Beaufort's Calendar
of Events for October, 2014

Today is Thursday, October 30, 2014

Featured Calendar Events

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays:
Tours of Historic 1846 St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Graveyard. 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Tues. 1-3 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 710 Carteret St. Free. (843) 522-9555 or

Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island.

First Tuesdays:
Beaufort Kennel Club meetings, 9 a.m. 102 Heronwyck Plantation Dr.(843) 509-1903.

Second Tuesday:
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

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

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!

Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or

First Fridays:
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.

First Fridays:
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.

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.

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.

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

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

October 2–4:
43rd Annual Gopher Hill Festival. This years theme for Gopher Hill Festival is KIDZ FEST! We are honoring all of the children in Jasper county. Pink Tub Race, Bake Auction, Pet Contest, Gopher Idol Talent Show, Fireworks, Street Dance with Fabulous Expressions and Shag Contest, 5K Run, Parade, Classic Car Show, vendors, live entertainment, kid’s activities and more. Main St., Ridgeland, SC. (843) 384-2055, (843) 258-4008 or

October 3, 10, 17, 31 & November 7:
Organ Concerts at Noon at The Parish Church of St. Helena, 507 Newcastle St. Series features organists from the US, Belgium & Italy. (843) 522-1712 or for more info and schedule of featured artists.

October 3–4:
20th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival, celebrating local wild caught shrimp. The South Carolina Shrimper’s Association partners with Main Street Beaufort each year to bring awareness to thousands of visitors and residents. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Historic Downtown. Free Admission into the Park! Restaurants compete for the coveted Silver Cup and bragging rights for best shrimp dish each year. Some festival goers take part in the Shrimp Heading Competition and some children touch their first shrimp in the Shrimp Peeling Competition. Sea Island Rotary organizes the rubber shrimp race each year and live entertainment, a children’s area, craft market, and 5K run round out this popular festival. (843) 525-6644 or

October 3:
First Fridays at Habersham Marketplace, 6-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or come just to explore the quaint village setting while enjoying live music, sidewalk shopping and great foods! Event is rain or shine. (843) 846-3444 or

October 4:
Candice Glover to perform at USCB Homecoming! Lowcountry native and “American Idol” winner Candice Glover will perform during homecoming weekend at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Glover’s concert will take place on the Gateway campus in Bluffton. Gates will open at p.m., concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., preceded by an opening act at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which are free for USCB students and children younger than 5 and $15 in advance for the general public. Tickets will be $20 at the door. For more information,

October 6:
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.

October 10-12:
Almost Maine at USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. Friday & Saturday, October 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 12, 3 p.m. Prepare to be transported far, far North – to Almost, Maine – a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, snow-bound under iridescent northern lights, where on a clear, cold, moonless Friday night, around 9 o’clock many things become possible. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same… It’s love. But not quite. Group discounts available. (843) 521-4145 or

October 10–12:
25th Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival presented by the Savannah Folk Music Society, a popular weekend festival devoted to the enjoyment, preservation and continuation of the living art of folk music. It features national and regional talent, in four locations around the City, beginning in Ellis Square on Friday from 7 to 11 p.m., Youth Songwriting Competition and Folk Songwriting workshop / Old Time Country Dance on Saturday and culminating in the Sunday Concert at Grayson Stadium from 2-7:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. (912) 786-6953 or visit

October 11:
Murder Mystery Day at ARTworks! Tail of the Talon, Book Release, Readings & Book Signing! Local authors Jack Gannon & Cyndi Williams Barnier introduce their latest book in the Taskforce Series of murder mysteries. The book follows Task Force agent Seeker and his on again/off again girlfriend, FBI Agent Stephanie Anderson as their joint vacation in her hometown of Charleston, SC is interrupted by a kidnapping which the 2 agents are drawn into solving. 2-6 p.m. Death of a Designing Diva, an interactive murder mystery play! 7 p.m. Set in the 1930s, in the style of a radio play, this mystery is sure to captivate you with its plot twists and cast of quirky characters. No one is quite who they seem and the audience gets to decide who they think is the killer, their motive & other crucial details before the final scene is played out. The play is being produced as a fundraiser for ARTworks and the ticket price includes mid-show hors d’oeuvres. 2127 Boundary St. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at or (843) 379-2787.

