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My Charleston Weekend: There's music, food and birding in store this weekend

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The Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve on Folly Beach is home to a number of seabird species, including the painted bunting and Wilson’s plover. A bird walk is planned Jan. 14. File/Staff 

Who said fun is for the birds? Sometimes, it involves birds. Check out the bird walk on Folly Island. There's also a look at history at the Charleston Museum, some music that's not for the birds but for fish, a performance by Michael Bolton and a parade on Monday's holiday.

In other words, plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend.

Lighthouse Inlet bird walk

What: Participate in a bird walk that will focus on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Once the home of a Coast Guard station, this Heritage Preserve protects maritime forest, beach, dunes and marsh habitats for wildlife. This site boasts one of the largest bird lists in South Carolina.

When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14

Where: Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve, 1750 E. Ashley Ave., Folly Beach

Price: $9

More Info: 843-795-4386, bit.ly/3znJ50t

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A person walks by the Charleston Museum in August 2020. The museum celebrates its 249th year with a look at much of the history it holds this weekend File/Lauren Petracca/Staff

Conversations with a Curator: Early Days Gallery

What: Celebrate the Charleston Museum's 249th birthday with a tour of the museum's earliest collections.

The Early Days gallery reflects the Museum's long history from its founding in 1773 to the late 20th century. Join Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden in the Early Days gallery for the story of the museum's institutional history and a closer look at some of its earliest antiquities.

When: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14

Where: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston

Price: Free with admission

More Info: bit.ly/3FTDUI8

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The eclectic offerings at Taste of Folly returns on Jan. 14 at various venues. File/Stephen Massar/Special to The Post and Courier

Taste of Folly

What: Celebrate Folly Beach's eclectic beachside cuisine this weekend. The annual event will feature a cocktail competition on Jan. 14 at the Tides and a family-friendly Center Street festival on Jan. 15 with live music, hot-dog-eating and oyster shucking contests, cooking demonstrations and more.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 14 & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 15

Where: Various venues, Folly Beach

Price: $5-$24

More Info: visitfolly.com/taste-of-folly

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The Off-Road Duathon at Laurel Hill County Park is set to roll and run Jan. 15. It consists of a 2-mile run, a 7-mile bike, then another 2-mile run. File

Off-Road Duathlon

What: Traverse scenic trails at Laurel Hill County Park in the Off-Road Duathlon. This beginner-friendly course consists of a 2-mile run, a 7-mile bike, then another 2-mile run.

When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15

Where: Laurel Hill County Park, 1251 Park West Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $55

More Info: ccprc.com/3263/Off-Road-Duathlon

Snowboard Rail Jam

What: The Mex 1 team will fill the front parking lot with 40,000 pounds of snow for regional and national amateur snowboarders to showcase their best tricks and skills. There will be fun for everyone with live music from the Strawberry Squad, visual effects from Lazer Catcher and multiple outdoor bars and vendors.

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 15

Where: Mex 1 Coastal Cantina West Ashley, 817 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston

Price: $15-$20, Free for ages 12 & under

More Info: bit.ly/3FTJH0o

'Steel Magnolias'

What: Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., is where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and revealing verbal collisions, this play is a touching look at a cast of marvelously amiable characters.

When: 3 p.m. Jan. 16

Where: James F. Dean Theatre, 133 S. Main St., Summerville

Price: $25, $20 military/senior/student

More Info: 843-875-9251, bit.ly/3ivaJS3

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Michael Bolton is performing at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Provided

Michael Bolton in concert

What: Join Michael Bolton for an evening of timeless hits and a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards and even classical.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston

Price: $46-$120

More Info: 843-242-3099, info@gaillardcenter.org

Karaoke Sunday

What: Sing your heart out at the Tin Roof karaoke night every Sunday from 9 p.m. to midnight.

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road, Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 843-571-0775, charlestontinroof.com

MLK Day (Virtual) Parade

What: Watch Charleston's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade on WCBD, Channel 2. Because of COVID-19's rapid spread, the event will be virtual.

The parade route, filmed in December, will start at the Citadel and travel around Hampton Park.

When: Noon Jan. 17

Where: Televised on WCBD, Channel 2, Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 843-722-1644, ywcagc.org/mlk-celebration

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