A hush falls over the pews and all heads turn to see the bride step into the light as she glides down the aisle. The groom's face breaks into a huge grin, and guests can't help but smile themselves. For an instant, everyone in the room forgets that this couple is already married and that no one in the room knows who they are. But everyone agrees that the ceremony is beautiful. This is The Big Fake Wedding, a mock wedding in which on-trend wedding vendors display their talents to entice those planning their big day.
Brides- and grooms-to-be are treated to an entire faux wedding, complete with ceremony, dinner, and dance reception. They spend dinner jotting down the names of the bakers who created the delectable wedding cake, the chefs who sizzled up the artfully plated meals, and the rental centers that provided the elegant table settings. Guests can also glean ideas for modern and hip decorations and wedding-planning advice, including tactful ways to tell their fianc?e's father to retire his ruffled periwinkle tuxedo.
On Saturday, March 7, a weeklong seafood festival culminates in its grandest event: a celebration of the ocean's bounty at Shelter Cove Community Park. Ten local restaurants including Black Marlin, Kurama Japanese Restaurant, and the Old Oyster Factory serve up creations straight from their beachy kitchens. But the sea is represented in more than elegant edibles at this freewheeling event. Alongside the Kids Zone and vendors selling arts and crafts, the organizers host a thrilling crab race, and Calypso rhythms drift up from the loop box of multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy. Motown and soul outfit Deas-Guyz back him up as the second headliner, and a silent auction ensures guests get a chance to take home a keepsake from the event.
During Hunter Cattle's Farm Heritage Day Festival, families are invited to spend a fun-filled day on the farm, learning about farm life and participating in family-friendly activities. Local heritage farmers hold demonstrations on a variety of topics, including mill grinding, blacksmithing, honey hives, goat milking, pottery spinning, horse farrier, soap-making, and pasta-making. Local chefs and restaurants who use Hunter Cattle products, including Leoci's Trattoria, Neo HHI, and 22 Square, will be on hand to offer snacks and meals. The festival also boasts live music, kids' activities, fishing, and wagon rides.
Since its completion in 1713, The Powder Magazine has served as a storage shed for gunpowder, a stable, a wine shop, a print shop, and finally a museum, now dedicated to Charleston's colonial history. The talented Rodney Rogers delights the Magazine's guests for 40 minutes every Saturday by impersonating Stede Bonnet, otherwise known as The Gentleman Pirate, with a program of charming, historically accurate accounts of prominent Carolina pirates. In addition to the show, patrons can make deeply emotional connections with each brick in The Powder Magazine’s 300-year-old, three-foot-thick walls, and enjoy a 10% discount on all items purchased in the museum shop.
Nightmare on the Harbor immerses Halloween partygoers in a wild night of music, costumes, and rug cutting. DJ SkyBlu from chart-topping electropop group LMFAO will jump-start festivities with high-energy beats while Shwayze & Cisco set bodies moving with beach-appropriate rhymes. Charleston-bred electronic masterminds Klipart add their euphonic talents to the evening's brew, combining live-mixed tunes with mind-bending visual effects. A Halloween costume contest offers a $1,000 prize, perfect for offsetting costume costs or paying off costume-contest judges.