Plus, "Harry Potter" author's super yacht was spotted off the coast of Charleston.
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87º | 24% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:09 a.m. | Sunset 8:29 p.m.
High tide 12:38 p.m. | Low tides 6:23 a.m. + 6:26 p.m.

Hey Siri, play songs about Charleston
The light from the sunset reflects off Shem Creek, while the sky fades from a fire orange to pale blue.
Shem Sunset could definitely inspire some flowy + relaxing tunes. | Photo by Chrissy F.
Living in the Lowcountry is special, and can be inspirational. There is so much to celebrate, from our beautiful beaches to the fine food and culture, which is why it’s not hard to believe that Charleston could inspire a song (or two or three).

City Editor Callie here. When I cross the IOP Connector, I can’t help but roll my windows down and blast some Darius Rucker or Niko Moon’s “Paradise to Me, IOP Version.”

We asked you to share your favorite Lowcountry-inspired songs, and you did not disappoint. Keep reading to see some songs that are sure to put Carolina on your mind.
  • “Beers and Sunshine” | Darius Rucker | It’s no secret – Darius Rucker is a Charleston gem + living legend (there’s even a street named after him). Listen to him paint the picture-perfect relaxing Lowcountry weekend. The songs don’t stop there, Rucker has countless songs about the Holy City and even an album titled “Charleston, SC 1966.”
  • “Carolina Girl” | Chairmen of the Board and General Johnson | This song is a classic and perfect for shag dancing, which is also the official state dance.
  • “Sink ‘Em Low” | Ranky Tanky | This Gullah music group from the Lowcountry seamlessly incorporates the Gullah culture + history in this song with the sound of jazz, rhythm and blues + more. The song is full of Charleston soul.
  • “Coast of Carolina” | Jimmy Buffett | The coastal city that we live in might have just inspired Jimmy Buffett to sing this song + some people may have been lucky enough to spot him surfing on Folly Beach in years past.
  • “Carolina in the Morning” | Judy Garland | “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning…” This song speaks of the appreciation of being in the Carolinas.
What’s your favorite song about the 843?

A. “Coast of Carolina”
B. “Beers and Sunshine”
C. “Under the Boardwalk”
D. Other
Tuesday, June 11
  • Trivia Happy Hour: “Yellowstone” | Tuesday, June 11 | 7-9 p.m. | Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston | Price of purchase | Put your Dutton family and ranching knowledge to the test.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Charleston Farmer’s Market - West Ashley | Wednesday, June 12 | 3-7 p.m. | Ackerman, 55 Sycamore Ave., Charleston | Price of purchase | Stock up on fresh produce + shop local vendors.
  • Summer Craft for Adults | Wednesday, June 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Bees Ferry West Ashley Library, 3035 Sanders Rd., Charleston | Free | Create a summer craft and memories while making new friends.
  • Splash Party | Wednesday, June 12 | 5:30-8 p.m. | The Starlight Motor Inn, 3245 Rivers Ave., North Charleston | $30 | Savor sips from 10+ wineries worldwide as DJ Tyrie Young spins some beats.
Thursday, June 13
  • Storytime Adventures | Thursday, June 13 | 10-11 a.m. | Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St., Charleston | Free with museum admission | Young minds embark on a journey through the magic of storytelling.
  • Paint & Sip: Colorful Music | Thursday, June 13 | 7-9 p.m. | $37 | Two Blokes Brewing, 547 Long Point Rd., Ste. 101, Mount Pleasant | $37 | Relax with the art of painting, no experience is needed.
Friday, June 14
  • Free Kids Ice Cream Social in the Park | Friday, June 14 | 3-5 p.m. | St. Julian Devine, 1 Cooper St., Charleston | Free | Friends, family, and neighbors are invited for an afternoon of fun at this kid’s event — RSVP is recommended but does not guarantee ice cream, so be sure to arrive early.
  • Butchery Class: Chicken | Friday, June 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Mercantile & Mash, 701 E. Bay St., Charleston | $100 | Learn how to break down and debone an entire chicken, along with various ways of preparing the different parts of the bird.
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News Notes
  • Today is election day for statewide primaries. Voters across the Palmetto State will choose between candidates to determine who will represent their party in the November general election. See which races are on your ballot. Results will begin to appear after 7 p.m.
  • Ah, grand. The Lowcountry has a new spot to get a taste of Ireland. The Celt Irish Pub is located in Mount Pleasant at 2700 N. Hwy. 17. This Irish-owned and operated spot is home to classic bar food, live music, and merchandise. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
  • KJ Kearney was honored with a James Beard Media Award in the “Social Media Account” category. The North Charleston native is behind Black Food Fridays, which aims to support Black-owned restaurants, chefs, caterers, and producers. (Holy City Sinner)
  • Ready to rock? The Refinery has added two additional concerts to its lineup. On Thursday, Aug. 29, Yonder Mountain String Band will perform + Saturday, Sept. 7, Molly Tuttle will take center stage. Check out ticket information and the rest of the lineup. (Holy City Sinner)
  • Wando Mount Pleasant Library celebrated serving the community for half of a decade. The Carolina Park Boulevard location offers books, events, services, and learning opportunities for folks of all ages. Check out what’s on the calendar. (Moultrie News)
Feel Good
  • Dreams are coming true. Thanks to Make-A-Wish and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, three-year-old CarLeigh is heading to Disney World. CarLeigh has a genetic neurological disorder. Around 70 Lowcountry children are currently on the organization’s wish list and it takes ~$7,500 to fulfill each wish. Learn how you can help. (WCBD)
  • Calling all Potterheads. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s super yacht, dubbed The Samsara, was spotted off James Island. A global shipping tracker shows it sailed up from Savannah over the weekend. Take a look. (The Post and Courier)
  • Did you see this? Danny McBride, Adam DeVine, and cast members from “The Righteous Gemstones” (which films in the Lowcountry) were at The Joe over the weekend to cheer on the RiverDogs. Catch the next game.
Try This
  • Freshen up your lunch with this Summer Strawberry Salad. This beginner-friendly recipe is from Barbara Hines of Plate43, a local source for all things health and wellness. Hines is a College of Charleston grad and lives here in the 843.
  • Expert tip: During economic times like these, balance transfers can really make a difference. By simply transferring your existing credit card balances to this card, you’ll give yourself 18 months to pay it off — without interest. (Bonus: Earn 2% cash back on everyday purchases while you’re at it.)*
  • Brunch just got better. Wow your friends and family with this one-pan chicken and waffle casserole — a delicious and satisfying take on the classic combination that’s both savory and sweet.*
  • Looking for a game-changing night of sleep? Fall asleep + wake up rested with Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Sleep Gummies. Get 30% off a $55 minimum purchase with code CBDSLEEP30.*
🌊 Fishing for a balanced ocean
The outside of the South Carolina Aquarium lit up for Aquarium Aglow.
Learn about conservation efforts and sustainable seafood practices along our coast at this all-inclusive event. | Photo provided by South Carolina Aquarium
Mark your calendar: next month is the JuLionfish Festival at the SC Aquarium. This event will take place on Friday, July 26, and marks the end of a months-long effort to remove invasive lionfish off the coast of SC and aims to teach the community about the species + sustainable seafood practices.

Did you know?
Lionfish have venomous spines that surround their body, can reproduce rapidly, and have strong appetites.

Event details
  • You have to be at least 21 years old to attend
  • Tickets (General admission tickets $65 + member tickets $60) include a lionfish filleting demo, dishes from local culinary partners, drinks, and entertainment.
  • Doors open at 7 p.m.
  • Tasting stations and bars will close at 9:45 p.m.
  • The event ends at 10 p.m.
The Buy
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