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. [email protected].
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 & Second Saturday:
Beaufort Shag Club, 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7-10 p.m. on Second Saturday of the month. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $35 per year and must register for lessons. (843) 812-1825 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 – October! 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 protected].
Gullah/Geechee Gold Rice Festival! Celebrating the Richness of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Dr. Martin Luther King Park at the intersection of Sea Island Parkway/Highway 21 and Dr. MLK Dr. on historic St. Helena Island in the Gullah/Geechee Nation! 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (843) 838-1171 or www.sthelenaislandcommunitymarket.com or www.gullahgeecheenation.com.
Beaufort Charities 3rd Annual “Clubs for Kids”! Introduction to Golf for Kids. It will be the kick off of our Year Long Junior Golf Program. Youths ages 5-12 and a parent or legal guardian, enjoy a day of instruction and exhibition by local pros. Please come out and support Beaufort area junior golf. Learning the game is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child www.beaufortcharities.org.
Join us for the 6th annual Taste of Bluffton, a festival celebrating the sights and flavors of the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. 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.
50th Annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing on the Harbour Town Golf Links in The Sea Pines Resort. The biggest names on the PGA Tour compete for their share of a $6.7 million prize purse. A variety of ticket options are available. 11 Lighthouse Ln. (843) 671-2448 or www.rbcheritage.com.
Semi-Toned – A cappella at the USCB Center for the Arts. Based at Exeter University in the South West of England is now fourteen men strong and in April 2015 earned the title of national champions, having won the Voice Festival UK. Praised for their creativity, uniqueness and vocal acrobatics the group embraces music of a variety of genres to ensure there really is something for everyone in any of their shows and, of course, performed in the group’s trademark witty and engaging style. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Met Opera Live in HD – Verdi’s “Luisa Miller.” James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. 12:30 – 4:10 p.m. Tickets, $20 ($18 OLLI Members). USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Molly’s Game! MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe. 7 p.m. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. For tickets call, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Lunch with Author Series – John Hart: The Hush! JOHN HART is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, “The King of Lies,” “Down River,” “The Last Child,” “Iron House,” and “Redemption Road.” The only author in history to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel consecutively, John has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His next novel, The Hush is scheduled for release February 2018. Ranging in scope from Africa and the antebellum south to the despair of the Great Depression, “The Hush” is a study of forgotten truths and a stunning reminder of why John Hart has won critical acclaim and the abiding love of readers around the world. Beautifully crafted and thrilling to the end, this book is an exploration of things unseen and the ties that bind, of friendship and persistence and forgotten power. “Edgar Award winning John Hart cements his status as one of America’s premier novelists.” ―The Providence Journal John Hart has three great passions: his family, his writing, and the protection of open spaces. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters, and is already writing his sixth novel, a sequel to “The Last Child.” Noon. Belfair Country Club, 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd., Bluffton. For tickets call, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
The Beaufort Symphony Youth Orchestra performs at YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave, Port Royal. 7 p.m. In the spring of 1999, Frederick Devyatkin realized a dream of forming a youth orchestra. With the backing of the Board and widespread parental and community support, a nucleus of young players presented their first concert. Tickets can be purchased at www.beaufortorchestra.org or (800) 595-4849.
April 20-21, 27-29:
Beaufort Theatre Company presents FORBIDDEN BROADWAY! The show is hilarious, lovingly and endlessly entertaining tribute to many of Broadway’s greatest shows. April 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. One Matinee Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. Adults $30, Senior/Military $25, Students/Children $15. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. For tickets call, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
15th Annual Soft Shell Festival! The Town of Port Royal and the Old Village Association invite you to join us at the 15th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival 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, artisan craft vendors and an expanded kids’s fun zone. www.oldvillageportroyal.com/.
University of South Carolina Beaufort Festival Series Chamber Music present Haydn: String Trio in G Major, Opus 53, No. 1, Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in g minor, Opus 57, Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Opus 81. 5 p.m. 801 Carteret St. (843) 208-8246 or www.uscb.edu/festivalseries.
The Beaufort Symphony Youth Orchestra performs at Bethesda Christian Fellowship, 36 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr., St Helena Island. 7 p.m. In the spring of 1999, Frederick Devyatkin realized a dream of forming a youth orchestra. With the backing of the Board and widespread parental and community support, a nucleus of young players presented their first concert. Tickets can be purchased at www.beaufortorchestra.org or (800) 595-4849.
The Beaufort Theatre Company presents “The Producers.” “The Producers” is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in aBroadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures of homosexuals and Nazis, and many show business in-jokes. Friday, April 27; Saturday, April 28; Friday, May 4; Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 & Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets:Adults $30, Senior/Military $25, Students $15. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
The Beaufort Symphony Youth Orchestra performs at St. Johns Church, 157 Lady’s Island Dr., Beaufort. 7 p.m. In the spring of 1999, Frederick Devyatkin realized a dream of forming a youth orchestra. With the backing of the Board and widespread parental and community support, a nucleus of young players presented their first concert. Tickets can be purchased at www.beaufortorchestra.org or (800) 595-4849.
All you can eat pancakes at Outback Steakhouse in Bluffton, 100 Buckwalter Pkwy, Bluffton, SC 29910, on April 28th from 8 -10 a.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds go to Lowcountry Community Church missions. For more information, call 843-836-1101 or lowcountrycc.org.
Met Opera Live in HD – Massenet’s “Cendrillon.” “Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production. 12:55 p.m. Tickets, $20 ($18 OLLI Members). USCB Center for the Arts 805, Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Y’all get ready to rock the block on Saturday, April 28th from noon – 5p.m. for our 5th Annual Bridges Block Party – Shrimp and Grits Cook-off! Our street festival featuring a shrimp and grits cook-off will be held in Port Royal, SC on lovely Paris Avenue. Don’t worry, if you aren’t into shrimp and grits there will be plenty of food vendors with a wide array of menu items to enjoy. Don’t fill up too fast, though as we will have live music by the Walker Harris Band, a Kids Zone, unique arts and craft vendors and more! So grab your fork, bring your appetite and join us for a day filled with fun, food and adventure! (General admission is free.) For more information go to their Facebook page.