There’s always something fun going on near our rental homes South Carolina, and many are holiday related.

We just celebrated Memorial Day, a chance to express gratitude and honor the memory of those who lost their lives fighting for the freedoms that we too often take for granted.  Many choose to spend this day watching a concert, a parade, or spending time with loved ones.  Of course a Charleston beach house is an ideal place to do that.  The Isle saw a myriad of folks gathered together, flying flags, enjoying the beach and grilling out.

This Friday, June 2nd, is in fact another holiday.  Although it may seem a whole lot more frivolous at first glance, it actually also has roots with soldiers during wartime.

Get your free doughnut near our rental homes South Carolina

Get your free doughnut near our rental homes South Carolina

It’s National Doughnut Day! Near all of our rental homes South Carolina

Believe it or not, it was established by the Salvation Army to honor their volunteers, affectionately called “Doughnut Lassies,” who fed them to soldiers in France during World War I.

And in celebration of this very important American holiday, several establishments are offering free treats or excellent discounts.  There are several options near our SC vacation rentals, whether you’re staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston.

Here are some of the good deals going on Friday:

  • Dunkin Donuts –  A free classic donut with the purchase of any drink.  For example, you could try their new creation, the Vanilla Cake Batter Donut with cake batter filling frosted with chocolate icing and confetti sprinkles.  Absolutely free with your morning or afternoon joe!

Here’s more on the story, including other places across the land where you can score a doughnut deal on doughnut day:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/deals-shopping/sfl-national-donut-day-freebies-dunkin-donut-krispy-kreme-20170530-story.html

sweetgrass baskets

In rental homes South Carolina?  Time to celebrate sweetgrass

If you’re here this weekend, you’ve timed it well.  Not only are you here for what has become the preeminent art festival in the country, Spoleto, as well as its little sister Piccolo Spoleto, but it’s also time to celebrate a Lowcountry tradition: sweetgrass

One of the most iconic symbols of the Lowcountry is the sweetgrass basket  –  a centuries-long artisan tradition that endures to this day.

The artistry involved in their creation has captured the imagination of locals and visitors alike.

If you’re coming to stay in one of beach house rentals Charleston SC, either a luxury house on Isle of Palms or one of the Folly Beach rentals Charleston, a sweetgrass basket is perhaps the ultimate souvenir to bring back from your stay.  Folks who came to a Charleston beach house decades ago still cherish these baskets and pass them down as heirlooms.

It’s classic Lowcountry with roots deep in the history of the area and the Gullah-Geechee heritage of the Sea Islands.  Gullah-Geechee is the rich culture of the descendants of enslaved Africans in the Lowcountry, especially the Sea Islands of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.  Key cultural markers are a distinctive language (an English-based creole with much African influence), rice-based cuisine, music and traditions such as the weaving of baskets from native sweetgrass.

Generally speaking, Gullah refers to the culture in the Carolinas, while Geechee is in Georgia and Florida.

If you’re in a beach house Charleston, certain places are best to find a basket.  If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, just head over the IOP Connector to Highway 17, then turn right and head north toward Awendaw.  You’ll pass several roadside stands all along Highway 17.

You can also head downtown to the Historic Charleston City Market.   There you’ll find some of the very best basket makers and their wares.

Also, at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, there’s a sweetgrass pavilion where you can learn more about the baskets and purchase one.

A festival for sweetgrass… 

And coming up this weekend is a very special sweetgrass event.  It’s the 12th annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival, taking place this Saturday, June 3rd (noon till 7:00 p.m.) at Memorial  Waterfront Park, under the Mount Pleasant side of the Ravenel Bridge.

The Southeastern Tourism Society has named it a top-20 event.  There you will find “the most extensive showcase of sweetgrass baskets in the Lowcountry area” by over 20 different basket weavers.  There will be lots of music, gospel songs and praise dance, skits, storytelling, performances by the Adande African Drummers and Dancers, arts and crafts, documentary films, Gullah food available for purchase… all things Gullah.

It kicks off with a special event on Friday evening (from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.) called The “Real” Taste of Gullah (tickets $75)… but the festival itself and parking are free, and it’s family-friendly.

Here’s the festival website with all the details:  http://www.sweetgrassfestival.org/

As always, when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, especially Isle of Palms luxury rentals, remember to call EP.  We have the very best in luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

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