Celebrate the dog days of summer with a number of pup-friendly events
Allison Nugent – Wednesday, August 21, 2013
With last week’s weather offering hints of fall and schools back in session, this next week is prime time to celebrate the last days of summer.
While fall doesn’t officially start until Sept. 22, the weather of the season often rolls in sooner than that.
While I’m a big fan of summer days at the beach, come this time of year, I often find myself longing for pumpkin-flavored everything and days crisp enough to break out a scarf and cute coat. So help me bid farewell to summer and welcome fall with open arms.
One of Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s most popular events, Yappy Hour, has returned after a hiatus and allows attendees to bring their pup to the party.
From 4-8 p.m. Thursday, you and your four-legged fur baby can enjoy an evening of socializing, live music and more at James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive.
Held in the off-leash dog park, owners can enjoy live music by Steel Rollers and sip on adult beverages (available for purchase on-site) while their dogs run around and play. But remember that pets must be leashed outside the dog park. Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited.
Call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com.
Music on the Green
Another music event, this one on Friday at Freshfields Village, is their annual Music on the Green concert series.
From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by Bradford Station, led by Charleston-native Brad Henty. Guitarist and singer/songwriter Henty leads the group in almost every genre of American music, including fusion-jazz and country.
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, Movies in the Park will show “Groundhog Day” on Friday.
Starring Charleston’s part-time resident Bill Murray, the film follows a weatherman that finds himself living the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over again. Also starring Andie MacDowell, this comedy is one you don’t want to miss.
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.
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park is off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard. For more, go to www.comeonovermp.com.
Dog Days block party
Mixson Market and The Flats at Mixson will co-host Dog Days of Summer, an outdoor neighborhood block party to celebrate the last days of the summer.
Located in Park Circle, the event will feature lots of dog-themed events. Pet Helpers will be on-site with adoption information and The Lucky Puppy food truck will be offering homemade dog treats and toys. Local author Jonathan Miller will be in attendance doing readings from his children’s book series, “The Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund” and signing books.
Local band Brave Baby will perform from 1-3 p.m., and there will be face painting and a dunking station, with proceeds from both going to Pet Helpers.
Basico, a gourmet taqueria, will be serving street corn with spicy aioli and fresh produce from GrowFood Carolina. King of Pops will offer tasty frozen popsicles and specialty treats for dogs. Craft beer from Holy City Brewery will also be available.
Held noon-4 p.m. Saturday, go to www.mixsonmarket.com for more information.
The Tin Roof is hosting the second event in its new Bike-In Movies series Monday night.
Starting at 7 p.m., a screening of “The Goonies” will role. The story follows a group of kids who embark on an adventure after finding a treasure map.
Free popcorn will be given out and happy hour specials will be offered to all who ride their bike.
The movie 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, consider checking out the weekly Kick It at Bohicket event, a free family fun night featuring music, a jump castle, face painting and a variety of other activities.
Sponsored by the Bohicket Merchants Association and the town of Seabrook, kids can get their face painted, enjoy the offerings from a balloon artist, play games and take a turn in the jump castle as the adults get out and shag to the beach music.
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.
Kids’ Fish Tournament
If you’re looking to keep the kids busy during the day Wednesday, a great $5 option is the Kids’ Fish Tournament, a weekly event sponsored by the Bohicket Marina Merchants’ Association.
Children ages 5-13 can fish during two sessions, from 9-10 a.m. or from 10-11 a.m. (weather permitting), with prizes awarded in each age category for the biggest fish.
The cost includes a pole and all the bait you can use.
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, lawn games and an inflatable bounce house. Night Heron Grill will be open extended hours.
Admission is free.
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 “The Lorax” begins at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Village Green. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
“The Lorax” is the animated story of Dr. Seuss’ book of the same name in which a boy searches for the one thing that will win him the affection of the girl of his dreams: a tree.
The movie features the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Ed Helms.