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.
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.
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. 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.
A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION IN DOWNTOWN BEAUFORT! Downtown Beaufort’s Holiday Weekend is produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, and many fine sponsors within our wonderful community and includes A Night on the Town, Friday, December 2nd from 6 to 9pm, Holiday Festival Saturday, December 3rd from 11am – 8pm, Light Up the Night Boat Parade, Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30pm, and the traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4th at 3pm. For more information, call 843-525-6644.
The 6th Annual Classic Car Show and Thumbs Up Fundraiser. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Habersham Marketplace. (843) 846-3444 or habershamsc.com/events.
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.
Join us for a special presentation by Jack Gannon, who spent 23 years as Santa Claus for Beaufort and many surrounding Lowcountry communities. His new book, “I Walked in Santa’s Boots,” tells the story of Santa’s visits to the Lowcountry and other fun tales. Stories shared in this book are spiritual, heart-touching, humorous, sad, joyous, fun, and adorable, but all bring forth the true meaning and celebration of Christmas. Books will be available for purchase and book signing will take place after the presentation. Event goes from 10 -11 a.m. at the Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage, S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC, 29936. (843) 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.
Friends of Shanklin Light Up the Night from 6-9 p.m. at Habersham Marketplace. (843) 846-3444 or habershamsc.com/events.
Art Show at the Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park, 1010 Bay St! Just in time for holiday shopping, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mark your calendars, come by and say hello. Maybe pick up that special gift for that special person that’s always hard to shop for.
Lowcountry Christmas with Parris Island Marine Band! 638 Parris Island Gateway. Join the Parris Island Marine Band for an evening of great music featuring holiday and seasonal favorites along with patriotic pieces. 6-8 p.m. Free!