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Friday Five // September 18th, 2020

After a long, rainy week, who else is ready for the weekend? We definitely are! Even while social distancing, there’s still fun to be had in the Charleston area. Take advantage of the slightly cooler temps and participate in a virtual 5K; see an outdoor concert; learn some history as you kayak and hunt for sharks’ teeth, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend! 

Join Nature Adventures and Charleston Outdoor Recreation Excursions on Sunday for a kayak-based Ashley River History Tour & Shark Tooth Hunting event. Hear the history of the Ashley River, the settlement of Charles Towne, the replenishment of the oysters by DNR, and the history of Magnolia and Ashley Phosphate Road. Bring a snack and take a break before exploring for sharks’ teeth! You’ll learn all about fossilized sharks’ teeth and how to spot them. Descriptions and shakers will be provided to help you know what to look for and help you sift through the sand. Reservations are required for this event, and kayak seats are limited. Prices are $50 for a single kayak, $100 for a tandem kayak, or $30/person to bring your own boat. 


Wands at the ready, all you wizards and witches! CluedUpp is back in Charleston with another fun detective event, this time with a magical theme. Gather your team of mystery-solving wizards and join a Witchcraft & Wizardry Charleston adventure game on Saturday. This spellbinding outdoor adventure game will take your team on a magical journey across the peninsula. Get your tickets at the link above today and don’t miss out on all the fun! 

For some outdoor music and fun this weekend, check out Safe Sounds at Firefly Powered by REV Federal Credit Union. If you missed out on their socially-distant summer series, you’re in luck! This event is back for the fall with an all new lineup of musical entertainment, food trucks, and more. Head to Firefly’s Park Circle location for this ticketed outdoor concert series each Saturday from 6pm until 10pm. This Saturday’s session will feature music from BlackNoyze, The Black Diamond Band, and Seth G. The featured food truck is Wingz N Thingsz, there will also be a beer truck on hand. Safety and health is the priority at this event. Get your VIP Safe Square that secures four tickets in a 10x10 square, separated from other squares on all sides by a distance of eight feet. Tickets may also be purchased individually for the general admission back lawn section. Bring your own blankets and chairs, but please leave dogs, children, and any outside food and drinks at home. This is an 18 and up event. 

Join Race 4 Achievement this Saturday to participate in the previously postponed 5th Annual Doughnut Dash 5K! Since the race cannot be held in person right now, this event is now virtual. This community-supported, family-friendly 5K run/walk is held each year in honor of the life and legacy of TyWanza Sanders. This event acts as a fundraiser to continue Race 4 Achievement’s mission of strengthening the community and supporting diversity in the Charleston community. All funds raised are donated to the TyWanza Sanders Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for students in Charleston County Schools. To participate, pick up your t-shirt, swag bag, and freshly glazed doughnut at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Savannah Highway from 9am until noon. The virtual race officially begins at 10am and lasts all day long. Collect your items, choose a time to run, and then run or walk your #Race4Wanza5K wearing your shirt and race number. Click the link above for more info! 

Bring the family to the Omar Shrine Convention Center at Patriots Point this Saturday and Sunday for the Repticon Charleston Reptile & Exotic Animal Show. This two-day event features vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. Come participate in exciting, educational, and family-oriented fun for everyone! One-day tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under five get in free! You must buy tickets and choose your time block in advance in order to accommodate social distancing. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Social distancing and safety procedures include required masks, touchless ticketing, reduced capacity, pulsed guest admission and booth sanitization, increased spacing of vendor booths. 

Friday Five // August 28th, 2020

It’s Friday once again, which means it’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening around the Charleston area over the weekend. Check out a music trivia happy hour, enjoy delicious Jamaican cuisine and wines, score a free pass to a local garden, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend! 

Head to The Brick: Charleston’s Favorite Tavern on Friday evening for Name That ’90s Tune Happy Hour Trivia. The Brick presents a safe environment in which you can enjoy $3 drinks, $4 appetizers, and $10 pitchers of Modelo. For guest and employee safety, masks are required indoors when guests are not sitting at their table. There should be no more than eight people to a table. Trivial host will be wearing a mask and will come to each table to check trivia answers. The staff will provide you with a pen that you may keep at the end of the game and will also disinfect each table after use. Capacity is limited to keep things socially distanced. Admission is $3 or $4 per person, which is equal to one drink or one appetizer, which will be given to the player upon arrival.

Enjoy Drive-In Movie Night at the Post & Courier on Friday evening with the feature blockbuster film, Incredibles 2. This drive-in movie takes place in the Post and Courier’s parking lot at the corner of King and Columbus in Downtown Charleston. Gates open at 7pm; movie starts at 8:30pm. If you’re hungry, South Philly Steaks food truck will be on hand serving up homemade cheesesteaks, specialty sandwiches, tacos, egg rolls, nachos, salads, pastas, fried chicken, etc. This event is sponsored by Dillar’s, Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery, Trident General Dentistry, Charleston Repeats, and Benny Ravello’s. As a bonus, you can bring four non-perishable food items to the drive-in movie for a chance to win a $100 Dillard’s gift card. Food donations benefit One80 Place. Every moviegoing vehicle will also receive a Dillard’s Swag Bag as a token of appreciation!

From now until September 27th, pet lovers who adopt a dog from any of the participating rescue shelters throughout the Lowcountry will receive a free annual family membership to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Bring your new furry family member time and time again for walks in the dog-friendly garden, free for a full year. This campaign is made possible by Low Country Dog Magazine, Magnolia’s partner organization. Come back on Sunday, September 27th for a celebration of new pets and owners on their annual Low Country Dog Adoption Day on the Ashley.

Celebrate all things Jamaican, Reggae, and Jerk this Sunday at the Seventh Annual SC Reggae Jerk Wine Festival. Admission to this event, held at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, includes one complimentary 3 oz. wine sample; one complimentary 9 oz. wine glass; one complimentary jerk sample pairing with Irie Jerk Wine; jerk sample provided by Caribbean Rootz’ visiting chef TY from Jamaica; wine presentation; wine samples and wine for purchase by bottle or glass; cooking demonstration presented by Jamaican Chef; live music; Jamaican food selections available for purchase; special pricing on featured wines; arts and crafts gift options for purchase; complimentary walking tour of the Magnolia Gardens; and more! Portions of the proceeds benefit Healthy Lifestyle Network, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping children and adults.  

Enjoy Sunset Rooftop Yoga on Sunday evening at the Charleston City Market. Rooftop Yoga consists of one hour of power yoga at sunset on the historic Charleston City Market rooftop, centrally located on Market Street between King and Meeting Streets. All levels are welcome, but please bring your own mat or towel and some water. Space for this event is limited, and mats will be socially distanced. Find details for registration and payment at the link above.

Friday Five // August 21st, 2020

It’s time once again for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun things to do in the Charleston area over the weekend. Even though we’re still practicing social/physical distancing, there’s still a lot of fun to be had in the Lowcountry. Learn about a 300-year-old Charleston tradition, catch a drive-in movie, attend a dinosaur tea party, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

Indigo Reef Brewing Company is hosting a Sweetgrass Basket Making event this Saturday from 10am until noon. Join in to learn about the 300-year history behind Charleston’s traditional sweetgrass baskets and learn how to make your own. Jennifaye Singleton of Geechee Handmade Sweetgrass Baskets will teach you all about this fine art as well as Gullah Geechee history. This two-hour class costs $50 and includes all the materials you need to make your own basket, as well as your first beer, wine, or cider. 

Skip & Sully, a members-only indoor playground and parents’ social club in Mt. Pleasant, is hosting a Tea-Rex Tea Party this Saturday from 11am until noon. Bring your little ones to do the dinosaur stomp, make dino fossils, and enjoy dinosaur-themed snacks at a beautifully decorated tea party table. This event has limited seating of eight children due to social distancing procedures. Advance ticket purchase is required at a cost of $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Playtime at the indoor playground before and after the event is included in this experience. 

Join the Harbour Club at WestEdge Saturday evening for Tiki Night: A Night in the Islands. From 5pm until 9pm, enjoy a complimentary welcome glass of Harbour Punch and live music performed by local steel drummer and vocalist Seitu Solomon Steelpan and husband-and-wife duo Octopus Ink. Craft bartenders will serve up tiki-themed libations at the cash bar, and curated delicious island-inspired dishes will be available as well. Come prepared for a great time of dancing, imbibing, and mingling. Sanitation standards will be upheld, and the Harbour Club asks that everyone maintain social distancing during the event. 

Head to Patriots Point on Saturday night to experience the Holy City Drive-In, the only waterfront movie experience in the country. Experience past blockbuster hits, cold beverages, and snacks with the beautiful Charleston Harbor and skyline serving as an inspiring backdrop. This Saturday, bring the entire family and enjoy a showing of what is arguably one of the greatest movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz. In-vehicle and lawn tickets are available, but act fast before the showing sells out! Advance tickets can be purchased at the link above.

Salty Feet Run Club is hosting a 1,000 Miles Across America Fundraiser Run beginning this Sunday. The upcoming school year will be challenging, to say the least, so Salty Feet Run Club wants to help you empower children and get them active with this family-focused virtual 5K. Participants of all ages will run a total of three miles from August 22nd to August 30th to receive a t-shirt, dog tag, and special prizes. Register your family at the link above ($25 for the first participant, $15 for each subsequent participant); join the event’s Facebook Group to participate in challenges and win prizes for your kiddos; receive your care package in the mail complete with t-shirt, dog tag medal, and special prizes; run your 5K; and log your miles. If participants run a collective 1,000 miles during the race period, $1,000 will be donated to The Childhood Cancer Project. So get your running shoes on and get the whole family out there! 

Friday Five // August 14th, 2020

It’s the weekend again and time for another edition of the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun (and socially distant!) things to do in the Charleston area. Have a swimmingly good time with Shark Week, snag a free comic book, enjoy some quality entertainment from the comfort of your couch, and more. No matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a very safe and happy weekend! 

This weekend marks the end of Shark Week at the South Carolina Aquarium, but there’s still time to join in the fun this Saturday! Swim on in for a “JAWesome” time to celebrate and learn more about these misunderstood ocean predators. Participate in a shark-themed scavenger hunt, learn all about sharks through pop-up programming, and more. All Shark Week activities are included with admission or membership. Please remember that cloth masks or face coverings are required for all aquarium guests ages three and up. 

The Summerville Farmers Market is back and under operation with COVID-19 safety measures and social distancing guidelines in place. The market will run every Saturday from 8am until 1pm in the First Citizens Bank parking lot behind Town Hall. Masks/face coverings and social distancing are required for all shoppers and will be enforced. Please limit the number of shoppers in your group, follow one-way directional signs, and keep transactions cash-free. You might also think about pre-ordering goods by contacting vendors directly ahead of time. Some of the weekly vendors include Gruber Farms, Freemans Produce, Big Daddy’s Pork Skins, Low Country Olive Oil, Pep Rolls, James Brown Boiled Peanuts, Southern Naturals, The Seafood Lady, Three Oaks Farm, Sharon’s Sweetgrass, and so much more!

Head to Captain’s Comics and Toys this weekend for Free Comic Book Day “Lite”. There will be sales and specials on almost everything in the store, a sidewalk sale and Big Tent Deals, and everyone who stops by will receive one FREE comic! Specials include 50% off back issue comics, 25% off recent comic wall, 10% off kids’ section, $1 special stock, 25% off graphic novels, and more. Note that social distancing, capacity limits, and wearing of masks/face coverings will be strictly enforced.

On Saturday evening at 6pm, Curiouser Entertainment presents a Facebook Live Princess Party! Join some favorite princess friends live on Facebook as they read stories, answer questions, sing songs, and more. This is a free, recurring event with no membership or ticket required. This week’s storytelling and singing friend is Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Follow Curiouser Entertainment on Facebook for more information.

