My Charleston Weekend: July 19-25
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
From Storybrook Village to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, “Super WHY!” is in town for its first-ever live show. Inspired by the top-rated PBS series, this live-action adventure is all about audience participation, singing, dancing and following your dreams. “Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power!” will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $29-$39 and required for ages 2 and over. They are available at the Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to northcharlestoncoliseumpac.comor www.SuperWhyLive.com.
Movie at Mount Pleasant Pier
Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, Animal and the crew are back in action and back on the big screen. Showing Friday at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, off Harry M. Hallman Jr. Boulevard, “The Muppets” is the July free family film presented by Charleston County Park and Recreation Department and the town of Mount Pleasant. Guests are invited to bring chairs or blankets and spread out on the park’s lawn to enjoy the movie on the giant inflatable screen. The film rolls at sundown (about 7:45 p.m.). Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the Riverwatch Cafe, and vendors will be there selling kettle corn, hot dogs, funnel cakes, Italian ice and beverages. For more info, go to www.ccprc.com/moviesor call 795-4386.
Not to be confused with “Dyn-o-mite” (Jimmie “J.J.” Walker’s “Good Times” saying, if you need the help), this program at the Charleston Museum is all about dinosaurs. From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, the museum will transform into a virtual Jurassic Park, but with fewer chases. Check out Dark Water Fossils and Artifacts’ array of fossils, including a saber tooth tiger skull, large Megalodon teeth and so much more. Kids also will be invited to create dino crafts and “uncover a dinosaur to take home.” This program is free with admission ($10 for adults, $5 for children, ages 3 and under get in free). For more information, check out www.charlestonmuseum.org.
Timbre and Mechanical River
Awendaw Green is venturing into the city for a night at The Sanctuary at the Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. On Saturday, Nashville-based artist Timbre will perform her harp-based folk rock along with Mechanical River, a new project of Charleston native Joel T. Hamilton. Using a cigarbox guitar, casiotone keyboard, loops, foot drums and a custom microphone/helmet, Hamilton has developed a sound that is as unique as he is. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, $7 for students. For more on the event, check out the event page on Facebook.
Enjoy a little bit of the islands, minus the time and expense. From 8-11 p.m. Saturday, James Island County Park, off Riverland Drive, will be transformed as Mystic Vibrations performs “traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude.” Vendors will offer Caribbean-style dishes, pizza and other festival food for sale. Crafters and other vendors will be on site displaying local handmade crafts and souvenirs available for purchase. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket as seating isn’t provided. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the gate. Gold Pass holder and kids under 12 get in free. For more information, go to www.ccprc.com/reggae or call 795-4386.
After detouring into rum last week, Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road, returns to its regularly scheduled Wednesday Wine Strolls. From 6:30-8 p.m., sampling old and new world wine vintages as you stroll through “America’s oldest landscaped gardens.” Tickets are $15, $10 for foundation members. For more information, call 266-7477 or go to www.middletonplace.org.
From 5-8 p.m. today, historic downtown Summerville is throwing one heck of a street party. Hutchinson Square will house the live entertainment. (Other musicians will be scattered about the area, as well.) And Short Central becomes a street fair as Art Central Gallery sponsors the Art Walk with booths of artists and artisans selling their crafts and artworks. Restaurants and shops will be open late and will offer special deals to attendees. Third Thursday is free and open to the public and happens rain or shine. For more information, call 821-7260 or go to www.summervilledream.org.
Folly Pier Fishing Tournament
If you’re looking to spend your Saturday at Folly doing more than sunbathing, then consider participating in this fishing tourney. With prizes awarded for the three largest catches in the Big Fish category and for the largest catch in the King Mackerel category, the competition should be fierce and fun. On-site registration will begin at 6 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 4:15 p.m. Held at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, 101 East Arctic Ave., the tournament will be held rain or shine. The participation fee is $9-$14, depending on the contest and if you’re a Charleston County resident. For details, call 588-3474 or go to www.ccprc.com.
Music on the Green
Freshfields Village continues its outdoor live music series Friday with a performance by GrooveTown. Performing tunes from decades past and current chart-toppers, the band is set to perform to a crowd that abandons blankets and beach chairs to dance. The event, which runs 6-9 p.m., is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Freshfields Village is on Johns Island between Kiawah and Seabrook islands. For more info, go towww.FreshfieldsVillage.com or www.facebook.com/FreshfieldsVillage.