We Love February in the Lowcountry

Ah, February, the month of love. Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up on a Tuesday and right behind it on the weekend is the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Presidents Day follows on Monday allowing a full day of adventure on Sunday.  Remember reservations are critical to enjoying a smooth celebration.

The cost of Valentine’s Day in this country keeps going up, approximately one billion per year. In 2016, 54.8% of us celebrated to the tune of 20 billion dollars. The price tag for men averaged $133.61, while women spent only $62.14. We also spent an average of $26.24 on our pets. The gift in most demand? Flowers, of course. 250 million roses are produced for the holiday alone, helping make the day #1 for florists. Candy follows closely on the gift register.

Have you enjoyed the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition? It’s a three-day (17th-19th) showcase of fine art exhibits, conservation education, and if you love animals, some of the best sporting demonstrations you will find. Along with parties and galas and chefs’ demos, there’s plenty to do. The events are spread throughout the city with many centering around Marion Square and Brittlebank Park. Presidents Day designates the 20th both a State and Federal holiday.

Speaking of love, it always helps to live in a town worthy of the emotion. US News and World Review ran profiles of 100 cities in the US through its parameters of ultimate livability. Charleston came out #19. Out of a possible 10 score, we were judged on these traits: Desirability (8.9), Value (6.5), Job Market (6.2), Quality of Life (6.0), and Net Migration (9.0).

Have what it takes to be a star? America’s Got Talent will be checking out the Lowcountry for the first time with auditions scheduled on the 1st at the Charleston Convention Center.

Gourmet and Grapes couples local and regional culinary talent with award winning wineries. The 9th annual event held the 2nd-5th, will satisfy the casual diner as well as the connoisseur.

Spend a magical evening in the nocturnal world of owls at the Center for Birds of Prey on the evening of the 2nd.

Yes there’s an “R” in it! It’s a great month for oysters. Good Catch Oysterfest at the SC Aquarium celebrates responsibly-sourced St Jude’s oysters and sustainable seafood dishes from Good Catch partners on the 3rd.

You’ve heard of the Blue Devils and now the all-male a cappella group, the Duke Pitchforks, are coming to the Circular Congregational Church for a 7pm concert on the 4th to benefit HALOS.

If you’re an admirer of our camellias, you may want to head over to Middleton Place on the 4th at 1pm. The Master Gardener and VP for Horticulture will host a workshop on propagation of the  plant. Free, but reservations required. Don’t forget their Camellia Walks beginning on the 7th, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am through March 18th.

On the 4th at 7pm, it’s the Chase after a Cure Gala celebrating your inner child at the Gaillard Center.

Also that night at the Gaillard, Tony DeSare will pay tribute to Sinatra in a cozy romantic evening with the CSO.

Summerville gets into the swing of things on the 4th with the 17th Annual SPCA Downs Byrd Memorial Shuckin’and Shaggin’ Oyster Roast at the Summerville Country Club.

Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired comes to Kiawah for the third year. The three-day event  features audience conversation and performances during her ever-popular public radio show on the 6th-8th at Kiawah’s East Beach Conference Center.

Celebrate the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s eclectic, demanding repertoire on the 8th at the Gaillard. The 14 racially diverse dance artists “successfully challenge preconceived notions.”

The Macintosh will be slow roasting a whole pig and cooking oysters on their back patio on the 8th and serving beer pairings from the Devil’s Backbone Brewery.

Oh My! Unlimited samplings of bacon dishes and bourbon tastings, laser skeet, bull riding and a cigar cabana all add up to a different kind of evening at Bacon and Bourbon on the 11th at the Gaillard.

The Lowcountry Irish Festival at the Omar Shrine at Patriots Point honors our unique Irish heritage. Join in the cultural and musical celebration 11-8 on the 11th and 12th.

The Brain Injury Association presents the 6th Annual Shuck-a-rama at the Barrel on Folly Road on the 11th, 5-8pm.

The 11th also brings us the 5th Annual Cork Shuckin’ event out at the Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw from 10-5.

Lang Lang brings his emotive, open-hearted style of playing to the Gaillard on the 13th.

In support of their third PBS special, UNDER THE STREETLIGHT is a concert celebrating the American radio songbook from the 50s through the 70s at the Gaillard on the 14th.

Valentine’s Day is the 14th.

Join Chef Robert Carter for Chef Fest, an annual collaboration between the Lowcountry Food Bank and 30 local chefs to help raise funds to stop childhood hunger on the 19th at the Convention Center.

Walk on the wild side and take a few photographs while you are there at the Center for Birds of Prey Photography Day on the 20th.

Quentin Baxter brings Regina Carter, jazz violinist, to Kiawah in the second installment of his 3 concert series. The master of improvisational jazz violin will be at the Turtle Point Clubhouse on the 20th.

Explore the  sounds of India and the spirit of Bollywood with a fusion of film, dance and music. Taj Express will take you on a tour through modern Indian culture at the Gaillard on the 23rd.

     Joe Bonamassa began his guitar career at 12 playing with BB King. Hailed as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, he brings his show to the Gaillard on the 24th.

The inaugural Head for the Cure Charleston 5K postponed from October will be at the Palmetto Islands Park on the 25th.

The weekend of the 25th is shaping up to be big! Coast Brewing and Edmond’s Oast present the 8th Annual Brewvival on the 25th 12-5 in the field across from  Coast Brewing in N Chas. Keep an eye out for the date and time of the 2nd Annual SC Brewers’ Festival coming up.

Stop by the Charleston Music Hall to revel in the intricate rhythms and harmonies of the all-male South African Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the 25th, or… you can swing by the Coliseum to see Miranda Lambert and her Highway Vagabond Tour, or…

Hungry? Stop by Volvo Stadium on Daniel Island for their premiere event, the Pork and Pearls Oyster and Pig Roast. It’s set for the 25th from 3-7, or…If it’s chocolate you are craving, have we got the event for you! A Chocolate Affair features a large hors d’oeuvres menu and chocolate creations from local specialty shops and finest restaurants. A perfect save if you missed Valentine’s Day, black tie optional at Memminger, 6:30-11pm.

And on the 26th….Seraph Brass, a charismatic quintet made up of America’s top female brass players will be at the Church of Our Savior on Johns Island, or…Something a little lighter? The Celebration of Strings will be at Cathedral of St Luke and St Paul, downtown, or…The break-out duo, 21 Pilots, will stop by the Coliseum during their Emotional Roadshow World Tour, or….With 10 multi-platinum and 16 Top 30 hits in their back pocket, Foreigner will play at the N Chas PAC. Whew!

 

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Congrats to Boxcar Betty’s. They were named the Best Fried Chicken in SC by Foursquare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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