12/4 - 12/29, "42nd Street" at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head. Tickets are $45/adult and $31/child for previews on December 4 and 5 and $55/adult and $37/child through December 29 and may be purchased online at www.artshhi.com or through the Arts Center Box Office at 843-842-ARTS (2787).
Fri 12/6, Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish... Freedom Comin', performed by Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk at 7 pm at the USCB Center for the Arts. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Admission is $10 for those aged 7 to 17. Reservations for Friday and/or Saturday shows may be made through the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at 986-1102 or www.bcbcc.org.
Sat 12/14, Verdi's "Falstaff" presented by the Met: Live in HD. All seats are assigned. For online tickets, Adults $22 and OLLI members $18, go to www.uscbcenterforthearts.com or call the Box Office at 521-4145. Tickets also available at the door one hour prior to the 12:55 pm curtain at USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. in downtown Beaufort.
12/19 - 12/22, "Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular," the holiday sequel to the hugely popular "Honky Tonk Angels," featuring the Sweetgrass Angels – Elaine Lake, Velma Polk, and Penney Smith – plus new addition Jan Spencer. At the USCB Center for the Arts. For more infomration call 521-4145 or visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com
Galleries/Museums Now - 12/6, "Here and There," an exhibit of work by Joyce and Don Nagel at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Hilton Head Island classroom at the Pineland Station Shopping center at 430 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 304A. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will continue through December 6, 2013.
Now - 12/7, "In the Likeness of Everything,"an exhibition of photography by Eric Horan at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay Street. Works of over 75 member artists will also be on display.
Now - 12/22, 1st SC Volunteers Exhibit, about the first officially recognized African American Union Troops. These troops were mustered the same day they gained their freedom, with the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation under the "Emancipation Oak," on January 1, 1863, in Beaufort. Museum admission $3.00.
Now - 12/27, "Mixed Mediums," featuring 24 artists from the Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head area, is a show of ideas and techniques in oil, acrylic, wax impasto, photography, monoprint, alcohol inks, mosaic, pastel, gouache, colored pencil, montage, assemblage, pine & palm sculpture, and watercolor. The show is curated by Tom VanSteenbergh of BAA, and can be seen at USCB Center for the Arts in Beaufort. For more information, call 521-4145. Now - 12/31, The Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head, at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This exhibit of 20 sculptures by artists from around the country and beyond is open to the public Monday – Saturday, 9 am - 4:30pm, and Sunday 11 am - 3 pm. Admission is free and there will be docent led tours scheduled throughout the event. The Exhibition, hosted by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, runs through the end of the year.
Now - 12/31, "The Art of Cassandra M. Gillens" – a spectacular collection of art depicting Lowcountry living at its best and the Gullah lifestyle – at the York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center. Gillens was chosen as the 31st Heritage Days Celebration Featured Artist and was commissioned to create a work of art depicting the Penn School story and the rich heritage of the Gullah people. Visit www.penncenter.com or call 843-838-2432.
Now - 12/31, Beaufort Art Association Holiday Boutique, at the BAA Gallery on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort. Items start at $10 and there are even small paintings available under $25. A great opportunity to buy original art! For more information, visit www.BeaufortArtAssociation.com
Now - 12/31, A Holiday Boutique sponsored by the Society of Bluffton Artists(SOBA)– a collection of hand made treasures, art-sy crafts and small paintings on display and available now. The Boutique is in SOBA's brand new Center for Creative Arts building, next to the SOBA Gallery. The Gallery and Center are located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton. Call 757-6586 or visit sobagallery.com for more information. Now - 12/31, "Good Things Come in Small Packages," an exhibit of small paintings, at Atelier on Bay, 203 West Street in downtown Beaufort. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thur 11/21 from 5 - 7 pm. For more information, call 470-0266 or visit www.atelieronbay.com
Now - 1/4, "12," a new collection of 12 x 12 inch paintings and photographs by over 100 local artists, each selling for only $150.At the Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) Gallery. Opening reception on Sunday, 12/8 from 3 to 5 pm. The public is invited for refreshments and to meet many of the artists at the SOBA Gallery, located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton. Call 757-6586 or visit sobagallery.com for more information.
