Don’t Miss the Annual Spoleto Festival

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Annual Spoleto FestivalIf you want natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. The city is known for its lovely nature, as well as its collection of beautiful historic buildings which make quite an impression on both visitors and natives alike. These things combined with the generous number of stunning venues and the area’s love for the arts make Charleston the perfect location for the annual Spoleto Festival.

 

The Spoleto Festival was created in 1977 as an American counterpart to Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The festival was founded largely by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and Christopher Keene. The two gentlemen sought a place that would offer just as much charm, beauty, and space as Spoleto, and Charleson was the perfect location. Now the program has run for 40 years, providing Charleston natives and visitors a place to catch everything from theatre premiers, symphonies, jazz, opera, dance, and more.

 

This year’s festival begins on May 26, 2017 and runs through June 11th and takes place at venues like the Charleston Gaillard Center, City Hall, and Dock Street Theatre, many of which are just a short drive from Palmetto Ford Lincoln. Visitors can catch things like the US premiere of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace, multiple performances of Waiting for Godot, the Charles Lloyd jazz quartet, and much, much more. For tickets and a full lineup, visit spoletousa.org.

Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k Postponed Due to Hurricane Matthew

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Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k

Note: the Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k has been rescheduled for October 16, due to the imminent threat of Hurricane Matthew. Palmetto Ford is also closed for the rest of the week.

Runners, put on your running shoes, fill up your water bottle and get ready for one of the most beautiful annual races in South Carolina. The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k is back again this October 16 on John’s Island. Walk or run this beautiful organized trek through some of South Carolina’s most breathtaking scenery. The Half Marathon and 5k follow trails that will take you through landscapes of fall foliage, gorgeous old oak trees and enchanting wildlife.

The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k both start at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 16, at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Registration for the half marathon is $40 for Charleston County residents and $48 for everyone else, while the 5k is $28 and $34 respectively. Registration runs through October 7.

Friends and family who aren’t participating are welcome to come along for the experience and enjoy the pleasant fall weather while they wait for their runner or walker to finish. At the end of the race, all can stick around to enjoy a celebratory post-race meal and complimentary live music. This race is one of the most scenic and rewarding of its kind in the area. You won’t want to miss it!

Classic Restaurants In Charleston From Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives

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Everyone loves Guy Fieri on DD&D! Check out some of the places he visited in Charleston, SC. Taken by Wendy Berry. No changes. Copyright 2007.

TV Food Maps is a site that investigates restaurants seen on TV, and they have a particular section on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – which, coincidentally, covers the full range of where we like to take our classic muscle cars for a cruise. If you have a nice vintage car and you’re looking for a suitable place to cruise in your old-school Mustang, check out these recommendations pulled right from the site’s TV-approved archives.

Fuel Cantina

Located inside an old, refurbished gas station, this restaurant is championed by a young chef who dazzles with unique fare benefiting from a Caribbean twist.

Early Bird Diner

You can’t go wrong with this one: a mom-and-pop diner inspired by good ol’-fashioned Southern heritage.

Glass Onion

True Southern cuisine rears its deliciously unhealthy head at this restaurant, which features favorites like the pork loin po’ boy or the crispy chicken leg.

Dixie Supply

Another breakfast joint, you might find some creative dishes tucked in between the traditional favorites on the menu, like a delectable shrimp BLT.

Tattooed Moose

This husband-and-wife duo claims they specialize in “all things bird,” so if you like poultry or duck, you should probably give this a shot.

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives continuously updates as more cool hang-out joints appear on the Charleston, SC map, so keep an eye on them in the future!

Attend the Scottish Games in Charleston This September

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Scottish Games in Charleston

Kicking off on September 15th, the Scottish Games are bound to leave a lasting image in your mind. A rather unique event, the Scottish Games feature a variety of activities that span several days. With the addition of live entertainment, the enjoyment factor can only go up. Designed with attendees of all ages in mind, there’s something for everyone!

The Scottish Games kick off with a Scotch Whiskey tasting at Gage Hall. On September 16th, the Tartan Ball offers a classy atmosphere with a live band and heavy hors d’oeuvres (which are reason enough to go if you ask us). After that, the real entertainment starts.

The piping and drumming competition is one of the largest in the southeast. When it comes to heavy athletics, no people perform quite like the Scottish. The sheaf toss, stone of strength, and caber toss will all be performed by both professionals and amateurs. Shortly after, Scottish dancing presents a different take on the culture.

Saturday brings the after-party and Sunday closes things out with the Kirkin o’ the Tartan. Rathkeltair and Carroll Brown will take the stage with live music straight out of Scottish culture through the Scottish Games.

There are games, crafts, and culture for children as well as an appearance by Ronald McDonald. Children will also be able to watch Border Collie demonstrations.

We here at Palmetto Ford encourage you to attend the Scottish Games in Charleston come this September!