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This Weekend: Events in Charleston 9/19 – 9/20

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Events in Charleston on Saturday, September 19th

Charleston Watersports fest – A marketing initiative of the Charleston Area Sports Commission, Charleston Water SportsFest includes seven days of continuous activities on the Lowcountry’s greatest asset, water!   CWSF includes businesses, organizations and individuals providing a number of “on the water” options for visitors ready for a get-away vacation: Including Charleston’s premier watersports event of the year, the 3rd Annual Chucktown Showdown, a Stand-Up Paddleboarding Competition at Brittlebank Park. Specatators encouraged and free! There will also be a number of recreational sports, instrucitonal lessons and leisure activities all week.

Where: Brittlebank Park, Charleston

When: Varying times, September 13th – 20th

Charleston Restaurant Week – The next installment of Charleston Restaurant Week is set for September 9-20, 2015! The event, executed by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc (GCRA), is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area. It is an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

Where: At all participating restaurants in Charleston: Participating restaurants

When: Starting September 12th – September 20th

Charleston Beer Week – The event celebrates the area’s successful craft beer scene, which continues to grow. The Charleston area now has nine production breweries (and many more in development), three brewpubs, and a variety of craft beer-centric bars, restaurants, and retail stores. The celebration is expected to include 42 events and event announcements are ongoing. Events will be announced via the Charleston Beer Week website and social media channels.

Where: At participating restaurants and breweries, more info here: Beer Week Events

When: varying times from September 13th – September 19th

Charleston Farmers Market – The CFM is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers, growers, prepared/packaged food, artisans, crafters and live performers. We offer a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans. Attracting citizens and visitors alike, the CFM is the community connection, bringing together people from all parts of the Lowcountry and beyond. Whether you are a local that joins us each weekend or a visitor just passing through, we have something for everyone and we appreciate your support!

Where: Marion Square, downtown Charleston 

When: Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shrimp and Grits Charleston – This year’s Shrimp & Grits Chefs’ Competition will feature 20 top Chefs from Downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant.  Not only will you help these great Restaurants and Chefs raise money for the Charleston Animal Society you will get tosavor 20 different, delicious versions of Shrimp & Grits. You decide the winner, while you enjoy music, drinks and interesting vendors. 

Where: Joe Riley Stadium, Charleston

When: Saturday, 6 – 9 p.m.

Charleston Battery Soccer Home Game – The Charleston Battery soccer team will face off at home against the Charlotte Independence. Come out and support the home team on Daniel Island at 7:30 p.m.

Where: MUSC Health Stadium, Daniel Island

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Events in Charleston on Sunday, September 20th

Kiawah Island Triathlon – The Tri-Kiawah is a USAT-sanctioned intermediate distance competition. Featuring a .7-mile swim, 25.1-mile bike and 6.1-mile run around beautiful Kiawah Island, this triathlon is sure to be popular among locals and visitors alike. Be sure to register early for this event!

Where: Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island

When: Sunday, 7:30 a.m.

Zen Meditation Group Charleston – Charleston Zen is a group that practices meditation in the Soto Zen tradition. The group meets Sunday mornings at Holy Cow Yoga – 10 Windermere Blvd (across from Earth Fare) in West Ashley. This location is just across the Ashley River bridge from downtown Charleston, SC. Newcomers, including beginners, are welcome. There is no cost for visitors to attend.

Where: Holy Cow Yoga Center, Charleston

When: Sunday, 7:45 a.m.

The Carolina Green Fair – The Carolina Green Fair features conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play and music, and education shared by experts in their field. Come celebrate good environmental stewardship and “being green” while enjoying beer, food, music, and Lowcountry artisans!

Where: James Island County Park

When: Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The 6th OPEN Arts Expo – The OPEN Arts Expo is a celebration of local arts and culture and is the kick off to Charleston’s fall arts season. OPEN presents a variety of arts in the Lowcountry including music, dance, theatre, and the visual and literary arts. Attendees will enjoy live music, performances, arts activities, visual arts, and more. OPEN is a free, family-friendly event with plenty of fun activities for children of all ages.

Where: College of Charleston – The Cistern, downtown Charleston

When: Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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4th of July Festivities in Charleston

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Folly Beach

4th of July Fireworks on Folly – Celebrate Independence Day the Folly way! Head over to the Folly Beach County Park on the west end of the island to enjoy a 4th of July fireworks display, starting at 9:30pm. The 4th of July fireworks display is sponsored by the Folly Association of Business, Southern Eagle Distributors and Cape Romain Contractors. When: 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Where: Folly Beach County Park

Isle of Palms

Come out to front beach Isle of Palms near the Isle of Palms pier and County park for an awesome fireworks display. Catch the scenic beach views, enjoy the sunset or grab a bite to eat at one of the award winning restaurants on front beach before the show. Fireworks are visible from just about anywhere on the beach. Where: Front beach Isle of Palms When: 9:15 p.m.

Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island Independence Festival in the Park – This festival will kick off following the Annual Bike Parade at Night Heron Park. Festivities include live music, tye dye, face painting, train rides, carnival games, and much more! Food will be served until 9:30pm. Menu will include: gourmet burgers, hot dogs, ribs, pulled pork, shrimp skewers and watermelon. Food prices range between $5 – $15. Food and beverage tickets will be on sale at Villa Registration and in the park throughout the day and at the event. Night Heron Grill will close for food service at 4pm, bar will be open until 10pm. No coolers please.

Mount Pleasant

Middelton Place 4th of July Weekend – Spend the weekend at the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Readings of the Declaration of Independence and interactive demonstrations will take place throughout the day, including meeting a Revolutionary soldier, colonial crafts, games and a hands-on military drill. Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: free with General Admission

Patriots Point 4th of July Blast –The museum’s Independence Day celebration is considered one of the country’s most patriotic ways to spend the holiday.  The limited number of Flight Deck tickets are expected to sell quickly. This year, two different Flight Deck ticket options are available. Flight Deck opens at 6 p.m. Where: Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant

 

Uncle Sam Jam – Enjoy the cool harbor breeze as you dance to live beach music at the perfect venue for celebrating our independence – the Mount Pleasant Pier! At the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, stretching 1250 feet out into Charleston Harbor, the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier will also be a great spot to watch the area’s best fireworks displays! Join in on our party at the end of this scenic pier, and groove to live beach and party music. Time: 7-11 p.m. AddressMount Pleasant Pier 71 Harry Hallman Blvd Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. Cost: $10.

 

North Charleston

North Charleston 4th of July Festival – The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park. This year’s event features exciting musical guests, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and the Lowcountry’s largest 4th of July fireworks show. The festival is presented free of charge to the public with all general admission for attendees.  Guests attending the Festival are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is no seating provided.  Food trucks, beer and wine stations, and ATMs will be widely available. Children activities are available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain. Beer and wine stations will be set up throughout the park as well. When: 3:30 – 9:45 p.m. Where: Riverfront Park, North Charleston

Sullivans Island

Independence Day Parade – Join us as we start the celebration the Island way! Deck out your golf carts and bikes with your most patriotic supplies and join us for a parade down Middle Street. Line up at the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School at 8:00am and the parade will commence at 8:30am. The parade will end at the Fish Fry Shack but the fun will keep on going! We will beat the heat with watermelon, shaved ice and cupcakes! Arts and crafts will be provided as well. Don’t forget to bring your water guns and be prepared to face off against the Sullivan’s Island Fire Department! Where: Sullivans Island Elementary School When: 8:00 a.m.

Fireworks In The Park – Please join us at 6pm on the 4th of July for our annual celebration in the J Marshall Stith Park. Shem Creek Boogie Band will continue our island tradition of beach and shagging music! Bring your picnic basket and a blanket. Come early to get a good spot! At dusk, Zambelli’s Fireworks will WOW us with an amazing fireworks show! Bring a blanket, chair and bug spray.  Sorry – no alcohol, coolers or pets. Where: J Marshall Stith Park, Sullivans Island When: 6 p.m. 

Summerville

Red, White, and Blue on The Green – On Saturday, July 4th, 2015 Summerville DREAM, in conjunction with the Town of Summerville, we will kick off the Independence Day celebrations with the annual Summerville tradition Red, White and Blue on the Green in Gahagan Park @ 515 W. Boundary Street sponsored by Nexton.  From 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex at Gahagan Park will be the center of old-fashioned 4th of July family fun with musical entertainment, games, childrens’ activities, jump castles, and the ever popular patriotic newspaper hats. This is a FREE community event. When: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. WhereGahagan Sports Complex

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Charleston Real Estate by The Numbers

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IMG_20150305_0554311After a record breaking spring the Charleston real estate market has continued to outperform as we head into the dog days of summer here in the Lowcountry. Last week the Charleston market finished with 355 properties under contract at a median list price of $240k with 10 properties over $1 million. Generally we see numbers closer to 200-250 properties under contract per week, but this year’s market isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

graph (1)2Comparing the last 2 months of sales to what is currently under contract, future predictions have the sales price increasing 4.2% on average in Charleston over the next 2 months with some specific areas exceeding 7% or more. These predictions assume that those properties under contract will sell for 95% of their current LIST price and do not guarantee those growth rates, but give us a good idea of what to expect in the immediate future which is good news.

