Charleston - History, Seafood + Culture

  For your next trip to Charleston, we suggest you set aside some time to discover some of the more unique finds around town. The peninsula of Charleston is always buzzing in the Spring, so we've selected a few upcoming events that are off the beaten path.   Sharon-Murray-Cooper-BlogTake a lesson on Gullah at a nearby history-rich sea island. On April 21st, the Lowcountry's ambassador on Gullah culture will give a lunchtime lecture with the oral history of arts and traditions that have been preserved over time. Take a scenic drive out to Johns Island and join Sharon Murray Cooper, also known as The Gullah Lady, for her lecture at the Hebron Church. This church, circa 1868, is the oldest African-American church on Johns Island, and was built by freedmen with wood that washed up in a shipwreck. From the cultural heritage of sweetgrass baskets, to the language spoken amongst native islanders, your time on Johns Island will be rich in history and tradition. Visit the Gibbes Museum for more information on Art with a Twist Lunchtime Lecture: Gullah, Its Arts and Traditions.   Insider Tip: Stop by the Angel Oak to witness the largest Live Oak east of the Mississippi River. This tree is estimated to be up to 1,500 years old!

Blessing-of-the-FleetSoak in the culture of Lowcountry watermen. In Charleston, there are few things taken as seriously as our local seafood. On April 27th, locals and visitors alike will gather to say well wishes and bless the fleet of shrimp boats as commercial shrimp trawling season begins. The Mt. Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival will take place at Memorial Waterfront Park at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. This venue offers panoramic views of the waterways, as well as activities for the whole family -- topped off with a big ol' plate of local seafood. Insider Tip: take a drive through the Old Village, a quaint nearby community dating back to the 1800s. Joe-Riley-Baseball-Stadium-BlogEnjoy a day at Charleston's riverfront ballpark with a Riverdogs Game. We love the Riverdogs -- Charleston's minor league baseball team. Part-owned by Bill Murray, the Riverdogs call the Joseph P. Riley stadium home. The Joe, as we call it, is a waterfront stadium -- and it's a great place to try lowcountry snacks, from fresh boiled peanuts, to a locally-brewed beer shake. Baseball season has just started up, but the Riverdogs are already hitting home runs with their newly debuted blue and white seersucker uniforms. Insider Tip: try the River Dog - a Hot Dog with Mustard Based BBQ sauce, Pickled Okra and Cole Slaw.   Right now, our flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. We look forward to welcoming you to our fine city, and showing you around our favorite spots in town.  Take a look at our four downtown inns, and come on down to Charleston.

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