TRICK or TREAT TIME in the Lowcountry

Fall is here; at least that’s what conventional wisdom says. If your shopping options are anything to go by, the aisles of Halloween costumes, candy, apples and pumpkins seem to bear this out. But with the tropical storms, rain and warm weather, it may take more than the calendar to convince us.

Speaking of calendars, October 1st is the big night for the presentation of the 2017 Firefighter calendar. The unveiling will take place in the evening at Memminger Auditorium. There will be behind-the-scenes videos of these smoking’ guys during the photo shoot, a runway walk and back by popular demand…the live date night auction. It’s all for a good cause. The calendar sales benefit the Animal Society’s medical fund.

Elsewhere around town Moja Arts Festival is in full swing. Music, art, dance and theatre are all represented. The festival highlights the contribution of the Caribbean Islands to our life in the Lowcountry.

Also on the 1st, Sarah Jahroz and Parker Millsap will entertain at the Charleston Music Hall.

Which chef will claim title to making the Best Shrimp in Charleston? Come find out at the Shrimp Throwdown at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina on the 1st.

Lowcountry Muscle Cars hosts the 4th Annual Summerville Dream Machines Open Auto Show at Nexton on the 1st. Spectators are free, slots for over 300 cars, music and vendors.

Fields to Families is celebrating 10 years of fighting hunger by providing fresh produce to Charleston and Berkeley Counties. Their anniversary party and benefit is at Daniel Island’s Pierce Park, on the 2nd, 4-7pm.

We are exploring many different cultures over the first few weeks of the month. We open in the middle of MOJA with their Caribbean roots.

The food, music and culture of Latin America is celebrated on the 2nd, 12-6 at the Wannamaker Park. Don’t miss the live salsa and merengue music!

If you find your family fun around the dining table with lots of pasta, come celebrate Italian Heritage at Hutchinson Square in Summerville. Lots of Italian dishes to taste and wine to savor. It starts at 11am and goes till the last grape is stomped at 6pm.  Summerville is really rolling out the red carpet on the 2nd.

Another of Summerville’s treats that day is the Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour. This year homes in Guilford Gates on Central Avenue will be open from 1-6. Local chefs will supply the goodies, local florists will fill the homes with flowers and musicians will perform in the homes or gardens.

Charlton Singleton and Friends will celebrate the Life of Prince at the Charleston Music Hall on the 2nd at 8pm.

On the 6th, the Preservation Society of Charleston begins its 40th Home and Garden Tour. Until the 20th, you can explore the Holy City’s celebrated homes with a different section of the city highlighted each day.

Visit the Edisto and Beyond Tour, opening the doors of plantation homes, churches and ruins on the 8th, 10-5pm.

This is Oktoberfest month, and St Matthews Church on Marion Square says HOLY PROST!!! Saints and Sinners Willkommen on the 8th and 9th from 3-8pm for German polka dancing, food, beer, wine and a brat eating contest. Children welcome, there will be games for them too.

We wouldn’t want to leave your best friend out of the festivities! Pet Fest Goes Bavarian on the 16th with pet contests, games, German food and drink, live music and demonstrations. Costumes encouraged at the Wannamaker County Park on the 16th, 11-4.

The 3rd Annual Carolina Surf Film Festival will be at the Brick House on Folly Road on the 14th and 15th. Short and full-length films will be screened. Surf-related art, clothing and good times available to all.

It’s time for the FREE Annual Children’s Day Festival held by the Town of Mt Pleasant at the Park West Recreation Complex on the 16th from 11-5pm. Free parking at Cario and Charles Pinckney/Laurel Hills schools. A shuttle will run all day.

There’s an “R” in October so come enjoy the oysters at the 5th Annual HALOS Oyster Roast on the 16th from 4-7pm at Harborside East in Mt P.

Have we gotten ay accolades lately?

Forbes recently published a list of 25 Places to Follow your Bliss in Retirement. Of course, this being Forbes they didn’t take into account the cost of living. But they did say that “if your passions include the Arts, Dining, Volunteering, Outdoor Water Activities and Golf, then Charleston is your place in the sun.“ They described our town as “a gracious coastal town brimming with lures. The median home price is $243,000. Pros: Good economy and tax climate for retirees. Low serious crime rate. High rank on Milken Institute aging list. CON: Cost of living 9% above the national average. NOTED: Average number of doctors per capita. NOTED: Warm climate. TRIVIA: First game of golf in the US took place here.” Cool, huh?

How about business news?

The Charleston Business Journal compared the number of full-time government employees to the Census Bureau’s number of SC residents. It turns out there’s one for every 39.7 residents.

Speaking of workers, the jobless rate has fallen for the 4th straight month in SC. Recently Stoba, a German-based manufacturer of machined auto components, announced they will open their first US plant here creating 61 jobs.

Health & Fitness?

Don’t miss the OBLIQUE Health and Fitness Expo held on the 8th at Charleston Southern Campus…you couldn’t possibly miss the crowds. Be a part of the Pedals for Peanuts Bike giveaway. It’s always good to see a child’s eyes light up with happiness. Last year 225 bikes were distributed at the event. Starts at 9am.

On the 1st, you can pick and choose your run/walk. First there’s the Dream Center Clinic’s Hope for Healing Run/Walk. The 1.5 mile course around Park Circle begins and ends at N Chas High bright and early at 8am. Or, if you want something with an ocean view, try the IOP Connector Run for the Child. Plan your travel accordingly.

On the 8th it’s the Crowfield Plantation 5K Run/Walk on a USATF certified track beginning at Middleton Park in Goose Creek at 8:30am.

On the other side of town, you can join in at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center’s Trail Half Marathon and 5K at 8:30 on Johns Island also on the 8th.

The SC State Table Tennis Championships will be held at Hanahan Gym on the 15th and 16th. 16 separate events for players of different skill levels and ages. SC residents, full-time students at a SC school and military stationed in SC only.

The Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure will be at the Volvo Car Tennis Center at Daniel Island on the 15th. Gates open at 7am.

On the 22nd, it’s the James Island Connector Run. Choose from a 10K Run and Fun Bike Ride or a 5K Run/Walk. It all starts at 8:30am at Canon Park. The event will aid the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation which gives scholarships to students with physical disabilities.  Plan your travels.

Head for the Cure 5K Run and Walk will be held at Palmetto Islands County Park on the 29th at 8am. The event will benefit increased awareness and research for brain cancer.

Ever heard of a Marsh Tacky? They are the SC Heritage Breed small horses that roamed the marshes of the Sea Islands. The Kiawah Cares Foundation is hosting the inaugural running of the Kiawah Cup Island Beach Race in conjunction with the Carolina Marsh Tacky Assn. on the 29th. These rare horses will race on the beach starting at 1:30. Gather at the Sandcastle Community Center and Beach.

The 7th Annual Run for Rina, your not-so-average run, will be at the Wando Shelter at James Island County Park on the 29th also.









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