Archive for December, 2011

HBF 12th Annual Oyster Roast January 13th

December 26, 2011

 History and oysters join for HBF’s 12th annual oyster toast

 Combining its reputation for the most elegant oyster roast in the Lowcountry in a historic setting, Historic Beaufort Foundation will hold its 12th annual roast on the grounds of the iconic Beaufort mansion, Marshlands, on January 13. Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., the event at 501 Pinckney Street is open to HBF members and the general public.

Marshlands’ historic site on Beaufort’s waterfront provides a 180-degree view of the river to enjoy while eating oysters, gumbo, hamburgers and hotdogs catered by Plums, an open bar by Reeves Outdoor Catering and blues music by Kirk Dempsey and the Sidestreet Walkers. Craft beers will be provided by Bear Island Distributors.

The annual oyster roast serves to foster fellowship in the preservation community while gaining new members and funds for the Foundation’s preservation and Verdier House activities. In addition to preserving and protecting historic and cultural sites and advocating for the National Historic Landmark District, HBF operates the ca. 1804 Verdier House, the only historic house museum in Beaufort.

Marshlands, ca. 1814, is listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places and was built by Dr. James Robert Verdier, a pioneer in the successful treatment of yellow fever. The home as it stands today reflects three phases of construction but it remains a classic example of what came to be called the “Beaufort style,” i.e. a raised foundation, wrap-around double porches and projecting rear wings. It has been in the W.B. Harvey family since the early 20th century.

Ticket prices have been reduced this year to $45 per person and to $35 for those 35-years-old and younger. Tickets will not be sold at the door and must be purchased by January 6th. Tickets may be ordered and charged to a credit card by calling the HBF office at 379-3331. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 11, Beaufort, SC 29901.  The office is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed for the holidays December 23 through January 2nd.


News from Historic Beaufort Foundation

December 21, 2011

An Appeal from Historic Beaufort Foundation

We hope that Historic Beaufort Foundation has touched you in 2011 whether through the Dinner & A Lecture series, the brand new but permanent Beaufort Volunteer Artillery exhibit or the traveling Robert Smalls exhibit in the Verdier House. Similarly, we trust you enjoyed one or more of our community events such as the Lafayette Soiree, the January Oyster Roast, or the Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens.

We hope you will find time to drop by our new offices located just in back of the Verdier House. We have saved and rehabilitated this former Model T repair shop into HBF’s new office and research space.

Over the past year, we have been working with and monitoring the City of Beaufort’s implementation of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan.  We have worked closely with the Redevelopment Commission and with the staff of the Office of Civic Investment (OCI).  We have been involved behind the scenes as Form-Based Codes are being introduced into the City generally and in the National Historic Landmark District in particular. And we are consistent attendees at monthly meetings (as advocates for the National Historic Landmark district) as new construction and façade changes are proposed.  In short, much of our work is ‘under the radar’ but is no less important than saving treasured buildings.

Our 2012 plans include a preservation project in the Northwest Quadrant of the historic district. We have also been successful in attracting, as well as hosting, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s upcoming Preservation Leadership Training program in Beaufort. More information on these exciting projects will follow.

But like every other worthy non-profit enterprise, we are in constant search of volunteers and donors.  Our staffing is thin.  Our finances are transparent and responsible. Our goals are many; our need is great.

So, this is an appeal from HBF to ask you to please give serious consideration to supporting that which we do financially as well as with time and talents. Any donation, no matter the size, helps HBF continue to do its important preservation work.  Please call 843-379-3331 to make a contribution.

HBF News

The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls

Don’t miss the opportunity to see “The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls” exhibit at the Verdier House.  The multifaceted traveling exhibition which includes visual displays, three-dimensional artifacts, pictures and other memorabilia of Robert Smalls, his life and his family closes on Tuesday, December 20. Admission to the Verdier House is $10 and free for HBF members and their guests.

HBF Holiday Hours

HBF’s office will close on Friday, December 23 and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3.  The Verdier House will be closed on Christmas Eve and Day, Boxing Day (December 26), and New Year’s Eve and Day.

HBF’s Annual Oyster Roast

Warm oysters freshly roasted! Hot music with a live band! Cold drinks at the open bar! HBF’s Annual Roast is Friday, January 13.  Reservations can be made online or by calling 843-379-3331.  Invitations are in the mail!

Happy Holidays from Historic Beaufort Foundation!

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Queen Quet and “New Harmonies” Exhibit at the Library

December 21, 2011

Photos from Queen Quet’s performance of “Dancin’ Wid We” at the Beaufort Branch Library last night:

Queen Quet will kick off Black History Month for the Library system on Wed., Feb. 1st.  Pencil in this February event now:  Queen Quet offers a “Lunch & Listen” program on Gullah musical traditions almost at the end of the exhibit period. Wed., February 1st she is the presenter/performer at a “Lunch & Listen” session called “Livin’ Music: A Gullah/Geechee Journey of Harmony featuring Queen Quet.”  This program will be held from Noon to 1 p.m. at Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort Campus.

News from the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition

December 19, 2011

Peace and Blessings All!

We have had an outstanding year at the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island
Coalition (  Tenki tenki ta all hunnuh chillun
wha jayn an support we!

Come join us for the celebration of our anniversary!

Wednesday, December 20th Dancin’ Wid We: Music & Dance of the Gullah/
6 p.m. at Beaufort Branch Library in Beaufort, SC
Come and join the anniversary celebration of the Gullah/Geechee Sea
Island Coalition which is the premiere organization for the advocacy
of Gullah/Geechee rights and cultural continuation. The Gullah/Geechee
Sea Island Coalition’s homebase is St. Helena Island, SC and it was
founded by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation who is a
native of St. Helena and has family roots stemming also to Polowana
and Dataw.   Queen Quet will lead an interactive evening in music and
dance that celebrates the harmonies that Gullah/Geechees have brought
to and sustained in North America as a part of the Smithsonian
exhibition, “New Harmonies.”

Queen Quet will be a part of the opening of the “New Harmonies”
exhibit tomorrow at 2 pm.  All events are FREE!

In addition to attending our anniversary event on December 20th, make
sure to stop by the Verdier House and see the Robert Smalls exhibit
which closes on the 20th at 3:30 pm.   If you want to know some
background on Robert Smalls and the exhibition, tune in to this week’s
episode of “Gullah/Geechee TV”:

If you missed the listing of events that are going on in the Gullah/
Geechee Nation this season, tune in to this archived version of
“Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio:”…

Also, do not miss the spiritual journey that Queen Quet took us on
that past Monday.  Tune in here for “We Got a Song fa Sing: Gullah/
Geechee Spiritual Journey:”…

Do not forget that you can subscribe to “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio”
on iTunes for FREE or via the BlogTalk site for the show. You can also
download and share past episodes.   Disya da we sho-Gullah/Geechee
Riddim Radio!

You can also subscribe to “Gullah/Geechee TV” at AMPTurnItUp Channel
on YouTube for FREE.  Disya da TV fa we!

Jayn we fa disya journee een ta we storee an harmonee!  Happy Holee

Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition

Doll Conservation – Free Webinar, Dec. 13th

December 9, 2011

Although the BDC doesn’t have any dolls in our collection, perhaps you do – and you might benefit from this free Connecting to Collections webinar: