Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, TOMORROW (Sunday), April 28, 2013!

Shrimp boats, Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC

The Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival is happening this coming Sunday (April 28, 2013), so if you’re in the area, you may want to check it out! Admission and parking is free (can’t beat that!), so pop on over. It’s located at the Memorial Waterfront Park at the base of the bridge!

Read about the Blessing of the Fleet from the Town of Mount Pleasant website:

2013 Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

Sunday, April 28

The Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival began in 1987 to support and honor local shrimpers. Overlooking beautiful Charleston Harbor in the picturesque Memorial Waterfront Park, the festival has evolved into one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for seafood lovers. Participants are treated to a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet, savory seafood samplings sold by some of Mount Pleasant’s favorite restaurants, live music, an arts/crafts show, shag dancing and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Free admission & parking! Food and event memorabilia is available for purchase. Fleet Week includes a host of other events that occur in the week leading up to the Blessing.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC 5/25/12-6/10/12!

Sunset Serenade

Charleston, SC is gearing up to be one happening, busy, event-filled, art loving city! The other day I mentioned the Spoleto Festival that transforms Charleston, SC for 17 magnificent days. In addition to the regular Spoleto events are the Piccolo Spoleto events, many of which are free. You need to go to their website, you can see the schedule of events, the price (or if it’s free), the location and dates/times. There is a fabulous art show in Marion Square, a Craft Show for a few weekends as well as events peppered throughout the city. So if you’re close by (or if you are far, it’s worth it, I promise), pick a few that appeal to you, get in on the action that makes Charleston such a great place to live. Music, theater, dance, art, crafts, you name it… so take a peak at their website! There is so much being offered that you really MUST take a look!

Here is just a sample of what is being offered… Sunset Serenade showcasing “Porgy and Bess” (pictured above)… Here is some info from the Piccolo website!

Joseph Young, Guest Conductor

America’s beloved opera, Porgy and Bess comes to life in concert form in this exciting program. Guest conductor Joseph Young – a native of South Carolina- leads the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the CSO Spiritual Ensemble and Gospel Choir, plus two international opera stars in a performance of highlights from George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward’s classic work. Maestro Young, resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, is nationally acclaimed as a rising star among the nation’s symphony orchestra conductors. The program also includes selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Aaron Copland’s Rodeo. U.S. Custom House, Concord & Market Sts.; May 25 from 8-9:30p.m.; Admission: FREE.

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit: Award-winning S.C. artists display their works at Marion Square; demonstrations each day. Marion Square, King and Calhoun Sts. May 25-June 10; 10am-6pm. Admission: Free.

Outdoor Crafts Fair: Artists and artisans from across the U.S. present artwork in various media. Wragg Square, Charlotte & Meeting Sts. May 25-May 27; June 1-3; Fri.-Sat.: 10am-6pm; Sun.: 11am-5pm. Admission: $3 Adults; Free for Children/Seniors; Sundays: $1 Adults.


I’m letting you know ahead of time so you can be planning your itinerary! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Images: Piccolo Spoleto