Now - 3/2, "Dixie Swim Club," May River Theatre's final play of the season, will open Valentine's Day at Ulmer Auditorium in Bluffton Town Hall. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. "Dixie Swim Club" is a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever revolving around five southern women whose friendships began on their college swim team. The play is directed by Christine Grefe. For more info call 815-5581.
2/14 & 2/15, Frederick Douglass, Making of a Man at 7:30pm at ARTworks Theatre, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort. After escaping from slavery, Frederick Douglass became a leader of the abolitionist movement and great orator. Watch as performer Hank Herring brings this dynamic man to life onstage. Tickets $17, $12 students, $7 children under 12. For more info visit www.beaufortcountyarts.com or call 379-2787.
Now - 2/15, "Naive," an exhibit of work by Naive artist Neil Jansen at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception on Fri, 1/10 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the BAA Gallery, 913 Bay Street. For more info visit www.beaufortartassociation.com
Now - 3/1, "Everyday Moments," a collection of original pastel and oil paintings by local artist Shirley Good Bacher, will be on display at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) Gallery. Meet the artist at a reception from 3 - 5 pm on Sun 2/9. Enjoy refreshments, the art of Shirley Good Bacher, and the work of over 100 other member artists. The gallery is located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton. Call 757-6586 or visit sobagallery.com for more info.
Now - 3/29, Rose Harrison will be the featured artist at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery on Bay Street. All are welcome to meet her at an opening reception on Fri, 2/21, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. For more information call 838-2838. 2/27 & 3/1, "In A Different Context Of Time And Space," an art installation at the Lovell/Male studio space inside ARTworks. The artists will present a lecture on the place of installations in art history and a video to stimulate further discussion regarding the sensory and conceptual impact of art. Partial funding for these presentations is provided by a grant from the SC Arts Commission. For additional information please call 843-379-2787 or visit www.beaufortcountyarts.com 3/3 - 4/5, "My Visions," a collection of original oil and watercolor paintings by local artist Kenneth Bullard, will be on display at the SOBA Gallery. Meet the artist at a reception from 3 - 5 pm, on Sun, 3/9. The gallery is located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton. Call 757-6586 or visit sobagallery.com for more information.
Tuesdays, Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island. The Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center is offering a presentation on Hilton Head Island's historic sites to acquaint visitors with our rich history and encourage them to explore on their own - on foot, by bicycle or by car. The talk is from 10:30am - 11:30am. A $5 donation is requested. Call the library at 686-6560 to reserve your space.
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
Music 2/27 & 3/2, "Beethoven Bash," presented by the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra. Featuring Beethoven's Concerto in D and Symphony #6 in F ("Pastorale"). Thursday's performance is as 7:30 pm and Sunday's at 3 pm. Tickets are $37.50. Call (800)595-4TIX or visit www.beaufortorchestra.org
Sat 3/1, "Ease on Down the Road," presented by the Hilton Head Shore Notes women's a cappella chorus at 7 pm at the Hilton Head High School's Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Road. Featured guest quartets are "Live Out Loud," finalists at the Sweet Adelines Int'l Competition in Hawaii, and "Shrimp 'n' Grits," a men's quartet from Charleston that medaled in the Dixie District Competition. The Shore Notes' two quartets, "Coastal Rhythm" and "Just One Night" will also appear. Tickets are $20 and available at Burke's Pharmacy, Pretty Papers and Markel's Gifts or can be purchased on line at http://shorenotes2014show.bpt.me. A portion of the profits will be donated to The Main Street Youth Theater. Questions? Call 706-9877 for more info.
Fri 3/7, "Celebrating the Ladies of Jazz" at USCB Center for the Arts. Bob Masteller's All-Star Quintet featuring Ms. Gina Rene, doing songs by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. Opening with Vic Varner and Friends, showcasing the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. 7 pm. Presented by the Jazz Corner. For reservations and info, call 521-4145 or visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com
Sun 3/9, USCB Festival Series Concert at 5 pm. Host Edward Arron and an ensemble of world class chamber musicians will perform music by Rossini, Bartok, Schubert and contemporary American Mark O'Connor. USCB Center for the Arts in Beaufort. For additional info about the artists and program, go to www.uscb.edu/festivalseries. For tickets, contact Staci Breton at 843-208-8246 or
Writers/Bookstore Events 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 Mon 3/3, Books Sandwiched Infinale.Debbi Covington presents her cookbook "Celebrate Everything!" Chef, caterer, author and Lowcountry Weekly food columnist, Debbi will be presenting her favorite recipes and techniques from "Celebrate Everything!" with plenty of time for Q & A... and tastings, of course. At 5:30 pm at the USCB Center for the Arts.
Fri 2/28, Mardi Gras Party at the Country Club of Hilton Head, sponsored by NAMI. 6:30 p. Live music by Lavon Stevens and Louise Spencer, an elegant four-course dinner, prize for best costume, silent auction and more. For more info, please call 681-2200 or visit www.NAMIBeaufortCounty.com.
Sat 3/1, ARTworks 2014 Mardi Gras Fundraiser, 7-11pm at The Dataw Island Club. This swinging celebration will transport you to New Orleans via the sounds and spirit of Mardi Gras. Enjoy live music, dancing, dinner, a cash bar, silent auction, and Mardi Gras themed festivities. Proceeds benefit the Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal & the Sea Islands. Tickets $75 per person. For more info visit www.beaufortcountyarts.com or call 379-2787.
Sun 3/9, "Power of the Purse," sponsored by The Women's Leadership Council of the United Way, at 6 at the Oldfield Clubhouse. The event will feature an open bar with signature cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, and both a live and silent auction. Emceed by Deanna Bowdish, the event will feature items for auction such as designer purses, dinner packages, resort destination packages, and other valuables. All proceeds will help fund the Women's Leadership Council's "Breaking Barriers to Education" fund. Tickets are $65 per person and are available online at www.uwlowcountry.org. For more information call 982-3040.
Wed 3/12, Sea Island Fly Fishers Meeting. The club meets at Bay Street Outfitters, 825 Bay St. in Beaufort. Following a social hour with refreshments, the club will hear from the President of the Sea Island Chapter of CCA. Danny Rourk, a well known local guide, will discuss the activities of the Coastal Conservation Association, and its stand on protecting our fisheries and encouraging conservation for the benefit of everyone in South Carolina. A fly tying demonstration by Capt. Dick Wehrenberg will be held during the social hour. The meeting of the fly fishing club is open and free to the public. Veteran and beginner fly fishers are encouraged to come by and join in the activities of the club. Learn more on the website: www.flyfishingbeaufort.com, or call Jack Baggette, 522-8911.
Sat 3/15, The 19th Annual Subaru of Hilton Head Shamrock Run. The 5K Run and Health Walk is a popular way for Hilton Head Island families to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. For information, those interested should contact Bear Foot Sports online (http://www.bearfootsports.com/) or by calling 843-757-8520.
Sat 3/22, 19th Annual Wingfest at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head. 11 am - 6 pm. Featuring 15 to 20 local restaurants cooking up 6,000 pounds of chicken wings as they compete for the 2014 Best Wing of Hilton Head Award. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite wings to win the People's Choice award.Live performances by Lyn Avenue, Deas Guyz, and Jacob & The Good People. March Madness games playing on a big screen provided by Custom Audio Video. Admission is $6, children 10 and under free. For more information, visit the Island Recreation Center website (http://www.islandreccenter.org/), or call 681-7273.