Saturday Morning in Charleston

At 7:15 AM, the sun had made its place in the sky, there is a nice soothing breeze and the temperature has settled in the low to mid 70’s.? A perfect way to make an official start to the weekend.? We decided on Folly Beach and Sunrise Park to take in some sun and fresh air.? We took some pictures to help you be a part of our journey.

Station 21 on Folly Beach
Station 21 on Folly Beach

It is even a little too early for the lifeguards to be out on Folly Beach.

Folly Pier
Folly Pier

It is not too early for the fisherman on the pier.

Surfing on Folly
Surfing on Folly

Or the surfers.

 

You are never lost on Folly as long as you stay on the Center.? Center Street that is….

We saw many beautiful Southern homes on our drive to Sunrise Park.? All ordained with rocking chairs, palmetto trees, porch fans and windows for all the eye to see.

Sunrise Park Beach
Sunrise Park Beach

Not only does this beach offer a beautiful distant view of the Charleston peninsula and the Cooper River Bridge, but it is untainted as we witnessed over a dozen crabs crawling all around.? Wear your flip flops and be careful for the fire ants in the grass.? They sting.

From the distance you can see the peninsula.

Some locals just want to escape the crowds and catch a little dinner.

The sun is now bright in the sky.? All this before 10 AM.? What a nice way to start the weekend.? The lesson here is that some of the most memorable places in Charleston are hidden away just far enough from the tourists and kept preserved for us to enjoy.

Folly Beach Official Website

Melton Peter Demetre Park – Sunrise Park Website

 

The Importance of Memorial Day in Charleston – Look back at 2015

By Mark A. Leon

It was a quiet morning on the Folly Beach pier.? Fisherman, young and old were preparing for the Memorial Day fishing tournament and the site of patriotism flew all the way to the ocean.? The stars and stripes ordained each side of the pier as you walked to the Edge of America.? Waters were calm, joggers were leaving their footprints in the sand and the wind penetrated the souls of the flags, reminding us of our gift of freedom.

Memorial Day in Charleston holds a special meaning for active military, veterans and families and the entire neighborhood.

This afternoon at Marion Square, the community was greeted with an orchestra show of old and new military themed tunes.? Some brought back old memories of younger days at the USO dances, while others closed their eyes and took in the soft soul wrenching sounds of Band of Brothers.

As I listened to the band belt out 75 years of patriotic tunes, I watched young boys and girls play catch, Frisbee or dig in the dirt.? It reminded me that on this day, we remember those that secured the future and safety of our next generation.

Charleston is a rich port town, whose military ties run so deep, they are a part of our foundation.? From the H.L. Hundley to the USS Yorktown; Charleston Naval Shipyard to the Boeing Military Support; The Citadel to Fort Sumter, Charleston’s heritage is one of pride and community.

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It was with a deepened heart that I watched veterans of foreign wars listen to the sounds that gave them comfort during trying times.? I also knew, that as they listened, they remembered their brothers and sisters that fell as part of the ultimate sacrifice.

They gave their freedoms that we and our children and children’s children can secure a future safe from destruction, tyranny and prejudice.

Throughout the peninsula and surrounding areas, families showed their support with flags draping from porches all throughout the Lowcountry.

This week left me with a sense of pride and an opportunity to say thank you, Charleston.

USS Yorktown Photo provided by Minta Pavliscsak
USS Yorktown Photo provided by Minta Pavliscsak

 

Memorial Weekend on Folly Beach
Memorial Weekend on Folly Beach

 

Marion Square