Kim Weitkamp & Tellabration at ARTworks: On Friday, November 22, local youth storytelling troupes join a nationally-touring teller for Tellabration. At 7 p.m., hear the stories and see the antics of local storytelling troupes from the St. Helena Branch Library, Port Royal Elementary School, Lady’s Island Elementary School, and ARTworks After School. They will be joined by Kim Weitkamp, a nationally-touring storyteller renowned for her hilarity and humanity. “Tellabration” is an annual event in which guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the art of storytelling. Locally, ARTworks is nurturing and bringing together our area’s celebrated storytellers and youth storytelling troupes to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales. Tickets are Pay What You Can, at the door only; $5 suggested minimum. Call 379-2787 or visit www.artworksinbeaufort.org for or drop by 2127 Boundary Street in Beaufort Town Center.
“Goin’ Down the River” Book Signing at McIntosh Books: Beaufort author and photographer Janet Garrity will be signing copies of her book “Goin’ Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands” at McIntosh Book Shoppe, 917 Bay Street, Beaufort, on Friday, November 29, from Noon to 3 p.m. “Sea Island fish camps are a very old, generational tradition that is part of being raised on these waters,” said Garrity, “It’s a great gift for people who love the Lowcountry.” For information about the book signing, call McIntosh Book Shoppe at 843-524-1119. For a preview of the book, or to order a copy online, go to www.garrity.com.
Calling all designers: Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) is offering a $100 prize for a T-shirt design for their 2014 Race4Love 5K Run/Walk. There is no entry fee and the contest will run through December 1. Guidelines and an entry form are available at http://race4love.com/contest/, and updates and other contests related to the race will be announced on Twitter at http://twitter.com/codarace4love. The 2014 Race4Love marks the third year CODA has held a walk/run event to promote awareness and benefit child and adult survivors of domestic violence, starting with the 2012 Tate/Coursen Memorial Walk/Run in honor of two deputies killed while responding to a domestic violence call.
Celebrate Christmas Community Concert: The Baptist Church of Beaufort, 600 Charles Street, Beaufort SC 29902, will host a “Celebrate Christmas” Community Concert on December 15 at 3 p.m. Come and join for a very special seasonal celebration as they bring back the infamous Sanders Family from Smoke on the Mountain, hear and watch guest solo vocalists and dancers, choirs, instrumental ensembles of all ages, dance with children in their “Marshmellow World” and lift our voices together in community carols. The season is upon us — join us for this free community event. Contact: Dr. Melanie Williams , email@example.com, (843)252-4104.
Beaufort Film Festival receives recognition: The Beaufort International Film Festival has been named one of the Top 25 Coolest General Film Festivals in the World, 2013 by MovieMaker Magazine. For the complete list of honorees visit www.moviemaker.com/festivals. MovieMaker Magazine is a national publication based in Santa Monica, Ca., with an emphasis on the art of moviemaking. “We are thrilled to receive this honor and thank all of our supporters, sponsors, filmmakers and volunteers who made it possible. They are the Cool ones.” stated Film Festival Director Ron Tucker. Other film festivals from South Carolina making the list are The Charleston International Film Festival, Charleston, SC and the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, SC.
Holidaze at ARTworks: Jingle bells, hand-made presents are swell. On three Saturdays in December, drop in for a selection of ready-to-go art projects to help you decorate the tree, stuff stockings, and spread good cheer. Artists guide you through the creative process, like
Rudolph leading the sled team — and take care of the clean up too! ARTworks supplies all the glitter, ornaments, and craft supplies you and your family needs for handmade presents, just bring your creativity, a list of your lucky gift recipients, and $5-$15 per project. Holidaze Saturdays are December 7, 14, and 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at ARTworks, the community arts center of Beaufort. For more information, call 379-2787 or visit www.artworksinbeaufort.org. ARTworks is located in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street.
