Today's local highlights, Jan. 23

January 23, 2013 

Here's today's highlights from the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette:

Stomping good time: An "I Love Lucy" charity grape-stomping and Lucille Ball look-alike contest will headline a slate of events on Hilton Head Island this weekend for "Uncork" the Festival. The weekend, which also includes a wine-judging competition featuring more than 20 master and advanced sommeliers from across the country, was organized as a preview for the 28th Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival, scheduled to begin on the island March 4. For details, read features write Patrick Donahue's story.

Sports shuffle delayed: The S.C. High School League has held off on a proposed reclassification of the state's football teams needed to fix a flawed playoff format. The plan was put on hold because an alternative proposal to shift schools to three classifications across all sports was presented Tuesday. The league's executive committee was slated to vote on a plan that would have created five classifications for for only football teams. For more, read sports reporter Chris Cox's story.

Winter blooms: Lowcountry life comes into full bloom at this time of year. While others may find beauty in the snow, we enjoy a wild palette of cammellia blooms that grace our yards in winter. On Hilton Head Island, a new garden of 120 varieties now sits quietly beneath mossy live oaks at the at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, where it is free and open to the public. For more details, read David Lauderdale's column.

Plan ahead: Tickets are available now for the 7th annual Beaufort International Film Festival, scheduled Feb. 13 to 17. Purchase tickets online at the festival's website or at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 713 Craven St., Beaufort or at the Beaufort Film Society office at 708 Carteret St., Beaufort. Discounts apply for all members of the Beaufort Film Society. Details:

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