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.
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.
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. 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.
Wednesdays & Second Saturday:
Beaufort Shag Club, 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7-10 p.m. on Second Saturday of the month. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $35 per year and must register for lessons. (843) 812-1825 or beaufortshagclub.com.
Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market, May – October! 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. email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Join United Way of the Lowcountry Women United for this year’s Power of the Purse presented by Beaufort Memorial. Power of the Purse features live music, wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with designer handbags, trips, golf packages and much more. New this year, “The Man Cave,” featuring a special lounge area. There’s something for everyone! This event celebrates the efforts of women in our community with the recognition of the 2018 Woman of the Year Award. Proceeds benefit Women United’s Breaking Barriers to Education Fund and Operation Backpack. Tickets $65 | $120 Couples. Dataw Island Clubhouse, 100 Dataw Club Rd. 6-9 p.m. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
The USBC’s Center for the Arts presents singer/songwriter and sone of Jim Croce, AJ Croce. He has performed as an opening act for Carlos Santana, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Lyle Lovett, James Brown, B.B. King, Dave Matthews, Earth, Wind and Fire, Rod Stewart and Ray Charles. It’s a show of two generations of American Music! 7:30 p.m. VIP tickets, $35 / Seniors and Military, $30 / Students and Children, $15. USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Beaufort Charities Oyster Roast and Micro Brew Tasting! The annual oyster roast will be held at Live Oaks Park, 904 14th St., Port Royal. Featuring local Beaufort oysters, “Chairmen of the Board” shag band, premium micro-brews, a full day children’s program, live and silent auctions, and local vendors offering varied fairs, there is no other event like it in Beaufort. It is a fun filled day for the whole family and we look forward to seeing you there! 1-10 p.m. www.beaufortcharities.org.
63rd Annual Beaufort Water Festival 5K Run/Walk – 15K Run, 283 Blvd. De France, Parris Island. Registration starts at 7 a.m. 15K race starts at 8 a.m. 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. https://www.bftwaterfestival.com/sports-and-water–air.html.
2nd Annual March Forth on March Fourth hosted by the Pat Conroy Literary Center in the Penn Center’s Frissell Community House on St. Helena Island, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A day of learning commemorating the second anniversary of Pat Conroy’s death with a day-long embrace of nature, poetry, fiction and fellowship among writers and readers. 16 Penn Center Circle E. www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.
University of South Carolina Beaufort Festival Series Chamber Music present Amy Beach: Dreaming for Cello and Piano, Mozart: Sonata in B-flat Major for Violin and Piano, K. 378, Bernstein: Piano Trio (1937), Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in c minor, Opus 66. 5 p.m. 801 Carteret St. (843) 208-8246 or www.uscb.edu/festivalseries.
The Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival returns with a week full of events sure to please many all across the Lowcountry! South Carolina’s Premier Coastal Wine Competition & Culinary Event, the 33rd annual Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival will not only feature spectacular celebrity chef showcases and intriguing wine education sessions, but also live entertainment and, of course, the famed Grand and Public Tastings. Ticket prices vary for each event and can be found and purchased by going to hiltonheadwineandfood.com.
“Remembering Mather: Preserving the Legacy” Beaufort County Historical Society lecture series with Alvesta Robertson, former librarian and former student of Rufus Pinckney, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 2 p.m. 921 Ribaut Rd. www.beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
The USBC’s Center for the Arts invites you to “Dancing With Our Stars,” the Second Annual fundraiser to benefit CAPA of Beaufort features local celebrities teamed with dance professionals to create a glittering evening of dance, music and a lot of fun as local celebrity “judges”critique the teams’ techniques, styles, and costumes. 7 p.m. VIP tickets, $50 / Reserved, $35. USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Met Opera Live in HD – Rossini’s “Semiramide.” This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tickets, $20 ($18 OLLI Members). USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
The 35th Annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Coligny Circle at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Every year, the parade is held the Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day, or on St. Patrick’s Day if it falls on a Sunday, so as not to conflict with the Savannah parade. Clowns, marching bands, floats, Shiners, dignitaries and animal contingencies make their way down Pope Avenue to Office Park Road, and end at Park Plaza. Founded in 1983 by local business icon Tom Reilley and a few friends and family, the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade has grown to become one of Hilton Head Island’s most beloved and popular annual events. Upwards of 25,000 spectators (in a town of approximately 40,000 permanent residents) line Pope Avenue each spring to enjoy floats and marching groups representing local businesses and charities, high school and university marching bands, the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Parris Island, pipe and drum bands, a procession of local dignitaries, and the always popular Shriners with their hilarious antics. Rain or Shine! For more information, call (855) 287-7287 or go to hiltonheadireland.org.
