1st weekend of 2014 offers educational experiences

The World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown sits at its mooring at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant. Patriots Point is kicking off the new year by offering a "Pay What You Can" Weekend.

Welcome to the new year, folks!

While this week is a quite one (I'm pretty sure everyone is still recovering), things start to crank up next week, so enjoy the serenity while you can.

And while this week is slower in the events world, there's still inexpensive - and educational - fun to be had for those looking to get out of the house.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is kicking off the new year with a "Pay What You Can" Weekend.

For the third year in a row, normal parking and admission fees will be waived on Saturday and Sunday, with everyone invited to explore the museum for any price they can afford.

"We recognize that times are tough for many Americans, especially after the holiday season," Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said in a press release. "Some families may not be able to afford to pay anything while others may have a limited amount they can dedicate to this purpose."

To participate, simply go to the ticket office and pay what you can. There are no time-constraints and the museum will be open for normal operation hours, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Each ticket grants access to three historic vessels, 28 aircraft, the Medal of Honor Museum, Vietnam Naval Support Base and more.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is at 40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

For more information, go to www.patriotspoint.org or call 881-5984.

The Lowcountry Civil War Show returns for a 21st year, offering attendees the chance to peruse more than 250 tables of authentic weapons and memorabilia.

The once-a-year event will have more than 200 vendors on site displaying authentic Civil War and World War 2 guns, swords, relics, books and memorabilia.

Experts will be on hand to appraise antiques and other items, as well.

The show will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Omar Shrine Temple 176 Patriots Point Road, in Mount Pleasant.

Admission is $8 for adults with children 12 and under getting in free.

For more information, contact Mike Kent at 770-630-7296 or at mike@mkshows.com.