If you’re here in one of our SC vacation rentals this weekend, as usual you’ll have your pick of fun things to do.

There’s no shortage of wonderful charities in the Lowcountry, and they have a knack for coming up with creative ways to raise much-needed funds.  One of my personal favorites is the Charleston Animal Society, which does tireless work on behalf of abandoned, injured or abused animals.

Several years ago, they opened a state-of-the-art facility in North Charleston, which includes a massive spay/neuter clinic and very user-friendly cat and dog play areas.  If you are here in one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, you might want to pay them a visit.  Nothing like bringing home a forever friend as a great souvenir of your stay in a Charleston beach house.  It’s located at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston, off of I-26 and just north of I-526.

Here are some interesting facts about what they do from their website:

Many don’t know that we care for 90% of the community’s unwanted animals – many of which are seriously injured or gravely ill, and we have made remarkable strides in five years. By thinking out-of-the-box, using proven best practices from animal organizations across the nation and implementing research-based strategies, Charleston Animal Society has moved from what is known as an Annual Live Release Rate of 34% in 2007 to over a 75% Annual Live Release Rate today, which is almost unheard of in the animal welfare world. Comparatively, other parts of the state realize low live release rates ranging from 10% to 30%.

They recently launched “No Kill Charleston”  –  the most bold initiative in the Southeast, working toward the goal of becoming the region’s first no-kill shelter.  It’s a lofty goal, but they are well on their way.  They can also really use our help.

The good folks of the shelter cooked up a great fundraiser, and it’s proven to be so successful, it’s back again this year.  It’s a calendar of smokin’ hot firefighters posing with adorable furry friends.

Firefighters are in the business of saving lives, and so is the Charleston Animal Society  –  so the combination makes perfect sense.  In fact, this is how they put it:  “Toby’s Fund provides the medical care necessary to save lives, just like our brave Firefighters do every day!”

Hot Firefighters near our SC vacation rentals

Hot Firefighters near our SC vacation rentals

Tomorrow  –  Saturday, November 19th  –  is the Charleston Animal Society’s biggest single fundraiser event of the year, their annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast.  Over 100 (!) teams will compete for the coveted best chili award.  This is the 17th annual incarnation of the event, and it’s bigger than ever.  Last year 4,000 people showed up so this year they’ve moved to an even bigger venue.

And yes, the firefighters will be on hand to sign calendars and put out any fires should the chili prove too hot to handle.

Chili Cook-off near our SC vacation rentals this weekend

Chili Cook-off near our SC vacation rentals this weekend

Here are the specs:

  • Over 100 teams, including mayors and other local celebrities, compete against each other for title of the best chili in the Lowcountry
  • Categories include Traditional, Unique, and Best in Show
  • All-you-can-eat chili AND all-you-can-eat oysters, too!
  • Live music: Kenny George Band, Chewbacky, Jig Wiggler with KC Chavez and Beau Johnson
  • Kids’ zone
  • Cornhole and other fun games
  • Beer garden
  • TV Football Zone
  • Alternative food available for purchase
  • Bubble soccer
  • Pets available for adoption

Tickets are $25, free for kids under 10, and for dogs.    It takes place from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. tomorrow at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, in the scenic area between the old navy base and the Cooper River.  It’s at 1001 Everglades Avenue , a convenient drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC.

All proceeds go toward Toby’s Fund, the shelter’s medical fund to treat injured or sick animals.   Last year’s event raised $350,000 to help animals in need.

So if you are here in one of our rental homes South Carolina this week, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, you really ought to consider it.  It is certainly a good cause and will be a rollicking good time.

Here’s a link to the official website, where you can also buy tickets online:  https://www.charlestonanimalsociety.org/     Also, here’s a link to the hot firefighters calendar:  http://charlestonfirefightercalendar.com/


And check out a fun holiday market near our SC vacation rentals…

Also going on this weekend, to get you in a festive mood and kick off some shopping, it’s the Charleston Holiday Market.  It’s going on today through Sunday at the Charleston Area Convention Center.  There will be more than 150 vendors and exhibitors with all sorts of arts and crafts, gourmet goodies and wine, jewelry, décor, not to mention the man himself, Santa Claus.

This is how they describe it:  a “complete holiday experience… with gifts, glitter, music and magic.”  All this and an easy drive from all our SC vacation rentals.

It’s a great place to put a dent in your Christmas shopping list.  Admission is $8 adult, $14 ages 6-12, free for 5 and under.  Also, parking is free.  Hours are 10-7 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday.

Here’s the website with the scoop: https://www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com/events/detail/charlestons-holiday-market and http://gilmoreshows.com/holiday_market_overview.shtml

So enjoy some classic fall fare, chili, and get a start on that Christmas shopping.  And remember, when you are looking for beach house rentals Charleston SC  –  especially Isle of Palms luxury rentals  –  be sure to give EP a call and we’ll help connect you to the right one.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger