Port Royal fall festival reinvented

emoody@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 30, 2013 

Port Royal's annual fall festival is changing its colors again.

It started in 2003 as a Southern Oktoberfest and transitioned to a Festival of the Sea to reflect the town's roots as a fishing village. Not only was it more historically accurate, but people got to dress up like swashbuckling buccaneers.

Now, it's taking on a winter holiday theme, a later date and adding another syllable to its title, as the Festival of the Season.

"We'll still welcome pirates, but maybe they'll throw in a little red," said Nancy Harris Vista, president of the Port Royal Old Village Association.

She winked as she drew the logo for the new Festival of the Season, complete with a fish going after a candy-cane hook, and a Santa hat. The Nov. 2 festival will be a kick-off to the winter holidays, she said.

"The pirate theme went with Halloween," she said. The festival is traditionally during the middle of October, "but people start thinking about Christmas in November."

Among plans are a classic-car show, vendors, food, holiday-themed crafts and gifts, and live music by students from the Port Royal Music Academy, Harris Vista said.

The date change should also make it easier on vendors swamped with October festivals, and attendees will have more options, she said.

"Vendors have to pick and choose between a one-day festival or a weekend festival," she said. "I can't compete with that."

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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