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 Historic Hunting Island Llighthouse was originally constructed in 1859 and is the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina that is open to the public. From the top platform, for those who are adventurous enough to climb the 167 step spiral staircase, one truly can get a birds eye view of the Atlantic Ocean, the park and surrounding marshes from about 132 feet above the ground. Lighthouse Fees & Hours: $2 per person, from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily March-October, and until 3:45 p.m. November-February. During inclement weather, it may be closed. huntingisland.com/lighthouse.htm.
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.
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 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! 3-7 p.m. West Street. Join us each week and visit Area Farmers & Growers. Live Entertainment. Cooking Demonstrations by local Chefs. Each week, a local non-profit organization will be selling soft drinks and water. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market.
Handbuilding with Clay, instructor Trevor Foster. 6 sessions, May 23-June 27. 10 a.m.-Noon. Wheelthrown Pottery, instructor Trevor Foster. 5 sessions, May 23-June 27. Day Class 1:15-3:15 p.m. Evening Class 6-8 p.m. $125 plus $25 per 25lbs of clay. Registration, firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 707-5961. ARTworks Community Art Center, Theatre & Gallery, 2127 Boundary St. (843-379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or jaspercountysc.org.
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.
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/.
3 on 3 Basketball at Habersham Park Basketball Court, 13 Market! Lace up those high tops and bring your team! 5-7 p.m. Free! All ages and levels welcome! If you have a team or are you looking for teammates, email email@example.com.
June 1 – 2:
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged – back by popular demand, at ARTworks Blackbox Theatre, 2127 Boundary St. “Her songs hit like little earthquakes, Rebecca shares a blues bent and a vocal prowess of Susan Tedeschi.” — Westword Magazine. Tickets are $17 per person, $12 for students (13+), $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more. (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
Street Music on Paris Avenue! Direct from Roanoke, Virginia – Another Roadside Attraction: equal parts gypsy jazz, vaudeville, circus funhouse, and riverboat steam, “rattled around in a boxcar for a couple thousand miles, served with sangria. This community event is a free concert series that is a gift from the Town of Port Royal, produced by ARTworks, the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands. 6:30 p.m., bring your chairs and dancing shoes. The rain location is The Shed, adjacent to the street venue, in Old Village Port Royal. ARTworks at (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Beaufort Vendor Blender! Women’s Business and Craft Expo at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1500 Queen St. Enjoy hand made items from local crafters. Taste delicious treats from Beaufort’s bakers. All vendors will be supplying raffle prizes! Shopping is open to the public from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 3 – 7:
The Beaufort Garden Club’s 19th Annual Garden A Day! Stroll through these beautiful private gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come rain or shine. June 3, Port Royal (before the Parris Island Bridge) 1908 Lenora Dr. with Plein Air artists. June 4, Lady’s Island (off Middle Rd.) 5 Flora Circle, June 5, Cat Island 94 Dolphin Point Dr. and 84 Dolphin Point Dr. June 6, Beaufort (the Point) 305 East Street. June 7 Beaufort (the Point) 511 Prince St. (the Robert Smalls House). No charge for this event.
Learn the Art of Decorative Painting with instructor, Rhonda Smith. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $65, limit 4 students. ARTworks Community Art Center, Theatre & Gallery, 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
Time for Tots, Story Time and Crafts! Come enjoy some special time with your child(ren) ages 3-5 as we do a wide variety of things. We may read a book, watch a movie, do some seasonal related arts and crafts or maybe go out on the boardwalk to catch a view of a dragonfly or a turtle. 10–11:30 a.m. $5 per child (adults are free). Old Santee Canal Park, off of U. S. 52 By-pass (R. C. Dennis Blvd.) in Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200 or oldsanteecanalpark.org.
