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Events In Charleston This Weekend Sept. 15 – 17

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Events In Charleston On Friday, September 15th

Charleston Restaurant Week –  Diners spend the week sampling the varying cuisine of the Lowcountry. Participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus, discounted prices, or other specials throughout the “week.”

When: September 6 – September 17

Where: Many participating restaurants around Charleston

Charleston Beer Week – While Hurricane Irma definitely disrupted the first half of CBW, we still have four days and 22 events left on our calendar! Charleston Beer Week celebrates our city’s craft beer community, from brewer to bartender, from keg to glass.

Where: Many participating restaurants around Charleston

When: September 9 – 16

Palmetto Brewing Loading Dock Music Series – Join Palmetto Brewing for the 2016 Loading Dock Music Series. Live shows every Friday at 289 Huger St. Performances begin at 6, and the music goes until close at 10PM!

Where: Palmetto Brewing, downtown Charleston

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

 Tyler Boone Live – Big (i.e. Bier) things are happening on the corner of East Bay and Chapel in Charleston, SC! Come see international recording artist Chris Boone live this Friday!

Where: Bay Street Biergarten, downtown Charleston

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Charleston Night Market – Area ​Artists and Artisans will take over the Charleston City Market as  THE NIGHT MARKET continues this weekend! The Night Market is located in the Charleston City Market, Charleston’s #1 most visited attraction; a venue where over 50 area artisans, artists, food vendors, and local musicians gather together, each Friday, Saturday & night, to create a memorable evening. 6:30 pm-10:30 pm.

Where: Charleston City Market, downtown Charleston

When:  Friday, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

46th Annual Charleston Scottish Games – The Charleston Games is home to one of the largest piping & drumming competitions in the Southeast. There will also be Scottish Heavy Athletics, dancing, children’s activities, a beer garden, rugby demonstrations, door prizes and more!

Where: Daniel Island Club

When: Friday, 6:30 – Saturday

John Prine Live – Widely thought to be one of the best songwriters in history, he has won two Grammy Awards, was honored by the Library of Congress, and had his debut album included in Rolling Stone’slist of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Where: N. Charleston Performing Arts Center

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Weird Science @ The Windjammer – Charleston’s Favorite Party Band since 1933! Enjoy 80s Pop and Rock Anthems all night long. Tickets are $8…Door 9PM Show at 10PM.

Where: The Windjammer, Isle of Palms 

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Events In Charleston On Saturday, September 16th

Chuckdown Showdown SUP Race – The 5th Annual Chucktown Showdown benefits Surfers Healing Folly Beach! SUPs, Prones, Surfskis, and OCs welcome! Get ready to paddle around the famous Charleston Battery and other historical sites of the Harbor. The Chucktown Showdown will feature 3 Races! Register here.

Where: Starts at Brittlebank Park

When: Saturday 8 a.m.

Charleston Farmers Market – Checkout the Charleston Farmers Market every Saturday in beautiful Marion Square and peruse the aisles, where you will enjoy a wide variety of 100+ Local Vendors, artisans and craftsmen, as well as farmers and growers!

Where: Marion Square, downtown Charleston

When: Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Johns Island Homegrown Farmers Market – The aim of Homegrown is to be a point of sustainable connection for the Lowcountry community. Homegrown also holds a mission of bringing interactive ways to educate your community on the health and environmental benefits of making sustainable choices. Homegrown offers classes, demos, and interactive opportunities for locals to be active in making sustainable choices in their lives.

Where: 3546 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

FAM JAM Free Family Festival – This is the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry’s signature annual event celebrating family and community togetherness and the power of PLAY.

Where: Marion Square, downtown Charleston

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Charleston Beer Week – Charleston Beer Week celebrates our city’s craft beer community, from brewer to bartender, from keg to glass. Check the calendar here for event info for Saturday, September 15th.

Where: Many participating restaurants around Charleston

When: September 9 – 16

Craft Beer Night @ MUSC Health Stadium – Join other beer lovers for brews from Holy City Brewing, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, Two Blokes Brewing, and Flying Dog and American professional soccer’s oldest rivalry as we take on the Richmond Kickers.

Where: MUSC Health Stadium, Daniel Island

When: Saturday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 Charleston Battery vs. Richmond Kickers – The Charleston Battery celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, making the club the longest continuously operating professional soccer team in America!

Where: MUSC Health Stadium, Daniel Island

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Delta Rae Live @ The Music Farm – Headlining over 100 shows each year and a regular on the festival circuit since forming in 2009, Delta Rae’s larger-than-life performances have earned coveted spots at Bonnaroo, Tortuga Music Festival, Austin City Limits, Firefly, Bumbershoot and many more!

Where: The Music Farm, downtown Charleston

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Events In Charleston On Sunday, September 17th

Bendy Brewski Yoga – Accessible and fun Yoga inside the brewery for 45 minutes followed by a flight or pint of craft beer! We always some mats to borrow and your teacher Michele is kind, fun and knowledgeable!

Where: Holy City Brewing, N. Charleston

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

Sunday Brunch @ The Granary – The Granary is now serving brunch again every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Indulge in dishes such as duck and waffles, shrimp and grits or huevos rancheros along with mimosas, bloody marys, Moscow mules and other brunch cocktails.

Where: The Granary, Coleman Blvd – Mt. Pleasant 

When: Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market – This is an opportunity specifically for small producers and new and beginning businesses who source locally to sell amongst their peers and to develop their market base. There will be live music and tons of local vendors. Please come out and support us!

Where: The Charleston Pour House

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Lowcountry Dog Magazine Adoption Event – Any family who adopts a dog with the 15 participating shelters and rescues gets a FREE year long family pass to Magnolia Plantation. We have 1500 passes to give away! To celebrate we are throwing the largest adoption event ever!

Where: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston

When: Sunday, 1 -4 p.m.

Swing Dance @ Prohibition – Participate in a free swing dance lesson, which is followed by swing music performed by the V-Tones.

Where: Prohibition, downtown Charleston

When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

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Events In Charleston This Weekend September 1 – 3

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Events In Charleston On Friday, September 1st

Palmetto Brewing Loading Dock Music Series – Join Palmetto Brewing for the 2016 Loading Dock Music Series. Live shows every Friday at 289 Huger St. Performances begin at 6, and the music goes until close at 10PM!

Where: Palmetto Brewing, downtown Charleston

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Music On The Green – Each  of the concert performances will be held on the Village Green in Freshfields Village, located at the crossroads of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. The series will continue every Friday night through September 1st. Music this week: Shem Creek Boogie Band.

Where: Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island

When: Friday, 6 – 9 p.m.

Charleston Night Market – Area ​Artists and Artisans will take over the Charleston City Market as  THE NIGHT MARKET continues this weekend! The Night Market is located in the Charleston City Market, Charleston’s #1 most visited attraction; a venue where over 50 area artisans, artists, food vendors, and local musicians gather together, each Friday, Saturday & night, to create a memorable evening. 6:30 pm-10:30 pm.

Where: Charleston City Market, downtown Charleston

When:  Friday, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

CNN Heroes Watch Party – Local Folly Beach organization Warrior Surf Foundation will be featured in a CNN Heroes episode slated to air on Friday night at 8pm. Chad is doing $1 off draft beer for all WSF participants.

Where: The Barrel, Folly Road in Charleston

When: Friday, 7 – 10 p.m.

9th Annual Greater Lowcountry Jazz Festival – This 3 day festival takes place over Labor Day weekend and is full of talented Jazz artists from around the Lowcountry and beyond.  Get your tickets here: Ticketmaster.

Where: N. Charleston Performing Arts Center

When: Friday – Sunday

PJ Morton of Maroon 5 @ The Windjammer – After traveling the world as a successful solo artist and keyboardist for pop powerhouse Maroon 5, GRAMMY® Award- and Dove® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist PJ Morton gained a new perspective.

Where: The Windjammer, Isle of Palms 

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Events In Charleston On Friday, September 2nd

Cast-Off Fishing Tournament – The pier offers great fishing! Prize categories: Three largest catches in the Big Fish category. This breathtaking landmark stretches out 1045’ into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and offers spectacular views, fishing, dining, tournaments, special events, and more throughout the year.

Where: Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park Fishing Pier

When: Saturday, 7 a.m.

Charleston Farmers Market – Checkout the Charleston Farmers Market every Saturday in beautiful Marion Square and peruse the aisles, where you will enjoy a wide variety of 100+ Local Vendors, artisans and craftsmen, as well as farmers and growers!

Where: Marion Square, downtown Charleston

When: Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Johns Island Homegrown Farmers Market – The aim of Homegrown is to be a point of sustainable connection for the Lowcountry community. Homegrown also holds a mission of bringing interactive ways to educate your community on the health and environmental benefits of making sustainable choices. Homegrown offers classes, demos, and interactive opportunities for locals to be active in making sustainable choices in their lives.

Where: 3546 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Football Kickoff Party – The Football Kickoff Party will start at noon and features a cook-out style meal that includes a pig roast, burgers, brats, potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw.

Where: Daniel Island Grille

When: Saturday, 12 p.m.

95SX End of Summer Bash – Join 95sx at The Windjammer on IOP for the 2nd annual 95sx End of Summer Beach Bash hosted by Bert of The Bert Show with DJ Natty Heavy and live music from The Midnight City Band. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to win with games and the 95sx Beach Ball Free-For-All.

Where: The Windjammer, Isle of Palms 

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Charleston Music Confab Night 3 – New Music Confab brought hundreds of artists together with music industry professionals from around the country: managers, agents, promoters, radio and record label executives, sound and video producers, social media professionals and more.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, downtown Charleston

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Events In Charleston On Sunday, September 3rd

Bendy Brewski Yoga – Accessible and fun Yoga inside the brewery for 45 minutes followed by a flight or pint of craft beer! We always some mats to borrow and your teacher Michele is kind, fun and knowledgeable!

Where: Holy City Brewing, N. Charleston

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

Sunday Brunch @ The Granary – The Granary is now serving brunch again every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Indulge in dishes such as duck and waffles, shrimp and grits or huevos rancheros along with mimosas, bloody marys, Moscow mules and other brunch cocktails.

Where: The Granary, Coleman Blvd – Mt. Pleasant 

When: Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market – This is an opportunity specifically for small producers and new and beginning businesses who source locally to sell amongst their peers and to develop their market base. There will be live music and tons of local vendors. Please come out and support us!

Where: The Charleston Pour House

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Breakfast Club 80’s Brunch Party – Join Gentry Bar & Room as they bring you the best live music scene in Charleston. This Sunday features The Breakfast Club 80’s Brunch Party featuring DJ Party Dad!

Where: Gentry Bar, downtown Charleston

When: Sunday, 12 p.m.

Swing Dance @ Prohibition – Participate in a free swing dance lesson, which is followed by swing music performed by the V-Tones.

Where: Prohibition, downtown Charleston

When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Dead 27’s @ The Pour House – On their debut EP, Dead 27s brilliantly infused rock-and-roll and classic soul with both raw energy and refined musicality.  The Charleston-based band expands their sound by pursuing their passion for loose and joyful experimentation.

Where: The Charleston Pour House

When: Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

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I GOT LEGS: A Charleston Inspiration

By | Around Charleston
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The Cooper River Bridge Run is one of Charleston’s most iconic annual events. Every year thousands of runners and walkers from around the globe participate in this 10 kilometer race. Its unique setting and world-class competition provide an unparalleled experience for participants. This year marks an especially remarkable bridge run as history will be made by a truly inspiring individual.

Ten years ago Adam Gorlitsky, a Charleston native and University of South Carolina graduate, was on his way home from Columbia when he was involved in a traumatic car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. As someone who enjoyed athletics and the outdoors his whole life, the accident was especially devastating.

Despite the setback, Adam completed his undergraduate degree in film and returned to Charleston. A few years later, Adam discovered a Youtube video showcasing a new personal exoskeleton system that was still in the experimental stages of development. Initially, Adam was skeptical. The technology was still in its early stages and it seemed clunky and impractical. However, 3 years later doctors at Roper Hospital offered him a chance to try out the technology citing him as a qualified candidate. Adam accepted the offer.

Just learning how to balance again while standing upright was a challenge, but after acclimating himself with the new technology he was able to complete 40 hours of training over 6 months in order to pass an FDA mandated skills test. The feeling of freedom that the exoskeleton gave him was both refreshing and empowering. The test qualified him to own his own personal ReWalk exoskeleton. But that lead to a new challenge.

At a cost of $83,000 per unit, the technology seemed hopelessly out of reach. Nevertheless, the freedom and confidence that Adam experienced drove him to do more than simply standing and walking in a hospital. Adam was on a mission. With the help of an artist, public relations manager, friends and family, Adam assembled a “rag tag” team of talented and devoted advocates who helped him to form the I GOT LEGS campaign.

At first I GOT LEGS was meant to be a fundraiser with the goal of paying for his ReWalk exoskeleton in time for him to walk in the Bridge Run, however it blossomed into something much greater. After raising enough money to pay for the majority of the $83k tab, Adam turned I GOT LEGS into a non-profit organization focusing on connecting, supporting, and empowering other disabled people.

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Since its inception, the I GOT LEGS campaign has gained huge support from the Charleston community. Adam has spoken at numerous public speaking events including local high schools, colleges and businesses. The campaign has also picked up sponsorships from Mercedes-Benz on top of a whole host of local restaurants and businesses. Adam says this is just the beginning and is planning on walking future road races in Charleston with the goal of inspiring others to face their challenges, whatever they may be.

Matt Anderson Properties is proud to be an official sponsor of the I GOT LEGS campaign. If you would like to donate to the I GOT LEGS campaign, visit their website: www.igotlegs.org.

Sources: “Going The Distance” – Charleston Magazine

 

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Charleston County Property Taxes Calculator

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Shopping for a new home in Charleston can be overwhelming. Even after you find your dream home there are many associated costs that sometimes go overlooked. Between the mortgage, insurance, closing and maintenance costs, it’s easy to forget that taxes play an important role in your budget. The good news is the average effective property tax rate in South Carolina is just 0.57%, 5th lowest in the country.

However, the Charleston area has seen rapid growth in property values in the past few years which, as a consequence, has lead to increased property taxes. A common misconception is that when property taxes go up, they go up for everyone in the county. This is not the case.

Instead of raising taxes county-wide, the tax burden is simply shifted to properties that have increased in value faster. Areas that lagged behind or lossed value will see a decrease (or no change) in the property tax rate. Properties are required to be reassessed every 5 years to determine full market value. An assessment ratio is then applied to the market value, 4% for primary residences and 6% for non-primary.

So for example, if the market value of a primary residence increased from $100,000 to $110,000, a 4% assessment ratio is applied which comes out to an assessed value of $4,400. Tax rates apply to this amount.  Other factors that contribute to the final property tax rate include county taxes, independent city taxes, property tax credits/exemptions and city services.

In the example above, a homeowner under the age of 65 with a primary residence appraised at $300,000, located in the city of Charleston (TD 71) will pay an estimated $1,591.20 in property taxes.

Looking at the updated Charleston county tax rates and combined millage values, we can calculate what the estimated property taxes will be. In the example above, a homeowner under the age of 65 with a primary residence appraised at $300,000, located in the city of Charleston (TD 71) will pay an estimated $1,591.20 in property taxes.

Now let’s take a look at how much property taxes would be if that same $300,000 house (primary residence, under age 65) was located in these Charleston areas:

Town of Mt. Pleasant (TD 21) property taxes: $1,233.00

James Island PSD (TD 31) property taxes: $1,546.80

City of North Charleston (TD 43) property taxes: $1,755.00

Town of Summerville (TD 47) property taxes: $1,405.80

City of Folly Beach (TD 33, 37) property taxes: $1,236.00

Town of Sullivans Island (TD 23) property taxes: $1,288.20

Goose Creek (TD 42) property taxes: $1,008.00

If you would like to calculate your own specific estimated property taxes, you can check out the official Charleston County auditors tax estimator here.

You can also download a Microsoft excel sheet which has a list of tax rates/credits for each Charleston area. You can use the spreadsheet to input your own values and it will automatically calculate the estimated tax rate at the bottom. Use the example values as a guide when inputting your information. Charleston County Tax Calculator (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)

*The tax estimator and spreadsheet is in no way intended to be a final tax bill and Matt Anderson Properties in no way shall assume any liability for any error or inaccuracies. As always, if you have questions it is best to contact us directly: [email protected]

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Easter Weekend: Events in Charleston 3-25-3-27

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Events in Charleston on Friday, March 25th

69th Annual Festival Of Houses & Gardens – Set amid the ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours and educational events showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. The tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences.

Where: Various locations in downtown Charleston

When: Friday, March 16th – April 24th

Palmetto Brewing Loading Dock Music Series – Join Palmetto Brewing for the 2016 Loading Dock Music Series. Live shows every Friday at 289 Huger St. Performances begin at 6, and the music goes until close at 10PM! Featured Food Truck this week is Short Grain!

Where: Palmetto Brewing, downtown Charleston

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Charleston Night Market – Area ​Artists and Artisans will take over the Charleston City Market as  THE NIGHT MARKET continues this weekend! The Night Market is located in the Charleston City Market, Charleston’s #1 most visited attraction; a venue where over 50 area artisans, artists, food vendors, and local musicians gather together, each Friday, Saturday & night, to create a memorable evening. 6:30 pm-10:30 pm.

Where: Charleston City Market, downtown Charleston

When:  Friday, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Rusted Root @ The Windjammer – Multi-instrumentalist group Rusted Root integrate the Grateful Dead’s jam-heavy rock with percussion influences based on the music of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Tickets are $25.

Where: The Windjammer, Isle of Palms

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Events in Charleston on Saturday, March 26th

Insane Inflatable 5K – The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to Charleston! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced.

Where: Middleton Place, Charleston

When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

Johns Island Homegrown Farmers Market – The aim of Homegrown is to be a point of sustainable connection for the Lowcountry community. Homegrown offers classes, demos, and interactive opportunities for locals to be active in making sustainable choices in their lives.

Where: 3546 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hope on Goat Benefit – is a unique oyster roast experience on beautiful Goat Island that this year is supporting the youth mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC! Tickets are $55 for adults and $20 for children 3-12, and include all-you-can-eat-oysters, homemade fish stew, hot dogs, desserts, water and three live bands!

Where: Guests will meet at the Isle of Palms Marina, Parking fee is $3.

When: Saturday, 2 -6 p.m.

Marc Broussard with Baby Bee and Peter Aristone – “If you want a feel for the heat of a summer in the South, listen to Marc Broussard’s Shine.”- USA TODAYBIOGRAPHY. Broussard is described as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with a rarefied gift and innate stylistic and emotional authenticity.

Where: The Charleston Pour House

When: Saturday, 9 p.m.

Spring Break Unplugged – Kickin’ 92-5 is proud to present “Spring Break Unplugged”. A country show with some of today’s  hottest country stars and newcomers.  , , Dan & Shay,  and . Proceeds benefit the .

Where: Gaillard Center, downtown Charleston

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Charleston Jazz Orchestra: Living for the city – The inspiration for this concert arose as the CJO musicians brainstormed about whom they would want to celebrate and many agreed Stevie Wonder was top of that list. Quiana Parler will join the CJO as a guest vocalist. She has performed on The View,Saturday Night Live, NBC’s Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Good Morning America to name a few.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, downtown Charleston

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Events in Charleston on Easter Sunday, March 27th

Easter at Awaken – Spend the morning at Bees Landing Recreation Center celebrating Easter with all of Charleston! There will be a worship service starting at 10am followed by family photo booths, Easter egg hunt for all the kids, inflatables & more!

Where: Bees Landing Rec Center, Charleston

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.

Easter Brunch @ Tavern & Table – Come out to Shem Creek for a special Easter Brunch featuring brunch specials plus live music from electronic violinist Seth G. Brunch with a view (and live music) is the best way to spend your Easter Sunday this year! Call (843) 352-9510 for reservations.

Where: Tavern & Table, Shem Creek – Mt. Pleasant

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market – This is an opportunity specifically for small producers and new and beginning businesses who source locally to sell amongst their peers and to develop their market base. There will be live music and tons of local vendors. Please come out and support us!

Where: The Charleston Pour House

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Easter Sunday Gospel Brunch Buffet – This interactive brunch where you can sing along and even play instruments along with the choir is perfect for the family. The brunch buffet will please even the most discerning palates. Everything from Crab Quiche to classic Shrimp and Grits.

Where: Sermet’s Corner, downtown Charleston

When: Sunday, 2 seatings at 11 AM and 1 PM.

Grand Easter Buffet & Egg Hunt – Come out to Patriots Point on Easter Sunday, March 27th for the GRAND EASTER BUFFET from 11am – 2pm at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Cost is $49.95 for adults, $18.95 children (5-12 yrs) 4 years and under free with paying adult. Reservations required, please call 843-856-0028. Annual Easter Egg Hunt included with Buffet.

Where: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mt. Pleasant

When: Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

HCK Adult Easter Egg Hunt – Miss searching for Easter eggs on Easter like you did when you were a kid? This Easter Sunday, Holy City Kickball will be hosting our second annual Easter egg hunt with over 100 eggs with prizes inside that include candy, prizes from our sponsored bars and bottles of the “mini” variety! Entry fee is $10.

Where: Cool Blow Park, downtown Charleston

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Grits to Glory – The show that tells the story of the musical heritage and evolution of Charleston, and the South.  With great singers and gifted instrumentalists, we’ll trace Southern musical contributions from the late 1800’s through today’s music.  It’s a love affair with our city and the musical traditions and styles that come together here in the south.

Where: Charleston Visitors Center

When: Sunday, 7 p.m.

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Is Charleston Real Estate As Hot As 2015?

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Lowcountry Real Estate So Far In 2016

The Charleston real estate market quietly made history earlier this month tallying 434 homes under contract during the second week of March, just barley missing the all-time weekly record of 437 homes which was set last spring. To put this in perspective, this is only the 5th time in history that we have seen over 400 properties under contract in a week. So far activity continues to out pace last year, which is astounding considering it was one of the busiest years we’ve seen. So far it looks like Charleston real estate is on track to have another historic year.

Compared to last January and February we are up 10.1% in total sales and up 6.6% in median sales price. On top of that, we have extremely low inventory in the Charleston area. 6 months of inventory is considered a balanced market. Less than Half of the MLS areas in Charleston have 6 months of inventory. In fact, 6 areas have less than 3 months of inventory which is very low.

Mt. Pleasant continues to be one of the most popular areas in Charleston. Specifically, the area north of the Isle of Palms connector is up over 20% in total sales compared to last January/February and up over 7% in median sales price from $370k to $397k this year. Prices continue to trend higher in Summerville, Goose Creek and North Charleston where price per square foot is now over $100.

Charleston Real Estate: Looking Ahead

The areas with the least amount of inventory mean more competition for shoppers. Buyers are forced to compete for listings in desirable neighborhoods when there is less to choose from which tends to drive prices higher. James Island, West Ashley and North Charleston have some of the lowest inventory in the Charleston MLS and represent areas of strength if you are a seller.

As summer nears, this pattern will change because it is a more opportune time for homeowners with families to sell. We expect to see more listings flood the market this summer than last summer as more homeowners who were on the fence about selling in the past have now fully recouped the money they lost in the market crash in 2006 and 2007.

The demand for houses in Mt. Pleasant will not go away anytime soon. Based on the last 2 months of sales data, the Mt. Pleasant area is projected to increase in price by 13.7% over the next couple of months. Although this number is somewhat inflated, we have no doubt Mt. Pleasant will continue to appreciate in value, especially north of the IOP connector.

The chart below is an attempt to look at where prices are going in the immediate future. It compares the last 2 months of sales to what is currently under contract(AC/P). What is currently under contract seems to represent roughly the next 2 months of sales.

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The green box highlights the median SALES price (what people actually paid) for each area through January and February 2015. The red box highlights the median LIST price (asking price) and anticipated SALES price through March 17th, 2016. It assumes that those properties under contract will sell for 95% of their current LIST price. The farthest column to the right represents the anticipated percentage change in price over the next 2 months. All MLS areas are anticipated to increase in median sales price with the exception of area 52 which is likely due to a very small sample size. 

We are expecting to see one of the busiest years on record if these trends continue. We are already ahead of where we were this time last year. And with more and more press from TV shows like Top Chef and Charleston Charm, Charleston is gaining traction on the national scene as a desirable place to live. Combine that with a good economic outlook thanks to new employers like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz and the sky is the limit for Charleston.

If you are thinking about selling your Charleston home or just have questions about the buying or selling process, contact me directly to discuss your options or visit our sister site CharlestonListing.com for free home valuation based on current market conditions in Charleston not a broad national average like Zillow or Trulia.

Call me directly: (843) 437-8386
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Events in Charleston This Weekend 3-18-3-20

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Events in Charleston on Friday, March 18th

69th Annual Festival Of Houses & Gardens – Set amid the ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours and educational events showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. The tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences.

Where: Various locations in downtown Charleston

When: Friday, March 18th – March 20th

Charleston Spring Bridal Week – Charleston Weddings Magazine’s Spring Bridal Week Presented by REEDS Jewelers® and Forevermark is a curated mix of events from pop-up vendor parties to a diamond giveaway, posh trunk shows, invite-only fashion presentations, consigned wedding décor sales, and more throughout the city.

Where: Various locations around Charleston

When: March 15 – 20

Charleston Fashion Week 2016 – Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week® has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America since its founding in 2007. Held under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, this five-night celebration features more than 40 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition™.

Where: Marion Square and other locations

When: March 15th – Saturday, March 19th

Palmetto Brewing Loading Dock Music Series – Join Palmetto Brewing for the 2016 Loading Dock Music Series. Live shows every Friday at 289 Huger St. Performances begin at 6, and the music goes until close at 10PM! Featured Food Truck this week is Pacha Mama Arepas & Tostones!

Where: Palmetto Brewing, downtown Charleston

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

SC Stingrays vs. Florida Everblades – The South Carolina Stingrays have a home game at the North Charleton Coliseum as they take on the Florida Everblades. Tickets range from $5 – $25 and are available on Ticketmaster.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Charleston Night Market – Area ​Artists and Artisans will take over the Charleston City Market as  THE NIGHT MARKET continues this weekend! The Night Market is located in the Charleston City Market, Charleston’s #1 most visited attraction; a venue where over 50 area artisans, artists, food vendors, and local musicians gather together, each Friday, Saturday & night, to create a memorable evening. 6:30 pm-10:30 pm.

