It's time for another installment of the Friday Five! This week, we've got a couple of festivals and some sporty fun, among other neat events.
1. The Spoleto Festival has begun! This is such an exciting time in Charleston, and every year brings new opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy music, theater, and art. Take a look at this year's schedule and get excited about this year's offerings, which include performances in categories like theater, opera, dance, physical theater, artist talks, jazz, and other forms of music. There truly is something for everyone at Spoleto. Opening ceremonies take place today at 12pm at Charleston City Hall.
2. If you're in the mood for a different kind of festival, we highly recommend the 8th annual First Flush Festival at the Charleston Tea Plantation. The festival celebrates "the first harvest of the best tea from the only tea plantation in America." Take a tour of the factory and see how tea is made, and then enjoy all the free iced American First Flush Tea you can handle! There will be food trucks, vendors, and musical acts, including popular Grammy-nominated band The Avett Brothers on two stages.
3. Though this event happens after the weekend is over, it's definitely worth a mention! The Charleston RiverDogs will have a "Re-Opening Night", as the official opening game on April 7th was rained out and moved to May 27th. So next Tuesday, gather your family and friends and head out to The Joe for a doublheader game, preceded by a spectacle of festivities! fans will enjoy a pregame parade (including marching bands, cheerleaders, mascots, and others), the introduction of the RiverDogs as they enter the stadium on horse-drawn carriages, and the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner by national recording artist/local star Elise Testone.
4. The Music Farm will host the 5th annual Southeastern Beard & Mustache Championships Saturday night, beginning at 7pm. So all of you bearded and mustachioed individuals out there, get ready to strut your stuff! The event benefits Lowcountry Women with Wings, a charity that supports women with ovarian cancer.
5. The Lowcountry Splash takes place this Saturday, benefitting the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation, a charity that promotes the health and welfare of children in the Lowcountry. The event is an open-water swim with two options that take place in the Wando River and Charleston Harbor. The 2.4-mile event begins at Hobcaw Yacht Club, and the 5-mile event begins at the Daniel Island Pier. Both swim events end at the Charleston Harbor Marina in front of the USS Yorktown.
Whatever your plans for this Memorial Day Weekend, we at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a safe and happy time!