Showing Folly some love

James Island residents Woody Taylor (from right) and Bridgette Buettner join Ryan Maier of Gunnison, Colo., on Folly Beach for the 2010 Hands Across the Sand opposition to offshore drilling.

After a rough-and-tumble time for Folly Beach, life seems to be settling down on "The Edge of America" as midsummer yields to late summer.

On Saturday, Folly will be getting some love in the form of two events: Hands Across the Sand at noon and an afternoon beach cleanup and celebration sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation and, ironically, Barefoot Wine (the alcohol ban remains in place).

Folly Beach is one of two locations along the South Carolina coast to host this event that will take place in 29 states at noon in respective time zones Saturday.

Participants will join hands for 15 minutes, forming lines in the sand, to demonstrate their love of the coast and the need to protect it.

The event supports clean energy and is against offshore drilling.

The event at Folly will kick off at 11:20 a.m. in front of the Tides Hotel (near the pier) with comments from Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin and Hamilton Davis of the Coastal Conservation League.

Chris Carnevale of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said he hopes all locals "who love the beach, the marsh, the seafood and everything else that prompts us to call the Lowcountry home to come out ... to demonstrate that they don't want these things jeopardized by a risky industry."

"The intrinsic risk of offshore drilling has been shown time and again, the most poignant example being the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The spill debilitated the Gulf Coast tourism and fishing industries and exposed tens of thousands of cleanup workers to toxic substances that have been linked to serious illness," Carnevale said.

"The toxic chemicals of the spill penetrated throughout the marine food chain, from plankton to coral to common seafood creatures such as shrimp, crab and fish. Do we want a disaster like this for South Carolina?"

Carnevale added that South Carolina enjoys a vibrant coastal tourism industry that generates $2.2 billion annually and employs more than 55,000 South Carolinians.

Go to handsacrossthesand.org for details.

Those hands can keep on helping Saturday with the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue cleanup, also a national event that is co-hosted by Surfrider Foundation chapters across the country.

The cleanup crew will meet at the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier at 2:30 p.m. and work until 4:30 p.m.

The collaboration between Barefoot and Surfrider has taken place for six years with the intention of keeping beaches "barefoot friendly."

For those 21 or older, a post-cleanup party will be 5-7 p.m. at the Pelican Watch Pavilion at the still-open portion of Folly Beach County Park at 11 W. Ashley Ave.

Given the issues with alcohol and the beach, local Surf-rider President Marty Morganello has contacted Folly officials to assure them that alcohol will not be served on the beach.

Check out beachrescuecharleston-eorg.eventbrite.com for more info.

Ever heard of Carolina bays? Former local wetland scientist Morgan A. McClure, who is visiting from China, will give a PowerPoint "talk & walk" on Carolina bays starting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Sewee Visitor Center in Awendaw.

McClure will give information on their theoretical origins, unique fauna and flora, and ecology.

Bring a lunch, bug spray, comfortable clothes and boots or old shoes.

Call 928-3368.

Round Three of four races in the Daniel Island Twilight Fun Run 5K Series will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bishop England High School on Daniel Island.

www.theextramile.com.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.