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Gifts From the Boneyard

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 1-31, 2023, Port Royal Sound foundation (PRSF) Museum, 310 Okatie Highway, Okatie. The Friends of Hunting Island (FOHI) and The Port Royal Sound Foundation (PRSF) are hosting an art exhibit called, “Gifts From the Boneyard, Art Inspired by Hunting Island’s Landscape.” The featured artist is Barbara James, a local fabric artist. Photographers Joan Eckhardt and Andy Stephens are also contributing pieces. Proceeds from sales will go to FOHI and PRSF. Opening gala from 4 to 6 p.m., March 2, 2023.

CALENDAR

Bluffton Night Bazaar — a Lowcountry Made Market

5 to 8 p.m., first Thursday of each month, Burnt Church Distillery, 120 Bluffton Road. A highly curated selection of accessories, clothing, home goods, custom gifts and more by local artists and makers.

Rooted Beaufort Yoga classes

5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, Cypress Wetlands, Port Royal; 9 to 10:15 a.m., Whitehall Park or Pigeon Point Park. Rooted Beaufort is a collective of local Yoga teachers who host outdoor yoga classes and donation-based events with proceeds being donated locally on a rotating basis.

Wet Willie’s Trivia Night

7 to 10 p.m., every Thursday, Wet Willie’s, Beaufort Town Center. Win awesome prizes while you sip the worlds greatest daiquiris and munch on delicious bites.

Wet Willie’s Bingo Night

7 to 10 p.m., every Friday, Wet Willie’s, Beaufort Town Center. Win free giveaways, merchandise, and more cool prizes.

Highway 21 Flea Market

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday, Highway 21 Drive-In. Sellers, vendors, handmade items, unique products and yard sale items. For information, email lowcountryfleamarket@gmail.com.

Port Royal Farmers Market

9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, year round, Naval Heritage Park, 1615 Ribaut Road, Port Royal. Rain or shine. You will find fresh, local, seasonal produce, shrimp, oysters, poultry, beef, pork, eggs, bread and cheese, as well as plants, ferns, camellias, azaleas, citrus trees and beautiful, fresh cut flower bouquets. There are prepared food vendors serving barbecue, dumplings, she crab soup, crab cakes, paella, coffee, baked goods, bagels and breakfast sandwiches. No pets allowed. For more information, visit http://www.portroyalfarmersmarket.com/, visit @portroyalfarmersmarket on Facebook or call 843-295-0058.

Heirs Property Workshop

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, Penn Center’s Frissell Community House, 16 Penn Center Circle-West, St. Helena Island.

YMCA Puppy Plunge

9 to 11 a.m., Saturdays, Dec. 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25. Wardle Family YMCA, Outdoor pool, 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal. Well-behaved canines of all breeds and sizes are welcome. Cost is $10 per pup. All proceeds benefit the Y’s Learn to Swim program. Owners will be required to sign a waiver before entering the enclosed, exterior pool area (use the side entrance gate), must be present with their pups at all times, and humans are not permitted to swim in the Puppy Plunge. The YMCA asks that pets be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Event is weather dependent so check the YMCA social media or call the Y front desk at 843-522-9622 the morning of the Puppy Plunge to check any status update.

Senior Citizen’s Tea

1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, Marine Corps Air Station Officer’s Club. Hosted by the MCAS Beaufort Military Spouses’ Club. This is a tradition since 1968 to thank them for their support of the military community. For more information and to make reservations, call or text Christine Arbogast at 928-246-3775.

Beaufort Oyster Festival

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 21-22, 2023, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. www.BftOysterFestival.com.

Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon and Program

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. ‘Jazz it Up Feature/Speaker-Tempe Brown; Mini Jazz & Blues Concert. Prepaid Reservations: Luncheon is $28 Luncheon is $28 payable to CWC Bluffton and send to Carol Mock, 607 Argent Way, Bluffton SC. 29909 or email Julie.ott.az@gmail.com.

