October takes the Lowcountry by Storm


halloween   The Autumnal Equinox has occurred so we know by the calendar that Fall is here. There is a definite moderating of temperatures. One big hint that the Lowcountry is heading for cooler weather is the number of outdoor events scheduled this month. Everyone is walking or running for a cause it seems.


The eclipse was an economic boon to the state. Touted as SC’s largest recorded tourism event, the Last US Totality found 1.6 million folks traveled to or within our state. Reading the fine print, it seems that over half the watchers who traveled to watch the eclipse were South Carolinians who ventured out to a park or an event within the state border. Those from “off” were visiting from North Carolina, Georgia or Florida. The event did bring about $269 million to our coffers though. Even with the cloudy weather, I’d say you could call it a success.


U.S. executives have ranked SC fourth in the business environment, according to a survey by Development Counselors International. The top pick was Texas (42%), followed by Florida (22%), Georgia (20%), SC (16%) and NC (15%) Two key pieces of info gleaned were that the Trump election had not altered the business’ plans and that 50% of those CEOs said they would be making a location change in the next 24 months.


Let’s hope the goblins and haints don’t scare them off. It’ll soon be time to stock up on treats so the tricks don’t catch up with you.


Too much energy in your household? If you’re looking for an outlet, Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch has a suggestion. This month they have their Corn Maze, Hay Mountain, and Monster Hayride set up to wear those kids out!


This month, the Charleston Arts Festival will tempt with music, theatre, dance and visual art events and displays throughout the area. It will culminate with the Halloween extravaganza finale, an attendee immersion in “all things creative” on the 28th at the Royal American. Last year, Jail Break, this year, even better?


The 34th Annual MOJA Festival continues with an Oct 6th event at the Gaillard, Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. Oct 8th marks the return of the Lowcountry’s touring musical ensemble, Ranky Tanky Homecoming at the Dock Street.


If you’re a poetry lover, the Free Verse Festival is working on poetry as public art. Don’t be surprised to find poems everywhere from bus stops to billboards to public readings.


MUSC is celebrating Oktoberfest at the MUSC Health Stadium on the 1st, noon to 5pm, with German dancers, bands, food and beer. There’s a Kidszone and the Panthers on the Jumbotron, too.


Also that day, it’s the 2nd Annual Shrimp on the Barbie Local Shrimp Festival from 1-4 at the ChasHarbor Resort.


The 15th Annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour is from 1-5 on the 1st. Enjoy unique historic homes, food from local chefs, flowers and music on Sumter Avenue.


Top the day off with TajMo. Blues titans TajMahal and Keb’Mo’ will be at the Gaillard to celebrate their new album.


The 34th Annual Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay Court State Championships will be played at Seabrook Is. Racquet Club the 4th-8th.


The Charleston Music Hall is teaming up with The Alley to give you the 5th Annual Big Lebowski Bash on the 4th at 7pm. The epic shenanigans begin with the movie at the Music Hall then a 9pin bowling tournament at the Alley. There’s a costume contest and the first white Russian is on the house!


The 5th begins the 41st Annual Fall Tour of Homes with different properties featured each day by the Preservation Society.


The Rotary Club of N. Chas Breakfast Benefit Golf Tournament will be on the 5th at Wescott Golf Club with a shotgun start at noon.


Seven-time #1 country vocalist, Thomas Rhett, brings his tour to the NChas Coliseum on the 5th.


Experience the Chas. Gallery Assn’s Artwalk from 5-8pm in downtown Charleston. 40 Galleries participate in the free event on the 6th.


The 4th Annual Race for Freedom 5K run/walk will aid the survivors of sex trafficking. It’s a Super Hero theme at Wannamaker Park on the 7th.


The IOP Connector Run/Walk for the Child will be at 8am on the 7th.


It’s Broadway Under the Stars with Javier Cook and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Volvo Stadium on the 7th.


It’s the final home game of the regular season, so head over to MUSC Health Stadium to see the Charleston Battery vs the Islanders. Hopefully, you’ll be able to celebrate a trip to the playoffs! MUSC employees score free tickets to this one! Post-game fireworks, of course.


The Steinhoisting Contest is on at Bay Street Biergarten’s Oktoberfest on the 7th. Guten Tag!


Run like a hippie at the Palmetto Goodwill Hippie Dash 5K on the 7th at Park Circle, costumes encouraged and an after party at D.I.G.


