The Beauty of Beaufort Book Deput


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Beaufort Inn’s Tabby Place was filled with fans, photographers and members of Friends of Hunting Island Thursday evening for the anticipated book debut and author signing of The Beauty of Beaufort. A year in the making, the book features over 175 image from 28 local contributors. Throughout the night, guests mingled, snacked on hors d’oeuvres, sipped wine and one lucky raffle winner even walked away with a free book.

Author, Ryan Copeland & wife

Publisher Lydia Inglett approached the Photography Club of Beaufort’s President Joan Eckhardt about getting its members involved. Inglett visualized a book full of breathtaking images that captured the Lowcountry with historically written descriptions by Author, Ryan Copeland. Several categories were given such as shrimping, Port Royal wetlands, Hunting Island, etc. Hundreds of images were submitted and Inglett with her team, selected the ones that would be featured on the pages. As a thank you to the Photography Club of Beaufort, all net proceeds from now until May 31st will benefit the Friends of Hunting Island. After this date, proceeds can benefit the nonprofit organization if purchased directly from a Photography Club or Friends of Hunting Island member.

Members from Friends of Hunting Island, as well as the Photography Club of Beaufort gather for the book deput.

The Photography Club of Beaufort was very selective in choosing which organization to direct the donations, but the Friends of Hunting Island was the obvious choice. This nonprofit greatly depends on contributions to help acquire items such as planting sea oats, ADA beach accessible wheelchairs, sand fencing, and a nature center. This year’s plan is to even create a replica lighthouse playground for those not quite tall enough to climb the real one. “The books’ proceeds will really help purchase a lot of items that are not state funded,” stated Friends of Hunting Island President, Denise Parsick.

Publisher, Lydia Inglett (second from right) along with other staff members gather in preparation for the event.

If interested in purchasing The Beauty of Beaufort, contact the Photography Club of Beaufort, Friends of Hunting Island, or visit to grab your copy today.

Author, Ryan Copeland autographs his first copy.



MCAS Air Show pleases crowd of thousands

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The bi-annual MCAS Beaufort Air Show officially kicked off on Saturday and by the time it’s over it will bring nearly 100,000 spectators to get a closer look at the myriad of historic military aircraft, modern jets, and of course the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

The much-anticipated event was free to the public with gates opening at 9am and the fun began the moment the public began to flood the entrance. Families could stroll along the tarmac to learn about various helicopters, planes, and even cars. Many, such as the WWII-era C-54/R4D, could even be toured. Others could still be viewed up close. Pilots were more than willing to provide history of the aircraft and answer questions and there was even an opportunity to take a helicopter ride in a UH-1H Huey and an AH-1F Cobra.





Off to the side of the static displays was a designated children’s area. Kids were found jumping on one of the more than 20 bounce houses, or creating colorful masterpieces on a 20 X 6 mural. Older kids weren’t left out either. As long as they were height eligible, they could enjoy the two inflatable obstacle courses and large slides. Also available are items that could be purchased such as clothing apparel, souvenirs, or model planes, and of course food.

The Parris Island Marine Band led the opening ceremonies and was immediately followed by the USMC Legacy pass, which featured the F-35B, F/A-18, AV-8B, and the MARSOC Parachute Jump. The show continued with various gravity-defying stunts by Rob Holland in his Extra 300 and Gary Ward and his MX2 before shifting gears to the heart-pounding jet noise of the F-16 Viper Demonstration flown by Major Waters. At 2:25, Major Peppers demonstrated the capabilities of the F-35B by conducting a vertical climb on takeoff, a series of high-speed passes, an impressive hover sequence, and a slow landing. Afterward, the onlookers enjoyed the GEICO Skytypers before the highly anticipated U.S. Navy Blue Angels took flight. Their incredible maneuvers, often only 18 inches from each other, had the audience captivated as they roared over top of the crowd.

