Dog-friendly summer series returns to James Island

Yappy Hour kicks off another year tonight.

Being an avid dog lover, I'm always thrilled when I come across events that I can bring my four-legged fur baby to. And it's even better when the event is held specifically for puppy parents; we all understand each other and our fierce love of our additional family members.

That being the case, I was excited to learn that the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission would be reviving its dog-themed events, with the first set for tonight.

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, tonight's Yappy Hour event at James Island County Park has been rescheduled for May 29.

One of CCPRC's most popular events, Yappy Hour has returned after its winter hiatus.

From 4-8 p.m. May 29, you and your pup are invited to enjoy an evening of socializing, live music and more at James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive.

Held in the off-leash dog park, owners can enjoy live music by the Soul Fish Duo and sip on adult beverages, which will be available for purchase on-site, while their dogs run around and play.

Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited and pets must be leashed outside the dog park.

For more info, call 795-4386 or go to www.Charleston

For those unfamiliar, Summerville DREAM (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management) holds a monthly event called Third Thursday, which highlights downtown Summerville businesses, restaurants and more.

For May's Third Thursday, DREAM is taking attendees to the islands.

Setting the scene will be seven steel drum bands that will be performing island music together and separately. Additional music will be provided by the Charleston Hot Shots (Hawaiian and blues), The Ambler Hall Band (country, folk, rock and Top 40s), Brady Smith, and Alan Bibey and Susan Riddle. There will be refreshments, various booths set up and more at this block party celebration.

Third Thursday takes place from 5-8 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, go to

This week's Party at the Point is going Reggae.

Billed as Charleston's "premier happy hour concert series," the long-running annual summer concert series continues its 14th season Friday.

Held at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with bands playing from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This week's show has been deemed Reggae Night, with performances by The Dubplates and Roots of a Rebellion.

Tickets are $5-$7. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5. The event features $3 drafts while they last.

For more, go to

Yet another summer staple put on by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is their Shaggin' on the Cooper series.

The dance series at the Mount Pleasant Pier off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard in Mount Pleasant continues Saturday with live music by Local Motion Party Band.

Held monthly through Sept. 13, gates open at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at this all-ages event.

Tickets are $10 or $8 for Charleston County residents, and it's recommended that advance purchases are made as tickets are limited.

For more information, call 795-4386 or go to

As in years past, the Folly Beach pier will play host to a series of fishing tournaments throughout the summer, with the first event of the season set for Saturday.

Grab your fishing rod, or if you don't have one, rental equipment will be available, and head out for a full day of fishing fun. The Summer Pier Kickoff Tournament will run 6 a.m.-2 p.m., with prizes awarded at the close. Prize categories include king mackerel, adult angler, lady angler, youth angler (12 and under), senior angler (60 and over) and total weight of five fish.

Online registration is available at but ends the Thursday prior to each tournament. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event. Registration for Charleston County residents is $9 for ages 13 and older and $12 for king mackerel; registration for noncounty residents is $12 for ages 13 and older, $7 for ages 3-12, and $14 for king mackerel. An adult chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

For more info, call the Folly Beach Fishing Pier at 588-3474.