Fall promises wide range of cultural activities for all

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Jenn McEwen

Fall is a wonderful time on our island. The weather is darn near perfect and cultural programming kicks into high gear. There is something incredible to do just about every day of the week.

Here are a few (of the literally hundreds) of the programs this fall that I'm looking forward to.

Theatre

"Murder on the Orient Express." The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is opening its season with a doozy. Ken Ludwig's adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel is a fast-paced, suspenseful ride that you won't want to miss. Lowcountry residents and visitors are in for a treat. Oct. 1-27

"The Humans." Lean Ensemble is opening its season with the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play by Stephen Karam. The family at the center of this play, set over Thanksgiving dinner, reminds us of the fragility of life and the joy and the pain we experience together as we live it. Oct. 17-27

Dance

"The Nutcracker." The annual Hilton Head Dance Theatre tradition is a favorite for my daughter and me. The beautiful dancers and costumes are a treat and my little girl starts asking about it starting in July, so I'm happy November is right around the corner. Nov. 15-24

Music

Gullah Nights. This music, art and culinary event is a celebration of the Gullah culture that is rooted in the Lowcountry. Produced in partnership with the Coastal Discovery Museum, the South Carolina Heritage Society and the Office of Cultural Affairs, this evening featuring Chef Kerm Griffin, BB & Company Band, and authentic Gullah artist Sonja Evans Griffin is one you won't want to miss. Oct. 17

"Rachmaninoff & Franck." Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor is something special. Known as one of the hardest piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire, the soloist's hands are off to the races right from the start and I can't wait for this Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra concert. Nov. 17

Crescendo Opening Celebration. An evening of performances and mingling with our island's arts organizations to kick-off the third annual Crescendo, the month-long celebration of arts and culture. Oct. 10 at Shelter Cove Community Park

History

Roots of Reconstruction Tour. A partnership between the Mitchelville Experience Project and Fort Howell, you can visit the site of the self-governing community of Mitchelville (est. 1862) to learn about the Port Royal Experiment and how freedom and reconstruction impacted the new citizens who lived there. And around the corner join a guided tour of Fort Howell, built in 1864 to protect the town of Mitchelville, and learn about the 32nd U.S. Colored Infantry troops who built the fort. Oct. 11, 25, and Nov. 8

Visual arts

"Inspired Threads." This fiber art exhibit at the Coastal Discovery Museum Gallery features some amazing art quilts. This colorful collection ranges from large to small and from realistic to abstract art. Presented by the Art Quilters of the Lowcountry, Sept. 26-Dec. 2.

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

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