Yes, the plaza in the middle of The Shops at Sea Pines Center is a place where interesting things happen, and in fact, people come here to find out what’s going on this week that’s fun to do. You see it every Tuesday at the Farmers & Makers Market, and any day of the week.

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The plaza also is a place where folks sometimes share a gentle debate, “What’s the most beautiful time of day here?”

Some say fresh in the morning, as the sun comes up over the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy and Brett serves rich coffees at C’est Bon. Lots of others have more experience with the colors in the sky above Lowcountry Produce as dusk approaches, and the autumn sun slips over the top of the bookstore, By Hand, Ink.

This week we are taking steps to make sure folks have the best time of all, at both ends of this lovely plaza.

The Party Before

We are preparing to make sure early arrivers are rewarded especially, as excitement builds for Fun with the Fox, a celebration from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, featuring the music of Deas-Guyz, the hors d’oeuvres of Lowcountry Produce, and the unforgettable art photography of Jeff Keefer at VIVID Gallery.

From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a pre-party and pop-up art market will appear on the sunset side of the plaza. Welcomed by the music of The In Crowd, an ensemble of Hilton Head’s rising stars from the Junior Jazz Foundation, early arrivers will enjoy a Bubbly Bar, served up by Lowcountry Produce, and sample Italian ice gelatos from C’est Bon. Several Sea Pines artists who became favorites during our First Thursdays Art Markets will be showing their work and adding to the atmosphere.

Extraordinary as Ever

The magic lineup of locally owned stores and eateries that you have come to rely on will be in a festive mood, too. The Back Door is presenting a Kinross Cashmere trunk show. By Hand, Ink, will host a book signing with critically acclaimed writer and Hilton Head resident Robert J. Perreault, the author of the best-selling novel, The Secrets of Sea Pines. And don’t forget happy hour at Truffles Café.

These are a few of the highlights. The whole scene is set for celebration, and tickets are sold out.

The Main Connection

Fun with the Fox, presented by VIVID Gallery, starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday outside VIVID gallery, and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Deas-Guyz are lined up to remind us what made them the favorite band of America’s favorite vacation island.

The fun of this annual event connects our community to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the national effort to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. A member of the foundation’s advisory board, Jeff Keefer tells us that once again this year, generous sponsorships and donations offset the entire cost of the event, and ticket holders can be sure that their ticket price – and all proceeds – are going directly to the cause and the cure.

If you were too late to snare one of the fast-moving tickets, don’t be too disappointed. You’re surely welcome at the pre-party from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – and you can mark your October calendar for next year’s Fun with the Fox.