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March 28, 2012

Tidal Creek Fellowship celebrates grand opening

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By Tess Malijenovsky

After 10 years of congregating in the gymnasium of Coosaw Elementary School, Tidal Creek Fellowship, a nondenominational Christian church, recently moved to its new, permanent 20-acre home at 290 Brickyard Point South on Lady’s Island. The number of churchgoers has nearly double since the move, what volunteer Patricia Powers calls “a modern miracle given trends in church attendance.”

Tidal Creek Fellowship Church is located at 290 Brickyard Point South on Lady’s Island.

According to Pastor David Holland, a smaller percentage of people go to church in Beaufort County than any other county in South Carolina. After being a minister for 17 years, Pastor Holland was inspired to start a church that had a different approach from traditional churches, one with a neutral environment in which everybody would feel welcomed. “We want to change the method, not the Christian message,” said Pastor Holland.
Plans for the construction of Tidal Creek Fellowship church were drawn five years ago, however it’s taken a few capital campaigns and help from the bank to finance Pastor Holland’s vision. Early February 2011, the church broke ground and its first Sunday service was March 4, 2012.
Architecturally, the new church was designed to make everybody, especially new churchgoers, feel comfortable by building an environment that was as contemporary and familiar as, for example, a coffee shop.
Walking through the doors, members step into an open lobby with flat screen TVs scrolling church information and with an offering of doughnuts and Fair Trade coffee. Three large screen panels display hymns and scripture during service so that everyone can easily and accessibly read from any seating arrangement. The intention was, not to discourage bringing in a bible, but to encourage new churchgoers who may not be familiar with navigating scripture. Lastly, the new Tidal Creek Fellowship church has a children’s area with an advanced security system, flat screen TVs for the video-driven curriculum and colorfully painted murals.
This weekend Tidal Creek Fellowship will welcome the public to its Grand Opening Celebration “Come as you are,” spiritually and physically (flip-flops and jeans won’t be shunned at this church). From 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, is the Community Children’s Carnival with jump houses, games and carnival treats. There will be tours of the new campus and WLFS will be broadcasting live.
Then at 4 p.m., catch the Community Celebration Service honoring the community partners and everyone else who made the dream of the church building a reality; followed by a reception in the Gathering Area at 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, hear the “Good News” based on scripture that delivers a message in a relevant style to all ages with services at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m.

JSLB to host annual BBQ fundraiser at The Arsenal

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Junior Service League of Beaufort (JSLB) will host the JSLB BBQ on Saturday, April 14 from 6 to10:30 p.m. at The Arsenal, 809 Port Republic Street. The event raises funds for the league’s grant process which benefits agencies and organizations serving women, children and families. Tickets for the event are now on sale for $40 per person and include a barbecue buffet catered by Q on Bay, open bar, silent auction, and live music by The Broke Locals. Tickets may be purchased online at “This is the seventh year of the BBQ and over the past six years the event has raised over $100,000 for our community,” said Emily Harris, league president. For more information about the league or how to sponsor the event, please visit or call 803.315.7339.

FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice holds annual Fashion Show

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FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice is pleased to announce that the 9th Annual Fashion Show will be hosted at The Shed located in the center of downtown Port Royal on Wednesday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s show is “Transitions,” featuring spring and summer fashions showcasing the changes in attire that many of us go through on a daily basis.  Fashions will be highlighted in three sections including Sporty, Smart and Sassy.

Fashion Show co-chairs Janet Thompson and Sharon Dwyer.

The fundraising event will showcase the romantic colors and styles for spring from locally owned retailers including Bay Street Jewelers, Bay Street Outfitters, Beaufort Clothing Company, Carolina Wiggle Wear, Divine Shoes, Grace & Glory, Her Favorite Store, Higher Ground, Lulu Burgess, Modern Jewelers, Sweet Grass Apparel, and Diane Hultari of Custom Tailoring as well as FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice’s Red Door.
The event will include a gourmet luncheon by Catering by Debbi Covington; entertainment by “Music to Go” Ed and Kris Robertson; and auctioneer, Deanna Bowdish.
Tickets are $55 each or $500 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 843-525-6257 for reservations.
“We are so excited about our new venue, which is located in the community where you will find the Friends of Caroline Hospice office. Now as we prepare for our largest attendance ever, the 2012 Friends Fashion Show will be held at The Shed, where there will be a completely different look,” explains Fashion co-chairpersons Janet Thompson and Sharon Dwyer, pictured at right.

History with Holly: By the river banks

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By Frances Pringle Cherry
When most people think of a bank they envision an institution that gives and receives money. However, if you were to ask any child growing up in Beaufort in the 60’s and 70’s what the bank was to them, they may say the best adventure playground a child could ever have.
I grew up on Lady’s Island on Factory Creek. At that time there weren’t as many houses lining the water as there are today. This meant miles of bank. The bank became the connector to neighborhoods that you weren’t allowed to go to by road. It was also a great challenge riding your bike to not fall off while going down the bank into the marsh. The bank, with its steepness, was also used as a slide from the dumped rakings of the leaves from past Saturday family raking days. The bank on Factory Creek had many downed majestic oaks fallen after the hurricane in 1959. The oaks still clung to life with their roots entrapped in the sandy soil on the bank. The trunk of the tree spread along the marsh. This was the perfect fort or boat for any child’s adventure. The roots formed a cool sandy cave fort that shaded us from the tough summer sun. The washed up goods from the Beaufort River and the Oyster Factory helped supply our fort or boat needs.
When we weren’t on the ground we were in the creek swimming from dock to dock or across the creek to another bank. The mud bank across from the Aimar’s and Webb’s houses gave us hours of pleasure. The mud bank was perfect for sliding, throwing and rolling on pure black soft mud.
Even with all the development around Beaufort my children have been able to enjoy banks around the Beaufort River. I hope all children experience the joy that this land gives.

Beaufort Then & Now: This moment in Beaufort’s history is an excerpt from the book “Beaufort … Then and Now,” an anthology of memories compiled by Holly Kearns Lambert. Copies of this book may be purchased at Beaufort Book Store. For information or to contribute your memory, contact Holly at or

A great place to watch the game and bring the family: Carolina Wings

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By Pamela Brownstein
Lunch Bunch spared no calories as we indulged in the yummy comfort food at Carolina Wings & Rib House in Port Royal.
After sharing a plate of their renowned Mozzarella cheese sticks with marinara sauce, Elizabeth and I both hit the salad bar. (It makes me feel less guilty, and a trip to the salad bar is included with the Wing Plate.)
April ordered a salad too made with iceberg and romaine lettuce with shredded carrots, red cabbage, bacon, tomatoes, onion, croutons and buffalo chicken with honey mustard dressing.
Kim tried Rob’s Chili: a hearty meat and tomato based chili with beans and just the right amount of heat.
Buck savored a grilled chicken wrap on a tomato basil tortilla and filled with strips of grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and ranch dressing, with a side of sweet potato fries.

Boneless chicken wings with Wing Chips.

Elizabeth sampled the Wing Plate with 10 boneless wings and Wing Chips. The wings were covered with hot sauce, so they definitely had a kick.
I also had the Wing Plate, but mine came with nine regular wings — half honey mustard and half lemon pepper flavor — as well as a side of Wing Chips,  Carolina Wings’ legendary potato chips that come with a side of ranch dressing. They are so good. I could dip everything into that ranch sauce.
Nikki knew exactly what she wanted: the riblet strips. She chose CW’s classic sauce to cover the slow-cooked riblets, and also a side of Wing Chips.
With TVs at almost every individual table, as well as above the bar and around the restaurant, Carolina Wings provides the perfect atmosphere to watch multiple sports games at once, especially now that baseball season is upon us. It has a jovial environment that’s family friendly in the large dining area, or you can choose to just sit at the bar.
Carolina Wings is located at 1714 Ribaut Road in Port Royal. For take out, call 843-379-5959 or visit Open Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; bar stays open until 2 a.m.

