My Charleston Weekend: May 31-June 6

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Wonderfest Wonder Works is celebrating the end of school and the beginning of summer with this second annual event Saturday. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at its West Ashley store in the St. Andrews Shopping Center, 975 Savannah Highway, enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, a dunking booth, slide, jump castle, an obstacle course, snow (you read that right), live music and more. Ponies will be on site, and puppy and kittens from Pet Helpers will be up for adoption. There will be free food and ice cream. This event is free, but activity tickets for some events must be purchased. Proceeds go to four local charities created by kids to benefit kids: Hugs for Harper, Happy Wheels, Abby’s Friends and Keys for Hope. For more info, go to

Bacardi Cocktail Classic A longstanding Charleston competition, this event formerly known as the Bacardi Mojito Challenge gets a name change as some of the area’s best bartenders gather to celebrate Bacardi’s 150th anniversary. Held 8-11 p.m. Tuesday at the South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, movers and shakers will battle it out for a title decided by a panel of celebrity judges and you. Live music will be provided by Gino Castillo and his Sextet. Tickets are $35. Proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics. Check out for more.

Pattison’s Academy benefit Pattison’s Academy, which offers programs for children with multiple disabilities, is holding a fundraiser Monday at RiverTowne Country Club, 1700 Rivertowne Country Club Drive, Mount Pleasant. A captain’s choice golf tournament gets off to a shotgun start at noon and includes a hole-in-one contest, drink tickets, prizes, breakfast and an after-party. The entry fee is $450 per team. Not a golfer? You can still attend the cocktail party and auction at 5 p.m. for $15. For details, call 849-6707.

Gun show The Land of the Sky Gun and Knife Show returns to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds off U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson. Running Saturday and Sunday, swap, buy, sell or browse 350 tables of knives, ammo, surplus, books, reloading supplies and shooting accessories from South Carolina’s biggest dealers. The show runs 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, kids 12 and under get in free. For more information, call 770-630-7296.

The Battle of Midway: 70 Years Later

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, will host on Monday a panel discussion and ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Midway. Starting at 11 a.m., this educational program held in the aircraft carrier Yorktown’s Smokey Stover Theater will include a video followed by a panel discussion, observance by Sen. Lindsey Graham and a wreath-laying ceremony. This event is free to the public. For more information, go to

Nighttime at the Museum Reminiscent of “Night at the Museum,” find out what happens at The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., after everyone goes home at this annual event. This year’s theme is “What is it?,” all about exploring curious and odd things from history. Held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, bring your flashlight and explore the halls as you interact with costumed living historians. Pizza and an ice cream station are part of admission, which runs $5-$20. Check out the details at www.charleston or call 722-2996.

The Battle of Hot Wheels The second of three intraleague bouts, this tournament pits the Ashley Riverdolls against the Holy City Heartbreakers. Cheer on the derby girls at 6 p.m. Sunday at Hot Wheels Skating Center, 1523 Folly Road. Tickets are $10, $5 for kids. Snacks will be available for purchase. Find out more at www.lowcountryhigh

Gay Days Charleston enlightenMEN is hosting the first Gay Days at Frankie’s Fun Park, 5000 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston, on Saturday. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., enlightenMEN is inviting the LGBTQ communities, families and friends to this event that will help raise money for the 2012 Charleston Pride Festival. For details, go to

Anniversary celebration Blackbeard’s Cove is celebrating six years on Sunday, and what better way to do it than with a party. Starting at 11 a.m., enjoy free mini golf, games, face painting, live entertainment, a dunking booth and prizes. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for free from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Blackbeard’s Cove is at 3255 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. Find out more at

Mount Pleasant Pier Fishing Tournament

Get a jump start on summer 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday with a little healthy competition, all while enjoying the view from the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Held at the Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., compete in Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (3-12), Senior Angler (60+) and Total Weight of five fish categories. The tournament, which costs $9-$12 to participate in, will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 762-9946.

Fishing event Lefty Kreh, who is considered one of the pioneers of saltwater fly fishing, will be in town Friday and Saturday for demos, clinics and signings. On Friday, Kreh will be at The Charleston Angler’s West Ashley location, 654 St. Andrews Blvd., giving casting demos, autographing books and DVDs, and telling stories. This event is free. On Saturday, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant will host an “Exclusive Fly Fishing Clinic with Lefty Kreh” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The clinic will cover casting instruction, use of equipment and tackle, landing different species of fish and lunch. The fee is $400. Email or call 884-2095.