Book Launch Event for “The Secret to Southern Charm” by bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey hosted by the Pat Conroy Literary Center at the Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House, 6-9 p.m. 705 Washington St. www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.
Rosie O’Grady’s Pub presents the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Beaufort Town Center! This free, family-fun, community event is taking place from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th at Beaufort Town Center’s Center Stage area in front of Omni Health & Fitness Center. There will be plenty of delicious food and drink options (for purchase), live Irish music and entertainment (bigpipe player, Kirk O’Leary, and Irish Dances by Revolution Ballroom), bounce houses, and obstacle course, face painting, a video game trailer, a rock climbing wall, and much more! Portion of the proceeds will benefit the Beaufort County Animal Shelter! For more information, go to their Facebook page.
2018 Spring ArtWalk! Main Street Beaufort, USA, invites you to a artful evening for the Spring ArtWalk. Visit more than a dozen galleries in downtown Beaufort featuring varied styles and mediums of art for all tastes and desires. Refreshments will also be offered. 5–8 p.m. For more information, contact the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce at (843) 525-8500 or beaufortchamber.org.
Beaufort Architects’ Tour of Homes to benefit the Historic Beaufort Foundation. A celebration of the creative and distinctive contemporary Lowcountry architecture featuring homes selected by Allison Ramsey, Frederick & Frederick, Montgomery Architecture, R.W. Chambers and Joel Newman of Thomas & Denzinger. Reservations are recommended. (843) 379-3331 or www.historicbeaufort.org.
Beaufort Academy’s Shamrock Shakedown! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us at the Shamrock Shakedown! The Shamrock Shakedown is an annual spring fundraiser that Beaufort Academy has been hosting for years. Live Music, Dancing, Silent & Live Auction, Open Bar. 21+ is welcome to attend! 6:30 p.m. The Tabby Place, 913 Port Republic St. www.beaufortacademy.org/.
2018 Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Get ready for the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States! On Saturday, March 17, 2018 Savannah’s 193rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade will wind through the streets of Downtown Savannah, with more than 300 groups and 15,000 people. Marching bands, dancers, Irish men, women and families from all over the world will gather and march through the streets lined by live oak trees draped with Spanish moss. It all kicks off at 10:15 a.m. and will stretch until mid-day, to about 2 p.m. Starting at Gwinnett Street and Abercorn Street, the parade will continue down Abercorn through neighborhoods and around city squares until it reaches Broughton Street, where it will turn right and go until in reaches East Broad Street. The parade will continue on East Broad Street north towards the Savannah River until it reaches Bay Street, which it will head west on until it gets to Bull Street, where it will take another left and go back towards Forsyth Park, and end at Harris street (Madison Square). savannahsaintpatricksday.com.
Met Opera Live in HD – Puccini’s “La Boheme.” The Met presents its spectacular Zeffirelli production,with multiple excellent casts: Ailyn Pérez and Kristine Opolais are paired with Dmytro Popov, Piotr Beczała, and Michael Fabiano, as the young Parisian lovers at the center of the story. Susanna Phillips, David Bizic, and Massimo Cavalletti also star. Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato conduct. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tickets, $20 ($18 OLLI Members). USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
10th Annual Beaufort Twilight Run! This USATF sanctioned running festival offers four competitive courses (10-mile Run, 8K Run, 5K Run, 1-mile Youth Run), a 5K Fun Walk and a 1/4 mile Kid’s Fun Run. Participants can compete for the Beaufort Challenge title by running in both the 10-mile and 5K events. Participants and friends can enjoy the after-party with gourmet food trucks and live music. (843) 321-8309 or beauforttwilightrun.com.
