Play in the parks for free Sunday

Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center

There is so much going on this weekend, so let’s waste no time and dive right in.

Whether you’ve lived in the Lowcountry your whole life or are a recent transplant, Sunday offers the perfect opportunity to reacquaint or introduce yourself to local parks — for free.

Sunday marks Customer Appreciation Day at Charleston County parks, a day of free gate admission offered by the Park and Recreation Commission as a “thank you.”

Not only do you get in for free, but there’s also free fishing, family-friendly activities (noon-4 p.m.) and giveaways at each park.

Parks include Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston Wannamaker, Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands and James Island County Park.

Free parking will be offered at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Isle of Palms County Park and the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier. The Mount Pleasant Pier also will offer free fishing, but parking fees apply.

Call 795-4386 or go to

Another outdoor adventure, this one on Saturday, is the inaugural Bull’s Bay Nature Festival — From the Forest to the Sea, which aims to bring communities together to celebrate public lands and outdoor recreation.

With events scheduled 7 a.m.-8 p.m., you’re sure to find something to interest everyone in the family. And with prices ranging from free to $10, this is definitely budget-friendly.

Festival events will include a Cape Romain fishing derby, family fishing at Sewee Pond, a family biathlon along the Swamp Fox/Awendaw Passage, Wambaw Creek paddle, auto tours on Bull’s and in the Francis Marion National Forest, island and forest nature walks, raptor flying demonstrations, live reptile displays and a sweetgrass basketry workshop instructed by Vera Manigault, Gullah/Geechee historian and artisan.

For the kids, there will be nature art walks and fishing, crabbing, cast-netting and archery workshops.

Awendaw Green will host local musicians at the Sewee Center throughout the day, opening the musical entertainment with the Lincoln Middle-High School Steel Band. The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 5821 U.S. Highway 17 in Awendaw, will serve as the hub for the festival.

Community churches and the Santee to Sewee Community Development Corp. will prepare a variety of food items for purchase, including fish and chips, wings, chicken and red rice dinners, barbecue, baked desserts and more.

Events require registration. Forms can be picked up at the Sewee Center, Awendaw and McClellanville town offices, Birds of Prey Center and the Sewee Outpost. For more information about the festival, contact the Sewee Visitor Center at 928-3368 or go to

Everyone learns about the Civil War in school, but now’s your chance to experience it, after a fashion.

The ninth annual Battle of Charleston, a Civil War re-enactment, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Legare Farms, 2620 Hanscombe Point Road on Johns Island. Gates will open at 9 a.m., with activities going on throughout both days.

On Saturday, a period wedding will take place at 10 a.m. followed by a Ladies Social at 11 a.m. The Gullah singers will perform throughout the day. On Sunday, there will be a period church service at 10 a.m. There will also be numerous living history displays such as cooking over an open fire, candlemaking and sewing. Vendors such as a period blacksmith will be selling their wares. The soldiers and civilian campsites will be on display for the public to see how life might have been in the 1860s.

Admission is $10, with ages 5-12 getting in for $5; kids 4 and under get in for free. Food vendors will be on-site.

Find out more at or the Battle of Charleston on Facebook.

Easter is just around the corner (March 31), and the Charleston Museum is getting a jump on celebrating.

On Saturday, children of all ages are invited to participate in the Easter Eggstravaganza 10 a.m.-noon.

The event will begin at the museum with crafts, including decorating an Easter egg basket. Attendees will then head across the street to the Joseph Manigault House garden for an Easter egg hunt. The child who finds the golden egg will receive a special prize.

The event is free with paid admission ($10 for adults, $5 for children, ages 3 and under get in free). Go to or call 722-2996.