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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