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.
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.
Frist & 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.
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, 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.
Beaufort Shag Club, 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8-11 p.m. Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $25 and must register for lessons. (843) 812-3486 or beaufortshagclub.com.
Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market, May – October! 2-6 p.m. Pigeon Point Park, corner of North & Bladen Sts., behind Santa Elena Foundation. 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.
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.
Join our downtown merchants the first Friday of each month as we celebrate First Friday After Five. Many merchants stay open until 8 p.m. Refreshments offered. Live street music. Stay after for dinner in one of our fabulous downtown restaurants. Historic Downtown Beaufort! mainstreetbeaufort.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. 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/.
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 email@example.com.
SC Humanities Festival – Beaufort! Be inspired, enriched and engaged with lectures, films and exhibits. The Humanities Festival is an annual event sponsored by South Carolina Humanities – Beaufort was selected to host the 2016 Festival. USCB Center for the Arts will host the opening celebration on Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. The kick-off evening will include an overview of festival activities, Music of the Lowcountry Concert and a reception. Organizations from Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head will participate in the festival. Special events, lectures and tours are being planned by the organizations and will be detailed in a festival schedule. Visitors and Beaufort County residents will enjoy experiencing Beaufort County’s rich art, history and culture. For more information, visit beauforthumanitiesfestival.com or contact Mariah Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10th Annual Beaufort River Swim! 9 a.m. The Beaufort River Swim Committee is proud to present the 10th Annual Beaufort River Swim, a benefit for the Learn-to-Swim Program of the YMCA of Beaufort County! Our course is the unique estuary called the Beaufort River, with the 3-Mile Race starting at the Port Royal Landing Marina, winding around the curve, and finishing at the day dock, adjacent to the Beaufort Waterfront Park and where spectator watch the finish line. Race your way to win the coveted BRS Bobble Head! The 3-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 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. Participants swim with the tide in both courses. Proceeds from the Beaufort River Swim benefit the YMCA Learn to Swim Program, which directly provides financial assistance to children, families and individuals to take swimming lessons. Check in for both the 3-Mile Swim & the 1-Mile Fun Swim will be from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Buses will shuttle swimmers to the Port Royal Marina or Beaufort Hospital dock. The pre race meeting and instructions to the 3-Mile Competitive swimmers will be held at 8:45 a.m., at the Port Royal Landing Marina deck. Swimmers will walk the boardwalk down to the start. Race will begin at 9 a.m., dependent on tide. beaufortriverswim.com.
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.
Friends of Hunting Island is hosting its Annual Sand Sculpture Contest, starting at 10 a.m., on the North Beach near the lighthouse. Free registration starts at 10 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. This year a new award category has been included—the “People’s Choice Award.” Everyone can vote for their favorite sculpture—$1/vote. A silent art auction will be held that includes original works of art, including paintings, prints, photographs, wreaths, and many other donated collectibles. Children will enjoy the face painting and tie dying provided by the park. Everyone will enjoy the steel band playing lively beach music. Lunch will be available. All proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Hunting Island’s Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Credit cards accepted. Check Friends of Hunting Island website for more details and tips on how to win the Sand Sculpture Contest, friendsofhuntingisland.org.
June 20-July 1:
Broadway Bound Summer Camp 2016 in association with Beaufort Children’s Theatre! Aspiring actors ages 7-11 are invited to participate in a two-week theatre camp hosted by USCB Center for the Arts and Beaufort Children’s Theatre. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To register go online uscbcenterforthearts.com or (843) 521-4145.
The Battle of Port Royal Sound! 1:30–2:30 p.m. Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay St. $10. Instructor, Beverly Eggert. Experience the drama of the Battle of Port Royal Sound through the writings and pictures of the people who actually lived through it: both Union and Beaufortonians. (843) 379-1550 or santa-elena.org.