Beaufort's Calendar
of Events for May, 2015

Today is Saturday, May 30, 2015



Featured Calendar Events

Gullah Festival

May 21-24: 29th Annual Gullah Festival! The Gullah Festival of South Carolina celebrates and recognizes the history, customs, cultures, language and accomplishments of the African Americans of the Lowcountry. The Festival will be held at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. (843) 525-0628 or theoriginalgullahfestival.org.

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OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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/.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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/huntingisland/introduction.aspx.

Mondays:
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. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street. Event is free. Ages 12 – Adults. (843) 255-6468 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.

Mondays:
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.

Mondays:
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.

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  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. 1-3 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 710 Carteret St. Free. (843) 522-9555 or stpeters-church.org.

Tuesdays:
Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island. info@classicsofbeaufort.org.

First Tuesdays:
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, 6-9 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.

Wednesdays:
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.

Thursdays:
Palmetto Dancers at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. Dance Team classes, include batons, twirling, pom pons and learning organized group routines, starting at 6 p.m. $25 one time registration fee then $20 month for weekly classes. palmettodancers@gmail.com or (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.

Fridays:
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.

Fridays:
Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or jaspercountysc.org.

First Fridays:
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.

First Fridays:
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.

Saturdays:
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.

Saturdays:
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/.

Saturdays:
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.

Sundays:
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 lowcountry@thresholdchoir.org.

May 1 & 4:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra presents Let’s Dance, Toe-tapping Treats from Ballet to Braodway. Thursday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 4 p.m. Performances will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. (877) 548-3237 or beaufortorchestra.org.

May 1-2:
A Taste of Beaufort! Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Historic Downtown Beaufort. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience the essence of beautiful Beaufort! Food-Wine-Music-Fun-Craft Market-5K Run/Walk. Bring the family downtown to enjoy traditional and innovative food choices being offered by our local restaurants. Sample the many different ‘tastes’ of Beaufort! Food and drink vendors will accept tickets that you can purchase at the ticket booths for $1 each. Items will be sold for 2-7 tickets. Live music will be provided on the Pavilion Stage and children’s activities, which include Jumpers and slides, will be located near the playground area. Also be sure to visit the Arts & Crafts Market. downtownbeaufort.com.

May 2:
16th Annual Taste of Beaufort 5K Run/Walk and Popcorn Run! The festival’s popular 5K Run (USTAF certified course) and Walk Through History will begin at 8 a.m. The Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Bay and Newcastle Sts. All require advanced registration. Registration forms are available at atasteofbeaufort.com. Online registration is available at active.com. Race packet pick up and registrations will also be available at the Visitors Center, Arsenal building on Craven St., Fri., May 1st from noon to 5 p.m. and Sat., May 2nd prior to race from 6:30-7:30 p.m. downtownbeaufort.com.

May 2:
Pickin by the River Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park from noon till 5:30 p.m. Stage show and open jams throughout the park, beginner to advanced musicians welcome. FREE! NO Alcohol, no amplifiers and no drums. All Acoustic Bluegrass, Country & Folk Music. Everyone welcome; bring a lawn chair. For more info please contact Pat at (843) 379-9084.

May 2:
Beaufort Harbormaster Annual Show! Nostalgia, How The Music Made Me Smile. Beaufort High School, 84 Sea Island Pkwy. $15, $5 students. Barbershop arrangements of iconic broadway show and radio program themes sung by choruses and quartets of the Harbormasters and the Belles. Special guests, The Con Men, international quartet medalists. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please contact halfmccann@gmail.com or beaufortharbormasters.org.

May 4:
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.

May 6
The Beaufort High School Concert Band, the Beaufort High School Symphonic Band, the newly minted Lowcountry Wind Symphony and the Parris Island Marine Band will perform together in a joint concert at the Beaufort High School Performing Arts Auditorium. The concert is free to the public. No ticket required with open seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. The ensembles will perform both separately as well as together on stage during this memorable event. Familiar compositions from the world of Rock, Broadway, Hollywood, and the classics will be performed. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear these fantastic groups of Beaufort youngsters, Lowcountry adults and patriotic Marine musicians combining forces for the first time- together on stage! The Beaufort High School Performing Arts Auditorium is located at 84 Sea Island Pkwy.

May 7 & 10:
Let’s Dance! Toe-tapping Treats from Ballet to Broadway. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. Performances will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. FREE! Please call (800) 595-4849 or visit beaufortorchestra.org.

