Hilton Head Island Outdoor Vibe
Blanche T. Sullivan

About Blanche T. Sullivan

Blanche T. Sullivan, Michigan native and ad agency veteran, discovered Hilton Head Island in 2000 and it was love at first sight. What began as a maiden golf voyage led to a job offer, and she moved to the island within three weeks.

Hilton Head Island: Music, Fireworks & Family Fun

Island Rec hosts Summer Jams Party

If you like great music, great food and a great, fun-filled family-friendly atmosphere, then you will not want to miss the Island Recreation Association’s “Summer Jams Party in the Park.” If you’re already familiar with this crowd-pleasing outdoor soiree, then you’ll definitely mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 9, and be sure to get yourself to Hilton Head Island’s Shelter Cove Community Park for the last jam of the season.

After a hugely successful turnout and positive feedback during last year’s Summer Jams series, The Island Recreation Association, along with its sponsors, Budweiser, The Smokehouse restaurant and Adventure Radio Group, decided to host this free Summer Jams Party in the Park event again this year.

In addition to the rockin’ entertainment, tasty refreshments and exciting activities, such as inflatable bounce houses and face painting, locals and visitors enjoy this all amidst Hilton Head Island’s beautiful natural landscape and relaxing atmosphere.

Jeff Taylor, of 103.1 FM’s The Drive’s, adds his unique flair to the Summer Jams Party in the Park, and the fabulous evening ends with a smile-inducing fireworks display over Shelter Cove Harbour at around 9 pm.

Incredible barbecue from The Smokehouse, hot dogs, Giuseppi’s pizza, Coca-Cola, Bud and Bud Light will be available for purchase, and all proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Association’s children’s scholarship fund, which helps guarantee that “no child is denied” recreation opportunities.

Bring your friends, family, neighbors, visitors you just met at the grocery story, etc. and get down to the Shelter Cove Community Park for Summer Jams in the Park – a casual, down-home good time.

For more information regarding this event, the Island Rec Center or its many other fine programs and activities, contact the Island Recreation Association at (843) 681-7273 or visit islandreccenter.org. You can also follow the rec center on Facebook: Island Recreation Association.

Summer Jams “At a Glance”

What: Super fun “Summer Jams Party in the Park”

Who: 103.1 FM The Drive’s Jeff Taylor

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2011; 7 – 10 pm

Where: Shelter Cove Community Park (mid-island, near Shelter Cove Harbour)

Cost: Admission is ‘free’; food & refreshments available for purchase

Hilton Head Island’s Sensational Summer Camps

Coastal Discovery Museum campers catch phytoplankton. Image courtesy CDM

Coastal Discovery Museum offers hands-on adventure & exploration of the Lowcountry

From majestic birds and mammals to playful dolphins and scampering crustaceans, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry abound with an amazing assortment of awe-inspiring creatures, large and small. Some are more easily visible or readily encountered amidst the area’s park-like setting, while others maintain a low profile within their lush landscape.


Thanks to the Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn, and its staff of knowledgeable naturalists and expert guides, nature lovers of all ages can meet and learn about a broad range of fascinating animals, as well as plants, that make Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry their home.


The museum offers a variety of interesting programs year round, but its summer camp programs are particularly popular and offer young people a wonderful opportunity to have great fun, while also learning and exploring South Carolina’s unique Lowcountry.


According to Amy Tressler, Curator of Education for the museum, “Barrier Island Discoveries Camps encourage children to get outdoors and explore the surrounding environment. During these camps, children will have the opportunity to take an up-close look and hands-on approach to learning about plants and animals living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. We encourage participating campers to explore and experience in order to build a lasting sense of enthusiasm and interest in Lowcountry wildlife.”


Some of the museum’s programs take place directly on its enchanting 68-acre property, which is resplendent with spectacular centuries-old hardwoods and surrounded by a salt marsh and maritime forest, while others take participants to nearby beaches, which are rich with myriad natural ‘treasures.’ The camps, well suited for children ages 7-11, also include many fun activities and take-home projects.


