Saturday, May 28, 2011

Charleston's Memorial Day Weekend-Beaches Packed And Spoleto Festival Underway

There was a great start to the Memorial Day weekend activities on the beaches. The Isle of Palms was packed with bathers and spectators alike for the sand sculpting contest. Although storms were in the area, Front Beach was sunny and hot for the affair. Not a huge event compared to other sand sculpting contests on other beaches, but everyone involved had fun, adults and kids alike.

I don't know which entry won, I had other arrangements at 12:00 when the contest was to be completed and the winner chosen. These are some of my picks gathered as I strolled the beach while they were under construction.

One of the entries, a castle like structure, was created by Mitch of Emblers Jewelers, accompanied by Josh and Marc. Mitch informed me that a smaller completed version was at his shop located on Coleman Blvd. So, if you would like to view it you will have to pay his store a visit. Other entries were a copy of Mona Lisa, a bic shaver amidst stubble, ninja turtle, and a portion of a chain. Rachel Mahaffey and Marc Brumbaugh were working on a sculpture of what looked to be a swan, but were not going to be done with it until 3:00 pm.

If today was a precursor of what to expect on the beach front, the next two days will mean packed beaches. If you have beach plans get there early if you want a decent parking spot and an ideal location to plant your beach towel or chair. The weather looks to be good. Rain is no longer in the forecast.

Then, when you are done with the sun, there is plenty to do in Charleston with the Spoleto Festival underway. Exhibits, shows, concerts, and more. You won't have to walk five hundred miles for anything. There is something around every corner to keep you busy, and search as you may, there will be no Proclaimers to be found. Thank Goodness. Just upscale entertainment on tap with some homegrown talent from the Lowcountry.

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