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[BLOGGER’S NOTE, 7/28/14: New projects have arisen that demand much more of my time, so this blog is not going to be updated weekly after today. Stay tuned for events at twitter. I will let you know via twitter when a new version of the dining guide is available.]

To cure the Monday blues, I’m sharing the weekly food specials and some activities on the horizon in our area. Shoot me an email at seaislandsdining@gmail.com or @Seaislands101 if you’re seeking an activity you don’t see listed below.

WEEKLY FOOD SPECIALS:

MONDAYS:

On Johns, at Freshfields, the Monday Farmers Market starts tonight and runs from 4-8pm. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen it’s Food, Beverage, and Entertainer Discount night. Lily Slay of the Royal Tinfoil performs soul, folk, and rock.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80, and $2 off their hummus sampler. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill.

On James, at Smoky Oak Taproom, Mexi-Mondays mean margarita pitchers and steak and shrimp fajitas. If you “Like” their Facebook page, there are budget-friendly dinner specials announced all week long.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s $5.99 burger night, and PBRs are only $1.50.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a no corkage fees on Mondays.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has all you can eat crab legs on Mondays for $29, happy hour 4-7pm, and the Dave Landeo Band onstage.

In West Ashley, at Ms. Roses Fine Food & Cocktails, it’s half-price burger night and $3 draft craft beers.

In West Ashley, at Creekside Pizza, kids eat free. Enjoy a view of the marsh as you dine inside or out on pizza or pasta.

OPEN LATE On James, Wild Blue Ropes is open until 8pm.

TUESDAYS:

In North Charleston, the Regal Square Cinemas 18 shows movies for just $6 admission all day long.

On James, How Art Thou Café has a beer tasting, there’s also $2 off all sandwiches. Music is Shrimp City Slim’s local blues.

On James, the Bohemian Bull hosts trivia starting at 7:30pm.

On James, the Lowdown Oven and Bar has trivia starting at 9pm.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a “Two-Fer” Tuesday Wine Tastings.

On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar celebrates Tuesdays with Brewsday, get a burger and a beer for just $10.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, it’s a Drum Circle Night followed by a Graham Whorley show and an artists’ market.

On James, La Tabella has $4 specialty house wines.

On James, at the Stag Erin, it’s Tie-Dye Tuesday. Wear Tie-Dye, get a shot. It’s also trivia night and taco night.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has half-price burgers tonight.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has food and beverage (F&B) workers night, with late night appetizer specials, happy hour 4-7pm, $2 vodkas, and Hank Futch & Friends (cover band) playing live acoustic music.

WEDNESDAYS:

On James, Heart Woodfire Kitchen has $6 burgers tonight.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80 and $2 off their charcuterie (read: cured meat) plate. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill. Onstage, there’s a live jazz jam.

On Johns, at Freshfields Village, Kiawah Wine has a happy hour tasting from 3-7pm today.

On James, La Tabella Wine Down Wednesday means $4 glasses of the wine pick that evening, all night long.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has one free kids meal per purchased adult meal tonight.

On James, ChaCha’s Bar and Grill holds Get Weird Wednesdays, feat. $2 Vodka, trivia, then DJ United mixing it up until late night. Every week they give away a $50 gift certificate to Roses & Ruins Tattoo Shop.

In West Ashley, at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, it’s Wahine Wednesdays, featuring $4 Skinny Margaritas, $4 Cannonborough Palomas.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a live music act performing while enjoy with your selections.

In West Ashley, at Hometeam BBQ, every Wednesday is the Lowcountry Blues Club jam. Bring your instrument and make new friends.

THURSDAYS:

On James, How Art Thou Café has a wine tasting at 6pm. Thursdays  mean $2 off the international cheese sampler.  Onstage, the live music is Oscar Rivers Jazz.

On James, at Stag Erin it’s pint night. Try a select beer and get a free glass to add to your home bar collection.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s just $24.99 for a crab legs feast.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket, tonight means an Oyster roast that’s just $12 for a bucket of oysters and two Buds.

On James, at La Tabella Italian Restaurant, it’s Prime Rib night.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a special tasting scheduled.

For Friday-Sunday activities, see the SIDG Weekend Update, published at 1pm on Fridays.

ACTIVITIES:

Charleston County Waterparks are open 8am daily starting in June. On James Island, that’s Splash Zone at the James Island County Park open until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open until 6pm.

WEEKLY ON MONDAYS: On Johns, at Freshfields, it’s the Monday Farmers Market. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 5-9pm: On Folly, it’s the Farmers Market on Center Street. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. Afterwards, there’s a movie on the Beach. This week’s movie is Ghostbusters.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 11am: On James, at the Terrace Theater, Lowcountry Parent magazine, and the Post and Courier present the eighth Family Film Series. Kids $10 and under are free, everyone else is $4. This week it’s a double feature of Chaplin’s The Kid and A Dog’s Life.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 8pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, it’s Starlight Cinema on the Green, showing a family friendly movie (weather permitting). This week, it’s Free Birds.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: On Kiawah, there’s a dive-in movie at 8:30pm at the Sanctuary Pool. Admission is free. This week’s film is Smurfs 2.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar features bluegrass music.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: In North Charleston, Wannamaker County Park’s Whirlin’ Waters is just $10.99 all day for Tropical Thursday.

WEEKLY ON SATURDAYS, 9-1pm: On Johns, it’s Homegrown Farmers Market across from Bi-Lo and next to Island Chiropractic. Click link for updates and a list of vendors.

(COMING BACK IN OCTOBER 2014) WEEKLY ON SUNDAYS, 11-2pm: Sunday Brunch Farmers Market in Riverland Terrace. Click link for updates and a list of vendors.

Just a PSA, please drive with extra caution from now until the kids and college students (aka rookie drivers) return to school in mid-August. There are also adults on bicycles to watch for and motorcyclists.

Just one more PSA: On summer nights, unlocked cars are a super-easy target for spare change in their consoles and other valuables. Always lock your car when you leave it parked. 

June through August: Sign up at your local Charleston County Library to participate in its summer reading programs and a scavenger hunt for all ages. Fizz Bang Read is geared for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is grades 6-12, and for adults 18 and over, Reading WaveBook On Downtown is a scavenger hunt for all ages incorporating lots of Downtown venues. Register online or go to any branch to sign up. You will need to report each book read during the summer to increase your chances of winning prizes. Book On Downtown also requires a scorecard which can be picked up or downloaded online.

SPORTS BAR HOTSPOTS: The World Cup may be over, but American football is right around the corner. On Johns, check out New Moon Pizzeria, the Southern General, or King  Street Grille at Freshfields. On James, check out Stag Erin, Max & Henry’s, Smoky Oak Taproom, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca, the Lowdown Oven and Bar. In West Ashley, check out Mueller’s Pub, Manny’s Greek, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Southside 17 Bar & Grill, or La Hacienda. On Daniel, there’s Three Lions Pub at the Charleston Battery stadium. As a general rule, seek out Irish, British, or German-themed pubs.

NOW OPEN: On James/Folly, it’s worth checking out Asheville’s White Duck Taco at 792 Folly Road.

As of June 30th, registration opened for The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. See link for details. Frothy Beard, now a brewery, was an entry in this contest in years past.

July 29th: On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the second NY Film Critics Series Child of God (James Franco, Scott Haze). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A in New York with the talent and the audience.

July 31st: Downtown at the SC Aquarium, it’s a Kickoff for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week party.

August 1st: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Stop Making Sensea screening commemorating the 20th anniversary of this classic Talking Heads movie.

August 1st: Ready to do the Time Warp? On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11:30pm. This same day, there’s also a showing of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is also 40 years old this year.

August 1st: On James, at the County Park, it’s a final Reggae Nights concert for summer: Mystic Vibrations. Admission is $8 for ages 13+, free for ages 12 and under, and free for Gold Pass Members.

August 1st-3rd: All around Georgetown and Charleston, it’s the Gullah Geechee International Music Celebration from 4pm on the first day through 9pm the last day.

August 1st-3rd: All over the State, it’s tax-free weekend for school supplies.

August 2nd-10th: All over Charleston, it’s Charleston Pride festival, a celebration of LGBT culture.

August 4th: Downtown, the Silicon Harbor Welcome Center opens.

August 14th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Word Perfect, a showcase of the area’s top poets, at 8pm.

August 14th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier, it’s a Thursday night boogie with live music. Admission is $10 at the gate, and $10 in advance, and $8 for Charleston County residents.

August 16th, September 13th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier it’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper. The bands for the final two events are the Coppertones (16th), and the Ocean Drive Party Band (13th.)

August 16th: In Summerville, at the Ponds, its the 6th Annual Youth Triathalon to benefit Chase After the Cure. Click link to learn more and register. It’s $35 a kid.

August 17th: In North Charleston, at the Coliseum Convention Center, it’s the Southern Bridal Show from 12-5pm.

August 22nd: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, Loretta Lynn performs in concert starting at 8pm. Gates open at 5pm.

August 23rd: Calling all Lucys! On Wadmalaw, at Irvin House Vineyards, it’s the Grape Stomping Festival. If you wish to stomp, you need to pre-register. There’s a Lucy Lookalike contest, activities for kids, local art and craft vendors, famous wine-a-ritas.

August 23rd: Downtown at Joe Riley Stadium, it’s the Ballpark Festival of Beers from 1-4pm (family friendly) and 6-9pm (21 and over only.) Presented by the Kickin’ Chicken, there will be beer shakes, food trucks, live music, and the opportunity to sample beers from the palest blonde, to reds, to the deepest, darkest stouts. Get tickets for $25 at the Kickin’ Chicken or $30 at the Riverdogs the Day Of.

August 28-31: In North Charleston, at the Performing Arts Center, it’s the Lowcountry Jazz Festival. Every night’s show starts at 6pm. Headliners include NajeeBrian Culbertson, and Bobby Caldwell. [Caldwell’s 1978 hit What You Won’t Do For Love has been used in a 2014 Mitsubishi commercial.] Click link for more info.

August 30th: On James, the Charleston Pour House is having a 12th anniversary party. Tickets for the Zoogma show that night are on sale now.

August 30th: Downtown at the visitors bus shed is the Shrimp and Grits Cookoff benefitting the Charleston Animal Society.

September 3rd: In West Ashley, at Middleton Place, Wine Stroll Wednesdays return.

September 9th: Hey Parents! In North Charleston, at the Performing Arts Center, it’s Sesame Street Live presents Make a New Friend. Click link for other showdates and to get tickets.

September 20th: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, it’s the 43rd Scottish Games starting at 9am. This event includes piping, drumming, swords on show, kilts and Scottish gifts on sale, geneaology charts, athletic feats like the caber toss, wrestling, fiddle-playing, and food (including haggis of course.)

September 21st: The Kiawah Triathalon starts today at 7:30am. It features a .7 mile swim, 25.1 mile flat terrain bike ride, and a 6.1 mile run. There’s an amazing finish line and awards. You can also do a relay team with two friends. Click the link to register.

September 28th: Calling all cyclists! It’s the Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope at 8am. This ride is $500 a person, it comes with an impressive swag bag, its course tours the sea islands of Charleston, and it raises more money than rides that have many more riders. This event benefits multiple Charleston area Cancer-focused charities.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant at Patriots Point, it’s Hogs for the Cause. This event has been a huge draw in its native New Orleans. The “cause” is pediatric brain cancer research.Click link for tickets closer to the date.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms, it’s the Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child, benefitting area child abuse prevention and treatment charities. The race is followed by a party with live music and a beer garden for those 21+. Click link to learn more and register.

October 5th: In North Charleston, at Wannamaker Park, it’s the Latin American Festival from 12-6pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and military, kids 12 and under are free, and gold pass members are free.

October 18th: The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. Registration is June 30th-July 30th.

November 1st: Downtown, the James Island Connector Run happens this morning. Run the Connector and stop to take rare snapshots.

November 7th: The Furball benefitting Pet Helpers is happening tonight.

November 8th: In West Ashley, at Monster Music and Movies, it’s the Charleston Record Expo from 10am-5pm.

November 14-16th: In North Charleston, at the Charleston Plaza Hotel, it’s ATOMACON, or the “All Types of Media Convention”. Click here for tickets.

YEAR ROUND SWEETGRASS BASKET MAKING CLASSES Call Hopsewee Plantation (on Hwy 17 between Awendaw and Litchfield) to schedule a class Tuesday-Saturday. Costs $55 a person.

NEW EATERY: On James/Folly, White Duck Taco is open at 792 Folly Road.

The 2014 TEDx Charleston presentations are now viewable on Youtube.

Thanks for reading!

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It’s always a great weekend to enjoy the beach, live music, indie film, farmers markets, family fun. Often, you get to help some local charities at the same time. Saturday is pretty busy all over town.

On with this weekend’s events… For the Terrace Theater’s newest offerings, also scroll down to ALL WEEKEND LONG.

FRIDAY (the 25th):

BREAKFAST HOTSPOTS 8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little BirdsCory’s Grilled CheeseHow Art Thou CafeHeart WoodfireThe LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise Bistro and Stono Market and Tomato Shed Cafe have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck n Folly or their storefront on James. On Johns, breakfast to go can be found at Southern Brews Coffee. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

9am: On Johns, at the County Library, there’s a book and media sale today until 6pm.

10am: **Hey Parents** On Edisto, the Serpentarium is open until 4pm. This is an indoor zoo dedicated to all the Lowcountry’s cold-blooded natives like snakes, alligators, and turtles. Demonstrations allow kids to “pet” these creatures safely as they held by trained handlers.

11am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market, brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers, is open until 6pm. The produce is here, including peaches, tomatoes, and other produce on the way as we speak. MRFM’s regular inventory includes fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen prepared food (like yummy Bertolini pasta and pasta dishes), natural compost fertilizer, muscadine wreaths, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and homemade boiled peanuts. Please bring cash or check to make purchases. I had the privilege to talk to the owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson this spring, and the story appeared in the West Of Newspaper.

3pm: On Johns, Kiawah Spirits has happy hour now until 7pm every Friday.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s the Dunderchiefs band. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

4pm: On James, Charleston Pour House, it’s BYOG on the deck. This is a free show. If you haven’t already, check out the Lot’s new deck menu.

5pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, Andell Inn has happy hour 5-7pm: $5 porchside punch (house painkillers), $5 frozen coladas, $5 rosemary chicken flatbreads. Over at Freshfields, take in some shopping at Coastal Footwear, Coastal Palms Island Apparel, and Seacoast Outfitters all have July sales going on this month, they are open until 8pm.

