My Charleston Weekend: Aug. 23-29
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Grape Stomping Festival
Many may remember that iconic episode of “I Love Lucy” where she stomps grapes while working at a vineyard. You’ll get the chance to relive one of the most memorable moments from “the most famous redhead of all” at Saturday’s Grape Stomping Festival at Irvin-House Vineyards. In addition to getting down and dirty with native muscadine grapes, take part in or make sure to catch the Lucy Look-A-Like Contest. Also enjoy face-painting, jump castles, hula hooping and live music from Mac Leaphart and My Ragged Company. And what would an event like this be without tastings? Sip on Irvin-House wines and offerings from the Firefly Distillery, or purchase one of their famous frozen Wine-a-Ritas. Food from Carolina Creole, Farm on Fire, Home Team BBQ and Jack’s Cosmic Dogs will be on site, or bring your own picnic. The event runs noon-5 p.m. at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and/or blankets. Admission is $10 per car, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lowcountry Local First. Find out more at www.charlestonwine.com.
Ballpark Festival of Beers
Ballpark. Beer. ... Need we really say more? OK, but be warned that it will get you drooling. From 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St., you’ll have the chance to sample more than 100 varieties of beer, everything from international ales to stouts, lagers to pilsners and specialty brews. It’s a die-hard beer enthusiast’s dream! In addition to the buckets of beer, a new feature this year will be a roundup of food trucks, including The Magic Cheese Truck, Pot Kettle Black, Tokyo Crepes and Geechee Island. And to make the event complete, live music will be provided by the Blue Plantation Band and the Larry David Project. Tickets are $25 in advance or at participating Piggly Wiggly locations; $30 at the RiverDogs Box Office or online at www.rileyparkevents.comor www.riverdogs.com. The festival, which will take place rain or shine, is a 21-and-over event. The first 2,500 people will receive a commemorative sampling glass and a sampling punch-card booklet good for 5-ounce tastes of their favorite beers. For more information, call 723-7241.
Charleston Beach Music and Shag Festival
This seventh annual event looks to be bigger and better than ever. Taking over the Embassy Suites in North Charleston, 5055 International Blvd., and the ballroom of the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, the festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, with an impressive line-up of events each day. Featuring performances by the Mighty Tams, Johnny Rawls Blues Band, Rickey Godfrey Blues Band, the Castaways, Carolina Soul Band and the Fantastic Shakers; shag lessons from professional dancers Jerry and Barbara Wade; and DJs Gerry Scott, Betty Brown, Jim Bowers and Andy Todd spinning tunes between sets, you’re sure to enjoy yourself. Admission is $25 per day. Find out more by calling 814-0101 or going to www.bmspssc.com.
Treat your pup to a night out. Today, head over to the James Island County Park Dog Park, 871 Riverland Drive, for an evening of fun with your four-legged friend. From 4 p.m.-sunset, let your dog run wild as you both mingle with new and old friends. Enjoy live music provided by Rawberry Jam, a two-part acoustic duo. Beverages will be available for purchase. This event is free for you and your pup with the general $1 park admission. For more info, call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com/yappyhour.
Steel Pony Charity Ride & Car Show
Join LEARN Horse Rescue on Sunday for its second annual Charity Bike Ride & Car Show at the Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Highway. Starting at 11 a.m., take part in a police-escorted ride from Low Country Harley-Davidson to the Charleston Tea Plantation. At the plantation, enjoy a car show, live music, food from Pot Kettle Black and Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, beer and wine. Kids activities will include jump castles, water slides, face-painting, misting tents and more. Live entertainment will be provided by Eddie Bush. Admission is $15. Proceeds will benefit LEARN Horse Rescue. To find out more, call 478-3026 or go to www.learnhorserescue.com.
