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.
Second & Fourth Tuesdays:
Beaufort Writers meeting, 4:30-6 p.m. Lady’s Island Airport, 39 Airport Circle. (843) 524-9119.
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 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! 3-7 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.
Clay on Thursdays resumes August 1, with Trevor Foster, Instructor. 6 sessions. Handbuilding with Clay meets 10 a.m.-Noon. Learn basic hand building techniques. Wheelthrown Pottery meets 1:15-3:15 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Learn basic wheel techniques or refine your skills & explore new techniques if you have worked on a wheel previously. Glazing techniques are taught during the last two sessions. Glazes and firing are included in the clay purchase. $125 plus $25 per 25 lbs. of clay. Registration, (803) 707-5961 or email@example.com or beaufortcountyarts.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.
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.
August 2 – 4:
Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 2013 – Emancipation een de Gullah/Geechee Nation! 3-day event includes tours, receptions, presentations, and gala on St. Helena Island. For group discounts and more details, (843) 838-1171 or GullGeeCo@aol.com or AMPTurnItUp@aol.com.
August 2 – 4:
South Carolina Tax Free Weekend. For more information visit sctax.org.
August 2 – 4:
Just in time for back to school shopping, enjoy the South Carolina Tax Free Weekend at Tanger Outlets. Shop Tanger Outlets for big savings on back-to-school clothes, school supplies and footwear. Check out the latest trends and save on everything you need for fall – all tax free! Tanger makes it easy for you to find all your favorite brand names and the hottest fashion trends… all at the best savings. (843) 837-5410 or tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead.
August 3 & 10:
Kazoos on Vacation at 7:30 p.m. ARTworks Blackbox Theater, 2127 Boundary St. For a wallop of family fun, admission is Pay What You Can ($5 minimum) and kids under six years old are free. Rick Hubbard’s hit family show of Music, Comedy, and Fun is where your kids are the stars and the kazoos are free because we’re on vacation while the bubble canon works overtime. Rick Hubbard celebrates more than a decade of providing positive family entertainment throughout the United States, and every moment has been KAZOOBIE! Rick invented the word, “kazoobie,” to describe his performance. It means “exceptional, fun, and involving everyone.” Audience involvement is the key, and no entertainer in America gets more audience members into the show than Rick Hubbard. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Basketry Basics and Beyond, a workshop with Kim Keats! For ages 12-adult, 10-4 p.m. Explore basketry basics through the creation of a woven work of art. Kim Keats will provide instruction and materials for a start-to-finish basket or sculpture using imported and harvested materials such as rattan, vine, cedar bark, palm roots and fronds. Participants will learn a variety of basketry techniques including lashing, rib work, simple and random weaving. The workshop is great for beginners as well as experienced basket makers. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a bag lunch for an artist picnic. $55, contact Kim Keats, (843) 384-2435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finish Your Unfinished Baskets at The Learning Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your unfinished baskets to master basket maker Dorinda Harmon to help you finish them. Please bring unfinished basket with supplies, a towel, scissors and a lunch. Mature teens & adults. Old Santee Canal Park, off of U. S. 52 By-pass (R.C. Dennis Blvd.) in Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200 or oldsanteecanalpark.org.
Publicity for Artists, “likes & links” the know-how & networking you need to simplify and strengthen your arts marketing plan with Lisa Annelouise Rentz, 2 to 4 p.m. What’s the deal with social media? How can artists communicate with the public and the media through their work? This workshop helps artists form the right marketing plan and realistic expectations while connecting with each other in person and online. $20, and $10 for returning artists, for supporters of ARTworks, and ARTworks resident artists, (843) 525-6911 to get a seat. This meeting will be in the gallery at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
20th Annual Summer Show at The Red Piano, 870 Sea Island Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This year the gallery is dedicating the twentieth annual August Summer Show to the memory of Charles Desaussure, a very dear friend and a great talent in the world of the self-taught Southern artist. A Lowcountry tradition brought to you by a Lowcountry Legend! (843) 838-2241 or RedPianotoo@islc.net or RedPianotoo.com.
Time for Tots, Story Time and Crafts! Come enjoy some special time with your child(ren) ages 3-5 as we do a wide variety of things. We may read a book, watch a movie, do some seasonal related arts and crafts or maybe go out on the boardwalk to catch a view of a dragonfly or a turtle. 10–11:30 a.m. $5 per child (adults are free). Old Santee Canal Park, off of U. S. 52 By-pass (R. C. Dennis Blvd.) in Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200 or oldsanteecanalpark.org.
August 14 – 17:
Friends of Pratt Memorial Library will host a Book Sale! 451-A Wilson St., Ridgeland. Wed., and Thurs., 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Fri., 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Books can be purchased by the bag, $5 for paperbacks, $7 for hardbacks. Sat., all books will be ½ price. Teachers will receive additional discounts to help restock their shelves. There will also be a wide selection of children’s books, DVDs, video tapes, and reference materials. For more information, please contact Leslie Jones Hart at (843) 726-3291.
“Downtown Plate Crawl,” Home Cooks vs. Local Chefs! 5:30-8:30 p.m. Chefs and cooks will make 100 tastings of about three bites apiece. Residents will “crawl” the downtown from restaurant to restaurant, try the entries in blind taste tests, and vote for their favorite.
Street Music on Paris Avenue in Old Village Port Royal with Ronstadt Generations. This community event is a free concert series that is a gift from the Town of Port Royal, produced by ARTworks, the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands. 6:30 p.m., bring your chairs and dancing shoes. The rain location is The Shed, adjacent to the street venue, in Old Village Port Royal. ARTworks at (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
August 24 – September 8:
Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition at The Interpretive Center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Artists from around the state will be competing for several prizes including purchase awards from Santee Cooper and Berkeley County. Awards, totaling close to $3000, will be given in five categories – Aqua Media on Paper or Canvas, Oil & Acrylics on canvas or board, Mixed Media, Pencil & Graphics, and Pastels. All ages welcome! Free with regular park admission of $3/person. Old Santee Canal Park, off of U. S. 52 By-pass (R. C. Dennis Blvd.) in Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200 or oldsanteecanalpark.org.
ARTworks 5 Year Celebration & Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. Join in for festivities, live music from the Bull Grapes, creativity in action and a Treasure Sale. Be there for the unveiling of the Quilt of Humanity! 2127 Boundary St., in Beaufort Town Center. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Fellowship Concert Choir of Beaufort presents “An evening of Praise, Joy and Laughter” (A Dinner Theater) 5 p.m. at Ouality Inn at Town Center. $25. (843) 812-6111.
Laurie Lovell in her studio at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. “-scapes” Landscape, cityscape, seascape, escape…create assemblages on canvas or paper with highly textured and tactile collage surfaces, with painted, drawn, and stitched techniques, and applied found objects. 10-4 p.m. $60 includes most materials. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
August 30 – September 2:
Shop Tanger Outlets during the big Labor Day Weekend Sale. Find extra savings in your favorite name brand outlet stores during this 4-day sales event. (843) 837-5410 or tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead.
August 30 & 31:
The annual fun-filled Music & Shag Fest will be held at Edisto Beach, SC., at Big Bay Creek Park. Top beach bands and the area’s best shaggers will highlight the weekend. For more information, call (843) 869-3867 or visit edistochamber.com.