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September 2013

9th Annual Bluffton (SC) Arts & Seafood Festival Takes Place - Oct. 13 - 20, 2013

The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival is back for the ninth year – and still growing. What started as a one-day event in 2005, has quickly become a week of festivities in historic Bluffton, SC, showcasing the arts and locally harvested seafood. Festival events are scheduled Sunday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

The traditional opening ceremony, the Blessing of the Fleet and Boat Parade on the May River, will again kick off this week of festivities at 4pm on Sunday, Oct. 13, preceded by a Showcase of Local Art, an outdoor art exhibit from 11am – 4pm in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, and finishing the day with the first Oyster Roast of the season at Bluffton Oyster Park.

On Monday evening at 5:30pm a Tour of the Waddell Mariculture Center along with Crab Pickin’ and Oyster Shuckin’ demonstrations will take place with Dr. Al Stokes on the bluff of the Colleton River. Wednesday offers Author Night “CELEBRATE THE LOW COUNTRY” with New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry and critically acclaimed author, Susan Rebecca White, 5:30 – 8pm at the Rotary Community Center in Oscar Frazier Park.

Other favorite returning events include daily May River kayak and boat tours, Friday’s Family Night, the Saturday morning revamped 5K run, and children’s fishing tournament. New this year to the festival is the 10K run on Saturday along with paddleboard and kayak races on Sunday, Oct. 20.

The highlight of the week again is the outdoor Street Fest, Saturday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 20, which features the juried Artist Showcase and Market on Calhoun Street with over 100 artists from 10 different states. These artists will be displaying their fine art; local restaurants and caterers will be serving up delicious seafood dishes and Low Country Cuisine; musicians will be performing; and area environmentalists will be highlighting our natural resources and the necessary conservation practices to ensure their continuance.

Please join us for a true celebration of fine art and the bounty of the sea!

For more details and the full schedule of events visit (www.blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com) or call 843/757-2583.

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