Festivals are back in the limelight this week.
From craft beer to Gullah heritage to trout fishing on Daufuskie Island -- it's all about getting out and sampling the good life.
First up is the 5th Annual Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival featuring more than 160 beers from around the world and more than 30 styles of suds from more than 60 breweries.
The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Oyster Factory Park, 101 Bridge St., and will feature a food court, a vendor village and live music from "The Will Snyder Band" and "The Neil & Bob Band."
Participants must be 21 or older and have a festival ticket to enter the International & Craft Beer Festival Garden.
There is no admission charge for the food court, vendor village or music.
General admission tickets are $35 through Nov. 6, $40 at the event and include a souvenir sampling glass. VIP tickets are also available.
Round trip shuttle service tickets from The Lodge, 7D Greenwood Drive, on Hilton Head Island, are available while supplies last for $10.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Palmetto Animal League.
For tickets or more information, call 843-757-8520 or visit http://www.blufftonbeerfest.com.
The 2nd Annual Fall into Hardeeville festival is Nov. 7. The festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Hardeeville's City Hall on Main Street, will feature a variety of children's activities including train rides and pumpkin painting.
And adults can get in on the fun as well with a pumpkin carving and pie eating contests.
The event will also include crafts and food vendors.
For details http://www.cityofhardeeville.com.
Not to be outdone, St. Helena Island will host the 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration which kicks off Thursday Nov. 12.
The three-day event will take place at the historic Penn Center and will offer a wide spectrum of activities including speakers, musical entertainment, art and exhibitions, youth activities, a film festival, prayer service and fish fry.
Highlights include an artist reception for Saundra Renee Smith, the "Heritage Days Artist of the Year," at 8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 12; an "Artists and Authors Row" featuring art and books for sale Nov. 13 and Nov. 14, and a "Taste of the Sea Islands" featuring Gullah cuisine beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 12.
In addition, the annual Heritage Days parade begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 14 on Highway 21.
Touted as the "largest parade of Gullah-Geechees in existence," the parade will turn onto Martin Luther King Drive and end at the Penn Center.
For tickets to individual events visit the Heritage Days EventBrite page here. VIP passes for all activities are also available for $60.
For details call 843-838-2432 or visit http://www.penncenter.com.
Then, the Hilton Head Oyster Festival kicks off Nov. 13 with plenty of oysters and other food as well. The three-day event is from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, at Shelter Cove Community Park, off Shelter Cove Lane.
The event will also include a holiday craft show with silent auction, live entertainment, a kid's zone and TVs set up for viewing football games.
Admission is $6; children 10 and younger admitted free.
All concessions are sold separately.
For details, visit http://www.islandreccenter.org.
And if you love fishing or Marsh Tacky horses, you won't want to miss the 2nd Annual Hook n' Shuck Festival coming up on Daufuskie Island.
A benefit for the Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society, the event features a trout fishing tournament beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 15.
A party and oyster roast will start around noon and continue until 6 p.m. at the Freeport Marina.
Novelist Roger Pinckney will sign copies of his new book "The Mullet Manifesto" from noon to 3 p.m. on the Freeport Porch.
The cost of the tournament is $40 through Nov. 13 and $45 after that. Tournament tickets include the oyster roast. For just the roast and the party, the cost is $20.
For details and registration forms, call 843-422-5066 or visit http://www.daufuskiemarshtackysociety.org.
Innovative Art to See
Beaufort's First Friday After Five is at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at participating galleries and businesses in downtown Beaufort. Many stay open late and offer refreshments and a look at new exhibits or artwork.
Speaking of which, Rene Griffith will be the featured artist for the month at the Thibault Gallery, at 815 Bay St.
Griffith combines her love for painting and photography to create unique mixed-media paintings. She has been featured in group shows and has had a solo show at San Francisco's Modernpast Gallery.
Griffith will be on hand during Beaufort's First Friday to discuss her work.
Then, the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head kicks off an innovative multimedia program featuring the work of ten female artists.
An opening night reception for "Fresh Strokes" -- featuring a variety of styles and mediums -- is from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6.
All art in the show is available for purchase and there is no charge for admission.
The exhibit will run through Jan. 14 at the center, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head.
For details visit http://www.coastaldiscovery.org.
New work by pastel artist and teacher Don Nagel will be on exhibit at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery beginning Tuesday Nov. 10.
"Sunlight & Shadow, Pastels by Don Nagel" will include images and inspiration from Hilton Head as well as Nagel's travels to France and Italy.
An opening reception with the artist will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 11.
The exhibit will run through Dec. 5, at the gallery inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head.
For details visit http://www.artleaguehhi.org.
Finally, those who love fiber arts will be delighted to learn the Fiber Artists of Beaufort's 4th Annual Show is coming up with an opening weekend gala from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13, at ARTworks, 2127 Boundry St., Beaufort.
Artists demonstrations -- including everything from knitting to weaving, silk painting to needle felting -- is from Nov. 14 and 15. The show runs through Nov. 29, at ARTworks.
For details visit http://www.beaufortartscouncil.org.
New Music to Your Ears
A range of music from jazz to folk to symphony orchestra can be heard around the Lowcountry this week.
First, the Lowcountry Wind Symphony will salute veterans with a free concert.
"Salute to America's Veterans" is at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort.
The concert marks the opening of the symphony's 2015-2016 concert season. The symphony is also celebrating its first anniversary and will have additional concerts coming up in 2016.
Again, the concert is free but donations are welcomed.
In addition, the Mary Green Men's Chorale will hold a Veterans Day concert.
"Songs of the Sea" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Ave., Hilton Head.
General admission tickets are $20; $25 for reserved row seating. Money raised will go twoard Backpack Buddies and the Junior Navy ROTC.
For details call 843-890-0953 or visit http://www.marygreenmenschorale.com.
Then, Florida-based duo This Frontier Needs Heroes will take the stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.
This Frontier Needs Heroes is singer-songwriter Brad Lauretti and vocalist-violinist Sadie Frederick. The pair have been touring extensively and already have three studio albums to their credit.
Tickets -- available at the door are $15, with discounts for students and children. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Learn more about the congregation's music series at http://www.uulowcountry.org.
Finally, a Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald starring R&B and jazz vocalist Freda Payne will be at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
Known for her smash hit "Band of Gold," Payne will pay tribute to Fitzgerald with such songs as "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Yessir, That's My Baby" and "Mack the Knife."
The show is at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the center, at 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head.
Tickets are $71.
For details call 843-842-2787 or visit http://www.artshhi.com.
School Productions to Catch
Two school productions coming up next week will have you holding your sides with laughter or wishing for far-off, exotic places.
First, Hilton Head Preparatory School takes on Oscar Wilde's hilarious and witty comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest" about two bachelors leading double lives as they pursue the attentions of two highly desirable women.
"The Importance of Being Earnest" shows at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Hilton Head Preparatory School Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head.
Tickets are $20 with discounts for seniors ages 60 and older and students. Available at the door or online at http://www.hhprep.org. Call 843-715-8510.
Then, Hilton Head Christian Academy Middle School will present Disney's "Aladdin Jr."
This abridged version of the popular movie will take you on the adventures of Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and of course, the loveable and wacky genie.
Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 14 and 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the school's Performing Arts Center, at 55 Gardner Drive, Hilton Head.
Tickets are $10 with discounts for seniors and students.
For tickets visit http://www.hhcadrama.eventbrite.com.
Lectures to Attend
First up, historians Lawrence Rowland and Steve Wise will be on hand for a lecture, reception and book signing for the release of their third volume of Beaufort County history.
"Bridging the Sea Islands' Past and Present, 1893-2006" encompasses the remaining 113 years of the five hundred-year chronicle of the legendary South Carolina Sea Islands and opens with the devastating hurricane of 1893.
The event is at 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $10 and books will available for purchase.
Call 843-521-4145 or visit http://www.uscbcenterforthearts.
Then, wildlife and nature photographer Robert Rommel will speak at the Photography Club of Beaufort's monthly meeting next week.
Rommel's photography has been published in numerous magazines and books. He has received awards in both national and international competitions.
His presentation "Taking an Idea from Concept to Image in the Field" is at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at ArtWorks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort.
For details visit http://www.photoclubbeaufort.com.
Finally, Wallace Jenkins of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Office of Fisheries Management will offer a brief look at fishery management and the yellow fin as part of the traveling exhibit, "The Great Sporting Fish" running now at The Coastal Discovery Museum.
The talk will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the museum, at 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head.
The exhibit featuring the paintings of Stanley Meltzoff will run through Dec. 31.
There is no charge for Jenkins' program but reservations are required. To schedule call 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
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