On Saturday, Sept. 20 at The Shed in Port Royal folks within the community stepped into their boots, threw on some sparkly bling to support the Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County at the 5th Annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser and Silent Auction. This evening of unlimited food, live entertainment, dancing and unique silent auction items drew a big crowd to benefit the YMCA of Beaufort’s capital campaign. “The funds raised during Boots & Bling go directly toward capital improvements at our facility,” said YMCA CEO Mike Bostwick. Photos by Captured Moments Photography.
The Dataw Island Visual Arts Club hosted a Diner En Blanc on Sunday, September 14 as part of their 10th anniversary celebration.
How does a flash mob serve dinner? Why, elegantly and dressed all in white, of course. In celebration of the Dataw Island Visual Arts Club’s 10th anniversary, members and guests were treated to a Diner en Blanc in a beautiful natural setting. The location was kept a secret until the day of the event when 120 fashionistas and foodies went into action and converged setting up white table decors, epicurean treats, and surprises for all.
The dinner began at 6 p.m. with corks popping and delicacies from caviar to lobster salad presented to tease the appetite and set the stage for an elegant picnic served on china with crystal glasses and silver candelabra. Each couple or small group planned and executed their dinners with all arriving to create a beautiful world of white linens, candlelight and guests in their finest white apparel. Dinner was served, the sparklers were lit and just as quickly as it all began, everything was whisked away and all that remained was the natural beauty of the island ruins and the cleansing rains of a late summer storm. Photos by Brooke Schuster.
Rep. Shannon Erickson hosted a barbecue and cookout to kick off the campaign and election season for the Beaufort Area Republican Club at her home on Saturday, Sept. 20. The rain held off, and guests enjoyed the delicious BBQ and all the trimmings from Sgt. White’s, and were able to meet local candidates. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
Bakari Sellers gets a hug from a Beaufort County Democratic supporter.
About 200 people turned out at Penn Center on a hot, humid Lowcountry afternoon last weekend to meet and mingle with fellow Democrats and several Democratic candidates, listen to stump speeches, and enjoy some fried fish. Among the candidates who attended the event were Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the gubernatorial nominee who faces Gov. Nikki Haley in the upcoming election; Rep. Bakari Sellers, a 30-year-old four-term state legislator and the nominee for Lt. Governor; and Joyce Dickerson, who will face incumbent Sen. Tim Scott on the November ballot. “We wanted to give folks the opportunity to meet the candidates and get to know where they stand on the issues that matter to the people of Beaufort County,” said St. Helena resident John Glover, one of the organizers of the event. “I feel the event was successful in inspiring people to get involved, but most importantly, encouraging them to vote on November 4.”
Candidate Joyce Dickerson gets into the spirit of the day by helping to serve fried fish to guests.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen poses with Lady Pamela.
Rep. Bakari Sellers speaks to a crowd at Penn Center last Saturday, Sept. 13.
Joyce Dickerson greets voters at last week’s Democratic event.
Candidate Vincent Sheheen takes the time to talk to voters one on one.
The University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts is bringing “Grease” to the main stage. The renowned show, featuring a beloved cast of characters, takes the audience on a ride as the 1950’s come alive with a story of teenage angst, “souped” up cars, and first loves. This celebration of rock and roll is full of hits from the popular movie adaptation, like “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted,” “Sandy,” “We Go Together,” and many more.
Karl Wells and Elaine Lake star in the musical “Grease,” which debuted last weekend at the USCB Center for the Arts. Photo by Captured Moments Photography.
Elaine Lake and Karl Wells lead the cast as the sweet and innocent “Sandra Dee” Sandy Dumbrowski and the leader of the burger palace boys, Danny Zuko. Together with the The Greasers and Pink Ladies, the gang brings out the highlights of the 1959 school year at Rydell High School. “Kenickie” and Betty “Rizzo” are played by James Duffy and Corrie Frohnapel; Doody and Sonny, played by Christian Osborne and Alex Long; Marty and Frenchy played by Lynleigh McLain and Angy Chancay; Jan and Roger, played by Anna Schaffer and Andrew Hillis. The show is full of one-line comebacks, foot-tapping favorites, and swinging dance moves that will leave you begging for more. With the help of Patty Simcox and Eugene, played by Trissy Long and Noah Westman-Bart; Velma Polk wrangles the teenage bunch as Mrs. Lynch; and Daniel Bittick and Jason Lake bring the sounds of the 1950s alive as Johnny Casino and Vince Fontaine.