May 8-9:
Bottles & Barrels At Habersham! This unique, Southern Living Inspired Event returns to the coastal town of Habersham for the second year to spotlights select fine wines, craft brews and farm-to-table dishes. Bottles & Barrels 2015 kicks off Friday, May 8 with small, breakout wine dinners at private homes throughout the Habersham neighborhood. Guests will sit down to a professionally prepared meal, complete with hand-selected wine tastings by vineyard representatives in attendance for the event. The tasting portion happens Saturday, May 9 in the Habersham Marketplace, 13 Market, Beaufort. Plus, enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, and more! bottlesandbarrelssc.com.

May 9:
The 37th annual Bluffton Village Festival coordinated by the Bluffton Rotary Club! The festival, commonly known as Mayfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Old Town Bluffton. Enjoy this eclectic and homespun Southern festival famous for its unique art and crafts, music, delicious food, the Ugly Dog Contest, the Pie Eating Contest and a chance to meet old friends and new ones. Admission is FREE! (843) 815-2277 or blufftonvillagefestival.com.

May 9:
Understanding Pat Conroy: Discussion and book signing. University of South Carolina-Beaufort Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or  uscbcenterforthearts.com.

May 15-17:
Beaufort Children’s Theatre Presents – Disney’s Jungle Book! The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na BeLike You.” The Beaufort Children’s Theatre is comprised of local kids who ages range 7-18! Join us in support of this exceptional program for youth! 7 p.m. nightly and Sunday Matinee, 3 p.m. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. Tickets, Adults $15-$25, Students/Children $15-$10 and can be purchased online at uscbcenterforthearts.com.

May 16:
“Connecting to the Past: How a Gravestone Led to One Family’s Remarkable Story.” Be inspired by the research of Kimberly Morgan and Akosua Moore to uncover the amazing story of USCT soldier, Stephen Binyard and his descendants. Learn how the Library can help you start your own family history. Event is free. Ages 12-adult. Maximum of 50 spots, first come, first seated. 1 p.m. at Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. (843) 255-6468 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.

May 16:
AMIKids 24th Annual Beaufort Crouquet Picnic! Please join us on Bray’s Island Plantation, at 10 a.m. The Croquet Picnic fundraiser benefits AMIKids Beaufort, a nationally recognized residential facility for at-risk youth that helps them earn their GEDs and also offers job training. The event includes a day of Croquet, silent auctions, and festive refreshments. For more information, please contact Dr. Mike Harris at (843) 846-3149, or AMIKIDSBEAUFORT.org.

May 18:
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.

May 21-24:
29th Annual Gullah Festival! The Gullah Festival of South Carolina celebrates and recognizes the history, customs, cultures, language and accomplishments of the African Americans of the Lowcountry. The Festival will be held at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. (843) 525-0628 or theoriginalgullahfestival.org.

May 27:
“Aerial LiDAR and Archaeology of Mont Repose and Cotton Hall Inland Rice Plantations.” Learn how aerial LiDAR, a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analyzing the reflected light to create high resolution maps, assists historical and archaeological research with Matt Newberry. See additional artifacts from Mont Repose explained by Lilith Logan who will do her best to tell you more about any artifacts you bring along for identification, too. Event is free. Ages 12-adult. Maximum of 50 spots, first come, first seated. 6 p.m. at Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. (843) 255-6468 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.

 

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Auldbrass Plantation!

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The Parris Island Museum

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The History Of Sea Island Cotton

In the 18th century, cotton truly was king in Beaufort. Sea Island Cotton – a strain of cotton unique to the Lowcountry — served as a lucrative crop for local planters like the Elliott, Fripp, Barnwell, Heyward, Pope and Jenkins families. After the Revolutionary War, the British market for indigo disappeared, so planters needed a […]

Hunting Island State Park

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 […]

Hunting Island Lighthouse

The historic Hunting Island lighthouse was originally constructed in 1859 and is the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina that is open to the public. From the top platform, for those who are adventurous enough to climb the 167 step spiral staircase, one truly can get a birds eye view of the Atlantic […]

Sea Island Magic!

The sea islands that extend along the Eastern coast of South Carolina and Georgia have a history and a style all their own. From the sandy beaches of Edisto Island, SC to the isolated beauty of Cumberland Island, GA, the South Atlantic coast boasts a variety of islands that appeal to the dreamer in each […]

 

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