Join the North Charleston POPS! Brass Quintet for a FREE live-streamed concert this Saturday evening at 7pm. The POPS! Brass Quintet will perform an hour-long concert live from the stage of the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, streamed directly to your favorite device via the North Charleston Coliseum Facebook page. Hosted by Maestro Nick Palmer, the concert will include hits like the Beatles’ “When I’m 64,” Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing,” a medley from Frozen, and some good ol’ USA fare to round out the evening. So grab some takeout, pour your fancy drink of choice, get cozy, and enjoy an amazing free concert from the comfort of your own home. 

Friday Five - Social Distancing Edition // July 31st, 2020

TGIF—it’s time for another social distancing edition of the Friday Five! Even though most events are postponed for the time being, there are still several fun things to do in the Charleston area this weekend. Be a part of releasing 144,000 ladybugs into a beautiful garden setting; go on a ghost hunt through downtown Charleston; enjoy a special sensory hour at South Carolina’s largest indoor trampoline park, and more! No matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a very safe and happy weekend! 

Take a walk on the spooky side Friday night with Stories in the Cemetery—An Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience by Charleston Cavalier Tours. Join local author Nicholas McGirr on this one-of-a-kind walking tour of haunted downtown Charleston. You’ll use real paranormal tools of the trade, including an EMF meter, spirit box, grid pens, thermal imaging camera, and more. This is a 90-minute walking tour on the cobblestone streets of Charleston, so make sure you’re dressed for comfort. Space is limited due to social distancing measures. For details of physical distancing, masks, and other COVID-19 guidelines, visit the Charleston Cavalier Tours website linked above. 

Enjoy an amazing culinary tour of Charleston on Friday or Saturday evening with the Historic Charleston Supper Club. Transport yourself via your taste buds in this unique tour through time—the only tour where you never even have to leave your seat! Delight in a four-course meal in an opulent French Quarter dining room in an old warehouse building dating back to 1805. Each course will cover a different period of Charleston’s history with food authentic to the times. The entire meal will be narrated by licensed Charleston City tour guides, who will give you not only a literal, but also a metaphorical taste of Charleston’s history. Learn about domestic life, the walled city of Charlestowne, the Revolution, slavery, and the Civil War. Dinners are currently limited to a maximum of eight guests. Visit the link above for more details and to book tickets! 

On Saturday morning at 10am, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and the Charleston County Public Library present Gullah Geechee Storytime with Storyteller Anita Singleton-Prather. Known to schoolchildren across the Corridor as “Aunt Pearlie Sue,” a character based on her grandmother, Mrs. Prather regales audiences with Gullah-flavored folktales. During this streaming event, Aunt Pearlie Sue will share the tale of the “Three Lee’ Pigs.” An acclaimed master storyteller and singer, Mrs. Prather is the founder and artistic director of the musical performance group the Gullah Kinfolk. She has performed at many festivals, including the Beaufort Gullah Festival, Spoleto USA International Arts Festival, and San Francisco Festival of the Sea, just to name a few. You can join in this streaming storytime via the Charleston County Public Library’s Facebook page.

Join Magnolia Plantation & Gardens this Saturday from 9am until 1pm for the 7th Annual Ladybug Release. Due to physical distancing efforts, this year’s Ladybug Release will be a little more scaled down with new procedures. Just like in past years, the event will feature exhibitors, nature displays, environmental organizations, and the famous Volkswagen Beetle that resembles a giant ladybug. Attendees will choose their ladybugs at the ticket kiosk upon arrival, then scatter throughout the gardens to release their ladybugs in the perfect spot. Come dressed in your favorite ladybug costume and compete for a prize in the costume contest at 11:30am. Garden admission ($20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 through 12) is required to participate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

This Sunday is Sensory Jump at Flight Fit n’ Fun, formerly Velocity Air Sports, on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston. Sensory Jump hour is reserved on the first and third Sunday of each month for jumpers who prefer a quieter, more private environment. With over 40,000 square feet of fun, Flight is the largest trampoline park and largest ninja obstacle course in South Carolina. One unpaid chaperon per paying jumper is permitted to gently interact with and assist the jumper in their care. Assisting chaperone must have a waiver on file and will be checked in upon arrival. Please visit the website linked above for more information on Flight’s COVID-19 guidelines. 

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