Charleston , S.C. - During the months of March and April, the Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities offer outings to appeal to both residents and visitors alike, including a golf tournament featuring the state's top high school teams, the season opening of the Edisto Island Serpentarium and the Great American Spring Clean-Up. There's also a pre-spring ceremony marking the designation and renaming of Highway 174, the highway that leads visitors onto the island, as a "national scenic byway."
On Saturday, February 20, at noon, a ribbon cutting beside the EdistoIslandCommunity Center will mark the official opening of the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway. The ceremony will celebrate the designation of S.C. State Highway 174 as a national scenic byway, the fourth in the state to be recognized.
For the sports-minded, the Plantation Course at Edisto will host the first annual Lowcountry Invitational High School Golf Tourney. Featuring the top high school golf teams in the state, the tournament is limited to 20 teams who will play in the 36-hole competition. The event is open to the public free of charge. The weekend begins with a practice round on Friday, March 19, and continues on Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21.
Completely renovated in 2006, the course is just minutes from the beach and right across from the Edisto River. Lush greens are surrounded by marshlands that teem with egrets and herons, offering a serene coastal backdrop. Sea breezes give sway to the live oaks, magnolias and palm trees that abound, adding to the challenge of the course, matching well with every level of play. More information about the tournament can be obtained by calling the Plantation Course at 843-869-1111.
Meanwhile, nature lovers may be drawn to some indoor adventure at the Edisto Island Serpentarium, which will open its doors for the 2010 season April 29. New construction is currently in progress at this popular facility, which is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and study of the world of reptiles and is the only such facility in the state. For more information, visit www.edistoserpentarium.com.
To help show off Edisto for these and other spring events on the calendar, on March 20, volunteers will participate in the 2010 Great American Spring Clean-Up, sponsored by Edisto Pride, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. More information can be found at www.preserveedisto.org.
Set in a rare, sparsely-developed corner of the world, Edisto, with its vast green spaces, ancient live oaks, wide open marsh views, and quiet, pristine beach, offers a coastal island experience uncommon today among Eastern seaboard communities. Visitors and residents arrive under a live oak canopy via Highway 174, recently designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway. Here, there's a slower pace of life, coupled with a broad range of year-round recreational activities, all set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. This is the coastal island destination that is said to offer its own "state of mind…any time, any season." For more information, please call the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or 1-888-333-2781 or visit www.edistochamber.com.