October 25th-31st events around Beaufort

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New featured exhibit open at BAA Gallery

“Blending Digital Art with Photography” is the title of an exhibit featuring artist Gordon Fritz at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery through Oct. 28. 

October 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.
  • Tuesdays: CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Beach Walks, 3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Reptile Talk, 11 a.m. (Oct. 17, 24, 31); Full Moon Lighthouse Climb, 6:30 p.m. (Oct. 24)
  • Thursdays: Lighthouse Tour, 10 a.m. (Oct. 11, 25); CCC Video, 1 p.m.; Feeding Frenzy, 3 p.m.
  • Fridays: Fish Printing, 2 p.m. (Oct. 12, 26); Trunk or Treat, 6-9 p.m. (Oct. 26)
  • Saturdays: Tie Dye, noon (Oct. 13, 20); Creatures of the Night, 2:30 p.m. (Oct. 20)
  • Sundays: Alligator Talk, noon

For a description of these programs and a complete calendar of activities, go to southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island 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.

Shorts At High Noon film series returns this fall

Beginning on Oct. 3, the popular Shorts at High Noon film series will return to the Technical College of the Lowcountry for another eight-week run. The program features the best of Short, Student, and Animation Films from the archives of the Beaufort Film Society. 

The films selected for screening have all screened at the Beaufort International Film Festival as finalists from 2007 through 2018, with one exception — the programs scheduled for screening on November 28 will be from the submissions to the 2019 festival. The audience in attendance that day will vote for their favorite film, and the winning selection will compete in the 2019 BIFF as a finalist. 

The complete schedule is at beaufortfilmfestival.com. All screenings are from noon to 1 p.m. at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Building 12, Auditorium, at 921 Ribaut Road. Admission is free. 

Catch the rhythm at the Beaufort Drum Circle

All are welcome to enjoy some good vibes at our free, family-friendly, bi-monthly drum circle at the Contemplative Garden located in Henry Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. (Pavilion for inclement weather)

Bring a chair or blanket and your favorite percussion instrument or borrow one of our extras. No experience necessary. Rain or shine.

  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

Exchange Club hosts 26th annual Ghost Tours

Ghostly spirits have taken over downtown Beaufort while the Exchange Club hosts its 26th annual Ghost Tours. Sign up now to take a carriage ride or walking tour through Beaufort’s Historic District while listening to haunting tales of the area. Tours last about an hour and will run in the evenings of Oct. 26-28, and 30. All proceeds benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) of Beaufort County. 

Some of Beaufort’s oldest residents have shared stories from their childhood and the Exchange Club of Beaufort brings these stories to life each October. Costumed storytellers spellbind tour participants with the ghostly happenings while traveling the Spanish moss-lined streets of downtown. The oldest ghost in America is said to live in “The Castle,” a 19th century renovated estate located on the river in downtown Beaufort. Beware, ghostly visions have been known to appear on past tours. Walking tour tickets are $12 for all ages and carriage tours are $12 for children ages 3-11 and $22 for adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult. A pet- and stroller-friendly walking tour leaves each night at 7 p.m. 

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at www.capabeaufort.org or by calling 843-52-GHOST.   

Learn how 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.

  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 3:30-5 p.m.

Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902. Free. For more information, call 843-255-6458 or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org/subscribe.

Helena Place to host Porch Party

Helena Place Senior Living will host Port Royal’s Porch Party from 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. All are invited to mix and mingle with Port Royal neighbors young and old. Barbecue and all the fixings will be served. BYOB. Local singer/guitarist David Laughlin will perform live music. Wear your dancing shoes. All attendees can register to win an original Mac Coxwell 24×36 canvas print of the historic Union Church of Port Royal. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the party will be moved inside. Helena Place is located at 1624 Paris Avenue in the historic Old Village in the Town of Port Royal. Call 843-252-3001 with questions, or email rewing@enlivant.com.

Concert on Dataw to be held Oct. 26

Mezzo soprano Katie McAllister will perform from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Sweetgrass Restaurant. Reservations are not required but are recommended. Located on Dataw Island, Sweetgrass Restaurant is open to the public.  

Wind down at the Wine Down Festival

Two historic gardens will be the setting for WINE DOWN, Historic Beaufort Foundation’s, annual wine-tasting festival. Set for 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the ca. 1810 Henry Farmer House Garden and the ca. 1886 Cunningham Cottage and School, WINE DOWN will feature wines from Spain, France, Italy and the U.S.

A fundraiser for Paint the Lady, a campaign to paint the ca. 1804 Verdier House Museum and restore 805 Bay Street, a ca. 1913 barber shop, WINE DOWN includes hors d’oeuvres by Saltus River Grill and music by Horizon. Guests will enter the Farmer House Garden, designed by noted southern gardener Frances Parker, at 412 East Street. After meandering through the garden parterres, guests will follow a secret path to the garden at the home of Karen and Doug Storrs.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling Historic Beaufort Foundation at 843-379-3331, online at www.historicbeaufort.org or in person at 208 Scott Street. There will also be a raffle of gift baskets of assorted food, gardening and other treats.

Tour historic Fort Fremont on St. Helena

Travel back in time to the 1890s and the Spanish-American War at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the St. Helena Branch Beaufort County Public Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island.

Learn the history, see a scale model of Fort Fremont as it stood in 1898, and take a guided tour of the remains of the fortifications. The tour lasts about two hours. No reservations are necessary, and the tour is free and open to the public.

For more information call the St. Helena Library at 843-255-6487 or visit fortfremont.org

Girl Scout Troop hosts Breast Cancer Walk

Girl Scout Troop 4105 will hold its second annual Breast Cancer Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. 

The walk will begin at Bricks on Boundary restaurant and end at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. For more info call Vedah Morgan at 843-476-9077 or Barbara Jean Gardner-Hunter at 347-497-9326.

Get your scarecrows ready for the farmers market

The Lowcountry Master Gardeners are again celebrating Halloween with scarecrows. Perfect for harvest time, scarecrows have provided chemical-free crop protection since ancient times. But how creative can you get with your scarecrow?

Show off your scarecrow skills by entering one of three categories — 1. Make and display a scarecrow; 2. Wear a scarecrow costume; 3. Draw a scarecrow (10 and under) — at the Oct. 27 edition of the Port Royal Farmers Market. Register by 9:30 a.m. with prizes handed out at 11:30 a.m.

Contact Kim at KimberlyAnnMcFann@me.com for more information.

Library invites adults to make fall themed craft

Create your own fall themed string art! All supplies will be provided. No craft experience necessary!

Space is limited. Call 843-255-6458 to register.

Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902. Free. For more information, call 843-255-6458 or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org/subscribe.

Learn about Beaufort’s history

The Beaufort County Historical Society will offer a lecture by Grace Cordial, a certified archivist with the Beaufort County Library, on “The Beaufort County Historical Society Records” from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, on the second floor of the library at 311 Scott Street in Beaufort. This lecture is free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

Red Piano Too to host Heritage Days art exhibit 

The Red Piano Too Art Gallery, located at 870 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island, will have a Heritage Days art exhibit showcasing the creations of several Lowcountry artists from Nov. 8-10. The gallery will host a meet and greet receptions with featured artists Sonja Evans, Eric Jones, and Terry Singleton from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 9. Light refreshments will be served. Visit redpianotoo.com or call 843-838-2241 for more information.

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