My Charleston Weekend: June 14-20
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Wave your flag
Flag Day Burger and Beer Festival
Who doesn’t love burgers and beer? Celebrate Flag Day today by indulging in a much-loved combo at this inaugural event. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at Holy City Brewing, 4155-C Dorchester Road, North Charleston, this pet- and family-friendly event will feature burgers from Hom Burger Boutique, Sesame Burgers and Beer, Rita’s Seaside Grille, Moe’s Crosstown, Big Billy’s Burger Joint and Triangle Char and Bar. The beer will be supplied by Holy City Brewing, Palmetto Brewing Company, Coast Brewing Company and Westbrook Brewing Company. Additional food will be provided by Tucker’s Treats and King of Pops. There also will be live music. Admission is $10, and proceeds go toward Pet Helpers; burgers and beer cost extra. For more info, call 367-0439 or go to www.facebook.com/FlagDay BurgerAndBeerFestival.
Flag Day at Fort Moultrie
Celebrating the 96th anniversary of Flag Day, Fort Sumter National Monument will hold a number of free activities at Fort Moultrie. From 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. today, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the heritage of the U.S. and other historical flags. Activities include coloring historical flags, designing your own flag, learning how to fold a flag, signal flag messages and more. This program is designed primarily for children and families. All of the activities will take place outside of the fort and are free of charge. Visitors also may tour Fort Moultrie by paying the entrance fee of $3 per adult or $5 per family. For more info, call 883-3123 or go to www.nps.gov/fosu.
Flag Day at Patriots Point
Commemorate Flag Day today at one of the most patriotic places in the area: aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Starting at 8 a.m., participants of the Knights of Columbus as well as Boy Scout Troop 470 will present the colors and raise the flag on the flight deck. The flag will be symbolically retired while a detailed history of the symbolism of each fold is shared. The ceremony will also recognize the veterans who fought for, defended and continue to salute our nation’s flag. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www. patriotspoint.org.
Battle of Secessionville anniversary
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Secessionville will be observed Saturday at the Fort Lamar Historic Site on Fort Lamar Road, James Island. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with an address by Patrick Brennan, author of “Secessionville: Assault on Charleston.” Activities include a re-enactors camp, and rifle and cannon firings. The event runs until 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Call 743-8281 or go to www.scbattlegroundtrust.org for details.
Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse anniversary
Join the National Park Service on Saturday for a 50th anniversary celebration of the lighthouse on Sullivan’s Island, 1815 I’On Ave. Live music begins at 2 p.m. and architect Jack Graham will speaks at 3 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments as you view exhibits in the boathouse and tour the quarters cupola on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District. Because of safety concerns, the lighthouse will not be open. Numerous authors will be on hand for book signings. This event is free and runs until 5 p.m. For more info, call 883-3123.
Grand Finale Festival
Roddy White and friends will hold this music festival and all-day event Saturday at the Brick House Kitchen. From 2-7 p.m., enjoy jump castles, a game play truck (there’s a $25 Madden tournament), rides, food and more. From 8 p.m.-until, enjoy an all-night music fest for $25 that includes performances by Tyler Boone, Tyler Mechum of Crowfield, Dub Island Soundsystem, Tidal Jive, Donnie Dies and Loners Society. For more info, call 670-4168.
Big Lebowski Celebration
Madra Rua Irish Pub, 1034 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston, holds its sixth annual celebration of all things “Big Lebowski” on Sunday. In addition to a screening of the cult classic, there will be a costume contest, trivia, drink specials on “Caucasians” (also known as white Russians and the favorite drink of The Dude) and “oat sodas” (beer). Admission is $5, but if you come in costume, you get in free! The movie begins at 9 p.m. For more info, call 554-2522 or check out www.MadraRuaPub.com.
Mad Men Wrap Party
Feeling nostalgic? Looking for another reason to play dress up? Join Candy Shop Vintage and Style Girl Jess James for the Mad Men Wrap Party at The Cocktail Club, 479 King St., on Saturday. From 5-8 p.m., shop for vintage clothes, sip on vintage-inspired drinks and compete for best-dressed. For more info, call 724-9411.
Folly Pier Fishing Tournament
Think you’ve got what it takes to bring in the largest catch in the King Mackerel category and the three largest catches in the Big Fish category? Then head over to the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, 101 E. Arctic Ave., 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and compete in this tournament off the second largest pier on the East Coast. The contest is held rain or shine. Ages 3 and up are welcome, though those 15 and under require a chaperone. Participation fees range from $9-$14. Call 588-3474 for more info.
Summer SOULstice Celebration
BobCat Music is putting on a party at The Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road, James Island 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday. Play a round or two of cornhole and/or ping-pong. Nosh on tasty treats from an array of food trucks and local vendors. Enjoy live music from Neil Hilal, Caxton Beaty, Mary Cornelius and The Ramblin Bettys, Allen Smith, Will Hastings Band, The Dirk Quinn Band, Hey Rocco, Tidal Jive and Old You. And kids can take a turn in the jump castles. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event. Find out more at summersoulsticecelebration.eventbrite.com.
Backyard BBQ Bash
Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St., holds its annual summer party noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy Painted Hills beef burgers and Polish Kielbasa off the grill, with signature summer sides including pit baked beans, local tomato salad and fresh watermelon. There will be beer on tap, wines by the glass and live music by The Bushels from 1-4 p.m. Part of the event will be a Big Green Egg giveaway; proceeds from the raffle tickets will benefit local charity Feed the Need. There is no cost to attend, but plates of food are $12. For more info, call 577-0094 or go to www.tedsbutcherblock.com.
Bruisin’ Betties fundraiser
The Lowcountry Highrollers Bruisin’ Betties B team is holding a fundraiser Saturday to benefit team travel and training. From 4-7 p.m. at Earshot Record Store, 1663 Savannah Highway, take part in leg wrestling, cornhole, raffles, a spanking booth and more. There might even be some food trucks if you’re lucky. The party moves to the Recovery Room, 685 King St., after 7 p.m. Check out www.lowcountry highrollers.com for more.
Home Run Derby
As part of the 53rd Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game, a classic Home Run Derby will make its debut in the most unusual place: the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Possibly the first derby off the deck of a carrier, the event will be at 11 a.m. Monday. The championship round will be staged at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the All-Star Game at The Joe, 360 Fishburne St. Fans wanting to attend Monday’s early rounds of the derby can attend free if they mention the All-Star Game at the gate of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Those wanting to witness Tuesday’s championship round will need a ticket to the All-Star Game. For more details, call 577-DOGS (3647) and go to www.riverdogs.com.
Big Chef Little Chef Challenge
Enjoy an evening of food, fun and festivities to benefit local charity Louie’s Kids. This fourth annual event will feature an all-star lineup of chefs, including Mike Lata of FIG, Nico Romo of Fish, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Cary Zapatka of Square Onion, Craig Deihl of Cypress, John Zucker of Cru Cafe, John Ondo of Lana Restaurant, Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, Jeremiah Bacon of Oak and Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca. From 6:30-9 p.m. today at the Lighthouse on the Creek, 100 Church St., Mount Pleasant, enjoy chef creations, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Entertainment will be provided by musicians Doug Jones and Charles Hedgepath. Tickets are $65. Find out more at www.louieskids.org or by calling 724-9267.