Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic set for May 1

Racing at top speeds of up to 40 miles an hour, over 100 professional male and female cyclists will compete in downtown Beaufort during the 6th annual Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic, a celebration of active, healthy living in the Lowcountry, on Tuesday, May 1, at 5 p.m. It’s all free and open to the public.

Last year’s race on Bay Street. Photo by Paul Nurnberg.

The format will offer spectators the opportunity to watch the best of the best in American criterium racing up close as they ride at top speeds for up to two hours on the .6-mile course. Cyclists representing most of the national professional cycling teams will participate in the race.
The evening will kick off with a kids’ race at 5 p.m. on Bay Street and will be followed by the women’s race at 6 p.m., then men’s race. The professional races will follow a .6-mile course that begins and ends at the clock tower on Bay Street.
“As the community’s primary healthcare provider, we are delighted to once again be a part of Beaufort’s pro cycling event,” said hospital President & CEO Rick Toomey. “The Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic truly celebrates active, healthy living, and we always look forward to this event.”
The Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic is a part of the USA Crits Southeast series that kicks off in Athens, Ga., on April 28 with the “Athens Twilight,” and continues with a total of seven races in nine days — each in a different Southeastern city.
America has a rich history of criterium racing, a unique form of cycling that stresses high-speed racing contested amidst an urban atmosphere. Criterium racing’s ability to combine the most exciting elements of popular sports with the large-scale appeal of downtown festivals has made it the most enduring form of cycling in North America with an ever-growing following of fans.
Because professional criteriums are run on short lap courses through city streets, they offer spectators the opportunity to watch the competitors up-close as they ride at top speed for up to two hours. This has made the criterium format the most spectator-friendly form of cycling.
The event is managed by Lowcountry Velo, with corporate support from Beaufort Memorial Hospital and additional support from local sponsors, volunteers and cycling clubs. For more details about the Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic please visit www.lowcountrycyclist.com.

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Summer camp helps youth learn, get outdoors

Starting May 1, the YMCA of Beaufort County is encouraging parents to help keep their kids physically active and mentally engaged by signing them up for the Y’s Day Camp programs. Summer is a critical out-of-school time when children and teens can benefit from enriched learning, new experiences and making new friendships. The Y’s camp offers all of this and more.
“While summer should be a time of exploration, youth are sometimes less involved in activities that stimulate their mind and body,” says Kaylin Garst, Y Childcare Director. “When at Y camps, kids have the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, take on new responsibilities, gain independence, and develop essential social skills and new relationships. As a result, they become more confident, open to trying new things and grow as individuals and as part of a group.”
The YMCA of Beaufort County provides exciting and educational camp programming for children and teens, and their parents, including: traditional camp where campers will receive virtual learning; Kiddie Kamp for ages 3 and 4; CIT (Counselors in Training) Camp for teens 13 to 15, and specialty and sports camps for various ages.
A variety of camp hours are available to meet the needs of working families starting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the YMCA of Beaufort County offers financial assistance.
According to experts, there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
• Adventure: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors.
• Healthy Fun: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their eating habits.
• Personal Growth: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges.
• New Friendships: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, fishing and talent shows, campers meet new friends.
• Memories: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories to last a lifetime.
For more information about YMCA summer camp, visit www.ymcabeaufort county.com or contact Kaylin Garst at 843-522-9622, childcareymca@gmail.com.

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Recreational Events

Parris Island Iron Mike Bike/Walk Tour
The Parris Island Iron Mike Bike/Walk Tour is free and open to the public on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Parris Island Historical and Museum Society will be sponsoring its sixth Iron Mike Bike Tour (bicycle) and Walking Tour of historic Parris Island.  The bike tour is 14 miles and takes riders on a 16 stop tour of the depot’s colonial plantation and military historic sites.  The walk will be 3 miles covering historical portions of mainside Parris Island.  At stops along the way, museum representatives will be available to explain the history and significance of these locations to Parris Island.  Both the bike and walking tours start at the museum.  A driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance are required to access the base.  Base policy requires cyclists to wear helmets and follow the rules of the road for safety purposes. For more information, call 843-228-2951

