My Charleston Weekend: June 21-27
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Charleston Beer Garden Festival
Brittlebank Park off Lockwood Drive will be transformed into a German biergarten Saturday for the inaugural Charleston Beer Garden Festival. From 1-8 p.m., enjoy craft brews, including several from South Carolina, all while listening to live music from the likes of Southwood, Megan Jean & the KFB, Shovels & Rop, and Long Miles. Food trucks will be corralled to offer up tasty treats. Attendees also can take part in beer school classes, cornhole, a photo booth and more. Advance tickets are $25, $15 for designated drivers and $50 for VIPs; day-of tickets are $35. Check out www.charlestonbeergarden.com for more.
Sweetwater Concert Series
SweetWater Brewing Company once again has joined with Waterkeeper Alliance members in the Southeast to help conserve some of the most threatened rivers, streams and coastlines. And this year, they have launched the “Save the Cooper” campaign. Events kicked off Memorial Day weekend and run through the Fourth of July. But the big event, the summer concert series, comes to the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., on Friday. The concert, which will include information from Charleston Waterkeeper, features Railroad Earth. For concert details and to learn more about the campaign, go to www.waterkeeperbrew.org. For more on Charleston Waterkeeper, check out charlestonwaterkeeper.org.
Third Thursday in Summerville
Summerville’s Third Thursday is all about showcasing local talent. Kicking things off with a performance by Tip Tap Toe Dance studio, this month’s event features the Summerville’s Got Talent contest at 5:45 p.m. In addition to the showcase, there will be an art walk, musicians, previews of a one-act play and dramatic reading by the Vintage Actors Ensemble, carriage rides, shop and restaurant specials, and more. Taking place in downtown Summer- ville, East Richardson Avenue and North Main Street will be closed 5-8 p.m. for the free event. Call 821-7260 or go to www.summervilledream.org/content/ Third-Thursday-June-2012.
Summer Seersucker Social
An evening of dinner and dancing usually requires a nicely pressed suit, tux and/or gown. Not so for this party, as ironing seersucker is a major fashion faux pas. The Seersucker Social also includes live and silent auctions, a signature cocktail, beer and wine, Lowcountry boil and dessert. Tickets, which are $75, benefit the Cannon Street YMCA Youth Scholarship Fund. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sand Dunes Club, 1735 Atlantic Ave., Sullivan’s Island. For more info, call 577-9622 or go to www.ymcaseersuckersocial.org.
Fashion Alley: Vintage Inspired Fashion Show
Talk about mixing and matching! Combine a night of vintage couture fashion with two-toned shoes. Yes, folks; bowling. Benefiting Girls Rock Charleston, this Saturday event is billed as “a tribute to the past and toast to the future of fashion.” Held at The Charleston Rifle Club, 2221 Heriot St., a fashion show begins at 8 p.m. and bowling is open from 9 p.m.-midnight; doors open at 7 p.m. There will be pop-up shops for your browsing pleasure, sweet treats, local beer, food trucks, live music and more. And make sure to dress in your vintage best as judges will be on hand to dole out prizes to the best male and female looks. Tickets are $20, a VIP table for up to six is $200. Call 670-9269 or go to www.fashionalley.eventbrite.com.
Neon Candy Carnival
Suede Supper Club, 816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, is brightening up the night Saturday with a neon party. Expect hundreds of glow sticks, neon painted models, cotton candy martinis and other drink specials, spiked Italian ice, DJ C-Nile spinning and more. Attendees are asked to dress in bright colors; party supplies will be on hand if your outfit needs an extra punch. Find out more at www.facebook.com/suedesc or by calling 606-2940.
Old School Championship Wrestling
If you’re craving a pro wrestling fix, you’re in luck! OSCW presents 4x4: Four participating federations in the S.C. Wrestling Hall of Fame 2012 Project will be showcasing a match, a four-corner tag team championship match and a four-corner heavyweight title match. Former WWE performer Chris Masters and the S.C. Wrestling Hall of Fame 2012 induction ceremony will highlight the event. All this and more will be held at the Hanahan Recreation Complex Gym, 3100 Mabeline Road (behind Trident Tech off Rivers Avenue) on Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., the bell rings at 5 p.m. Admission is $10; $5 ages 12 and under. Call 743-4800 or go to www.oscwonline.com.
