"River of Everlasting Memories"

Beaufort Water Festival makes its 54th appearance today and concludes on Sunday, July 19th. In between, there will be concerts, a parade, dance, races and competitions, crafts, talent and antique shows, watercraft tours, and plenty of libations, both of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties. 

Details can be found in the Beaufort Gazette, (yes, I know that this goes to the Island Packet website but that's just the lay of the land now), the [print only] Island News, the [online only] Beaufort Tribune, and on theWater Festival's website.

I posted local poetess, Edith Bannister Dowling's poem about the Water Festival on July 15, 2008. 

For the more research minded, the Beaufort District Collection has a few relatively fragile scrapbooks about the Water Festival during the 1960s in our archival holdings. We'll be happy to show you the scrapbooks if you come in to the Research Room during our regular hours of operation. 

Please note: Charmaine, our Beloved BDC docents, and I will show an in-house customer any in-house material we have (that is, if we can find it within a reasonable amount of time in this incredibly overcrowded workspace and public research room). Just don't come expecting to take home copies of any of the images or pages of the scrapbooks! For details why this is, read the "Eternal Conundrum" entry that immediately precedes this one.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.