Celebrate Memorial Day on Hilton Head Island

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Memorial Day, formerly called Decoration Day, was established in May 1868 to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Civil War. After World War I the holiday was expanded to include the remembrance of all Americans who have so selflessly sacrificed their lives for our country. By 1971 Memorial Day was recognized as an official federal holiday. While many believe the real reason for this holiday is obscured by the concerts, barbecues, and celebrations that most Americans participate in, we think the time away from work spent with friends and family is a great way to honor those who have laid down their lives for our freedoms. The brave men and women in our nation’s history fought for our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With reverence to those individuals and their families, we choose to live life to the fullest, especially during Memorial Day Weekend.

Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to celebrate our nation's freedom with those who matter most.

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Dreading tourist traffic this summer? Hilton Head is getting a trolley service to help

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By Alex Kincaid
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In an effort to cut down on heavy tourist traffic on Hilton Head’s south end, a trolley service will begin running from mid-island to the Coligny area this summer.

Although a firm date has not yet been set, mid-July is the anticipated start of the service, which will run from Shelter Cove to Coligny Beach, a draft route shows.

“Recognizing the need to reduce the number of cars on the road, especially during tourist season, Town Council agreed to partner with Palmetto Breeze to fund an urban service,” said Anne Cyran, senior planner for the town. “The immediate vision is going to be a trolley that runs during tourist season through the main commercial areas on the island.”

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Hilton Head Wingfest a finger lickin' good time

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By Jamie Ertle
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - The saucy smell of chicken wings emanated from Shelter Cove all the way to Hwy 278.  Organizers for Hilton Head WingFest say it's one of the best turnouts they've seen in years. 

Leah Arnold with Hilton Head Island Recreation Operations said, "The seats are full, the wings are flying out of the fryers, and everyone seems to be really enjoying themselves." 

Almost two dozen restaurants were fryin' and tossin' an estimated 6,500 lbs of wings in all sorts of sauces.

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Chipotle and Starbucks plans approved by Hilton Head

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By Teresa Moss
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Plans to construct a building for Chipotle and Starbucks at Shelter Cove Towne Centre first came before the Town of Hilton Head during spring of last year.

The plans received approval from the town in June. 

Yet, work hasn’t started on the building. 

Last week, a sign of hope for burrito and coffee lovers was before the town’s Design Review Board. The developers of the building asked the board for an alteration to plans regarding the parking lot — and it was approved.

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Hilton Head may be getting trolleys. This is what we know

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By Delayna Earley
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Trolleys may be coming to Hilton Head Island!

The Town of Hilton Head Island has been working with Palmetto Breeze to see if they can get a trolley system to run from Coligny Beach Park to Shelter Cove Towne Center, according to Charlie Cousins, community development director with the town.

Cousins said that Palmetto Breeze received a federal grant to purchase shuttles to be used for this service and the town provided them with money to get the grant.

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Hilton Head -Bluffton Restaurant Week: Menus, deals and what you need to know

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By Mandy Matney and Ashley Jean Reese
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Hungry on Hilton Head? Don't worry, Chamber Restaurant Week is right around the corner.

The 10th annual Hilton Head- Bluffton Chamber Restaurant Week Feb. 3-10.

Here are the menus, locations, and info you need to know before going to the Hilton Head and Bluffton participating restaurants.

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7 awesome Super Bowl events, deals around Hilton Head and Beaufort — FREE food, too.

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By Maggie Angst
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If you don’t have plans for the Super Bowl game on Sunday, don’t fret. There’s plenty of special events happening around Hilton Head and Beaufort.

From an all-you-can-eat buffet to a free nacho bar to a fundraiser for a family in need, there’s plenty of options for you to enjoy game day.

Here are seven Beaufort County events that you can choose from on Super Bowl Sunday:

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Photography Locations around Bluffton

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Photography is one of the most popular hobbies in the US. Up until 2014, about 20% of the American population reported they enjoyed taking photos in one capacity or another.

Thanks to modern technology and our smartphones, you don’t have to be a pro or to have the most expensive equipment to produce high-quality photos. This activity poses as a creative outlet for people when their daily routine doesn’t provide it, which is also a good thing.

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This favorite Hilton Head holiday display looked different this year. Here’s why

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By Alex Kincaid
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You might have noticed the Shelter Cove Towne Centre holiday light display wasn’t quite as colorful as in previous years, as the thousands of lights that normally draped over the road were missing.

That’s because the Dove Street Festival of Lights was replaced with a new event called “‘Tis the Season” after a three-year partnership with the Dove Street Founders ended last year, according to Roni Allbritton, a Towne Centre official.

“It was decided to bring a new and fresh approach to the holiday season at (Shelter Cove Towne Centre) this year,” Allbritton said in an email Wednesday. “This year we wanted to carry lights throughout the entire center.”


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Dreams do come true. Hilton Head grocery store to open a bar so you can shop and drink

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By Teresa Moss
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Work is almost finished on a bar inside the Kroger grocery store on Hilton Head Island that will carry craft beers on tap and wine.

The bar — expected to open in upcoming weeks — sits between the grocery store’s deli and a Starbucks.

“Our customers will enjoy the option to eat, relax and have a glass of wine or beer while shopping,” Felix Turner, Kroger’s Atlanta Division corporate affairs manager, said via email Friday.

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Steamed, fried or stewed: it was any way you like ’em at the Hilton Head Oyster Festival

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By Jay Karr
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The Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival continued on Saturday at Shelter Cove Community Park.

Highlights included steamed, fried and stewed oysters as well as a variety of other fare.

Musical entertainment included performances by several bands. There was also a kids zone, local Artisan Pop Up Shops, marshmallow roasting and a sports lounge where festival goers could quaff a brew while keeping up with their favorite football teams.

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Small homes a big hit at Tiny House Show

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By Jay Karr
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The inaugural Tiny House Show was held on Saturday on Hilton Head Island. The two-day event, which was rescheduled for this weekend after being postponed by Hurricane Irma in early September, is being presented by New South Living at Shelter Cove Community Park.

New South Living, Driftwood Homes USA, a tiny-house company in Bluffton, and other builders showed off a dozen tiny homes a housing style that is one of the hottest trends in the home market today.

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Lowcountry kids express their Halloween candy preferences

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By Jay Karr
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Not sure what kind of candy to hand out to hungry trick-or-treaters this Halloween? Maybe this video can help you decide.

In an attempt to find out what kind of candy today’s kids really want in their Halloween bags, we asked some of the kids attending the Pumpkin Patch event at Shelter Cove Community Park on Friday what kind of candy they prefer.

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Feed your body and your brain at this Hilton Head festival Saturday

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By Lisa Wilson
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The second annual VegFest, set for Saturday on Hilton Head Island, aims to educate attendees about a vegan lifestyle and diet, according to a news release from Palmetto Plant Eaters.

The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park.

Hundreds of people are expected to participate from around the Lowcountry, and the first 300 attendees will receive a free swag bag, according to the festival’s schedule.

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