It is well known that "the livin' is eeeeeezzzzzzyyyy" in The Land of Palm Trees but don't think for a minute that life in Charleston is all lounging on the beach and bermuda grass greens surrounded by white sand bunkers. Yes we have our day jobs, or in my case our night jobs. But we also have alot of entertainment options to fill up the social calendar. That is why life in The Lowcountry is such a blast. Options man, we have options! My family has lived here for four years now and we have not begun to scratch the surface in light of restaraunts visited not to mention theatres, art galleries, museums and music hot spots. That is one reason why this particular regular post is so enjoyable for me because twice a month I get to research entertainment options to include in the post. By doing so it not only provides visitors to the blog a glimpse of what is happening in The Land of Palm Trees but it also insures that I am on top of upcoming events. Some of what I see from my perch at the top of the old palm tree today...
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With beaches, dog parks and numerous walking routes in and around Historic Charleston that are perfect for walking Fido Charleston is a great dog-town. The Summer season at Charleston County Parks and Recreations water parks is coming to an end and on September 11, 2011 at Whirlin' Waters Park in North Charleston it is your chance to celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with man's best friend. Check out this fun video from last years Dog Day Afternoon.
Nothing beats getting all dressed up "like a million dollar trouper" and putting on the ritz by hitting the town for a great show in one of Charleston's historic theatres. Charleston Stage kicks of their 34th Season with Chicago, the Tony Award winning jazz classic at my favorite theatre, The Dock Street Theatre. Another theatre option for September is The Village Playhouse who will be presenting the Tennessee Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the writer. The Village is an intimate venue that puts you right into the scene as the professional actors do their thing.
Charleston is so rich in history and culture, the city itself is a living museum. The acclaimed (click on this colored link) Charleston Museum Mile is comprised of six museums, five nationally significant historic homes, four scenic parks and a revolutionary war powder magazine all in a 1-mile stretch of Meeting Street. During the upcoming Museum Mile Weekend, you can visit each 13 different sites for just $25.00. This is a tremendous value and gives you the perfect excuse to plan a weekend visit to the Holy City.
Charleston is a Mecca for the live music lover with multiple venues providing all types of musical entertainment, from jazz to blues, hard rock to bluegrass and everything in between.
Check out the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center for a complete listing of upcoming events. Some notables include the Lowcountry Jazz Festival, The US Army Spirit of America and Glorious Gershwin to name a few.
The most intriguing music headline currently in terms of music entertainment is the press release by the Zac Brown Band about a major 3-day festival of food and music to be held at The Joe, Joseph Riley Stadium, on the banks of the Ashley River. The festival sounds like a blast, the only problem? The folks at the stadium say that it hasn't been scheduled. So it will be interesting to see what transpires over the next couple of weeks. From The Land of Palm Trees will keep you posted.
And finally, twice a year the Charleston Restaraunt Association schedules Charleston Restaraunt Week. This huge event is widely popular with the locals and provides the perfect opportunity to dine at most of Charleston's most excellent dining spots for literally pennies on the dollar. More on the Charleston Restaraunt Week coming up later this week, but for now click on the colored link and make your plans.