“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.
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. Masterpiece Masquerade will open on December 9 at Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay Street and run through January 5. A Masquerade Party reception will be held on Friday, December 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.BeaufortArtAssocation.com or call 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.
Celtic Christmas Concert: Harry O’Donoghue and Carroll Brown are proud to present their Celtic Christmas Concert, a lively program filled with Spiritual, Celtic, and traditional seasonal songs and stories on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at ARTworks on Boundary Street. Joining them again this year will be keyboard player Michael Murray, to round out the sounds of the season, The Sweetgrass Angels will open the concert. Carroll Brown is a gifted acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter from South Carolina. With over 35 years in the music business he possesses a wealth of musical knowledge and a vast repertoire of songs and stories. (www.carrollbrownmusic.com) Harry O’Donoghue comes from the east coast of Ireland. Performing professionally for nearly 30 years, he is a talented musician and has become a master storyteller and folksinger. Now living in Savannah, Harry co-produces and hosts the popular Green Island Radio Show for Georgia Public Broadcasting and leads multiple annual group tours to Ireland. Together they bring to the stage a gently paced acoustic show, drawing on their roots to offer an eclectic Holiday program of traditional, Celtic, original, spiritual, folksy and spoken word pieces.
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.”