My Charleston Weekend: July 5-11

DAVE MUNDAY/STAFF John Ball and Megan Ball of Lousville, Ken.,take part in the May Second Sunday on King Street with their daughter Emerson.

Second Sunday on King Spend your day strolling down King Street, hailed as one of the best shopping spots in America according to U.S. News and World Report. With outdoor dining options, live music (Shrimp City Slim will play on Lower King) and special deals offered by the merchants 1-5 p.m., Second Sunday is a family affair. Local authors Nathalie Dupree and Jack Bass will be at the Information Tent, along with the Made in Charleston guests Drew Peterson and Dr. Christy Cone, developers of Misiu Lip Glosses, which are sold at Cos Bar. And while the street is blocked off to traffic, an exception will be made as sponsor Baker Motor Co. will be showing off the new Porsche. Go to for more info.

Edwin McCain Well, he didn’t stay away long. Little more than a month after playing a special “in the round” show at The Cottage at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, the Greenville native returns to his home state. This time performing at The Windjammer, the Edwin McCain Band will perform today with the Connor Christian Trio and Taylor Moore. The doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $25. For details, go to

Rum Stroll Captain Jack Sparrow would be proud. Middleton Place’s popular weekly Wine Stroll will be usurped with a Rum Stroll on Wednesday. Partnering with St. Nicholas Abbey, sip rums from near and far as you stroll through the gardens. Tickets are $30. Middleton Place is at 4300 Ashley River Road. Go to for more information.

MegaDock Billfishing Tournament

Part of the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, the MegaDock X is a four-day marlin and sailfish tournament based out of Charleston City Marina that boasts a $20,000 purse for first place billfish. In its 10th year, the MegaDock begins Wednesday and runs through July 14. The tournament benefits local and national charities. Find out schedule details at www.megadock

Charleston Summer Classic If you’ve been missing out on your ponies since the Belmont Stakes, never fear as you’ve got a chance to get a fix. While it’s not racing, it’s still entertaining. This hunter-jumper horse show hosted by the Classic Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Road on Johns Island. Open to spectators, this classic begins Wednesday and runs through July 15. Events are ongoing throughout the day, and you can find out more details at www. or by calling 768-5503.

Boat Ride & Afterparty BigBoy Entertainment hosts its second annual Boat Ride & Afterparty on Saturday. Leaving from Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, the boat boards at 7:30 p.m. and will cruise around in Charleston Harbor until 10:30 p.m. The cruise, which includes live music, costs $20. An after-party will be held at Huger’s Place, 587 King St. The after-party costs $5 with your Boat Ride ticket stub. Find out more at bigboy

Fashion Try-On Continuing its commemorative programming for the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., is teaming up with the Carolina Ladies Aid Society to offer a Civil War Fashion Try-On event. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, find out what it was like to wear seemingly endless layers of clothing and huge hoop skirts. A photographer will be on-site to take photos. Guests also may bring their personal cameras to commemorate the event. The event is free with museum admission ($10 for adult, $5 for child 3-12, members and those under age 3 get in free). For more info, go to or call 722-2996.

Hotter Than July The writing’s on the wall with this one. The Charleston Pour House and Follywood Productions present Hotter Than July, a group that performs the music of Stevie Wonder. Concrete Jumpsuit opens for the Wonder wannabes. Doors to the Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, open at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Don’t Mess With the Tiger and Caxton Beaty will perform on the deck; doors open at 5 p.m. Admission to the deck show is free. For more info, check out www.charlestonpour

Party at the Point The finale of the 12th season of Party at the Point will be held Friday. The theme will be Reggae Night. From 5:30-9:30 p.m., listen to the island sound of Dub Island & the Dubplates and enjoy the view from Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Enjoy drink specials from Jose Cuervo Tequila and Captain Morgan Rum, plus $2 draft beer. Admission is $7. Kids, dogs and dreadlocks welcome. Find out more at www.Charleston

Murder Mystery Cruise If you’re looking for something a little different to spice up the middle of your week, you’re in luck. On Wednesday, aboard the Carolina Queen, take part in a baffling murder mystery performed by professional actors. And if you’re really looking to get in on the action, don your finest ’20s attire. Boarding at the Charleston City Marina off Lockwood Drive begins at 8:30 p.m. and the cruse runs 9-10:30 p.m. Admis-sion is $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 12 and under. Advanced reservations are required. Call 800-979-3370 or go to to learn more.

Splash Day The town of Mount Pleasant is again hosting its Splash Day at Memorial Waterfront Park, Harry M. Hallman Boulevard. Come cool off with giant inflatable waterslides, jump castles and more 4-8 p.m. Wednesday. Children must be supervised. Find out more at www.come

Music on the Green Continue your Fourth of July celebration into the weekend with this Summer Concert Series performance by Hot Sauce. A five-man band, this group plays a mix of music from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today. From 6-9 p.m. Friday, enjoy an evening out on the lawn at Freshfields Village on Johns Island between Kiawah and Seabrook islands. And don’t forget your beach chair or blanket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at this free event, sponsored by the town of Kiawah. Find out more at www. or