The 8th brings a Boil and Boat Party to Morris Island leaving Sunset Cay at 4:30. (3 hours)


Columbus Day, state and federal holiday is on Monday, the 9th.


The Makin’ Strokes in the Oaks Golf Tournament will be at Legend Oaks on the 9th.


Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the NoChas Coliseum the 11th-15th.


Rock and Rondo Redux IV, a crossover program featuring Mozart, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles by CMC’s violin, viola and cello musicians will be at the Chas. Library Society on the 12th.


Yappy Hour lives! The JICP event on the 12th is at 4pm til sunset.


That Big Book Sale, the Library’s 36th annual event, will be at Omar Shrine Auditorium in MT P on the 13th-15th. (Christmas gifts, anyone?)


CSO presents Beethoven’s final complete symphony, the Ninth, including the Ode to Joy, at the Gaillard on the 13th and 14th.


Attention, peanut lovers! The Bonneau Peanut Festival is scheduled on the 13th and 14th, the parade is 10:30 Saturday.


On the 14th, stretch your legs! The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k will be at Mullet Hall Park. Ages 10 and up, 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult. The 8th Annual Avondale 5K Run and Walk starts and ends at the Triangle. The Crowfield Plantation 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30am. The NoChas Dream Center’s 4th Annual Hope for Healing Walk will be run.


There’s also the Edisto & Beyond Annual Tour of Historic Homes, Churches and Graveyards from 10-5pm on the 14th.


The 30th Annual Town of MtP’s Children’s Day Festival will be at the Park West Rec Center on the 15th.


Celebrate a different heritage and have a ball! The Summerville Italian Feast is back on the 15th at Hutchinson Square, 11-6pm. OR The 26th  Annual Latin American Festival is at Wannamaker Park, 12-6pm.


The 5th Annual Colour of Music Festival will run the 18th-22nd.


Herbie Hancock stops by the Gaillard on the 18th.


The 10th Annual Follypalooza Festival will be on the 21st on Center Street from 10-5pm.


The East Cooper Rotary presents Speakeasy-Prohibition for a Cause at the Sweetgrass Center on the 21st from 7-11pm.


Calling all boaters! Time to Cleanup Shem Creek. Structured like a fishing tournament, boats will bring back their haul for judging on the 21st at Redd’s Ice House. OR SCDNR opens its doors for their biennial Open House. Tour a vessel, learn to cast a line, meet the crew at 217 Ft Johnson.


Third Eye Blind will entertain at the Volvo Car Stadium on the 21st.


CJO presents Jazz Elements: The Music of Earth Wind and Fire at the Chas Music Hall on the 21st.


     The Komen Race for the Cure starts at 8am on Daniel Island.


He’s back! Darius Rucker will perform at the Volvo Stadium on the 22nd at 7pm


The Coastal County Fair is at Ladson Fairgrounds the 26th-11/5


The 19th JI Connector Run will be on the 28th and the Super Scary SUP Race is on Folly the 28th at 8am.


PetHelpers Fur Ball is at the Charleston Marriott on the 28th at 6:30pm.


In automotive news, Volvo has announced it will double their initial $500 million investment and add an additional 1,900 to its original 2,000 employment estimate. The 1,600 acre Ridgeville plant will produce the company’s S60 sedan.


The Governor says we’re in the running for the new Toyota-Mazda plant, along with 10 other states. The collaboration will require 1,000 acres, 2 assembly lines, and 4,000 workers to produce 300K vehicles each year. The $1.6B plant would open in 2021 building a crossover for Mazda and the Corolla for Toyota, both for the US market.


In education, The Citadel has been awarded the largest grant in the school’s history to create workshops for teachers’ development in STEM subjects. The $1.54M grant will aid teachers in both NC and SC.


The Citadel was named the South’s #1 public college. The College of Charleston (voted the most beautiful campus in the country by T+L) was not far behind at #5. The CofC was also tied for #2 college in the south for undergrad teaching. Published by the US News and World Report.


Researchers from 10 SC universities, including the C of C and MUSC, have been awarded a $20M, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation.


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Charleston tech community created almost ten thousand jobs in the year ending 5/16. That’s a lot of talent that either has to be recruited or grown locally. The tech industry is not alone, it’s every industry. Trident Tech is doing its part with 113 high school students participating in the Chas. Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program in 16 occupational fields.


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