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Happy Easter!

This week, known as Holy Week, is spring break for many, as we gear up for Easter weekend. Today we’re having what they’re saying is the last little blast of cool air (highs “only” in the 60’s) before warm days are here for good… or at least for many months to come.

April is such a great time to stay in one of our rental homes South Carolina, either one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or our Folly Beach rentals Charleston.   It’s not yet peak season for beach house rentals Charleston SC, so you can save on rates and deal with smaller crowds and less traffic. And the weather is generally marvelous. Some say it’s their favorite time to be in a Charleston beach house.

The weather for this weekend is looking really good, especially for Easter Sunday. There’s an abundance of great services to choose from, within very close proximity to our SC vacation rentals.

Before I list the schedule, there are a couple worth singling out.    First, if you are an early riser, there will be an ecumenical sunrise service taking place on the beach at Breach Inlet.   It starts at 6:30 a.m. and you are encouraged to bring a flashlight to make your way safely before the sun rises. It’s always a very popular event so you are encouraged to get there early.   This is on Sullivan’s Island, just over the Breach Inlet bridge from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

Also, St Andrews Church invites everyone to their annual Easter celebration service, on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, under the giant white tent behind the main house. It starts at 9:00 a.m. (actually the music starts even earlier - there’s usually some really good bluegrass music early on).  This is also very popular - they expect about 5,000 people, so get there early if possible. If you are staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, just cross the Connector and follow the signs (or the cars!) to Boone Hall Plantation.   The grounds are gorgeous, and you are free to tour them at no charge after the service is over.

Here’s a full list of island services, as compiled by the Island Eye News. These are convenient to your beach house Charleston, especially if you are staying on the IOP.

Ecumenical Easter Service at Breach Inlet


Join the Churches of Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms for a Sunrise Service at Breach Inlet starting at 6:30 a.m. Please dress comfortably for the weather and bring a chair! For more information, contact Sunrise Presbyterian Church at 883-3888.


Sunrise Presbyterian

Good Friday: 7:30 p.m. Service of Shadows
Easter Sunday:
• 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Breach Inlet
• 9 a.m. Celebration of the Resurrection Service
• 11 a.m. Celebration of the Resurrection Service
Sunrise Presbyterian Church is located at 3222 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. For more information, call 883-3888 or visit www.sunrisepcusa.org.

IOP Methodist Church

Holy Thursday: 7 p.m. Joint Service with Pt. Hope UMC
Good Friday:
• 12 p.m. Stations of the Cross on the Beach at 21st Avenue.
• 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prayer Vigil (Sanctuary Open).
Easter Sunday:
• 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. Traditional Services
• 9:30 a.m. Praise/Communion Service in the Fellowship Hall
First United Methodist Church located at 21st Avenue at Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms. For additional information call the Church Office at 886-6610 or www.iopmethodist.com. *Nursery will be provided at all services.


Isle of Palms Baptist


Join IOP Baptist for the community church service on Breach Inlet in front of Sunrise Presbyterian at 6:30 a.m.! The service will be followed by a pancake breakfast at the Isle of Palms Exchange Club. Donations accepted, with all funds raised going to East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO).
Easter Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship service

Isle of Palms Baptist is located at 14th-24th Avenue, Isle of Palms. Evening services are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of the month, and a Men’s Breakfast is held at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. For additional information, call 886-6762.


St. Marks Lutheran
 
Maundy Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Sader (Passover Service).
Good Friday:
• 12 to 3 p.m. Hours of Darkness Vigil – This rotating service that can be joined at any time between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Service rotates every ½ hour.
• 6:30 p.m. Good Friday Worship – Service of Shadows with a reading of the Passion.
Holy Saturday: 6:30 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday:
• 6:30 a.m. ecumenical service at Breach Inlet in front of Sunrise Presbyterian, followed by a pot luck breakfast at the church at 9:30 a.m.
• 8:30 a.m. Easter Service*
• 11 a.m.: Easter Service*
*Flowering of the Cross between services

St. Marks Lutheran is located at 300 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms. For more information, call 886-8557.


Stella Maris Catholic


Good Friday:
• 3 p.m. Liturgy of the Word
• 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday: 8 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday:
• 8 a.m. Mass
• 9:30 a.m. Mass
• 11:15 a.m. Mass
• 5:30 p.m. Latin Mass

Stella Maris Catholic is located at 1204 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. For more information, call 883-3108.


Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal

Holy Week Services:
Monday, April 18, – Thursday, April 21: 7 p.m. Holy Week Service every night
Good Friday: 12 p.m. service in the Historic Church
Easter Sunday:
• 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Breach Inlet with other island churches.
• 8 a.m. Rite I in the Historic Church building
• 9:15 a.m. Family Service in the Traditional Building
• 10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt for all children
• 11 a.m. Rite I in the Traditional Church with a simultaneous Rite II Contemporary Service in the Great Hall.

Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal is located at 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. Nursery is available during the Maundy Thursday and Easter Day services. For additional information, call 883-3586 or visit www.HolyCross.net.


Sullivan’s Island Baptist Church

Easter Sunday: 11 a.m. Easter Service

Sullivan’s Island Baptist Church is located at 1753 Central Avenue, Sullivan’s Island. For more information, call 883-3601. www.sibc.us.


So have a blessed Easter or Passover.  As always, remember to call EP for the best luxury beach house rentals SC. We’ll help you find the perfect beach house Charleston SC for your “framily.”

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Yet more festivals… and farm-fresh food


As if last weekend weren’t busy enough, what with the big four (Cooper River Bridge Run, Flowertown Festival, Family Circle Cup and the Lowcountry Cajun Festival), the fun is cranking up again this weekend.

This really is such an ideal time to be in the Lowcountry. Flowers are blooming, temps are positively glorious, and high humidity is a thing of the past/future.

Last weekend was one of the busiest for rental homes South Carolina, both Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC. The downside is that SC vacation rentals for that weekend always book up early and your selection of a Charleston beach house can be limited at best.

The upside is that pretty much every other weekend this time of year has so much to do.   You’ll have a better selection of beach rentals Charleston and no shortage of great activities.

So if you wisely skipped renting a luxury house on Isle of Palms last weekend and opted to come this weekend instead, good going!  The weather is looking truly awesome, with sunny skies, temps in the low 80’s and a nice breeze.

The powers-that-be made a wise choice in rescheduling the Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival for this weekend.   It’s going on today through Sunday and it should be a hoot.  If you are in a Folly Beach house Charleston SC, you don’t even have to leave the island for a weekend full of Folly fun.

Here’s a link to my previous blog about it (though the dates changed, the schedule’s still the same): http://www.exclusivepropertiesus.com/blog/2014/3/25/sea-sand-festival-time

There’s another festival going on right near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals as well. It’s the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival, taking place today through Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant (2521 Highway 17 North).   It’s grown each year and now boasts several dozen carnival rides, petting zoo, farming exhibit, slide tower, rock climbing, pig races, festival food, strawberry pie-eating contest, strawberry recipe contest, and even a Little Miss Berry Princess contest.

It goes on today till 11:00 p.m., tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon till 7:00 p.m. Here’s the scoop: http://boonehallplantation.com/strawberry_festival_2014

Speaking of Boone Hall, yes it’s a major tourist destination with the famous Avenue of Oaks, plantation home and grounds steeped in 330 years of history.   But it’s also a working farm.   In fact, it’s one of the few places in America that have been producing crops continually for over three centuries, on over 100 acres tucked in the middle of booming Mt. Pleasant. The cool thing is, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the farm-fresh bounty.

They sell their fresh produce at the Boone Hall Farms store, just north up Highway 17 on the right. It functions as a year-round farmers market, specialty food/gift store and cafe.

If you feel like driving a bit, this weekend’s also the 29th annual World Grits Festival in St. George, going on now through Sunday. You can experience everything grit in the town which apparently consumes more grits per capita than any other place in the U.S. Take part in their famous Rolling in the Grits contest, and you’ll appreciate a good shower like never before. (I suggest hosing off first before getting in your car). http://www.worldgritsfestival.com/


Remember to call EP if you’re looking for a beach house Charleston. We may be a little biased, but we believe we have the best luxury beach house rentals SC around.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Farmers Markets are now in season!


In a sure sign that warm weather and longer days are upon us, area farmers markets are opening for the year.


There's nothing like stocking your Charleston beach house with fresh goodies from a farmers market.   It’s one of the best ways to eat healthy, support local growers, and taste what helps make the cuisine of the Lowcountry so delicious.

According to Certified SC Grown, here’s some of what’s being harvested fresh in the month of April: asparagus, beets, cabbage, cilantro, leeks, mixed leafy greens (collard/kale/mustard/turnip), onions, oriental vegetables, parsley, radishes and strawberries.

Two of the area’s largest and best farmers markets are opening this week - one today, one on Saturday. They are easily accessible from all our SC vacation rentals, both our Isle of Palms luxury rentals and our Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.

Today, it’s opening day of the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market - the closest and most convenient to our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.   When you leave your luxury house on Isle of Palms, just head over Breach Inlet to Sullivan’s Island, take the Ben Sawyer Bridge into Mount Pleasant, go a little way till you reach Moultrie Middle School on your left. It’s under the big shelters on the corner, you can’t miss it. It opens at 3:30 this afternoon and will stay open till 7:00 p.m.

Saturday is opening day for the biggie - the 26th annual Charleston Farmers Market downtown, run by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. There will be over 100 different growers, farmers, vendors and artisans selling much more than fresh produce. It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir of your stay in a beach house Charleston.

You’re encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic in Marion Square - there will be plenty of prepared foods to enjoy onsite, as well as live music by Yee Haw Junction.

The group Lowcountry Local First will also be there with local farmers and chefs, fresh samples and “Plow to Chow” cooking demonstrations.   April is “Eat Local Month”, so it’s a great way to celebrate it.

Here’s a rundown of all the local markets:

Charleston Farmers Market
Marion Square
329 Meeting St., Charleston
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Opening day: April 12
724-7305
http://charlestonfarmersmarket.com/

Regular CFM Hours
April 12 - November 29, 2014
Saturdays 8 am - 2 pm, RAIN or SHINE

Sundays During Piccolo Spoleto Festival (9 am - 3 pm)
May 25, June 1 & 8

Holiday Market Hours (9 am - 4 pm)
Saturday, December 6, 13 & 20
Sunday, December 7, 14 & 21

Location:
Marion Square
329 Meeting Street - Charleston, SC 29403
King & Calhoun Streets

Admission: FREE


Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd.
Tuesdays, 3:30-7 p.m.
Opening day: TODAY! April 8
884-8517
https://www.facebook.com/MountPleasantFarmersMarket


Mount Pleasant Towne Center Farmers Market
Theatre Drive in the shopping center.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Opening day: May 10


These are the ones that are particularly close to our Folly Beach rentals Charleston:

Folly Beach Farm & Artist Market
River Park, Folly Beach
Fridays, 4-8 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/FollyBeachFarmMarket


Folly Beach Farmers Market
43 Center St., Folly Beach
Wednesdays, 5-9 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/FollyBeachFarmersMarket

Freshfields Village Farmers Market
149 Village Green Lane, Johns Island
Mondays, 4-8 p.m.
Opening day: June 2
768-6491
http://freshfieldsvillage.com/


MUSC Farmers Market I
25 Courtenay Drive, Charleston
Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
876-3143

MUSC Farmers Market II
171 Ashley Ave., Charleston
Fridays, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
792-1245

Ralph H. Johnson Medical Center Farmers Market
109 Bee St.
Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
789-7607

Goose Creek Farmers Market
150 Howe Hall Road, Goose Creek
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
224-8533

Homegrown Johns Island Farmers Market
3546 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
(336) 601-0605
http://www.johnsislandfarmersmarket.com/


James Island Presbyterian Church Farmers Market
1631 Fort Johnson Road, James Island
Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
795-3111
http://www.jamesislandpc.org/
Opening Day: Apr. 12

John Wesley United Methodist Church
616 Savannah Hwy.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 noon
559-5349

Moncks Corner Farmers Market
Corner of Gulledge and Heatley streets, Moncks Corner
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Opening Day: May 31


North Charleston Farmers Market
4800 Park Circle, Charleston
Thursdays, 2-7 p.m.
Opening day: April 17
745-1028
https://www.facebook.com/NoChasFarmersMarket


Summerville Farmers Market
First Citizens Bank parking lot behind Summerville Town Hall, 200 South Main St.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opening day: April 12
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Summerville-Farmers-Market/274065862658134


Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
2113 Medway Road, James Island
Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Opening Day: March 23
https://www.facebook.com/SundayBrunchFarmersMarket


And remember, call EP for the best in SC vacation rentals - whether you’re looking for luxury beach house rentals SC on the IOP, and or a Folly Beach house Charleston SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger
 

Spoleto tickets now fee-free

 

Hopefully you’re here in one of our SC vacation rentals - either a luxury house on Isle of Palms or Folly beach house Charleston SC - enjoying this extraordinarily fun-filled weekend.

Considering the Cooper River Bridge Run, Flowertown Festival, Family Circle Cup and the Lowcountry Cajun Festival are all going on this weekend, no wonder our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly Beach rentals Charleston booked up so fast.   They’re expecting almost 40,000 for the Bridge Run, and 200,000 folks will be converging on Summerville for the Flowertown Festival alone.

I just talked with one out-of-town visitor at the Bridge Run Expo. She said she booked her Charleston beach house last August…. then quickly added, she’s planning to lock it in for next year now.

Not to sound like a broken record, but if you are interested in rental homes South Carolina for the prime times of the year, you’re very wise to call early. That way you can lock in your choice of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or our Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC, ASAP, before they get snatched up.

Another prime time here in Charleston is coming up fast - Spoleto Festival USA.  This world-class festival of the arts (music, theater, dance, you name it) will place May 23rd through June 8th.  If you’re interested in Sploeto tickets, you’d better act fast on that one, too.

One of the most convenient ways to buy tickets is through their website, where you can easily see venue seating charts and choose your seats. In the past, they’ve added fees when you did so -- rather annoying shipping, handling, online fees. In a nice bit of good news, organizers announced a new policy this year where they are no longer charging such extra fees for online ticket purchases.

Yay for no fees!

Here’s a link to the official Spoleto Festival website, where you can access the full schedule and now buy tickets, fee-free: http://spoletousa.org/current-season/shows/

A beach house Charleston of course makes a great home base for a Spoleto experience. Most of the events are on the peninsula, a convenient drive from the beaches.

Remember to call EP for the best in luxury beach house rentals SC - if not for this year, then for next! It pays to plan ahead.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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