CALENDAR, May 30+: Festivals, concert and talk of potlikker

Spoleto Festival and Piccolo Spoleto:  There are scads of events through June 11.  Check out top events in our Focus piece from May 22.

Reggae Nights concert series.  James Island County Park.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with performances starting at 8:30 p.m. for this county concert series that starts June 2 with Da’ Gulla Rootz, followed by De Lions of Jay, June 23; Jah Works, July 21; and Mystic Vibrations, Aug. 4.

Potlikker Papers be discussed.   Longtime Charleston Currents friend John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will be in the Holy City 5 p.m. June 2 for a discussion of his new book, Potlikker Papers:  A Food History of the Modern South. He and Garden & Gun editor David DiBenedetto will discuss the book and how it came to be at a space-limited discussion at the magazine’s offices at the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street.

Commission on Women sessions.  The City of Charleston’s Commission on Women will hold three more public listening sessions in June to get input to shape the focus and goals of the commission, which was set up to make recommendations, policies and programs related to the status of women.  Meetings will be held:

  • James Island – June 12, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; James Island Recreation Complex, 1088 Quail Drive;
  • Peninsula – June 13, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street;
  • West Ashley – June 14, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Charleston County Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive.

 (NEW) Hat Day in the Sun:  Noon to 1 p.m., June 22, Marion Square, Charleston.  The Hat Ladies will distribute Free Hats to promote hat wearing for sun protection.  One per person as long as supplies last.  More:

Farmers markets.  Here is a list of various markets in the Lowcountry throughout the summer:

TUESDAYS:  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market occurs every Tuesday through April starting at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Location:  645 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant.

WEDNESDAYS: West Ashley Farmers Market opens at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Ave., Charleston.  It will continue through Oct. 4.

THURSDAYS:  Sullivan’s Island Farmers Market starts at 2:30 p.m. every Thursday at 1921 I’On Avenue in front of the Poe Library.

SATURDAYS:  Charleston Farmers Market occurs every Saturday through Nov. 25 at Marion Square.  It opens at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

SATURDAYS:  Johns Island Farmers Market operates each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the summer to allow patrons to beat the heat.  The market is located on the campus of Charleston Collegiate School, 2024 Academy Road, Johns Island.

Early morning bird walks at Caw Caw:  8:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel.  You can learn about habitats and birds, butterflies and other organisms in this two-hour session.  Registration not required, but participants are to be 15 and up.  $10 per person or free to Gold Pass holders.  More:

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