It’s that time of year again! The world-famous annual Cooper River Bridge Run is this weekend! Thousands upon thousands of visitors from all over the world will descend upon the Holy City to partake in this important annual event. The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. The Cooper River Bridge Run is the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. It includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. It broadens community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year. The Cooper River Bridge Run serves as a model of health motivation for other communities throughout the world.
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Charleston’s Holiday Market is the Lowcountry’s Complete Holiday Experience!
All the gifts and glitter, music and magic, food and fun of the season come together at this exciting event!
Aisle after Aisle of Specialty Shops – Boutiques – Art Crafts – Gourmet Foods Seasonal Specialties Toy – Jewelry and more…
Don’t forget to bring your camera to take pictures of the little ones with Santa. Santa is there to hear every child’s Christmas Wish List whispered in his ear.
There is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, for your home and for yourself!
- Nov 11 – 13, 2011
- Charleston Area Convention Center
- FREE PARKING!
Admission good all 3 days with your free return pass.
Group tickets available in quantities of 15 or more.
Always wanted to take a peak inside the glorious homes you’ve passed on a carriage tour or walking along the Battery? Here’s your chance! Come experience Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history and culture during the Preservation Society of Charleston’s 35th Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens. Visit intimate gardens and architecturally significant private homes, churches and public buildings as you stroll through our historic streets. Tours highlight American architecture from the early Georgian Period into the 21st century. You will enjoy unique neighborhoods that represent Charleston’s flourishing culture from the Colonial era to the present. Most of the properties on tour are privately owned and are open to the public exclusively for the Preservation Society of Charleston.
There are several ways to purchase Tour tickets which are available only through The Preservation Society of Charleston at a cost of $45 per person, per tour. Tickets may be purchased online at www.preservationsociety.org; by telephoning (843) 722-4630; in person at 147 King Street; or by mailing in the ticket order form. Payments of Cash, Check, Visa, or MasterCard & Discover are accepted. Tickets are sold in order of receipt and are confirmed only via mail or e-mail. We will not accept unpaid ticket orders. Please be aware that many tours sell out in advance.
For more information, visit http://www.preservationsociety.org/tour_dates.asp.
The Scottish Games and Highland Gathering, featured each September at Boone Hall Plantation, is another one of the special events held at the plantation that makes Boone Hall one of the most unique venues in the Charleston, SC Lowcountry. It features a day packed full of various activities and events that has something for everyone – Scottish style. Whether you’re looking to experience Olympic type competition of the heavy athletics sporting events or the mastery of Scottish music, the Scottish Games and Highland Gathering will offer all you’re looking for and so much more.
The music featured at this annual gathering of Scottish family clans, is a truly unique experience. The music of over 25 bagpipe bands echoes through the plantation’s large oaks and across scenic marshes with sounds that are truly classical Scottish fare. There is Highland Dancing that dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries, Scottish Country Dancing & Fiddling, and Celtic rock bands dressed in kilts.
The Border Collie Demo features some of the most beautiful dogs in the world. The Border Collie was developed in the Border Country of Scotland, an area long known for its sheep industry. In fact, it has been said that without the Border Collie, there would be no sheep industry. Today, this breed of dog is known the world over for its intelligence and livestock-working ability.
There are Children’s games, loosely fashioned after the Heavy Athletics, and much more.
The visual experience of this event promises to leave an impression that will be long remembered. Last year, over 6,000 people from all over the world attended these games, put on for charity that benefits the Scottish Society Of Charleston.
Native Charlestonians know that September and October weather is absolutely glorious in Charleston! The weather is absolutely PERFECT for anything outdoors, including our plentiful arts and music festivals, such as this one:
MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL
September 29 – October 9, 2011
The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee, a community arts and cultural group and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy. MOJA, a Swahili word meaning “One,” is the appropriate name for this festival celebration of harmony amongst all people in our community. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions made to western and world cultures.
MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more. In addition to its myriad arts presentations, MOJA also includes an active and busy educational outreach component of workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.
For more information, visit www.mojafestival.com
The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department proudly presents the 2011 North Charleston Arts Festival, April 29 – May 7. The fabulous nine-day celebration of the arts is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the Lowcountry, providing over 30,000 residents & visitors with a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Main Event, held April 30 & May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four stages featuring national, regional, and local professional performers, ethnic & cultural groups, and community groups. Other Main Event activities include judged art, photography, youth art, and fine craft exhibitions, a gem & mineral show, an antique show & sale, children’s activities, arts & crafts booths, and an outdoor food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with over 50 free or moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations around North Charleston. Festival Week offerings include concerts, theater and dance performances, exhibitions, children’s programs, literary events, street dances, an Art Walk, and much more. The festivities conclude on Saturday, May 7, with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park, featuring a variety of concerts and activities, as well as a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.
There’s truly something for everyone, so be sure to take advantage of the arts and cultural opportunities available at the 2011 North Charleston Arts Festival!
North Charleston is the perfect place to have as a home base for your South Carolina Lowcountry visit! North Charleston offers no parking meters, more than 7,000 affordable to luxury accommodations, a wide selection of restaurants, entertainment complexes, shopping malls and specialty shops, and is central to accessing area attractions.
North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center, the Lowcountry’s newest attraction, offers interactive exhibits and displays that will not only excite the youngsters, but will also provide an educational experience for everyone to learn about the antique fire trucks and fire safety.
