Monthly Archives: February 2013

Guide to Hilton Head Island’s Annual Events

Hilton Head Island Annual EventsIn addition to Hilton Head Island’s real natural beauty, world-class golf, award winning restaurants, quality shopping, elegant homes, and friendly locals, we have a variety of annual events to suit any interest. No matter what time of year you are here, there’s something happening!

Our area’s annual events are a great way to get out and explore the area and have a great time with family and friends. Held all over the island, each event offers something a little different but showcases exactly what our area is know for!

Hilton Head Island Annual Events

February
Hilton Head Island’s Gullah Celebration is a celebration of the Gullah people and their culture. During the month of February, you will have the opportunity to experience the food and music, receive firsthand historical information, and take a journey through the culture via the visual arts. It’s one of our area’s most popular events and it has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast!

March
The annual Cooks & Books event consists of signature food from the top restaurants in the local area and with local well-known authors. There is a fee for admission but it includes unlimited tastings, access to the authors, an opportunity to vote for your favorite tasting, and the chef’s competition. There will also be a silent auction and more!

The annual Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival! This event happens the first weekend of March and is an entire week long! The event is located at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. There is an admission fee $39.99 for advance purchase and $50 at the gate. Visit their website for more information and for tickets.

The Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association presents the Home & Garden Show which features over 80+ Home and Garden Exhibits, a Kids’ Zone Workshop/Play area, Parade of Homes Tour, Giveaways, and MORE! These events are great to attend as you can get a lot of information for your home. This event is held at the Bluffton Recreation Complex in March.

April
Another great event for those of you who love seafood is the annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest at Shelter Cove Park. This event benefits the American Cancer Society, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, and the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund! Local restaurants will be serving their seafood specialties and there will be live entertainment!

May
Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island has an annual Rib Burnoff event the Sunday following Mother’s Day. There will be cooking competitions and fun for the whole family! Tickets go on sale in April so be sure to contact the Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island. For more information check out their website.

Summer
Are you a triathlon athlete? Then you don’t want to miss this annual Beach Bum Triathlon! It combines an ocean swim, ocean bike, and an ocean run and makes for a great time! Be sure to visit the website for dates to register and check out photos from last year’s event.

HarbourFest is the signature summer event here in Hilton Head Island, attracting both locals and visitors from all over to partake in live entertainment seven nights a week, delicious food, arts and crafts from a variety of vendors, bouncy houses for the kids, and so much other fun activity.  This annual event happens from June through August at Shelter Cove Harbour and the best part – it’s FREE!!

September
Attention all runners! Here is a run for a cause in the Hilton Head Island area. The annual LoCo Motion fundraising event is for the Carolina Cups and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the local breast cancer providers for screenings, treatment, and research. The event takes place in September and you can register, see course maps, and more on their website.

Also in September is the annual Italian Heritage Festival; which is held at Shelter Cove Community Park. There are many activities planned for both locals and visitors to the Hilton Head Island area. Just to name a few activities there will be a grape stomping contest (remember the show I Love Lucy?), booths that will have traditional Italian foods that will be sponsored by local restaurants, a pasta-eating contest, and a “best meatball” contest. There are many more activities so be sure to check out their website for more information!

The annual Hilton Head Burgers & Brew Festival is also in September. Local restaurants will be serving up their best burgers and live music will keep you entertained! Karaoke has become part of the festivities so start practicing your favorite song. There will also be a beer garden with over 20 different beers and is held at the Shelter Cove Park.

November
The annual Piggly Wiggly Turkey Trot is held in November and is guaranteed for a fun time! There are many awards given for a variety of different categories and is a great way to come together as a family or get out with friends! Visit the website to register.

The annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is one of the most highly anticipated annual events in our area, and packs four awesome events into one week!

December
The annual Hilton Head Island Winter Wonderland Festival happens in December. Gather your family and get ready for two afternoons of southern winter activities with Santa Claus, including multiple moon bounces, carnival games, a winter hayride, face painting, arts and crafts, tree decorating, live performances, AND a super exciting Golden Candy Cane Hunt!

There are so many different annual events throughout the year here in Hilton Head Island it’s no wonder this is a great place to live and to visit!

What’s your favorite annual event or which one would you like to take part in next?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Ways to Make Your Hilton Head Island Home More Energy Efficient

Saving Energy at HomeTaking steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home will reduce your electric bills and help to keep more of your hard earned money in your pocket, not to mention reduce the carbon footprint you will leave behind.

Energy Audit
The first step in making your home more energy efficient is to have a home energy audit. An energy auditor will help you identify places where you can reduce the amount of energy being used. Try using The Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s Home Energy Saver, a free online tool that uses data developed by the U.S. Department of Energy to make specific recommendations for energy-saving upgrades based on details you provide such as ZIP code, address, house size, type of insulation and number of occupants.

Lightbulbs
Another way to save energy around the house is to switch your current lightbulbs to compact flourescent lights. This can reduce lighting energy use by 50-70%. Motion and daylight sensor lighting can also reduce your lighting energy use because the lights are on only when needed.

Duct Systems
A quarter to half of the heat leaving the furnace (or cold air leaving the air conditioner) leaks out of the duct system before it reaches the living area of a home. A professional can spray a special sealer into your duct system to prevent the waste of energy and heat. It works in a similar way that fix-a-flat does on a flat tire. Use weatherstripping to seal areas around the doors and caulk can be used around areas such as your kitchen back splash and countertop.

Insulation
Insulating the attic will reduce the loss of heat from your home in the winter and will slow the flow of heat into your house in the summer. Insulation used in an attic is typically fiberglass, cellulose, or foam. This would also be a good time to have an energy auditor asses where and how much insulation will help make your home more energy efficient.

Windows
While replacing old windows with new, energy efficient ones may seem like a large out of pocket expense, the return on investment is what you should focus on. According to the Green Building Council, you could save up to 25% on your electric bill just by making your windows more energy efficient. At the very least, caulk around every window to reduce the amount of heat escaping and coming in.

As homeowners, I know you strive to reduce expenses where you can and by making your home more energy efficient, you’ll be able to do just that. These tips are a great place to start and I’m sure an energy auditor will have many more suggestions.

Do you have tips for other homeowners to reduce utility bills and create a more energy efficient home?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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2 out of 4 Beaufort County Schools “Exceed Expectations

School Grading SystemIf you’re moving and have children high school age or younger, there’s no doubt the school district they will be in plays a large part in where you choose to live.

If you’re moving to Beaufort County here in South Carolina, you can rest assured that your children will receive a top notch education, at schools that either meet or exceed state expectations. A grading system is in used and comes from an assessment of the students done on a yearly basis.

These grades reflect the 2011-2012 school year. So be sure to check the website when the 2012-2013 school year grades come out as well. For more information and details regarding the schools (i.e. attendance and more statistics) you can visit the website www.edsc.gov and select “Beaufort.” That will take you to the various schools in Beaufort County.

The grades for Hilton Head area are as follows:

Beaufort County District Overall Scores
Weighted Points Total: 86.3
Overall Letter Grade: B
Points Total- Elementary Schools: 90.4
Points Total-Middle Schools: 82.1
Points Total-High Schools: 86

Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts
Grades 1-5
Enrollment: 788
Weighted Points Total: 74.4
Letter Grade: C
Meaning: “Performance meets the state’s expectations.”

Hilton Head Island Elementary School (An International Baccalaureate Program)
Grades 1-5
Enrollment: 823
Weighted Points Total: 89.4
Letter Grade: B
Meaning: “Performance exceeds the state’s expectations.”  

Hilton Head Middle
Grades 6-8
Enrollment: 899
Weighted Points Total: 80.7
Letter Grade: B
Meaning: “Performance exceeds the state’s expectations.”

Hilton Head High
Grades 9-12
Enrollment: 1,161
Weighted Points Total: 77.6
Letter Grade: C
Meaning: “Performance meets the state’s expectations.”

I also want to note that grades can vary from year to year as it is based upon assessments done by students on a yearly basis.

What do you look for when you are checking out new schools?

If you’re moving to our wonderful Beaufort County, you can feel good about your child’s education.

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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