Upcoming fundraisers and events abound

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By Lanier Laney

Beaufort Homes for the Holidays Gala and Coastal Christmas tour Fundraiser will be his weekend Nov. 18-20 at Habersham.     This year’s festivities begin with the Coastal Christmas Anniversary Gala at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Peter Catholic Church’s Walsh Palmetto Room on Lady’s Island. The gala will feature a silent auction that opens at 7 p.m. with cocktails, music by The Headliners and food stations at 8 p.m.The tours this Saturday at Habersham are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  and noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20. Eight private homes will be open, with many talented local interior and floral designers decorating the homes for Christmas. Gala tickets are $75 a person and may be purchased by calling 843-522-6510. Tickets for the tour are $25, and are available in Beaufort at The Chocolate Tree, Sweet Bay on Bay and Tideland Realty and proceeds benefit the St. Peter Catholic School Endowment Fund.

Tide Riders Kayaking Club Monthly Social The Tide Riders Kayaking Club of Beaufort had their monthly day trip this past weekend that ended up with a feast at Lowcountry Produce in Lobeco which was holding its Fall Tasting Open House. Lowcountry had samples of all their products on hand (I loved the red tomato chow chow and the garlic pepper jelly). Also, Jessica’s Famous Banana Cream Pie that the Kayak Club was feasting on was divine! If you kayak, the Tide Riders Club is a great way to get outdoors with a fun group of people. There is no membership fee, just $10 per trip. And kayaks are available for rental if you don’t have one. For more information on upcoming trips, go to http://beaufortkayaktours.com/Kayaking_Club.html.

At Beaufort Women’s Center Fundraiser Walk this Saturday, Jo Tudor and Donna McClean invite the community to put on their walking shoes and get involved by coming out to their annual Walk for Life this Saturday, November 19. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the 2 mile walking event starting at 9 a.m. at 21A Marshellen Dr. Brochures for pledges are available at the center by calling 525-0300 and ask for Jo or Donna.

Christmas Gala to Benefit Boys & Girls Club will be held December 10. Kick off the fun of Christmas next month by attending the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Gala at The Beaufort Inn on Saturday, Dec. 10. Food by Southern Graces and music by Buddy Kosic and the Lowcountry Jazz Band.  Money raised goes to help with the many great after school programs for area kids.  Don’t miss the terrific silent and live auction items! For reservations, contact Liz Vallino 843-694-3197 or register online at www.bgclowcountry.org.

Save the Date for the Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Annual Oyster Roast,  less than two months from now set for Friday, January 13, 2012, at historic Marshlands on the Point.  It’s $45 per person, $35 for those under age 35. Local steamed oysters outside, great music and an open bar make this one of Historic Beaufort Foundation’s most popular fundraisers.  Great to bring out-of-towners to and have them experience beautiful Marshland’s location on the water at sunset at a classic Lowcountry oyster roast.

Now there’s an oyster roast every Sunday. Just heard about this. It’s new at the SandBar (next to Plaza 8 Theater on Robert Smalls Parkway) every Sunday from  3-5 p.m.  Just $10 a bucket for fresh roasted local oysters to eat outside or take away. Call 843-524-FOOD.

Jazz on the Lawn

Habitat for Humanity held a “lovely to listen to” fundraiser this past weekend at Habersham called  Jazz on the Lawn.  All proceeds from attendees will benefit their current building project: The Women Build House.  Kudos to musical headliners Blue Mud, Vic Varner, special guests from Charleston which included John Oden, guitarist for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, well known jazz pianist Bill Aycock, and Beaufort’s own Delbert Felix.

Beaufort Film Society held a fundraiser at Panini’s on November 9 to raise money for the 2012 February Film Festival. The winner of the All Event Pass was Chet Blythe. Other winners included Melissa Attaway, Eric Longo and JoAnn Kingsley. Congrats to all! Pictured above is Ron Tucker and Chet Blythe.