First Flush Festival

Well, the big holiday/festival weekend had arrived.  Monday is Memorial Day, which kicks off prime season for all our luxury beach house rentals SC, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston.  It’s a perfect time to head to the beach, sip a cool libation, crank up the grill and flip some burgers and dogs.  A Charleston beach house is a great place to do all that, while also savoring the fact that summer is here.

Today also marks the official start of Spoleto, the world-renowned festival of the performing arts which takes over the Lowcountry and draws people from around the globe.  Running concurrently is Piccolo Spoleto, which offers an even greater number of performances of all kinds, scattered across the area, with many events at a reasonable ticket price or even free.

Here are the official websites to see what’s happening and to secure tickets, if still available…

Spoleto:  http://spoletousa.org/

Piccolo: http://www.piccolospoleto.com/

Tickets are also available at the box office, which is open daily from 9 to 5 and is located in the Charleston Visitor’s Center, 375 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston.  It’s convenient to all our SC vacation rentals, both Isle of Palms luxury rentals and Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Also, here’s a link to a previous blog with more information about the festivals:  http://exclusivepropertiesus.com/posters-tickets-everywhere/

There’s another cool festival going on this weekend that deserves a look.  It’s a fairly new event (it started nine years ago) but has grown by leaps and bounds each year since… and this year has attracted its biggest talent yet.

It’s the First Flush Festival (or Fes-Tea-Val, as it’s sometimes known), and it will take place this Sunday (May 24th) on the grounds of the Charleston Tea Plantation  –  the only place in North America where tea is commercially cultivated.

The festival honors the first harvest of the new spring tea leaves, and they’re bringing together some major musical talent to celebrate.

This year’s headliner:  the one and only Sheryl Crow.

There will be multiple musical stages and some seriously great other acts.  Gates open at noon, and the festival lasts till 11:00 p.m.  Here’s the schedule:

MAIN STAGE 

12:45-1:30 HALEY MAE CAMPBELL
1:45-2:30 DEAD 27’S
2:45-3:30 TARLATANS
3:45-4:30 DANGERMUFFIN
4:45-5:30 TYLER BOONE BAND
5:45-6:30 BEN FAGAN AND THE HOLY CITY HOOLIGANS
6:45-7:30 SOL DRIVEN TRAIN
7:45-8:30 STOP LIGHT OBSERVATION
9:00-11:00 SHERYL CROW

 

ACOUSTIC STAGE

12:30-2:00 FREEWAY MUSIC SHOWCASE
2:15-3:00 LAUREN HALL
3:15-4:00 JORDAN IGOE TRIO
4:15-5:00 SAMEE CANNON
5:15-6:00 MATT MACKELCAN
6:15-7:00 GASLIGHT STREET
7:15-8:00 LIVE BAIT
8:15-9:00 ANGIE APARO

There will be a wide assortment of terrific food and beverages available for purchase in an area affectionately called CHOW TOWN, not to mention free iced American Classic Tea for everyone.  Also on hand will be artisan vendors and a kids’ area.

Chow Town will include:

    • Auto Banh
    • Bac’n Me Crazy
    • Brown Fox Coffee Company
    • Cast Iron
    • Charleston Festival Foods
    • Chucktown Mobile Seafood
    • Dashi
    • David’s KettleCorn
    • Dulce
    • Gidget Gourmet
    • Holy City Popcorn
    • Hot Links Cart
    • Ice Box Italian Ice
    • Just Eat This
    • Kay’s Southern Gormet
    • Kickin Chicken
    • King of Pops
    • Low Country Creole
    • Low Country Fun Foods
    • Old Salt Gourmet
    • Outta My Huevos
    • Pep Rolls
    • Platia Food Truck
    • Roadside Seafood
    • Rollin South
    • Roti Rolls
    • Sweet LuLu’s Bakery
    • The Big Southern
    • Two Fat Cooks
    • Tow In The Dough
    • West Farm Cafe and Market
    • Zombie Bobs Pizza Food Truck

Here’s the official website with all the scoop:  http://www.firstflushfestival.com/#2015

Tickets are $40 advance, $45 at the door.

Charleston Tea Plantation is located on Wadmalaw Island west of the Ashley River and is a sinple drive from all our rental homes South Carolina, whether you’re in a luxury house on Isle of Palms or one of the many Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.

So happy Memorial Day, Spoleto, summer, First Flush.  Stay safe and have a great holiday weekend.

All best,

Lowcountry Lisa

your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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