Get out and do, see, learn about local culture, arts

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October on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton is the month "To Do, To See, and To Learn" through the arts.

In conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, a collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head is bringing us Crescendo, a month-long celebration of our area's diverse arts, culture and history resources.

With more than 100 events scheduled on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton as part of Crescendo, it would be impossible not to find something for everyone.

The opening of the 2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island is a tremendous anchor to Crescendo. This spectacular exhibit is presented in partnership between the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Nineteen large-scale sculptures have been installed at Honey Horn with an additional piece at the Hilton Head Island Airport through Jan. 31, 2019. Stop by the Coastal Discovery Museum to enjoy a guided tour led by volunteer docents.

The area's varied and exciting theatre companies are all presenting a variety of experiences during October. First, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina will bring the ever-popular "Amadeus" to the stage through Oct. 21.

Then the Main Street Youth Theatre, in partnership with May River Theatre, will produce the Disney musical "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the Seahawk Cultural Center Oct. 17-28.

And last but not least, the innovative Lean Ensemble Theater will run the hysterical comedy "Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love)" Oct. 18-28 at Hilton Head Prep's Main Street Theatre. You would be hard pressed to find a reason not to take in a show this month.

And don't miss Hilton Head Island History Day on Oct. 13. This event offers two unique ways to witness the Island's history. Docent-led bike and trolley tours offer morning and afternoon explorations of the island's role in the Civil War and 4,000 years of island history.

Tickets can be purchased online through the Heritage Library. My recommendation would be to not snooze on these tickets as the past two years have sold out.

These events are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fabulous art, culture and history opportunities to enjoy this month. With more than 100 concerts, lectures, poetry readings, art exhibits and classes, and so many more exciting activities To Do, To See, and To Learn, it would take me the entire month to tell you about all of them.

So go and check out the calendar at the Office of Cultural Affairs website, culturehhi.org, or the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head's website, hiltonheadartsdaily.org, and get out into the community and take advantage of all the exciting programming brought to you by our very own creative community.

Jennifer McEwen is the director of the Town of Hilton Head Island's Office of Cultural Affairs

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