Art/Story: the know-how you need to simplify & strengthen your arts marketing plan, 1:30-3:30 p.m., $30. Learn through examples and discussion with ARTworks’ transmedia publicity leader Lisa Annelouise Rentz. ARTworks Community Art Center, Theatre & Gallery, 2127 Boundary St. (843) 525-6911 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
June 7 – 8:
LowCountry Habitat High on the Hog BBQ Festival, 12 noon! 2nd Annual South Carolina Barbeque Association-sanctioned event, featuring BBQ cookers from around the South in a competition. Last year’s two-day event featured food and live music on both Friday night and Saturday. Over 1,300 people combined to fill the event at Whitehall Plantation on Lady’s Island. Brenda Dooley, LowCountry Habitat Executive Director, (843) 522-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Swingin’ Medallions in Concert, hosted by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce at the Jasper County Farmer’s Market, Hwy 17, South, Ridgeland. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Drinking wristbands are $10 (21 and over). Limited VIP tables available- $250 (Includes tickets for 10 people. Wristbands not included). A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The United Way of the Lowcountry. Food and beverages are available for purchase, no coolers allowed, bring your lawn chairs. Rain or shine. (843) 726-8126 or visit JasperCountyChamber.com.
Beaufort County Gamecock Classic Golf Tournament will be held at the Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island. It is a 4-person scramble, Captain’s Choice format starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit USC Scholarship Athletes. $100 per player includes, green fee, golf cart, gift bag, awards lunch, beverages and hole contests & prizes. Linda McCarty, (843) 521-1445.
Kayak Dash for Trash for Cash sponsored by The Kayak Farm! Registration will be held 8:30-9 a.m. Kayaks launch at 9:30 a.m., at Downtown Marina boat landing. Entry fee $20 per person. Cash prize for Most Debris Collected and Most Unique Debris Collected. Come join us for a fun in the river. (843) 524-0600 or bftwaterfestival.com.
2013 TheaterART Summer Camp at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. TheaterART at ARTworks is a great place for children ages 6-16 to explore all aspects of the stage, performing, designing, and writing, in a fun and inspiring environment. (843) 379-2787 or artworksinbeaufort.org.
2013 ECO-Film Summer Camp at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. ECO-Film Camp at ARTworks is an exciting weeklong program dedicated to exploring and documenting our natural environment. (843) 379-2787 or artworksinbeaufort.org.
Palmetto Bluff is kicking off their summer concert series with Cranford & Sons. Proceeds benefit Bluffton Self Help. Gates open at 5 p.m. and concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Under the Oaks at the Village Green, 1 Village Park Square, Bluffton. $25 per carload at the gate. Bring your own chairs. Food & beverage will be available for purchase (cash sales only). Courtney Hampson, email@example.com or (843) 706-6451 or palmettobluff.com.
Street Music on Paris Avenue! Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are Grammy Award Winners for children’s songs and folk music. As close to flawless folk-bluegrass as it gets. The powerhouse duo has a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. This community event is a free concert series that is a gift from the Town of Port Royal, produced by ARTworks, the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands. 6:30 p.m., bring your chairs and dancing shoes. The rain location is The Shed, adjacent to the street venue, in Old Village Port Royal. ARTworks at (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
The Beaufort River Swim Committee presents the 7th Annual Beaufort River Swim, a benefit for the Learn-to-Swim programs of the YMCA of Beaufort County! Our course is the unique estuary called the Beaufort River, starting at the Port Royal Landing Marina, winding around the curve, and finishing at the day dock, adjacent to the Beaufort Waterfront Park and the spectators watching the finish line. The course is approximately 3 miles swimming with the tide. Check in will be from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Buses will shuttle swimmers to the Port Royal Marina. The pre-race meeting and instructions to swimmers will be held at 7:50 a.m. at the Port Royal Landing Marina deck. Race will begin at 8 a.m. active.com/swim-meet/beaufort-sc/beaufort-river-swim-2013.
Pickin by the River 2013, Beaufort SC Waterfront Park! All acoustic, Bluegrass, Country and Folk music open jams, stage show, beginner to advanced pickers are welcome. 12-5 p.m. Listeners and pickers welcome, No amps, no alcohol and no drums. If you have a group who are interested in performing, call Pat, (843) 379-9084.
Volleyball Tournament sponsored by Republic Services at Beaufort High School practice fields (behind the school). Check-in 9:30 a.m., play begins at 10 a.m. $65.00 per team, includes t-shirt if application is received by June 1. Categories: MENS, upper & lower, WOMENS, upper & lower. Special Juniors Division – U12, U14, U16 $15 per team. Prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd place in each category based on participation. (843) 524-0600 or bftwaterfestival.com.
