The Wonderful World of Water Festival

Beaufort prepares for annual events

Since the first festival was held in July 1956, Beaufort has been perfecting ways to have fun and stay cool during the hot summer days and nights. This year’s Water Festival stays true to tradition with family friendly programs, lots of live music, competitive sporting tournaments, as well as a slew of water and air events. Commodore John Gentry said he is in awe of the more than 400 volunteers who work hard to put the festival together, and he’s also impressed by all the sponsors who stepped it up to ensure 2012 is another awesome year for everyone who comes to enjoy and experience all the Water Festival has to offer.

For more information about the 57th Beaufort Water Festival, go to http://bftwaterfestival.com.

2012 Commodore and his Crew

State Rep. Shannon Erickson serves shrimp at last year’s Lowcountry Supper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ever-competitive Cornhole Tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Bed Races. Captured Moments Photography.

 

 

Fun for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brown twins exemplify festival’s dedicated volunteer base

By Tess Malijenovsky
“We drank the Kool-aid and we liked it,” says Elizabeth Brown.
This is Water Festival lingo for being roped into the Water Festival volunteer staff and liking it.
She and her twin brother, Van, are going on nine years of volunteering and have accumulated some Water Festival expertise.
When Elizabeth and Van were just 16 years old, their father asked if they would like to volunteer for the festival while they were still in school.

Elizabeth and Van Brown are seen in Waterfront Park before Water Festival.

“We were ‘voluntold’ to show up,” as Van recalls. “He [Van’s father]  says, ‘Oh, by the way, tomorrow at 5 o’clock you better get up and shower so that you can be on stage at 6:30 a.m.’ That was the end of that discussion, and as they say, the rest is history.”
Having some background in theater, the pair began volunteering for production, setting up the concert stages and handling the spotlights. This year, however, they’ve both become directors. Van is a director of production and Elizabeth is a director of sports events.
While everyone on the Water Festival staff is a volunteer, the job has its perks. They get free T-shirts, hats and access to the events. Van has been able to meet a lot of the famous performers who have played over the years, including Josh Turner.
The animated duo can tell all about the turnouts at the varying sports tournaments as well as the bands that are a must-see this year.
“The Concert in the Park is the show that everyone talks about. Within the festival we all have the nights that we love. My personal favorite is Motown Monday,” said Van. According to him, the Motown group Deas-Guyz “blew it up last year.”
“My favorite night is Thursday, the Lowcountry Supper,” says Elizabeth.
The Marine Corps and Rotary Club and other volunteers help prepare the shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes — also known as Beaufort’s famous Frogmore Stew — for hundreds of hungry festivalgoers.
While the supper is being served, the band The Broke Locals will perform live, followed by a mysterious band The Whistlers at 7:15 p.m.
“The Whistlers, no, we’re not telling you about The Whistlers. Here’s my advice: Show up. You have to see them,” said Elizabeth.
The two have been around since the River Dance was the Street Dance on Bay Street, and they can tip any tourist about the “Redneck Yacht Club” (a.k.a. The Sandbar).
“Originally,” Van informs, “[Water Festival] was just a celebration of the Beaufort area. We celebrated out on the old pier and it was just a couple of concerts on a built stage to bless the fleet, commemorating the shrimp trawlers and wishing them safety on the waters. But now, for the community and for lack of better words, this is the biggest party of the summer. Come out, show your support and have a really good time.”
Like so many others, Van and Elizabeth’s love for Water Festival is irrefutable, and that is to say so is their love for their hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Make a fashion splash for Water Festival

By Laura Trask

There are many wonderful and celebrated annual events across the globe, but when the air of the Lowcountry gets thick with humidity and the thermometer reaches its breaking point, we here in Beaufort  start to prepare ourselves for Water Festival. And like every great event there is considerable

This animal print tunic covers up while still turning heads.

planning involved, but most importantly to our fashionably parched readers is what are we going to wear!? I have compiled a list of the five hottest trends this year, and let’s face it, in Beaufort we know something about hot!

1. The surfer girl look
After the hit book/movie “Soul Surfer,” who would not be inspired to traipse around in a bikini bottom and surf shirt? The look is cool, young and requires confidence because these young women literally LIVE in their bikini bottoms. But there is a smart girl component here: The surf shirt keeps you safe from all those unwanted UV rays and future wrinkles and allows for freedom to move about without fear of  revealing parts of yourself you might prefer to keep hidden.

2. The summer bangle
When looking for a way to glam up your hot, hot, hot summer bathing suit /beachwear look, why not add a great, eye-catching bangle to your list of summer staples? This season’s bangles are as 80’s as it gets — lots of hello-lemon yellow and other bright colors that have not only popped up on accessories as of late, but were on every pair of jeans this past spring.

3. Romantic Ruffles
You may be wondering how ruffles and sleek, cool summer staples might go together. Well, ruffles are ruling the runway and the bathing suits are not missing out on the fun! Ruffles are shown on one

This look pairs the one-shoulder trend and metallics.

pieces, two pieces and every shape in between. The ruffled one-shoulder tops was where I thought it looked the chicest, kinda made me wonder where that waiter in the white jacket was  hiding with the tray of champagne flutes — think Capri!

4. Color Alert
We have discussed the retro neon color invasion, well, at the other end of that spectrum is my favorite color trend for summer — cool, shimmering metallics. They work perfectly with a splash of an animal print, whites and chocolate browns. This is an easy way to make a sophisticated fashion statement without having to put too much thought into putting an outfit together, because everything looks good when paired with metallics, especially a fabulous tan!

5. The Tunic a.k.a. The Cover up
The Number 1 fashion trend for a successful Water Festival is having something to cover it all up! This ancient design (originally created as undergarments for the toga) has stood the test of time and has  evolved into a lightweight, versatile wardrobe staple which can take you from the beach to dinner!So fellow Water Festival attendees, make sure that when that last bite of fried chicken has passed your sunburned lips you have your best summer friend/trend ready to cover it all up!

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WHHI-TV introduces The Beaufort News

Watch your local news on Hargray Cable Channel 8

After much anticipation, WHHI-TV is bringing residents of Beaufort something they’ve missed for quite some time: their own newscast.
The Beaufort News premiers Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. on Channel 8 on Hargray Cable. WHHI-TV is partnering with The Island News, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lowcountry

Host Jessa Jeremiah

Weekly to bring a newscast that will air at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily following The Hilton Head News and The Bluffton News at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
WHHI-TV, on the air on Hilton Head Island since 1992, recently expanded coverage to Beaufort. On March 1, Hargray moved the station from Channel 200 to Channel 8 on the tier people in the industry call, “Broadcast Row.” Overnight, Hargray customers who’d never been exposed to the station, also seen on Hilton Head on Time Warner Channel 3, were pleasantly surprised when they turned on the tube and saw local faces, local news and local businesses.
Shortly after the channel move, Hargray announced it would purchase Charter Cable, propelling WHHI-TV into even more households across the Lowcountry. At this point, WHHI-TV saw opportunity and quickly realized it needed to offer appropriate programming to all of the station’s viewership, including Beaufort.

The Island News General Manager Buck Boone.

Jessa Jeremiah will anchor the news and deliver weekly headlines. Buck Boone, General Manager of The Island News will provide a “Hot off the Press” report. Blakely Williams, President of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, will produce a business report; and Mark Shaffer, Features Editor for Lowcountry Weekly, will talk about the arts and entertainment calendar around Beaufort. The Beaufort News will also host two members of the community per week who are making significant news in the Beaufort area.
Wayne Morris, WHHI-TV’s General Manager, reiterated the station’s commitment to the Lowcountry, saying, “It’s been our goal since we purchased the station in 2006 to build a bridge between the station and the community; and we’ve done that through quality programing that is 100 percent local.”
John Byrne, President of the Byrne Acquisition Group and owner of the station, explained, “The momentum and progress we’ve built in the last six years on Hilton Head is indicative of what you should expect to see in the next five years throughout the rest of Beaufort County. We are very proud to be an integral part of this community.”
Former Editor of The Island News and Beaufort representative for WHHI-TV, Wendy Pollitzer, will be assisting with program content and sales.
If you have any news to contribute to The Beaufort News, please email news@whhitv.com, and if you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email wendy@whhitv.com or call the station at 843-785-4545.
It’s never been a more exciting time for the area’s only local television station, and Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties have never been more excited to tune in.
Welcome home, from WHHI-TV.

