When you’re hot, you’re hot…July in Charleston

July is an odd month in the Lowcountry. It’s usually hot and everyone heads to the beach or out on a boat or they just set out in pursuit of a good breeze. It’s our month to recharge, do some visiting and take a deep breath before school starts again next month.

We have good news for the small business person. Thumbtack has surveyed thousands of entrepreneurs since 2012 about how state and local policies affect starting, operating and growing their businesses. Charleston received an A– rating in their Small Business Friendliness ranking, meaning we came in 12th in the country. Overall, SC was #10.

Good news for millennials. The National Association of Realtors analyzed the top 100 metropolitan markets in the country for employment gains, population trends, income levels and housing trends, then whittled the list down. The top ten were chosen for their above average number of millennial residents and recent movers (16% of total population here and 25% of recent movers), favorable employment opportunities and relatively low income needed to qualify for home ownership. Charleston made the top ten list for the best place for millennials to purchase a home.

Those with children in our area can feel a little more confident in their choice of a hometown. MUSC Children’s Hospital recently picked up six national rankings from the US News And World Report Best Children’s Hospitals Report. They ranked nationally in 6 specialties: #20 in cardiology and heart surgery; #22 in nephrology; #29 for urology, #37 for cancer, #39 in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; #47 in diabetes and endocrinology.

It’s the season in the Lowcountry…fresh produce is arriving right out of the fields. Don’t forget to visit you neighborhood Farmer’s Markets. Downtown in Marion Square on Saturday, Monday 4-8 at Freshfields, Tuesday at Moultrie Middle in Mt P, Thursday at Park Circle, Saturday at Johns Island and Sundays on James Island. No excuse not to eat your (local) vegetables.

The Megadock Billfish Tournament will be at the City Marina on the 1st and 2nd.

Bring your chairs and enjoy a free movie under the stars at Charles Towne Landing. The movie on the 1st is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Gates open at 6pm.

If you’re looking for some music under the stars, head to Freshfields Village starting on the 1st for their free Friday Music on the Green concert series, through Labor Day.

Feel like dancing? The Uncle Sam Jam will be held on the pier at MT P Pier on the 4th. You can watch the fireworks from there!

Beginning on the 6th you can catch a free movie on Wednesday nights at the Starlight Theatre at Freshfields Village at 8:30.

Yappy Hour is back on the 7th, 4-8pm at James Island Co Park

July 8th is the Reggae Nights Concert at James Island Co Park featuring Selah Dub.

Second Sunday opens King St to pedestrians on the afternoon of the 10th, while Culture Club hits the PAC that evening.

Looking for something indoors to escape the heat? How about these? The Children’s Museum is sponsoring the Big Build, an hands-on, play-based exhibit where children can build endless structures using LEGO, KAPLA and Imagination Playground Blocks.

The newly remodeled Gibbes Museum of Art has an offering, “Beyond Catfish Row: The Art of Porgy and Bess. The Charleston Museum echoes the theme with “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ : George Gershwin’s Charleston.” You can see the Porgy house where the opera was written at Folly Beach.

The Gibbes is also showing “The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South. Midmonth bring us the 11th Annual Palette and Palate. This event pairs 11 local galleries with local chefs from some of the best downtown restaurants, on the 15th from 5:30-7:30 in the French Quarter.

Friday Night Boogie, Mt P Pier’s popular dance series is on the 15th.

On the third Saturday of each month, enjoy the classic, unique, antique and just all-around cool cars at Cars & Coffee, the event is at Java Java at Freshfields from 9-11am.

Join the staff for Keeper’s Choice, a program in the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing on the 16th and the 30th.

Folks with Special Needs and their families will have Whirlin’ Waters all to themselves on the 16th, 6:30-8:30pm.

The Isle of Palms Beach Run is on the 16th. There’s a 5K, 10K beach run or walk and a youth fun run  starting at the Windjammer at 8am. The youth fun run starts at 9am.

Love your Library? The Friends of the Library are having their Big Book Sale at the John’s Island Branch on the 22nd.

Shaggin’ on the Cooper is back on the 16th at the MtP Pier. The Moonlight Mixer series lets you shag away the night on the Folly Pier on the 22nd.

The Folly Pier hosts the Cast Off Series Fishing Tournament the next morning on the 23rd.

The Folly Beach Wahine Classic and Carolina Surf Brand present The Surfer’s Healing Longboard Invitational on the 23rd and 24th at the Washout. The Surfer’s Healing Team will be there to answer any questions about the Surfer’s Healing Camp on August 25th.

Help The Dave Matthews Band celebrate their 25th anniversary at the N Chas Coliseum with 2 shows on the 26th. The band will take a break after this tour so grab your ticket.

The Big League Baseball World Series will bring teams together from Latin America, Canada, Asia-Pacific, Europe-Africa, and the US in Easley starting the on the 26th and winding up with the championship game on August 2nd at 7:30pm. This game will be televised by ESPN.

Some festivals from around the state: The Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert on the 4th; The SC Peach Festival is in Gaffney on two weekends, the 8th and 15th; The 10-day Beaufort Water Festival begins on the 15th; The Pageland Watermelon Festival is the 15th and 16th; and The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is in Columbia on the 16th. Some tasty treats on tap for those who love fresh farm to table produce.


Enjoy all that the Lowcountry has to offer, but stay cool!!!





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