Range of events planned in Low­coun­try dur­ing Me­mo­rial Day week­end

The Beaufort Gazette - - Front Page - BY LANA FERGUSON lfer­gu­[email protected]­land­packet.com

Me­mo­rial Day week­end is here, which means it’s time to break out the red, white, and blue at­tire, cook out with friends, and at­tend some big events the Low­coun­try has planned.

In ad­di­tion to all the live mu­sic and other hap­pen­ings around Beau­fort County and Sa­van­nah this week­end, there are sev­eral fes­ti­vals and events tak­ing place. And, af­ter a week­end of cel­e­brat­ing, there’s a hand­ful of com­mem­o­ra­tive cel­e­bra­tions sched­uled for Mon­day all over the county.

PSA: It’s go­ing to be a scorcher out­side this week­end with record-high tem­per­a­tures ex­pected to sweep over the re­gion so if you’re cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­day out­side be sure to stay hy­drated and use sun­screen.

SATUR­DAY, MAY 25

8 a.m. — 2019 Sa­van­nah Mile start­ing in Forsyth Park. The race will end with a cel­e­bra­tion in John­son Square. The race also in­cludes a Mem­ory Walk for fam­i­lies of fallen first re­spon­ders and a He­roes Heat for all first-re­spon­ders and mil

itary who can com­pete while wear­ing their full gear.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Day One of the Hil­ton Head Is­land Art Fes­ti­val at Shel­ter Cove Har­bour & Marina. This 11th an­nual fes­ti­val will fea­ture a wide se­lec­tion of art that was all made in the USA. The event is rain or shine and free to at­tend.

10 a.m. to mid­night — Orig­i­nal Gul­lah Fes­ti­val 2019 at the Wa­ter­front Park in Beau­fort. Mul­ti­ple events are go­ing on all week­end to cel­e­brate Gul­lah her­itage with tra­di­tional sto­ry­telling, dance, mu­sic and food. Tick­ets are re­quired for some events.

SUN­DAY, MAY 26

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Day Two of the HHI Art Fes­ti­val at Shel­ter Cove Har­bour & Marina. The 11th an­nual fes­ti­val will fea­ture a wide se­lec­tion of art that was all made in the USA. The event is rain or shine and free to at­tend.

10 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. — Orig­i­nal Gul­lah Fes­ti­val 2019 at the Wa­ter­front Park in Beau­fort. Mul­ti­ple events are go­ing on all week­end to cel­e­brate Gul­lah her­itage with tra­di­tional sto­ry­telling, dance, mu­sic and food. Tick­ets are re­quired for some events.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Amer­ica Sings! at First Pres­by­te­rian Church on Hil­ton Head. The event is pre­sented by the Hil­ton Head Cho­ral So­ci­ety and will in­clude folk songs, pa­tri­otic fa­vorites and more. Tick­ets are re­quired.

ME­MO­RIAL DAY, MON­DAY, MAY 27

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Hil­ton Head Free­dom 5K at Coligny Beach. A por­tion of the race pro­ceeds and all do­na­tions go to­ward the Low­coun­try Foun­da­tion for Wounded Mil­i­tary He­roes. Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to dress in pa­tri­ot­i­cally.

10 a.m. — Beau­fort Me­mo­rial Day Pa­rade and Cer­e­mony in Beau­fort. The pa­rade will fol­low the tra­di­tional pa­rade route, which starts down Boundary Street from Rogers Street, onto Carteret Street, Bay Street and then back to Rogers Street end­ing at the Beau­fort Na­tional Ceme­tery. Af­ter the pa­rade, there will be a Me­mo­rial Day Cer­e­mony at the ceme­tery.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Me­mo­rial Day Trib­ute at the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial in Shel­ter Cove. The an­nual event is one of the big­gest on Hil­ton Head com­mem­o­rat­ing Me­mo­rial Day.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Bluffton Town­ship Me­mo­rial Day Cer­e­mony at the Bluffton Po­lice Depart­ment. The cer­e­mony —spon­sored by Den­nis J. Becker Post 205 of the Amer­i­can Le­gion — will honor all mil­i­tary men and women who have given their lives in de­fense of Amer­ica. It will cul­mi­nate in rais­ing the Amer­i­can Flag from half-staff to full-staff.

STEPHEN FASTENAU sfas­te­[email protected]­fortgazett­e.com

Lu­cas Hiers, 5 of Fairax, places a flag in front of a head­stone at Beau­fort Na­tional Ceme­tery on Fri­day morn­ing. Lu­cas’ fa­ther, Luke, said his son loves the mil­i­tary, at­tends all of the sim­i­lar lo­cal events and is ob­sessed with flags. He is able to iden­tify all of the state flags, Luke said.

STEPHEN FASTENAU sfas­te­[email protected]­fortgazett­e.com

Rich Re­gan, 74, places flags in front of head­stones at Beau­fort Na­tional Ceme­tery on Fri­day. Re­gan, a Hil­ton Head Is­land res­i­dent, said he is a Ma­rine Corps vet­eran who served in Viet­nam and vol­un­teered to place the flags with sev­eral other mem­bers of Knights of Colum­bus.

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