Where: Charleston City Market, downtown Charleston

When:  Friday, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Events in Charleston on Saturday, March 19th

Johns Island Homegrown Farmers Market – The aim of Homegrown is to be a point of sustainable connection for the Lowcountry community. Homegrown also holds a mission of bringing interactive ways to educate your community on the health and environmental benefits of making sustainable choices. Homegrown offers classes, demos, and interactive opportunities for locals to be active in making sustainable choices in their lives.

Where: 3546 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2016 USA Spikeball Roundnet Southeast Tour – Kickoff of the 2016 Southeast Tour, to be held at the scenic and spacious James Island County Park in Charleston. If you want to contend for a regional title or just want to get out and participate in an epic day of roundnet, register now!

Where: James Island County Park

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pet Fest – Pets and their owners are invited to join Charleston County Parks for a full weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment, and more at Charleston’s premiere pet festival! Pet Fest provides an opportunity for local pet-related organizations and businesses to showcase their causes, products and services in a fun, animal-friendly environment. Leashed pets are welcome with their owners!

Where: Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Islands Park

When: Saturday, March 19th – Sunday, March 20th 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Backpack Buddies Chili Cook-Off – Come out to the beautiful Bohicket Marina, enjoy some chili, have a good time and help us raise money and awareness for Backpack Buddies, a non-profit organization that helps feed hungry children on Johns Island. Tickets are $10 per person (*free for kids six and under).

Where: Bohicket Marina & Market, Johns Island

When: Saturday, March 19th 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Oysters On The Point – A sister of Party at the Point, this once a month winter series features locally steamed oysters, live music, and plenty of beer choices. It is hosted on Saturday afternoons from 2pm – 6pm. We will also be having eclectic vendors so come out and buy local! $5 General Admission, 12 & under Free.

Where: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mt. Pleasant

When: Saturday, March 19th 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

SC Stingrays vs. Florida Everblades – The South Carolina Stingrays have a home game at the North Charleton Coliseum as they take on the Florida Everblades. Tickets range from $5 – $25 and are available on Ticketmaster.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum

When: Saturday, March 19th  7:05 p.m.

Charleston Battery vs. NY Cosmos – The Charleston Battery will close out the 2016 preseason with the club’s first-ever friendly with defending NASL Champions New York Cosmos on Saturday, March 19, at MUSC Health Stadium. Tickets for the event start at $15 and go on sale on Feb. 1. To order online, visit charlestonbattery.com, or phone the Battery ticket staff at 843.971.GOAL (4625).

Where: MUSC Health Stadium, Daniel Island

When: Saturday, March 19th 7:30 p.m.

Trial by Fire “Tribute to Journey” – TRIAL BY FIRE is born out of the hearts of five seasoned Charlotte NC – based musicians who have decided to answer that question. It is their vision to bring that 1996 tour to Journey fans across the country… to embrace the sound and visuals of the Steve Perry era of Journey.

Where: The Windjammer, Isle of Palms

When: Saturday, March 19th 9 p.m.

Events in Charleston on Sunday, March 20th

Awendaw Farmers and Crafters OPENING Market – The first of the 2016 Season…Local Artists, Crafters, Farmers selling their Products. Hand-crafted Items, Produce, Eggs, Jellies, Baked Goods, Food, Music and Fun. Come out and Support your LOCAL businesses.

Where: Tractor Supply Co, Awendaw

When: Sunday, March 20th 11 a.m.

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market – This is an opportunity specifically for small producers and new and beginning businesses who source locally to sell amongst their peers and to develop their market base. There will be live music and tons of local vendors. Please come out and support us!

Where: The Charleston Pour House

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.

World Heritage Oyster Roast – The Charleston World Heritage Coalition invites everyone to the 2016 Charleston World Heritage Oyster Roast to celebrate the international significance of Charleston’s history and culture! Ticket price ($25) includes: A VIP private tour of McLeod Plantation, live music by the College of Charleston music department, and all-you-can-eat oysters, frogmore stew and veggie chili!

Where: McLeod Plantation, Charleston

When: Sunday, March 20th 12 p.m.

SC Stingrays vs. Greenville Swamp Rabits – The South Carolina Stingrays have a home game at the North Charleton Coliseum as they take on the Greenville Swamp Rabits. Tickets range from $5 – $25 and are available on Ticketmaster.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum

When: Sunday, March 20th  3:05 p.m.

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The Largest Home In Charleston Money Can Buy

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Back in February, we took a look at the most expensive listing on the market in Charleston, 60 Montagu Street (also known as the Gaillard-Bennet House), located in historic downtown. Its list price currently sits at a cool $12,950,000 which easily makes it the priciest home on the market here in Charleston. Although 60 Montagu is a big home, measuring 9,345 square feet, it is not the largest home in Charleston that is currently for sale.

20 South Battery Street, Charleston, SC 29401

20 South Battery Street in Charleston, SC.

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That title belongs to 20 South Battery street, another historically significant Charleston home. The home was originally constructed in 1843 and bought by the Calhoun family in 1874. The property changed hands several times through out the 20th century and was most notably owned by what is now the Preservation Society of Charleston. Out of what’s currently for sale, this is the largest home in Charleston measuring 15,669 square feet. It features a total of 17 bedrooms and 16 full baths. It is listed for $5,500,000.

There is still a quaint, historic style bed and breakfast that operates out of the carriage house adjacent to the main house at 20 South Battery street. The Battery Carriage House Inn features 11 unique guestrooms elegantly decorated to recreate the historical roots and rich culture that the main residence embodies. See the full listing for 20 South Battery here.

