HBF – Beaufort at a Crossroads with Cynthia Jenkins

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Beaufort at a Crossroads to be topic of HBF’s 47th Annual Meeting

This is a friendly reminder to make reservation’s for HBF’s annual meeting scheduled next week, Thursday, March 21st, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at USCB’s Performing Arts Center.

Preservationist and former Historic Beaufort Foundation executive director Cynthia Jenkins will present “Form-based Codes: Beaufort at a Crossroads,” an informational session about proposed new zoning in Beaufort. Jenkins was HBF’s executive director in the 1980s and 90s and is HBF’s representative to the form-based code committee.

The program will include presentation of HBF’s 2012 historic preservation awards and election of officers and the election of two new members to the Board of Trustees.

A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception catered by Debbi Covington will follow the program. Tickets are $15 each. Reservations are suggested for planning purposes. Call 379-3331 to make reservations or go online to HBF’s website, http://www.historicbeaufort.org and click on “shop.”

How history created an ecological mecca is Dinner & a Lecture Topic

“South Carolina’s Rice Fields: Understanding the Historical and Ecological Significance
of a Landscape,” is the topic of the Verdier House Dinner & A Lecture, Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street. Travis Folk, Ph.D. of Folk Land Management will present the program that weaves together the historical significance of the land with its benefits today.

Folk, a biologist in his family’s firm, received his undergraduate degree in forest resources from the University of Georgia and his graduate and post-graduate degrees in wildlife sciences from Auburn University. As a professional land steward and manager of several ACE Basin plantations, Folk understands how South Carolina’s rice fields have influenced land ownership patterns and how that has allowed the conservation success of the Basin, one of the least developed estuarine habitats on the East Coast.

The rice fields of the ACE Basin were once bottomland hardwood forests covered in giant cypress trees. The thousands of acres that were cleared by slave labor resulted in a habitat that benefits coastal South Carolina today, making it an ecological mecca for game animals, songbirds, reptiles and amphibians and unique plant material.

Folk will discuss the evolution of the rice culture from the first inland farming techniques to the waning days of tidal rice culture post-Civil War. With his focus on the ACE Basin, he will explore the pre-Columbian habitats that were modified to create rice fields, the different forms of rice culture, and the conservation significance of rice fields today.

“Dinner and a Lecture” is open to HBF members and non-members; the lecture series features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. The program is 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by audience questions. Admission to the lecture is $15/$25 per member/member couple respectively, and $20/$30 per non-member/non-member couple respectively. Seating is limited; call 379-3331 to make reservations. A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 per person for attendees at the lecture. Call Saltus River Grill at 379-3474 directly to make dining reservations.

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Please remember that Historic Beaufort Foundation is a membership organization and memberships are critical to helping continuing our work. If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like to renew, please call 843-379-3331 or visit http://www.historicbeaufort.org.

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