Holiday window decorating contest pairs with Tuesday festivities

emoody@beaufortgazette.comNovember 23, 2012 

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Drew Kilburn, 5, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., walks past a winter wonderland in the windows of Simply Southern on Friday along Bay Street in Beaufort. Main Street Beaufort, USA is presenting the Holiday Dazzle Storefront & Window Display Contest, in which local businesses compete for best in show and other categories.

SARAH WELLIVER — Sarah Welliver/staff photo

Festive holiday windows dot Bay Street this year for a new decorating contest tied to weekly festivities that will mark Tuesdays through Dec. 11.

The contest started Tuesday, and almost 40 businesses are participating, according to Darlene Kelley of Simply Southern and Simple Southern Too. Kelley developed the idea for a Holiday Dazzle Storefront & Window Display Contest and worked with Main Street Beaufort, USA, and BB&T to conduct it.

"I'm hoping what will happen is this will grow each year, and downtown and Bay Street will be someplace you go every year to see the windows and lights," Kelley said.

Shoppers vote on the best windows and seek scavenger-hunt items hidden in the windows along Bay, West, Scott and Port Republic streets. Scavenger-hunt participants who turn in their lists are entered into drawings for baskets with goods donated by merchants.

Tuesdays also will include visits with Santa and music provided by strolling carolers or a barbershop quartet. Some merchants also are offering Tuesday sales and providing food and beverages, Kelley said.

Children can send letters to Santa in a special mailbox downtown, and as long as they include a return address, they will get a response, she said.

Information: Darlene Kelley, 843-379-9740; Main Street Beaufort, USA, 843-525-6644

In other changes about town:

  • The Bible Student, a Bible store and study space, has opened in Habersham. Father-daughter team Randall and Kristen Coy operate the nonprofit store at 10 A-1 Market St. during the evenings and on weekends after their day jobs with a publishing firm. Randall Coy called it a "labor of love," spurred by his daughter.

  • "We're not a church; we're not a Christian bookstore. We're just people who opened a shop around the Bible," he said.

    When they moved to Beaufort six years ago, Kristen Coy said, she searched Christian bookstores for a specific version of the Bible and was disappointed in what was available. The store is modeled after a similar shop in Kenya that she heard about.

    The store only sells Bibles and study guides, and the Coys avoid teaching doctrine.

    "We're not going to tell you the answer, but we'll show you some things that might help you understand," Kristen Coy said. "I find the more you read, the more questions you have."

    They said pastors from area churches have sent their congregants to the store, which doubles as study space for small classes and private tutoring. Short classes on hot topics are free.

    "The Bible will take care of itself," Randall Coy said. "You don't need anyone to tell you what to believe."

    Information: 843-593-0013, TheBibleStudent.com

  • Two-hour parking in all metered spaces in downtown Beaufort is now free. Shoppers can pay for additional time if desired. Tags explaining the program have been placed on meters. The program will run until Jan. 1.

  • A temporary outlet store in Beaufort for The Porcupine, a Hilton Head Island boutique, will close Monday. The outlet is at 905 Bay St., the former home of Boondoggles, which closed in July. The owner opened the store to sell surplus merchandise at a discount. This was The Porcupine's first foray into Beaufort.

  • Information: 843-379-2012

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