If you’re headed to a beach house Charleston this week, you have a cool choice of things to do on your first weekend here.

June 28th is a big day in South Carolina history… actually, in “American” history, even though the source of the celebration pre-dates the Declaration of Independence by several days.

On June 28, 1776, patriots from the Carolinas and Virginia  —  even though they were outmanned 10 to one — turned back the British forces (the Royal Navy and the British Army under Cornwallis) who were trying to take the Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s Island, and thus Charleston.   It was the first time that American colonists decisively defeated the British in their fight for independence.   It gave a gigantic boost to the whole push for independence and ended up keeping Britain from gaining a stronghold in South Carolina for another four years.

This victory is officially celebrated as CAROLINA DAY.  Wednesday  marks the 241st year since this incredibly important battle in our nation’s past.  Official commemorations of the holiday began all the way back in 1777.  So Carolina Day was one of America’s original holidays, even though many folks (visitors and locals alike) still don’t know all that much about it.

Leave it to Carolinians to make United States history even before we were officially a country!

Here’s what happened.  It was June 28th, 1776.  Nine British warships were swarming in off the coastline, trying to gain a foothold in the American colonies.

But the 2nd South Carolina Regiment under command of Colonel William Moultrie had other ideas.  They were positioned at Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s Island, and they didn’t want to give up their precious turf.  Though ridiculously outnumbered and outgunned, they battled the Royal Navy and British Army and heroically turned back the assault from ocean, mainland and the Isle of Palms.

Moultrie’s victory was the first in the patriots’ fight for independence, and it gave a major boost the idea that these little upstart colonists had a chance against the mighty land of England and their powerful military forces.

Celebrate Carolina Day near your beach house Charleston… 

No wonder Carolina Day became a holiday.  Colonel Moultrie became the namesake for the fort on Sullivan’s Island, which is now well known as Fort Moultrie, and later went on to become a two-time governor of South Carolina.  Fort Moultrie is now part of the National Park Service, as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument.

The official celebration is tomorrow  –  Saturday, June 24th  –  at Fort Moultrie (1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island).  It’s just over Breach Inlet from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.   Admission will be free to Fort Moultrie, along with programs of events and activities from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.  Events include reenactments by the 2nd South Carolina regiment, medical demonstrations, demos on weapons, camp life and musket drills.  Activities are kid friendly.

Musket drills and firing demonstrations will happen at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  There will be a special history program at 1:00 p.m. about the Brits’ plans to attack Charleston.

Find a great book to read in your beach house Charleston

Find a great book to read in your beach house Charleston

Stock up on summer reads for your beach house Charleston

One of the most popular things to do while staying in a Charleston beach house is to a read a book.  Sure, there are more high-tech ways to enjoy a novel  –  kindle, smartphone, iPad, tablets of all sorts  –  but sand and electronics don’t usually mix very well.

When it comes right down to it, it’s hard to beat flipping the paper pages of a really engrossing story while taking in the sunshine and all its good vitamin D… either on the beach or while lounging on the deck of a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston.

If you’re in one of our SC vacation rentals this weekend, there’s a great opportunity to stock up your summer reading material  –  at a great price, and for a great cause.  It’s the Charleston County Library’s annual summer book sale.

“That Summer Book Sale,” as it’s known, boasts a huge assortment  –  as in, 20,000 titles.  Included are fiction and nonfiction, paper and hardback, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audio books, with prices starting at just $1.00 (and only 50 cents for children’s books).  They accept cash, checks or credit cards, and proceeds go toward helping the public library do its good work for the community.

The sale takes place at the main, massive library branch downtown.  The address for your GPS is 68 Calhoun Street, about a 25 minute or so drive from all our rental homes South Carolina, both Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.

It’s going on tomorrow (Saturday, June 24th) from 9:00 a.m. till 5:30 p.m., then again on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 till 4:00.  There will be special pricing on Sunday, when you can really score some deals.   Admission is free.

Click HERE for more info.

blueberries

Time for Blueberry Jam near your beach house Charleston

It’s time once again for the Lowcountry Blueberry Jam and Blueberry Festival, the seventh annual installment of a very fun family event.  If you’re coming into one of our luxury beach house rentals SC this weekend, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston SC, it’s a great way to get a taste of the Lowcountry on your first full day here.

It’ll take place this Sunday (June 25th) from noon till 6:00 p.m. at the lovely grounds of Blue Pearl Farms, a neat organic farm up the coast a bit from all our beach rentals Charleston.  Blue Pearl’s a prominent presence at local farmers markets (both Mount Pleasant’s on Tuesdays and downtown Charleston/Marion Square’s on Saturdays), and they offer a whole lot more than just blueberries.  They produce wonderful honey, and they also sell three varieties of olives that grow in this climate –  Arbosana, Arbequina and Koronecki.

The festival will have a lot of great live music by Cane Creek String Band (traditional American string music) and The Travelin’ Kine (playing red dirt Americana).  There will be blueberry picking, blueberry lemonade, and all sorts of blueberry-themed dishes to try.  New this year is Culinary Row, with special dishes by renowned local chefs that will be paired with beer or wine.

There will also be the ever-popular Blueberry Toss competition, where you can try for the world record.  This is where someone throws you a blueberry and you catch it in your mouth.

If you’re staying in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, just cross the IOP Connector and head north up Highway 17 till you reach McClellanville.  The exact address for your GPS is 9760 Randall Road in McClellanville.  Cost is $10 for adults, kids 15 and under are free.  Feel free to bring blankets and chairs but not pets or outside coolers.

Here’s their website for more info:  http://www.bluepearlfarms.com/

So throw some blueberries, grab a good read, and learn a little cool Carolina history.  And when you are searching for the perfect beach house Charleston, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

photo credit: That Summer Book Sale 

 

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