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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina presents Singin’ in the Rain! Set in glamorous 1920s Hollywood, this romantic comedy focuses on two silent movie stars in their transition to the early days of “talkies.” Don Lockwood and Lina Lamount are the toast of Hollywood. However, Lina has been cursed with a terrible, grating voice. Thus, problems arise when she and Don star in their first movie with sound! Secretly, Don and the studio executives arrange to have a beautiful, up-and-coming actress, Kathy, mime for Lina. Luckily, the movie is a hit, but Lina is furious. Ambition, comedy and romance fuel the fire for this delightful musical! Singin’ in the Rain captured two Tony Awards when it was on Broadway and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. 8 p.m. & 2 p.m., Sunday Matinees. 14 Shelter Cove Lane. (843) 842-2787 or artshhi.com.
December 4 & 7:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday at the Pops, Winter Holiday Concert. 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.
It’s a holiday celebration on Historic River Street! Join the Savannah Waterfront Association as they get into the holiday spirit! Rousakis Plaza will be full of regional arts & crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers to check off of your Christmas list. Music and local entertainment will take place on the Arbor Stage all weekend long. Don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade starting West River Street at 5:30 p.m., traveling throughout downtown and ending at Ellis Square. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick, so this is one event you don’t want to miss! Weekend festivities will kick-off on Friday, from 4-10 p.m. and continue on Saturday, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is Free! For an entertainment schedule and more details, (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.
Downtown Beaufort Holiday Weekend hosted by Main Street Beaufort, USA. 29th 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.
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.
Bluffton Christmas Parade! The Bluffton Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Set up and staging begins at 8 a.m. The parade runs through Old Town Bluffton, starting at Pritchard and Bridge Streets and ends at Red Cedar Road, 3 hours of family fun and will take place rain or shine.
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.
The Hilton Head Choral Society presents “The Sounds of Christmas” at First Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m. Come celebrate Christmas with the HHCS and orchestra. The Sounds of Christmas concert has become an Island holiday tradition with musical treats for audience members of all ages. Filled with the sentiment and spirit of the season, this concert features a musical sleigh overflowing with traditional holiday tunes and carols, perhaps told in a new and interesting way. And even a chance or two for the audience to join in the music making. Fa-la-la-la-la. $30 for preferred seating and $25 for general seating. 540 Wm. Hilton Pkwy. (843) 341-3818 or hiltonheadchoralsociety.org.
2014 Hardeeville Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. The parade will be on Hummingbird Lane, where Shoney’s used to be, traveling onto Hwy 17 to Main St. and disperse after Randall St. on Main. Please We encourage each of you to join us! If you cannot participate this year, come out to Hwy. 17 and watch the parade! Several of the businesses will have special offers for those of us at the parade! The City of Hardeeville will have the Annual Tree Lighting just after the parade at City Hall. Santa will be available for photos and they have live entertainment line up for our enjoyment! Hardeeville Chamber (843) 784-3606.