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The Island Funeral Home voted Lowcountry's Best 2022 Silver Award Winner for Best Funeral Home/Services

In September, The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette announced that The Island Funeral Home & Crematory was named Lowcountry's Best 2022 Silver Award Winner for Best Funeral Home/Services! We, the staff of The Island Funeral Home & Crematory, would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that voted and thank you for allowing us to serve you and Beaufort County. It is our honor and privilege to serve us all!

To read more about the contest, please visit Introducing the 2022 Winners of Lowcountry's Best | Lowcountry's Best (

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.

December 2022 Virtual and Social events:

DEC. 4, 11 & 18

Breakfast With Santa at Plant Riverside District: Enjoy holiday music, photos with Santa and a Holiday Breakfast Buffet. $46+ Adults. $22+ Children. Plant Riverside District- River Landing, 400 W. River St, Savannah. Reservations are required.

Cookies with Santa: Dress up the kids for pictures with Santa, story time and cookie decorating. $5 per person. 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC 29936. 843-284-9227 ext. 103. or

DEC. 9-10

A Community Christmas Walk: Family- friendly event including a Christmas story trail, nativity, movies, live music, amazing lights, train rides, bonfires, snow, hot dogs, smores and Santa. $5 at the door. Children 5 and under are free. 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. All funds go to Thornwell Children’s Home. 171 Cordillo Pkwy, Hilton Head Island.

DEC. 10

Cookies with Santa: Dress up the kids for pictures with Santa, story time and cookie decorating. $5 per person. 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC 29936. 843-284-9227 ext. 103. or

Bilingual Tours at the Morris Center: Learn about the history, art, and culture of the Lowcountry. Guided tours are in Spanish and English. Free. Offered hourly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Last tour is at 1 p.m. 843-284-9227 ext. 103 or

Breakfast with Santa: Santa Claus is coming to town. Enjoy story time, hot breakfast, photo time and craft making. $10 per person. 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Morris Center for the Lowcountry, 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC 29936. 843-284-9227 or

Special Holiday Market Presented by Lowcountry Made Port Royal: Live music and food. Shopping from local makers. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Port Royal Live Oaks Park, 904 14th St, Port Royal, SC.

The Nutcracker 5K Presented by Horizon Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine: Run, walk, play and dance and get into the holiday spirit. Bring a toy to support Deep Well Project. Kids 12-under run for only $15. Ages 13+ are $35. 1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Suite J6, Hilton Head Island. Register online at

DEC. 11

Hilton Head Humane Shelter Christmas Party: Support this non-profit organization that helps to provide shelter and medical care for the island’s dog and cat population. 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. 10 Humane Way, Hilton Head Island. To volunteer, contact

DEC. 13

How to Hoopla: A step-by-step guide to using Hoopla, the library’s digital materials collection. Learn how to download ebooks, audiobooks and other digital content. Free. 10 a.m. Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head Island. 843-255-6526 or

DEC. 14

Audobon Christmas Bird Count: Join the Hilton Head Audobon Society as it works with communities across America, including Sea Pines, to conduct its annual Audobon Christmas Bird Count. For additional information or to register, please contact or visit

DEC. 15

Holiday Cookie Decorating: Decorate cookies while listening to your favorite holiday jingles at the library. Cookies and decorations provided. Registration is encouraged. Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head Island. 843-255-6526 or

DEC. 17

Polar Pines Express- Holiday Wagon Ride: Hop aboard our festive wagon and arrive at our North Pole to hear a classic story, “The Polar Express.” Create a paper conductor’s hat and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Reservations are required. $18/adult, $16/child (ages 12 and younger). 1 p.m. and 2:30p.m. Sea Pines Forest Preserve, 175 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island.

DEC. 17-18

Journey to Bethlehem: A walk-through live Nativity visiting Bethlehem as it was at the time of Jesus’ birth. Free. 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-3696.

DEC. 18

Hilton Head Island Hanukkah Celebration: Celebrate the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. All are welcomed. Featuring the lighting of the Menorah, latkes and sufganiyot (traditional Hanukkah food), music, dreidel games and more. Free. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lowcountry Celebration Park 94 Pope Avenue.

First Presbyterian Church Youth Choir performs at Shelter Cove Towne Centre: The Adventures in Music Youth Choir will perform near Kilwins for a public performance. Free and open to the public. 1:30 p.m. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 28 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island.

DEC. 19

Public Menorah Lighting at Shelter Cove Towne Centre: The Chabad Greater Hilton Head is hosting this event with music, light refreshments and the lighting of a 9-foot Menorah in the open court area in front of Jane Restaurant and Belk Men’s Store. Free. 5:30p.m. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.

DEC. 23

Gregg Russell Christmas Concert: Gregg Russell plays guitar and sings holiday songs. Enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus following the show. Free. 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

DEC. 23

Bluffton Gullah Market: A local market where Gullah business owners, artisans, craftsmen, caterers and farmers can sell their products. 12 p.m.- 7p.m. Martin Family Park, 68 Boundary St, Bluffton.

DEC. 24

Christmas Eve Services: Family Worship at 4:30 p.m. Candlelight and Christmas Music at 8 p.m. Candlelight & Communion Service at 10:30 p.m. Free. First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island in the Sanctuary, 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-3696.

