Beaufort Branch Library Announces Two Solar Eclipse Events

On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. Viewers in Beaufort will have the opportunity to witness up to 98 percent coverage of the sun – a partial solar eclipse.

Visit the Beaufort Branch library to celebrate and learn about this astronomical event. All program attendees will receive complimentary viewing glasses designed to protect your eyes while observing the eclipse. Eclipse glasses will also be available while supplies last from August 17th-August 21st during normal operating hours.

Event Name:  Solar Eclipse 101

Short Description of the event: Join us for an overview of the eclipse including why they happen and how you can be safe and get the most out of your eclipse viewing experience. For adults and families.

Time and Date of the Event:  Wednesday, July 26th at 5:30pm

Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of the Event: Free

Contact Information: 843-255-6458


Event Name:  Dramatic Essay Reading: Annie Dillard’s “Total Eclipse”

Short Description of the event:  In anticipation of the eclipse, please join us on Wednesday, August 16th for a dramatic reading of Pulitzer – prize-winning author Annie Dillard’s essay “Total Eclipse” as performed by professional actress Maggie Worsdale of the Traveling Literacy Theater.

Time and Date of the Event:  Wednesday, August 16th at 2:00pm

Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of the Event: Free

Contact Information: 843-255-6458


Writer Annie Dillard viewed on February 26, 1979, a total eclipse from the Yakima Valley in central Washington State. She described her impressions of the eclipse in an essay, “Total Eclipse.” In this piece Dillard describes a nearly overwhelming emotional experience as suggested in this quotation: “It materialized out of thin air – black, and flat, and sliding, outlined in flame. The heart screeched. The meaning of the sight overwhelmed its fascination. It obliterated meaning itself.” This essay was selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays of the 20th Century. (2000) 

Professional actress and producer of Traveling Literary Theater, Maggie Worsdale, will dramatically read Annie Dillard’s essay. Maggie is a native of New Jersey and has recently moved to the Charleston area. She has been professionally acting, singing, and producing for over 25 years. 

Titanic Program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on July 18

The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank on April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 passengers and crew members lost their lives. It has become one of the most famous disasters of all time.

What was it like to be on board the Titanic? Julie Hedgepeth Williams knows because her great-uncle, Albert Caldwell, was a passenger on the Titanic. He, his wife, and his young son survived the sinking. Julie grew up listening to her great-uncle recount the events of that horrific evening. At 6 PM on July 18 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Julie will tell the story of the Titanic as her great-uncle told it to her firsthand, followed by the part that he never told anyone – the part he kept secret and that she only found out by research. The research keeps revealing new details about her family’s survival of this tragic event.


Julie Hedgepeth Williams is a journalism professor at Samford University and an author. Her most recent books include A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival and Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910. Her family has vacationed in Ocean Isle Beach for many years.


The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit

Lowcountry Fair and Marsh Tacky Races in Beaufort in November 2017

Mark your calendars for a unique community event on a local plantation this fall as the Santa Elena Foundation presents “A Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair.”

The fun-filled day will include Marsh Tacky Horse Races, Horse Fun Shows, Living History Re-enactments, Weapons Demonstrations, music and special performances, children’s petting zoo and activities, festive refreshments, and much more on the private grounds of Cotton Hall Plantation in Northern Beaufort County on November 18, 2017 from 10 am-4 pm.

“The Lowcountry Fair will be a stand-out event for the community to enjoy and experience early local heritage mixed in with plenty of good fun, food, and friendship,” remarks Megan Meyer, Executive Director of the Santa Elena History Center. “This furthers the promotion of our efforts to highlight Beaufort County’s unique history and collaborate with many organizations and individuals throughout the community.”

Headlining the event are the Marsh Tacky Horses, whose races will provide an exciting show for the crowd. Led by the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association, the races will showcase horses from all parts of the southeast and bring awareness to the special breed originally introduced by the Spanish explorers of the 16th century. The Marsh Tacky is the South Carolina state heritage horse and one of the most endangered breeds in the world. They once roamed freely by the hundreds through the South Carolina Sea Islands and Lowcountry but their numbers neared extinction as tractors, trucks, and development took the place of horsepower. Today, only around 400 Marsh Tacky Horses remain.

