LOUD: empowering youth to live out their dreams

By Pamela Brownstein Today, even the most inspiring words have a hard time reaching teenagers, who are plugged into an incessant bombardment of peer pressure, media hype and negative influences. One Beaufort group uses hip-hop and spoken word to break through all of the noise and nudge youth onto a path toward achieving their goals. Living Out Ur Dreams (LOUD) has a lot to say if the community is willing to listen. Founded by Jamie Fleming and Mackenzie McGrew, LOUD is an arts and education based nonprofit that operates as a conduit for student and community success through project-based instruction. LOUD uses slam style poetry, music composition and music engineering and production to empower its participants to overcome negative peer pressure, and encourages them to develop healthy values and positive attitudes and habits, ultimately leading to better decision-making skills. Jamie and Mackenzie met at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and then moved to Beaufort, Jamie’s hometown. Here the two realized the need for high school students to express themselves when... ...

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Labor Day weekend happenings

The Lands End Woodland, Inc. of St. Helena Island will celebrate the 5th Lands End Woodland River Festival from September 2-3, to commemorate the legacy of its Gullah founding fathers. The festival is a community celebration of the Gullah ancestry and traditions of the people of St. Helena Island through music, storytelling, historical presentations, crafts and food. Admission is $3 for adults; children (16 and under) free.  Free parking. The Woodland beachfront property is located on Lands End Road, six miles south of Penn Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on St. Helena Island. For more festival information, please call (843) 838-4503 or (843) 838-2474. Hunting Island State Park presents Pirate Day on Saturday, Sept. 3. Pirate Roulette will be at 10 a.m.: Meet in the Nature Center parking lot and  battle other pirates in a brutal egg off! Last one standing, not covered in egg, wins a prize. Pre-Registration required. $2/person, fee waived if you dress like a pirate. At 11 a.m. there will be Life of a... ...

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Friday Nights Live at ARTworks

Live music, Spanish guitar and comedy — experience it all in the 125-seat Black Box Theater at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort 29902. Fridays from 8-11 p.m., $10 cover, beverages available. Brought to you by Strings-n-Things and ARTworks, the coolest arts council in the Carolinas. September 9: Pop, R&B, Blues and more from Malia Kaneshige & Generation Gap Malia is the vocal teen wonder who won the 2010 Beaufort’s Best Hidden Talent competition, triumphing over 30 acts, all older than she. She and Generation Gap joined forces to rock out on Paris Avenue, in the Street Music series in Old Village Port Royal. Like the name says, Generation Gap is a 40-year span of musical talents, including JW Rone on harmonica, Jen Haden on guitar, and Jack Russell, the career session musician, on lead guitar. September 16: Jazz and Gospel with Lavon Stevens & Company The Savannah native and Lowcountry favorite has performed from Orlando to Aspen, and is a BMI-affiliated publisher/songwriter. His prowess as a musical talent runs from... ...

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New artists at Bay St. Gallery

Bill Mead’s works are whimsical, humorous pieces that explore the juxtaposition of landscape and still life. Bill’s appreciation for the charm and the natural beauty of the Beaufort Lowcountry is evident in each work. Barbara James is a multi-talented three dimensional artist who transforms handcrafted, hand embellished fabric into a wearable work of art. Her handbags are inspired by the lush and exotic landscape of the Lowcountry. Mary Grayson Segars is an artist who is not afraid to let the brush stokes talk. Her energetic brushwork on the canvas, accompanied by her vibrant colors help bring the excitement of the Lowcountry to life. ...

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Points of Peace

“Not Just Giving Peace A Chance, But Bringing It Back In Style”: the artwork of stained glass artist, Ragtime, Marine Corps Vietnam veteran will be on display September-October 2011 at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. Opening reception is Friday, September 2, 6 to 8 p.m. This gallery show and sale is one man’s quest to share a vision of life without war. Ragtime, a stained glass artist living near Berkeley Spring, W.Va., began his Points of Peace in the fall of 2006. As a combat marine who fought in Vietnam, this work is his contribution to the effort to create a more caring world free from war. Each piece is a unique creation intended to remind everyone of the spirit of peace and is part of a numbered and cataloged series limited to 1,000. “I am placing my love and understanding on a positive course so that all who come in contact with these peace signs will experience a feeling of love, hope and family, and together we will journey... ...

