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Piccolo Spoleto returns for its 45th season
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We can only imagine how dreamy the canvas looks with this palette as the color scheme. | Photo by CHStoday team
It’s a big week for the Holy City; Spoleto Festival USA begins, and for 17 days and nights, the city’s spaces will be filled with performances from national + international performers.

The City of Charleston’s corresponding Piccolo Spoleto will kick off this Friday, May 24, and will celebrate local + regional talent through Sunday, June 9.

Keep reading for a snapshot of some of the Piccolo Spoleto events. Pro tip: Most events are free.

Sunset Serenade with the Charleston Symphony | Friday, May 24 | 8 p.m.
A festival tradition, this concert will take place on the steps of the landmark US Custom House (200 E. Bay St.).

Memorial Day Concert at Hampton Park | Monday, May 27 | 3 p.m.
This annual tradition showcases the Charleston Concert Band and the Columbia Community performing marches, Broadway show tunes, and a musical tribute to each of the armed forces.

Sand Sculpting Competition at IOP | Saturday, June 1 | 9 a.m.
You can compete or be a spectator at this sandy event — for those competing, there will be prizes in different categories.

Charleston Gospel Choir | Saturday, June 8 | 6 p.m.
For this year’s festival, the Charleston Gospel Choir will present a “Tribute to the Queen of Soul + Gospel: Aretha Franklin” at Mt. Zion AME (5 Glebe St.) Tickets range from $12-$25.

Marion Square Jam | Saturday, June 8 + Sunday, June 9 | 12-5 p.m.
Don’t miss an afternoon of live music. There will be twelve acts over two days.

Outdoor Art Exhibition | Friday, May 24- Saturday, June 8 | Times vary
Stroll through Marion Square, which is transformed into a market featuring 57 creative local and regional artists exhibiting and selling their work.
 
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Events
 
Tuesday, May 21
  • Recorder Class: Captain Daniell’s Pipers | Tuesday, May 21 | 2-3 p.m. | Daniel Island Library, 2301 Daniel Island Dr., Daniel Island | Free | Find out about Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque recorders — all are welcome to learn and play.
  • Shape Up Charleston | Tuesday, May 21, Tuesday, May 28 | 5:45-6:45 p.m. | Point Break Coffee & Drive Thru, 520 Folly Rd., Charleston | Free | Join this outdoor workout to work on your fitness + meet a new friend.
  • Candle Making Happy Hour | Tuesday, May 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Garage 75, 1175 Folly Rd., Ste. G, Charleston | $40 | Immerse yourself in the world of scents and colors as instructors guide you through the process of creating your own custom candles.
Wednesday, May 22
  • W.A.V.E. Workshop - Recreational Boaters/General Public | Wednesday, May 22 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Rd., Charleston | $30 | Join to hear insights on conservation challenges and responsible viewing practices for our local marine mammals and sea turtles.
  • Genealogy Workshop With The IAAM Center For Family History | Wednesday, May 22 | 2-3 p.m. | International African American Museum, 14 Wharfside St., Charleston | $25 | This workshop covers proven research methods, various online and archival resources, best practices, and expert tips.
  • Live Music + Sip & Shop with Local Vendors | Wednesday, May 22 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Park & Grove Restaurant, 730 Rutledge Ave., Charleston | Price of purchase | Get ready for chill vibes with live music, an outdoor market featuring local vendors, and an outdoor bar.
Thursday, May 23
  • Nature’s Soundscape: How to Really Tune In | Thursday, May 23 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Hwy., Ravenel | $50 | In this course we’ll hone our auditory skills to enhance our connection to the natural world.
  • Race The Landing | Thursday, May 23 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston | $40 | Race under magnolias and live oaks. Pro tip: A theme-based dinner follows each race.
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News Notes
 
Outdoors
  • The SC Department of Natural Resources announced its Law Enforcement Division will offer free boat inspections at public boat landings over Memorial Day weekend. The inspections will be quick yet thorough for required safety equipment and proper boat + motor registrations. See the dates, times, and locations. (WCSC)
Opening
  • A new Chick-fil-A is headed to the Ladson area. The chicken fast-food chain will open near the intersection of Ladson Road and Palmetto Commerce Parkway. A “coming soon” sign is visible from the roadway. An opening date is to be announced. (WCBD)
Seasonal
  • CARTA’s free summer Beach Reach shuttle service will start again this Saturday, May 25, and run until Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2. The shuttle picks up at Mount Pleasant’s Towne Centre stop on Market Center Boulevard and travels to Isle of Palms. The service runs only on the weekends except for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
Eat
  • You butter believe it. The Charleston Place and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit have partnered to offer a new experience on select Saturdays where attendees will learn how to make Callie’s buttermilk biscuits. Pro tip: Book your class a week in advance. Tickets are $135 per participant.
Outdoors
  • What a catch. Last weekend, during the South Carolina Blue Marlin Invitational, fishermen caught a blue marlin weighing over 500 pounds at Toler’s Cove Marina near Mount Pleasant. This tournament began at the beginning of this month and will run through Saturday, June 8, and will offer over $500 thousand in prize money. (WCBD)
Environment
  • Dominion Energy states that 523 trees must be removed due to their proximity to overhead power lines. In an effort to save the trees, eight-year-old Keegan Novak placed homemade signs around Sullivan’s Island. The town supports Novak’s efforts but has made little progress in preventing the elimination. Tree removal is set to begin by month’s end. (WCSC)
Award
  • Two Mount Pleasant locals, Debbie Antonelli and Otto German, were recognized yesterday by the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Antonelli, a broadcaster, recently completed her annual “Nothing But Net” event, raising funds for the Special Olympics. German played basketball at Moultrie High School and CofC. Congrats. (WCBD)
Ranked
  • In the top ten. Charleston ranked no. 7 for Veterans United Home Loans’s 2024 Best Cities for Veterans to Live list. The analysis examined factors like cost of living, median home price, and veteran community. See the full list. (Holy City Sinner)
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🔔 It’s wedding season
The outside of the penthouse on top of The Palmetto Hotel. There are tan chairs and a table and two umbrellas on the deck. You can also see view of downtown Charleston
You could find your dream dress with spectacular views. | Photo by JB McCabe
Are you a bride-to-be, or know someone who is? Next month, The Palmetto Hotel at 194 E. Bay St. will host Australian-based bridal fashion house KYHA Studio for a pop-up shop inside the hotel’s penthouse suite.

This pop-up starts Thursday, June 20, and lasts through Sunday, June 23, and is appointment only. Future brides can try on KYAH’s popular styling, including its ready-to-wear Chosen by KYAH collection.

Spots are limited, so book your one-hour consultation for $60.
 
The Buy
 
Pet accessories. Have the prettiest pooch at the park with these themed prints for summer thanks to Covey Collection.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Those attending the outdoor art exhibition for Piccolo Spoleto, be on the lookout for my friend Lauchlan Davis, who is a talented oil painter. Check out some of her work.
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