A double-A minor-league affiliate of the NHL's Boston Bruins, the South Carolina Stingrays compete in the South Division of the ECHL’S Eastern Conference. The team has mastered a swift style of play and pitch-perfect Wayne Gretzky impersonations that have brought three Kelly Cups back to North Charleston Coliseum, where cheering fans turn the stands into a raucous mosaic of red and blue. Spectators can also follow cues from the Stingrays mascot, Cool Ray, to celebrate every slap shot that blazes into the net and every check that rocks the boards.
The Moonshine Saloon's two bars cover 10,000 square feet of southern-rock vibes, billiards, video games, and a menu of fried appetizers and burgers. Patrons can toss golden taquitos ($4.25) at the saloon’s dartboards, then commune with deep-sea fryers with a dinner basket of shrimp ($8.25). The sweetness and crunch of fried corn ($2.25) make way for the cheeseburger ($7.75), its two buns bookending warm pages of cheese melted over a beef patty. Before exploring Moonshine’s large dance floor in search of a city wrought of pure rock 'n' roll, patrons can petition a tasty concoction from the bar with a choice of call ($4.75), premium ($6.75), or top-shelf ($7.50) liquors.
The Flowertown Players, Inc. produce and present quality community theater, encourage and promote educational and literary performing arts projects for all segments of the tri-county population, and provide a venue for thespians, artists, technicians, and other creative people to practice their craft.
Eric Lavender is one of very few men in the world who can show up for work each day in a pirate costume and expect to keep his job. The licensed guide and professional storyteller, who has been featured on networks such as the Travel Channel and SCETV, also has an unconventional coworker—Captain Bob, a chatty blue and gold macaw who perches on his arm. Sometimes aided by other guides in pirate and colonial garb, he introduces visitors to lesser-known aspects of Charleston's more than 300-year history on walking tours to National Historic Landmark buildings.
During his signature pirate tour, Eric divulges stories of buccaneer revelry and crimes, such as Blackbeard's harbor blockade, or unveils local spooky legends and pieces of Gullah lore on his ghost and pirate tour. Eric also leads custom walking tours and teaches children about pirate lore and city history through his educational programs. And, on pub tours, guides show visitors to some of the city's historic taverns, where they reveal which colonial musicians got their start at open-mic nights.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
It started small: in 1931, Lieutenant Commander Charles Russell Price directed a series of one-act plays at the Charleston Navy Yard. The series was an unexpected success, and a year later, his band of amateur theater-makers had evolved into an