Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament-Oct. 7-11, 2009

It's that time of year again. Time for the Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament held out on Seabrook Island, SC. This year's event will take place October 7-11, 2009

The senior state tourney is open to men and women from 40 years old to over 80. There will be 42 events including singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

For more information about the Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament, now in its 26th year, read this Island Connection article.

Visit to register for the tournament.

See you on the court!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

FREE concert Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform on Saturday, October 3, 2009 on the lawn of the Seabrook Island Real Estate Office.

Pack up your picnic baskets. Throw in your blankets and/or lawn chairs. You'll not want to miss this opportunity to hear beautiful music amid beautiful surroundings. And it's FREE!

The concert titled "Some Enchanted Evening" begins at 5:30 p.m. and is presented by the Town of Seabrook Island and Seabrook Island Real Estate. In case of rain, a rain date has been set for October 4, 2009.

Seabrook Island Vacation Home for Rent!

Come explore Seabrook Island, SC and the Charleston area. I've got the perfect place for you to rent...okay so I'm a little biased. You be the judge.

Watch this new home tour video of Our Great Escape at Seabrook Island, SC:

When you rent Our Great Escape at Seabrook Island, you'll be a block from the beach boardwalk, less than a minute's walk to the neighborhood pool (open from March to October), and a short bike ride to the new Lake House facility.

Isn't it time you planned your next escape?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall Home Tours, Concerts, and Other Special Events

Fall is a great time to visit Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding islands.  Below is just a sampling of what's happening in the Lowcounty! 

Isn't it time you planned your visit?

  • September 24 - October 25, 2009
    Annual Fall Tours of Homes & Gardens  (Thurs., Fri. Sat and Sun. only) The Preservation Society
  • September 24 through October 4, 2009
    Moja Festival
  • September 26 and 27, 2009
    Charleston's Museum Mile Weekend
    A single pass will allow visitors complimentary admission at twelve sites along Meeting Street.
    Museum Mile Weekend passes are available online at
  • August 14-October 11, 2009
    2009 Coastal Living Idea Cottage in I'On
    Home tour tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased on line at
  • October 9-11, 2009
    Taste of Charleston:  This three-day celebration of Lowcountry cuisine is hosted by the
    Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) and will feature some of
    Charleston's finest, nationally renowned chefs.will take place from. For the event schedule and ticket pricing, visit GCRA's website.
  • October 1-31, 2009
    Fall Festival at Boone Hall:  A must-do fall experience in the Lowcountry.  Last year over 20,000 people enjoyed the festivities.  Visit Boone Hall's website.
  • October 3-31, 2009
    Charleston Corn Maze: Visit Legare Farms' annual 'Amazing Maze in Maize' and Pumpkin Patch.  Please come out to Johns Island and visit a family owned and operated working farm.
    * Pick your own pumpkin!
    * Take a scenic hayride!
    * Try your hand at the Balloon Launch!
    * Hit a pumpkin, win a pumpkin.
    * Make your own Scarecrow!
    Legare Farms' website
    has more details.
If music and performance arts are more your style, check out the upcoming shows at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center:
  • The Avett Brothers, Sept. 17, 2009
  • Jamie Foxx,  Sept. 20, 2009
  • Loggins & Messina, Sept. 22, 2009
  • Willie Nelson and Friends, Oct. 16, 2009
  • Kathy Griffin, Oct. 18, 2009
  • Camelot, Best of Broadway 2009-2010, Oct 20-21, 2009
  • MercyMe with special guest FEE & Jonny Diaz, Oct. 23, 2009
  • REO Speedwagon & Styx
  • with special guest NIGHT RANGER, Oct. 29, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Loggerhead Turtles at Risk

An recent article posted by the Associated Press reports findings by the federal government that concluded loggerhead turtles could face extinction. 

To read the article, click here.

Seabrook Island: Loggerhead Turtle update

The 2009 turtle hatching season on Seabrook Island is coming to a close.  An inventory of Nest #35 on September 6, 2009 was not a let-down for the crowd that had gathered to witness the "checking of the nest."  Two hatchlings were found alive and were carefully escorted to the wide open ocean.

To read more on this loggerhead turtle nesting season, visit Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol's website.

Visit Turtle Tracks to learn about loggerhead turtles on neighboring Kiawah Island.

Learn more about Fripp Island's Turtle Nest Protection Program and the 27 nests they found this year by visiting the Turtle Nest webpage.

Additional information about loggerhead turtles along the South Carolina coast can be found here.  Patti Romano, author of the article, is also a big part of Planet Bonehead, an educational environmental tv show for kids.

South Carolina Wildlife

I found a great wildlife website recently.  The Kiawah Island Nature Program posts frequently with wildlife sightings from around the island.

Check out the "Wildlife: As We See It" site to see what creatures the naturalists have observed recently.  You'll learn a lot about the wildlife that can be found on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Concert Alert: REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Night Ranger

It seems everything old is new again. Or perhaps many of us are just trying to recapture our youth.

Regardless if you are old or young, seeing REO and Styx live in concert is a great way to spend an evening out.

Here are the details:

REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Night Ranger will roll into the Lowcountry on Thursday, October 29, 2009 for a 7 pm concert at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Tickets range from $40-75.00 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

For this holiday weekend only, all seats in the 200 level are half off--only $20 (plus applicable fees). Enter the "Labor Day Weekend Promotion" code to purchase discounted tickets (*hint* the code is the five lettered word in this holiday weekend's name-LAB_ _ ).

This discount offer is only good Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7 at 10 pm.

"Giada's Weekend Getaways"

How did I miss that Giada DeLaurentiis of the Food Network had visited the Charleston area?

Get your tivo programmed for September 26, 2009, 4 a.m. EST. That's when "Giada's Weekend Getaways" television show will feature Charleston and the Lowcountry.

Charleston shrimp and grits with tasso blue crab gravy is the special recipe for the episode.

Click here
to go to the episode guide for Giada's getaway to Charleston.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Kiawah Island Marathon-continued

Update from Charleston's Post & Courier newspaper:

Marathoner and running writer, Hal Higdon, will conduct a book signing event prior to the Kiawah Island Marathon. Book signing will take place at the packet pickup on Dec. 11, 2009.

Celebrate at the post-race Lowcountry Bash on Dec. 12, 2009, where Mr. Higdon will be speaking.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Kiawah Island Marathon

On your mark...get set...GO!

If you haven't started your marathon (or half marathon) training, it's time to kick it into high gear. The Kiawah Island Marathon is just around the corner.

The 32nd Annual Kiawah Island Marathon will be held December 12th, 2009. While "open" registration for both the half and full marathons is closed, you can still enter the race by purchasing accommodation/race packages through the Kiawah Island Resort.

The Kiawah Island Marathon begins at the East Beach Conference Center, runs out to the famous Ocean Course Golf Course, back to the conference center and repeats (the full marathon is a double loop design). The course is scenic, flat, and fast. Just what runners appreciate! The KI Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

If running is not your sport, consider being a race cheerleader! Spectators are allowed along certain parts of the course (be sure and confirm which sections are available for spectators). Having run two marathons, I can honestly say there is nothing more revitalizing as hearing claps and cheers. Spectator support helps a runner stay focused on the finish line (especially around mile 21!).

And, remember, if you missed the entrance deadline for this year, there's always next year! Marathon information usually comes out in early August of each year.