September 13th-19th events around Beaufort

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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.

YMCA adds additional CPR training dates 

The Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal will offer three more CPR classes for community members this year. The remaining courses will be held on two 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

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.

Sportfishing and Diving Club meets Sept. 13

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s September meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Beaufort Yacht Club on Lady’s Island off Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7 p.m.

The club will host retired Waddell Mariculture Center manager Al Stokes and introduce new manager Erin Levesque. Al and Erin will help us understand how the changes at WMC will impact such areas as: stocking; the Friends of Waddell; the SC Department of Natural Resources; the future role with Beaufort County fishermen; water quality initiatives; engagement with civic organizations; tour and educational programs; the intern program; renovations; turtle and dolphin rescue efforts; and, many other areas that Al has overseen as SCDNR’s ambassador. The meeting will also give members an opportunity to provide Erin with ideas and input to make the transition easier.

Guests are welcome, and you do not need a reservation. For additional information contact Captain Frank Gibson at (843)-522-2122 email

Marine Corps League to host golf tournament

The Yellow Footprints Detachment #1154 of the Marine Corps League is holding its ninth annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. at the Ocean Point Golf Links at Fripp Island Golf and Beach Resort.

The fundraiser raises money for annual scholarship awards and the Marine and Sailor Family Outreach program.

Local businesses and/or individuals are encouraged to sponsor holes for this fundraiser.

Golfers interested in playing can contact Ron West at 843-707-7866 or at

Bring in expired coupons to help soldiers

Did you know that manufacturer’s coupons that have expired in the U.S. can still be used by overseas military members? Drop by the Beaufort Branch Library on Sorting Day — Friday, Sept. 21, between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. — to help clip, sort, and bag coupons to prepare for shipping or drop off your unused coupons. Bring in your Smart Source, P&G, and RMN manufacturer’s coupons any time. Coupons can be up to two months expired. No store-specific or internet coupons, please. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort.

Free. For more information, call 843-255-6458 or visit

Tour Fort Fremont on St. Helena Island

Travel back in time to the 1890’s and the Spanish American War at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the St. Helena Branch Beaufort County Public Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island. 

View a short documentary and scale model of Fort Fremont as it stood in 1898 and travel to Fort Fremont for a guided walking tour of the fortifications. Tour lasts approximately two hours. No reservations are necessary. Free and open to the public. For more information call the St. Helena Library at 843-255-6487 or visit

YMCA to hold Lunch & learn seminar for seniors

Senior adults, live your best, healthy life! The Wardle Family YMCA will hold a lunch & learn seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Topics include chronic disease prevention through exercise, senior nutrition, fall prevention and how to get started. The seminar will be led by Y Wellness Director Denice Fanning and her healthy aging team. Free and open to the public, but participants must register at the YMCA front desk: 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal, or call 843-522-9622 by Sept. 24.

Join the Great American Read program discussion

Inspired by the Great American Read campaign sponsored by PBS, come to the library to join in a friendly discussion about The Great American Read program and join the search for America’s best-loved novel. Did your book make it to the list of Top 100? Or was there a book that made a list that you think shouldn’t have? Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. Visit for more information.

Learn how to clip coupons from a pro

Join us for an in-depth look at everything you can do to save money couponing. Hosted by Jenny Martin, author of, attendees will learn how to cut their grocery and household purchases by at least 50 percent, if not more. Registration encouraged but not required. Please call 843-255-6458 or stop by the Reference Desk to register.  Saturday, Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. Visit for more information.

Royal Pines to host Arts and Crafts and Yard Sale

Royal Pines will hold a Community Arts and Crafts and Yard Sale event on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 8-11 a.m. Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 6. The sale is being held on Royal Pines Blvd., Lady’s Island.

Pumpkin patch returns this month

The pumpkins are coming back to Carteret Street United Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck. Everyone is invited to be part of this exciting time. Pizza will be served after we have unloaded.

The patch will be open Monday–Saturday during the month of October from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. The money raised is used for youth ministries.

Exchange Club hosts 26th annual Ghost Tours

Ghostly spirits are expected to take over downtown Beaufort while the Exchange Club hosts its 26th annual Ghost Tours beginning Friday, Oct. 12. 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. 12-13, 19-21, 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 or by calling 843-52-GHOST.  

Carteret Street UMC Fall Bazaar coming Oct. 13

Carteret Street United Methodist Church will hold its Fall Bazaar on October 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out to visit the pumpkin patch and check out a selection of good “junque,” toys, books, tools, the garden shop, handicrafts, a silent auction, and more. 408 Carteret Street, Beaufort. 

Food Truck Festival returning to Town Center

The Lowcountry Jaycees will host the second annual Beaufort Food Truck Festival to raise money for Camp Hope on October 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Beaufort Town Center.

Auldbrass Plantation Tour tickets on sale

Frank Lloyd Wright’s only home in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Auldbrass, is now on tour every year.  The privately-owned home was previously only open for public tours every two years, but that’s changed. The Beaufort County Open Land Trust has teamed up with local event planner Ashley Rhodes to host the Auldbrass Plantation Tours annually. The 2018 tours will be held Friday, Nov. 9; Saturday, Nov. 10; and Sunday, Nov. 11; with daily tours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person and are being sold through under “Auldbrass Tours 2018.” Proceeds from the tour benefit the Beaufort County Open Land Trust. 

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