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HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour Celebrates 25 Years of Music, Fireworks, Fun

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.  – In 1988, when musician Shannon Tanner first took the stage at Shelter Cove Harbour, he never imagined that 25 years later he’d still be singing “The Unicorn Song” to packed crowds and performing for some of the same children who are now grown with their own little ones. The annual Hilton Head Island and Southern summer phenomenon known as HarbourFest, celebrating its 25th year, features the beloved Tanner, weekly Tuesday night fireworks and family-friendly entertainment and will take place May 24 through Labor Day, Sept 2.

Beginning May 24, Shannon Tanner will perform two shows Monday-Thursday at 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the pavilion at Shelter Cove Harbour, featuring fan favorites like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “Flying Purple People Eater” along with new music. Tanner’s entertaining multi-generational show gets the crowd involved in his songs through energetic and animated singing and dancing. View a video of Shannon Tanner performing at HarbourFest.

“Every summer, HarbourFest grows bigger and bigger with more activities and thousands upon thousands of people. It has a life of its own now!” says Tanner. “We’re in the business of creating memories every night at HarbourFest for vacationing families.”

A tradition that has grown from HarbourFest is not only donning Tanner’s trademark beanie hat with propeller, but having him sign a new panel on the hat each year. Tanner leaves the kids a note of inspiration like “dream big” or “reach for the stars.” “I now have parents come who used to sit on my knee and sing return to the show with their kids,” says Tanner. “I can think of nothing more honoring than to be a part of a child’s vacation memories. Encouraging kids is one of my passions in life.” Tanner regularly performs at local schools with an anti-bullying message and was formerly a football coach.

HarbourFest also includes weekly fireworks weather permitting on select Tuesday evenings. This year’s fireworks shows over Broad Creek in Shelter Cove Harbour are scheduled for June 18 & 25; July  4, 9, 16,  23 & 30; and August 6 & 13. The fireworks begin at dusk, weather permitting for the set-up and launch. Guided kayak tours and boat cruises leave from Shelter Cove Harbour for a view of the fireworks from the water. “Fireworks are a magical thing for families, especially in a setting as beautiful as Shelter Cove Harbour,” says Tanner.

There are also a host of family-friendly activities at Shelter Cove Harbour during HarbourFest, some limited to Tuesday night, including face painting, bounce houses, balloon animals, arts & crafts, practice putting and a variety of interactive games and activities.

Additionally, Shelter Cove Harbour will add a new family-friendly show to its summer line-up for 2013. Parrot Palooza is an island-themed sunset celebration featuring street performers, entertainment, and food and drinks starting at 5 p.m. followed by a 5-piece Jimmy Buffet Tribute concert put together by Tanner. Shannon Tanner and the Oyster Reefers  will perform Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. Parrot Palooza takes place Friday evenings on the following dates during the summer: June 21 & 28; July 5, 12, 19 & 26; and August 2, 9 & 16.

All HarbourFest events are free and open to the public. Events are weather permitting and subject to change. For more information, call 843-686-9098 or visit www.palmettodunes.com/harbourfest-hilton-head.php.

Additionally, Shelter Cove Harbour will add a new family-friendly show to its summer line-up for 2013. Parrot Palooza will be an island-themed sunset celebration performance, featuring a 5-piece Jimmy Buffet Tribute band put together by Tanner. Parrot Palooza with Shannon Tanner and the Oyster Reefers  will run Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. on these dates:  June 21 & 28; July 5, 12, 19 & 26; and August 2, 9 & 16.

Shelter Cove Harbour is a Mediterranean-style village located mid-island at mile marker 8 across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, offering waterfront dining, shopping, live entertainment and beautiful views of Broad Creek.

About Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a 2,000-acre resort destination located in the middle of Hilton Head Island, S.C., bounded by 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other. The resort features three world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis center, an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing, and Hilton Head Outfitters for bike rentals, canoes, kayaks, fishing and much more. The Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour deep-water marina, located right across from Palmetto Dunes, features waterfront shopping and dining and a wide variety of charters, including nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.

About Greenwood Communities & Resorts

Based in Greenwood, S.C., Greenwood Communities & Resorts has been a leader in the creation and management of award-winning residential and resort communities in the southeastern United States since 1978. Beginning with the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and now including communities like The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Big Canoe near Atlanta and The Ponds in Charleston, Greenwood’s mission has always been to create memorable places that foster meaningful and fulfilling lives. For more information, please call 843-785-1106 or visit www.greenwoodcr.com.

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