Upcoming Barrier Island Discoveries Camps Themes

“Fur & Feathers: Mammals & Birds of the Lowcountry”
June 29-July 1 (Wed-Fri), 10am – 3pm
Location: Coastal Discovery Museum



Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the amazing adaptations of Lowcountry birds and mammals through hands-on explorations and crafts. Participants will also learn what owls have been eating, create mammal tracks and learn how to identify common backyard animals.
Price: $160 for museum members; $175 non-members

“Fishing, Crabbing & Ocean Adventures”
July 6 (Wed); 10am – 3pm; Location: Coastal Discovery Museum
July 7 (Thu); 8am – 1pm; Location: Mitchelville Beach Park
July 8 (Fri); 8am – 1pm; Location: Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks (lunch included)



This camp emphasizes marine organisms and participants will get an up-close view of mollusks, crustaceans and marine mammals as they explore the beach, board the “Tammy Jane” shrimp trawler and enjoy crabbing and fishing off the docks at Honey Horn. Campers will also create a take-home shell collection and create a fish-print T-shirt.
Price: $210 for museum members; $225 non-members


Coastal Discovery Museum programs tend to fill up quickly and advance reservations are recommended. To reserve your space for one of the camps featured here, or additional camps offered this summer, please email or call Amy Tressler: atressler@coastaldiscovery.org or 843.689.3033 x228.


You can learn more about the Coastal Discovery Museum and its many other fine programs online: coastaldiscovery.org. To learn more about other programs offered on Hilton Head Island or in the Lowcountry, please visit hiltonheadisland.org.



Enjoy Hilton Head Island's Natural Splendor by Kayak

Renowned Naturalist Todd Ballantine, author of "Tideland Treasure," leads a kayak tour. Photo courtesy Outside Hilton Head.

Outside Hilton Head Hosts Renowned Naturalist Todd Ballantine

With its vast and intricate network of picturesque waterways, there is no better and more relaxing way to experience the natural splendor of Hilton Head Island, or the surrounding Lowcountry, than by kayak. This is particularly true for those who take advantage of expert-led excursions.


Thanks to Hilton Head Island’s subtropical and consistently mild climate, kayaking is always in season and some organizations offer tours 365 days of the year.


Outside Hilton Head, for example, has been offering a variety of outdoor adventures for 30 years and is well recognized for its range of quality programs, as well as the knowledgeable and passionate professionals who guide them. Experience is generally only required for more lengthy, advanced kayak tours and many are family-friendly enough for children as young as three years of age.


On Saturday, June 25, as part of its environmental education distinguished speaker program, Outside Hilton Head will host a very special kayaking opportunity guided by award-winning naturalist Todd Ballantine.


Ballantine, an internationally recognized educator, environmental scientist, writer and artist, is the author of “Tideland Treasure,” a Lowcountry field guide, as well as a highly regarded and long running newspaper column, “On Earth,” for which the South Carolina Wildlife Federation presented him a Harry Hampton Award.


According to longtime Lowcountry resident and Outside Hilton Head owner Mike Overton, “Todd Ballantine provides what I believe is truly the best nature-based outdoor excursion available in the Hilton Head Island area. His knowledge of the rich nature, history and culture combined with a remarkable ability to convey things in an entertaining and meaningful way is extremely special. Whether you have lived in the Lowcountry for a lifetime or are just visiting, this is an opportunity not to miss.”


The Todd Ballantine Kayak Tour, which will run from about 9-11 a.m. and depart from the Outside Hilton Head kiosk in Shelter Cove Marina, will begin with a brief paddling clinic by a certified kayak guide.


Then, after an introduction to sea kayaking, Ballantine will lead his informative and educational interpretive nature tour through various creeks and inlets that embrace the area’s coastal marshlands.


Following the tour, Ballantine will be available to sign copies of “Tideland Treasures” and proceeds from the program will benefit the “Friends of the Rivers” organization (recently renamed “The Port Royal Sound Foundation”).


Space for the Todd Ballantine Kayak Tour is limited. For reservations and additional information, regarding this program or others, please call 1.800.686.6996 or 843.686.6996.


You can also find great information, such as FAQ, regarding Outside Hilton Head online, outsidehiltonhead.com, or follow OHH on Facebook: Outside Hilton Head.