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Arts events

USCB holding auditions for ‘Guys and Dolls Jr.’ If you are between the ages of 6 and 18, Beaufort Children’s Theatre needs YOU!  Auditions for “Guys and Dolls Jr.” will be held Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14 at the USCB Center for the Arts. If you are interested in auditioning,  please arrive 15 minutes prior to the audition time to complete required registration information.  Please bring a recent, non-returnable, photograph of the person auditioning.  No experience is required, only a positive attitude. Specific audition dates and times: September 13: Ages 6-9, 5:15 – 6 p.m.; Ages 10-12,  6:15 – 7 p.m.; Ages 12-18, 7:15 – 8 p.m.  September 14: Ages 6-11, 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.; Ages 12-18, 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.; Callbacks, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Production dates for “Guys and Dolls Jr.” are November 19 and 20 at the USCB Center for the Arts. For additional information, please contact Bonnie Hargrove at 843-521-3145 or bhargrov@uscb.edu. Fripp Island Friends of Music hosts Hotlanta Fripp Island Friends of Music... ...

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Chamber of Commerce restructures

A restructured Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will boost its ability to serve area businesses while also leading tourism and visitor marketing, chamber and tourism officials said. In an overwhelming vote Thursday, August 25, the Chamber Board of Directors approved the reorganization and creation of the Tourism, Travel and Convention Division, formerly known as the Visitor & Convention Bureau.  Effective immediately, this division tackles tourism promotions, assists the hospitality industry in northern Beaufort County and operates the Visitors Center on Craven Street in downtown Beaufort. “We are excited at the opportunities this brings and the efficiencies it will produce,” said Blakely Williams, president and CEO of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. Despite a decision in March to split the tourism branch from the main chamber, the Visitor & Convention Bureau never operated on its own. The Tourism, Travel and Convention Division currently employs a division executive, two marketing administrators and a small team to staff the Visitor Center, which is located in the historic Beaufort Arsenal. “One of the... ...

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Beaufort’s Civic Master Plan process continues

This September and October, the City of Beaufort will continue its exciting design and master planning process, led by the Redevelopment Commission and the Office of Civic Investment, to create a Civic Master Plan for the future of the city. Community involvement is essential to this process, and we look forward to seeing everyone in the coming months. The Civic Master Plan will establish principles and standards that all public and private development will follow and will identify and promote investment and reinvestment opportunities, block by block, in each neighborhood throughout the entire city. Each neighborhood has its own unique history, character and physical attributes and we need your help to identify how each will evolve over the coming decades. The planning for Sectors 2 & 3 of the Civic Master Plan will encompass the following neighborhoods west of Ribaut Rd. and south of Duke St.: West End, Depot, Hundred Pines, Royal Oaks, Cottage Farm, Jericho Woods, Spanish Point, and Mossy Oaks, as well as Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the... ...

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Website answers ‘Why South Carolina?’

The South Carolina Power Team recently added new target industry data and information to its website www.SCpowerteam.com. The enhancements give the web visitor feedback on why many world class companies have chosen to locate their operations in the state. “Our latest advertising campaign is designed to tell our targets how a location in South Carolina can add value to their bottom line,” said Fred Gassaway, EVP of Marketing at the Power Team. “By including these messages in our website, we are delivering our story more comprehensively through an interactive, 24/7 platform.” In addition to general information, visitors to the upgraded Power Team website can also read “Why South Carolina?” as related to the following industry sectors: automotive, aerospace, logistics, medical and renewable energy. Visit today at www.SCpowerteam.com. ...

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Letters to the Editor

Supporting a more bike friendly Beaufort I was very excited to read about plans for Beaufort to improve road-sharing for cyclists and motorists.  I have just returned from a month’s trip up North.  While there, I biked several days in different states.  There were bike lanes on roads and also Rails to Trails routes. Last year I spent a month in California and Washington state.  I did a lot of biking on that trip as well.  In all of these locations there were many cyclists enjoying the trails and bike lanes. People of all ages, young and old, families, and individuals were out in large numbers.  There were also runners and walkers on these trails. I kept thinking that I wished Beaufort would become more bike friendly. This is a great way to promote family time together.  It gets people away from the computer and all of the time spent playing games and other things on it. In addition, tourists will have one more reason to visit our beautiful city. ... ...

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