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Find fun things to do in Charleston SC this weekend, If It Happens In the Lowcountry
By Jeff Walker, Entertainment Writer
Here's some of what's taking place the weekend of Dec13th. Thank God we live in the low country where we can hit the beaches almost year round. The weather is still mild in the low country. When you're not watching the game you could stroll along the Battery or thru the market. Be a tourist in your own home town. Check out our many fine golf courses around the lowcountry. Get out and be social and help boost the economy. Downtown Charleston and the entire low country will be buzzing this weekend. Yeah for college & pro football season.
Brad & Jennifer Moranz ring in the holidays with their annual gift to the low country as they present the Charleston Christmas Special at Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street beginning Friday. 13 performances in all running through Sunday Dec 22nd. Seen by over 9,000 people each year, this year’s show will once again be ALL NEW and filled with more of your favorite holiday songs and dances! This show sells out, so get your tickets early!! Fun for the entire family. Don't miss this. For more visit http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=5411 or http://www.bradandjennifermoranz.com/
The best way to kick off the weekend is by enjoying a TGIF Friday night Wine Tasting at Crushed Fine Wine in Shelmore Village in Mount Pleasant. Owner and wine master Des is your host from 5-7pm each and every Friday. Come in, enjoy some great wines at affordable prices. Call 856-1156 for details.
Calvin Gilmore, Myrtle Beach's premier entertainer presents The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. “The Christmas Show of the South,” currently in its 28th season, brings you its most memorable season yet. The 2013 season brings stunning change neatly blended with time-honored traditions. New talent mingles with acclaimed rotating artists and long-standing Opry favorite artists. Nightly performances at 7pm with 2pm matinees on weekends. Shows run Nov 1st thru Jan 4th. Come experience one of the south's most treasured entertainment destinations brought to you by one of the grand strands most noted entertainers, Calvin Gilmore. Call (843) 913-4000 or (800) 843-6779 for information or to purchase tickets, or visit http://www.thecarolinaopry.com/Default.html
Footlight Players 20 Queen Street present the timeless holiday classic, 'A Christmas Carol'. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. Weekend performances thru Sunday Dec 22nd. Nightly at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets: $25 adult, $22 senior, $15 student, $12 children 12 & under. For more call 722.4487.
Leapin' Lizards! Annie is back! The ever-optimistic depression era Annie returns to the Dock Street Theatre, bringing President Roosevelt and Charleston a "New Deal for Christmas". Charleston Stage Company present this fun for the entire family classic. Starring Broadway Veteran Joel Robertson as Oliver Warbucks! Weekend shows thru Dec 22nd. Nightly performances at 7:30pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets range from $22.50 - $57.50 with lesser priced tickets for military, seniors, & children. For tickets and info call 577.7183
Flowertown Players present their own holiday tradtion, 'Plaid Tidings'. Rated PG They are Back! At ?rst Francis, Jinx, Smudge, and Sparky aren’t sure why they’ve returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are your favorites like their riotous three minute and eleven second version of “The Ed Sullivan Show” - this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis! Weekend shows thru Dec 22nd. Performances nightly at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets range from $20-$25. Call 875-9251 for more. Review http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/npps/story.cfm?nppage=34904
Woolfe Street Playhouse 34 Woolfe Street and Village Repertory Company present their own version of 'A Christmas Carol'. The Dickens tale returns to Woolfe Street Playhouse in time for the holidays featuring Brian Turner as Scrooge, Brad Leon as Bob Cratchett, Noah Smith as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and a spectacular Village Rep ensemble! “Oh, but he was a squeezing, wrenching, scraping, grasping kind of a Scrooge; a clutching, covetous old sinner…”Using only Charles Dickens’ extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of eight actors, ’A Christmas Carol’ is a bold theatrical re-imagining of a classic holiday tale. Weekend shows thru Dec 22nd, nightly at 7pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm with a 5pm show on Dec 22nd. Tickets range from $15-$30. For more call 856-1579.
What If Productions offer up a bizarre and funny holiday presentation, 'Five Ladies Eating a Quiche'. Armageddon it! Everyone’s favorite ladies gone wild are back for the holidays serving up a heaping helping of housewife realness. Amidst the backdrop of an impending nuclear attack, the officers of the Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are business as usual as they hold their annual quiche breakfast, but when terror strikes the alluring taste of quiche sends our sweet innocent ladies over the edge! Thurs - Sat performances thru Dec 21st. Tickets range from $15-$20. For more call 410-1950.
Black Fedora 164 Church Street, Charleston's only mystery theatre present 'A Sweet T. Christmas Show'. This Christmas Believe That Your Greatest Wishes Can Come True … even those you didn't know to wish for. Returning for a second holiday season is the laughingly lovely story of a heavenly stranger, a hapless handyman, a hopeless hostess, a hopping-mad Santa, and their hysterical hunt for the holy grail of wish granting, a winning lottery ticket! The show that sold out last December returns to the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre November 29 - December 29. Rated: PG (Contains humor and content perhaps over the heads of children under age 9). Tickets are $15-$24. Call 937-6453
Charleston Dance Institute and Boeing present 'The Little Match Girl' this weekend. Never in Charleston has an original ballet and score been crafted quite like this and now to be performed with LIVE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE on stage @ the Rose Maree Myers Theater – Sarah Masser debuts the role of The Little Match Girl Dec 14-15th with shows at 2pm, 7pm (14th) and 3pm (15th). Come hear the original music of UNED!TED’s Laura Ball, admire the lush sets by Buchanan Arts, move to the sounds of Chamber Music Charleston all while Jonathan Tabbert’s choreography and the Charleston Youth Dance Company of Charleston Dance Institute bring this classic Hans Christian Anderson tale to life! Performances at Rose Maree Meyers Theater, Charleston County School of the Arts, 5109-B West Enterprise Street, North Charleston. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets: $20 adult and $10 child. Visit Ovationtix.com to purchase tickets.
In Good Taste 1901 Ashley River Road (West Ashley) hosts a Wine & Cheese Party every Friday evening from 5-7pm. Cost is just $1 and dress is casual. Come out and enjoy great wine in a fun and relaxed setting. Stop in Saturday from 2-4 pm for another round of wine tasting. Call 763-5597 for more details. http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Good-Taste/152457104783205
Coliseum Liquors on International Boulevard next to Starbucks behind the North Charleston Coliseum complex holds wine tastings each and every Friday night from 5-7pm. Kick off TGIF sampling some of the best wines from around the region, the country, and around the world. Call 277-2274 for details.
Come out to the Daniel Island Grille on the weekend for a jam good time. Step in on Saturday night for DIG Disco, a party like no other, a fit for all ages. Daniel Island Grille is located at 259 Seven Farms Road half mile from the tennis center. On Saturday night stop by DIG in the Park located on East Montague in the Olde Village of North Charleston and enjoy reggae music and some of the best sushi in the low country. Always a good time at the DIG in the Park. Music, food, and fun under the stars on the outdoor patio.
Isle of Palms coolest hangout is, Morgan Creek Grill. Friday night TBA 4:30-7:30 Creekside. On Saturday enjoy and Oyster Roast from 4-8pm with music from Chelsea Summers Band. For details call Morgan Creek Grill at 886-8980.
Come out to Theatre 99 for a full weekend of comedy in store. Friday night 8pm it's Improv Smackown. 50% game show! 50% sporting event! 100% good times! That's Improv Smackdown in a nutshell. It's the hit improv show at Theatre 99 where you, the audience, are the judge! It's hilarious, exciting and based entirely on your audience suggestions. Tickets are $10. Saturday night 8pm it's the Have Nots. The longest running show in Charleston! With 18 years and over 1,400 shows together, The Have Nots! (founders of Theatre 99) are ready for your audience suggestions. No scripts! All improv! Come see what all the talk is about! Tickets are $12,50. Stay late for Laugh For A Lincoln. 2 to 3 acts of hilarious improv comedy for just $5. Yes, just 5 bucks! Tickets are $5 for 10pm show.Theatre 99 guaranteed to make you laugh. Theatre 99 is located at 280 Meeting Street. Call 853-6687 for details.
Tired of the non stop top forty college night spots. BuddyRoes, East Cooper's favorite spot for great food & drink on Ben Sawyer Blvd is also a great place to enjoy live entertainment on the weekends. BuddyRoes caters to folks 35 and older who love old time rock, country classics, and beach music. Ronnie Johnson & Dale Baker play an all electric show 9:00 til close. Come out Sunday for Ronnie & Dale playing acoustic favorites beginning at 7pm. Enjoy a great music with your meal. Call 388-5270 for details.
Drop in LG's By The Creek in Tanner Hall Plantation Hanahan for music and karaoke with DJ Randy Friday nights. On Saturday night it's live music with Chris Sullivan. Great food, drink & fun at LG's By The Creek. Come early and enjoy corn hole on the patio. Just off North Rhett at Tanner Hall Boulevard. Trivia every Wednesday night. Call 553-8046.
Southside 17 @ 3632 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley and Johns Island favorite bar and grill has live music on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6pm. Shane Clarke rocks Southside on most Wednesday nights. For more info call 641-7043.
Join fellow karaoke fans at the Upper Deck 353 King Street from 9pm til 2am on Sunday. It's been rated as one of the best destination to have fun in the lowcountry. Upper Deck provides a wide variety of songs to choose from.
