The Shed provides venue for fabulous fashion show

By Lanier Laney The 9th Annual FRIENDS Fashion Show was held Wednesday, April 25, at The Shed in Port Royal. It was a huge success with participation from 13 local merchants including Amazing Event Rentals, Bay Street Jewelers, Bay Street Outfitters, Beaufort Clothing Company, Carolina Wiggle Wear, Divine Shoes, Her Favorite Store, Higher Ground, LuLu Burgess, Modern Jewelers, Nuances, Rossignol’s and the Red Door Thrift Store. The show also featured two local designers, Diane Huotari of Coastal Tailoring and Maude Couture by Caroline Baker. More than 300 people enjoyed the wonderful luncheon from Catering by Debbi Covington along with the glorious spring fashion collections. The event also showcased an amazing silent and live auction segment with the assistance of dynamic auctioneer Deanna Bowdish. “Music to Go” by Ed & Kris Robertson kept the event rocking. The fabulous outgoing FRIENDS Executive Director Beverly Porter came dancing out with a tambourine to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” bringing everyone in the room immediately to their feet to dance along and cheer throughout the entire... ...

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Great Gatsby Lafayette Soiree captures Roaring ’20s

By Lanier Laney Historic Beaufort Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year was held last weekend on a perfect night weather wise at Dr. Bobby Bell’s beautiful home on The Point. This year’s honorary chairs were Mrs. L. Paul Trask and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Dukes, Jr.  The Great Gatsby Lafayette Soiree Committee included Bonnie Hargrove, Elizabeth Klosterman, Elizabeth McMillen, Elizabeth Stroud, Jay Weidner, Karen Nuelle, Mike McFee, Paula Elliott, Executive Director Julie Good, and was supported by Fandango Productions South — Jodie Miller and Fripp Langford. Southern Graces provided wonderful catering and the band Deja Vu did a great job keeping the attendees on their feet dancing all night under Amazing Event Rentals big tent. Fandango Productions South did the decor and Sally Hendricks of Outrageous Floral Designs did the gorgeous flowers. The Greenery, Inc. donated their crew to manicure the yard. Major sponsors this year were Jaguar Hilton Head and Bill’s Liquor and Fine Wines. A big thanks to all who attended and contributed to make this year’s event... ...

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Boy raises funds for wounded vets

A large crowd gathered on the driving range of the Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island before playing the course last Thursday, April 26. These people weren’t practicing putting though, they were supporting Healing Heroes Golf Week and recognizing the efforts of one little boy who wanted to help those military men and women who bravely fought to defend the freedoms that define the United States. It was on the driving range that 8-year-old Jack Carter Worrell, flanked by wounded veterans and their caregivers, presented a check to The Independence Fund for $1,060. Jack’s mother, Courtney Worrell, said she was surprised when he came to her two years ago and wanted to start a lemonade stand so he could raise money for the veterans who were injured while serving their country. She said it was entirely his idea, and she helped him build his stand. That first year the 6-year-old raised about $1,000 for the Lt. Dan Weekend in September 2010. All last summer and early fall, Jack sold lemonade... ...

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A Taste to Remember: A Taste of Beaufort

The beautiful Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for the 13th annual A Taste of Beaufort Festival. Produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, this free admission festival on May 4 and 5 represents two days of food, music, beer, wine and fun for the whole family. At the main event on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy traditional and innovative food choices being offered by local restaurants and sample the many different “tastes” of Beaufort. From local seafood to international food offerings, be prepared to find a new favorite dish. Food and drink vendors will accept tickets that can be purchased at the ticket booths for $1 each. Items will be sold for two to seven tickets. Stay entertained while eating with live music on the pavilion stage, or let the kids frolic on the jumpers and slides located near the playground area. An arts and crafts market will also be open during festival hours. Also on Saturday, May 5, the festival’s popular... ...

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Parish Church of St. Helena has Annual Spring Tour Of Homes

See historic homes, gardens and plantations via walking or driving tours As it continues to celebrate its Tricentennial year, the Parish Church of St. Helena announces its 56th Annual Spring Tour of Homes on Friday, May 4 and Saturday May 5. This year’s tour of homes includes six historic homes in the Point section of Beaufort, as well as six plantations around the Beaufort area and a historic church. In addition to being able to visit the interiors of these lovely homes and plantations and learn about their histories, attendees also will be able to hear docents talking about the gardens. The Friday, May 4 walking tour begins at 3 p.m. and will last until 6 p.m. A reception will be held during that time at one of the homes on the tour, and will include food and entertainment. At 7 p.m., attendees are invited to attend a free organ concert at the Parish Church of St. Helena. This tour is $40. On Saturday, May 5 the plantation driving tour... ...

