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A week of great concerts


Charleston has no shortage of great music offerings all throughout the year. The Lowcountry is blessed with many terrific performance venues… and it will get even better when the massive Gaillard Auditorium renovations are complete a year from now (April 2015).

Downtown venues will be abuzz next month as Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto kick off.   But you don’t have to wait that long to hear some world-class music.

Before we get to that, if you are interested in coming for Spoleto, we warned it’s an extremely popular time for SC vacation rentals.    Both Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC fill up fast for festival time.   A luxury house on Isle of Palms makes a perfect home base for a Spoleto stay, so if you are looking for a beach house Charleston SC, call as soon as you possibly can.

But if you are in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC this week, you’re in luck, music-wise. The next three days will see a string of concerts that should please anyone staying in your Charleston beach house.

Here's what's coming up:

Wednesday, April 23rd - Kevin Costner & Modern West

Yes, he’s an iconic actor and director. But according to the man himself, Kevin Costner’s first love is music. He started a country-rock project 25 years ago, but KC & Modern West became a full-fledged touring band nine years ago. So far they’ve produced four albums, and crowds are loving their spring tour. Here’s a link to their site:

Thursday, April 24th - Nickel Creek

This Grammy-winning multi-platinum trio is back together again for the first time since 2007. Their upcoming shows in NYC, Boston and Washington are already sold out, so don’t miss the chance to catch them here. Other tour stops include the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.   Believe it or not, this is the 25th anniversary of NC’s founding - Chris Thile on mandolin/vocals, Sara Watkins on fiddle/vocals, and Sean Watkins on guitar/vocals. Their official site:

Friday, April 25th - Tony Bennett

OK, he’s been a beloved, consummate performer for over SIX decades. He’s won 17 Grammy Awards.   He’s the one-and-only “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” crooner Tony Bennett, and he’ll be here Friday as part of an extensive tour with his daughter and jazz/standards singer Antonia, who opens for her dad.

All three of these concerts take place at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston.   It’s an easy drive from all our rental homes South Carolina, both our Isle of Palms luxury rentals and our Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Doors open each night at 6:30 p.m., and the shows start at 7:30.

Here’s the official NCPAC website with details, ticket info and purchasing:

And when you have a hankering to find the best beach house Charleston, just call Exclusive Properties.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

More upcoming events (Easter, and beyond)


Last weekend it was the World Grits Festival.  Next up, get set to celebrate yet another classic Lowcountry staple/starch.   It’s the Colleton County Rice Festival, going on Tuesday through next Sunday in historic downtown Walterboro.  Believe it or not, this festival is now in its 39th year.

This festival has a lot going for it, including one of South Carolina’s most popular 5K runs, fireworks, live music and other entertainment, a pageant to determine the Rice Queen, a Rice Festival Parade, a dog show, lumberjack show, rides, games, a huge arts and crafts fair, Animals That Educate, and plenty of food, including a special taste of Walterboro event. I imagine many of the dishes will feature - you guessed it - rice. Performers include the East Coast Party Band, Red Eye Ritual and David Cooler, twice named Country Male Vocalist of the Year by the Carolina Music Awards.

You can find more info at:

Walterboro is a doable drive from all our SC vacation rentals, both our Folly beach rentals Charleston and our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

If you’re staying in a Charleston beach house for Easter, there are a couple egg-related events going on tomorrow (Saturday, April 19th).  Two area plantations are having special happenings at no extra charge to their regular admission.

Magnolia Plantation will have the Great Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. There will be different hunts based on children’s ages, and you should arrive 30 minutes ahead of time. Eggbert Hopps, Magnolia’s mascot, will be on hand for pictures. This is a crazy wild guess, but he may be a rabbit. Here’s the plantation website:

And Middleton Plantation is also having an egg hunt, visits with the Easter Bunny, egg decoration, egg toss, egg rolls (the activity, not the Asian appetizer), Colonial games, crafts, story time and live animals, also starting at 10:30. Here’s their website:

Both these plantations are across Charleston and the Ashley River from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, but closer to our Folly beach house rentals Charleston SC.

The weathermen have really been off with the forecast lately, so you’d better check to make sure events go on as scheduled.

Unlike what they said earlier this week, they are now they are saying Easter Sunday may have some rain… but the 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning Easter service with free admission to Boone Hall Plantation will go on, rain or shine.   The tent is very big!   It's in Mount Pleasant and is especially convenient if you’re staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms.

If you are in a beach house Charleston SC, a great thing to do is to head into downtown Charleston for a cultural event.   It doesn’t have to be Spoleto season to see something outstanding.

We’re in the home stretch of a really great musical playing right now at the historic Dock Street Theater.   It’s called “Gershwin at Folly,” and it’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long while.   The show’s been sold out just about every night, and the night we went, people were clambering for seats.

It’s the true story of George Gershwin’s time staying in a beach house on Folly back in 1934.   Here, he got the inspiration from locals and the locale to write his classic musical, “Porgy and Bess.”   There’s wonderful Gershwin music, terrific singing voices, and the cast is stellar. The guy who plays George Gershwin IS GG; he plays the piano live on stage and sings so naturally you forget any sense of acting. The sets are based on the paintings of acclaimed Gullah artist Jonathan Greene. The standing ovation came quickly, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen an audience that touched and uplifted by a live play.

The show is set to close next Saturday, April 26th, so if you want tickets, you may still be able to snag a couple.  The show’s put on by the awesome folks at Charleston Stage:

If you’re Googling “rental homes South Carolina” in hopes of finding a great “beach house Charleston”, hopefully EP will show up high on your radar screen/computer screen.   After all, we have the best luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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

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 *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

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.

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):

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:

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).

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

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