12/5 - 1/4, IMAGINE, the nationally juried 2013 Craft Hilton Head exhibition, at the Art League of Hilton Head's gallery. 2D and 3D fine art crafts in sculpture, basketry, glass, fiber sculpture and wall hangings, metal works, works in clay, handmade artist books, jewelry, weaving, wood and assemblage that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation and imagination, will be on exhibit and for sale. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday and prior to all Arts Center performances.
12/9 - 1/5, Masterpiece Masquerade at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay Street in Downtown Beaufort. A Masquerade Party reception will be held on Fri 12/13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Public is invited, and admission is always free! For more information, www.BeaufortArtAssocation.com or call the gallery at 521-4444.
Fri 12/20, Christmas Party at the Charles Street Gallery, 914 Charles Street in Beaufort. From 5:30-9 pm. For more info, call 521-9054 or visit www.thecharlesstreetgallery.com
Last Wednesday, Popcorn & a Video. The Beaufort Art Assoc. shows art instruction videos by nationally known instructors. The screenings are at the BAA Gallery, 913 Bay St., Beaufort, 11am-1pm. The public is welcome. We furnish the popcorn and the video, you bring a friend, something to drink, and a pad and pencil. Videos vary in length and a $5 donation is suggested. Video schedule is posted at www.beaufortartassociation.com
Mon 12/2, "Joy to the World," a holiday concert by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. For the first time the HHSO offers two performances on Monday, December 2, one at 4:00 pm and the second at 8:00 pm. at Hilton Head's First Presbyterian Church. Concert tickets are $25, $40, and $50. Reduced prices are available for children and their accompanying parent. Call the Hilton Head Symphony office at (843)842-2055 or log into the orchestra website at www.hhso.org. Program notes are available on the website before each performance.
12/5 & 12/8, "Fa Lalalala," a Holiday Concert by the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra at the USCB Center for the Arts. Thursday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. All tickets are $37.50 with assigned seating. Go to TIX.com to order online or call 1-800-595-4849. For savings with seasonal tickets go to the website at www.beaufortorchestra.org to print a subscription form or order online. Sun 12/15, USCB Festival Series Chamber Music Concert, featuring the music of Gershwin, Dvorak and Mozart. At 5 pm at the USCB Center for the Arts. Call Staci Breton for tickets at 208-8246; go to www.uscb.edu/festivalseries for more information concerning the artists and the Series.
Fri 12/6, Book signings at McIntosh Book Shoppe at 917 Bay Street from 5 – 7 pm. Authors include Patricia Bee (Tryumsee Wings), Sonny Bishop (A Place Called Home), Janet Garrity (Goin' Down the River), Bubba Von Harten (Little Geech), and Kathryn Wall (St. John's Folly). For more info call 525-1066.
Fri 12/6, Short Story Reading at the FOL Book Store. Friends of the Beaufort Library: Beaufort, Lobeco, & St. Helena Branches & Short Story America present author Tim Johnston reading his short story "The Guest," a selection from Short Story America Anthology, Volume 1. This free event starting at 6:30 pm is for adults, and will include time for discussion and questions as well as browsing the FOL bookstore. There will be special pricing on all titles in the FOL bookstore so take advantage of this opportunity for some early holiday shopping! Refreshments available. The Short Story America 3-volume anthology will also be for sale with $10 of each volume sold donated directly back to the Beaufort Friends. Downtown Beaufort Branch Library. For more information call 255-6430.
Fri 12/6 Janet Garrity, author and photographer of "Goin' Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands," will be signing copies of her book at the Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head, during the museum's annual holiday party from 10 am - noon. Visit www.garrity.com for more information about Garrity's book.
Thur 12/12, Clay Rice will be the featured author at the USCB Lunch With Author Series. Reservations are made with Jo Ann Kingsley at 521-4147 or
. The price of $42 includes lunch, author's talk, a question and answer period and book signing. Lunch is served at noon at the Moss Creek Clubhouse, 1523 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head.
Sat 12/14, Michele Roldán-Shaw will read and sign copies of "Rambler's Life: the South Reloaded" from 2-4 pm at ARTworks in Beaufort; free and fun for all ages. Family art activities will be going on from noon to 4pm that day too. For more information please visit www.ramblerslife.com, and www.artworksinbeaufort.org. ARTworks is in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street 29902. 379-2787.
