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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Johnston hosts short story readings at Short Story America’s office in Beaufort Town Center, 7 p.m. (843) 524-7800.
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.
Habersham Properties presents a Music on Market with live music, outdoor dining, raw oyster bar, and plenty of seating! (877) 542-2377 or HabershamSC.com or HabershamMarketplace.com.
Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or jaspercountysc.org.
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.
“We Be Women Artists & Authors” at Noon, Penn Center National Historic Landmark District, 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island, in honor of Women’s History Month. Admission $5 adult & $3 students. Bring Your Bag Lunch and Join Us! Opening reception, March 9th, 1-4 p.m. at York W. Bailey Museum. (843) 838-2474 or penncenter.com.
“Yappy” Hour! 3:30-4:30 p.m. It’s fun for two and four-legged friends. Come on down to the Habersham Dog Park to schmooze and sniff, nip some snacks and kick-up some dirt! BYOB snacks for the pooches and don’t forget your bug spray!
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.
March 1 – May 31:
A Beaufort family’s private collection of silhouettes of southern life and lands by early 20th century lowcountry artist Carew Rice will open at the Verdier House, 801 Bay St. Historic Beaufort Foundation is the exclusive venue for this personal collection which has never been shown in its entirety. In addition to featuring Rice’s work and a display of his scissors and family memorabilia, the exhibit will include a program and cutting demonstration by Clay Rice, Carew’s grandson, who inherited the skilled artistry of his grandfather. Admission is free for HBF members and children and $10 per non-member. Isabella Reeves, (843) 379-3331 or Sandy Patterson, (843) 379-6335.
March 1 – May 11:
Step Right Up! – The Sideshow in America will celebrate the work of Rebecca Davenport a Beaufort-based visual artist, who exhibited her work at the Beaufort Museum in the Arsenal in 2008. The Sideshow in America will celebrate her work in the larger context of carnival culture through an exploration of the sideshow as cultural phenomenon during the late 19th century and continuing through the 21st century at the McKissick Museum, 813 Bull Street on the University of South Carolina Columbia campus. The museum, is the largest university museum in the Southeast, and houses collections in material culture, decorative arts, natural sciences, history and fine arts. (803) 777-7251 for daily hours.
Celebrate Read Across America, 1-4 p.m., at USCB Library Lawn, One University Blvd. United Way of the Lowcountry is recruiting volunteers to tutor 8 Beaufort and Jasper County Elementary Schools children with the goal of them reading at grade level by the fourth grade. An exciting afternoon celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with reading, games, storytellers, face painting and crafts. Jill Briggs, (843) 837-2000 or (843) 208-8252.
The 8th Annual St. Peter’s Oyster Roast, Microbrew Festival and 5K Run/Walk, 11 a.m. at Live Oak Park, 14th & London Ave. Port Royal. Fees $25 / $15. stpetersoysterroast.com.
Poker Run for Merlin, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Buffalo Wild Wings. $15 for single riders, $20 for dual riders. Prizes include, $200 Savannah Harley Davidson and $50 Savannah Hooters gift cards. Riders directions with stops will be provided day of the run. Amy Campanini, (843) 812-5937.
“Bavarian Bastions,” presented by Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m. University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. $37.50, children $20. (800) 595-4849 or beaufortorchestra.org.
Lowcountry Job Fair at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Road (MacLean Hall, Building 12), from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Set up will be from 8-8:30 a.m. There are no costs for exhibitors or job seekers to attend. Take advantage of showcasing your business at this job fair. Meanwhile, you can save time and money in the recruiting process by taking applications on site. Sponsored by your state & local agencies Admission is FREE! RSVP to: John.firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 898-0967 or Fax (803) 898-7296.
March 8 – 10:
USCB Center for the Arts will present the Beaufort Theatre stage production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”, and CAPA volunteers will be collecting your gently worn women’s clothing each night for our CAPA Closet Thrift Shop. So go through your closet, get a group together and come to the show! Performances are March 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and at 3:00 p.m. on the 10th. Reserve seats $20, Adults $18, Seniors $15. Box Office, (843) 521-4145 or 801 Carteret St. 10 to 3 weekdays.
19th annual Waste Management CAPA Golf Challenge. Shotgun start at noon – Texas Shamble format. Old Tabby Links, Spring Island. (843) 524-4350 or capabeaufort.org.
