It’s a great time to be staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  It’s also a good time to put up fresh summer fruit preserves for the winter.

Last month it was the Strawberry Festival,  but this particular “jam” is the musical kind  (the Blues, of course).

But fear not, there will likely be the fruit kind, too.

Blue fun near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals!

Blue fun near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals!

It’s time for the Lowcountry Blueberry Jam and Blueberry Festival, the sixth annual installment of a very fun family event.  If you’re coming into one of our SC vacation rentals this weekend, either a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, 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 7:00 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 blues music by area faves Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links, as well as Momma’s Blues Palace Review with Rhonda “Momma” Wall.  There will be loads of food  –  namely BLUE crabs (blue is a definite theme here)….. artisans demonstrating and selling their creative wares, demos by beekeepers, blueberry keepers, and the fine folks at Fresh Future Farms, a new endeavor to bring fresh organic produce to the urban scene in North Charleston.  You can even kayak their lovely Cypress Pond with the folks from Coastal Expeditions.  There will also be a nature “touch tent”, activities for the kids, and the ever-popular Blueberry Toss competition.

If you’re staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation 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.  You’re encouraged to bring blankets and chairs but not pets.

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

 

Stay safe in the water near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

It’s no secret that one of the main reasons for staying in a Charleston beach house is getting in the ocean.  It’s something people of all ages can enjoy.

Fortunately most of our SC vacation rentals, both our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and our Folly Beach rentals Charleston, are either oceanfront or within very close walking distance to the beach.  You can take a dip in the Atlantic, then just stroll back to one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals for a shower, snack or nap.

Seeing as most of the people in your luxury house on Isle of Palms or Folly Beach house Charleston SC are apt to spend a lot of time in the water, it’s important to practice good water safety habits.

There is one thing in particular to be aware of   –  rip currents.  Rip currents are hard to predict and can pop up or disappear suddenly after a storm or as offshore sands shift.   If you are staying in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you should pay particular attention.

This past week, there were particularly strong rip currents on the Isle of Palms, and four people required assistance.  Here’s more:  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20160621/PC16/160629877     It’s a sobering reminder of the need to stay vigilant.

Be prepared for rip currents near Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Be prepared for rip currents near Isle of Palms vacation rentals

According to Cole Thomas, assistant park manager at the Isle of Palms County Park, “People panic when they start to get pulled out.  What we’re trying to teach people to do is turn and swim parallel to the shore so you’ll swim out of the rip current and you’ll eventually stop feeling it pull.” 

Rip currents aren’t anything to fret about.  In fact, just the opposite.  The key is to be informed so you can stay calm, know the right way to respond, and you’ll be just fine.

Here is some very useful information on rip currents and water safety in general, from Channel 4 News:

Rip currents are channels of water that flow out into the ocean. They can be very strong and move very fast – up to 8 miles an hour. Rips pull people away from shore, but will not pull a person under. They may be narrow, or up to over 100 yards wide.

An estimated 80 percent of all surf rescues are due to rip currents, parks officials said.

What Does a Rip Current Look Like? 

• Churning, choppy water 

• Different water color 

• Foam or seaweed moving seaward 

• Break in the wave pattern 


What To Do If You Get Caught In a Rip Current: 

• Don’t panic

• Do not try to swim against the current

• Swim along the shoreline to get out of the rip

• Swim back to the shore diagonally (away from the rip)

• Wave for help if you are in trouble


Other beach safety tips:

• Learn to swim or stay out of the water

• Swim with a buddy and near a lifeguard

• Enter water feet first

• Watch your children

• Always obey the posted signs and flags on the beach and at the lifeguard stands

• Use sunscreen and drink water

So please stay safe.  And remember to call EP for the best in rental homes South Carolina  –  both luxury beach house rentals SC on the IOP and Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

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