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14 Feb 2020
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This weekend is filled with plenty of things other than SEWE and Valentine’s, and it even offers up a polar plunge. First up, it’s the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you like watching birds, this weekend you can do it to your heart’s content AND help the scientists who help them. It’s the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, going on Friday, February 14th through Sunday February 17th.  Anyone and everyone is encouraged to take part. Basically, you simply track the kind and number of birds that you see in one place, over a period of at least 15 minutes.  It can be at home, work, school  -  wherever you are.  You then enter the information at the official website, Your efforts will provides crucial data that will help scientists study trends in bird populations, habitat changes, range expansions, and any shifts in their patterns of migration. Check out the website for all the details.  And go count those cute birds!  

Beach Lovers Book Club

  This Saturday, February 15th, join fellow avid readers for a lively discussion of one of the hottest books around.  I’m talking about “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens.  You know, the one Reese Witherspoon is making into a movie. A good friend loved the book so much, she got sad as it was coming to an end.  So, as soon as she reached the last page, she started right back at the beginning and read it a second time!  Now that’s a beloved book. This latest installment of the Beach Lovers Book Club meets at the adorable little Poe Branch Library on Sullivan’s Island, the one built into an old bunker.   It lasts from 10:30 a.m. till noon and there will be light refreshments.  

Polar Plunge on the IOP!

  Last but not least, it’s a polar plunge benefiting a good cause. The best known polar plunge around here takes place on January 1st on nearby Sullivan’s Island.  Hosted by Dunleavy’s, it draws thousands to kick off the New Year in grand style.  Basically you get fortified at the pub, then rush into the surf, preferably in costume.  Over the decades it’s been going on, they’ve raised a ton of money for the Special Olympics. Another polar plunge takes place the same day on Folly Beach, this one with an area-resident Bill Murray theme.  You’re encouraged to come dressed as a character from one of his movies. Well, the Isle of Palms has its own polar plunge as well.  It’s taking place tomorrow  -  Saturday, February 15th.  This one benefits the Special Olympics as well. It’s based at The Windjammer on Front Beach, at 1008 Ocean Boulevard on the Isle of Palms.  Co-sponsoring along with The Windjammer is the South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., the polar plunge itself happens at noon, then the party continues after.  This is how organizers describe it:

Held at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, to participate in the Polar Plunge Isle of Palms event, you just need to raise a minimum of $50. This level earns you a free Polar Plunge t-shirt, tickets for food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as door prize tickets.

By “Freezin’ for a Reason” you’re creating more opportunities for determined athletes to experience the life-changing benefits of participating in the Special Olympics.

Read more about it at the official South Carolina Polar Plunge website or their Facebook event page. So count some cardinals, discuss a great book, and either run into the surf or support those who do.  And when you are looking for the best in luxury beach house rentals SC, be sure to give EP a call. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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