Some days the Beaufort Water Festival lives up to its name in more ways than one, and Motown Monday was no exception.
Deas-Guyz took the stage at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park about 8:20 p.m. Monday and struck up a handful of songs, as a wall of rain advanced down the Beaufort River.
Many attendees went scrambling under the park pavilion, building overhangs or their vehicles, while others hunkered down under umbrellas. Brilliant flashes of lightning eventually sent even some of those determined souls streaming out of the gates.
Among those was Oida Dell of Ridgeland, who had set up her folding chair in the park at 3:30 p.m. to secure a second-row view.
"I come every year. I love Motown music," she said, adding that she and her girlfriends planned to dance the concert away.
Dell had toughed out the rain without an umbrella during a concert at the festival Saturday night, and planned to do the same Monday. But minutes after the lightning struck, Dell and her blue-and-white umbrella headed out of the park.
Festival organizers could not recall ever canceling Water Festival concerts because of rain, although events have been cut short before.
About an hour later, Deas-Guyz retook the stage and played on for festival-goers who waited out the storm.
HOPE YOU DIDN'T MISS
The selfie station -- a large, white screen printed with the Water Festival logo -- is set up in Waterfront Park near the food and beverage tents. Festival attendees are encouraged to stand on a wooden grate in front of the screen, snap photos of themselves and post them to social media. The selfie station is part of a social media push festival organizers are making this year.
BETTER NOT MISS
The festival's first ever Salsa Tuesday concert starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday night in Waterfront Park. Previous years have featured Tropical Tuesday, but organizers decided to shake things up this year.
The Water Festival teamed up with the University of South Carolina at Beaufort and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce to survey festival attendees in 2013 and used that feedback to plan for this year.
Grupo Son Del Coqui, a group of musicians from Puerto Rico living in Savannah, will perform Tuesday. The band plays a range of Latin music styles, according to its website.
VOLUNTEER OF THE DAY
A little -- or a lot -- of rain Monday night didn't dampen the enthusiasm of Tony Fairbanks of Beaufort, as he prepared frozen margaritas and frozen Mike's Hard Lemonade at the festival.
After all, it was for a good cause.
"My wife said she was volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, so I told her to volunteer me up as well," he said of the nonprofit housing organization, which provided volunteers for a beverage booth Monday.
The 20-year Beaufort resident has attended the festival countless times, but this was his first time volunteering.
"I think it's a great Beaufort tradition," said the chef at Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe. "It's something that is known pretty well regionally, and this is my adopted town. ... It's something that brings tourists here and gives a boost to downtown businesses."
"Waterfest is like Christmas in July" -- Bayleigh Pender of Beaufort, @BPender2 on Twitter
THE COMPETITIVE EDGE
Don Smith and Bob Wilson teamed up to win the croquet tournament (golf croquet) at the Dataw Island croquet lawns on Sunday. Paolo Cassutti and Anthony Young finished second.
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