Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center Anniversary Celebration

October 31 @ 6:00 pm

Phillipe Cousteau, grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, will be the featured speaker at the Port Royal Sound Foundation’s anniversary celebration of its Maritime Center on Lemon Island on October 31st.

“Night on the Sound,” which includes a cocktail reception, locally sourced foods, live music and a silent auction, supports the Port Royal Foundation’s education and research efforts.

Cousteau – explorer, social entrepreneur and environmental advocate – is a CNN special correspondent reporting on environmental and humanitarian issues around the world. In 2004, he founded EarthEcho International, an environmental education organization that aims to create a new generation of environmental citizens.

The Port Royal Sound Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving land and improving water quality in the Port Royal Sound area. The foundation was formed to support and promote research in the Port Royal Sound area and educate people about the sound’s environmental, cultural, historical, artistic and economic contributions to the region’s quality of life.

To learn more about “Night on the Sound,” ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, contact Alicia Taylor, Director of Development, at 843.645.7774 or ataylor@portoyalsoundfoundation.org

Beaufort Shrimp Festival 2015


Free Admission! The beautiful, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for The Beaufort Shrimp Festival produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, in downtown Beaufort. 15 local restaurants will be featuring their best shrimp dishes and competing for the Silver Cup award. Purchase tickets for $1 each and use them at food & beverage booths. Items usually cost 2-8 tickets. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite restaurant in the People’s Choice Award, compete in the Shrimp Heading or Shrimp Peeling (for children) competition, and adopt a Shrimp in Sea Island Rotary’s Charity Rubber Shrimp Race.

Land's End Woodland Festival

September 5 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

The two-day 2015 Land’s End Woodland River Festival starts on Friday, September 4th at 5pm with a good ole fashioned fish-fry on the beach, featuring local live entertainment in the perfect setting along Land’s End Beach next to historic Fort Fremont on St. Helena Island.

On Saturday, September 5th from at 11:00am until 7:00pm, an all day festival of singers, dancers, musicians and storytellers will entertain visitors; with a special performance by Aunt Pearlie Sue. Enjoy craft vendors and food vendors offering a variety of hand-made crafts and delicious Lowcountry cuisine.

Admission is only $3 for adults.  Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Festival at Lands End Woodland Beach Road, St. Helena Island.
For more info, call (843) 838-4503 or visit landsendwoodland.org.

Little Shop of Horrors on Stage at USCB

September 12 @ 7:30 pm

The USCB Center for the Arts presents Little Shop of Horrors onstage from September 11th through the 20th. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination.

This all local cast is sure to please every audience member.

Tickets are Adults $25, Seniors $20, and Students $15 and can be purchased at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com. 

Friends of Beaufort County Library Fall Book Sale

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This year’s Friends of the Beaufort Library Fall Book Sale is being held Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort.

Everyone’s favorite book sale is the main fundraising event held by the Beaufort Friends, with all proceeds benefiting the Beaufort County Library System branches in Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Island.

All proceeds from this sale go back into the branch libraries to support programming and materials.

On Friday, September 25th, a private 2-hour sale for all members of the Friends will be held from 10:00am-Noon. Those who are interested in becoming a member can sign up any time before or during the presale at the membership table to gain access to the presale.

The sale will open to the general public on Friday, September 25th from 12:00pm-6:00pm, and will reopen on Saturday from 10:00am-6:00pm. The book sale will reopen from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday, during which time ALL books and audio-visual items will be half-price, including the Rare and Collectible books.

Most books are priced at $2.00 for hardbacks, $1.50 for large “Trade” paperbacks, and 50 cents for “pocket” paperbacks. Children’s books and audio-visual materials are also individually priced at ten cents and up.

Included in this years’ sale are over 100 original editions of Tom Swift & Tom Swift Jr. books coming from one donor, along with numerous golf books from the library of a past Friends board member.

Browsers will notice the addition of a few new categories at this years’ sale, and books will be added regularly throughout the sale as well.

The popular Silent Auction will again be conducted during the sale, with bids accepted anytime between 10:00am on Friday and 4:00pm on Saturday, when bidding closes and all successful bidders present will be able to pay for lots they won.