Tom & Jef: New Mime Theater, at ArtWorks Blackbox Theater, 7:30 p.m. A free family workshop is right before the show, starting at 6:30 p.m. 2127 Boundary St., Suite 18A, (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
The Song Emerging: Craig Bickhardt Concert, at ArtWorks Blackbox Theater, 7:30 p.m. In a world where everything is disposable from ink pens to diapers to electronics, songwriter Craig Bickhardt makes certain his music stands the test of time. Tickets are $17 per person, $12 for students (13+), $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more. 2127 Boundary St., Suite 18A, (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
March 10 & 24:
Call for Liars – The BIG Story Fest & Liars Competition Preliminaries, 3 p.m. at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Suite 18A. The competition is open to all styles, ages, and residences. This competition is an esteemed gathering of those who shoot the breeze with the greatest of ease, of the lying liars and the audiences who laugh with them. Registration is $5 for kids under 18 and $10 for adults. (843) 379-2787 or artworksinbeaufort.org.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Hargray, 60 Rober Smalls Parkway, 5:30-7 p.m. Free and all are welcome. (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.org.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Coffee with Colleagues at Grayco, 136 Sea Island Parkway, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free networking opportunity for members. Bring your business cards and join us! (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.org.
The United States Air Force Heritage Brass performs, 6 p.m. at Center Stage in Beaufort Town Center in front of ARTworks (which is the rain location.) Bring your chairs and enjoy this concert given by the United States Air Force Heritage Brass of the USAF Heritage of America Band, free and open to the public, rain or shine. For additional information about this free concert, please contact ARTworks at (843) 379-2787 or visit heritageofamericaband.af.mil.
The Beaufort County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Carleton Naylor of SCIAA will discuss his book “The Day the Johnboat Went Up the Mountain” Stories from My Twenty Years in South Carolina Maritime Archaeology. Noon. The meeting will be held at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club off of Meridian Rd. on Lady’s Island. This meeting is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Pamela Ovens-President, (843) 785-2767 or email@example.com or beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Business for Breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn, 1500 Queen St. Topic, Lowcounty Housing Trust, 8-9:30 a.m. $10 for members, $20 for non members. (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.org.
The Beaufort County Open Land Trust will be hosting a traditional barn dance and dinner! This boot stompin’ event will take place at their Widgeon Point Barn located on Lemon Island starting at 6 p.m. The Salt Creek Stompers Band will be performing and professional caller (Tommy Bledsoe) will be on hand “calling” easy dances so that everyone can join in! Y’all better come hungry for Jimmy Fitts from Walterboro, SC will be serving up a delicious country supper. Tickets are $50 for current OLT members and $75 for non-members. (843) 521-2175 or openlandtrust.com.
5th Annual Beaufort Twilight Run & Oyster Roast to benefit the Riverview Charter School in Habersham Marketplace, 4:30 p.m. A USATF sanctioned running festival for all ages with a competitive 8K & 5K Run, a 5K Fun Walk and ¼ Mile Kid’s Fun Run followed by a trational Lowcountry Oyster Roast. Pre-registration required. 13 Market. (843) 379-0319 or beauforttwilightrun.com.
10th annual performance by the Duke Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. in the USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. Patron tickets include an invitation to the Conductor’s Reception at “The Castle”. Proceeds benefit the Keyserling Cancer Center and Healing Arts Program. General Admission ($35 per ticket). Beaufort Memorial Foundation, (877) 532-6472 or bmhsc.org/Ways-to-Give/Special-Events/Duke-Symphony-Orchestra/default.aspx.
Colonial Tea at Mikki’s, 1638 Paris Ave., 3 p.m. Enjoy savories and sweets served with a variety of teas. A guest from the eighteen century will tell of the dangers and hardships of life on the colonial frontier! Reservations are required. Adults, $20. Senior Citizens/Children, $18. (843) 379-4322.
“South Carolina’s Rice Fields: Understanding the Historical and Ecological Significance of a Landscape,” is the topic of the Verdier House Dinner & A Lecture, at 5:30 p.m. at the Verdier House, 801 Bay St. Travis Folk, Ph.D. of Folk Land Management will present the program that weaves together the historical significance of the land with its benefits today. “Dinner and a Lecture” is open to HBF members and non-members; the lecture series features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, 5:30–6 p.m. The program is 6–7 p.m., followed by audience questions. Admission to the lecture is $15/$25 per member/member couple respectively, and $20/$30 per non-member/non-member couple respectively. Limited seating, (843) 379-3331 or historicbeaufort.org.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce New Member Reception at Visitors Center, 713 Craven St., 5:30-7 p.m. (843) 525-8500 or beaufortsc.org.
Beaufort Beauties Pageant, hosted by Main Street Beaufort, USA at The Shed in Port Royal. Some of Beaufort’s most popular men (dressed as women) will be vying for the title of Miss Beaufort Beauty 2013. It is a laughter-filled night of pageantry with a silent auction and cash bar. CAPA as a beneficiary has 25 event tickets to sell at $35 each. Please call the office at (843) 524-4350 to purchase.