Review Category : Lowcountry Social Diary

Beaufort Shrimp Fest blessed by beautiful weather

By Pamela Brownstein

Last weekend marked the 20th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival sponsored by Main Street Beaufort, USA. Although the Friday night concert saw rain, the show still went on and a dedicated crowd enjoyed the live music.

But by Saturday morning, the rain had cleared and beautiful blue skies and cooler temps blessed runners at the Shrimp Fest 5K. The gorgeous weather last all day and Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park was packed with families and community members listening to music, touring shrimp boats, playing in the children’s activity

People of all ages participated in Saturday’s Shrimp Festival 5K. Here, runners make their way over the Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge toward the finish line on Bay Street. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

People of all ages participated in Saturday’s Shrimp Festival 5K. Here, runners make their way over the Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge toward the finish line on Bay Street. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

area, taking part in the Rotary Adopt-A-Shrimp Race, and most of all eating the delicious food offered by local restaurants. Of course, shrimp was the featured ingredient, and there were so many tasty and creative dishes. Here are some of the winners:

BOOTH DECORATION

Tie for Second place: Foolish Frog and Southern Graces

1st Place: Sea Eagle Market

BEST SHRIMP DISH

3rd Place: Sea Eagle Market

2nd Place: Gilligan’s

1st Place: Southern Graces

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

3rd Place: Sea Eagle

2nd Place: Emily’s

1st place: Foolish Frog

SILVER CUP

3rd Place: Foolish Frog

2nd Place: Sea Eagle

The winner of the 2014 Beaufort Shrimp Festival Silver Cup is Southern Graces.

Young runners wait for their trophies after the Beaufort Shrimp Fest 5K last Saturday, Oct. 4. Photo by Captured Moments.

Young runners wait for their trophies after the Beaufort Shrimp Fest 5K last Saturday, Oct. 4. Photo by Captured Moments.

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‘American Idol’ winner Candice Glover sings at USCB

Photos by Bob Sofaly

Jane Upshaw, center, Chancellor of USCB, introduces Candice Glover, right, to some of her staff and other local dignitaries before Candice performed last week.

Jane Upshaw, center, Chancellor of USCB, introduces Candice Glover, right, to some of her staff and other local dignitaries before Candice performed last week.

Beaufort’s own Candice Glover, right, performs on stage during USCB’s homecoming festivities last Saturday at the Bluffton campus.

Beaufort’s own Candice Glover, right, performs on stage during USCB’s homecoming festivities last Saturday at the Bluffton campus.

 

 

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Gov. Haley speaks to Beaufort Republican Women’s Club

The Beaufort Republican Women’s Club hosted a “Women For Nikki” event with special guests Governor Nikki Haley and Lieutenant Governor-candidate Henry McMasters on Monday morning, Oct. 6, to share the governor’s message of successful economic policies and continued employment growth in South Carolina. Under clear blue skies on the Old Bay Marketplace rooftop, over 80 people attended the free event and had their pictures taken with Gov. Haley.

Gov. Nikki Haley visited Beaufort last week.

Gov. Nikki Haley visited Beaufort last week.

McMasters introduced Gov. Haley, who is one of only five female governors across the country. She spoke at length about the positive changes she has made during her first term as governor. She thanked everyone for taking a chance on her when she first ran as an unknown candidate and how she made economic development and lower unemployment her top priorities.

Club President Beverly Peterson Brady welcomed the governor and other guests including State Rep. Shannon Erickson, County Council President Paul Sommerville, County Councilman Brian Flewelling, City Councilwoman Donnie Beer as well as County Council Candidate Alice Howard, City Council Candidate Stephen Murray and Clerk of Courts Jerri Roseneau. The event was organized by club member Angel Flewelling.

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The Island News hosts dynamic, fun porch party

By Pamela Brownstein

What do you get when four creative companies collaborate to throw an open house porch party? One heck of a fun night! The Island News, PickleJuice Productions, Plum Productions, and the Beaufort Film Society celebrated all being under one roof by inviting friends and clients to our offices at 308 Charles Street. Each business featured a specialty cocktail, and there was food and music and an awesome crowd that made for such a lively, entertaining evening in downtown Beaufort. Many thanks to Breakwater Restaurant and Wined It Up for their delicious appetizers, and to Pepsi for providing the drinks. Also, a big thank you to Mayor Billy Keyserling for bringing us all together, and to photographer Bob Sofaly for shooting the event for The Island News. Cheers, y’all!

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The fun folks at the Beaufort Film Society

The fun folks at the Beaufort Film Society

 

 

 

 

 

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Friends of Caroline Hospice’s fashion show a success

Friends of Caroline Hospice’s 11th annual fashion show “Belles, Baubles and Burlap” was held at the Dataw Island Club on Wednesday, September 17. The show was a sellout and the organization would like to extend a big thank you the sponsors, businesses and individuals who helped to make the fashion show a huge success. Many thanks also to photographer Susan DeLoach who donated her time and talents to capture the special moments from the show.

Chris Dedel, Nancy Vista (chairperson of the event), Pamela Hart and Beth Bohmert. (Looks like working out at EarthFIT works for these awesome women!)

Chris Dedel, Nancy Vista (chairperson of the event), Pamela Hart and Beth Bohmert. (Looks like working out at EarthFIT works for these awesome women!)

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Melina Cunningham

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Amelia Burris

Joy bracelets donated by Hollyhocks

Joy bracelets donated by Hollyhocks

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YMCA holds annual Boots & Bling fundraiser

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.

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Dataw Island Visual Arts Club hosts Diner En Blanc

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.

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Beaufort Area Republican Club kicks off campaign season with cookout

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.

Rep. Shannon Erickson and her husband.

Rep. Shannon Erickson and her husband.

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Democratic rally, fish fry held at Penn Center

Bakari Sellers gets a hug from a Beaufort County Democratic supporter.

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.

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.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen poses with Lady Pamela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Bakari Sellers speaks to a crowd at Penn Center last Saturday, Sept. 13.

Rep. Bakari Sellers speaks to a crowd at Penn Center last Saturday, Sept. 13.

Joyce Dickerson greets voters at last week’s Democratic event.

Joyce Dickerson greets voters at last week’s Democratic event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate Vincent Sheheen takes the  time to talk to voters one on one.

Candidate Vincent Sheheen takes the
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‘Grease’ is the word at USCB Center for the Arts

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.

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.

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.

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