August 30th-September 5th events around Beaufort

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Fripp Island Marina to host Fishing Tournament 

Fripp Island Marina’s 2018 Kingfish Fishing Tournament will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Fishermen are invited to compete for a payout of more than $5,000 in the traditional Labor Day event. Prizes will include largest in the Kingfish and Spanish Mackeral categories and more. For more information, call 843-838-1517, register at or email Proceeds for the event go to benefit LowCountry Habitat for Humanity.

New featured exhibit coming to BAA Gallery

“Blending Digital Art with Photography” is the title of an exhibit featuring artist Gordon Fritz at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery from Sept. 2 through Oct. 28. An open house and reception will be held at the Gallery on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited.

Adult Education program offering free classes

The Beaufort County Schools Adult Education Program is accepting registrations from adult learners for free GED, Diploma, ASVAB, Basic Computers and English (ESL) classes. 

The main program is located at 1300 King Street, Beaufort, 29902 with several satellite locations throughout Beaufort County.  

ESL classes will begin Sept. 10. Day classes are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Evening classes are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m.  

Volunteer tutors also are needed in reading, writing, math and ESL. Knowledge of other languages is not required. For questions or additional information, visit the website at or contact Rose Lewis at 843-322-2739 or

YMCA swim team registration open

The BYAC Tiger Sharks Swim Team is registering swimmers for the 2018-19 season now through Sept. 10. The Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal offers three levels of swim team depending upon an individual’s skill level. Youth ages 5 and up who meet minimum requirements will be evaluated by swim coaches to determine placement level. For more information visit, stop by the Y at 1801 Richmond Avenue, or call 832-522-9622.

YMCA adds additional CPR training dates 

The Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal will offer four more CPR classes for community members this year. The courses will be held on four Saturdays — Sept. 8 and Oct. 13 — from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Cost is $30 for this YMCA-certified course, and those interested need to register at the Y as space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact aquatics director Lou Bergen at 843-522-9622 to register or visit

Join the YA Everlasting Book Club

If you are an adult but still enjoy reading young adult literature, this book club is for you. The Young Adult Everlasting Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. The next title will be “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” by Sonia Manzano (Sept. 12). For more information, call 843-255-6458 or visit

Learn to use digital services at the library

Learn how to instantly access and download free ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, and more. Bring your own favorite mobile device (tablet, cell phone, or laptop) and learn how to use the digital services offered by the library.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Free. For more information, call 843-255-6458 or visit

‘Sex Please, We’re Sixty!’ opens Aug. 31

Hilarity ensues at The Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast, as Coastal Stage Productions opens “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!”

Performance dates are Aug 31, Sept 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sept 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. at The Shed, 809 Paris Avenue, Port Royal. Reserved seating is $25, general admission is $22, and group reserved seating is $20. Tickets are on sale at or by phone at 843-717-2175.

September activities at Hunting Island

There are fun, interesting and educational activities every day hosted by Park Ranger and Lowcountry Master Naturalist Megan Stegmeier. 

  • Mondays: Secrets of the Salt Marsh, 4 p.m.; Full Moon Lighthouse Climb, 7 p.m., Sept. 24
  • Tuesdays: Sea Turtle Tracks, 10:30 a.m.; CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Beach Walks, 3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Reptile Talk, 11 a.m.; Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m., Sept. 26
  • Thursdays: CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m.; Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m., Sept. 13
  • Fridays: Stepping Stones, 1 p.m., Sept. 7, 21, 28
  • Saturdays: Tie Dye, noon; Creatures of the Night, 2:30 p.m., Sept. 1 and 15
  • Sundays: Alligator Talk, noon

For a description of these programs and a complete calendar of activities, go to and click on “Programs & Events.”

All are invited to attend these free events, though there is an entry fee to Hunting Island State Park and reservations are needed for lighthouse programs.

For more information, call 843-838-7437 or go to the Friends of Hunting Island website and the Facebook page: FOHI Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

Smoked meats for sale for Labor Day

The Sons of American Veterans will be holding a Labor Day sale offering smoked pork butts and smoked chickens. The butts are $30, and chickens are $10. Both are prepared on site in the smokehouse at the post and can be reserved at the Post and must be paid in advance.

The pick up date is Sunday, Sept, 2, between 9 a.m. and noon.

Brunch also will be served at that time, and the public is invited. The brunch cost is $8, drinks included. Breakfast is made to order, and you can have anything on the menu. To reserve or for more information, call the post at 843-524-1494.

Sea Island Fly Fishers to meet Sept. 12

The Sea Island Fly Fishers’ Sept. 12 meeting will feature Erin Levesque, the newly appointed manager of the Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton. Ms. Levesque will provide a presentation on her 18 years of saltwater species sampling and testing along the S.C. coast and river basins. The Waddell Center is a field experiment station of the SCDNR and is one of the country’s largest and most sophisticated facilities for mariculture research.  

The meeting starts with refreshments at 6 p.m. before the 7 p.m. program. The event is free and open to the public. Join us at 825 Bay St. in Beaufort. Call Jack Baggette at 843-441-4023 or email for more information.

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