Beaufort News

How to for Oct. 5: 'Inherit the Wind' opens season at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Jeff Gonzalez plays schoolteacher Bertram Cates and Rosalind Lilly plays the reverend's daughter, Rachel Brown, in "Inherit the Wind."
Jeff Gonzalez plays schoolteacher Bertram Cates and Rosalind Lilly plays the reverend's daughter, Rachel Brown, in "Inherit the Wind." Tr Media World

Treat yourself to a thought-provoking evening or afternoon at the theater when the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina presents "Inherit the Wind." The Tony Award-winning play kicks off the theater's 20th season on Tuesday and runs through Oct. 25.

The drama, which debuted in 1955, is based on actual events in the 1920s when a Tennessee school teacher was tried for violating a state law that prohibited instructors from teaching evolution rather than creationism. The topic remains relevant in today's society and is sure to generate interesting conversation on the way home from the theater (Unless, of course, you're flying solo.)

WHERE: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head

WHEN: Tuesday through Oct. 25.

COST: Previews on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday are $36 for adults and $25 for children 4-15; Friday through Oct. 25 are $46 for adults and $33 for children. Prices subject to change.

DETAILS: or call the box office at 843-842-2787


Before the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival shifts into street festival atmosphere, treat yourself to an interesting day of learning about the town's rich history at the inaugural Heritage Discovery Tour.

The self-paced tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, where tour guides will be at the Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, Palmetto Bluff, St. Luke's Church and Cemetery, Buck Island/Bluffton Cemetery and the Garvin House.

Continue your journey back at the Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, 25 Boundary St., where a concert will be performed at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Lowcountry Gullah supper, storytelling and more music at 5:30 p.m.

For information and to purchase tickets for the tour and/or dinner, go to


What's on the plate for the upcoming weekend's eating-related festivals? It's the Kiwanis Hilton Head Island Chili-Cookoff.

The 31st annual event is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, rain or shine. Along with all-you-can-eat chili, local professional and amateur cooks will compete in separate categories for best chili.

The Chilly Willy Band also will perform. (Did you expect anyone else?)

Tickets can be purchased for $12 in advance or $15 at the event. Each ticket allows the holder to unlimited samples of chili. Tickets are available at the Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head, and at various business locations.

For more information, go to by Hilary Kraus

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Be active

From full-time residents to first-time visitors, hang up the "Gone Fishin'' sign and head for the waterways during this beautiful time of year. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder are among the fish biting as the temperatures turn moderate.

The variety of fish are as plentiful as the number of chartered fishing boats to choose from in the county. You can always head for a dock or take up the invitation from your neighbors who own a boat.

Two fisherman spend the morning fishing on Beaufort River near the Downtown Marina on Monday morning in Beaufort. Delayna Earley Staff photo

Above: Two fisherman spend the morning fishing on the Beaufort River near the Beaufort Downtown Marina last week. Delayna Earley/