The Earth Celebration which was held at the Navy Heritage Park in Port Royal this past Saturday turned out to be dry (no rain which is a good thing) and incredibly interesting. Besides fabulous foods, organic produce, oysters shucked right in front of you, there were craft vendors and information booths about environmentally important issues.
What a great evening it was. Wonderful nibbles from Come Dine with Me, a local Personal Chef/Catering company accompanied by perhaps a cocktail or two. Also a round of applause for Nancy “Maudi” Owen for bringing Zephyr, the Great Horned Owl who is part of the Creatures of the Night Program on Hunting Island. Next Island Girls Night Out will be at Nuances in Port Royal May 13th 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. come join us and friends are more than welcome.
Winners of doorprizes included Susan Stone donated a 1 hour session of Reiki won by Carolyn Roose, Shafiya Eve donated an Osho Zen Tarot Reading won by Brenda Singleton, Brittney Hiller donated 1 hour Relaxation Massage won by Katheryn Zimmerman, The Kitchen donated a $25 Gift Card won by Inez Miller, Thibault Gallery donated Note Cards won by Kathy Powell, Kat’s Dogs Gift Card won by Nancy McHale, Moon Doggies Gift Card won by Pam Beasley, It’s Me Fashions Watch won by Susanne Kohanski, Fordham Market Scarf won by Blain Joyce, The Craftseller Gift Card won by Veronica Robdau, Modern Jewelers’ expensive gift won by Kathleen Borzachini, Beaufort Land’s End Kayaks and Bike Rentals donated a Kayak Tour won by Katey Seizbel, Mary Kay Travel Bag donated by Karen Hardy and won by Brenda Benton, Louise Hodges Green Bug Spray For Outdoors was won by Darlene Singleton, Jennifer Ross donated a Massage and Reiki won by Ethel Bryant, Coastal Carolina Rei-ta donated a 1hour session won by Christine River, Greenfish gift won by Julie Johnson.
Our very own Marine Corps Air Station hosted nearly 100,000 of its closest friends and neighbors at the Beaufort Air Show this past weekend. The show is designed to showcase naval aviation at its best with a demonstration by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels along with all types of other aircraft. Plus additional presentations by the world famous GEICO Skytypers who are a flight squadron of six vintage World War II airplanes and is the only existing World War II civilian squadron flying today. The six vintage SNJ-2’s demonstrate low level precision flying and deliver aerial messages, known as Skytyping. Not to be outdone, civilians Patty Wagstaff, Mike Goulian, and Rob Holland performed acrobatic stunt flying that simply made your stomach drop and you began to mumble a constant, “wow, wow, wow…” Couldn’t have said it better.
The American Cancer Society’s fundraiser, Relay for Life is part of the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. Beaufort came together recently to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.
Photos by Bob Sofaly
Students and other supporters walk the track during the annual Relay for Life Saturday night at Beaufort High.
After dancing the Cupid Shuffle, students had to call in a few “older people” to teach them the Electric Slide.
Motivational signs line the track.
Cliff Mullins, board member of Relay For LIfe, refills containers with multicolored sand used for “sand art”.
Rusty Jones, left, show his support while waking with cancer survivor Karon Robers during Relay for LIfe on Saturday at Beaufort High School. Roberts said she suffered with cervical cancer 21 years ago.
Hannah Shannon, right, tries to relight the electronic candles in the luminaries following the thunderstorm.
Students from Beaufort HIgh School Interact Club, try to regroup following Saturday evening’s thunderstorm.
Saturday evening’s thunderstorm drove away many supporters for the annual Relay for LIfe.
Nearly 800 children accompanied by their parent or grandparents, gathered near the light house on Hunting Island State Park for the 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event, sponsored by the Park and Friends of Hunting Island, was free to public. The only caveat was have a lot of fun but remember to return the 2,000 hand stuffed, plastic eggs for use next year, according to Daniel Gambrell, park manager. “We started the egg hunt at the campground”, Gambrell said. But it was such an instant success, they decided to move it to the open area near the light house so everybody could take advantage of the event, he said.
“It’s a fun outing for the kids and their families” said Gambrell, noting that participation has sky-rocketed since its inception.
Photos by Bob Sofaly
It took about 800 children less than a minute to find 2,000 hand-stuffed plastic eggs.
Children in the 6-12 year-old group wait patiently for the start.
Maria Hahn, left, and 2-year-old daughter Ava, get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny by her husband Jonathan.
Clover O’Neal, 7, of Beaufort, proudly
wears her bunny ears while taking part
in the coloring contest.
Piper Abbott, left, of Hilton Head Island
puts the finishing touches on her coloring contest entry while Emily Crow colors in
the sky of her entry. In the backround is Piper’s sister Breanna.
Carson Redman, 1, of Beaufort, sits quietly and looks at his Easter Eggs garnered with
the help of his dad, Anthony.
Daniel Gambrell, Park Manager at Hunting Island State Park, shows the prized Golden Egg prior the start of the 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Getting ready for the start of the 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Hunting Island State Park.
A Park Ranger helps children get positioned for a picture with the Easter Bunny prior to the start of the Easter Egg Hunt.
This is how wonderful memories are made – a date with Dad. It is something really special, something she will remember always. Here are the Beaufort Academy Dad’s and their best girls enjoying a night out. The event was chaired by Maggie Mitchell and Michelle Heirs and held at the Coosaw Point Club House. There was food by The Kitchen and music by DJ Ash Milner. It was truly a wonderful evening for everyone.
Beaufort Academy Headmaster Stephen Schools with his daughter Caroline
David Dillinger and his daughter Emma
Scott Richards and his daughter Ava
Bob Bundy and his daughter Sarah Bette
Arthur Singleton and his daughter Alivia
Jeff Heirs and his daughters Margaret and MaryHanna
“It was more spectacular than the party at 12 Oaks in the movie Gone with the Wind!” raved Jay Weidner about last Saturday’s Lafayette Soiree at the home of Scott Sonoc and Marsha Williams. The fantastic CEO band from Atlanta kept everyone on the dance floor from their first song to their last. Even without hoop skirts, the Soiree was able to honor Beaufort’s naval history and raise substantial funds for the Historic Beaufort Foundation which will be used to stabilize the Verdier House and protect other endangered properties in Beaufort County. The evening was highlighted by an incredible fireworks display in honor of the 190th anniversary of General Marquis de Lafayette’s visit to Beaufort, which was also enjoyed by hundreds of people in the nearby Waterfront Park. Many thanks to Scott and Marsha and the hardworking Committee of the Soiree who made it all happen so beautifully and flawlessly!
A little rain didn’t deter the Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment from yet another spectacular performance at both Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort or Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The Drum and Bugle Corps, also know as “The Commandant’s Own, Marine Corps Color Guard and the Silent Drill Platoon, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the oldest post in Marine Corps.
The detachment, according to its website, travels more than 50,000 miles annually performing almost 500 events world wide. World class musical performances by the marching band are done for both military and civilian audiences. The Silent Drill Platoon wow’s the audience with its precision close order drill…all done without verbal commands.
More than $210,000 was raised for Riverview Charter School in Shell Point during the 7th annual Twilight Run and Oyster Roast on Saturday at Habersham, according to event organizers. More than a thousand runners, including more than 300 children, took part in three different races, including a kid’s fun run, 5k run/walk and an 8k race.Runners, walkers and spectators were also treated to a live concert from the Tell Scarlet band and were treated to a feast of freshly roasted oysters by Sea Eagle Market.
Riverview Charter School has a student body of 530 students.
Photos by Bob Sofaly
Proving one is never too old to enjoy old fashioned cotton candy, Jan Goude seems to be really enjoying her blue,
Tim Price gets not only ran in the Twilight 5k race, but helped advertise Beaufort Academy’s 50th anniversary celebration coming up on May 2. Price also won the Hilton Head Marathon last month.
A cold beer, a bottle of hot sauce and trays fuels freshly steamed oysters culminated the 7th annual Twilight
Run and Oyster Roast.
The Tell Scarlet band entertained after races were run.
A dad helps his youngsters get to the finish line.
Some of the 300 children taking part in the 7th annual Twilight Run and Oyster Roast.
Lisa Clancy, far right, a teacher at Riverview Charter School, talks to some of her students who are getting ready for the start fun run on Saturday in Habersham.
Katie Silvia, left, from Charleston, S.C., gets into some fresh oyster while her friend Malia, from Raleigh, N.C., slurps one down.
Michael Drawdy of North Augusta pries open a tasty oyster.
Hundreds of people took park shared trays of oysters.
Some of the more than 1,000 runners set their watches as the 8k race begins.
The overall winner of the 5k race was Cesar “Nacho” Fernandez of Savannah.
Walkers take their turn during the 5k walk/run. More than 1,000 people participated in three different events.
Runners of all ages take off to being the 5k run.
Lauren Kelly, left, and Jody Hayward were honored for their six years of leadership as race directer and event coordinators.
Perfect vantage points to watch the races.
Payton Wood, in orange shirt, spins the wheel to get a prize while Chris Ramsey of Fleet Street Sports looks on.
Susan Brown, left, a teacher at Riverview Charter School, paints flowers on Khamari Coaxum.