5:30pm: Downtown, at Palmetto Brewery’s loading dock, it’s live music with Mozo and Overmountain. Keep an eye out for their new Hootie brew, which debuts on taps next Tuesday.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Soulfish Duo band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, the Travelin’ Kine band is playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7pm, and a second one at 10.

8pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, it’s the Business delivering their unique spin on classic soul and rock tunes on the Village Green. Check out Carolina Clay Gallery for a reception with local artists.

8pm: On James, at the Brickhouse Kitchen, gutter country band Whiskey Diablo takes the stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s rock, electric and Motown band Roshambeaux from Cleveland, GA on the inside stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Dan Clamp band takes the stage.

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has Bringers of the Dawn band.

10pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Zach Deputy band. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 9pm.

SATURDAY (the 26th):

TODAY ONLY 7am: In North Charleston, at the Coliseum, it’s the Fight for Air Climb benefitting the American Lung Association. Volunteers Needed for this event. Charleston, Sat., Email brittany (dot) greer (at) lungse (dot) org if interested. Practice sessions for participants have been held throughout July.

BREAKFAST HOTSPOTS 8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little BirdsCory’s Grilled CheeseHow Art Thou CafeHeart WoodfireThe LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise BistroSweeney’s, and Stono Market and Tomato Shed Cafe have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck on Folly or their storefront on James. On Johns, breakfast to go can be found at Southern Brews Coffee. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

8:15am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

TODAY ONLY 9am: On Johns, at the County Library, there’s a book and media sale today until 4pm.

 

TODAY ONLY 9am: Hey Parents! In West Ashley, at Magnolia Plantation, there’s a ladybug release at 9am. A number of conservation booths and groups will be in attendance. There’s prizes for best ladybug costume for all age levels. $15 admission, children 6 and under get in free.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

9am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers is open until 6pm. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen pasta and pasta meals, Amish roll butter, amish bacon, natural compost fertilizer, Dirt in a Sock (for small gardens), wreaths, bedding plants, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, and homemade boiled peanuts are just some of the goodies you will find here. I had the privilege to talk to owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson recently, here’s the link.

9am: On Johns, at the Homegrown Farmers Market, it’s fun with farm animals and Dr. Russell Bauman. Homegrown’s regular lineup includes 40+ vendors, including local farms, artisans, and specialty food product makers, and food trucks. There is also live music. The farm is open until 1pm.

TODAY ONLY 11am: In North Charleston, at Freehouse Brewery, it’s the Freehouse Feeds Midsummer Hoedown. $1 from every pint goes to fight hunger locally. There will be food trucks and live bluegrass and Americana music.

TODAY ONLY 1pm: On Johns, at Trophy Lakes, it’s the Johns Island Water Festival, a celebration of watersports and the outdoors. It runs until 7pm. See link for details.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Dave Gillease band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

TODAY ONLY 3:30pm: Downtown, at the Customs House, the Run Dead 5k starts now.

4pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s americana goth pop band American Hologram, fronted by Eric Britt, takes the stage. This show is sponsored by James Island’s own Tradesman Brewing Co.

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Howard Dlugasch is playing. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

7pm: Downtown, at Mad River Bar & Grill, it’s the Mad River Meet Up. This event supports Lowcountry Firefighter Support. $5 admission. VIP drink package is $40. See the event page for details.

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, Will Cleveland and Bretton Dimick are playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7 pm, and a second one at 10.

8pm: On James, at the Brickhouse Kitchen, it’s funk, jazz and R & B act the Louie D Project, led by local saxman Louie D.

10pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s a two night special, Groundation and the Revolvers. It’s $18 in advance and $22 at the door.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Fire Apes plays the inside stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, One Kool Blow takes the stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf Bar, local reggae band International Mortality takes the stage.

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has live music by (Gaslight Street’s frontman) Campbell Brown and Friends. PS-Don’t forget, the Bohemian Bull serves food late into the evening.

SUNDAY (the 27th):

8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little BirdsCory’s Grilled CheeseHeart WoodfireThe LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise Bistro and Sweeney’s have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck on Folly or their storefront on James. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

10am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Yellowknife band is playing.

3pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Nathan Calhoun takes the stage.

4pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Sunday Phunday with Runaway Gin playing Phish covers and Roti Rolls food truck.

4pm: On Johns, Kiawah Wine has happy hour now until 7pm every Sunday.

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, One Kool Blow band is playing.

6pm: On Folly, at the Grill and Island Bar, it’s Jazz on the Edge, featuring food specials and a jazz jam.

9pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Jess Strickland and Acoustic Tiger takes the stage.

10pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s the second of a two night special, Groundation and the Revolvers. It’s $18 in advance and $22 at the door. Doors open at 9.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf Bar, local groove, rock, and R&B band Square One takes the stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Grateful Dead tribute band, The Reckoning, is playing.

ALL WEEKEND LONG

On James, at the Terrace Theater, the following films opens today: the action thriller A Most Wanted Man (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Rob Reiner’s latest romantic comedy And So It Goes (Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas.)

Other movies playing include: Romantic dramedy Begin Again (Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo), dramedy Chef (Jon Favreau), and the small town dramedy The Grand Seduction[If you are familiar with the premise of the 1990s US show Northern Exposure, you will probably like the Grand Seduction.] The Terrace now has expanded parking options in front of the laundromat and nail salon next door.

For a bite to eat before or after, Zia Taqueria, Crust WoodFired Pizza (check out my interview), and How Art Thou Café are just steps away. If you take a quick sprint across the street, you’ll find Charleston’s best indie music spot, The Pour House, and its excellent farm to table restaurant, The Lot.

For dawn and dusk hours, bring bug spray as the “no-see-ums” (a.k.a sand flies, midgies) and given our daily rainshowers, the mosquitoes are fierce.

The Charleston County Public Library kicked off its 2014 summer reading programs for all ages in June. Fizz Boom Read is for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is for teens, and Reading Wave and Book On Downtown are for adults 18 and up. Click the links for details. Please sign up at any location or online.

As always, whatever you get into, have fun and please be safe. If I see other happenings I will update this post.

For events coming up this week and future weekends, see previous Mondays’ posts.

It’s been raining a lot here in Charleston. We’re at the height of summer’s heat. In other news, the school supplies are starting to appear, school starts in less than a month (sorry kids!).

To cure the Monday blues, I’m sharing the weekly food specials and some activities on the horizon in our area. Shoot me an email at seaislandsdining@gmail.com or @Seaislands101 if you’re seeking an activity you don’t see listed below.

WEEKLY FOOD SPECIALS:

MONDAYS:

On Johns, at Freshfields, the Monday Farmers Market starts tonight and runs from 4-8pm. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen it’s Food, Beverage, and Entertainer Discount night. Lily Slay of the Royal Tinfoil performs soul, folk, and rock.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80, and $2 off their hummus sampler. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill.

On James, at Smoky Oak Taproom, Mexi-Mondays mean margarita pitchers and steak and shrimp fajitas. If you “Like” their Facebook page, there are budget-friendly dinner specials announced all week long.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s $5.99 burger night, and PBRs are only $1.50.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a no corkage fees on Mondays.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has all you can eat crab legs on Mondays for $29, happy hour 4-7pm, and the Dave Landeo Band onstage.

In West Ashley, at Ms. Roses Fine Food & Cocktails, it’s half-price burger night and $3 draft craft beers.

In West Ashley, at Creekside Pizza, kids eat free. Enjoy a view of the marsh as you dine inside or out on pizza or pasta.

OPEN LATE On James, Wild Blue Ropes is open until 8pm.

TUESDAYS:

In North Charleston, the Regal Square Cinemas 18 shows movies for just $6 admission all day long.

On James, How Art Thou Café has a beer tasting, there’s also $2 off all sandwiches. Music is Shrimp City Slim’s local blues.

On James, the Bohemian Bull hosts trivia starting at 7:30pm.

On James, the Lowdown Oven and Bar has trivia starting at 9pm.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a “Two-Fer” Tuesday Wine Tastings.

On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar celebrates Tuesdays with Brewsday, get a burger and a beer for just $10.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, it’s a Drum Circle Night followed by a Graham Whorley show and an artists’ market.

On James, La Tabella has $4 specialty house wines.

On James, at the Stag Erin, it’s Tie-Dye Tuesday. Wear Tie-Dye, get a shot. It’s also trivia night and taco night.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has half-price burgers tonight.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has food and beverage (F&B) workers night, with late night appetizer specials, happy hour 4-7pm, $2 vodkas, and Hank Futch & Friends (cover band) playing live acoustic music.

WEDNESDAYS:

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, tonight means it’s just $25 for a bottle of wine, and a fruit and cheese plate. Tonight’s live music starting at 8pm is the Dunder Chiefs.

On James, Heart Woodfire Kitchen has $6 burgers tonight.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80 and $2 off their charcuterie (read: cured meat) plate. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill. Onstage, there’s a live jazz jam.

On Johns, at Freshfields Village, Kiawah Wine has a happy hour tasting from 3-7pm today.

On James, La Tabella Wine Down Wednesday means $4 glasses of the wine pick that evening, all night long.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has one free kids meal per purchased adult meal tonight.

On James, ChaCha’s Bar and Grill holds Get Weird Wednesdays, feat. $2 Vodka, trivia, then DJ United mixing it up until late night. Every week they give away a $50 gift certificate to Roses & Ruins Tattoo Shop.

In West Ashley, at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, it’s Wahine Wednesdays, featuring $4 Skinny Margaritas, $4 Cannonborough Palomas.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a live music act performing while enjoy with your selections.

In West Ashley, at Hometeam BBQ, every Wednesday is the Lowcountry Blues Club jam. Bring your instrument and make new friends.

THURSDAYS:

On James, How Art Thou Café has a wine tasting at 6pm. Thursdays  mean $2 off the international cheese sampler.  Onstage, the live music is Oscar Rivers Jazz.

On James, at Stag Erin it’s pint night. Try a select beer and get a free glass to add to your home bar collection.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s just $24.99 for a crab legs feast.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket, tonight means an Oyster roast that’s just $12 for a bucket of oysters and two Buds.

On James, at La Tabella Italian Restaurant, it’s Prime Rib night.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a special tasting scheduled.

For Friday-Sunday activities, see the SIDG Weekend Update, published at 1pm on Fridays.

ACTIVITIES:

Charleston County Waterparks are open 8am daily starting in June. On James Island, that’s Splash Zone at the James Island County Park open until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open until 6pm.

WEEKLY ON MONDAYS: On Johns, at Freshfields, it’s the Monday Farmers Market. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 5-9pm: On Folly, it’s the Farmers Market on Center Street. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. Afterwards, there’s a movie on the Beach. This week’s movie is 1985’s The Goonies.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 11am: On James, at the Terrace Theater, Lowcountry Parent magazine, and the Post and Courier present the eighth Family Film Series. Kids $10 and under are free, everyone else is $4. This week it’s 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: On Kiawah, there’s a dive-in movie at 8:30pm at the Sanctuary Pool. Admission is free. This week’s film is 2003’s Elf.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar features bluegrass music.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: In North Charleston, Wannamaker County Park’s Whirlin’ Waters is just $10.99 all day for Tropical Thursday.

WEEKLY ON SATURDAYS, 9-1pm: On Johns, it’s Homegrown Farmers Market across from Bi-Lo and next to Island Chiropractic. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. **Hey Parents** July 19th Is Fun With Farm Animals and Dr. Russell Bauman.

WEEKLY ON SUNDAYS, 11-2pm: Sunday Brunch Farmers Market in Riverland Terrace. Click link for updates and a list of vendors.

Just a PSA, please drive with extra caution from now until the kids and college students (aka rookie drivers) return to school in mid-August. There are also adults on bicycles to watch for and motorcyclists.

Just one more PSA: On summer nights, unlocked cars are a super-easy target for spare change in their consoles and other valuables. Always lock your car when you leave it parked. 

June through August: Sign up at your local Charleston County Library to participate in its summer reading programs and a scavenger hunt for all ages. Fizz Bang Read is geared for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is grades 6-12, and for adults 18 and over, Reading WaveBook On Downtown is a scavenger hunt for all ages incorporating lots of Downtown venues. Register online or go to any branch to sign up. You will need to report each book read during the summer to increase your chances of winning prizes. Book On Downtown also requires a scorecard which can be picked up or downloaded online.

SPORTS BAR HOTSPOTS: The World Cup may be over, but American football is right around the corner. On Johns, check out New Moon Pizzeria, the Southern General, or King  Street Grille at Freshfields. On James, check out Stag Erin, Max & Henry’s, Smoky Oak Taproom, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca, the Lowdown Oven and Bar. In West Ashley, check out Mueller’s Pub, Manny’s Greek, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Southside 17 Bar & Grill, or La Hacienda. On Daniel, Three Lions Pub at the Charleston Battery stadium. As a general rule, seek out Irish, British, or German-themed pubs.

NOW OPEN: On James/Folly, it’s worth checking out Asheville’s White Duck Taco at 792 Folly Road.

As of June 30th, registration opened for The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. See link for details. Frothy Beard, now a brewery, was an entry in this contest in years past.

August 16th, September 13th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier it’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper. The bands for the final two events are the Coppertones (16th), and the Ocean Drive Party Band (13th.)

July 23rd: In North Charleston, it’s the Who’s Your Farmer dinner at the Park Cafe with Chef Amato and Ambrose Farms. For four courses with wine pairings, it’s just $60 a person. Dinner starts at 6pm. Call 843-410-1070.

July 24th-26th: On Johns, at the County Library, there’s a book and media sale Friday the 25th, 9am-6pm and Saturday the 26th, 9am-4pm. Friends of the Library enjoy a special preview sale on the 24th.

July 26th: On Johns, at Trophy Lakes, it’s the Johns Island Water Festival, a celebration of watersports and the outdoors. It runs 1-7pm. See link for details.

UPDATED! July 26th: In North Charleston, at the Coliseum, it’s the Fight for Air Climb benefitting the American Lung Association. Volunteers Needed for this event. Charleston, Sat., Email brittany (dot) greer (at) lungse (dot) org if interested. Practice sessions for participants have been held throughout July.

July 26th: In North Charleston, at Freehouse Brewery, it’s the Freehouse Feeds Midsummer Hoedown. $1 from every pint goes to fight hunger locally. There will be food trucks and live bluegrass and Americana music.

