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Archives for: May 2007
03:57:53 pm, Categories: Charleston Events
May in Charleston SC - Google is Still Coming!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the special women in our lives: birth mothers, adoptive, foster, step mothers and all women who care for others. Don’t forget to thank them on their special day, May 13th. Another special date to mark on your calendar is May 28th, Memorial Day, a time to honor our military men and women. Okay, one more novel item about May. Three minutes and four seconds after two o’clock on the morning of May 6th, the time and date will read: 020304050607.
Google is coming to the Lowcountry, Adidas to the upstate and now Starbucks is locating a service center and roasting facility in St Matthews, about 15 miles outside of Columbia. The Cola residents will surely be able to tell when the wind is blowing from that direction. It’ll be interesting to see the effects of these industries. Greer has changed since the BMW plant moved in. A $290 million, 100 acre urban village-style complex was just announced for the area.
If there’s any list that you don’t want to be high up on, it’s the foreclosure list. Recently Nevada, Colorado and Georgia got the high “honors.” South Carolina did well, #41 out of 50.
Virtuoso Life ranked our town number 3 for Domestic Destinations for Fun Educational Endeavors in their April issue.
Best Weekends, an ultra-savvy travel website, has just announced their first annual travel awards. Planter’s Inn was named the Best Small Hotel, noted for its location, restaurant and obsession with service. The Best of the Best Destination of the Year-Guess Who? “Charleston has enough charm to fascinate millions. The moderate climate, close-by beaches, deep-sea fishing, intimate sense of history, stunning architecture, world class golf, wonderful accommodations and terrific restaurants make Charleston the top choice for your best weekend.” What a great review!
Best Weekends also hunted the Best Burger and ended up with a three- way tie. The common thread here was tender, run-down-your-fingers juicy burgers on soft rolls. And the envelope, please: Your Place, Charleston, SC; Burger Joint at the Parker Meridian Hotel in NYC and Mrs. Bartley's Cottage in Cambridge, MA.
Cordavi Restaurant was named as one of the best new restaurants in America in 2006 by Esquire Magazine.
The Taste of the Nation Series returns. Sponsored by Share our Strength and aimed at fighting childhood hunger, the food and wine fest will be held at Lowndes Grove Plantation on the 20th.
The Charleston Farmers Market is open for the eighteenth year. Fabulous local produce and Lowcountry products and crafts are available on Saturday mornings from 8am-2pm at Marion Square at King and Calhoun Sts.
The First Flush Festival will be held at the Charleston Tea Plantation on May 12th. Celebrate the first tender tea leaves appearance with a full day of fun, music and games.
Daniel Island combines two area specialties on the 19th at Smythe Park. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert with fireworks and prizes to the most elaborate and creative picnic spreads.
The first annual French Film Festival will be held the first weekend in May at the MUSC Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium on President Street. Tickets have been kept reasonably priced at $5.
May 5th would not seem right without the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Two festivals will be held. The James Island County Park will be holding its annual fete and the Trident Literacy Assoc. will have Cuban and Mexican bands, a DJ and professional salsa dancers at the Visitors Center Bus Terminal.
Dora the Explorer will be at the Aquarium on the 12th, check their website for times and details. Also the Aquarium will host the Very Important Teacher Festival in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week on May 5th in Liberty Square. With the weather hinting at steamy temperatures heading our way, Charleston County Parks will open their 3 Water Parks - James Island, Palmetto Park and Wannamaker Park - weekends only beginning this month.
Three sculpture exhibits are on tap: The Gibbes will host a Rodin exhibition this summer, the second annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition will be on display this month at the North Charleston Riverside Park and 30 award-winning sculptors will be showing their work the 19th and 20th at Azalea Park in Summerville. The City of North Charleston will present their Arts Festival May 4th—12th at the Convention Center.
May 10th is the date for the I’On Community Artists’ Art Show. The Footlight Players will present a Sondheim favorite, Company, this month. May 11th is the Poetry Society Annual Forum at 342 Meeting Street 7pm. Thursday afternoons 4:30-6:30 find a Free Teen Art Workshop on the Old Navy Base at the Rhodes Art Center. The Charleston Police Pipes and Drums offer bagpipe and drum lessons to all levels weekly. Learn field and parade programs.
May 25th, Constance Coleman will present the “Mother of Modern American Dog Portraiture”, a gallery talk.
The Charleston Men’s Chorus will honor service men and women at a Memorial Day Concert at St Philip’s Church. Be sure to visit the new Medal of Honor Museum having its grand unveiling on the USS Yorktown on the evening of the 25th.
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation announces the third annual International African Music and Movement Festival being celebrated in Charleston and the Bahamas. Beginning in Charleston at the Avery Research Center, the group will board a ship and head to Nassau where they will trace escape routes from enslavement.
The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival will be enjoyed June 7-9 at Laing middle School. Sweetgrass baskets of every size and shape will be featured by the over 100 basket makers in attendance. Weaving demonstrations, authentic Gullah cuisine, Gullah/Geechee musical groups, story tellers and praise dancing highlight the weekend.
The water is warming up just in time for Lowcountry SPLASH!, a 2.4 mile swim competition in the Charleston Harbor. Then, more than a dozen Tall Ships from as far away as India, Brazil and Oman arrive for the Charleston Maritime Festival, May 17-20. Visit the ships, including the Spirit of South Carolina, tour the maritime art gallery, walk through the classic boat display and even build your own wooden boat. One highlight of the festival is the start of the Charleston to Bermuda Race, a 777 nautical mile challenge of navigational skills and true blue water sailing. It is scheduled for the 18th through the 26th
The Men’s Southern Conference Baseball Championships will be at the Joe May 22nd through 26th.
The 7,296 yard Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is getting ready for the 68th Senior PGA Championship to be played May 22-27. Two time British Open Champ, Gregg Norman, and five time major Champion and Ryder Cup star, Steve Ballesteros, will round out the strongest field in the history of the oldest major in senior golf. Norman is one of the sports most recognized players. Known as the Great White Shark, the Aussie has amassed 88 titles worldwide. In 1991, the Ocean Course was the scene of the Ryder Cup and every eligible member of the US team from that year has committed to play including Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Mark O’Meara, Lanny Watkins and Dave Stockton. Three of the four eligible 1991 European Ryder Cup team members are also returning.
The LPGA will pick up from the seniors as they come to town in the Ginn Tribute hosted by Annika Sorenson. This inaugural event features a $2.6 million purse and will honor a different historic LPGA figure each year. The honoree will be saluted in ceremonies during tournament week. The 72 hole event will be played on the Arnold Palmer-designed course at River Towne Country Club at Belvidere Club and Resorts May 28th-June 3rd.
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Rachael was raised and born here in Charleston South Carolina. As a native, mother, wife to her devoted husband David, and local real estate agent, Rachael gives you a glimpse into the heart of what is going on here.
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