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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.
USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents MOVIE NIGHT! Every Monday night enjoy a wide variety of amazing independent films. $7. 7 p.m. Click here for our full list of movies. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
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 Track Club Track Night! Join the Beaufort Track Club each Tuesday night for an open community track workout. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced workouts are posted each week to ensure that you are getting the workout that you need. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Beaufort High School Track, 84 Sea Island Pkwy. GroundedRunning.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 & 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.
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.
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/.
The Starving Artist Market is on Paris Avenue in Port Royal, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It’s an awesome way to find creative, unique, one of a kind items while supporting our local artists.
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.
Beaufort Belles Women’s Chorus, 4:45-6:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Dr. New members welcome. (301) 752-1829.
Beaufort Harbormasters, 2:30-4:45 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Dr. beaufortharbormasters.org.
Second, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays:
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.
2019 Festival of Trees will be celebrated at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort with tree viewing Tuesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, December 4th, and Thursday December 5th, the Gala will take place Thursday, December 5th. We will end this year’s event in Port Royal Saturday, December 6th with Snow Day and the Gingerbread 5K Run/Walk. The Tabby Place at The Beaufort Inn, 913 Port Republic Street, Beaufort. For tickets and more information go to www.fochospice.org.
“Nemours Plantation: Rice Culture and Impoundments in the ACE Basin” discovery outing. Much of the ACE Basin is composed of plantations that historically used the river systems (Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers) for rice cultivation. Today they are host to abundant wildlife and maintain a unique cultural heritage. This outing will feature a tour of one of the primary plantations of the ACE Basin, where we’ll seek out waterfowl, shorebirds, birds of prey and other bird species. Participants will learn about the protection of these animals through the management of impoundments. 9 a.m.-noon. The event will start with a classroom presentation followed by an open wagon tour of the impoundments. We suggest bringing binoculars and water. Dress appropriately for time outdoors and bring any food and drink you may need for the day. Event takes place at Nemours Wildlife Foundation, 161 Nemours Plantation Rd., Yemassee. (843) 846-2539 or www.nemourswildlifefoundation.org.
“75 Years Later: Creating Wartime Family Reunions with DNA” program, 5-6 p.m. at the Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage, 10782 S Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland SC. In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Genealogist Bonnie Wade-Mucia speaks about the works she does to find family members of KIA/MIA soldiers from WWII. Bonnie Wade-Mucia is a Forensic Genealogist and owner of Keeper of the Past Genealogy. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Genealogical Certificate program and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. She is a member of the Counsel for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Bonnie has done genealogy research for the show “Finding Your Roots” with Dr. Henry Louis Gate. She is a currently a genealogy researcher for the Army’s Past Conflicts Repatriations Branch (PCRB) and finds living family members of KIA/MIA Soldiers from WWII and other conflicts. She a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild as well as a number of other genealogical organizations. www.morrisheritagecenter.org.
Historic Beaufort SC Sea Island Holiday Celebration, Fri, Dec. 6, 6–10 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St, Beaufort. This fully staged musical production of “A Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish” has become a holiday favorite with audience members traveling from both near and far to experience the spirit of the season. The performance depicts an historical account of December of 1860. Tickets: $35 advanced, $40 at the door, $15 ages 7-17. www.Gullahkinfolktravelingtheater.org.
Join us in downtown Beaufort for a weekend of holiday cheer, featuring local choirs, dance groups, community organizations, parades and the annual Christmas tree lighting. This event offers something for everyone: entertainment, food and the opportunity to experience great downtown shopping and dining. Other holiday weekend activities include Night on the Town, Light Up The Night Holiday Boat Parade and the Beaufort Christmas Parade. (843) 525-7070 or www.cityofbeaufort.org.
USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents Lunch with Authors Series! Lunch with Author: Cassandra King Conroy! $45. 11 a.m. Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Dr. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
December 13 & 14:
USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents The Community Nutcracker! Delight in a cast of local ballet dancers as they recreate the magic of the Nutcracker, the world’s favorite holiday ballet. The story of The Nutcracker was originally written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, however, the beautiful score which accompanies this world-famous ballet was created by Tchaikovsky and received its debut over 100 years ago in 1892. $15-$22. 7 p.m. Friday & 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom. On Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 12 p.m., Disabled American Veterans Beaufort Chapter 12 (SC0003P) will be helping Beaufort National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes. Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you. www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Mark your calendars for the Parris Island Marine Band’s annual Holiday Concert! All are welcome to attend. 3:30 p.m. at the Battery Creek High School, 1 Blue Dolphin Dr, Beaufort. Hosted by The Official Parris Island Marine Band. Go to their Facebook page for more information.
The 2019 Port Royal Christmas Golf Cart Parade! Save the date for the town of Port Royal’s annual Christmas golf cart parade! Many residents in the town of Port Royal are proud owners of golf carts, and the Annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade is a chance for them to showcase their carts decked out with festive decorations and compete in a competition for “Best in Show.” Don’t miss this one of a kind event! Stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page to get updates as the event nears! 6-9 p.m.
Winter Wonderland Dance Party 7 p.m.
YBR Publishing and the South Carolina Lowcountry Tourism Commission have partnered to hold the semi‑annual “AUTHORS UNDER THE LIVE OAKS” (Toys For Tots). literary event series on the historic grounds of Frampton Plantation under its magnificent oaks. This event is not only FREE to the public. 1 Low Country Ln., Yemassee, SC. (800) 528-6870.
Let the good times roll! Beaufort.com calendar provides a schedule of events along with detailed information regarding each community event happening in Beaufort and the Lowcountry. Search by month to view the many diverse arts and cultural events taking place every day in Beaufort. If we’ve missed something, let us know, so we can let everyone else know what is happening in Beaufort!
Auldbrass Plantation showcases the architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Location: Combahee River, East of Yemassee on River Road, Beaufort County A true architectural treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is nestled in the backwoods of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Located just outside Yemassee, Auldbrass Plantation is the only Southern Plantation designed […]
Explore the great outdoors this season and enjoy exceptional hiking and biking opportunities at area nature preserves, state parks and greenways. Bluffton Buckwalter Place Greenway Trail This 1.35-mile scenic trail attracts residents and visitors alike. Enjoy the opportunity to explore nature at your own pace. A free interpretive walking guide is available for download by scanning […]
The sea islands that extend along the Eastern coast of South Carolina and Georgia have a history and a style all their own. From the sandy beaches of Edisto Island, SC to the isolated beauty of Cumberland Island, GA, the South Atlantic coast boasts a variety of islands that appeal to the dreamer in each […]
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 […]
In the 18th century, cotton truly was king in Beaufort. Sea Island Cotton — a strain of cotton unique to the Lowcountry — served as a lucrative crop for local planters like the Elliott, Fripp, Barnwell, Heyward, Pope and Jenkins families. After the Revolutionary War, the British market for indigo disappeared, so planters needed a […]
With five miles of pristine beach, an historic lighthouse, a nature center, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet, fishing pier, trails through acres of marsh and maritime forests and oceanfront camping, Hunting Island State Park attracts more than a million visitors each year. South Carolina’s most popular state park was forever changed after Hurricane Matthew hit […]
The historic Hunting Island lighthouse 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 […]