July 26th: Hey Parents! In West Ashley, at Magnolia Plantation, there’s a ladybug release at 9am. A number of conservation booths and groups will be in attendance. There’s prizes for best ladybug costume for all age levels. $15 admission, children 6 and under get in free.

July 26th: Downtown, at the Customs House, it’s the Run Dead 5k starting at 3:30pm.

July 26th: Downtown, at Mad River Bar & Grill, it’s the Mad River Meet Up. This event supports Lowcountry Firefighter Support. $5 admission. VIP drink package is $40. See the event page for details.

UPDATED! July 29th: On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the second NY Film Critics Series Child of God (James Franco, Scott Haze). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A in New York with the talent and the audience.

July 31st: Downtown at the SC Aquarium, it’s a Kickoff for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week party.

August 1st: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Stop Making Sensea screening commemorating the 20th anniversary of this classic Talking Heads movie.

August 1st: Ready to do the Time Warp? On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11:30pm.

August 1st: On James, at the County Park, it’s a final Reggae Nights concert for summer: Mystic Vibrations. Admission is $8 for ages 13+, free for ages 12 and under, and free for Gold Pass Members.

August 1st-3rd: All around Georgetown and Charleston, it’s the Gullah Geechee International Music Celebration from 4pm on the first day through 9pm the last day.

August 1st-3rd: All over the State, it’s tax-free weekend for school supplies.

August 2nd-10th: All over Charleston, it’s Charleston Pride festival, a celebration of LGBT culture.

August 4th: Downtown, the Silicon Harbor Welcome Center opens.

August 14th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Word Perfect, a showcase of the area’s top poets, at 8pm.

August 14th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier, it’s a Thursday night boogie with live music. Admission is $10 at the gate, and $10 in advance, and $8 for Charleston County residents.

August 16th: In Summerville, at the Ponds, its the 6th Annual Youth Triathalon to benefit Chase After the Cure. Click link to learn more and register. It’s $35 a kid.

August 17th: In North Charleston, at the Coliseum Convention Center, it’s the Southern Bridal Show from 12-5pm.

August 22nd: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, Loretta Lynn performs in concert starting at 8pm. Gates open at 5pm.

August 23rd: Calling all Lucys! On Wadmalaw, at Irvin House Vineyards, it’s the Grape Stomping Festival. If you wish to stomp, you need to pre-register. There’s a Lucy Lookalike contest, activities for kids, local art and craft vendors, famous wine-a-ritas.

August 23rd: Downtown at Joe Riley Stadium, it’s the Ballpark Festival of Beers from 1-4pm (family friendly) and 6-9pm (21 and over only.) Presented by the Kickin’ Chicken, there will be beer shakes, food trucks, live music, and the opportunity to sample beers from the palest blonde, to reds, to the deepest, darkest stouts. Get tickets for $25 at the Kickin’ Chicken or $30 at the Riverdogs the Day Of.

August 28-31: In North Charleston, at the Performing Arts Center, it’s the Lowcountry Jazz Festival. Every night’s show starts at 6pm. Headliners include NajeeBrian Culbertson, and Bobby Caldwell. [Caldwell’s 1978 hit What You Won’t Do For Love has been used in a 2014 Mitsubishi commercial.] Click link for more info.

August 30th: On James, the Charleston Pour House is having a 12th anniversary party. Tickets for the Zoogma show that night are on sale now.

August 30th: Downtown at the visitors bus shed is the Shrimp and Grits Cookoff benefitting the Charleston Animal Society.

September 3rd: In West Ashley, at Middleton Place, Wine Stroll Wednesdays return.

September 9th: Hey Parents! In North Charleston, at the Performing Arts Center, it’s Sesame Street Live presents Make a New Friend. Click link for other showdates and to get tickets.

September 20th: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, it’s the 43rd Scottish Games starting at 9am. This event includes piping, drumming, swords on show, kilts and Scottish gifts on sale, geneaology charts, athletic feats like the caber toss, wrestling, fiddle-playing, and food (including haggis of course.)

September 21st: The Kiawah Triathalon starts today at 7:30am. It features a .7 mile swim, 25.1 mile flat terrain bike ride, and a 6.1 mile run. There’s an amazing finish line and awards. You can also do a relay team with two friends. Click the link to register.

September 28th: Calling all cyclists! It’s the Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope at 8am. This ride is $500 a person, it comes with an impressive swag bag, its course tours the sea islands of Charleston, and it raises more money than rides that have many more riders. This event benefits multiple Charleston area Cancer-focused charities.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant at Patriots Point, it’s Hogs for the Cause. This event has been a huge draw in its native New Orleans. The “cause” is pediatric brain cancer research.Click link for tickets closer to the date.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms, it’s the Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child, benefitting area child abuse prevention and treatment charities. The race is followed by a party with live music and a beer garden for those 21+. Click link to learn more and register.

October 5th: In North Charleston, at Wannamaker Park, it’s the Latin American Festival from 12-6pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and military, kids 12 and under are free, and gold pass members are free.

October 18th: The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. Registration is June 30th-July 30th.

November 1st: Downtown, the James Island Connector Run happens this morning. Run the Connector and stop to take rare snapshots.

November 7th: The Furball benefitting Pet Helpers is happening tonight.

November 8th: In West Ashley, at Monster Music and Movies, it’s the Charleston Record Expo from 10am-5pm.

November 14-16th: In North Charleston, at the Charleston Plaza Hotel, it’s ATOMACON, or the “All Types of Media Convention”. Click here for tickets.

YEAR ROUND SWEETGRASS BASKET MAKING CLASSES Call Hopsewee Plantation (on Hwy 17 between Awendaw and Litchfield) to schedule a class Tuesday-Saturday. Costs $55 a person.

NEW EATERY: On James/Folly, White Duck Taco is open at 792 Folly Road.

The 2014 TEDx Charleston presentations are now viewable on Youtube.

I will update this post as needed. Thanks for reading!

It’s always a great weekend to enjoy the beach, live music, indie film, farmers markets, family fun, and often, help some local charities at the same time.

On with this weekend’s events… For the Terrace Theater’s newest offerings, also scroll down to ALL WEEKEND LONG.

FRIDAY (the 18th):

8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little BirdsCory’s Grilled CheeseHow Art Thou CafeHeart WoodfireThe LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise Bistro and Stono Market and Tomato Shed Cafe have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck n Folly or their storefront on James. On Johns, breakfast to go can be found at Southern Brews Coffee. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

10am: **Hey Parents** On Edisto, the Serpentarium is open until 4pm. This is an indoor zoo dedicated to all the Lowcountry’s cold-blooded natives like snakes, alligators, and turtles. Demonstrations allow kids to “pet” these creatures safely as they held by trained handlers.

11am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market, brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers, is open until 6pm. The produce is here, including peaches, tomatoes, and other produce on the way as we speak. MRFM’s regular inventory includes fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen prepared food (like yummy Bertolini pasta and pasta dishes), natural compost fertilizer, muscadine wreaths, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and homemade boiled peanuts. Please bring cash or check to make purchases. I had the privilege to talk to the owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson this spring, and the story appeared in the West Of Newspaper.

3pm: On Johns, Kiawah Spirits has happy hour now until 7pm every Friday.

4pm: On James, Charleston Pour House, it’s BYOG on the deck. This is a free show. If you haven’t already, check out the Lot’s new deck menu.

5pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, Andell Inn has happy hour 5-7pm: $5 porchside punch (house painkillers), $5 frozen coladas, $5 rosemary chicken flatbreads. Over at Freshfields, take in some shopping at Coastal Footwear, Coastal Palms Island Apparel, and Seacoast Outfitters all have July sales going on this month, they are open until 8pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Mack to the Future band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, Folly Beach Rhythm Section band is playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7pm, and a second one at 10.

8pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, it’s Hot Sauce rocking on the Village Green. Check out Carolina Clay Gallery for a reception with local artists.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s the Hibachi Heroes band on the inside stage. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

10pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Don’t Mess With the Tiger band takes the stage.

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has Pick N’ Roll band.

10:15pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s a Talking Heads tribute, Same As It Ever Was. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open at 9pm.

SATURDAY (the 19th):

8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little BirdsCory’s Grilled CheeseHow Art Thou CafeHeart WoodfireThe LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise BistroSweeney’s, and Stono Market and Tomato Shed Cafe have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck on Folly or their storefront on James. On Johns, breakfast to go can be found at Southern Brews Coffee. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

8:15am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

9am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers is open until 6pm. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen pasta and pasta meals, Amish roll butter, amish bacon, natural compost fertilizer, Dirt in a Sock (for small gardens), wreaths, bedding plants, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, and homemade boiled peanuts are just some of the goodies you will find here. I had the privilege to talk to owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson recently, here’s the link.

9am: On Johns, at the Homegrown Farmers Market, it’s fun with farm animals and Dr. Russell Bauman. Homegrown’s regular lineup includes 40+ vendors, including local farms, artisans, and specialty food product makers, and food trucks. There is also live music. The farm is open until 1pm.

UPDATED 11am: Hey Parents!! In Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, it’s a Outdoor Sports Try It event until 4pm. This kid-friendly event features rock climbing, paddleboarding, kayaking, slack-lining (like a tightrope, minus the “tight”), and archery.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Dave Gillease band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

4pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, Southern Flavor Bluegrass Band, sponsored by James Island’s own Tradesman Brewing Co.

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Howard Dlugasch is playing. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

6pm: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier it’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper, with live music by the Sneakers.

7pm: Downtown, at the Visitor Bus Shed, it’s Charleston Jerk fest, a celebration of Caribbean cooking.

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, Deer Creek Sharpshooters are playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7 pm, and a second one at 10.

9pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Stereo Reform with Sex Bruise. It’s $8 at the door.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Gaslight Disco plays the inside stage. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

10pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Sweet T takes the stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf Bar, Weigh Station takes the stage.

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has live music by Shrimp City Slim. PS-Don’t forget, the Bohemian Bull serves food late into the evening.

SUNDAY (the 20th):

8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little BirdsCory’s Grilled CheeseHeart WoodfireThe LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise Bistro and Sweeney’s have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck on Folly or their storefront on James. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

10am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

12pm: In Mount Pleasant at the Shriners Temple, it’s The Charleston Bridal Show from noon to 5pm. It’s just $10 to enjoy the latest bridal fashions, sample elegant cakes and hors d’oeuvres, and meet 75 vendors to help plan your own special day, or other big, elegant party.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Yellowknife band is playing.

3pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Rick and Shantel takes the stage.

4pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Sunday Phunday with Runaway Gin playing Phish covers and Roti Rolls food truck.

4pm: On Johns, Kiawah Wine has happy hour now until 7pm every Sunday.

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, One Kool Blow band is playing.

6pm: On Folly, at the Grill and Island Bar, it’s Jazz on the Edge, featuring food specials and a jazz jam.

9pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Jess Strickland and Acoustic Tiger takes the stage.

9:45pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Austin’s T-Bird and the Breaks, a soul, funk, and R&B act.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf Bar, its Sunday Sessions, a gathering of different local musicians, takes the stage.

ALL WEEKEND LONG

July 18th-20th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s the Charleston Variety Show. Click link for details and tickets.

On James, at the Terrace Theater, the following films opens today: Life Itself, a documentary about the life and career of Roger Ebert. Other movies currently playing are romantic dramedy Begin Again (Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo), dramedy Chef (Jon Favreau), the travel and coming of middle age comedy Tammy (Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon), and the small town dramedy The Grand Seduction[If you are familiar with the premise of the 1990s US show Northern Exposure, you will probably like the Grand Seduction.] The Terrace now has expanded parking options in front of the laundromat and nail salon next door.

For a bite to eat before or after, Zia Taqueria, Crust WoodFired Pizza (check out my interview), and How Art Thou Café are just steps away. If you take a quick sprint across the street, you’ll find Charleston’s best indie music spot, The Pour House, and its excellent farm to table restaurant, The Lot.

For dawn and dusk hours, bring bug spray as the “no-see-ums” (a.k.a sand flies, midgies) and given our daily rainshowers, the mosquitoes are fierce.

The Charleston County Public Library kicked off its 2014 summer reading programs for all ages in June. Fizz Boom Read is for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is for teens, and Reading Wave and Book On Downtown are for adults 18 and up. Click the links for details. Please sign up at any location or online.

As always, whatever you get into, have fun and please be safe. If I see other happenings I will update this post.

For events coming up this week and future weekends, watch for Monday’s post!

Happy Bastille Day! If you are seeking some French food, check out Downtown’s 39 Rue de Jean, Downtown’s Gaulart & Maliclet (locally called ‘Fast & French”), Downtown’s Brasserie Gigi, Mount Pleasant’s Annie’s Bistro Francais, and Mount Pleasant’s Bistro Toulouse.

To cure the Monday blues, I’m sharing the weekly food specials and some activities on the horizon in our area. Shoot me an email at seaislandsdining@gmail.com or @Seaislands101 if you’re seeking an activity you don’t see listed below.

WEEKLY FOOD SPECIALS:

MONDAYS:

On Johns, at Freshfields, the Monday Farmers Market starts tonight and runs from 4-8pm. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen it’s Food, Beverage, and Entertainer Discount night. Lily Slay of the Royal Tinfoil performs soul, folk, and rock.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80, and $2 off their hummus sampler. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill.

On James, at Smoky Oak Taproom, Mexi-Mondays mean margarita pitchers and steak and shrimp fajitas. If you “Like” their Facebook page, there are budget-friendly dinner specials announced all week long.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s $5.99 burger night, and PBRs are only $1.50.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a no corkage fees on Mondays.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has all you can eat crab legs on Mondays for $29, happy hour 4-7pm, and the Dave Landeo Band onstage.

In West Ashley, at Ms. Roses Fine Food & Cocktails, it’s half-price burger night and $3 draft craft beers.

In West Ashley, at Creekside Pizza, kids eat free. Enjoy a view of the marsh as you dine inside or out on pizza or pasta.

STARTING TONIGHT On James, Wild Blue Ropes is open until 8pm!

TUESDAYS:

In North Charleston, the Regal Square Cinemas 18 shows movies for just $6 admission all day long.

On James, How Art Thou Café has a beer tasting, there’s also $2 off all sandwiches. Music is Shrimp City Slim’s local blues.

On James, the Bohemian Bull hosts trivia starting at 7:30pm.

On James, the Lowdown Oven and Bar has trivia starting at 9pm.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a “Two-Fer” Tuesday Wine Tastings.

