Gullah/Geechee Celebration of the Sea

The Hunting Island Nature Center and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition invite the community to the first “Gullah/Geechee Celebration of the Sea” Saturday, August 20 from Noon to 5 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is by donation. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will do a special workshop that requires advance registration. Gullah/Geechee crafts, Gullah/Geechee cuisine, books, and CDs will be on sale throughout the day. The film “The Will to Survive: The Story of the Gullah/Geechee Nation” will be shown and a special exhibition on the history of Gullah/Geechees and the sea will be on display. The community is encouraged to bring fishing gear and enjoy the pier while also taking part in this cultural connection celebration.  Call (843) 838-7437 or email GullGeeCo@aol.com for details. ...

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Breakwater hosts Film Festival dinner

Get a group of friends together and join at Breakwater Restaurant to kick off the 2011-2012 Beaufort International Film Festival season. Breakwater will open the restaurant on Monday, August 22, exclusively for this fundraising event, and Executive Chefs Gary Lang and Beth Shaw have created one of their signature three-course wine pairing dinners for the guests. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour and passed appetizers.  Beaufort Film Society President Ron Tucker will give guests a brief overview of next February’s Film Festival.  Open seating begins at 6:45 p.m. with a three-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. The chefs have not yet made a final selection of the different wines to be served with each course, but rest assured they will be perfectly matched to the evening’s menu offerings. The special film festival price for this three-course dinner with wines and appetizers is $50 per person.  Call the restaurant at 379-0052 to make your reservations and join us at Breakwater to help us celebrate the kick-off for what... ...

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Lunch Bunch enjoys dinner at Berry Island Cafe

By Kim Harding Berry Island Cafe, located in Newpoint Corners on Lady’s Island, has been a favorite lunch spot for Beaufortonians for many years.  Recently, owner Charlie Nolette decided to expand his hours and stay open for dinner  Wednesday thru Saturday. Dinner at Berry Island is just as fresh and homemade as lunch has always been.  The Lunch Bunch was fortunate enough to sample many of his new dinner dishes this week.  We have several suggestions for you, and must admit that we had a very hard time deciding what our favorite dish was.  They were all amazing. Charlie suggested that we start out with his favorite appetizer, the Cheese Boxes, a vary reasonable $5. This amazing recipe was handed down to him from his mother-in-law. (Yes, sometimes they can be helpful!)  We were a bit skeptical, but when we smelled it coming, we knew it was a winner. Cubed sourdough bread in a cheddar batter and baked to perfection.  Oh yeah, and homemade ranch dressing for dipping. We almost... ...

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Share your Celebrations!

There are so many wonderful occasions to celebrate in life such as baby birth announcements, birthdays, engagements, weddings and anniversaries. The Island News wants you to send us information about your celebrations so we can share the excitement with the community. You can send a photo and a write up to our email at theislandnews@gmail.com with a tagline that reads: Celebrations. Please keep the write up to less than 150 words. Be sure to send your information before noon on Monday so it will run in that week’s paper. We look forward to featuring your important celebrations! ...

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Holly Lambert’s love of Beaufort leads to book

By Lanier Laney The just published book, “Beaufort … Then and Now” is a wonderful collection of fascinating stories collected by students in Holly Lambert’s Lowcountry Living class at Beaufort Middle School.   Holly also collected additional stories for what she describes is an “anthology of memories” contributed by many native Beaufortonians about growing up in Beaufort. It is broken up by decades with photographs that compliment the narratives.  She got many of the photos from her parents, longtime Beaufort residents, Dr. Ray and Jean Kearns. Holly, who was born and raised in Beaufort, got her masters degree in education before marrying husband Dan in 1989.  They have two children Grayson, 17, who is a senior at Beaufort High, and Brackin, 19, who attends USCB in Bluffton. Completing the family are Dan’s two daughters from a previous marriage, Dana and Catherine, who live in Mt. Pleasant. Presently, Holly teaches seventh grade English Language Arts at Beaufort Middle School and has been there for nine years. Holly loves teaching and enjoys planning... ...

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Beaufort Taste & Toast to benefit CODA at Dataw a success

By Lanier Laney Participating restaurants included Breakwater Restaurant, Maggie’s Pub & Eatery, Saltus River Grill, Southern Graces, The Tooting Egret and the Dataw Island Club. “This was a wonderful opportunity for Dataw Island to help a truly great organization and at the same time promote events at the Dataw Island Club and the fine restaurants that were so generous in their time and talents,” said David Warren director of marketing at Dataw Island. Funds raised from this sold out event will support CODA’s shelter and outreach programs for victims of domestic violence and their children.  Congrats to Executive Director Kristin Dubrowski, along with the organizing committee, all the volunteers, and the big-hearted sponsors who made it all happen so well. ...

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Breakwater Restaurant fans fear not!

By Lanier Laney When I said in last week’s column that the ‘Breakwater threesome’  Manager Donna  Lang and Chef Gary Lang and Beth Shaw are departing for Greenville to start a new Breakwater there, I did not mean that they were all moving there permanently.  Only Chef Beth Shaw is moving to Greenville and taking her two sous chefs with her (Kris and Brandon). Gary and Donna are NOT moving to Greenville. They will be spending some time there in the beginning but Beaufort will be their home base. They have brought on a new executive chef/owner Ryan Blanton to help run the Beaufort Breakwater kitchen alongside current Executive Chef Gary Lang. Their tentative opening in Greenville is some time in October (so tell your friends there). From Donna Lang, “We love Beaufort and look forward to many more years here with all of you.”  So I hope this corrects some of the confusion. ...

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Fall preview of upcoming Beaufort charity events

(Or when to invite your in-laws to town for a visit so they will have something to do besides stare at you) By Lanier Laney We all love house guests don’t we?  Well, until one too many came this past summer that is! But if you are like me, you are starting to get peppered with questions as to when would be a good time to visit Beaufort this fall, “when things cool down.” So you are faced with two options: either get rid of your guest bedroom bed (as I am in the process of doing) or take a look at my fall event “cheat sheet” below to pick a weekend where a LOT is happening, so you don’t have to be the one “making it happen.” Hint, the weekend of Oct. 21-23 has the most charity events happening for your house guests, which would allow you plenty of lounging around time in your pajamas! First up: Weekend of August 27 Cheeseburgers in Paradise at Port Royal Landing Marina... ...

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Beaufort Art Association presents artist Joan Templer

From August 22 through October 1, the Beaufort Art Association will feature the paintings and prints of Joan Templer, a well-known local artist who has exhibited widely in this country and in South Africa, the country of her birth and her formal art training.  There will be a reception in Joan’s honor on Friday, August 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the BAA Gallery, 913 Bay Street in Beaufort. Although she has had a fascinating artistic life in South Africa, England, New York, Georgia, and now the Lowcountry, Joan does not rest on past achievements.  Her forward-looking, experimental philosophy and dedication to the creative process make her a truly remarkable individual. Viewers can gain better access to her work once they begin to see how she proceeds. “I work in my studio almost all day, every day, and sometimes until late at night. That might seem to be very tiring, but it isn’t. For some reason, the focus on what I am painting creates its own energy. It’s not... ...

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