McKay Communications To-Do List: April 23-29, 2012

Tuesday 4.24
What: Mayer Hawthorne and the County
Where: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St.
When: 8p.m.
How: Come see for yourself the latest heir apparent in the great Motown revival. Hawthorne’s on the road supporting his recent release, How Do You Do, which also marks his major label debut.

Thursday 4.26
What: Bambu’s Best in Show
Where: Bambu, 604 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
When: 5:30p.m.
How: A fundraising bash for the upcoming Charleston Dog Show, this party features a spring canine fashion show and competition with area guest judges and a Top Model award. Admission includes appetizers, beer and wine. Canine model entry fees are $15 per pup.

Friday 4.27
What: Second Annual Show of Strength Art Show
Where: Hollings Cancer Center, 86 Jonathan Lucas St.
When: 6p.m.-10p.m.
How: The annual art show, sale and silent auction in partnership with Art Mag, to benefit the Integrative Cancer Care. The ICC is a cancer support center specializing in nutritional counseling, oncology massage, hair loss solutions and mastectomy products. Join in for live music, cocktails and sushi bar! Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Saturday 4.28
What: Gypsy Lady Sale
Where: 977 Mt. Vernon Dr., James Island
When: 10a.m.-5p.m.
How: A backyard sale never looked so good! Check out designs from alice & daisy (vintage), Cavortress, gypsy baby, Gypsy Lady Antiques, Heirloom House, Hollie Wood Style, Runaround Sue vintage, Spilt Milk (a vintage children’s collection) and Style Stash (men’s vintage clothing). Rain date is Sunday 4.29. Free.

Sunday 4.29
What: 25th Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival
Where: Memorial Waterfront Park, Mt. Pleasant
When: 11:30a.m.-6p.m.
How:The annual Blessing of the Fleet began in 1987 to support and recognize local shrimpers. Participants can look forward to a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet, savory seafood samplings sold by some of Mt. Pleasant’s best restaurants, live music, an arts/crafts show, Shag and shrimp-eating contests and more family-friendly activities. Proceeds benefit the local shrimping industry.

McKay Communications To-Do List: April 16-22, 2012

Monday 4.16
What: “The Garden Summer” Showing
When: 7p.m.
Where: The Sottile Theatre, Downtown
How: Find out how Hailey Wist and four suburbanites lived on a rural ranch in Arkansas. Learn about this grassroots, community-based, social experiment and understand the importance of using our world’s natural resources wisely. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door at 6pm. Bring your CofC ID or Charlie Club card for free admission!



Tuesday 4.17
What: Leftover Salmon
When: 8p.m.
Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., James Island
How: We really can’t think of a more diverse combination of music than bluegrass, Cajun, funk, Southern rock, boogie, Caribbean, Latin, and jazz influences. Have everyone’s music tastebuds satisfied by Leftover Salmon on their National Tour. Get fishy for $25 tonight at the Pour House.




Wednesday 4.18
What: Spoleto Scene Kickoff Party
When: 6:3 p.m.
Where: 14 George St., Downtown
How: We can’t wait for Spoleto 2012, and we know you can’t either. Enjoy tasty food and drink while you get yourself pumped up for Spoleto season. This event is $20 for non-members, call 843.579.3100 for more information.


Thursday 4.19
What: Charleston Home Builders Association’s First Annual Cornhole Tournament
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Charleston Home Builders Association, 672 Marina Drive
How: Join the committed members of the Charleston HBA in their first-ever Cornhole Tournament. Play for $40 per two-man teams, which includes admission for two, dinner and beer/wine. Winning team members will receive a customized cornhole board! Don’t fret if you ain’t the cornhole-playin’ kind…enjoy the perks of the tournament for $10. Reservations and advance payment required by Tuesday, April 17th. Call 843.572.1414 for more information.



Friday 4.20
What: Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week
When: 7-9p.m.
Where: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
How: Get your prep on with the sailers of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. Sip your Dark & Stormy and chow down on some Lowcountry grub while enjoying the company of Race Week’s sailers. Party hardy for $60 at this epic night you will not want to miss.



Saturday 4.21
What: Charleston Eco Fashion Event
When: 7-9p.m.
Where: Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St., Downtown
How: Feast your eyes on some of Charleston’s best eco-friendly designers this Saturday night at Michael Mitchell Gallery. Designers like Caroline Baker, Mallory Curlee, Antonina Ramsey, and Hannalie Taylor encompass eco-conscious trends in fashion and help us promote environmental progress in the Lowcountry. This event is $25.


McKay Communications To-Do List: April 2-8, 2012

Tuesday 4.3
What: Family Circle Cup
When: Through April 8, 2012
Where: Family Circle Cup Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive
How: Perfect for everyone from a casual first-time spectator to the die-hard fan, be sure to squeeze in a match or two of one of the biggest tournaments in women’s tennis. Tickets starting at $20.

Thursday 4.5
What: The Water Ball
When: 7p.m.-11p.m.
Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf
How: Charleston Waterkeeper presents the third instlallment of the annual and highly anticipated Water Ball, held each year at the SC Aquarium. This year’s event proves to be no different, with guests encouraged to dress in “Charleston Formal” for a night that includes champagne and oysters overlooking the Harbor sunset, as well as more gourmet bites and dancing. Displays and educational information will shed light on the important work being accomplished by the organization.

Friday 4.6
What: Movies in Marion Square – “Hugo”
When: Sunset, 7:44p.m.
Where: Marion Square, Downtown
How: Kick off the first night of the 9th annual movie series with Academy Award winner, “Hugo.” The night is sponsored by Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, who will be accepting donations for their nonprofit, REALTORS® Housing Opportunities Fund (RHOF), and doing a school supply drive for James Simons Elementary.

Saturday 4.7
What: Charleston Farmers Market
When: 8a.m.-2p.m.
Where: Marion Square, Downtown
How: Celebrate the return of the Charleston Farmers Market with the first Saturday market of the year. Whether it is the produce, seafood, handmade cheeses, arts & crafts or freshly cut flowers, there is something for everyone to love. Free.

McKay Communications To-Do List: March 26-April 1, 2012

Wednesday 3.28
What: HoM and Holy City Brewery Beer Dinner
When: 6p.m.
Where: HoM, 563 King St.
How: HoM’s chef Shay MacDonald will feature a five-course, burgerless beer-paired dinner to showcase the local brews of Holy City Brewing. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant or Holy City Brewery tasting room. $60, all inclusive.

Thursday 3.29
What: Long Miles SHADES Album Release Party
When: 8p.m.-11:30p.m.
Where: Music Farm, 32 Ann St.
How: Long Miles creates a distinctive mixture of rock, reggae, hip-hop and jam with their collection of original songs. Covering “everything from Toots to Michael Jackson to A Tribe Called Quest,” they’re known for playing their own adaptations of popular crowd-pleasing songs at their live shows, while still focusing on originals. The SHADES album release show will benefit the CofC Arts Management Program, and feature special guests Heyrocco and The South Carolina Broadcasters. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.


Friday 3.30
What: Hampden Clothing Anniversary Show Featuring Rag & Bone
When: 12p.m.
Where: Westbrook Brewery, 510 Ridge Rd., Mt. Pleasant
How: Rag & Bone was among the brands Hampden Clothing founder, Stacy Smallwood, first introduced to clients back in 2007, so it is fitting that Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are coming to Charleston just for the occasion! The fashion show will showcase Rag & Bone’s Spring 2012 collection and give attendees the opportunity to shop the looks after the show with fitting assistance by the designers themselves. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, gift bags and more! Tickets are $75.

Saturday 3.31

What: 34th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run
When: 8a.m. Race Starts, 9a.m.-Noon Finish Festival
Where: Starting in Mt. Pleasant, Ending at Marion Square
How: The race sold out in record time this year, and it seems like the weekend’s events are shaping up to be better than ever. Download the new Cooper River Bridge Run mobile app for FREE on your Apple or Android phones. You’ll get all of the Cooper River Bridge Run weekend events, local restaurant deals, race news, course maps, information and more. Be sure to hit up the Official Bridge Run After-Party, too.

McKay Communications To-Do List: March 19-25, 2012

Monday 3.19
What: Muffin Monday
Where: The Pour House
When: Doors open at 5 p.m.
How: Soak up the early evening sun on the deck at The Pour House with Acoustic Muffin. Wash away your case of the Mondays (for free!) with acoustic covers of today’s greatest indie rock jams.

Tuesday 3.20
What: Charleston Fashion Week
Where: Marion Square, Downtown
When: 6 p.m.
How: Kick off Charleston Fashion Week by checking out the East Coast’s next top fashion designers and their hottest trends for 2012. Each opening night ticket purchase will receive a one-year subscription to Charleston Magazine beginning in May. Dress to kill, and don’t miss out on your chance to strut your stuff at Charleston’s sleekest event of the season!

Wednesday 3.21
What: Re-Nude III- The Premiere Night
Where: 136 St. Philip St., Downtown
When: 6-10:30 p.m.
How: Get naked at Redux Studios! Just kidding…but come celebrate your body with Charleston and its local artists for a cause! The Premiere night of this four-night art show and sale will benefit Planned Parenthood Health Center and the Charleston community. With music by The Local Honeys and plenty of libations, who could pass up this awesomely creative night? Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Thursday 3.22
What: Charleston Fashion Week
Where: Marion Square, Downtown
6 p.m.
How: Head back to Marion Square for a third night of Charleston’s trendiest designers and models. Ditch the work clothes and give the competing designers a run for their money by breaking out your wildest getups. Tickets start at $45.

Saturday 3.24 and Sunday 3.25
What: 22nd Annual Sea and Sand Festival
Where: Folly Beach
When: 11:30 a.m.
How:  So you think everyday is a party at Folly? Make this weekend stand out among the others. Come chill with the Folly locals at this epic weekend bash that you will not want to miss! Take on the islanders in scavenger hunts and surf competitions while busting a move to rockin’ live music on the Follywood and Chill & Grill stages. This event is free and open to the public.

McKay Communications To-Do List: March 12-18, 2012

Monday 3.12
What: Dave Landeo
Where: Red’s Ice House, Mt. Pleasant
When: 9:30p.m.
How: Float on out to Shem Creek and grab a bench by the water as the night stays bright and warm. Enjoy a free rock show by Dave Landeo and Lowcountry eats at one of the hottest spots on Shem Creek.

Tuesday 3.13
What: Yellow Dubmarine
Where: The Pour House
When: Doors open at 9p.m.
How: ‘Come Together’ under the Pour House roof and celebrate the life and works of the legendary Beatles with Yellow Dubmarine, D.C.’s Dub-Reggae group. Hear The Beatles in a different tune while getting your groove on for only $8.


Wednesday 3.14
What: Pecha Kucha 13
Where: TBA
When: Doors open at 6p.m., speakers start at 7p.m.
How: PK 13 has sold out in record time (again!) and continues to entertain the masses of Charleston creatives that flock to the event. Want to see what all the fuss is about but didn’t snag a ticket in time this month? Join the House of Commons and get tickets to every Pecha Kucha this year. For those who hopped on the train early this month, get ready to enjoy presentations from some of the Holy City’s most creative females!

Thursday 3.15
What: Catch the Leprechaun 5K
Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
How: Lace up your running shoes and challenge yourself this St. Patrick’s Day while supporting the Pattinson’s Academy. Run or walk along Charleston’s many beautiful waterfront vistas as you warm up your Irish muscles for the big weekend. Registration is $30 and includes food, drinks, beer and access to St. Paddy’s festivities. Don’t forget a valid ID!

Friday 3.16
What: The Original Home Show sponsored by TD Bank
Where: Charleston Area Convention Center
When:  Saturday and Sunday, 10a.m.-6p.m.
How: Thinking about redecorating? Don’t miss the Charleston Home Builders Association‘s three-day home show. The Convention Center will be packed with inspiring exhibits by Charleston builders and designers, so be sure to take advantage of your opportunity to ask questions about your home. Tickets for adults are $5 and children under 12 get in free.

Saturday 3.17
What: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: King St., Downtown
When: 10a.m.
How: Kick off St. Patrick’s Day by attending Mass at Saint Patrick’s Church before you indulge in St. Patty’s Day shenanigans. Follow the parade on King from Radcliffe down to Broad and bop into bars and pubs along the way. All ages are welcome to enjoy the floats, fiddlers, bagpipers and Irish step dancers. This event is free and open to the public.

