Eat Stay Play Beaufort https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/ Your local guide to Beaufort, Sout Carolina's Sea Islands starts here! Sun, 04 Dec 2022 11:10:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ESPB-blackwhite-scaled-450x450-150x150.jpg Eat Stay Play Beaufort https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/ 32 32 Honor a Veteran by Sponsoring a Wreath at Beaufort National Cemetery This Holiday https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/wreaths-across-america/ Sun, 04 Dec 2022 03:36:24 +0000 http://eatstayplaybeaufort.com/?p=73968 REMEMBER the Fallen… HONOR those who Serve…TEACH our children the value of Freedom this Holiday Season. Remember… Honor… Teach. That is the mission of the National “Wreaths Across America” program […]

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REMEMBER the Fallen… HONOR those who Serve…TEACH our children the value of Freedom this Holiday Season.

Remember… Honor… Teach. That is the mission of the National “Wreaths Across America” program started at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992.  Each year, during the holiday season, wreaths are placed on veterans’ gravesites at more than 1,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad.

Wreaths Across America is coming to Beaufort this December…

On Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM, Wreaths Across America will be at Beaufort National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.

Everyone is invited to the ceremony and also to help place the wreaths on as many graves as possible.

The wreaths will arrive in Beaufort National Cemetery by 18 wheel trucks and be given police, motorcycle, and military escorts.  It is suggested that you make plans to arrive as much as an hour early, as parking is limited.

Sponsor a wreath to honor a veteran this Holiday Season.

So, what does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

There are 26,000 veteran heroes buried there and our goal is to encourage individuals, families, community organizations and businesses to sponsor wreaths to be laid at every headstone.

Mr. David Edwards, the Beaufort Wreaths Across America location coordinator, wants everyone to know that even if you can’t attend the Wreaths Across America Day ceremony on December 18, 2020 you can still honor our military veterans by sponsoring wreaths for $15 each. Individuals or groups can purchase one or more wreaths for the Wreaths Across America Beaufort event by visiting http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ (Be sure to choose the Beaufort National Cemetery donation page). For updates on this year’s ceremony in Beaufort and to connect with the organizers, please visit www.facebook.com/waabeaufortsc/

Wreath Sponsorship at Beaufort National Cemetery…

What does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you’ll honor an American hero at one of more than 1,200 locations nationwide this year on Wreaths Across America Day. It’s a day that’s been set aside to lay wreaths at the places where we remember, honor and teach about our veterans: cemeteries, monuments, parks… Anywhere we can pay tribute to their sacrifices.

Wreaths Across America can’t do that without our support, though.

Your sponsorship will ensure that a wreath is hand-crafted of all-American balsam and hand-tied with a red velvet bow. It will then be sent to one of our participating locations, where a volunteer will place it on the marker of a fallen hero. That volunteer will then “say their name” to ensure that the legacy of duty, service, and sacrifice of that veteran is never forgotten.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992.  It’s a mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom. Thank you so much for supporting Beaufort National Cemetery and Wreaths Across America!

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Lowcountry Food: Getting to know our local shrimp https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/lowcountry-food-getting-to-know-our-local-shrimp/ Sat, 03 Dec 2022 19:59:46 +0000 http://eatstayplaybeaufort.com/?p=45345 Shrimp are synonymous with Beaufort, South Carolina and are America’s most valuable, and probably most popular, seafood. South Carolina has two important shrimp species, brown shrimp and white shrimp. A […]

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Shrimp are synonymous with Beaufort, South Carolina and are America’s most valuable, and probably most popular, seafood.

South Carolina has two important shrimp species, brown shrimp and white shrimp. A third species, the pink shrimp, is relatively scarce. Methods of harvest range from large commercial shrimp trawlers to cast nets and drop nets.

Some long-time residents of the Lowcountry may think that they prefer the flavor of one species over another, but taste tests would probably show that few people can really distinguish one species from another by taste alone. Some experts claim that white shrimp taste better than the other species, but the difference is subtle.

All three of the edible shrimp species look very similar but can be distinguished by careful examination of tail colors and subtle body features. Placed side by side, fresh white shrimp appear lighter in body color than brown or pink shrimps. Tail flippers on white shrimp are typically black near the base with bright yellow and green margins, while brown shrimp tails have red, dark green and occasionally light blue pigmentations. Pink shrimp almost always have an azure color on the tail and they usually have a dark red spot on the side of the abdomen. Brown and pink shrimps have grooves along the upper midline of the head and the upper midline of the lower region of the abdomen. The grooves on pink shrimp are slightly narrower than those of brown shrimp. White shrimp do not have grooves and typically have much longer antennae and a long rostrum (horn).

