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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.


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

January 2022 Events:


CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN SOUTH BEACH: Experience the holidays with lots of lights around South Beach. Free. South Beach Marina, 232 South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. 843-671-2233 or

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT SHELTER COVE: Enjoy the festive lights throughout the center all season long. Drive through or stroll through for a great walkable experience. Free. Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island.


POLAR PLUNGE: A fun polar plunge on New Years Day to benefit Charli’s Critters. Free. 11 a.m., Coligny Beach, 1 Coligny Circle, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6050 or


Exhibit: “Anything Goes”: The annual Art League-member show officially kicks off in January, featuring exhibits with truly any kind of art, including any media, shape, size or form. 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


Audubon Monthly Member Meeting: Join the Hilton Head Audubon Society for a monthly membership meeting with updates on the Hilton Head MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System Project. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Island Rec Center, 20 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island.


Beaufort Oyster Festival: Conceived and hosted by the Beaufort Area Hospitality Association, the Beaufort Oyster Festival will celebrate all aspects of our Lowcountry and Carolina Sea Islands oystering culture and agri-tourism economy from historical, to architectural, ecological, agricultural, culinary, artisan, and more. Event costs and times vary. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Downtown Beaufort.


Charlifest 2022: A music and community festival honoring Charli Bobinchuck. There will be music, art, food and more. Free. 12-4 p.m., Coligny Plaza, Between FISH and Skillets, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6050 or


An Evening with Pamela Courtney: Join the Pat Conroy Literary Center for a discussion with Pamela Courtney, author of Hotdogs for Hyenas: A Soul Forged in Rhodesia. Free. 6-7 p.m., Pat Conroy Literary Center, 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort.


Bluffton Frosty 5K: A fun race that winds through Historic Old Town Bluffton along the May River. Walk, run or bring the kids for a day of fun. Dogs and strollers welcome. Proceeds will benefit BLHS Cross Country Team and the Grace Sulak Scholarship Fund. 8 a.m., Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf Street, Bluffton. 843-815-1718 or


An Evening with Kathryn Purcell: Join the Pat Conroy Literary Center for a discussion with Kathryn Purcell, author of There’s Something Wrong With Us: A Daughter’s Story of Mental Illness, Loss and Healing. Free. 6-7 p.m., Pat Conroy Literary Center, 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort.


Hilton Head Snow Day: A family-friendly event featuring a snowfield, inflatable rides and entertainment. Cost is $10 for ages 2-17. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or

Ted Flach Memorial Golf and Tennis Classic: A golf, tennis and pickleball event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Registration costs vary. 8 a.m., Sea Pines Country Club, 30 Governors Road, Hilton Head Island. “Like” the event on Facebook.


Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber Restaurant Week: 14th annual Restaurant Week. More than 70 of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island restaurants participating. Restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus starring new entrees, signature dishes, and fan favorites. View menus at


Hilton Head Half and Quarter Marathon: Experience a half or quarter marathon featuring a course that showcases Hilton Head's beauty. Cost is $70 for half marathon, $55 for quarter marathon. 8 a.m.-12 p.m., LowCountry Celebration Park, 2 South Forest Beach Drive, 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. 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

Farmers & Makers Market

10 AM-2PM

Now in its 8th year, the Market will present more fresh, local produce, seafood, breads and cheeses, crafts and artisans than ever before. Enjoy the colorful displays that grow and change each week throughout the season. Free entry. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island.

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

Marina Mornings

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Outdoor Yoga. Practice yoga on the pavilion at Shelter Cove, with draft kombucha to follow. All levels welcome. Cost is $20. 9:30 a.m., Pure Salt Studios, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 843-707-7027 or

Paint 'n Party Online

6:30-8:30 PM Thursdays

A fun evening of painting online. Any number of people can join, plus no need to pay for a babysitter or an expensive dinner out. Cost is $15 per household. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 843-342-5439 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 in the Evening

Thursdays and Fridays
5-8 PM

Enjoy knitting, crochet, needlepoint, rug hook practice as Needlepoint Junction stays open late. All levels welcome. Outside food and drink permitted. Free. 5-8 p.m., Needlepoint Junction, Suite J-7-E, Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. 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 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

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