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 huntingisland.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.
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 in March from 5:30-7 p.m. – please call to confirm. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Event is free. (843) 255-6458. beaufortcountylibrary.org.
First & 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.
Mondays – Fridays:
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.
Mondays – Fridays:
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.
Fridays & Saturdays:
Tours of Historic 1846 St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Graveyard. Fri. 1-3 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 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, 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.
Beaufort Shag Club, 6:30-9 p.m. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $25 and must register for lessons. beaufortshagclub.com.
Smartphone Drop-in! Bring by your iPhone or Android device. A librarian will assist with any questions you have. All March long from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Event is free. (843) 255-6458. 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.
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.
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/.
Beaufort District Collection’s Local History Programs presents BEAUFORT IN THE CIVIL WAR. Friday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beaufort Library Branch. Ages 12- Adult. Historian Dr. Stephen Wise lectures on the unique and fascinating mid-19th century history of this area. Book sale and signing with Dr. Wise and Dr. Larry Rowland after program. Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum Register beauforthistorymuseum.com.
Friday After Five, 5-8pm at Thibault Gallery!
Civil War Medicine: What They Never Told You. Re-enactor Dave Smoot shares the real story of Civil War medicine based on medical practices and manuals of the period throughout the day, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum. 843-255-6468 beaufortcountylibrary.org.
The Pat Conroy Literary Center will hold its second public program of 2017 on Saturday, March 4th at the Frissell Community House at Penn Center on St. Helena Island. Commemorating the anniversary of Pat Conroy’s passing, March Forth/March Fourth will be a day-long embrace of nature, culture, and the arts.
Featuring J. Drew Lanham, Clemson Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature; Victoria Smalls, director of history and culture at Penn Center and member of the Gullah Geechee/Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission; and Margaret Shinn Evans, publisher and columnist for Lowcountry Weekly, the event will focus on the landscape of the South, our connections to the land and to one another, and how understanding these connections is critical to finding and fostering our place in the world and nurturing our sense of home.
The program is $35 for an all-day ticket, plus $15 for an optional box lunch catered by Debbi Covington. (Box lunches options are (1) Tarragon chicken salad, cheddar cocktail muffins, cranberry-pecan wild rice salad, gourmet cookie, and potato chips; or (2)Vegetarian salad wrap, cranberry-pecan wild rice salad, gourmet cookie, and potato chips; and must be ordered by March 2).
Schedule of Events:
9:00–10:00 am Birding/Nature Walk to Martin Luther King Jr. Cottage, led by J. Drew Lanham
10:30–11:30 am The Beauty of the Gullah/Geechee Corridor, a talk by Victoria Smalls
12:00–1:30 pm Lunchtime screening of the Conroy Family Roundtable (featuring Pat Conroy with siblings Mike, Jim, Tim, and Kathy) video from the 2014 SC Book Festival (optional box lunches)
1:30–3:00 pm On-your-own tours of Penn Center and visits to Pat Conroy’s gravesite
3:00–4:30 pm Author J. Drew Lanham in Conversation with Margaret Shinn Evans, a Pat Conroy Literary Center Visiting Writers Series Presentation. Book signing to follow.
All ticket sales and book purchases support the Pat Conroy Literary Center | 308 Charles Street. (843) 379-7025, patconroyliterarycente
Beaufort District Collection’s Local History Programs presents “RECONSTRUCTION ERA LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT.” Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at The Arsenal, 713 Craven Street. All ages. Beaufort History Museum hosts its 2nd annual living history event. Co-sponsor: Beaufort County Library et al. Details: beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org/event-2310298 .
“Golden Voices:” Tuskegee University Concert Choir. Tuskegee University is a private, historically black university (HBCU) located in Tuskegee, Alabama. established by Booker T. Washington, the campus is designated as the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site by the National Park Service and is the only one in the U.S. to have this designation. The university was home to scientist George Washington Carver and to World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen. The Golden Voices Concert Choir is directed by Dr. Wayne A. Barr. Spirituals remain very much a part of the choir’s repertoire, but the director of the Tuskegee University Golden Voices says he hopes the choir will, “also rise to the challenge of a Faure Requiem.” The famous Tuskegee Choir is an organization steeped in more than a century of pride and the richest of choral traditions. Since its inception, the Tuskegee Choir has served as an artistic model while carving its place in American history. Tickets: Adults $30, Seniors/Military $25, Students/Children $15. uscbcenterforthearts.com.
March 6, 13, 20 & 27:
Meditation Mondays, 9 – 10 a.m. Meditation is a great way to promote wellbeing by grounding oneself to feel more focused in today’s fast-paced world. And group meditation is a great way to get support and develop a routine for a brand new, spotty, or long-time practice. The group will start with a brief introduction before sitting in meditation for 30 minutes. Soft chairs are available; to sit cross-legged, please bring a cushion. Any- and everyone is welcome. Event is Free. Contact Information: Lauren Read, 843-255-6531, beaufortcountylibrary.org.
The Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival returns with a week full of events sure to please many all across the Lowcountry! South Carolina’s Premier Coastal Wine Competition & Culinary Event, the 31st annual Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival will not only feature spectacular celebrity chef showcases and intriguing wine education sessions, but also live entertainment and, of course, the famed Grand and Public Tastings. Ticket prices vary for each event and can be found and purchased by going to hiltonheadwineandfood.com or (843) 686-4944.
Join us on March 9 at 2 p.m. to take a special look at the Lowcountry’s very own Marsh Tacky horses. Learn about the once plentiful Marsh Tackies, which are now endangered with only 300 documented in existence. Individual owners and enthusiasts are diligently working to save the Marsh Tacky and to preserve the history of the breed. Erica Marie Veit brings the history of these astounding creatures and is the founder of the Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society. Guests will have the opportunity to view the horses up close with a private showing of the breed by Erica Marie Veit. This event has a suggested donation of $10. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC.
United Way of the Lowcountry’s Women United will host “Power of the Purse”, featuring a silent auction, live music by Horizon, cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from the event will support education initiatives benefiting children and families throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties through Women United’s Breaking Barriers to Education Fund. This fund seeks to help fulfill needs that would otherwise prevent a student from attending school or from reaching their full potential. This fund is administered by the United Way of the Lowcountry HELPLINE, which works with school officials to directly remove financial barriers that stand in the way of a child’s education. Tickets available now at uwlowcountry.org.
Enjoy the town’s free big screen at our monthly showing of The Talented Mr. Ripley (Rated R), 1 – 3:30 p.m. This month we tie in our Anthony Minghella film with February’s Novel Evenings Book Club, presenting a cinematic adaptation of that Patricia Highsmith book. Refreshments served. Event is free. Contact Information: Lauren Read, (843) 255-6531, beaufortcountylibrary.org.
“A Tirbute to Broadway” – Beaufort Theatre company presents a tribute to Broadway. The show will be a musical journey through some of Broadway’s classic musicals such as “Singing in the Rain” & “South Pacific” all the way to recent hits like “Wicked” & “Newsless.” uscbcenterforthearts.com/shows-and-events.
March 11 & 12:
Sea Island Rotary Club Adventure Biathlon will be held in and around the beautiful village of Port Royal, 10 a.m. at the Sands of Port Royal. The race will begin at The Sands with kayaks and paddle boards paddling the waterway separating Port Royal and Parris Island Recruit Depot + or – 6 miles. You can participate Solo, Relay (1 paddler and 1 runner), or Team (tandem kayak with both paddling AND running). There will be separate award categories for male, female, mixed, kayak, and paddle boards. We are also looking to increase our awards for age categories this year based on participation. Stay after the race for a fun Post-Race party with grub and libations? huntingislandbiathlon.com.
March 11 & 12:
The Lowcountry Pow Wow will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Featuring Native American Dancing with 60 or more Dancers, Arts & Crafts, Demonstrators, Period Encampment, Story Telling, Flutist, Native Foods, Contemporary Foods.Bring a chair and a open mind and enjoy history alive and vibrant in the customs and traditions of the indigenous people of this land. $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, kids age 5 and under are free. 2-day passes $10 for adults & $8 for students and seniors. Right on the Savannah River in Hardeeville South Carolina, (Exit 5) follow signs, 55 Millstone Landing Rd. Information Call Mike Benton 843 384-5551 or Sabrina Schaner 912 312-5538.
March 11 & 25:
Crafternoons! Join Ms. Bradley for a new craft each session. noon – 1 p.m. Ages 5 & up. St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Rd.St. Helena Island SC 29920. (843)255-6540 0r firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movie Night, featuring, “I An Not Your Negro,” 7 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. Admission is $6. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. uscbcenterforthearts.com/shows-and-events.
The Visiting Writers Series at the Pat Conroy Literary Center kicks off this year with Bren McClain author of One Good Mama Bone, in conversation with novelist, Beaufort County native, and Pat Conroy’s Beaufort High School student Valerie Sayers on March 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the St. Helena Branch Library. This location is right ’round the bend from Pat’s grave site and part of the Penn Center Historic District in Beaufort, South Carolina, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd., St. Helena, SC.
‘Uncork Your Palate’ World Wine Tour from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Spend an entertaining (and educational) afternoon with ta•ca•rón proprietor & wine aﬁcionado, Juan Carlos Jiménez, as he takes you on a tour of exotic wines from around the world. Juan Carlos, who is highly regarded for his brilliant palate and knack for ﬁnding small unheralded estates producing high quality wines at affordable prices, will introduce you to ﬁve interesting wineries and their varietals that you may otherwise never meet up with! Served with Assorted Tapas! Event takes place at the Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay St., Beaufort. (843) 379-1550 or santa-elena.org/event/uncork-your-palate-world-wine-tour.
Parris Island 2017 Triathlon, 9 a.m. – p.m. Triathletes from all over the nation come to test their early season training at the flat and fast course. For Tickets got to setupevents.com.
