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.
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, 9 a.m. 102 Heronwyck Plantation Dr.(843) 509-1903.
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! 2-6 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.
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.
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.
December 5 & 8:
“Fa-la-la-la-la” Winter Holiday Concert presented by the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra at the USCB Performing Arts Center, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. 801 Carteret St. (877) 548-3237 or beaufortorchestra.org.
Celtic Christmas Concert, at 7:30 p.m. in the black box theater with Harry O’Donoghue, Carroll Brown, and Michael Murray. $17 per person, $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Downtown Beaufort Holiday Weekend hosted by Main Street Beaufort, USA. 28th Annual A Night on the Town on Friday, 6-9 p.m. Downtown businesses stay open late with entertainment by local choirs, dance groups and clubs, lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree by Santa himself and a performance by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band. Light Up the Night Boat Parade in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park on Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Traditional Christmas Parade through the downtown city streets on Sunday at 3 p.m. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com.
December 7, 14 & 21:
For the whole family, Holidaze! Three “Santa’s art-workshops” from noon to 4 p.m. Drop in for a selection of ready-to-go art projects to help you decorate the tree, stuff stockings, and spread good cheer. Artists will guide you through the creative process, like Rudolph leading the sled team. ARTworks supplies all the glitter, ornaments, and craft supplies you and your family needs for handmade presents, just bring your creativity, a list of your lucky gift-recipients, and $5-$15 per project. 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Light Up The Night Boat Parade! 5-8:30 p.m. Join Main Street Beaufort, USA and the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron for the Light Up the Night boat parade on the Beaufort River. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park provides the best view of the parade. Cost to participate is $15 per boat, but no commercial boats for the parade. Cash prizes will be awarded in five size categories for power boats and sailboats. The first boats will start arriving at the seawall at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park by 5 pm. Boats will make three passes by the seawall. Winners will be announced at the end of the event. Application forms for Light Up The Night Boat parade and Beaufort Christmas Parade are available at downtownbeaufort.com.
The Hardeeville Chamber is having a children’s craft fair in conjunction with a toy drive and golf tournament at Hilton Head Lakes as part of a Fill the Sleigh project. The focus is on custom gifts for babies and small children. Booth rental is only $20. It runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Beaufort Christmas Parade, 3-4:30 p.m., through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, groups of walkers and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate. Deadline for entries is November 18, 2013. Participation fees vary from free for military and government groups, $10 for non-profit organizations and $20 for others. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com.
Learn to cut glass, design art, and make a fantastic present too! All in the shape of a bowl. Greg Rawls offers his popular “SEA GLASS” class from 6:30-9 p.m., at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
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.
Business After Hours, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hosted by Vaden of Beaufort, 103 Robert Smalls Pkwy. FREE – All are welcome! (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.org.
Port Royal Elementary School, 1214 Paris Ave., presents “The Ugly Sweater” Christmas storytelling tour from the Uncalled for Trio, 7:30 p.m. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and you may win a prize! This event is produced by ARTworks. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids, at the door only, (first come, first storied!) (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
December 13 – 15:
A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the Blackbox Theatre, 2127 Boundary St., Welshman Peter Townes tells the great tale and explains great Welshness. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Coffee with Colleagues, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Riverside at Belfair, 60 Oak Forest Rd., Bluffton. (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.org.
Remembrance Wreaths to be placed at Beaufort National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day! US Military Vets MC Beaufort have been raising funds to support Wreaths Across America’s local effort throughout the year. Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization whose mission – Remember, Honor and Teach – is carried out each year in part through the laying of wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day. We request those attending the ceremony please arrive at Beaufort National Cemetery by 11:30 a.m. as the ceremony will begin promptly at noon. For more information about covering this event and donation opportunities, please contact David Edwards, WAA local Coordinator, (912) 313-1506 or email@example.com.
Rambler’s Life: the South Reloaded, an author reading & signing at ARTworks, 2-4 p.m. Michele Roldán-Shaw’s new hand-bound book features original block-printed covers, and continues an odyssey begun in the underground classic Ain’t a Rambler’s Life Fine: the South. Both books recount her travels in Dixie, highlighting people and places from the everyday to the extraordinary. Free & part of Saturdays Holidaze. 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Holiday Wreaths! Learn to create a beautiful holiday wreath from natural materials found around the park. We will go on a short nature walk to gather and discuss the items to be used in this wreath. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 2–4 p.m. Ages 12 and up, $15 per person. Learning Center, Old Santee Canal Park, off of U. S. 52 By-pass (R. C. Dennis Blvd.) in Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200 or oldsanteecanalpark.org.
December 19 – 22:
The Honky Tonk Angels Christmas Holiday Spectacular! This holiday sequel to the hugely popular show, The Honky Tonk Angels, continues the comic escapades of three good ole country gals as they re-unite for a Christmas show like none other at “The Hillbilly Heaven Club” in Nashville. Songs include a Motown Christmas medley, country classics like Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton and comedy hits such as Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. and Sun., 3 p.m. USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. Reserved Seating, Adults $20–25, Seniors $18-$20, Students $10–$15. (843) 521-4145 or firstname.lastname@example.org or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Put a star on your tree and celebrate art, 5:30-9 p.m. at The Charles Street Gallery. They are honoring their artists, whose artwork decks the halls from Beaufort to the North Pole. 914 Charles St. (843) 521-9054.
Quilted Holiday Ornaments! Spend a quiet afternoon learning how to make some truly unique holiday ornaments. These quilted ones will remind you of decorations seen on a Victorian Christmas tree that will last through many holiday seasons. So take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to take some time out for you. 1 –2:30 p.m. Ages 12 and up, $10 per person. Learning Center, Old Santee Canal Park, off of U. S. 52 By-pass (R. C. Dennis Blvd.) in Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200 or oldsanteecanalpark.org.