Plus: White Duck Taco Shop is set to open in April.
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Please excuse our dust. We're currently working to bring you an even better newsletter. Over the next couple weeks, you may see some things that are still in the works. We're excited for you to see what we've been up to.
 
 
🎶 Wide Open Spaces
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We’re loving these scenic views at Laurel Hill. | Photo by @amandakahalehoe
Whether you’re looking for a place to play with the kiddos or to decompress with some off-screen time, the City of Charleston and Charleston County Parks and Recreation feature 60+ parks and recreational spots for you to enjoy.

Ready to plan your trip to the park? Grab your shades and trusty water bottle — here are some of the Holy City’s best:

Nature parks

Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr.
Recognized as one of the city’s largest parks, this 60-acre site features an old rose collection and seasonal displays. Bonus: There is on-site parking.

Angel Oak Park, 3688 Angel Oak Rd.
Head to this free park on Johns Island to admire the 65-ft high Angel Oak Tree that’s estimated to be ~300-400 years old.

Laurel Hill County Park, 1251 Park West Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
Wander through 745 acres featuring trails, open meadows, and a small lake.

Family parks

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Folly Beach County Park has great sunset views. | Photo by @quintessent_holy_city

Folly Beach County Park, 1100 W. Ashley Ave., Folly Beach
Discover this spot on the west end of Folly Beach and check out a major Eastern Brown Pelican rookery.

Sports parks

Moultrie Playground, 41 Ashley Ave.
Get a little friendly competition going with lighted tennis courts, pickleball courts, a basketball court, and a ball field with views of Colonial Lake.

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Any skaters out there? | Photo by @charlestoncountyparks

SK8 Charleston, 1549 Oceanic St.
Check out this 32,000-sqft concrete skate park that boasts a ~200-ft long snake run, a large viewing deck, and multiple bowls.

Ready to visit these local parks but don’t know where to start? We’ve created this handy map so you can find all of these featured parks.
 
Asked
 
Poll

What is your favorite park activity to do in our city?

A. Walking my dog
B. Spending time with the kiddos
C. Having a picnic
D. Jogging or working out
 
 
Events
 

Thursday, March 23
  • Southern Slice Pop Up | Thursday, March 23-Friday, March 24 | 9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | The Barre Code Charleston, 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Ste. 1500, Mount Pleasant | Free | Shop women’s golf, tennis, and pickleball attire for spring.
  • Brewery Bingo Night | Thursday, March 23 | 5-8 p.m. | Snafu Brewing Company, 3280 Industry Dr., North Charleston | Free | Pair your craft beer with local seafood from NXSE Oysters and desserts from Sugary Unicorn while you play family-friendly bingo.
  • Building Charleston with Emma Hart | Thursday, March 23 | 5-6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Discuss the March Book Club feature of the month highlighting the history of the Holy City.
Friday, March 24
  • Couples Night Climb | Friday, March 24 | Times vary | Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park, 1595 Highland Ave., Charleston | $90 per couple | Take your relationship to new heights at this local ropes course.
  • Tha Community x Bevi Bene | Friday, March 24 | 5 p.m. | Bevi Bene Brewing Co., 1859 Summerville Ave., Ste. 100, Charleston | Free | Head to this launch event for a Sorrel Hard Kombucha featuring bites from Johnny’s Focaccia pizza truck and tunes from DJ Eddie Mann.
Saturday, March 25
  • Women Supporting Women | Saturday, March 25 | 9-10 a.m. | Synchronicity, 1513 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mount Pleasant | Free | Get answers to common questions as well as tips for maintaining optimal mental and physical health.*
  • Charleston Battery vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies | Saturday, March 25 | 6:30-9:15 p.m. | Patriots Point Stadium, 85 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant | $14-$40 | Enjoy a pre-match concert and dine on Home Team BBQ, The Co-Op, and more — gates open at 6:30 p.m.*
Thursday, April 6
  • The Battle on the Bricks | Thursday, April 6 | 7-11:30 p.m. | TD Arena, 301 Meeting St., Charleston | $50-$350 | A first-of-its-kind event in Charleston, the Battle on the Bricks will feature 28 true amateur locals boxing head-to-head for charity.*

We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

Click here to have your event featured.
 
 
News Notes
 

Weather
  • 79º | Mostly sunny | 11% chance of rain
Sunrise + sunset
  • Rise: 7:18 a.m.
  • Set: 7:34 p.m.
Tide
  • Low: 3:58 a.m. + 4:12 p.m.
  • High: 10:13 a.m. + 10:33 p.m.
Coming Soon
  • A restaurant and tequila bar, The Matador, is slated to open in the former Sticky Fingers space on Meeting Street in April. This will be the concept’s first East Coast location. Peep the menu. (Holy City Sinner)
  • Remember when we gave you a sneak peek of the upcoming White Duck Taco Shop in Mount Pleasant? It’s official: The restaurant owner recently shared a target opening in mid-April on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard near Harris Teeter, but we’ll keep you posted on an official date as we hear more. (The Post and Courier)
Community
  • A James Island property on Shoreham Road has been cleared to become a small water retrofit to assist with flooding in the neighborhood. Ecologically beneficial vegetation will be replanted on the property and soil will be dug up to temporarily store water during rainstorms. (WCSC)
Development
  • A proposed 350-unit housing development on Davidson Road in the Town of Ravenel was unanimously approved by the town council during the first reading with contingencies on Tuesday. A second reading will be held next week. Learn more about the plans. (WCSC)
Job
  • Trident Medical Center is hosting a hiring event at Topgolf today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for three local hospitals in its system, inviting nurses and specialists with varying levels of experience to attend. Register. (WCIV)
Eat
  • Eater Carolinas recently shared a list of 9 Newest Brunch Spots in Charleston, March 2023, featuring local spots like Alcove Market in The Jasper and Millers All Day on James Island. Check ‘em out. (Eater Carolinas)
Ranked
  • Speaking of brunch, Charleston recently ranked No. 10 on this list of 2023’s Best Cities for Brunch Lovers. In the standout stats section, the Holy City was recognized under Satisfying Southern Scrambles along with New Orleans and Savannah. Take a look at our brunch guide. (Lawn Starter)
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  • The Southern Gates® Jewelry Spring 2023 Collection is now available. The new collection features intricate filigree designs, rice beads, pearls, and contemporary bracelets + necklaces. Pro tip: These sterling silver pieces are perfect gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations, and more. Find your local Southern Gates® retailer.*
  • It’s that time of year to freshen up your home’s aroma, and our online shop (Six & Main) has the perfect candles. Drift away to scents such as woods + berries by The Rustic House or ripe juniper in a reusable vessel by Plant Based Candles. That smells just about right.
 
Culture
 
Thanks for everything, Charleston
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Ironically, this photo of me and the queen was taken 1 year ago today. Peep the guy in the back laughing.
Lexa here. On Tuesday, I told you that today’s newsletter would be my last, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite stories as I officially wrap up my time at CHStoday (someone please pass me a Kleenex, for real).
Thanks for allowing me to start your mornings with you each day for the last year and a half, Holy City. I’ll miss you.
 
The Wrap
 
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Alexandra
From the Editor
As always, y’all really came through with the espresso martini recommendations when I asked for the best spot in town last week. Here are a few of your suggestions: Bar George, Halls, Sorelle, Vintage, SAVI, Edmund’s Oast (who apparently makes theirs with gin), and MOMO. Espresso martini tour, anyone?
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