Count on The Count

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By Celia Strong

Today, we have a piece of California wine history that involves one winery and one person. But the two of them are so closely intertwined that our lesson is big and important, and interesting and fun too.
Buena Vista Winery is the oldest commercial winery in California. It was founded, in Carneros, in 1857, by Agoston Haraszthy. Haraszthy was born in Hungary in 1812. He came from a noble family: noble but not very wealthy.  Still, his background gave him a far better education than most other immigrants at the time. He also had a great ambition and talent for self-promotion. Today, it can be difficult to separate fact from legend when it comes to Haraszthy, but here goes. He arrived in New York in 1840 and traveled to Wisconsin with a cousin. While there, he laid out a town that became Sauk City, raised livestock and grew wheat and hops. Then, he travelled to Budapest to see his wife, parents and three sons. In 1842, the whole family returned to Wisconsin. This time Haraszthy bought land, ran a steamboat line and experimented with “vitis lambrusca” grape vines. (These were native American vines, not the “vitis vinifera” vines that were in Europe.). Wisconsin winters were not friendly to Haraszthy’s health though, so news from California of gold and wonderful weather prompted him to move his family to the West Coast. They settled in San Diego.
In San Diego, Haraszthy went into various businesses, got himself elected sheriff, built a new jail, and, not to be left out, planted Mission grape vines. When California became a state, Haraszthy was elected to the state legislature which resulted in his family moving to San Francisco. And he bought more land. In 1853, Haraszthy and one of his sons, Geza, along with some partners, took advantage of a federal program that let them claim land in a canyon south of San Francisco called Crystal Springs. It was on this land that he first experimented with “vinifera” grapes.
At the same time as he was planting European grapes south of the city, Haraszthy, along with other Hungarian partners, opened a business to assay and refine gold. Luckily, in 1854, the first San Francisco branch of the U.S. mint was opened. Haraszthy was appointed assayer for the mint. Not so luckily, discrepancies were found in the mint’s numbers, Haraszthy was charged but eventually found not guilty. The damage was done though — his reputation was badly tarnished and working in close proximity to the heat and melting metal dust did damage to his health.
The vines that he’d been planting in Crystal Springs he now tore up and replanted in Sonoma. This location was named Buena Vista for its beautiful views. It was here his plantings became most successful. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah all got attention from him. And, Zinfandel, which became so important to Sonoma and California wine making. Buena Vista was Haraszthy’s most successful business venture, although not one that he could stay with for too long.  In 1863, financial support for the winery was taken over by the Buena Vista Horticultural Society with Haraszthy as the superintendent. Then, in 1866, he was forced to resign as superintendent of the winery.  After filing bankruptcy in 1868, Haraszthy found new funding and went to Nicaragua to set up and run a sugar plantation.  His wife died of yellow fever and Haraszthy fell off a tree branch trying to cross an alligator filled river. He died on July 16, 1869, although his body was never found.
Buena Vista Winery is still located where Haraszthy built it, just east of the town of Sonoma. In 1857, he started to bore tunnels into the sides of a nearby mountain. At the entrances to the tunnels he built stone winery buildings. There were underground tunnels and the latest wine making machinery available. Buena Vista was the first stone winery in California. Haraszthy kept adding more land to his holdings and, eventually, he had over 5,000 acres of valley and hillsides. He believed strongly in hillside vineyards, claiming the vines should grow without irrigation.  Some of his land he divided into smaller plots that he encouraged friends to come to Sonoma to see and he planted vineyards for them on “their own” land. In the middle of the property, he built a villa that he and his family lived in.
In 1858, Haraszthy wrote a 19 page report on grapes and vines in California. It was published by the state agricultural society that he became president of in 1862. In 1863, Haraszthy incorporated the Buena Vista Horticultural Society. This was the first California, if not United States, corporation dedicated to the wine making business. And, in 1861, Haraszthy was appointed by the governor to prepare a report for the state legislature on why and how to develop the state’s wine business. In preparing for this report, he travelled through Europe investigating winery styles and methods, and gathering vine roots for planting (more than 100,000 vines, more than 350 different varieties). He offered to sell the rootstocks to the state, to plant them and see which varieties were best for California, to give them to wine makers across the state and more. None of his offers were accepted, and the massive expenditure was partly responsible for his later bankruptcy.
One last piece of the Haraszthy story is the Zinfandel controversy.  His legend claims that he was responsible for bringing Zinfandel rootstock to California. In the 1870’s and 1880’s, one of his sons claimed that his father was the first to bring Zin into the state in 1852.  Because this son was a well known sparkling wine producer in San Francisco and the president of the state board of agricultural commissioners, his claim was widely believed. Despite some challenges over the years, truth or legend, Haraszthy is still considered to be the founder of the California wine business. His title as the “Count” is a tribute to his  accomplishments and legacy.
Today, Buena Vista Carneros Winery, its new formal name, makes a wine to honor their founder called “The Count.”  Of course it is.  It is a blend of grapes from Sonoma vineyards, each fermented separately, aged in American, French and Hungarian oak as needed and then blended into the finished wine. The grapes in it are Merlot, Syrah and, yes, Zinfandel. And it definitely delivers as the tribute it is meant to be. The bouquet is rich and opulent with black currant, cherries and hints of espresso. The flavors are those plus more – plum, blackberry, baking spices like cinnamon and cardamom. And the texture? Big, full, juicy, silky smooth.  There is a subtle power to this wine the comes across in all its layers. As you go through your first glass, every sip is your new best friend. Truly amazing, and for $17.99.  How often do we get to have a glass with a Count?  Now we can have “The “Count,” by the glass or the bottle.  Makes us all royalty, for a bit at least.  Enjoy!

The Vapor Wakes

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By Tracie Korol

After spending billions on bomb-detection equipment, the Pentagon now says the best tool for the job is … a dog. They’re called the Vapor Wakes and they are the newest, and the oldest, defense against bad guys with bombs. The Vapor  Wakes are currently hard at work in New York City.
A good dog is a natural super soldier: strong yet acrobatic, fierce yet obedient. It can leap higher than most men and run twice as fast. Its eyes are equipped for night vision, its ears for supersonic hearing, its mouth for subduing the most belligerent prey. But its true glory is its nose. In the 1970s, researchers found that dogs could detect even a few particles per million of a substance; in the ’90s, more subtle instruments lowered the threshold to particles per billion; the most recent tests have brought it down to particles per trillion.
Just as astonishing, is a dog’s acuity — the way it can isolate and identify compounds within a scent, like the spices in a soup. Drug smugglers often try to mask the smell of their shipments by packaging them with coffee beans, air fresheners, or sheets of fabric softener. To see if this can fool a dog, behavioral scientists will flood a laboratory with different scents, then add minute quantities of heroin or cocaine to the mix. In one case, says Paul Waggoner, a behavioral scientist at the Canine Detection Research Institute, at Auburn University, home of the Vapor Wake Detection (VWD) program, “the whole damn lab smelled like a Starbucks,” but the dogs had no trouble honing in on the drug. “They’re just incredible at finding the needle in the haystack,” Waggoner said.
Since 2001, the number of uniformed police in New York has dropped by 17 percent. In that same period, the canine force has nearly doubled. It now has around a hundred dogs, divided among the narcotics, bomb, emergency-response and transit squads.
The difference between a Vapor Wake dog and a regular search dog — one that can locate stationary explosives or contraband — is that Vapor Wakes are trained to pick up on the moving scent of explosives in a crowd, enabling officers to scan a large amount of people in a short time. The VWD dog samples the plume of air coming off a person and/or what they are carrying as the person passes through a crowd.  The dog can also detect an explosive’s vapor-wake after a person has left an area and follow the vapor-wake to the explosive source.  An account of a police dog’s search for explosives in a staged simulation in Grand Central Terminal had me stunned. A decoy, with a small amount of explosives in a backpack was sent on a pre-set route through the train station. Thirty minutes later, as trains were moving in and out of the terminal and thousands of passengers are moving in and out, the Vapor Wake dog, Ray, a female Labrador, was released to track her target.  And she found him. Her reward? A good game of fetch with her tennis ball.
A VWD dog is specifically bred and prepared its entire life to succeed in this line of work. A puppy enters the Detector Dog Raising Program upon birth.  Various environmental exposures are engineered to help develop the puppy’s natural abilities during the first 12 months of its life. Auburn uses primarily sporting breeds in this line of work because they can operate within a crowd causing less or no disruption.  After a puppy, or now adult canine, completes the Detector Dog Raising Program, it returns to the Canine Detection Training Center.
A dog then receives six weeks of vigorous training at the center before a handler is assigned. Upon the student/handler’s arrival, they enter, as a team, into a 10-week basic explosives handler course. Upon graduating the basic course, the team receives a minimum of two additional weeks of training in their operational environment. Continued training in the operational environment is critical to the team’s continued success. Training and breeding Vapor Wake dogs costs $20,000 per animal.

