Downtown ends October with opera, ghosts and Shakespeare

October 18, 2010 

Downtown Beaufort is a wonderful place to be year round, but the weather in the fall is a perfect marriage with the area's beauty.

Merchants are putting pink in their window displays in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we are down to the final two weeks of the season for our farmer's market, which is Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. in Freedom Mall in front of the Downtown Marina.

This particular week is full of activities, and there truly is something for everyone. It has been a few years since we have experienced Shakespeare in the Park, but this week it will return with "Twelfth Night." These performances are free to and performed in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

This week you can also take part in the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens Friday through Sunday. Explore Beaufort through select private homes, gardens and plantations not normally open to the public, take a candlelight walking tour, attend a performance of the Hallelujah Singers and experience some cuisine prepared by a local chef in a private kitchen. Go to www.historicbeaufort.org for more information and pricing.

The Exchange Club of Beaufort's 18th Annual Beaufort Ghost Tours began Friday. Tours will continue this weekend and next. Take a carriage ride or walking tour through the moss-lined streets of Beaufort's historic district while listening to costumed storytellers tell haunting tales of the area. Make your reservation by calling 843-524-4678. All proceeds benefit CAPA.

Have you ever been to the Met? The University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center will be transmitting "The Met: Live in HD -- Boris Godunov," live on Saturday and will air 10 more performances through next spring. Contact 843-521-3145 for pricing.

Pickin' By the River began this spring and has grown to be a wonderful time for all involved. This is a free event in Waterfront Park with open jams throughout the park and group performances under the pavilion. Come out and listen to our talented local musicians, or bring your instrument to take part. Contact Pat for more information at 843-379-9084.

The Guild of Beaufort Galleries will have its annual Fall Art Walk 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. More than a dozen galleries in the downtown Historic District will be open, highlighting special exhibits -- and serving delicious refreshments.

Top off the month with the annual Downtown Trick-Or-Treat throughout downtown Beaufort 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28. This free event is brought to you by Main Street Beaufort, USA, and downtown merchants and is co-sponsored by the Beaufort Police Department.

Bay Street will be closed for the children's safety, and we will be showing "Casper" immediately after in Waterfront Park. Several restaurants will be offering kid's specials for the movie. Go to www.downtownbeaufort.com for information.

LaNelle Fabian is executive director of Main Street Beaufort, USA.

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