Being “from off,” winters here in Charleston have been an adjustment.

Growing up, I was just about guaranteed at least one snow day a school year, if not more. I distinctly remember one year where more than a week of school was missed because of a blizzard.

While there are some aspects of snow I don’t miss (driving in it and frozen pipes, for example), it’s still something I actively seek out every once in a while (skiing, mostly).

This time around, the snow is coming to us, though not statewide as it did three years ago.

Mount Pleasant will hold a Community Snow Day starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Held at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, the place will be packed with 25 tons of snow and will include three play areas, a rail jam (it’s a snowboarding thing), a jump castle and more. There also will be a costume contest for children 12 and under, live music and a silent auction.

The event is free for Mount Pleasant residents (proof of residence is required) and kids 12 and under. If you don’t live in Mount Pleasant, the cost is $5.

The fun continues into the evening with the Full Moon Snow Party 8 p.m.-midnight.

The adult-geared part of Winterfest still will feature the snow and rail jam, but will add ice luges and an ice bar, specialty cocktails and drink specials, DJs C.Nile and Rehab providing the soundtrack, a dance floor, lounge area, food trucks, giveaways and more.

Winter fashion is suggested as The Lookout Pavilion will be transformed into a ski lodge.

The price to attend is $10.

For info on either event, call 469-3579 or go to

Fr3shArt Battle

If snow isn’t your thing, you’ve got a few great indoor options to choose from this weekend, too.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will host its third annual Fr3shArt Portrait Battle Friday-Saturday.

The live-action art competition features 24 of Charleston’s best artists battling it out for the championship.

Participants include Ava Rocco, Hirona Matsuda, Sarah Haynes, Chris Dotson, Scott Penegar, Sarah Kalani, Kate Macneil, James Wine, Dana Thieringer, Madison Smith, Teil Duncan, David Brown, Felecia Gunter, Jeanette Kaczenas, Sam Ogden, Sophie Treppendahl, Christina Rodino, Meta Sapient, Proton Factories, Taillefer Long, Greg Hart, Austin Smith, Reynier Llanes and Spike Kittrell.

Starting Friday, the artists will bring their A-game as they sketch, draw and paint this year’s models, The Hat Ladies of Charleston, 5-8 p.m. The opening reception is free to attend.

On Saturday, the museum will be open for business as usual as the competition continues in the art room 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Regular admission is required: $10, $8 for S.C. residents, free for children under 1.

Diggity Doughnuts will be on-site with treats available for purchase. Go to

Home + Design Show

The other indoor event referred to above is the Charleston Home + Design Show to be held at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium, which is covered, heated and protected from the elements.

Taking place Friday-Sunday, the event is all about showcasing thousands of the newest and finest custom home products.

The show is in its 10th year, and organizers are promising a bigger and better event featuring “many of Charleston’s most recognized and respected local companies.”

Highlights include a $10,000 room makeover giveaway; a White Room Challenge, mimicking the show on HGTV, which will showcase the work of four Ethan Allen interior designers transforming all-white, 10-by-10 rooms into chic, livable spaces; free design consultations; a silent auction featuring home-related items; speed dating; and more.

The event runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free on Friday, $7 Saturday and Sunday. Go to

Birds of Prey

If you’re looking to spend some time outside, just not in the snow, consider heading out to the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw.

Located at 4872 Seewee Road, the center identifies and addresses environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research and conservation initiatives.

For the remainder of January, Birds of Prey is offering buy one ticket get one free. Tickets must be purchased at the center. For hours and pricing, go to

Middleton Place

Another local landmark offering a deal to January visitors is Middleton Place.

The National Historic Landmark at 4300 Ashley River Road is offering 50 percent off adult admission to Lowcountry residents with a valid ID. Tickets must be purchased on-site.

Admission includes access to the gardens and stableyard, with complimentary half-hour garden tours given on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

In addition, tours of the House Museum as well as Carriage Tours and African-American Focus Tours are available daily for an additional cost.

Call 556-6020 or go to