When in Rome, do as the Romans do, and when staying in SC vacation rentals, do as South Carolinians do!

It’s the quintessential Carolina  –  and coastal –  dance… and it’s that time of the year where you can shag with the locals at a supremely scenic spot.

After all, what’s a trip to one of our SC vacation rentals, especially beach rentals Charleston, without dancing to beach music and doing the official STATE DANCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA?

BTW, the Shag became officially designated as such in 1984.

It’s time again for the annual Shaggin’ on the Cooper dance series, which officially kicks off for the summer season this Saturday night.   The fun takes place at the pier at Waterfront Memorial Park, underneath the Ravenel Bridge on the Mount Pleasant side of the Cooper River.

Note that this is the same awesome venue as the Blessing of the Fleet, which takes place the following day on Sunday, as I covered in that last blog.

Shaggin on the Cooper near our SC vacation rentals

Shaggin on the Cooper near our SC vacation rentals

The awesome folks at Charleston County Parks and Rec sponsor Shaggin’ on the Cooper, and it’s a whole lot of fun.  SOTC takes place on certain Saturday evenings during the summer months, so you can shag as the sun sets over Charleston.  Gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the music begins at 8:00 p.m.

The park is a convenient drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC, and is east of the Cooper River just like our all our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  From your luxury house on Isle of Palms, head toward downtown Charleston, and you’ll find the park just before you get to the big bridge.

Here are the dates and musical lineup for the summer:

  • April 29th, The Sugarbees –  playing a blend of beach, boogie & blues
  • May 13, Shem Creek Boogie Band
  • June 10, Ocean Drive Party Band
  • July 15, The Counts
  • August 12, Vinyl Daze
  • September 9, The Coppertones

Tickets are just $10 at the gate ($8 advance online) and often sell out fast.  Here’s a link to the site with more info and where you can buy advance tickets:  http://ccprc.com/1175/Shaggin-on-the-Cooper

You can purchase food and beverages which will be available for on site.  This is a wholesome event perfect for many ages staying in your Charleston beach house.

Something similar this summer out on Folly…

There is a similar series happening out on Folly Beach at the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier.  Moonlight Mixers kick off next month, especially convenient if you’re staying in a Folly Beach house Charleston.

Here’s more info:

2017 Dates
May 26, June 16, July 7, August 18, and September 15

Event Details

  • Event hours: 7-11 p.m.
  • Beverages will be available for purchase on site. ID is required to purchase alcohol.
  • You can purchase food and snacks at Pier 101 and the pier’s Gift & Tackle Shop located at the entrance to the pier.
  • Please leave outside beverages or coolers at home.
  • Admission does not cover food, beverage, and any parking fees.
  • No refunds issued or rain dates scheduled. If an event is cancelled due to inclement weather, your receipt will be good for any other 2017 Moonlight Mixer. You must keep and present your receipt to gain admission into the next 2017 Moonlight Mixer of your choice.
  • To minimize sway and preserve the structural integrity of the pier, line dancing is not allowed at the Moonlight Mixers.
  • Online registration ends at midnight on the day before each event. On the day of the event, admission can be purchased by calling 843-795-4386 by 2 p.m. or at the event gate if available.

Like Shaggin’ on the Cooper, tickets are $8 advance online, or $10 at the gate if still available.    Here’s a link to the webpage for this series of events, including online ticket purchases:  http://ccprc.com/1618/Moonlight-Mixers

Come see the Nina and Pinta near our SC vacation rentals!

Come see the Nina and Pinta near our SC vacation rentals!

Columbus come to Charleston!

Something pretty cool is going on this weekend in Charleston Harbor.  Yesterday, two replica ships arrived with cannons firing, the Nina and the Pinta  –  looking just like two of the three ships on which Columbus first came to the New World in 1492.

Some visionary folks built the Nina without any power tools and it’s described as “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The Pinta was recently finished in Brazil and is a slightly larger replica of the original agile Portuguese sailing vessel, known as a caravel.

The two ships are sailing about the seas as a sort of “sailing museum,” and they’ll be open for tours to the public for the next several days. It’s open from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. starting today (April 28th) through May 8th.  The ships will be departing the harbor early the morning of May 9th, which would also be cool to watch.

They’re docked at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, right past Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant.  Tickets are $8 adult, $7 seniors, $4 kids 5-16, 4 and under free.

Here’s the scoop:  http://www.thenina.com/

When you’re looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely beach house rentals Charleston SC, contact EP.  Our Isle of Palms luxury rentals are the very best around.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger