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March 18 - 11th Annual “Music & Taste on the Harbour” returns to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for 2019 spring season

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 18, 2019 - Thursday, March 28 will serve as the kick-off date for Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s spring and fall live music tradition, “Music & Taste on the Harbour.”

Now in its 11th season, the spring outdoor concert series will feature a variety of bands on select Thursday nights. The free event is open to the public, and mixes live, local music with gourmet food, shopping and sunset water views from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Attendees are invited to dance by the iconic Neptune Statue and enjoy the sunset water views in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, as well as enjoy specially-priced light appetizers, along with wine, beer and cocktails from two featured Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants. Limited seating will be provided so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs.

The spring schedule for live music at Music & Taste on the Harbour, which runs from 6-9 p.m., includes:

March 28 – The Headliners

April 4 – Deas Guyz

April 11 – Target the Band

April 18 – Stee & the Ear Candy

April 25 – The Headliners

May 2 – The Hilton Head Plantation Big Band

May 9 – The Headliners

May 16 – Deas Guyz 

Entrance to the event is free and the event is weather permitting. No coolers or outside food are allowed and limited seating is available. For more information about Music & Taste on the Harbour, visit or the Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina Facebook page.  

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Feb. 4 - Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival Announces Schedule and New Events

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February 4, 2019 - The 12th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is planning for a bigger festival, with some great new events, including some exciting happenings for the main event, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Events are selling out quickly, and guests are highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. 

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival has grown into a weeklong celebration for the coastal region – and now offers much more than just seafood. The festival provides a variety of events, from gourmand and cultural experiences, to the family friendly main event and more. It offers an exciting mix of where culinary and island heritage meets Lowcountry. Several events include local and celebrity guest chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, local seafood, artisans, musicians and more – all on Hilton Head Island, February 18-24, 2019. 

The event schedule and talent is subject to change. The complete schedule is available online at
Feb. 20, 4 – 6 p.m., At Table Seaside, The Beach House Resort
Join some of the culinary world’s most respected experts, for an afternoon full of dynamic discussion about the biggest trends in food and drink – and get to meet the tastemakers, while tasting and drinking oceanside.
In a panel discussion, panelists like David Shields, Barton Seaver, Brian Hoffman, Amanda Mcnulty of PBS’s Making It Grow , James Beard Foundation, award-winning chefs/authors and more will take the stage to discuss topics like sustainable change, heritage ingredients, pushing the culinary envelope, at home trends, restaurant revelations and more. Guests will enjoy beverages, including Hilton Head’s own Josh Peeples’ Napa Valley winery, Elyse and culinary tastings from Clayton Rollinson of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Andrew Carmines of Shell Ring Oyster and Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks and BJ Dennis, Gullah Geechee Culinary Artist.
Tickets: $39 per person
Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 12th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, Honey Horn Plantation
The headlining event with over 35+ food booths, drink tastings, artisans, activities, and booths perfect for the entire and family. Take part in a silent auction and swing by arts and crafts booths in between your meals. Participating restaurants include: Island Fudge Shoppe, FARM Bluffton, Captain Woody’s Bar & Grill, Local Pie, Fish, SERG Restaurant Group, The Sea Pines Resort, The Porch Kitchen + Bar, Red Fish, Old Oyster Factory, SEAWEED, Hilton Head Ice Cream, Aunt Cilada’s, Fishcamp On Broad Creek, Melly Mel’s, Crazy Crab, Carolina Crap Company, Hudson’s Seafood On the Docks, Hardscoop Distillery, Southern Barrel Brewing Co., B’s Cracklin BBQ and more. 

  • Live music from noon to 4 p.m. at the Music Stage featuring Deas Guyz.
  • The Taste of the South Cooking Demo Stage features chef and beverage demonstrations/tastings at 12, 1:30 and 3 p.m. 
VIP Lounge: Make the day even more memorable with tickets to the VIP Lounge. The lounge offers guests gourmet bites, a full bar and a comfy respite to plan your next tasting adventure! Tickets: $89 per person – VIP Lounge
NEW THIS YEAR at Saturday Seafood Festival: 
  • The Fair: Exciting carnival midway rides – a first-ever fair for Hilton Head Island, including rides for the entire family: Ferris Wheel, Rock O’ Plane, 100’ Giant Slide, 5 Tickets per ride ($5)
  • Bear Island Beer Garden: Bear Island Beer Garden. Known for South Carolina’s best craft and cider brands. Purchase ten tastings for $15, which includes a souvenir beer glass and ten 3oz. craft beer tastings. Must be 21 and older to enjoy. 

Saturday, Feb. 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Official After Party, The Beach House Resort & The Porch Southern Kitchen + Bar
A great way to unwind on the beach after a day of fun at the festival. Tickets include gourmet tasting bite stations and small plates, live music and a signature cocktail and choice of two beers or wines.
Tickets: $69

The 12th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, helps raise funds for non-profit organizations including the Coastal Discovery Museum, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, and the Medical University of South Carolina. Over $200,000 was donated to participating non-profits in 2018 with over 5 million dollars in new economic impact to the local area during the month of February each year. To purchase tickets and for more details visit

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Jan. 10 - Peacock Subaru and Palmetto Animal League Featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 10, 2019 - Peacock Subaru will be featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV on Super Bowl Sunday, giving national recognition to some of the adoptable pups under the care of the Palmetto Animal League.

Animal Planet crews were in the area in December, filming puppies, ranging in age from 3 to 6 months old, at the dealership and also at PAL’s facilities. That footage is going to be incorporated into vignettes that will air as commercial messages for Subaru during Puppy Bowl XV. Peacock Subaru was selected for the spots by Subaru Of America because of its involvement with local animal welfare organizations.

In celebration of the event, Peacock Subaru will hold a Puppy Bowl Watch Party before the Super Bowl, complete with tailgating refreshments provided by One Hot Mama’s and music from co-host 104.9 The Surf. The party gets underway on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2:30-5 p.m. at the dealership, 111 Drivers Way in Hardeeville at the Peacock Auto Mall.

The Palmetto Animal League will bring adoptable dogs to join the party, so you could leave the event with a new furry family member. Supported solely by individual donors and compassionate “Partners in Rescue” like Peacock Subaru, PAL’s no-kill shelter serves as a temporary residence for approximately 200 dogs and cats while they wait to find a loving home.

Donations will be accepted for this animal welfare organization at the event. Already got your dog? Bring ’em along with you; this party is BYOD (“Bring Your Own Dog”).

“It’s an incredibly touching moment when an adopter falls in love with an animal at our shelter,” explains Amy Campanini, Palmetto Animal League President. “That’s the Hail Mary of animal rescue.”

The Puppy Bowl began as a goofy project that grew into a fun cultural icon. Animal Planet, a cable network focused solely on animal-themed shows, confronted the question of what to program against the Super Bowl with a tongue-in-cheek mock football game featuring puppies playing on a gridiron-marked rug. The idea caught on and now attracts millions of viewers. Since its inception, the program has starred adoptable puppy “players” and has since added kitten “cheerleaders” and other looking-for-a-home pets.

“We are honored to be featured on a national level based on our local efforts at Peacock Subaru," said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “Helping homeless animals is something all of us at Peacock Subaru care about, as many of us have rescue pets of our own. Any opportunity to support these animals and the people helping them is a win in our book.”

This year’s telecast will be the fifteenth annual version of the Puppy Bowl. Subaru is a national sponsor of Puppy Bowl XV. For more information, visit the Peacock Subaru website.

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Jan. 25 - SC Judge bars government from working on seismic permits during shutdown

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 25, 2019 - A federal judge has barred the government from moving forward with seismic permitting during the shutdown, settling the confusion the government created by recalling workers to process oil-drilling matters while, at the same time, not funding federal lawyers to respond to opponents in court.

Judge Richard Mark Gergel issued an order on Jan. 18 effectively saying that the government could not have it both ways. His ruling concerned a Justice Department request for a pause -- or stay -- in a legal request by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to join a lawsuit filed by 16 South Carolina coastal cities and a group of conservation organizations.

Government lawyers said they could not properly respond to Wilson’s request because of the shutdown. However, Wilson noted that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had issued a directive for workers to keep processing a variety of matters needed to move forward with oil drilling. That set up an unfair situation, Wilson argued, of allowing the government to move forward on a controversial project while also sidestepping legal challenges. 

Judge Gergel granted the government’s request for a stay, but told federal lawyers the seismic permitting could not move forward during the shutdown and for the time it takes the Court to rule on Wilson’s motion. 

Practically, that means the case over the seismic permits will be on hold for the duration of the shutdown plus as many as 18 additional days to hear Wilson’s motion to intervene.

“The government was trying to have its cake and eat it too, and we’re pleased the Court did not allow that to happen,” said Laura Cantral, executive director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, one of the groups suing to stop seismic blasting in the Atlantic. “This is an issue of critical importance to the coast, and one that must be handled openly, transparently, and fairly. This ruling will allow that to happen, and that is good for all concerned.” 

The lawsuit was filed in Charleston Federal Court in December by several conservation organizations including SELC, CCL, Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, North Carolina Coastal Federation, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, Surfrider, and One Hundred Miles. Sixteen South Carolina coastal municipalities filed a separate suit, and the two have since been merged. 

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Dec. 12 - Santa’s Workshop for Lowcountry Kids Opens for the Second Year at Peacock Auto Mall

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 12, 2018 - Peacock Automotive recently held the second annual “Santa’s Workshop” Christmas Event.

“Centered around our family-first values, this Santa’s Workshop has become an annual event for the Peacock Automotive family,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We look forward to bringing Christmas cheer to families in the Lowcountry, and we always receive more joy than we give."

Families enjoyed gingerbread cookie decorating and Christmas caroling with local musician David Ross, as well as a hot chocolate bar and hot dogs. Santa Claus was available for photos. The event was free and open to the public.

There was also a toy collection drive for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, which operates six clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties with more than 2,200 members ages six to 18 years. Wish-list items included children’s books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, play dough sets, large-piece puzzles, pull toys, sports equipment, board games and art supplies, including glue sticks, markers, scissors and stickers.

For more information, please visit or Peacock Auto Mall’s Facebook page at

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