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Edisto is warming things up for a robust summer season

Edisto Island, S.C. – 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.

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.

The Jim Bost Memorial Fishing Tournament, to be held at the Marina at Edisto Beach on June 16, recognizes one of Edisto’s charter boat captains.  For more information, call 843-631-5055 or visit www.themarinaeb.com.

The annual Fourth of July Parade starts at 10:00 am.  All who are interested in decorating their golf carts, bicycles, strollers or even themselves, should line up at Mikell and Myrtle Streets at 9:30 am.  The parade ends in Whaley’s parking lot at 2801 Myrtle Street.

Author C. Hope Clark, who is well known for both of her South Carolina based series of books – “Carolina Slade & Edisto Island Mysteries,” will be signing her books at the Edisto Island Bookstore, 547 Highway 174 on July 6 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information on C. Hope Clark, her books and her schedule, visit her website at www.chopeclark.com.

The celebrated Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament (final tournament in the annual Governor’s Cup Billfishing series) will take place July 18 through 21 at The Marina at Edisto Beach, 3702 Docksite Road.  Participation includes those involved in the Governor’s Cup series as well as local and regional boats.  For more information, call 843-631-5055 or visit www.themarinaeb.com.

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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