Lighthouse Marina, Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, off the Calibogue Sound, the second largest sound in the United States.
Taken at sunset from the Lighthouse Marina at Sea Pines Plantation, one of the largest plantations on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with several yachts docked awaiting the arrival of more marine vessels for Memorial Day festivities.
Beyond the marina, Calibogue Sound is one link in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the second largest sound on the Atlantic seaboard. Because no state on the Atlantic seaboard except the State of Florida funds a governmental entity to maintain the Waterway through its state, states like South Carolina must rely on federal funds and the Army Corps of Engineers for dredging and other operational maintenance.
For at least two decades, there has been a shortage in federal funds to maintain the Waterway. Fortunately, the State of Florida has the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) to pick up the slack. The rest of the states experience low water and damaged boats from a lack of dredging, particularly in stretches in and around Hilton Head.
Gregg Russell plays his guitar and sings folk and children’s songs to hundreds of young and old under one of the largest and oldest oak trees in Harbour Town, Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island. The Memorial Day concert has been free during the entire time of Gregg’s 26-year run. The youngest toddlers sit on the stage with Gregg, clapping their hands and singing some of their favorite songs, Memorial Day 2013.
Russell entertains old and young alike with children and folk songs under the gargantuan old Oak Tree in front of a string of small boutiques, clothing stores, and restaurants. It’s at Lighthouse Marina, in Sea Pines Plantation. The smallest children sit on the stage at Russell’s feet, often singing along with Russell. It’s nice to see entertainers who can entertain without resulting to vulgarities.