When Charleston is mentioned many people think of the colorful Rainbow Row, the scenic walkway along The Battery or shopping at the market downtown. However, we want to show some love to a (often overlooked) gem that’s around Charleston: Johns Island. It’s the largest island in the entire state of South Carolina + the fourth largest on the East Coast.
The name of the area comes from Saint John Parish in Barbados, the first English colonial settlers on the island. The list below shows how easily you can spend a day exploring Johns Island.
Stono River County Park | CHStoday team
Play 🏞️ Stono River County park | 3580 McLeod Mill Rd. | This hidden gem offers a marsh boardwalk leading to an island on the Stono River, over a quarter-mile of island trails with views of the Limehouse Bridge + Stono River, a picnic area + more.
🌳 Angel Oak | 3688 Angel Oak Rd. | This southern live oak is estimated to be 400-500 years old, but some people believe this tall beauty could be much older. It’s truly a sight to see one of the oldest living things in America in person.
🌽 Sea Island Farmers market | 2024 Academy Rd. | Stock up on local + freshly grown fruits and vegetables at this farmers market. Unique vendors that offer everything from sweet treats to herbs + spices set up shop at this Saturday market from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. + various food trucks are on site to serve up amazing dishes.
🍗 Fat Hen |3140 Maybank Hwy. | Fat Hen is a spot that offers French Lowcountry cuisine made from local ingredients from friends + neighbors in the farming community. | Full menu
🍝 Wild Olive | 2867 Maybank Hwy.| Taste Lowcountry in Italian classic dishes like Wild Olive’s house-made pasta + house-cured salumi. This restaurant is farm to table + table to farm. They compost 1,000 pounds of raw material every week. | Full menu
Drink 🍺 Low Tide Brewing | 2863 Maybank Hwy. | Low Tide is the only brewery on the island + it’s a popular spot for islanders. You can sip + taste custom craft beer while seeing how it’s made.
Development ○ The Citadel Mall(2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.) will soon be replaced by the Epic Center, an area that will offer office space + retail shops. Harbor Entrepreneur Center(65 Gadsden St.) is one of the businesses hoping to move into this new location, planning to provide services such as coding school + training programs for tech newbies. Learn more about the Harbor Entrepreneur Center here. 💻 (WCSC)
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Answered ○ On Tuesday, we asked if anyone in Charleston knows of a restaurant that serves pašticada(Croatian food)? Reader Robert S. suggested Mezzo European(1150 Hungry Neck Blvd. Suite E, Mt. Pleasant). He also suggested trying some multiregional dishes at Barsa(630 King St.).
ReOpen ○ The Alley(131 Columbus St.), one of Charleston’s favorite bowling alleys + entertainment centers, has reopened after a 170-day closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teaming up with MUSC Health, The Alley is working to ensure that its guests will remain healthy + safe. Check out the full list of safety guidelineshere. 🎳
Announced ○ Just in time for fall, Off Track Ice Cream(6 Beaufain St.) has released its newest flavor, Hot Honey + Biscuits – a delicious treat made with Red Clay Hot Sauce’s Barrel Aged Hot Honey + bite-sized bits of biscuits made fresh from local baker All Purpose Pippa. Watch Off Track Ice Cream create this flavor on Sat., Sept. 26. on Yelp’s IGTVhere.🍦
Cause ○ Holy City Vintage Market will celebrate its fourth birthday on Sun., Sept. 13, with a virtual market event that will include items from 20 local vendors + a raffle to support We Are Family, a non-profit organization that provides a space for LGBTQI+ youth. Shoppers can visit the market’s Instagram story from 12-3 p.m. to browse items for sale. The raffle will be open until midnight on the day of the event + a winner will be drawn the following day (Sept. 14). Enter the raffle + learn more about We Are Family here. 👜 (Holy City Sinner)
Arts ○ Today art lovers can experience a Virtual Tour with Jonathan Greenfrom 2:30-3:30 p.m. Through the Gibbes Museum of Art, explore Building a Legacy: The Vibrant Vision Collection of artist and collector Jonathan Green + Richard Weedman. Tickets are $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members. The collection features a Pan American approach that includes art + artists of African, Caribbean + Latin American descent. Find more information about the event here.
Shop ○ DYK?Bottles is offering several ways to shop for wine, beer, spirits and those fun new seltzers you’ve been wanting to try all summer. Shop the aisles in the Mount Pleasant + (new) Summerville locations, call ahead + pick up your order in-store (Mt. Pleasant: 803-632-4713; Summerville: 843-875-6666), or opt for curbside pickup.Liquor must be picked up in-store. For Mt. Pleasant only, orders can be sent via email for curbside or in-store pickup ([email protected]). 🍾 Ⓟ
Edu ○ Families who are virtual-learning or working can live, work + learn on Kiawah Island this fall.Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering several outdoor learning opportunities now through Nov. 25. Opportunities include fun, hands-on experiences, nature tours in native habitats, recreational activities + educational programs – all designed to improve brains, bodies + moods (while maintaining safe social distancing). 🐬Ⓟ
ForParents ○Mosquitosareone of the biggest pests of Lowcountry living. And the pesky critters can beespecially irritating to children. Dr. Kelli Williams, a MUSC pediatric physician of Pediatric Allergy, breaks down the top 3 most effective insect repellents for kids. 🦟 Ⓟ
Events ○ Virtual Tour with Jonathan Green| Thurs., Sept. 10 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | The Gibbes Museum presents artist Jonathan Green’s “Building a Legacy: The Vibrant Vision Collection of Jonathan Green + Richard Weedman.” ○ Children of Holocaust Survivors Panel | Thurs., Sept. 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free ○ Paws on the Patio | Thurs., Sept. 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Burtons Grill + Bar, 1218 Belk Drive | $30 | Bring your pups to Burtons Grill at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre to enjoy happy hour + support the Charleston Animal Society.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
It seems like a distant memory when we could all gather with friends and enjoy a concert in the Lowcountry without fearing the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to continue taking coronavirus safety precautions, Charleston Music Hall is presenting a socially distanced outdoor concert series. 🎤
Break out your dancing shoesand plan ahead for Around The Bend – A Socially Distanced Outdoor Concert Series. The event will take place at The Bend(3775 Azalea Dr., North Charleston)along the Ashley River. Some of the concert series lineup includes local Grammy-Award Winner Charlton Singleton, Shovels & Rope + many more. 🎷
Concert goers will be provided 250 squares at 10 x 10 ft. each + 6 foot aisles in-between, with a maximum of 4 people per square from the same group. 🔲
Every concert is BYO(beer, wine, drinks, food, coolers, blankets, & chairs). Tickets go on sale this Fri., Sept. 11 starting at 10 a.m.here. 🎟️
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Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
○ Charleston Water Systemannounced that nearly 4,000 customers are in danger of having their water shut off. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, daily shutoffs have skyrocketed from about 200 per day to 500 per day as customers face financial hardships. (WCBD)
○ This week, SCDHEC launched a new pledge project as part of DHEC’s Stay SC Strong campaign encouraging business leaders to help curb COVID-19 spread. The updated campaign website has a multitude of resources, including email templates, social media graphics, and downloadable content. Learn more here.
○ The University of South Carolina has reported a total of 1,443 active coronavirus cases on the college campus as of last Friday. A doctor at USC medical school has warned that the school could run out of quarantine space if the cases continue to spike. (The State)
○ After being temporarily suspended last week, UofSC’s saliva-based testing resumed yesterday. Testing capacity will be limited to 200 students per day + nasal swab testing is available for faculty and staff. (WLTX)
○ According to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, enrollment in colleges and universities across the state is down by less than 1% this year. The commission believes this may mean schools won’t lose as much revenue as originally expected. (WIS)
○ In accordance with CDC guidelines, Coastal Carolina will be allowed 5,000 attendees for their home football opener on Sept. 18. This limit includes teams, coaching + gameday staff, operations, media, band, spirit teams, volunteers + fans. For more information on safety precautions, ticketing + parking, click here. (WCSC)
○ Officials have begun meeting + hearing community member’s opinions to determine whether or not toreinstate the town of Mount Pleasant’s mask mandate that was lifted last week. While the first reading passed, another reading still has to occur + receive approval for this ordinance to start. (WCBD)
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