Dance Block Party
Charleston dancers are taking over Friday at this fundraiser for the inaugural Charleston Dance Festival scheduled for September. The block party will feature performances by Home Spun Hoops, Annex Dance, Hot Jazz Dance Club, WO’SE Dance Theatre, Charleston Dance Center, Dancefx’s The Charleston Dance Project, Slow Jamz Hip Hop Crew and more. Held at Dancefx Studios, 635 Rutledge Ave., dance battles “that will put ‘West Side Story’ to shame” will be in full swing, along with silent auctions and games. Hello My Name is BBQ and Diggity Doughnuts will supply food, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The party begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 637-4722 or check out www.charlestondance alliance.com.
Tomato Open Golf Tournament
Come out swinging! The Edisto Island Open Land Trust sponsors this annual tourney, set for Saturday at the Plantation Course at Edisto, 19 Fairway Drive. The tournament is likely to be a good time, what with offerings of hole-in-one prizes, a Mulligan package, a putting contest, breakfast, lunch and on-course refreshments. But it’s the pretournament cocktail party and live auction Friday that’s got us interested. Drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a live auction featuring a custom handmade wooden boat are among the promised fun. Admission to the party is $20, and you don’t have to be signed up for the tournament ($125 per person, $500 per team) to attend. To attend the party, call 869-9004 or email email@example.com. For more on the Tomato Open, call 869-1111 or go to www.theplantation courseatedisto.com.
Super Saturday Summer Solstice Smackdown
This may seem like a friendly gathering of artists, but what they’re really seeking is “a battle for artistic supremacy and talk a little trash.” Oak Barrel Tavern, Avondale, 825B Savannah Highway, is hosting Matthew Dietz, Shawna-Nova Foley, Gavin Lyons, Scott Wallace and Ryan Wilcox and their works in a variety of media Saturday at 7 p.m. Attendees will be given stickers to put the “smackdown” for the artist or artwork of their choice; at the end of the night, a winner will be crowned. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and seasonal beer specials will be available.
Guitar Foundation of America Convention, International Competition
The international classical guitar community’s premier event will be held at the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts on the College of Charleston campus Tuesday-July 1. With guest artists including but not limited to Juan Carlos Laguna, Dale Kavanagh, the Bandini/Chichiaretta Duo, Roland Dyens and the Assad Brothers, along with interactive guitar technique workshops, master classes, lectures, a Vendor Expo and more, there’s sure to be something to interest everyone in the family. Daily events are open to the public with the purchase of a day pass; 8 p.m. concerts are $30. For more information, go to www.guitarfoundation.org.
RCW Blueberry Festival
Blue Pearl Farms near McClellanville is celebrating its first full year of the Blueberry Jam Festival series by holding a festival Sunday that will support local farms and good eating. Enjoy demonstrations of crafts, including spinning and weaving, and participate in the Blueberry Toss competition and blueberry tastings. Musical entertainment will be provided by Keith Patterson Band, the Jefferson Coker Band, Harrison Ray, Sarah Cole & The Hawkes, Bare Knuckle Champions, Phyllis Tannerfrye, Kevin Church, Bogan Mask, Dustin Ashenfelder, Gaslight Street, Dallas Corbett and Dan Rainey. Sunday will feature organizations and people who work with programs that protect the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and its habitat. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 15 and under get in free, and proceeds benefit the Coastal Conservation League and The Nature Conservancy. Leave your pets and coolers at home; cold drinks, beer and wine will be available. Bring chairs or a blanket. Find out more at bluepearlfarms.com.
Juneteenth Freedom Festival
This 15th annual event honoring the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the historical Jenkins Orphanage, 3923 Azalea Drive, North Charleston. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy music, arts, fashion, storytellers, dancers, poetry, African drummers, jump castles, face painting and more. For details, call 552-9086.