When tragedy strikes Charleston, we’ve learned that our community responds with love, support and a constant echo of the question, “How can I help?” Musicians have held benefit concerts, artists have helped interpret the emotional aftermath through public displays, companies across the state have donated thousands of dollars. Now, local restaurants are doing their part by hosting a special dining event, A Community United, to benefit families of the nine victims of the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church. The Macintosh, Indaco and more than 50 other establishments in the local food and beverage industry will participate in the tasting event and silent auction. All the proceeds will be donated to the cause. The Mark Sterbank Group, a collection of jazz artists, and Lowcountry Voices, a gospel choir, will perform live at the event. There also will be a program for community and Emanuel AME church leaders to speak.
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Grand Ballroom, Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, 205 Meeting St., Charleston
Kings of ‘cue
The Charleston Brown Water Society, a local nonprofit group oriented around a shared passion for whiskey, is taking a break from the bottle to bring the Summer BBQ Invitational back to Charleston for the second year. The event at Holy City Brewery will bring nationally-recognized masters of barbecue, including Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville and local pit-masters Aaron Siegel, Taylor Garrigan and Madison Ruckel from Home Team BBQ. All the participants will prepare different cuts of meat, and a variety of sides, beer from Holy City Brewing and spirits will be on the menu as well. For dessert, Kelly Chu of Aya and Red Orchid’s will serve special ice creams. Local artists Reid Stone and Guilt Ridden Troubadour will perform live. Attendees must be 21 or older.
When: 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Holy City Brewery, 4155 Dorchester Road, North Charleston
Price: $60, meal included; VIP tickets are $150 and include two helpings of food and other amenities.
More info: brownwatersociety.com
Beat the heat
When we get to the peak of summer, it can feel like the heat is beating you down, rather than vice versa. The swimming pools are more like bath tubs and the sand burns your feet. But just when you think there’s no good reason to go outdoors, we’re here to remind you that there’s always at least one good time to be had in the sunshine. This week, it’s Splash Day at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, where the town will set up an inflatable water park with big attractions like the “tropical plunge” and a smaller area of activities for young children.
Local day camps, families and any other children’s group are invited to the event, free of admission or parking fees. Food and beverages will be available.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant
More info: www.comeonovermp.com/index.aspx?NID=112
French for a day
We like to celebrate other countries’ holidays in America. It’s kind of our thing. So even if you don’t speak French, or have any idea what Bastille Day is, that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in the festivities at Fish this week. But just so we’re all on the same page, the holiday, held on July 14, marks the first day of the French Revolution in 1789. Enough history lessons, though. Let’s talk food. The restaurant on Upper King Street is centered on French-meets-Lowcountry cuisine, so to celebrate the revolutionary spirit, patrons can choose to be treated as “princes” or “patriots” and each group is given a separate menu to choose from four French courses, drink specials and so on. You can also expect cake-eating and costume contests all set to traditional French music.
When: 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesday
Where: 442 King St., Charleston
Price: $45 or $60 to include bottomless drink pairings
More info: 722-3474 for reservations or www.facebook.com/events/816086741832062/
Showdown of Carolinas
The Lowcountry Highrollers are due for the next home bout, and they’re challenging two of North Carolina’s top roller derby teams. Split into two rounds, the first group is the Bruisin’ Betties, who will face off against the Carolina Bootleggers of Raleigh, and the second group, LCHR All Stars, will take on the Appalachian Rollergirls of Boone. Beer from Pabst Blue Ribbon and Holy City Brewing will be for sale on-site, and hula-hoop performers with Homespun Hoops will show off their skills during a halftime show. Profits from the event will be donated to the Genesis Project, an initiative to provide children in rural areas of Charleston County more access to public pools for swim instructions and water safety programs. An after-party for the event will be at Cantina’s Burgers Tacos & Beer, 9730 Dorchester Road, Summerville.
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: 3337 Business Circle, North Charleston
Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; children ages 5-10 get in for $5, younger children get in free
More info: www.facebook.com/events/386569398195730/