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How To for Oct. 19, 2015: Beaufort houses and gardens event offers something for everyone

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You've seen them from the outside, those fantastic 200-year-old homes and fabulous newer houses that give Beaufort its charm.

Now's your chance get an up-close look at these architectural gems at the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens.

Friday's walking tour leads visitors to private homes in the city's National Historic Landmark District, representing a variety of architectural styles. Saturday's tour features seven properties, five at downtown's the Point. Take a drive to the White Hall Plantation on the Combahee River and tour the beautiful gardens and grounds.

Sunday is all about kitchens and great food where local chefs will create regional specialties in five private kitchens. Your own transportation is required on Saturday and Sunday.

WHEN: 1-4 p.m., 2-5 p.m., 3-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. filled)

Sunday.

WHERE: Downtown Beaufort and surrounding areas.

COST: $50 per day.

DETAILS: Call 843-379-3331 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; online at www.historicbeaufort.org.

TODAY

Settle in for a night of wonderful classical music when the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 34th season tonight at the First Presbyterian Church. The "Passion and Music in the Lowcountry" theme features conductor John Morris Russell and pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

Parker will begin by playing the George Gershwin's timeless "Rhapsody in Blue." The beautiful music of Tchaikovsky's

"Capriccio Italian" and Rimsky-Korsakov "Capriccio Espanole' will follow.

Tickets are $30, $45 and $55 and are available online at hhso.org or by calling 843-842-2055.

The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., which is a departure from 8 p.m. starts.

SATURDAY

Rain washed out the Burgers and Brew festival earlier this month, but you won't have to wait until next fall to get your fill of food and fun. The Island Recreation Center festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island. The day features local restaurants competing for the best beef, chicken, pork or seafood sliders.

Those of legal age also have the chance to taste 20 different brews. They also will be a special kids' zone, and college

football fans will have a viewing area with a big-screen TV.

Admission is $6 (children 10 and younger are free).

WHY I CONNECT

Cathy Alexander, volunteer at Thumbs Up of Beaufort

"Volunteering has given me the opportunity to witness our students mature, not only academically but also in character. The energy level rises when our students arrive and tackle their homework. Volunteering one-on-one, or assisting small groups, satisfies the need to better our community one child at time.

BE ACTIVE

Make selecting a pumpkin special this year by taking a drive to Dempsey Farms and picking your plump pumpkin right off the vine. Located at 1576 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island, pumpkin purists will be treated to a hayride to the three-acre patch.

Pumpkin picking is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Pumpkins will be available until the end of October, just in time to show off your Beaufort County grown beauty on Halloween. The cost is 40 cents per pound.

For more information, call 843-838-3656 after 9 a.m

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