We all, at one point or another, have pondered how cool it would be to be on a boat in Colonial Lake. Some of us might have tried it, to limited success and legality, but at this event, it's not only sanctioned, it's encouraged. Just be sure Zordoff, Lord of Colonial Lake, doesn't get ya. Oh, and there's a parade and other stuff going on too.
WHO: Charleston Waterkeeper, because everyone has a right to clean water
WHERE: The Rutledge Street Pond, that random rectangular bit of water near the edge of downtown, it's Colonial Lake
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
It's a 10k, it's a 5k, it's a bike ride. There are prizes, and it benefits a group that gives scholarships to CofC kids with disabilities. What more do you need to know? That there's beer at the end? Ok, there's beer at the end.
WHO: The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation
WHERE: Starts at Cannon Park, crosses the Connector
WHEN: Races start around 8:30 a.m.
It'll be "a loveliness-filled yet wickedly ill land of chill" and there'll be "face-melting, beat-making, heart-breaking, goose-bump prickling, hand-tingling, left/right brain mingling, and yin-yang singling productions." Good enough.
WHO: Lots of bands, the CofC Visual Arts Club
WHERE: The Village Tavern
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, various times
Guy Fawkes was the Brit who tried to blow up London. And his iconic mask is on the Bank Transfer Day movement on Facebook. We're not sure what this painter and photog are revolting against, unless it's boring, ugly art.
WHO: Trident Tech Visual Arts Instructor Scott Wallace
and CRBJ Creative Director Ryan Wilcox
WHERE: Oak Barrel Tavern, 825B Savannah Highway in Avondale
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
The 1996 Baz Luhrmann film was cool, but hard to follow. The Franco Zeffirelli version from 1968 was, well, dry. The Tim Brosnan live version with pork tenderloin dinner bills itself as "accessible to all." Here's hoping.
WHO: The Baillie Players touring theater company
WHERE: Charleston Area Convention Center Ballroom
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
Enjoy all the perks of a celebration of a bountiful harvest — food (duh), bluegrass music, games, horses (it's BYOH, though), kid stuff and holiday shopping — without having to do any of the work of farming. #winning
WHO: Charleston County Park & Recreation Department
WHERE: Mullet Hall Equestrian Center at Johns Island County Park
WHEN: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday
We don't know if he ever did ballet himself, but we think Tennessee Williams would approve of these three New Orleans-based ballets inspired by his plays. Why? They sound awesome, and he loved New Orleans.
WHO: Charleston Ballet, with guest choreographers
WHERE: The Dock Street Theatre
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
Quick primer, from the WikiWiki: "The Sport of Kings." Grass field. Teams of four riders on horseback. Six seven-minute "chukkas." Small ball. Mallets. Goal posts. Also: Live music. Tailgating. Your dog (on a leash).
WHO: Pros and amateurs from all over the world
WHERE: Hyde Park Farm and Polo Club,6763 Davis Road in Ravenel
WHEN: Gate opens at 1 p.m. Sunday, match begins at 3
Ever wanted to climb to the top of a lighthouse? Us too. You can get partway there in the last major lighthouse to be built in the U.S. That's South Carolina for you, always finding its way into the history books.
WHO: Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust
WHERE: Sullivan's Island Lighthouse & U.S. Coast Guard Historic District
WHEN: 1-5 p.m. Sunday
If you make art using water, you're a shoo-in for this group. Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, all good. Come get a sample of what kind of stuff we're talking about, with works by 62 award-winning artists.
WHO: Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
WHERE: City Gallery at Waterfront Park
WHEN: Opens Saturday, with reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.