October 2017

13th Annual Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival Planned for October

Author: Special to CH2

The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival is back for the thirteenth year—and still growing. What started as a one-day event in 2005 has quickly become a week of festivities in historic Bluffton, showcasing the arts and locally harvested seafood. Festival events are scheduled Saturday, October 14 through Sunday, October 22.

The Bluffton Heritage Discovery Tour and Gullah celebration on Saturday, October 14, along with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet and boat parade on the May River on Sunday, October 15 will again kick off this week of festivities. Other Sunday activities include a showcase of local art, an outdoor art exhibit from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, as well as the first oyster roast of the season at Bluffton Oyster Park at 5 p.m.

On Monday at 5:30 p.m., a Tour of the Waddell Mariculture Center, along with crab pickin’ and oyster shuckin’ demonstrations will take place, with Dr. Al Stokes, manager and wildlife biologist, on the bluff of the Colleton River. Wednesday again offers Author Night—“Celebrate the Rich History and Culture of the Lowcountry” through the art of nationally acclaimed West Fraser, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Community Center in Oscar Frazier Park.

Other favorite returning events include daily May River kayak and boat tours, the Saturday morning Old Town Oyster 10K and 5K run, children’s fishing tournament and expanded children’s art activities in the park.

New events this year include Bluffton Jack’s Haunted History Tours on Tuesday, October 17 and the Red Apron Thirtieth Anniversary Sips and Seafood Party on Friday, October 20, at Hampton Lake. The evening’s menu will include Lowcountry dining, entertainment by celebrity chefs, and the contagious excitement of a live auction as money is raised to support our Bluffton neighbors in need.

The highlight of the week, again, is the outdoor street fest, Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22, which features the juried artist showcase and market on Calhoun Street, with over 100 artists from 10 different states. These artists will be displaying their fine art; local restaurants and caterers will be serving delicious seafood dishes and Lowcountry cuisine; musicians will be performing; and area environmentalists will be highlighting our natural resources and the necessary conservation practices to ensure their continuance.

Please join us for a true celebration of fine art and the bounty of the sea!

For details and the full schedule of events, visit blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com or call (843) 757-BLUF (2583).

Bluffton Self help announces world famous chef duo for 30th anniversary event!
Bluffton Self Help is celebrating 30 years with a celebration in conjunction with the Historic Bluffton Seafood & Arts Festival. Bluffton Self Help was started by the late Mrs. Ida Martin in 1987, operating out of her home garage, with the mission to provide food and clothing to her Bluffton neighbors in need.
Celebrating Martin’s profound impact on Bluffton, The Red Apron Sips and Seafood Party will be held on Friday, October 20, at Hampton Lake’s newest amenity location, Crystal Lake, and will feature celebrity award- winning chefs and brothers, Matt and Ted Lee.
Limited tickets and sponsorships are available and can be purchased online at sipsandseafood.com. All proceeds benefit Bluffton Self Help.

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