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 parrisislandmuseum.com/.
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 historicbeaufort.org.
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/huntingisland/introduction.aspx.
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 beaufortcountylibrary.org.
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.
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 beaufortcountylibrary.org.
First & 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. pirodandgunclub.org.
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 rosehillmansion.com.
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. beaufortcountylibrary.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, 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, 6-9 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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
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! HabershamMarketplace.com.
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.
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 stpeters-church.org.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 1 & 2:
The Bookmobile is back and ready to bring popular books, audiobooks, and DVDs to nearly 40 scheduled stops across Beaufort County. You will have a chance to “Meet the Bookmoblie” at the Lobeco Branch Library, 1862 Trask Parkway (Hwy 17), Lobeco, SC – Thursday, June 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd., St. Helena, SC – Friday, June 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Bookmobile will be servicing library branches of the Lowcountry throughout the summer. Services include checkout and return library materials, request items from library branches, pick up holds and requested materials, apply for a library card, get assistance from an on-board librarian, and much more. For more information and the complete schedule visit beaufortcountylibrary.org/bookmobile.
Join us on Thursday, June 8 at 4 pm. for Tribes of the Lowcountry. Visit the Morris Center to join Thad Beckum of Beckum Outdoors for a special look into Native American Migration history, focusing on the many tribes of South Carolina and the Lowcountry! Learn about some of the tools and weapons Native Americans used to hunt and battle with, from the bows and arrows to the stone clubs and hatchets.Take a closer look at the languages that helped define each tribe, and the unique ways each tribe communicated! morrisheritagecenter.org/events.
The Beaufort River Swim Committee is proud to present the 11th Annual Beaufort River Swim, a benefit for the Learn-to-Swim Program of the YMCA of Beaufort County! The 3.2-Mile Competitive Open Water Swim begins at the Port Royal Landing Marina and returning this year is the 1-Mile ‘Fun Swim’. The Fun Swim will begin after all the competitive swimmers pass the Beaufort Memorial Hospital dock. Fun Swim participants can wear a wet suit, use fins and a snorkel. Fun Swim participants are not eligble for awards and will NOT be timed, but this 1-mile swim is a great opportunity to experience what open water swimming is like. beaufortriverswim.com.
June 10: 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.
Join us on Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. for Reptiles and Amphibians of the Lowcountry. Alligators, snakes, and turtles oh my! Reptiles are an exciting and important part of our ecosystem. Join us on Wednesday, June 14 to take a closer look at the intriguing characteristics of local reptiles and learn how to respectfully and safely interact with wild reptiles. Decipher the difference between reptiles and amphibians and learn how amphibians can tell us about the health of our ecosystem. morrisheritagecenter.org/events.
Dataw SPLASH Tennis Tournament – a USTA-sanctioned event! The DATAW SPLASH is a prestigious well-attended USTA-sanctioned tennis tournament that offers tennis players top-tier conditions at this sell-out tournament, as well as offering an excellent opportunity for area businesses to make your own SPLASH! 100 Dataw Club Rd. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join us on Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Welcoming the Enemy at Walterboro Airfield. Independent historian Elizabeth Laney will give a presentation on the unique story of Walterboro airfield, the training grounds for the Tuskegee Airmen and home to one of the Lowcountry’s German prisoner of war camps. Take an in-depth look into the colliding cultures and social strife of this unique centerpiece in Lowcountry history. Laney curated the award winning Colleton Museum exhibit “‘Shaking the Jug’: The Tuskegee Airmen at Walterboro Airfield and has written several papers on Walterboro’s African American history. morrisheritagecenter.org/events.
“Be Free Or Die” Book Talk, 11 a.m. Book talk, sale and signing with author Cate Lineberry whose latest book, “Be Free Or Die” recounts the amazing story of Robert Smalls’s escape from slavery. Co-sponsor: Beaufort County Historical Society. Ages 12 – Adult. Beaufort County Library, Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. (843) 255-6456.
Join your friends at one of the Lowcountry’s signature events, Dragonboat Beaufort’s annual race day, June 24th, 2017 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park on the river. Start putting your teams together and planning those t-shirts for all of the competition and camaraderie while supporting cancer patients, survivors and supporters in Beaufort County. Check dragonboat-raceday.com.
“SC’s Liberty Trail.” Celebrate Carolina Day by hearing Doug Bostick, Executive Director of the South Carolina Battlefield Preservation Trust, talk about the our state’s Revolutionary War heritage. Co-sponsor: Beaufort County Historical Society. Ages 12 – Adult. Beaufort County Library, Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. (843) 255-6456.