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.
Monday – Friday, 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./huntingisland/introduction.aspx.
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.
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 stpeters-church.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.
Windsong Music Institute, music lessons and band practice for local teens who do not have the opportunity to study an instrument or play in a band at school. For more information, call Dana at (843) 263-7241, 6 p.m. ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
Beaufort Kennel Club meetings, 9 a.m. 102 Heronwyck Plantation Dr.(843) 509-1903.
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.
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.
Clay with Trevor Foster. The day is divided between wheel thrown and handbuilt sessions. $125 for 6 sessions and $25 for 25lbs of clay. For more information, call Trevor at (803) 707-5961. ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
Palmetto Dancers, a dance team for teens and tweens, 6 p.m. Techniques learned include twirling, pom poms, dance routines -all of which promote teamwork and will result in performances at local festivals, parades, and other venues. $25 registration fee, then $20/month for weekly practices. For more information, call Sue at (843) 379-2787. ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. (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.
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.
Edisto Beach Music & Shag Fest! Bay Creek Park (beside the Marina at Edisto Beach), 3706 Dock Site Rd. Dance to Shem Creek Boogie Band, The Entertainers, Shag Doctorz, East Coast Party Band and Band of Oz., the best beach music bands in the country. Park opens at 12 noon on Friday and Sunday with arts and craft fair and food vendors, Saturday events begin at 10 a.m. The Shag is the State dance of SC. Come to Edisto Beach and be entertained by the top Beach Bands and best Shaggers in the Southeast. Sponsored by The Town of Edisto Beach, Dockside Bar & Grill and the Edisto Chamber of Commerce (843) 869-3867 or edistochamber.com.
The exciting DragonBoat Races will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. as 35 teams race right in front of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park’s seawall. Among the fun and festivities will be an opening ceremony, three heats of races, the moving Carnation Ceremony for cancer survivors and their families and the closing medal ceremony. DragonBoat Race Day will include many local businesses, community groups, teams of friends and family racing against each other. The mixed Cancer Survivor Division will be the showcase for our heroes and heroines, honoring the spirit of DragonBoat Race Day. All teams will be fundraising as part of the competition. Individuals and teams that raise the most will be handsomely rewarded! The proceeds from the fundraising effort fuel DragonBoat Beaufort’s two-pronged mission. The first is to fund the ongoing activities of DragonBoat Beaufort’s cancer survivor teams; the second is to continue to strengthen our outreach programs of cancer-survivor-focused grants, support and counseling. dragonboat-raceday.com.
September 9, 11, 16, 17 & 18:
Beaufort Theatre Company will present “9 To 5 The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. September 9, 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. September 11 & 18 at 3 p.m. 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
The Annual Hardeeville Catfish Festival 5K Walk/Run at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville, 8 a.m. The 5K Race includes runners and walkers of all ages with a friendly 100-yard race for kids prior to the 5K. Awards Ceremony immediately following the race with food and refreshments. 356 Lakeside Blvd. For details and registration information, call (843) 227-3911 or visit hardeevillecatfishfestival.com.
The Annual Iron Mike Bike Tour returns Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This five-mile walk or 15-mile bicycle cruise ventures around historical points of interest on the infamous Cradle of the Corps, Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Parris Island. Registration can be completed online at eventbrite.com. or on site between 9 a.m.-noon at the Parris Island Museum located at 111 Panama St. aboard the Depot. The ride at a leisurely pace should be completed by 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society, this event is to raise awareness for the Parris Island Museum and to make history available in an enjoyable outdoor format.For more info, contact Caroline Fermin, Executive Director at Parris Island Historical & Museum Society, at ed@firstname.lastname@example.org or go to mcrdpimuseum.com.
“History of Carolina Hash and Other Lowcountry Dishes” program with Jean Laney and SC Folk Heritage Award winning filmmaker Stan Woodward at the Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland. Learn about Carolina hash, a unique companion to barbecue found only in South Carolina, and other beloved Lowcountry dishes. 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd. (843) 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.
September 16 & 17:
Annual Hardeeville Catfish Festival featuring a catfish tournament, parade, beauty pageants, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, games and more behind Hardeeville City Hall. 205 Main St. hardeevillecatfishfestival.com.
September 29-October 1:
45th Annual Gopher Hill Festival in Ridgeland. Live music and entertainment, children’s activities, pageants, golf tournaments, Kidz Parade, talent shows, street dances and more. For a complete schedule of events, visit gopherhillfestival.org.
September 30-October 1:
Beaufort Shrimp Festival in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Local restaurants showcase their best shrimp dishes with live entertainment, Shrimp Peeling & Eating Contests for kids and the Sea Island Rotary Clubs Charity Rubber Shrimp Race. Beaufort Shrimp Festival Schedule: Saturday – October 1, 8 a.m. – Put on those running shoes and participate in the 5K Bridge Walk/Run. 11 a.m. – Food & Beverage Booths, Arts & Crafts Market & Childrens’ Area open. 4:45 p.m. – Announce & Present People’s Choice for Best Booth, Best Shrimp Dish & Silver Cup followed by the Sea Island Rotary’s Shrimp Race Results. (843) 525-6644 or beaufortshrimpfestival.com.