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Vic Varner to perform many holiday gigs
Vic Varner’s band with Blue Mudd includes Beek Webb on mandolin/vocal, Adam Granade on bass, and Varner on voice/guitar. They get to pull out their holiday charts, which include a couple dozen obscure tunes from the season, such as “Christmas Island” and Louis Armstrong’s “Cool Yule.”
• Dec. 23: Saltus from 9 p.m. to midnight with Jevon Daly
• Jan. 22: “New Harmonies Show” at ARTworks from 3 to 4:30 p.m. with Roger Bellow.

Gullah Festival presents Brandyfoot Awards
Gullah Festival of South Carolina, Inc.
Presents The Brandyfoot Awards on Thursday, December 29,  at 6 p.m., at the University of South Carolina Beaufort
Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the USCB Box Office or a Gullah Festival Representative. Tickets are $30 at the door. The Brandyfoot Awards are named for William Bradford Frazier, a world renowned musician and leader who was nationally recognized in music by John Phillip Sousa for performing his compositions. The evening’s event will consist of the following:
• A Jazz Band performance featuring saxophonist Edward “Eddie” Pazant of the famous Pazant Brothers and the Manhattans as well as Seborn Westbrook formally of the Drifters.
• An appearance and performance by the former Miss Black USA Renee Roberts.
• A special performance by the world renowned Gullah Storyteller Anita Singleton Prather, aka Aunt Pearlie Sue.
• The event will also include the presentation of the Brandyfoot Awards.
For more information, call  843.636.3788.

All Pro Dads group to meet for new year
Start your new year off right by being an All Pro Dad. The next monthly breakfast gathering is Friday, January 6, 2012, at 7 a.m. in the Coosa Elementary School Gym. This month’s meeting topic is “Encouraging Your Child” where you’ll learn practical methods to be a better dad.  There is no charge for this event, but please RSVP to www.allprodad.com/dd/2508 as space is limited and a good headcount in needed for breakfast, complements of Chick-fil-A. For more information please contact Mike Mashke, Team Captain at 843.525.5154.

Beaufort Agility Club to start new session
The Beaufort Agility Club announces that it will begin a new session of agility classes, practices, and trials for novice and expert handlers beginning January 14th at 10 a.m. to be held at Beaufort Dog- 1307 Boundary St.  Cost $120 for six session.  The Beaufort Agility Club is non-profit. Call Beaufort Dog at 812-5394 or e-mail kelley@beaufortdog.com for more details.

Sign up now for Senior Leadership Program
A new group is forming now for the January 2012 Program conducted by Clemson University’s Beaufort Extension office.. Space is limited to 35 participants, and applications are already being received. The one day per week, 13 week, Senior Leadership Program includes presentations about Beaufort County and local government with presentations by County Council members, mayors of Beaufort’s incorporated municipalities (there are four you know!), Economic Development with business leaders, county school and local university Education personnel,  Arts, Human Services, Health. If you are interested in joining the new 2012 group starting Jan. 10, please contact Bob Guinn at Clemson Extension: 843-255-6060, X-116 or go to the program website: www.beaufortseniorleadership.com.

Parish Church of St. Helena save the date
What:    The Parish Church of St. Helena, the oldest public building in Beaufort and one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the country, celebrates its 300th anniversary next year with a special ceremony.
When:    January 22, 2012, 9:15 – 10 a.m. for opening celebration ceremonies. January 22, 2012, noon, Lord Bishop, presentations and proclamations to the Reverend Jeff Miller, rector.
Who:  The Right Reverend and Right Honorable Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London, will be a special guest and will preach at the worship service.  Bishop Chartres recently officiated at the royal wedding earlier this year.
About the event:  Ringing of the 1726 church bell begins at 9:15 a.m. calling all to worship as they did in the 18th century. Flag bearers with various historic flags and in period costumes will line the front walkway of the church as a town crier will “cry” a greeting from Queen Elizabeth and the Archbishop of Canterbury.  A special worship service will follow with sermon by Bishop Chartres, and original Tricentennial music composed by renowned English composer Malcolm Archer and performed by the St. Helena’s choir, accompanied by special orchestral musicians.
Where: The Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church Street, Beaufort, South Carolina 29902. Please visit: www.StHelenas1712.org.
For more information contact:
janspringle@earthlink.net
stewart.cat@gmail.com