October 12–19:
10th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival throughout Old Town Bluffton. Where Fine Art & the Bounty of the Sea Come Together! A showcase of locally-harvested seafood, cuisine, history, art and Southern hospitality with a boat parade and tours, concerts and performances, kayak tours, book signings, races, Art Around Town, a two-day Streetfest and much more. (843) 757-2583 or

October 12:
The 21st Polo for Charity event will be held at the historic Rose Hill Plantation, Bluffton. Come out and experience Bluffton’s biggest picnic… a polo event with loads of tailgating, divot stomping and plenty of people watching. The gates open at noon, and the match begins at 2 p.m. Known as Bluffton’s largest picnic, attendees are encouraged to get creative with their menu as well as their attire. There will also be a silent auction. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie with event proceeds benefiting the Bluffton Boys and Girls Club and other local charities. Tickets are $20 at the gate on the day of the match or $15 per person in advance. Children under 12 are admitted free. For information contact Advance tickets will be available at BB&T bank locations, Markel’s, Coastal Home and Kimberly Bisger’s Gallery in Beaufort.

October 16 & 19:
The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra presents Journey to Austria! John Samuel Roper: Soloist, Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 4 p.m. Performances will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. (877) 548-3237 or

October 18:
12th Annual Festival of the Sea! 12-5 p.m. FREE admission. Join us on Paris Avenue in the Old Village of Port Royal. The 3K Walk the Plank for CODA will kick off the Festival. Live music and radio remotes. Enjoy seafood, burgers, BBQ and more, with your favorite cold beverages. Visit the local shops and check out our craft and artisan booths. Collector Car Display, kid activities and much more! Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Pirates of Port Royal, or become one of them. (843) 470-1110 or

October 18:
One Night Only…. ELVIS, 7:30 p.m. Elvis is in the building, y’all! Need we say more? Tribute artist Michael Viljac will knock your socks off with his spot-on impersonation of “The King”. You will believe that Elvis is alive and onstage with you. “Elvis” will be backed by a full band which will perform a range of hits from Love Me Tender to Jailhouse Rock and so much more… This show is not to be missed, so get you tickets early! ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. To purchase your tickets online, or (843) 379-2787.

October 20:
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.

October 22:
State of the Region Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Program: Noon! Find out how our area leaders are tackling the biggest issues shaping our region. Join the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce for the 19th annual State of the Region Luncheon. Senator Lindsey Graham will present the opening address with a focus on today’s top national concerns along with the key role the Lowcountry plays in our South Carolina economy. Following Graham’s keynote, Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin, Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka and Beaufort County Council Chairman Paul Sommerville will share their challenges, goals and vision for the Lowcountry. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Program begins at noon. Cost to attend is $35 for chamber members and $45 for non-members. Corporate table of eight is $280, table of 10 is $350. To register go to

October 23:
Trick or Treat – Downtown Beaufort! 4:30-7 p.m. Bay St. & Beyond. Also join us in the Park until 7 p.m. for some ‘bouncing’ around with Jumpin Jaxx. Presented by Main Street Beaufort, USA, The Beaufort Police Department and the merchants of Downtown Beaufort. For more information call (843) 525-6644 or

October 24–November 2:
Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance at various locations. Savannah Speed Classic at Hutchinson Island, Oct. 24-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Motoring Midway (Nov. 1-2), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Port Royal Golf Club; Car Club Jamboree (Nov. 1), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Port Royal Golf Club; and Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 2), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Port Royal Golf Club. (843) 785-7469 or

October 24–26:
Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens hosted by the Historic Beaufort Foundation. During the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens visitors are invited to explore Beaufort from a rare vantage point: a selection of private homes, gardens, and plantations normally not open to the public welcome visitors inside. The houses represent three centuries of Beaufort architecture for which the city is justly famous. These self-paced walking tours offer a distinctive opportunity to observe how contemporary lifestyles are lived within the framework of our unmatched architectural heritage. Tour Headquarters is located at The Arsenal, 713 Craven St. (843) 379-3331 or

October 24:
Terry Herron presents….Johhny Mercer: The Man & His Music! Although primarily a concert of Mercer’s poular tunes from radio, stage and film, the show will also include a short DVD and talk about the Savannah native’s life and success as one of the most popular entertainers of his generation. In addition to male vocalist, Terry Herron, the show will include female vocalist Penney Lynn Smith, a sax/clarinetist, and piano player. 2127 Boundary St. Tickets are $20 each and are available on either the ARTworks website: or (843) 379-2787.

October 25:
The 6th Annual Habersham Harvest Festival in the Habersham Marketplace is happening Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy FREE ADMISSION and and fun for all ages at this homegrown family festival! Stroll through a time-honored backdrop of shops and restaurants in the Marketplace while enjoying festival food, crafts, entertainment, rides and activities along the way. Parking is convenient and just a short walk down the street to the Habersham Marketplace. Be sure to check out all that the Habersham Marketplace has to offer by visiting 13 Market. (843) 846-3444 or

October 25:
PICKIN BY THE RIVER, Downtown Beaufort Waterfront Park! Free Event (bring a picnic lunch or have lunch at one of our local restaurants, all in walking distance) Noon till 5:30 p.m. ALL ACOUSTIC BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY & FOLK MUSIC! Open Jams through out the park (so bring your banjo, guitar, etc and join in one of the offstage jams) Beginner to advanced musicians welcome. Stage performances by groups. Please no drums, amplifiers or alcohol. Contact Pat for more information (843) 379-9084 or leave your email to be notified of upcoming events.

October 25:
A ‘NOVEL’ WINE TASTING AND LITERARY FESTIVAL of Lowcountry authors at September Oaks Vineyards, 893 Grays Hwy., in Ridgeland… including psychological/thriller authors Jack Gannon and Cindy Williams-Barnier, who pen the Task Force series, noon-6 p.m. (843) 726-9463 or

October 27:
Indie Films Series presents Love is Strange! After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops who live downstairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their temperamental teenage son, with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. Box Office, (843) 521-4145 or to purchase tickets.

October 28:
The Count Basie Orchestra In Concert. Brought to you by The Junoir Jazz Foundation. Directed by Scotty Barnhart. 7:30 p.m. In the history of Jazz music, there is only one band leader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for nearly 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American personification of the grandeur and excellence of Jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for Kings, Queens, and other world Royalty, appeared in several movies, television shows, and at every major jazz festival and concert hall in the world. USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. Box Office, (843) 521-4145 or to purchase tickets.

October 30:
A Benefit for The Junior Jazz Foundation -The philanthropic Outreach of The Jazz Corner- Preserving The Great American Art form of Jazz through Education and Performance” presenting Pianist ROSSANO SPORTIELLO & Bassist/Vocalist NICKI PARROTT! 7:30 p.m. USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. $25 per person. For tickets and information please contact, (843) 521-4145 or

October 30:
The Haunted South: Ghost Stories and Mourning Practices of the Victorian Period! Enjoy spine tingling tales of the haunted Lowcountry, told by local storyteller and actress Kim Poovey, as well as the mourning rituals of the Victorian era. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Free, all ages are welcome! Ann Cox, (843)55-6458 or or

October 31:
Edisto Beach 5th Annual Trick or Treat at The Creek! Hosted by the Town of Edisto Beach at Bay Creek Park, next to Edisto Marina, 6-8 p.m. Games, prizes, trick-or-treating and a costume contest sponsored by McConkey’s Jungle Shack. 3706 Docksite Rd. For details call (843) 869-2505 or visit


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Auldbrass Plantation!

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The Parris Island Museum

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 Depot is home to the Marine Corps’ first Command Museum, the […]

The History Of Sea Island Cotton

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Hunting Island State Park

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 […]

Hunting Island Lighthouse

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Sea Island Magic!

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