On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar celebrates Tuesdays with Brewsday, get a burger and a beer for just $10.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, it’s a Drum Circle Night followed by a Graham Whorley show and an artists’ market.

On James, La Tabella has $4 specialty house wines.

On James, at the Stag Erin, it’s Tie-Dye Tuesday. Wear Tie-Dye, get a shot. It’s also trivia night and taco night.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has half-price burgers tonight.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has food and beverage (F&B) workers night, with late night appetizer specials, happy hour 4-7pm, $2 vodkas, and Hank Futch & Friends (cover band) playing live acoustic music.

TODAY ONLY On Johns, at the County Library at 10:30am, there’s a presentation on cable alternatives like Roku, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

TONIGHT: Downtown at Blue Ion, Refresh Charleston presents The Bee Sting and the Storyteller, a lecture with Jenny Kleiman.

WEDNESDAYS:

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, tonight means it’s just $25 for a bottle of wine, and a fruit and cheese plate. Tonight’s live music starting at 8pm is the Dunder Chiefs.

On James, Heart Woodfire Kitchen has $6 burgers tonight.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80 and $2 off their charcuterie (read: cured meat) plate. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill. Onstage, there’s a live jazz jam.

On Johns, at Freshfields Village, Kiawah Wine has a happy hour tasting from 3-7pm every Wednesday.

On James, La Tabella Wine Down Wednesday means $4 glasses of the wine pick that evening, all night long.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has one free kids meal per purchased adult meal tonight.

On James, ChaCha’s Bar and Grill holds Get Weird Wednesdays, feat. $2 Vodka, trivia, then DJ United mixing it up until late night. Every week they give away a $50 gift certificate to Roses & Ruins Tattoo Shop.

In West Ashley, at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, it’s Wahine Wednesdays, featuring $4 Skinny Margaritas, $4 Cannonborough Palomas.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a live music act performing while enjoy with your selections.

In West Ashley, at Hometeam BBQ, every Wednesday is the Lowcountry Blues Club jam. Bring your instrument and make new friends.

TONIGHT ON JAMES at the Terrace Theater, it’s the second NY Film Critics Series film Child of God. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A with film talent like James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, and  Jim Parrack and an live audience in New York.

THURSDAYS:

On James, How Art Thou Café has a wine tasting at 6pm. Thursdays  mean $2 off the international cheese sampler.  Onstage, the live music is Oscar Rivers Jazz.

On James, at Stag Erin it’s pint night. Try a select beer and get a free glass to add to your home bar collection.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s just $24.99 for a crab legs feast.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket, tonight means an Oyster roast that’s just $12 for a bucket of oysters and two Buds.

On James, at La Tabella Italian Restaurant, it’s Prime Rib night.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a special tasting scheduled.

TODAY:  In West Ashley, Charlestowne Landing is holding a 5k. There are 5ks for kids, and there’s food (and beer for adults) available after races. Click the link for more information.

TONIGHT: On James Island, at Cup Fine Coffee, it’s the first-ever Commune dinner featuring Chef Lira of the Lot and Cory Burke of Roti Rolls. Dinner starts at 6:30pm.

TONIGHT: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier, it’s Thursday night boogie with live music. Admission is $10 at the gate, and $10 in advance, and $8 for Charleston County residents.

For Friday-Sunday activities, see the SIDG Weekend Update, published at 1pm on Fridays.

ACTIVITIES:

Charleston County Waterparks are open 8am daily starting in June. On James Island, that’s Splash Zone at the James Island County Park open until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open until 6pm.

WEEKLY ON MONDAYS: On Johns, at Freshfields, it’s the Monday Farmers Market. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 5-9pm: On Folly, it’s the Farmers Market on Center Street. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. Afterwards, there’s a movie on the Beach. This week’s movie is Top Gun.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 11am: On James, at the Terrace Theater, Lowcountry Parent magazine, and the Post and Courier present the eighth Family Film Series. Kids $10 and under are free, everyone else is $4. This week it’s 1982’s E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS STARTING May 29th: On Kiawah, there’s a dive-in movie at 8:30pm at the Sanctuary Pool. Admission is free. This week’s film is Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs II.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar features bluegrass music.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: In North Charleston, Wannamaker County Park’s Whirlin’ Waters is just $10.99 all day for Tropical Thursday.

WEEKLY ON SATURDAYS, 9-1pm: On Johns, it’s Homegrown Farmers Market across from Bi-Lo and next to Island Chiropractic. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. **Hey Parents** July 19th Is Fun With Farm Animals and Dr. Russell Bauman.

WEEKLY ON SUNDAYS, 11-2pm: Sunday Brunch Farmers Market in Riverland Terrace. Click link for updates and a list of vendors.

Just a PSA, please drive with extra caution from now until the kids and college students (aka rookie drivers) return to school in mid-August. There are also adults on bicycles to watch for and motorcyclists.

Just one more PSA: On summer nights, unlocked cars are a super-easy target for spare change in their consoles and other valuables. Always lock your car when you leave it parked. 

June through August: Sign up at your local Charleston County Library to participate in its summer reading programs and a scavenger hunt for all ages. Fizz Bang Read is geared for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is grades 6-12, and for adults 18 and over, Reading WaveBook On Downtown is a scavenger hunt for all ages incorporating lots of Downtown venues. Register online or go to any branch to sign up. You will need to report each book read during the summer to increase your chances of winning prizes. Book On Downtown also requires a scorecard which can be picked up or downloaded online.

SPORTS BAR HOTSPOTS: On Johns, check out New Moon Pizzeria, the Southern General, or King  Street Grille at Freshfields. On James, check out Stag Erin, Max & Henry’s, Smoky Oak Taproom, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca, the Lowdown Oven and Bar. In West Ashley, check out Mueller’s Pub, Manny’s Greek, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Southside 17 Bar & Grill, or La Hacienda. On Daniel, Three Lions Pub at the Charleston Battery stadium. As a general rule, seek out Irish, British, or German-themed pubs, or any authentic Mexican restaurant: there’s a La Hacienda in every corner of Charleston (it’s local nickname is “LaHa”.) There’s also Señor Tequila’s and Los Arcos with several locations, and La Norteña and Los Reyes in North Charleston.

NOW OPEN: On James/Folly, it’s worth checking out Asheville’s White Duck Taco at 792 Folly Road.

As of June 30th, registration opened for The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. See link for details. Frothy Beard, now a brewery, was an entry in this contest in years past.

July 18th-20th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s the Charleston Variety Show.

July 19th, August 16th, September 13th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier it’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper. The bands are the Sneakers (19th), the Coppertones (16th), and the Ocean Drive Party Band (13th.)

July 19th: On Johns, at the Homegrown Farmers Market, there’s fun with farm animals and Dr Russell Bauman. Homegrown’s new hours are 9am-1pm. SundayBrunch will be back in October, but for now this is the only large weekend farmers market on James and Johns. Main Road Farmers Market is open daily and it’s one large market with multiple suppliers.

July 19th:  Downtown, at the Visitor Bus Shed, it’s Charleston Jerk fest, a celebration of Caribbean cooking.

July 19th: On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the second NY Film Critics Series Child of God (James Franco, Scott Haze). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A in New York with the talent and the audience.

July 20th: In Mount Pleasant at the Shriners Temple, it’s The Charleston Bridal Show from noon to 5pm. It’s just $10 to enjoy the latest bridal fashions, sample elegant cakes and hors d’oeuvres, and meet 75 vendors to help plan your special day or other big, elegant party.

July 20th: In Mount Pleasant, it’s a Hoopdance Workshop with Beth Lavinder from 1-5pm. Click link for details.

July 23rd: In North Charleston, it’s the Who’s Your Farmer dinner at the Park Cafe with Chef Amato and Ambrose Farms. For four courses with wine pairings, it’s just $60 a person. Dinner starts at 6pm. Call 843-410-1070.

July 24th-26th: On Johns, at the County Library, there’s a book and media sale Friday the 25th, 9am-6pm and Saturday the 26th, 9am-4pm. Friends of the Library enjoy a special preview sale on the 24th.

July 26th: On Johns, at Trophy Lakes, it’s the Johns Island Water Festival, a celebration of watersports and the outdoors. It runs 1-7pm. See link for details.

July 26th: Hey Parents! In West Ashley, at Magnolia Plantation, there’s a ladybug release at 9am. A number of conservation booths and groups will be in attendance. There’s prizes for best ladybug costume for all age levels. $15 admission, children 6 and under get in free.

July 26th: Downtown, at the Customs House, it’s the Run Dead 5k starting at 3:30pm.

July 31st: Downtown at the SC Aquarium, it’s a Kickoff for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week party.

August 1: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Stop Making Sensea screening commemorating the 20th anniversary of this classic Talking Heads movie.

August 1st: On James, at the County Park, it’s a Reggae Nights concert. Up next is the  Mystic Vibrations. Admission is $8 for ages 13+, free for ages 12 and under, and free for Gold Pass Members.

August 1st-3rd: All around Georgetown and Charleston, it’s the Gullah Geechee International Music Celebration from 4pm on the first day through 9pm the last day.

August 1st-3rd: All over the State, it’s tax-free weekend for school supplies.

August 2nd-10th: All over Charleston, it’s Charleston Pride festival, a celebration of LGBT culture.

August 4th: Downtown, the Silicon Harbor Welcome Center opens.

August 14th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Word Perfect, a showcase of the area’s top poets, at 8pm.

August 14th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier, it’s a Thursday night boogie with live music. Admission is $10 at the gate, and $10 in advance, and $8 for Charleston County residents.

August 16th: In Summerville, at the Ponds, its the 6th Annual Youth Triathalon to benefit Chase After the Cure. Click link to learn more and register. It’s $35 a kid.

August 17th: In North Charleston, at the Coliseum Convention Center, it’s the Southern Bridal Show from 12-5pm.

August 22nd: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, Loretta Lynn performs in concert starting at 8pm. Gates open at 5pm.

August 23rd: Calling all Lucys! On Wadmalaw, at Irvin House Vineyards, it’s the Grape Stomping Festival. If you wish to stomp, you need to pre-register. There’s a Lucy Lookalike contest, activities for kids, local art and craft vendors, famous wine-a-ritas.

August 23rd: Downtown at Joe Riley Stadium, it’s the Ballpark Festival of Beers from 1-4pm (family friendly) and 6-9pm (21 and over only.) Presented by the Kickin’ Chicken, there will be beer shakes, food trucks, live music, and the opportunity to sample beers from the palest blonde, to reds, to the deepest, darkest stouts. Get tickets for $25 at the Kickin’ Chicken or $30 at the Riverdogs the Day Of.

August 28-31: In North Charleston, at the Performing Arts Center, it’s the Lowcountry Jazz Festival. Every night’s show starts at 6pm. Headliners include Najee, Brian Culbertson, and Bobby Caldwell. [Caldwell’s 1978 hit What You Won’t Do For Love has been used in a 2014 Mitsubishi commercial.] Click link for more info.

August 30th: On James, the Charleston Pour House is having a 12th anniversary party. Tickets for the Zoogma show that night are on sale now.

August 30th: Downtown at the visitors bus shed is the Shrimp and Grits Cookoff benefitting the Charleston Animal Society.

September 3rd: In West Ashley, at Middleton Place, Wine Stroll Wednesdays return.

September 9th: Hey Parents! In North Charleston, at the Performing Arts Center, it’s Sesame Street Live presents Make a New Friend. Click link for other showdates and to get tickets.

September 20th: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, it’s the 43rd Scottish Games starting at 9am. This event includes piping, drumming, swords on show, kilts and Scottish gifts on sale, geneaology charts, athletic feats like the caber toss, wrestling, fiddle-playing, and food (including haggis of course.)

September 21st: The Kiawah Triathalon starts today at 7:30am. It features a .7 mile swim, 25.1 mile flat terrain bike ride, and a 6.1 mile run. There’s an amazing finish line and awards. You can also do a relay team with two friends. Click the link to register.

September 28th: Calling all cyclists! It’s the Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope at 8am. This ride is $500 a person, it comes with an impressive swag bag, its course tours the sea islands of Charleston, and it raises more money than rides that have many more riders. This event benefits multiple Charleston area Cancer-focused charities.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant at Patriots Point, it’s Hogs for the Cause. This event has been a huge draw in its native New Orleans. The “cause” is pediatric brain cancer research.Click link for tickets closer to the date.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms, it’s the Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child, benefitting area child abuse prevention and treatment charities. The race is followed by a party with live music and a beer garden for those 21+. Click link to learn more and register.

October 5th: In North Charleston, at Wannamaker Park, it’s the Latin American Festival from 12-6pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and military, kids 12 and under are free, and gold pass members are free.

October 18th: The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. Registration is June 30th-July 30th.

November 1st: Downtown, the James Island Connector Run happens this morning. Run the Connector and stop to take rare snapshots.

November 7th: The Furball benefitting Pet Helpers is happening tonight.

November 8th: In West Ashley, at Monster Music and Movies, it’s the Charleston Record Expo from 10am-5pm.

November 14-16th: In North Charleston, at the Charleston Plaza Hotel, it’s ATOMACON, or the “All Types of Media Convention”. Click here for tickets.

YEAR ROUND SWEETGRASS BASKET MAKING CLASSES Call Hopsewee Plantation (on Hwy 17 between Awendaw and Litchfield) to schedule a class Tuesday-Saturday. Costs $55 a person.

NEW EATERY: On James/Folly, White Duck Taco is open at 792 Folly Road.

The 2014 TEDx Charleston presentations are now viewable on Youtube.

I will update this post as needed. Thanks for reading!

It’s always a great weekend to enjoy the beach, live music, indie film, farmers markets, family fun, and often, help some local charities at the same time.

On with this weekend’s events… For where to catch World Cup action, scroll down to ALL WEEKEND LONG. For the Terrace Theater’s newest offerings, also scroll down to ALL WEEKEND LONG.

FRIDAY (the 11th):

8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little Birds, Cory’s Grilled Cheese, How Art Thou CafeHeart Woodfire, The LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise Bistro and Stono Market and Tomato Shed Cafe have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck n Folly or their storefront on James. On Johns, breakfast to go can be found at Southern Brews Coffee. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

10am: **Hey Parents** On Edisto, the Serpentarium is open until 4pm. This is an indoor zoo dedicated to all the Lowcountry’s cold-blooded natives like snakes, alligators, and turtles. Demonstrations allow kids to “pet” these creatures safely as they held by trained handlers.

11am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market, brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers, is open until 6pm. The produce is here, including peaches, tomatoes, and other produce on the way as we speak. MRFM’s regular inventory includes fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen prepared food (like yummy Bertolini pasta and pasta dishes), natural compost fertilizer, muscadine wreaths, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and homemade boiled peanuts. Please bring cash or check to make purchases. I had the privilege to talk to the owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson this spring, and the story appeared in the West Of Newspaper.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Tyler Boone band is playing until 6pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

3pm: On Johns, Kiawah Spirits has happy hour now until 7pm every Friday. Today’s feature brand is Cathead Vodka, Mississippi’s first legal distillery.

4pm: On James, Charleston Pour House, it’s BYOG on the deck. This is a free show. If you haven’t already, check out the Lot’s new deck menu.

5pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, Andell Inn has happy hour 5-7pm: $5 porchside punch (house painkillers), $5 frozen coladas, $5 rosemary chicken flatbreads. Over at Freshfields, take in some shopping at Coastal Footwear, Coastal Palms Island Apparel, and Seacoast Outfitters all have July sales going on this month, they are open until 8pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Soulfish Duo band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, The Lowhills band is playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7pm, and a second one at 10.

8pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, it’s party band Plane Jane rocking on the Village Green. Check out Carolina Clay Gallery for a reception with local artists.

8pm: On James, at the County Park, it’s Reggae Nights featuring Da Gullah Rootz.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s the Swim the Wild band on the inside stage. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

10pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, The Jimmies band takes the stage.

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has the Funkness Monster band.

10pm: Are you a Maneater? Is One on One your game? ‘Like Sarah’s Smile? Are you a Rich Girl goin’ too far? On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Mr. Holland’s Oats: A Tribute to Hall & Oates. This show features Andy Greenberg of Runaway Gin, Trey Francis of Dead 27s, Dave Grimm of Dumpstaphunk, Phillip Noland and Alan Brisendine of Outervention, Jesse Anderson of Louie D Project, and Daniel Crider of Mount Pleasant’s Music Unlimited school. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. Doors open at 9pm.

SATURDAY (the 12th):

8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little Birds, Cory’s Grilled CheeseHow Art Thou CafeHeart WoodfireThe LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise Bistro, Sweeney’s, and Stono Market and Tomato Shed Cafe have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck on Folly or their storefront on James. On Johns, breakfast to go can be found at Southern Brews Coffee. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

8:15am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

9am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers is open until 6pm. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen pasta and pasta meals, Amish roll butter, amish bacon, natural compost fertilizer, Dirt in a Sock (for small gardens), wreaths, bedding plants, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, and homemade boiled peanuts are just some of the goodies you will find here. I had the privilege to talk to owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson recently, here’s the link.

9am: On Johns, at the Homegrown Farmers Market, it has 40+ vendors, including local farms, artisans, and specialty food products. There are also food trucks and live music. The farm is open until 1pm.

11am: In North Charleston at Frothy Beard Brewery (off Ashley Phosphate), it’s a summer party featuring entertainment by Awendaw Green regulars, the Dunder Chiefs, and Deer Creek Sharp Shooters, the beer is the new Andale Pale Ale, and food by Grill Kings. This party runs until 3pm.

12pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s all day Americana music fest.  The deck show is just $5 and features Flatt City, Cane Creek String Band, Dallas Baker and Friends, Travelin’ Kine, and She Goes He Goes.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Dave Gillease band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Howard Dlugasch is playing. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, blues & soul piano man Ed Porkchop Meyer is playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7 pm, and a second one at 10.

8pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s part two of their Americana music fest, featuring Dom Flemons (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), The Hungry Monks, and the PoHo Roots Grass AllStars. This show is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

8pm: In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, it’s the Little Mermaid. Admission is $1. Bring your chairs.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, DJ MooMoo hits the sound booth for a full moon dance party. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

10pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Champagne with Friends takes the stage.

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has live music by Yellowknife. ( I will update when I get the info) PS-Don’t forget, the Bohemian Bull serves food late into the evening.

SUNDAY (the 13th):

8am: On Folly, Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30, there’s also the elegant Folly’s Blu Restaurant and casual Rita’s Seaside Grille serving breakfast. James’ Three Little BirdsCory’s Grilled CheeseHeart WoodfireThe LotMed Bistro, John’s Sunrise Bistro and Sweeney’s have breakfast. For healthy breakfast on the go, there’s The Juice Joint‘s truck on Folly or their storefront on James. In West Ashley near Johns, there’s Angel Oak Restaurant. For bigger budgets, check out John’s Fat Hen and Wild Olive, Kiawah’s Ocean Room or Jasmine Porch.

10am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Yellowknife band is playing.

3pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Eddy Boston takes the stage.

3pm: Downtown at the Joe Riley (Riverdogs) Stadium, it’s Raise de Roof, a gospel sing off, gumbo cookoff. Click here for tickets.

4pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Sunday Phunday with Runaway Gin playing Phish covers and Roti Rolls food truck.

4pm: On Johns, Kiawah Wine has happy hour now until 7pm every Sunday.

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, One Kool Blow band is playing.

6pm: On Folly, at the Grill and Island Bar, it’s Jazz on the Edge, featuring food specials and a jazz jam.

9pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Jess Strickland and the Acoustic Tiger takes the stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf Bar, The Royal Tinfoil is playing.

10pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, there is no band scheduled on the main stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, The Travelin’ Kine band is playing.

ALL WEEKEND LONG

WORLD CUP HOTSPOTS (barring special events at these spots) On Johns, check out New Moon Pizzeria, the Southern General, or King Street Grille at Freshfields. On James, check out Stag Erin, Max & Henry’s, Smoky Oak Taproom, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca, the Lowdown Oven and Bar. In West Ashley, check out Mueller’s Pub, Manny’s Greek, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Southside 17 Bar & Grill, or Senor Tequila. On Daniel Island, Three Lions Pub at the Charleston Battery stadium or DIG in the Park. As a general rule, seek out Irish, British, or German-themed pubs, or any authentic Mexican restaurant: there’s a La Hacienda in every corner of Charleston (it’s local nickname is “LaHa”.) There’s also Señor Tequila’s and Los Arcos with several locations, and La Norteña and Los Reyes in North Charleston. Mellow Mushroom locations (West Ashley, Downtown, Summerville, and Wild Wing Cafes are also a pretty good bet.

On James, at the Terrace Theater, the following films opens today: romantic dramedy Begin Again (Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo), post-global-warming dystopian action film Snowpiercer, and the small town dramedy The Grand Seduction. [If you are familiar with the premise of the 1990s US show Northern Exposure, you will probably like the Grand Seduction.]

Other movies currently playing are Ida, a Polish film about a young nun about to make her vows when she learns about things that happened twenty years earlier in the pre-WWII era, and the comedy Tammy (Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon). Click titles for the trailers. The Terrace now has expanded parking options in front of the laundromat and nail salon next door.

For a bite to eat before or after, Zia Taqueria, Crust WoodFired Pizza (check out my interview), and How Art Thou Café are just steps away. If you take a quick sprint across the street, you’ll find Charleston’s best indie music spot, The Pour House, and its excellent farm to table restaurant, The Lot.

For dawn and dusk hours, bring bug spray as the “no-see-ums” (a.k.a sand flies, midgies) and the mosquitos are out in full force.

The Charleston County Public Library kicked off its 2014 summer reading programs for all ages in June. Fizz Boom Read is for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is for teens, and Reading Wave and Book On Downtown are for adults 18 and up. Click the links for details. Please sign up at any location or online.

As always, whatever you get into, have fun and please be safe. If I see other happenings I will update this post.

For events coming up this week and future weekends, watch for Monday’s post!

Sure was a rainy Sunday in this area! Thankfully the Fourth was clear for fireworks and Saturday was an overcast but still a good beach day.

To cure the Monday blues, I’m sharing the weekly food specials and some activities on the horizon in our area. Shoot me an email at seaislandsdining@gmail.com or @Seaislands101 if you’re seeking an activity you don’t see listed below.

WEEKLY FOOD SPECIALS:

MONDAYS:

On Johns, at Freshfields, the Monday Farmers Market starts tonight and runs from 4-8pm. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen it’s Food, Beverage, and Entertainer Discount night. Lily Slay of the Royal Tinfoil performs soul, folk, and rock.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80, and $2 off their hummus sampler. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill.

On James, at Smoky Oak Taproom, Mexi-Mondays mean margarita pitchers and steak and shrimp fajitas. If you “Like” their Facebook page, there are budget-friendly dinner specials announced all week long.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s $5.99 burger night, and PBRs are only $1.50.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a no corkage fees on Mondays.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has all you can eat crab legs on Mondays for $29, happy hour 4-7pm, and the Dave Landeo Band onstage.

In West Ashley, at Ms. Roses Fine Food & Cocktails, it’s half-price burger night and $3 draft craft beers.

In West Ashley, at Creekside Pizza, kids eat free. Enjoy a view of the marsh as you dine inside or out on pizza or pasta.

TUESDAYS:

In North Charleston, the Regal Square Cinemas 18 shows movies for just $6 admission all day long.

On James, How Art Thou Café has a beer tasting, there’s also $2 off all sandwiches. Music is Shrimp City Slim’s local blues.

On James, the Bohemian Bull hosts trivia starting at 7:30pm.

On James, the Lowdown Oven and Bar has trivia starting at 9pm.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a “Two-Fer” Tuesday Wine Tastings.

On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar celebrates Tuesdays with Brewsday, get a burger and a beer for just $10.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, it’s a Drum Circle Night followed by a Graham Whorley show and an artists’ market.

On James, La Tabella has $4 specialty house wines.

On James, at the Stag Erin, it’s Tie-Dye Tuesday. Wear Tie-Dye, get a shot. It’s also trivia night and taco night.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has half-price burgers tonight.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has food and beverage (F&B) workers night, with late night appetizer specials, happy hour 4-7pm, $2 vodkas, and Hank Futch & Friends (cover band) playing live acoustic music.

WEDNESDAYS:

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, tonight means it’s just $25 for a bottle of wine, and a fruit and cheese plate. Tonight’s live music starting at 8pm is the Dunder Chiefs.

On James, Heart Woodfire Kitchen has $6 burgers tonight.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80 and $2 off their charcuterie (read: cured meat) plate. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill. Onstage, there’s a live jazz jam.

On James, La Tabella Wine Down Wednesday means $4 glasses of the wine pick that evening, all night long.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has one free kids meal per purchased adult meal tonight.

On James, ChaCha’s Bar and Grill holds Get Weird Wednesdays, feat. $2 Vodka, trivia, then DJ United mixing it up until late night. Every week they give away a $50 gift certificate to Roses & Ruins Tattoo Shop.

In West Ashley, at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, it’s Wahine Wednesdays, featuring $4 Skinny Margaritas, $4 Cannonborough Palomas.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a live music act performing while enjoy with your selections.

In West Ashley, at Hometeam BBQ, every Wednesday is the Lowcountry Blues Club jam. Bring your instrument and make new friends.

TONIGHT ON JAMES at the Terrace Theater, it’s the first NY Film Critics Series film And So It Goes (Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A with film talent and audiences in New York, and Rob Reiner, the film’s director, will connect in via Skype.

TONIGHT ON JOHNS at Freshfields, it’s the Frozen film Sing-a-Long. Come by at 6pm for a jump castle and other family fun before the movie.

THURSDAYS:

On James, How Art Thou Café has a wine tasting at 6pm. Thursdays  mean $2 off the international cheese sampler.  Onstage, the live music is Oscar Rivers Jazz.

On James, at Stag Erin it’s pint night. Try a select beer and get a free glass to add to your home bar collection.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s just $24.99 for a crab legs feast.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket, tonight means an Oyster roast that’s just $12 for a bucket of oysters and two Buds.

On James, at La Tabella Italian Restaurant, it’s Prime Rib night.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a special tasting scheduled.

TODAY  In West Ashley, Charlestowne Landing is holding a 5k. There are 5ks for kids, and there’s food (and beer for adults) available after races. Click the link for more information.

TONIGHT ONLY On James, at the Charleston Pour House, Charleston natives Heyrocco are playing.

TONIGHT ONLY Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Lebowskifest, a celebration that spawned from the cult following of the Coen Bros.’ The Big Lebowski (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Tuturro, Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, and more.) $10 admission. See the movie at the CMH, then party at–‘where else? The Alley. And yes, there are $5 White Russian specials. To learn more about Lebowskifest, see the documentary, the Achievers.

For Friday-Sunday activities, see the SIDG Weekend Update, published at 1pm on Fridays.

ACTIVITIES:

Charleston County Waterparks are open 8am daily starting in June. On James Island, that’s Splash Zone at the James Island County Park open until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open until 6pm.

WEEKLY ON MONDAYS: On Johns, at Freshfields, it’s the Monday Farmers Market. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 5-9pm: On Folly, it’s the Farmers Market on Center Street. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. Afterwards, there’s a movie on the Beach. This week’s movie is Frozen.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 11am: On James, at the Terrace Theater, Lowcountry Parent magazine, and the Post and Courier present the eighth Family Film Series. Kids $10 and under are free, everyone else is $4. This week it’s 1968’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Howes as the mom and dad in a family that travels by their flying antique car.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS STARTING May 28th, 8:30pm: **Hey Parents!** On Johns, at Freshfields, the outdoor Starlight Cinema shows a family-friendly film every week, weather permitting. This week’s film is a Frozen Sing-A-Long (See Wednesday above.) Come by at 6pm for a jump castle and other family fun.

(TUNE IN NEXT WEEK) WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS STARTING May 29th: On Kiawah, there’s a dive-in movie at 8:30pm at the Sanctuary Pool. Admission is free. This week’s film (July 10th) is Planes.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar features bluegrass music.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: In North Charleston, Wannamaker County Park’s Whirlin’ Waters is just $10.99 all day for Tropical Thursday.

WEEKLY ON SATURDAYS, 9-1pm: On Johns, it’s Homegrown Farmers Market across from Bi-Lo and next to Island Chiropractic. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. **Hey Parents** July 19th Is Fun With Farm Animals and Dr. Russell Bauman.

WEEKLY ON SUNDAYS, 11-2pm: Sunday Brunch Farmers Market in Riverland Terrace. Click link for updates and a list of vendors.

