Welcome to 2017 in the Lowcountry

We’ve made it to 2017! Now that we’ve blessed our new endeavors with the requisite Hoppin’ John and Greens, we are ready to forge our way into the new year at full speed.

An interesting report crossed my desk the other day. Everyone knows that a good school system and great parks will have a positive impact on real estate values. This new study found that access to healthy food, a focus on local, fresh products, community gardens and a thriving food culture will also amp up the value of surrounding homes. Featuring these amenities can foster a quicker sense of attachment to a new project being developed because they evoke a feeling of “home”. That said, we must all feel very at home here in the Lowcountry!

If steak takes the prime spot on your plate, you’ll be happy to hear Oak Steakhouse was voted as one of the Best Steakhouses in the U.S. T+L credits Jeremiah Bacon’s farm-to-table spin and the addition of seafood with bringing the venerable chop house’s menu even closer to home. Congratulations!

Now that we are recovering from the overwhelmingness of the holiday season, nothing beats a big shock to the system to get us recharged. If you’re a fan of local icon Bill Murray, you can head over to Folly Beach for the (Dress Like) Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Plunge on New Years Day. Costume judging at noon and the plunge is at 1pm. That should get the blood flowing!!

Charleston Restaurant Week, the locals’ chance to visit top drawer restaurants at a fraction of the cost, runs from the 4th through the 22nd with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Go out and see what all the fuss is about!

Let it Snow! If your child has a fascination with the white frozen stuff that personifies this season and feeling a little left out, the Charleston Museum has the cure on the 4th at 3:30. Kids will be given a tour of the new photo exhibit on the Great Blizzard of 1899 and will be able to create snow for a snowball fight!

Garrison Keillor brings his down-to-earth humor to the Gaillard on the 5th.

Fans of author Karen White will be happy to hear that her new book, the fifth in the Tradd Street Series, will debut in a Charleston Weekend Celebration on the 6,7 and 8th.

Have you always wanted to visit the naval ships at Patriots Point but found the admission price too steep? On the 7th and 8th, the museums will offer a Pay What You Can Weekend for admission and parking. It’s a great deal.

On the 8th, head down to King Street for a non-vehicular Second Sunday celebration.

Later that afternoon, visit Turtle Point Clubhouse on Kiawah where Quentin Baxter presents saxophonist and S.C. native, Houston Persons, best-known as the accompanist to Etta James. This is the first of Baxter’s three-concert series.

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? Did you love the whole drama and plot twists and turns? If so you’ll want to spend An Evening with Julian Fellowes, the Oscar and Emmy-winning creator of the series and best-selling author. The Dock Street Theatre will host an intimate conversation with Lord Fellowes and former PBS president, Erwin Duggan, 6-8pm, the 11th. A Literary Luncheon will be held on the 12th,12:30 at the Library Society.

Meanwhile, on the 11th, you can visit the Gibbes for a special screening of Art and Craft, a film covering the 30-year career of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in US history.

Chamber Music Charleston brings their largest concert of the season to the Dock Street on the 12th.

The Gibbes is offering a public curator-led tour on the 12th at 2:30pm. Storage facility tours are on first Wednesdays, and artist choice tours are on the third Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

Killer Fashion, clothing and accessories that proved deadly to its creators and wearers, is the subject of a textile-curator-led tour at the Museum, Friday the 13th at 10:30am.

Time to get rowdy with the Monster Jam coming to the Coliseum on the 13th and 14th. Billed as the “most adrenaline filled family event on the planet,” five trucks about 12’ tall and wide with 66 inch tires, capable of running 100 mph, can soar 125 feet in distance,35 feet off the ground. Amazing & LOUD!

Bees are critical for our survival. Interested in beekeeping? There’s a 2-day Beginners Beekeeping Course to be held on the 14th and 15th at MUSC Gazes Auditorium, 8:30-5pm.

What could be more southern than fried chicken? In the search for the best, the Southern Fried Chicken Challenge was born. The Grove at Patriots Point on the 14th, 1-6pm

Justin Willman, magician and comedian, will wow you at the Sottile on the 14th at 8pm.

Martin Luther King Day, state/federal holiday, is the 16th.

A Shen Yun performance reviving 5,000 years of culture through dance and music will be at the Gaillard, 17th and 18th.

We could all use a good laugh! Visit the Charleston Comedy Festival 2017 at various venues the 18th-21st.

Learn about the Evolution of Rays and Sharks at the Holland Lifelong Learning Program at the Aquarium on the 18th.

Enjoy some jazzy rhythm and blues when Wycliffe Gordon brings the Music of Louis Armstrong to Kiawah on the 19th.

The Charleston Jazz Festival takes the stage at the Gaillard on the 21st at 7:30pm. Don’t miss it!

The wildly popular PBS Kids show, the Wild Kratts, come alive on the stage of the NChas PAC on the 21st.

Journey through Elvis’ life and style in the Elvis Lives show at the Gaillard on the 22nd.

Attention! Charleston Wedding Week is 23rd-28th.

Can’t get enough of the Lowcountry’s beauty? West Fraser’s new exhibit opens at the Gibbes on the 28th.

Shadowland by Pilobolus will be at the Gaillard on the 23rd.

Bernadette Peters stops by the Gaillard for a concert on the 27th. Also on the same evening, it’s the TTC 14th annual event, A Night in the Valley Wine Dinner and Auction at the College Center on the TTC Main Campus at 6:30pm, supporting the critical needs of the college and students.

What better way to start the year off than a health and Wellness check. Even better, it’s FREE. The  Charleston Health and Wellness Expo, presented by MUSC, will be at the Gaillard Center on the 9th and 10th. By combining health screenings, oral health for all ages, mind and body, diet and cooking demos capped off with a massage….hmm..sounds pretty darn good. Put your best foot forward in 2017 armed with valid information and expert advice.

The Charleston Marathon weekend begins with a Youth Marathon on the 13th, then the Marathon, Half Marathon and the Shrimp and Grits 5K on the 14th. There’s a Bike Race on the 15th too. The Youth Marathon will be open to ages 7-17 and will be held at the Convention Center.

The Marathon and Half Marathon begin at The Joe and end at North Charleston High School near Park Circle. There’s a 6.5-hour time limit. The S&G 5K will be routed around the Park Circle area. The Bike Ride will offer a 20, 40 and 60 mile option, beginning and ending at Burke High School.

Also on the 14th, learn the basics of mountain biking from the pros at Wannamaker Park North Trail at 2pm.

The Atavus Training Camp for rugby player development will be at the Citadel on the 14th and 15th.

The Harbison State Park in Columbia Overnight Bike Trip will depart JI County Park on the 17th at 6:30am and return on the 22nd at 3:30pm.

The Great Amazing Race, a 1.5-mile adventure run/walk will be at the Mary Ader West Ashley Park on the 29th at 2pm.

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the perfect way to cap off the month on the 29th at Boone Hall. Hmmm, 80,000 pounds of oysters!!!









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