Annual Pet and Kids Fair at Habersham

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On Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m., come to the 4th Annual Pet and Kids Fair. The event will be expanding this year to include performance groups and a low-cost wellness and rabies clinic.  In addition, Jumpin Jaxx will have activities for children and The Green Room will be hosting contests and games for the dogs. Visit the website at to learn more and post your cutest, ugliest, owner look-a-like, most disturbing, most spoiled and more pet pictures.  Great prizes from local businesses will be given for winners. Please come out to the Habersham Marketplace. Make your reservation for the vet clinic as soon as possible. Here is a schedule of the entertainment:
• 10-10:20: Junior Orchestra Performance
• 10: Dog Agility Demonstration
10:20-10:40: Dog Contests and Games
• 10:40-11: Gymnastic Performances
• 11-11:30: Studio B Dance Performances
• 11:30-12: Dog Contests and Games
• 12: Dog Agility Demonstration
• 12:30-1: Karate Demonstrations
• 1: Picture Contest Winners Announced
• 1:30-2: Final Games and Contests
• Kids Activities: All Day

What To Do

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‘Catholic School Girls’ on stage at ARTworks
“Catholic School Girls” is produced by Misspent Youth Productions and written by Casey Kurrti and will be in the black box theater at ARTworks March 29 – 31 at 7:30 p.m.; April 1 at 3 p.m. In this satire of Catholic school life in the 1960s, four actresses play the nuns and the first through eighth grade girls at St. George’s School in Yonkers. An amusing portrait emerges, of girls maturing to the threshold of adolescence as they experience bonds of friendship, reprimands from authority figures, pressures from home, as well as the Beatles, the Addams Family, the Supremes and the election of a Catholic president. The black box theater at ARTworks is in Beaufort Town Center, at 2127 Boundary Street. Tickets are $17 and online at; Thursday, March 29 is “Pay What You Can” ($5 minimum.)

St. Helena has free organ performance
Organist Rhonda Sider Edgington, of Holland, Michigan, will give a free performance at the Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal), 505 Church Street, on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. This will be the first evening organ recital scheduled by the church as part of its Tricentennial Celebration Spring Concert Series. For more information, contact Pat Gould at or 843-522-1712 or visit

Spaghetti dinner raises money for Relay for Life
Let the Beaufort Lions Club cook a Spaghetti Dinner for you Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive. Meals are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Eat in or take out, but either way you’ll be raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.

Fraternity sponsors annual car wash
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., XI Gamma Lambda Chapter of Beaufort County will sponsor their annual car wash in support of March for Babies- March of Dimes. Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, 1900 Boundary Street on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Grace & Glory Uptown is giving away chickens!
Chicks for Chicks Event will be held Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at GRACE & GLORY Uptown,  1029 Boundary Street (next to Talbots). Through World Vision ( we are donating chickens to hungry families.  Help us reach our goal!
• Every $100 you spend on March 31st we will give a chicken to a hungry family in Africa.
• We are offering a “Pick a Chick” discount 20-50% off one item;
• Food, Fun and Fabulous Fashions
We’re giving away chickens! Why chickens?
• Fresh eggs raise the levels of protein and other nutrients in a family’s diet;
• The sale of extra eggs and chickens can pay for vital basics like rice, milk and school supplies;
• Families can sell the offspring for extra income or share them with other families.

Beaufort Moose Lodge has Beatles tribute band
The Beaufort Moose Lodge #1855 is presenting an alcohol free, fundraising concert featuring the band “1964 The Tribute” on Saturday, March 31 at Beaufort Town Center. All net proceeds will go to Friends Of Caroline Hospice and “Moose Charities.” Rolling Stone Magazine says, “1964 is the best Beatles tribute on earth.” Sponsors for this fundraiser are Stokes Honda of Beaufort, Stokes Brown Toyota of Beaufort,  Stokes Used Car Center of Beaufort,  Stokes Brown Toyota of Hilton Head, Beaufort Marine Supply and 104.9 The SURF. Tickets for this event are online at  20% discount code (tommymoose1855).

Sons of Confederate Veterans hold meeting
Beaufort County’s Gen. Richard H. Anderson Camp #47 Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, April 2. Meetings are held in the Harmony Masonic Lodge located at 2710 Depot Road in Beaufort, starting promptly at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Joe Long, Curator of Education for the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia who will speak on “Through Fiery Trials: Religion in the Civil War”.  Meetings are open to the public and guests, ladies are welcome to attend as well. Those interested in learning more about the SCV are encouraged to attend or review the Camp’s web site Please contact Commander Jim Thomas with any questions you may have at 843-592-2299.

Come hear bluegrass at Pickin by the River
Pickin by the River (venue is bluegrass, oldtime,country and folk) will be held Saturday, April 7, from Noon  to 5:30 p.m. at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Pickers and listeners are welcome. Bring a chair and join us for the day. There are plenty of places to eat on the waterfront or bring a picnic lunch. No alcohol, no drums, no glass bottles, no charge. Stage show and open jams (throughout the park). Beginners to advanced players are welcome. It’s a great time to hone your talent or just to learn. If you have a group that would like to play on stage, please call Pat at 843-379-9084.