Golf tournament nets a little more ‘bounce’
Basketball coaches from around the country are taking to the links on Lady’s Island in May to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Yow was the women’s basketball coach of North Carolina State University for 32 seasons. She died of breast cancer in 2009 after conquering cancer twice before.
The second annual event May 7 at Lady’s Island Country Club is being organized by Carol Meegan of Lady’s Island — who coached many teams, including those at Beaufort Academy and Coker College — and Mary Ann Grimes, a former college basketball coach from Ohio. They also netted the support of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, which Yow helped found.
“Kay Yow was an inspiration to her players, as well as players and coaches around the country, no matter at what level they competed,” Meegan said. “This tournament is one way to honor her memory and help others battling cancer.”
Meegan and Grimes have invited coaches from all over the country to play in the tournament and  “Tee It Up for Kay Yow.”
Yow was named national Coach of the Year eight times. She was one of only six Division 1 head women’s coaches to rack up 700 wins and one of only three to post 1,000 games at one school. She lead her teams to 20 of 27 NCAA Tournaments, making it to the Sweet 16 11 times and to the Final Four in 1998. She was named to seven halls of fame, including the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The scramble-format tournament begins at 12:30 p.m. Beverages and snacks will be available on the course and dinner and prizes will follow. Cost is $60 per person. Call Lady’s Island Country Club at 843-524-3635 to sign up your threesome.

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B.C. United soccer wins again

The B.C. United Soccer Club under 10 boys team took second place at the Piggly Wiggly Shootout in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. Pictured in back row, from left, Sebastian Laverde, Sonny Quintanilla, William Tumlin, Uriel Zarracan, Aki Carter and Coach Tanaka. Front row, from left, Merritt Patterson (captain), Dawson Coleman, Ethan Goodwin, Thomas Holladay and Benjamin Trask.

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It was Easter and the chickens were purple, it made perfect sense

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford

Another glorious season arrives in beautiful Beaufort. The birds are singing, the flowers are in bloom, the golf courses are a buzz, and baskets of all shapes, sizes and contents are being assembled with love, joy, and artificial grass. It has always been one of my favorite holidays. Mom would spend weeks sewing dresses of linen and lace; Daddy hid eggs in the darndest places and we could smell Mammaw’s cherry pie from down the road.
Besides the floral fashion, the family feast, and doing my absolute best to sit still during the Easter Sunday service, there was one piece that completed the Easter puzzle. Each year someone, somewhere near our small little town managed to cross my path with brightly colored baby chickens. It never failed: we would see them outside Walmart, at the fruit stand, sometimes they even knocked on our door.  As a child it never occurred to me that this was abnormal. It seemed perfectly appropriate to obtain pastel poultry. It was Easter and the chickens were purple, it made perfect sense.
My parents consistently objected until my impressive negotiation skills and intolerable, incessant chatting weakened them to submission. Mom would tell me that the tiny pink chick would, in fact, grow up to look just like the ones we already had as Daddy would insist it was cruel and unusual to dye God’s tiniest creatures. Their points were both fascinating and true; however, had very little effect on my desire to take at least one home.
It was beyond me how anyone could resist a tiny pink, purple or baby blue chicken. Obviously, no Easter would be complete without the chirping, awkward little soul. Mom would eventual tire of my lengthy bouts of begging and Daddy, well Daddy couldn’t seem to give me one good reason why his daughter shouldn’t have one more chicken.
Year after year, I managed to get my Easter wish. It was a moment full of joy, appreciation and victory. Oh how I loved to walk through the house with my little friend in tow. I distinctly remember sweet purple Polly as if it were yesterday, she was by far my favorite Easter chick. She handled cuddling like a champ and didn’t even mind the occasional bonnet. Polly and I were obvious soulmates. Obvious until Polly turned in to Peter and began resisting wardrobe changes and started wanting to spend more time in the barn than with me. Apparently Polly’s early morning chirping was a sign of things to come.
Polly was my last Easter chicken. I knew even then that the purple feathers would fade and that our relationship would evolve into that of corn thrower and corn eater; but it never changed my fascination or desire for tiny little pastel colored poultry. I never cared much for the chocolate rabbits, marshmallow-shaped everything, or huge baskets full of eggs you can’t scramble.
Now that adulthood has taken over my holidays, I can’t help but look for the chirping creatures. I wonder if that is just a Mississippi thing or if children in South Carolina are pleading their way towards a pastel pet. Mom no longer makes my dresses to match my sister’s, Daddy no longer hides eggs in places only Sherlock Holmes himself could detect, but I still do my best to sit still through Sunday Easter service.
It is a splendid time indeed. May each of you have a beautifully colored Easter full of love, laughter, happiness and baskets of artificial grass. If it is pink, purple, or blue baby chickens you desire, I am sure there is a truck in Mississippi somewhere with baskets full. Happy Easter, y’all.

