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, 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/.
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 3 – 8:
Festival of Trees to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice! Thursday, December 3rd Opening Reception Gala! Festival Shoppes, 6-9 p.m. $50 per ticket. The Festival kicks off with an Opening Gala featuring a silent auction, wine, beer and appetizers from local restaurants and showcases beautifully decorated trees that are judged for their originality and creativity. Purchase your Gala tickets here. *All Gala tickets are “will-call”. Guests will be checked-in at the admissions table. Friday, December 4th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. General Admission, Festival Shoppes, $2 per child, $5 per adult. School and group tours available. *Night on the Town in Beaufort! General Admission tickets can be purchased on-line here. Saturday, December 5th, 8:30 a.m. Yoga in the Trees! General Admission, Festival Shoppes, 10-6 p.m. General Admission tickets can be purchased on-line here. *Shrimp Festival downtown Beaufort! Sunday, December 6th – SNOW DAY! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General Admission, Festival Shoppes, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Come play in the snow!
General Admission tickets can be purchased on-line here. *Parade in downtown Beaufort! Monday, December 7th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General Admission, Festival Shoppes. School and group tours available. General Admission tickets can be purchased on-line here. 3:30 p.m., Beaufort High School Choir & Women’s Choir. Tuesday, December 8th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General Admission, Festival Shoppes. School and group tours available. General Admission tickets can be purchased on-line here. FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice is located in beautiful downtown Port Royal in Beaufort County, providing support whenever you need us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1110 13th St., Port Royal, SC 29935. Office hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. friendsofcarolinehospice.org or 843-525-6257.
December 4, 5 & 6:
A Holiday Celebration in Downtown Beaufort! A big weekend in downtown Beaufort just got bigger. Main Street Beaufort, USA, has added a Holiday Shrimp Festival to the big holiday celebration weekend, coinciding with the popular Light Up the Night Boat Parade. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, December 5th, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Celebrating local SC wild caught shrimp, the 2nd day of The Beaufort Shrimp Festival was canceled due to weather that resulted in flooding across the state of South Carolina. The Holiday Shrimp Festival will feature 8 original restaurants who will compete for a variety of awards including Best Shrimp Dish, Best Booth Decoration, People’s Choice and the all-important, coveted Silver Cup that’s awarded to the overall winner. Enjoy a day of live music from 11 to 5 p.m. followed by the Light Up the Night Boat Parade. The Holiday Shrimp Festival is produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, the SC Shrimpers Association and many fine sponsors within our wonderful community. The Holiday Shrimp Festival will take place during downtown Beaufort’s Holiday Weekend which includes A Night on the Town, Friday, December 4th from 6 to 9 p.m., Light Up the Night Boat Parade, Saturday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m., and the traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 6th at 3 p.m. For more information, call 843-525-6644.
Holiday Sea Island Celebration in Historic Beaufort! A Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish featuring Aunt Pearlie Sue at USCB’s Performing Arts Center. Please join us for feasting, art, and a full stage musical. Tickets are: $30 in advance; $35 at the door; and $10 for ages 7-17. (also there are special group rates). The Taste of Gullah begins at 7 p.m. and the Gullah Kinfolk Christ’maas Wish…Freedom Comin’ performance starts at 8 p.m. The show should be concluded by 10 p.m. For tickets, please call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at 843-986-1102, or the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce at 843-525-8500 or visit beaufortsc.org. “Christmas Dis Ain’t Christmas Without Aunt Pearlie Sue & The Gullah Kinfolk”.
The Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at Pritchard and Bridge Streets (Town Hall). The parade will go approximately three miles, lasting about three hours long, before ending at Red Cedar Elementary School. Rain or Shine! For more information, call (843) 706-4500 or go to townofbluffton.sc.gov.
Sea Island Chamber Singers and Guests present Handel’s Messiah, Part 1! 2:30-5:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Under the direction of Charles Frost, the Sea Island Chamber Singers and Guests will present Handel’s Messiah, Part 1 at the USCB Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now for the two shows, and may be purchased by visiting uscbcenterforthearts.com. USCB Center for the Arts is located at 805 Carteret Street in historic downtown Beaufort.
Please join Candice Glover, our own American Idol, and her friends for a Christmas Gospel Concert. Curtain goes up at 5 p.m. at the Battery Creek Performing Arts Center. General admission tickets are $35, VIP tickets are $75. This is a benefit concert celebrating 20 years of The Thumbs Up Children’s Learning Center. For additional information about this organization, please call (843) 379.8882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Hardeeville! Parade Starts at Six o’clock, and Will Light Up Hardeeville’s Streets From Hummingbird Lane, Up Highway 17 and Onto Main Street. Kids and Grown-Ups Alike Will Thrill To The Marchers, The Floats And The Music, Plus Local Businesses Will Be Offering Holiday Discounts. The Traditional Tree-Lighting Follows At 7:15 PM At City Hall. Local Soloists, Musicians, And Church Choirs Will Perform Classic Melodies While Santa Himself Will Be On Hand For Photos Taken With Kids Of All Ages. For More Details Call 843-784-2231.
35th Annual Southern Scooters Motorcycle Toy Run! Donation of a new, unwrapped toy of at least $10 in value. All donations go to the Salvation Army for distribution in Beaufort area. Will meet at rear of K-Mart in Beaufort Town Center at 2015 Boundary St. at 1 p.m. email@example.com.
December 17 – 20:
Light Up Historic Penn Center & Live Nativity Scene A Holiday Tradition returns to Penn Center! Join us: Thursday, December 17, 4–7 p.m.; Friday, December 18, 12 Noon–8 p.m.; Saturday, December 19, 12 Noon-8 p.m., and Sunday, December 20, 4-7 p.m., for Light Up Historic Penn Center, and for Penn Centers Annual Live Nativity Scene & Community Choir Concert, on Sunday December 20, 6:30 p.m. at Frissell Community House. A special time this yuletide season, as we deck the halls and open several Historic Penn Center Cottages for tours, treats, storytelling, music and more. These beautiful buildings and cottages built by Penn School students and St. Helena Island community will be decorated by – The Pierians, The Magnolia Chapter of Links, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., CHUMS, Inc., Lowcountry Ladies and Mrs. Cedar Lawrence. For more information on all the December events taking place at Penn Center, please call Ms. Ingrid Owens, Director of History, Arts & Culture: 843-838-2474 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penn Center presents the Nativity Scene! PLease join us on December 20th for the Nativity Scene, featuring local Choirs. Free and open to the public at the Frissell Community House. penncenter.com.