My Charleston Weekend: May 17-23
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Lowcountry Blueberry Jam
Get blue 3-7 p.m. Sunday. Not sad blue, but blueberry blue. Enjoy live music from the Jefferson Coker Band, Old You and Bare Knuckle Champions while competing in the Blueberry Toss, getting your face painted, hula hooping, and meeting farmers, artists, craftsmen and more. Set on the edge of Francis Marion National Forest beside Cypress Pond, this event takes place at Blue Pearl Farms, 9760 Randall Road, near McClellanville. Admission is free. Beer, wine, food and soft drinks will be available for purchase. For details, go to bluepearlfarms.com/Blueberry_Jam.html or email email@example.com.
Hampton Park Plant Swap
This sixth annual event will take place 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Pot a plant, label it and bring it to the Hampton Park Cafe area on Mary Murray Drive, then swap it for another plant (up to 25 plants per person). Remaining plants will be sold at 3 p.m. Hosted by the Charleston Garden Club, there also will be homemade snacks for sale, a yard sale and more. This family-friendly event boasts free admission and parking. Call 720-3862 for details.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper
Spend Saturday night dancing on the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier to live classic oldies and beach music. From 7-11 p.m., shake your groove thing while enjoying the view from Memorial Waterfront Park off Hallman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. For ages 3 and up, the event is $10 or $8 for Charleston County residents in advance. Beverages will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets, call 795-4386.
Evening With Friends
The Friends of MUSC Children’s Hospital is celebrating a month of “friendraising” tonight at the Legare Waring House, 1500 Old Towne Road. From 6-8 p.m., enjoy the reception featuring a signature cocktail and raffles. The event is free for members and $25 for nonmembers (the contribution can be applied toward a membership). To reserve a spot, call 824-9430 or go to friendsofmuscchildrenshospital.org.
Walterboro Antiques, History & Arts Festival
This two-day indoor antiques show will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in historic downtown Walterboro. There also will be an antique tractor show and parade, more than 20 juried artist demonstrations, wagon tours and more. The event is free to attend. Call 549-0011 or go to www.scartisanscenter.com.
Girls Rock Benefit
Enjoy an evening of live music, dinner, drinks and bidding (auction) while raising funds for the second summer rock camp for girls. Benefiting Girls Rock Charleston, a nonprofit organization that empowers girls through music education, DIY media and creative collaboration, this second annual event will include a live and silent auction of artwork, gift certificates and other items from local artists and businesses. Held 5-8 tonight at Saffron Cafe and Bakery, 333 East Bay St., the suggested donation is $15-$25, $10 for under 16. Call 637-1707 or check out www.girlsrockcharleston.org.
Jonesing for a fashion fix? You’re in luck as Saturday night serves up an evening of couture and caring when models hit the catwalk for a cause. Join emcee Rosanna Krekel of The Fashion Group International as clothes from Coastal Palms, J. McLaughlin, Pink Boulevard, The Old Rangoon, The Resort Shop, The Spot, Tommy Bahama and Vineyard Vines take their turn on the runway. Held by the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, this event benefits abused children and families in the Lowcountry. Held 5-7 p.m. at Freshfields Village Green at the crossroads of Johns, Seabrook and Kiawah islands, the event is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 723-3600 or go to www.dnlcc.org.
From 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, head on over to Seeking Indigo, 445 King St., for a night of food, fashion and wellness. Enjoy chair massages, intuitive reading and more, all while checking out the offerings of more than 20 local designers. The event is free to attend. Check out www.seekingindigo.com for details.
You’ve never seen so many bocce ball games! A bracket-style tournament, this 12th annual event boasts 32 bocce courts, 32 sets of bocce balls and more than 100 teams of four. Benefiting the Special Olympics, this competition will feature a round-robin play in the morning, with the highest-scoring teams returning after lunch for single-elimination play. Lunch and cold beverages will be provided to players, while those on the sidelines will be able to round up a meal at the food truck rodeo featuring Taco Boy, Big Dig (Daniel Island Grill) and Hubee D’s. The contest will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive, Daniel Island. Check out boccebash.com.
‘Soldiers Through The Ages’
On Saturday, check out this living history event in honor of Armed Forces Day. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort Moultrie, 1214 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, re-enactors will portray soldiers of the major periods of the fort’s history from the Revolutionary War through World War II. Attendees can check out a variety of programs, including the progression of uniforms from 1776-1947, historic weapons demonstrations, children’s musket programs, drills and garrison duties. Call 883-3123 or go to www.nps.gov/fosu.