My Charleston Weekend: May 24-30

Provided The guys of the Holy City Beard & Mustache Society.

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

Expecting more than 100 contestants, some from as far away as California and Alaska, this Holy City Beard & Moustache Society event has become a must-attend event. Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Music Farm, 32 Ann St., competition categories include sideburns, goatee, moustache, groomed beard, college beard, freestyle, ladies artificial (moustache & beard), gray beard, best in show and full beard natural. Music will be provided by Charleston band Dante’s Camaro. Admission is $12, $15 for those under 21. Proceeds benefit Lowcountry Women With Wings, which provides ovarian cancer awareness, education and support services to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, their caregivers and families. For more on the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society, follow them on Twitter at For more on Women With Wings, go to

Living History Days Middleton Place hosts this second annual two-day event, this year commemorating the 230th anniversary of General Nathanael Greene’s encampment of the southern army at Middleton Place during the Revolutionary War. Programs and interactive demonstrations focusing on Continental Army tactics and camp life, British prisoners of war and military field medicine will take place all weekend. Interpreters also will demonstrate period crafts, open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing and more. Children will be able to test their skill with toys and games of the period 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more, call 556-6020.

Bluegrass, Country Music Hoe Down

A little off the beaten path, Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile, 2212 Santee State Park Road, Santee, will host its 10th annual weekend of pickin’ and singing. Beginning at 5:45 p.m. Friday and wrapping up around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 10 bands will perform for the public at this free, family-oriented event. Weather permitting, most all of the entertainment will be outside under the trees, so don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair. No coolers or alcoholic beverages are allowed. For more info, go to

Suzy McGrane Memorial Party This eighth annual benefit will feature cocktails, a spread from Home Team BBQ and live music from Five Way Friday and Gaslight Street. Held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Lighthouse on the Creek, 100 Church St., Mount Pleasant, the ticket price comes with a killer view. Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer patients. For more information, go to

Roller Derby The Lowcountry Highrollers All-Stars are kicking off storm season early, taking on the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday at McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie St. The bout kicks off at 5 p.m. with the home debut of Highrollers’ junior league, the Holy City Chaos, taking on Columbia Quad Squad’s Mini Derby team. The All-Stars will take the stage at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$40, kids under 10 get in free. Call 343-9789 or check out www.lowcountryhigh for more.

Starlight Cinemas Series Freshfields Village kicks off its outdoor movie series at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday with a free showing of the 2010 release “Karate Kid.” The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. with silhouette artist, songwriter and storyteller Clay Rick’s “Lowcountry Legends Show.” Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Johns, Seabrook and Kiawah islands. Go to for more.

Ben Sawyer Block Party Triangle Char and Bar and Steel City Pizza in Mount Pleasant are teaming up with the Charleston Animal Society to kick-start the summer in style. This inaugural event will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Music will be provided by the V-Tones and Two 3 Ways. Food and craft beer will be available, and pets will be available on-site for adoption. There is no cover charge, but a cash donation, pet food or peanut butter will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the Charleston Animal Society. For more info, call 412-4894.

Memorial Day weekend events Party at the Point

Charleston’s happy hour concert series kicks off summer with The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Enjoy the view and the music, along with $2 drafts (until it runs out), plus drink specials from Cuervo and Captain Morgan. Taking place 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, admission is $7. Check out www.CharlestonParty for details.

Concert series Freshfields Village, at the crossroads of Johns, Seabrook and Kiawah islands, hosts this free music weekend 6-9 p.m. Friday (Skate Rink Jukebox), Saturday (Rum Punch Bandits) and Sunday (Shem Creek Boogie Band). Attendees of this family-friendly event are encouraged to bring a blanket or beach chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Go to for details.

Band concert A free joint concert by the Charleston and Columbia community bands, this show to honor veterans will be performed 3-4 p.m. Monday in Marion Square. Call 856-0186 or go to www.charlestoncommunity for more info.

Guy Harvey meet, greet The marine wildlife artist and conservationist will meet with fans, sign autographs and take pictures at two Palmetto Moon locations. Touting his U.S. Armed Forces Collection, Harvey will be at the Northwoods Mall location, 2150 Northwoods Blvd., 1-3 p.m. Saturday and the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre location, 1614 Palmetto Grande Blvd., 1-3 p.m. Sunday. For more info, go to www.PalmettoMoon

Ceremony American Legion Post 179 will hold its annual Memorial Day event at 11 a.m. Monday at Live Oak Memorial Garden on Ashley River. A key note address will be given by Col. J.L. Hutto, professor of military science at The Citadel, at this free event. Call 571-1405 or email for more.

Men’s Chorus In honor of veterans, this concert will feature service anthems, patriotic songs and other inspiring works. Held noon Monday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 142 Church St., this concert is $21, $16 for seniors and students (ticket prices include a $1 per ticket box office surcharge). Call 866-811-4111 or