graph22Out of the 355 properties under contract, 46 were island homes with James Island leading the way with 24 homes. Mount Pleasant saw an active week with 46 homes under contract at a median list price of $508k while the Summerville and Hanahan areas continue to be consistently active markets as well. What’s really impressive are the median $/sqft prices in almost all areas. James and Johns Islands are regularly above $160/sqft. Mt Pleasant is often around that $200/sqft mark. West Ashley was a little lower this week, but has often been above $140/sqft. And the Summerville and Goose Creek areas are often above $100/sqft. We are still not back to where we were in 2007 in terms of $/sqft, but we’re getting there.

If you are wondering how much your Charleston home is worth, visit our sister site CharlestonListing.com for a free valuation by a licensed real estate agent in Charleston, not a broad national average like Trulia or Zillow.

If you are thinking about buying a home in Charleston, have questions about the buying or selling process or just don’t know where to start, contact me anytime:

Call me directly: (843) 437-8386
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This Weekend in Charleston June 19th-21st

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Party At The Point – Join the best concert series in Charleston for the 15th annual Party at the Point on Friday, June 19th with The Dubplates. The Dubplates are a traditional reggae riddim band. A traditional riddim band plays behind several artists a night, which means knowing all of the classic and popular instrumental versions. The Dubplates have backed popular names such as Tanya Stephens, Zumjay, Big Boi of Outkast, and Future Fambo.

Where: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina-Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant

When: Friday, Doors – 5:30, Band – 6:30

Cost: $7 cover charge, Food and drink cash bars available

Music On The Green – Come on out to Freshfields Village on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for a free, outdoor concert on the Village Green featuring  The Business.  This group of six of the best musicians around includes a horn section and powerful vocals to deliver an unbelievable performance with a range of soul, rock, oldies, and new hits.

Where: Freshfields Village, Johns Island 

When: Friday, 6-9 p.m.

Moon Light Mixer on Folly Beach – Shag the night away under the stars at the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, where DJ Jim Bowers will be spinning the hottest oldies and beach music for you all night long. Beverages will be available for purchase on site. ID is required to purchase alcohol.

Where: Folly Beach Fishing Pier

When: Friday, 7-11 p.m.

Cost: $10

Saturday, June 20th 

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Deluge Charleston – Enjoy A Water Gladiator Obstacle Course Giant Human Hamster Ball Run 75 ft Dueling “Slip & Slide” Firemen Water Stampede Mammoth Water-Rides & More. Enjoy ice cold beer and summer treats from local food trucks! Bring a towel and dig out those water blasters gathering dust in the garage and PLEASE At America’s Largest Family Water Battle.  DJs will rock the crowd all day. Expect To Get Wet!

Where: The Grove at Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Cost: $10-15

Lowcountry Brunch at Southern Season – There’s no better way to start a weekend morning than with a delicious brunch. In this class Chef Halley will show you how to put a Lowcountry spin on this meal and create a menu that is perfect for entertaining. Menu: Avocado, Tomato and Poached Egg Toast with a Sriracha Hollandaise; Smoked Salmon Hash; Grilled Shrimp served over Grit Cakes.

Where: Southern Season, Mount Pleasant 

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Cost: $35

Johns Island Farmers Market – The Homegrown Farmers Market on Johns Island is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday and features local farmers, artisans, food vendors, live music and interactive kids’ activities and a bounce house.

Where: Johns Island Farmers Market

When: Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost:  Free

Sunday, June 21st

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The Fifth Annual Lowcountry “Bluesberry” Jam & Blueberry Festival – Come on out to the fifth annual “Bluesberry Jam” and Lowcountry Blueberry Festival on Sunday, June 21, from 12 to 7 pm at Blue Pearl Farms for the most delicious blueberries in theLowcountry and some of the region’s best blues musicians jamming on the stage by Cypress Pond. You can also try breaking the world record for the Blueberry Toss, currently 43 feet six inches: one person throws the blueberry, and the other catches it…in their mouth. Dads accompanied by their children get a free cup of blueberries at the gate.

Where: Blue Pearl Farms, McClellanville

When: Sunday, 12-7 p.m.

Cost: $10

Charleston  Sprint Triathlon Series – The five-race Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series at James Island County Park features a600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K flat run. Over 30,000 people have raced the series over the years, and the series has been honored as one of the Top Ten Charleston Signature Sport Events by the Charleston Metro Sports Council.

Where: James Island County Park, James Island

When: Sunday, 7:30 a.m.

Cost: Starts at $72

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