Hunting Island State Park is located just 16 miles east of the historic town of Beaufort and is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in South Carolina. This 5,000 acre park and it’s 3 miles of natural beach hosts more than a million visitors a year. It’s a place where you can truly find yourself again. It’s a place where humans and nature have always seem to co-exist. Park Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time). Park Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Park Admissions Fee – cost per person: Adults: $5, SC Seniors, $3.25, Children 6-15, $3, Children 5 & Under, Free. huntingisland.com.
Artists learn, teach, share and create at ARTworks. Classes registering for all ages and a compelling variety of media. ARTworks Community Art Center, Theatre & Gallery, 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
The Parris Island Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Family and Graduation Days. Explore the long, rich legacy of the Marine Corps, as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Admission is free. The public is welcome to visit Parris Island, access may be dependent upon current security needs. A driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance and registration are required. Boulevard de France. (843) 228-3650 or mcrdpi.usmc.mil.
The Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District is open for tours, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. 801 Bay St. (843) 379-6335 or historicbeaufort.org.
Daily tours of Bluffton’s Rose Hill Mansion, a Gothic Revival-style home built circa 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reservations required. 199 Rose Hill Way. (843) 757-6046 or rosehillmansion.com.
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours depart from the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, Tuesday-Sunday. Experience the Gullah culture of Hilton Head Island on a two-hour tour of 10 neighborhoods established during the Civil War. Reservations required. 70 Honey Horn Dr. (843) 681-7066 or gullaheritage.com.
Self-Guided Tours of the Hunting Island Lighthouse, South Carolina’s only publicly accessible historic lighthouse dating from the 1870s, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Lighthouse admission is $2. Hunting Island State Park also offers a variety of Barrier Island educational programs for all ages throughout the year, such as “Beach Explorations,” “A Walk in the Woods“ and “Salt Marsh Kayaking.” Call the Nature Center for details and reservations. 2555 Sea Island Pkwy. (843) 838-7437 or southcarolinaparks.com.
Beaufort Belles Women’s Chorus, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sea Island Presbyterian Church choir room, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. New members welcome. (843) 838-2643.
Beaufort Harbormasters, 6:45 p.m., Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. beaufortharbormasters.org.
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays:
Tours of Historic 1846 St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Graveyard. 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Tues. 1-3 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 710 Carteret St. Free. (843) 522-9555 or stpeters-church.org.
Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island. email@example.com.
Beaufort Kennel Club meetings, 9 a.m. 102 Heronwyck Plantation Dr.(843) 509-1903.
Beaufort Writers meeting, 4:30-6 p.m. Lady’s Island Airport. (843) 524-9119.
Wednesdays & Saturdays:
Beaufort Shag Club, 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $25 and must register for lessons. (843) 812-3486 or beaufortshagclub.com.
Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market! 2-6 p.m. West Street. Join us each week and visit Area Farmers & Growers. Live Entertainment. Cooking Demonstrations by local Chefs. Each week, a local non-profit organization will be selling soft drinks and water. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market.
Farmers Market at Habersham Marketplace! 4–7 p.m. The Farmer’s Market complete with local and regional growers, as well as arts, crafts and specialty food vendors. Family friendly and children’s activities will also be offered. Everyone welcome! HabershamMarketplace.com.
Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or jaspercountysc.org.
Habersham Marketplace Concert Series Continues Year-Round! Join us on the First Friday of the every month for our First Friday Concert Series sponsored by Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep and 94.5 The Coast. Enjoy dining in one of the Marketplace’s three restaurants before the live music starts at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee. HabershamMarketplace.com.
Cruise-In at Grayco, 136 Sea Island Pkwy., Lady’s Island. Classic Car & Truck Club! 5 p.m. All Year Long! All Clubs and Visitors welcome.
Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Located in Beaufort across from Regions Bank on Route 170 (Robert Smalls Parkway). Look for the big red antique tractor! (203) 417-7512 or pickpocketplantation.com/farmersmarket.
Port Royal Farmers Market! 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Located in Heritage Park on Ribaut Road by the Naval Hospital. South Carolina Produce, Seafood, Beef, Cheese, Honey, Flowers & Live Music. portroyalfarmersmarket.com.
Lunch and Learn Series presented by the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association, The Gazebo at the Farmer’s Market, Heritage Park, Port Royal. 12:00 noon-1 p.m. Free, just bring a folding chair. lowcountrymga.org/.
Pentecostals of Beaufort Seafood Fundraiser! The “Award Winning” Seafood Shack will be serving fresh, cooked to order seafood lunches every Saturday in the church parking lot from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. as a fundraiser for the church. Your choice of fried fish, fried shrimp, crab cake, grilled fish or fish sandwich served with french fries and homemade coleslaw all for only $7 per plate. Everything is fresh right off the boat! 206 Sea Island Pkwy., Lady’s Island. (843) 592-2299 or pentecostalsofbeaufort.com.
Threshold Singers of the Lowcountry practice from 3-4:30 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lady’s Island. We are a mixed acapella group that sings at the bedside for those who are ill. We sing songs to comfort and support. There is no charge for our services and we come per request of family and practitioners. If this resonates with you, come join us. New members are always welcome. (843) 476-6073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1 – 9:
In celebration of National Youth Art Month, ARTworks is featuring the River of Words, an annual, county-wide project in which teachers encourage students to link the study of ecology with art and poetry. The walls of the gallery will be filled with the students’ creative efforts, all of which reflect their understanding and appreciation of our local watershed. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues.,- Fri., and Sat., noon to 4 p.m. (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
Volunteer Clean-up Day at Widgeon Point Preserve, 9 a.m. Grab your gloves, pruners, loppers and a brown bag lunch and join us for a volunteer clean-up day at Widgeon Point Preserve. Rescheduled due to inclement weather, we will be clearing brush and trails, cutting fences and generally getting dirty. We can’t wait! We’ll meet at 9 a.m.-Noon. Feel free to RSVP to email@example.com, or just show up ready to work. (843) 521-2175 or openlandtrust.com.
April 4 – 6:
USCB Center for the Arts presents, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio. Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m. Adults $25, Seniors $15, Students $10. 801 Carteret St. uscbcenterforthearts.com.
April 4 – 6:
A Date With Patsy Cline at ARTworks Theatre, 2127 Boundary St. April 4th & 5th at 7:30 p.m., April 6th Matinee at 2 p.m. Actress Maggy Norden transforms into Patsy Cline for a performance which combines the well known and loved music of Patsy Cline with snippets of dialogue which reveal details about the singer’s personal life. Whether you are a long time fan of Patsy Cline’s music or just discovering her, this show will leave you “Crazy” for more. Tickets are $21 each and can be purchased at beaufortcountyarts.com or (843) 379-2787.
USCB Center for the Arts presents, Puccini’s LA BOHEME – Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo. Adults $22, Seniors $18, Students $15. 801 Carteret St. uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Thomas Heyward Academy presents A Casual Night on the Town! Come for food, drink and live entertainment, along with silent and live auction. Open to the community, ages 18 +. $25 advance or $30 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks included in ticket price. $10 Beer/Wine. Wristbands for ages 21 +. All proceeds benefit Thomas Heyward Academy technology and improvements. 1727 Malphrus Rd., Ridgeland. (843) 726-3673 or thomasheyward.org.
The Lady’s Island Air Day will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Beaufort County Airport, 39 Airport Circle. This educational and entertaining event will include aircraft for the public to view, including the Beaufort County mosquito helicopter and airplane, charter service planes and a variety of private aircraft, food from local restaurants, displays from aeronautical businesses and a special area for children to play and build. The cost of admission is $5 for adults. Children are FREE. scaeronautics.com.
The Otram Slabess Poetry Group Annual Poetry Reading, in recognition of National Poetry Month, including Quitman Marshall whose book You Were Born One Time won the 2013 SC Poetry Archives prize and is forthcoming from 96 Press in April 2014. Free & open to the public. 3 p.m. The Charles Street Gallery, 914 Charles St. (843) 521-9054 or thecharlesstreetgallery.com.
Open Land Trust Annual Membership Luncheon, featuring Charles Lane to discuss the history of the ACE Basin. 12 Noon at Penn Center, Frissell House, $15 for lunch. To order tickets contact Open Land Trust, (843) 521-2175m ext, 23 or openlandtrust.com.
Butterfly Walk and Talk at Widgeon Point Preserve, Noon. Bring your brown bag lunch and listen to the Land Trust’s Conservation Director give a talk at our Widgeon Point Barn about butterfly ecology and how Open Land Trust’s work helps to protect habitat for these pollinating insects. Following the talk, we’ll head onto the Preserve to look for these amazing flying insects. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up ready to work. (843) 521-2175 or openlandtrust.com.
April 11 – 12:
The Greater Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce SC / GA Barbeque Cook-Off. This competition brings the best BBQ teams from the two states to Hardeeville for two days of outstanding barbeque! This is a SCBA sanctioned event, so this is serious BBQ flavor! We combine that quality food with beer and music for fantastic festival feel! More information (843) 784-3606 or hardeevillechamber.com.
Artisans and Antiques at Habersham Marketplace, Market St. The 2nd annual event featuring artwork, pottery, fiber, furniture, antiques, jewelry, fine linens, clothing, folk art, outdoor furniture, vintage and more all held in this quaint village. Enjoy outdoor dining at the restaurants, specialty desserts, etc. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Any more information, please call Bobbi Rice at (440) 503-8414.
Off the Beaten Path Tour with country stars Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Josh Thompson aboard MCAS Beaufort. Doors open at 5 p.m. Concert begins at 6 p.m. The concert is open to the general public. Admission for the general public is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the concert. Special pricing is available exclusively through ITT/All Points Travel for NAF/DoD Employees, Military Retirees, Active Duty Military and their families. Tickets are on sale now! Please visit http://www.mccs-sc.com/concert to purchase tickets or for further details.
2nd Annual Taste of Bluffton! Join us for a festival celebrating the sights and flavors of the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Enjoy tasty dishes served by area restaurants! Top dishes from Bluffton area restaurants! No charge for admission! Vote for your favorite dish! A day of fun for the whole family, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. State St., Bluffton Village. Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Taste of Bluffton, (843) 757-1010 or tasteofbluffton.com.
April 14 – 20:
The 46th RBC Heritage will take place at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Make plans now to “Get Your Plaid On!” The Northern Irishman PGA TOUR golfer, Graeme McDowell was the 2013 Heritage tournament winner. (843) 671-2448 or rbcheritage.com.
11th Annual Softshell Crab Festival in Old Village of Port Royal. Noon – 5 p.m. Paris Ave. Food and craft vendors, entertainment and lots of other exciting activities. Admission is FREE. We invite you to spend a day with us in the Village… you might not want to leave! (843) 470-1110 or oldvillageportroyal.com.
USCB Center for the Arts presents, Fly Me to the Moon – A tribute to the music of ol’ blue eyes and more…. 7:30 p.m. Adults $22, Seniors $20, Students $15. 801 Carteret St. uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Easter Eggstravaganza! Please bring the family and join us at Hunting Island State Park for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! The event is sponsored by the Friends of Hunting Island, and is free with park admission. Adults are $5, SC Seniors are $3.25, Ages 6-15 are $3 and Children 5 and under are Free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the picnic shelter by the lighthouse. The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. Enter our creative coloring contest to win prizes! Age groups, ages 5 and under and ages 6-12. For additional information, email@example.com or (843) 838-2011.
“Parris Island Officers’ Spouses’ Club 3rd Annual Silent and Live Auction” beginning at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds will be used to benefit our local military community. The public is invited to join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, a silent and live auction and a raffle at Traditions Restaurant on Parris Island. Tickets will be $10 at the door; advanced ticket purchases include 5 free raffle tickets and are available online at parrisislandosc.com/2014-silent-and-live-auction. For more information, visit facebook.com/PIOSCAuction.
USCB Center for the Arts presents, Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE – Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina. Adults $22, Seniors $18, Students $15. 801 Carteret St. uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Relay for Life of Beaufort, SC. Noon-midnight at Beaufort High School football stadium, 84 Sea Island Pkwy. In the fight against cancer, silence is the last thing we need. Your local American Cancer Society Relay For Life event is a great place to take action and make noise. for more information Heather Lanning, Heather.Lanning@cancer.org or (843) 757-7450 or Cliff Mullins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hilton Head Island Air Day will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Signature Flight Support, 52 Gateway Circle. This educational and entertaining event will include aircraft for the public to view, including the Beaufort County mosquito helicopter and airplane, charter service planes and a variety of private aircraft, food from local restaurants, displays from aeronautical businesses and a special area for children to play and build. The cost of admission is $5 for adults. Children are FREE. scaeronautics.com.
Friends of the Beaufort Library: Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Branches (FOL) will hold its Spring Book Sale! Browse a handsome selection of gently used books and media items at the downtown Beaufort branch library, 311 Scott St. All proceeds benefit the three Beaufort County library branches north of the Broad. Everyone is welcome. Great opportunity to get those summer beach reads and help your public libraries! 10:30–3:30 p.m. Book Sale Co-Chairs, Geni Flowers (843) 812-3574 or MEFLOWER@uscb.edu or Neil Ames email@example.com or beaufortcountylibrary.org/friends.