Some of the items headlining this year’s auction include several autographed books by Pat Conroy; a 6-volume 1900 Edition of the Complete Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, limited to 1000 numbered, leather-bound sets; 7 early Stephen King novels including his first 3 books; 15 leather-bound volumes from the LIBRARY OF SOUTHERN LITERATURE; a signed copy of Jimmie Buffet‘s MARGARITAVILLE

Happy Shopping!

"The Affair" onstage at USCB

May 9 @ 6:30 pm

Don’t miss out on this celebratory night at USCB Center for the Arts. On Saturday, May 9th, the doors of the CFA will open for its ultimate event, The Affair!

Beginning at 6:30pm, patrons will be invited to indulge in the atmosphere of three expertly decorated rooms, each themed in honor of the CFA’s tremendous offerings.  Local interior designers Lisa Mykleby, Liz O’Herron and Virginia Rhodes have worked tirelessly to create dramatic tributes worthy of their inspiration.  As you travel from space to space, you will be transported not just by the expertly crafted atmosphere, but also by the delicious hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks tailored to each room.  It will surely be a treat for the eyes and for the palette.

At 8:00pm, attendees will be invited into the theater space to be delighted with the musical stylings of Beaufort’s many great performers including Maggie Norden, Penney Smith, Marlena Smalls, Elaine Lake, Velma Polk, Karl Wells, Drew Hillis, Brad Ballington, Hannah Brown and Anna Schaffer.  These veterans of the BTC stage will explore songs from former shows, from fan favorite musicals including selected music from Grease, Always Patsy Cline, Little Shop of Horrors and from future productions as well.Sit back and enjoy the best that Beaufort has to offer.

Following the performance, the audience will be invited to take their own turn on stage as it is transformed into a dance floor, complete with the dulcet sounds of the Sweetgrass Angels.

Throughout the evening, guests will be encouraged to bid on a wide variety of fantastic items that include a stay at a cottage in Ireland, magnums of autographed Cakebread wine, boat cruises and exclusive golf packages.

It has been a banner year for the USCB Center for the Arts.  On top of bringing quality entertainment from around the country to the Beaufort stage, Beaufort Theatre Company and Beaufort Children’s Theatre, the CFA’s two resident producing entities, continue to grow and thrive, even garnering state attention with wins in the South Carolina Broadway World Awards.  As such, the Center for the Arts has decided to cap its 2014-2015 Season with a grand event.  All proceeds from the evening will help in supporting a new season of programming.  As the Center for the Arts is self-sustaining, contributions from generous donors are required to keep the doors open.

After decades have past, I still remember the feeling of snuggling next to my own wonderful mother, Kathy, as she introduced me to the magical world of theater.  I am so grateful to have been gifted a love of music and live performance and I owe so much of that to Mom.  I’m sure that more than a few of Beaufort’s own have similar tales to tell.  So be sure to tell your Mom Saturday is her night to shine and take her to the CFA, at the center of it all, where she belongs.

To purchase your tickets, visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.  Tickets are $75.

Pickin By The River


May 9 @ 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Pickin By The River returns to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort on May 9th from Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a day of listening to the sounds of country, bluegrass and folk music in an all acoustic jam. Open to all musicians.
Please, no drums, amps or alcohol.
If you have a group and would like to play on stage, please call Pat Claxton at 379-9084.

Family Fun Day At Port Royal Sound Foundation’s Maritime Center

Family Fun Day – Saturday, November 22 will be a day to bring the whole family to the Maritime Center and start Thanksgiving break with a bang and splash!  No turkey shoots or dunking booths, but plenty of activities including nature arts & crafts, a display of ancient fossils found in the Sound (we’re talking some really old stuff!), an array of Lowcountry animals to meet, casting demonstrations and more. And that’s just outside!  Inside our classroom we’ll have a display of model ships and visiting lecturers. And, of course, the Maritime Center will be open, as always, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with free admission.  Please visit www.portroyalsoundfoundation.org.


Family fun & friendly competition, Sat., Nov. 22, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Win delicious hams & turkeys! Public welcome! 1st shotgunners to firing line @ 7:00 AM. Refreshments available so you can shoot all day! Bring your own gun (barrels up to 32”) in car trunk, leave ammo & scopes home. Club provides ALL ammo: $2.00/shot. Shotgun-deprived? A few youth & adult guns available for use. Details—contact Nick Russell, (843) 812-9697/captnick@hargray.com (Club is non-federal, not part of DoD & has no gov’t status)