My Charleston Weekend: Aug. 2-8

A week of celebrating the history, heritage and culture of the Gullah/Geechee Nation wraps up this weekend with the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival. Marquetta L. Goodwine, Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, dances at the 2006 festival.

Gullah/Geechee Appreciation Week

A week of celebrating the history, heritage and culture of the Gullah/Geechee Nation wraps up this weekend with the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival, three days of living history through music, language, folklore, history, dance, cuisine and more. On Friday, take part in a living history luncheon and catch a screening of the documentary “America Street” before taking a historic Gullah/Geechee journey down the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway. On Saturday, head over to the Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St., noon-7 p.m. for a day of music, puppet shows, discussions, a film premiere, marketplace and more. Sunday will see a 2-6 p.m. trip to McLeod Plantation with a final fellowship after touring James Island. For details on activities and pricing information, email, call 838-1171 or go to

Celebrity Softball Challenge

Let the games begin! Starting at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, the Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challenge will begin with the goal of raising awareness and money to combat childhood obesity. Enjoy a family-friendly evening of softball and festivities, including a dedicated kids area and entertainment during and between innings, at Riley Park on Lockwood Boulevard. Participating celebrities include local TV news anchors and radio station DJs, South Carolina college coaches and graduates, TV show and reality show stars and professional athletes. For the full list of participants, check out Tickets range from $7-$16; proceeds go to Louie’s Kids and Run Buddies. Call 724-9367.

PGA Championship madness

Freshfields Village, located just outside the gates of Kiawah and Seabrook islands, is getting a jump-start on PGA Championship Week with golf-themed movies as part of the Starlight Cinemas series. On Tuesday, catch an edited version (it brings the rating from R to PG-13) of “Tin Cup.” The comedy-drama stars Kevin Costner as a washed-up golf pro who tries to qualify for the U.S. Open to win the heart of a rival’s girlfriend, played by Rene Russo. On Wednesday, catch the “Legend of Bagger Vance,” a movie filmed in South Carolina, including on Kiawah Island, where the championship will be played. The movie stars Matt Damon as a down-and-out golfer who attempts to recover his game and his life with help of caddy Bagger Vance, played by Will Smith. Golf games start at 7 p.m. and the movies start at 8:30 p.m. and are free. Check out

Summer Coin Show

The Lowcountry Coin Club hosts more than 30 dealer tables stocked with rare coins, common coins, old coins, new coins, coins from around the world, paper currency and collectables. Head out to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson, to buy, sell, trade or just have a look. The show runs 1-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free with a photo ID.

Charles Towne Pub Stroll

What better way to learn the history of our fair city than through a pub stroll! Better yet, the tour is led by pirates! Stroll around town to some of the area’s most historic taverns; back in the day, Charles Towne had one pub for every five men, the website boasts. While you’re at the various taverns, the guides will “regale you with stories of early drinking habits, Prohibition-era criminals and the historical oddities of the Holy City.” Tours start in Washington Square, 80 Broad St., at 7 p.m. Friday. The price is $18 and does not include food or drinks at the various stops. For details, call 442-7299 or check out

Banquet and Auction

The Quality Deer Management Association will hold its annual Lowcountry Branch banquet and auction at 5:30 tonight at the Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road. The group describes themselves as a “nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring a high-quality and sustainable future for white-tailed deer and deer hunting through research and education.” The event will be fully catered with an open bar, live music, raffles and live and silent auctions featuring deer, turkey, duck and quail hunts, guided fishing trips, guns, jewelry, spa packages and more. The price to attend is $50, $65 for a couple, and includes a one-year membership. Call 330-6517 or go to

Cheers to Breathing

This inaugural benefit is all about raising money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, which affects the lungs and digestive system. Held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Midtown Bar & Grill, 559 King St., the event boasts music, drinks, food, a raffle and silent auction. The cost to attend is $25, and all proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help find a cure. Go to

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

Head out to the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd., 7-11 p.m. Saturday for an evening of live music and dancing. Classic oldies and beach music will be performed by The Coppertones. Only 800 tickets will be sold, so advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are $10, $8 for Charleston County residents. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site. To purchase tickets, call 795-4386 or go to

Splash Day

The town of Mount Pleasant will host a day of free fun 4-8 p.m. Wednesday. Water slides and jump castles will be on-site, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event will be held at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and Pier off Harry Hallman Boulevard. For more info, check out

Maker’s Market

North Charleston’s Mixson community will host a market featuring local artisans and crafters. Head out to Mixson, 4400 Marblehead Lane, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday for a selection of locally produced items. The market will have treats available from Autobanh, the BBQ Joint, Dulce Dessert Truck and King of Pops, among others. Enjoy live music from Wire and Wood, and compete in a cornhole raffle from Holy City Games and more. Check out

Coastal Center Cup

The inaugural Coastal Center Cup will be held over the weekend to benefit residents of the Coastal Center, a state-operated residential facility for people with developmental disabilities and special needs. On Friday, a benefit concert will be held at 6 p.m. at the Summerville Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd. The event is open to the public and will include a silent auction, food, a DJ and live music. Tickets are $20. If golf is what you’re interested in, the cup begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Summerville Country Club and costs $60. Go to

National Lighthouse Day

Fort Sumter National Monument invites the public to celebrate National Lighthouse Day with an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District at 1815 I’On Ave. Explore the grounds, quarters cupola and boathouse; note that because of health and safety concerns the lighthouse interior will not be open. In addition, visitors can pick up a free commemorative poster designed by Amelia Millar for the 50th anniversary of the lighthouse. Displays on water safety and activities for children are planned. Refreshments will be served at this free event. Call 883-3123.

Sullivan’s Island Saltwater Classic

This King Mackerel tournament is coming Friday and Saturday to the “Big Shed,” 1459 Hennessy St., on Sullivan’s Island. The fun begins Friday with on-site entry ($350) 5-8 p.m. Food, beverages, entertainment, an auction, raffle and a mandatory captain’s meeting are part of the evening. Fishing times are 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday with awards being given at 7 p.m. And while it might be about fishing, families are invited out, as there will be jump castles for the kids and bleachers for everyone to sit in during the weigh-in. The alternate fishing day is Sunday if weather or safety requires a change. The classic benefits the Sullivan’s Island Volunteer Fire Department. Go to

Sol Slam

Head out to The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, this weekend for this second annual event. Held Friday and Saturday, enjoy live music from Sol Driven Train, Fowler’s Mustache, Hey Rocco, Luke Cunningham, Guilt Ridden Troubadour, Gaslight Street, The V-Tones, Danielle Howle and Firework Show, The Reckoning, Wadata and Rachel Kate. A special performance aimed at the kids will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday by Sol Driven. If you’re interested in participating in a watermelon eating contest, it’s BYOW (bring your own watermelon). Tickets are $15 for Friday’s show, $20 for Saturday’s show; a two-day pass is $30. A portion of Saturday’s ticket and merchandise sales will go to Charleston Waterkeeper and Save the Light to help preserve some of Charleston’s natural and cultural resources. Check out