Listing information and photos courtesy of Marty Byrd of Carriage Properties.

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HGTV Show ‘Charleston Charm’ Premiers This Weekend

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Photo: Kyrstine Edwards Charleston Charm giveaway. Click the picture to learn how to enter to win.

Back in October there was some buzz around the Holy City about HGTV doing a new reality show in Charleston. At the time, there was very little information as to what the name of the show would be, when it would air or what the focus would be. But, just mentioning reality TV lead to the collective groans of many Charlestonians who seem to be tainted by reality TV shows thanks to Southern Charm’s portrayal of Charleston.

However, according to a blog post by Krystine Serafin Edwards of Mount Pleasant last month, we now know the details of the new show. Although the show’s name, Charleston Charm, sounds like a direct sequel to Southern Charm, it’s nothing like it. Instead, think more of Chip and Joanna Gaines in the show Fixer Upper, but with a Charleston spin.

Krystine, who is a real estate agent, and her husband Ryan Edwards, co-owner of a build-design construction company, began flipping houses in Charleston nearly 12 years ago. Eventually,  “flipping houses turned into selling a home to a client, putting together a high level renovation plan, and executing it with Sceltas, a construction company Ryan co-owns with James Arthur”, says Krystine in her blog post.

Early last year the Edwards’ work attracted the attention of a television production company who was interested in their business. After many Skype calls, they eventually got to a point where it was time to test the waters.

“They wanted to create a sizzle. We created it and sent it off. Well, they came back and said we had a pilot! I still remember the Skype call. My oldest had a fever, I was confused and tried to call Ryan on his cell to let him hear the exciting news. He couldn’t hear a word, and my oldest was about to throw up. I told them I had to call back because I was running to the doctors. Chaos!”

Once the pilot was a go, the Edward’s interviewed several young couples who were moving to Charleston and ended up choosing a young family moving from California. The one hour pilot episode will feature Krystine and her husband helping the couple select and renovate a new home while giving it a little Charleston Charm.

The California couple will have to decide between two historic downtown homes and one beachfront home. According to Krystine’s blog post, Charleston Charm premiers at 12 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, March 20th, on HGTV. If successful the pilot could turn into an HGTV series. There is also a Charleston Charm giveaway via Krystine Edwards Instagram. Visit her Charleston Charm giveaway page to learn more.

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Events In Charleston This Weekend 3-11-3-13

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DSC_0027smallEvents In Charleston On Friday, March 11th

7th Annual Charleston Film Festival – A 4 day celebration of all the best movies from around the world and around our neighborhood, the 6th Annual Terrace Charleston Film Festival will be sure to delight!

Where: The Terrace Theater, Charleston

When: Thursday, March 10th – Sunday, March 13th

10th Annual Friendship Cup @ Kiawah Island – Now in its 10th year, a two-man tournament for male amateur players. The Friendship Cup is contested on the world famous Ocean Course, site of the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championship, and the Tom Fazio designed Osprey Point Golf Course.

Where: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

When: Friday, March 11th – Saturday, March 12th

Palmetto Brewing Loading Dock Music Series – Join Palmetto Brewing for the 2016 Loading Dock Music Series. Live shows every Friday at 289 Huger St. Performances begin at 6, and the music goes until close at 10PM! Featured Food Truck this week is Short Grain!

Where: Palmetto Brewing, downtown Charleston

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

SC Stingrays vs. Atlanta Gladiators– The South Carolina Stingrays have a home game at the North Charleton Coliseum as they take on the Atlanta Gladiators. Tickets range from $5 – $25 and are available on Ticketmaster.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute: Rumours is the southeast’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Based in Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show.

Where: The Windjammer, Isle of Palms

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Charleston Tells: Storytelling Festival – Set under magnificent moss-draped oaks, the fourth annual Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival brings together some of the best national and local storytellers with performances that reminisce about the carefree days of childhood, showcase humorous slice of life moments and transport audiences to significant times in history.

Where: Wragg Square, downtown Charleston

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Events In Charleston On Saturday, March 12th

Johns Island Homegrown Farmers Market – The aim of Homegrown is to be a point of sustainable connection for the Lowcountry community. Homegrown also holds a mission of bringing interactive ways to educate your community on the health and environmental benefits of making sustainable choices. Homegrown offers classes, demos, and interactive opportunities for locals to be active in making sustainable choices in their lives.

Where: 3546 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The 5th annual Rugged Maniac is returning to Boone Hall Plantation on March 12th with 25 epic obstacles and 1 rockin’ party! Register for the race and you’ll get a chance to run our 3-mile course where you’ll climb towers of shipping containers, rocket down a massive water slide, crawl through underground tunnels, and experience some BIG new obstacles (trampolines?!)

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, Mt. Pleasant

When: Saturday, 9:45 a.m.

Bowl For Kids Sake 2016 – Come join us at the Charleston Rifle Club Saturday, March 12 for our signature indoor-outdoor event to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center program. Featuring bowling, cornhole, live music from The Bootknockers, local craft beer from Holy City Brewing and Frothy Beard and craft cocktails from Virgil Kaine, and meals provided by the Food Baby food truck.

Where: Charleston Rifle Club, Charleston

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Home And Garden Party – Celebrate Spring with Summers Corner’s Home and Garden Party. Enjoy: food trucks, craft beer + wine, live music, kids fun + games, classes by Clemson Master Gardeners, plant + flower sale, canoes + kayaks on the lake. Plus you’re invited to tour 6 model homes in assorted colors and flavors. A delightful Saturday for the entire family.

Where: Summers Corner, Summerville

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

The Charleston Walk for Water is an exciting event that continues to grow year after year. In 2015 we broke all existing records with the highest number of walkers and dollars raised. This year we want to do it all again. Mark your calendars for the morning of March 12th, 2016, and come join thousands of others who are passionate about being the element of change.

Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium, Charleston

When: Saturday, 10:10 a.m.

Park Circle St. Patty’s Day Block Party – Come join the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Lowcountry on Saturday, March 12th in the Olde Village of North Charleston.The celebration will feature live music across three stages, street vending and fare from Olde North Charleston restaurants, additional local food vendors & trucks, the North Charleston Artist Guild, a Kid’s Zone with jump castles and inflatable obstacle course, a fire truck, face painting, as well as the always favorite mechanical bull.

Where: Park Circle, North Charleston

When: Saturday, 12 p.m.

St. Paddy’s Pawlooza –  Bring your family and your dog and come out to North Charleston Wannamaker County Park for live music from the Michael Martin Band, craft beer, and food trucks! This dog-friendly gathering will include authentic Irish music, beverages (including craft beer), and food trucks. Of course, St. Patrick’s Day attire is highly encouraged for all – this means the pups too!

Where: Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston

When: Saturday, 12 p.m.

St. Patty’s Day Bar Crawl @ Folly – Come out to any participating Folly Bar! Participants: Loggerheads, Blu, Taco Boy, Surf Bar, Woody’s, Jack of Cups, Drop-in, Planet Follywood, Crab Shack,Chico Feo, Snapper Jacks, Rita’s, and  St James Gate. There will be a raffle at 4PM at Loggerheads: prizes for designated drivers, loads of raffles, grand prize is gift certificates for all Folly restaurants.

Where: Folly Beach, SC

When: Saturday, 12 p.m.

I GOT LEGS: Team Adam @ Palmetto Brewing – Join Palmetto Brewing, There’s No Place Like Charleston and Awendaw Green as we present an evening to support Adam Gorlitsky on his journey to become the first paralyzed man ever to walk the Cooper River Bridge Run wearing a robotic exoskeleton called ReWalk. #Charleston. A day of great music and Palmetto craft beer. Food available fromSliderBox  IDonation at door. All ages welcome.

Where: Palmetto Brewing Co, Charleston

When: Saturday, 12 p.m.

Bushels & Bids Oyster Roast and Auction – is a major fundraising event hosted by Charles Towne Montessori on March 19th @ 3:30 pm. This is an all-inclusive Oyster Roast with live and silent auctions, oyster shucking and live music!

Where: Charles Towne Montesorri, Charleston

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Fly Fishing Film Tour – The F3T’s 10th lap around North America and this year’s lineup of films is without question the best the Tour has ever presented. From Bolivia to the Seychelles, British Columbia and Patagonia, from Saskatchewan to Zambia and Virginia to Montana, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!

Where: Charleston Music Hall, downtown Charleston

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Dripping Neon Blacklight Paint Party – the original blacklight paint party returns to Charleston with reinforced sound, intelligent lighting, led dance floor, live painting & graffiti, glo-glo dancers & hoopers, fire poi, glovers, b-boys & more special performances to be announced!

Where: Antro Night Club, North Charleston

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

St. Paddy’s Punk n’ Drag – For this year’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration in Park Circle we are trying something a little different! Punk n’ Drag, an action-packed night of Punk Bands and Drag Shows! The event is free, no cover! Live Music from First World Problem Hearts On Fire, Glass Lashes and Hot Charlie and Drag Performances hosted by Leslie Elizabeth Lain in-between the bands sets!

Where: Deja Vu, North Charleston

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Events In Charleston On Sunday, March 13th

Awendaw Farmers and Crafters OPENING Market – The first of the 2016 Season…Local Artists, Crafters, Farmers selling their Products. Hand-crafted Items, Produce, Eggs, Jellies, Baked Goods, Food, Music and Fun. Come out and Support your LOCAL businesses.

Where: Tractor Supply Co, Awendaw

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Vickery’s Spring Oyster Roast – There will be live music all day! There will be loads of oysters and amazing drink specials. The Tanzanian Education Foundation and Joy Moja will be there selling handmade items from Tanzania, along with a raffle to benefit the Tanzanian Education Foundation.
The $5 admission fee at the door will also benefit the Tanzanian Education Foundation.

Where: Vickery’s Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market – This is an opportunity specifically for small producers and new and beginning businesses who source locally to sell amongst their peers and to develop their market base. There will be live music and tons of local vendors. Please come out and support us!

Where: The Charleston Pour House

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.

2nd Sunday Mini Food Truck Rodeo – Join Charleston’s favorite food trucks – Roti Rolls, Mac Daddys & Sweet Lulu’s Bakery On Wheels for a mini Food Truck Rodeo Brunch every month!

Where: 174 King Street, downtown Charleston

When: Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Indigo Girls @ Charleston Music Hall – The Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) have spent thirty-five years performing together, produced fifteen albums (seven gold, four platinum, and one double platinum), earned a Grammy and seven Grammy nominations, and have toured arenas, festivals, and clubs the world over. It is rare to find musicians together so long, rarer still with such profound successes.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, downtown Charleston

When: Sunday, 8 p.m.

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