Being an ardent movie lover, there are many films that hold a special place in my heart. One of those films is "The Little Mermaid."

The reason? It's the first film I ever remember seeing in the theater. I have a distinct memory of looking over at my dad at the end of the film and seeing his eyes swimming with tears. (Sorry, dad, but it's true.)

As it's something I remember so clearly, it remains such a precious memory, one I hope to share with my own kids someday.

For those that already have kids to share it with, or those like me who just like to relive their childhood, there will be an outdoor showing of "The Little Mermaid" on Saturday at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston.

The Wannamaker Summer Movie Series screening will begin around sunset, approximately 8:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase at the snack bar; alcohol is not permitted. Socialized dogs on a short leash are welcome.

The screening is free with park admission ($1 per person).

For more, call 795-4386 or go to

Outdoor Film Fest

Yet another one of my favorite films, for entirely different reasons than stated above, will also be screened this week.

I mean, really, what's a summer without a viewing of "Jaws." This one is a favorite for multiple reasons:

One, it's a great movie. Even after all these years, it still puts me on the edge of my seat.

Two, I remember this one being on my syllabus in film class in college, though our studies didn't revolve so much around the actual movie as it did how essential a score/soundtrack can be.

Those ominous opening notes will be able to strike fear in your hearts tonight at an outdoor screen at Cinebarre in Mount Pleasant as part of their Outdoor Film Fest Throwback Thursday series.

The movie starts at dusk at Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

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Starlight Cinema

Another outdoor screening on tap over the next week will be held at Freshfields Village.

Showing on Wednesday, the free outdoor screening of "Here Comes the Boom" will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the Village Green. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

"Here Comes the Boom" stars Kevin James as a high school biology teacher who turns to mixed-martial arts fighting to raise money for his cash-strapped school.

Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands.

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Music on the Green

Another event taking place at Freshfields Village, this one of the musical variety, is their annual Music on the Green concert series.

From 6-9 p.m. Friday, enjoy a free performance by Plane Jane. One of the area's favorite party bands, the sextet covers hits from the '60s to today's Top 40.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.

Reggae Nights

Friday night has some serious competition as there is another concert event taking place in addition to Music on the Green.

James Island County Park's summer concert series Reggae Nights continues its 2014 season with a performance by Da' Gullah Rootz.

The Charleston-based band has more than a 10-year history of creating melodies that blend a variety of reggae styles, including Ska and Dancehall, with a unique Gullah and Geechee style.

Hungry concert-goers will be able to purchase Caribbean-style dishes and other festival foods at the event. Vendors will be on-site displaying local handmade crafts and souvenirs, all available for purchase.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults (13 and up) and are available at the gate; children 12 and under get in free. Socialized dogs on a leash are welcome.

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Yappy Hour

While dogs are welcome at many of the events listed previously, this next event is geared toward our four-legged friends.

From 4-8 p.m. Thursday, you and your pup are invited to 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 Calhoun's Calling and sip on adult beverages, which will be available for purchase on-site, while their dogs run around and play.

Admission is free with the $1 gate charge.

Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited and pets must be leashed outside the dog park.

For more info, call 795-4386 or go to