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22 May 2020
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Several of the major tourist attractions in and around Charleston are now open or will be opening very soon. Governor Henry McMaster officially announced yesterday that attractions can begin reopening to the public this weekend.  As a result, several are swinging open the doors right on cue, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.  

Check out what’s now open, or soon will be…


Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum – will be open this weekend during normal hours.  Some indoor exhibits with particularly close quarters like the Clamagore submarine will be closed until further notice;

Boone Hall and Drayton Hall  -  opening today (Friday, May 22nd);

The South Carolina Aquarium  -  opening this Saturday.  Perfect timing since it is their 20th anniversary!   You’ll need to buy tickets online for a specific date and entry slot (spaced an hour apart, beginning with 9 a.m., ending with 4 p.m.);

Cypress Gardens – will open Tuesday, May 26;

Middleton Place and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens  -  their grounds on have been open since May 1;

The Charleston Museum – will likely open next Wednesday;

Joseph Manigault House will begin offering tours June 1; 

Heyward-Washington House  - June 15;

Palmetto Carriage Works – taking reservations for private carriage tours starting tomorrow (Saturday, May 23rd).

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Spoleto at Home

  Today was to have been opening day for Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto.  Along with almost everything else, they had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. But that hasn’t stopped Spoleto completely.  Organizers have arranged for some virtual Spoleto concerts, performances and talks for you to enjoy from home, or as they call it, “Spoleto at Home.” Just like the festival, it lasts from May 22nd through June 7th. Here is how they describe it  -  "This is your all-access invitation to Spoleto at Home—17 days of virtual programming you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own living room! Tune in for original concerts, best-of Chamber Music hits, and insightful conversations with Festival artists. All programs are free to experience; no tickets required!" Here’s a link to Spoleto at Home.  You can also sign up for email alerts for upcoming events.  Also, check out the Post & Courier’s coverage of Spoleto at Home by Adam Parker.  

No Intermission

  Along the same line of thinking, and to fill the void left by Spoleto’s cancelling, the Post & Courier has been sponsoring a series of online events.  Called “No Intermission,” one happens every day at 2:00 pm, through the middle of June.  They feature local musicians or theater professionals, and the series offers a way for them to connect to audiences during the pandemic. Click here to access the episodes.  They have already done 43 of them, and you are welcome to watch any or all of them. So you can experience Spoleto virtually from home if you’d like.  Or come in person, as area attractions are increasingly now open once again.  And be sure to call EP if you’d like to stay in one of our SC vacation rentals while here. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger