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A Guide to Charleston Area Easter Events // 2018

Here comes Peter Cottontail! It’s almost time for Easter, so we’re bringing you a comprehensive list of local Easter events in the Lowcountry for 2018. Want to attend every Easter egg hunt possible? Looking for something to do Easter Sunday? Just want to take your pet or kiddo in for a quick pic with the Easter Bunny? We’ve got you covered!  

 

 EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS

Northwoods Mall

Visit with the Easter Bunny in Dillard’s Court from Saturday, March 10th through March 31st. Visits are free, but if you want a memento of the occasion, photo packages must be purchased. No personal photography is permitted. Stop by Monday through Saturday from 10am until 9pm or Sunday from noon until 6pm. Follow the link above for photo package pricing. Bring your pets on Monday nights from 6–9pm for photos with the Bunny as well!

Citadel Mall

Visit the Easter Bunny in Center Court from March 17th–31st. Stop by Monday through Saturday from 10am until 8pm, or on Sunday from noon until 6pm. Note: the Easter Bunny takes his “carrot break” from 2:30–3:00pm. On March 20th and 27th, you can bring your four-legged friends for photos too! Bring a food donation for Pet Helpers and receive a free 5x7 photo with any package purchase on those days.

 

EASTER EVENTS

Hat Ladies 17th Easter Promenade

When: Saturday, March 31st at 11am

Where: Broad Street between Meeting and East Bay

What: The Charleston Hat Ladies (not to be confused with the Red Hat Ladies or any other hat group) will take their annual, elegant stroll in their Easter bonnets to wish you a “HATpy Easter!”

 

Easter Weekend Brunch

When: Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st at 10am

Where: Middleton Place

What: Celebrate Easter weekend with a traditional southern brunch buffet featuring seasonal specials. On Saturday, enjoy the Eggstravaganza activities beforehand. On Sunday, take a stroll through the gardens and reflect on the day. Cost is $30 for adults, $12 for ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. General admission is required. No reservations necessary.

 

Spring Festival

When: Saturday, March 31st from 11am–3pm

Where: Freshfields Village

What: Children will enjoy a jump castle, inflatable slide, mechanical bull, face painting, balloon animals, spring crafts, and more! Bring your camera to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy treats like snow cones, kettle corn, popsicles, and BBQ from local food vendors.

 

EASTER EGG HUNTS

Easter Egg Hunt at Alhambra Hall

When: Wednesday, March 21st from 11am–1pm.

Where: Alhambra Hall

What: Kids ages 6 and under are invited to bring their baskets to “the cutest Easter Egg Hunt in the Lowcountry!” Children will be able to hunt eggs, participate in fun activities, and visit the Easter Bunny.

 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Daniel Island

When: Friday, March 23rd from 5:30pm–8:30pm

Where: MUSC Health Stadium

What: Get your tickets now for this fun-filled annual event! Tickets are $5 and include a dozen filled eggs per child, jump castles, face painting, a balloon artist, viewing of the movie HOP, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself.

 

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

When: Friday, March 23rd from 7pm–10pm

Where: St. Andrews Parks and Playground

What: Bring your flashlight and a basket and hunt for Easter eggs in the dark! The cost is $5 per child. Age groups will be 2-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

When: Saturday, March 24th from 10am–12pm

Where: The Charleston Museum

What: The Charleston Museum presents their Easter Eggstravaganza, featuring crafts at the Museum and an Easter egg hunt in the garden of the Joseph Manigault House. This event is free with admission ($12 for adults, $5 for children, free for children under 3) and free for Museum members.

 

Search Party: Summerville’s Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, March 24th from 5pm–8pm

Where: Ashley Ridge High School

What: This is Summerville’s only glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt! Egg hunt times will be based on age group: Toddler/Pre-K Daylight Hunt, Elementary (Kindergarten–5th), and Students (6th–12th). There will also be food trucks, music, and more!

 

Community Easter Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, March 24th from 11am–2pm

Where: Park Circle

What: This is a free event including visits with the Easter Bunny, games, hot dogs, snow cones, a fire truck, and of course an egg hunt! Easter egg hunts will be conducted based on age group. Afterward, kids are invited to exchange their eggs for a goodie bag full of treats.

