Calendar of Events and Happenings

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January 19 THROUGH March 8, 2016
Charleston Library Society Winter Lecture Series: “This Abundant Land: The Natural and Agricultural History of South Carolina”

Now in its ninth year, this eight-week series will feature prominent historians discussing topics that range from rice, tobacco, and phosphates to colonial culinary delights and the plantation landscape. Lectures will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:00, January 19th through March 8th.  If you are not a member of the Society, please consider joining the SCHS today!

February 9 AND March 8, 2016
College of Charleston MBA Program Resumes Free, Monthly Information Sessions

Choosing the right MBA program can be a challenge – but getting information shouldn’t be. Meet, mingle and discover the benefits of a degree from the College of Charleston’s global MBA program at monthly, in-person information sessions.

Meet MBA Program Director Jim Kindley and learn about the admission process, pre-term three-week challenge and required international immersion trip, (classes have visited Brazil, Panama, Dubai, Vietnam, China, Chile and Panama).

Prospective students are encouraged to sit in on classes and arrange to speak directly with faculty, staff and current MBA students.

Register at Event will take place at College of Charleston – Tate Center, 5 Liberty Street, Room 207 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

February 10, 2016
The Glass Onion Hosts a Special Dinner 

For one special night on Wednesday, February 10, The Glass Onion will welcome legendary Southern chef Bill Smith from Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill for a dinner highlighting dishes from his new book Crabs and Oysters: A SAVOR THE SOUTH® Cookbook. Chef Chris Stewart and Smith will collaborate on a four course dinner that will feature dishes inspired from the book. Diners can expect a seafood heavy menu featuring crab, oysters, shrimp and more. Plus diners can expect the usual treats and surprises offered at The Glass Onion special dinners. The dinner is $70 per person and includes a copy of the book, or $125 a couple (with one copy of the book). There will also be an optional wine pairing for $25 per person or dinners can order off the normal drink menu as well. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or call 843-225-1717. Once a ticket is purchased, attendees will select a specific reservation time. To learn more, visit

February 13, 2016
South Carolina Ballet Premieres Aladdin 

Conceptualized and choreographed by Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett in 1995 in Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina Ballet presents the premiere of Aladdin for one night only on February 13th. Join Aladdin and Jasmine on their magic carpet and journey as we turn the North Charleston Performing Arts Center into ancient Persia.

South Carolina Ballet will give one performance of Aladdin at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on February 13th, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets, starting at $27, can be purchased at the box office, at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

February 13-15, 2016
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition 

From noted conservationists to champion pedigree dogs, this three-day celebration of the sporting lifestyle features wildlife art, high-energy animal demonstrations, wild game culinary events and more.
For more information and for tickets, visit

February 14, 2016
Magnolia Plantation Sweetheart Stroll

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is inviting couples to enjoy a Valentine Chocolate and Camellia Sweetheart Stroll through America’s oldest garden.
Sample a variety of tasty treats Feb. 14-15 at chocolate stations in the sprawling gardens along the Ashley River.
String musicians will serenade as couples embrace a love of chocolate in a colorful winter landscape named a Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.
While the adults indulge, children will gather at a gingerbread house to craft Valentine greetings for their parents.
This affair – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – is free with garden admission. Children under six are free.
For more information, contact Herb Frazier at 843-571-1266, ext. 237.

February 15, 2016
Westbrook Brewing & Christophe Chocolatier Valentine Pairing

Enjoy the latest hand-crafted beer and chocolates from two local gourmands: Westbrook Brewing Company and Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier. Though bubbly champagne and bold red wines are often considered the romantic consort to chocolate, beer and chocolate go hand-in-hand and allow for more creativity and experimentation. Sip six craft beers paired with artisan chocolates at Westbrook’s tasting room in Mount Pleasant on Monday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. For only $20 per person, participants are led through the tasting experience. Beer or chocolate knowledge is not necessary to enjoy this event – just the desire to have fun with food combinations.

Join Christophe and Westbrook Brewing Company at 510 Ridge Road on February 15 at 6:30 p.m. Workshop is $20 per person. Space is limited and events sell out in advance so make your reservations today by visiting Christophe on Society Street or call 843.297.8674. Payment is due at the time of registration. This event is for those aged 21 and over.

