Beaufort Performing Arts is holding its first annual fall fundraiser, Beaufort Salutes! this October 9th – 11th.

The festivities span an entire weekend and are devoted to saluting and commemorating the “greatest generation” – our WW II veterans, their families and the communities that supported them. Opening night will be Friday, October 9th with a lecture featuring WW II veterans Fly Flanagan, Jimmie Leach, Charles Stockell, Capers Andrews, and Bob Waldorp.  This program will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6 pm, immediately followed by the lecture at 7:30, and ending with a question and answer forum. Tickets are $15 for lecture and $25 for reception with speakers and lecture.

The fundraiser continues Saturday, October 10th with an evening gala at The Rainbow Club, Beaufort’s own WW II-style canteen tentatively set at the Beaufort Arsenal.  Starting at 7 PM, this event will feature fine food and drinks, dancing with Big Band music, the Beaufortette Cigarette Girls, a silent ‘vintage’ auction, and a Wall of Honor. Come dressed as 1940’s popular characters, film stars, and members of the military or Red Cross volunteers! Tickets are  $75 per person. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available.  

The series concludes Sunday, October 11th with two showings (3pm and 7:30 pm) of the powerful War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II. This show is a sentimental journey through a war that defined the world. This multi-media, living-history cabaret interspersed with actual veterans letters and headline news of the period. Twenty-two period songs lift the mood and juxtapose the anguish of war. Award winning artists Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brumnen fill the stage with war-time memories and nostalgic tunes. This family show allows the greatest generation to celebrate, as the next generation contemplates. Tickets are $40, $35 and $30.

BPA will be producing an oral historical documentary about events of WW II, a turning point in the lives of all Americans. If you have photographs, stories or memorabilia that you would like to share, please call BPA at 843.521.4145.

Weekend Passes are available for all three events ($140.00) Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902, mailed in or visit the website at

BPA looks forward to a weekend where Beaufort can once again come together to honor and celebrate the commitments and sacrifices of the “greatest generation”! Come and salutes.

Friday, October 9 6-7:30 Wine & Cheese with WWII speakers
7:30 – 9 PM; Lecture with WWII speakers
USCB Performing Arts Center
Saturday, October 10 7 – 11 PM; Beaufort Salutes: the Greatest Generation!
Location: To be announce
Sunday, October 11, 3 & 7:30 PM; WAR BONDS: Songs and Letters of WWII
USCB Performing Arts Center