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Hilton Head Island Festivals & Events

    • Shelter Cove Farmers' Market
    • (April 29 - October 28, 2014)
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    Produce from the Shelter Cove Farmers' Market
    • Hilton Head Burgers and Brews
    • (October 4, 2014)
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    Burger and fries
    • Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance
    • (Oct 24 - Nov 2, 2014)
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Artisans Fur Animals Exhibit

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Thursday, Oct 9, 2014

SCAD Professor and Ceramicist Jessica Broad has created 25 original cats and dogs for Lowcountry artists to paint. The artists are donating their time and talents to raise money for Palmetto Animal League. The sculptures will be showcased at the Walter Greer Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

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Blue Crab Discovery

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Visit Jarvis Creek to learn about the life cycle and importance of the Atlantic Blue Crab. Participants will have a hands-on experience of harvesting, cooking, picking and tasting. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-66767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Cast Net Throwing

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014

Learn how to throw a cast net from local angler Scott Moody. This hands-on program will show you the best way to learn to 'open that net' on every cast. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own net, or a loaner will be made available to you. Cost is $10 per person (fr ages 12 and older) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.

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Exploring Pinckney Island

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

A brief historical and natural history overview is given followed by a walking tour of this National Wildlife Refuge, including salt marsh and maritime forest. Wildlife may include variety of birds, alligators and marsh inhabitants. Reservations required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Historic Sites on Hilton Head Island

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

The Heritage Library presents a one-hour lecture on the historic sites of the island.

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Marine Science Expedition

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Join the Coastal Discovery Museum for a 2-hour marine science expedition aboard research vessel SPARTINA with Marine Biologist Captain Amber Kuehn. Participants will observe science in nature under microscope and display live organisms. Learn interesting and intricate facts about the biology of the Lowcountry waterway. A scientific explanation will accompany a trip through the marsh. From microscopic animals to dolphins, the possibilities are endless. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.

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Marine Science Expeditions

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Join us for a 2 hour exploration of Skull Creek and the surrounding waterways aboard research vessel SPARTINA. You will observe nature up close with a display of live organisms. A scientific explanation will accompany a trip through this scenic river and salt marsh. From microscopic animals to dolphins, the possibilities are endless. Ask you technical questions and get educated answers. Cost is $35 adult, $25 child (age 12 and under) Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.

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On Tap Tuesday

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Every Tuesday from 5-7pm in the Cafe. Sample local and craft beers with friends.

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Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

Come walk with other survivors of suicide loss. Help raise awareness about suicide in our community while raising money for suicide prevention, education, advocacy and research through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. While walking around scenic Jarvis Creek, read the inspirational signs and get to know others as you share your experiences.

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Shelter Cove Farmers Market

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

The Shelter Cove Farmers Market will feature local produce vendors, artisans, crafters, food vendors, and much more. We will also have live music and during the summer months the market will close with the FIREWORKS Display over the Harbor. The market will have extended hours from 4pm-9pm from June 17th-August 12th.

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Southern Living Idea House at Palmetto Bluff

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014

Make plans to visit the 2014 Southern Living Idea House situated in Bluffton-the Heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The house is open for tours from June 28-December 14, 2014 excluding Mondays and Tuesdays each week. Proceeds from tour tickets will benefit the Bluffton Boys and Girls Club and Bluffton Self Help.

 

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Summer Light

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

The Society of Bluffton Artists presents "Summer Light," a lively collection of recent paintings by local artist Murray Sease, on display from September 2 through October 4.

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The Island's Story

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014

Learn from a docent at the Coastal Discovery Museum about our earliest residents, the plantation era, Gullah culture and about our modern development. Reservations recommended by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldisocvery.org

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 - Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

An American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Alabama during the Great Depression, and follows the journey of Scout and Jem Finch. Their father has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a man framed for a crime he didn't commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and Jem witness their community in a tense tug of war between justice and prejudice. Harper Lee found instant fame after To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, and the novel was showered with literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. Preview performances are $35 for adults and $25 for children 4-15; Regular tickets are $45 for adults and $31 for children.

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Women's $10,000 Shipyard Cup Tournament Main Draw

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Women's $10,000 Shipyard Cup Main Draw is a USTA Pro Circuit Event that will feature high level players competing in both singles and doubles.

