The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce announces the Artist Showcase 2011 scheduled for May 27-28 in historic downtown Beaufort, SC. Artists must submit their application by April 1, with exhibit space selection based on date of submission.
The 9th annual event is open to 24 local and visiting exhibitors presenting original and print work in a range of media to include paintings, folk art, basket weaving and mixed media. The show is free to the public, and all work will be for sale.
The objective of the show is to promote the arts as a viable and important economic contribution to life in the Lowcountry and to support emerging and professional artists in pursuing their artistic goals and developing their talents.
The chamber of commerce is pleased to welcome student artists from Broad River Elementary School grades 1-5 as the 2011 showcase feature. Beaufort County working artists are mentoring the students in preparation for the show to encourage their developing talents and to demonstrate the exhibition process.
The Artist Showcase will be open at Sea Island Best Western, 1015 Bay Street, Beaufort, on May 27 from 12 Noon until 8 pm with a reception from 5 pm until 7 pm. The show will be open May 28 from 10 am until 6 pm. Artists and their representatives will be available to meet the public during the entire show.
Artists may obtain an application or additional information via emailed request to BeaufortBlack@gmail.com. See more details and ongoing updates with artist features.
Pinky is a cute little guy who sometimes plays with children in The Castle at Beaufort, SC. The children may have named him for his pink jester’s outfit. Only the children can see him, as he plays pranks and makes himself scarce when adults are around. His real name is Guernauche, and he’s a French Huguenot dwarf who’s been floating around since the town was settled and then he met with some unfortunate death in 1562. Of course, he’s a ghost, so who’s to say what his real story is!
Guernauche is the most well known and the oldest ghost of Beaufort, and possibly the oldest ghost in America, according to Harper’s Bazaar in 1940. The 1859 home called The Castle is thought to please him because of its resemblance to homes in his native country. How do we know about him? “Well, we just know. Of course we know he’s there,” storytellers will insist.
“Because every family who’s ever lived there has had children tell of seeing him,” says Donnie Beer, a storyteller once a year when she’s off duty from her post as Beaufort City councilwoman.
While the ghosts of Beaufort could possibly be seen, heard or felt any time by those in tune with the supernatural, they are most likely to make their annual appearances during the last two weekends in October when they are eagerly anticipated to entertain guests of the Ghost Tours. For your own look at the rest of the story…and many more…visit Beaufort for a proper celebration of Halloween.
You might learn about the well known bride of Blackbeard, a lovely blonde who could possibly be seen walking the beach along Fripp Island at night. She was reportedly abducted by the nasty pirate, but she was in love with a handsome gentleman in Charleston. When she learned that Blackbeard’s men were sent to kill her true lover, as evidenced by their return showing her young man’s hand as a trophy, she walked into the ocean to drown her tears. This bride’s story is sometimes told by noted storyteller Millie Boyce, looking over the marsh toward Fripp Island and hoping the evidence of the severed hand doesn’t appear to frighten the audience. Some storytellers relate that the young couple still walks the beach together because their love could not be drowned. Of course, they are ghosts, so interpretation may be applied liberally.
Watch for another restless spirit which sometimes is thought to walk back and forth on the upstairs veranda of a house called Little Casino. She was a freed slave who had purchased the house after the Civil War. When the hurricane of 1893 brought flood waters up to the second floor, she was unable to leave.
Union soldiers frequent several homes, and a Confederate soldier crawls out of the marsh to walk away without having feet. Or rather the ghosts of such soldiers might be seen. These occurrences don’t seem surprising to Beaufortonians, who remind visitors that the town was occupied by the Union Army early in the Civil War.
Beaufort’s ghosts are believed to frequent primarily the Old Point neighborhood along with a few other locations where the oldest of the old can be found, thus lending credence to the founding of their stories.
If you see a ghost, old or young, would you please send us a picture? We would really like to know more about this.
Beaufort history is reviewed in our new book published by Tourist Town — Hilton Head: A Guide to the South Carolina Lowcountry. It’s available at the Cuthbert House Inn in Beaufort and Rose Hill Mansion in Bluffton, both of which might have ghosts of their own too.
Panini’s has been our favorite Beaufort, SC restaurant for years. There’s no better view of the sunset over Waterfront Park and no comparable pizza for sure. Always trying to top their own success, they’re serving new specialties this weekend for the Beaufort Shrimp Festival. The People’s Choice winner for so many years we all lost count, and we’ll see some serious competition again.
The historic bank is a lovely building, easy to find downtown on the corner of Bay Street and within walking distance from any of the bed and breakfasts and a couple of hotels. Or walk up from the park to the back for casual outdoor dining during almost any season .
