My Charleston Weekend: Sept. 13-19

File/staff The 41st annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering will be held Saturday at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant.

Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering

This 41st annual gathering Saturday at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant truly offers you a taste of Scotland. Featuring caber (telephone poll) tossing, high-stepping highland dancers, bagpipers, kilts, border collie demonstrations, traditional fare and more, you’ll be well-entertained. The Games offer a variety of competitions, and the kids will even have their own scaled-down version. Performances will include a 7 p.m. concert by Celtic groups Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans and Rathkeltair, which will perform Scottish and Irish folk songs. Tickets for the Games are $17, $4 for kids under 12 in advance and $20, $5 for kids under 12 the day of; a ticket for the Games includes the concert. Tickets for the concert (after 3 p.m.) are $15. Tickets can be purchased at or at Sticky Fingers restaurants. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. Events run 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Find out more at

Mozart in the South Festival

Produced by Chamber Music Charleston, this fourth annual event allows for immersion into classical music. During the four-day festival, the 13 core musicians of Chamber Music Charleston will be playing in various ensembles alongside guest artists from across the country. The festival opens Thursday with a piano master class with Andrew Armstrong at Circular Congregational Church. Mozart’s comic opera, “The Impresario,” will be performed Friday at the Sottile Theatre. On Saturday in Marion Square, there will be a free family event, Little Mozart Circus. The festival concludes Sunday with a grand finale performance of music for piano and strings at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul; a courtyard reception will follow. For details on performances, including pricing information, go to or call 763-4941.

World TeamTennis Finals

The Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island again will host an amazing weekend of all-star tennis. Watch greats John McEnroe, Venus Williams, Martina Hingis and more as they compete for the King Trophy (named after WTT co-founder Billie Jean King). Friday will see the WTT Western Conference Championship, which will feature the Orange County Breakers against the Sacramento Capitals. The Eastern Conference Championship, which pits the Washington Kastles against the N.Y. Sportimes, will take place Saturday. Conference Championship games start at 6:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the Eastern and Western Conference Champions will face off for the title. Single-session tickets start at $35; weekend packages start at $70. Tickets are available at the tennis center box office, which can be reached at 800-677-2293, or via Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For more about the finals, check out or

Pet Expo

Saturday, things are going to the dogs, and the cats, and the horses, and the reptiles ... You get the idea. Pack up the pets (dogs must be on leashes, cats in carriers) and head to the Exchange Park in Ladson 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for a day of demonstrations and contests. Pet Helpers will be administering distemper and rabies vaccines for $7 each to cats and dogs noon-3 p.m. Pets also will be on-site that are available for adoption. Food (Hubee D’s, Ms. Jackie’s Catering, Carvel, Kool Katz Italian Ice, Southern Occasions Catering, Festival Foods and Laura’s Hot Dogs) and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is $2, and kids 12 and under get in free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit participating rescue and shelter groups. For details, check out


This military tribute concert, part of the Lt. Dan Weekend, is all about raising public awareness of the needs of severely wounded American veterans from recent wars and raising money to pay for equipment and services the Veterans Association and federal government do not fund for those vets. Held Friday at Charleston’s Waterfront Park, the show will feature headliner Rockie Lynne, a country star who is a former Army paratrooper. Also performing will be Mike Corrado and Machine Gun (Corrado is a veteran who has opened for Bon Jovi, John Mayer, Train and the Black Eyed Peas) and Dale Beatty and Outlaw (Beatty lost both legs serving with the Army in Iraq). The concert is $10, free for military ID cardholders. For information on Vetpalooza and other events going on throughout the Lowcountry as part of the Lt. Dan Weekend, go to

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

This charity event has a food focus, as some of the area’s finest chefs will be serving up their signature dishes. Participating restaurants include 82 Queen, Bambu, Blu, Cru Cafe and Catering, Halls Chophouse, Hamby’s Catering and Events, Iacofano’s Italian Bistro, Lana, Laura Alberts Tasteful Options, Lowcountry Eats, Poogan’s Porch, Relish Distinctive Catering, Rita’s Seaside Grille, Saffire, Smokesouth, Tristan and Virginia’s on King. At 6 p.m. Thursday in the Marriott Crystal Ballroom on Lockwood Drive, kick off the evening by bidding on silent auction items as you sip cocktails and nibble dish samples. The highlight of the evening is the live auction, which will be headed up by HGTV “Designed to Sell” star Terry Haas. Tickets to the event are $200. Funds raised will aid research into the causes and preventions or premature birth, which affects half a million babies and their families every year, including 184 babies in South Carolina in an average week. Go to

Gladys Knight

The Georgia-born “Empress of Soul” will perform a special concert at Charleston’s Dock Street Theatre as part of the Music With Friends series. The club, which requires a membership ($1,500 per year), provides folks the opportunity to attend three intimate performances a year, each evening kicking off with a cocktail reception. Past artists have included the likes of Jackson Browne, Steely Dan and Loggins & Messina. On Sept. 19, eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight will grace the Lowcountry with hits such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” from her more than 38 albums. For more info, go to

Hugs for Harper Tennis Tournament

In honor of 11-year-old Harper Drolet, who last year lost her battle with a rare form of pediatric cancer, this weekend tennis tournament will act as a fundraiser. Friday-Sunday at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, the tennis tournament will be held to raise money for the Hugs for Harper Endowment, which helps fund a full-time researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. While registration for the tournament is closed, those wishing to attend the $75 tournament dinner and auction 6-9 p.m. Saturday can call Jonathan Barth at 768-2706 or 568-1468. Live entertainment will be provided by members of the Blue Dogs. Go to

Pediatric Cancer Awareness Celebration

From 3-5 p.m. Sunday, head out to the Boardwalk at Riverfront Park in North Charleston to honor and celebrate children battling cancer. As part of pediatric cancer awareness month (September), join Camp Happy Days and MUSC’s pediatric hematology/oncology department for this balloon ceremony. Dr. Michelle Hudspeth, director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Division, will speak. The event is open to the public. Go to

Joe’s Buddy Memorial Tournament

This fifth annual fishing tournament will take place Saturday at Gold Bug Island, Mount Pleasant. Registration is $40, and the event benefits Camp Happy Days and the Joseph Daniel Shuford III memorial reef development. For information, call Will Brown at 343-4045.

Folly Pier Fishing Tournament

On Saturday, head out to the second largest pier on the East Coast, the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, to compete. Prizes will be awarded for the three largest catches in the Big Fish category and for the largest catch in the King Mackerel category. Online registration ends Thursday; day-of registration will be available and will begin on-site at 6 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 4:15 p.m. The tournament will be held rain or shine. The registration fee for the Big Fish category is $12, $9 for Charleston County residents; $14, $12 for Charleston County residents for the King Mackerel contest. An adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. For more info, call 588-3474.

Constitution Week

Starting Monday, head out to the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site to celebrate Constitution Week by attending one of the many free events there. Events include the 15th annual naturalization ceremony Tuesday, a living history day Friday (watch craftsmen in period dress demonstrate rice-pounding, indigo-dyeing, iron-smithing, brick masonry and domestic arts), a screening of the 2010 documentary on Charles Pinckney that will be held Saturday and Sunday, and more. All events are free. For more information on events corresponding with Constitution Week, go to The Pinckney site is at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.