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March in Charleston SC

No doubt about itp; ...the big events for March are the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the country. The Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the Irish Historical Society and the Knights of Columbus invite everyone to honor the patron saint of Ireland with a grand parade on King Street on March 17th.

On the 13th, the SC Irish Historical Society will host its annual Irish Variety Show featuring the Irish Tenors and the CSO plus more Irish talent at the Gaillard.

BOLO...A mini-Y2K event may unfold later this month when Daylight Savings Time moves from its prescribed dates and confuses the pre-programmed computers. Be On The Lookout.

A new cigar is being offered, a blend of the finest Honduran and Dominican tobacco rolled and aged here in town and
Appropriately named “Carlos Villa,” Spanish for Charleston.

Cudos ..the Holiday Inn Historic District was voted #6 in the Top 10 Hidden Gems—U.S. category. The French Quarter Inn captured #2 in Luxury-US and the #20 spot on the Top 100 Luxury-World list by Traveler’s Choice. The 21 Battery Bed and Breakfast was named among the best undiscovered inns for romance by Bed and VirtualTourist, a social-networking travel web site released its Top Ten Unique Romantic destinations. Charleston, the only US city on the list, came in at number four.

It’s Customer Appreciation Day at the Charleston County Parks on March 18th. Get free admission at Caw Caw, Wannamaker, Palmetto and James Island Parks. Take advantage of free parking at Kiawah, Folly Beach and Isle of Palms Parks and not only is the parking free at the Folly Pier, but the fishing is gratis too. Take this chance to enjoy the day!

North Charleston and American LaFrance present the Fire Museum and Education Center in the new North Charleston Visitors Center. Opening in April, the museum will house the oldest fire trucks in America.

The Art Institute Of Charleston is slated to start classes on April 2nd.
Offering bachelor and associate degrees in Culinary Arts, Graphic Design and all types of Media, the school has named Charlestonian Susan Wigley as top toque. Speaking of major food events, The 2007 BB&T Charleston Food + Wine Festival will host over 70 culinary related businesses, top food personalities, cooking demos and competitions, gourmet foods, extensive wines, seminars and don’t forget...the Charleston Cooks! Culinary Village March 1-4. Bon Appetit!

Firefly Vodka has been well received by critics. The world’s only muscadine grape based vodka, it uses Charleston area grapes. It will make its debut into New York Society at the hot Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball.
Irvin House Vineyards will host an open house with guided tours on its 48 acre Wadmalaw property with a tasting and light lunch on March 31st.
Charleston Tea Plantation has added an air conditioned, narrated bus tour-a behind the scenes view of its farm operations on Wadmalaw.

The South Carolina Aquarium is teaming up with local chefs to explore sustainable seafood cooking. On March 11, join the chef from the Old Firehouse Restaurant in the Great Hall for an oyster demo. On March 31st, the Boathouse on Breech Inlet will be there with another seafood creation.

March has proved itself as the most beautiful month in Charleston gardens. The Citadel’s Library Friends’ ninth annual Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour will feature nine gardens on Church and Meeting Streets on the afternoon of March 11. The focus will be on camellias with experts on hand at each stop to answer questions. The Garden Club of Charleston will celebrate our contribution to America’s horticultural heritage with its tours this year. The March 17th tour will center on the Ansonborough district, while the tours on March 24th will be on Church Street. And we can’t forget the YMCA Flowertown Festival in Summerville with azaleas galore March 30-April 1. With over 200 artists and crafters, it has been voted one of the top craft shows in the U.S. by Sunshine magazine.

The 60th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens takes place March 15th-April 14th. It offers a chance to tour 150 of America’s most distinctive homes in 11 antebellum and colonial neighborhoods. It begins with the International Antiques Show the 16th- the 18th.
The Charleston Art and Antiques Forum will run Charleston’s
Antiques Week 3/14-3/18 concentrating its noted speakers and
displays on 18th and 19th century Fine and Decorative Arts.
The Preservation Society will host its spring lecture and reception on March 8 at the Charleston Museum.

The Center for Women kicks off its first annual Charleston Fashion Week, a five night celebration of our burgeoning retail and design community on March 20th. Lots of surprise guests and lots to see.

The CSO presents an Evening of Americana with Mark O’Connor, one of the world’s best fiddle players, March 8 at the Gaillard.

Turtles will be taking up residence in the most unexpected places in the Turtles on the Town project. Local artists are painting and exhibiting the fiberglass replicas (similar to the Cows on Parade show in Chicago) to raise awareness of the Aquarium’s conservation programs.

The French Quarter Gallery District will welcome spring with an Art Walk on March 2. The Changing Face of Charleston exhibit focuses on the transformation of the area as viewed by the participating artists through March 4.

Tours offered here are changing along with the area. Charleston Photo Tour is a two hour walking tour combining interesting history with pointers on where and how to take excellent photographs capturing the mood and beauty of the area. The Blue Moon, a 68 foot classic motor yacht built for a Hollywood mogul is cruising our waters and available for charter tours. The beautiful wood vessel is at Ripley Light Marina. It will be the officials’ viewing stand at the launching of the Spirit of South Carolina at noon March 4th. The tall ship will be temporarily berthed at the Maritime Center were a public celebration will be held in her honor and to mark the 100,000 plus hours of work and millions of dollars it took to make the dream come true.

Kiawah Island has announced its Golf for Women Retreat March 9-11. Instruction from Golf for Women magazine’s “Top 50 Teachers,” golf time and lots of relaxation.

The National Turkey Federation will host a “Women in the Outdoors” program for women 14 and older featuring: skeet shooting, self-defense, archery, handgun, fishing, outdoor cooking, boating & trailering, kayaks, shrimping and crabbing and lowcountry landscapes at Camp HoNonWah March 31st.

The 10th Annual Palmetto Pump and USA Climbing Competition will be held March 24th at James Island County Park. The competition of strength, balance and endurance will be held at the state’s tallest outdoor climbing wall. Competitors are grouped by age and gender. Head out and try your skills.

The Flowertown Festival will kick off with over 1,000 runners and walkers pounding the Summerville pavement on the 17th.

That would be a great tune up for the 30th Cooper River Bridge Run to be held on the 31st. This is one of the top 10K races in the world. New this year is the opportunity to run to benefit one of six charities. As Race Director, Julian Smith, stated, “We have all been touched by these organizations at some point in our lives. This is a chance to give something back to them.”

As the Family Circle Tennis Center gears up for competition with some of the sport’s biggest names April 7th-15th, there comes word of a special honor. The Center has been recognized as a “Top 50” Tennis Welcome Center of 2006. The Tennis Industry Association and the U.S. Tennis Federation announced the Center is only one of three in the state to be recognized for growing the sport of tennis, providing top quality instruction and exciting programming.
A special welcome to Charleston —–AIR TRAN and
JSJ Pharmaceuticals !!

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