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🏖️ Cheers to 50 years
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Folly Beach | Photo by @lukescraftpizza
As a Charleston native, one of my favorite places by far is the Edge of America, also known as Folly Beach. Known for its slower pace and funky and eclectic style, the city is approaching an exciting milestone this month — it’s turning 50 years old.

Keep reading to explore its past + see how the city will celebrate from Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Here are just some of its historical facts:
  • Its name came from an old English term, “folly,” a name for an area with foliage.
  • Home to the Bohicket tribe before European settlers forced them out.
  • Served as a temporary home to survivors of shipwrecks.
  • During the Civil War, it was occupied by Federal troops. After the Civil War, it became deserted.
  • Post-1940 — construction of various buildings occurred.
  • In the 1960s — Ocean Plaza was built and featured amusement rides, stores, a boardwalk, and a pier.
  • 1980s — suffered impacts from Hurricane Hugo.

50th anniversary festivities

Folly’s 50th Gala | Friday, Sept. 22, 6-9:30 p.m. | Tide Ballroom, 1 Center St., Folly Beach| $100
  • This 1920s-themed gala will have a seated dinner, a DJ, and dancing. We hear there will be a marquee display, photo booth, and Folly memorabilia.
Folly Through the Decades | Saturday, Sept. 23, 12-4 p.m. | $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and free for Folly residents who show their ID.
  • A classic car show will close the street, bars will have cars + decade-themed memorabilia on display,and there will be jumping castles, live music + a kid zone.
Beach Day Games | Sunday, Sept. 24 , 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Beachfront from 3rd West to Tides Hotel | Free to watch (team registration fees apply)
  • This day is all about beach games like bocce, volleyball, tug-of-war, an obstacle course, and kickball. You can sign up to play or just watch the action.
Monday, Sept. 18
  • National Diaper Need Awareness Week | Mon., Sep. 18 - Sun., Sep. 24 | 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m. | Junior League of Charleston Office, 51 Folly Rd., Charleston | Free | The Junior League of Charleston’s Diaper Bank will be hosting diaper drives in conjunction with National Diaper Need Awareness Week, an initiative created to raise awareness.*
  • WHUT | Monday, Sept. 18 | 6 p.m. | Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., Charleston | Free | Groove to this 21+ show by a Charleston-based trio that blends jazz, hip hop, and blues into a modern sound.
  • 3rd Annual Hold My Tea Bar Crawl | Monday, Sept. 18- Saturday, Sept. 23 | Summerville (10 participating restaurants) | Price of purchase | Experience a week-long celebration of delectable flavors and creative mixology.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Saving Sea Turtles | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | Tour the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center + learn how you can help save sea turtles during this virtual field trip.
  • WMNûp | Happy Hour MEETûp for Women Entrepreneurs | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sunsets on Shem Creek, 97 Ronnie Boals Blvd., Mt. Pleasant | $25 | Connect in-person with fellow trailblazers, entrepreneurs + business-starters.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Why Africa Matters | Wed., Sep. 20 | 5:15-7 p.m. | Citadel Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., Charleston | $30 | Grab a drink and a bite to eat while you listen to CofC Professor Chris Day’s presentation on Why Africa Matters — doors open at 5:15 p.m. for social hour with speaker and Q&A session from 6-7 p.m.*
  • Improv Night | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. Ste. B, Charleston | Free | Get ready for an evening filled with spontaneous laughter and unscripted comedy.
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News Notes
  • Chef Jason Stanhope, the James Beard Award-winning chef who worked at FIG for over a decade, announced a new partnership in which he will lead the reopening of The Quinte + open the Lowland. Both concepts will open later in the fall.
  • James Island’s Trident Health opened last week and is the town’s first free-standing ER. Located at 945 Folly Rd., it is open 24-7 and has 11 patient beds, a trauma room, diagnostic labs + telemedicine services. (WCIV)
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