By opening the gates to the public, it allows MCAS to continue to educate the Lowcountry on the mission of the Air Station, along with showcasing all branches of the military service. With a full day of fun for the entire family, the Beaufort Air Show, once again, did not disappoint.

If you couldn’t make the air show on Saturday, you still have an opportunity to come out on Sunday! With the predicted low cloud bases, not only will the temperature be comfortable, the show is guaranteed to be packed with multiple low-altitude, high-speed maneuvers.

Don’t forget your sunscreen, a chair… and some hearing protection.
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Local Organization “Takes Back The Night” in Downtown Rally

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Local non-profit, Hopeful Horizons (formerly known as CODA and Hope Haven) held their annual Take Back the Night awareness event to give a voice to survivors of sexual assault and child abuse.   Held in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park pavilion Friday evening, survivors and volunteers spoke to over 100 people discussing awareness, prevention, and treatment. Surrounding the pavilion were 1,495 purple and green flags – one for every survivor of sexual, domestic, or child abuse that they assisted last year.

CEO of Hopeful Horizons, Shauw Chin Capps, spoke on the purpose of Take Back the Night.  The message was simple: Make hope happen, end abuse, and change lives. Capps has a staff of 44 working in various areas helping the non-profit organization succeed. The organization offers counseling, treatment, and even a 24/7 crisis hotline for those that just need to talk.  Hopeful Horizons will also provide immediate shelter for women and children needing to escape an abusive relationship.
Sexual assault outreach specialist, CJ Atkins began the evening by introducing sexual assault survivor, Jane Carson-Sanders. Retired Colonel Carson-Sanders told of her terrifying encounter almost 40 years ago with the East Area Rapist and serial killer (who has never been caught). Sanders has been featured on the shows Dark Minds, 48 Hours, Crime Watch, CNN and People Magazine telling her story, but she wanted to state that she wasn’t there to tell the details of her attack. She referred to herself as first a victim, then a survivor, and now a thriver. Speaking with others and discussing her story of survival as well as finding her purpose in life led her to write the book, Frozen in Fear.
Carson-Sanders was followed by another powerful survivor, Tina Bagneski. Twenty years ago, Bagneski was stabbed by a still unknown assailant 17 times with a pair of sewing scissors. She woke up months later from a coma, paralyzed and remembering very little.  The investigation of her attack led Bagneski to not only tell her story, but to teach others of deterrents, things to look for to lower a chance of an attack.  
Sexual Assault Survivors Ret. Col. Jane Carson-Sanders & Tina Bagneski

Other speakers included Mayor of Beaufort Billy Keyserling, State Representative Shannon Erickson, Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy, and City Councilwoman Nan Sutton.

Mayor Billy Keyserling and state Representative Shannon Erickson speak on the strength of the survivors of abuse.
Chief Clancy wanted to take his speech a bit further, not only helping give survivors a voice, but talking about how we can work together to stop abuse. “Treat everyone with respect and dignity…that’s how you break this cycle.” Violence Prevention Specialist, Aldriene Parker, also spoke on the prevention of abuse. As the leader of the MOST Club (Men of Strength), he works with middle and high schoolers throughout Beaufort and Jasper County to help young men become leaders in preventing violence against women and others.  The final speaker of the night was Mr. Clean from B.A.C.A (Bikers Against Child Abuse). This group of strong (slightly intimidating) men take a firm stand against all forms of child abuse. They work directly with children empowering them and being a constant presence in their lives.
Chief Clancy along with members of B.A.C.A.
The event ended with an open mic opportunity. Those who have been victims of sexual assault or abuse were given the opportunity to come up and tell their story.  After a couple of minutes, the first survivor bravely walked to the stand with an outpouring of applause and support. Others followed. Several mentioned it was the first time they had ever spoken of their abuse.  
April is Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention Month. Hopeful Horizons is dedicated to helping both current victims and survivors. If you or someone you know need to escape a dangerous situation, or simply talk about a past occurrence, don’t hesitate to call their 24/7 crisis hotline at 1800-868-2632 or visit their website for more information. 


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