McKay Communications To-Do List: March 5 – 11, 2012

Tuesday 3.6
What: Community Meeting
Where: Studio PS (across from One Cool Blow), 10 Conroy St.
When: 5:30-6:30p.m.
How: Join in a discussion about the benefits of creating a new district in the upper peninsula (North of Huger Street along Meeting and King Street). For more information, email

Wednesday 3.7

What: Elton John
Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr.
When: 8:00p.m.
How: The Rocket Man returns to the Lowcountry after a four-year hiatus. Don’t miss this rock legend who also happens to turn 65 this month.

Thursday 3.8
What: Hogwarts Potions Class
Where: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
How: Got kiddos? Check out this class for a little instruction on magic and chemistry.  Explore
different mixtures and solutions and the science behind them. Costumes optional. Recommended ages 3-6. $7 admission.



Saturday 3.10
What: The Mullet Haul
Where:  Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Rd., Johns Island
When: Registration begins at 8:00a.m.; races start at 10:00a.m.
How: The Mullet Haul features both a 5-mile and a 10-mile race on the trails of the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center at Johns Island County Park. Racers are encouraged to sport their mullets, either authentic or artificial, as part of this themed event. $28.

Leap of Faith this Leap Year

Leap Year. For some, it is nothing more than a blip in the datebook – a calendar conundrum that happens every four years. But local creative agency, LaBarge+Partners, has set out to make this 29th of February worth every extra second.

Along with other creative agencies and professionals, we will donate our time and services to a worthy local non-profit organization in need of advertising, marketing and other creative services. The idea is simple – no sleeping, no breaking, no coffee (yeah, right) for 29 straight hours – a crazy endeavor lovingly coined, “29Madness.” After careful review, the Association for the Blind has been selected as the recipient of this year’s 29Madness event.

What: A 29-hour creative blitz to provide a select local non-profit organization with a fully integrated marketing plan (logo design, website, public relations strategy, media plan, stationary package, social media programs and more)

Who: LaBarge+Partners, along with creative agencies and industry professionals including McKay Communications, Intellectual Alchemy, Monika Gauthier Design, HelloEveryWear, Rockett Interactive, Henry Mathieu, Benjamin Biddle and Fox Commercial Media

When: Work Begins on Leap Day, Wednesday, February 29th, 12:01a.m.
29Madness Breakfast Reveal will be held on Thursday, March 1st at 9:00a.m.

Where: Flagship 2, LaBarge+Partners Office, 78 Alexander St., Suite J

More: Media are encouraged to stop by the FS2 think-tank for the 29Madness Breakfast Reveal on Thursday, March 1st at 9:00a.m. for an up-close look at the process and finished product. For more information about 29Madness, contact us directly at 843.277.7952 or

McKay Communications To-Do List: February 27-March 4, 2012

Monday 2.27
What: Food Truck Bonanza
Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., James Island
When: Doors open at 6:00p.m.
How:  Cure your case of the Mondays and head out to the Food Truck Bonanza for some grub while enjoying free live music by Aaron Firetag and Folkgrass. Chow down on food provided by Roti Rolls, Diggity Doughnuts, GeeChee Island, Tokyo Crepes, Happy Camper SnoBalls and other locals. Continue the party inside with a $5 show by Rachel Kate Gillon and Friends with The Local Honeys.

Tuesday 2.28
What: Farm Feast Auction, presented by BB&T and The Local Palate
Where: Courtyard Marriott, 125 Calhoun St.
When: 6p.m.-9p.m.
How: Support the Wine + Food Festival’s signature charities by bidding on trips, wines, cookbooks and other unique items at this cowboy chic auction. Tickets are $75 and benefit Feed the Need and Lowcountry Local First’s Incubator Farm and Training Center.

Wednesday 2.29: The ReDo Party
Where: Harborside East, 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
When: 6p.m.-9p.m.
How: Don’t let February sneak away without any romance! Pull out your old wedding or bridesmaid dresses and come celebrate an extra day in the month of love with champagne, music and appetizers. Tickets are $20, but bring along your beau because guys get in free for once! Donations are suggested to benefit the Skirt! Scholarship at the College of Charleston.