White Haute Nights No. 3
Tabbuli is again hosting the White Haute Nights fashion event, the third in the series. The restaurant’s breezy open-air terrace is where this South Beach-inspired evening will commence. Sip on specialty cocktails and nibble on Mediterranean-inspired fare as you check out Calypso St. Barth’s summer collection and styles from local womenswear design house Troubadour. The event runs 7-10 p.m. Friday at 6 N. Market St. All-inclusive tickets, which include food, drinks and front-row seats, are $75 and must be purchased in advance at etix.com. For more info, go to www.tabbuligrill.com or call 628-5959.
Avondale Pro Challenge
Triangle Char + Bar, along with New Belgium Brewery, is hosting this event 2-6 p.m. Saturday. The main event will be a stationary bike sprint contest (the winner will receive a New Belgium jersey), with $3.50 pints of Fat Tire, Red Hoptober and Shift. There will be a $5 raffle to win a custom 2012 Fat Tire cruiser. All proceeds will benefit Holy City Bike Co-op. Triangle is at 828 Savannah Highway in West Ashley. Call 377-1300 for more info.
Charleston Record Expo
Monster Music will host its biannual vinyl showcase 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the West Ashley Shoppes, 946 Orleans Road. Free and open to the public, whether you’re buying, collecting, swapping or listening, all are invited. Items range from high-end collectibles to $1 bargains. Hello My Name is BBQ will be onsite. For more info, call 571-4657 or go to www.monstermusicsc.com.
The Pour House’s 10th anniversary week
From Monday-Sept. 3, help the Pour House celebrate its 10th anniversary with a week of festivities. Featuring seven nights of music and live mural painting of the walls and fence of the venue, this is definitely something you won’t want to miss. Toubab Krewe will headline Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, while Larry Keel and Natural Bridge with special guest Reverend Jeff Mosier will headline Sept. 2. The mural competition will feature painting the outside and interior walls of the venue with the theme of The Pour House’s motto: “love. live. music.” Find out pricing information and who’s playing when at charlestonpourhouse.com.
Gin & Jazz
This third annual party is all about celebrating the inaugural Theatre Charleston Awards season and announcing new projects. Set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Mercury Bar, 547 King St., the event ditches the “stuffy fundraiser” style for an “anyone-is-welcome theater party.” With a ’20s theme, those with the best costumes of the era win prizes. But it doesn’t end there. Theatre Charleston members will provide live entertainment, there will be music, dancing, a photo booth and more. Mercury Bar will provide the food, and a cash bar will offer drink specials, including a signature gin cocktail. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All proceeds will go to Theatre Charleston. For more info, go to www.theatrecharleston.com or call 813-8578.
Rock, Roll, Remember
Who doesn’t know who Dick Clark is? From 7-10 p.m. Saturday, DJ Jeff Walker will be saluting Clark with music from the days of “American Bandstand.” Our Lady of Good Counsel Women’s Guild will be hosting the event in Father Kelly Parish Hall, 105 W. Hudson Ave., Folly Beach. It’s BYOB (bring your own booze). Snacks and more will be provided. Tickets are $10. Call 588-6683 or go to olgc-follybeach.org for more info.
Custom Home + Remodel Show
In its eighth year, this show promises to be the biggest and best yet. Moving to a new location, The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium, the show will feature outdoor living space designs, a $10,000 Backyard Makeover giveaway, a special exhibit showcasing Charleston’s top architects and their designs, the Hurricane + Disaster Expo and so much more. On Saturday and Sunday, Taste of Tailgating Cooking Demonstrations will be presented, featuring how to cook the perfect ribs, pulled pork, brisket and poultry, along with how to create cold tailgating cuisine and tips on how to present the food at halftime. There’s just too much to list! The show will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission on Friday is free; $7 on Saturday and Sunday. Find out everything the show will have to offer at www.customhomeandremodelshow.com.
Sidewalk Chalk Contest
Fort Sumter is celebrating the 96th birthday of the National Park Service with a sidewalk chalk coloring contest. Held 8:30 a.m.-noon-ish Saturday at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, 340 Concord St., the theme is “Picture Yourself in the National Parks.” Categories will be divided by age. Find out more by calling 577-0242 or going to www.nps.gov/fosu.