Oyster roast season is here!

Fall weather ushers in the busy social season

With so many events taking place this weekend, there is truly something for everyone

• Parish Church of St. Helena Fall Bazaar: Church mice, a silent auction and handmade Christmas decorations, gifts and foods will headline the Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Parish Church of St. Helena in downtown Beaufort. The bazaar, presented by the Women of the Parish, will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish House at 507 Newcastle St. (The Silent Auction will close at 1 p.m.) The bazaar, which benefits the church’s outreach efforts in Beaufort and around the world, will continue its now-famous silent auction of unique items ranging from golf outings, excursions and restaurant dinners to fine art, furs and furniture.  St. Helena’s famous

Homemade church mice will be available at the fall bazaar.
Homemade church mice will be available at the fall bazaar.

handmade chorister “church mice” will present the deacon mouse this year.  Returning are the angel mice, with new and improved wings, available in a limited quantity, as well as the sleeping mice in their sardine-can beds. The bazaar will feature a sizable inventory of handmade Christmas wreaths, ornaments and gift items. Homemade dinners are being  packaged and frozen for purchase, and the baked goods booth is always the first to have empty shelves. Bazaar shoppers will find the Parish House courtyard filled with plants and shrubs. Other shopping areas will include linens, books, jewelry and the Bargain Box for gently used items. For details, contact Marge Barber at 843-525-1316 or barbers@islc.net; Co-chair Martha Scott at martha@beaufortscotts.com; or visit www.sthelenas1712.org.

• 7th Annual Lowcountry Arts Festival: Frogmore’s Lowcountry Store, located at 736 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island, SC, is hosting the 7th Annual Lowcountry Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. Many of the Lowcountry’s finest artisans will be on site with their art, photography, woodwork, sculptures, fine crafts, quilting, pottery, basket weaving, stained glass, jewelry, local foods and other fine arts. The festival is a unique opportunity to meet and talk to the artists, craftsmen, growers and producers and view demonstrations as well as discuss and purchase unique works of art. Local musicians will be performing and foods and other favorites will be available. Applications for local artists to participate are available at The Lowcountry Store, via e-mail at info@lowcountrystore.com or call 843-838-4646.


• Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry Fund will hold the second Cornhole Tournament & Smoked Butt Sale in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, downtown Beaufort, on Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. For details, registration and smoked butts pre-orders, visit www.hhlcf.org.


• Maritime Center opening on Lemon Island: Saturday, November 1 marks the anticipated opening of the Port Royal Sound Foundation’s new Maritime Center on Lemon Island. Located in the newly renovated historic Lemon Island Marina, the Maritime Center is on the Chechessee River and accessible by car or boat. The Maritime Center is host to several exhibits that will appeal to all ages. Crowd favorites will include a 3,000 gallon aquarium and touch tanks which will be home to several species that live in the Port Royal Sound. The life size tiger shark, rays and loggerhead sea turtle which are part of the incredible Predator Ceiling Diorama will captivate guests as they enter the main exhibit hall. ‘Carolina Snowball’, the albino dolphin who once swam the waters of Beaufort County, now resides at the Maritime Center where her story and her son ‘Sonny Boy’ are on display for all to enjoy. Photography exhibits from the Callawassie Photography Club and Eric Horan will adorn the walls for the next couple of months and remind visitors of the beauty of this area. On Saturday, November 1, staff, board members and volunteers will host an informal ribbon cutting at noon to announce the opening of the Maritime Center. Visitors are encouraged to attend the ceremony and enjoy their first “official” tour between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


• Book signing: Brian Wanamaker McCreight, author of “GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY, The Lowcountry Liar’s Tales of History & Mystery,” will be signing copies of his book on Saturday, Nov. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. outside McIntosh Book Shoppe on Bay Street. The author is a professional storyteller and musician. He holds degrees in literature, anthropology and library science, and is a licensed tour guide in Charleston. For information, please call 524-1066.


• PaddleFest: The 12th annual PaddleFest paddle sport race to benefit Friends of Hunting Island will be held at noon on Saturday, November 1, at Hunting Island State Park on Hunting Island. Race start will be at the lagoon, Parking Lot J, in the park. All net proceeds will benefit Friends of Hunting Island (www.friendsofhuntingisland.org) which is dedicated to helping the park enhance the unique natural wonders and educational opportunities that exist on the island and is a non-profit organization. Paddlers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in this fun and scenic race. Paddlers from several states will race kayaks, canoes and paddle boards on a 3 mile or 6 mile course taking them into Fripp Inlet and past Russ Point and back in the 6 miler; and just under the Pedestrian Bridge and back in the 3 miler. Awards will be given for both 3 mile and 6 mile overall winners and category winners. Registration for PaddleFest is online only, and available at www.paddlefestsc.org. For more information, contact Tim Lovett at timjlovett@gmail.com or 843-379-4327 or 843-252-5924.


• ‘A Broadway Revue — A Guy and the Dolls’: The Fripp Island Women’s Club is proud to sponsor “A Broadway Revue — A Guy and the Dolls”, featuring Dan McCormick, pianist and entertainer extraordinaire, and five Fripp Island sensational female vocalists on Nov. 1 and 2. Join us for an unforgettable evening of Broadway tunes then met the troupe at a dessert reception following the performance.  Performances are at 6 p.m. both nights at the Fripp Island Community Centre, 205 Tarpon Blvd, Fripp Island, SC, 29920. Tickets are $25. Admission includes the performance, dessert reception, and free gate pass from Fripp Island security gate.  Seating is limited. For tickets, contact 843-838-7635.


• The 2nd Beaufort Food Truck Fest will take place at Beaufort Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 2 to 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Arts Council of Beaufort County and is a chance to sample a variety of “curbside cuisine” –all handmade in small batches and served straight from the vendors who prepared them. Some of the participating trucks and food carts include: Joe Loves Lobster Rolls, Crave Cupcakes, Palmetto Smokehouse Barbeque, Bruster’s Ice Cream, and Sea Eagle Seafood. A new vendor at the festival will be Pancho’s Tacos of Bluffton, who will be serving authentic Mexican tacos with ingredients like Buche (pork stomach) and Tripitas (fried intestines), as well as grilled chicken and beef. In addition to food, the festival will feature live music throughout the event by Billy Drysdale, The Hypnotics, and The Lee Tyler Post Duo. In between the musical acts will be short demonstrations by a local dance group: The Palmetto Dancers, a teen and tween organized dance troupe which is based at ARTworks. Organizer Laura Maxey said this is a very family friendly event with many activities for kids. Admission to the event is free, but donations are encouraged and be prepared to purchase food and beverages. The event will be held at the pavilion area in the Beaufort Town Center Shopping Plaza at 2127 Boundary Street.

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry presents the 18th Annual Family Oyster Roast on Saturday, November 1 at 6 p.m. at Live Oaks Park, Paris Ave in Port Royal. Tickets are $30 per person (all

Oyster roast season is here!
Oyster roast season is here!

you can eat and drink), children under 10 Free. The event includes silent and live auction, music, hot dogs, chili, door prizes, soda, beer and wine, plus all the oysters you can eat. Experience one of the best oyster roasts in Beaufort with live entertainment and feel good about raising money to benefit charities throughout the Lowcountry. For additional information, call Jeff Althoff at 843-812-292, jeffalthoff@aol.com.

• Care for Toby Perkins fundraiser, sponsored by SC Blue Knights VIII, will be held Sunday, Nov. 2, at Boondocks Restaurant, 1760 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, from 1 to 5 p.m. The motorcycle ride starts at 1 p.m. at K-Mart on Boundary Street. The BBQ meal starts at 2:30 p.m. and the Corn Hole Tournament starts at 3 p.m. Music provided by 104.9 The Surf. Tobin was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. He had his first heart surgery when he was 12 days old. He is scheduled to have another surgery within the year. Tobin’s dad works for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Contact Bob Newman at rinjr@comcast.net or 803-640-1147.


• USCB Festival Series kicks off: Albert Einstein greatly appreciated the mathematical precision and ethereal beauty of Mozart’s music, saying: “Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe itself.” Come to the first concert of this year’s USCB Festival Series on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at USCB Center for the Arts to experience what Einstein was talking about. Mozart’s vibrant Trio in B-flat Major, K. 502 begins the program with a blend of sophisticated conversation, caressing song, and witty repartee. Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodàly, a man of indefatigable energy, vision, and honor, whose musical contributions cut across disciplines and generations, will lead up to intermission. Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7, written during the final run up to WWI in the spring of 1914, combines the feverish energy of the era with passionate, idiosyncratic folk-like melodies. The concert concludes with Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio in d minor, Op. 63, a work both robust and intimate which runs the gamut from whispered conversation to symphonic extravagance. Returning to play this interesting and compelling mix of music will be three Festival Series veterans. Artistic Director, host, and cellist Edward Arron; brilliant pianist Jeewon Park, and Lowcountry sensation, violinist Tessa Lark. Call 843-208-8246 or email sjbreton@uscb.edu Staci Breton for tickets.

• Arts-in-the-Barn benefits Open Land Trust: The fourth annual Arts-in-the-Barn will be held Sunday, Nov. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Widgeon Point Preserve on Lemon Island. Spend an afternoon enjoying the work of Lowcountry artists. A portion of the proceeds from sales benefits Open Land Trust. For more information, call 843-521-2175 or www.openlandtrust.org.

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