Docent-led Tours of Historic Fort Fremont starting at the St. Helena Branch Library, 10:30 a.m. Travel back in time to the 1890s and the Spanish American War and learn the history, see a scale model of Fort Fremont as it looked in 1898 and walk through the remains of the fortification. Free and open to the public. 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Rd. www.fortfremont.org.
“The Discovery and First Excavations of Santa Elena” with John Goldsborough and Larry Rowland at the Santa Elena History Center, 1:30-3 p.m. An overview of Spanish attempts to settle La Florida, the impact of Spanish history on the region, the method and theory behind the discovery of the Santa Elena site and more. 1501 Bay St. (843) 379-1550 or www.santa-elena.org.
Fripp Island Friends of Music presents “The Bones of J. R. Jones, Jonathon Linaberry” in the Fripp Island Community Center, 5 p.m. A blues singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Linaberry, incorporates elements of old-time folk, vintage blues, and Appalachian sounds into the all-encompassing persona of The Bones of J.R. Jones. Catered reception following the show. Tickets are $25 for adults, free for children, and may be purchased at the door with cash or check. 205 Tarpon Blvd. www.frippfriendsofmusic.com.
“Fire and Rain: The Music of James Taylor & Carole King” at USCB Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Award-winning artists Jim Witter and Giselle Sanderson take concertgoers on a nostalgic musical journey with such tunes as “You’ve Got A Friend,” “It’s Too Late,” “Shower The People” and “Tapestry.” 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.
The USBC’s Center for the Arts presents Jim Witter & Giselle Sanderson- Fire And Rain, performing the music of James Taylor and Carole King. Prolific singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carole King dominated the ‘70s airwaves with their singular vocals and lyrical brilliance. Now, award-winning, Juno-nominated artists, Jim Witter and Giselle Sanderson, are set to celebrate the timeless influence of these storied performers, whose songs earned them induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and innumerable Grammy Awards. Get ready to ride a wave of emotion as Witter and Sanderson take concertgoers on a nostalgic musical journey with such unsurpassed tunes as “You’ve Got A Friend,” “It’s Too Late,” “Shower The People” and more! 7:30 p.m. VIP tickets, $35 / Seniors and Military, $30 / Students and Children, $15. USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
On Saturday, March 31st, we invite the ENTIRE community to join us for the FIRST EVER Great Helicopter Easter Egg Drop at the Beaufort Academy Football Field, 240 Sams Point Road.
We’re dropping thousands of plastic Easter eggs from a helicopter…yup, you heard that right – a HELICOPTER! Pre-register your children to participate in one of FOUR age-specific egg hunts with over 10,000 eggs! The Easter Egg Drop is a FREE Easter Egg Hunt open to the first 1,200 pre-registered children in our community up to age 10. There will be TWO golden eggs with FREE Beaufort Academy Tuition (new students only) and tons of other gift certificates! The fun doesn’t stop at the Egg Drop, we’ll also be having a Bounce House Area ($5 per child), Tux the Clown Balloon Animals, Face Painting, KONA Ice, Funnel Cakes from the Drive-in, CRAVE Cupcake, DJ Donna & Music, and of course the EASTER BUNNY! Beaufort Academy clubs will also be selling hot dogs, drinks, and snacks! If you choose not to participate in the Egg Drop, you are more than welcome to attend the festival. Event starts at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, go to their Facebook page.
Met Opera Live in HD – Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutee.” A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts. 1 – 4:30 p.m. Tickets, $20 ($18 OLLI Members). USCB Center for the Arts 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.