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/huntingisland/introduction.aspx.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. [email protected] or (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adaptive Golf Clinic at the Legends of Parris Island golf course. The session, sponsored by Beaufort Memorial in conjunction with the Legends course, will be take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on the driving range. Civilians, veterans and active military personnel are all invited to join the two-hour session and learn how to use adaptive techniques and tools to tee off and putt better than ever. For more information or to register for the Adaptive Golf clinic, contact Giammona at (843) 522-5850 or [email protected] or PGA professional Andy Hinson at (843) 228-2240.
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].
The Lands End Woodland Inc. of St. Helena Island will celebrate the 14th Annual Lands End Woodland River Festival on Labor Day Weekend. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating the Art of Gullah Storytelling – an Enduring Tradition.” River Festival admission is $3 for adults, children (1-12 years) FREE. There will be Free Parking. 100 Lands End Woodland Dr., 6 miles south of Penn Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., on St. Helena Island. For more information and vendor registration, (843) 263-5261 or [email protected].
9th Annual Edisto Beach Music & Shag Festival! Bay Creek Park (beside the Marina at Edisto Beach), 3706 Dock Site Rd. Dance to Shem Creek Boogie Band, The Entertainers, Shag Doctorz, East Coast Party Band and Band of Oz., the best beach music bands in the country. Park opens at 12 noon on Friday and Sunday with arts and craft fair and food vendors, Saturday events begin at 10 a.m. The Shag is the State dance of SC. Come to Edisto Beach and be entertained by the top Beach Bands and best Shaggers in the Southeast. Sponsored by The Town of Edisto Beach, Dockside Bar & Grill and the Edisto Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (843) 869-3867 or go to edistochamber.com.
September 4-October 12:
“Inside Out: Expressing Our Inner Voices”, Women from Around the Country Present Abstract Art Exhibition at USC Beaufort Campus’ Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. They found each other on a Facebook group called “35 Women of Expressive Abstracts” dedicated to what they love the most: abstract art. Over the last year, they became each other’s sounding boards, always encouraging each other to express themselves through their art. They bonded through their mentor and teacher Steven Aimone, whose teachings based on his book “Expressive Drawing”, gave them the tools and exercises to explore their particular art form. Twenty-five of the women from 12 different states have organized an extensive abstract art exhibition called “Inside Out: Expressing Our Inner Voices” from September 4 through October 12, with an opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m., September 6 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Campus’ Center for the Arts. For more information Bonnie Hargrove, (843) 521-4145 or [email protected] or www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Beyond the Bricks: Learn how to instantly access and download free ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, and more. Bring your favorite mobile device (a tablet, cell phone, or laptop) and learn how to use the digital services offered by the library. Hoopla, cloudLibrary, and Flipster. Please call or stop by any library branch before the event if you have not set-up your library account password. 10 a.m. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. (843) 255-6458 or www.beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Do you carry BBQ sauce in your bag? Is your Chicken Fried Steak out of this world? Does your Pecan Pie make grown men cry? If so, Masterchef USA is looking for you. Don’t be intimidated by the skill level you see on TV, no one walks in a MasterChef. We are looking for fun personalities, a passion for cooking, and a solid foundation to build upon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. TBD in Charleston, SC. Pre-register ASAP www.MasterChefCasting.com, (After you pre-register, please review all the additional audition details on the website)
Auditions for The Nutcracker! For Boys, Girls and Adults. 10 a.m. ages, 5-8. 11 a.m., ages 9-11. 12:30 p.m., ages 12-14. 1:30 p.m., ages 15 and up. Production Date, Sunday, December 16, 7 p.m. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Beaufort Drum Circle! Bring a chair and your favorite percussion instrument. Come enjoy our community drum circle. No experience necessary and open to all ages. Rain or shine, as we enjoy the gazebo on wet days. If you have a heart beat, you can drum or shake. Pay to park at the marina, right next to the Contemplative Garden at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park. 5:30-7 p.m. Questions? Contact Jane at (732) 259-1935 or Lanny at (843) 441-0169 or [email protected].
Melungeon Heritage Talk Saturday, September 15 at 1 p.m. Join us at Santa Elena History Center for a talk with the creators of “Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains”; a documentary on Melungeon heritage, a mixed ethnic group of people who settled in parts of Northeastern Tennessee, Southeastern Kentucky, parts of Western Virginia and Western North Carolina. Scholars identify them as “tri-racial isolates,” since they are believed to be descended from European, African, and Native American ancestors and lived in more isolated locations like the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains. Historian Heather Andolina, along with her brothers, filmmakers Jacob and Andrew Gillen, have come together to tell the personal story of their Melungeon heritage through the art of film-making. Intertwined within their personal story, they will tell the history and stories of the Melungeon people’s origins, including: -Descendants of early enslaved Africans and European indentured servants in 1600’s Jamestown, VA and the Chesapeake area -Descendants of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, NC -Descendants of Native Americans (from early contact of Spanish/Portuguese with both the Hernando De Soto and Juan Pardo expeditions intermixing with Native peoples in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee). Programs at the Santa Elena History Center are offered at no cost to Annual Passholders. Others in attendance are asked to make a donation of their choice. The Santa Elena History Center is located at 1501 Bay St, Beaufort. (843) 379-1550 or go to their Facebook page.
2nd Annual Walk for Water hosted by First Presbyterian Church, 904 14th St., Port Royal. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Every day, millions of women and children in developing countries walk nearly 4 miles to retrieve water to their family’s daily needs. In most cases, even after walking for miles and miles, the water they have to drink is contaminated. Our Walk will simulate this trek to raise awareness of the global water crisis here in our community. Each participant will start the Walk with an empty bucket. About half-way through, they will fill that bucket with water and complete the remainder of the course. We hope that all participants end the Walk with a better understanding of the challenges people around the world face daily in search of something that we often take for granted – water. www.facebook.com
September 22-23, 28-29:
MAMMA MIA! Beaufort Theatre Company presents the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs which propel an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show! 7:30 p.m. Adults $30, Senior/Military $25, Students/Children $15. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
2nd Annual Walk For Water! Every day, millions of women and children in developing countries walk nearly 4 miles to retrieve water to their family’s daily needs. In most cases, even after walking for miles and miles, the water they have to drink is contaminated. Our Walk will simulate this trek to raise awareness of the global water crisis here in our community. Each participant will start the Walk with an empty bucket. About half-way through, they will fill that bucket with water and complete the remainder of the course. We hope that all participants end the Walk with a better understanding of the challenges people around the world face daily in search of something that we often take for granted – water. 8:30-11:30, Hosted by First Presbyterian Church, 904 14th St, Port Royal.
Have you ever wondered about the History of Parris Island? Here is a fun way for you and your family to spend a Saturday morning on a leisurely ride through History. The Iron Mike Bike Tour is a scenic bike ride, but more than that, it is a great opportunity to see, live and be a part of the rich and interesting history that spans hundreds of years and multiple diverse cultures. The bike ride is a 15 mile course with multiple stops along the way with tour guides there to fill you in on the History of that location. The 5k is a shorter walk, welcoming all ages and ability to come and learn the history of Downtown Parris Island. Come join us for this FREE and open to the public event! 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 111 Panama St., Parris Island. (843) 228-3198 or (843) 228-2166.
Operation Ball Gown 2018! Clean out your closet and pass on your memories to others! Gently used gown donations are currently being accepted at MCRD MCFTB Four winds, 283 Blvd. De France (843) 228-1663 or MCAS MCFTB in the MCX Plaza, 201 Mexico St. (843) 228-6141. All sizes are needed. Jewelry and evening bags are appreciated. Please no shoes! Donation is not required to receive a dress. 5-8 p.m.
Auditions for Madagascar, The Musical Adventure Jr. September 25, 5:15–6:30 p.m., for ages 7-9, 6:30–8 p.m., for ages 10-12. September 26, 5:15–6:30 p.m., for ages 13-18. Call Backs 6:30–8 p.m. Production Date, November 15-18. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Join us for The Great Book Debate. Did your book make it to the list of Top 100? Or was there a book that made a list that you think shouldn’t have? Come to the library to join in a friendly discussion about The Great American Read program and join the search for America’s best-loved novel. 5:30 p.m. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St, Beaufort. (843) 255-6456 or [email protected].
Genealogy Free Sites at the Beaufort Branch by Heritage Library History & Ancestry Research Center. Want to flesh out your family tree? Come learn about some online sources that may help you fill in some pieces in your family puzzle and add “life” to your tree. Sources such as Google, Find-A-Grave, state archives and many more can add valuable data to your family’s past–and the best part is that they are FREE! This class is appropriate for all levels of genealogists, especially beginners. 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay St. heritagelib.org.
The Pat Conroy Literary Center presents Thomas McConnell reading from his debut novel “The Wooden King” at NeverMore Books, 702 Craven St, Beaufort., on Thursday, September 27, at 4 p.m. “The Wooden King” explores denial, desire, and family drama against the lyrically rendered backdrop of World War II, deftly navigating “the simple difference between what we do and what we ought to do” in the face of rising totalitarianism. Books will be available for sale and autographing following the reading. Go to the Facebook page for more information.
Friends of the Beaufort Library Book Sale! This Book Sale at Beaufort’s beautiful Waterfront Park has become a popular event for tourists as well as locals. Aside from the lovely view you will enjoy picking up armloads of gently used and new books, DVDs, and audio books for bargain prices. Most books are $2 for hardbacks, $1 for large paperbacks, and 50 cents for small paperbacks and children’s books. We do have a large collection of Rare & Collectible books priced individually but still a bargain! From history to mystery, non-fiction to best-selling fiction and classics, we have books for all ages and interests. And our Silent Auction offers hundreds of limited editions, signed books by well-known authors, and other collectable items. Take advantage of 9-11 a.m. free parking! Our Book Sale is open to all, but Members can arrive early and bid early before we open to the public. Pay by cash, check, or credit card. We encourage you to bring your own bag or purchase one of our FRIENDS totes (only $3)! MEMBERS ONLY sale is Friday, 9-11 a.m. (Not a Friend, yet? No problem: you can join us at the gate!) Open to the public: Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sales are cash or check only. Click here for more details about the Book Sale and FAQ.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the inaugural Beers & Gears in Habersham Market Place at 13 Market, Beaufort. The event will feature craft beer tastings by breweries local to South Carolina and Georgia along with a classic car display! There will be live music featuring local favorite, Deas Guyz from 7 -10 p.m. Tickets are available online and will include unlimited tastings, access to the car show & live music. (843) 846-3444 or [email protected].
MAMMA MIA! Beaufort Theatre Company presents the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs which propel an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show! 3 p.m. Adults $30, Senior/Military $25, Students/Children $15. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.