While this weekend is Valentine's weekend, it doesn't mean you have to spend a ton of money to show the special person in your life a good time. Or you may be single - we've all been there - or not big into traditional V-Day happenings.
Either way, we've got you covered with everything from historical happenings to gun and coin shows to an art and wine event.
Art & Wine Walk
Freshfields Village is kicking off their 2014 event season with the ninth annual Art & Wine Walk on Friday.
From 4-7 p.m., enjoy live art demonstrations and view unique works from local and regional artists that will be set up at participating stores doubling as pop-up galleries.
While viewing the variety of art offerings, including watercolor, pottery, hand-blown glass, oil paintings and photography, participants will be able to sample wines and nibble on hors d'oeuvres as they stroll.
Live music will add to the atmosphere of the free event.
Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. Go to www.FreshfieldsVillage.com for more information.
Gun and Knife Show
Swap, buy, sell or browse the hundreds of tables of shooting and hunting gear that will be on hand at the Charleston Gun and Knife Show this weekend.
Running 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, the show offers patrons a chance to peruse 350 tables of guns, knives, ammo, surplus, reloading supplies and shooting accessories from some of South Carolina's biggest dealers.
Held at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 12 and under; those who join the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the show will get free admission.
For more info, call Mike Kent at 770-630-7296.
Winter Coin Show
The Low Country Coin Club will host its Winter Coin Show this weekend.
Also held at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds, in the Arts and Crafts building, the coin show will feature collectors and dealers from all over the Southeast who will be on-site to buy, sell and trade. There will be a special exhibit area just for kids.
The show will run 1-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
For more info, go to www.lowcountrycoinclub.com.
Fort Moultrie programs
Fort Moultrie is inviting folks to participate in free programs held over the weekend in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sinking the USS Housatonic off Sullivan's Island on Feb. 17, 1864. As the event coincides with President's Day weekend, the normal entrance fee is waived.
Confederate and Union re-enactors camping at Fort Moultrie will present living history programs including musket firing demonstrations and artillery drills. Musket firings are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Children's musket drills will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Park historian Rick Hatcher will present a program on the history of the H.L. Hunley at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center auditorium.
Fort Moultrie is at 1214 Middle St. on Sullivan's Island. The site is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. For more information, call 883-3123 or go to www.nps.gov/fosu.
Old Exchange program
Another historical event taking place Monday is a visit from President George Washington himself.
Celebrate President's Day with none other than the "Father of our Country," who will be at the Old Exchange Building doing meet-and-greets, taking photos and signing books.
Guides dressed in Colonial clothes will tell attendees about the site where pirates were once held, patriots were imprisoned, the Constitution was ratified in 1788 and George Washington was entertained in 1791.
The Old Exchange Building is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for college students with ID and $5 for ages 7-12; kids 6 and under get in for free.
For more information, go to oldexchange.org.
Jilted Lovers Party
A specifically Valentine's Day-themed event is actually an "anti" V-Day party, hosted by The Cocktail Club, 479 King St.
From 9 a.m. tonight to 1 a.m. Friday, attendees will be able to drown their sorrows in drink specials as they submit their worst love story for a chance to win $250.
For more info on the free event, call 724-9411.
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