“We are excited to bring the Marsh Tacky Race back to the Lowcountry – as we strive to save the breed, it’s important to celebrate their historical significance,” says Jackie McFadden, secretary of the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. “By partnering with the Santa Elena Foundation the day of racing will be even more enjoyable with a myriad of other activities on the grounds of such a special place.”

Tickets will be available for purchase in advance (online) and at the gate on the date of the event. Levels include: $20/adult and $10/child (5-15), $50 for families, and $40 for active duty military families. Also available to help the event generate proceeds for the Santa Elena Foundations mission are Patron tickets at $100 and recognized sponsorship levels starting at $500.

The event is weather contingent, and all donations will benefit the Santa Elena Foundation.

To visit the website for Santa Elena’s Lowcountry Fair, visit

To learn more about the SC Marsh Tacky Association, visit

Keith Brooking Kids & Pros Football Clinic

Keith Brooking and Kids & Pros will  present a youth football clinic for local kids.

The clinic is set for Sunday, July 23rd from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This clinic is free for youth ages 7-13. There will also be an hour long informational session for parents to attend.

Heyward House Summer Public Days in Bluffton SC

Heyward House Summer Public Days!

Programs are scheduled Friday from 11 am-12 pm through June and July. Learn about the history, life and games of the 19th century.

Program Schedule 

June 30: Scavenger Hunt
July 7: Nature & History Walking Tour
July 14: Archaeology
July 21: 19th Century Games

Reservations are required and prices vary depending on the program.

Call the Heyward House Historic Center at
(843) 757-6293 for reservations or more information.

Dragonboat Race Day a Huge Success in Beaufort

DragonBoat Beaufort hosted the 5thannual Dragonboat Race Day in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park June 24, 2017. Twenty-three teams competed for medals during the daylong event with over 3000 spectators throughout the day. Race Directors Andrew Nicholls and Greg Rawls were pleased to announce that over $70,000 was raised, all of which will go to fund DragonBoat Beaufort’s OUTREACH program, which assists Beaufort County cancer patients.


Best Tee Shirt Design – Beaufort Believers
Best Tent Decoration – Tidal Creek Turtles
Best Team Spirit – Swamp Dragons
Best Dressed Drummer – Tidal Creek Turtles
Most Money Raised by a Drummer on Race Day – Thunderstruck II
Fastest Overall Team – Organized Chaos
Fastest Local Team – Single Marine Program
Top Fund Raising Teams:
1. Dragon Slayers
2. We Have the Advantage
3. Swamp Dragons
Top Fund Raising Individuals:
1. Barbara Westcott
2. Connie Stewart
3. Sophia Schade
Heartbeat of the County Cup (awarded to the fastest healthcare-related team) – BMH Spittin’ Fireballs
Hallelujah Cup (awarded to the fastest church-sponsored team) – Tidal Creek Turtles

Medals were awarded for:

BRONZE           Weichert Warriors
SILVER             Tidal Creek Turtles
GOLD               Pinnacle Plastic Surgery

BRONZE           Rack Attack                        
SILVER             BMH Spittin’ Fireballs
GOLD               Braun and Bling                         

BRONZE           Charlotte Fury                          
SILVER             Charleston Fire Breathers
GOLD               Organized Chaos

BRONZE           Swamp Dragons                       
SILVER             Beaufort Believers
GOLD               DBC Dannie’s Dragons

Dragonboat Beaufort is a non-profit organization located in Beaufort, SC. DragonBoat Beaufort’s mission is to provide cancer survivors the opportunity to heal and regain physical and psychological strength and wellness through the camaraderie and competition of dragonboat paddling and racing. In addition, DragonBoat Beaufort supports those impacted by cancer through their OUTREACH program which gives grants to local cancer patients to assist with needs they are unable to afford or for which they lack coverage; and through support and counseling for cancer patients in treatment and in remission, including support for their caregivers.

For more information, please visit

The History of Ocean Isle Beach: 10,000 BC – Today

Dr. Fred David will present a slideshow of special permission photos of old Ocean Isle businesses, people, places and events at 6 pm on July 4 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

The slides reveal the life and times of Ocean Isle residents from 10,000 BC to today. The program flows through the period of Native Americans, Pirates, Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II, and today at Ocean Isle, with special emphasis on shipwrecks and the founder, Odell Williamson.

The program is designed for children as well as adults of all ages as it includes numerous pictures of wildlife, pirates, and Native Americans that once lived at Ocean Isle.
Fred David is a Professor of Management at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. David received a BS in Mathematics and an MBA from Wake Forest University and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. With Vern Bender, David is a co-author of two books: The History of Ocean Isle Beach and Shipwreck Diving: Calabash to Southport. A native of Whiteville, NC, David and his wife Joy are permanent residents of Ocean Isle Beach.
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit

Sunset River Marketplace presents two new exhibitions opening June 7

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash announces the opening of two art exhibitions in June.  Tarheel Wandering: a Journey in Black & White features the sgraffito pottery of Lincoln County artist Raine Middleton.  An opening reception for Tarheel Wandering is scheduled for June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show runs through July 29. POV: Abstraction showcasing abstract acrylic paintings by gallery owner Ginny Lassiter also opens June 7. It runs through July 8.

Lincoln County , NC artist Raine Middleton follows a path of creativity originally taken by her ancestors. She refers to herself as a “master doodler.” She throws porcelain on the pottery wheel, painting the piece in black slip. She paints her designs freehand on each piece and then carves out the background.  The ancient pottery decorating technique is known as Sgraffito and Middleton is indeed a master.

According to the artist, “Tarheel Wandering refers to the physical wandering of a traveler as well as the more esoteric wandering of a native North Carolinian. As an artist, my pottery designs are inspired by the beauty of the state from mountains, piedmont, and coastal regions.”

Fresh from showing at the Arts Council in Wilson, NC, Ginny Lassiter brings her exhibition of abstract acrylics back to the beach in an exhibition titled POV: Abstraction. She has a keen eye and uses a limited palette adeptly, the result being a body of work with rich coloration and an architectural feel.


Although she graduated from East Carolina University with a major in art, Lassiter didn’t start painting seriously until 2013 when she sat in on a workshop with North Carolina artist Sterling Edwards. “He really pushed me to develop my own voice, my own art,” she says. She also credits her design instructor at East Carolina, the late Warren Chamberlain. “With his help, I learned the importance of spontaneity and the value in limiting my palette. It keeps the work from becoming too busy.”


Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook.

Carnivorous Plant Lecture at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on June 6

Join Mark Todd on June 6 at 6 PM at the Museum of Coastal Carolina where he will discuss southeastern North Carolina’s native species of carnivorous plants. Some of the plants Mr. Todd will discuss include Venus Flytraps, Pitcher Plants, and Sundews. Children who attend this program will learn how to care for Venus Flytraps and will be able to bring one home with them. North Carolina has over 20 species of carnivorous plants, including Venus Flytraps, which only grow within 60 miles of Wilmington, NC.

Mark Todd has been relentlessly serving in the conservation of carnivorous plants for over 10 years. He is the President and a founding board member of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for Museum members. Non-member Museum admission, which includes admission to the carnivorous plant program, is $9.50 for adults (13-61), $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit

Art and Food Blend at the Art Museum

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Twenty years of living large in Myrtle Beach, SC, and the charming beachfront museum’s summer exhibitions and complementary programs promise to be a party your eyes and mouth won’t want to miss.
While the berries are bursting on vines and bushes, the peaches are bending orchard boughs, the corn is rising in fields and shrimpers are casting their nets, the Art Museum will look to outstanding artists to inform and remind museum visitors why the food of the South has risen from its humble roots to the pinnacle of today’s eating scene. The anniversary exhibition, with a companion photographic essay and lecture series, will provide a summer-long exaltation of the food of the South-now recognized as one of the country’s most beloved cuisines.
Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South, June 10 through September 17, will explore southern culinary heritage as nourishment and beyond: a form of cultural, political and artistic expression; an enduring source of comfort; sometimes an object of obsession; perhaps a symbol of class, race or gender…and always a cause for celebration.  Food and beverage icons, peculiar and particular to the South, will be examined with works in an expansive variety of two and three-dimensional media, including paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor; works in pastel and pen; printmaking; photography; sculptures in ceramics, metal, wood and mixed media; fiber art, and functional works, such as handcrafted dining furniture, lighting, cutlery and serving ware.  These objects-over 100 works created by 58 artists, some historic and many contemporary-will invite viewers to explore the confluence of the three distinct foodways (Native American, African and European), which have converged over time and place to form the South’s unique cuisine, originally one of survival, now acclaimed for its honesty, comfort and generosity.

Brian Keuhn, Peach Harvest, 2016, soft pastel, 43″ x 29″, courtesy of the artist

Appropriately, the June 10 opening for Feast Your Eyes will be an afternoon anniversary celebration from 2 to 4 p.m., complete with classic southern cakes, bubbly, lemonade and sweet tea.  With party hats and cupcakes to decorate, museum goers can engage in hands-on fun as well as enjoy a docent tour of the mouth-watering artwork.

Ann Caudle, Boiled Peanuts, 2017, oil on canvas, 26″ x 38″, courtesy of the artist

A companion exhibition by local photographer Brant Barrett entitled Feast | Local will highlight the Grand Strand’s food scene.  With well over 1,800 restaurants (Huffington Post cited us as one of the U.S.’s top 15 “restaurant-crazy cities” a few years back), not to mention produce stands, farmers’ markets, country stores, bars and abundant food festivals, Barrett’s lens will discover definitive images that speak to our sense of taste as well as our sense of place.

Amy C. Evans, Things that Go with Oysters: Corn Meal, 2016, oil on wood panel, 12″ x 12″, courtesy of the artist

The third component to our summer programming, Food for Thought, is a series of eight Wednesday afternoon lectures, kicking off on June 21 (2 p.m.) with Nathalie Dupree, widely recognized as the reigning doyenne of southern cooking.  The author of 13 cookbooks, including three James Beard Award winners, with more than 300 television appearances and write-ups in major newspapers and magazines throughout the country, Dupree will reminisce on “place” as an important element in the cuisine of the South.
Seven other lectures will follow in the months of June through early September:
  • June 28, artist and storyteller Natalie Daise: “Collards-Why I Eat Them, Why I Paint Them”
  • July 12, Chief of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina Dr. Will Goins: “Native Roots, Native Healing”
  • July 19, local food entrepreneurs and innkeepers Sassy and Brian Henry with Farella Smalls and Bessie Simmons: “Say Cheese!  From the Pawleys Island Sea View Inn to the Nation: Spreading the Love of Pimento Cheese and Other Southern Dishes”
  • July 26, Gullah Geechee Heritage Commissioner, cook book author and Coastal Carolina University Assistant Professor Veronica Gerald: “Nyamming: Eating Gullah Geechee Style”
  • August 9, Three local chefs/restaurateurs with three local farmers/purveyors: “The Chefs and Their Farmers”
  • August 16, Executive Director of the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach Joseph Bonaparte, “So You Think You Want to Be a Chef”
  • August 23, Trappist monk, chief cook for Mepkin Abbey and cookbook author Father Joseph Tedesco: “Food for the Spirit”
  • September 6, Coastal Carolina University Associate Professor of American Literature Dr. Daniel Turner: “To Cook a Mockingbird: Symbolic Foodways in Harper Lee’s Classic Southern Novel”
For details on the Museum’s Feast Your Eyes-exhibition-related KidsArt summer programming, please refer to or call Arielle Fatuova and 843-238-2510.
Also on exhibit will be Douglas Balentine: Beyond the Horizon (May 30 – September 3, 2017).  Balentine is a Charleston, SC native, and Charleston and its environs offer the artist a seemingly eternal source of inspiration.
Gallery hours for the museum will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m.Sunday.  Admission to the museum is free at all times, but donations are appreciated.