All shrimps have about the same life cycle. Spawning usually occurs in the ocean from near the beaches to several miles offshore. A single female produces between 500,000 and 1,000,000 eggs and may spawn several times. Natural mortality rates are extremely high for larval and juvenile shrimp. Probably less than one or two percent of the eggs spawned will survive to be adult shrimp.

Shrimp have three primary modes of locomotion. While feeding or resting on the bottom, shrimp will use their walking legs for moving short distances. While migrating long distances, shrimp will use their swimming legs. These appendages are located under the abdomen and beat in unison as the shrimp swims. Studies using tags suggest that shrimp may be able to swim two to five miles in a day. The third form of movement is the tail flex. This is a rapid contraction of the strong abdominal muscles that results in a powerful and rapid snap to the tail propelling the shrimp backwards. White shrimp commonly use this method to jump from the water. The tail snap or flick is a defensive mechanism allowing a shrimp to quickly evade predators.

Shrimp are great no matter how you eat them – steamed, grilled, baked, broiled, fried…. If you have any questions about the many ways to eat shrimp, please refer to the movie Forrest Gump (most of which was filmed right here in beautiful Beaufort) – just ask Bubba.

– Sea Eagle Market

 

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Night on the Town celebration to kick off Beaufort’s Christmas activities https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/downtown-beauforts-christmas-events/ Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:00:22 +0000 http://eatstayplaybeaufort.com/?p=17584 Here come the holidays and the ‘trifecta’ of downtown events – plus a few more! Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit like our fun-filled first weekend in December with […]

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Here come the holidays and the ‘trifecta’ of downtown events – plus a few more!

Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit like our fun-filled first weekend in December with the annual ‘Night on the Town’ celebration, followed by the ever-popular Light Up the Night Boat Parade and ending with the Beaufort Christmas parade.

 

Beaufort, SC Holiday Christmas Night On The Town
Beaufort, SC Holiday Christmas Night On The Town

Friday, DECEMBER 2, 2022

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN, 6-9 PM with the Tree Lighting at 8 pm

The Annual A Night on the Town is the opening of the Christmas/holiday shopping season and takes place on Friday evening, December 2nd, beginning at 6 pm.  A long-standing tradition of the community, A Night on the Town is a mix of traditional and contemporary. An evening with a surprise around every corner and a number of things that will entertain, delight, and get you in the Holiday Spirit. Shops will stay open late to welcome regular and new customers with special treats and a preview of their large and unique selection of items for the Holidays to help get a head start of the holiday season.

The evening also includes the City of Beaufort’s tree lighting ceremony, entertainment by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band, choral performances, plenty of good cheer, and a rumored visit from Santa himself.

Gullah Tour & Christmas Market – USCB Center for the Arts

Attendees will take part in a three-hour extensive tour to learn about the history of Gullah people in the Greater Beaufort area. After the tour, get your Christmas shopping done by participating in the Gullah Christmas Market. Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts from Gullah Geechee vendors to give as the perfect gifts for Christmas.

Downtown Beaufort, SC Boat Parade
Downtown Beaufort, SC Boat Parade

Saturday, DECEMBER 3, 2022

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, 11 AM – Gullah Taste of Christmas – Beaufort, SC Waterfront Park

The Gullah Taste of Christmas will showcase vendors and performances by the Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater and local artists, with the highlight of the event being the Rice Cook-off. The competition gathers professional Gullah Geechee chefs, caterers, restaurateurs, and home cooks from the Gullah Geechee Corridor – Florida to North Carolina – to participate in the cook-off, showing off their culinary skill preparing the rice dish for which they are known.

Gullah Homecomings Symposium: Four Sierra Leone – Gullah Homecomings – 2 PM – Technical College of the Low Country

After Many Years, the participants of the four trips to Sierra Leone come together to share their memories and increasing the awareness of the major historical and cultural connections between Sierra Leone and the Gullah Geechee people that historians have uncovered. This continuum will not only memorialize the events of the past but give legs into the future. – Ticket can be purchased separately through this link – https://bit.ly/3zqH5Gk

Light up the Night Holiday Boat Parade, 5:30-8:30 p.m

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.

 

 

Beaufort, SC Downtown Christmas Parade
Beaufort, SC Downtown Christmas Parade

Sunday, DECEMBER 4, 2022

CHRISTMAS PARADE, 3 PM

The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade will be on December 4th, at 3:00 pm, through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, groups of walkers and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate.

 

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Want to be a holiday hero this Christmas season? https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/united-way-holiday-heroes/ Tue, 29 Nov 2022 15:03:54 +0000 https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/?p=237526 Operation Holiday Heroes is now taking applications for anyone who may need Christmas assistance here in the Lowcountry this year. Operation Holiday Heroes is a countywide collaboration to assure that […]

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Operation Holiday Heroes is now taking applications for anyone who may need Christmas assistance here in the Lowcountry this year.

Operation Holiday Heroes is a countywide collaboration to assure that every child and family in need in Beaufort and Jasper counties has toys at Christmas.

This year, United Way of the Lowcountry is proud to partner with united Way of the Lowcountry is proud to partner with Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, The Agape Family Life Center Hardeeville, Antioch Educational Center, Bluffton Self Help, The Deep Well Project, Love House Ministries and The Salvation Army of the Lowcountry to bring the magic of Christmas to families in the Lowcountry.
To participate in Operation Holiday Heroes, each family must register for assistance at one of the participating nonprofits. A complete listing of Beaufort and Jasper county registration dates, times, and locations is available in English and Spanish at: https://uwlowcountry.org/santa/

Note: If possible, please share this information and the fliers below as a post on your social media so that we may reach anyone in need.

Want to be a holiday hero this Christmas season?

You can donate a toy at one of the area toy drop-off locations, host a Toys for Tots event, or volunteer at the local warehouse. For more information, go to www.toysfortots.org and click on the link that says “find your local campaign.”

About United Way of the Lowcountry

Since the 1950s, the United Way of the Lowcountry has been working to create a better life for the residents of Beaufort and Jasper counties. Our focus is on protecting services vital to the immediate basic needs of the most vulnerable members of our community; while making long-term investments in education, economic mobility, and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. We bring together people and organizations from all across the Lowcountry who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. Each year, United Way raises funds through our annual campaign, special events, and grants. Just as funds are raised locally, United Way funds stay local. Learn how you can be a part of United Way atwww.uwlowcountry.org.

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Plunge into 2023 on Hunting Island Beach New Years Day!  https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/pelican-plunge-hunting-island/ Mon, 28 Nov 2022 06:00:21 +0000 https://eatstayplaybeaufort.com/?p=133521 Join friends and neighbors as we plunge into the refreshing waters of the Atlantic on New Year’s Day. Registration starts at 12 Noon, Plunge at 1 PM Register online and […]

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Join friends and neighbors as we plunge into the refreshing waters of the Atlantic on New Year’s Day.

  • Registration starts at 12 Noon, Plunge at 1 PM
  • Register online and receive your ticket via email
  • Food Trucks, Costume Parade, Prizes!
  • Souvenir Pelican Plunge T-shirts will be on sale at the gift sho
  • Park entry fee not included for-non FOHI members
  • Become a FOHI member now to enjoy free event entry and 2023 access to Hunting Island

The Pelican Plunge is one of our favorite annual events and is organized by our friends at Friends of Hunting Island State Park

Proceeds benefit Friends Hunting Island in our work to support the park environmental efforts.  Ask us about their sea turtle conservation project, which protects the sea turtles who nest on Hunting Island each year.

Get your tickets today!

 

Pelican Plunge Hunting Island 2023
Pelican Plunge Hunting Island 2023
Pelican Plunge Hunting Island State Park New Years Day
Pelican Plunge Hunting Island State Park New Years Day

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Don’t Be Cruel: Leave Live Sand Dollars at the Beach https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/dont-be-cruel-leave-live-sand-dollars-at-the-beach/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:25:50 +0000 https://eatstayplaybeaufort.com/?p=144769 Know the difference between a living and dead sand dollar. Going to the beach is a traditional family vacation not just in the U.S. but worldwide and walking along the […]

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Know the difference between a living and dead sand dollar.

Going to the beach is a traditional family vacation not just in the U.S. but worldwide and walking along the seashore in search of shells and other curiosities is a favorite pastime for beachgoers of all ages. On any given day, you can count dozens of shell-seekers in just one afternoon at Hunting Island Beach.

It’s common to come back home after your trip with a bag full of seashells of all shapes, colors, and sizes as mementos of your summer. Cockles, cones, whelks, tritons, conchs, olives and oyster shells fill the bag together along with a few sand dollars.

But, you need to be sure that those sand dollars weren’t alive when you took them. Take dead sand dollars, yes. Live ones, absolutely not.

It’s illegal in many states to collect living sand dollars for the express purpose of drying them out and using them as decoration, and it’s just plain cruel no matter what the law says. The fine is $500 for taking live sea creatures from South Carolina beaches. Florida and Georgia also have similar laws and some are left up to local municipalities.

Lots of vacationers just don’t know the difference between a live and a dead sand dollar, which is understandable, so here’s an easy explanation:

If a sand dollar is dark in color and half-buried in the sand or water, it’s most likely still alive and you should let it stay in its place in the water. You can also tell if you look for any signs of hairs, fur or velvety skin. Live sand dollars have short spines covered in tiny hairs so they can move along the sand and grasses.

A dead sand dollar is usually only found washed up along the beach and is a light gray to white color, with no hairs that can be seen or felt on it. Sand dollars that have washed up on shore are always most likely dead. These are the ones you want to collect.

sand dollars

There’s your difference. Please remember it when you’re at the beach next.

Also, always be conscious of the number of shells you take, and do your part to preserve the sand dollar population by leaving living creatures in the ocean, or tossing them back if they have accidentally washed up onshore.

Shells provide a diverse swath of environmental functions: they help to stabilize beaches and anchor seagrass; they provide homes for creatures such as hermit crabs and hiding places for small fish; they are used by shorebirds to build nests; and when they break down, they provide nutrients for the organisms living in the sand or for those that build their own shells.

Recent research also points out that seemingly innocent shell collecting may be having an impact on these environmental functions. As tourism increases at a beach, researchers found, the number of shells found there, in turn, decreases. This might lead to a decline in beach health including increased beach erosion, a decline in calcium carbonate from recycled shells and a drop in diversity and abundance of animals and plants that depend on shells, such as crabs, small fishes, algae and seagrass.

All shells are important.

Don’t be ‘that family’ that is seen struggling back from the beach to the car with a sixty-pound beach bag full of shells.

Please be good stewards of our beaches so our children, and their children, can all enjoy the natural beauty we’ve come to take for granted.

 

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Thanksgiving Day precautions for your pet https://www.eatstayplaybeaufort.com/thanksgiving-day-precautions-for-your-pet/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:00:34 +0000 http://eatstayplaybeaufort.com/?p=10319 Thanksgiving tends to bring out an overabundance in everyone. Here are some food items to be aware of for your pet’s safety and health this Holiday. The smells of Thanksgiving […]

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Thanksgiving tends to bring out an overabundance in everyone. Here are some food items to be aware of for your pet’s safety and health this Holiday.

The smells of Thanksgiving fill your home and everyone’s mouth begins to water … including your pet’s! This time of year brings out the counter-surfing talents of your pets. Taking care to keep irresistible flavors away from your pet’s palate prevents unwanted illness. Many pets receive small amounts of trimmings from the kitchen throughout the year; however, Thanksgiving tends to bring out an overabundance in everyone. Here are some food items to be aware of:

High fat foods, such as ham, gravy, butter, and desserts, may cause inflammation of your dog’s pancreas. Pancreatitis causes intense abdominal pain and vomiting and requires hospitalization to recover. Keep foods securely sealed and enclosed in a high space or the refrigerator. Secure the lid on the trash can to avoid garbage raiding.

Bones: chewing on bones, particularly turkey bones, can cause splintering. Once swallowed, the splintered bones can cause trauma to the intestinal tract, requiring surgery. Ham bones, while they tend to not splinter, are hard and can fracture teeth during chewing.

Onions and onion powder: in large enough quantities can cause a sudden onset of anemia.

Foreign objects: such as string (used to tie the turkey), skewers, plastic bags and turkey poppers. Your pet does not have self-restraint or the common sense to avoid these objects that drip of meat juices.

Thanksgiving is not only a time for sharing food – it is a time to share with family and friends. If you expect a large number of people in your home, be sure to watch the door to make sure that there are no unexpected escapes. With all of the people in the house, some pets may become nervous with the change in routine. Provide your pet with a retreat space to unwind from it all.

If you want to offer your pet something special too, choose alternative treats such as a new toy or extra bonding and exercise time. At the end of the day, you will be thankful you did.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Sea Island Animal Hospital.

Article by Regan Zeller

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