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 parrisislandmuseum.com.
The Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District is open for tours, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. 801 Bay St. (843) 379-6335 or historicbeaufort.org.
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.
Wee Play! Stories, songs, and finger plays. Ages 0-4 and their adult caregiver. 11 – 11:45 a.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6435 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Heart of the Home: Kitchen Archaeology at Mont Repose Exhibit. A kitchen collapsed and artifacts in situ offer a unique opportunity to explore the domestic duties and lifeways of women and girls on a 19th-century Beaufort District plantation. Curated by Georgia Southern University Public History Graduate Student, Lilith Logan. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays, except April 22. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street. Event is free. Ages 12 – Adults. (843) 255-6468 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
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.
Mondays & Thursdays:
One on One Computer Help! Need help with computers? Stop by the Beaufort Branch Library on Thursday evenings; a tech expert will be standing by to assist you with all your technology needs! Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. – please call to confirm. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Event is free. (843) 255-645 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Frist & Third Mondays:
Parris Island Rod and Gun Club Meeting! We’re a group of Active Duty and Retired military as well as civilians. We’re hunting, shooting, fishing, and outdoors enthusiasts. Meeting Social hour: 1800-1900 (6-7 p.m.) Meeting Business Meeting: 1900–2000+ (7-8 p.m.) Parris Island Club House. pirodandgunclub.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.
Heart of the Home: Kitchen Archaeology at Mont Repose Exhibit. A kitchen collapsed and artifacts in situ offer a unique opportunity to explore the domestic duties and lifeways of women and girls on a 19th century Beaufort District plantation. Curated by Georgia Southern University Public History Graduate Student, Lilith Logan. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays, except April 22 and May 25. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Wee Play Too! Stories, songs, and finger plays. Ages 0-4 and their adult caregiver. 10 – 10:45 a.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6435 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
The Listeners Book Club! Talk about what you have been reading, listen to books, and share your thoughts. Ages 8-11. 2-3 p.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6469 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Tech Tuesday Drop-in! Need help with your gadget? Let us help! Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Event is free. (843) 255-6483 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beaufort Kennel Club meetings, 7-8 p.m. 102 Heronwyck Plantation Dr. (843) 509-1903.
Second Tuesday & Thursday:
Beaufort Writers meeting, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lady’s Island Airport. (843) 524-9119.
Wednesdays & Saturdays:
Beaufort Shag Club, 6:30-9 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.
Smartphone Drop-in! Bring by your iPhone or Android device. A librarian will assist with any questions you have from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Event is free. (843) 255-6458 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market, May – September! 2-6 p.m. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Pavilion. Join us each week and visit Area Farmers & Growers, Live Entertainment, Prepared Foods made with local ingredients. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market.
Themed Story Time! Weekly themed stories, songs, and occasional crafts. Ages 3-5. 3:30 – 4:15 a.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6435 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Story Time at the Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Enjoy stories, songs and social interaction for children 0-4 years old with their parent or guardian. 11:15 a.m. Price of Event Free. (843) 255-6481 or beaufortcountylibrary.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.
Lego Fun! Drop in between the time provided and create with Legos and display your creation in the library. Ages 4+. 3-4:30 p.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6453 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
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.
Fridays & Saturdays:
Tours of Historic 1846 St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Graveyard. 1-3 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 710 Carteret St. Free. (843) 522-9555.
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/.
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 email@example.com.
Birding Workshop 101, at the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex, 694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, South Carolina. This Birding 101 class, co-hosted by Ogeechee Audubon, University of Georgia Marine Extension-Sea Grant, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a new program to introduce those who are interested in birding but do not know where to start. There will be experienced birders on hand to assist with learning about bird guides, how to use binoculars and spotting scopes, and identifying birds in the real world. After this program, you will be able to operate binoculars, learn how to use a spotting scope, categorize a few birds by the shape of the body, and identify several bird habitats. Loaner binoculars will be available for those who do not have their own. The program is free and open to the public, but limited to 10 people. If we exceed registration, we will have a waiting list and may schedule additional workshops! Registration is required: Call (843) 784-2468. This event is open to all ages, but is most appropriate for ages 14-adult. We will meet at the Refuge Visitor Center promptly at 8 a.m., and the program will go until approximately noon. Plan your wardrobe for indoor and outdoor time at this rain-or-shine event, and bring a snack and a reusable water bottle. Event Co-hosted by Ogeechee Audubon, and University of Georgia Marine Extension-Sea Grant
Join us for the 4th Annual Bridges Block Party – Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off on Paris Avenue in downtown Port Royal from noon until 5 p.m. (general admission is free). Guests can look forward to live music, artisans, food vendors, a Kids Zone and the Shrimp and Grits Cook-off. Our Block Party promises to be a day filled with food, fun and adventure for the whole family!
Join us for the fifth annual Taste of Bluffton, a festival celebrating the sights and flavors of the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Our fifth year looks to be the best ever! Here’s just a sampling of what you can expect: Local Flavor Non-Chef Cooking Contest, Peoples Choice, Waiters Race, Battle of the Bands. No charge for admission! A day of fun for the whole family, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Bluffton Village thanks to Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Taste of Bluffton. For more information, call (843) 757-1010 or tasteofbluffton.com.
Barrage 8 presented by USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. 7:30 p.m. Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage. Utilizing the same energy, panache and innovative stage performance that Barrage was known for, Barrage 8 features all the instruments in the modern string family. The “8″ in the name represents a re-imagining of the string octet: 5 violins, viola, cello and double bass. This instrumentation drives a rich and powerful sonic palette that further explores the musical diversity in the Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements. Barrage 8 presents what the Barrage name has come to represent worldwide: “a memorable presentation of music, from many genres and cascading generations, delivered in a way not seen or heard before”. (843) 521-4100 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
The Town of Port Royal and the Old Village Association invite you to join us at the 14th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday, April 15th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come enjoy Lowcountry cuisine prepared by some of the best local chefs highlighting different takes on the soft shell crab. Live music will be performed by The Bull Grapes, Broke Locals and Trey’s Aliens. There will be plenty of artisan craft vendors and an expanded kids’s fun zone. The Beaufort’s Classic Car & Truck Club will be on hand showing off their spectacular collection of vehicles. The Rotary Club of Beaufort will be having their annual crab race along Battery Creek, with an available top prize of $40,000 to one possible winner and 10 chances to win $5,000!To enter the race, visit portroyalcrabrace.com. For more info go to www.oldvillageportroyal.com.
Salute to Satchmo presented by USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. 7:30 p.m. Join us for this truly phenomenal show and hear the history of jazz through the eyes of Satchmo, while simultaneously enjoying the music that made him famous! The Louis Armstrong Society’s “Salute to Satchmo” is a tribute to the life, music, and spirit of Louis. The band is comprised of members of the Louis Armstrong Society, a secret organization where musicians are invited to perform by invitation only. You’ll hear Louis classics such as “Back Home Again in Indiana,” “Blueberry Hill,” and “Struttin’ with Some BBQ.” This fun-filled evening culminates in a real second line parade as everyone helps those “Saints Go Marchin’ In.” (843) 521-4100 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Super Hero Vs. Villain 5K! Come dressed as your favorite superhero. Strollers and pets welcomed. Age group and costume awards to follow race. Afterwards enjoy Kona Ice and a massage. 8 a.m. at Live Oak Park, Port Royal.
Beaufort Art festival at the Waterfront Park, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Live music by local rockers Irritating Julie and more.
2017 MCAS Beaufort Airshow It’s back! Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will host nearly 100,000 of its closest friends and neighbors at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. There is no cost to the general public to attend the show. The show will showcase Naval aviation at its best with a demonstration by the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels! The mission of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show is three-fold: to promote the Marine Corps and Navy recruiting efforts, to demonstrate the full force and capabilities of our military and to say a big “THANK YOU” to all of the members of the surrounding communities who support the men and women who serve this nation and are stationed at the Air Station and in the Tri-Command area. Visit BeaufortAirShow.com for more information and to purchase VIP tickets.