My Charleston Weekend: Jan. 9-15

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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File/Grace Beahm/staff Monster trucks will be taking over the North Charleston Coliseum this weekend as Monster Jam comes to town.
  • Melanie McLam models a wedding dress for Davidís Bridal at a past Charleston Bridal Show. The show will again be held at the Charleston Marriott on Sunday.
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    Melanie McLam models a wedding dress for Davidís Bridal at a past Charleston Bridal Show. The show will again be held at the Charleston Marriott on Sunday.

  • Oysters will abound this weekend as numerous roasts will be held at various locations.
    ( Provided )
    Oysters will abound this weekend as numerous roasts will be held at various locations.

Monster Jam

The world's premier monster truck series, Monster Jam, returns to the Lowcountry for another weekend of action-packed sports entertainment. About 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts, monster trucks are capable of speeds of up to 100 mph and can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air. The show will feature monster trucks Predator, Prowler, Stinger driven by Zane Rettew, Strait Jacket driven by Kevin King, Illuminator driven by Jay Snyder and Thrasher driven by Pat Summa. And as a special treat, fans will have the opportunity to see the trucks up close and meet the drivers at the Party in The Pits event from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday for $10.

When: Friday and Saturday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $10-$30, with tickets $2 more the day of the show

For more info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com or www.MonsterJam.com

Charleston Bridal Show


Having just emerged from what is fondly known as "engagement season," the timing is right for brides-to-be to get a helping hand from the folks behind the Charleston Bridal Show. Bringing more than 75 area vendors together under one roof, it's a great place to start for those overwhelmed with wedding decisions. From venues to honeymoons, rentals and decor to musicians and DJs, caterers, cakes and more, attendees will have plenty of help in planning their big day. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste food and cake samples, sip on cocktails, play in photo booths, speak with florists, check out the latest in bridal fashions and register to win all kinds of items to help with their big day.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

Price: $10

For more info: www.awonderfulwedding.com

Music and Oysters for Wildlife


The South Eastern Wildlife and Environment Education Association, better known as the SEWEE Association, will again be holding its annual Music and Oysters for Wildlife event. The fundraising event will feature all-you-can-eat Bull's Bay oysters, barbecue, burgers and sweets, along with a variety of wines and beer from local breweries. Oysters are included in the ticket price, proceeds from the sale of other food and beverages benefit the SEWEE Association. In addition to food and drink, the afternoon will be filled with music from Ed Hunnicutt, Red Dog Ramblers, Mark Bryan and Occasional Milkshake, Doug Jones and Danielle Howle + Firework Show. Headlining the event will be the Blue Dogs. The ninth annual event will also include a live and silent auction and will be held rain or shine.

When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. Highway 17, Awendaw

Price: $35 in advance, $40 the day of; children under 12 get in free

For more info: www.seweeassociation.org

Birthday oyster roast


What's more Charleston than celebrating a birthday with an oyster roast? That's exactly what the Charleston Museum is doing, celebrating its 241st birthday. The event will feature all-you-can-eat oysters by Ben Moise, chili, an open bar, a curator-led history walk and live bluegrass by the Blue Plantation Band. Advance registration is required.

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Dill Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Drive, James Island

Price: $35 for member, $50 for nonmember

For more info: www.charlestonmuseum.org or 722-2996, ext. 235

Naughty New Year

Presented by DanceFx Charleston and Broe Works, this Naughty New Year event is asking you to give in to temptation with a performance of "Adam and Eve I Original Sin." Relive the fall of mankind and follow the choreographed story of Adam and Eve, a story that promises to have you blushing in your seat. This performance is for adult audiences only.

When: Saturday, doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with the show staring at 8 p.m.

Where: Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; VIP tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door

For more info: NaughtyNewYear.com

Charleston Restaurant Week

One of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area, Restaurant Week offers food fans the opportunity to enjoy prix-fixe menus at participating restaurants. Put on by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, more than 100 restaurants will be serving up prix fixe lunch and dinner menus consisting of three items for one price. This event is popular and reservations are highly recommended.

When: Through Jan. 19

Where: Various locations

Price: $20-$40

For more info: www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/charleston-restaurant-week