2nd & 4th Tuesday, Open-Mic Night. Beaufort Writers sponsors Open-Mic Night every 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 5:30 pm at the Lady’s Island Airport. Come and share your talent with your fellow men and women of letters! 524-9119
2nd Tuesday, Beaufort ProWriters. Explore your professional writing options with like-minded writers. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30pm at Olde Towne Coffee Haus on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. There is no charge. Contact Katherine Tandy Brown at
or call 843-379-5886 for more information.
Last Wednesday, “Read a Movie” Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month. Watch a movie based on book. A short discussion will follow for those interested. Attend just the film screening or both. At 12:00 p.m in the SC Room at the Beaufort Branch Library on Scott Street. March’s selection is Life of Pi. Free! Everyone is welcome!beaufortcountylibrary.org
Wed 12/4, Annual Christmas Luncheon, Women's Association of Hilton Head Island, at the Sea Pines Country Club. The award winning Hilton Head Shore Notes will perform, along with children from the Children's Center. Go to the WAHHI.com website under Publications, 2013, December, to download a Reservation Form.
12/5 - 12/7, 2013 Festival of Trees to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice will be held at the Shed in Port Royal. The Opening Gala is Thur. 11/5 from 6-9pm, and the public is invited to view the trees from 9am-4pm on Friday, December 6th and 9am-3pm on Saturday, December 7th. The Opening Gala, a cocktail reception to kick off the three-day event, will feature a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres from area restaurants, music, beer and wine and a wealth of decorated trees from community members, businesses and organizations. Trees will be available for purchase. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.fochospice.org/FOT.php or by calling 525-6257. Tickets to view the trees on Friday and Saturday are $2 for children, $3 for active military and seniors over 65, and $5 for adults. Children under 2 are free.
Fri 12/6, A Night on the Town in downtown Beaufort. The streets will be bustling with entertainment, from local choirs and dance groups to storytellers and Santa himself. It starts at 6 pm and culminates with the official lighting of the City's Christmas Tree, followed by a holiday performance by the Marine Corps Band.
Fri 12/6, "Stir It Up!" Oyster Roast & Gumbo Celebration, catered by Gullah Grub, a fundraiser for the Seventh Youth Gullah Style Cooking Class. From 5-7 pm at The Shed (behind Gullah Grub), 877 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island. $25/Adults, $10/Children, tickets from Sara' Reynolds Green at 473-0477 or 838-3841. Local oysters, gumbo, fried fish, cornbread, dessert, along with cool music, handcrafted jewelry, & good company!
12/6 - 12/8, Third Annual Nativity Celebration, First Presbyterian Church, Beaufort. View beautiful nativity scenes from around the world in the education building at the corner of North and Church St. in downtown Beaufort. Hours are 10 am - 3 pm on Dec. 6 and 7, and 12 noon – 3 pm on Dec. 8. For more information, visit www.firstpresbeaufort.com
Sat 12/7, Light Up the Night Boat Parade, downtown Beaufort. Watch the beautiful decorated boats amble up the Beaufort River. Hot chocolate and cookies provided! 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
Sat 12/7, 2013 Hilton Head Island Winter Wonder Festival, from 4-8pm at Shelter Cove Community Park. Admission is $10 for ages 2-15, parents come in free. The children's activities include: Winter Hayride, Carnival Games, Moon Bounces, Petting Zoo, Face Painting and Arts and Crafts. If you have an elf costume, wear it! If not, all the children will have a chance to make an elf costume and dress like an elf for the parade that begins at 4:45 pm, with the Annual Golden Candy Cane hunt to follow at 5:30 pm. Concessions sold separately. All the proceeds of this event benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association Children's Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by Pink Magazine. For more information please call 681-7273 or visit www.islandreccenter.org.
Sun 12/8, Beaufort Christmas Parade, streets of downtown Beaufort, starting at 3 pm.
Fri 12/13, Movie on the Green at Palmetto Bluff, to benefit Family Promise. Movie at 6 pm. Come early to see Santa!