Just a PSA, please drive with extra caution from now until the kids and college students (aka rookie drivers) return to school in mid-August. There are also adults on bicycles to watch for and motorcyclists.

Just one more PSA: On summer nights, unlocked cars are a super-easy target for spare change in their consoles and other valuables. Always lock your car when you leave it parked. 

June through August: Sign up at your local Charleston County Library to participate in its summer reading programs and a scavenger hunt for all ages. Fizz Bang Read is geared for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is grades 6-12, and for adults 18 and over, Reading WaveBook On Downtown is a scavenger hunt for all ages incorporating lots of Downtown venues. Register online or go to any branch to sign up. You will need to report each book read during the summer to increase your chances of winning prizes. Book On Downtown also requires a scorecard which can be picked up or downloaded online.

June 12th-July 13th WORLD CUP HOTSPOTS: On Johns, check out New Moon Pizzeria, the Southern General, or King  Street Grille at Freshfields. On James, check out Stag Erin, Max & Henry’s, Smoky Oak Taproom, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca, the Lowdown Oven and Bar. In West Ashley, check out Mueller’s Pub, Manny’s Greek, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Southside 17 Bar & Grill, or La Hacienda. On Daniel, Three Lions Pub at the Charleston Battery stadium. As a general rule, seek out Irish, British, or German-themed pubs, or any authentic Mexican restaurant: there’s a La Hacienda in every corner of Charleston (it’s local nickname is “LaHa”.) There’s also Señor Tequila’s and Los Arcos with several locations, and La Norteña and Los Reyes in North Charleston.

NOW OPEN: On James/Folly, it’s worth checking out Asheville’s White Duck Taco at 792 Folly Road.

As of June 30th, registration is open for The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. See link for details. Frothy Beard, now a brewery, was an entry in this contest in years past.

July 11th-12th: On Johns, it’s VW Drag Racing.

July 11th-12th: On James, at the Brickhouse Kitchen, it’s a Floyd and Zepplin Music celebration. Doors open at 5:30, shows start at 8pm. Friday night the Ordinary Men recreate the sounds of Pink Floyd, Saturday Wax Groove performs Physical Graffitti in its entirety. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, and just $20 to enjoy both nights’ shows.

July 11th, August 1st: On James, at the County Park, it’s a Reggae Nights concert. Up next is the  Da’Gullah Rootz band, followed by Mystic Vibrations in August.) Admission is $8 for ages 13+, free for ages 12 and under, and free for Gold Pass Members.

July 11th: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Mr. Holland’s Oats, a Tribute to Hall & Oates at 9pm.

July 11th: On James, at ChaCha’s, every Friday is Ashtray Friday: $2 beef tacos, $2 Tecates, $2 Mexican Ashtrays. DJ Kevin Breeze MacMillan will be spinning tunes.

July 12th: In North Charleston, ReForm Studios’ celebrates their second anniversary with a Park Circle Obstacle Course from 10-11am. Please RSVP via the link so they can plan trainers to accommodate the numbers.

July 12th: Downtown, the SC Historical Society is giving a lecture on tracing African-American Family Roots.

July 13th: On Wadmalaw, Ambrose Farm is holding a good ol’ fashioned tomato fight. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, $10 for kids. There’s also live music, local beer, and lots of local eats.

July 14th: It’s Bastille Day. Downtown, Fish Restaurant is celebrating with a patriots vs. princes party. Click link for details. Call to reserve your seat at 843.722.3473. Place to enjoy French food in Charleston include Downtown’s 39 Rue de Jean, Downtown’s Gaulart & Maliclet (locally called ‘Fast & French”), Downtown’s Brasserie Gigi, Mount Pleasant’s Annie’s Bistro Francais, and Mount Pleasant’s Bistro Toulouse.

July 15th: Downtown at Blue Ion, Refresh Charleston presents The Bee Sting and the Storyteller, a lecture with Jenny Kleiman.

July 17th: On James Island, at Cup Fine Coffee, it’s the first-ever Commune dinner featuring Chef Lira of the Lot and Cory Burke of Roti Rolls. Dinner starts at 6:30pm.

July 17th, and August 14th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier, it’s Thursday night boogie with live music. Admission is $10 at the gate, and $10 in advance, and $8 for Charleston County residents.

July 18th-20th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s the Charleston Variety Show.

July 19th, August 16th, September 13th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier it’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper. Band is the Sneakers (19th), the Coppertones (16th), and the Ocean Drive Party Band (13th.)

July 19th: On Johns, at the Homegrown Farmers Market, there’s fun with farm animals and Dr Russell Bauman. Homegrown’s new hours are 9am-1pm.

July 19th:  Downtown, at the Visitor Bus Shed, it’s Charleston Jerk fest, a celebration of Caribbean cooking.

July 19th: On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the second NY Film Critics Series Child of God (James Franco, Scott Haze). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A in New York with the talent and the audience.

July 20th: In Mount Pleasant at the Shriners Temple, it’s The Charleston Bridal Show from noon to 5pm. It’s just $10 to enjoy the latest bridal fashions, sample elegant cakes and hors d’oeuvres, and meet 75 vendors to help plan your special day or other big, elegant party.

July 20th: In Mount Pleasant, it’s a Hoopdance Workshop with Beth Lavinder from 1-5pm. Click link for details.

July 23rd: In North Charleston, it’s the Who’s Your Farmer dinner at the Park Cafe with Chef Amato and Ambrose Farms. For four courses with wine pairings, it’s just $60 a person. Dinner starts at 6pm. Call 843-410-1070.

July 24th-26th: On Johns, at the County Library, there’s a book and media sale Friday the 25th, 9am-6pm and Saturday the 26th, 9am-4pm. Friends of the Library enjoy a special preview sale on the 24th.

July 26th: On Johns, at Trophy Lakes, it’s the Johns Island Water Festival, a celebration of watersports and the outdoors. It runs 1-7pm. See link for details.

July 31st: Downtown at the SC Aquarium, it’s a Kickoff for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week party.

August 1-3: All around Georgetown and Charleston, it’s the Gullah Geechee International Music Celebration from 4pm on the first day through 9pm the last day.

August 1: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Stop Making Sensea screening commemorating the 20th anniversary of this classic Talking Heads movie.

August 2nd-10th: All over Charleston, it’s Charleston Pride festival, a celebration of LGBT culture.

August 4th: Downtown, the Silicon Harbor Welcome Center opens.

August 14th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Word Perfect, a showcase of the area’s top poets, at 8pm.

August 17th: In North Charleston, at the Coliseum Convention Center, it’s the Southern Bridal Show from 12-5pm.

August 22nd: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, Loretta Lynn performs in concert starting at 8pm. Gates open at 5pm.

August 23rd: Calling all Lucys! On Wadmalaw, at Irvin House Vineyards, it’s the Grape Stomping Festival. If you wish to stomp, you need to pre-register. There’s  Lucy Lookalike contest, activities for kids, local art and craft vendors, famous wine-a-ritas.

August 23rd: Downtown at Joe Riley Stadium, it’s the Ballpark Festival of Beers from 1-4pm (family friendly) and 6-9pm (21 and over only.) Presented by the Kickin’ Chicken, there will be beer shakes, food trucks, live music, and the opportunity to sample beers from the palest blonde, to reds, to the deepest, darkest stouts. Get tickets for $25 at the Kickin’ Chicken or $30 at the Riverdogs Day Of.

August 30th: On James, the Charleston Pour House is having a 12th anniversary party. Tickets for the Zoogma show that night are on sale now.

August 30th: Downtown at the visitors bus shed is the Shrimp and Grits Cookoff benefitting the Charleston Animal Society.

September 3rd: In West Ashley, at Middleton Place, Wine Stroll Wednesdays return.

September 20th: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, it’s the 43rd Scottish Games starting at 9am. This event includes piping, drumming, swords on show, kilts and Scottish gifts on sale, geneaology charts, athletic feats like the caber toss, wrestling, fiddle-playing, and food (including haggis of course.)

September 21st: The Kiawah Triathalon starts today at 7:30am. It features a .7 mile swim, 25.1 mile flat terrain bike ride, and a 6.1 mile run. There’s an amazing finish line and awards. You can also do a relay team with two friends.

September 28th: Calling all cyclists! It’s the Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope at 8am.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant at Patriots Point, it’s Hogs for the Cause. This event has been a huge draw in its native New Orleans. The “cause” is pediatric brain cancer research.Click link for tickets closer to the date.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms, it’s the Isle of Palms Connector Run.

October 5th: In North Charleston, at Wannamaker Park, it’s the Latin American Festival from 12-6pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and military, kids 12 and under are free, and gold pass members are free.

October 18th: The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. Registration is June 3oth-July 3oth.

November 1st: Downtown, the James Island Connector Run happens this morning. Run the Connector and stop to take rare snapshots.

November 7th: The Furball benefitting Pet Helpers is happening tonight.

November 14-16th: In North Charleston, at the Charleston Plaza Hotel, it’s ATOMACON, or the “All Types of Media Convention”. Click here for tickets.

YEAR ROUND SWEETGRASS BASKET MAKING CLASSES Call Hopsewee Plantation (on Hwy 17 between Awendaw and Litchfield) to schedule a class Tuesday-Saturday. Costs $55 a person.

NEW EATERY: On James/Folly, White Duck Taco is open at 792 Folly Road.

The 2014 TEDx Charleston presentations are now viewable on Youtube.

I will update this post as needed. Thanks for reading!

It’s Fourth of July Weekend, and we’ve thankfully missed Hurricane Arthur as it heads toward the Outer Banks.

It’s always a great weekend to enjoy the beach, live music, indie film, farmers markets, family fun, and often, help some local charities at the same time.

On with this weekend’s events. For where to catch World Cup action, scroll down to ALL WEEKEND LONG.  For the Terrace Theater’s newest offerings, also scroll down to ALL WEEKEND LONG.

FRIDAY (the 4th):

8am: On Folly, at Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

10am: **Hey Parents** On Edisto, the Serpentarium is open until 4pm. This is an indoor zoo dedicated to all the Lowcountry’s cold-blooded natives like snakes, alligators, and turtles. Demonstrations allow kids to “pet” these creatures safely as they held by trained handlers.

11am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market, brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers, is open until 6pm. The produce is here, including peaches, tomatoes, and other produce on the way as we speak. MRFM’s regular inventory includes fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen prepared food (like yummy Bertolini pasta and pasta dishes), natural compost fertilizer, muscadine wreaths, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and homemade boiled peanuts. Please bring cash or check to make purchases. I had the privilege to talk to the owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson this spring, and the story appeared in the West Of Newspaper.

3pm: In North Charleston, in Riverfront Park, it’s a Fourth of July festival featuring live music by Eddie Bush, party band Plane JaneCharleston Groove Factorythe Mighty Kicks, a laser light show by Big Hair Dave. All of this activity leads up to a fireworks finale after 9pm.

4pm: On James, Charleston Pour House, it’s BYOG on the deck. This is a free show. If you haven’t already, check out the Lot’s new deck menu.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Dunderchiefs band is playing until 6pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

6pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, the Shakin’ Martinis take the stage until 9pm.

6pm: On James, at ChaCha’s, it’s a Fourth of July party until 2am. $2 Bourbon, $2 red white and blue jello shots, DJ Rehab and DJ Smartz in the soundbooth, hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill,  and photos by BeachMonkey.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Dave Gillease band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

6pm: Downtown, the Carolina Blues cruise *most likely* leaves around now–in addition to Blues by Shrimp City SLi anda  delicious HT BBQ buffet, there’s a view of fireworks all around the Harbor after 9pm. Tickets at approximately $53. See link for details.

7pm: Downtown, at Joe Riley Stadium, it’s the Fourth of July with the Riverdogs. They are playing the Rome (GA.) Braves and the game is followed by a fireworks show.

7pm: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier it’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper. Bands include Shem Creek Boogie Band.

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, the Folly Beach Rhythm Section is playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7pm, and a second one at 10.

9pm: Fireworks shows typically happen now or after, all over town including Folly, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, North Charleston and Isle of Palms.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s Soulfish band on the inside stage. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

10pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Don’t Mess With the Tiger takes the stage.

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has live music by TBD (I will update this post when I get the info.) PS-Don’t forget, the Bohemian Bull serves food late into the evening.

10pm:  On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Mike Quinn Superfunk. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Doors open at 9pm.

SATURDAY (the 5th):

8am: On Folly, at Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30.

8:15am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

9am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers is open until 6pm. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen pasta and pasta meals, Amish roll butter, amish bacon, natural compost fertilizer, Dirt in a Sock (for small gardens), wreaths, bedding plants, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, and homemade boiled peanuts are just some of the goodies you will find here. I had the privilege to talk to owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson recently, here’s the link.

9am: On Johns, at the Homegrown Farmers Market, it has 40+ vendors, including local farms, artisans, and specialty food products. There are also food trucks and live music. The farm is open until 1pm.

12pm: On Wadmalaw, it’s Sippin’ Saturday with live music by TBD and food by TBD. ( I will update when I get the info)

3pm: On Folly, at LoggerheadsDave Gillease band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

4pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Hungry Monks playing Jerry Garcia. This is a free show. 

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at LoggerheadsHoward Dlugasch is playing. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, the Castle Crossing band is playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7 pm, and a second one at 10.

9:30pm:  On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Tyler Ross and Wallace Mullinax doing an Allman Bros. Band tribute. Tickets are $8, $10 at the door. Doors open at 9.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Dubplates reggae band is playing. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

10pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Nick Black takes the stage.

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has live music by X. ( I will update when I get the info) PS-Don’t forget, the Bohemian Bull serves food late into the evening.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf Bar, Whisky Diablo gutter-country band is playing.

SUNDAY (the 6th):

8-11am: On James, the Coastal Cyclists will be cycling from James, to Kiawah and back, about 40 miles total. Please drive and pass carefully.

8am: On Folly, at Planet Follywood is serving breakfast until 11:30.

10am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Yellowknife band is playing.

9pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Sweet T Teresa Parrish takes the stage.

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, One Kool Blow band is playing.

6pm: On Folly, at the Grill and Island Bar, it’s Jazz on the Edge, featuring food specials and a jazz jam.

9pm: On Folly, at Planet Follywood, Jess Strickland takes the stage.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf BarBringers of the Dawn is playing.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Rawberry Jam band is playing.

