If there's one thing I love, it's seafood, which is why I can say with more than a little excitement, that I'm looking forward to two upcoming events -- one in Beaufort and the other in Bluffton.
The 21st Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival kicks off at noon today, Oct. 2, at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, in downtown Beaufort. Visitors can browse the festival's Arts and Crafts market, have a bite of lunch or arrange a carriage tour but the party really gets going around 6 p.m. with live music on the Pavilion Stage.
Above: The 21st Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival kicks off at noon today and continues Saturday, at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, in Beaufort. / Captured Moments Photography
Local restaurants also will preview dishes planned for Saturday's competitions. By the way, all restaurants are using S.C. wild caught shrimp.
The fun continues on Saturday, Oct. 3, with the 5K Bridge Run and Walk at 8 a.m., children's activities at 11 a.m., more live music and plenty of shrimp dishes to sample throughout the day.
For details visit www.beaufortshrimpfestival.com.
Above: Beaufort Shrimp Festival / Captured Moments Photography
In addition, you won't want to miss the 7th Annual Charity Shrimp Race hosted by the Sea Island Rotary Club also on Saturday. Some 5,000 rubber shrimp -- "up for adoption" -- will be released on the Beaufort River at 3 p.m. Cash prizes will be rewarded to the first 10 to finish with the possibility of one "lucky number" winning a car or boat.
For details or where to purchase tickets, www.RotaryShrimpRace.com.
The 11th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival kicks off with an inshore fishing tournament at 7 a.m. at the Oyster Factory Park and a tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10.
The Bluffton Heritage Discovery Tour features a number of historic properties around Bluffton and concludes with a concert at 4:30 p.m. at the Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church. Participants are also invited to stay for an authentic Lowcountry Gullah supper at 5:30 p.m.
For more information on the tournament or tour or a complete schedule of events, including the Art and Seafood Street Fest, Oct. 17-18, visit www.blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com. The entire festival runs Oct. 10-18.
New Art to See
Nashville-based artist Michael Griffin -- whose paintings will be on exhibit at the Thibault Gallery, 815 Bay Street, Beaufort -- will be on hand at the gallery to discuss his work from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, during Beaufort's First Friday After Five event.
Griffin works to capture the immediacy of being in a place such as the S.C. Lowcountry by making small plein air -- or "outdoor" paintings -- though he doesn't consider himself to be solely a plein air artist.
Above: Michael Griffin / Submitted photo
Griffin's work has been featured on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine and in exhibitions in Charleston, Nashville, Franklin, Tenn., and Jackson Hole, Wyo.; as well as the national tour of Arts for the Parks.
The exhibit runs through Oct. 31. For details visit www.thibaultgallery.com.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then you won't want to miss the results of the Photography Club of Beaufort's Fall Competition.
First place winners Stephanie Rossi, Rich Matheny, Janet Garrity and Sandy Dimke will be on exhibit beginning today, Oct 2, at ArtWorks, 2127 Boundary, Beaufort.
For those interested in meeting like-minded shutterbugs, the club meets at ArtWorks, at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month. The exhibit runs through December. For details on either, visit www.photoclubbeaufort.com.
If you enjoy bright, vivid acrylics full of energy and movement, you'll want to check out Vickie Jourdan's new exhibit, "Color Me Abstract." Jourdan will be the featured artist at The Society of Bluffton Artists gallery, Oct. 5-31, 6 Church St., Bluffton. An opening reception is from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 11.
For details call 843-757-6586 or visit www.sobagallery.com.
Five artists will be on hand to discuss their work at the Endangered Arts Fine Art Gallery on Hilton Head Island from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, at the South Island Square, 841 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. Disney animation veteran James Coleman, Lowcountry realist Rodel Gonzalez, black and white seascape artist Phillip Anthony, "wavy art" creator Steve Barton and still life artist Rino Gonzalez will discuss their work and unveil new pieces.
For details, call 843-785-5075 or visit www.endangeredarts.com.
The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head will host the 2015 Gullah Geechee Cultural Tourism Expo Oct. 9 -11. The expo will showcase the traditional arts and crafts, food and experiences available throughout the Sea Islands and coastal plains of the Gullah Geechee people from Cape Fear, N.C. to St. Augustine, Fla. The three-day event is aimed at tourism professionals, but there are also activities for visitors. For details and "fun and festival" tickets visit gullahmuseumhhi.org.
Horses, Hats, Art and Fun
Dust off your finery because the 22nd Polo for Charity Event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Okatie, will be Oct. 11 at the historic Rose Hill Plantation, in Bluffton. Gates open at noon. The event features plenty of tailgating, fashion and fun. The match begins at 2 p.m.
Above: The 22nd Polo for Charity Event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Okatie, will be Oct. 11 at the historic Rose Hill Plantation, in Bluffton. / Submitted photos
Local artist Steve Weeks who paints at Atelier on Bay in Beaufort, created this year's original painting "Off Side Shot" for the event's charity poster and program cover.
The painting will be up for grabs at the event's silent auction.
Above: 'Off Side Shot' by Steve Weeks / Submitted image
Advance tickets are $15, or $20 on the day of the match. Children younger than 12 admitted free.
For details, call (843) 298-3055 or (843) 706-3760 or email: email@example.com.
Creepy and Kooky
Just in time for Halloween, Main Street Youth Theatre rolls out "The Addams Family" with a gala fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2, at the theater, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head. Gala tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for students and the cost includes food and drinks.
Showtimes for the musical comedy are 7 p.m. Oct. 3, 8, 9, 10 and 2 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.
For more information, call 843-689-6246 or visit www.msyt.org.
Right Down the Road
Two events coming up in Georgia may warrant a road trip -- particularly for those who enjoy pirates and good music (and who doesn't).
A.J. Croce, son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, will make an appearance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Dollhouse, 980 Industry Drive, Savannah.
Tickets for the 21 and older show are $25 in advance and $35 at the door with discounts for students. VIP tickets are also available for $45.
For details, call 912-201-3748 or visit www.dhouseproductions.com.
Above: A.J. Croce / Submitted photo
Then, the 11th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest will run from Oct. 8-11 at South Beach, Tybrisa Street, Tybee Island.
The event will feature a line up of bands and other live music, a parade, costume contest, fireworks show and family-friendly activities.
Tickets prices are $40 in advance ($50 at door) for the Buccaneer's Ball, $12 for Friday's events, $15 for Saturday and free on Sunday. Children 12 and younger admitted free all three days.
For details call 912-713-2321 or visit www.tybeepiratefest.com.
Art Lovers Take Note
The Arts Council of Beaufort County has changed its name to Beaufort Arts Council. The group made the change to make it easier for residents and visitors to find its programs in today's digital age, according to a statement released by the organization.
In addition to the rebrand, the council is inviting art lovers to apply for membership on the board or to serve on a variety of specialty committees.
Applicants can make their interest known via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should include their full name, occupation, why he or she would like to be involved with the Beaufort Arts Council and relevant art experience.
The organization's board of directors will review and nominate the applicants and notify those selected.
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