On the Town

Old Town concert to lend musician Howard Duff a hand

J. Howard Duff, playing the guitar, and Greg John of Metro Blues perform for a crowd gathered at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort on Sept. 9, 2009. The performance was the first Lunchtime Concert in the Park sponsored by the Beaufort City Hospitality Association and The Arts Council of Beaufort County.
J. Howard Duff, playing the guitar, and Greg John of Metro Blues perform for a crowd gathered at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort on Sept. 9, 2009. The performance was the first Lunchtime Concert in the Park sponsored by the Beaufort City Hospitality Association and The Arts Council of Beaufort County. The Beaufort Gazette

Howard Duff is a self-employed musician who has a wonderful reputation for always giving whatever help he can to those in need. Howard has given freely of himself to many local friends and even to those he doesn't know.

His musical career began in the 1970s with well known musicans Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry and many others. He is currently lead singer and guitarist for the band Red, White and Blue, and he plays and sings with the praise band at the Church of the Cross in Bluffton, where he is also a worship leader.

Unfortunately for our very generous friend, he is the one who now needs our help. Howard has recently suffered heart -related issues which have caused him to suffer financial hardships. So he now is in a very unfamiliar situation of needing our support which I am sure we will freely give.

A benefit concert for Howard will be held at the Roasting Room Listening Lounge, above Corner Perk in The Promenade, from 5 to 10 p.m. August 11. Many local musicians, friends and students of his will perform, including Tim Malchak, Jonathan King , Jordan Ross, the Chilly Willy Band, Fuzzy Davis, John Brackett, Greg John, Cheryl Christine, David Neal Carroll, Lee Napier and even Howard himself. The fabulous Monty Jett will be the emcee for the evening's ongoing auction of special items donated by local merchants and friends. Tickets are $25 .

Donations to Howard may be made online at http://www.roastingroomlounge.comor at the door.

See you there

Recognizing our best students

Our Mayor Lisa Sulka and our town are inviting high school students in Bluffton to participate in the Mayor's Youth Community Service Award Program for the upcoming school term.

The program was begun last year to encourage Bluffton students to get involved in community programs and to make a difference in their lives and others.

The award program will recognize high school sophmores and juniors for their volunteerism in the Bluffton community. Students will be formally recognized for volunteering for at least 50 hours while in school. All rising sophmores and juniors are invited whether in public , private school or homeschooled.

For more information email kchapman@townofbluffton.com or call 843-706-4505.

New exhibit opens at SOBA Gallery

New artwork by Bluffton artist Sandy Utsey Rhodes - “Wildlife Art and More” - will be on display through September 4 at SOBA Gallery at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets in Old Town.

I think you will find her work very appealing, so don’t miss this.

Hours for the gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For information go to http://www.sobagallery.comor call 843-757-6586.

‘Miracle Worker’ comes to May River stage

“The Miracle Worker,” a play about the life story of Helen Keller will open at The May River Theatre Aug. 12 and run through Aug. 18 at the Ulmer Auditorium at Bluffton Town Hall at the corner of Bridge and Pritchard Streets in Old Town.

For information, go to www.MayRiverTheatre.com or call 843-815-5581.

Celebrate at the Heyward House

Join friends at The Heyward House Historic Center Aug. 9-11 for “Public Days.”

There are all sorts of fun things planned for children and parents including an archaeology dig, a scavenger hunt and 19th century games.

For reservations and information call 843-757-6293.

Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street or at thestoresc@gmail.com.

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