ALL WEEKEND LONG

WORLD CUP HOTSPOTS (barring special events at these spots) On Johns, check out New Moon Pizzeria, the Southern General, or King  Street Grille at Freshfields. On James, check out Stag Erin, Max & Henry’s, Smoky Oak Taproom, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca, the Lowdown Oven and Bar. In West Ashley, check out Mueller’s Pub, Manny’s Greek, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Southside 17 Bar & Grill, or Senor Tequila. On Daniel Island, Three Lions Pub at the Charleston Battery stadium or DIG in the Park. As a general rule, seek out Irish, British, or German-themed pubs, or any authentic Mexican restaurant: there’s a La Hacienda in every corner of Charleston (it’s local nickname is “LaHa”.) There’s also Señor Tequila’s and Los Arcos with several locations, and La Norteña and Los Reyes in North Charleston. Mellow Mushroom locations (West Ashley, Downtown, Summerville,  and Wild Wing Cafes are also a pretty good bet.

On James, at the Terrace Theater, the following films opens today: the screwball comedy Tammy (Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon), and the retro caper A Hard Day’s Night (1964, starring the Beatles).

Other movies currently playing are Ida, a Polish film about a young nun about to make her vows when she learns about things that happened twenty years earlier in the pre-WWII era, Jersey Boys (a biopic about 1960s vocal group The Four Seasons. This movie is based on the recent hit Broadway play of the same name), cop comedy 22 Jump Street, (Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill), and Chef, a film about a chef who leaves his glamorous restaurant post in search of something new (Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau). Click titles for the trailers. The Terrace now has expanded parking options in front of the laundromat and nail salon next door.

For a bite to eat before or after, Zia TaqueriaCrust WoodFired Pizza (check out my interview here), and How Art Thou Café are just steps away. If you take a quick sprint across the street, you’ll find Charleston’s best indie music spot, The Pour House, and its excellent farm to table restaurant, The Lot.

For dawn and dusk hours, bring bug spray as the “no-see-ums”  (a.k.a sand flies, midgies) are already back and spring rains (like we had just this week) mean the mosquitos aren’t far behind.

The Charleston County Public Library kicked off its 2014 summer reading programs for all ages last month. Fizz Boom Read is for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is for teens, and Reading Wave and Book On Downtown are for adults 18 and up. Click the links for details. Please sign up at any location or online.

As always, whatever you get into, have fun and please be safe. If I see other happenings I will update this post.

For events coming up this week and future weekends, watch for Monday’s post!

To cure the Monday blues, I’m sharing the weekly food specials and some activities on the horizon in our area. Shoot me an email at seaislandsdining@gmail.com or @Seaislands101 if you’re seeking an activity you don’t see listed below.

WEEKLY FOOD SPECIALS:

MONDAYS:

On Johns, at Freshfields, the Monday Farmers Market starts tonight and runs from 4-8pm. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen it’s Food, Beverage, and Entertainer Discount night. Lily Slay of the Royal Tinfoil performs soul, folk, and rock.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80, and $2 off their hummus sampler. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill.

On James, at Smoky Oak Taproom, Mexi-Mondays mean margarita pitchers and steak and shrimp fajitas. If you “Like” their Facebook page, there are budget-friendly dinner specials announced all week long.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s $5.99 burger night, and PBRs are only $1.50.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a no corkage fees on Mondays.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has all you can eat crab legs on Mondays for $29, happy hour 4-7pm, and the Dave Landeo Band onstage.

In West Ashley, at Ms. Roses Fine Food & Cocktails, it’s half-price burger night and $3 draft craft beers.

In West Ashley, at Creekside Pizza, kids eat free. Enjoy a view of the marsh as you dine inside or out on pizza or pasta.

TUESDAYS:

In North Charleston, the Regal Square Cinemas 18 shows movies for just $6 admission all day long.

On James, How Art Thou Café has a beer tasting, there’s also $2 off all sandwiches. Music is Shrimp City Slim’s local blues.

On James, the Bohemian Bull hosts trivia starting at 7:30pm.

On James, the Lowdown Oven and Bar has trivia starting at 9pm.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a “Two-Fer” Tuesday Wine Tastings.

On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar celebrates Tuesdays with Brewsday, get a burger and a beer for just $10.

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, it’s a Drum Circle Night followed by a Graham Whorley show and an artists’ market.

On James, La Tabella has $4 specialty house wines.

On James, at the Stag Erin, it’s Tie-Dye Tuesday. Wear Tie-Dye, get a shot. It’s also trivia night and taco night.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has half-price burgers tonight.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket has food and beverage (F&B) workers night, with late night appetizer specials, happy hour 4-7pm, $2 vodkas, and Hank Futch & Friends (cover band) playing live acoustic music.

WEDNESDAYS:

On James, at the Brick House Kitchen, tonight means it’s just $25 for a bottle of wine, and a fruit and cheese plate. Tonight’s live music starting at 8pm is the Dunder Chiefs.

On James, Heart Woodfire Kitchen has $6 burgers tonight.

On James, How Art Thou Café has half-price on all wine under $80 and $2 off their charcuterie (read: cured meat) plate. Teachers show your employee ID for 10% off your total bill. Onstage, there’s a live jazz jam.

On James, La Tabella Wine Down Wednesday means $4 glasses of the wine pick that evening, all night long.

On James, Melvin’s Barbeque has one free kids meal per purchased adult meal tonight.

On James, ChaCha’s Bar and Grill holds Get Weird Wednesdays, feat. $2 Vodka, trivia, then DJ United mixing it up until late night. Every week they give away a $50 gift certificate to Roses & Ruins Tattoo Shop.

In West Ashley, at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, it’s Wahine Wednesdays, featuring $4 Skinny Margaritas, $4 Cannonborough Palomas.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a live music act performing while enjoy with your selections.

In West Ashley, at Hometeam BBQ, every Wednesday is the Lowcountry Blues Club jam. Bring your instrument and make new friends.

THURSDAYS:

On James, How Art Thou Café has a wine tasting at 6pm. Thursdays  mean $2 off the international cheese sampler.  Onstage, the live music is Oscar Rivers Jazz.

On James, at Stag Erin it’s pint night. Try a select beer and get a free glass to add to your home bar collection.

On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s just $24.99 for a crab legs feast.

On Seabrook, Red’s Ice House at Bohicket, tonight means an Oyster roast that’s just $12 for a bucket of oysters and two Buds.

On James, at La Tabella Italian Restaurant, it’s Prime Rib night.

In West Ashley, Avondale Wine and Cheese has a special tasting scheduled.

For Friday-Sunday activities, see the SIDG Weekend Update, published at 1pm on Fridays.

ACTIVITIES:

Charleston County Waterparks are open 8am daily starting in June. On James Island, that’s Splash Zone at the James Island County Park open until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open until 6pm.

WEEKLY ON MONDAYS: On Johns, at Freshfields, the Monday Farmers Market. Click the link for a full list of vendors.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 5-9pm: On Folly, it’s the Farmers Market on Center Street. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. Afterwards, there’s a movie on the Beach. This week’s movie is Independence Day.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS, 11am: On James, at the Terrace Theater, Lowcountry Parent magazine, and the Post and Courier present the eighth Family Film Series. Kids $10 and under are free, everyone else is $4. This week it’s Turtle: The Incredible Journey.

WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS STARTING May 28th, 8:30pm: **Hey Parents!** On Johns, at Freshfields, the outdoor Starlight Cinema shows a family-friendly film every week, weather permitting. This week’s film is Monsters University.

(TUNE IN NEXT WEEK) WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS STARTING May 29th: On Kiawah, there’s a dive-in movie at 8:30pm at the Sanctuary Pool. Admission is free. Next week’s film (July 10th) is Planes.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: On Folly, the Grill and Island Bar features bluegrass music.

WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS: In North Charleston, Wannamaker County Park’s Whirlin’ Waters is just $10.99 all day for Tropical Thursday.

WEEKLY ON SATURDAYS, 9-1pm: On Johns, it’s Homegrown Farmers Market across from Bi-Lo and next to Island Chiropractic. Click link for updates and a list of vendors. **Hey Parents** July 19th Is Fun With Farm Animals and Dr. Russell Bauman.

WEEKLY ON SUNDAYS, 11-2pm: Sunday Brunch Farmers Market in Riverland Terrace. Click link for updates and a list of vendors.

Just a PSA, please drive with extra caution from now until the kids and college students (aka rookie drivers) return to school in mid-August. There are also adults on bicycles to watch for and motorcyclists.

Just one more PSA: On summer nights, unlocked cars are a super-easy target for spare change in their consoles and other valuables. Always lock your car when you leave it parked. 

June through August: Sign up at your local Charleston County Library to participate in its summer reading programs and a scavenger hunt for all ages. Fizz Bang Read is geared for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is grades 6-12, and for adults 18 and over, Reading WaveBook On Downtown is a scavenger hunt for all ages incorporating lots of Downtown venues. Register online or go to any branch to sign up. You will need to report each book read during the summer to increase your chances of winning prizes. Book On Downtown also requires a scorecard which can be picked up or downloaded online.

June 12th-July 13th WORLD CUP HOTSPOTS: On Johns, check out New Moon Pizzeria, the Southern General, or King  Street Grille at Freshfields. On James, check out Stag Erin, Max & Henry’s, Smoky Oak Taproom, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca, the Lowdown Oven and Bar. In West Ashley, check out Mueller’s Pub, Manny’s Greek, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Southside 17 Bar & Grill, or La Hacienda. On Daniel, Three Lions Pub at the Charleston Battery stadium. As a general rule, seek out Irish, British, or German-themed pubs, or any authentic Mexican restaurant: there’s a La Hacienda in every corner of Charleston (it’s local nickname is “LaHa”.) There’s also Señor Tequila’s and Los Arcos with several locations, and La Norteña and Los Reyes in North Charleston.

NOW OPEN: On James/Folly, Asheville’s White Duck Taco at 792 Folly Road.

June 30th: It’s Social Media Day in Charleston, part of a national Mashable event. For the last month, participants have taken King Street selfies, sunsets, and Bill Murray sightings, and hashtagged them “#chsyou”. Today is the finale pary 4-7pm at the Alley with local social medialites. Prizes are being awarded to hashtag participants in the multiple categories. See link for details.

June 30th: Today registration opens for The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. See link for details.

June 30th: In North Charleston, at EVO Pizzeria, it’s the Nightshade Summer Social party. Enjoy the best of Thackeray Farms at 7pm for just $50 a person including food, wine, two specialty beers by Holy City Brewing, and live entertainment.

July 1: On James, at the Terrace, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon) premieres for two shows only: 8pm and 9:40pm.

July 4th, July 19th, August 16th, September 13th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier it’s Shaggin’ on the Cooper. Bands include Shem Creek Boogie Band, Permanent Vacation, the Sneakers, the Coppertones, and the Ocean Drive Party Band.

July 4th: It’s the Fourth of July. Fireworks shows typically happen after 9pm at Folly, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, North Charleston and Isle of Palms.

  • Prior to that, in Mount Pleasant the Memorial Waterfront Park opens at 7pm. There’s live music and dancing, and food at Riverwatch Cafe.
  • In North Charleston, in Riverfront Park, it’s a festival starting at 3pm featuring live music by Eddie Bush, party band Plane JaneCharleston Groove Factorythe Mighty Kicks, a laser light show by Big Hair Dave.
  • On James, at ChaCha’s, it’s a Fourth of July party from 6pm-2am. $2 Bourbon and red white and blue jello shots, DJ Rehab and DJ Smartz, hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill,  and photos by BeachMonkey.
  • On Johns, at Trophy Lakes, there’s a slalom tournament.
  • Downtown, at Joe Riley Stadium, it’s the Fourth of July with the Riverdogs. The Riverdogs play the Rome (GA) Braves It’s also Red Shirt Friday.
  • Downtown, at Wentworth Mansion and Circa 1886, there’s a Fourth of July celebration including dinner and champagne under the fireworks for just $70 a person. See circa1886  for information.

July 9th: On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the first NY Film Critics Series film And So It Goes (Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A with film talent and audiences in New York, and Rob Reiner, the film’s director, will connect in via Skype.

July 10-11th: **Hey Parents!**In West Ashley, Charlestowne Landing is holding 5ks throughout June and July. There are 5ks for kids, and there’s food (and beer for adults) available after races. Click the link for more information.

July 10th: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, Charleston natives Heyrocco are playing.

July 10th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Lebowskifest, a celebration that spawned from the cult following of the Coen Bros.’ The Big Lebowski (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Tuturro, Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, and more.) $10 admission. See the movie at the CMH, then party at–‘where else? The Alley. And yes, there are $5 White Russian specials. To learn more about Lebowskifest, see the documentary, the Achievers.

July 11th-12th: On Johns, it’s VW Drag Racing.

July 11th-12th: On James, at the Brickhouse Kitchen, it’s a Floyd and Zepplin Music celebration. Doors open at 5:30, shows start at 8pm. Friday night the Ordinary Men recreate the sounds of Pink Floyd, Saturday Wax Groove performs Physical Graffitti in its entirety. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, and just $20 to enjoy both nights’ shows.

July 11th, August 1st: On James, at the County Park, it’s a Reggae Nights concert. Up next is the  Da’Gullah Rootz band, followed by Mystic Vibrations in August.) Admission is $8 for ages 13+, free for ages 12 and under, and free for Gold Pass Members.

July 11th: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Mr. Holland’s Oats, a Tribute to Hall & Oates at 9pm.

July 11th: On James, at ChaCha’s, every Friday is Ashtray Friday: $2 beef tacos, $2 Tecates, $2 Mexican Ashtrays. DJ Kevin Breeze MacMillan will be spinning tunes.

July 12th: In North Charleston, ReForm Studios’ celebrates their second anniversary with a Park Circle Obstacle Course from 10-11am. Please RSVP via the link so they can plan trainers to accommodate the numbers.

July 12th: Downtown, the SC Historical Society is giving a lecture on tracing African-American Family Roots.

July 13th: On Wadmalaw, Ambrose Farm is holding a good ol’ fashioned tomato fight. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, $10 for kids. There’s also live music, local beer, and lots of local eats.

July 17th, and August 14th: In Mount Pleasant, at the Pier, it’s Thursday night boogie with live music. Admission is $10 at the gate, and $10 in advance, and $8 for Charleston County residents.

July 18th-20th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s the Charleston Variety Show.

July 19th: On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the second NY Film Critics Series And So It Goes (Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A in New York, and Rob Reiner, the film’s director, will connect in via Skype.

July 19th: On Johns, at the Homegrown Farmers Market, there’s fun with farm animals and Dr Russell Bauman. Homegrown’s new hours are 9am-1pm.