Bay Street Outfitters hosts fly fishing meeting
Wednesday, April 11 is the next meeting of the Sea Island Fly Fishers at 6 p.m. at Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort.  Following a social hour, the club will recognize the winner of its recent fly-only redfish tournament. Tom Blair won with five fish and received a trophy and $100 gift certificate. The program will be a talk on cobia fishing. The club’s perennial winner of its fly-caught-cobia competition, Paul Burton, will share his secrets on finding and catching these great fighters. The public is invited to attend, especially if interested in fly fishing. Visit for more club information or call Jack Baggette at 522-8911.

Church to hold Spirit Fill Service ‘The Cross’
A Spirit Fill Service will be held at The Foot Of The Cross on Saturday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m., 168 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island. For more information, call  Bennie Dudley at 843-838-3909.

Women’s coastal skills clinic at Hunting Island
Weekend workshop to expand women’s knowledge of the Lowcountry outdoors! Weekend begins on the afternoon of Friday, April 13 with a Naturalist-guided “Secrets of the Salt Marsh” tour. Twelve educational, hands-on programs will be offered, including a History of the Lighthouse, Birding 101, Cast Netting, Salt Marsh Kayaking, Shell Fishing, Beachcombing, How to Make a Dreamcatcher and more. Meals included, camping accommodations at Hunting Island and a special rate on a hotel in nearby Frogmore available. Event runs from afternoon of Friday, April 13 through afternoon of Sunday, April 15, at Hunting Island State Park, 2555 Sea Island Parkway Hunting Island. The cost is $189 per person, plus cost of accommodations (deadline is April 1, limited to 60 women, 16 and over). Contact for reservations, more information, and accommodations is Amanda C. Wood at 843-838-7437.

Library commemorates Titanic 100 anniversary
The Beaufort library will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic with a one-man theatrical presentation by Howard Burnham on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m.  The acclaimed one-man show, “Take her to the Sea, Mr. Murdoch,” is a 45-minute fully costumed dramatic monologue in which actor Howard Burnham, in costume as Captain E. J. Smith, will trace the history of transatlantic steam navigation while providing his take on the Titanic’s disastrous demise.  There is no charge; space is limited to 75 persons. Howard Burnham is an Englishman who lives in Columbia. His acclaimed self-researched and written one-man shows have played throughout England and on the B.B.C.

Women’s group hosts fashion show luncheon
“Springing into Fashion Do’s” by Belks with the Beaufort Christian Women’s Connection will be held Thursday, April 19, at St. Helena Parish Hall located at 507 Newcastle Street. Doors open at 11:45 and lunch is served at 12:15. Speaker for the day is Martha Cahoon, artist and author, whose topic will be “Painted Hope into Her Life”.  Luncheon and program is $12 and reservations must be in by Friday, April 13 and cancelled no later than Monday, April 16.  To make reservations, email or call Karen Whitehead at 838-7627 or All women of the community are welcomed.

Habersham readies for Earth Day celebration
The Habersham community’s Green Committee is sponsoring an art contest, “Up-Cycled Art in Downtown Habersham,” of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork comprised of “junk/trash” or other items that would normally end up in a landfill in conjunction with Earth Day celebration.  There will be two separate contests:  Adults and Children, Grades K – 12.  The entries will be judged and on display during the Earth Day celebration on April 20, 4-7 p.m. during the regularly scheduled Farmers Market in the Habersham Marketsquare. Deadline for application submission is April 1. For information and application to participate, please contact Merle Wolfgang, The winners will be recognized and awarded during the festival. This family friendly event is designed to educate the community on options for a greener way of living. There will be fun and educational children’s activities throughout the Marketplace.  Meet local farmers and sample their goods while listening to live music by Billy Drysdale. Various “green” groups, organizations and exhibitors will showcase their products and services.

Shark Fest no match for Club Karate students

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Six Club Karate students and their instructor competed in the Shark fest karate tournament held in Myrtle Beach this past weekend. They all did a fantastic job.
Pictured at left, Front row, left to right: Ryan Giles — second in kata and second in fighting; Grayce Houchins — first in kata and second in fighting; Hunter Rast — first in weapons, third in kata and third in fighting. Back row: Emani Alston — first in weapons, first in kata and third in fighting; Sam Alston — first in weapons, third in kata and third in fighting; Chuck Elias and Faye Alston — third in kata.

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