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Birding at Pinckney Island

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014

Participants will be led by an experienced bird watcher from the Coastal Discovery Museum around Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. With a combination of habitats including Salt Marsh, Maritime Forest and open fields, this site allows for participants to see many different species of birds. Depending on the time of year, diverse birds can be found including; Summer Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, Painted Bunting, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Egrets, Herons and many, many others. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Butterfly Discovery

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Take a guided tour through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Enclosure to get up close and personal with native butterflies,. Learn hands-on about the different stages of a butterfly's life cycle-see a living caterpillar and chrysalis! Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Forts of Port Royal

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

Learn about the area's early explorers and the importance of the island during the Civil War, Mitchelville, and the Steam Cannon. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Ladies Night at Daniel's Restaurant & Lounge

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015

Women and Men enjoy great drink specials and dance the night away in a Miami Style Lounge every Wednesday.

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Lowcountry Native Plants & Plant Identification

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum. Learn from Daniel Payne, why so few native plants are in local gardens today, which native plants are appropriate for your site conditions and how to plant natives for songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies. Cost is $7.00 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.

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Lowcountry Native Plants and Plant ID

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Learn why so few natives are planted in local gardens today. Learn which native plants are appropriate for your site conditions. Do you like songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies? Plant the natives that depend on and you can enjoy these "flying flowers too. Reservations required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223 $7.00 per person

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Pups on the Patio

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Every Wednesday from 6-7 pm on the patio. Treats, belly rubs and social time for you and your pooch.

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Starting Family Research

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014

A two-session class for beginners in genealogy research.

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Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton Volunteer Fair

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton is hosting a Volunteer Fair from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Club located at 100 H.E. McCracken Circle, Bluffton. The fair will provide information for those interested in volunteering with the Club and its members.

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Civil War Era

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 - Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Hilton Head was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Find out from a Coastal Discovery Museum docent why they were here and how they spent their time. Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head from 1861-1865. Reservations recommended by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Dementia Dialogues

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 - Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

A free 5 week course designed to educate individuals who care for persons with Alzheimer's Disease or related dementias. Every Thursday from 2:30-4:30 pm,October 2-30th,2014. To register or for more information call 843-842-6688 or melissa@memory-matters.org. Registration Required

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Health Starts Here Tour

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Join our Healthy Eating Educator, Karina Hinch, on a tour of our store. She will help you find the best way to shop for your health needs. Call 842-0700 to register.

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Hilton Head Bar Crawl - Park Plaza & Riley's Plaza Edition

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 - Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Join The Hottest Spots for a Bar Crawl every Thursday through Park Plaza and Riley's Plaza aka The Triangle on Hilton Head. Just like a pub crawl you will be crawling with a group of people that all have the same goal... to have the time of their life! Your guide will take you to 5 or more bars, at each bar everyone can join in on fun drinking games while they enjoy great Drink and Food Specials.

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Honey Horn History Walk

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 - Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Travel back in time with the Coastal Discovery Museum and hear stories of Honey HOrn's past 200 years. You'll learn about the planters, the northern hunters who visited in the winter, the islanders who worked on site and the Hack Family who lived at Honey Horn from 1950 until the late 1990s. This walk takes you past the places they lived and worked. Reservations recommended by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival (KCFF)is a 4-day faith-based film festival, started in 2008. Each October it has provided a forum for independent filmmakers to screen films that promote and inspire Christian teaching and values. KCFF screens full features, shorts, and documentaries, and offers workshops and symposiums that offer insight and analysis of industry trends in faith-based film making and production. We are a 501 c(3) organization

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Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival will be hosted at The Beach House, located at, 1 S Forest Beach Drive. Screening amazing Kingdom-Rated Films, informative & educational workshops, Red Carpet Award Ceremony, Filmmakers beach party network circle, Producers vs. Directors volleyball game, bike rides, bonfires, and MORE! Bring The Whole Family! Call (678) 671-0244 or visit our website at kingdomwood.com.

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Lowcountry Critters - Meet and Greet

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 - Sunday, Nov 30, 2014

This is a casual "Meet and Greet" to learn more about the alligators, snakes and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo, owner and found of "Critter Management" will bring along some of his "friends" to share with everyone. Take this opportunity to walk-in and see these animals up close, take a picture and learn more about them. No reservations are required. Cost is $10 for adult, $5 for child.