Masterpiece Masquerade: Is it a Van Gogh or a or just pretending to be a Van Gogh? “Masterpiece Masquerade” will once again be the feature exhibit for Beaufort Art Association’s All-Member Holiday Show. Each year BAA invites all 200 of their members to exhibit in their downtown gallery. Over the years Masterpiece Masquerade has been a favorite subject for artists and art patrons. This year’s exhibit will not disappoint. Artists were asked to pick their favorite master artist to emulate; or choose a masterpiece to re-create with their own twist on it. Either way, this December, the BAA Gallery will be filled with Beaufort artists own “masterpieces” reminiscent of art museums all over the world. There will be oils, acrylics, collage, drawings and mixed media. Something to excite everyone’s artistic palette. Masterpiece Masquerade will open on December 9 at Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay Street in Downtown Beaufort and run through
January 5th. A Masquerade Party reception will be held on Friday December 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Public is invited, and admission is always free. For more information visit www.BeaufortArtAssocation.com or call the gallery at 843-521-4444.
Gullah Caribbean Christmas Show: Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk will entertain with “Gullah Caribbean Christmas” Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. at Penn Center. The special event includes contemporary Christmas music, a bit of comedy, dancing and a Caribbean cuisine feast. Aunt Pearlie Sue, the character developed by Anita Singleton Prather, is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, and her Gullah Kinfolk is a professional singing cast. Together they deliver messages of the Gullah culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands to bring history alive on stage. Advance adult tickets are $40 at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center or the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce.
A Child’s Christmas In Wales: Originally written for BBC radio, Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales is holiday nostalgia at its best: “One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town … I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.” Peter Townes is your minstrel for these performances. Through him you will also learn who the Welsh are, and what they think they’re up to, the difference between the Welsh and the Irish, Scots, Picts and the Bloody English; a quick genealogy workshop exploring your own Welsh ancestry and the Welsh Discovery of America. A Welsh treat will be shared! Originally from Wales, Townes now lives in upstate South Carolina, and considers Dylan Thomas to be “the master bard of all time. Although he does it in English, he has Welsh storytelling mastered.” Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids, and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street. 843-379-2787, www.artworksinbeaufort.org.
Four Artist Christmas Concert: Morning Song Music has announced its tenth national Christmas tour featuring four artists: Steve Darmody, Jennifer LaMountain and Rudy Micelli, and Angela Bryant-Brown. Morning Song Music’s Christmas concert event, called “The Angels Sang” includes both traditional Christmas classics, new Christmas originals and favorites, like “Mary Did You Know” and “Oh Holy Night.” The free community concert will be at the USCB Center For the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at The Herban Marketplace, The Chocolate Tree and Beaufort Liquidation. Steve Darmody says, “I am excited about this tenth Christmas Tour for Morning Song. The bringing together of these talented singers to present this wonderful story of our Savior’s birth has become an annual touring tradition for Morning Song Concerts. Each year, new songs and new arrangements provide to create an awesome and memorable evening. The grand finale of each evening’s concert is a 8 minutes medley taken from the high points of Handel’s Messiah. This new orchestral arrangement was produced by Morning Song Music with the Prague Symphony exclusively for the Morning Song Christmas tour.” The tour is partnering with child development organization World Vision to drive child sponsorships. Jenny Lockwald, director of artist relations for World Vision, says, “During this special season, we are honored to be involved with Morning Song Music and these outstanding artists. The impact of this one evening and how God can use it to not only entertain hearts but to feed souls ensures that the impact will be felt far beyond the tour. We believe that this will be a great opportunity for families to reach out by sponsoring a child and tangibly taking the message of Christ around the world to children in need.”
Nativity Celebration: First Presbyterian Church Beaufort presents their third annual Nativity Celebration Dec. 6, 7 and 8, at their Education Building located at 1201 North Street in downtown Beaufort. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7, and noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8. Come celebrate the joy of the season by viewing beautiful nativities from around the world, collected by the Presbyterian Women’s group. This is a free event but donations are appreciated, with any funds raised donated to church charities. Peggy Fryer, Moderator of the Presbyterian Women says, “In the past we have used this event to help raise funds for both Hurricane Sandy Relief and the Thornwell Home for Children.” Most of the nativities on display are hand made and many represent the culture of the people and area where they were created. Countries represented include Argentina, Germany, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Boliva, Italy, Ireland, Peru, Japan and many more. For questions regarding this event, contact the church office, 843-524-3051 or visit www.firstpresbeaufort.org.