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Hooked on Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry

By Tess Malijenovsky Most of us take for granted being able to read this article, the directions on a pill bottle, a Bible. Meanwhile, nearly 11,000 adults in Beaufort County lack those basic literacy skills. Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry (LVL) is a local nonprofit that equips illiterate adults in Beaufort and Jasper counties with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace, their families and the community. The nonprofit is doing such a great job, in fact, that it recently won the Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management — essentially, the best-run nonprofit with a budget under $499,000 in South Carolina. Recently, the Beaufort branch of LVL had its ribbon cutting for its new space in the SC Works building (the employment office off of S.C. 170). “It’s a strategic move on our part to be closer to a population of people that may need our services,” said Cindi Riley, Assistant Executive Director at the LVL Beaufort Learning Center. Political figures, school board and adult... ...

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The Island News loves to give away cool prizes

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Celeste Prince-Brown of Beaufort.  Celeste entered our Facebook contest last week and won a $100 gift certificate to The Tooting Egret. This week’s give away is a $50 gift certificate to Southern Graces at The Beaufort Inn. How can you enter to win? Simply go to our Facebook page (search for The Island News) and tag yourself in the photo of the Southern Graces ad.  It’s that simple!  Be sure you”like” our page or it will not let you tag yourself. What else can you find on our Facebook page? Breaking news, local stories, fun contests, community events and so much more.  We look forward to being your friend. ...

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To a man I never met for a moment I won’t soon forget

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford I have written about silly things, mundane things, absurdly obvious and uniquely strange things. Humor with serious undertones and happiness with sad overtones have both found their way into my musings. Today I write to a man I have never met and I do so with naked sincerity and genuine respect. During my scurrying about on a typical can’t-catch-up-Friday, I was reminded of what it is to be an American. My deep Southern roots have always been a source of pride as I often defend my simple ways, southern drawl and resilient demeanor with a shield of regional distinction. Suddenly in the midst of running errands and running in circles, one man silenced the jumbled thoughts promoting an unfamiliar calm. Making my third trip of the morning across Beaufort’s McTeer bridge, I saw a gentleman sitting proudly, holding firmly the American flag. He wasn’t saying anything, wasn’t asking for, or paying any mind to, the attention being cast upon him by passers-by. His head faced stoically... ...

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Out on a limb: The 10 greatest pop songs

By Jack Sparacino You may recall our recently launched Adage Revisitation Team and their bold efforts to assess the validity of popular sayings. Industrious souls that they were, they took time during their breaks and after the column to try to identify the 10 greatest pop songs EVER.  Egad (or words to that effect), I said as I warned them that they were really climbing out on a limb with that task, way out in fact. When they asked me to write about their list here, I shared my concerns that they were bound to leave out many peoples’ favorites and might create a musical uproar.  Undaunted and undeterred, they insisted that I go ahead and share the results of their hard work. Just a quick note about the criteria and process they used. The songs had to have stood the test of time, so no new ones were considered. They had to span at least three to four different styles and, if possible, be great on a jukebox. The... ...

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The Baby Diaries: Learning the logistics of shopping with an infant

By Pamela Brownstein “Having a baby changes everything.” Wow. Shocker. What an original observation. I heard this phrase from many people when I was pregnant, and thought, obviously. Now that our baby is four months old, I’m just starting to understand that generic saying. I guess I just wish people had been more specific with their advice. For example, no one told me what it would be like to go grocery shopping with an infant in a car seat/baby bucket. The first time I had to do a “quick trip” to the grocery store (which, I’ve discovered, now there’s no such things as a quick trip anywhere. “Stopping by” to pick up dry cleaning or “running in” to get a to-go coffee doesn’t exist when you have to carry and care for and safely harness a tiny human being.) I stood staring at the carts, and thought, where do I put the baby? A helpful employee saw my confusion and showed me that the bucket should fit in the front... ...

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