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The Baby Diaries: Surviving the first three months

By Pamela Brownstein
After rejoicing over the birth of our first child, my husband and I have been on a crash course trying to comprehend the basics of parenthood. We’ve been reading books, scanning blogs and listening to advice. Yes, we’ve received some helpful hints, but for the most part, we are learning by trial and error. Three months in and I’m happy to report that our baby is healthy and jolly and beautiful. The more he grows, the less I feel certain about what I know. But here are some things I have learned so far that I feel strongly about:

Docs who rock
I can’t say enough about all the talented medical professionals in Beaufort who helped us along the way. From Dr. Tolbert and Donna Andrews at Coastal OBGYN to the wonderful staff at the birthing center at Beaufort Memorial to the Keanes at Sea Island Pediatrics, we have received excellent care.

Staying out of the kitchen
With my husband working and taking graduate classes and me working and taking care of the baby, our life is hectic right now and the last thing either of us wants to do at the end of a busy day is figure out what’s for dinner. That’s why Gourmet on Wheels has been an absolute godsend. We order the meals online, they’re delivered right to our house, and we’re covered for the week. Not only is the food healthy and delicious, but the people are really nice too. I would recommend this to any new parents; it’s like having a personal chef.

Playing the name game
People’s reactions are mixed when I tell them my son’s name: Wolfe. It’s not common (it’s actually his middle name), but it’s strong and it fits him. We debated about the name basically the whole pregnancy and now, as his personality develops, I know we made the right choice.
The most important thing I have learned though is that every kid is different and most parents don’t know what they’re doing, they’re just doing the best they can.

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The Indie Film Corner: ‘The Gold Rush’

By Dennis Tavernetti
“The Gold Rush” from The Classics Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
Synopsis: Despite its reputation as one of the great masterpieces of silent cinema, “The Gold Rush” has long been unavailable in its original form. Now, in collaboration with the Cineteca Bologna, the Chaplin Estate, Janus Films, Emerging Pictures is proud to present a restoration of the film, complete with a newly recorded orchestral score.  Moving, hilarious, and full of invention, this famous silent comedy has never looked — or sounded — better. A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm. This 1925 version is true to the original.
Ratings & Reviews:  The two leading film websites give this film an IMDb rating of 8.3 and Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of 100 and audience of 91. Outstanding marks! The original 1925 New York Times review stated:  “… one is often moved to mirth with a lump in one’s throat. Chaplin takes strange situations and stirs up tears and smiles. In his more boisterous moments he engineers incidents that at this presentation provoked shrieks of laughter … you find yourself stirred by the story, gripped by its swing and filled with compassion for the pathetic little hero. Here is a comedy with streaks of poetry, pathos, tenderness, linked with brusqueness and boisterousness. It is the outstanding gem of all Chaplin’s pictures, as it has more thought and originality than even such masterpieces of mirth as ‘The Kid’ and ‘Shoulder Arms.’ ”
Previewer Comments: Charles Chaplin is very effective in merging comedy with real pathos. He had experienced starving, often rejected in love, often bullied, and always stretching for new experiences beyond the fringe. He was a risk taker: He financed most of his own films, he formed his own motion picture company, and he was outspoken about politics and cared for the underdog.  He very effectively takes all those realities in his real life and turns them in to comedic actions, which belittle the reality of the disappointments … so we laugh at Charlie Chaplin, the tramp, as we laugh away our own disappointments and problems in life.
Rated:  Unrated, but can be considered likely to be G.
Preshow Interview: Host Dennis Tavernetti, will relate the development of silent films and the biography of Charlie Chaplin at 6:40 p.m.
Tickets for adults are $8, seniors $7, students $6. Call USCB Center for the Arts box office at 843-521-4145 or purchase day of performance. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.

Dennis Tavernetti is a resident of St. Helena Island who retired to the Lowcountry having a lifelong interest in the arts. He encouraged USCB‘s Center for the Arts to investigate the possibility of bringing Indie, World and Documentary HD films to Beaufort.

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The MET: Live in HD presents ‘La Traviata’

“La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi is a romantic tragedy featuring some of the most unforgettable music in all of opera. And once again this popular favorite will be brought to the stage on Saturday, April 14 by The MET: Live in HD in a stunning production by Willy Decker.  Soprano Natalie Dessay is Violetta, Matthew Polenzani will sing the role of her lover, Alfredo, and Alfredo’s father will be sung by Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Fabio Luisi will be on the podium.
Long a favorite of aficionados and casual opera goers alike, “La Traviata” is based on a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.  It tells the story of a beautiful and popular courtesan in 18th century Paris who falls in love with a young admirer, Alfredo, and gives up her lavish and self-indulgent lifestyle to live with him in the country.
For three years they live happily until one day Alfredo’s father visit’s Violetta and asks her to give up Alfredo for the sake of his family’s good name and reputation.  Reluctantly she agrees to end their affair and goes back to Paris.  When Alfredo returns home and reads her note, he believes she has left to join another lover. He follows her to Paris to denounce her, but later, after discovering the truth of her sacrifice, he returns to beg her forgiveness.  Finding her near death with consumption, he has only a short time to tell her he was wrong before she collapse in his arms and dies.
Ticket Sales: By popular request, all seating is assigned. Adult/Senior $20; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Members $16. For additional information, contact USCB Center for the Arts director, Bonnie Hargrove, at 843-521-4145, or hargrov@uscb./edu.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation; Global corporate sponsorship is provided by Bloomberg; The HD broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder.

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Watching your figure

Lowcountry Figurative Workshop with nationally acclaimed oil painter Daryl Urig will be held April 20-21 at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center for $165. Urig will take you through all the steps to paint figures in a true-life Lowcountry setting. This comprehensive but compressed workshop will include how to use plein-air studies and photography to compose and finish a larger, more complex painting in the studio. Demonstrations and practical explanations will help the student to better understand color mixing of paints, creating a dynamic composition and lighting to place a model in a setting will be covered during this workshop. All mediums welcome, demonstrations will be in oil paint and drawing with a brush and painting knife. Space is limited to ensure individual instruction. Visit http://www.beaufortcountyarts.com/workshop.htm to register, and for the supply list.
Daryl Urig is an adjunct professor with the University of Cincinnati. He created a four-year program for the University of Cincinnati as its academic coordinator. He has painted all through his career while his work has hung in the Columbus Art Museum and the Toledo Art Museum. He has won major awards all across the United States and is represented by many galleries including the prestigious Hilligoss Galleries of Chicago, Illinois, on the Magnificent Mile. He has won awards with the Portrait Society of America and is the premier painter for the Indian Hill Historic Society in Indian Hill, Ohio. His blog “The Adventures of an American Oil Painter” is read by more than 50,000 viewers annually. His unique painting understanding and ability to teach makes him a worthwhile resource for entry level to professional artist.
ARTworks is located at 2127 Boundary Street, along with KMart and BiLo. It is a community arts center, applying the many creative tools of The Arts to strengthen artists, and enrich audiences, collectors, and visitors through high quality arts experiences and arts education programs 365 days a year. For more information, contact 843-379-2787 or visit www.artworksinbeaufort.org.

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After school events at ARTworks

• Watercolor with Pencils, ages 6-9, with Jean Norton Torjussen on Tuesdays: This class encourages an atmosphere of discovery while familiarizing students with the laws of perspective, overall good design and the use of color.
• Assemblage, ages 12-16, with Terry Brennan on Tuesdays: In this class we will explore a wide range of material with the emphasis on found and discarded objects and how to use them in art. We will harness our own instinct to repurpose these materials in a fun and creative way.
• Collage, ages 6-9, with Deanna Bowdish on Wednesdays: This class explores all formats of collage, working with several different types of paper and other natural and man-made materials as well. We will explore the elements of color, line, shape, texture and composition. We will be creating both abstract and representational work.
• Who is Jonra and what does she want with me? ages 9-16, with Lisa Rentz on Wednesdays: Comic books, song lyrics, stories, scripts and poems — all these “genres” are fun and challenging to write. In this creative writing workshop students will bring in their own writing projects, start new pieces, contribute to the group story, share and hear what other kids are writing, and get plenty of feedback, all supplies included.
• Performance Skills, ages 10-16 with Heather Denardo on Thursdays: A fun and exciting class for the actor in all of us. Students will learn many warm-ups and exercises that will enhance their performances onstage (and off). We will explore the stage and each student will have chance to be actor and director.
• Metal Embossed Masterpieces, ages 9-12, Jean Norton-Torjussen on Thursdays: In this class students will create decorative embossed metal art from original designs. After copying designs onto flexible metal, students will work their projects by adding details using metal working tools, sanding, and staining. Once completed each project will be finished to become a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, metal artwork mounted on wood, or metal cladding for embellishment of found items. Let your creativity loose while learning to work with metal.
This creativity-inspiring after school program at ARTworks is $50 per class per seven week session, 4 to 5:30 p.m. This session begins April 17 and runs though May 31. Call 843-379-2787 or in person at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street.

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