DEC. 27-29

Holiday Fun in Harbour Town: Join us around the Liberty Oak Tree in Harbour Town to watch classic holiday movies, roast marshmallows and enjoy train rides. Complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for Deep Well. Train rides are $5 per passenger. The movie and marshmallow roasting begin at 6p.m.

DEC. 31

21st Annual Polar Bear Swim: Take a dip in the Harbour Town pool on a chilly winter day. Warm up after with hot chocolate and refreshments. Complimentary. 10 a.m. Harbour Town Pool, 1 Lighthouse Ln, Hilton Head Island.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Harbour Town: Enjoy a festive New Year’s celebration with food, fun, entertainment and live music throughout Harbour Town. Countdown to watch the ball drop from the top of the lighthouse as we welcome in the New Year. 843-842-1979.

DEC. 31- JAN. 2

New Year’s at Palmetto Bluff: Throw confetti, pop champagne and toast the New Year at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Planners are available to schedule your New Year’s weekend at Palmetto Bluff.

Holiday Lights at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina: Take a stroll through this version of a winter wonderland as Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina transforms into a colorful affair. Stroll through the promenade decorated with holiday lights and enjoy everything a “Lowcountry Winter” has to offer. Free. 1 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island. 866-661-3822 or

Holiday Lights at Shelter Cove Towne Centre: Enjoy the festive lights throughout the center. The beautiful 28-foot decorated Christmas tree will also be in the park. Free. 1 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island. 866-661-3822 or

SANTA & MRS. CLAUS VISIT Shelter Cove Towne Centre: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand, located near Francesca’s. Visit from 12 p.m.- 2p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. Visit from 5p.m. to 7p.m. on Dec. 3, 9, 16 and 23. On Christmas Eve, visit Santa by the Christmas tree in the park from 12p.m.- 2p.m. 40 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island.

South Beach Christmas Village: Every evening at dusk thousands of lights illuminate South Beach into a festive wonderland. Check out the Christmas trains. 232 S Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or

Holiday Lights at Harbour Town: Enjoy strolling along the harbour enjoying live entertainment and activities while taking in the festive, illuminated views of the lights of Harbour Town. Deep Well will be accepting donations of canned goods and unwrapped children’s toys at the well by the Liberty Oak Stage. 843-842-1979 or


JAN 12-22

Tides to Tables Restaurant Week: This 10-day celebration attracts people from all over the country to come try the amazing culinary creations by South Carolina’s top chefs. Hundreds of restaurants are offering special menu items, promotions and incredible discounts.

JAN. 14

Daufuskie Island Marathon: An inclusive race held at Haig Point and consists of a 13.1-mile or a 26.2-mile distance on a USATF-certified course. After the race, enjoy live music while having lunch. Browse an Artesian Village filled with vendors and have celebratory drinks on the green. $125- $150. 7:30a.m.- 4:30p.m. Daufuskie Island, Haig Point Lighthouse. Contact: Kerry Dulina- 678-416-1933.

JAN. 21

2nd Annual Oyster Boogie Run: Support local Riverview Charter School and run through Historic Downtown Beaufort and across the Woods Memorial Bridge. Runners start and finish at Freedom Park. Cash prizes will be awarded for male & female age groups. 8a.m.- 10a.m. $40+ signup fee. Register online at

JAN 21 & 22

3rd Annual Oyster Festival Weekend: Come to this event taking place during the Tides to Tables Restaurant Week for a fabulous low country weekend! Free Admission. 9a.m.- 3:30p.m. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park on Bay Street, Beaufort. 843-525-7011 or or

JAN 28

Snow Day Presented by the Island Recreation Center: This family-friendly event will have inflatable rides, a snowfield and entertainment. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 2-17. 843-681-7273 or



Memory-Enhancing Classes at Memory Matters: A memory enhancing program providing curriculum-based, mind-enhancing content to encourage socialization, stimulation and support for individuals newly diagnosed with early memory loss. Costs: 1 day per week is $200; 2 days per week is $350. In-person on Mondays & Wednesdays. Virtual classes are offered on Thursdays between 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6688 or


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


Civil War Era: Join this presentation featuring maps and historic photos of this time on Hilton Head from 1861-1865. Reservations required. The cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children. 3 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223. 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


Sit and Stitch: Practice needlepoint every Friday during this casual sit and stitch event. All levels welcome. Free. 10 a.m., Needlepoint Junction, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 6134, 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. Floor fee is $5. 5:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-363-6008 or


Hilton Head Community Market: On Dec. 3rd, 10 and 17, the Island Recreation Center will host a food-focused market that also features a limited number of local artisans and makers each week. Half of all vendor fees received will be donated to a local, non-profit organization each month. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Shelter Cover Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island. Contact Colleen Laux at

Bluffton Lowcountry Made Market: On Dec. 17, visit this local market held every 3rd Saturday of each month featuring local artisans and makers. 9a.m. -1p.m. Buckwalter Place (next to Buckwalter Kroger Shopping Center), Commerce Park, 25 Buckwalter Pl. Blvd. Bluffton.


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

Crafts: Children and adults can choose from a variety of craft activities. Cost is $12-$20. Sea Pines Resort Fitness and Recreation Department, 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 122, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-1979 or

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

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 $5.75/person, complimentary for children ages 5 and younger. Open every day 10 a.m.-sundown. 149 Lighthouse Rd. 843-671-2810 or