Beaufort's Calendar
of Events for December, 2017

Today is Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Featured Calendar Events

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island.

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, 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7-10 p.m. on Second Saturdays of the month. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $35 per year and must register for lessons. (843) 812-1825 or

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

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. or (843) 379-2787 or

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Third Saturday:
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 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

December 1:
A Night On The Town Downtown Beaufort! Downtown businesses stay open late for your shopping pleasure. Entertainment by local choirs, dance groups, and clubs. Christmas Tree lighting with Santa himself. 6-9 p.m. 101 West Street Extension. (843) 525-6644 or

December 1:
Frist Friday After 5 in downtown Beaufort! Grab a friend and head downtown to explore & support our charming local downtown shops, restaurants & art galleries. Enjoy tasty refreshments & live local music! This is a perfect opportunity to shop local & keep your money where your heart is! 101 West Street Extension. (843) 525-6644 or

December 1 & 2:
Experience the excitement of the Yuletide season on the Sea Islands of Beaufort County South Carolina. This annual holiday extravaganza includes the full-stage musical, “Aunt Pearlie Sue & Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish… Freedom Coming.” It’s the eve of Reconstruction, Civil War… December 1860 South Carolina secedes from the Union, the Masters in the Big House talking about war coming, servants in the Quarters talking about freedom coming.  Along with the musical is the GADA Gullah African Diaspora Artist Showcase Marketplace, Dessert Buffet, Reconstruction Gullah Tours and Night on the Town Christmas Block Party. Celebration continues on Saturday at noon with Christmas Taste of Gullah Soul Foods, live entertainment, GADA Artist Showcase Marketplace at historic Tabernacle Baptist Church, Gullah Tours, Festival of Trees and Waterfront Boat Parade. “Christmas dis ain’t Christmas wit’out Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk.” For more information go to

December 1-3:
30th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice is one of Beaufort’s most beloved holiday celebrations. This years events associated with the Festival include:

Friday, December 1st, School Tours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open to the public.
Come and see the decorated trees and enjoy food vendors with themed dishes and lots of fun for the kids including a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, face painting and more. Any child who signs up for their school’s tour will receive free admission, courtesy of Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. General Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Saturday, December 2nd, Frozen Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open to the public. Meet special guests Elsa and Anna from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ who will be in attendance from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy talking with the kids and taking photos and visit with our live reindeer, Sven, courtesy of Sea Island Carriage Co. General Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Yoga in the Trees is scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m. with Brittney Hiller. Yoga in the Trees is free, but donations are accepted.

Sunday, December 3rd, Kids Snow Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open to the public. If Frozen Saturday wasn’t enough, a special Snow Day returns bigger and better than before. Bring the kids from 11am to 2pm to enjoy playing in the snow, building a snowman or having snowball fights with our outdoor snow fields bungee jumping, face painting and more. General Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

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December 2:
Teddy Bear Tea Talk Featuring Santa co-sponsored by J & C Wordsmiths at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, 2 p.m. Tea and hot chocolate, as well as cookie decorating with jolly old Saint Nick himself. Tickets are $7, but anyone who brings a donation for the Toys for Tots Foundation will receive a $2 discount. 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd. Pre-registration required. (843) 284-9227 or

December 2:
Join Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron and Main Street Beaufort, USA, as we celebrate another festive holiday season and the magical display of decorated boats ambling up the Beaufort River in the Light Up the Night Boat Parade at the Waterfront Park. Bring the family to watch the enchanted display of decorated boats with cookies and a cup of hot chocolate. 5:30–8 p.m. ALL BOAT ENTRIES MUST BE DECORATED WITH LIGHTS! For more information please contact the Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron at (843) 522-3634 or visit

December 3:
Christmas Parade Downtown Beaufort! The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade, at 3 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 17, 2017. Participation fees vary from free for military and government groups, $10 for non-profit organizations and $20 for others. For more information contact Main Street Beaufort, USA at (843) 525-6644 or email

December 6:
Winter Chocolate and Tea Party at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, 2 p.m. Learn about Christmas traditions, patterns, and experience a traditional afternoon tea with Morris Center Director Annmarie Reiley-Kay. Admission is $15. 10782 S Jacob Smart Blvd. (843) 284-9227 or

December 8 & 9:
USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. presents the 3 Redneck Tenors! Come and take a magical, musical Christmas journey with the 3 Redneck Tenors to liven up your holidays this year. We’re recommending a healthy dose of 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR. It’s Christmas music like you’ve never heard and won’t easily forget. I guarantee ya! These real life Broadway and Opera stars are ready to rock your holidays with classic, pop and deep-fried fest of musical delights. There’s nothing old-fashioned about this music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler – it’s infused with vitality, energy and passion. The familiar Christmas tunes in the show include all the classics. It’s foot-stomp’n, toe-tapp’n, bell ringing fun for the whole family. So don your Christmas mullet and come join us for 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or

December 9:
NHC Healthcare’s 2nd Annual “Race to Remember” 5K in Hardeeville’s Sgt. Jasper Park to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, 9 a.m. Post-race awards, prizes, food and live entertainment. 1458 Red Dam Rd. (843) 707-9400 or

