My Charleston Week: Oct. 1-7
Monday, October 1, 2012
MOJA Arts Festival
The 29th annual MOJA Arts Festival, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts, continues this week. Promising a variety of events that include everything from visual arts to theatre, music (classical, jazz, gospel, R&B) to dance, poetry, storytelling and beyond, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. One event you won’t want to miss is the R & B Concert: MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly and JOE. The show will be at 8 p.m. Saturday (gates open at 7 p.m.) at Johnson Hagood Stadium, 68 Hagood Ave. Tickets range from $30 to $80. MOJA wraps up on Sunday with the MOJA Finale at Hampton Park, another don’t-miss event. Nearly half of MOJA’s events are free, with the remainder ranging from $5 to $80. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.mojafestival.com.
Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch
Weave your way through the corn maze, take a hayride down Monster Alley, climb hay mountain, dress up like a scarecrow, participate in the duck race, play a game of cornhole, pick out your pumpkin and so much more. Starting today, head out to Boone Hall for the annual Pumpkin Patch, which offers family-friendly activities. Admission is $8 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; Two for Tuesday, which allows an adult free admission with a paid child’s entrance; $10 Friday-Sunday; kids 2 and under get in free. The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31. For more info, go to boonehallpumpkinpatch.com.
‘Rock of Ages’
The first show in the North Charleston Performing Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Best of Broadway series is coming to a stage near you Thursday and Friday. “Rock of Ages” is about a small-town girl and a city boy … this sounds familiar. This Broadway musical features 28 classic ’80s tunes, including “Don’t Stop Believin’ ”, “We Built This City”, “The Final Countdown”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Here I Go Again”, “Harden My Heart”, “Can’t Fight this Feeling”, “Renegade” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” I dare you to try to not sing along. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. both nights at 5001 Coliseum Drive. Tickets range from $32.50 to $62.50 and can be purchased at the Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), charge-by-phone 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Find out more at www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com and rock on!
Summerville Kitchen Tour
A great event for a beautiful fall day, the Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour lets participants tour some of the area’s most beautiful homes and gardens while sampling treats prepared by some of the Lowcountry’s best chefs. This year, 10 homeowners along West Carolina Avenue are opening up their homes to attendees and chefs from more than 20 food and beverage distributors. The Kitchen Tour allows you to go at your own pace from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, and proceeds go to the Dorchester Children’s Center. For more information about the tour or the two other events happening in coordination (the Troy Knight Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday and the black-tie Kitchen Tour Gala on Saturday), go to www.scrumptioussummerville.com or call 875-1551.
Latin American Festival
Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston will host the 21st Latin American Festival on Sunday. From noon to 6 p.m., celebrate all things Latin American, from culture to food, dance to music. While the festival is sure to entertain with dance presentations, demonstrations, and information and craft booths, the main event is performances by Bachaco and Orquesta Mayor. This family-friendly event also will have children’s activities, including jump castles. Food and beverages from Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean will be available for purchase. No pets, outside food or beverages are permitted. Tickets are $10; students and members of the military get in free with a valid ID; Gold Pass Holders and kids 12 and under get in free. For more information, call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com/laf.
Get a taste of Germany at the ninth annual Charleston Oktoberfest, presented by Warsteiner beer. Enjoy Oompah band Roger Gootman Sauerkraut Band, authentic German dancers, a variety of delicious Oktoberfest food options and, of course, a wide selection of German beers. Oktoberfest will also include a 64-team corn hole tournament to benefit East Cooper Meals on Wheels (register your team at eastcoastap.com) and numerous activities for kids, including jump castles, games, a Mountain Slide, soccer games and more. The 2012 Bavarian Challenge will run during the Oktoberfest festivities with local teams competing in a variety of fun events including tug of war, barrel races, three-legged races and bratwurst-eating competitions. The event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island, which will be transformed into a Bavarian-style beer hall. The first 1,000 festival attendees will receive a free commemorative beer stein. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 the day of, with kids 12 and under getting in free. A portion of the proceeds will go to Debi’s Kids. For more information, call 971-4625 or go to www.charlestonbattery.com.