Mask maven: Island resident doing her part to keep community safe

10 April 2020

By Anthony Garzilli

When Paula Traver returned recently from yet another trip to Walmart, the Hilton Head Island resident wasn’t ready to rest. There was so much to be done.

Since last weekend, Traver has spent about 12 hours each day sewing masks to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Using fabric depicting Batman and the solar system, Traver’s designs originally were just for family, friends and her real estate clients. But late last week her husband Jack went to Grayco wearing one of the masks she made. The mask was a hit at the hardware store and management asked Jack if Paula could make some for its employees. Sure, she said —16 masks shouldn’t be a problem.

Word of the masks spread within the company. When Grayco asked for masks for two of its other stores, 16 turned into 80 and Paula headed back to Walmart. More fabric was needed.

Then the Jazz Corner and Sea Island Landscaping asked for 25 masks, Traver said, and she plans to make 45 to send to Traver IDC, her family’s electric company in Connecticut. About eight businesses had requested masks as of April 8. “It’s been fun,” said Traver, who has lived on Hilton Head Island for 17 years.

With help from her friend Patty Zensinger, who has purchased fabric and helped with cutting and ironing, Traver and Gloria Krolak have done lots of sewing. The 48 different cotton designs include scenes of Paris and two London designs — one of buses and the other depicting a trip around London. Traver says these make her think of her daughter, who lives in London with her husband.

There are plenty of Disney themes, too. And Stars Wars and Trolls. Traver said she is stunned by the demand for her masks. “I was blown away,” she said. “It feels really good to give back.”

Traver said she had never made a mask before, but she watched a few YouTube videos and through trial and error, including five prototypes, she settled on her unique masks.

She includes cleaning instructions (wash every day with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hang dry or dryer) and a note with each mask: This mask was lovingly made for you.

This is not Traver’s first experience helping others during extreme times of need.

In 2001, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Traver and a group from her church in Connecticut traveled on a charter bus to Ground Zero. With help from the General Theological Seminary and the Episcopal Diocese of New York, they brought supplies including masks, shoes and socks, hoping to provide relief for firefighters working at the scene.

The trip was such a success that Traver decided to keep giving. During the next four months she returned frequently to Ground Zero with local fire and police departments and school teachers and brought supplies, fresh sandwiches and good cheer.

This instinct to help in times of crisis came roaring back with the mask project. “I try to get fun fabric that I hope makes people smile,” Traver said. “I just hope to lighten the mood a little. If I can help people smile, that just feels good.”

For more information about her masks, call Traver at 843-247-3728.

Queen of Christmas



On Hilton Head Island, there are parties and there are parties. That second type is the kind that people look forward to all year long. They mark their calendars well in advance, arrange for babysitters, and watch the days roll by as their excitement builds.

Paula Traver’s annual Christmas do is just such a party.

HHM Xmas 005“I love being with my family and my friends, and I am very blessed to have so many wonderful friends down here,” Traver said. Lavishly decorated and boasting a gourmet spread of specially prepared cuisine, her annual shindig’s guest list has grown over the years to well over 100.

Preparations begin the day after Thanksgiving, when Traver and her family pull out Christmas décor that occupies roughly a third of their spacious attic. Then they get to work decking the halls with countless trinkets, wreaths, garlands and seasonal delights, to say nothing of three 12-foot Christmas trees, each with its own theme and colors.

“Every year I mix it up. I have a huge snowman collection that moves from room to room each year,” Traver said. “When the family arrives we have a contest where you count how many snowmen are in the house.”

Last year there were 105 and Traver plans to add more this year. The centerpiece of the whole affair is an 80-piece Christmas village, a beautifully crafted landscape of small-town charm that takes Traver three days to assemble.

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“That’s the biggest labor of love there is,” she said.

Outside, Traver has Branches in the Village at Wexford set the mood with delightful swags and wreaths donning every tree, bush and door.

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“I’m very proud of how the house comes together,” she said. “It takes a lot of time, but it’s all worth it.”

With the stage set, it’s time to welcome the legion of guests who attend. One part cookie swap, one part gift exchange, and several parts old-fashioned festival of cheer, Traver pulls out all the stops for her annual fete.