 

Cane Bay Eggstravaganza

When: Sunday, March 25th from 3pm–6pm

Where: Lindera Preserve at Cane Bay Plantation

What: Join Lennar Homes and the Church at Cane Bay for an Easter egg hunt, jump castles, over 50 vendors, Game Galaxy Mobile Gaming Truck, and a food truck rodeo. Sign up in advance to get a free t-shirt!

 

Easter Egg Hunt: Park West

When: Tuesday, March 27th from 11am–1pm

Where: Park West Recreation Complex

What: Children under the age of 6 are invited to bring their baskets and join the fun! There will be an Easter egg hunt, fun activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

When: Saturday, March 31st, beginning at 10:30am (gates open at 9am)

Where: Middleton Place

What: Bring a basket and hunt for eggs hidden in the Middleton Place Gardens. Once found, the hard-boiled eggs can be taken to the Stableyards to be dyed. Children are also invited to play colonial games, participate in the Egg Roll and Egg Toss, hear classic stories, and make Easter crafts. This event is included with the price of general admission.

 

Easter Egg Hunt: Isle of Palms

When: Saturday, March 31st at 10am sharp

Where: Isle of Palms Recreation Department

What: Bring your Easter basket and hunt for eggs, visit the Easter Bunny, and enjoy jump castles, snow cones, cotton candy, face painting, a photo booth, and more!

 

West Ashley Easter Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, March 31st from 2pm–4pm

Where: Bees Landing Recreation Center

What: This is a free event for children from ages 0–12. Join the hunt at 2pm sharp for over 10,000 egg! This events also features crafts, face painting, jump castles, the Easter Bunny, and more.

 

Town of James Island Easter Egg Roll

When: Saturday, March 31st at 11am sharp

Where: The Town Market on James Island

What: The Town Market on James Island is partnering with the Town of James Island for their 2nd annual Easter Egg Roll. This events includes free parking, free admission, and free fun! The market opens at 9am with the Egg Roll taking place at 11am.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza at Hampton Park

When: Saturday,March 31st from 11am–1pm

Where: Hampton Park

What: This is a free event for children ages 12 and under! The Eggstravaganza features a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, jump castles, games, arts and crafts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and much more! Pre-register for the event for a chance to win some great prizes.

 

Easter Egg Hunt & Jump

When: Saturday, March 31st at 9:30am and 11:15am

Where: Mellow & Play Cafe

What: This popular parent-child hangout will have two Easter Egg hunt times, one from 9:30–10:30am and a second from 11:15am–12:15pm. Tickets are $11 per child and include one hour to hunt for eggs and use the play area. There will be a minimum of 350 eggs for 35 children to hunt per session. Eggs will contain candy, toys, and maybe even a Mellow & Play coupon surprise! Entrance times into the egg hunt will be staggered by age at 2-minute intervals. Bring baskets and socks for kids and parents entering the play area.

Friday Five // March 16th, 2018

As you may already know, this Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day. As you might not realize, Paddy’s Day celebrations abound in the Lowcountry. Our Friday Five this week consists of five fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston. So don your best green and shamrock-themed gear and get out there! Whether you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day or not, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend.

Kick off the day with a celebratory mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church downtown, and then head outside for the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade participants include local school groups, Irish step dancers, fiddlers, fire trucks, military units, local pro and semi-pro teams and their mascots, bagpipers, and marching bands.. The parade begins at King and Radcliffe and marches down King Street to Broad Street.

After the parade, head over to Tommy Condon’s for their 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. They’ll open early at 9am for a full day of celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. Come enjoy a pint or two and hear live music by Emily Deahl, Judson McKinney, The Charleston Pipe Band, and the incredibly Christian Carroll and the Bograts.

If Downtown’s too crowded for you, take a drive over to Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant for Shamrock the Dock 2018. Red’s Ice House hosts this event from 1pm until 10pm. The “biggest party on the creek” includes drink specials, live music all day, and an annual visit from the Irish Bagpipers. Admission is free.

