Local Knowledge: Spring = Fun in Charleston!

This upcoming month must be one of the busiest in Charleton! Starting this week, let’s go pick some strawberries at Boone Hall Plantation! The mild winter temperatures has produced an earlier than normal strawberry crop and as a result the plantation opened their U-Pick strawberry fields on Monday March 26, 2012. Entrance to the U-PIck fields is on Long Point Rd. Hours for U-Pick: 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday.

The Cooper River Bridge Run is on Saturday, March 31. The first race kicked off in 1978. The $3.00 entry fee included a T-Shirt designed by the race director, Keith Hamilton. Race day morning was sweltering hot, 82 degrees.  Olympian (1952, marathon) Ted Corbitt was one of the runners.  A lot of runners fell out from the heat and some had to be hospitalized. The 2012 run is sold out.

The Family Circle Cup gets underway on Saturday, March 31. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the week-long women’s tennis tournament has evolved into one of the biggest events for the local economy. The tennis tournament boasts a prize money purse of $749,160. Over ninety players compete for a piece of that purse each year and battle for one of the most coveted trophies in women’s tennis. The Center for Women is hosting a gourmet buffet style lunch at the Family Circle Cup Sky Suite on April 5th, 11am-3pm. Join C4W staff for a great day of tennis plus a lunch, private cash bar access and complimentary wine tasting provided by Treasury Wine Estates! Tickets are $60 per person.

The Charleston Farmers Market is opening on Saturday, April 7, from 7am to 2pm, at Marion Square. Check out the local food trucks! Every Saturday morning till late fall.

Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton and the Old Village Post House are offering Easter brunch on April 8. Each restaurant will offer a special pre-fixed menu with your choice of an appetizer and entree or add dessert for under $30.

Kiawah Art and House Tour presented by Gibbes Museum of Art is taking place on April 13th. Tickets are $55 per person and includes tour, refreshments and Gibbes Museum admission. Tour five stunning Kiawah Island homes and their unique art collections in the private gated community

Village Playhouse presents God of Carnage, a comedy of manners…without the manners. The opening night is on April 13th. This is a production that truly took NYC by storm smashing all box office records and nabbing Tony Award nominations for all four lead actors –eventually earned the Tony for Best Play, Best Director and Best Actress.

A very exciting event that features culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street is taking place on April 19th. The Gibbes Museum of Art presents Gibbes on the Street- Renovation Celebration. The street party kicks off at 8pm till 10:30pm. Tickets are $100 museum members, $135 non-members.

The Old Village Home Tour in Mt. Pleasant takes place on April 22, from 1pm-5pm! Enjoy a rare opportunity to explore ten picturesque homes and gardens in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, food tastings prepared by local chefs. Artists will showcase their works for sale under tents in Edwards Park. Tickets are available at Abide-A-While, Black Swan Emporium, Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant and the Scratch Pad. Tickets are $45 and proceeds benefit the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Carolina Dirt Fair weekend kicks off on April 27 at 4pm at the GrowFood Carolina warehouse, 990 Morrison Drive in Charleston. This happy hour event will feature “Heroes of GrowFood Carolina,” the chefs from some of Charleston’s best restaurants who have been the early supporters of GrowFood Carolina. Enjoy innovative dishes using local, fresh ingredients from the GrowFood cooler; live music, drinks and tours of the new warehouse. Tickets, which include music, food and beer, are $20; $15 for students.

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