February 23 UNTIL May 3rd, 2016
Puddle Jumper Classes for Kids at Palmetto Islands County Park

Students don’t just leave Puddle Jumpers with dirty hands. The learning outcomes of classes include nature exploration and identification, social skills development, movement and body awareness, problem solving, artistic expression, and creative play. During these classes children play, explore, dig, construct, create, observe, and ponder what they encounter in nature. They sing songs, build shelters, track animals, tell stories, ask questions, discover answers, and most importantly, find joy in being outside. Classes meet at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mt. Pleasant, SC and each class begins at one of the park’s open-air shelters. Class is in session no matter the weather, so be prepared for rain or shine (or both)! For information and registration, visit

February 24, 2016
SAT Prep Discussion at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Please join us for an informative talk on Wednesday, February 24th. Program will begin at 6:30PM at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant.
For additional information, please call Susan McSwain at the library, 843-849-6161 or email Mr. Joe Scarella at
Q&A to follow.

How does it differ from the current version
What subject matter should a student be focusing upon
What topics are no longer relevant
How does a student properly prepare for each portion
How does the ACT compare to the new SAT
How will post­secondary schools view the results of an ​ unproven  exam,   hopefully, this presentation will provide some answers.

February 27, 2016
RiverTowne Oyster Roast 

Please join us Saturday, February 27th for the RiverTowne Oyster Roast! This family-friendly event is open to RTCC members as well as non-members, so be sure to spread the word.

Event will feature:
– All You Can Eat Oysters & Frogmore Stew
– Live Music by Johnny Breeze
– S’mores
– Jump Castle

Tickets are:
– $20 for RTCC Members
– $25 Non-Members
– $10 Kids 6-12

Burgers, hotdogs and adult beverages will also be available for purchase. No coolers, outside food or drinks please.

Kindly RSVP via phone (843-849-2400 ext. 3) or email ( by February 22nd to ensure that we have enough oysters. Hope to see you there!

February 28,2016
Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-Off 

4th Annual South Atlantic Bank Oyster Roast & Chili Cook-Off will be Sunday, Feb. 28th at Hobcaw Yacht Club. All procceds to benefit the young mothers and children of Florence Crittenton Programs.

All you can eat oysters from Sticky Fingers, Delicious Chili from 15 Chili Cooks competing for 2016’s Best Chili, Craft Beer from Holy City Brewery, Westbrook Brewing Co, Palmetto Brewery and Seanachai, hot dogs, kids activities, Live Music by The Stilettos and much more!

Adults 21+ $35
Under 21-$15
Kids 10 and Under-Free

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February 28, 2016
Charleston’s Brewvival

Brewvival is a joint venture and vision brought to you by COAST Brewing Company and The Charleston Beer Exchange.
Each beer is hand-selected from our favorite breweries – local, regional, American, or otherwise – and presented in a fun outdoor environment, quite often by the folks that make it. Live music, friendly neighborhood food vendors, and the occasional speaker round out the afternoon, but beer takes the center stage. Expect a wide variety of styles and serving methods, ranging from semi-common to impossibly rare, all of which are available to ticketholders while the day’s supplies last. For dates, tickets and more information visit

February 29, 2016
11th Annual LifePoint RACE FOR LIFE 

11th Annual LifePoint RACE FOR LIFE is February 27, 2016 at James Island County Park.
$1900 in total cash prizes – Medals to top finishers
10K, 5K, ½ Mile Fun Run (on grass), Kids Zone (for more details and to register.

All funds raised will help send Team South Carolina to the Donate Life Transplant Games of America in Cleveland, OH June 10-16, 2016.

March 1, 2016
Commune. Supper Cult Veggie-Centric Supper

Commune. Supper Cult & Event Collaborative is excited to kick off its 2016 season with a veggie-centric supper featuring chefs Air Casebier of Feast Charleston and RJ Dye of The Lot at MUSC Urban Farm on March 1st. Launched in 2014, the goal of Commune. is to provide guests with an insider’s look at local purveyors that leaves them with a true sense of place while allowing Charleston’s best chefs to experiment in a collaborative and creative environment.

On March 1, Chefs Air Casebier of Feast Charleston and RJ Dye of The Lot will cook and collaborate at MUSC Urban Farm (Bee & President Streets, Charleston, SC 29425) to craft a meal highlighting the harvest of MUSC Urban Farm. These chefs are known for their work with vegetables, so we anticipate an exciting menu incorporating what we can source from this acclaimed urban farm. Beginning at 6:30pm, the dinner will include a tour of the farm, food, live music, cocktails, beer and wine for $75 per person. Early bird tickets are available for $65 if purchased by February 15th. Tickets are available for purchase at

March 12, 2016
Home Team BBQ Block Party

Home Team BBQ is organizing a Hogs for the Cause Block Party with friends and neighbors near their soon-to-open new downtown location on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 12:00noon to 4:00pm. This event is being organized to try and raise funds that Hogs for the Cause lost back in October after the torrential floods and rain storms forced them to cancel the event. The Hogs for the Cause Block Party will take place at 1071 Morrison Drive, a parking area in the popular NoMo neighborhood next to Edmund’s Oast and across from Home Team BBQ’s soon-to-open downtown location. Restaurants coming together for the event include The Atlantic Room Restaurant at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House, Home Team BBQ, Edmund’s Oast, and Lewis Barbecue. Cocktails will be made featuring Cathead Vodka and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Revelry Brewing Co. and Coast Brewing Co. will be serving beer. There will be live music by Guilt Ridden Troubadour.

Tickets are $30 per person plus tax for a food pass. There will be drink tickets sold for cocktails and beer. All of the food, beverages and entertainment has been donated to this event to raise funds for Hogs for the Cause. Kids under 12 are free. To purchase tickets, visit

March 17-19, 2016
Charleston Style Exchange 

Ladies, it’s time to turn your closet clutter into cash and give back to an awesome cause! It’s the 5th semi-annual upscale women’s consignment sale event, the Charleston Style Exchange! YOU can make money selling your new and gently worn clothes you no longer need AND shop the closets of other women for a fraction of retail prices AND give back to a local charity.

The event is FREE and open to the public on March 17-19, 2016 at the Belle Hall Plantation Clubhouse in Mt. Pleasant. Fashionistas will see hot list labels like Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer, St. John, Stella McCartney, Trina Turk, Coach, and many more! VIP shopping before the doors are open to the public is available for volunteers, consignors, military and education professionals, and through the purchase of charity tickets.

Consignors can earn 65-75% of their total sales, get a VIP shopping pass, and help out a local charity, but registration is limited, so hurry! CSE will be donating the unsold items to East Cooper Community Outreach, for consignors who choose to donate. All of the proceeds from VIP charity ticket sales will also go to the non-profit. ECCO provides more than 4,500 families per year with emergency assistance by providing food, clothing, household items, job training and skills, and much more.

Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2016
Pet Fest at Palmetto Islands County Park

Charleston’s premier pet festival offers two days of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, contests, entertainment, and more! Pets are encouraged to bring their owners! Annual Gold Passes will be honored. Activities include K9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs, pet contests, dog show, lure chasing, dock diving (weather permitting), live music, and much more. For a full schedule of activities each day, visit Pets must be restrained/leashed at all times. No outside food or beverages permitted. Fee: $8/Free: Ages 12 & under and Gold Pass Holders.

March 26, 2016
Hope on Goat Benefit

The 7th Annual “Hope on Goat” benefit event will be held at Goat Island Gatherings,
with Barrier Island Eco Tours providing ferry transportation to and from the island throughout
the entire event. Tickets are $55 for adults, $20 for children 3-12 and free for children 2 and under.
They can be purchased in advance at

The price includes all-you-can-eat local oysters
steamed over an open fire, homemade locally-caught fish stew, hot dogs, desserts, water and live music.
Event is BYOB. People are also permitted to bring their own food out to Goat Island. Coolers are welcome.
Plenty of seating will be provided. The fundraiser is held each year to benefit a local charity, with
100 percent of ticket sales and silent auction proceeds from this year’s event going to support the community
and school-based mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center.
Only 175 tickets are available for this event and it sells out every year, so reserve yours soon!

March 28 UNTIL April 23, 2016
Weeki Wachee Mermaids Return to the SC Aquarium 

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Feb. 2, 2016 – Plan a trip to the South Carolina Aquarium to see the World-Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids this Spring Break. Four mermaids will entertain guests at the South Carolina Aquarium March 28 through April 3, 2016. Hailing from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Spring Hill, Fla., the mermaids will swim among hundreds of animals, including 8-foot sharks, during three daily performances in the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, the Great Ocean Tank. During each show, the mermaids will delight guests with a highly technical and choreographed routine to musical numbers, inspiring guests of all ages. The shows will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. daily and are included with general admission to the Aquarium.

For the first time since hosting the World-Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids, a limited number of guests can experience a special date night event, Mermaids & Me, designed for all ages and featuring an exclusive Mermaid performance in the Great Ocean Tank. Each attendee will have the opportunity to meet and take a photo with a friendly mermaid on the land. Casual American fare with scrumptious desserts will be served and tickets are priced at $40 per person; children 2 and under free. For tickets, visit or call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

April 2, 2016
The 2016 Cooper River Bridge Run

The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. It’s considered the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. It includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. It broadens community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year. To register for the 2016 race or learn more, visit the website,


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