AMERICA’S BOATING CLUB HILTON HEAD, DAUFUSKIE ISLAND GULLAH HERITAGE SOCIETY PARTNER TO RESTORE GULLAH SITES

BY HILTON HEAD MONTHLY | PHOTOS SUPPLIED

America’s Boating Club Hilton Head has partnered with the Daufuskie Island Gullah Heritage Society to assist in the cleanup and restoration of Gullah historical sites on Daufuskie Island.

There are five Gullah cemeteries and multiple Gullah historic home sites on Daufuskie that need substantial amounts of work.

HHSO HOSTING ESTEEMED INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

BY AMY COYNE BREDESON | PHOTOS SUPPLIED 

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will host its 27th year of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition this month.

The prestigious piano competition features a three-year rotation of events — an adult competition for pianists 18–30 years old one year, a young artist competition for pianists 13-17 years old the next year, and the third year a festival showcasing past competition winners and other acclaimed pianists.

1. THE GREENERY WELCOMES NEW BRANCH MANAGER
Gary Ostroski has been named The Greenery’s branch manager at the Hilton Head Island Commercial branch. Ostroski will be responsible for the success of the Hilton Head Island Commercial business unit including business development, account management, people development and operational excellence. Ostroski has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from York College (Pa.) and an MBA from UMass-Amherst.

LOCAL FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO MAKE A NATIONAL IMPACT

BY AMY BARTLETT | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

When Jesse Spina was a pre-teen battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, his eye was on a prize bigger than his own struggles: “helping his friends from the hospital.”

COMPETITION DIRECTOR MONA HUFF RETIRING

BY AMY COYNE BREDESON | PHOTO BY RUTHE RITTERBECK

Before retiring and moving to the Lowcountry in 2006, Mona Huff taught high school math and worked as director of technology for a school district in New York. When she and her husband, Joe, moved south, Mona began volunteering with the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Just a few years later she became the competition director.

1. SECOND HELPINGS VOLUNTEER JOINS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amy Fee, a Hilton Head Island resident, was recently named to the board of directors of Second Helpings. Fee has extensive experience in sales and marketing. She retired in 2019 from Morgan Stanley as vice president and director of business development. 

Not a word out of place

Roger Pinckney writes for his love of the Lowcountry

Just like his writing, Daufuskie resident and prolific author Roger Pinckney is succinct and entertaining. His voice is in cadence and in keeping with his salty, southern upbringing, drawing out some syllables, omitting others and always reflective of his hard-won wit and love for the Lowcountry. 

 In a virtual interview with Monthly, Pinckney, a voodoo aficionado (one of his works is, “Got My Mojo Workin’: A Voodoo Memoir”), discussed some of his bestsellers like “Blue Roots” and “Reefer Moon,” his most recently published work “Washed in the Blood” and an upcoming project he is co-writing with Michael Dewitt Jr. about the Murdaugh family and “a culmination of missteps going on for over one hundred years.”