Lands End festival celebrates culture
The 12th Annual Lands End Woodland River Festival celebrating Gullah culture will be held Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3. On Friday, there will be a Caribbean Night fish fry and crab boil with reggae music on the river banks of the former Riverside Plantation. On Saturday, the all-day festival will be held from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. featuring Gullah master storyteller, Aunt Pearlie Sue of the Gullah Kinfolk, African drummers, dancers, the Family Sliders, gospel choirs, and step teams. There will also be arts and crafts, food vendors and tours of the historic tabby ruins on the former Riverside Plantation, Fort Fremont and the historic Penn Center, Inc. The festival will be at 100 Lands End Road. Visit www.landsendwoodland.org.
Pocotaligo fest offers rides, more
The Pocotaligo/Point South Festival will take place from Sept. 1-3 at exit 33 off Interstate 95 in Jasper County. There will be rides, food, music and more. Visit ppsfestival.strikingly.com for more information.
Pancake breakfastbenefits responders
The Bluffton Fire and Auxiliary will host the 9/11 Memorial Pancake Breakfast on from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the BTFD Station 30 at 199 Burnt Church Road. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk and will be $5 per adult, $3 per child and $15 for families of four. There will also be tours given of the fire station during the breakfast. The breakfast is held to remember those firefighters and first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in New York. Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Tunnel to Towers run, a benefit for the Stephen Siller Foundation, providing smart homes and assistance to severely injured veterans and first responders.
Gullah celebration at Penn Center
A Labor Day Celebration will be held Monday, Sept. 5, at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District at 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island. There will be music, food and more. Visit www.penncenter.com. Additionally, the third Gullah Geechee Bike Ride will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District. There will be a 25-mile ride on St. Helena Island and a 50-mile ride on St. Helena and Hunting Island. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the starting time will be 8:30 a.m. Visit www.penncenter.com.
Battle Ball coming to waterfront park
Battle Ball, a free family event sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Beaufort County, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. Otherwise known as bubble soccer, the game allows each participant to compete in several games. Participants will be in their own bubble ball and bounce into one another, run full speed ahead and come out unharmed. There will be five lanes for adults and children over 42 inches tall. Children and adults can play all day for $10. All Boys & Girls Club members with their club T-shirts on can play for free.
Meet creatures of night at Hunting Island State Park
Creatures of the Night, a free program at Hunting Island State Park, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 24. These educational programs, presented by Gryphon Den, are devoted to creating awareness in humans of our natural world. It is both state and federally licensed to care for and present live educational programs on raptors and mammals. For more information, call 843-838-2011.
Sunset parties to end with Blufftemberfest
The 2016 Bluffton Sunset Party Series concludes at The Bluffton Oyster Factory Park Saturday, Sept. 17, with BlufftemberFest, a Bluffton-style Octoberfest celebration on the May River. BlufftemberFest will be held from 4-8 p.m. and will feature live music from OCD and La Bodega. There will also be a food court with German and American favorites from area restaurants plus all beers (German, craft, harvest and domestic ) will be only $4. Tickets will be available at the door for $5; children 12 and under get in for free. Bluffton Sunset Parties are sponsored by River Dog Brewing Company, Coastal States Bank, Sport Clips, Advanced Integrated Controls, Bare Foot Wines, Hilton Head Honda, Angry Orchard Cider and I2 Recycle. For more information, call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.
Libraries to offer variety of programs
Following are some upcoming free programs at local libraries:
Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
• Football Tailgate
When: 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8
What: Celebrate the kickoff of the new football season with snacks and tailgate games.
• Saving the Revolution – The Origin of Our Constitution
When: 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
What: With the end of the American Revolution, the United States were hardly united and the benefits of the war began to be lost. In the summer of 1787, a remarkable assembly of great minds met in Philadelphia to draft a document saving the revolution’s achievements for posterity. Come hear this compelling segment of our nation’s history.
• Lowcountry Flutes Fall Performance
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
What: Mexican folklore, classical pieces and popular tunes to enjoy.
• Foundations for Investing with Jan Williams
When: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30
What: Make better informed financial considerations or decisions based on the latest U.S. and global economic data.
Lobeco Branch Library: 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco
• Read It and Eat It Junior Book Club
When: 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2,
What: Call the library at 843-255-6479 to sign up and receive the reading list for book club meetings.
St. Helena Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena
• The Roald Dahl Experience
When/where: 5 p.m. Tuesdays in September
What: Come for a Roald Dahl movie, book reading and a craft; for ages 5-10.
• Teen Indulge Day
When/where: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
What: Cookie decorating, tie dye and more for ages 11-18.
• Family Uno Tournament
When/where: 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
What: All ages bracket-style Uno tournament.
• iStop Motion
When: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20
What: Learn how to make and edit your own Stop animation movie with iStop Motion. Students ages 8 to 10 must have a parent with them. Students ages 11-17 can enter their film in the Teen Film Festival. Registration is required and a participation waiver must be signed. Call 843-255-6487.
Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St.
• Heart Health Drop-In Clinic
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12
What: Learn heart health basics with demonstrations and questions answered by Arrhythmia Alliance.