MCAS Beaufort Airshow

Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23, 2023, MCAS Beaufort. Visit BeaufortAirShow.com. General admission is free.

CHRISTMAS

Santa & Friends

6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, Beaufort Town Center. Free and open to the public. Bring your own camera. Visit and take photos with Santa and Friends at Beaufort Town Center’s Center Stage. Make plans to grab dinner and do a little shopping.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, Beaufort County Courthouse Plaza. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Event is free to the public. There will be an appearance by a special guest from the North Pole arriving in his sleigh, face painting, food trucks, and of course lots of music and holiday carols being sung. Food and beverages will be available from Time to Eat, Mother Smokin Good BBQ, Lowcountry Taps HHI and Cinnabon. The trucks will be set up and ready to serve by 5:30 p.m. and will be available throughout the event. Parking is available at the Main Administration Building located at 100 Ribaut Rd, Beaufort, SC 29902.

Low Country Chorale: To Sing Once More

7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. Doorsopen at 6:30 p.m. Low Country Chorale returns after three-year hiatus. Free parking.

Lowcountry Made Christmas Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, Live Oaks Park, 904 14th Street, downtown Port Royal. Market includes local vendors, live music, food and drink. The events is free. Participating vendors include: Amidst the Alders, Mother Smokin’ Good BBQ (Food Truck), Preservation Tree Art, True South, Pet Wants, Back to Eden Self Care (Tea), Blue Door Boutique, Clayed by Reena LLC, Raymonda Ceramics, Frosted Artistry, 7th & Palm, Tout Sweet Macarons, HandMade Beaufort, Lovin’ My Skin, LLC, Low Country Livin’, Finch Sign & Design Metalworks LLC, Honey Bunny Boutique, Oak and Octane, Vox Loci Studio, Salty Beach Berries, Sea Island Kids, wild light honey bees, Pure Essence, Bossy Brand by Morgan, Charleston Slate Works, William A. Glass, Take Home Sweets, Little Red Hen Housewares, Lowcountry Fluid Art, Fishsticks Coastal Crafts, Scenturo, Lily & Grace, The Polawana Puppy, Coin Art.

Jingle Jammie Jam

7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, Revolution Ballroom. Cost $20. Attire is festive holiday pajamas. Get cozy in your holiday PJ’s and enjoy the magic of the season. Expect a gourmet hot chocolate bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, holiday treats, a sounds of the season playlist, special performances and social dancing. Skip the line and sign up at https://bit.ly/3VvN5Xb.

Evergreen

6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, Community Bible Church, 638 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. The event is free. Doors open at 5:30 pm. This is the annual Christmas program for Holy Trinity Classical Christian School. Holy Trinity students will present an array of musical offerings, including several German carols such as Silent Night and O Tannenbaum sung in the original language.

Santa Clause Christmas Drive-Thru

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15, 16 Penn Center Circle-West, St. Helena Island. Free gift of a toy for all boys and girls. Co-sponsored with the St. Helena and Lady’s Island Fire Department.

Music From The Manger

7:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave, Port Royal. Headlining the concert is local musician Liz Jane with her band including Jim Bachety (lead guitar), Kyle Fabian (bass), and Stefan Mozer (drums). Supporting Liz this year is a talented singer Emery Ward, the band Rock Solid and the Music From The Manger Choir led by Joshua Wall. Music From the Manger will benefit the YMCA Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $30, $60 for a family of four. Visit MusicFromTheManger.com.

Live Nativity Performance

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, Penn Center’s Frissell Community House, 16 Penn Center Circle-West, St. Helena Island.

HISTORY

The Historic Port Royal Museum

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or upon request, Thursdays through Sundays, The Historic Port Royal Museum, 1634 Paris Ave. The museum features the turn-of-the-century businesses and industries of Port Royal: Shrimping, crabbing, oystering, the railroad, the school and the mercantile. Great gifts featuring local artists are available. For more information. visit www.portroyalhistory.org, email historicportroyalfoundation@gmail.com or call 843-524-4333.

Tour Historic Fort Fremont

Dawn to dusk, Monday through Sunday, The Fort Fremont Preserve, 1124 Land’s End Road, St. Helena Island. Free and open to the public. The History Center is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can learn about the fort’s history during the Spanish-American War through interpretive signs, self-guided walking tours with a smart phone, exhibits in the history center, and docent-led tours. For more information visit www.fortfremont.org or contact Passive Parks Manager Stefanie Nagid at snagid@bcgov.net.

Reconstruction Era History and the Civil War in Beaufort

6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, Second Founding of America Learning Center, West Street. Free and open to the public. Join staff from the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Institute for the Study of the Reconstruction Era, Second Founding of America, and Reconstruction Era National Historical Park for an evening program on the importance of interpreting Reconstruction here in the community. Park Superintent Scott Teodorski will provide updates to park operations.

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

Escape Quest Games

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456.

Dungeons & Dragons

4 p.m., Mondays, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6441. Ages 12 to 18.

Lego Club

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays, St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island, 843-255-6540. All ages welcome.

Time for Tea (English Tea Party)

3 p.m., 1st Monday of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456.

Recipe Club

10 a.m., 2nd Monday of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456.

Knitting/Crochet Class

2:30 p.m., 1st Tuesday each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456.

Teen Art Club

4 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6441. Ages 12-18.

Teen Anime Club

4 p.m., 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456.

Coffee & Conversation

9 a.m., 1st Wednesday of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456. Coffee with a librarian.

Teen Video Game Club

4 p.m., 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6441. Ages 12 to 18.

Hoopla Class

4 p.m., 4th Wednesday of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456.

S.C. Works Job Coaching

2 to 4 p.m., Thursdays, St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island, 843-255-6540. Free help with job searches, interviews.

Line Dance Class

3:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456.

Chess Club

1 to 2 p.m., Saturdays, St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island, 843-255-6540. Ages 5 and older.

Chess Meet Up

11 a.m., 2nd Saturday of each month, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456. Instructor Henry Otto Seim will show beginners the basics or play a friendly game with more experienced players. All skill levels welcome. Extra boards will be set up.

Chess Meet Up

11 a.m., 3rd Saturday of each month, Lobeco Branch Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, 843-255-6479. Instructor Henry Otto Seim will show beginners the basics or play a friendly game with more experienced players. All skill levels welcome. Extra boards will be set up.

Law Talk

5 to 6 p.m., select Thursdays, St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island, 843-255-6540. Free. Brief topic overview with volunteer attorney. Sept. 1, Bankruptcy and Credit; Oct. 6, Landlord Tenant Law; Nov. 3, End of Life Issues. Call to register.

Law Talk

10:30 a.m. to noon, select Saturdays, Lobeco Branch Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, 843-255-6479. Free. Brief topic overview with volunteer attorney. Sept. 10, Wills, Estates, Probate; Oct. 15, Wills, Estates, Probate; Nov. 5, Real Estate and Foreclosure. Call to register.

Beaufort Downtown Branch Library Special Programs

Select Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beaufort Downtown Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 843-255-6456. 2:30 p.m., Sept. 13, Civic Awareness; 2:30 p.m., Oct. 20, Friends of the Library Celebration; 2:30 p.m., Nov. 15, Beekeeping; 2:30 p.m., Dec. 13, Gingerbread House Contest.

MEETINGS

The Beaufort Trailblazers – A Volunteer Group

8 a.m., first Thursday each month, Herban Marketplace, Beaufort. Anyone interested in supporting or building off-road/dirt/wilderness mountain biking/jogging/walking trails near is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 843-575-0021 or email universitybicycles@hotmail.com.

Zonta Club of Beaufort

6 p.m., 4th Tuesday of each month, Smokehouse, Port Royal. Until November 22, we are participating in a service project with a global organization called Free the Girls. We are currently collecting new and gently used bras to help women rescued from trafficking start their own businesses selling the bras. Last year our club collected more than 600 bras and we are hoping to beat that number this year. Our collection sites are Amy Bowman State Farm Agency, 1284 Ribaut Rd., Myrna B. Breland, CPA, 1 Professional Drive, Port Royal, and Nourishing Health Acupuncture and Herbs, 34A Savannah Hwy.

Maye River Quilters

9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. The wearing of masks is encouraged. Social time, 9:30 a.m.; meeting starts at 10 a.m. For more meeting dates and times, and for membership forms to join the group, call 843-705-9590. To attend the meeting as a guest, send an RSVP email to mayeriverquilters@gmail.com.

MUSIC

Fripp Island Friends of Music Concert Series

5 p.m., specific Sundays, Fripp Island Community Centre, 205 Tarpon Blvd., Fripp Island. Individual shows are $30. Consider becoming a member of Fripp Island Friends of Music (FIFOM). Membership gives you access to all five concerts, including the post-performance reception where you meet the musicians while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared fresh by Harold’s Chef Services. It also helps fund FIFOM’s Music-in-the-Schools program. The basic FIFOM membership, $100, has not changed. To become a member, text or call Vanessa Peñaherrera at 704-807-0255 or email vandy116@gmail.com. Go to frippfriendsofmusic.com for more information. Schedule: Jan. 8, Andrew Armstrong (piano); Feb. 26, The Tony Lee Group (jazz); March 26, Kim Richey (singer-songwriter).

NEW YEAR’S

Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve

9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, Revolution Ballroom. Attire is 1920’s theme. Advance registration is required. Early Bird tickets (until Dec. 15) are $45 per person. Tickets after Dec. 15 are $55 per person. Tickets are non-refundable. Get tickets at https://www.revolutionballroom.com/event/newyear/.

OUTDOORS

Port Royal Cypress Wetlands tours

10 to 11:30 am., Saturday, Dec. 31; 4 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27; 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11; 4 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, Port Royal Cypress Wetlands. Bring your holiday guests to a free guided tour of the wetlands sponsored by Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands and led by Master Naturalist Jill Moore. Moore is full of information about alligators, turtles, trees, plants, and the variety of birds that call the wetlands home. This is a great opportunity to learn about this magical place. Tours are limited in size so sign up now. Kat Bray, Tour Coordinator, info@foprcw.org.

RUNNING

Jingle All The Way 5K

8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Mather Campus. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 7. Cost is $25 race fee + $2.50 sign-up fee. Hosted by TCL’s newly formed, student-led Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Club, this fun 5K fundraiser is open to all ages and will take participants across TCL’s beautiful and historic Beaufort Mather campus, through the artistic Ribaut Road tunnel and out to the scenic Spanish Moss trail. Cookies from TCL’s Culinary Institute of the South and lots of holiday cheer will be available at the race’s finish line. To register, visit http://bit.ly/3Vmeniy.

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HIGHWAY 21 DRIVE-IN

The movies scheduled for this week (Friday, Dec. 9 through Thursday, Dec. 15, closed Wednesdays) at the Highway 21 Drive-In are Strange World (PG, 6:30 p.m.) and Wakanda Forever (PG-13, 8:30 p.m.) on Screen 1; Christmas Vacation (PG-13, 7 p.m.) and Violent Night (R, 9:15 p.m.) on Screen 2; and Polar Express (PG, 7 p.m.) and Elf (PG, 9 p.m.) on Screen 3 (Friday and Saturday).

Online ticketing is available at hwy21drivein.com on the Now Playing page. Patrons are asked to arrive early on Friday and Saturday nights. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

“Our family at the Hwy. 21 drive in feel a responsibility to our community,” a statement from Highway 21 Drive-In management reads. “We are concerned about many things in these trying times and in making the right decisions. We are concerned with our employees, our patrons, our business, our community’s businesses, and the health and well-being of all.”

A reminder: no outside food or beverages can be brought into the drive-in.

Upcoming movies include Avatar: The Way of Water and Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (December).

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