Fun Events in Summerville, SC

Beidler is closed for a few days – Boardwalk is inaccessible

The construction of the new Boardwalk at Beidler has begun, but has been complicated by the arrival of heavy rains.  Right now, the Beidler Forest Boardwalk is inaccessible, so no guests can walk on it. It’s temporary, and shouldn’t last more than a few days. So. . . don’t make a fruitless trip.

Call the Beidler office, (843) 462-2150, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm during the next week (or so!) to make sure that you will be able to access the Boardwalk.


You are cordially invited to attend a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for
the grand opening of

Newk’s Eatery

210 Azalea Square Blvd, Suite D, Summerville

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
3:00 pm
Refreshments provided
Register on line

Chase After a Cure Hosts Multiple Events
for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September has been designated Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Chase After a Cure is hosting a variety of events and promotions to bring attention to childhood cancers. One such promotion is an invitation to children of all ages to answer the question: “How has cancer impacted you?” Children and teenagers can either draw a photo or write a short paragraph explaining the impact of cancer on their lives (personally, a family member, friend). Submissions should be emailed to, Sept. 1-30. Each entry will receive a coupon from Sweet Cece’s Frozen Yogurt for a buy one, get one free frozen yogurt. Chase After a Cure and Sweet Cece’s reserve the right to use submissions and the child’s name and likeness in their marketing efforts, including but not limited to, press releases, media outreach, social media, websites and a display at Sweet Cece’s. One entry per child.
A taste of aging and dementia
“Walk a Mile in their Shoes”
Presented by

Thursday, August 29, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
St. John the Beloved Catholic Church
28 Sumter Avenue, Summerville
Cost: Free

Light refreshments provided

An experience that helps participants understand the impact of changes frequently associated with aging. Participants gain understanding, empathy, patience, and identify strategies/tools that address limitations and unexpected behaviors.

Register via Consult-a-Nurse at (843) 797-3463

Call Lori Mennetti at (843) 847-4475

or Tauna Longest at (843) 276-6357

A Summertime Special:

Buy one, get one free!

In the month of August, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is offering a special discount for garden lovers who want to enjoy the summer sun in America’s oldest garden.

Buy one garden admission for $15 and get the second one free. This offer begins Aug. 1. It expires on Aug. 31. This special admission price can’t be combined with other discounts. The printed ticket is required to take advantage of this buy-one, get-one-free offer. Magnolia will not accept images of coupon on cell phones, ipads or other electronic devices. Click here  for more details and to print the ticket that is redeemable at Magnolia’s ticket booth.

 The Kickin’ Chicken to host month-long

School Supply Fundraiser in August

Students are heading back to school, football season is gearing up and The Kickin’ Chicken team has come up with a fun way to give back to the community.  During the entire month of August, visit any of the five Charleston locations, donate a dollar and get your name on your choice of a Clemson or South Carolina Chickenhead!  All monies raised will be donated to The Teacher’s Supply Closet and the Hootie’s Homegrown Round Up Back to School Basics.  Both organizations provide much needed supplies to students and teachers in high-poverty schools.

Details are here

Fireworks Show at Gahagan

Rescheduled from July 4th

Sunday, September 1, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fireworks display to begin about 8:15 pm

Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex

515 W. Boundary Street, Summerville

Bring blankets, chairs, balls, Frisbees, etc.
No alcohol, pets or personal fireworks.

The Legend Oaks Gives Back Event

September 6 – 8

119 Legend Oaks Way, Summerville

This event includes a tennis tournament, golf tournament, and silent auction dinner

and will support Palmetto House, a program of Crisis Ministries.

Last year’s event was a huge success and raised more than $18,000 for Palmetto House!

If you or someone you know would like to participate, Click here for a registration form

or call Kathy Chickarello at (843) 821-4077 ext. 117. 

It’s a Matter of Life and Limb

Trident Health Offers Free Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Screening

Saturday, September 7, 8:00 am until noon

Trident Medical Center, Ambulatory Care Center

Sometimes known as “poor circulation,” PAD is the most common form of peripheral vascular disease. If left untreated, the disease can lead to complications of the toes, feet and legs. Risk factors include: age greater than 55, history or current smoker, family history of diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or stroke, pain in legs when walking. “A simple screening exam, called an ABI (ankle-brachial index), can accurately detect PAD in most cases,” said Allison Walters, AVP Cardiovascular Services at Trident Health. “This test takes only a few minutes and is completely painless – we call it “noninvasive testing” because it requires no injections or other invasive procedures.” If you have one of the risk factors noted above, register for this free screening by contacting Consult-A-Nurse at 843-797-FIND (3463).
Saturday Morning Guided Bird Walk


Photo of Painted Bunting by Mark Musselman

Saturdays, Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7

7:00 am to around 10:00 am

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Francis Beidler Forest

336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville
Have you ever wondered what Francis Beidler Forest is like at dawn? Join an Audubon naturalist for an early-morning guided walk along the boardwalk in the heart of Four Holes Swamp at Francis Beidler Forest. Dawn in the sanctuary is a special time, and this trip offers you the chance to see the forest at a time of day when few people ever do. On this walk you’ll learn about the identification and ecology of the common birds, reptiles, and mammals that take up residence in this old-growth swamp forest, as well as general information about the swamp’s natural history.$10/person, all ages. Registration is limited to 20 people. Please call the Francis Beidler Forest Visitor’s Center (843-462-2150) to reserve your spot!

Click here to learn more

The Tenth Annual Frances R. Willis SPCA

Paw-Ker Run


Saturday, September 14

(Rain Date, Sunday, September 15)

Registration, 10:00 am

Run Start, 11:00 am

Starts at the Dorchester Shrine Club

2150 Beech Hill Road

(Highway 61 at the intersection of Highway 17-A)

Entry fee is $20 per person and includes a free new-design, custom tee shirt.