The city opened its first public golf course in 2000, The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation. This 27-hole course has all the finest amenities, including a 12,900 square foot Clubhouse complete with a pro shop, restaurant, and meeting space.
The Charleston Area Convention Center Complex supports a total of 202,000 square feet of meeting, exhibit, and ballroom space for the Lowcountry. It is connected to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, a 2,300-seat facility offering smaller venue concerts, Broadway plays and other creative entertainment. The North Charleston Coliseum at the Complex also hosts a variety of events, including concerts, circuses, sporting extravaganzas, consumer shows, arts & crafts exhibits, and ice and hockey shows.
Annual North Charleston events are more exciting every year with our Fourth of July Festival, The North Charleston Christmas Lighting Festival and Parade, the North Charleston Annual Arts Festival, and the North Charleston Farmers Market.
North Charleston is where all the excitement begins, and it continues as a lively center of hospitality. Come visit and stay a while, you will love our style.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Memorial Waterfront Park
11:30 am – 6:00 pm
Overlooking beautiful Charleston Harbor, this seafood festival celebrates the historical Mount Pleasant shrimping industry with the ceremonial blessing of the shrimp fleet and a host of other family activities. The Blessing of the Fleet has evolved into one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for seafood lovers! Come enjoy the shrimp boat parade, dance to the live music of East Coast Party Band, peruse the arts and crafts show, and try your hand at the Shag and Shrimp Eating Contests. For more information please call the Town of Mount Pleasant Community Development and Tourism Office at 843-884-8517, ext. 3758. Free Admission! Free Parking!
Sunday January 30, 2011 – 10:30am-5pm
Tickets are $12 in advance or can be purchased at the gate for $15. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at all Southcoast community banks. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with accompanying adults.
To purchase advance tickets online, click here.
The Oyster Festival is a tribute to the mighty mollusk so many of us know and love. It is little wonder that the Oyster Festival has been the highlight of Charleston’s “January-doldrums” for the past 25 years. And for 20 consecutive years, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society.
MAIN EVENT LOCATION: Since 1991 the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association has hosted the Lowcountry Oyster Festival’s Main Event on the grounds of historic Boone Hall Plantation. Located on 700+acres, just north of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Boone Hall is one of America’s oldest working plantations. It is a flexible venue which can comfortably accommodate groups from 30 to 15,000. The Oyster Festival uses multiple tents and a permanent stage on the plantation’s spacious back lawn… and acres of parking on the polo fields.
Sunday, January 3oth…An oyster-lover’s dream … It’s early on a cold Sunday morning and two gigantic tractor trailers filled with 65,000 pounds of oysters roll onto the back lawn of Boone Hall Plantation… the prelude to the Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Highlights of Sunday’s “rain or shine” Main Event include the legendary “Oyster Shucking & Eating Contest,” selection of domestic and imported beers, live entertainment on the Main Stage, and a Kids Corner (complete with pony rides and jump castles).
For those who are not keen on the mighty mollusk, there will be alternate food selections from Gilligan’s Steamer and Raw Bar, A.W. Shuck’s Seafood Restaurant, North Towne Greek Restaurant, Red’s Ice House, Wild Wing Cafe, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, and Hyman’s Seafood Company.
Attention Charleston, SC tourists: along with your air-conditioned bus tour of historic downtown Charleston aboard Doin the Charleston’s multimedia tour bus, be sure to make plans to visit one of the Lowcountry’s many beautiful plantations to get a real feel for the history of the area. There are many plantations along Highway 61 West of the Ashley, including beautiful Middleton Place. This year, through August, they present Carolina Gold: From Rice to Riches, a special exhibit in the House Museum continuing through August 30th. The exhibit will be comprised of assembled jewelry and miniatures that emphasizes the art of goldsmiths and miniaturists favored and patronized by Middleton family members in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Composed principally of heirlooms from private collections of present-day Middleton descendants plus rare museum examples, the exhibit is tangible proof of the wealth generated by the Middleton’s successful planting of South Carolina’s fabled Carolina Gold rice. A few of the priceless collections on exhibit include: a jeweled tiara and gold rams head bracelet worn by Governor Henry Middleton’s wife in the 1820s at the court of St. Petersburg in Russia; a miniature of Thomas Middleton containing a braided lock of his hair, and a gold friendship locket worn by Eliza Middleton. These rare exhibit pieces are also evidence of the taste and sophistication of an extraordinary American family polished by international travel, political leadership and intellectual pursuits.
Tidal rivers once produced millions of pounds of Carolina Gold rice, and the golden grain dominated Low Country agriculture from the mid-1700s until after the Civil War. Rice cultivation provided the immense wealth which allowed the Gardens at Middleton Place to be created over 269 years ago. In addition to the special exhibit this spring and summer, visitors can view Carolina Gold rice growing in the flooded rice field, late May through autumn harvest, and learn about the African origins of rice and its importance in colonial and antebellum South Carolina.
Middleton Place is open daily, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Garden and Stableyards admission is $25 for adults, $5 for children (ages 7-15), 6 and under are free.
Tours of the House Museum, including the special exhibit, are $10. Middleton Place Foundation Members are free. For additional information, visit the website at www.middletonplace.org or call (843) 556-6020.