Each year the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala places event goers in the driver’s seat to the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival by previewing some of the most alluring automobiles and aircraft to date.

In conjunction with the Grand Motoring Film Festival (Nov. 4 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina) and Michael Anthony’s Tableside Wine Dinner (Nov. 4 at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana), it kick starts the weekend-long car show.

CARL & CARROL JENSEN REV UP FOR THIS YEAR’S CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

To the moderate car enthusiast, the name Stutz may not resonate as well as Mercedes, Porsche or Ferrari.

With the last model rolling off an Indiana assembly line more than 85 years ago, and just 300 of its cars still in existence today, the nameplate just doesn’t have the kind of recognition as others might. (Despite a modestly successful revival of the name in the late 60s which saw the likes of Elvis Presley and Lucille Ball driving around in GM-produced, second wave Stutzes).

1. BEAUFORT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES OFFICER TO LEAD STUDENT SERVICES 

Juliet White, PhD, was selected to lead the Beaufort County School District’s Student Services division, which encompasses special education, alternative programming, guidance counselling, adult education, nursing, athletics and additional student services/initiatives. White, who has served as the district’s Director of Special Education since 2019, has 28 years of educational experience. 

LOCALLY-OWNED SHOPS HELP ENRICH THE COMMUNITY

Millions upon millions of small business owners each year invest in local youth sports leagues. They hire other local firms to help their business excel.

They pump money into the local economy through the wages they paid their employees.

And they enrich our community in countless other ways.

CHANGES COMING TO BUSINESS LICENSING

Lowcountry business owners — large and small — are confronting an inescapable fact of life: simplification is complicated.

A wholesale change to how South Carolina manages business licensing and taxation is creating confusion, conversation and a stepped-up need for communication.

ELSEWHERE’S IN OLD TOWN SELLS SPORTS CARDS & NOSTALGIA

There’s a certain thrill that still remains. 

Steven Krzyzyk is 51 years old. A Navy veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, Krzyzyk owns Elsewhere’s in Old Town, a Bluffton-based sports memorabilia and gift shop. 

He’s seen the industry of sports cards boom nationwide. 

Handcrafted quality for everyday living

One of the easiest ways to add a little bit of luxury into your daily life is to upgrade your linens.

Whether you are looking at bedding or towels or napkins, quality linens should be seen as an investment instead of a cost.

Modern day luxury needs to be livable.

WEICHERT REALTORS HIRES FOUR AGENTS 

Judy Grant, Shannon Docherty, Bob Steadman and Alexandra Simis have joined the Weichert Realtors real estate team. 

Grant, who will work out of the Hilton Head Island office, began her real estate career in Wisconsin. After their children finished college, Judy and her husband decided to move to Hilton Head. Before joining Weichert Realtors, Grant started her own “boutique’’ real estate agency. 

DESIGNING HOMES THAT EMBODY THE LOWCOUNTRY STYLE

Lowcountry style means different things to different people, from the traditional origins in the late 18th century (think Savannah) to the modern day that has incorporated traditional elements into 21st century splendor. 

Homes were built for comfort, practicality and for keeping the interior cool to provide an escape from the hot, humid southern weather. This included double-hung windows, porches to capture the afternoon breezes, transoms, pilings to raise the first floor to allow cooler air to circulate beneath the home and protect against high water tides, wraparound porches with awnings, and shutters for bringing the outside light and ventilation in. 

// WINTER WEDDING // Breaks tradition, full of surprises

What do football season and a winter wedding have in common? Just ask Hilton Head newlyweds, Camille and Charlie Schramm.

Both are graduates of the University of South Carolina and avid football fans, which explains Charlie’s choice for proposing in September of 2018 at — what else? — a tailgate.

Plan an unforgettable //DESTINATION WEDDING// 

With post-pandemic trending terms like “minimony” and “sequel wedding,” it’s hard to know how to begin planning your destination wedding, but fortunately Lowcountry experts have offered their insightful expertise. “When you have a vendor who translates for a Lowcountry feel,” Beth Baldwin of Beth Baldwin Weddings said, “it ‘marries’ the elements of the evening in perfect harmony.” The top advice for maintaining harmony: Hire a wedding planner.

SAYING ‘I DO’ TO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

Something just clicked when wedding photographers Amanda Olivia and Mekina Saylor met two years ago at a mastermind. “We are complete opposites,” began Mekina, “But we developed a friendship and we both like to give our clients the best possible experience.” That friendship has continued, and recently Amanda Olivia shot Mekina and her fiancé Nick Pennetti’s engagement photos on Hilton Head. “I call it an engagement ex perience because my sessions are an experience. I don’t want it to be 10 minutes and done,” said Amanda Olivia.