The creative team is comprised of Director Libby Ricardo, Musical Director Penney Smith, and Choreographer Valerie Hobbs. Together, this team staged an incredible version of one of Broadway’s most beloved hits.
The cast of “Grease” on stage at USCB Center for the Arts.
Grease will run Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m., with the final performance Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available online at USCB Center for the Arts or by calling the box office 843-521-4145. Adult admission is $25, seniors $20, and students $15. Grease is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
More than 30 of Emily Harris’ co-workers and friends from Beaufort Memorial Hospital gathered last week at the Distant Island home of Sallie Stone in order to celebrate the pending arrival of her first child, baby boy William Holland Harris. Emily is the associate marketing director at Beaufort Memorial and is due mid-October. Emily and her husband Patrick live on Lady’s Island and are avid boaters, so the festivities had a nautical theme, right down to the cookies.
From left: Michele Barker, Courtney McDermott, Emily Harris, Becky Cunningham and Sallie Stone, who hosted the baby shower at her home on Distant Island.
Alice Moss, Terry Bergeron, Nora Kresch
Cindy Coburn-Smith, Chris Watson and Dawn Crawford
Congratulations to Beaufort’s Greendrinks, which celebrated its sixth successful year this past week. Founded by Paul Nurnberg, Kim Gundler, Burton Sauls, Richard Darby, Mark Shaffer, and Michele Barker, this group holds a monthly meeting of people working in the environmental fields along with those who are simply interested in getting together with other green-minded people. They meet every third Tuesday of the month and always have a interesting speaker on topics ranging from local solar energy to beekeeping. Their motto? “Green goes better with friends.” This week’s topic was on how to make Beaufort a year-round eco-tourism destination with speaker Robb Wells from the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.
“We all have a good time. Join us!” said member Liz Entwistle. Go to www.greendrinks.org/SC/Beaufort to see upcoming scheduled speakers and sign up for emails.
From left: Kim Gundler, Mark Shaffer and his wife with Ron Tucker at the Greendrinks meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
I recently met the great cast of “Grease” — a fun play that will kick off your fall social season. (Finally, after all this rain and heat!) Mark your calenders for Sept. 5, 6 or 13 at 7:30 p.m. or Sept. 7 and 14 Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at the USCB Center of the Arts. To order tickets, please go to www.uscbcenterforthearts.com. The musical is directed by the lovely Lilly Ricardo, a recent NYU grad with a Masters in the Performing Arts. We are lucky to get this level of talent from performers and directors here in Beaufort. Brad Bollington is doing the classic 50’s style hair, and Dusty Connor is doing the makeup, so you know it will be good!
Clockwise from top: Karl Wells and Elaine Lake lead the cast of “Grease” as Danny Zuko and Sandra Dee; “Kenickie” and Betty “Rizzo” are played by James Duffy and Corrie Frohnapel; Doody and Sonny, played by Christian Osborne and Alex Long; Marty and Frenchy played by Lynleigh McLain and Angy Chancay; Jan and Roger, played by Anna Schaffer and Andrew Hillis. Photo by Captured Moments.
A group of lovely friends joined together to put on a wonderful Lowcountry picnic party in celebration of the upcoming nuptials of Beaufort natives Ty O’Farrell to Lucia Henry coming up in October in Asheville N.C. It was held in the beautiful waterfront home of Kevin and Rosemary Cuppia. Good luck to the happy young couple! Here are some pics for you.
Ty O’Farrell & Lucia Henry
Proud parents Susan Jones with Lucia Henry, Ty and Mike O’Farrell, and Fleetwood Bradshaw
Vicki Mix, Mary Tatum, Liz Malinowski, and Brenda Malony
Connie and Laura Chambers
Holly Jahn, Brenda Malony & Rosemary Cuppia
Emily and Chase Cuppia
Vicki and Steve Mix
Maryanne Mappus, Rick Corley, and Judge Mary Sharp