It’s Time for Some Live Tunes: The Summer Music Round-Up

Sol Driven Train

Every summer needs a soundtrack. Lucky for us, the coming months in the Lowcountry will offer plenty of moments to embrace a jam or two. From Volvo Car Stadium hosting arena-filling acts to The Windjammer providing us with intimate sets from some of our old-time favs, the forecast for this concert season calls for musical highs and scattered guitar solos. From Isle of Palms to … [Read more...]

The Local Flavor: Farmers Markets in the Lowcountry


I remember the first time I sunk my choppers into a homegrown, perfectly ripe, South Carolina peach. Like taking a bite out of the sun, it filled my senses with aromatic vibrancy and just the right amount of sweet. Grocery-store produce picking falls short of the wonder and sense of community provided at area farmers markets. Stacks of green onions, collards, crimson peppers … [Read more...]

A Culinary Pioneer: Chef Rusty Hamlin of the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

Hamlin in front of Cookie his mobile kitchen

The days of standing in music festival concession lines for a preservative-filled hot dog or dried out falafel are a thing of the past. After all, nothing pairs better with guitar solos and gritty vocals than exceptional farm-fresh cuisine. Chef Rusty Hamlin, a culinary mastermind of fierce flavor, has trekked all over the country keeping the bellies of musicians and fans full. … [Read more...]

Set to Rock Daniel Island: Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

Zac Brown Band

Now in its fifth year, the Lowcountry’s own Southern Ground Music and Food Festival is set to rock Daniel Island to the delight of those who like their country gritty, their whiskey straight and their food options varied. With arguably the most impressive lineup to date, this event may indeed attract more out-of-town music lovers willing to clock the miles in the name of … [Read more...]

Golfing for the Greater Good: The 4th Annual Golf Ball


Besides providing a fun-filled day in the sun, golf tournaments at the local level also serve important purpose: raising funds for worthy causes and increasing awareness of the efforts of charitable organizations. East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) will host its 4th Annual Golf Ball in May at the Daniel Island Club. The two-day fundraiser includes a golf tourney on May 9, … [Read more...]

Having a Ball: Volunteers at the Volvo Car Open

FCC_Stadium Pic_CMYK

The annual women’s tennis tournament on Daniel Island, the Volvo Car Open – formerly the Family Circle Cup – is an incredible showcase of pro tennis players at the peak of their careers, and it’s a big event in the Charleston area every year. But it wouldn’t be the same without the 500 people who volunteer their time and energy every year to make it run. Of those 500 … [Read more...]

Life Gave You Lemons? Decorate That Tea Glass!


For years, Southern folks have reveled in taking shade under sprawling live oaks while sipping sweet tea. A day of porch swinging pairs perfectly with an iced glass brewed to perfection. Toss in a handful of perfect cubes and some sprigs of mint, and you’ve got a premier summer beverage. Add a few friends and some liquor to the pitcher and you've got a party. The crew at … [Read more...]

Daniel Island: It’s Not Just for Residents and Housesitters Anymore

Locals and visitors enjoy dining on the patio at The Islander.

I recently enjoyed a cocktail at D.I.G. on Daniel Island, struck up a conversation with a fellow patron and discovered that she, like me, resides in Mount Pleasant. “Interesting,” I mused to myself. Yet we’re both having happy hour on Daniel Island. Of course, I was spending the week living on Daniel Island at the time, housesitting for one of my favorite families. They … [Read more...]

A Top-Notch Education: Bishop England High School

Bishop England High School

Bishop England High School is presently the largest four-year Catholic high school in South Carolina. With a current enrollment of more than 700 students the courses quickly fill to capacity. “We encourage parents to begin the enrollment process during a student’s eighth-grade year,” explained Kit Brownell, director of admissions for Bishop England High School. “Our open … [Read more...]