The pizza and pasta have been my favorites, although the big salad and crusty focaccia have kept me happy for about a hundred lunches. Of course the panini needs no explanation — plenty of varieties on the menu. Hoagies are on the new fall menu, and I’ll be tasting the blackened flounder hoagie with caper remoulade sauce on my next lunch visit.
The new menu features even more local seafoods with Nick’s special touches. His heritage is Italian, and his thinking is Italian albeit with South Carolina lowcountry accents.
My small plate order of peel and eat local shrimp, lager steamed with old bay, was a big meal for me. Nothing small about it. Plan on plenty of napkins and cold beverage too! It’s spicy and just right. As an experienced critic of all things shrimp, I can promise the shrimp bisque on the starter menu is some of the best ever. The Italian taste is pepperoni. What a great combination! Any of the seafood tapas are tasty too, with more variety and unique presentation that you will find anywhere in town. Our friends who eat calamari everywhere they go will be right at home with the almond crusted dish and spicy aioli plus fra diavolo sauce.
For dinner, everyone loves the Mediterranean Shrimp and Grits. It’s simply made with pancetta polenta which is an improvement over many traditional recipes. One of my personal favorites is the new Flounder Francaise with lemon butter and almonds, plus pancetta polenta. If you crave paella, this is the right place — the only place to fall in love!
Know about my favorite dessert? Well, two or three actually, and they’re here! Creme brule, tiramisu or chocolate panini, just for me. Yummmmmm
Bet you cannot resist! I surprised myself by completing the adventurous spiral of 167-steps! The view of ocean, beach, marsh, forest and neighboring islands was worth the effort. The historic Hunting Island Lighthouse is one of eight along the South Carolina coast, but the only one which is open.
The original purpose of the lighthouse was to guide vessels along the coast between Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. The first one was destroyed by Union soldiers and replaced in the 1870s. It was taken apart piece by piece and moved a mile from its original site which was damaged by erosion. Since 1933, it has been a beacon for tourists rather than guiding sailors. A dedicated group of energetic volunteers, the Friends of Hunting Island, has renovated buildings within the compound and continues to collect lighthouse artifacts and support the preservation.
The forested beach is somewhat unusual with white sand and interesting remains of serious storm erosion.
We love relaxing on this beach anytime whether it’s hot summer beach weather or during cooler days for luxurious walks. It’s clean and safe for family outings, and the historic aspect makes it more than a day at the beach.
Hunting Island takes reservations far in advance for its beach cabins and oceanfront campground, but the beautiful maritime beach welcomes us daily year-round. South Carolina’s most visited state park, attracting more than a million visitors each year, has earned its reputation honestly.
Let us know if you need any help finding Hunting Island in the northern portion of Beaufort County or planning your trip for the coastal visit. Hunting Island was reviewed in our book Hilton Head: A Guide to the South Carolina Lowcountry, but the photos are a better showcase than the book could offer.
This is the first in a short series about Hunting Island. Watch for following post with a visit to the Nature Center at Hunting Island. We also have suggestions of great restaurants enroute to or from Hunting Island.
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Cuthbert House Inn in Beaufort, SC is the only waterfront antebellum bed and breakfast in this quaint historic town on the Intracoastal Waterway. The 10,000-square-foot house is a beautifully preserved architectural treasure.
The view displays the marina and moss-draped live oaks over Beaufort Bay often dotted with sailboats.
Step into this foyer and open the door to history. Arrive for social hour with refreshments and lively conversation. Take a short stroll downtown for fresh seafood in a waterfront restaurant. Wake up to hot and homemade Southern delicacies for breakfast.
It’s the year 2010, and the war between the states has long since ended, but we are reminded of General Sherman’s march to the sea when Beaufort was preserved as a headquarters for Union soldiers. Soldiers left their carving on this marble mantelpiece, but no ghosts appear among antiques and amenities in a luxurious suite. Modern conveniences include gas fireplaces and cozy robes and comforters to follow a soak in the claw foot tub.
The quiet little town is rich with dozens of restored antebellum mansions and tales of wealthy plantation owners fleeing these homes at the threat of war. Touring the neighborhoods, browsing for antiques and art or celebrating a special event are reasons to savor this visit. Weddings, girlfriend getaways or romantic interludes are perfectly set here. Make this your headquarters for day tours to Hunting Island, Hilton Head, Charleston or Savannah.
The Cuthbert House Inn takes reservations online and by phone at 800.327.9275. It is recommended in our travel book recently published in Channel Lake’s Tourist Town series — Hilton Head: A Guide to the South Carolina Lowcountry. The book is available for purchase at the Cuthbert House Inn, in all major bookstores and online.
We’ve arrived at our favorite bed and breakfast.