News & Events


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.


New Hope Bereavement Support Group

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (check website for specific groups)
3:00 PM-4:30 PM 

"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"

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

A free 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. Free. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. 843-842-6688 or

NAMI Connection Support Group

Wednesdays - Virtual and In-Person

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

May 2022 Events:


Children’s Memorial Garden Celebration: After a two-year absence because of COVID, the Children's Memorial Garden will hold an in-person ceremony in remembrance of the sons and daughters who are no longer with us. 4-5 p.m., Children’s Memorial Garden, Hilton Head Hospital, 25 Hospital Center Boulevard, Hilton Head Island. 843-384-2859 or 843-298-1967.

Pedal Hilton Head:  Come and celebrate Hilton Head’s culture, award-winning cycling, and our community’s resilience while raising funds to support the most valuable asset we have, our children. Peddlers will cycle to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club community. Cost is $75-$300. 8 a.m., Lowcountry Celebration Park, 94 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island.


Geography of Honey Hill: Join Dr. Silvia E. Piovan for a presentation about a geohistorical approach to the American Civil War from South Carolina to Honey Hill. Free. 6 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or


Wine Down Wednesday: A festive evening of wine, music, shopping, refreshments, and prizes. Proceeds to benefit Hilton Head Heroes. Enjoy tastings at participating merchants, special promotions, sales, and in-store demos. Must be 21+ to participate. Cost is $15. 5-7:30 p.m., Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

MAY 6-7

A Taste of Beaufort: This festival is a foodie’s dream, bringing together the best culinary dishes from the Lowcountry. Featuring live entertainment, kids’ activities and more. Free admission. 5-10 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Bay Street, Beaufort.


Bluffton Mayfest:  Join the Rotary Club of Bluffton for a weekend of fun to celebrate all things Bluffton. Featuring 150 artists and food vendors, music, a pie eating contest, an ugly dog contest, and more. Free entry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown Bluffton.


Bluffton 8th Grade Juried Art Show: Experience excellence in visual art by our young local artists at this exhibit, featuring student artwork from Bluffton Middle School, H.E. McCracken Middle School, The Cross School, River Ridge

Academy and Hilton Head Christian Academy. There will be a “People’s Choice” award, vote through April 30. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays; closed Sundays. Bluffton County Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. 603-918-0206.

MAY 14

Bilingual Tours at Morris Center: Learn about the history, art and culture of the Lowcountry with tours offered in English and Spanish. Free. 10 a.m., 2 p.m., Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland. 843-284-9227 or

Heritage Academy’s Community Yard Sale: Join this community yard sale in the Heritage Academy parking lot. Free entry, $50 per parking spot to sell items. 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Heritage Academy, 11 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-8600 or

May Day 5K: Run or walk in this family-friendly 5K to support the Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY). Cost is $20-$30. 8-10 a.m., Bluffton High School, 12 H.E. McCracken Circle, Bluffton. 843-815-1718 or

Second Annual All Corvette Show: The second annual Corvette Show proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Area 8 locally. Come out and see the beautiful Corvettes presented by Corvette Club of Hilton Head and Reichenbach Chevrolet. Rain date is May 15. Free entry. To display your Corvette, register for $20. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Reichenbach Chevrolet, 10 University Parkway, Hardeeville. 843-715-1622 or

MAY 16

Pork in the Parking Lot: A member appreciation luncheon, catered by One Hot Mama’s, hosted by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. Please register. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 1 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-3673 or

MAY 16-20

Small Business Week: Join the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the local businesses who are the backbone of our community. Free. Various times and locations. 843-785-3673 or

MAY 17

Small Business Week Seminar: Do you have job openings? You’re not alone. Join presenter Scott Beebe for a workshop all about how you can find, hire, and keep talent in your field. Cost is $10 for Chamber members, $15 for guests. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 1 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-3673 or

