Let Them Eat Cake!

Any good birthday party has
music and cake so when you
celebrate 300 years, it helps to
have the Parris Island Marine Corps
Band and cake for 300. That’s what’s
on tap for Monday, Jan. 17, when
Beaufort hosts its own Tricentennial
birthday party in the Henry C.
Chambers Waterfront Park from 4:30-
6 p.m. The party is free and open to the
public. At the festivity and mixed in
with musical entertainment, local
Marines will fire off a symbolic gun
salute to the city.
Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling will
recognize contributors to date to the
ongoing Beaufort 300 fundraiser.
For a $300 investment in Beaufort’s
future, donors’ names will be featured
on a permanent historical monument
in the Waterfront Park. Corporate
sponsorships also are available. For
more information and to sign-up for
Beaufort 300, visit http://www.cityofbeaufort.
org.
Beaufort was founded in 1711 by
the English, although its beginnings
date back to Spanish explorers in 1514.
Beaufort was named for Englishman
Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort
(1684-1714), one of the Lords
Proprietors of Carolina. It was on Jan.
17, 1711, that Beaufort’s formal charter
was created.
Now, 300 years later, the party’s
about to start… Southern Graces
is creating a special birthday cake
for children of all ages attending the
Beaufort Birthday party. The cake will
feature the Tricentennial logo.
And, in keeping with any good
birthday party, guests are encouraged
to make and bring a birthday card for
Beaufort with their dreams and desires
for Beaufort’s next century. Additional
paper and pens will be available at the
Beaufort 300 table to record birthday
wishes for the next 100 years. Selected
birthday cards will be featured on the
Tricentennial section of the City’s
website as well as on the Beaufort
Tricentennial Facebook page.
Throughout the Monday party,
New South Shirts, the licensed vendor
for Tricentennial wear, will sell logo
T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and other
items under the pavilion. Items can
be viewed and purchased at www.
newsouthshirts.com.
“Beaufort and the military have a
long and historical association,” said
Erin Dean, chairwoman of the Beaufort
Tricentennial Committee. “It’s only
fitting that on Beaufort’s 300th birthday,
we find a way to salute the city’s history
and its military connection. You can’t
beat the Parris Island Marine Corps
Band for entertainment value!”
For more information, join Beaufort
Tricentennial on Facebook or visit
http://www.cityofbeaufort.org.

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