My Charleston Weekend: Aug. 15-21
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
All Shook Up: An Elvis Tribute Showdown
The Tin Roof is asking folks to break out their best bedazzled bellbottoms, Hawaiian shirts and gaudy gold sunglasses for a night to honor the King. Held on the anniversary of his death 36 years ago, the highlight of the event will be performances of Elvis songs by some of Charleston's top musical acts, including Royal Tinfoil, Flat Foot Floozies, Mechanical River, Elim Bolt and Lindsay Holler, among others. The night will start off with a showing of “Viva Las Vegas” and will include a “Pelvis-Off,” Elvis drink specials, pompadour styling by Lava Salon, photo opps with a life-size Elvis and more. The door fee will be donated to Healing Species, an organization that uses rescued dogs to teach children about empathy and compassion in order to prevent violence and bullying.
When: Friday, pre-party begins at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m.
Where: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road
For more info: allshookupchs.blogspot.com
Southern Bridal Show
There are so many decisions to make when it comes to wedding planning, so it can be helpful when it's all laid out in front of you. That's the aim of the Southern Bridal Show, the “South's elite bridal event since 1990.” Check out photographer's pictures, taste cakes and food samples from caterers, listen to DJs spin, and see flowers and gowns and tuxedos. Vendors from all walks of wedding planning will be set up and a bridal fashion show production will take place at 4 p.m., complete with professional models, dancers, recording artists and live entertainment. Registered brides will receive a free one-year subscription to Brides magazine and be entered for a chance to win an all-inclusive honeymoon.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: North Charleston Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Price: $15, free for ages 5 and under
For more info: northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com
Custom Home + Remodel Show
Now in its ninth year, this year's Custom Home + Remodel Show promises to be the biggest and best yet. With thousands of custom home products on display from some of the most recognized and respected local companies, anyone looking to do home improvements is sure to find their inspiration here. Highlights of the show will include the outdoor living experience by Designing Innovative Gardens (DIG), a backyard makeover contest with a $20,000 giveaway, the architects' gallery of custom homes, grilling demonstrations featuring Jack Waiboer of the reality show “BBQ Pitmasters” and more.
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Johnson Hagood Stadium, The Citadel, 68 Hagood Ave.
Price: Free on Friday; $7 on Saturday and Sunday
For more info:customhomeandremodelshow.com
Rugby World Cup Qualifier
The game of rugby is credited to a day in 1823 in England when a boy named William Webb Ellis disregarded the rules of football and ran with the ball in his hands. The sport has seen an ebb and flow popularity over the years, having been dropped from the Olympic program in the '20s, but it's on the uptick, having recently been picked up again for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Proving its popularity, the International Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier will be held on Daniel Island. The USA Eagles will take on the Canada Maple Leafs, and fans are asked to support the Eagles by wearing blue.
When: Saturday, doors open at 2:30 p.m. with the match starting at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive, Daniel Island
'A Night of Hope'
With a widespread presence through television, podcasts and personal appearances, Joel and Victoria Osteen are bringing their message to the Lowcountry. The Osteens are the pastors of America's largest church, Lakewood Church in Houston, and their program, “A Night of Hope,” aims to bring together people of all different backgrounds for a night of praise and worship.
When: Friday, doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Did you know that Aug. 17 is National Thrift Shop Day? Celebrate by changing out your wardrobe at a price that can't be beat. Re-Trend, a “nomadic clothing swap run by a couple of local fashionistas,” aims to help you out by hosting a Swap this weekend that will feature women's and men's clothing and accessories. How it works is that attendees are asked to bring a maximum of 10 clean, gently used items, and for every item you bring, you can swap it for a new item to take home. Additional items can be purchased for $3 apiece. The Charleston Animal Society will be on hand collecting household cleaners, towels, blankets and office supplies. For every item you bring that they need, you'll get an extra swap pick. The Lucky Puppy Truck will be on-site with homemade treats, homemade puppy “ice cream,” grooming supplies and toys for sale, with a portion of purchases going to CAS. Drink specials and snacks will be available for purchase.
When: 5-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis Block Party
Hosted by the Family Circle Tennis Center's Instinctive Tennis Academy, the Tennis Block Party is all about showcasing the tennis programs available for the whole family. In addition, Aug. 17 will be designated “Shelby Rogers Day” in Charleston, a nod to the local professional tennis player and her achievement of gaining entry into the main draw of the 2013 U.S. Open. A number of activities will be available, including games, an adult tennis zone and more. Music will add to the festive atmosphere and lunch and refreshments will be available. Raffles will be offered throughout the event that includes more than $1,000 in prizes, such as autographed items and Dunlop tennis racquets.
When: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday
Where: Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island
For more info: FamilyCircleTennisCenter.com, 849-5300