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Explore Beaufort's past, future at 2 events

Beaufort Three-Century Project and its partners will host two events during a special Sunday afternoon in downtown Beaufort.

The exhibition opening of "EXPO 2011 -- The Future Form of Historic Beaufort" will be from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Verdier House at 801 Bay St. in Beaufort. The opening reception for "Lipsitz Department Store: Treasures in the Attic, Photography by Susan DeLoach and Paul Nurnberg" will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lipsitz Shoes at 828 Bay St.

Both events are free and open to the public. Details: Deborah Johnson, 843-522-1147, djohnson@islc.net

EXPO 2011

"EXPO 2011" is a design competition sponsored by Beaufort County, the City of Beaufort, Historic Beaufort Foundation and the Beaufort Three-Century Project. The competition challenged designers, architects and planners to explore Beaufort's historic form and interpret what a future form might look like on the one of three designated sites in historic district. Fifteen exhibits will be shown.

Three $1,000 awards will be presented -- two determined by a jury for Best Single Structure in Show and Best Community Plan in Show. The third award is "People's Choice" and ballots will be available at the exhibition for voting.

An awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 31. After the opening, "EXPO 2011" will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Oct. 31.

'TREASURES IN THE ATTIC'

Award-winning photographers DeLoach and Nurnberg spent two days in the attic of Lipsitz's store before items were auctioned off after the store closed, capturing a rare look at the amazing array of merchandise and memorabilia found there.

Lipsitz was an icon in Beaufort's downtown landscape for more than 100 years.

Many stories have been told of seeking an unusual type of clothing or article from the past and Mr. or Mrs. Lipsitz descending the attic stairs with the exact item in hand. The show will move to Shoofly Kitchen at 1209 Boundary St. on Oct. 11.

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