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2 Jun 2017
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If you’re in a luxury house on Isle of Palms this weekend, you don’t have to go very far to experience the fun of live music and creative expression.  It’s coming to the beach near you  -  quite literally.

Hazelnut Hang near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

If you happen to be in a Charleston beach house on the IOP this weekend, there’s a fun annual music event going on.  It’s the 12th annual Hazelnut Hang. Sister Hazel is a hard-to-pigeonhole but beloved fan-oriented band who knows how to have fun.  Their single “All For You” reached No. 11 on the Billboard charts.  They’ll be in residence this weekend, now through this Sunday June 4th, at The Windjammer, at 1008 Ocean Boulevard (Front Beach) on the Isle of Palms. They’ve planned a whole weekend of fun, featuring live music by Sister Hazel, Wild Adriatic, and JR Moore from Ingram Hill.  They’re also having the “Lyrics for Life” beach cruise 5K fundraiser along with many other chances to hang with the band, as a true Hazelnut would. SH has chosen a particularly “cool” theme for the weekend  -  “Summer Winterland,” a sort of après-ski vibe with plenty of food, games and activities along those lines. Here’s the band’s site with more on the weekend and ticket info/purchase: Or you can check out The Windjammer at

Hazelnut Hang going on this weekend near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Hazelnut Hang going on this weekend near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Piccolo comes to the beach near your luxury house on Isle of Palms….

Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto are in full swing right now, and the city is abuzz with cultural events of all kinds.  Most take place on and around the downtown peninsula, which is an easy drive from all our SC vacation rentals, whether you’re in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house near Charleston. But if you’re here staying in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, the festival is coming to you.  This weekend is the official Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Contest on the IOP, and it kicks off at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, June 3rd.  Just head out of your luxury house on Isle of Palms and walk, bike or golf cart over to Front Beach to check out the fun. Believe it or not, this marks the 29th annual installment of the competition.  They award a lot of great prizes, not to mention the much-coveted bragging rights.   It’s a very family-friendly event, and if you’re here in a Charleston beach house with a group of friends and loved ones, you just might want to enter a team and give it a whirl. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category: Adult’s event (Ages 21 and older), Family event (At least one adult & one young adult or child), Young Adult’s event (Ages 15 – 20), Children’s event (Ages 14 and under), Best Architectural, Most Creative. Speaking of which  -  entries do get pretty creative, and it’s always a lot of fun to watch the designs develop and unfold from the sands of the island. sand snowman Here’s a list of last year’s winners:

2016 Winners

Best of Children's 1st - Site W - IOP Sunset Stroll - Case Family 2nd - Site 37 - Egyptian City - Polster Family 3rd - Site P - Sand Bowling - Alsheimer Family

Best of Young Adults 1st - Site 15 - & - amperSAND - Haldrup Family 2nd - Site O - Charleston Strong - Alsheimer Family 3rd - Site 14 - Two Feet of Sand - Haldrup Family   Best of Family 1st - Site 27 - Princess Palm - Perrine Family 2nd - Site 25 - Prince of Tides - Case Family 3rd - Site 30 - Beach Ball - Smith / Haldrup Family

Most Creative 1st - Site 22 - Once A Pond A Time - Garbarino Family 2nd - Site 16 - Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like Ali - Haldrup Family 3rd - Site 18 - Venus de Milo - Bozigar Family

Best Architectural 1st - Site 11 - Angor What? Drip Castle - Sease Family 2nd - Site 28 - Spoleto Crab - Freeman Family 3rd - Site 32 - Pigs Invade Charleston - Burt Family   Best of Adults 1st - Site 20 - Lightning McQueen - West Family 2nd - Site L - Angel in a Shell - Sinclair Family 3rd - Site 19 - Trump - Ballou Family

Best of Show - Overall

Site 21 - Hands of God - Charleston Strong - Scheaffer Family

It’s always a hoot to see what people come up with.  Here’s a link with more info… So if you’re heading here to a luxury house on Isle of Palms, gather everybody up and give it a go. Here’s a link to the registration form: And here’s a list of the official rules:  

Word to the wise: book your luxury house on Isle of Palms as far in advance as possible

Due to all the positive press lately, SC vacation rentals are more popular than ever.  If you are interested in rental homes South Carolina, there are a lot of companies out there.  It pays to look around and do your homework about beach rentals Charleston, because there are many companies out there.  Exclusive Properties has been in the biz a good while, and we know the best in luxury beach house rentals SC. So when you’re in the market for a great vacation, call EP for the best in beach house rentals Charleston SC. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger