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. 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.
2017 A Taste of Beaufort Music, Arts & Seafood Festival! The beautiful, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for A Taste of Beaufort – Music, Arts, and Seafood Festival produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce in downtown Beaufort. Friday, 6–10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Admission! (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com.
May 5, 12 & 19:
A GREAT LOVE SIGNATURE SERIES CLASS: “Hey in There: Finding & Sharing Your Own Writing Voice.” Instructors: Bernie Schein (author, consultant, and teacher of literature and creative writing) and Maggie Schein (author, consultant, and teacher of philosophy, literature & creative writing). This series of three two-hour intensive writing workshops aims to explore the connections between the solitary, self-reflective, and deeply personal act of writing with the writer’s public responsibility of active engagement with a readership. Through dynamic group discussions and one-on-one feedback from the instructors, participants will be guided in crafting their own stories, fostering their distinctive voices, and refining their writing to better affect an audience. Short pre-writing in advance of each workshop is required. All assigned writings will be read and responded to by the instructors. Recommended for fiction and memoir writers. Meets once weekly for three weeks. 3–5 p.m., Wells Fargo Meeting Room, 1011 Bay St, 2nd Floor, Beaufort. Fee: $175 (includes all 3 sessions and an individual consultation).
The History of Art and Indigo Dying. Join us on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an exclusive indigo dyeing workshop and tutorial with artists Leanne Coulter and Rhonda Davis, owners of the Daufuskie Blues art gallery. Learn the story behind this historic cash crop and its unrivaled significance in Lowcountry culture and heritage before diving in for a special hands on experience. Guests will have the opportunity to hand dye a 60 inch cotton silk scarf in a natural indigo vat, while learning about the properties and various techniques used in the indigo craft. This program was made possible by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Preregistration required, 25 person limit! This program has an $8 entry fee, members get it free! Event takes place at the Morris Heritage Center, S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, S.C. For more info: (843) 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.
Come witness first-hand how the Junior Service League of Beaufort makes a difference in our community at the 12th annual spring fundraiser, the JSLB Jubilee! Enjoy music, dancing, drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to meet our grant recipients. 7-11 p.m. at the Carolina Ballroom at 121 Dataw Dr. on Dataw Island. For tickets go to jslbeaufort.com.
The Sun City Chorus and Concert Band proudly presents “Pop Goes The Music!” Come and hear these talented musicians as they perform the music you know and love, from Jersey Boys to Abba to Simon and Garfunkel!! Concert dates are May 11, 12, and 13, at 7 p.m., and May 14, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 and may be purchased at Magnolia Hall, Sun City, on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s, from 9 to 11 a.m. Tickets may also be purchased by calling( 843) 368-3153 or e-mailing Suncitytix@gmail.com. Remaining tickets will be available one hour before show time if available. All performances are in Magnolia Hall, Sun City. The public is welcome!!
Beaufort Water Festival Paddle Battle, 8 a.m. – noon at the Parris Island Boat Ramp, 21 Marina Blvd. The Battle is a race including kayaks and paddle boarders. Choose between a 3 and 6 mile course on the Battery Creek River. Fees are $25/Adult and $20/Youth. active.com/beaufort-sc/boating/…/beaufort-water-festival-paddle-battle-2017.
Beaufort County Historical Society – 78th Annual Meeting – Dr. Brent Morris, noon,at Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Meridian Rd. on Ladys Island. There will be a brief business meeting with election of a new slate of officers. The nominating committee will present the following slate: Mae Mendoza, President; Lillian Haist, Vice President; Donna Alley, Secretary; Harry Chikades, Treasurer; Linda Hoffman, research Secretary. Dr. Brent Morris, professor at USCB and author of the new book, Yes Lord, I know the Road – A Documentary History of African Americans in South Carolina, 1526-2008 the first comprehensive history of African Americans in the Palmetto State, will speak at 12:10 (free and open to the public). For those who RSVP, there will be an optional catered lunch at 11:30 catered by Debbi Covington for $10. Please RSVP no later than noon, Monday, May 15th to Linda Hoffman at email@example.com or beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
Aladdin Jr. presented by USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin JR. is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin JR., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. (843) 521-4100 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
May 20 & 21:
It’s time for our 2 Spring Shows! The Larew Dance Centre presents THE BARE NECESSITIES dance performance on Saturday, May 20th as well as Sunday May 21st at 6 p.m. Doors at Battery Creek High School will open for 5:30 p.m. seating both nights. Purchase tickets at tututix.com.
“Famous All Over Town” book program at the Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay St, Beaufort. “Famous All Over Town” is a comically candid novel of the small-town South, rampant with revelations from bedrooms, courtrooms, and all points in between. Novelist Walker Percy once said that the only remaining unexplored territory in Southern literature was the Jewish southerner. “Famous All Over Town,” the first novel from Southern storyteller Bernie Schein, stakes a claim on Percy’s unexplored terrain with a comically candid multi-generational account of two Jews, a lowcountry native and a Northern transplant, at the epicenter of momentous events in the sleepy southern coastal hamlet of Somerset, a fictitious stand-in for Schein’s native Beaufort, South Carolina. His close friend and best-selling author Pat Conroy called Bernie Schein “the funniest man alive.” Signed copies of Famous All Over Town will be available for sale after the program. (843) 379-1550 or santa-elena.org.
May 26, 27 & 28:
Three days of Arts, Crafts, Music, Food and Fun for the whole family! The Gullah Festival of South Carolina celebrates and recognizes the history, customs, cultures, language and accomplishments of the African Americans of the Lowcountry. The festival is always held on the weekend leading up to Memorial Day and this year it’s May 26th, 27th & 28th at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort.
- Enjoy Storytelling
- Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Reggae, & Caribbean Music
- African Drumming & Dancing
- Native American Heritage
- Educational Forums
- Black Inventors Museum
- Arts & Crafts
- Vendors Market
- Food Court
- Family Day
- Teen Pageant
- Jr. Pageant
- Re-dedication of the Historical Marker in Port Royal
- Lest We Forget
For more information, including ticket prices, please visit: theoriginalgullahfestival.org/.
Saturdays on the Sound: “Pollinators of the Port Royal Sound,” at the Port Royal Sound Foundation, 310 Okatie Hwy., Okatie. Bees, bats, butterflies and birds – Come see why they are vital to the life of the Port Royal Sound. See an active buterfly garden and talk to Master Gardeners about planting one. Talk to beekeepers and see how they raise bees and work with farmers. Exhibits, speakers, face painting (get a bee or butterfly), kids activities. T-Shirts, bee-related products, etc. Food: Kona Ice and Simple as Pie.
Beaufort’s annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29th starting at 10 a.m., followed by the traditional ceremony at Beaufort National Cemetery at noon. The parade will follow the traditional parade route through Beaufort: Rogers Street to Boundary, to Carteret, to Bay.
Join us on Wednesday, May 31st at 5:30pm for a special presentation on the history of steam locomotives! These steam-powered behemoths rip and roared their way across the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Terry Koller, Manager of Railroad Operations at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, is fascinated with machines. His expertise working with the steam and diesel locomotives of day’s past allows him to keep the technology and history alive and breathing. Event takes place at the Morris Heritage Center, S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, S.C. For more info: (843) 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.