And that means the fun festival season has begun!
APRIL 19: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: Earth Day Party for the Planet 2014 will be held at the Port Royal Farmers Market in Naval Heritage Park on Saturday, April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. There will be live music, delicious food, and fun. Bring reusable coffee cup, water bottle, shopping bags and money. Both breakfast and lunch are prepared at the Farmers Market. There will be numerous environmental displays, information and activities, and a special tree planting. Reduce your footprint by shopping for local foods.
APRIL 19: SOFT SHELL CRAB FESTIVAL: The 11th annual Soft Shell Crab Festival will be held Saturday, April 19 from noon to 5 p.m., along Paris Avenue in Port Royal. Local restaurants will serve up varieties of soft shell crab in clever variations. Organizers expect food vendors, artists and crafters lined up on Paris Avenue. There will be children’s activities, live music, and a classic car show. The festival will also feature the annual crab race where approximately 5,000 rubber crabs are “adopted” by festival attendees. For more information and to adopt a crab, go to www.PortRoyalCrabRace.com. Or visit www.oldvillageportroyal.com.
EASTER RELATED EVENTS
Easter Eggstravaganza at Hunting Island State Park: The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Friends of Hunting Island will be held Saturday, April 19, at the picnic shelter by the lighthouse on Hunting Island. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the hunt begins at 10 a.m. Age groups include 5 and under, and ages 6-12. For more information, call 843-838-2011.
Easter Sunrise Service in Waterfront Park: First Scots Independent Presbyterian Church of Beaufort is pleased to invite the Beaufort community to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Sunday, April 20 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort. Sunrise is around 6:45 a.m., and the worship service will begin at 7 a.m. Visitors and residents of Beaufort are welcome and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact First Scots at 593-0176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Easter Carnival: Saturday, April 19, from 2-4 p.m., The Link and the YMCA are partnering together to host a free Family Easter Carnival at the YMCA in Port Royal (1801 Richmond Avenue). There will be bouncers, games, food, snow cones, popcorn, door prizes, food vendors and much more! The Y will open the pool as well as the playground and climbing wall. They are also having a donation drive for the YMCA’s Preschool. Donations of Kleenex, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, Styrofoam bowls, plastic forks and spoons will be greatly appreciated. The Blood Alliance will be there from 1-5 p.m. Appointments are every 15 min. from 1:30 – 4:45 p.m. Make an appointment by contacting Lynn Green with The Link at email@example.com. To volunteer, contact Lynn Green at 592-0456.
Bishop Barnett to teach classes, preach on Easter Sunday: Anglican Bishop Paul Barnett will visit Beaufort during Holy Week, teaching classes and preaching at all Easter Sunday services at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in Beaufort. Bishop Barnett will teach a two-day class on “The Importance of Peter in Earliest Christianity” on Tuesday (April 15) and Wednesday (April 16) of Holy Week. All are welcome to attend the classes at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, 507 Newcastle St. A light luncheon will be served about 12:30 p.m. Please call the church office at 522-1712 to reserve a space. Paul William Barnett is an Anglican bishop, ancient historian, and New Testament scholar. He was the Bishop of North Sydney Australia from 1990 to 2001. Bishop Barnett will preach at the Parish Church of St. Helena on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 6 p.m.