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How To for Nov. 15, 2015: Get inspired to deck your halls by attending Homes for the Holidays tour

Maggie Engstrom
Maggie Engstrom

This story was updated Nov. 17 to correct the dates for the Homes for the Holidays event.

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Don't miss out on one of the highlights of November when the region's professional designers show off their creative skills at the Homes for the Holidays tour.

The 14th annual event is a great opportunity to get new ideas on how to jazz up your home while touring five houses and the river cabin in the exclusive Bull Point Plantation. The city's only holiday tour of homes includes refreshments, festive music and carolers and designers on the sites.

The big weekend begins with a community-wide gala at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at St. Peter's Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. The gala and tour benefits the St. Peter Catholic School Fund Endowment.

WHEN: Tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21; noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 22.

WHERE: Bull Point Plantation, 14 miles from historic downtown Beaufort.

COST: $25/tour; $75/gala.

DETAILS: 843-522-6510 or go to


Wake up your taste buds by sampling food created by the region's top chefs at the Taste of the Season. Experience the innovative cuisine from more than 25 restaurants.

This year's 26th annual event is from 6 to 9 p.m. and is at a new venue at the Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive. Tickets are $65. The VIP package is sold out.

Tickets are on sale at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at 1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. on Hilton Head, the Bluffton office at 216 Bluffton Road and online at


Support local and regional artists' works in a wide range of art disciplines at the Lowcountry Community Church "Arts Alive" winter art show.

The opening and reception for the first of five annual shows is from 3 to 5 p.m., The show will run six to eight weeks.

Patrons attending the opening will have the chance to meet the artists and watch live demonstrations and enjoy a performance by the Bluffton School of Dance.

Art disciplines include drawings, mixed media, pottery, ceramics, metal, photography, printmaking, sculpture and glass. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

The church is at 801 Buckwalter Parkway (across from Bluffton High School).

For more information, call 843-836-1101.

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


Judith Lawrence, volunteer at Deep Well

"I am so proud and honored to serve on the board of directors of the Deep Well Project. Serving the working poor in emergency situations can mean the difference between making it or being caught in an endless struggle to move ahead. Deep Well offers a hand up, not a handout to islanders in need.


Here's friendly reminder to those who take the Farmers Market off their radar around this time of year. The popular downtown Bluffton meeting spot remains open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Pick up local produce (organic and traditional), jams, salsas, local honey, eggs, cheeses, flowers and everything that makes this time of year special.

The market also has prepared foods such as gumbo, fried oysters, shrimp, she-crab soup, empanadas and breads. It's all in historic Old Town along Calhoun and Lawrence streets and through Carson Cottages.

For more information, go to