CALENDAR, June 26+:  Carolina Day and more holiday events

An historical image of Jasper raising the battle flag of the colonial forces over present-day Fort Moultrie on June 28, 1776 during the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.

Staff reports  |  The 241st anniversary of South Carolina patriots’ victory over the British at the Battle of Sullivans Island on June 28, 1776, will be commemorated Wednesday as residents of the Palmetto State are urged to fly the state’s flags:

Residents are asked to gather at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Washington Park next to Charleston City Hall.  Thirty minutes later, the group will march to White Point Gardens to witness an 11:30 a.m. speech by Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg commemorating the valor of patriots as they fended off a land and sea attack generations ago.

Also on the Calendar:

(NEW) Derfner book signing:  6 p.m., June 29, Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., Charleston.  Local civil rights lawyer Armand Derfner will be signing copies of a new book, “Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers,” with essays by two dozen lawyers about civil rights cases in Mississippi and other Southern states in the 1960s and 1970s.  More info.

(NEW) Magnolia’s History Fair:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 1, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  The attraction will have its fifth annual fair to showcase well-known organizations in education, religion, social services, the arts and tourism.  The event is free, but anyone who purchases a general admission ticket will get special programming including a storyteller, brickmaking demonstrations and a living history program.  More.

Unveiling McLeod.  11 a.m., July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, McLeod Plantation Historic Site, James Island.  This $15 tour delves deeply into history and reflects the most recent research, revealing new understandings of the people who lived here throughout history. In addition, participants are often allowed access to places typically not available to the public. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.  More:  Call 843-795-4386, visit

(NEW) July 4 Patriotic Spectacular:  Noon, July 4, St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church St., Charleston.  The Charleston Wind symphony will present a concert in the style of John Philip Sousa’s famous Sousa Band with patriotic songs.  Prior to the concert, you can meet at the Old Exchange Building for an annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a walk to the church. Cost for the concert:  $20.  More.

(NEW) Salute from the Shore:  1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., July 4 along the S.C. coast.  This year’s air parade flyover will start at 1 p.m. at Cherry Grove at the northern part of the coast and finish over the May River sandbar in Bluffton around 1:30 p.m.   Organizers encourage parade witnesses to “salute” by wearing and waving red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover. More:

Uncle Sam Jam.  Gates open 7 p.m., July 4.  Mount Pleasant Pier. A beach music band, the Recollections, will perform at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge at the pier to enliven an annual holiday fireworks show for the Fourth of July.  Food and drinks will be available.  Space is limited.  Tickets cost $10 per person, or $8 in advance.  More:  Call 843-795-4386, visit

(NEW) How to write business plans:  3 p.m. to 5 p.m., July 13, conference room at Trident United Way, 6269 Rivers Ave., Suite 101, North Charleston.  Join experts from the S.C. Small Business Development Center and learn what should be included in a credible Business Plan and Pitch Deck. Whether launching a business or an innovative product or service, you will need a financing strategy.  Cost:  $20.  Register.

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 with Jah Works, July 21; and Mystic Vibrations, Aug. 4.

I Got You Babe: Various times, through Sept. 13, 34 West Theater, 200 Meeting St., Charleston.  34 West Theater’s downtown venue will be California Dreaming all summer with its newest musical, I Got You Babe.  Tickets are $30 each.  For the schedule and more about the production, visit

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.
  • List of other markets.

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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