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The pastries and cookies in the accompanying photos came from Carrie Castano of Custom Confections in Bluffton, and for everything else there’s her family’s own traveling chef, son-in-law Gerrard Ball. The husband of daughter Jillian, he flies in every year from London to oversee the kitchen.

“It’s a British afternoon tea theme, so everything’s authentic,” Traver said. “I have a good team in place and I’m very blessed that the whole family chips in.”

While it’s a team effort, the result is a legendary party that has earned Traver the nickname, “The Queen of Christmas.”

“If my legacy is to be known as the Queen of Christmas, I will wear the tiara proudly,” she said.

Buy your Heritage Tickets before September 30th!



Tickets are now on sale for the 52nd RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR golf tournament is set for April 13-19, 2020 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. It is the highlight of Hilton Head Island’s social calendar, where memories are shared, new memories are made, and everyone is welcome.

Here is your chance to get closer to the action, on and off the course. The power of the PGA TOUR, the energy of the galleries, the relaxing vibe of the upscale lounges could all be yours. Experience real Southern hospitality with every old friend you greet and every new friend you make. It’s time to get your plaid on!

Purchase a ticket now until September 30th to be entered into the Ultimate Heritage Experience sweepstakes.

One lucky ticket buyer will win the following package:

  • Two-night deluxe accommodations for two at the Inn and Club at Harbour Town for Friday and Saturday nights of tournament week (April 17-18, 2020).
  • Calibogue Club ticket upgrades for two for Friday, Saturday and Sunday – The Calibogue Club is an all-inclusive hospitality venue located between the 17th green and the 18th tee. The climate-controlled venue features a central dining area, soft seating, full food and beverage service, and outdoor stadium seating overlooking the final two holes of Harbour Town Golf Links.
  • Inside the ropes access to Closing Ceremonies with a meet and greet photo opportunity with the champion Sunday evening.

The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on October 1st. For terms and conditions visit

Juniors age 15 and under are always admitted free when they are accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Fans may purchase tickets by calling Tournament Headquarters at 843.671.2448 or by visiting

About the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing: The RBC Heritage is the only PGA TOUR event in South Carolina. Played over the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island since 1969, the event is celebrating its 52nd year April 13-19, 2020. The Heritage Classic Foundation, host organization, distributes the proceeds from the tournament to hundreds of non-profit organizations. Since it was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 1987, the Foundation has donated $43 million to people in need. For information on how to “Get Your Plaid On!” call 843.671.2448, visit or Facebook (RBC Heritage) and Twitter (@RBC_Heritage).

Hilton Head Island a Fabulous place to call home!

the Hilton Head Lifestyle….

Life in the Lowcountry centers on the water, the weather and the genteel ways of those who call it home. Just enough off the beaten path to retain the classic flavor of the South, this island gem of the South Carolina Lowcountry features a pristine natural environment that showcases fertile salt marshes, forests of moss-draped oaks, magnolias, palmettos and a 12-mile stretch of deep, sandy shoreline.  Living here offers year round activities – everything from Coligny Beach to the Sea Pines Golf Academy and much much more!  Come experience all that Hilton Head Island, SC has to offer.  Paula and Penny will be happy to share more than just home sale offerings; they will share their lifestyle experiences with you!

3 Must-do’s before listing your home for sale…

Step 1: Clean and declutter

It may sound obvious, but the importance of cleaning and decluttering cannot be overstated. Here are some ideas to make this process nearly painless.

  • Eliminate clutter before cleaning: This is the time to purge your house of unwanted and unnecessary items. In addition to donating items to charity, consider giving them away through Craigslist or neighborhood sharing groups. Recyclers are often willing to pick up and haul away large metal items for free.
  • Deep clean your house: This step will probably involve the biggest time investment.  Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and clean the inside and outside of your windows — this makes a striking improvement in the overall appearance of your house.
  • Organize closets, cabinets and drawers: In this case, out of sight is not out of mind. Many potential buyers will open cabinets and closets, because they are thinking about storage space. Clean and organized storage areas signal to buyers that you take care of the house.

Step 2: Make small repairs

Take care of these problems before you show the house for the first time. These are all fixes that you can do yourself.

  • Fix any leaking faucets and running toilets.
  • Replace caulking around tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Freshen up or repair grout as needed.
  • Repair walls and repaint them in a neutral, generally pleasing color that complements your home.
  • Fix cracked or broken windows.
  • Replace or repair damaged window screens.
  • Replace burned-out lightbulbs.

Step 3: Go for curb appeal

You want potential buyers to be charmed by the outside of your house so they look forward to coming inside. Extend your pumped-up spring cleaning to the outside of your house too.

  • Trim bushes, shrubs and trees. Make sure vegetation isn’t touching your roof or siding.
  • Repair broken downspouts and gutters.
  • If it’s appropriate for your yard, apply new mulch, river rock and/or pea gravel. This can do wonders for your landscaping and provide immediate curb appeal.
  • Clean and repair concrete areas, such as driveways and walkways. Eliminate any oil or grease stains, and clean out any weeds coming up through the cracks.
  • If it’s seasonally appropriate, put out some pots of annuals, which will maintain their color for the season. Freshen up your doorstep with a new welcome mat and make sure the house numbers are easy to see.

With just a moderate amount of effort, you can make your house beautiful and welcoming, both inside and out.  When you are ready to list your home please feel free to call Paula and Penny!

RBC Heritage 2019 – Hilton Head Island, SC

Excitement is starting to build on Hilton Head Island as we near the annual RBC Heritage

Dates are:  Monday, April 15 – Sunday April 21 

Paula and Penny will be at the Sea Pines Real Estate @ Beach Club hospitality tent representing Paula Traver & Associates Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (hours are below).  Tent is located on the 18th tee box and free lunches will be served to our clients – please come by and give us a high five and have a bite to eat!  Remember…….keep coming back to read our blogs and we will keep you posted on new event offerings and links!

Paula – Thursday, April 18th (4pm-6pm)  &   Sunday, April 21st (2pm – 4pm)      @hhi4you

Penny – Saturday, April 20th (4pm-6pm)  &  Sunday, April 21st (12pm-2pm)      @hiltonhead_realtor


#realtors  #seapinesrealestatebeachclub  #rbcheritage  #golf  #boaters  #hhi4u  #realestate

curb appeal SELLS….

………………………….curb Appeal sells!!!

There’s usually at least one home in every neighborhood that looks so attractive you can’t help but slow down each time to walk or drive by. On the flip side, there may be a few that force you to look away! (Sorry, neighbors.)

Homes with great curb appeal demand a higher asking price and sell faster…here are a few to get you started!

  1. paint your front door (DIY)
  2. install a new/trending door knob (DIY)
  3. cheerful door mat (DIY)
  4. the lawn!! – mow, conquer those weeds, green lawn spray paint, trim (DIY)
  5. power wash the house (DIY)
  6. how is your roof???
  7. make the windows sparkle (DIY)
  8. pave the driveway (DIY)
  9. add charm to the front door – plants, outdoor furniture
  10.  new house numbers (DIY)

Your first impression is your BEST impression!!



United Airlines begins flights on March 31st #bookitbaby

The Hilton Head Island Airport announced Monday that United Airlines will begin flying in and out of the airport starting in spring 2019.  The national airline will run seasonal service to United “hub airports” in Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York City, Beaufort County airports Director John Rembold said at a news conference.

Get Ready!!

  • Starting on March 31, United will operate nonstop flights from Hilton Head Island to Washington Dulles International Airport two times a day.
  • Starting on April 6, United will operate flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport two times a week.
  • Also on April 6, United will begin offering flights to New York/Newark Liberty International airport once per week.

Catch Paula on HGTV’s “Island Life”!

Catch Paula on HGTV’s “Island Life”!

In case you missed it, you can view the show here!

An active couple is ready to ditch the cold weather of Lake Placid, New York, for the year-round sunshine on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. After spending summers on the island with their family they fell in love with the community, the culture and most importantly, the golf. The search is on for the perfect place to call home.

More Showings:

SUNDAY:  Oct 15

9:30pm | 8:30c

MONDAY:  Oct 16

12:30am | 11:30c