Calendar overflows with inexpensive happenings

Shaggin’ on the Cooper will be held Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Pier.


The spring outdoor events calendar is in full swing, so let’s waste no more space and get to what’s going on.

Well, that finale didn’t last long.

The organizers behind Folly Fridays faked everyone out last week at what was to be the closing of the inaugural year. Guess they weren’t ready to call it quits just yet.

Hosted by the Folly Association of Business, the event gets an encore this week at not one but three locations: Planet Follywood, Drop-In Deli and Folly Brew Pub.

Each Friday for the past seven weeks, local businesses on Folly have banded together to offer visitors food and drink specials, live entertainment, prizes, giveaways and more.

Sponsored by Mix 95.9 and Corona and Corona Light, Slammin’ Sammy from Mix 95.9 will broadcast his afternoon show (3-7 p.m.) live from Folly. Participating restaurants will offer drink specials, including $3.50 Coronas and Corona Lights, and attendees will have the opportunity to win Corona prizes as well as gift certificates to dozens of businesses on Folly Beach.

Starting at 6 p.m., a number of musicians will perform around town. Find a schedule of who will be playing where at

Charleston’s “premier happy hour concert series” is celebrating the return of warm, dry weather with the next installment of Party at the Point.

From 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, enjoy the view from Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant, as you sip on drinks from the cash bar and enjoy live music from bluegrass group The Blue Dogs.

Tickets are $7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5.

Go to for more.

One of Charleston County Park and Recreation’s most popular events, Yappy Hour, marks its return Thursday.

Pick up your pup and head over to James Island County Park for an evening of socializing, live music and more starting at 4 p.m.,

Held in the off-leash dog park, owners can enjoy live music by Soul Fish Duo while their dogs run around and play. But remember that pets must be leashed outside the dog park.

Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited; beverages will be available for purchase on-site.

Call 795-4386 or go to

Yet another annual seasonal staple for Charleston County Park and Rec is Shaggin’ on the Cooper.

The dance series at the Mount Pleasant Pier off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard in Mount Pleasant will be held Saturday, with gates opening at 7 p.m. and the music beginning at 8 p.m.

This week, enjoy live music from the Port Authority Band, which performs Top 40 hit songs from yesterday and today in a variety of genres including Motown, rock ’n’ roll, ’60s, ’70s, beach music and classic rock. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $10 or $8 for Charleston County residents, and it’s recommended that advance purchases are made as tickets are limited. New this year is the “All-Access Dance Card,” a season pass to all of the Shaggin’ on the Cooper and Moonlight Mixer events (Moonlight Mixers begin at the end of May on Folly Beach). The passes are $84 or $60 for Charleston County residents, for both series. Passes for the Moonlight Mixer series or the Shaggin’ on the Cooper series also can be purchased for $48 or $36 for Charleston County residents.

Call 795-4386 or go to

Also on Saturday is Irvin-House Vineyards’ Sippin’ Saturday event.

From noon-4 p.m., enjoy a day at the Wadmalaw Island winery. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House winery are $6 to taste six of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $4 to taste five wines.

In addition, Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio, and wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle.

Live music will begin at 1 p.m. and will be provided by Guilt Ridden Troubadour. Food will be available for purchase from the Tomato Shed Cafe.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Pets are allowed but must be leashed.

Admission is free, but drinks and food must be purchased. Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. Call 559-6867 or go to

This month’s Third Thursday event in downtown Summerville is all about birds and bluegrass.

Bluegrass bands, including Eagle Creek, 17-S Bluegrass, the Harrmonators and Busker, will be scattered around the event area performing live music. And if you’re looking to get in on the action, you can bring an instrument and a chair and join the open Blue Grass Jam in Town Square.

In conjunction with this weekend’s Sculpture in the South in Summerville’s Azalea Square (see Pages 18-19 for more), the nonprofit has teamed up with the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest and Summerville Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management for BIRDS. An acronym for Birds in Residence Downtown Summerville, BIRDS is a project that will see 19 life-size bird sculptures scattered throughout town. The first will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Other happenings during Third Thursday include art and merchant booths, and events and specials at local shops and restaurants.

The event runs 5-8 p.m. Go to for more.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, One Sanctuary Beach Drive on Kiawah Island, kicks off their Summer Concert Series on Saturday.

Starting at 5 p.m. on The Grand Lawn, the family-friendly event will feature a performance by The Coastal Breeze Band, which plays Motown, soul, pop and retro hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or a blanket. Outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed; cocktail service will be available.

Call 768-6301 or go to for more.

If you’re looking for something a little different, look no further than the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, an Audubon Society naturalist will guide an evening tour along the 1.75-mile boardwalk through the old-growth Francis Beidler Forest.

Stars and moonlight will guide the way as walkers stroll past bald cypress trunks (some more than 1,000 years old) and listen to the bats and barred owls.

Pets are not allowed.

Tickets are $10. Reservations are required. Call 462-2150 or go to