ARTblast Summer Camp at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. ARTblast is an opportunity for children and young adults to experience art in different mediums and themes: Week One (June 17-21) is Drawing 102: learn all about becoming a better drawer, facial proportion, how to draw three-dimensionally, and how to use value and shading to make their drawings look more realistic. Expand your drawing knowledge! (843) 379-2787 or artworksinbeaufort.org.
“From up on Poppy Hill” presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts “Indie Film Series”, 7 p.m. Adults $7, Seniors $6, and Students $5. 801 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
June 21 – 23:
8th Annual Dataw Splash presented by ERA Evergreen Real Estate and benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The tournament will be taking place at the beautiful Dataw Island Club Tennis Center overlooking Jenkins Creek on clay courts. The public is welcome to come and cheer. Just tell them at the gate, “I’m going to the Splash!” 100 Dataw Club Rd. (843) 838-8282.
June 22 – 30:
71st Annual Watermelon Festival! Join the family fun by participating in South Carolina’s oldest continuing festival. Events include the Youth Parade, Children’s Day, Taste of Hampton, Pet Show, 5K run, Watermelon Eating Contest, Watermelon Judging Contest, Arts and Crafts, Street Dance, Parade that stretches from Varnville, SC to Hampton, SC and much more. Robert Brown (Festival Chairman), firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 22 – 23:
Men’s Golf Tournament sponsored by Hargray at Fripp Island! Check-in at 8:15 a.m., Shotgun at 9 a.m. $175 per player includes golf cart, range balls, beverages, awards, door prizes, closest to the pin, and longest drive prizes. Applications must be received by June 15 and are limited to the first 120 players. Must be 21 and over to enter. (843) 524-0600 or bftwaterfestival.com.
ARTblast Summer Camp at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. ARTblast is an opportunity for children and young adults to experience art in different mediums and themes: Week Two (June 24-28) Three-dimensional is the way to go: learn about all the different ways to create 3D art. Create with clay Mmache sculptures, tin boxes, coil basketry, polymer clay, and soap. This week will be full of hands on fun, come join us while we get our hands dirty! (843) 379-2787 or artworksinbeaufort.org.
“Don’t Stop Believing” presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts “Indie Film Series”, 7 p.m. Adults $7, Seniors $6, and Students $5. 801 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Restoration of the last surviving historic commercial building on Bladen St. will begin in July by Historic Beaufort Foundation. The project will commence with a “Kick-off Cookout” block party at the David Schein Store, 702 Bladen St., 6–8 p.m. The “Kick-off Cookout” is open to the public. The event is free but food provided by Sea Eagle Market is $10 per person and drinks are $1-$2. Bring lawn chairs. (843) 379-3331 or historicbeaufort.org.
Street Music on Paris Avenue! Angela Easterling and the Beguilers: Angela Easterling has a golden glowing voice and she writes observant songs about contemporary life. She can weave urban sprawl and cultural shifts into songs as gingerly as love and relationships. This community event is a free concert series that is a gift from the Town of Port Royal, produced by ARTworks, the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands. 6:30 p.m., bring your chairs and dancing shoes. The rain location is The Shed, adjacent to the street venue, in Old Village Port Royal. ARTworks at (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Holistic Shakespeare acting classes at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. Acting Shakespeare’s Text; Physicalizing Shakespeare; Shakespeare in Context. Lead by Debra Charlton, author of Holistic Shakespeare: An Experiential Learning Approach. To add your name to the waiting list, (843) 379-2787 or ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.
Floral/Pictorial Image Felted to Canvas with instructor Laurie Lovell. 12:30-3:30 p.m. $40/person (includes basic materials. Extra yarn will be available the day of class for a small fee). ARTworks Community Art Center, Theatre & Gallery, 2127 Boundary St. (843-379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
Family In-Shore Fishing Tournament sponsored by Beaufort Boat & Dock Supply, Easy Rental, Southern Drawl Outfitters, Barrier Island Marine, Port Royal Landing Marina, Beaufort Downtown Marina, Town of Port Royal, Bay Street Jewelers and Zaxby’s. In-Shore entry fee $125. $50 off entry fee if Captain has two kids 12 and under with him/her. In-shore weigh-in 3 to 5 p.m., at Beaufort Downtown Marina. (843) 524-0600 or bftwaterfestival.com.