July 19th:  Downtown, at the Visitor Bus Shed, it’s Charleston Jerk fest, a celebration of Caribbean cooking.

July 19th: On James, at the Terrace Theater, it’s the second NY Film Critics Series Child of God (James Franco, Scott Haze). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will host a Q&A in New York with the talent and the audience.

July 20th: In Mount Pleasant at the Shriners Temple, it’s The Charleston Bridal Show from noon to 5pm. It’s just $10 to enjoy the latest bridal fashions, sample elegant cakes and hors d’oeuvres, and meet 75 vendors to help plan your special day or other big, elegant party.

July 20th: In Mount Pleasant, it’s a Hoopdance Workshop with Beth Lavinder from 1-5pm. Click link for details.

July 24th-26th: On Johns, at the County Library, there’s a book and media sale Friday the 25th, 9am-6pm and Saturday the 26th, 9am-4pm. Friends of the Library enjoy a special preview sale on the 24th.

July 26th: On Johns, at Trophy Lakes, it’s the Johns Island Water Festival, a celebration of watersports and the outdoors. It runs 1-7pm. See link for details.

August 1: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Stop Making Sense, a screening commemorating the 20th anniversary of this Talking Heads movie.

August 2nd-10th: All over Charleston, it’s Charleston Pride festival, a celebration of LGBT culture.

August 4th: Downtown, the Silicon Harbor Welcome Center opens.

August 14th: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Word Perfect, a showcase of the area’s top poets, at 8pm.

August 17th: In North Charleston, at the Coliseum Convention Center, it’s the Southern Bridal Show from 12-5pm.

August 22nd: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, Loretta Lynn performs in concert starting at 8pm. Gates open at 5pm.

August 23rd: Calling all Lucys! On Wadmalaw, at Irvin House Vineyards, it’s the Grape Stomping Festival. If you wish to stomp, you need to pre-register. There’s  Lucy Lookalike contest, activities for kids, local art and craft vendors, famous wine-a-ritas.

August 23rd: Downtown at Joe Riley Stadium, it’s the Ballpark Festival of Beers from 1-4pm (family friendly) and 6-9pm (21 and over only.) Presented by the Kickin’ Chicken, there will be beer shakes, food trucks, live music, and the opportunity to sample beers from the palest blonde, to reds, to the deepest, darkest stouts. Get tickets for $25 at the Kickin’ Chicken or $30 at the Riverdogs Day Of.

August 30th: On James, the Charleston Pour House is having a 12th anniversary party. Tickets for the Zoogma show that night are on sale now.

August 30th: Downtown at the visitors bus shed is the Shrimp and Grits Cookoff benefitting the Charleston Animal Society.

September 3rd: In West Ashley, at Middleton Place, Wine Stroll Wednesdays return.

September 20th: In Mount Pleasant, at Boone Hall Plantation, it’s the 43rd Scottish Games starting at 9am. This event includes piping, drumming, swords on show, kilts and Scottish gifts on sale, geneaology charts, athletic feats like the caber toss, wrestling, fiddle-playing, and food (including haggis of course.)

September 21st: The Kiawah Triathalon starts today at 7:30am. It features a .7 mile swim, 25.1 mile flat terrain bike ride, and a 6.1 mile run. There’s an amazing finish line and awards. You can also do a relay team with two friends.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant at Patriots Point, it’s Hogs for the Cause. This event has been a huge draw in its native New Orleans. The “cause” is pediatric brain cancer research.Click link for tickets closer to the date.

October 4th: In Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms, it’s the Isle of Palms Connector Run.

October 5th: In North Charleston, at Wannamaker Park, it’s the Latin American Festival from 12-6pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and military, kids 12 and under are free, and gold pass members are free.

October 18th: The Iron Brew Competition brought to you by Mellow Mushroom and Holy City Brewing. Registration is June 3oth-July 3oth.

November 1st: Downtown, the James Island Connector Run happens this morning. Run the Connector and stop to take rare snapshots.

November 7th: The Furball benefitting Pet Helpers is happening tonight.

November 14-16th: In North Charleston, at the Charleston Plaza Hotel, it’s ATOMACON, or the “All Types of Media Convention”. Click here for tickets.

YEAR ROUND SWEETGRASS BASKET MAKING CLASSES Call Hopsewee Plantation (on Hwy 17 between Awendaw and Litchfield) to schedule a class Tuesday-Saturday. Costs $55 a person.

NEW EATERY: On James/Folly, White Duck Taco is open at 792 Folly Road.

The 2014 TEDx Charleston presentations are now viewable on Youtube.

I will update this post as needed. Thanks for reading!

June is coming to a close. Because our weather is 95 and above, expect sun showers and possible thunderstorms between 4-7pm. It’s a good excuse to hide out in a bar for happy hour and wait for traffic to clear. Another thing that’s nice about these storms is the likelihood of a gorgeous rainbow afterwards. If you have to travel, take it slow and easy, and merge early for your exit.

It’s a great weekend to enjoy the beach, live music, indie film, farmers markets, family fun and help some local charities.

On with this weekend’s events. For where to catch World Cup action, scroll down to ALL WEEKEND LONG.  For the Terrace Theater’s newest offerings, also scroll down to ALL WEEKEND LONG.

FRIDAY (the 27th):

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

10am: **Hey Parents** On Edisto, the Serpentarium is open until 4pm. This is an indoor zoo dedicated to all the Lowcountry’s cold-blooded natives like snakes, alligators, and turtles. Demonstrations allow kids to “pet” these creatures safely as they held by trained handlers.

11am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market, brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers, is open until 6pm. The produce is here, including peaches, tomatoes, and other produce on the way as we speak. MRFM’s regular inventory includes fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen prepared food (like yummy Bertolini pasta and pasta dishes), natural compost fertilizer, muscadine wreaths, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and homemade boiled peanuts. Please bring cash or check to make purchases. I had the privilege to talk to the owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson this spring, and the story appeared in the West Of Newspaper.

1pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, The Resort Shop is having a trunk show of Christina Jervey jewelry until 5pm.

4pm: On James, Charleston Pour House, it’s BYOG on the deck. This is a free show. If you haven’t already, check out the Lot’s new deck menu.

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

5:30pm: In Mount Pleasant, at the Harborview Hotel and Marina, it’s Party at the Point with a Departures, a Journey tribute band. Admission is $7.

6pm: On Johns, at Freshfields Village, it’s live music by Rubberband onstage. Bring beach chairs, blankets, and bugspray. If it rains, this event will not happen. Carolina Clay Gallery, just across the green with lots of cute frog sculptures, has a wine tasting and “meet the artists” session every Friday starting at 6 as well. Kiawah Fine Jewelry has a B1G1 offer on their earrings through end of June.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Mackenzie band is playing until 9pm. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

7:30pm: On James, at the County Park, it’s Reggae Nights with Reggae Infinity.

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, the Folly Beach Rhythm Section is playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7pm, and a second one at 10.

8pm: Downtown, at the Charleston Music Hall, it’s Strings and Salsa with Gino Castillo Band, Robbi Kenney’s String Quartet, La Quinn Mims, and other Charleston musicians. Click “Strings” for tickets.

8:30pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s CSO Presents Christine Sweeney with Jason Connelly band. Show is $10 both in advance and at the door. Doors open at showtime. See website for tickets and more information. Check out the Lot’s new deck menu!

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, it’s Bossman band. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has live music by Honey Smoke. PS-Don’t forget, the Bohemian Bull serves food late into the evening.

SATURDAY (the 28th):

8:15am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

9am: On Wadmalaw, at Ambrose Family Farm it’s “you-pick blackberries and blueberries” time. Click the link to see the freshest picks, check out their booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (and Sunday mornings during Spoleto), or call 843.559.0988 if you want to go to the farm and pick something up.

9am: On Johns (Main Road heading to Savannah Highway), the Main Road Farmers Market brought to you by Charleston Petal Pushers is open until 6pm. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen pasta and pasta meals, Amish roll butter, amish bacon, natural compost fertilizer, Dirt in a Sock (for small gardens), wreaths, bedding plants, tropical plants, local grits, local honey, Amish jams, and homemade boiled peanuts are just some of the goodies you will find here. I had the privilege to talk to owners Chris DeStefano and Lindsay Dickson recently, here’s the link.

9am: On Johns, at the Homegrown Farmers Market, it has 40+ vendors, including local farms, artisans, and specialty food products. There are also food trucks and live music. The farm is open until 1pm.

10am: On Sullivans, it’s Carolina Day at Fort Moultrie, commemorating the 238th anniversary of a Revolutionary victory.

12pm: On Wadmalaw, it’s Sippin’ Saturday with live music by Jefferson Coker and food by Kona Ice and Authobahn sandwiches food truck.

12pm: In West Ashley, at Total Wine, local breweries Freehouse and Tradesman are holding tastings until 3pm.

1pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, The Resort Shop is having a trunk show of Christina Jervey jewelry until 5pm.

4pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s UV Hippo. This is a free show. 

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

5pm: On Johns, at Freshfields, The Resort Shop‘s Christina Jervey jewelry trunk show concludes.

5pm: On Sullivans, it’s the Fire Department’s Annual Fish Fry at Middle Street and Station 15 until 8pm. Tickets are just $5 a plate for fish, cole slaw, and hush puppies. It’s also Carolina Day on Sullivan’s Island, and there are commemorative activities at Fort Moultrie.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Freedom’s Progress is playing. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

7pm: Calling cycling and alt. transportation enthusiasts! Downtown, at Tivoli, it’s a Charleston Moves benefit dinner and ride. Click here for tickets.

8pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, the Cane Creek band is playing. This bar doesn’t serve food, but you can order Southern General food from your barstool. The General also has two happy hours: one you might expect from 4-7 pm, and a second one at 10.

9pm:  On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s the Mantras and the Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Tickets are $8, $10 at the door. Shows start at 9:30pm.

10pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, Kings of Belmont band is playing. Check out the expanded deck and new VW bus bar!

10pm: On James, the Bohemian Bull has live music by BBC Trio, aka Dallas Baker, Walter Biffle, and Fuller Condon. PS-Don’t forget, the Bohemian Bull serves food late into the evening.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf Bar,  Calhoun’s Calling band is playing.

SUNDAY (the 29th):

8-11am: On James, the Coastal Cyclists will be cycling from James, to Kiawah and back, about 40 miles total. Please drive and pass carefully.

10am: **Hey Parents!**On James Island, Splash Zone at the James Island County Park is open today until 6pm. General admission is $20, Seniors 60 and up $9.99, under 48″ $14.99 a person, children 2 and under free. If you anticipate multiple visits all summer long, check out the splash pass. [NOTE: the 48″ height is required for several large slides, see the splash pass link for details.] In North Charleston, at Wannamaker County Park, Whirlin’ Waters is open today until 6pm, and in Mount Pleasant, at Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island is open today until 6pm.

10:30am: On Sullivans, it’s Carolina Day at Fort Moultrie, commemorating the 238th anniversary of a Revolutionary victory.

11am: On James, it’s the last Sunday Brunch Farmers Market for several months. This event features food trucks, local farmers, and local crafters. Live music is also on site. Open until 2pm. Look for this event’s return in October/November when it *hopefully* has cooled off a little.

3pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, the Yellowknife band is playing.

4pm: On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Sunday Phunday with Runaway Gin playing Phish covers on the deck. Roti Rolls food truck will be in attendance. This show is free. Check out the Lot’s new deck menu!

5pm: On Johns, at Seanachai, it’s Whiskey Happy Hour. Half-price on all whiskies under $20 until 6pm.

6pm: On Folly, at Loggerheads, One Kool Blow band is playing.

6pm: On Folly, at the Grill and Island Bar, it’s Jazz on the Edge, featuring food specials and a jazz jam.

8:30pm:  On James, at the Charleston Pour House, it’s Band of Heathens with Joe Fletcher. Tickets are $15 in advance and at the door. Shows start at 9:30.

10pm: On Folly, at Surf Bar, Gaslight Street is playing.

ALL WEEKEND LONG

WORLD CUP HOTSPOTS (barring special events at these spots) On Johns, check out New Moon Pizzeria, the Southern General, or King  Street Grille at Freshfields. On James, check out Stag Erin, Max & Henry’s, Smoky Oak Taproom, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca, the Lowdown Oven and Bar. In West Ashley, check out Mueller’s Pub, Manny’s Greek, 3 Matadors Tequileria, Southside 17 Bar & Grill, or Senor Tequila. On Daniel Island, Three Lions Pub at the Charleston Battery stadium or DIG in the Park. As a general rule, seek out Irish, British, or German-themed pubs, or any authentic Mexican restaurant: there’s a La Hacienda in every corner of Charleston (it’s local nickname is “LaHa”.) There’s also Señor Tequila’s and Los Arcos with several locations, and La Norteña and Los Reyes in North Charleston. Mellow Mushroom locations (West Ashley, Downtown, Summerville,  and Wild Wing Cafes are also a pretty good bet.

On James, at the Terrace Theater, the following film opens today: Ida, a Polish film about a young nun about to make her vows when she learns about things that happened twenty years earlier in the pre-WWII era.

Other movies currently playing are Jersey Boys (a biopic about 1960s vocal group The Four Seasons. This movie is based on the recent hit Broadway play of the same name), cop comedy 22 Jump Street, (Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill), Belle, an autobiographical account of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode), and Chef, a film about a chef who leaves his glamorous restaurant post in search of something new (Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau). Click titles for the trailers. The Terrace now has expanded parking options in front of the laundromat and nail salon that are next door.

For a bite to eat before or after, Zia TaqueriaCrust WoodFired Pizza (check out my interview here), and How Art Thou Café are just steps away. If you take a quick sprint across the street, you’ll find Charleston’s best indie music spot, The Pour House, and its excellent farm to table restaurant, The Lot.

For dawn and dusk hours, bring bug spray as the “no-see-ums”  (a.k.a sand flies, midgies) are already back and spring rains (like we had just this week) mean the mosquitos aren’t far behind.

The Charleston County Public Library kicked off its 2014 summer reading programs for all ages this month. Fizz Boom Read is for babies through age 11, Spark a Reaction is for teens, and Reading Wave and Book On Downtown are for adults 18 and up. Click the links for details. Please sign up at any location or online.

As always, whatever you get into, have fun and please be safe. If I see other happenings I will update this post.

For events coming up this week and future weekends, watch for Monday’s post!

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