Thursday 3.1
What: Charleston Wine + Food Festival Unofficial Kick-off Reception
Where: Heirloom Book Company, 123 King St., Downtown
When: 6:30p.m.-8p.m.
How: It’s that time of year again! Get in the Wine + Food Festival spirit (for free) by celebrating with southern cuisine retailers and aficionados like Callie’s Biscuits, The Lee Bros., Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., and Middleton Made Knives.

Friday 3.2
What: Shop, Sip + Savor
Where: Lower King St., Downtown
When: 2p.m.-5p.m.
How: Shopping, cocktails and gourmet food; sounds like a good way to start the weekend, huh? Mosey into King Street’s fabulously trendy boutiques while warming up your tastebuds for the weekend’s Wine + Food Festival. Don’t miss this King Street stroll for $50. Food from Leaf Cafe and Bar and Bull Street Gourmet.

Saturday 3.3
What: Culinary Village and Grand Tasting Tents
Where: Marion Square, Downtown
When: 3p.m.-6p.m.
How: Indulge in samples from over 90 food, wine and spirit stations all within the confines of Marion Square. Be sure to come with an empty tummy and an open mind so you can enjoy some of the nation’s best culinary treats and worldly libations. Don’t forget to stop by the AAA Vacations/Azamara Club Cruises + Piggly Wiggly Taste of the South Grand Tasting Tents. Tickets are $100 and include a piece of commemorative glassware. For more important information visit the Festival’s website.

McKay To-Do List: Monday, February 20 – Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wednesday 2.22
What: The Garden Summer Premiere
Where: The American Theater, 446 King St.
When: 7p.m., film will begin at 8p.m.
How:  In the summer of 2010, Hailey Wist invited four suburbanites to a ranch in rural Arkansas. They lived in a small cabin, grew a large garden, ate only from a 100-mile radius, sold at a local farmers market and hosted a field feast. The project was a grassroots, community-based, social experiment and a whole lot of fun. “The Garden Summer” premieres this Wednesday, beginning with a pre-screening mingle starting at 7pm. Complimentary farm cocktails, popcorn and green carpet photos are available to attendees. Sold out.

Thursday 2.23

What: Style Swap
Where: Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St.
When: 7p.m.-9p.m.
How:  In 2007, Jess James and her partner Shannon Dunne of James hosted the first bi-monthly “Style Swap” where women arrived with a few clothing items and accessories and left with items from other fashionistas’ closets. Each guest is given personalized tags to mark the items of their choice leaving their sartorial karmic fate to be determined by drawings and for the most coveted items of the night – a good old- fashioned game of musical chairs! Purchase tickets here for $15.

Friday 2.24

What: “CHARLIE: 50 Most Progressive” Launch Party
Where: The Hippodrome, 360 Concord St.
When: 7p.m. – 11p.m.
How:Party with some of the most progressive people in the city and pick up your debut copy of CHARLIE’s first-ever print magazine, “CHARLIE: 50 Most Progressive.” Entropy Ensemble opens from 7-8pm, DJs Cassidy & the Kid take over for the rest of the night. The event is free and includes catering by Social, open beer and wine bar, as well as a cash liquor bar. All-inclusive for CHARLIE CLUB members!

Saturday 2.25

What: Chase After a Cure Gala
Where: Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd.
When: 7p.m.
How: Help to raise awareness and funds for a deadly and aggressive childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. The gala benefits hospitals who have a dedicated neuroblastoma research lab. The mission is to help raise money to find better treatment options for children diagnosed with neuroblastoma and to ultimately find a cure. $100.

Sunday 2.26
What: 13th Annual Chefs’ Feast
Where: Embassy Suites Charleston Area Convention Center, 5055 International Blvd.
When: 6p.m.
How: The Chefs’ Feast will help raise much needed funds for the Lowcountry Food Bank‘s childhood hunger programs, Kids Cafe and BackPack Buddies. Kids Cafe is an innovative after-school program that provides hot, nutritious meals and academic assistance to children, and BackPack Buddies is a program that attacks the issue of weekend hunger by providing children with a backpack full of nutritious food over the weekend. 95% of event proceeds go directly to funding for these programs. $175.