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May River Expedition

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 - Friday, Nov 21, 2014

Join us for a 2 hour exploration of Bluffton's May River aboard research vessel SPARTINA. You will observe nature up close with a display of live organisms. A scientific explanation will accompany a trip through this scenic river and salt marsh. From microscopic animals to dolphins, the possibilities are endless. Ask you technical questions and get educated answers. $35 adult and $25 child (12 and under) Reservations required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223

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Painting With A Purpose

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Join us for an evening of fun and creativity. Enjoy a two-hour wine and painting party for adults who are interested in letting loose in a new way and exploring their artistic side, while raising funds to benefit the Beaufort County Walk to End Alzheimer's.

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Story Time at The Storybook Shoppe

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 - Thursday, Jan 1, 2015

Story Time at The Storybook Shoppe! Weekly event at the store for children.

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Thristy Thursday Wine Event

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Every Thursday night from 5-7pm in the Cafe. Samples wines from many regions paired with delectable snacks!

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Daufuskie Island Getaway and Sunset Cruise

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 - Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Slip away to a simpler time on our Daufuskie Island Getaway and Sunset Cruise. Enjoy Dinner, drinks and exploring Freeport Marina then head back to Hilton Head while you enjoy a beautiful sunset.

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Free Family Fun Night

Friday, October 3, 2014

Family Fun Night at the museum features FREE admission for interactive play, bounce house (weather pending), face painting, arts and crafts and an all around family engaging evening of fun and community.

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Plankton Discovery

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 - Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Indoor presentation about plankton and the role it plays in the salt marsh. Then you proceed to floating dock where participants will use a plankton collecting net to collect a plankton sample from the waters of Jarvis Creek. Then they will proceed to analyze and identify the many organisms found in one drop of water by using microscopes. This tour is great for families with children over the age of 8, as well as adults interested in learning about plankton and the role it plays in the coastal ecosystem. Cost is Adults $10 and Children $5; reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.

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Salt Marsh Discovery

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 - Friday, Dec 26, 2014

As one of the most productive environments on the planet, the Salt Marsh functions as a filter and Nursery for the coast. During this hands on tour at the Coastal Discovery Museum, you will see live oysters, crabs and shrimp up-close. Learn how to trap and harvest blue crabs, how marsh plants adapt to the salt water, and why we should protect this interesting ecosystem. Reservations recommended by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Cranford Hollow at The Black Marlin

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Come listen to Cranford Hollow at the Black Marlin Bayside Grill!

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Hounds on the Harbour

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Join us in Harbour Town for fun with your hound, featuring American Fido. Get your pup ready for our version of American Idol then take the stage to show us your best song, dance, or trick. See if your pooch has what it takes to make it to Hollywoof. Also on hand will be numerous providers of dog-related services including grooming, boarding, training, vets, retail products, and most importantly the Hilton Head Humane Association will have dogs available for adoption. A special show featuring Frisbee-catching dogs will take place at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm. Additionally, specially trained dogs will be performing throughout the event on an agility course and those in attendance are welcome to try out the course with their canine. For additional information, please contact The Sea Pines Resort Recreation Department at (843)842-1979.

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Lowcountry Rockin' the Pink Breast Cancer Walk

Saturday, October 4, 2014

This event is hosted by Bluffton Fire Auxiliary. It is the 5th annual walk to raise funding and awareness for breast cancer research, low-cost mammograms, and to help with the many expenses involved when battling the disease. In the first four years, we have donated over $40,000 to local organizations helping local women

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NAMI Walks 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Free 5K Beach Walk to benefit NAMI

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SC Team Hope Walk for Huntington's Disease

Saturday, October 4, 2014

All participants receive a free Team Hope Walk T-Shirt, enjoy good food & refreshments, & get the opportunity to raise awareness & funds for HD families in the area. Registration is $20 for adults & $10 for students.

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Shrimp Trawling Expedition

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 - Sunday, Nov 30, 2014

This interactive cruise will take you from Hudson's dock out into Port Royal Sound where you'll have a chance to see how a shrimp trawler works - and find out about all the critters that can be found in its nets. An informative and fun experience - plus, you'll have a chance to share in the 'catch' and might take some shrimp home! Cost is $40 adult $20 child; Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Skull Creek Boathouse Farewell to Luke Mitchell

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Join us for one last performance on the island, as Luke Mitchell says farewell to the rock, and hello Charleston!

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Sweetgrass Basket Class

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 - Sunday, Nov 30, 2014

Come to the Coastal Discovery Museum and learn about the history of the Sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry's best known art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker. Then, try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials. Classes also available October 10th, 17th and 31st! Cost is $65 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.

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USCB Bluffton Campus Homecoming Concert featuring Candice Glover;

Saturday, October 4, 2014

University of South Carolina Bluffton Campus Homecoming Concert featuring American Idol Winner and Beaufort Native, Candice Glover; Gates Open at 5 pm Candice Glover will perform from 7:30-8:30 pm ***No outside coolers*** Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted.

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Waterway Excursion Cruise

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Explore the waterways around the Pinckney Island Forest Preserve on board the Tammy Jane. This 2 hour educational cruise will circumnavigate the Pinckney Island (Skull Creek and Mackay Creek). Learn about the salt marsh, maritime forest, barrier islands, and the history of Pinckney Island. A naturalist from the Coastal Discovery Museum on board will help with identifying any plants or animals that are visible. Cost is $35 (adult-oriented cruise) and registrations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.

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Yoga in the Park with Clay

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014

Starting September 13th, join us every Saturday from 7-8am in the Shelter Cove Park, right behind the store. Unwind and find your focus amidst the beauty of the water and live oaks.

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Brunch on the Water W/ Live Music @ ELA's

Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 - Sunday, Nov 2, 2014

Available Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the brunch menu features our culinary team's modern spin on the classics - Eggs Benedict, Steak & Eggs, fabulous omelette choices, and our Blu-berry Stuffed French Toast - just to name a few. Of course, brunch would not be complete without trying one of our hand crafted cocktails. In addition to our regularly price creative cocktails, Sundays we offer a Bloody Mary Bar, Mimosas, and glasses of Champagne at a great "Sunday Brunch" price. As if great food, gorgeous water views, and our serene outdoor garden patio weren't enough, live music takes our brunch to the next level. Extremely talented local recording artist Bill Peterson plays keys most Sundays from 11-2pm. To view the brunch menu, visit us online at elasgrille.com. For reservations, please call ELA's Blu Water Grille at 843-785-3030.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

An American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Alabama during the Great Depression, and follows the journey of Scout and Jem Finch. Their father has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a man framed for a crime he didn't commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and Jem witness their community in a tense tug of war between justice and prejudice. Harper Lee found instant fame after To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, and the novel was showered with literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. Regular tickets are $45 for adults and $31 for children.

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Butterfly Discovery

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 - Monday, Oct 27, 2014

Take a guided tour through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Enclosure to get up close and personal with native butterflies,. Learn hands-on about the different stages of a butterfly's life cycle-see a living caterpillar and chrysalis! Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Foreign Affairs - Around the World in Art

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 - Saturday, Nov 1, 2014

The Society of Bluffton Artists presents "Foreign Affairs - Around the World in Art" by Virginia MacKenzie, a truly versatile and creative artist. The show will be on exhibit from October 6 through November 1 at the SOBA Gallery. As the name implies, all the works of art are depictions, along with stories, of some of the international destinations Virginia has visited. When you view this fascinating show, you will be transported from the Eiffel Tower to the Great Wall of China; from Machu Picchu, Vietnam, and the Amber Room in Catherine's Palace to the Leaning Tower of Pisa; and many more. The paintings are in every art medium from acrylic to oil to watercolor to wax, even showcasing Virginia's special talent with fiber art. She has personally seen all of these places in her travels to over eighty countries.

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Honey Horn History Walk

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 - Monday, Dec 29, 2014

Travel back in time with the stories of Honey Horn's past 200 years. You'll learn about the planters, the northern hunters who visited in the winter, the islanders who worked on site and the Hack Family who lived at Honey Horn from 1950 until the late 1990s. This walk at the Coastal Discovery Museum will take you past the places they lived and worked. Reservations recommended by calling 843-689-6767 ext 2223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org

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Honey Horn Nature Tour

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 - Monday, Dec 29, 2014

A guided tour at the Coastal Discovery Museum exploring natural sites and various gardens. Reservations recommended by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastalidscovery.org

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2nd Annual Open Barn Door Event and Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Join us at Lawton Stables for wine, cheese, and a silent auction. Tour the beautiful boarding barn, visit the horses, and support the Wish Upon a Horse Therapeutic Riding Center at our 2nd Annual Fundraiser!

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Second Annual Open Barn Door Benefit at Lawton Stables

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tour the beautiful boarding barn at Lawton Stables, visit the horses, and support the Wish Upon a Horse Therapeutic Riding Center. Enjoy wine and cheese while partaking in a silent auction. Dress is casual. All proceeds benefit Wish Upon a Horse. For additional information, please contact Lawton Stables at (843)671-2586.