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Look hot, even in the heat

By Takiya Smith
With temperatures soaring and the humidity climbing, the last thing we girls need to be concerned with is our looks.  Here are a few tips, recommendations and tricks of the trade to help keep your summer look cooler than ever and keep you looking hot in the heat.
For no-sweat eyes that won’t streak or run try the new liner design, long wear calligraphy gel eyeliner from Lancome.  The liner, which comes with a double ended brush to precisely line and softly smudge, has a consistency which locks and sets to hold all day long.
To add to your maximum, no fuss coverage, coat lashes with a few swipes of express mega plush gel mousse mascara by Maybelline which comes in both washable and waterproof coverage, perfect for working out or swimming. Mega Plush also offers a gel-mousse that has less hard waxes, offering a supple and brittle-free touch to lashes.
For active girls on the go, such as swimmers and runners, with little to no time for makeup, semi-permanent eyelash extensions offer lash length enhancement and a mascara look, free off any makeup or chemicals. This option is also great for women with allergenic reactions to eye makeup.
To keep brows full and fresh, skip traditional pencils and opt for brow powders instead.  Pencils, generally consisting of wax, can tend to melt and run due to humidity and perspiration, however, brow powders not only set in place but are great as they look more natural and will absorb humidity rather than streak and run.
Mineral powders, such as Bare Essenctuals, can be worn alone or over a liquid foundation to keep skin looking and feeling cool and fresh, as well as leave skin with a matte, dry look rather than a glossy shine. To enhance the longevity and set mineral foundation powders, try a spritz of toner or hydrating spray such as Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist, which can be used daily.
For swimmers, keep hair hydrated and chemical free by soaking with tap or bottled water prior to swimming in chlorine filled pools. The previously applied water will enter the cuticle of the hair, causing it to swell, leaving no room for chlorinated water to enter. This, in addition to proper conditioning, will keep hair looking and feeling great.

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My Fourth of July ‘obligation vacation’

By Kimberly Steinbruck
My husband and I just returned from what we call an “obligation vacation.”  These are the vacations you have to take, not the ones you want to take.  For us, it means dragging ourselves up to Connecticut for the semi-annual family visit.
Very few people seem to understand that an obligation vacation is not a vacation at all.  Co-workers ask why I put quotes around the word “vacation” in my out-of-office message. I do it because it’s not a REAL vacation. It’s not about fun and relaxation (as vacations should be).  It’s just something ya gotta do a few times a year.
Kind co-workers and friends say things like “Have fun!” “Get some rest, you deserve it!”
Well, neither of those things will happen, but we do appreciate the well wishes.
For those who say, “A vacation — I’m jealous.” I say, “Don’t be.”
The sad truth of it is this: These trips kinda suck.  I know, I know, that sounds harsh and you think I’m exaggerating.  Really, I’m not. Let me break this particular trip down for you.
Here are some of the highlights:
•    Fighting through huge crowds in the airport — and hating those people for looking all happy since they are going on real vacations.
•    Six nights in six different beds, each day waking up wondering where the heck I am.
• Packing, unpacking and re-packing each day — now where did I put my clean underwear and, more importantly, my phone charger?
• Up early every morning to start that day’s visits, and bitter that there is no time to sleep in.
• Fielding the various schedule questions: “When will you be here?”  When I get there. “But, what time?” I don’t know. I came up here to see you.  Are you leaving town or something?
• Spending several hours each day visiting with relatives and running out of conversation in the first 10 minutes. (Quick, think of something before Dad hands you a stack of political articles and email jokes to read! On the upside, he doesn’t read them to us anymore.)
• Having to explain all travel decisions — not sure why people care so much, but it goes something like this …
o “Why did you fly into Boston?” Because flights are direct and cheaper.  “You can fly into Hartford for the same amount.” OK, whatever you say, I’m sure Travelocity was broken the many times I searched for flights.
This same line of questioning continues until we finally admit the truth: “OK, fine, you got us — we wanted a date night in Boston to decompress at the end of this trip. Yes, we tried to sneak in one night of actual fun. Shame on us.”
o “Why did you get a Ford Crown Vic for your rental car? It looks like a cop car.” Well, it just happens to be what they gave us, but I like it because it has a huge trunk which will accommodate the bodies of everyone who asks me too many annoying questions.
• Attempting to eat healthy, yet finding it impossible. I have protein bars in my bag, but OK, if you insist, we’ll smile and eat the Dunkin Donuts muffins you bought just for us. [Note to well-meaning relatives — the word “bran” when it appears on a Dunkin Donuts menu does NOT mean it’s healthy, but we appreciate the effort.]
• Emergency calls to my sister when all the liquor stores are closed: “Hey, it’s me. I’m at Mom and Dad’s house. This is an emergency! Do you have any red wine at your house?  Really?  You do? Great! No, type and brand do not matter.  Any kind will do.  Just hurry over with it.”
I guess when you come right down to it, it’s about control. On a trip like this, you just don’t have any.  You spend a lot of money and burn much-needed vacation time, but it’s not about you.  It’s about them. It’s the price you pay for moving away and living in paradise.
So, to those who say, “Welcome back, hope you had a great time,” I’ll just say, “Thank you, we did, but we are ever so happy to be back home where we belong and, quite frankly, even happier that we don’t have to take another obligation vacation for at least another six months.”

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The girl with a very strange name from a very small town

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford
During my time as a contributor for The Island News I have poked fun at many people in my life — my husband, my best friend, Momma and Daddy, my Mammaw and even some poor princess of pretention at my favorite coffee shop. I have shared their strengths and challenges with the world all the while hiding behind the mask of my keyboard. Throughout my entertaining exposés, I have given tiny glances of the oddity that is me. Now with tremendous trepidation, I turn the power of my pen, poking it directly at myself.
The unavoidable birth of Backwoods Barbie has magnified many of my insecurities, emphasized my obscurities and without a doubt painted an unusual, yet honest, picture of a girl with a very strange name from a very small town. Against my better judgment and with my best merlot, I shall pull back the curtain and dance on the public stage of print. After all, how can I continue to laugh at and with those in my life while hiding the strangest of characters?
It is true, I am a bit backwoods. This fact is something I spent the majority of my life trying to creatively conceal. My loving parents weren’t much of the doting type. I wasn’t told daily that I was special yet told with great conviction that I was a slightly different. Not necessarily different as in Mother Theresa or Dolly Pardon, more along the different lines of Ellie Mae Clamped.
This was a major theme in my life that came to full fruition once my journey to public school began. Having lived a good 30 minutes from what most inaccurately consider civilization, once catapulted into a classroom full of non-tree climbing, non-cow chasing, and non-barefoot best-behaved children, the label given by my loving parents became blindingly evident. I was in fact, different.
Fortunately my ability to accurately imitate the behaviors of others kept me from the state juvenile facility and fairly soon I was able to successfully blend in for a maximum of the eight hour school day.
While my sister and cousins were known for their beauty, I was told by most that I had a pleasing disposition that obviously complimented my blessing of coke bottle glasses mixed with a mouth full of metal and hair that could comfortably house farm animals. I suppose I should have paid attention to the annual gift of the book “The Ugly Duckling.” Thankfully, my parents were able to convince me that although Miss USA may not be in my future, Miss President just might.
To add to the irony of constant shock of my childhood twists and turns, I managed to land a coveted spot on the cheerleading squad. Most of the town, most of the school, and surely all of my family was quite taken aback. I wasn’t known for my coordination and definitely not my charm. My fellow cheerleaders were portraits of perfection and I resembled R2D2 in a skirt. Again, my ability to imitate that which is considered normal guaranteed my survival in this glowing, gleeful group.
My entire school career was a game of strategy — do what others do, never follow my instincts, and for the love of gravy keep my shoes on at least until 3:30 p.m. Basically, I learned that being me was a hazard to any goal I wished to achieve. This behavior continued on into college where the world seemed to be more complicated, demanded more unusual behavior, and at times was incredibly lonely.
There weren’t very many kindred spirits readily available for afternoon fishing, playing in fresh Mississippi mud, or climbing campus trees. It was impressed upon me to learn the world of fraternity parties, the survival of sorority encounters, and the necessary art of acceptable fashion. I had so many part-time jobs that I couldn’t attempt a sorority. Knowing all the football players gained acceptance at fraternity parties. And as luck should have it, my roommate was a fashion goddess.  Once again, my ability to hesitantly conform guaranteed my survival in a pre-packaged world.
Upon release of the interesting captivity known as graduation, I chose to travel the world. Having had enough of forced normalcy, I ran as fast as two tired legs could take me, as far as a passport could get me.
It wasn’t that I didn’t love every second of college, I did, but my crumpled wings and flat feet needed room to roam. And roam I most certainly did. Right by myself, I saw country after country owning nothing more than a travel book, a toothbrush and a resurging independence.
Contacts replaced my spectacle of spectacles, the metal finally came off and so did the suffocating pressure of being anything other than a girl with a very strange name from a very small town.
Of course, there are thousands of stories within my story, some best left untold and some being told weekly.  Luckily, the strange and winding road of my life is better than anything even I could possibly make up. Somehow that road landed me in Beaufort, South Carolina, at a point in my life where I am perfectly comfortable in my freckled, sun-damaged skin with an opportunity to write with a voice I spent most of my life silencing.
I am still an odd creature and often run for the door in socially reserved settings. I dance any chance I get, sometimes to music and sometimes for no apparent reason whatsoever.  I have been known to talk a little too much, enjoy wine a little too much, and often combining the two to create less than proud moments during less than appropriate times. I still find more in common with animals and women of the wild rather than the well-behaved masses. There are times when my ability to abide by social norms still is required and I do so dutifully knowing that it is temporary and soon I can go back to being the girl with a very strange name from a very small town.

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Annual Happy Wino Water Fest survival kit

