The Best of 2010

By Wendy Pollitzer

What a year 2010 has been in Beaufort! We’ve seen snow twice, blanketing the Lowcountry in February and flurrying Sunday evening.

We’ve hosted a number of celebrities, including Blythe Danner, Michael O’Keefe, Phylicia Rashad, David Bromstad, Jake Owen, Gary Sinese and Joe Fraser and a host of politicians and elected officials during this historic campaign year.

We were successful with our F-35B Joint Strike Fighter campaign to base five squadrons at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, which will expand and diversify Beaufort’s local economy.

We also celebrated Beaufort and its culture at a variety of festivals this year to include the Beaufort International Film Festival, the Original Gullah Festival, Port Royal’s Soft Shell Crab Festival, A Taste of Beaufort, the 55th Annual Water Festival, the Beaufort Shrimp Festival, Heritage Days and Downtown Beaufort’s Christmas Weekend Celebration.

Beaufort sure does like a good party. A number of schools, non-profits and churches hosted a myriad of events this year to benefit great causes. And these get-togethers take a lot of work. Coordinators and volunteers should be very proud of their accomplishments. You raised thousands of dollars for deserving charities at events like St. Peter’s Oyster and Microbrew Festival, the Parish Church of St. Helena’s Spring Tour of Homes, Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Valentine Ball, Riverview Charter School’s Twilight Run and Oyster Roast, JSLB’s Pig Pickin’ by the Pluff Mud, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Pink Ice Ball, Penn Center’s 1862 Circle Gala, the Beaufort Academy Fish In, Beaufort Charities Invitational, the Coosaw Point BBQ Cook-Off to benefit Little Red Dog Foundation, the AMIKids Croquet Tournament, Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Fall Tour of Houses and Gardens, Shindig at the Shack to benefit the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA’s Boots and Bling and Friends of Caroline Hospice’s Bands, Brews and BBQ and the popular Festival of Trees to name just a few. There are many, many more; and we thank all of you for such dedicated organization.

Some other Highlights from 2010: Voted Healthiest County in South Carolina, Top 25 places to Retire from CNNMoney, #1 Southern Dream Town from Garden and Gun Magazine and in Southern Living’s Top Ten Beaches; Beaufort is named an Important Birding Area from Audubon Magazine; The Yankee Tavern holds a reunion; Columbus Replica Ships Pinta and Nina visit Beaufort, Downtown Beaufort hosts BMH Cycling Classic; 6-year-old, Jack Carter Worrell III raises almost $2000 for wounded veterans at lemonade stands; Beaufort County Open Land Trust, Beaufort County’s Rural and Critical Land Protection Program and the City of Beaufort preserves and protects The Green, the last undeveloped city block in Beaufort’s Historic District; Chuck Norris recognizes Club Karate as School of the Year; Beaufort moves into its new City Hall; and Joe Fraser is presented the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Mark Sanford.

Beaufort welcomes 2011 with open arms. In addition, we begin a year-long celebration for our 300th birthday with numerous events planned by the Tricentennial Committee. For more information, please visit

Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011.


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