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How To for Nov. 11, 2015: Immerse yourself in the Penn Center annual Heritage Days Celebration

Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah-Geechee nation, will be among those at the 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island.
Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah-Geechee nation, will be among those at the 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island. Submitted photo
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Be joyful

Embrace the wonderful, rich culture of the Lowcounty at Penn Center's 33rd annual Heritage Days Celebration "Sea Island Roots: A Celebration of Reconnection." The three-day celebration features folk art, symposiums, storytelling and musical performances that honor Gullah, Geechee and Sea Island history.

Festivities begin at Thursday's opening ceremony where Etta Mann, a retired Penn Center educator and recent inductee into the Penn 1862 Circle, will give the keynote speech.

The Taste of the Sea Islands (Thursday), Juke Joint Jam (Friday), a closing concert (Saturday) and the Heritage Days parade (9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday) are among the many special events planned.

WHEN: Thursday through Saturday.

WHERE: Penn Center at 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island.

COST: Many events are free. See website for ticket prices of paid events.

DETAILS: or call 843-838-2432.


Ring in Beaufort County's unofficial start of the holiday season by enjoying a performance of "Nutcracker," presented by the Hilton Head Dance Theatre. Theater founders John Carlyle and Karena Brock-Carlyle celebrate the 30th year of presenting the Tchaikovsky-composed classic that features professional dancers, members of their company and their students.

The six shows are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday (Nov. 13 14), Nov. 21-22; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 15) and Nov. 22.

Performances are at the Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $28 for adults; $23 for seniors (60 and over); $23 for students (13-18); $17 for children 12 and under.

To purchase, call 843-842-3262, or go to


Take your pick of steamed, fried or stewed oysters, as well as non-seafood items, at the Oyster Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park, 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. The festival is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Live entertainment, a kids' zone, marshmallow roasting and a sports lounge, for those who want to keep an eye on the games, add to the fun.

Proceeds benefit the Island Rec Center's Scholarship. Admission is $6 and free for those 10 and under.

For more information, go to

Compiled by Hilary Kraus/ Special to The Island Packet/ The Beaufort Gazette


Susan Welty, volunteer at the Litter Box Thrift store

"Hearing stories of people abandoning pets inspired me to volunteer for the Little Box Thrift Store, which is supported by the Hilton Head Humane Association. Staff and volunteers are like family and the hours are flexible, which fits my busy schedule. And I found my best dog ever, Daisy!"

Be active

Make some noise in your daily life by visiting the Kazoobie Kazoo Factory, museum and gift shop at 12 John Galt Road in Beaufort.

Check out the museum's nearly 200 kazoo-related items and take a guided tour of the factory and can see how kazoos are made from start to finish. You'll also get a chance to make your own kazoo.

Originally established in 2007 in Seattle, the Kazoo Museum opened in Beaufort in October 2010.

Gift shop hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tours and museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and cost $5 per person (free for children 3 and under).

For more information, go to