Shelter animals benefit from two weekend events

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is offering free annual memberships to those that adopt a dog from a Lowcountry animal shelter or pet adoption program.

I’ve never been shy about proclaiming my love for my four-legged fur baby. I’m a sucker for a cute fuzzy face, what can I say?

As that’s the case, my husband and I have been looking off and on for Dog No. 2, visiting various animal shelters in and around town. While it’s not our No. 1 priority at the moment (we need a fenced-in yard), it hasn’t stopped us from keeping an eye out for the right addition to our family.

Despite the fact that I sometimes find it hard to visit shelters (I want to save them all!), I have a lot of respect for the folks who run them and am nothing but supportive of their mission. And I know I’m not alone.

Among the supporters is Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which will be offering free annual memberships to those that adopt a dog from a Lowcountry animal shelter or pet adoption program.

Considered to be “one of America’s most dog-friendly destinations,” Magnolia welcomes leashed dogs 365 days a year and is listed in the “Ruff Guide to the United States: 365 of the Best Places to Stay & Play With Your Dog in all 50 States.”

Coupons for one free annual family membership (a $100 value) will be available at the Charleston Animal Society in North Charleston, the Francis R. Willis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Summerville, Pet Helpers on James Island and through the newly formed Sinbad-Sadie Second Chance Rescue.

Coupons will be available until March 31. After a dog is adopted, redeem the coupon at the Magnolia office at 3550 Ashley River Road to receive an annual membership card.

Dubbed “America’s oldest garden,” Magnolia is celebrating the 338th anniversary of the founding of the gardens, which have been named one of the 17 most beautiful gardens in the United States by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

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Another event aimed at showing support to animals will be the Fancy Paws Spring Fashion Show.

With a portion of the proceeds going to support the Charleston Animal Society, the show is being put on by the Event & Runway Production class at The Art Institute of Charleston.

The fashion show will feature vintage clothes as well as some vintage-inspired pieces from Dandy Boutique, along with some student pieces. Some rescue dogs are also lined up to strut their stuff down the runway.

Additional entertainment will be provided by the Summerville Civic Ballet, which will perform a lyrical and jazz number during the show. Vendors will be set up selling mostly jewelry and vintage clothes.

The show will take place 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at The Art Institute of Charleston, 24 North Market St. Tickets are $10, with VIP tickets available for $15; AICSC students, faculty and staff get in free.

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As frequent readers of the section are aware, we’re in the midst of oyster season. With one or more roasts taking place almost every weekend, this weekend offers up a few for folks into gobbling bivalves.

On Saturday, A Snappy Event will host the second annual Shuck’n and Truck’n Oyster Roast and Food Truck festival from noon-5 p.m. at the All Seasons parking lot, 1820 River Road, on Johns Island.

Attendees will be able to shuck a bucket of oysters for $15 and sample some grub from the participating food trucks, including Platia, Cast Iron, Deluce and Kay’s Southern Gourmet. Beer, wine and soda will be available, as well.

Entertainment will be provided by The Brady Smith Band while kids will be able to enjoy “a ‘Mountain of Dirt’ to slip and slide in as well as the chance to take mule rides around the lot.”

Admission is free and pets are welcome. For more information, go to or

Also on Saturday, Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Road, in West Ashley will host the Allstar Blues Jam & Oyster Roast starting at noon.

For the eighth year in a row, the event will feature acoustic blues performances on the outdoor stage, electric performances on the inside stage and all-you-can-eat oysters. Performers include “My Buddy Todd” Roth, Tommy Thunderfoot, Skye Carter Paige, Whitt Algar, John “JP” Picard and more.

Admission is $15 and includes unlimited oysters until 6 p.m. For more information, go to or

On Friday, Mellow Mushroom King Street will join other South of Calhoun favorites including Boones Bar, Kickin’ Chicken, King Street Grille and the Upper Deck, as well as New Belgium Brewing Co., for the fifth monthly block party.

Serving as a benefit for Charleston Moves, a local nonprofit organization working to enhance conditions for biking and walking in Charleston County, the event will offer attendees the chance to taste different New Belgium brews, take home some New Belgium swag and enjoy a variety of entertainment.

At 12:30 a.m. Saturday, each bar will host a raffle for those that completed the event at their bar. Block Party passports can be turned in for entry into the drawing and one lucky winner at each location will walk away with a SoCal and New Belgium prize pack.

Admission is free and $1 from each New Belgium beer sold throughout the event will benefit Charleston Moves. For more information, go to

On Saturday, The Sparrow will again play host to the Taking Flight Comic Show, put on by Park Circle Comics.

From noon-5 p.m., the show will feature a number of talented artists, including Aaron Hazouri, creator of “The Strange Adventures of Toaster Guy”; comic book artist Alex Smith, sometimes known as Sketchy McDrawpants; and Kelly Ochocki, a comic artist and sculptor.

A donation of $5 is suggested at the door and all donations will benefit a local charity. The beneficiary of this event is Fresh Future Farm, a nonprofit urban farm and community food operation dedicated to providing affordable and convenient access to fresh and healthy organic food and groceries.

Holy City Brewing is donating a keg of Brown Chicken Brown Cow Milk Brown beer and 100 percent of the sales of the beer will benefit Fresh Future Farm.

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