Band Jam & BBQ benefits Spanish Moss Trail

Spend Sunday, April 6, from 3 to 7 p.m., enjoying live music and great food at the Band Jam & BBQ benefiting the Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail and hosted by Hemingway’s Bistro, 920 Bay Street, facing Waterfront Park.

Come enjoy mouth-watering BBQ for $10 a plate and thirst-quenching $2 beers while listening to live, home-grown bands including The Bull Grapes, Fripp N Friends, The Sometimes Later Band and The Rose Family Band.

SMT BJB logo“These bands have generously offered to perform as a gift to our community and to support the important efforts of the Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail,” said event creator Charlie Williams. “These bands individually have their own special sound and style, perfect for a casual outdoor event with a mix of country, folk, southern rock, blues and bluegrass.”

Williams’ year-long vision for a music-filled, outdoor event in support of the Spanish Moss Trail became a reality after partnering with the event’s director and Hemingway’s Bistro Day Manager, Zoe Perpall. Perpall has brought together dozens of community-minded businesses and individuals to collaborate in support of this public event.

Williams said he first heard of the concept of “rails-to-trail’ more than 30 years ago. A few years later, he used such a trail on Cape Cod.

“When I heard our own community would have a paved trail to enjoy, I knew I was going to commit my support — thus the Band Jam and BBQ,” said Williams.

In addition to music and food, come ready to bid on items ranging from outdoor recreational activities to overnight stays at local accommodations. These items will be auctioned off throughout the event and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail, the paved rails-to-trail greenway project in Northern Beaufort County.

The Spanish Moss Trail has a 10-Phase Master Plan, which when complete, will be a 14-mile long, 12-foot wide, paved trail dedicated to pedestrians and bicyclists. The first two phases are complete and open for public use connecting the heart of Beaufort to the Town of Port Royal (with parking at Depot Road, Broome Lane and Westvine Drive). Two more phases are underway with construction starting this spring — connecting 7 scenic miles between the Town of Port Royal and the Marine Corps Air Station.

For more information or to donate to Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail, visit www.spanishmosstrail.com or email info@spanishmosstrail.com.

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