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57th Annual Spring Tour of Homes

Continuing in its tradition of celebrating the beauty of Beaufort homes and historic buildings, the Parish Church of St. Helena will hold its 57th Annual Spring Tour of Homes on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20. This year’s tour of homes includes six historic homes in downtown Beaufort, as well as several plantations and historic buildings on St. Helena and Distant islands. Attendees will be able to visit the

William Waterhouse House
William Waterhouse House

interiors of these lovely homes and plantations and docents will be on hand to talk about their histories. The Friday, April 19 historic walking tour is from 3 to 6 p.m. A reception will be held at one of the homes on the tour, and will include food and entertainment. This tour is $45. On Saturday, April 20 the plantation driving tour will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. A Lowcountry luncheon will be provided at one of the plantations, and entertainment will be included. This tour is $65. Tickets are available online by visiting the church’s website: www.sthelenas1712.org. or by calling 843-524-0363.

10th annual Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival

This event occurs the third Saturday of April every year in conjunction with the seasonal molting of the area’s blue crab.  Soft shell crab has long been considered a local delicacy and draws “foodies” from all over the region. Presented by Old Village Association, a nonprofit that supports small businesses in Port Royal, the festival will be April 20 from noon to 5 p.m. with great food and drink, live music, a classic car show and a crab race. For more information, call 843-470-1110 or visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com.

2013 spring art walk

The Guild of Beaufort Galleries invites the community to welcome and celebrate spring and the warmer weather with the 2013 Spring Art Walk. Member galleries will be open on Friday, April 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature varied styles and mediums of art for all tastes. Admission is always free and refreshments are always served.  Guild of Gallery maps are available at each gallery.