Bluffton Block Party: Conclude Small Business Week with a fun outdoor block party. Please register. Cost is $10 for Chamber members, $15 for guests. 5:30-7 p.m., Prudential Insurance, 1278 May River Road, Suite 300, Bluffton. 843-785-3673 or

MAY 20

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 May movie is “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” 5-8 p.m., Buckwalter Place Park, 2 Venture Drive, Bluffton. 843-706-4500 or

Sunset Palooza: This month’s Bluffton Sunset Party Series will feature live music, a food court, vendors, a wine bar, craft beer garden and more. Admission is $10. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf Street, Bluffton. 843-757-8520 or

MAY 21

Fur the LOVE of Bluffton Summers: Celebrate Bluffton summers while bringing awareness to local animal rescues and shelters. This event features bounce houses, face painting, ice cream, music, food trucks, animal-related vendors and more. Free entry. 12-4 p.m., Martin Family Park, 68 Boundary Street, Bluffton. 843-414-2999 or

MAY 22

Mindful Triathlon: Enjoy a fun 5K run or walk, followed by a 45-minute yoga class on the beach. End the evening with a 15-minute guided meditation and gong experience that will clear your mind, relax your body, and complete the mindful triathlon. Cost is $35. 8-10 a.m., Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head Island.

MAY 28

Hilton Head Island Art Festival: A fun two-day event featuring a wide selection of beautiful art, casual shopping and dining, live entertainment and more. Free admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 17 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-6424 or

Original Gullah Festival: Enjoy storytelling, dancing, the sounds of jazz, blues, reggae and African drums at this fun outdoor festival. The Vendor Market is filled with arts and crafts and the Food Court is filled with local cuisine and traditional Gullah favorites. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Bay Street, Beaufort.

MAY 30

Freedom 5K: Dress in your patriotic best, red, white, and blue on one of Lowcountry's most scenic courses. Race proceeds and all donations will go to the Semper Fi & Americas Fund. Cost is $30 for 5K, $25 for military discount, $20 for children. 8-10 a.m., Port Royal Plantation, 10 Clubhouse Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-815-1718 or



Pockets Full of Sunshine: “Fun in the Sun for EVERYONE”: Enjoy beach activities for people with special needs, their families and friends. Activities will include paddle boarding, boogie boarding, surfing, beach games and more. All ages and abilities are invited to join in on the fun. Pre-registration is encouraged. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Marriott Surf Watch Resort, 10 Surf Watch Way, Hilton Head Island.

Ongoing Events:

Indigo Tie Dye


Learn how indigo dye is made from a plant and use it to create a tie dye t-shirt to take home. All supplies are provided. Cost is $12 for adults, $7 for children. 3-4 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or

Virtual Kid’s Story Time


Listen to Rebecca read family favorites about the Lowcountry’s natural and cultural history on the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Facebook page. 10:30 a.m. Watch on Facebook Live at @coastaldiscoverymuseum. 843- 689-6767 or

Hilton Head Island Farmers Market

9 AM-1 PM

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. to 1 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum. 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island. 843-473-5231 or

Party in the Park


Enjoy the beautiful new Lowcountry Celebration Park with a family happy hour, including live music, bounce houses and beverages. Free entry. 5:30-8 p.m., Lowcountry Celebration Park, Hilton Head. 843-681-7273 or

Farmers Market of Bluffton

12-3 PM

Meet local farmers, chefs and artisans every Thursday on Calhoun Street. Buy a fresh assortment of strawberries, produce, beets, potatoes and more. Also, hear local, live entertainment and see Chef demonstrations. Noon-3 p.m., Calhoun Street, Bluffton. 843-415-2447 or

Civil War Era


Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Join this presentation featuring maps and historic photos of this time on Hilton Head from 1861-1865. Reservations required. 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

Historic Fort Mitchel Tours: Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-6560 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

Sit and Stitch

Thursdays and Fridays

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

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

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.

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