In Around Town this month, we’re highlighting a place you might not even know exists, and an event that you may very well overlook. Both of these can be enjoyed by all, no matter your age, gender, or interests. Okay, maybe if you really, really dislike birds, one won’t be for you. Without further ado, we encourage you to make time to visit The Center for Birds of Prey….and don’t forget to put the North Charleston Arts Festival on your calendar!!
North Charleston Arts Festival
Do we have any art lovers out there? Yes, the world renowned Spoleto Festival is right around the corner, but don’t overlook the North Charleston Arts Festival taking place May 1-9. Obviously, Spoleto can’t be topped, but affordability is an issue with the festival, and North Charleston has worked hard to provide a wide array of exhibits for completely free or very moderately priced.
What’s there to do? Holy cow, there’s just too much to list. And it’s all on their website, so why recreate the wheel? (But just to give you a taste: street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops, demonstrations, and SO. MUCH. MORE.)
When and where does this all go down? May 1-9…the Main Event is held the first weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and the Charleston Area Convention Center. The Grande Finale is at North Charleston Riverfront Park and features performances by professional groups and Tri-county schools, children’s activities and fireworks over the Cooper River. Lots of stuff going on in between at a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.
How much is this going to cost me? That’s the great news—much of this is completely free and if it’s not, it’s affordable. Check out the website. All the details are there.
The Center for Birds of Prey
The Center for Birds of Prey is one of Charleston’s hidden treasures. Maybe you’re unsure of why you should care about birds (we all should, and you’ll find out why!). Maybe you love birds and want to teach your children or grandchildren about them. Regardless, everyone should visit this facility at least once. The 152-acre Avian Conservation Center site is surrounded by the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest. It is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 17 and located in Awendaw, SC–check it out!
What’s there to do? Take a tour, enjoy flight demonstrations, explore exhibit areas, visit the owl woods. Enjoy beauty and nature…
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