Hidden Gem: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Edisto Beach

Charlotte Magazine — When you book a beach getaway, your expectations probably feature a worry-free state-of-mind, unparalleled bliss, and the calming sound of waves crashing against the shore… not fighting for a small square of space on the sand among hundreds of other people who had the same idea. 

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This summer, take the beach road less traveled and bring your best swimsuit to Edisto Beach in South Carolina. Read the article on Charlotte Magazine…

Edisto is Warming Things Up for a Robust Summer Season

Edisto Island, S.C., 2018 – The Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities will soak up the longer days of late spring and summer with fun events and seasonal favorites that capture the spirit of this quiet coastal island destination in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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The Arts and Crafts Market at Bay Creek Park, featuring the varied talents of many local artisans, is held every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April through October. Bay Creek Park is located at 3706 Docksite Road and is adjacent to The Marina at Edisto Beach. The market is sponsored by the Town of Edisto Beach. For information on becoming a vendor, call 843-869-2505.

The first of June sees the return of the annual Jennie Gowan Memorial Art Show. The summer exhibition will be held at the Edisto Beach Civic Center, located at 42 Station Court, on June 2 and June 3. For more information, visit www.edistoartguild.com.

One of Edisto’s most popular events, BINGO, begins on June 5 and will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday evening through August 2. Two Wednesday dates have been added this year…July 11 and 18. Doors open at 5:30 pm and games start promptly at 6:00 pm. BINGO is always held at the Edisto Island Lions Club, located at 2907 Myrtle Street, and offers fun for all
ages.

June also marks the start of Arts in the Park. The first event will be held on June 6 and will feature the Appalachian Ballet Company “Bluejeans and Ballet.” On July 8, the Edisto Gumbo Band will perform. The event on August 12 will feature the Edisto Jazz Group. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, a picnic supper, and beverage of their choice as they enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment. The events start at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at Bay Creek Park, located at 3706 Docksite Road. For more information, visit www.edistoartguild.com.

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust Cocktail Party and Auction will be held on June 23 at 6:30 p.m., at the Edisto Beach Civic Center, 42 Station Court. This popular event offers wonderful food, libations and a wide variety of silent and live auction items. All proceeds will benefit the EIOLT’s efforts to conserve land on our beautiful island. For more information, call 843-869-9004 or visit www.edisto.org.

On June 9, Edisto Watersports & Tackle will sponsor the Annual Shark Tournament. For more information, call 843-869-0663 or visit www.edistowatersports.net.

It’s Warm Outside, and Edisto’s Ready for an Early Spring

The Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities are in early bloom and ready, set with activities on this otherwise quiet coastal island destination in the revered South Carolina Lowcountry.

To get into the swing of spring, the Edisto Island Historical Preservation Society’s History Harvest Festival will be held March 10 at the New First Missionary Baptist Church from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Live music, including gospel performances, plus children’s games and a hot dog lunch will fill the day. Residents of Edisto will be given the opportunity to have their family’s historic treasured photos and documents scanned and preserved. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.edistomuseum.org.

That same day, March 10, the Second Annual Green Boat Macapalooza will be held at 1 p.m. Anyone with an unusual or one of a kind macaroni and cheese recipe is encouraged to enter the cook-off. The entry fee is $20, and prizes will be awarded. Everyone in attendance will have the chance to sample all entries – 10 tastes for $10. This novel and tasty mac-off will be held at the Green Boat Discount Liquor parking lot. Visit https://www.facebook.com/greenboatdiscountliquor/ or call 843-631-5100 for more information.

The iconic “On Golden Pond,” presented by the Edisto Art Guild Players, will begin March 15 at 6:30 p.m. with the annual dinner theater. Other performances will be held March 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. This event will be held at the Edisto Civic Center located at 42 Station Court, Edisto Island. For more information, visit www.edistoartguild.com.

On March 17, residents and guests are invited to lace up their running shoes and get stepping in the Seventh Annual Edisto Beach Road Race, sponsored by the Edisto Chamber of Commerce. The 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. and will route along Big Bay Creek and beach side streets. For registration information, visit www.runsignup.com. Early registration is recommended.

Immediately following the race, a Fundraising Festival will be held at Bay Creek Park at 3706 Dockside Rd. The festival will kick off at 11:00 a.m. with the announcement of the morning’s race winners. Other festivities for the day include a live band, food, arts, and crafts vendors, and St. Patrick’s Day themed fun. All proceeds will benefit Edisto United. Visit www.edistochamber.com
for additional information.

On March 31, local and talented artisans will display their creations at the Edisto Art Guild’s Spring Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the event will take place at the Edistonian General Store, located at 406 Highway 174 on Edisto Island. For more information, visit www.edistoartguild.com.

April brings the return of the very popular Arts and Crafts Market. Located at Bay Creek Park at 3706 Docksite Rd, the market showcases local artisans with a wide variety of items for sale. The market will be open every Wednesday through October, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more
information, call 843-869-2505 or visit www.townofedistobeach.com.

On April 21, golfers are invited to come out for a worthy cause. Hosted by the Plantation Course at Edisto, the Chickenman Memorial Golf Tournament is a fundraiser benefitting the Leland Vaughn Baseball Scholarship at Presbyterian College. The tournament is open to the public. For more information, call 843-869-8111 or email chickenmanmemorial@gmail.com.

May brings the return of the popular Edisto Day Bazaar. The annual event, which is always held on the first Saturday in May, will take place this year on May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Edisto Lions Club, 2907 Myrtle Street. This fun-filled day attracts all ages and features an arts and crafts fair, white elephant sale, boutique, gently-used household items, baked goods, and a café with a variety of tasty morsels.

May will also usher in a new event on Edisto. The First Annual Edisto Island Classic Stand-up Paddleboard & Kayak Race will take place on May 12 at Edisto Watersports and Tackle, located at 3731 Docksite Road. Awards will be presented at Dockside Restaurant following the race. Those interested may register at www.paddleguru.com/races/EdistoIslandClassic2018.

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, 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.

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Edisto Set to Ring in the Holidays with Seasonal Favorites

Edisto Island, C.C., 2017 – The Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities are revving up for the holidays with seasonal favorites, starting with an event celebrating the history of this treasured coastal destination in the South Carolina Lowcountry, followed by a return of the island’s late in the year traditional festivities.

On November 16 at 7:00 p.m., Mary Elliott, Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will cover the importance of preserving family artifacts, documents, and photos that reflect Edisto’s history. This presentation, which will be held at the New First Missionary Church, located at 1644 Highway 174, is part of the Edisto Island
Historic Preservation Society Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.edistomuseum.org.

A prelude to the upcoming holidays will showcase Bergen Baker and James Barnett, who will return to Edisto for their third annual musical performance on Saturday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 1589 SC-174, Edisto Island. “THIS LOVE”, a musical concert, will feature classical selections from Italian and German opera as well as American musical theater and cabaret favorites. Dessert and refreshments will be served during and after the performance. A free will offering will be collected at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Good Samaritan Free Clinic on Edisto.

Thanksgiving weekend brings two special open house shopping events featuring plentiful gifts for holiday giving. The Edisto Museum Annual Open House and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 24. More information is available at www.edistomuseum.org.

The same day, With These Hands Gallery Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, November 25, the Giving Tree will be unveiled. All proceeds from ornaments sold on the tree will be donated to Edisto United, whose holiday mission is to help families and children in need this season. For more information, visit www.withthesehandsgallery.com.

The weekend after Thanksgiving also brings the return of the Flowers Seafood Annual Oyster Roast. This traditional event, now in its fifth year, will be held on Saturday, November 25, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. For more information, call Flowers Seafood at 843-869-0033.

To celebrate the Christmas season, Trinity Episcopal Church will host “An Edisto Christmas” on November 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This first annual event will present holiday entertaining and décor ideas, a marketplace with goods for sale, a silent auction, and a luncheon reception featuring food and holiday music. Tickets are $40/each and can be purchased at With

These Hands Gallery or by calling 843-869-3337. Proceeds will benefit the Edisto Island Home Mission Team and the Edisto Island Food Pantry.

On December 2 from 4 to 8pm, Oysters, Cocktails and BBQ, presented by Edisto United is set to warm up the season. Live music, cocktails, oysters and barbecue, as well as raffles and giveaways are in the lineup at Bay Creek Park (beside The Marina at Edisto Beach). Tickets are available in advance at McConkeys Jungle Shack & With These Hands Gallery. For more information, visit www.edistochamber.com.

On Sunday, December 3, the Edisto Community Chorus will offer an evening of Christmas music starting at 7:00 p.m. The annual concert will be held at the Edisto Beach Baptist Church, located at 414 Jungle Road on Edisto Beach.

The Edisto Community Weekend Christmas Celebration is planned for Friday, December 8. Starting at 12 noon, the “Holiday Market and Mingle” at Bay Creek Park will feature live music, arts and crafts vendors, baked goods, and much more. From 1 to 3:30 p.m., a Holiday Nature Crafts Class will be held. Edisto Rocks will be there to assist all who want to paint and hide their own rock, which has become a big social media trend. The Christmas tree lighting,
followed by the boat parade, will close out the robust day.

Happy holiday festivities will continue Saturday, December 9, with the 27th Annual Edisto Christmas Parade. The parade will start at 2:00 p.m. at the 600 block of Palmetto Boulevard along Edisto Beach and end at the Pavilion, near Edisto Beach State Park. Santa will be available after the parade at the Pavilion dining room to visit with all the children. For additional information, visit www.edistochamber.com.

Later on Saturday at 6pm, the Annual Edisto Auction will be held at Ella and Ollie’s Restaurant, 21 Fairway Drive. The event will again benefit local teen Riley Davis, who has been struggling with a debilitating illness, and her family. The restaurant will offer a pig-pickin’ barbeque, and cash bar. A robust live and silent auction is also on deck.
The event is sponsored by the Edisto News. For more information, contact the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843- 869-3867.

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 alike enjoy 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 visit www.edistochamber.com.

Edisto Continues the “Comeback” and Fills the Calendar with Spring Events

Edisto Island, S.C., 2017 – Just days away from “official” spring and with longer days leaving more time to explore, the Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities are gearing up for the new season as the significant $17 million beach re-nourishment project, designed to restore and protect the shoreline here, is soon to be complete. The project, which started mid-January, should be done in time for this quiet beach and island community to welcome visitors back to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year.

Spring Events

Among a roster of events designed to enjoy the idyllic spring temps, April welcomes the return of the Arts and Crafts Market at Bay Creek Park, which features the work of local artisans. This market is held every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 3706 Docksite Road, Edisto Beach, from April through October.

Beginning April 14, The Marina at Edisto Beach and Pressley’s at the Marina will sponsor “Music at the Marina” every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the summer. Guests can enjoy music, drinks and light dining on the dock. For more details, visit www.themarinaeb.com/event-schedule.

On April 15, the Edisto Art Guild will once again hold the Art Guild Spring Show and Sale on the lot next to the Edistonian General Store. This popular open air spring festival, featuring only handmade crafts by talented vendors, will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867.

That same day, the Edisto Indians will return to Edisto for a Natchez-Kusso Indian Cultural Festival. This event will be held at Bay Creek Park on April 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will include ceremonial dancing, drum circles, and speakers describing the life and culture of Indians along the Edisto River. Local artifact hunters will display treasures and Indian lore found along the Edisto River system. For more information, contact the editor@edistonews.com.

Later that month, on April 23, Chamber Music Charleston will return to Edisto for a concert at the Presbyterian Church, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance online at www.chambermusiccharleston.org or $25 at the door on the day of the event. This event is sponsored in part by the Edisto Art Guild.

The 3rd Annual Edisto Beach Dolphin Slam will take place on April 29 at The Marina at Edisto Beach. Boats from Bohicket and Edisto will be competing, and prizes will be awarded for the heaviest dolphin fish. For more information, call the Marina Ship Store at 843-631-5055 or email themarinaeb@gmail.com.

On May 6, the annual Edisto Day Bazaar will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lions Club, located at 2907 Myrtle Street, Edisto Beach. Promising something for everyone, there will be an arts and crafts fair, a women’s boutique, a merchant’s raffle, a household items sale, homemade baked goods, and lunch offerings from the KD Café. The bazaar is sponsored by the
Whatsoever Circle of the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons. Proceeds will benefit humanitarian and service projects for the residents of Edisto.

On May 7, the Edisto Island Open Land Trust Legacy Live Oak Dedication and Conservation Celebration is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Indigo Farms. Visit www.edisto.org or call 843-869-7820 for details.

On May 27, the Edisto Beach Fire Department will sponsor its Annual Fish Fry. The event is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lions Club, located at 2907 Myrtle Street. There will be an arts and crafts fair, as well as fire truck rides along the beach for the children.

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, 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 yearround 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.

The Coast is Clear at Edisto – Just in Time to Spread Holiday Cheer

The Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities have been busy cleaning up and clearing out since Hurricane Matthew blew through in early October, and now they’re ready to celebrate the holidays, island-style. This beautiful coastal treasure is a popular destination year-round, but shines even brighter during the holidays. The abundant natural resources combine with annual celebrations that capture both the beauty and spirit of this quiet costal island destination in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The season begins with special shopping events Thanksgiving weekend and leads up to a benefit concert to help hurricane victims on December 12. Read more…

Summer/Fall Events at Edisto Highlight Beauty and Bounty of the Island 

With the return of seasonal favorites, the Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities will relish summer days and set the compass for the start of a busy fall season. From fishing tournaments, fresh seafood, local wares, and historic plantations, the full lineup of seasonal events encourages residents and visitors to soak up the natural splendor of this quiet coastal island destination in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Edisto Soon to be in Full Bloom with Spring Events

Edisto Island, S.C. – As the days get a bit longer and the temperatures soon start to rise, the Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities have plans in place to make the most of this pristine time of the year. Spring is set to fully blossom with events that showcase the natural beauty and charm of this quiet coastal island destination in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Read more…