September 2012 – March 2013 – Off to the Hounds

Fox Hunt in the LowcountryThere are two Hunt Clubs presently in the Low Country; Middleton Hounds based at Middleton Plantation to the north and The Lowcountry Hunt down here in our part of the world which both have hunts scheduled on Plantations from Charleston to almost the Georgia line from Sept until March (with almost 50 hounds per hunt harmoniously baying across the countryside). Fox hunting has been in the Low Country and the South for over two hundred years with President George Washington and President Thomas Jefferson both early fans.

For dates and info on how to attend or just watch:
www.thelowcounteyhunt.com or www.middletonplacehounds.com


October 5th – 6th, 2012 – 18th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival,

Beaufort Shrimp Festivalcelebrating local wild caught shrimp. The South Carolina Shrimper’s Association partners with Main Street Beaufort each year to bring awareness to thousands of visitors and residents. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Historic Downtown. Free Admission into the Park! Restaurants compete for the coveted Silver Cup and bragging rights for best shrimp dish each year. Some festival goers take part in the Shrimp Heading Competition and some children touch their first shrimp in the Shrimp Peeling Competition. Sea Island Rotary organizes the rubber shrimp race each year and live entertainment, a children’s area, craft market, and 5K run round out this popular festival.

For information call 843-525-6644 or visit:

October 26th – 28th, 2012 – Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens

Rhett House Inn - Fall House and Garden ToursDuring the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens visitors are invited to explore Beaufort from a rare vantage point: a selection of private homes, gardens, and plantations normally not open to the public welcome visitors inside. The houses represent three centuries of Beaufort architecture for which the city is justly famous. These self-paced walking tours offer a distinctive opportunity to observe how contemporary lifestyles are lived within the framework of our unmatched architectural heritage. Isabella Reeves does a wonderful job of putting it all together.

For tickets or info go to:

October 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28th, 2012 – Ghost Tours

Rhett House Inn - Ghost Tours in Beaufort SCTake a carriage ride or walking tour through the spooky Spanish moss draped streets of Beaufort’s historic district while listening to costumed storytellers tell haunting tales of the area. All proceeds benefit CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association).

For tickets or info go to:


November 3rd, 2012 – PaddleFest 2012

1:00 p.m. Start Time at Hunting State Park Lagoon

PaddleFest 2012ON-SITE REGISTRATION & SET-UP: 11:00 AM Race Day at Hunting Island State Park.

DESCRIPTION: 3 and 6 mile kayak, canoe, outrigger canoe and paddleboard races which begin and finish in the Lagoon near Parking Lot J. All events will start together. There are Categories (kinds of boats) and Divisions (age groups) for everyone! Awards Ceremony and Cookout will follow the events at Parking Lot J.

Registrattion: www.active.com
For Information Contact: Higher Ground – 843-379-4327 or www.highergroundbeaufort.com

November 3rdth, 2012 – The grandaddy of them all :

The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry is hosting their 16th Annual Family Oyster Roast

6 p.m.

Rhett House Inn OystersA Lowcountry tradition: Fall Oyster Roasts with local oysters from pristine waters.
“We have the best oysters in the world,” said Chris Long, a chef at Beaufort’s Rhett House Inn who has lived in the area since 1969. “They have good flavor, good salt. I’ve had oysters from a lot of places, but ours are the best.”–Beaufort Gazette

Rotary Club of The Lowcountry presents it’s 16th Annual Family Oyster Roast on Saturday, November 3rd, at 6:00 pm at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal, SC. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate. Children under 10 are free.  Join us for our Silent & Live Auction, Music, Hot Dogs, Chili, Beer, Wine and Door Prizes plus all the oysters you can eat!

Call Jeff Althoff at 812-2921 or Charlotte Gonzales at 575-2366 for tickets.

November 5th, 2012 – DiVino DiVine Wine Tasting Event at Breakwater

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rhett House WineThis season’s wine tasting event, under the tent. Over 40 wines to taste plus the opportunity to stock your cellar for the holidays with cases of excellent wine at discount prices. Tickets $15 in advance at Breakwater, The Cuthbert House Inn, Main Street Beaufort. ($20 at the door on the 5th)

$15 of every case sold goes to support DragonBoat Beaufort’s cancer survivor missions.

November 8th – 10th, 2012 – The Annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration

Is held every 2nd weekend in November to celebrate and showcase the unique cultural heritage of the Gullah people of the Sea Island.

Rhett House InnArtist of the Year Art Exhibition; Flags of the Gullah People; Fish Fry & Blues Night; Old Fashion Prayer Service; Heritage Days Symposium; Saturday Parade; Old Fashion Craft Fair; & Center Stage Entertainment.

For more information and a schedule of events, contact Penn Center by calling 843-838-2432 or visiting their website at: www.penncenter.com

November 9th, 2012 – Oyster Roast

South Coast Oyster Roast Friday November 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Rhett House Inn OystersSouth Coast Oyster Roastat beautiful historic ‘Marshlands’ on the water in the historic district,  501 Pinckney Street, Beaufort, SC Oysters, Chili, Water, Soft Drinks, Appetizers and Dessert included. Bring your own Oyster Knife and Adult Beverage!! Music by The Sweet Ferns. $25 per person Tickets must be purchased by November 2 Limited to 150 people—buy your tickets early!!

Send check payable to Friends of Fort Fremont, P.O. Box 982
St. Helena Island, SC 29920, Please include your email address for receipt confirmation. 
For more information contact Wendy Wilson at wendywilson@hargray.com or 843.986.0532

November 17th, 2012 – Zonta Club of Beaufort Annual Oyster Roast

Saturday at Live Oaks Park from 6pm to 9pm

Rhett House OysterAlong with oysters and beer there will be hotdogs, chili, soft drinks and desserts. Fun for the whole family! Tickets $25.00. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds from the sale of tickets will go toward scholarships for Beaufort women and local community projects.

The location is Live Oaks Park in Port Royal, next to the elementary school. Tickets are $20 per adult in advance or $25 at the entrance.  Children 12 and under are free! Beer, oysters, hot dogs, chili, soft drinks and desserts will be served.  Live music and prizes!

To get tickets, contact Sylvia at Carolina Floral Design 843-524-7900

November 17th, 2012 – Music to Your Month Culinary Festival

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 Palmetto Bluff Village Green & Riverfront – 

Rhett House Inn - Music to your Month FestivalFood Demos by noted Chefs and wine and beer and food tastings.The Culinary Festival is a gathering of culinarians, winemakers, growers, and artisans, brought together to accentuate the abundance of ingredients from our surrounding waters, woods and local farms. They showcase their finest nibbles and nectars and take our guests on a sensory experience that can only be called Music to Your Mouth. The Festival features live music, cooking demonstrations, a market area, Hargray’s “Game Day” tent (for your college football fix), and new this year a Beer Garden and the “What’s Shakin’ Bacon Forest.” $25 of each ticket goes directly to Second Helpings.

For tickets and information, visit:


December 8th, 2012 – Light Up the Night Boat Parade!

5:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m

Beaufort's Parade of BoatsJoin Main Street Beaufort, USA and the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron for the Light Up the Night boat parade on the Beaufort River. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park provides the best view of the parade. Cost to participate is $15 per boat, but no commercial boats for the parade. Cash prizes will be awarded in five size categories for power boats and sailboats. The first boats will start arriving at the seawall at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park by 5 pm. Boats will make three passes by the seawall. Winners will be announced at the end of the event. downtownbeaufort.com/anightonthetown.

Application forms for Light Up The Night Boat parade and Beaufort Christmas Parade are available at: