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15th Annual Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

October 12 - October 19

The Fifteenth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming and eclectic historic and state designated cultural district of Bluffton SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is a week long event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton.

The highlight of the festival is the Streetfest which includes a juried fine art show featuring over 100 artists from 10 different states displaying and selling their art, delicious food provided by the area’s premier restaurants and caterers and great music and entertainment on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th.

No Parking in Downtown Bluffton on Saturday, the 19th, and Sunday, the 20th.
Free Shuttles provided by our sponsor, Old Town Trolley Tours, from Red Cedar Elementary (Bluffton Parkway to Red Cedar Street).
Saturday, 10/19: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday, 10/20: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
For more information 843-757-BLUF (2583)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, October 12, 2019

ART & CHALK
Unveiling – Amiri Farris Art Wall Mural & Chalk the Walk Art Competition
Presented by Bluffton Rotary Club
Field of Dreams Pavilion, Oscar Frazer Park
Chalk Art Competition for children- Registration 9:30
Art Mural by Amiri- Unveiling 10:00
Chalk Art Competition for children- 10:15
Judging & Prizes- 11:15

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
Cost is $35/per person and includes everything including Photography of your Adventure! 2 hours total time (includes the on-land instruction time). Lots of details & information on the website here: www.StandandPaddle.com. Tours are available from SunRise to SunSet everyday. To Schedule please contact Roddy via Text message 843-368-8690 or Email: standandpaddle@gmail.com

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND HISTORY AND ARTISANS EXCURSION (Meet and depart from Calhoun Street Dock).
Tucked between Bluffton and Savannah and accessible only by boat, Daufuskie is the island on ‘the other side of the river’ and a real gem. This is a trip back in time, providing a glimpse into a fascinating chapter of the Low Country history. Join us for a small-group tour of the ‘undeveloped side’ of Daufuskie with our interpretive guide and USCG Licensed Captain. Visit several one-of-a-kind places: the First Union African Baptist Church, the Praise House, the Mary Field’s School (where author Pat Conroy taught). the site of the Bloody Point Lighthouse and several artisans’ studios. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to stop and observe wildlife and historic points of interest. Daufuskie’s earliest inhabitants included European settlers. Learn about the native Gullah culture with its African and French influences and their struggle to hold on to their 100 year old customs and way of life. SCHEDULE ONLINE HERE
Attire: Casual clothing that may get wet, sunscreen
Duration: 4 hours
Fee: $85 per person
Fee Includes: Round Trip Interpretive boat cruise, golf carts, tour destinations, USCG licensed Captain & Interpretive Historian, snacks and refreshments.

THE OUTBACK
A fantastic excursion, the Outback combines boating and kayaking for a memorable Lowcountry experience. Begin your adventure with a boat cruise from Town Dock on the May River through salt marsh creeks en route to a private and secluded sea island. Your captain will choose one of several interesting routes that offer beautiful views of the low country landscape and an opportunity to observe the incredible variety of wildlife that make this area home: dolphin, osprey, heron and bald eagles. At out kayak outpost, located on remote Page Island, you will be comfortably fitted into a safe and stable kayak for a pleasant kayak through remote tidal creeks. Winding through the most pristine estuaries in the area, we’ll paddle the same creeks traveled by the Native Americans that inhabited these islands hundreds of years ago. The scenery is breathtaking. If you do not wish to paddle, you can enjoy Page Island’s miles of nature trails, relaxing hammocks or fishing from the dock. View our video by clicking here
SCHEDULE ONLINE HERE
Duration: 4 hours Fee: $85 per person
Fee Includes: round trip boat cruise, USCG Licensed Captain and Interpretive Naturalist guide, kayak, paddle and life preserver rental. Refreshments and snacks

HISTORY ALIVE! GUIDED TOURS of Bluffton’s Heyward House Museum and More.
Discounted Guided Museum Tours of the Heyward House 70 Boundary Street in Historic Bluffton will be offered for only $7/person, kids under 10 are free. Call 843-757-6293 for information or visit HeywardHouse.org.

BLUFFTON STATE OF MIND SUPPER SOIRÉE 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Presented by Hilton Head Regional Healthcare
Eat in the Street 4 Course Dinner with music, wine, art …… served in the center of Historic Calhoun Street highlighting some of our local chefs.
Come enjoy a night under the stars!
Advance tickets required. $125 per person; limited to 120 attendees.
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Sunday, October 13, 2019

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
*Daily* See October 12, 2019 for details

ART ON THE STREET 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Stroll Calhoun Street and see our state designated cultural district come alive!
POP UP ART on the street, on gallery porches and on a corner lot – temporary art displays join the many galleries to highlight the artistic and cultural side of Bluffton.
Showcase Artists

FRIENDS OF BLUFFTON ARTISTS 8th ANNUAL INVITATIONAL LOCAL ARTIST SHOWCASE
A celebration of exceptional handmade, original local art including oil and acrylic paintings, pottery and much, much more exhibited under the big tent and throughout our galleries with demonstrations by artists at many.
11:00AM – 4:00PM
Showcase Artists

EMPTY BOWLS 12:00 NOON – 4:00PM
Jacob Preston Pottery Studio 10 Church Street
Come and buy a bowl and have some homemade soup. All monies raised will go to Meals on Wheels, Second Helpings and Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen

Musicians will entertain on Calhoun Street.
11:30AM – 2:30PM Maggie Evans Trio

Art Exhibits, Music, Refresments and More on Calhoun Street.

BOAT PARADE ON THE MAY BLESSING OF THE FLEET
GOSPEL MUSIC CHURCH OF THE CROSS 4:00PM
Bring your lawn chair, view the Boat Parade and enjoy Gospel music by Lavon Stevens on the bluff or join the parade in your own boat. Make plans now to gather at the sandbar before 3:00 PM and process to the Church of the Cross following our Admiral of the Fleet.

OYSTER FEST, 5:00 – 8:00PM, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park
First Oyster Roast of the Season, Shrimp Boil & BBQ, Live Music by MUDDY CREEK.
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Monday, October 14, 2019

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
*Daily* See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY – SATURDAY
Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided “Skiff” cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$20/ per person…subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information. 843-304-2878

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND HISTORY AND ARTISANS EXCURSION
See October 12, 2019 for details

THE OUTBACK
See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER KAYAK NATURE TOUR (Meet and depart from Bluffton Oyster Company).
Experience the beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry salt marsh estuaries with a close-up view from the seat of a kayak. No experience is necessary for this laid-back excursion. A brief paddling clinic will introduce you to the basics of kayaking and get you comfortable in the boat. Then, depart Oyster Factory Park on the May River to explore waterways teeming with wildlife. Herons, osprey and other bird life are abundant, and you may have the opportunity to watch our local Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. The salt marsh is a fascinating ecosystem filled with life. Your guide will discuss the organisms and processes that surround you. This excursion is a relaxed and informative journey that moves at your pace and provides a good introduction to kayaking.
SCHEDULE ONLINE HERE
Attire: Casual clothing that may get wet, sunscreen Duration: 2 hours
Min/Max: 4 / 40 Fee: $45 per person
Fee Includes: Interpretive naturalist guide, kayak, paddle and personal life preserver rental

HISTORY ALIVE! GUIDED TOURS of Bluffton’s Heyward House Museum and More.
Discounted Guided Museum Tours of the Heyward House 70 Boundary Street in Historic Bluffton will be offered for only $7/person, kids under 10 are free. Call 843-757-6293 for information or visit HeywardHouse.org.

DINNER & LEARN TOUR at Waddell Mariculture Center and Bluffton Family Seafood House
5:00PM and 6:00PM
21 Sawmill Creek Road, Bluffton
Reservations required. $40/per person. Proceeds to Waddell Mariculture Center. To make your reservation please call Mary at 843-815-2472 or 843-815-2474.
Tour the Waddell Mariculture Center, view the updated facilities, and learn from director, Erin Levesque, how important this research facility is to our area and our resources. The presentation will be given at two times, 5:00PM and 6:00PM followed by dinner at Toomers Bluffton Seafood Restaurant, 27 Mellichamp Drive, Historic Downtown Bluffton. The dinner buffet includes Gumbo 2 Ways (chicken and seafood), Caesar salad, cornbread, cookies and tea. Beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
*Daily* See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER OYSTER FARM TOUR WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS 10:00am – Noon
Come enjoy a rare opportunity for an up-close-and-personal experience with May River Oyster Company’s pioneering oyster farm in collaboration with the Bluffton Seafood Festival and May River Excursions. This 2 hour in-depth tour brings you out to a working oyster farm where the farmers demonstrate the techniques and methods used to produce some of the best oysters in the world. Afterward enjoy a tasting of local seafood at Bluffton Seafood House in Historic Downtown Bluffton. Limited availability. Call 843-304-2878 for reservations. $80.00 per person (includes lunch, menu HERE).

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND HISTORY AND ARTISANS EXCURSION
See October 12, 2019 for details

THE OUTBACK
See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER KAYAK NATURE TOUR
See October 14, 2019 for details

HISTORY ALIVE! GUIDED TOURS of Bluffton’s Heyward House Museum and More. Discounted Guided Museum Tours of the Heyward House 70 Boundary Street in Historic Bluffton will be offered for only $7/person, kids under 10 are free. We will also offer free tours on Tuesday and Thursday from10-4 at the Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s House at Oyster Factory Park. Call 843-757-6293 for information or visit HeywardHouse.org.

BLUFFTON JACK’S HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR, 6:00 PM AND 8:00PM.
Please join us for a walking GHOST TOUR of historic Old Town Bluffton. Hear spooky Bluffton tales told by certified tour guide, Bluffton Jack. Comfortable walking shoes suggested; bring your own flashlight; rain or shine; children welcome (suggested ages 9 and up). Tours begin at The Complete Home, 41 B Calhoun Street. Refreshments served. $18.00 ADULTS; $10.00 CHILDREN. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. CALL 843-717-2175.
Join The Storybook Shoppe at 41 A Calhoun Street prior to the 6:00 PM Haunted Tour for a Frightfully Fun evening of Spooky Stories at 5:00 PM.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
*Daily* See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY – SATURDAY
*Daily* See October 14, 2019 for details

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND HISTORY AND ARTISANS EXCURSION
See October 12, 2019 for details

THE OUTBACK
See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER KAYAK NATURE TOUR
See October 14, 2019 for details

HISTORY ALIVE! GUIDED TOURS of Bluffton’s Heyward House Museum and More.
Discounted Guided Museum Tours of the Heyward House 70 Boundary Street in Historic Bluffton will be offered for only $7/person, kids under 10 are free. Call 843-757-6293 for information or visit HeywardHouse.org.

AUTHOR NIGHT – “Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy” 5:30PM
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by Southern Spice Catering and Events; 6:00PM Showtime, at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park (11 Recreation Court Bluffton SC 29910). Cost: $15.00; additional donations accepted; proceeds to the Waddell Mariculture Center.
An Authors Panel Featuring Ellen Malphrus, and John Warley
Moderated by Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center
Featuring the remembrances of a pantheon of 67 writers who were inspired, championed, and befriended by the late Pat Conroy (1945-2016), the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy celebrates the lasting literary legacy of one of America’s best loved storytellers. At the 2019 Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, co-editor and Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will moderate a lively discussion among fellow Scribes USC Beaufort writer-in-residence Ellen Malphrus (author of Untying the Moon) and Conroy’s Citadel classmate and fellow novelist John Warley (author of The Home Guard) as they share their favorite Conroy stories from the collection. A book signing will follow the discussion. Sales of Our Prince of Scribes support the educational mission of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, South Carolina’s first affiliate of the American Writers Museum and second American Library Association Literary Landmark.
Reservations required: sign up ONLINE HERE or call Mary at 843-815-2472 or 843-815-2474.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
*Daily* See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY – SATURDAY
*Daily* See October 14, 2019 for details

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND HISTORY AND ARTISANS EXCURSION
See October 12, 2019 for details

THE OUTBACK
See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER KAYAK NATURE TOUR
See October 14, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER OYSTER FARM TOUR WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS 10:00am – Noon
Come enjoy a rare opportunity for an up-close-and-personal experience with May River Oyster Company’s pioneering oyster farm in collaboration with the Bluffton Seafood Festival and May River Excursions. This 2 hour in-depth tour brings you out to a working oyster farm where the farmers demonstrate the techniques and methods used to produce some of the best oysters in the world. Afterward enjoy a tasting of local seafood at Bluffton Seafood House in Historic Downtown Bluffton. Limited availability. Call 843-304-2878 for reservations. $80.00 per person (includes lunch, menu HERE).

HISTORY ALIVE! GUIDED TOURS of Bluffton’s Heyward House Museum and More.
Discounted Guided Museum Tours of the Heyward House 70 Boundary Street in Historic Bluffton will be offered for only $7/person, kids under 10 are free. We will also offer free tours on Tuesday and Thursday from10-4 at the Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s House at Oyster Factory Park. Call 843-757-6293 for information or visit HeywardHouse.org.

BLUFFTON JACK’S HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR, 6:00 PM AND 8:00PM. Please join us for a walking GHOST TOUR of historic Old Town Bluffton. Hear spooky Bluffton tales told by certified tour guide, Bluffton Jack. Comfortable walking shoes suggested; bring your own flashlight; rain or shine; children welcome (suggested ages 9 and up). Tours begin at The Complete Home, 41 B Calhoun Street. Refreshments served. $18.00 ADULTS; $10.00 CHILDREN. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. CALL 843-717-2175.

HEYWARD HOUSE COMMON GROUND HISTORIC COCKTAIL PARTY
5:00pm-8:00pm

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Friday, October 18, 2019

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
*Daily* See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY – SATURDAY
*Daily* See October 14, 2019 for details

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND HISTORY AND ARTISANS EXCURSION
See October 12, 2019 for details

THE OUTBACK
See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER KAYAK NATURE TOUR
See October 14, 2019 for details

HISTORY ALIVE! GUIDED TOURS of Bluffton’s Heyward House Museum and More.
Discounted Guided Museum Tours of the Heyward House 70 Boundary Street in Historic Bluffton will be offered for only $7/person, kids under 10 are free. Call 843-757-6293 for information or visit HeywardHouse.org.

RED APRON SIPS AND SEAFOOD PARTY 6:00PM – 10:00PM Heyward House
Presented by Bluffton Self Help
Join us for a grand culinary celebration under the stars on the grounds of the historic Heyward House. The evening will include sensational Lowcountry dining by Ryan McCarthy of Downtown Catering, savory cocktails, along with contagious excitement with a wine pull, live and silent auctions as we raise money to support our Bluffton neighbors in need. Limited tickets and sponsorships are available and can be purchased online at www.sipsandseafood.com. All proceeds benefit Bluffton Self Help.
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Saturday, October 19, 2019

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
*Daily* See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY – SATURDAY
*Daily* See October 14, 2019 for details

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND HISTORY AND ARTISANS EXCURSION
See October 12, 2019 for details

THE OUTBACK
See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER KAYAK NATURE TOUR
See October 14, 2019 for details

OLD TOWN OYSTER10K ROAD RACE & 5K RUN 8:00AM – 10:30AM
Presented by Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Join us for a run through Old Town Bluffton with scenic river and marsh views. Compete in a fast-paced 10K or complete the 5K with the entire family! Both events will be professionally timed. Awards presentation and After-Party sponsored by River Dog Brewing Company immediately follows. Music, Coffee, Cold Craft Beer, Oyster Shooters, Gumbo, May River Mimosas, Brewed Marys and much, much more!

TAKE A KID FISHING TOURNAMENT, BLUFFTON OYSTER CO. 10:30AM –1:00PM
Take a Kid Fishing Tournament sponsored by Bluffton Marine Sports and Supplies, Boat Floats, Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, Spartina Marine Education Charters and managed by the Bluffton Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association
Register between 10:30-11:30AM at The Bluffton Oyster Company. Weigh-In at 12:30PM at the Bluffton Oyster Company. Children 13 and under welcome with parents. There is no fee. Prizes will be awarded. Bring your own fishing equipment if possible; limited equipment will be available on a first come first serve basis. To pre-register call Tom at 912-210-1222.

HISTORY ALIVE! GUIDED TOURS of Bluffton’s Heyward House Museum and More.
Discounted Guided Museum Tours of the Heyward House 70 Boundary Street in Historic Bluffton will be offered for only $7/person, kids under 10 are free. Call 843-757-6293 for information or visit HeywardHouse.org.

