The hum of Five Points' lively dining-and-nightlife scene purrs across Jake's Bar & Grill's outdoor patio, where the sound of draft beer pouring into glasses couples with the sound of gourmet pizzas smelling delicious. Chefs ornament thin-crust pies with toppings of grilled chicken, sunflower microgreens, or fried eggplant, and douse organic, free-range wings in garlic parmesan, honey lime, or jalapeño ranch. The tenders behind the full bar dole out pints of domestic and craft drafts in a large indoor bar area, as pool, shuffleboard, and darts stoke competition among guests. Flat-screen televisions and red umbrellas tower above the tabletops of the wooden outdoor deck, and a gushing fountain invites patrons to make wishes or take advantage of the reflective water to reapply hair gel.
Beneath the shade of oak trees bearing Spanish moss, Irvin~House Vineyards' owners Jim and Ann Irvin concoct five award-winning wines from four varieties of muscadine grape grown and harvested on their 48-acre property. Each batch fills bottles adorned with labels crafted by local Charleston artists before visitors sample their muscadine-rich flavors during tastings and tours. In addition to weekly winery sessions, the Irvins enthrall community members and wine connoisseurs alike with varied events, such as bluegrass and grape-stomping festivals, held on land that shelters a renovated party barn, flower and vegetable garden, chicken coop, and outdoor picnic area. The Irvins' acreage also accommodates Firefly Distillery, which supplies tastings of its Firefly vodka and Sea Island rum to curious visitors and marooned pirates bemoaning their empty flasks.
Rock Paper Scissors Studio was born when the owners envisioned a place where creative minds could find an outlet for their imagination while building community. So they created a "social craft studio" that offers classes geared toward beginners and an inviting lounge area for socializing. The studio offers all the space, tools, materials, and instruction customers need to create works from clay jewelry to pressed-flower art to elaborate scrapbooks. Classes for adults allow participants to bring their own beer and wine, while kids' classes offer youth-specific projects.
The wine pours freely and the beer bubbles over frosty pint glasses at Grape and Grains, a family-operated homebrew and wine retailer that couples an appreciation for fine craftsmanship with a DIY approach. Owners Kenny and Janel Anderson—enthusiastic experts in hops and wine, respectively—have combined their passions into an enterprise that is one part supply shop and one part educational hub. As Janel presides over the wine bar and teaches classes in wine making, Kenny leads excursions into the complex world of home brewing, showing off the various hop varieties of IPAs and the tears of ousted MPs that give English ales their signature bitterness. The couple share their zeal for spirits with all comers at least 21 years of age, granting members of Grape and Grains' beer and wine club a 10% discount and military vets a 20% discount on products and classes.
Rather than cheering on their alma mater’s team, Chucktown Alumni recreational sports leagues let school-proud players get into the game. Graduates form teams of up to 23 players, showing their school spirit by playing in their shared college or high school’s colors. During the 10-week flag-football season—composed of an eight-week regular season and a two-week tournament—teams vie for weekly supremacy in games strategically scheduled not to conflict with college football games. At the season’s close, officials dole out prizes to the winning clubs and players who sewed their jerseys into the most stylish patchwork capes.
The Finger Lickin Chicken Wing Fling Thing will light up Legare Farms on Johns Island with wings, live music, and kids' rides. Bluegrass and rock bands play on a central stage, and kids leap nearby in bounce houses. Throughout the festival, patrons lick barbecue sauce off their fingers and they tear into wings, and relax on blankets and lawn chairs that they brought from home. Proceeds from the event benefit the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofits.