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The Island Funeral Home's Grand Reopening

Thank you to all those who came to our grand reopening! We had folks from the Town of Hilton Head, Town Councilman Alex Brown and Town Staff Attorney Diane Bush, The President of the HHI Chamber Bill Miles and his staff from the Chamber, as well as many of our Hospice partners like, Hospice Care of The Lowcountry, their Executive Director, Jenny Brasington and James Dismond, their Director of Business Development.

 Several of Lawrence Melton's classmates from the The Hilton Head Chamber Leadership Class of 2022 (best class ever) were kindly there to show their support as well.

The feedback that we received from everyone regarding the renovations were wonderful. Folks enjoyed the open feel and the warmth the building now provides from both the inside and out. The new layout of the selection room was also a fan favorite since they were impressed with the options available for families to choose from.

Thank you again to everyone that attended and for those that worked tirelessly to turn this into such a great space for not only us but most importantly, the families and community we have the privilege of serving.

Missy Brown, Valerie Mayer, and Lesley Babington:

The Heart and Soul of the Funeral Industry

"Missy Brown, Valerie Mayer and Lesley Babington have each found their niche at Island Funeral Home in a previously male-dominated industry. Missy and Valerie are funeral directors and Lesley is the director of the crematorium. For each of them it’s not a job, a career, or even a vocation…it’s a calling."

Click here to read the full article in the February 2021 Issue of Pink Magazine.

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry Webinar - Advance Care Planning Featuring Valerie Mayer

Click here to watch the Advance Care Preplanning Series webinar featuring Valerie Mayer.

September 2022 virtual and social events:


THE ISLAND’S STORY: Learn from a Coastal Discovery Museum docent about our earliest residents, the plantation era, Gullah culture, and our modern development. Suitable for ages 7 and older. Cost is $7. 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or


KIDS NIGHT OUT: Drop your kids off for a fun Friday night while you enjoy a night out. Children will experience water games, dinner, slides, and other great activities on the back lawn. Registration required. 6-8:30 p.m., LowCountry Community Church, 801 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. 843-836- 1101 or

SEPT. 2-3

SAVANNAH CLASSIC CAR AUCTION: Premier Auction Group is hosting a classic car auction featuring 400 collector cars for public bidding. Register to bid early. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for seniors or military, free for children 12 and under. 9:45 a.m., Savannah Convention Center, 1 International Drive, Savannah. 844-593-7355 or


INDIGO EXPLORATION: Journey to the past and “meet” Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Hear her unique story, learn how indigo dye was made, and make your own indigo tie-dyed T-shirt to take home. Cost is $12. 6-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or


FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Open to all families, this event is designed to bring families together for a cost-free evening of fun activities. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 80 Nassau Street, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-7645 or

SEPT. 10

BILINGUAL TOURS AT THE MORRIS CENTER: Learn about the history, art, and culture of the Lowcountry during these guided tours in Spanish and English. Free. 10 a.m., 2 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: Settle in for an enlightening documentary screening of “A Month and Some Days/Un Mes y Dias.” The documentary speaks through the voice of the Tri-County Latino community, including its challenges and achievements as immigrants. Suggested $5 donation. 3 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

LOWCOUNTRY COLOR RUN: Proceeds from this Fun Run/5K will go to “I Got Shoes,” a nonprofit that provides shoes for those in need in Uganda. Fun festivities will take place after the race for participants. Registration is $35 for adults, $20 for children under 12. 9:30 a.m., LowCountry Community Church, 801 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. 843-836-1101 or

MOVE YOUR MIND: Join Memory Matters for a fun 5K or 10K walk/run featuring food, prizes, and more. Pets welcome. Tickets are $20-$35. 7:30-10:30 a.m., May River High School, 601 New Riverside Drive, Bluffton. 843-842-6688 or

SEPT. 10-11

OLUKAI LOWCOUNTRY BOIL PADDLE BATTLE: Join this Lowcountry paddle battle to help raise money for the Outside Foundation. The battle features three courses and cash awards and trophies will be presented to the winners. 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Rowing and Sailing Center, 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island.

SEPT. 13

PRESENTATION: “AN ECOLOGICAL DISASTER IN THE MAKING”: Join veteran foreign correspondent James Borton for a presentation about how the sea’s sustainability is being threatened by the negative impact of continuous coastal development, climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, reclamations, overfishing, and population and political pressures from all neighboring states. Free. 10 a.m., Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-384-6758 or

SEPT. 14

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton is offering a stroke support group featuring refreshments, educational resources, fun activities, and socializing. Free. 3-4 p.m., Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital, 107 Seagrass Station Road, Bluffton. 843-415-6699 or

SEPT. 16

BLUFFTON MOVIE NIGHT: The Town of Bluffton is hosting six movie nights to bring Bluffton families together in Town parks throughout the remainder of 2022; featuring bounce houses, games, and a movie. The September movie is “Sing 2.” 6-8 p.m., Oscar Frazier Park, 7 Recreation Court, Bluffton. 843- 706-4500 Or

LOWCOUNTRY REPTILES: Slither on in to get up close and personal with species of local snakes. Erin McBeth from Lowcountry Exotics LLC will introduce visitors to scaly friends and explain the differences between venomous and non-venomous snakes. Suitable for the whole family. Suggested $5 donation. 11 a.m. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

SEPT. 20

SOUTH CAROLINA “HERSTORY”: Scores of women have left an indelible mark on “her story” in the Palmetto State. This inspiring talk connects to The Supper Table. Free. 6 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284- 9227 or

SEPT. 22

MARINE INVERTEBRATES: Dive deep into the life of smaller marine creatures during this hands-on interactive experience. Cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12. 6-7 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or

SEPT. 24

NATIVE PLANT SALE: The Coastal Discovery Museum will have over 90 native plant species for sale to cover diverse landscaping needs, from vines to blooming bushes to butterfly-friendly plants. Native plants have the advantage of being adapted to the local environment and therefore require little or no care at all. One-gallon potted plants are $9, three gallon potted plants are $16. Cash or check only. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689- 6767, ext. 223 or


EXHIBIT: “SURROUNDINGS… CAPTURING THE LOWCOUNTRY ON CANVAS”: Artist Robin Sue Ross will have her impressionistic paintings on display, featuring colorful tributes to the Lowcountry landscape. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays; 12-4 p.m., Sundays. Art League Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-5060 or

SEPT. 26

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: This annual golf tournament will celebrate 25 years of fun, fellowship, and building homes with tournament proceeds going to families in need of a safe place to live. Player fee is $250. 9 a.m., Oldfield Club, 130 Oldfield Way, Bluffton. 843-681-5864 or

SEPT. 29

ART AND APPETIZERS: Enjoy an evening of art and appetizers to support Memory Matters. The event will feature three local artists who will have their work on display: Amos Hummell, HeeJune Shin, and Pam White. Free admission. 4:30-7 p.m., Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842- 6688 or


OCT. 1

COMMUNITY YARD SALE: High Tide Restoration and Cleaning is hosting a Community Yard Sale and offering booth space to those with stuff to sell. Register soon for booth space. Free. 7 a.m.-12 p.m., High Tide Restoration and Cleaning, 322 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-422-7360 or

LOW COUNTRY FISH AND GRITS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Family-friendly festival at the Lowcountry Celebration Park on HHI. Bringing awareness to the Gullah Geechee culture with a mix of international and local musical talent, unique crafts, and indigenous cuisine. 1-6 p.m.

NOV. 6

BIKE BLUFFTON: The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton will host a premier cycling fundraising event in November to raise money for the Club. The ride will feature four routes for everyone from avid cyclists to families looking for a fun morning out. After the event, participants can enjoy food, music, and activities. Registration costs start at $50. 8 a.m., The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton, 100 H. E. McCracken Circle, Bluffton. 843-757-2845 or


The Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum: Explore Hilton Head Island’s rich history and learn the story behind its famous lighthouse in a unique, museum-like setting. Admission is $4.25/person, complimentary for children ages 5 and younger. 149 Lighthouse Rd. 843-671-2810 or

Curbside Crafts To-Go: Children and adults can order a variety of craft activities pre-assembled and ready to enjoy at your home or villa. Book online. Cost is $12-$20. Sea Pines Resort Fitness and Recreation Department, 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 122, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

Coligny Summer Music: Join Coligny at the Center Stage every night this summer for live music Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-842- 6050 or

Alligator and Wildlife Boat Tour: Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tour with H2O Sports in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Get an up-close view of indigenous plant and animal life, including the American alligator, on a one-hour guided boat tour. Reservations are required, 843-671-4386 or

Trail Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve with Lawton Stables: Trail Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve with Lawton Stables. Meander through the preserve on horseback for the true feel of the untouched Lowcountry. Trail riders must be at least 8 years old. Reservations are required. 843-671-2586

Pickleball at Palmetto Dunes: Learn how to play Pickleball with daily clinics and round robins at the Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Courts and equipment are available to rent. Reservations recommended.


MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, AND THURSDAYS. (Check website for specific groups)

Bereavement Support Group: "New Hope" is an open-ended bereavement support group for anyone who has lost a loved one through death. Counseling is available to our community through Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s Bereavement Services department, free of charge. It makes no difference regarding whether the person who died was a Hospice Care of the Lowcountry patient, where the person lived, or the relationship of the survivor. It also doesn’t matter how long ago the loss occurred. Private one-on-one sessions are also available. Counseling and groups are facilitated by Barbara Scobey,, Bereavement Services Coordinator for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910. Email Barbara Scobey or go to


Memory Matters: “Virtual Compass Classes”: An online program designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Compass provides curriculum-based activities, physical exercise, relaxation techniques, life-long learning, small group discussions and socialization. Cost is $400 per month. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. 843-842-6688 or


Indigo Tie Dye: Learn how indigo dye is made from a plant and use it to create a tie- dyed T-shirt to take home. All supplies are provided. Cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children. 1:30 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or

Sea Turtles: Learn about nesting sea turtles on Hilton Head’s beaches and how to protect this endangered species, led by marine biologist Amber Kuehn. Event will be held rain or shine. Bring a chair or towel. Donations suggested. 8-9 p.m., Lowcountry Celebration Park, 94 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island.


Hilton Head Island Farmers Market: Support our local farmers and producers and take home fresh produce, pasture-raised chicken, free-range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, sausage, cookies, bread, she-crab soup and more. Entrance and parking are free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum. 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island. 843-473-5231 or

The Farmers & Makers Market: Celebrate fresh, celebrate local. Enjoy the colorful displays that grow and change each week throughout the season at this charming, weekly festival. Now in its 9th year, the Market will present more fresh, local produce, more seafood, more breads and baked goods, and more crafts, artisans and “makers” than ever before. Free admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-5699 or


Nami Connection Support Group: A peer-led recovery support group for people living with mental health conditions in which people learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. Virtual the first and third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; in-person the second and fourth Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m. Jarvis Creek Park, Hilton Head Island. 843-636-3100 or


Farmers Market of Bluffton: Meet local farmers, chefs and artisans every Thursday on Boundary Street. Buy a fresh assortment of strawberries, produce, beets, potatoes and more. Also hear local, live entertainment and educational lectures. Noon-5 p.m., Martin Family Park, 68 Boundary Street, Bluffton. 843-415-2447 or

LCC Kids Storytime: This fun weekly event is a great opportunity for your Pre-K little ones to listen to stories, make new friends, and for parents to socialize too. Plus, children will enjoy crafts, flannel board interactive stories, and playtime. Free. 10-11 a.m., LowCountry Community Church, 801 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. 843-836- 1101 or


Sit and Stitch: Enjoy knitting, crochet, needlepoint, rug hook practice as Needlepoint Junction stays open late. All levels welcome. Outside food and drink permitted. Free. Virtual Thursdays 3 p.m.; In-person Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Needlepoint Junction, Suite J-7-E, Village at Wexford, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8488 or


Beginner Shag Lessons and Social Dancing: The Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club will host Friday night beginner shag lessons, followed by social dances. Lessons are open to couples, singles, and anyone who loves to dance. Dances are open to the public and all styles of dancers: shag, ballroom, swing, country, or line. Fee is $5. 5:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-6008 or