December 9:
AUTHORS UNDER THE LIVE OAKS (TOYS FOR TOTS – Visit with Santa!) Free community event! Join us for a day of authors, books, signings, artisans, food, wine, tour the 1800’s plantation house with its mini-museum, gift shop & picnic area. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Frampton Plantation is the site of the Battle of Pocotaligo (1862). Some of the breastworks still remain, so, please tour the plantation grounds. Kid & pet friendly. 250-year old live oaks surround the property creating a beautiful backdrop for a wonderful event. Meet authors from across the South Carolina Lowcountry: Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and more. The event will be held in conjunction with Frampton Plantation’s annual Toys for Tots event. Visit with Santa Clause from 12-1 p.m. Other attractions include The Charles Towne Few Pirates, Cappy the Clown, kids bouncy house, Marines from the USMC Air Station from Beaufort, and more. Authors, artisans, and other vendors welcome. Contact us at or (843) 597-0912 to see if you qualify. No spot fees. It’s free! Simply bring your own tent, table, and chairs & set up shop. Frampton Plantation, 1 Lowcountry Lane, Yemassee / Point South, S.C.

December 10:
University of South Carolina Beaufort Festival Series Chamber Music present Beethoven: Duo in E-flat Major for Viola and Cello “With Two Eyeglasses Obbligato” WoO 32. Debussy: La Cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral) for Solo Piano. Dohnányi: Serenade for String Trio, Opus 10. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 47. Andrew Armstrong, piano. Aaron Boyd, violin. Danielle Farina, viola. Edward Arron, cello. 5 p.m. 801 Carteret St. (843) 208-8246 or

December 14 & 17:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra presents “In the Mood for the Holidays,” December 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 17, 4 p.m. This holiday event features the Orchestra’s renditions of the Nutcracker Suite & Holiday Pops. Concert will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort.

December 15:
Join us for the The Lowcountry Book Club Convention at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort Campus, Bldg 12, from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center, this first-ever Lowcountry Book Club Convention is an opportunity for book club members–or anyone interested in joining a book club–to meet, mingle, and exchange ideas about fostering and sustaining a community of readers. Free and open to the public, the Lowcountry Book Club Convention is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities and the Pulpwood Queens book club, and presented in partnership with the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the Friends of Beaufort County Library.

10-11 a.m.: Read Like a Critic: Current and former book review professionals will discuss how they approach engaging with books and critiquing them to the benefit of fellow readers. Panelists: Bill Thompson (book reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and former books editor for the Charleston Post & Courier), Adam Parker (current books editor for the Charleston Post & Courier), and Teresa Weaver (former books editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Atlanta magazine), moderated by Margaret Evans (columnist and publisher of the Lowcountry Weekly).

11 a.m.-noon: Will Schwalbe, author of Books for Living and The End of Your Life Book Club, in conversation with Cassandra King Conroy. A Pat Conroy Literary Center Visiting Writers Series program, sponsored by the Pulpwood Queens book club.

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Meet & mingle lunch break; book signing with Will Schwalbe and Cassandra King Conroy.

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Keeping Your Book Club from Becoming a Wine Club: Hear successful models for book discussion, title selction, and membership recritment and retention from representative members of lowcountry book clubs. Panelists to be announced.

3-4:30 p.m.: Book Club Recommended Lowcountry Writers: Meet local writers whose books have been read,discussed, and recommended by lowcountry book clubs. Panelists to be announced. For more information go to

December 15:
Keynoting our Lowcountry Book Club Convention, the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s Visiting Writers Series welcomes best-selling writer Will Schwalbe, author of Books for Living and The End of Your Life Book Club, appearing in conversation with novelist Cassandra King Conroy. Sponsored by South Carolina Humanities and the Pulpwood Queens book club, this program in presented in partnership with the Technical College of the Lowcountry. A book signing will follow the presentation. Free and open to the public. For more information go to

December 15:
The Pat Conroy Literary Center Presents An Evening of Stories & Songs with Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle & Marshall Chapman. Sponsored by the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. New York Times best-selling southern writers Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle and South Carolina’s own musical superstar Marshall Chapman will take the stage together for an unforgettable evening of larger-than-life storytelling. Join us for a book and CD signing after the performance. Reserved seating tickets also include an off-site after party with Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, and Marshall Chapman following the book signing. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. $45 general admission | $75 reserved seating + reception (limited). Tickets on sale at the USCB Center for the Arts box office:

December 16:
Author Under the Live Oaks on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Frampton Plantation, 1 Lowcountry Lane in Yemassee. Featuring local Lowcountry authors and their books, as well as an assortment of food, wine and music on historic grounds which have a mini-museum and gift shop. The FREE Author Under the Live Oaks event is family and pet friendly! For details, see their Facebook page.

December 16:
Visioning Board Party with Joanna Brailey at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, 6 p.m. Guests will receive a board and work with magazines and newspapers to clip together your hopes, desires, and aspirations for the New Year. Admission is $10. 10782 S Jacob Smart Blvd. (843) 284-9227 or


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Sea Island Magic!

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Auldbrass Plantation!

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The Parris Island Museum

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The History Of Sea Island Cotton

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Hunting Island

With five miles of pristine beach, an historic lighthouse, a nature center, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet, fishing pier, trails through acres of marsh and maritime forests and oceanfront camping, Hunting Island State Park attracts more than a million visitors each year. South Carolina’s most popular state park was forever changed after Hurricane Matthew hit […]

Hunting Island Lighthouse

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