Ahoy! Come aboard for 13th annual Yacht Hop Due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, the annual Yacht Hop has been rescheduled. Returning for its 13th year of delicious food, spectacular yachts and fabulous live entertainment, the Yacht Hop of Hilton Head will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Sea Pines. The annual event is Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s largest fundraiser, making possible their work as the only independent non-profit hospice south of the Broad. Guests are invited to tour magnificent yachts and be treated to mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of the area’s premier chefs. A silent auction will offer plenty of opportunities to bid on vacation trips, golf, dinners and more. In addition to the silent and live auction, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a special “Sip & Soar through Napa Valley” Prize Drawing – a four-day, three-night trip including airfare, hotel, wine tasting and a hot air balloon ride. All proceeds of the event benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s patient care programs. Tickets for the event are $125. Tickets for the prize drawing are $20 each or three for $50. All tickets are available online at www.hospicecarelc .org, or by calling Hospice Care of the Lowcountry at 843-706-2296.
Not even storm With the unwelcome arrival of Hurricane Irma’s effects in the Lowcountry, the cast of 15 for the Arts Center’s season opener, “The Color Purple,” were rerouted to New York City – which most of them call home anyway. They were originally scheduled to start rehearsals in the Arts Center’s black box the week of the evacuation, but the swift decision was made to find another venue so that the show wouldn’t fall behind. Richard Feldman, general manager for the Arts Center, found an ideal space at Lincoln Center’s Arts & Education Building. Once the proverbial dust settled, the cast made it to Hilton Head Island to resume rehearsals at the Arts Center. Now this uplifting show is making its South Carolina premiere at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, opening the theater’s 22nd season and running Oct. 4-22. Based on Alice Walker‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title, “The Color Purple” explores 40 years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is 14-year-old Celie, who is forced by her overbearing father to marry a farmer. Although she is separated from all that she loves, Celie ultimately conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength. Tickets for previews Oct. 4-5 are $42 for adults, $29 for children 5-15; tickets for regular performances Oct. 6-22 are $52 for adults, $39 for children. Purchase at www.artshhi.com or 843-842-2787.
Self-taught “From Folk Art to Fine Art,” an exhibit of paintings by Norma Deal, will be featured through Oct. 1 at the gallery of the Society of Bluffton Artists, located at 6 Church St. in Old Town Bluffton. Deal is a self-taught artist whose keen eye for color and composition is evident on canvas and other types of paintings on panels and boards. Deal was accepted in the 2013 Biennale national juried exhibition held on Hilton Head Island, where she received second place in the mixed media category. “It is extremely difficult for me to repeat a painting to capture the original color and technique,” Deal said. SOBA is located in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SOBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more. For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit www.soba gallery.com or call 843-757-6586.
“Escape Artists” The 12 artists of the Art Beyond Tradition group, which has been exhibiting in the Lowcountry since 2006, will present their biennial exhibit of abstract art, this year titled “Escape Artists,” through Oct. 29 at the Coastal Discovery Museum. An artists’ reception had been scheduled, but due to Hurricane Irma has been postponed. A new date will be posted at www.CoastalDiscovery.org. Artists also will be on hand every Thursday during the exhibit between noon and 2 p.m. to chat about their work and answer visitors with questions. Working in a wide range of media, regional artists in the group include Earline Allen, Cindy Chiappetta, Margaret Crawford, Jo Dye, Vickie Jourdan, Mark Larkin, Mary Lester, Sharon Collings Licata, Lynne Riding, Mary Sullivan, Donna Varner and Arla Crumlick Wible. Each artist brings a specific creative flare to this interactive exhibit, sparking emotions and ideas through the use of painting, collage, encaustic painting, sculpture, mixed media, ink and even metal work. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. For more information, call 843-689-6767 or visit www.coastaldiscovery.org.