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Festival Report: Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

If you want to experience all things Bluffton, here's your chance. The sixth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will offer a glimpse into the town's rich history, the local arts scene and the area's fresh-caught seafood.

The festival kicks off Sunday afternoon with a boat parade and blessing of the fleet. The next seven days will include lots of Lowcountry cuisine, local art and live entertainment.

"The mission is to give the community a festival that highlights the ... gems of Bluffton -- the natural beauty of the surrounding area and the May River and then the rich history and cultural aspect of our community," said Mary O'Neill, president of the festival's board of directors. "That's why it's arts and seafood, because we feel that that's the focus of our community."

From Monday through Saturday a different Bluffton gallery will be highlighted each day as the "Art Around Town Featured Gallery," with several local artists giving demonstrations throughout the week. In addition to the daily featured galleries, Jacob Preston Studio Pottery will be the featured gallery of the week and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The popular street fest will return this year to Calhoun Street on Saturday and Oct. 24. More than 70 local and regional artists will display their work. And more than 30 restaurants will offer a variety of local seafood and other dishes. Local bands will entertain on two stages Saturday and Oct. 24.

The "Art of Cuisine" Iron Chef Challenge will get fired up at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Neptune's Galley tent at the Carson Cottages on Calhoun Street. Watch local chefs battle and see who walks away as this year's victor.

New to this year's lineup are a performance by The Volunteers of The United States Army Field Band today and Bluffton Family Night on Friday.

TODAY

  • Boat parade on the May River, Blessing of the Fleet and gospel music by the Campbell Chapel AME Church choir, 2 p.m., Church of the Cross; meet at 1 p.m. at the sandbar to participate in the parade
  • The Volunteers of The United States Army Field Band, 4 p.m., The Dispensary, Calhoun Street; free; food and drink available for purchase
  • MONDAY

  • Tour of the Waddell Mariculture Center followed by a dinner buffet provided by the Bluffton Oyster Co., 5:30 p.m., $20; beer and wine available for purchase; reservations required; Mary, 843-815-2472, 843-815-2474
  • Art Around Town Featured Gallery: Pluff Mudd Art, Calhoun Street, 843-757-2633; featuring Diane Dean, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Laura Cody, 1 to 3 p.m. and Lynda K. Potter, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • TUESDAY

  • Kayak tours on the May River: 8 a.m. for $20 and 10 a.m. for $25; price includes kayak and 1 <00BD>-hour tour; free if you bring your own kayak; 843-684-3296 for reservations
  • Art Around Town Featured Gallery: Maye River Gallery, Calhoun Street, 843-757-2633; featuring Bobsy Simes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Marci Tressel, 11 a.m. to noon and Sunight, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Society of Bluffton Artists demonstrations by DJ Murray, Rosemary Hurcamp Meidenbauer, Stan Leavitt and Dee Johnson, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoBA Gallery, Boundary Street; 843-757-6586
  • WEDNESDAY

  • Wildlife of the Lowcountry with Marvin Bouknight and Eric Horan, 6 to 8 p.m., Rotary Community Center Oscar Frazier Community Park; free; reservations required; 843-815-2472, 843-815-2474
  • Art Around Town Featured Gallery: the Filling Station Art Gallery, Calhoun Street, 843-263-4796; featuring David Musial, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Kelly Graham, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Gallery without Walls, Calhoun Street; demonstration by Pierce Giltner, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • THURSDAY

  • Bluffton 5K Oyster Run packet pickup and kickoff party, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rotary Community Center, Oscar Frazier Community Park
  • Art Around Town Featured Gallery: Old Town Vintage Posters, Boundary Street, 843-837-3311; featuring more than 200 original posters from the 1890s to the 1950s, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • FRIDAY

  • Art Around Town Featured Gallery: Jacob Preston Studio Pottery, Church Street, 843-757-3084; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; gallery is featured every day through Friday
  • Bluffton Family Night, 6 to 9 p.m., Oscar Frazier Community Park; food, movies and activities for the whole family; $5 each for age 12 and older or $10 for a family, including kids younger than 12; food and drink available for purchase
  • SATURDAY

  • Bluffton 5K Oyster Run, 8:30 to 10 a.m., $30 for adults, $15 for children age 13 and younger and for groups of 10 or more; registration ends at 8 a.m.
  • Children's fishing tournament, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bluffton Oyster Co., 10-10:30 a.m. registration, the Oyster Factory; 2 p.m. weigh-in, public dock at Calhoun Street; free; prizes will be awarded
  • Art & Seafood Street Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Calhoun Street; local musicians will perform on two stages throughout the day; main stage: The Chilly Willy Band, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Bam Jazz, 2 to 5 p.m.; Green Street stage: Thomas Claxton, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Nothing But the Blues, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
  • The "Art of Cuisine" Iron Chef Challenge, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Neptune's Galley at Carson Cottages on Calhoun Street
  • Chef's Auction, 2 p.m., Neptune's Galley at Carson Cottages
  • Entertainment for the kids: Yostie, the Puppeteer, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., children's stage; Gary Maurer, magician strolling Calhoun Street, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Ben Mathews, juggler, 1 to 4 p.m.; Carolina Clowns, all day
  • Art Around Town Featured Gallery: Four Corners Framing, May River Road, 843-757-8185; featuring Howard Costa, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 30-minute slide show and presentation, "The Secrets of the Salt Marsh," at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Rockin' on the Dock, 6 p.m. to dusk, Bluffton Oyster Co.; seafood tasting, music by B-Town Playaz and fireworks at dusk
  • OCT. 24

  • Art & Seafood Street Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Calhoun Street. Local musicians will perform on two stages throughout the day; main stage: Jeff Beasley Band, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and John Emil, 1 to 4 p.m.; stage 2: Jan Spillane, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Mike Gabriel Bailout Blues Band, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Entertainment for the kids: Ben Mathews, juggler, 1 to 4 p.m.
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