The world famous Windjammer is closed this weekend for private evening parties. The Windjammer is Charleston's oldest night club.The Jammer is front beach Isle of Palms. For complete info visit www.the-windjammer.com/music.html or call the Jammer @ 886-8596.
At the Music Farm on Friday night the Farm it's TBA. Saturday is TBA as well. The Farm is located at 32 Ann Street downtown Charleston.
Over at the Charleston Pour House Friday on the Main Stage it's Old You w/ Schema. Doors open at 9pm with music at 9:45pm. Tickets are $8. On the deck at 4pm it's Travelin Kine. Saturday Southern Culture on the Skids perform with Mandalos. Tickets are $15 advance and $17. On The Deck at 4pm it's The Harrows. Sunday night is TBA. On the deck it's the Buddhist Prodegies playing Phish covers. The House is located at 1977 Maybank Highway. Reach them at 571-4343.
Come out to Red's Ice House on scenic Shem Creek for live music on Friday & Saturday night. Relax and watch the sun go down at Red's, Mount Pleasant's, a nice place to chill. Great food & drink at 98 Church St. Call 388-0003 for complete details.
Firewater Grill is the home to some the best comedians travelling the circuit today. Come in for great food and drink and laugh your socks off each and every Saturday night with shows beginning at 9:30pm. Early seating begins at 8pm. Call 261-2121 for complete details.
Come out to Ocean Cowboys (the low country's rockin' country music club) 192 College Park Road (college Park @ I-26) for a country music. 96.9 FM The Wolf hosts ladies night on Friday . Enjoy line dance lessons with the latest country music from DJ Randy Swan. Saturday night enjoy live entertainment at Ocean with plenty of drink specials. If you're looking for country music in lively joint you need to drop in Ocean Cowboys. Just minutes from everywhere in Charleston off I-26 at College Park Road. Call 569-6000 for more.
Enjoy great roasted coffee, desserts, and finger foods while listening to great singer songwriters from 7-9pm every Friday at Coastal Coffee Roasters (CCR) in Summerville. Singer songwriters every Friday night. Bring your own guitar and your music, and your crowd for an evening of music, coffee & camaraderie. CCR is located at 108 E.3rd North Street Summerville. For more call 376-4559.
Firewater Grille in Summerville presents Saturday Night Comedy with today's funniest comedians! Brought to you by Tony Kemp Productions Charleston's original comedy promoter. Just off I-26 at Exit 199. Doors open at 8pm. Call 261-2121. Come early and enjoy some of the best food served in the low country.
Awendaw Green and Suncoast Promotions present Charleston Listening Room Series featuring Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion and Danielle Howle with Firework Show opening. The concert is 7:30pm Saturday night at the Circular Congregational Church 150 Meeting Street. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 DOS. Students with ID pay $12. For more visit the Awendaw Green Facebook page or call 800-514-3849.
On Saturday Park Circle Comics will run the third in their series of Taking Flight comic book shows at The Sparrow, on Chateau Avenue, adjacent to 1078 East Montague in Park Circle area of North Charleston. The show will benefit. Toys for Tots with a suggested donation of a new unwrapped toy at the door.The show will feature, Tracy Yardley, artist of the hugely popular Sonic The Hedgehog comics, and Aaron Hazouri, creator of Toaster Guy. Charleston area artists Chris Freeman and Tim Showers will also present at the show. All of the artists will have originals, prints, signing autographs and taking commissions. Park Circle Comics will have a large selection of comic books, graphic novels and related comic collectibles.
Come to Fresh Fields Village for a night of music, food & drink on Friday as part of their Music on the Green Fall Series. Every Friday evening beginning Oct 11th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, we will host a variety of bands from across the Southeast during a free outdoor concert. Sponsored by The Town of Kiawah. For more call 768-9194
The Charleston Farmers Market opens its 2013 season on Saturday, April 13 at 8 a.m., continuing each Saturday until December 21, 2013. Conveniently located in Marion Square, the Charleston Farmers Market offers Charleston residents and visitors alike access to the finest local produce, delicious prepared foods, unique artisan crafts, and family friendly entertainment. Saturday market hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 724-7309 for more.
The Mount Pleasant Towne Center invites locals out to their Farmer's Market each and every Saturday from 9am - 1pm on Theatre Drive. Fun for the whole family. Fresh produce, cooking items, demonstrations and more.
Head out to Irvin House Vineyards for wine tastings on Saturdays March through November 2nd - from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., for Sippin' Saturday. Each Saturday, the winery will serve up a different local food vendor and musical group to entertain locals and visitors. Live music weekends. The famous Irvin~House Vineyards Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio and Irvin~House Vineyards wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle and enjoyed outside. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyard winery are only $6.00 to taste 6 of 24 flavors of Firefly spirits and $4.00 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets to picnic under the oaks and relish in the Lowcountry beauty. Located at 6775 Bears Bluff Rd Wadmalaw Island. Call 559-6867 for more.
The Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises are back by popular demand. Enjoy this two hour harbor cruise with a delicious buffet from Home Team BBQ. 7:00-9:00 pm Event features live blues from well-known Blues Bands. Cruises leave from the Charleston Maritime Center 10 Wharfside St. For info or tickets call 888.224.5037.
Enjoy bowling with your friends or family on Friday or Saturday night at Royal Lanes Goose Creek. Charleston's largest bowling and fun center offers all you can bowl for $15 per lane per hour starting at 9pm til midnight. Come later and enjoy Cosmic Bowling for just $12 per hour from 12am - 2am. Can you sing, come out Friday night for Karaoke Night. Royal Lanes has the largest arcade, a lounge with pool tables, darts, big screen TV's to catch all the games. Enjoy a weekend night and bowl at Royal Lanes 106 Central Ave in Goose Creek. Open for parties and large groups. Call 572-2695. Check them out online for more. http://www.royallanes.net/Royal_Lanes.html
Your South Carolina Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum this weekend. The Rays play host to the Orlando Solar Bears 7pm Saturday. The Stingrays celebrate College Night with Clemson University jerseys! Two-time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers and Clemson great Jim Stuckey will drop the ceremonial first puck along side Lowcountry native and "Survivor: One World" finalist Chelsea Meissner! On Sunday at 3pm the Rays take on the Greenville Road Warriors. Come see one of the hottest teams in the ECHL. Tickets range $21.00, $19.00, $15.00, $13.00, $10.00, & $8.00 (plus applicable fees) $2 increase on Game Day. Group and military rates available. Call 744-2248 for more or visit the coliseum box office.
Charleston ESPN Radio will be out at the all new location of The Fan Zone 4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd. on Friday broadcasting live from 3-6pm. Former coaching great Danny Ford will be on hand to sign autographs. Great deals on all your favorite team merchandise from college to the pros. Great for the holidays. The Fan Zone is located in the shopping center behind Starbucks at the corner of Tanger Outlet Blvd. and International Drive. For more call them at 744-7742.
Holiday related events:
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission continue their annual run of the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. The festival features 100's of light displays, plus Winter Wonderland, Santa's Village, marshmallow roasts, and the enchanted village stroll. Rates are $15 per vehicle weekends and $10 per car Mon - Thur. Fun for the whole family. For more http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/evps/evitem.cfm?evid=5408
Experience the Sound of Charleston. Come experience the unique sounds that define Charleston's rich musical heritage... gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics, & jazz...all presented by professional artists in 75-minute concert in historic Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street. Tickets are available online, at any area Charleston Visitor Center, at Bulldog Tours in the Market, at Footlight Players Theatre, or by calling the box office 270.4903.
The Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville present a Living Christmas Story Thurs-Sat at 118 West 3rd South Street in downtown Summerville. Enjoy 19 scenes depicting life in early Bethlehem. Presentation open 6:30-9:30pm all three nights. Open air trailer rides available. Call 873-1230 for more.
Sunday marks the first-ever 3rd Sunday on King Street, an identical extension of downtown Charleston's ever-popular 2nd Sunday on King Street event. The theme will be holiday shopping, family gatherings, food and music. There will be carolers in period costume, strolling bagpipes, gift and shopping promotions and delectable dining on the street. 2nd Sunday on King Street is the premiere monthly event in historic downtown Charleston when locals and visitors are invited to shop, dine and enjoy Charleston's "Main Street" on a vehicle-free, pedestrian-only afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
Santee Cooper kick off Celebrate The Season with a month long weekend tradition. Celebrate The Season's Holiday Driving Tour features dozens of enormous, animated light displays along a picturesque route that winds through Santee Cooper's headquarters and the Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. The month-long holiday event is powered with 100 percent Green Power from Santee Cooper and exclusively uses energy-efficient LED lights. Admission is $5 per vehicle, and gate proceeds benefit charities serving Berkeley County. For more or info on group tours call 899-5200.
Park Circle Film Society is taking a few weeks off for the holidays. Check them out after the new year. Park Circle Theatre is located at 4820 Jenkins Avenue in Olde Village of North Charleston. Call 628-5534.
New in theatres include 'American Hustle'. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, 'American Hustle' tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Rated R. Also new, 'Saving Mr. Banks'. Two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks', inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen. Rated PG-13. 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is new. Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), his mighty band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and wise wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) embark on a crusade to reclaim Erebor from the vicious dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in this sweeping fantasy adventure that picks up where the events of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off. Rated PG-13. And finally there's 'Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas'. Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they'll find when they arrive. Rated PG-13.