My Charleston Week: July 9-15
Monday, July 9, 2012
Captain Jack Sparrow would be proud. Middleton Place’s popular weekly Wine Stroll will be usurped with a Rum Stroll on Wednesday. Partnering with St. Nicholas Abbey, sip rums from near and far as you stroll through the gardens. Tickets are $30. Middleton Place is at 4300 Ashley River Road. Go to www.middletonplace.org for more information.
MegaDock Billfishing Tournament
Part of the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, the MegaDock X is a four-day marlin and sailfish tournament based out of Charleston City Marina that boasts a $20,000 purse for first place billfish. In its 10th year, the MegaDock begins Wednesday and runs through July 14. The tournament benefits local and national charities. Find out schedule details at www.megadocktournament.com.
Charleston Summer Classic
If you’ve been missing out on your ponies since the Belmont Stakes, never fear as you’ve got a chance to get a fix. While it’s not racing, it’s still entertaining. This hunter-jumper horse show hosted by the Classic Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Road on Johns Island. Open to spectators, this classic begins Wednesday and runs through July 15. Events are ongoing throughout the day, and you can find out more details at www.classiccompany.com or by calling 768-5503.
The town of Mount Pleasant is again hosting its Splash Day at Memorial Waterfront Park, Harry M. Hallman Boulevard. Come cool off with giant inflatable waterslides, jump castles and more 4-8 p.m. Wednesday. Children must be supervised. Find out more at www.comeonovermp.com.
Charleston Pride Festival
Thursday through Sunday will be all about “lighting the path to progress” with the Charleston Pride Festival. Offering numerous events each day, the festival was founded to reach out to the Charleston community as a whole to promote equal rights and serve as a catalyst for change in our LGBT communities. Events include an art walk, an LGBT film festival, a “Gay In America” meet and great, a pageant, parade, rally and multiple parties. For more information about the Charleston Pride Festival, check out charlestonpridefestival.org.
Last Summer on Earth Tour
Despite all the buzz, we’d be willing to bet that the world won’t end this year. But Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Cracker aren’t taking any chances, as you can tell by the name of the tour. On Saturday, the Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, will be taken over by these rock bands to put on what should be one heck of a show (it is the Last Summer on Earth Tour, after all). The Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show start at $25 and go up to $59.50. To purchase, head over to ticketmaster.com.
Browne is no “Pretender” and is not “Running on Empty.” Despite coming to prominence in the ’70s, the singer-songwriter is still going strong and will perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, on Sunday. Special guest Sara Watkins will perform along with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Songwriters Hall of Famer. Starting at 7:30 p.m., tickets for the show range from $39.50-$59.50. For more information, go to northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.