Even though the temperature has only dipped a few degrees, I’m still loving every second of it and am longing to spend more time outside.
While a few of the events listed below are indoors, there’s still plenty going on to get you out the door and outside.
Pups, Yups, Food Trucks
After you’ve wrapped things up at work Thursday, swing by your house and pick up your pup on the way to the Pups, Yups, and Food Trucks event at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant.
From 5-8 p.m., pups and their people will be able to enjoy an evening of socializing as they listen to music by Dave Landeo and eats from Charleston Festival Foods and the Foodie Truck. Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited.
Remember, folks, all pets must be leashed outside the dog park. Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Palmetto Islands County Park is at 444 Needlerush Parkway in Mount Pleasant. Call 795-4386 or go to www.ccprc.com.
If you’re looking for something a little different to do Thursday, consider heading over to The Alley, 131 Columbus St., for their inaugural So You Thought You Could Spell Spelling Bee.
Hosted by former Post and Courier staffer Bryce Donovan, he’s sure to have you laughing it up as some of the area’s “top local celebrities and community leaders” will be duking it out in a contest modeled after the Scripps National Spelling Bee, “but with adult contestants and a lot less seriousness.”
Competitors include Ayoka Lucas, Warren Peper, Darcy Shankland, Steve Palmer, Sean Houston, Hunter Boone, Tyler Boone and Doug Wojick, just to name a few.
The free Bee starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and aims to bring awareness to the “Be a Mentor” program. The event is open to the public. Go to http://thealleycharleston.com for more.
Party at the Point
Charleston’s “premier happy hour concert series” Party at the Point has made a return appearance for the fall.
The long-running annual summer concert series last week kicked off a fall series of shows, which will continue into October.
Friday’s event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant, and will feature Truth & Salvage Co., the Tarlatans and Cranford & Sons.
Named a “Top 10 Band To Watch This Summer” in 2010 by USA Today, Truth & Salvage Co. is touring behind its latest release, “Pick Me Up.”
The outdoor event costs $5-$7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5. Go to www.CharlestonPartyAtThePoint.com.
For those East of the Cooper who are looking for something for their fourth or fifth graders to do, the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department is kicking off its Sock Hops on Friday.
Held at the Town Hall Gym, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Admission is $6 and advanced registration is required.
The casual events will feature a DJ, concessions and are chaperoned by Mount Pleasant Rec staff, though parents are “welcome to stay if they want.”
To find out more or to register your child, go to www.tompsc.com.
Yet another fun event aimed at kids is Wednesday’s Huck Finn Fishing Festival.
Held at Colonial Lake from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., kids ages 4-12 will have the opportunity to test their fishing skills at this $3 festival.
Awards will be given to the top finishers in each age group (4-6, 7-9 and 10-12). Other prizes will be awarded during a raffle at the end of the event.
Concessions will be available for purchase at the event.
Registration will take place the morning of the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Broad Street and Ashley Avenue, or you can do so online at rectrac.charleston-sc.gov.
Fall Film Series
The Charleston Music Hall will continue its Fall Film Series on Wednesday with a showing of “Stop Making Sense,” a concert movie featuring the Talking Heads.
An important movie in many regards, this was the first concert movie to be recorded using all digital audio techniques and it also marks a return of Talking Heads’ lead singer David Byrne, who graced the Music Hall stage in the ’90s.
The $5 show starts at 8 p.m. Beer, wine, soda and popcorn will be available for purchase. For more info, go to http://charlestonmusichall.com.