Staying in one place all day might not be your thing—we get it. If that’s the case, check out the St. Paddy’s Day on King Street Bar Crawl. Check in at The Brick between 1pm and 4pm, where you’ll receive a scorecard with a list of other participating locations. Your scorecard will also get you priority entry and drink specials. Once your card is completed, head over the Kingdom for the after party from 7pm until 10pm. The first 250 crawlers with completed cards receive a t-shirt. Your card also acts as a raffle ticket for over $1,000 in prizes. Designated drivers are encouraged to participate and have their scorecards marked at each location as well!

If you’re a sports enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to check out Irish Fest at the Charleston Battery game Saturday evening. The Battery will open their 2018 season against FC Cincinnati on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be beer specials, Irish dancing, and the best fireworks show on Daniel Island after the game. During halftime, watch a demonstration put on by the Charleston Hurling Club, who play the national sport of Ireland. To add to the fun, the first 500 fans through the gates will receive a Charleston Battery Irish Fest t-shirt. Gates open at 5:30pm.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying New Cabinets

Are you in the market for new kitchen or bathroom cabinets? If you’ve already started your search, you’ve probably figured out that buying cabinets can be much more involved than you originally thought. There are so many options when it comes to details like style, size, color, and add-ons. If you haven’t started shopping for your new cabinets yet, pour yourself a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and put your thinking cap on, because we have the perfect checklist of things to consider before you buy new cabinets.

What’s my budget?

First and foremost, figure out how much you want to spend on new cabinets. This will help narrow down the options pretty quickly. Cabinets can account for about half of the budget for a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Decide how much you can afford to spend on your remodel and understand that up to 50% will be eaten up by purchasing and installing new cabinets.

How many cabinets do I need for my space?

You can figure this out by measuring the area where your new cabinets will live. Sure, a professional can take official measurements later, but it’s good to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before going to the cabinet shop or home improvement store. Having preliminary measurements on hand will assist the pros in helping you design your new space.

What type of cabinets do I want?

We’re not talking about design just yet. That comes later. First, ask yourself if you want to buy stock, semi-custom, or custom cabinets.

  • Stock cabinets are the most budget-friendly. These are mass produced in a factory and sold in modular units. They’re usually made from materials like particleboard. The drawback to buying stock cabinets is that options like style, shape, and color are pretty limited.
  • Semi-custom cabinets are generally stock cabinets with extra options available. Basic sizes and finishes still apply, but other options are available. Some dimensions can be changed, and you have more options for design and storage.
  • Custom cabinets are the most expensive, but they’re built to your exact specifications. Options are pretty much unlimited as far as style, finish, and add-ons.

What options do I want to add on?

You’ll only need to make this decision if you go with semi-custom or custom cabinets. Things like pull-out shelves and bins, lazy Susans, vertical dividers, built-in cutlery organization, and wine racks are great to have, but make sure they’re within your budget.

What’s my design style?

Cabinets set the tone for the entire kitchen or bathroom. Think about the overall look you desire. Do you want traditional or modern cabinets? Flat front or shaker? Do you like natural wood finishes, colored laminate, or something ultra modern like aluminum or glass?

Once you have the answers to these five questions, you’ll have a good general idea of what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend. Bring that info with you when you start shopping for your new cabinets, and the pros will be able to help you narrow down your options much more easily.

 

How-To Tuesday: Get Started With Spring Cleaning

With the Charleston weather warming up (off and on, that is) and pollen falling everywhere, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. Spring signifies a renewal in nature and makes everything feel fresh and new, so we love giving our homes a little boost to help them feel fresh and new too. Here’s how to get started.

Get Motivated

Take a walk around your house and take note of what needs to be done. Make a list of projects both big and small. Imagine how you want things to look. Visualization is a great motivator, so sit down and browse Pinterest or flip through catalogs for ideas. Remember to be realistic with your goals. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself before you even get started!

Enlist the Family’s Help

Get the whole family involved. If you have small children, give them little jobs like putting toys away. You might be surprised at how much the little ones are actually eager to help clean. If your kids are older, give them some incentive for helping. One good idea is to make a chore chart that lists monetary values for each chore—amounts are totally up to you. The kids can choose what they want to do and earn a little pocket money. Make a new tradition of taking the kids’ gently used clothes and toys to an orphanage or women’s shelter and instilling great values early on. As a treat for letting go of all of that stuff, maybe allow everyone to choose a new toy or item of clothing.

Do a Purge

Grab a box or a large trash bag and do a sweep of each room. Get rid of any items that you don’t use or love anymore. Toss old paperwork, expired coupons, and junk mail. Go through the fridge and pantry and throw away any foods that are past their prime. Use this time to purge only; don’t get sidetracked with organizing just yet. If you have more than one box or bag’s worth of stuff to purge, set out multiple boxes in each room and mark them with labels like “donate,” “trash,” and “put away.”

Clean First

Once everything’s purged and put away, it’s time to start cleaning. Gather your cleaning supplies and then follow the “top to bottom” rule. Dust ceiling fans and trimwork, clear any cobwebs from corners and ceilings. Move on to the “middle” of the space by vacuuming and polishing furniture, washing windows, wiping down counters and cabinets, etc. Finally, clean the baseboards and then vacuum the rugs and sweep and mop the floors.

Start Organizing

Now that everything’s sparkly clean, it’ll be much easier to put things back where they belong. If you’re still motivated from cleaning day, you can start this right after, or you can take a rest and save organizing for another day. Just don’t forget to get back to it! It doesn’t have to be done all at once. Tackle one room or storage bin at a time if you feel overwhelmed.

Treat Yourself!

Every time you finish a task, reward yourself with a little treat. Take a bath, eat a piece of chocolate, have a coffee break, or just sit down and read for a bit. Designate a bigger reward for when everything is done (a spa day, a shopping trip, or maybe even a nice spring break vacay), and you’ll have something to look forward to as you work.

Water Heater Tips: Conserve Energy and Save Money

Remember when buying a water heater was sort of…uncomplicated? Now the options are plentiful, with electric, natural gas, oil, propane, tankless, and solar models available in all types, shapes, and sizes. No matter what type of water heater you have, there are lots of ways to save both energy and money. Let’s take a look at a few.

Insulate Your Water Heater

Even if your water heater isn’t actively working to bring you hot water, it’s still storing that hot water until you need it. If the walls of the tank aren’t insulated well enough, it can lose some of that heat. Covering it with a special water heater blanket or jacket can help reduce that heat loss by 25%-45% and can save 7%-16% annually on your water heating bill.

Reduce Hot Water Demand

This isn’t necessarily a matter of taking shorter, cooler showers. There are lots of possible culprits of water waste. Check your water heater for leaks. If it’s leaking, it’ll need to be replaced. Check for and repair any leaky faucets, which can wastes gallons of water a month. Update your shower head. Shower heads manufactured before 1992 can use up to 6 to 10 gallons per minute. Switching to a low flow shower head is a quick and easy way to save hot water and money. Upgrade to Energy Star appliances like dishwashers and clothes washers.

Lower the Temperature

Bumping the temperature on your water heater down just a tad can add up to some pretty good savings. Lower it to about 120ºF as a start. For every 10ºF reduction you make, you can save about 3%-5% on water heating costs.

Insulate Water Pipes

You don’t need to insulate every single foot of hot water piping throughout the house. We’re just talking about the first five to ten feet from the water heater. Spend as little as $10 on materials for this easy project, and save about 3%-4% annually. Find simple instructions for insulating hot water pipes here.

Purchase an Upgrade

If your water heater is more than ten years old, it’s probably not too efficient anymore. If it hasn’t already started to give you problems, it will soon. Time for an upgrade! Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, don’t store hot water, which means they don’t have any standby heat loss like a traditional water heater might. Instead, they heat water whenever you need it and remain inactive when hot water isn’t being used. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when deciding to purchase a tankless water heater, so do your research first.

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