ART & SEAFOOD STREET FEST 10:00AM – 5:00PM

HISTORIC DISTRICT BLUFFTON FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Enjoy our juried art show featuring over 100 local and regional artists from 10 different states, displaying an array of fine art: oils, pastels, acrylics, photography, pottery, ceramics, water color and much, much more. Local seafood and low country cuisine served by area restaurants. Cherish our Waterways and Low Country Environmental Exhibits. History of Bluffton at The Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center.

ERA Blue Point Tailgate Zone
Presented by ERA Evergreen Real Estate
Enjoy the delicious seafood and view the outstanding art on the street. Take a break at the Tailgate area and catch up on your favorite team’s game while enjoying craft beer.

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Presented by Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet
Favorite bands will entertain on three stages throughout the day.
Main Stage:
10:00AM – 12:20PM Jason Bible
12:45PM – 2:30PM Julie Gribble
3:00PM – 5:00PM Spike Ivory

Stage 2:
12:00PM – 2:30PM Lee Tyler Post

Stage 3:
10:00AM – 12:15PM Chris Gore
12:45PM – 2:15PM Bottles and Cans
2:30PM – 5:00PM Gary Byrd and the Outlaws

ART IN THE PARK 11:00AM – 4:00PM DuBois Park on Boundary Street
Children’s art activities conducted under the pavilion. Visit the stations around the pavilion and create your very own masterpiece. Prizes, games, fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages.

FAMILY ORIENTED MAGIC SHOW with Gary Maurer 1:00PM

ROCKIN’ ON THE DOCK 6:00PM – DUSK BLUFFTON OYSTER CO.
Presented by Montage Palmetto Bluff

Seafood Extravaganza Tasting
Live music by NATURALLY SOUTHERN
Fireworks at Dusk

End the full day of activities with a grand finale.
Eat great local seafood and watch the fireworks for a night to remember!

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

PADDLE BOARD TOURS ON THE MAY RIVER
See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER BOAT TOURS WITH MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS, MONDAY – SATURDAY
See October 14, 2019 for details

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND HISTORY AND ARTISANS EXCURSION
See October 12, 2019 for details

THE OUTBACK
See October 12, 2019 for details

MAY RIVER KAYAK NATURE TOUR
See October 14, 2019 for details

ART & SEAFOOD STREET FEST 10:00AM – 4:00PM

HISTORIC DISTRICT BLUFFTON FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Enjoy our juried art show featuring over 112 local and regional artists from 10 different states, displaying an array of fine art: oils, pastels, acrylics, photography, pottery, ceramics, water color and much, much more. Local seafood and low country cuisine served by area restaurants. Cherish our Waterways and Low Country Environmental Exhibits.

ERA Blue Point Tailgate Zone
Presented by ERA Evergreen Real Estate
Enjoy the delicious seafood and view the outstanding art on the street. Take a break at the Tailgate area and catch up on your favorite team’s game while enjoying craft beer.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Presented by Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet
Favorite bands will entertain on three stages throughout the day.
Main Stage:
11:00AM – 1:15PM Howard Paul
1:45PM – 4:00PM J. Edwards

Stage 2:
1:30PM – 4:00PM Angela Easterling

Stage 3:
11:00AM – 1:15PM Gino Fanelli
1:45PM – 4:00PM Vanna and the Rump Shakers

ART IN THE PARK 11:00AM – 4:00PM DuBois Park on Boundary Street
Children’s art activities conducted under the pavilion. Prizes, games, fun and much, much more for the budding artists of all ages. Hula Hoops fun led by Jaime Patillo 12:00 noon.

FAMILY ORIENTED MAGIC SHOW with Gary Maurer 1:00PM

No Parking in Downtown Bluffton on Saturday, the 19th, and Sunday, the 20th.
Free Shuttles provided by our sponsor, Old Town Trolley Tours, from Red Cedar Elementary (Bluffton Parkway to Red Cedar Street).
Saturday, 10/19: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday, 10/20: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
For more information 843-757-BLUF (2583)

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October 12
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October 19
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Old Town Bluffton
Calhoun Street
Bluffton, SC United States
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