Book signing: Author Diann Shaddox will be signing copies of her book, “A Faded Cottage, A South Carolina Love Story,” on Saturday, April 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at McIntosh Book Shop, located at 917 Bay Street, in the Old Bay Market. The first time author is a Native American Indian who was born and raised in Oklahoma. She moved to South Carolina four and a half years ago with her husband. A percentage of the proceeds from this book will go to the International Essential Tremor Foundation. The author, herself, suffers from this condition that affects over 10 million Americans. Call 843-525-1066 for details.
‘Fly Me to the Moon’: Everything Sinatra and more will hit the USCB Center for the Arts stage when producer Terry Herron brings the Swing and Jazz inspired production “Fly Me to the Moon” to Beaufort on Saturday, April 19. Joining Herron on stage will be Savannah’s first lady of gospel and jazz, Huxsie Scott; Beaufort’s own Sweetgrass Angels; and Savannah Jazz Orchestra pianist and musical director, Eric Jones. get your friends and come to USCB Center for the Arts at 801 Carteret St. on Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. Adults $22; seniors $20, students $15, all seats reserved. For tickets, go to www.uscbcenterforthearts.com or call the box office at 843-521-4145, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or purchase at the door one hour prior to curtain.
Friday Organ Concert Series: Local music lovers will be treated to a series of organ concerts on the historic Taylor & Boody Organ at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort. Concerts are at noon on five Fridays in April and May. They are free and open to the public. The 2014 concert series includes: Dr. Scott Bennett, April 25; Dr. Stephen Hamilton, May 2; Kevin Edens, Furman University on May 9. To become a Friend of Music at St. Helena’s, send your tax-deductible gift to: Music at St. Helena’s, The Parish Church of St. Helena, P.O. Box 1043, Beaufort, SC 29901, attention Pat Gould. Visit www.sthelenas1712.org.
Congressional Art Competition: Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the First Congressional District of South Carolina. The overall winning piece of artwork from the First District’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with artwork from other contest winners nationwide. The winning student from within the First District and one parent/guardian will be flown to Washington this summer by Southwest Airlines, free of charge, to attend a reception and the unveiling of their artwork in the Capitol.
“A Piece of my Heart”: USCB Center for the Arts will present the play “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro on May 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 at 3 p.m. The play follows the true stories of six young women and their service during the Vietnam War, and has been called “… the nation’s most enduring theatrical production that deals with the Vietnam War,” by The Vietnam Veterans of America. Director Gail Westerfield is asking Beaufort County women who served during the conflict to send her photos of themselves taken during that time with their name and where they served (as a nurse, with Red Cross, USO, etc.) to be used in a slideshow that will be featured at each performance while audiences are seated. Please send your photos in jpg format, 300 dpi to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Bonnie Hargrove, Director, USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want the photo returned.