By Terry Sweeney
Greetings fellow Happy Winos! As a way of saying thank you for your loyalty and devotion to my column, I thought I would give y’all my annual “Happy Wino Water Festival Survival Kit.” To that end, I am providing you once again with my hangover cures and my easy to remember “Wine Bottle Warning Guide” that could save your life, or at least enable you to remember all the fun you had at this year’s Water Festival. So when people say to you, “I can’t believe you did that in front of everybody at the Sandbar!”, you don’t have to look at them blankly and ask, terrified, “I-I was at the Sandbar?!”
Every year I swear that never again will I be on that Sandbar three sails to the wind! But then the party gets started and I think, “Oh just one more can’t hurt.” And boy, am I wrong! Before I know it, the wrath of grapes is upon me!
I am personally ready to put on sneakers, shorts and a tank top, plaster a number on my chest and start a nationwide “Run for the Hangover Cure” — well, that is as soon as I can take this ice pack off my head and my hands stop shaking. Maybe instead I should start up a “Tiptoe Quietly For the Cure Wearing Very Dark Sunglasses.”
A friend of mine who is also a Happy Wino sometimes calls me the morning after we have been out Water Festival partying and all she will say is “Cheeseburger, fries, LT’s, one hour.”  Click.  That’s all she has to say and I am there, because no greasy burger nor oil-dripping freshly French fried potato has ever tasted better than the one you eat when you’ve got the big H. “Why is that?” you ask. I don’t know.
Apparently, Science thinks the study of how greasy junk food affects the booze-soaked brain is beneath them. Another pricey Mars Probe, that’s what we really need.  The last one so improved our quality of life.  Thanks, Science. (Of course if they find out Martians don’t get hangovers no matter how many Martiantinis they drink, well then it’s money well spent and I will personally apologize to Science). But in the meantime: HELP!
By the way, before I forget, it is imperative that you wash down that grease fest with a carbonated cola in the biggest cup you can find, filled to the brim with ice.
But, let’s face it. This trip to Dr. Greaseburger may be my (and several friends’) way of surviving the hellacious wrath of the grape, but everyone has their own.  Of course, the worst one I ever heard came from a dour cousin of mine whom, when asked about her favorite hangover preventative, responded “Don’t drink!” It was then I remembered my mother always referred to her as “your crazy cousin.”
However, on the other end of the scale, I have a Happy Wino buddy who swears the only way he can get over his hangover is to have a beer for breakfast as soon as he wakes up.  Sounds all right, except then he continues to snack on beers all morning and ends up having beer for lunch. “Hair of the dog,” he’ll drunkenly inform me if I run into him. “Of course” I say, then quietly mumble under my breath, “I think that dog had puppies.”
Nevertheless, he is right about one thing: Beer with hops (a natural sedative) as its main ingredient is the favorite daytime, “day after” drink of many vintners. When I was in Napa, the sight of a beer mug in the hand of any well-known winemaker was a sure sign he’d stomped down too many grapes the night before.  So maybe a cold beer with lunch might just be what the doctor ordered.
Speaking of doctors, one of my Happy Wino friend’s wife is one. What does his medical mate recommend for a hangover? “Oh she usually hooks us up to water-drip IVs the next morning ‘till we’re re-hydrated.” “Oh that’s a good one,” I chuckle, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”  Tee Hee. One look at his somber, puzzled expression tells me, “Oh my Lord, he’s serious.”
I make a mental note not to ask my undertaker friend what he and his wife do the day after (“We sleep in the empty coffins in the walk in freezer!”)
Still, I do understand where these hung and hurtin’ folks are coming from. Who among us has not prayed for relief from the “Morning After Monster” and plea-bargained with the Grape Gods to spare us further agony. “Never again!” we cry. “One glass with dinner from now on,” we swear. Yeah right.
Sooner or later, of course, forgetting all of our heartfelt promises and melodramatic repentance, we’re back whooping it up with the best of ‘em.  I’ve even gone so far as to make false claims that the reason I got so sick last time was due to a “tainted cork” or my other old standby: “That last bottle must have turned. I oughta sue!”
Still, of all the cures I’ve heard, my favorite was that of a friend who described opening a can of Diet Pepsi at 6 p.m. on the night he’s going out, dropping two aspirin in it and letting it sit on his bedside table so he can chug it down before he goes to sleep.
“Does that really work?” I asked, impressed. “I don’t know,” he shrugged. “I always pass out and forget to drink it.”
Here is my Wine Bottle Warning Guide: Cut it out and tape it to your fridge:
One is fun.
Two, I can do.
Three, look out for me!
Four, I’m on the floor.
Five, thank God I’m alive!
Six, I’m pickin’ up tricks.
Seven, I’m probably in Heaven.

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Indie Film Corner: “A Cat in Paris,” “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” and “Hysteria”

By Dennis Tavernetti
“A Cat In Paris” from The World Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts Monday, July 16 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Synopsis:  Dino is a pet cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little mute girl whose mother, Jeanne, and is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico — a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion — as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline.
Ratings & Reviews:  Internet rating sites, IMDb: 6.9; Rotten Tomatoes: Critics: 82/Audience: 72. Good marks.  Critics: The New York Times: “… movie-watching pleasure … satisfying as well as charming.”
Previewer Comments: This animated film in French with English subtitles is a fun film for all ages. In this day of computerized animation, this hand drawn film reeks of charm and delightful fancy. The story line provides the basis for the action, but it is the artful drawing/animation of the character’s actions that makes it a worthwhile delight.
Rated: PG for mild violence and action in comedic settings, suitable for whole families and adults.

“Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” from The Indie Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts on Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m. and Monday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Synopsis: A limited release comedy about an uptight New York City lawyer who takes her two spirited teenagers to her hippie mother’s farmhouse in the countryside for a family vacation. What was meant to be a getaway quickly turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets and self discovery.
Ratings & Reviews: Internet rating site, IMDb: 5.1; Rotten Tomatoes: Critics: 29/Audience: 49; less than average marks. Critics: New York Post: “A crowd-pleasing comedy.”
Previewer Comments:  This limited release film with some very fine actors using an old story line is an adult comedy, which is certainly good for an evening’s diversion.
Rated: R.

“Hysteria” from the Indie Film Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts On Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Synopsis: “Hysteria” is a romantic comedy with an accomplished cast that tells an untold tale of discovery — the surprising story of the birth of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness.
Ratings & Reviews:  Internet site IMDb 6.7, Rotten Tomatoes: Critics: 57/Audiences: 61. OK marks. Critics: Detroit News “… far more wholesome than salacious.”
Previewer Comments: This Indie film set in London is a harmless comedy about serious Victorian era  doctors who set out to cure a common female malady for the benefit of medical science and created instead the forerunner to the world’s most popular selling sex toy.  Behind the comedy, on a more serious note, it does remind all that  a females’ “needs” are not as readily satisfied as the males’, even if the doctors of that age did not originally fully understand that reality and what they were “accomplishing.”
Rated: R for sexual topic content, but largely harmless in its comedic visual presentation.

Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. 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.

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Arts Events

Kazoos on Vacation, Storytelling with Cora
Rick Hubbard the Kazoo Guy and storyteller Cora Newcomb will perform their wonders on stage at ARTworks this summer, Saturdays July 14 through August 4. Admission is $5 per person, and kids under 6 years old are free.

Kids enjoy the Kazoo Guy.

• Kazoos on Vacation, July 21 & August 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Rick Hubbard’s hit family show of music, comedy and fun is where your kids are the stars and the kazoos are free — because we’re on vacation! But the bubble canon will be working overtime. Rick Hubbard celebrates more than a decade of providing positive family entertainment throughout the United States,
• Summertime Storytelling with Cora Newcomb on July 14 and 28,  at 7:30 p.m.: Cora began spinning tales to her daughter and then throughout the Lowcountry, weaving magic with enchanting yarns. She tells stories to entertain, to educate, and pass on cultural heritage, but most of all because she loves the joy of telling tales. The themes include fun tales for children, inspirational stories, historical tales, ghost tales, and stories that reflect chapters of her life. She is the President of the South Carolina Storytelling Network.
ARTworks is located at 2127 Boundary Street, in Beaufort Town Center. Visit online at www.ArtWorksInBeaufort.org or call 843-379-2787.

Sign your preteens up for Summer Scribes
Attention all parents of sixth to eighth graders who like to write: Beaufort writer Katherine Tandy Brown is again offering a three-day summer writing course based on Natalie Goldberg’s classic “Writing Down the Bones” writing practice. This time-tested method furthers writing skills, encourages creativity and is pure fun.
Choose either of two weeks:
• Monday, July 16, Wednesday, July 18, and Friday, July 20, or
• Wednesday, August 1, Thursday, August 2, and Friday, August 3.
Both series take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the upstairs of the Charles Street Gallery at the corner of Charles and Greene streets.
Class size is limited to five students to allow for individual attention.
Cost is $65 for the week.
For more information, contact Katherine at 843-379-5886 or 859-312-6706.

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