Monday marks the beginning of the 350/30 Celebration to commemorate the sighting of Hilton Head Island 350 years ago and the town's 30th anniversary.
The celebration will kick off with an open house at Town Hall and culminate in a beach party Saturday, with events in between including tours of historic sites and lectures about the area.
The Heritage Library Foundation, the Town of Hilton Head Island, Coligny Plaza, the University of South Carolina Beaufort Hospitality and Event Management Department, the Coastal Discovery Museum, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, and other island organizations have worked to plan the week-long celebration.
For a complete schedule with specific dates, times, locations and more information, go to www.celebrationhhi.org.
Highlights of the celebration are as follows:
Monday -- Community bike ride and open house at Town Hall. Starts at 10 a.m. at Crossings Park. Riders will carry banners in groups around all of the island's public paths, reconvening at Crossings Park. They will then meet with other community volunteers on bikes at 12:30 p.m. and leave at 1 p.m. for a bike ride to Town Hall, where banners will be presented to Mayor Drew Laughlin. Town Hall will hold an open house until 4 p.m.
The ride is free and is open to the public and riders of all ages and abilities. Riders are encouraged to wear bright colors and bring helmets.
Details: Call 843-363-6988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday -- Free "History Day" bus tours north, south and mid-island. Buses leave from the Coastal Discovery Museum, Port Royal Golf Club and the Coligny Beach parking lot off Pope Avenue. Departure times are 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday -- "Community Day" at the Shelter Cove Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday -- Historical presentation and reception from 4 to 7 p.m. hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Pineland Station, suite 304-A
Friday -- Former ambassador to China and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will address the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. Cost is $15 for guests and $50 for a luncheon. Phone: 843-384-6758.
Also, Jerrold Hilton will give a presentation on the family history of Capt. William Hilton from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway, suite 2A.
Saturday -- Community party at Coligny Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Events begin with a sandcastle contest from 10 a.m. to noon. Other features include live music; games and competitions; a firing of the Heritage cannon by descendant of Capt. William Hilton; a ceremony starting at 2 p.m.; a photograph of all residents who have lived on Hilton Head for 30 years or more; an award to the longest living resident; a Capt. William Hilton look-alike contest at 4:30 p.m.
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