A Season To Give Thanks

November brings to mind Thanksgiving. In Indiana, where I grew up, fall is marked by a noticeable change in the season and thanksgiving for the harvest. Here on Hilton Head Island, it is no different. You have surely noticed and perhaps welcomed the onset of cooler temperatures and shorter days. But unlike Indiana, which has a significant agricultural harvest, our island’s vintage is derived by reaping the fruits of our fine citizens’ diligent and creative labors. And it is indeed most prolific.

For instance, my family and I recently enjoyed exceptional performances by the Hilton Head Choral Society and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, each a product of the ardor, practice and persistence of its members, leaders and supporters. From the packed audiences of about 900 attendees each, I believe many islanders would agree. These are just two of a plentiful crop of autumn events, resulting from the sowing of seeds of passion for the arts, history and culture of Hilton Head Island. Space will not allow for a complete listing: theatre, art, music, history, ethnic and cultural festivals and sporting events abound.

This season of thanks also makes one mindful of the many unique blessings that we’ve received, which do not result from any of our own labors. We’ve all been blessed with life and purpose and the shear natural beauty of our island respite. We enjoy a pleasant climate, (a storm averted), sweeping beaches, marshes teeming with wildlife and vegetation and panoramic, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets to frame it all. The labors of our forefathers gave us freedom and democracy and the lives of our ancestors have formed each of ours.

Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect upon what is past and look forward with hope and anticipation to what is yet to come. On your behalf, your Town Councilors have worked painstakingly on important initiatives such as bringing to bear the full capability of the arts in our community through the Community Services Committee and making sanitary sewer service available to everyone who desires it. I am very thankful for their help and efforts.

While fall is typically marked by harvest, your Town Council will also be planting seeds for our community’s future by conducting its annual planning workshop this month. I am excited that, thanks to the efforts of your new Finance and Administrative Committee, we will utilize a fresh format and a newly selected facilitator for the session this year. Many of the initiatives that will be discussed will determine what may be reaped for generations to come.

I would encourage you to talk with your council member about your expectations and ideas for our island. I am grateful for a town with the heart and willingness to look ahead with optimism. No doubt, we have so many opportunities before us, and I, for one, continue to believe we can do better. Again this year, I will promulgate my view that our important annual summit should be conducted here in our community.

On behalf of the Town of Hilton Head Island, your Town Council, and the Bennett Family, Happy Thanksgiving to all and best wishes and blessings for a plentiful and safe holiday.

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