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.                                                             ...

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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. “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... ...

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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 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... ...

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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 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... ...

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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... ...

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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. ... ...

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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... ...

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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... ...

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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... ...

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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. • 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... ...

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