HARVIN COLUMN: Spend Memorial Day with the arts

PROVIDED A military art show spotlighting the Coast Guard will be on display the aircraft carrier Yorktown.

Given that the arts are in full swing with Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto Festival USA for the next two weeks, it’s hard to choose events. There are just so many of them.

More than 700 in Piccolo and over 140 with Spoleto. And the caliber of these events is so wonderful. Our daily coverage will give you a taste of what’s to come.

So I decided to focus on three events that will honor our veterans on Memorial Day and that the whole family can enjoy.

First, there is the Charleston’s Men’s Chorus and its Memorial Day Concert. This is a serious and celebratory tribute to our veterans and armed forces members. The program will include service anthems, patriotic songs and other inspiring works to honor our servicemen and women.

The chorus is a nonprofit 70-man ensemble devoted to entertaining the tri-county area. The group is directed by Ricard Bordas and accompanied by Pamela Nelson. They never fail to entertain. But the concert is popular, so get your tickets early.

The concert is noon-1 p.m. Monday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 142 Church St. Admission is $21 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Call 866-811-4111 or visit www.piccolospoleto.com to reserve your place.

Another great concert is the Memorial Day Concert by the Charleston Community Band. It is joining with the Columbia Community Band to honor veterans. That concert is at 3 p.m. Monday in Marion Square.

This concert is a fitting tribute because it has so many of our local musicians and is heartfelt. You and the kids definitely will feel like jumping up when the band plays “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The best part of this concert is that it is free, and while you listen to the concert, you also can wander around and look at all the art in the park.

Dozens of artists will be exhibiting their work for Piccolo Spoleto.

The third patriotic exhibit is at the aircraft carrier York-town at Patriots Point. The ship museum and Coast Guard Sector Charleston are teaming up for a special Piccolo Spoleto art display aboard the ship.

The exhibit, “United States Coast Guard, Always Ready,” features artwork based on day-to-day operations of the Coast Guard. The artwork is on loan from the Coast Guard Art Program.

This is the second year that Patriots Point has hosted a Piccolo event. Last year, the museum hosted “Art and Music in Times of War,” a mixed-media display that included paintings, prints, photos and models. And it looks like it will be popular with the public.

The exhibit runs through June 7 and is part of your regular admission to the Naval and Maritime Museum.

So get out your red, white and blue and plan a patriotic Monday honoring our veterans and enjoying our great city.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@postandcourier.com