This week’s events calendars is bursting at the seams, so let’s not dally.
Free programs at fort
Fort Sumter National Monument is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle for Battery Wagner with a series of free programs this weekend.
Thursday through Sunday, catch living history demonstrations by re-enactors, musket firings, music, lectures and more. The event also will include special programs for children.
From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, re-enactors representing the 54th Massachusetts and the 7th South Carolina Battalion will conduct living history programs, including musket firings, heavy artillery drills and Civil War medicine. Children ages 4-12 can participate in a special Junior Ranger program with a focus on the United States Colored Troops (USCT) as well as military enlistments and musket drills.
Numerous history talks are scheduled throughout the day.
This evening from 6:30-7:30, the 246th Army National Guard Band will present an outdoor concert of period music.
At 7:45 p.m., a commemorative program will commence at the same hour as the 1863 Assault on Battery Wagner began 150 years ago. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will deliver the keynote address and 294 luminarias representing the Union and Confederate soldiers who died on Morris Island during the July 18th battle will be lit.
Fort Moultrie is at 1214 Middle St. on Sullivan’s Island. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/fosu or call 883-3123.
This month’s Third Thursday event in downtown Summerville will feature live entertainment by the South Rail Bluegrass Band on the main stage in Hutchinson Square.
Enjoy the hand-clapping tunes as you wander around the vendor booths. And be sure to hit the Art Walk on Short Central.
Other happenings during Third Thursday include art and merchant booths, and events and specials at local shops and restaurants.
The event runs 5-8 p.m. Go to www.summervilledream.org.
Get your weekend off on the right foot with the Dive-In Movie series at The Sanctuary pool at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, One Sanctuary Beach Drive.
Families are invited to swim or lounge at the pool while watching this week’s film, “The Little Rascals.” A movie the whole family will likely enjoy, the gang (Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat, Froggy, Stymie, Porky, Uh-Huh and Darla) is all here, competing for the top prize at the annual Soap Box Derby-style race. Throw in a little love and mischief to complete the fun.
The movie, which begins at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, is free and open to the public.
For more information, go to www.kiawahresort.com or call Leisure Services at 768-6253.
Music on the Green
On Friday, Freshfields Village will be holding another event in their annual Music on the Green concert series.
From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by CoastRunner Band, a group that performs familiar music and aims to get the crowd up and dancing from the first song to the last.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. Go to www.freshfieldsvillage.com for more.
Movies in the Park
Hosted by the town of Mount Pleasant with help from Cinebarre, the fourth annual Movies in the Park will show “Tangled” on Friday.
Following the story of Rapunzel, we watch as a runaway thief stumbles upon the long-haired girl’s tower and helps her discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
The free movie will roll at twilight. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lounge chairs. No coolers are allowed as food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site.
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park is off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard. For more, go to www.comeonovermp.com.
Irvin-House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island continues its Sippin’ Saturday series.
From noon-4 p.m., enjoy live music by Kristi Starr and Gary Hewitt and food from the Stono Cafe as you sip on tastings from the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery. Tastings are $6 for six samples of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $5 for five wines. Patrons also will receive a complimentary glass during both tastings.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend an afternoon under the oaks. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Coolers are not allowed.
Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road. Call 559-6867 or go to www.charlestonwine.com.
Summer Concert Series
Another event at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the Saturday Summer Concert Series.
Held on The Grant Lawn from 5-8 p.m., this week’s free show will feature the Coastal Breeze Band. Performing “the best hits” of Motown, beach, soul, funk, pop, disco, country, rock ’n’ roll, jazz, swing and blues, along with retro hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, all who attend are sure to hear something they like.
This family-friendly event is open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring beach chairs or blankets. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper
Yet another annual summer staple is Charleston County Park and Recreation’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper.
The dance series at the Mount Pleasant Pier off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard in Mount Pleasant will kick off Saturday with live music by The Sneakers.
Held on a Saturday monthly through Sept. 7, gates open at 7 p.m. with the music beginning at 8 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $10 or $8 for Charleston County residents, and it’s recommended that advance purchases are made, as tickets are limited.
New this year is the “All-Access Dance Card,” a season pass to all of the Shaggin’ on the Cooper and Moonlight Mixer events (Moonlight Mixers begin at the end of May on Folly Beach). The passes are $84 or $60 for Charleston County residents, for both series. Passes for the Moonlight Mixer series or the Shaggin’ on the Cooper series also can be purchased for $48 or $36 for Charleston County residents.
Call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com/shaggin.
Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston continues its movie series on Saturday with a showing of “Brave.”
Starting at twilight, about 8 p.m., the movie is free with the regular $1 per person admission.
The Oscar-winning film (Best Animated Feature) follows the journey of Merida, an independent Scottish princess who is determined to carve her own path in life and causes chaos by deifying an age-old custom of finding a suitor through a tournament. When she turns to an eccentric witch for help, she is granted a wish that goes awry.
A tale of strength, bravery and the bond between mother and daughter, this is one you don’t want to miss.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Pets are allowed, but must remain leashed at all times.
Wannamaker is at 8888 University Blvd. For more info, call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com.
Parents, take note. From 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, admission to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will be free on behalf of Cigna.
Children and their families will have access to all nine CML exhibits. Visitors will be able to race boats down rapids, climb aboard a Lowcountry pirate ship, drive an antique fire truck, find gems under a waterfall and create inspired masterpieces in the dedicated Art Room.
The museum is 25 Ann St. For more information, call 853-8962.
The Tin Roof is kicking off a new event starting Monday: Bike-In Movies.
Local artist, musician and bike culture enthusiast Tim Edgar has been working with the Tin Roof’s Shawn Krauss for month, trying to bring something unique to the table while also encouraging the city’s bicycle scene, thus this free event was born.
Starting at 7 p.m., a double feature of bike-friendly movies will be show: “PeeWee’s Big Adventure” and “E.T., The Extraterrestrial.” Before and between each film, classic serials will be shown.
Free popcorn will be given out and happy hour specials will be offered to all who ride their bike.
The movies will be shown inside the air-conditioned Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road, and projected onto its big screen.
For more information, check out www.bikeinmovies.blogspot.com.
Kick It at Bohicket
On Tuesday, the Bohicket Marina Merchants’ Association will host the weekly Kick It at Bohicket event, a free family fun night featuring music, a jump castle, face painting, and a variety of games and activities.
The event will be 6-9 p.m. (weather permitting) at Bohicket Marina and Market, 1880 Andell Bluff Blvd. on Seabrook Island. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Marina restaurants and shops. Call 768-1280.
Kiawah Sundown Fest
Yet another weekly event, this one at Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island, is the Kiawah Sundown Festival.
From 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, enjoy a live band, Southern lawn games and an inflatable bounce house. Night Heron Grill will be open extended hours throughout the event.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 768-6253 or go to www.kiawahresort.com.
Another event happening at Freshfields Village is the Starlight Cinema movie series.
A free outdoor screening of “Brave” begins at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Village Green. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
If you missed this movie on Saturday, make sure you don’t miss it this time.