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Tailgating in Mount Pleasant

After a fantastic afternoon at the Charleston Christmas Parade, I am more excited than ever for the Mount Pleasant one next Sunday, December 13th.  The festivities begin at 5:45 but if you wait until the five o’clock hour, you will have missed out on one of the best kept local secrets of Charleston Christmas…TAILGATING!!  That’s right, folks, get your football gear back out because this is the perfect excuse to use it!! 

I remember the first year I attended, I was such a rookie.  First of all, I drove in at 5:30 or so, thinking that I would be able to just drive up and park.  HA!  And I showed up empty-handed as well.  I had no chair, no blanket, and–worst of all–no food!  I loved the parade but was distracted by all of the seasoned parade veterans around me that had driven to Coleman Blvd earlier in the evening or even biked in with their wagons and backpacks behind them filled with chili, cornbread, hot chocolate, you name it!  I tried my hardest to make fast friends with the people around me but it just was not enough to get me inside this fantastic circle of brilliant parade attendees.  But I refuse to be a Christmas Parade novice anymore!

This year we are getting a large group of our friends together, divvying up the yummy treats, and making a night of it!  So hopefully you’ll do the same but if you are not quite convinced and you get there starving and jealous…just come on up.  We may just have an extra Christmas cookie waiting for you!

Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade


Posted by on December 6, 2009 in Events, Local Info


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Christmas with a Cause- December 11

When leaders at Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, SC read the statistic that North Charleston was the 7th most dangerous city in America, they quickly agreed that something had to be done. No reason exists why we should comfortably and lavishly live within 20 miles of this obviously distressed city. Within a few months, pastors and community volunteers joined together to launch what is now known as the North Charleston Dream Center. This center presently operates a medical clinic, a food pantry, and a clothes closet on top of its weekly services and outreach ministries. They are feeding, tutoring, and mentoring children so we can begin the process of breaking the cycle of poverty and violence. And the response from the North Charleston community has been incredible. Through a monthly “Adopt-a-Block” outreach ministry, volunteers are venturing into some of the most discouraged communities and offering hope. Most of these families are not unlike millions around the country–they have been beaten down by our economy and are struggling to provide for their families. Either unemployed or underemployed, these families know what it is to be in need and The North Charleston Dream Center is doing everything they can to help satisfy some of those needs. This Christmas, as you think back to your past year, you may find more understanding and empathy than in years past. This has been a difficult year for a lot of families and it is the perfect time to come together for such a worthy cause.
( North Charleston Campus)

And so, with that end in mind, I invite you to come to Christmas With A Cause! On December 11th, from 8:00 pm- 11:00 pm, Granville’s Restaurant will be Partnering with the North Charleston Dream Center to raise money for families in need. For $10 at the door, you will enjoy a night of Trae Wilson’s culinary masterpieces and music with ALL of the proceeds going to families in our community. You will be able to connect with the individual stories of the families and with the vision of the Dream Center, write letters, and give more if you feel led. You will leave knowing that you have been a part of something truly magical. And, if that’s not enough, there will also be incredible door prizes that range from restaurant gift certificates to overnight stays at some of our city’s top hotels…perfect for Holiday gifts! So be sure to RSVP and reserve your spot now! The official invitation is on Facebook.

What: Christmas With A Cause: A Gala Benefiting Local Families In Need
When: December 11, 2009 8:00 pm -11:00 pm
Where: Granville’s Cafe at 730 Rutledge Ave. Charleston, SC
How Much: $10 at the door, cash bar, and GREAT door prizes!
Why: The fantastic cause of giving Christmas to families in need!

For more information, to donate or get involved, please contact Rebecca Linenger at

Door Prizes Include:
*One-night Stay at the Inn at Middleton Place
*One-night Stay at Renaissance Hotel Downtown
*$100 Gift Certificate to Style Exchange
*Lily Pulitzer Duffel Bag from Palm Avenue
*Two rounds of golf at Patriot’s Point
*Haircut ($60) and $125 in Products from Salon Couture
*Gift Certificate to Two Brunettes
* Design Consultation from Riverside Designers
*3 training sessions with Strategic Fitness, Old Village Mt. Pleasant (2 packages of 3 sessions)
*2 pair of beautiful earrings from Lil Bit Jewelry
*Several Restaurants and boutique gift certificates still flowing in!

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Posted by on November 24, 2009 in Events, For Foodies, Local Info


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Mount Pleasant Holiday Farmer’s Market

It’s that time again for lights, Christmas music, parties…and the Mount Pleasant HOLIDAY MARKET!  If you’re anything like me, you are already planning your December weekends since it seems as though those days fly by in a completely unique way.  So put this on your calendar!! And come back for more great event news because the entire second weekend in December is packed with not-to-miss events!

Holiday Farmer’s Market

2009 Mount Pleasant Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Show

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Moultrie Middle School, Coleman Blvd.

The Festival is a combination of locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, hot food and homemade preserves. Hand crafted gifts by more than 100 local artisans will include Christmas ornaments, glass work, lighthouses, whimsical holiday crafts, doll clothing, and original art by locally recognized potters, painters and photographers. Live entertainment with a holiday twist will flow through the market.

Children activities will include face painting, a jump castle and a visit with Santa Claus. Santa will visit the market, listen to Christmas wishes and hand out candy canes.

“The Mount Pleasant Holiday Market and Craft Show is at the heart of our town festivities,” said Ashley McKenzie, Community Development and Tourism Officer. “It provides the perfect opportunity for customers to complete their holiday shopping and purchase original pieces from local talents. As always, admission and parking are free and we welcome all residents and visitors to this unique shopping opportunity.”

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Posted by on November 20, 2009 in Events, Local Info


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I’On Yard Sale–THIS Saturday!

I'On Yard SaleIt’s that time of year again–time for the community-wide I’On Yard Sale!  From 8 am until 11 am this Saturday, November 14, you can sift through the gently used items from homes all throughout the neighborhood!!  And with 80 homes currently on the market, you know there will be a LOT of homeowners looking to downsize and sell off some good stuff.  In years past, I have purchased some amazing, designer goods and this year, my husband and I will actually be participating as sellers.  We just gathered up a TON of stuff…8 winter coats, loads of jewelry, an HP printer…so start on Civitas St. and work in from there!  🙂  Since it only lasts 3 hours, you may want to map out your route in advance!

So plan now and make a day of it!  Call up your girlfriends and plan a morning out to scour the neighborhood together.  That way, once you’ve blown your budget on all the great treats, you can stop by Jacob’s Kitchen for a fantastic brunch!  MMMMM…yummy!!

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Posted by on November 12, 2009 in Events, Local Info


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Buy Local Week

If you are not yet a member of Lowcountry Local First, you might have been living under a rock.  The Buy Local, Be Local campaign that they launched earlier this year is one of the catalysts of my current passion push!  First of all, we live in a city where it is almost a crime to eat at a chain restaurant where the vegetables spent more time in a freezer than in the ground.  We have some of the best, most talented chefs in the country and there is just no need to venture away from them.  And secondly, we have absolutely no room to complain about our country, our government, or the state of our current economy if we are not willing to stand up and do what we can.  I believe wholeheartedly that the rest of the National economy could remain unaffected and that Charleston could rise back up independently of what is happening around us as a direct result of our efforts in supporting our local businesses.


Plus, it’s just fun to get on board with people’s dreams, isn’t it? I hope to showcase so many of our neighbors who had an idea, grew it to a passion, and started their business around that. So it may sound a little cheesy but you really are supporting people’s dreams…which is very cool.

So the Buy Local week is officially November 30-December 6 but why wait until then? I am heading out to the Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market on Coleman Blvd this afternoon just to get myself going! Hope to see you there!

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Posted by on November 10, 2009 in Events, Local Info


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Mercy of the Chef

If you are a foodie that is stuck at home during the economic crisis, you are going to LOVE me after this post. I recently discovered the “Mercy of the Chef” night at Fish Restaurant and it changed my life…well, my Tuesdays at least. Chef Nico is able to get as creative as he wants as he presents three different courses of whatever is fresh and often local. The last meal I had consisted of all seafood dishes and they were fantastic. And all of it is only $25!! Yes, $25. You can add wine pairings for only $5 more and, let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you?! So, for $30 each, you can have a super posh date night or foodie-satisfying night out. It’s definitely worth it! Plus, how many opportunities do we really have these days to be surprised anymore? I think I squealed with delight every time a new plate arrived–very exciting!!

See you there tomorrow night!!


Posted by on November 10, 2009 in Events, For Foodies, Local Info


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