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Patriots Point is repeating its "Pay What You Can" Weekend Saturday and Sunday. File/Dave Munday/Staff

State-owned Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is repeating its "Pay What You Can" weekend Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are normally $22 for adults and parking is $5. This weekend, visitors can name their own price for tickets and parking, or even decide they can't afford to pay at all.

"This is Patriots Point’s way to give back to the community that supports us 365 days a year," Patriots Point executive director Mac Burdette said in the announcement. "We know that not every person or family can afford to pursue the entertainment and education opportunities that exist in Charleston, especially during the holiday season. That is why we invite every person to pay whatever they can afford during 'Pay What You Can' weekend, even if circumstances make it where they can’t pay anything at all. That is perfectly fine with us."

The waterfront Mount Pleasant museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tourism snapshot

The state's hotels and parks rebounded nicely after Hurricane Irma in September, according to the monthly snapshot from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

The average revenue per available room figure for October — $70.73 — was up 8.4 percent from a year earlier, although that's comparing it with the month Hurricane Matthew drove away visitors. The closely watched metric was up 5.1 percent for the year.

Revenue generated at the state parks system in October was up 114.18 percent from a year earlier, when Matthew shut down several of the public recreation properties. Revenue for the year was up 7 percent, at $2.3 million.

The state's airports also posted significant gains compared to October 2016.

  • Charleston: up 22.5 percent in October, up 6.5 percent for the year;
  • Greenville/Spartanburg: up 14.7 percent in October, up 4.3 percent for the year;
  • Hilton Head: up 23.8 percent in October, down 9.8 percent for the year;
  • Myrtle Beach: up 52.5 percent in October, up 16 percent for the year

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Figures for Columbia were not available. 

Kitchen diplomacy

Michelle Weaver, executive chef at Charleston Grill, is one of the state's four chef ambassadors for 2018. 

Gov. Henry McMaster announced the culinary lineup to promote the state as a food destination. To that end, they will participate in specific events throughout the Southeast.

Weaver is joined by Heidi Vukov, owner and executive chef of Croissants Bistro & Bakery and Hook & Barrel in Myrtle Beach; Kiki Cyrus, owner and executive chef of Kiki's Chicken and Waffles in Columbia; and Sarah McClure, executive chef at Southside Smokehouse in Landrum.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.