At the helm December 2020

At the Helm

anuska dec20Dear reader

The holiday season is a time to give, to cherish our loved ones and appreciate those who have enriched our lives. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year, and we are grateful you are spending some of your valuable time with us. 

The joy of giving is always more gratifying than receiving. So many organizations stepped up when they were needed most during this trying year, like the tireless work of the Long Cove Fund or the Watterson Family Foundation, driven by its passion to make a difference. 

To celebrate the end of the year, we are recognizing our local businesses and communities with our annual Readers’ Choice Awards, chosen by 87,400 votes. Thank you for voting. 

Other highlights in this issue include the much-anticipated Lowcountry Celebration Park on Hilton Head Island, and learning about the goals of new Bluffton police chief, Stephenie Price. 

Looking for some business advice, but also want to enjoy a fast-paced read during the holidays? Entrepreneur Bea Wray has written a book filled with humor and insight that details her business career and her experiences as a mom. 

A selection of books by local authors and those that explore the beauty of the Lowcountry would make a great gift. We offer some suggestions. 

The holidays are a great time for families to enjoy traditions together. Since 1985, the Hilton Head Dance Theatre has held a production of The Nutcracker. That tradition continues this year, but with a different experience. Inside, find out how the performance will transition to the big screen. 

We are grateful that our region has fared relatively well during the coronavirus pandemic — but we remain vigilant as cases rise nationwide — and that the local economy has been helped in part by a strong fall tourist season. 

This year has been challenging and unrelenting, but we are proud to have continued to serve the community, to give us all a sense of place, and connect us in a time where social distancing has become the temporary norm. We are so grateful for the support of our advertisers and our loyal readers. Thank you. 

Our entire team sends you the warmest holiday greetings and best wishes. 

ANUSKA FREY : Publisher