I don’t know about you, but I’m a big reader.
Even though I read every day for a living, it’s all but guaranteed that I’ll go home and crack a book before turning in for the night.
And while I read enough to fill a small library, I often find myself returning to the same books over and over again. I’m in a book rut. They’re good books, but it’s a rut nonetheless.
That’s why I was intrigued to hear about a book event not too far from home.
For those unfamiliar, Summerville DREAM (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management) holds a monthly event called Third Thursday, which highlights downtown Summerville businesses and such.
For January’s Third Thursday, DREAM is hosting an event called “Author! Author!,” which boasts to hosting about 15 writers who will sign books, read sections and talk about their inspiration.
With books ranging from autobiographies to memoirs, humor to poetry and novels to short stories, there’s sure to be something to interest the reader in all of us.
Third Thursday takes place from 5-8 p.m. rain or shine. In addition to the author event, there will be refreshments, live music and more at this block party celebration. For more information and to find out at which shops and restaurants authors will be set up in, go to www.summervilledream.org.
Taste of the Market
For those familiar with Charleston’s culinary seasons, we’re currently in the midst of oyster season.
As such, the folks behind Taste of the Market are starting 2014 off with an oyster-themed event.
A joint effort between City Market Hospitality Association and Charleston Culinary Tours, Taste of the Market is a newer event on the scene that takes place the third Thursday of every month.
From 5:30-8 p.m., the restaurants and stores on Market Street will be using oysters as their inspiration when creating their samples for the event. Participating restaurants include Lowcountry Bistro, Noisy Oyster, Mad River, AW Shucks, Wild Wing Cafe, Tabbuli, Charleston Crab House, Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt and Treats, Henry’s, Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill, Tommy Condon’s, The Peanut Shop, Leaf and Molly Darcy’s.
In addition to the food samples, Taste of the Market will feature live music, gift card raffles and beer sales. Tickets are $10 with children 10 and under getting in for free. Ticketholders will receive happy hour pricing from the participating restaurants for the rest of the evening as well as discounts from the stores on Market Street. Find out more by calling 259-2966 or going to www.facebook.com/citymarkethospitality association.
Fort Moultrie free day
What’s more fun than playing tourist in your own town?
Fort Moultrie is offering everyone the chance to do just that, but with an added incentive: You don’t have to pay.
On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Fort Moultrie is waiving the normal entrance fee ($3 for adults, $1 for seniors or $5 for families) to allow everyone interested in learning about the storied history of the site a chance to spend a day strolling around the National Park site.
Fort Moultrie is at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island. The site is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more, call 883-3123 or go to www.nps.gov/fosu.
The last two events on the Dollar Days radar this week are all about the kids and benefit schools, always a worthy cause.
With no school on Monday, the Charleston County School of the Arts Vocal Department is sponsoring a night of fun at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., for ages 18 and under.
From 6:30-11 p.m. Sunday, the Blackout Party will feature a dance party with DJ under the black lights. Glow items will be available for purchase or attendees can bring their own. And face paint will be available to enhance the glow.
Admission is $10 and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at www.musicfarm.com. Proceeds will benefit the Charleston County School of the Arts Vocal Program.
Gage Hall concert
Saturday will offer a fun opportunity for fans of blues and folk music as artist Veronika Jackson will be performing a benefit concert at the Unitarian Church’s Gage Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Having performed at national and international folk and blues festivals, including Merlefest in 2011, Jackson’s acoustic folk guitar and smooth vocals are sure to entertain as she performs covers of blues and folk classics as well as her own compositions drawn from the history of her culture as an African-American.
Raising funds to support academic enrichment activities at Charleston inner-city elementary schools, donations of $15 are encouraged. Gage Hall is at 4 Archdale St.
Gourmet coffee, sodas and home-baked desserts will be available for purchase. Call 224-4472 or 367-9663 for more information.