Entertainment will be provided by Double Nought Spies, a local rock/blues band.

There will be food, door prize drawings and a 50/50 drawing with cash prizes for first,

second, third place and worst hand. Prize drawing starts at 4:30 pm sharp.

Summerville Rotary Club

Golf Tournament

Thursday, September 19

Shotgun Start at 12:30 pm

Coosaw Creek Country Club

4210 Club Course Drive, North Charleston

Captains Choice Play

Click here for Event Details and Sign-up Form
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity is calling all bakers to be part of the upcoming

Harvest for Habitat event festivities. They are having a cake walk,

and volunteer bakers and their delectable treats are needed!

They are asking for any homemade dessert and the recipe.

All creations are needed to be dropped off at the Habitat offices by

Friday, September 20th before 5:00 pm.  To sign up, please call

Monica Nagy at (843) 851-1414 or e-mail to

For more information about Harvest for Habitat click here.
Sweet Tea Trolley Tour

Historic Summerville, SC

Third Fridays of each month

Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20

Times: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm

Tour Departs/Arrives at the Summerville Visitor Center and begins on the hour.

Take a trip down the Sweet Tea Trail in Historic Summerville,

The Birthplace of Sweet Tea. This 1½ hour guided tour will take you through our

small southern town where tea isn’t the only thing that’s sweet.

You’ll see our lovingly preserved downtown, historic homes, and where

sweet tea first started. Tour starts in the Visitor Center with a

history film from 1939. Summerville’s very own local historian will give a

guided tour on the trolley with a stop at the historic Linwood Gardens.

In case of rain Linwood owner will board the trolley and give oral tour.

Price: $20 plus tax and handling fees. Click here to reserve your seat.

Any questions please call Summerville Visitor Center, (843) 873-8535.


Sponsored by the Summerville Oakbrook Breakfast Rotary Club

and the Summerville Evening Rotary Club. 

Saturday, September 21

Noon to 8:00 pm

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation

5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville

Tickets: $5 at the door

Food, drinks and beer available for purchase.

Read all about it here.
Timrod Fall BBQ Fundraiser

Saturday, September 21, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Rain Date: Sunday, September 22

Timrod Library

217 Central Avenue, Summerville

You are invited to enjoy BBQ, rice and hash, beans, dessert, wine and beer,

and help the Timrod! 100 plates available at only $25 a plate.

All proceeds benefit Timrod’s special projects. The Timrod is not a

public library and depends on dues, fees, gifts, bequests, memorials, and the generosity of

friends for the funding to maintain  and expand its collection  and to preserve its historic building.
Second Annual Coastal Center Cup

Golf Tournament

Saturday, September 28, 9:00 am tee time

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation

5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville

Hosted by The Parents and Guardians Association of the Coastal Center,

an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 1982.

Registration fee is $75 per player or $300 per foursome and includes green fee, cart fee, bag valet, cart signs, scorecards, scoreboards and a Lowcountry shrimp boil immediately following the tournament.  Details and Registration Form
Support the Dorchester Children’s Center

With a Chance to win a Scout Boat!


Scout 151Sportfish w/Trailer and Yamaha F40 Motor

Boat Drawing Tickets-$100.00 each

(only 300 tickets will be sold)

Drawing will be held on

Friday, October 4th

during the Sponsors’ Gala

“Chocolate Indulgence”

at the Dorchester Shrine Club

Winners need not be present to win!

For more information contact Lana Musti, or

Sandy O’Keefe, sandy.o’

or visit the Dorchester Children’s Center website

Chocolate Indulgence

Three C’s Gala

Eleventh Annual Scrumptious

Summerville Kitchen Tour Gala

Friday, October 4, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Dorchester Shrine Club

3250 Beech Hill Road, Summerville

(Located on Highway 61 at the intersection of Highway 17-A)

More details here.

11th Annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour


Home of Dr & Mrs. James McClary, Jr.

124 President Circle

Sunday, October 6, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (rain or shine)

Benefits Children In Crisis, Inc.

The Kitchen Tour is a unique delight for the senses as patrons tour grand homes,

cottages and gardens in Summerville and sample gourmet treats prepared by

premiere Lowcountry chefs. Local musicians are scheduled to perform in each

home or garden and area florists will grace the interior décor with floral arrangements.

This year the route is very historic as the homes have been built on the old

Pine Forest Inn property.

Read more


Would you like to visit Venice Italy?

Travel to Venice this October with

Summerville artist, Helen K. Beacham.

Artists and non-painters are invited.

Details are here.



Free Shag Lessons

Every Monday night

Adult lessons, 7:00 pm

The Summerville Country Club

400 Country Club Blvd, Summerville

Contact Lee Hoff, (843) 214-0242 or

Make sure you are prepared…

With hurricane season here, please make sure to stay up to date on the latest weather developments and take the necessary steps to prepare for a storm. Please also visit to learn more about storm and hurricane preparedness.

Emergency Contact Phone Numbers

Dorchester County Emergency Management, Summerville: (843) 832-0341
Dorchester County Emergency Management, St. George: (843) 563-0341
The Carolina Lowcountry American Red Cross Chapter: (843) 764-2323
Summerville Fire & Rescue Department: (843) 873-5107

Town of Summerville Recreation Programs

The Town of Summerville offers adult as well as youth programs: everything from Private & Group Tennis Lessons all year-round to Junior Team Tennis and Adult League Teams. For all questions, please contact Nancy Sumersett at (843) 270-1017 or the Parks and Recreation Office at (843) 851-5211. Also, click here for more information.


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