AUTHORS UNDER THE LIVE OAKS. Author/book signing event on the grounds of the historic Frampton Plantation. This is a FREE event to both participants and customers. This is simply an opportunity to have a wonderful day on the historic Frampton Plantation grounds, welcoming visitors and signing books…with some fun camaraderie included! 1 Lowcountry Lane, Yemassee, SC 29945 (Exit 33 Off I-95). For more info click here.
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. the Historic Beaufort Foundation will present an “Architects’ Tour.” his tour will celebrate the creative and distinctive contemporary architecture that interprets teh Lowcountry and gives it a definite 21st look. Visit 5 houses in Beaufort and the sea islands desgined by local Beaufort architects: Allison Ramsey, Frederick & Frederick, Montgomery Architecture, R.W. Chambers, Joel Newman of Thomas & Denzinger. Ticket are $65 per person. For more info click here.
Coordinated with Island Rec Center’s senior programs, the Senior Book Club meets from 2 – 3 p.m. This month, the discussion will be about The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Event is Free. Priscilla Pomazal, (843) 255-6524, beaufortcountylibrary.org.
The Novel Evenings Book Club meets at 6 – 7 p.m. Join us for lively discussion of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Everyone is welcome and event is free! Contact Information: Catherine Field, (843) 255-6520, beaufortcountylibrary.org.
The Novel Mornings Book Club meets at 11 a.m – 2 p.m. Meet with fellow book lovers for a discussion of The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson. Everyone is welcome and event is free! Contact Information: Catherine Field, (843) 255-6520, beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Lowcountry Flutes bring their rapid-fire musical treats and enchanting harmonies back to the library. These flautists play classical, jazz, and fun movie themes. Come listen to old favorites and new pieces played just for you by this popular group. Event is free. 5:30 -6:30 p.m. Contact Information: Lauren Read, 843-255-6531, beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Join us for UNLIMITED OYSTERS at the St. Peter’s Oyster Roast at the St. Peter’s Catholic School, 2-10 p.m., 70 Lady’s Island Dr., Beaufort. Adults-$25 Pre-sale, $30 at door, 14 and under-$10, 5 and under-FREE. Children’s Area will be available for $1.00. Contact the School office for tickets and more info: (843) 522-2163.
Dancing with Our Stars!CCAPA(Child Abuse Prevention Association) in partnership with Center for the Arts presents a fun-filled night of local “celebrities” and dance professionals raising critical funds for CAPA while vying for a coveted trophy and bragging rights as the “Best Dancers in Beaufort.” Teams will compete for the Judges’ Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award. The team that raises the most money/votes wins People’s Choice. Help your favorite team win the coveted mirror-ball trophy! Online voting ends March 24th, but you can continue to vote for your team at the event. For sponsorship information, please contact Jessie Chapman at (843) 524-4350. For tickets click here.
The History and Art of Cigar Making. Join Cuban born Juan Carlos Jiménez, who from his own factory in the Dominican Republic has been producing handcrafted Cuban seed cigars for the past 20 years. Today, he takes us on a fascinating journey of learning, and what it takes to produce a cigar worthy to be named the ‘official cigar’ of both The White House & Mount Vernon! Even if you are not a smoker, we believe you will enjoy this lecture, which will provide you with a whole new appreciation and understanding of the mystique and ongoing interest so many have in participating in this fine art that has been around for thousands of years. Ticket are $10. 3-4 p.m. at the Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay St., Beaufort. (843) 379-1550 or santa-elena.org/event/.
Farewell To Little Blue Art Show. BeaufortPics.com invites you to this special event dedicated to our lost local icon, the Lil Blue beach house on Hunting Island beach. Probably the most photographed landmark in Beaufort over the past few years. Lil Blue is no longer standing, gone forever as she was demolished earlier this month.View over 40 different photographs, specifically for this show. Most of these photographs have never been published before. If you are like me and have cherished Lil Blue and its resilience to succumb to Mother Nature, you will not want to miss this show. It’s going to be a final dedication to what she represented to many Beaufort locals and visitors as well.Everyone in attendance will receive a free door prize which will be a 5×7 notecard of Lil Blue photographed at night under the stars. I look forward to seeing you there for this special show. 5-8:30 p.m., 910 Port Republic St
Beaufort, SC, (843) 694-7981.
“Route 66″ musical show presented by the USBC Center for the Arts. A rip-roaring, pedal-to- the-medal road trip down memory lane featuring hits such as “Dead Man’s Curve,” “King of the Road,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Six Days on the Road,” “GTO,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around” and, of course, “Route 66.” Four snappy young pump jockeys take the audience to various stops along the historic “Mother Road” where a menagerie of characters sing and dance to timeless pop and country tunes. The ’50s music in this show is energizing and fun for all ages. From the jazzy pop of Chicago, the two-stepping hoedown of Texas and the beach-bumming car jams of California — this show has it all. This is the road trip of a lifetime with solid harmonies, dazzling quick-changes, flashy dance numbers and hilarious comedic timing. “Get your kicks…..on Route 66.” Tickets: Adults $30, Seniors/Military $25, Students/Children $10. uscbcenterforthearts.com.