My Charleston Week: Sept. 3-9
Monday, September 3, 2012
A Taste of D.C.
This Washington-themed event brings the music, art, food and drinks from the nationís capital to Charleston. Dig into Maryland blue crab cakes and Half-Smokes and chili from Benís Chili Bowl, a Washington institution, as you sip on beer from DC Brau Brewing Co., the only brewery located within the district. In addition to the good eats, visual artist Scott Parsons will be doing live spray-paint art, including scenes of the D.C. skyline. Super Deluxe will perform live funk music featuring go-go, a subgenre of funk made popular by the legendary Chuck Brown, E.U., Rare Essence and countless other Washington musicians. Get your D.C. on at the Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road on James Island, starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and include the price of food. Go to superdeluxelive.com.
Little Black Dress Wine Stroll
While the historic Middleton Place holds a weekly Wednesday Wine Stroll, this week is all about the ladies, though the gents are invited to attend, too. Slip on your favorite LBD (little black dress) and head out for girlsí night. From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., sip on wine or champagne and nibble on strawberries and chocolates by Sweeteeth as you stroll through the gardens. Admission is $15, but ladies dressed for the occasion get $2 off; members of the Middleton Place Foundation may attend for $10. For more information about Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road, go to www.middletonplace.org.
Bar Car Olympics
Do you have what it takes? This second-annual ďSummer GamesĒ pub crawl has five competitions at five bars, including The Blind Tiger Pub, Big Johnís Tavern and The Brick. Put together a team of eight (all age 21 and over) and compete for the gold, and Best Team Name, Best Team Costume and additional Bonus Games. Tickets are $25 per person, $200 per team if purchased prior to the event at www.scbarcar.com/bar-car-olympics.html; prices are $30 per person, $240 per team the day of. Tickets include two drinks at each bar, transportation and food at the Medal Ceremony, which will be held at Recovery Room, 685 King St. The games begin Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and go until about 8 p.m. For more info on how to compete, call 300-9995 or email email@example.com.
Second Sunday on King
The monthly pedestrian takeover of King Street is here again. Head downtown from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday for an afternoon of car-free strolling and shopping. This free event offers up outdoor dining options, special merchant deals, live music and more. This month, get info on Charleston Restaurant Week or buy tickets for the Southern Living Taste of Charleston; hear violinist Daniel D. perform; check out Baker Motor Co. Cadillacs, including the new XTS; and check out the tasting demo of Magnoliaís Grits. Find out more at www.2ndsundayonkingstreet.com.
First responders honored
In commemoration of the 11th anniversary of 9/11, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is offering free admission to first responders and their families on Sunday. With extended hours, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., a valid identification card is required. At 1:30 p.m., a special ceremony honoring those who served and died in 9/11 will be held, featuring music by the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums. For more information about the ceremony and a 9/11 Heroes Run to be held Saturday at Patriots Point, go to www.patriotspoint.org.